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Summer break

Friday, September 02, 2011

My summer definitely did not go as planned. I was busy melting from the high temps, dealing with visiting relatives, high school graduation, taking daughter to college, dealing with other daughter's broken foot, and getting ready for back to school. Of course, now that I thought the worst was over, my dishwasher decides to die. So for the past week I have been looking at dishwashers - not an expense that I can afford along with college tuition but I really don't care for hand washing dishes. Anyway, that's the end of the complaining. I am now back and kicking myself into doing this again. Hopefully the fall temps will come soon. I always seem to be more motivated with cooler weather. How has everybody's summer been?

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HONEYMUFFIN1923 10/10/2011 12:43PM

    Sorry to hear about the dishwasher. At least you won't have to worry about it for a few years.

Hope you all are doing well.

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ECONLADY 9/2/2011 8:54PM


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SANDYBRUNO 9/2/2011 3:16PM

    I do better with cooler temperatures too. I love to walk. I don't like to walk in the heat. I believe you can do it. I have missed you. I'm sorry you had such a stressful summer. I hope your daughter's foot is better. We had to buy new windows this summer. It was not a good time. We are lucky our house is paid for or we couldn't have done it.

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    I am the same when it comes to fall. It really energizes me and motivates me to do all kinds of things that I'm, well, just too tired to contemplate doing right now.
Glad you're back with us! emoticon

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lazy days finally

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Although it's been crazy here lately, I did have fun celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary on 6/27 at the Chicago Navy Pier. I really enjoyed looking at the stained glass museum (there are some incredible stained glass windows there) and the ferris wheel was amazing. It was kind of awkward trying to get my daughter and her crutches on and off the ferris wheel but we managed ok. We had the best deep dish pizza.

Today I am just doing some catch up laundry and playing games with my family. Too hot for anything else.

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CHAOTICKITTY 7/4/2011 2:31AM

    Congrats! :)

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SANDYBRUNO 7/4/2011 12:45AM

    My daughter danced at the Navy Pier about 3 years ago. Unfortunately I wasn't able to go on that trip but she had a good time. I had sent money with her so she could buy an American Girl doll. She liked the American Girl Doll Store too. They did go to a lot of museums which my daughter hated. I laid down for a moment and ended up sleeping 5 hours.

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BETRME100 7/3/2011 6:47PM

    Congrats on the anniversary and what a great way to celebrate it!! You're right, it is too darn hot to do much. I just came back inside from watering plants...whew~

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ECONLADY 7/3/2011 6:42PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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SOPKAMANJU 7/3/2011 4:05PM

    I am glad you had a happy day with your family. emoticon

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crazy times

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The end of the school year is always a crazy time. This year I had the added joy of my daughter's high school graduation! My relatives all came in and we rented a cabin for the weekend. It was tons of fun. Then a week before we left for freshman orientation, my younger daughter fell in tae kwon do and broke her foot. The dr thought it was a sprain and the xray showed nothing wrong. However, after a week of not being able to put weight on the foot, the dr sent her for an MRI which showed 2 hairline fractures, bone bruising, and soft tissue damage. So now her foot is in a stabilizer boot and crutches. Fortunately no cast is needed and her foot seems to be healing fine.

As for me, it seems that I have totally lost it where weight loss is concerned, but I need to change that as my blood pressure has totally skyrocketed. ugh

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SANDYBRUNO 7/2/2011 3:42PM

    I fight with eating right too. I keep losing and gaining the same 5 pounds. I refuse to give up. I was doing great at one time and I know I can do it again. You can too. Don't give up on yourself. Hopefully things will start calming down for you and you will be able to do better.

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ECONLADY 7/2/2011 10:10AM

    Congratulations on your daughter graduating. I'm confused, Freshman Orientation in June? I'm 2 years from my daughter starting college so I'm not sure how this works, I'm sure you can get back on track. You will be glad to get into a rhythm.

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Time flies

Friday, May 06, 2011

Wow, I have been having so much fun on Spark that I didn't even notice that my 1 year sparkversary came and went (April). Things have been busy this year between illness, kids and hubby. I feel kinda old whenever I think that my daughter is grown up and will be graduating from high school this year. I still am having trouble with the fact that I am having to deal with college stuff. It had to happen eventually - but it always seemed like a "someday" kind of thing that will happen in the distant future. Well, that distant future has arrived.

I am now starting to get over this nasty bronchitis and will be able to exercise soon. I hope to lose 10% of my body weight in the near future. Anybody up for racing for the 10%? I hope that I will be able to ditch the CPAP when I do lose that weight. Mowing lawns is a great way to burn off those calories and is already helping with that 10%. I would like to know what you do for exercise after illness?

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HONEYMUFFIN1923 5/22/2011 11:17AM

    PS: Since I'm behind on getting started on the race, I'll have to work twice as hard. This is GREAT. I can do it!!!

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HONEYMUFFIN1923 5/22/2011 11:16AM


Hang in there. You can do this college stuff. Please teach me what you learn.

I up for a race for the 10%. That is 15.5 loss for me. I'm at 155 so I need to be at 139.5 asap. You are going to help me to be ready for Flordia in the fall. MANY THANK YOUS!!!!!

Do you push mow or ride? Does riding also burn calories? I have a rider. I'm hoping but doubting. Maybe some but not as many I bet. HEY!! Your neighbors all work. Cut lawns for extra college $$$$, lose weight and get a tan at the same time.

Exercise after illness--slow and steady. Listen to your body. Don't push too much too fast.

Glad you are feeling better.

Hugs. Petting Ziggy for you. Playing with Domino for you.

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    10% for me would be 27 lbs. I'll race you!!

Walking and using intervals (bursts), works for me, with or without illness because it works ALL the time. First work your way up to 10,000 steps a day (I use The Step Diet for that, see my page if interested, click on the team icon), you start from wherever you are at right now and build gradually from there, as a permanent lifestyle change. Then after I'm to the point physically of being able to add intervals, the fat melts right off.

I like USEFUL exercise like mowing, however. That's a problem since I don't have a yard to mow, don't have a dog to walk, live in the boonies so can't a mile to the store, etc.

Sounds like you need an immune boost, too, with bronchitis, I use antioxidants and SinuFix for that, I used to get bad upper respiratory infections that'd go down to my chest and what the docs didn't tell me was the antibiotics wiped out my immune system. Now I know 70% of your immune system is in your gut, and when you take antibiotics it is wiped out.

Does the mowing bother your bronchitis, re, allergens in fresh mown grass? I suppose you could mow with a mask. You're right about the good exercise from mowing, also gardening, and moving. I'm moving right now, packing and carrying boxes is great exercise cardio with ST, there is even a SparkPoints My Fitness category for carrying moving boxes.

Try SinuFix capsules, ALL NATURAL, very effective, it has also worked for everyone I gave some to, it also does not wipe out your immune system like antibiotics do, does not cost as much as the copays for prescriptions or office visits, and you can do it without scheduling an appt or getting a prescription. I get mine from www.SwansonVitamins.com (North), and www.VitaCost.com (East coast). Others carry it (iHerb, West coast) but the first two have the best price. Also if you have a PayPal account, you can pay that way with the 1st 2, and don't have to give your card over the net.

Carol from No Artificial Sweeteners Team

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    Race to 10%, sounds like a plan!

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SANDYBRUNO 5/6/2011 5:31PM

    I am glad you are feeling better. i'm sure it is a lot of work getting kids ready for college. My bio son dropped out in December of his senior year. At least he did get a GED. Sam starts high school next year but unless his grades change dramatically there will be no college for him. My greatest chances are Tamela & Derrick. They will be in 5th & 6th grades next year so I have some time.

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BATTISTOLI 5/6/2011 3:28PM

    happy sparkversary!

as for exercise after illness, ive never been really sick, so i cant speak from personal experience. what i can say is to do what you think you can do. listen to your body. it will tell you when you are reaching your limit, or it doesnt want to do something youre trying to do. start small. dont shoot for the moon just yet! eventually you will make it back to full capacity!

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ECONLADY 5/6/2011 2:42PM

    Happy Anniversary! I'm glad you joined!

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5k your way walking program

Friday, February 18, 2011

I did it! Well, sort of .....at least I signed up for the 5k your way walking program. By the time I reach the end of the training program, I should be able to walk a 5K. I would really like to do this - lets hope that the outdoor allergies and asthma behave themselves. I am going to need lots of support! Anybody want to do this with me?

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    I signed up for it, too!

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SANDYBRUNO 2/18/2011 6:21PM

    Good for you. I've got to get more walking in soon. My 9 year old is going to the state capital this year and I always go with my kids when they go. Unfortunately the state building is surrounded by a bunch of hills. Last year I didn't take in enough hills before I went and the hills did me in as did the long climb to the top of the state building. I didn't think I would make it at times but I was so excited when I did. I was also pleased that I was able to fit into the tour bus bathroom. I had always heard how small they were and was excited when I didn't have any problem getting in. I will be ready this year.

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ECONLADY 2/18/2011 6:19PM

    Awesome! I know you can do it!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 2/18/2011 10:21AM

    Hi there,
I, too have joined the 5K and I'm thrilled to be doing it with you and others. Let's keep the blogs going so we can accomplish our goals and become all that we can be.

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