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Sunday, February 17, 2008

I've returned from the sunny south. Overall, it was a good trip. The pool was great. The sunny days were lovely. The food was good (I probably gained 10 pounds). I'd rate the resort itself about 4 stars. The room, though, I would only rate 2 stars. First of all, it was infested with mosquitoes and we had to wear bug repellent when we went to sleep. The second problem was that the beds were rock hard (I called it my concrete slab) and thirdly, the bedsheets and bedspread had blood stains on them. I was told that the stains were old and they had been laundered prior to my using them but still...

We did a cultural tour of Santa Domingo because my mother-in-law wanted to but the bus trip was 3 hours each way and it was very hard on my knees as there was no leg room whatsoever (my left knee has been very sore since then). The tour itself involved two attractions that involved lots and lots of stairs so I skipped those and waited for everyone while they toured those places.

I read 3 books and got a nice golden tan. My mother-in-law and I got along fairly well with much laughter each day.

It's nice to be home so that I can see my husband but the weather's not very nice. But, I have a three-day weekend before I have to return to work so I guess I shouldn't complain.

I hope everyone here is doing well!

  
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OKANOG 2/18/2008 1:19AM

  Hi BKWERM!

I am going on a cruise in a few months.
I wondered myself how much sleep I will get on a ship. Hope it isn't like a berth on a train! I can recall many a rock hard flat pillows and rock hard beds in many so called good hotels. Thank goodness it is only a 5 day cruise.

Can't imagine a hotel/motel supplying stained sheets, how gross!

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NURSEMOMTOTHREE 2/17/2008 8:30PM

    We were gone at the same time. I did a Disney cruise and gained 3 pounds. It could have been much worse.

Hope your knees are recovering.

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I'm going on holidays...

Thursday, February 07, 2008

I'm leaving for my vacation to the Dominican Republic tonight so I won't be on the boards until next Friday (Feb. 15th) at the earliest. If anyone from the Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis team needs anything, create a post and maybe one of the other members can help you. And, if any new members join, perhaps you could welcome them since I won't be able to do it. Thank you and take care.
http://www.vistasolhotels.com/index_carabela_i.html

  
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LOWCALORIES 2/8/2008 10:25AM

    Hope you enjoy your vacation. Drop me a line when you get back.
:) Elaina

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MOLLIEMAC 2/8/2008 9:09AM

    Happy holiday- soak up the sun!....MJ

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I'm Back....

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Drove to Sudbury on Wednesday after work in white-out conditions but my husband had rented a Yukon with 4-wheel drive so I felt quite safe. And, the best part about the Yukon was the heated seats. Real nice. Left here around 5 p.m. and got to Sudbury about 11:30 p.m. (usually a 5 hour drive). Left Sudbury Thursday morning and drove to Sault Ste. Marie and got there around 1:30 p.m. It wasn't a bad drive but apparently the day before the major highway into the Soo was closed so it's a good thing we didn't come then.

Then, Thursday night was the wake/visitation at the funeral home with an open casket. I hate that but I managed to get out of actually going over to view the body. And, then the funeral was Friday morning with burial immediately after and it was frigging cold. Good thing I had my snow pants and once again, got to love those heated seats!

Then after lunch, we loaded up the truck and got my husband's cousin to take back to Toronto as Toronto airport was closed and headed out. We got to Sudbury around 6 p.m., had dinner at The Keg and then went to the hotel and then left this morning around 9 a.m. and got home about 4 p.m. after detouring into Toronto to drop off Mark and then we detoured into Burlington so that I could see how an Outlook felt compared to the Yukon and then finally home.

It was interesting driving home from Sudbury and seeing all the sights we missed on the way up because it was dark and a lot of it was white out conditions. I told my husband that it was a good thing I hadn't known how many rivers we had crossed over because that would have made me even more nervous.

  
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NURSEMOMTOTHREE 2/3/2008 9:41PM

    So glad you made the trip safely. I too love my heated seats. Now that I have them, I don't ever plan on purchasing a vehicle without them.

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LOWCALORIES 2/3/2008 7:03PM

    Happy to see that you made it home safely.

I love heated seats. We have a Bravada (Oldsmobile) and a Ford 500 and they both have heated seats.

Hope everything gets back to normal for you. Good Luck with your weight loss.
Elaina

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MOLLIEMAC 2/3/2008 1:54PM

    So glad you made it home safely...MJ

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My Complicated Life

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I found out yesterday morning that my husband's uncle died and now we have to travel 9 hours to the funeral so we're leaving tomorrow after work and returning home on Saturday so I'll be away from my computer and SparkPeople for a few days.

Also, my weekly weigh-in this week only had me down 0.4 pounds again and that's really frustrating 'cause I've been eating in my calorie range, I've been drinking tons of water and I exercised 6 days last week so what's up with that? So, to compensate, in my self-destructing way, I ate terribly today and I'm not logging it because I don't even know what the calories were for half of it.

And, I didn't exercise today because we had to plan our trip and I can't exercise tomorrow because we have to go to a car rental place for 7:30 tomorrow morning and I have to pack and then I have to work all day and I had such a busy week planned here at home with a birthday dinner with a friend planned for tomorrow night that I had to cancel and Thursday night, I was supposed to go see two of my nephews in plays at their school and I had to cancel and Friday, I was supposed to go out to lunch with another friend and I had to cancel and Saturday, I was supposed to play bridge with another friend and I had to cancel.

But, the person I feel most badly for is my husband's cousin (the son of the man who died) who was in Asia for 3 weeks for a holiday and upon returning home was met at the airport by his uncle and was told that his dad had died just that morning from a clot. Totally sucks big time!

  
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LOWCALORIES 2/3/2008 6:57PM

    Joanna,

Sounds like you're going through a very stressful time right now. Your friends will all understand you having to cancel prior committments. Just trying to get a hold of everybody can be stressful in itself.

.4 weight loss is still a weight loss. You have to remember that muscle is heavier than fat and with you exercising 6 days and staying within your calorie range, I'm sure it's muscle gain. Try not to be so hard on yourself. Do you measure? I do and it's saved me more than once from depression over that darn scale.

I hope you're already back on track. Let me know if I can be of any help. Sorry for your loss. Drop me a line and let me know how things are going.





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MOLLIEMAC 1/30/2008 12:29PM

    So sorry. You'll get on track again next week, in the meantime don't be too hard on yourself...MJ

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Turbo Jam

Saturday, January 26, 2008

So I bought this DVD and I did it this morning for the first time and OMG, did it ever get my heartrate up! After 22 minutes, I wanted it to be over but I persevered and did the whole Cardio Party!

  
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MAMASHARI 1/26/2008 6:04PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Turbo Jam! I have several DVD's and do them at least 3 times a week. Stick with it--I was the same way when I started. I couldn't hardly get thru the 20 min DVD she has!!

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OKANOG 1/26/2008 2:10PM

  Good for You!


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