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Weekend choices

Thursday, August 16, 2012

For most of my working life I worked shifts, weekends, holidays, etc. Weekend choices haven't been a big deal for me because of this. Where I seemed to run into the most problems was when we were really busy and I couldn't get to what i brought. Those times, it was easier to get something from the machines. You can imagine how healthy that was. At least I would always chose the diet soda!!

If I didn't take anything, I always asked one of the officers to bring me a salad from where ever they would eat. Sometimes I could eat it, sometimes I couldn't get to it and would take it home and eat it as soon as i got home. For about a year I dated a fellow who loved to cook and when I worked afternoons - 5PM - 3AM, he would bring me a steak, pork chop, ham, etc, a baked potato, and veggie - usually brussel sprouts as they are one of my very favorites. It was always good, but I didn't know about portions then. That meant that I always ate too much as far as calories are concerned. The biggest thing is I always tried to make healthy choices. i liked most of my food either baked, grilled, broiled or fresh. My veggies have always been important, too. As much as I love a lot of fruits, I have never had that much with my meals until Spark. Now I try to have at least one fruit for lunch and one for dinner.

Since I was single at both departments where I worked, I always traded with whoever had to work on holidays so they could be with their families. Sadly, most of the time they thanked me with cookies, breads, dips, etc. Those times were my most difficult to chose wisely!! And the chief or one of the officers wives would bring turkey with all the trimmings at Christmas and ham or lamb at Easter. They would bring both hamburgers and hot dogs on the picnic holidays. One time our one chief brought in a slab of ribs. I was good then as I have never cared for ribs.

The thing is, sometimes with the way I worked, I was there on weekends, too. I would have one weekend a month off. I can say that it makes healthy choices a lot easier for me now. Bob worked shifts at the mine, too, so he's the same way. Even with holidays, we often will not have traditional meals unless we have my brother here or we are with him. Strangely enough turkey is our meal of choice. Bob loves to make turkey and does really, really well. He uses wine to help flavor and keep moist rather than butter. He does rub it with a light coat of olive oil, but not too much.

Since we have both been using Spark and he was diagnosed with diabetes, we really follow suggestions from the recipe section or articles on exchanging the higher for the fewer calories. I have also learned portion sizes really well and that has really, really helped our choices all week long. Bob's sugar has been under control for 6 months now! I'm so proud of him. My biggest downfall is dairy. i love cheese, butter, milk, and sour cream. i must really watch those. But that's ok. I know what it is and can watch amounts.

I was wondering if it is harder for you on weekends or if you don't even think about it and go on as the rest of the week. Do you have a plan to help you make those better choices? How about tips? Are there any you care to share?
Your opinions and ideas always interest me. What about your families? Are they with you on the wise choices?

Peace, love, and hope to all of my Spark Buddies. I love all of you!!



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MEDDYPEDDY 8/19/2012 2:07AM

    Weekends are easier because I have time to plan and time to cook and I donīt have to put it in a lunchbox. This autumn I am trying to make a work schedule that allows me to work from home after lunch - meaning I donīt have to brin a lunch box.

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Q8PRINCESS 8/19/2012 12:46AM

    Didn't work weekends, just the occasional Saturday when no one was in the plant and I could work on some sensitive equipment without interruption. Portion control is always the hardest part for me.

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/18/2012 2:56PM

    You've made such wise transition to improved, healthy living. Major kudos to you and Bob.

As a retired person, everyday can be the weekend, so the days begin to blur into each other. I love this new freedom ... Although I've been enjoying this new lifestyle over three years. I eat out more than ever and enjoy making greatly improved selections.

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LOLAINSC 8/18/2012 12:55PM

    I purposely allot some extra calories on Sunday in order to have a special Sunday dinner and to help keep from slowing the metabolism down too much--I don't overdo it, just an extra 200 healthy calories or so to move me from the lowest end of my calorie range to the middle. I also work my meal plan around a Lean Cuisine pizza for Friday night. I am retired but I still try to make weekends something special. So I hope everybody is having a great weekend! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 8/17/2012 11:09PM

    I worked evenings for years until 1989. Then I finally got promoted to FT then and suddenly was switched to days. We had a Restaurant at the store, plus the bakery, deli and all sorts of goodies. I can certainly relate to some of the food choices i made in the past.

What I find is I always eat fast. So accustomed to 15 minute breaks.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2012 8:54PM

    Oh boy. As a nurse I worked all the shifts. Afternoons and midnights were the most difficult. The holidays were always temptation city as people would bring in any manner of fatty, sugary treat. Oh they were good, but from the lips to the hips!

Thank goodness Spark has taught me to plan my weekly menu, do the grocery list @ the same time and I big batch cook so I always have @ least 2-3 meals in the freezer which just require nuking in the micro. Helps on busy days for sure.

I always make DH's lunch the night before so there isn't the forgetful factor in there or lack of time. It's made and ready to grab-and-go.

I do weigh and measure (and track) my food. That helps too.

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NORASPAT 8/17/2012 8:07PM

    I like to keep my meals as simple as possible,I do not like sandwiches so fruit and vegetables along with protein keeps me going. Apples and pears are so portable so are carrot sticks Eating them with nuts they will not need refrigeration. Nuts are high fat so portion is small. I love almonds they satisfy my hunger. Keep working on the choices you can keep close to you during your working hours.
Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 8/17/2012 12:54PM

    When I worked, I worked the weekends and holidays. I tried to eat right but I realize now that my portion sizes were way to big. Now I am trying
to measure everything. Sometimes though I don't make the right choice,
especially at a relative's home. But I am trying.

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MUSOLF6 8/17/2012 11:50AM

    I know the feeling, I still work weekends, which I really don't mind too much. Thank you for the great blog emoticon

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DEBBY4576 8/17/2012 9:47AM

    Weekends now that I'm retired are just another set of days. I kept wondering throughout your blog what you did for a job. Then you said something about working at a mine. What on earth did you do?

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COACHPENNY 8/17/2012 4:24AM

    My husband and I were in the restaurant business....fast food....hot dogs and fresh cut frys, Italian beef sandwiches(homemade), sausage, polish, soft serve ice cream. I never ate a whole order of frys......just one at a time.....all day. I loved pop from the dispenser with crushed ice...another downfall. We worked long hours and weekends and stopped going to the gym.

Believe or not, we met playing volleyball at the YMCA. I weighed 102 lbs and was always very active. Played a lot of sports. We both loved to go out to eat and even after the we bought the restaurant, we continued to do so (nuts!) because we were too tired to cook after work. We tried to make healthy meals for ourselves at work but, it was so much easier to eat what we served. I gained over 50 pounds while we had that place. Hubby gained some too but, he is tall and I am vertically challenged.

When I was pregnant with our oldest, we put the place up for sale and it sold when she was 4 months old. Our youngest was born 2 years later. It took years to get back to any kind of regular exercise although I did go back to the Y. I made babyfood with fresh ingredients for the kids when they were small and made sure they ate right but I tended to not take as good of care of myself and hubby ate fast food at lunch.

It was an up and down kind of thing (mostly up) and various health issues kept me from keeping the weight off. I taught swimming on and off for years and started doing water aerobics because it was easier on my joints. Finally, I got serious and stated working out regularly, eliminated a lot of carbs and 40 pounds came off. I felt great and was doing all sorts of active, physical stuff walking, biking volleyball, water aerobics, swimming, kickboxing....then tore my rotator cuff. That surgery and another really set me back and I gained it all back and then some.

It's always hard to get back into a good place to lose weight again but, in 2007 my five cousins and I decided to do the 60 mile walk for breast cancer. I had been teaching swimming and water aerobics so, my training began in the water due to a foot injury and sciatica pain. My chiro told to only walk in the water initially. The pounds started coming off. When I finally switched over to land, the weight just kept coming off. Hubby joined me to help me train....it took about six months of training all told. All six of us completed the walk...it was grueling to say the least but, one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. I injured myself again on the walk (talking and walking and looking backwards LOL!) and back to the chiro, I went.

Joined Spark in July of 2008 to drop more pounds for our upcoming 25th anniversary trip. Lost more and I felt pretty darn good but, it's been a struggle to keep it off and continue losing again. Age and hormones are not cooperative but, I eat healthy and exercise regularly. Still have issues from old injuries and too many years of being a lady jock. I blew a couple of discs in my back last summer hauling dirt and was laid up for over 7 weeks. I love my chiro...she puts me back together each time. I also had a great physical therapist.

I still teach water aerobics but, gave up teaching swimming after the back injury. I'm a certified water fitness instructor, CPR/AED and have kept up my lifeguard cert as well. Have to keep up with continuing ed. and recerts so, it helps keep my mind sharp, too. Even with the extra weight I still carry, I feel pretty fit and intend to remain active forever or at least as long as the duct tape holds out!

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MARILYNS66 8/17/2012 12:03AM

    Liked your blogg - have been there done that. When I worked - prior to getting married - I had weekends off and tended to not eat well - and evenings could be a problem to but more so weekends when I was all alone.

I worked 20 years, then met the right man for me and married - gosh it will be 29 years this Christmas. He worked on the railroad so eating was a challenge for the 1st 25 years of our marriage - supper could be at 5 pm or at 10 pm depending on his arrival home. He has been retired now for 5 years and must say I think this has been the best 5 years yet having him home all the time - though at times him being underfoot can be a problem. But eating is now down at proper intervals and he tries to help make sure we have a balanced meal.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/16/2012 11:54PM

    My husband is military and is with a tactical squadron so he is often gone so my daughter and I have always eaten healthy.The hardest part when Al is home is he eats meals fast in case there is a call out or they have to do a search and rescue so I am always the poky one finishing by myself now that our daughter is married!

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Writing for yourself

Monday, August 13, 2012

Do you ever write, just for yourself because you have something you want to tell or get out of your system? This is something I enjoy doing. Some of you know I teach a class about keeping a journal. That is something I do just for me. I enjoy the writing process, but when I write in my journal, I just write. I don't worry about spelling, grammar, format, etc. I just free flow whatever is on my mind.

Sometimes I'll write poetry or make some remarks about a story that is swimming around in my head. I don't want to forget or not remember! I'll admit it - besides chemo brain, I have plenty of senior moments. Back to my journal....sometimes i'll even draw pictures or tape in pictures of outfits or shoes or accessories or hair cuts or........ well you get the idea. But mainly it is writing and it is for me.

As I was going through my cancer journeys, I tried to write how everything made me feel from my first visit to the surgeon, to the appointment when he told me the results were positive for cancer. Then I turned around and did it all over for the next cancer journey. It really helped me, too. I could express fears, when I was feeling really tired and sick, and the times I was so down I wanted to die than go through anymore. The best part - I didn't have to share any of it if I didn't want to. A lot of what I wrote is very private and no one else's business.

For my journey to a healthier life style I have a journal of goals. Now I keep goals for lots of different things in my life. I'll also write little phrases that help - like take baby steps! Remember, you didn't get out of shape and gain weight overnight and it isn't going to change over night. This journey has taught me that life is very fragile and too short to not be the best you possible. Part of that for me has to been positive and get rid of negativity, including people. I have found with my journaling how I feel about certain places, things or people and why I need to remove myself from them. Again, it is all private and just for me.

I try not to go back and read anything for at least a month, but in some cases I do. Once in awhile I'll need a reminder about things and that's when I go back to see why I feel the way I do.

One of my favorite things is to write about story subjects and a basic description of what I want to write. Sometimes if I have an idea of some of the characters, I'll even write about them. Of course all of this is subject to change, but it is always a good start. I have used several when I write the novels each November for NaNoWriMo. Once more this is all free flow and something I love to do. Sometimes I write about other projects I would like to do or have thoughts about doing.

To me this is all fun. I often add some of my lists to my journals. Yes, that is plural as I often have several going at the same time. I do keep one for all I am thankful for. I try to list five things everyday. That one has really taught me how blessed I am. I knew I was fortunate to have the things in my life that I do, but it never occurred to me just how much I have had and still do. Writing for myself also helps me stay sane.

Does anyone of my buds do things like this, too? If you do has it helped you with anything special? Do you have a safe place to keep it so no one sees it but you? I always tell my students to file them under taxes and no one will bother to look.

Peace, love, and blessings to all. I'm so glad all of you are in my life.


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LAVENDERLILY 8/15/2012 2:46PM

    emoticonRight now I am not journaling. However, I am deeply involved in a writing project that has turned into a book. The book is based on stories from my grandparents about life in a mining camp in the Mojave Desert in 1904 to 1915. It is such fun to see the characters come to life.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2012 8:39PM

    I am definitely a journaler from way back. I laughed so hard @ your suggestion to file it under taxes. What a fantastic idea!

Life has a way of presenting challenging situation in everyone's life. I have found that journaling really helps e deal with these types of situations more rationally, logically and systematically. So, I do it for me.

I just think it helps reduce stress for sure.


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MOM2ACAT 8/14/2012 3:52PM

    I keep a handwritten journal, and it really helps me to deal with stress, especially living with cancer. I express my darker thoughts and get them out without since a lot of people are uncomfortable talking about death and dying.

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EBEAMS 8/14/2012 2:22PM

    Under taxes ... LOL ... that is cute! I pretty much have my blogs that I do on here. I just saw a suggestion yesterday on Pinterest of something I hadn't heard of yet. You select and submit your favorite blogs (that you've written) and these companies will make them into a book for you! First of all, wow ... who would have thought of that? And secondly, how cool is that for something to pass down from generation to generation?

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GINNJEN1974 8/14/2012 7:19AM

    I used to do this but have fallen out of the habit. I am trying to make sure I blog here everyday for myself and maybe others too that come across it. I love how you use them in so many ways that I never even thought of too.

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PIMPINELLAN50 8/14/2012 2:07AM

    Every New Years Day i am starting a "new journal" but somehow after a few weeks always stop.My worry is that someone will read about my private thoughts and feelings.Also journaling is somewhat a struggle for me,as a grapple about what to write. emoticon As always,a Great Blog Ev! emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 8/14/2012 1:51AM

    I've tried a few time to keep a journal but never really did one.

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FLEMIDG 8/14/2012 1:00AM

    I would love to write a journal, but I always have a fear that someone will read it and make fun of me or know my private thoughts. Even though I now live alone, I am a little nervous about this. I would like to try, though. I think it would be good for me and may help me in dealing with the grief I am feeling over my dh's passing last year. Thanks for the great blog.


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HYE101 8/13/2012 11:44PM

    Thanks for sharing with us.
You helped me to appreciate my situation.

Have a great week !

Sam emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVIN_THE_LIFE 8/13/2012 11:31PM

    This post made me want to keep a journal again, but this time focused on my journey to healthiness rather than my teenage angst!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/13/2012 11:22PM

    Yes I too keep a journal. I write as if I were telling a story about my life to someone reading in the future ,which perhaps I will be.

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NORASPAT 8/13/2012 10:52PM

    I too blg daily and I love it i write it I read it and it makes me feel good on good days and if I am down i know others will come to cheer me up. I have no relatives about so Spark people makes up for that. Thanks for posting that Thanks a lot Pat in Maine. HUGS Take care emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 8/13/2012 10:05PM

    I don't keep a journal, except now I do by posting a blog pretty much every day. It's is more of a what I/we did, what happened sort of blog/journal.

My mom has kept a journal since the mid 60's of everyday things that happened in our family and sometimes how she felt or reacted to things that were going on. She has one for every year since she started writing the journals. We have taken them out on family get togethers and looked up what happened on our birthday, or holidays or events that happened in our family. Just reading them brings back memories of small details we had forgotten over the years. Our spouses enjoyed reading or hearing the entries since it gave them an insight to us three girls as we grew up.

My mom has asked me if she should throw them out, as she thought no one would be interested in them. I told her no way, we need to keep them since they are part of our family history that no one could tell in the way she has recorded it as it happened.

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TNEWME 8/13/2012 9:43PM

    I just wrote a blog where I talked about that I write what is on my mind. It is therapeutic for me. I have had some medical issues. and I actaully had a very special journal for my first surgery on my ankle. I put pictures in it and it was a reminder for how far I have come.
Two years later I had another surgery this time on my hand my right hand. So i typed my journal and used pictures. MANY pictures.
I think journaling is very important. and yes when I write just write what is going on in my mind. No worries about grammar or spelling. I do that every time I blog here!
Thanks for the lovely blog.!

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SHEILA-45 8/13/2012 9:24PM

    No, I can't find the words to say what needs to be said; I tend to internalize everything which drives me nutz! emoticon and I'm an English teacher... LOL So, I help my 12th grade students learn to write. Enjoy the week! emoticon

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MARILYNS66 8/13/2012 9:19PM

    Myself I have not kept journals but have an uncle that did. Let me tell you a little about this man.

Uncle Mart married my mom's sister many many years ago. 25 years ago when my dad was dying and at dad's funeral my hubby & I stayed with aunt and uncle. He was dealing with some medical problems and while having lunch one day I asked how he was feeling - his eyes clouded over and said he just heard from the doctor - he had cancer and did not have long to live. Here was a man that was giving us support in the death of my dad while he was going through so much himself.

At any rate months later uncled passed away leaving behind my dear aunt and for grown children and many many grandchildren. Months after his funeral my aunt was cleaning out some of his things as it was time to do so and low and behold she came across a bunch of journal notebooks bound together with bands.

She sat down and opened then looking at the 1st one - the 1st entry read about his meeting my aunt and how he fell in love with her - there was an entry for every day after that - some short, some long but all entries about his love for his wife and his family - how he felt on his wedding day, when his 1st child was born and so on. My aunt sat reading this with tears in her eyes, she never knew that he had kept a journal like this. There was a record of just over 50 years of their life together.

I share this as it meant a lot to me and to all of cousins - but for some reason I have not kept such a journal - but wouldn't it be nice to leave something along that line behind for the grieving family - uncles grandchildren and great grandchildren have the priviledge to read all about the time their grandparents were married and their love for each other -

Have a great day

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MELLIE25 8/13/2012 9:04PM

    Yes, particularly areas of problems in my life, when I know that in the future, I will look back and see that prayer answered in some way. More like journals to God in a way. Prayers or thoughts about different things.

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Are you a list maker?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Are you someone who sees list in the media and have to make them for yourself, too? Or do you make to-do lists, honey-do lists or project lists? We all should be making grocery lists to be sure we are buying the best for the least.

I guess you could say I'm a list maker. In a big way I am one, too. For example, I'll see a list of the best cars, favorite songs, best all time movies, actors, actresses, bands, etc. and there I am trying to make one of my own. I also make myself lists of things to accomplish for the day. I'm happy to get two or three of the most important done in a day. The others go on tomorrow's list. Often Bob will ask me to remember to remind him of something he has to do, so I'll make a list for him. For my projects lists, I'll write the projects I want to do, those that I am working on, and supplies I'll need for those.

Then there is the all time "Bucket List". I know some of the things I would add to make mine, but so far I haven't done so and that surprises me. With all of the goal setting I have been doing for the past 2 years or so, one would think I would have made one by now. Have you made your "bucket List" of things you want to do and/or see before you die? Do you think we need to share our lists? I also enjoy reading lists from others. Especially if it is the best of something like movies, books, music or art. I must limit my time on pinterest or I'd be checking others' lists all day long (when I'm not on Spark or exercising!).

Guess I need to add that list to my to-do list!!

Lots of peace, love, and health to all of my buds.

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TEENYSMOM 8/15/2012 8:21PM

    YES, I am a list maker. To do lists, mostly. I also love crossing off things that have been done. My only problem, is there is usually not enough hours in a day to get everything done. And I hate having to transfer stuff to the next day, or even week.


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ILOVETOCRUISE 8/14/2012 8:12AM

    Yes. I had 5 kids in 6 1/2 years and when they were young, I made a list of what I had to do for cleaning, washing, etc. It felt good to cross off something I had done. I still make lists and cross them off but not as rewarding.

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LILLI56 8/13/2012 9:48PM

    I learned how to use list from my older sister. She said that when she was cleaning house she would make a list and time how much time it would take to do a certain chore. Like make bed 15 minutes and if it only takes 7 you beat your time. I just love this way of organizing my chores and life. It is another way to beat your time.

I also make list of things I need to do or else I will forget what it was special that I had a need to do today. . Yeah a lot of senior moments. lol grocery list are priceless. Planning holidays in advance list are a must. Yes I just love lists!!!

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CARRAND 8/13/2012 8:09PM

    I love lists. I'm working on my list of things to do to get ready for my vacation, including things to pack.

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PMFISH 8/13/2012 12:56PM

    I don't make list any more. Just make appointments. Put all appointments in my phone and if there are no appointments, my days are mine to do with as the moment dictates. Use to have a list for everything, but could never find my lists, so just make appointments now. :)

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/13/2012 12:34AM

    I tend to make to do lists all the time.I accomplish more that way.

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MCJULIEO 8/12/2012 11:04PM

    Mostly mine are "Don't Forget This" Lists! (particularly if I'm travelling)

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KARIDIAN1 8/12/2012 7:30PM

    I make lists, on paper, on my Boogie Board and in my head. i love to cross out an item. I even will make the lists and write down something i have done that day for the satisfaction of crossing it out.

My lists tend to be to do lists. When i have breakfast with my mom on my day off, she usually has a list of things she needs to discuss with, or we need to do.

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MOM2ACAT 8/12/2012 4:27PM

    Mine are mainly "to-do" list. I feel a lot less stress, (especially with my "chemo brain") when I can write stuff done then I don't worry about forgetting something, and of course, it's a great feeling to cross something off!

I haven't made a bucket list, my type of cancer is not curable and I don't have much energy these days. If I don't make that kind of list, then I won't be setting myself up for disappointment. Besides, I believe when I get to Heaven, I will be able to do all the stuff I wanted to do here on Earth but couldn't.

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HEALTHYLADY12 8/12/2012 11:45AM

    yea i make mine half way.. i guess im a procrastin.. jk procratinator. I like list because it makes me feel im making a step closer to my goals.

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/12/2012 9:10AM

    I am a list maker, but not to the extreme!!! I believe we should each do what works best for us!! Now get to the lsit making!!!!

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JOYINKY 8/12/2012 8:18AM

    I absolutely make lists and I get more done with them even though I never get everything done. Sometimes it seems two things go on for every one scratched off. I'm a pencil and paper list maker; especially the to do lists; I want them visible all the time! It feels so good to scratch things off. No task is too small to be put on a list!
Hooping by my 70th birthday was a bucket list item. I don't have a lot of those. I'm really happy with where my life is at. Good topic!

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KASEYCOFF 8/12/2012 6:21AM

    There was a time when seeing the Pyramids 'for real' was high on my list; now it's relegated to 'If it falls into my lap, okay, elsewise it's nowhere near a priority.' But on that same list is seeing Easter Island 'for real,' and that's been on THE list for... well. Forty years or more, I guess. The Acropolis? Eh. Seeing the starry sky from a remote location in Greece? Oh my yes.

I like to think of my flexible lists as 'refined eclectic,' lol...

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TDWANDD2MYK9 8/12/2012 5:32AM

    I do make lists, then lose them! emoticon((HUGS)) emoticon

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MOTLEM 8/12/2012 3:29AM

    Yes I make lists too. It may be just me, but I can see no reason why anyone would have interest in a list that I would make.

DH would definitely be at a loss grocery shopping without the fortnightly list...that's a cert.


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STITCHINGNAN 8/12/2012 12:25AM

    Since having an I Pad I make lots of lists on it. They help me a lot.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/12/2012 12:24AM

    How do you make your lists? Do you use paper and pen? If so, have you tried using a computer instead? I've worked in accounting so I'm more comfortable with Excel than Word, so that's where my lists go. Though many programs will work. The big bonus of making lists on a computer instead of with paper and pen is when you're done with the list you delete it, instead of throwing away paper.

Also, many cell phones offer a notepad program where you can make lists that stay with you. Great for those grocery lists or to remember all the places you want to go when running multiple errands in a row.

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FLEMIDG 8/12/2012 12:18AM

    Sometimes I feel so stressed with so many things to do that making a list helps me. I can see what I need to do and check things off as I go along. This helps ease my stress.

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COACHPENNY 8/11/2012 11:51PM

    I like to do lists because then I can say...TA DA! when I cross something off.

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JAMER123 8/11/2012 11:15PM

    I am a list maker but not to your extent. I do the grocery shopping lists like most others and the honey do list (for both of us to look at) being the things we need to get done around here. Of course there is our calendar where all the items are put that we need to schedule!! Can't live without the calendar!

Have a very good week! emoticon emoticon

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MADAMES 8/11/2012 11:14PM

    I do make lists, but my husband makes even more lists. Together we have lots of lists!!


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MPLANE37 8/11/2012 10:45PM

    I do make lists too. More todo lists. Using variety of tools. Different software. Pen and paper. Post-its. All kinds. Reminders are good, otherwise it is easy to get carried away in ones own world without being too productive.

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SUNSHINE99999 8/11/2012 10:37PM

  Happiness to you too.

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Challenges while reaching goal

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Along the way on this journey I have faced some really difficult (for me) challenges. When I started, I had been well on my way to 300 pounds. I was mostly in my power chair, walker, or cane - but mostly the chair. One of the first teams I joined was the Chair Exercise Team. There was so much info there including reviews of exercise DVD's. I found so much there that really helped me. One of the leaders, Ann, is so very helpful to all those exercising while in chairs. All I had to do was ask and she had an answer right away. She tells you if she doesn't know and then makes all out effort to find it for you. Today I rarely have to use the chair.

My next challenge was when I had my feeding tube to reach the 1200 calories a day. All I could handle was ensure in the tube. I would have to have 6 cans a day. Since I was attached to the feeding machine almost 24/7, I got out of doing my exercising. The good news was, I still got some in by working my legs while attached to the machine. Days I was really not feeling well - mostly chemo days, I still got some sort of exercise. The radiation doctor wanted me to have as much weight as I could. I was at 225.5 and ended up at 215. I think I did really well considering.

The third challenge came after my treatment was finished. I had to have several blood transfusions and was terribly ill afterwards. Did one have anything to do with the other? I suspect not. The night after my last transfusion was when I started to not feel very well. I kept vomiting until there was only bile. I truly thought I was dying and to be honest I think I wanted to I felt so bad. That was in Sept and it took until December to find the cause. I was in and out of the hospital so much, once more I was drained I couldn't do exercise. When this all started, I could eat fairly well. The tube was removed, but as time went on, I could eat less and less. I was right back where I started. I took the lessons I had already learned to do the best I could. Still I remained weak and was back in my chair once more. I couldn't even walk one room to another without having to rest. I can't remember how many times I fell. The end of December I started with 6 weeks of PT and OT. I grew stronger and stronger until I rarely had to use my chair again.

Today I still face the challenge with calories and eating. I do the very best with making my own soups (or rather Bob does) and salads. I have to have something "wet" to eat many things. I can eat tomatoes, but not tomato soup. Most things taste too spicy or salty. At least I can do water again. I do most of my exercising with floor or chair movements. When I walk I have to be constantly drinking water because of my dry mouth.

Those have been my big challenges, but the journey has been so worth it. With all the encouragement and prayer I have received from my Spark buddies. This is why this site and the members mean so very much to me.

Being at goal weight and maintaining successfully was difficult, but I made it through. I don't think I'll ever leave no matter how long I stay the same.

Peace, love, and hope to all my buds.



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MADAMES 8/10/2012 8:11PM


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COACHPENNY 8/10/2012 11:37AM

    You meet challenges head on...no reservations...just determination! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 8/9/2012 10:07PM

Thanks for sharing your experience. You have been through so much and handled it like a trooper. And now look at you! A survivor emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 8/9/2012 4:01PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration!

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MUSOLF6 8/9/2012 8:39AM


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GINNJEN1974 8/9/2012 5:55AM

    That is some journey and good for you that you have stuck it out. You will and are an inspiration to many on here. I am sure you sticking around on here will continue doing just that. Great blog.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 8/9/2012 4:54AM

    Everyone has challenges they must face, many of which are unique to them even if they can relate to the similar struggles of another. We can empathize and sympathize with others, but our challenges are our own so we must figure out what works for us to get through them. Not every 'solution' works for every person so we have to keep trying things to find what helps us. Looks like you found your 'solutions' to your challenges and now you've come out on the other side with a brand new challenges of how to make the most of your current 'normal' and share your wonderful self with others to inspire us to make it through our struggles. Thanks!

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/9/2012 4:04AM

    Your awesome. A true example of someone not giving up, and we're so glad you didn't. emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 8/9/2012 2:12AM

    You are one incredible woman!

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MARILYNS66 8/9/2012 2:01AM

    What in inspiration to read this blog - you have been through so much.

You mentioned being at goal weight - can you email me letting me know how much you lost and how long it took you - I ask as I have a lot to lose

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MOTLEM 8/9/2012 12:14AM

    Wow, that's quite a journey you've been on, Ev.

I take my hat off to you for your guts and determination.

You have a great motivational spirit and I hope you spend the rest of your life in top health.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/8/2012 10:55PM

    You are so brave and are a wonderful inspiration.I feel very blessed to call you friend.

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LOSTLIME 8/8/2012 10:43PM

    You are such an inspiring person. No matter what you have had to go through, you never gave up. God Bless you and your husband.

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LVZ617 8/8/2012 9:05PM

    What an incredible journey! You can be proud just because you're still breathing!
For the dry mouth, have you tried Biotene spray? My dentist told me to use the mouth wash from that company, because my dry mouth was giving me cavities. That didn't work so well. I carry the spray in my pocketbook when I am out, and it really helps.

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SANDRALEET 8/8/2012 8:27PM

    You my friend are a brave Lady who fought a hard battle and won. emoticon

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Genealogy questions - last time posted!!

Monday, August 06, 2012

As most of my regular followers know I have a deep interest in my family and genealogy. From my paternal immigrant grandparents from Slovakia to my maternal ancestors who were here before the revolutionary war, and all my veteran family members, I have enjoyed doing my own research since 1971. You should know by now that I'm an ACE member for ancestry.com and a member of the DAR.

The 1940 Census report is available now. The 1940 cencus is now complete at ancestory.com. You can now check by name in the different states. This is only one of the benefits of the site in my own opinion. Ancestry is also encouraging their ACES to have contests on their blogs with the winner receiving a very nice prize.

If you would like to be a part of this - or even if you just want to answer - the two questions that MUST be answered to win are:

#1. What would you like to find out the most about your ancestors?

#2. What kinds of questions do you feel you will have answered by researching the 1940 Census records?

I hope all of my blog readers will at least answer #1 simply because I love hearing about what interests others and because perhaps I could make a suggestion or so to advise where to look for an answer.

I'll reprint this two more times with the final one 06 August 2012 and the final submission date 12 August 2012. I'll announce the winner and 2 runners up the following Monday, 20 August 2012. This is the final posting. Please have your answers on the blog pages by next Monday.

Good luck and I'm really interested in seeing your answers. If you have other SP friends who are interest in genealogy and would like to enter my contest, please tell them to come to my blog to see how they might win.

Peace, love, and happiness to all.


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EGMFROMGA 8/14/2012 9:43AM

    I would love to know more about my family history I only had 1 living grandparent growing up and know nothing about my family history.

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SHEILA-45 8/13/2012 9:15PM

    Hi... I stumbled upon your blog and am intrigued. In 1920 a female relative of my father complied the genealogy for his mother's side of the family going back to 1776 the family name is Rose and they are members of the DAR. The ancestor from 1776 was George Washington Rose. There wasn't much available for my dad's side though. His family name is Sweeney and I believe it was shortened from Mc or Mac Sweeney. I would like to know if they hailed from Ireland or Scotland and their occupation.

For Q #2 - I know my grandfather had a cart that sold fresh potato chips somewhere in the northeast but I would like to know what he did prior to or after this venture. He retired to Ozona , Florida in the late 50's or early 60's. His name is Leo E. Sweeney.

Thank you.
Sheila Daniel

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EVWINGS 8/7/2012 9:54AM

    Several things about the 1940 census - It tells what work the person did along with where they were born. That might give something for some of you to go on.

Also Sara, perhaps you can find your aunt on it to solve your mystery of where she spent those missing years.

Cemeteries also great sources. Often they tell more than just a name and dates. Some tell interesting stories and yoiu can also see who is buried around that person. If they are the same or the same as her maiden name, that will often give clues to other family members.

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SARAWMS48 8/7/2012 8:31AM

    1. My father's sister disappeared after their mother died in 1939. I would love to know where she was. She reappeared in 1954 and was an important part of my life until she died. However, she never would say anything about the missing time.
2. I would also love to know where my dad's brother lived in Chicago. Although he came out to visit us for Sunday dinner, he was a single man who didn't write letters. Again, maybe the census could help me put the pieces of my family together.
I am the oldest surviving member of this side of my family so it's up to me to find the answers.

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SNUZSUZ 8/6/2012 9:38PM

    I would like to know where my ancestors lived and what they did for a living, and of course, how they are related:)

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IGSBETH 8/6/2012 12:42PM

    #1. What would you like to find out the most about your ancestors?
What I'd like most to find out is not on census reports- it's their likes and dislikes, etc.

#2. What kinds of questions do you feel you will have answered by researching the 1940 Census records?
None- I just like seeing their names pop up.

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WAVAIRENE 8/6/2012 12:22PM

    I also love genealogy! I'm not as invested in it as you appear to be but I love learning about the lives and living conditions of my ancesters.

I have a couple of family mysteries that I'd love to solve...unfortuantely I don't think the 1940 Census is going to help much...but we can always hope, right?

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