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FRIENDS HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD

Monday, August 23, 2010

Well, as a lot of you know I wrote on my status how lonely I am tonight. After I wrote I began to receive Spark Mail and goodies; telephone calls from my Church, one from Facebook and one from Spark. Sometimes both phones were calling me at once.
Today was such a good day at church but this afternoon I was bored and lonely. Nothing seemed to work out right.
But then as I said tomorrow is another day and I know it will be better.
And I DID NOT GO OUT AND GET A BLIZZARD. I ate a nice juicy peach and drank a bottle of water.
I AM AN OVERCOMER AND YOU ARE ALSO.
The Bible says we are MORE than overcomers.
So everyone have a good night, sleep good, eat right, drink your water and let's get moving.
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Irene

  
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BORN2BE 8/25/2010 7:30AM

    God has a way of telling us to rest and be bored even when we dont like it. He maketh us to lie down in green pastures and restores the soul. I dont like when I have these moments either but I think we all have some of those moments and you are right God always helps us conquer it. We all adore you here on spark.

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HAPPYMOM8 8/23/2010 9:19PM

    We shall overcome!!
And you did it!
Way to go!
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MNNSAIDE 8/23/2010 6:55PM

    PS - YOU BETTER HAVE NOT EATEN A BLIZZARD!!!

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MNNSAIDE 8/23/2010 6:52PM

    I was reading your post from my cell phone in the morning as I was checking for anything important post since I will NOT get on the PC in the morning now that work has started.

I was very worried about you but with the fist day of school so many things at school/work I could only Pray that the Lord would lift you up.

Your skillet friend!!! there now you smiled!!!

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DOGSNRODENTS 8/23/2010 6:03PM

    It is when we rely on God to provide for our every need (no matter how big or small!) that HE is faithful to us and blesses us abundantly with more than we could ever contemplate in our finite minds. I believe friends coming to our side when we need them is the best example of this type of blessing!

And good move going for the peach. Your body is probably thanking you for that decision today!

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SUNNYWBL 8/23/2010 5:42PM

    You made a very wise decision with the peach and water!

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ANGE1010 8/23/2010 3:49PM

    Irene,
God seems to hear answer us just when we need it the most. On His timing and not ours. our purpose is to glorify Him always, through the easy and tough times. I know, I've been out of work for 9 months. keep the faith my sister.

God bless,

Ange

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YJNANA 8/23/2010 9:47AM

    Irene, isn't it great that we can be in contact so quickly these days. But if its too late to use the phone, the computer and your Friends on here are a Godsend.
We can always reach out and post. Then of course you have Marcy thats not that far away :)
That was very smart to reach for a juicy Peach instead of that fattening blizzard :) Way to go IRENE.

Love
Yvonne

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SUNSHINEGB 8/23/2010 7:23AM

    I didn't see this last night Irene or I would have bombarded you with spark mail and FB mail!!!
I'm happy you have a positive spirit though, even if you do feel a bit down now and then. You are never alone my friend!
Love you, Gloria x o x o

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MUJU71 8/23/2010 3:18AM

    Glad you're feeling better!
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DIDMIS 8/23/2010 2:59AM

    Thank you Jodi and Carolyn my missionary girls. I feel so ashamed of being down when others have it so much worse than I do and you guys I'm sure you get lonely sometimes. I remember when I saw my parents once a year for about 3 to 5 days and would drive off with tears in my eyes as they stood on the porch and I wondered if I would ever see them again. When I first went to the mission field we didn't have phones and had to go out to a special place to phone someone and it was very expensive when funds were very low. I would make a call once a year though at Christmas time when I knew the whole family would be around the table and would talk to all of them.
Irene

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JODIRICHARDS 8/23/2010 2:34AM

    It seems many are in a season of temptation and testing. I was down this weekend too, but PTL He is faithful! Let's keep being blessed with strength only He can give!

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CAROLYN0107 8/23/2010 1:28AM

    Irene... I'm just getting back to Sparking after two weeks of travels. I missed that you were lonely, but now read that you were bored. I do want to congratulate you on NOT getting a Blizzard! A peach sounds so good as they are too expensive for us out here. I'll get one next summer! I do have some canned peaches. Anyway, I wanted to congratulate you on staying away from the Blizzard.
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MONTY68 8/23/2010 12:54AM

    Irene
You are a blessing to so many people and Spark friends.
How positive your blog is and you touched many people tonight.
Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the peach, a very good choice .

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FREEDOMSTAR 8/23/2010 12:23AM

    That is emoticon and so are you !

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John
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GRACEISENUF 8/23/2010 12:16AM

    Yes we are! What a great encouragement to me to see how God turned your evening all around. Thank you for sharing! Way to go on resisting the blizzard.

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VILLAGE2051 8/23/2010 12:15AM

  Always encourgaging to read your blogs. You were my first friend on SparkPeople so I always check you out and as usual what you write is uplifting.

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SPARK FRIENDS COME THROUGH AGAIN

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Last night I wanted emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonwith emoticon
I called for HELP. Everyone kept me so busy reading their responses and answering that I had no time to go out for ice cream.
One friend said eat some protein, then I realized I had no protein for dinner and no meat all day so fixed myself a turkey burger on a sandwich thin and went to bed. I KNOW I have to have meat every day I am a meat person. Notice I said meat not meat and potatoes and gavy.
I feel so good today. I feel like an overcomer with all of you.
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Irene

  
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NELLIEC 8/18/2010 4:59PM

    I definitely have to have the protein for my diabetes! Having more protein has meant better blood sugars, no cravings, and feeling better.

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DIDMIS 8/17/2010 8:13PM

    Thank you everyone for your nice comments and for all of your help.
And Marcy you probably will lose more than me as I am closer to goal and those last few pounds are hard to take off. Come on girl work on it. Be the biggest loser this week.

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MNNSAIDE 8/17/2010 7:53PM

    Good for you!
Since I can't have any - neither can you!
We are in competition for Thursday!!!
Of course I probably gained again....



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MOM4407 8/17/2010 6:46PM

    Its good to listen to good advice.

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    Sure glad you skipped the 'gavy'! emoticon

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MONTY68 8/17/2010 12:47PM

    HI Irene

I am proud of you, you called out to Spark and your friends did what they do, supported you. However, you still made the final choice and did what you did and succeeded. You also realized the need for meat everyday and will make the adjustment.
There is nothing wrong with ice cream occasionally, but like I said, I would eat the 1/2 gallon in one night. There is also a lot of small portion packages available where i serving would be ok, Some of us would probably eat more than 1.
You have come a long way on your journey and we will help you to reach your goal. You are so close now and WILL do it.
Again, congratulations on last night, now lets get through tonight.!!!!!!!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 8/17/2010 12:22PM

    So glad sparkers were there when you needed them.

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HVMBRU 8/17/2010 11:52AM

    My motto used to be, when I ate like 'regular' folk, don't have it in the house cause you'll eat it.
Now, that bit about McDonald's? Why that car would swerve and take me to the nearest grocery store instead!!!! LOL

Helen (hugs)

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SUNSHINEGB 8/17/2010 11:51AM

    A bit of ice cream now and then is good but not if you feel you'll become addicted to it!
I'm glad you were kept busy reading all the responses Irene and too busy to have ice cream!
I love those sandwich thins, the round ones, we had burgers for supper last night and I put mine on one of the thins!
Gloria
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REVELATIONGIRL 8/17/2010 10:43AM

    Praise the Lord!!! That's a wonderful praise report!! And a great testimony to how we can help one another!!

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CHARDANU 8/17/2010 10:29AM

    IRENE: You make me think of that saying, "JUST SAY NO!". Ice cream is addictive. I used to know all the reasons why, because it was one of my hardest battles at the time I was losing 50 lb. long time ago. I think it has stuff in it that makes you feel good - you know, the seratonin kind of stuff. Anyway, you must never have it in the house or you can bet you will eat it. It will call out your name until you open that freezer door and look at it. Then it's all over.
However, SparkPeople allow, even recommend for a low-cal treat, a kid's ice cream cone from McDonald's. That's the soft ice cream kind. For some reason, it's different than ice cream you bring home from the store. It's not addictive like the kind that comes in a box. So...when you get that craving, realize this is what they are talking about concerning "emotional eating," and deal with it by eating yogurt, fruit, or something else. In cases where you're going to shoot yourself in the foot if you don't get any, then get in the car and drive to McDonald's. SparkPeople says that even if you get the adult size cone, it's only 150 calories.
And I don't want to forget to say, congratulations on not giving in to that temptation. We have some strong ladies on the CMW team - you beat the ice cream and AMY beat the professional popcorn at the bank the other day! YAHOO!
CHAR

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WENDYSPARKS 8/17/2010 10:27AM

    A little ice cream is good!! lol

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CAROLYNVIL 8/17/2010 10:25AM

    Ice cream and sherbet are a big thing for me also. If I have them I usually replace a meal with them,but I have to watch it as I cannot stop either. DH had the rest of the sherbet but it wasn't that much just a portion for him, for me 2 portions and I already had one.He has been doing very well with his weight loss 24 pounds in 6 months isn't bad, wish I had lost that much. and he does't excerise. Oh well! I'll find out how much I lost next week when I go to the Doctor, I can't remember what I weighed 6 months ago. I'm going on and on. any way good for you not eating the ice cream and you do need protein every day.

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THE DOCTOR SMILED COMING IN, I SMILED GOING OUT

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Well, a lot of questions to answer.
1. About my painful foot. It is no longer painful but is swollen which is nothing new. Two NSAID'S did the trick. I took my third tonight.
2. I have only two more knee injections to go and I think my knees are getting better. I plan to go to the gym tomorrow and do what i can. It is so discouraging when one thing happens then another but I AM AN OVERCOMER AND IT WON'T GET ME DOWN.
3. I picked up my special shoes today while my feet were swollen as that is the time to do it and they fit good.
4. Then to the heart specialist today to see the results of the stress test. He came in emoticon. He told me that when I had my last stress four years ago there was something he didn't like in my heart. He said today my heart was perfect. So I had a emoticonwhen I walked out. He said come back in six months.
5. I went to TOPS and weighed in. I had lost 6 pounds last week and knew it was water and my doc said that is what might have caused the pain in my toe. This week I gained 2 back but hope I can Lose the last 5 and make it to my goal weight.
This was easier than writing to everyone who asked.
God bless you all. I appreciate my Spark Friends so much and also my TOPS friends. We had such fun tonight.
Irene

  
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THEEXERCISER 8/16/2010 11:32AM

    I am so happy that things are turning out to be more positive for you!

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PAMAPPLE 8/16/2010 10:25AM

    Irene, what great news about your heart! Not only does diet and exercise help us lose weight but helps improve our health. As for your heart, it's perfect, now!

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DIDMIS 8/16/2010 9:39AM

    Thanks again all. I am glad I made you smile SPARKEE and that you were reminded you were an overcomer.

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SPARKEE 8/16/2010 9:26AM

    I smiled when Iread your post! emoticon

I love that you reminded me that we ARE overcomers!



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MOM4407 8/15/2010 10:51PM

    Your doing great keep up the good work

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    Your doing great keep up the good work

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DDCLEADER 8/15/2010 8:02AM

    Irene you are a true inspiration to me.
Glad things are going better with you and hope your knees continue to improve.
God Bless you my friend

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MARIANTONIA2 8/14/2010 11:20PM

    Congratulations, Irene! Keep up the good work.

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DIDMIS 8/14/2010 9:33PM

    Well, four years ago when I had my stress test the doctor didn't like what he saw as it showed a leakage. Now he says there is nothing. I think taking the weight off has helped me in so many different ways.


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HAPPYMOM8 8/14/2010 8:00PM

    Doctor didn't tell us anything we didn't already know about your heart! It IS perfect! Pat emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/14/2010 7:29PM

    Rock, Gloria, like rocking along in the old rocking chair?? emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 8/14/2010 3:33PM

    emoticonYou rock Irene, you really do!!
Love you doll!
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LAVENDERLILY 8/13/2010 7:54PM

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Great news! It sounds like you are getting better and better!

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MOM1014 8/13/2010 4:08PM

    Glad you hear your good news!! Keep smiling!Hugs,
Lee

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REVELATIONGIRL 8/13/2010 3:00PM

    emoticon Praise God for the good reports!! I'm so glad your shots are helping. You're amazing, girl! God bless you!!


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CAROLYNVIL 8/13/2010 2:44PM

    So glad every thing turned out well,great news.

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 8/13/2010 1:16PM

    Hi Irene,

Glad that things are looking better for you. TOPS does help and I know all about the + and - 's. Let just say that, " I am glad I am here" with regards to my wgt. release at my weekly meeting this week.

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HISOWN1 8/13/2010 1:02PM

    you go girl

keep up the good work!

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SALSMITH 8/13/2010 10:07AM

    Irene - So glad you got good news! You are such a special lady to our team. God is so Good. Walking with God doesn't mean we won't have problems in life, but holding His hand we are assured of our Heavenly Home and seeing Him face to face! What a day that will be.... Love ya... Hugs will keep praying for you.
Have a great day. Thanks for posting...

Sallie

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TXDREAMSPINNER 8/13/2010 7:54AM

    That is great news! I am glad everything is good with your heart and that your knees are doing better. You are a very strong person to work through all of that. Such an inspiration.

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MOTHER-NATURE 8/13/2010 5:00AM

    Irene God is good ... I am so happy to hear all your great news.

Hugs

Niki

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MUJU71 8/13/2010 2:58AM

    Great news!
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AHEALTHIERJAN 8/13/2010 12:39AM

    Thanks for letting us know. I'm glad you have such wonderful news.

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SUNNYWBL 8/13/2010 12:29AM

    So why did you bop marcy with the skillet?

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CHARDANU 8/13/2010 12:11AM

    Thanks for the report IRENE; been waiting to hear. What a relief on that heart business, huh?!! Thank you Lord! Sounds like you're dealing with everything just great and confessing in agreement to the Word that you are an overcomer! Praise the Lord!
CHAR

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DADDYS_GIRL6 8/13/2010 12:08AM

    Thanks for letting us know how you are doing! You are such an encouragement to others, that when you are down, lots of us are concerned! We are so thankful the Lord Jesus has answered our prayers and you are doing so very well! :)

Hugs to you my Friend!!
Daddy'sGirl

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    I am glad to hear your good news! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 8/12/2010 11:42PM

    Wonderful news Irene! You are a great inspiration to all of us and we appreciate your letting us know when things are going well for you as well as not. You always have a smile and your faith will see you through any obstacles you may face.
We love you too.
Pat

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KOOLNANA5 8/12/2010 11:33PM

    Great new, Irene! I loved the 'smiling' parts .. lol Good for you emoticon

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NELLIEBLUE 8/12/2010 11:29PM

    Glad to hear your good news I'm sure it's been on your mind always a relief to go to doctor and get good news.


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HAPPYBASKET 8/12/2010 11:10PM

    Irene, you didn't need to have the Dr. tell us that you have a perfect heart. We all know it brcause you always show it. Plus your Christian Missionary work proves it. I thank you for the ovely Best wishes & I know that I am fortunate to have had a partner for so long. I tease him because he was gone almost all of the time for our first 23 years of marriage so he is going to have to put up with me for 23 extra years. OH MY.
God Bless you Irene.

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CHARHUNT1 8/12/2010 11:06PM

    whoo hoo! this is all good news
Thanks, Irene for letting us know.

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/12/2010 11:04PM

    Wow! Isn't THAT a great day!? Don't sweat those last 5# -- they're on the run from your healthy habits! Hugs, Susie

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MONTY68 8/12/2010 11:04PM

    Hi Irene
Just look at you , yes you are indeed an overcomer.
I am glad the pain in your foot is gone, you can deal with the swelling. The doctor told you that the shots would help you and they are, I guess it takes that thing called time. When you go to the gym, do what you can and this is not a do more than you can time. You will have plenty of days to get to the gym.
I think your heart specialist was the best news, I love your smile coming out.
Now , the weight thing, Your body made the adjust and you only have 5 pounds to release. That WILL happen and you know that, No reason to hope for it, just KNOW it WILL and it will come in its right time. I believe that for you.
You have had a very good day, a lot of good news and believe me you have worked hard on yourself to get to this point in time. Congratulations and thanks for sharing the good news.

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YJNANA 8/12/2010 10:50PM

    I am Smiling with you IRene, your quite the inspiration to us all.
Wonderful News :)

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DIDMIS 8/12/2010 10:42PM

    I was waiting for all the reports to come in as I didn't know what to tell you yet.

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JULIEFRANCES112 8/12/2010 10:37PM

    That's great news Irene. Glad to hear all is well. I'm sure you'll lose those last 5 pounds. Keep smiling.
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DEE_LITED 8/12/2010 10:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon IRENE!! Thank you for sharing your good report. We have all wondered how things are for you and now we know! emoticon

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BORN2BE 8/12/2010 10:34PM

    We all know you have a perfect heart Irene because you are always so sweet. I am so glad your tests went well.

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I DID IT AGAIN

Monday, August 02, 2010

Well, I realized 2 days a week at the senior fitness wasn't going to do it for me. Especially since I am usually booked one of those days.
So today I enrolled in the GYM again.
I have lost a lost of strength as I have only been walking and not too much.
So today, the first day I took it easy.
I did the emoticonfor 15 minutes and it did not hurt my knees.
Then I did 15 minutes of the upper body machine after the which went to the circuit room and did 15 minutes on the machines I can master.
At the gym I can choose my own hours and days. They are closed Saturday and Sunday though as no one was going.
Just to let you know.
Irene the emoticon

  
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YATMAMA 8/7/2010 1:50PM

    Good for you! I'm proud of you!! I hope to get back into a regular routine of going to the pool once my kids are in school.

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LADY_KATHY 8/7/2010 12:01PM

    Now if I can just go to the gym : )

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DADDYS_GIRL6 8/7/2010 11:30AM

    Dear Irene, I am so sorry. Wish I had a magic wand to make it go away. I actually have something better, I can pray! Dear Lord Jesus please heal Irene's toe. Show her what is causing it if it is something she is eating or doing. Give her Your strength to endure the pain and give her Your Grace to accomplish all she needs to do! In Your Precious Name, Amen!

Bless you Irene for not giving up! You are a great example to us all!! Hugs!!

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DIDMIS 8/7/2010 10:51AM

    Thank you everyone. I acquired a new problem in the night. I got gout in my big toe which is very painful no matter the position I am in.
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Seems if it isn't one thing tis another.

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MEWAJES 8/7/2010 10:41AM

    I am impressed, you justkeep going. Good for you.

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PAMAPPLE 8/6/2010 7:23PM

    Good to recognize that you were losing strength and joined the gym again. It's really important as we age to keep up the strength training to keep our muscles strong as well as the aerobics for healthy heart.

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LAVENDERLILY 8/3/2010 11:32PM

    Good for you,Irene!

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    emoticon IRENE! Good job!!! emoticon

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ANNEBURNELL 8/3/2010 7:59AM

    Way to go Irene! Listen to your body and pace yourself.

Stay strong,
Anne

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VILLAGE2051 8/3/2010 1:01AM

  Why am I hesitating to do what you do? We have a gym right across from my retirement home and yet I am very reluctant to use it. Thanks for writing about what you do. I'm really giving serious thought to starting it in September. Since you have always been so kind, I will let you know if I do and if I do, your blog pushed me to do it.

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SUNNYWBL 8/2/2010 11:52PM

    I thought you had done the 'blizzard' thing again when you wrote 3 blogs with very similar titles!

I gurss I gotta wonder why you quit the gym so fast unless it was a $ thing.I sure know what thats like!

I'm so happy that you reported no pain in your knees during and after your workout today. I hope you put some ice on them when you got home, just in case of a delayed reaction. Did you elevate your legs?


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DIDMIS 8/2/2010 11:24PM

    I DON'T KNOW WHY I HAVE TWO ENTRIES FOR MY BLOG. LOL
I don't know how to fix it so guess it stays like it is.


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BPULLOS 8/2/2010 10:47PM

    Irene you rubbed off on me...I needed to "do it again too" so tonight instead of sitting here and complaining that it was too hot to walk outside....I went to the Y and rode the bike for 30 minutes...then did a full strength workout and finished up with a mile on the treadmill....I feel so accomplished instead of just sitting here and surfing the web. We can "do it"...thanks for all your encouragement through your own personal trials.



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    Good Job!!


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MONTY68 8/2/2010 10:37PM

    Hi Irene
I am so proud of you. You are determined to meet your goal and you WILL. If you look at what you did today after not going for a while you did fantastic. I think you made a good choice and one that gives you so much more flexibility in days and times. I liked what you said about the senior fitness wasn't going to work for you. You are so aware of what you need.
Congratulations on your decision and the workout you did today.

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JULIEFRANCES112 8/2/2010 10:23PM

    Wow that's great Irene, good for you. Now where can I get some of that energy? emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 8/2/2010 10:19PM

    emoticon What an inspirational blog!

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NELLIEC 8/2/2010 10:19PM

    Sounds great that you didn't get any knee pain!

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DAYHIKER 8/2/2010 9:49PM

    Good for you, Irene! You set a good example! I turned 61 recently and am learning why my dad used to say that he felt a definite slow down after 60. Whoa.

How's it going with your no ice cream challenge??? Hmmm? I broke down and bought some of the Weight Watcher fudge bars to have on the nights that I have met my daily nutrition goals and want a treat. Tasty!

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KAYDE53 8/2/2010 9:48PM

    Good for you!! That's great!! You're getting out there & doing what you can do & soon you'll be back to where you were. I think you're awesome & hope I can do as well at your age!! I go to Curves & I love to see the older gals there; they're such an inspiration to me, and some of them can really give you a run for your money too!! God bless you and have a great week!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYBUGRUNNER 8/2/2010 9:47PM

    Good for you Irene!! You are not a turtle silly!

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I DID IT AGAIN

Monday, August 02, 2010

Well, I realized 2 days a week at the senior fitness wasn't going to do it for me. Especially since I am usually booked one of those days.
So today I enrolled in the GYM again.
I have lost a lost of strength as I have only been walking and not too much.
So today, the first day I took it easy.
I did the emoticonfor 15 minutes and it did not hurt my knees.
Then I did 15 minutes of the upper body machine after the which went to the circuit room and did 15 minutes on the machines I can master.
At the gym I can choose my own hours and days. They are closed Saturday and Sunday though as no one was going.
Just to let you know.
Irene the emoticon

  
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HAPPYMOM8 8/3/2010 9:10PM

    WOOHOO!

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DIDMIS 8/2/2010 11:15PM

    Thank you everyone so much and thank you for the advice to not overdo it BLESSEDGRANDMA.
Irene

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BLESSEDGRANDMA 8/2/2010 10:43PM

    Keep up the good work. Just listen to your body so you don't overdo it. Be blessed!!! emoticon

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