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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dropped another pound this week which brings me down to 255. A solid 10 lbs of my 35 lb regain has bit the dust. So far so good. Although I am happy with how I am doing I will be over the moon emoticon once all of the regain is gone and I can say I am officially back on track.

Today DH and I are tackling the hallway for some more wallpaper fun. Haven't even gotten halfway yet and have been at it for days. emoticon Will be so glad when this particular project is over.

Later we are to meet up with our daughter and grandson at the bookstore. The little guy is in need of some new books so DH and I thought we would treat him to a few Halloween ones emoticon at Barnes & Noble. These days the husband and I have to grab whatever time we can get because we never know when or how long the next visit will be.

Anyway I hope all my fellow Sparkies are having a good week. I can't thank you all enough for all the support, advice and encouragement you have given me. You keep it real and have helped me so much! emoticon We all need to keep pushing for our dreams, our health and what it is we truly want. WE CAN ~ WE CAN ~ WE CAN ~ DO IT! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/19/2012 5:11AM

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    So glad to read your good news. Congratulations on your weight loss. I'm cheering for you. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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IOEINC 9/18/2012 6:11PM

    Sallie, you sound so upbeat and happy!!! emoticon 10 pounds lead to 20 lead to 30 lead to 40 emoticon Guess what???You just lost 5 pounds beyond your regain of 35. Wish it was so easy. Keep the will happen soon !!! You are doing GREAT!!!!!!!!!!


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BRENDABUNNY 9/18/2012 5:53PM

    emoticon emoticon Sallie so happy for you,glad things are going well!

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SEAWILLOW 9/18/2012 4:34PM

    What a joy to read your blog!

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TRUE-NESS 9/18/2012 3:40PM

    You're so consistent! When you put your mind to it, you ALWAYS lose weight! emoticon

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NEWAGAIN 9/18/2012 2:54PM

    You are doing great with your journey to better health & fitness. It is quite the journey for most of us here. I have always looked at the beginning of each week as a "fresh start" to do even better than the last. Sounds like you have gained knowledge and will use it to your advantage.

Enjoy your fun time with family....your grand son will love those book themes. I live 200+ miles away from my three grandsons so I know that feeling of spending good quality time with them when you get those moments.

Keep Sparking!

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RICHILA 9/18/2012 12:36PM

    Spark On! We Got This! emoticon

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RURAL3 9/18/2012 12:14PM

    Congrats Sallie! Keep up the good work.

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TARAFROMTX1 9/18/2012 10:41AM

    WTG Sallie!! I love your background picture. I hope you all have a good time at the book store. emoticon

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SAILING2GOAL 9/18/2012 10:16AM

    Go, Sallie, go!

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CAGMUAHFO2 9/18/2012 10:10AM

    emoticon on the weight loss!!!!

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Fair Day Review

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I enjoyed a FABULOUS time at the fair yesterday with my husband and grandson. The little guy had a great time going on all the kiddie rides and even ventured on a couple of the bigger ones. The Swings with DH in which DH did not look so good afterwards emoticon but the grandson thought it was emoticon! The two of them also braved the giant Ferris Wheel. I could hear my grandson from the top yelling, ďMema, look at me, look at me!Ē as I video taped his first expierence with the big wheel. And imagine our surprise when the little man won every game he played, all 5 of them including a dart one which even shocked the guy running it. 3 darts thrown, 3 balloons pop. AMAZING, I think for a 5 year old but then I am his Mema and think everything he does is amazing. emoticon Needless to say the grandson went home with an armful of goodies from his wins.

And I can't talk about a fair without addressing THE FOOD. It was everywhere. Nevertheless dinner for me was a corn dog, a quarter of a Bloomin Onion and a half of a small Lemonade which put my calories for the day at 1367. Not bad for a Fair Day. However my sodium and carbs were over their ranges. Dinner alone brought in 2000 mg of sodium. Yikes! Thank goodness this expierence only comes once a year.

And I definitely got in some walking. Both my grandson and husband were a bit scattered brained when it came to their ride choices. They would pick a few rides in one area then some way the heck on the other side of the midway then it was back to where we were originally for a few more. emoticon I think we walked up and down the midway at least 3 times. I on the other hand am of a more organized mind emoticon and would have finished all the rides in one area first, before moving on. By the end I barely could bend my knees and my feet were killing me. I definitely wore the wrong shoes. PAIN is the only word that describes it! Walking out of the fair to the car I must have looked like Franken monster. Slow and very very stiff! An ice bag was my only desire at that moment. All in all though it was a lot of FUN and the grandson went home one very happy little boy. emoticon Mission accomplished!!

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LOSTLIME 9/14/2012 9:05AM

    Sounds like you had a terrific time! It amazes me that children have no fear of things. I personally would never get on the ferris wheel. Even though you had sore feet,you wouldn't change a thing in order to see your
grandson's mile wide smile! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Glad that you & the grandson had such an awesome time. I hope that DH is feeling better today.

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BRENDABUNNY 9/12/2012 4:51PM

    emoticon what a great day you had!..And sounds like you definetly got in enough exercise... emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 9/12/2012 2:47PM

    Every now and then, sodium or sugar or fat or whatever, you just have to cut loose and enjoy, so - you had a guilt-free corn dog in my book, lol!

You walked off a lot of what you ate, so that's a definite plus.

You learned a lesson re shoes - and myself, I learned it the hard way too. Now, if I'm going to be doing any walking, I have walking / hiking / fitness shoes on, even if it means toting my 'dress' shoes.

Most of all, spending the day with your grandson, doing some firsts and taking pictures and having fun - like the ad says, PRICELESS!

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IMAVISION 9/12/2012 1:43PM

    Sounds like a memory making day for all.

God bless!


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LKWQUILTER 9/12/2012 11:52AM

    That is a fun way to get all that walking in Sallie. When we go somewhere that there is going to be much walking, I make a conscious decision to wear my sneakers (good walking shoes) no matter what else I am wearing. So glad ya'll had such a good time. ((HUGS))

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PMFISH 9/12/2012 10:09AM

    Nothing better than make great memories with the grands!

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ZENNITH 9/12/2012 9:46AM

    Sounds like a great day and great work on keeping the calories in check :-)

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LAC936 9/12/2012 9:46AM

    What wonderful memories for all of you.

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AZMOMXTWO 9/12/2012 9:45AM

  but the day was so fun you would do it again if ask I know you would

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Weigh In

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I got rid of 3 more pounds which when added to the 6 from last week makes 9. YAHOO! Headed in the right direction for a change. Feels good!

Today DH and I will begin stripping the wallpaper in the hallway. I held off from doing this earlier because our hallway is a large one and has stairs so there are areas over the stairs I can't get to. Actually who ever put it up must of had a fun time by the looks of it. Anyway hoping to get it all down today but we have tomorrow too (DH is off) just in case.

Later we are headed out for some Peanut time. Taking the grandson to the fair after school. emoticon Should be lots of FUN! emoticon

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LOSTLIME 9/14/2012 9:00AM

    congrats on your loss! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations! Keep up the good work my friend. I'm cheering for you!

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LKWQUILTER 9/11/2012 1:44PM

    WTG Sallie. Tonight I hope to have a loss, even if it is just 1 stick of butter (.25 #). So glad that your hubby is getting on board and helping you. Remember, you are an amazing, loving, inspiring woman. ((HUGS))

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/11/2012 1:00PM

    Way to go!

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RURAL3 9/11/2012 12:53PM

    Ah see you did get to take him to the fair. Daughter changed her mind. emoticon
Congrats on that weight loss. emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 9/11/2012 9:32AM

    I once spent the better part of a week with a wallpaper steamer, scraping at about four layers on an old plaster ceiling - I do not envy you, lol...

Congrats on the three pounds, Sally - you are charging ahead, girl!

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2BE-MY-BEST 9/11/2012 8:58AM

    Congrats on another 3 pounds. I am wondering what you are doing that is working for you , maybe I can find some clues on your spark page so I will go there and take a look. Have a good week! Paulette

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IOEINC 9/11/2012 8:38AM

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1DAYATATIME10 9/11/2012 8:28AM

    Before selling our house we had to remove all of the wallpaper. I feel for you. We had a tough time with the area over the stairs up high. We had to get a thick long plank from the hardware store and balance it on the railing and a ladder. Have fun!

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CYNTHIAE15 9/11/2012 8:05AM

  Today is my 1st day. I am looking for people who are positive and encouraging on their own journey. Keep up the good work.

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Changing What I Can

Saturday, September 08, 2012

For anyone struggling with their weight loss, and/ or questioning whether or not to pick up that cookie, chip, slice of pizza, bowl of ice cream, or to not work out today, my suggestion is to read this blog first.

Last night as I struggled for sleep, yeah it was one of those nights; I lay in bed obsessing over my health of all things. My family drama made an appearance too every so often but for the most part it was my health that filled my brain cells. By 4 am I had accepted the fact that I have made too little changes too late and my health is at the bottom of the barrel because of it. Being obese for 25 years and overweight for another 5 will take its toll on oneís body for sure. If you doubt it, take a look at what I deal with as a result of it now:

High Cholesterol
Type II Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
Diabetic Retinopathy

I most likely would not have the majority of these ailments at the age of 53 if I had not gained weight in the first place or at the very least taken it off a lot sooner. I am a prime example of why we need to take care of our bodies. Our health is of utmost importance and the one thing we take for granted every time we overeat or choose something that isnít healthy for us. If you donít take the time and make the effort to care for yourself now, this minute, you will eventually pay for it. Believe me, I know!

Food is not a friend. Nor is it a comfort. It never will be. Food is only meant to nourish and sustain our bodies. It canít control nor soothe lifeís struggles or challenges no matter how much we would like it too. Yet we continue to shovel it into our mouths with increasing volume under the pretense that somehow it is going to help. Well, it wonít help! It wonít help with boredom, anxiety, stress, break ups, family drama, divorces, financial worries, kids, abuse, loss of a loved one, school pressure, or friendship troubles. I repeat, food can do nothing but nourish and sustain our bodies. Overeating and consumption of unhealthy food will only do harm. We all enjoy that momentary pleasure that food gives us without so much as a single thought to what it is doing inside our bodies. However somewhere down the line, the damage it has done will rear its ugly head and strike. You can bet on it!

Knowing what your future may actually hold, I believe can be a real eye opener. I am not a fictitious character in a book, a doctor, or fit and trim weight loss guru telling you what to do. I am a walking, talking, breathing (for now), and still fighting obesity poster woman of what not to do. My struggle these days is not just to lose the remaining weight I have and get down to a healthy size, but also not to go completely blind, have a stroke or die tomorrow. My indulgence in food for whatever the reason was never the answer and is certainly not worth the price I now pay. In hindsight I wish with all my heart Iíd had my eyes pried open and understood this a whole lot earlier. I could have save myself a lot of pain, heartache and very possibly an early death. But regrettably I canít go back and fix what I know now was a destructive road for me to travel. I can only move forward.

With that in perspective, I know I canít undo the damage I have already caused my body. So where exactly does that leave me? Well my first response would be nowhere. Seriously up a creek without even a boat. But then, to accept that would be like accepting the end. That I am finished. And well, call me stubborn, but I am not ready to call it quits yet. That is one of the reasons after years of being morbidly obese and with all my health problems I began making changes in the first place. That day was the day my beautiful grandson was born 5 years ago. I can remember the exact minute I knew I had to start doing something, anything. To date I have taken off 81 lbs. I will be the first to say I have made slow progress. 81 lbs is not a lot of weight loss considering itís been 5 years but given my history; it could have very easily been an 81 lb gain. I would be weighing 421 lbs right now instead of 259 lbs respectfully. So changes, slow as they are have happened. Iíve had my share of backslides. Iíve experienced plateaus. And yes, I still from time to time allow outside influences to get in the way of my efforts. I am, after all a work in progress. And with each moment I grow stronger and more determine than ever.

Regardless of my turtleís pace, I still feel the need and desire to scratch and claw my way to a better and healthier lifestyle. Looking at my health issues it would be relatively easy for me to just give up. After all I am facing extremely serious ones. Nevertheless there is a part of me that says, DONíT! So the question than turns to, what can I do now? Well, I can change what I can. Simple as that! I canít do miracles but whether it's continuing to lose weight, how much I eat, what I eat, whether I exercise or not, or how I react to certain situations, there are still things within my control. And as long as I have that option than I have hope!

Itís never too late to change. However the sooner you do it, the better it will be for you! March on Sparkies! Don't give up! Make today count!!

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2BE-MY-BEST 9/11/2012 9:04AM

    Wonderful blog!

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KASEYCOFF 9/10/2012 5:58AM

    Wonderful blog, full of motivation and inspiration - and so much of what you said echoes my history, and sentiments, so much we could almost be twins.

You're so right about 81 pounds gone instead of an additional 81 gained - and so what if it's five years? You're moving in the right direction. All progress is good progress, so keep up the good work, hon. Your determination will see you through to your goals!
p.s. And I agree that you can't necessarily undo the damage you may have unknowingly inflicted on your health by overeating and becoming obese. However - what you are doing now to become healthier will PREVENT further complications and deterioration, so... there are still such great benefits from the healthier lifestyle you're working on. Thinks me...

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/10/2012 2:56AM

Thank you for pouring out your heart and for sharing all that you did in such a motivational way!
How do I nominate you for blog of the day or Motivator or whatever??

Keep up the great work, dear Spark Friend. you are wonderful and so very worth it!!
Every time you do something positive for your health, is counted as a day you take a step in the right direction.
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BRENDABUNNY 9/9/2012 5:03PM

    Sallie this is an awesome blog,its a real eye opener of all the things that obesity causes,but I do believe that with losing weight such as you already have alot of these issues can also be reversed or get wayyyyy better,you are only 53 (and a beautiful young looking 53 at that) you have every reason to continue on this journey we are all on to get fit & healthy and I know emoticon I'm here to do it with you emoticon my friend!

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ZENNITH 9/9/2012 3:50PM

    Great blog! You're on the right path and that's all that really counts. I know you'll continue to see health improvements and more than that too, keep doing what you're doing emoticon

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BRAVENEWGRL 9/9/2012 12:10PM

    I truly never is too late to change. Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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TXGRANDMA 9/9/2012 12:05PM

    Just a phenomenal blog........I have to tell you that Imavision informed me of your blog, and I am so happy you wrote it! It should be required reading for everyone who is younger and obese.
81 pounds is a terrific weight loss, and if you have come this far, I pray that you will find the strength to keep on going! You can do it!

You are so right that food is only put in our lives to nourish our bodies, period! It does absolutely nothing else, unless you misuse it. Food is like a drug, meant to be used in a proper manner and time, not to be stuffed into a body and overdosed. Overdosing with food will kill a person too, it just may take a bit longer. So glad to come across your blog and read these wise and thoughtful words.
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JAMER123 9/8/2012 11:56PM

    Fantastic blog and you are right on!! Just think about what you have already accomplished!!! WOW!! Good for you!! Now think that you are going to lose umm.. lets say a half pound this week. That's another WOW!! (In case you don't figure out what I am doing, I am putting myself in your shoes and making myself start going again). You are doing so well and express yourself well.
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    This is a great blog. Thank you for sharing.
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GLMOM2 9/8/2012 9:54PM

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Thanks for sharing with us.

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MJPECK7015 9/8/2012 9:49PM

    Excellent blog! It puts things into perspective, for sure. I wish you continued success with your weight loss and a reduction in the medical issues as a result.

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    excellent blog. thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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LILAC_LANE 9/8/2012 7:59PM

    It's not too late for you either. I'm glad you are still fighting! 81 pounds is great. I've probably gained and lost that much 5-10 pounds at a time just in the last 4-5 years. If it weren't for finding Spark's I wouldn't be where I'm at now. I am finally getting help for my "eating issues."

Your story encourages me to keep pushing forward. I'm 48 and I have RA and fibromyalgia. My past poor eating choices haven't helped those conditions either. You aren't alone. Many here are trying to change years of bad habits. Hopefully some of the 20 and 30 somethings can learn from the rest of us :) Thanks for sharing your story. I found it from a link Seattle58 posted, who found the link from Imavision. You are making quite an impact.
Wishing you even more success in your journey in recovering your health!

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SEATTLE58 9/8/2012 7:32PM

    Hi, I have to tell you that my friend, Imavision, was the one who drew my attention to your awesome blog! Wow, you have done awesome, excellent, stupendous and absolutely beautiful in your weight loss journey so far! I'm SO proud of you! I hope you don't mind if I add you as my friend! I feel that you're such an awesome inspiration, that I could use your help and I'll do my best to help you too! Thanks for posting, dear friend!
Good luck to you!!!! Oh, I must say too, that I'm also 53 yrs. old and soon to be 54 in November of this year! You're so right, we can never be too old to start! You and I will go all the way to the finish line and beyond!

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CRISSA1669 9/8/2012 7:04PM

    AMEN to that!! My mother in law is hospitalized right now and about to be moved to a Skilled Nursing Facility because all she wanted to do was sit around and watch TV (now she's bedridden with the TV on), she wanted to eat unhealthy food that was not good for her diabeties(now she has a feeding tube down her throat getting some type of liquid "food" where the 1st ingredient is Water and the 2nd, Corn Syrup), she for lack of energy, maybe lack of hope did not want to socialize with her grandchildren(now after me finding her in a diabetic coma two weeks ago, with a blood sugar of 1000...yes 1000 and a body temperature of 86....yes 86...she had a stroke on each side of her brainnow she can only stare at the grandchildren and not speak or stand or do anything for herself). All that to say...we are writing a check with every health choice we make and one day that check is going to your check going to be good or are you "overdrawn". Thank you for this blog.....oh I pray she can recover but....God only knows....let's be serious about our health.

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IMAVISION 9/8/2012 6:39PM

    I hope that everyone who is blessed to read this moving account of one woman's history, will click on the "I like this topic" button.

I believe this is one of the very best (open & honest) SP Blogs that I have ever read!

emoticon, Sallie, for taking the time to put your account in print.

Please know that there is aways hope for improvements along life's walk!

I am rooting for your success in all areas!

God bless you!


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RURAL3 9/8/2012 1:43PM

    Wise words for all of us Sallie, no matter what stage we are in. Hope you get some sleep tonight. emoticon

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SAILING2GOAL 9/8/2012 1:03PM

    These are great words of wisdom! Each day is a new beginning, and we all struggle to succeed. You have much to be proud of. Keep up the positive attitude! emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 9/8/2012 12:50PM

    You hit the nail on the head Sallie. I have "dieted" as long as I can remember, would lose some, gain some. I have never been morbidly obese and thankfully did have bp problems but when I lost 30 lbs, I did get to quit taking the meds. The main thing I am battling right now is bad knees (damaged in a car wreck in 1990) and some arthritis but not enough to have to take meds. The more I lose, the better my knees feel and someone said it is just age--stiffening joints--means you have to move to get them to working better. lol

You keep on keeping on and you may get to reduce/even quit taking bp meds, diabetic meds, and I do know arthur likes big and little folks so weight is not the main cause of it but movement helps a lot. A neighbor used to tell me--use it or lose it and that is one of my mottoes now.

(((HUGS))) dear friend and remember, give yourself a big PAT on the back and emoticon emoticon .

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IOEINC 9/8/2012 9:50AM

    You rock, Sallie!!! I got smart too late too and it wasn't until I get diagnosed with diabetes. I'm a nurse and you would think I would know better but didn't!!! Once I did get diagnosed I start immediately to change my lifestyle!! And now feel so much better!!! For all of us, those that still have work today and those that are at maintenance emoticon . It is a lifelong battle to keep those temptations in check and to keep those complications away!!!

Well said!!! Great blog!!!


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MRSB929 9/8/2012 9:07AM

    Thank you for this! I've spent the past 4 months slowly undoing the amazing progress that took me a year to achieve. I've let stress and outside influences change my mind set and forget that the most important reason I am doing this is for my HEALTH not just to look good! You are so right that we still have control over SOME things, so we might as well take charge of those things we CAN control. Good luck and thanks for the post! emoticon

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PYNETREE 9/8/2012 8:56AM

    emoticon I am older, and weigh a lot more, but I am in the same mindset you are...I got smart too late. I am losing now, although it is very slowly. But I too celebrate it, because I could have gone higher on the scale.

If you are breathing, it is not too late, you have to live the best day you can. Just eat smart, move more, because you can, and you owe it to YOURSELF! emoticon

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  You go!

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Having A Downright Rotten Day

Friday, August 31, 2012

First, the kitchen wallpaper is giving me a very tough time. Two days so far and getting basically nowhere. I swear the previous owners must have used cement to apply it. And probably Superglue on top of it! emoticon

Secondly, the daughter calls today just to "make sure I fully understand she wants no relationship with me for the foreseeable future". No calls, contact, visits, socializing, FB exchanges, emails, texts, nothing whatsoever until such time she feels she can forgive me (for what she wouldn't say) and rid herself of the hatred she has for me. When that will ever occur, who knows? She has agreed though that I can see my grandson as long as her father picks him up and drops him off. She added though, "It's not like I am going to see him much anyway now that he is going to school." Oh well, little is better than not at all!

And lastly, I received a call today from a cousin who wanted to inform me my aunt, his mother, had died. This was especially heartbreaking given the circumstance that she passed away August 9th! No excuse for this nor did he offer one. He and I are on good terms and communicate via email or cards a few times a year. My aunt and I had a good relationship and have remained in contact all these years. She was one of my true favorites and one of the nicest ladies I know. I would have wanted very much to attend her funeral but was not even given the option. Geez, does anyone care about anyone anymore?

Perhaps I just should of stayed in bed this morning! UGH! emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 8/31/2012 11:09PM

    Hi Sallie dear - in case misery loves company (I know mine sometimes does) I've been having a blue day too. UGH. Hate that.
Sorry to hear about the ongoing soap opera that is your daughter. Oh well, at least she is letting you see your favorite little guy!
So sorry about your aunt and how you heard the news, too.
Anyway, back to the doldrums...
So I am going to push myself to go work out... because I have found that has been the problem lately. Sure, things have not been peachy, but I also have been feeling bummed out more. HOpefully the mood will lift after I exercise!!
Take care. Hang in there. Sending prayers for all to be better tomorrow.

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RURAL3 8/31/2012 9:15PM

    That phone call from your daughter, no matter how frustrating it was, sounds like progress to me. She has admitted that she is mad about something. And that she needs to work on the problem. And that you can see your grandson. All of those are a first for her.
We had old wallpaper too. I used a spray bottle filled with hot water...sort of like steaming it. You have to really soak it and let it sit for a bit. Some came off easy and some needed to be scraped. Of course then there is an adhesive back on the wall that has to be scraped off too. It is a big project but when you are done it will be well worth it. Keep plugging away. emoticon
Sorry to hear about your aunt. I would be very frustrated about that too.

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LKWQUILTER 8/31/2012 8:08PM

    When life gives you lemon, make lemonade Sallie. Forget daughter--hey, you will get to see grandson. Now the calling--all I can say is when mama and daddy died, I couldn't think of anyone to call--if brother and sister hadn't thought of different ones, none would have known until it was in the paper. Because my hubby is deaf, he only texts and I have to make the phone calls and just couldn't talk--sure couldn't deal with what happened, when, where, etc that most ask. I do understand your angry. I remember when mama found out her aunt died--when mama sent Aunt Anna a Christmas card and it came back with notation that she was deceased--not when, where, what happened plus no address/phone number for mama to ask questions.

Now the wall paper--I have been told that you can heat it with a hair dryer and sometimes that will help "loosen" in from the wall. I haven't had experience with that but will when we start on our bathroom. Also, some said you can get a scraper a scrape it off. Again, not personal experience.

Take care Sallie and keep on keeping on. Remember you are #1, emoticon. emoticon emoticon

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IOEINC 8/31/2012 6:21PM

    Sorry to hear about your aunt and that your cousin informed you later. My husband has a sister like that. Her husband's sister passed away and we were fairly friendly with her and we had to hear about from one of his cousins..who they had the forethought to call and let know at the time it happened!! And my SIL had the time to phone the cousin and not her own brother??? We are still fuming about that one!!
As for your daughter, it is a shame that she treats you like that. She wants to control you so don't let her. Shrug it off and enjoy your time with your grandson.
And we had wallpaper like that in our house when we moved in. We had to steam it off and it took hours but it was such ugly wallpaper it just had to come off!! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 8/31/2012 5:57PM

    Oh, honey, I wish I were close enough to reach out and give you the HUG you so obviously NEED today.

When I have days like that, it is even harder than normal to stay on track and to remain sane. I have had a couple of YEARS that have been like that and if I didn't have BAD luck I would have had NONE at all.

Your daughter - I don't have any BRILLIANT advice - enjoy the visits with grandson when you can and give her time to heal her anger/hurts.

Your cousin - that I CAN address sorta - people in grief often have trouble dealing with the practical and the simple things. When my son and when my father died, I KNOW I forgot people who SHOULD have been notified. If not for the help of others (some who didn't really KNOW who should be notified) and their taking over for me - nobody would have been told - I was so devastated and thinking of who, just was beyond me.

Take a moment to do something special to show yourself both that you ARE loveable and special AND that you deserve to be treated well.

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