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old kitty is gone...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today Gizmo went to be with his best buddy Thom in that happy place where old kitties go...the happy mousing grounds. It was a sad morning but we had to do what was best for him.
He has been so frail and hardly eating..his last good meal was 3 tablespoons of ice cream..which he really enjoyed, on Friday. Since them it was mostly water. He remained bright and coherent and still using his box .
Yesterday I came home from work and he could not use the lower half of his right hind leg and was walking on the top of his paw..the paw was ice cold. The vet figures he had a blood clot somewhere near his hip which apparently moved because in two hours the leg was ok again. I was getting scared to leave him alone while I was at work and really did not want him to suffer so we made the final decision.
I dreaded taking him in the car because he hated it and always screamed bloody blue murder but this morning he cuddled in Greg's arms and was very quiet. His passing was almost immediate when she injected him.
Greg buried him in my flower bed where he used to lay in the sun and I planted a lily beside him.
He was a good old cat and will be missed.

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KKKAREN 6/23/2013 6:10AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my old friend this year too, I know how hard it is.

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BRENDAGAIL9 6/22/2013 11:41AM

    I am very sad to hear you lost your beloved kitty. emoticon

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BACKYARDER1 6/22/2013 7:25AM

    Thanks everyone, it's amazing how we form habits over the years..I keep looking for him when I get home from work and when I get up in the morning I wait for the load meow...19 years is a long life with a kitty. He was a great boy!

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KIPPER15 6/22/2013 1:29AM

    It is hard to lose are beloved pets. emoticon

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MONAMAC1 6/20/2013 3:58PM

    So sorry for you loss, Backyarder. Can understand how hard it is.

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COLLEENROSTE 6/19/2013 3:40AM

    bye Gizmo

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SPARKLISE 6/18/2013 9:26PM

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MERRYMARY42 6/18/2013 9:05PM

    It is so hard to lose a pet, they are like family

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50SGRANNY 6/18/2013 8:44PM

    I'm so sorry about your loss, but happy that you did not allow Kitty to suffer.

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KRITTEN1 6/18/2013 7:45PM

    Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for your loss.I know he will be missed.

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leaving Spark People

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Since I joined SP many years ago I have lost and gained and lost and gained the same weight over and over. I did the same thing when I went to Weight Watchers. The gains always started when I decided I could handle it on my own , or I got too busy to check in. With WW I maintained for 5 years and attended a meeting a month for weigh was great. Then a friend thought we should start our own diet club , just she and I and throw $10 in a can each week at weigh in. Well we saved enough money to take our horses to a riding camp in the summer but eventually we both gained weight.
Then there came SP. I was so very faithful in the winter and early spring and then I'd get called back to work. I been a seasonal worker for years. When work started I stopped checking in with my Sparks buddies and poof..I grew again by I'm here to say..I ain't leavin" this time! I may not have the umph to exercise or track everyday but I am going to keep up with as much as I can and keep weighing in.

I really enjoy the chats and cheering on and trying to help anyone who needs it. Yeah Sparks!

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/19/2013 9:45AM

    emoticon Glad you are staying emoticon emoticon emoticon TOGETHER WE ALL CAN DO THIS LIFESTYLE JOURNEY

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MEMORIES7 5/19/2013 1:39AM

    Hello friend! I am so proud of you!!!! Keep it up! Stay focused! And never give up!!!! You are so worth the hard work that it takes!! Hugs, Rose:)) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 5/15/2013 11:30AM

    Good for you!!!

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TEMPENATIVE 5/14/2013 7:24PM

    i get tired of the leaving too. i glad you are here to stay! its so hard getting back into relationships ater iv poofed for a few months emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 5/14/2013 7:20PM

    I pretty much decided I am never leaving. When I leave I gain, period. There may be times when my community involvement will be less but I will continue to make tracking nutrition and exercise my norm. According to the National Weight Control Registry tracking is not just one of the biggest factors for loss, it is one of the biggest factors for maintenance. Since I plan to not only lose but maintain, I'll need Sparkpeople for that. 28 pounds to go! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 5/14/2013 6:52PM

    whew!! I was worried also!!

Lifestyle changes is what it is all about. If we don't just make new habits, we slip back into the old. I know too much now to let that happen.... I think so anyways.

But that doesnt mean weight loss is easy. Doing the right thing day after day, is slow & hard enough. I had to try something a little more strict, so I could start seeing results again. Same foods as before, but with more strategy & purpose.

So far so good!!

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MONAMAC1 5/14/2013 4:25PM

    Hi Backyarder.
When I read the caption for this blog post, my heart fell - until I read it! So glad you are staying!!! emoticon

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GENEVIE5 5/14/2013 4:24PM

    Good for you! My weight is up & down too Spark or no spark. I just figure that it's still nice to know that others are going through similar experiences regardless if I am making progress or not.

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LAILA07 5/14/2013 3:28PM

    Good to know you're going to hang in there! Best of luck to you! emoticon

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talked to my mom today

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

...and she'd been walking!! ...and watching her food intake! I am so overjoyed for her..I hope she has the strength to continue on this path..she lives alone and attends a lot of church functions. I'm glad her visit with me had a positive affect!!

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UNIQUEYGIRL 5/9/2013 8:01PM

    That sounds great! I wish more of my family were concerned about their weight. We were all very healthy when we were younger...except for my one sister who has always fought with her weight....although she was in the army so she fought well.....Now, only my middle sister and I are trying to lose weight.

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MONAMAC1 5/9/2013 2:15PM

    Oh, I'm so glad to hear your Mom is working to improve her health! What a blessing. Her stay with you was the motivation she needed, perhaps.

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a new beginning

Monday, May 06, 2013

I'm settling in to a work routine and have to adapt my exercise and nutrition routine ...I kind of feel like I'm starting over. Today was just so so , I did not have anything prepared for supper and just opened up a can of baked beans and had a piece of bread and butter...oh my..not a good start. I had a short rest and a nap in my recliner with my heating pad on my back , I popped a pan of frozen chicken into the oven and then went out to mare and I wandered the pastures for awhile and then went in to the ring for some schooling. She has seasonal allergies so she coughed a bit but not so much that it kept her from attempting a few bucks,,she really wants to work.the breathing issues hold her back a bit. I had a good ride and she eventually came into a decent frame most of the time. I wish I could maintain rein length. I don't think we'll be ready for the June show!

So I got some exercise and planned and prepared tomorrows supper...a few veggies and we'll be all set!

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BACKYARDER1 5/8/2013 10:02PM

    I will show training level if I do show..would love to get to First but I so so need lessons.

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UNIQUEYGIRL 5/8/2013 9:41PM

    I am starting new myself. I prepped any food that needed cooked on Sunday while I was making Sundays dinner. It seemed to work for me this week. We'll see next week. What level are you showing in June? I am really not as prepared as I would like to be, but it is a schooling show so I hope to pick up the pace by the beginning of June. I have 2 recognized shows I would like to go to.

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a new month a new goal

Sunday, May 05, 2013

As May starts I have reached my goal now the new goal is to maintain and perhaps lose a few more pounds. Life has become very hectic and tiring but it feels very good to be working and to have an income again!! If hubby could find work we'd be very happy old birds!He is picking up some odd jobs with the new/old truck.
Yesterday was ma's last day with us. I took all afternoon to drive her home, we visited a friend on the way and then picked up groceries for her and did a bit of Walmart shopping. Her stay here was a good one although at times there was tension in the air..she had to put up with two grumpy people at times, I was one, hubby was the other..but we all survived. She was extremely supportive of the Sparking and even dieted and lost a lot of weight herself. I bought her a new skirt suit for mother's day and it was a bit tight..she lost until it fit and it looks great on her.
I will miss her being here when I get home from work,,and miss having her scold me for snacking too often!!!
I have not been doing any planned exercise for the past week..I am so tired after work I just flop in the chair and talk to mum. Now that she is gone I have to push myself a bit more and get out riding and try to get back at my walking video workouts a few days a week. I always feel better after I am finished one of the videos.
Tomorrow I have someone to work with instead of spending the day alone..should be fun. We will be cleaning up the bosses gardens and shrubs and back will hate me for it but I'll survive.
So goals in place....keep exercise in my life
......try to lose 3-4 more pounds
...... keep Sparking ....this is the time of year I usually drift away ..

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UNIQUEYGIRL 5/6/2013 7:27PM

    Don't go drifting anywhere. :) I am just getting back into it. I still need to get at least one more ride in before I show this Saturday.

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BRENDAGAIL9 5/5/2013 11:46PM

    Good for you! Keep doing what you are doing. We all slide back at times but get back on that horse until you get to the end of the race. I can understand how tired you must be when you get home from work. You are lucky to have a mom with you. Mine died when I was 16 and she was 37.

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