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Thursday, May 02, 2013

The internet went out in my building and I'm waiting to (hopefully) get it back. Until then I will rarely be able to check in with you. Please do not worry about me, I am doing better than I have in quite a while. Since I have been having a lot of trouble sticking to a vegan diet, I am doing something a little different, but trying to eat fruits and vegetables and starches as much as possible.
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So hopefully when the internet comes back to me, I will come back to you thinner and healthier than I leave. I hope it isn't long. I will miss you and your encouragement and even more, your sense of humor. You keep me laughing.
Love to you all,
Janet
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TXMEMAW6 5/4/2013 10:36AM

    Don't worry, Janet, we'll be here ready and waiting to hear from you whenever you get your internet back up and running. Thanks for letting us know you're not just leaving us without a legitimate excuse...lol. Keep us posted when you can and take really good care of yourself. Hugs coming your way!

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BELDONDOG1 5/3/2013 6:53PM

    I hope you get it back soon. Don't worry about you? I always worry when I don't see you around. I can attribute my weight gain to worrying about you--thanks, Janet, you'll be my perfect excuse! lol Love you girl! (hugs) Noel

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/3/2013 2:12PM

    Good luck, Janet. Good to hear from you and sorry you don't have very good access right now. Maybe you can use the extra time for making things better for you. Glad to hear you are doing well!! Hugs, Jeannie

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/3/2013 9:04AM

    If only we had the sense to turn off our technology every once and a while. I think it's all a good thing in moderation (both on and off). Glad you're doing well.

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HONOURIA 5/2/2013 11:43PM

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IMSOOZEEQ 5/2/2013 11:41PM

    Mom, I have no doubt that you will return with a shout and a click of the red shoes!


Love you!!

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SPEEDY143 5/2/2013 10:58PM

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Reality Check...groan

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

If anyone has visited my SparkPage, you might have noticed that I finally changed my ticker to over 200. Yes, I'm back in Twoterville and have been for a while. I had determined that I wouldn't move my ticker until I could move it down, but it wasn't happening, so I moved it up to the +27 lbs that I gained. I was hoping to move steadily back to Onederland and then on to 190 where I was when the holidays swamped me.
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I also decided to post my real chronological age of 70. It's not that I mind being 70, it's just that it becomes a convenient excuse. I hear it around me all the time. Oh, I can't do that, I'm getting older now. Or, now that I'm older I have to expect to get this or that disease. Well, I'm not having it.
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So I tell people that I'm almost 50. (I'm not fooling anyone) It's all about attitude. If I'm not looking in the mirror, it's easy to forget I'm 70. It's just a number after all. But I find it makes a difference when I tell myself I'm almost 50. I act differently and think differently about a lot of things. We really can trick our brains with our words. Even when we are well aware that we're doing it.
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I live in a senior apartment building. My friends range in age from about 64 to 91. Every now and then something will come up about how things are now that we're older, and then someone will say, except for Janet, she's only 50.
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The other day I was doing my re-certification for my apartment with the manager of my building. I mentioned that I was almost 50. (He just turned 50 this year.) He said, "How did you manage to live in this building?" (You have to be at least 62 to live here.) I winked at him and said, "I have an arrangement with the manager."
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So try it. Age is just a number. It's boring to just take the one someone else wants you to have. Choose for yourself. Let them lead their lives. You lead yours.

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 4/23/2013 10:44PM

    I sincerely believe you are what you think. If you think young, yet behave responsibly, you're bound to have that young-at-heart attitude that keeps you young physically.

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LISBETHSALANDER 4/19/2013 5:53PM

    You're fantastic and you don't define yourself by what you see reflected back from others. I am proud of you. You'll get back to onederland and it will be time to celebrate again!
I am so glad to have met you on Sparkpeople. Have a great weekend.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/17/2013 10:12AM

    Many times it is hard to be honest with ourselves about our weight. Changing the ticker is one good step. I know I have done that too. I didn't want to face the fact that I had gained - but when I did I was able to start back to losing.
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STRIVERONE 4/16/2013 11:45PM

    I have to echo the other people who would never have thought you were seventy from seeing your picture. I think it's good to have a realistic ticker even if you keep it private.

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READYBETTY 4/16/2013 11:23PM

    Youhave a great attitude! We're more than a number!

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STEPH-KNEE 4/16/2013 10:37PM

    Gosh I am so proud of you!! I have done the "ticker dance" too... where I keep telling myself no no, it'll be okay, I'll catch back up to the ticker and then I can start moving it down. Then when so much time has past I start to get discouraged. What I do enjoy though after the dreaded "reset" at a higher weight... is I love moving it back down weekly. Now that you have changed it, ALL OF US can celebrate with you when you start moving it back down. We can celebrate all the lost pounds, and root you on like crazy! Because I know you are strong enough to get back into Onederland. I hope I can join you. You know I've been struggling to get there over 6 months, maybe we can get there together and then we can do our best to keep each other from heading back to Twoterville!

You look fabulous, I would have never in a million years guessed you were 70, and I guess that's why they say you are only as old as you feel. I am proud of you for not settling for a weight that you don't want... you aren't letting anything hold you back and I admire that! emoticon emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 4/16/2013 10:28PM

    Well Mom, I know of what you speak. I didn't like changing my ticker either. I have changed it up a bit to show pounds lost toward a short term goal instead of my weight. I like that idea for now. I change it up from time to time. We do have to change our mindsets to keep things fresh and positive! Although I have been feeling over 50 lately, I am not going to put up with it any longer! I have got to get back to feeling 30 as I like that feeling so much better! I can't wait to see you tomorrow. Not sure just when we will get on the road but I hope to be out of here before 10am.

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JILL313 4/16/2013 10:16PM

    Hi Janet, I never wouldn't have guessed your age based on your SP Picture. You can be young at 70 or as old as the Hills at 50--it does depend on how you think about life, etc. I also love your spirit and good attitude. My mil died at 93 years old and she was one of the youngest thinking people I've ever met. So interested in others and life. I sure miss her to this day. . .we were good friends. . .So, you feel young so why not enjoy Life to the Max. I have no doubt you'll be in Onederland again just do what you did before and soon you'll be celebrating your success. Take good care.

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NANCYPAT1 4/16/2013 9:33PM

    I love all of you ONEDERFUL people regardless of whether you are in ONEDERLAND , TWOTERVILLE, or whatever. I love you whether you lose a couple of hundred pounds or gain them. This is about friendship and friends are HONEST with themselves because they DESERVE the honesty and are HONEST with each other because they KNOW we all love each other - no MATTER what. You will get there - it would be hard to do until you admitted to yourself that you needed to get serious and make a change for YOU.

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IOWAGRAMMA 4/16/2013 7:42PM

    And how is that arrangement working for you? You never know...I may need one some day! LOL! It is all about numbers to so many people...age, weight, money, counting this or that. But, you are so right...it is attitude that really makes the difference. Congrats on facing reality, even if it is a number. I'll be doing the same this weekend, and yes...I've been back in Twoterville for a while, too, and I'm not liking it one bit. Working on it....!!! Love, Jeannie

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BELDONDOG1 4/16/2013 7:13PM

    Janet, I don't care if you're 95 or 45, 200# or 400#----I love you just because you' re you. You've been a good friend. You have a great attitude and l love you having an "arrangement" with the manager lol. (hugs) noel


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FUSIONFITNESS3 4/16/2013 6:30PM

    Love that attitude.
So glad you've updated the ticker. We have to admit the gains, come to grips with it, before we can turn it around. You know what to do next. You can turn this around. I know you will.

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Take it where you can get it.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I was walking through Walmart today. You know those little TVs that are motion activated that start playing a commercial when you walk past?: Well, I walked past one and it said "Yummy." I said "Thank you," That's not the way I generally think of myself, but I'll take a compliment any time I can get one. emoticon

  
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MASTERPIECE8 4/15/2013 1:17PM

    emoticon How funny. I love it.

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BELDONDOG1 4/14/2013 5:11PM

    Janet, you are a riot--proud to consider you my friend! Noel

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NANCYPAT1 4/14/2013 4:03PM

    Too cool - I would have laughed myself silly and LOVE the fact you thought of yourself in such a positive way.

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ESILBO 4/14/2013 2:31PM

    JANET, YOU ARE SOMETHING, BUT YUMMY WOULD NOT HAD COME TO MY MIND...LOL
BUT IF IT FITS, GRAB IT.

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IOWAGRAMMA 4/14/2013 10:18AM

    Awesome! Now I know what to say when that happens to me, although I have to say I never heard one say "Yummy!" emoticon

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JILL313 4/14/2013 9:57AM

    emoticon emoticon Hi Janet, How great!! You never know when you'll get a nice compliment so take it and enjoy it! Maybe I should go there as I could use one right now! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 4/14/2013 3:14AM

    Mom I laughed so hard I snorted! See you Wednesday!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/13/2013 11:47PM

    Sweet!

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Amazing, I am still in awe

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I don't know what to say about this video. I just know I had to share it. I have not had much luck sharing videos in the past, so if it doesn't work, please ask MOMFAN how to get it. She shared it with me. It is only about 10 min. and more than worth your time.
God bless you all,
Janet

skitguys.com/videos/item/gods-chisel

  
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JAMIEMOE11 3/26/2013 12:28AM

    emoticon emoticon I was so blessed!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/8/2013 11:00PM

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SHARON10002 3/8/2013 2:48PM

    The link worked. You did a great job, and thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. A very powerful message that brought tears to my eyes.

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JILL313 3/6/2013 12:12AM

    Thank you Janet for sharing this. It is terrific. I'll have to find out more about them. Take good care of Yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMFAN 3/5/2013 11:45PM

    Hey you were successful! Thanks for sharing!!

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ROXYZMOM 3/5/2013 8:00PM

    Thanks!

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BELDONDOG1 3/5/2013 5:56PM

    The video was great--thanks for sharing!! (hugs) noel

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MASTERPIECE8 3/5/2013 5:07PM

    Janet, it was terrific!

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THINAGIN2 3/5/2013 4:16PM

    That was powerful! Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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NANCYPAT1 3/5/2013 1:58PM

    Thanks for sharing that with us.

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ESILBO 3/5/2013 12:12PM

    THE VIDEO WORKED PERFECTLY, THANK YOU JANET
LISE

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IMAVISION 3/5/2013 9:14AM

    WOW!

Powerful!

Thank you for sharing this!

God bless!

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READYBETTY 3/5/2013 8:12AM

    Great video!!

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LYNNWANNABE 3/5/2013 3:35AM

    I've seen this before.. but it IS worth rewatching, so thanks for sharing! Very good! emoticon

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SPEEDY143 3/5/2013 2:48AM

    Character over image... amen to that!! God don't make junk... haven't heard that in a long time and couldn't agree more. Enjoyed the video and have bookmarked the site emoticon emoticon

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REDMOUNTAIN 3/5/2013 1:52AM

    I will watch.

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But it was supposed to be HAM!

Friday, November 23, 2012

First, let me thank all my wonderful SparkFriends who sent me goodies and/or commented on my sparkpage or activity feed wishing me a happy Thanksgiving and leaving me encouragement. I am so blessed by every one of you.
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My DD Merry and I decided that neither of us wanted to go to the trouble of a turkey or stuffing. We decided ham would be much easier. So...she bought an 18+ lb. spiral-cut ham. We were going to have Stouffer's mac & cheese, Idahoan potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, etc. When Tayler (my granddaughter spent the night with me Wed.) got to DD's house, she had made 2 pies and was planning on 4 more. Several people had requested a whole one for themselves. (Not me, have no fear SparkFriends) She had not yet looked at the ham to see how long it would have to be in the oven and the mac & cheese and green beans both needed to be in the oven.
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I looked at the ham and it would take at least 4.5 hours to heat through. We would have to eat it cold (It said that was okay) and forget the glaze. So she put together two more pies and put them in the oven.
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DS (Tayler's daddy) showed up with Kirby, DGS, about 12:00 and said he could stay awhile. He brought chocolate covered pretzels, fortunately a small bag, so I was unable to make a pig of myself, having to share with DD, DS, and 6 grandchildren. He also brought very hot cheetos, I ate one and was sorry.
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DIL was working at the church. They were serving dinners to the community. They fed about 400. This is a small church, but they do a lot of outreach. They offered dinners to all the people in the community who had to work that day, as well as people who called in for deliveries and people who came to the church for dinner. At about 1:00 she told DS she would be with us about 2:00, she was eating dinner there at the church. He told her if there was food left over to bring some with her.
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About 15 minutes later a couple showed up at the door with dinner for all of us. DDIL sent them. There were turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, and rolls. So we all pitched in and ate delicious turkey dinners and then put everything we had planned to have, away for Christmas. Except for the pies, of course. emoticon
For the first time ever, our Christmas dinner is planned and purchased before Christmas Eve. It's a good feeling.
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So I had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day, family, feasting, and fun. I hope you had a wonderful day, too. God is so good. The only downside to all this was I expected to bring a ham sandwich home for later. Just between you and me, I guess that's just as well.
In about 3 minutes it will officially be the Christmas season. So Merry Christmas, too. May God bless you every day!
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LYNNWANNABE 3/2/2013 8:38AM

    What a neat blog... emoticon

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FLYINGPIGS165 1/4/2013 1:25PM

    Glad your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Ours was a little weird (see m y blog) but we had the usual crowd of family and friends and were very blessed. Happy New Year!!

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TALENKARR1 12/2/2012 10:29AM

    nom nom nom...yummy!

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IMSOOZEEQ 11/30/2012 4:39AM

    Mom,

I wish we had been there with you all. It sounds like you had a great time. We enjoyed out day and our Safeway dinner. We are now looking forward to Marlie's party on Saturday. It is official, Greyson and Camilla will be there. We are glad that Marlie's best bud will be celebrating with her.

Love ya!

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IMAVISION 11/25/2012 12:29PM

    I enjoyed my peek into your holiday, Janet!

We were with our youngest & her husband - at their home two states over. We had a lovely time. SIL #2 did a deep fried turkey - surprisingly tender meat & no grease. I am still trying to get my mind around that way of cooking a turkey.

I did super great about food choices made & am feeling proud of myself, don't you know?

God bless!

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JINLYNN 11/24/2012 7:43PM

    What a wonderful day you had!

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BELDONDOG1 11/23/2012 10:18PM

    Janet, sounds like everyone was happy to help with your Christmas dinner lol--must be a great feeling to have that all made up already. I think it is so nice how people are taken care of for the holidays by churches, companies and food centers. It's too bad that their shelves stay pretty much empty during the rest of the year. My heart goes out to families with children that have nothing. After all the hoopla about what organizations do with donated money, I don't know who to trust anymore. So for the last couple of years, I've tried being a "secret Santa" to someone I know needed it. At least I know or I hope I know where the money went.
You didn't mention a word about Sue--how is she doing and was she with you guys yesterday? Tell her we miss her. ((hugs)) to you and your family! Noel

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IOWAGRAMMA 11/23/2012 5:39PM

    emoticon Great day for everyone!! Love, Jeannie

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STITCH4EVER 11/23/2012 3:36PM

    WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING AND INCREDIBLE HOLIDAY YOU HAD! AND CHRISTMAS SHOULD BE JUST AS MUCH FUN SINCE PART OF THE WORK IS ALREADY DONE!


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KADYSMOM11 11/23/2012 12:40PM

    what a wonderful day you had! Indeed you are blessed! emoticon

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JILL313 11/23/2012 12:18PM

    Janet, I loved hearing about your Thanksgiving. . .and Turkey was the perfect choice, and they do make great sandwiches. I love both turkey and ham but overate big time turkey and all the fixings yesterday. I'm moving forward today. I'm so glad you stayed within your calorie range, at least I assume you did. What wonderful family and friends you have. Sounds like a Terrific Thanksgiving for you and your family.

Hugs,

Jill

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HI-NRG 11/23/2012 12:08PM

    That was a nice day you had. Sounds absolutely perfect. We have a lot to be thankful for.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/23/2012 11:21AM

    Some days just do not go as planned. Glad you were surrounded by loved ones to bless this day.

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HYATTI1 11/23/2012 10:09AM

    Sounds like you Daughter in Law was watching over you all. I love small community churches and how they seem to find a way to reach out sometimes better than the larger ones. I also have a few issues with them, but that is nother story for another day. I am glad you enjoyed your day with family and gave your daughter a break so that she didn't have to cook much more than the pies. You didn't mention what kind of pies did she make.

Nice blog ....

Joanna

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TCANNO 11/23/2012 4:05AM

    A very busy day.... emoticon

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