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Sunday, June 29, 2008


Hi All,

After hearing this week that a friend of mine was not well and waiting for test results, I got to thinking about friends. We all have them, close ones, just say hi ones, ones you smile and wave at and these days "Internet" friends.

A lot of people like to dismiss those as nothing special or like to make people feel like losers for having them. I have even heard some say that people who spend time on the internet should get out of the house and meet some "real" people.

I love to meet all sorts of people, I talk to complete strangers in shopping centres, in hospitals all over the place and have never thought that it was strange, so why should I classify talking to people over the internet as strange. I only difference I can see between the two is that the latter are usually in another country and that, I think, is the best part.

I love the idea of "talking" to people from all over the world, I have friends in England, Canada, USA, Spain as well as here in Australia. They have a unique and different way of looking at things and problems, if I feel lousy or have had a crappy day they are always there to make me laugh and feel better. They help me if I need to find something, if I need information, or if I just want to say hi, what's going on.

I have met so many wonderful people here on Sparkpeople, ladies and gents, young people and some old farts like me and we all have the same thing in common, a need to be in contact with each other in some way. Sure we are here initially to lose weight, but the need to connect with others to share the journey is what keeps us here.

So to all the friends I have here, I send big hugs and kisses for making me laugh and feel like I'm not alone through the good and the lousy times and I hope that I can make at least one of you feel just as good at one time or another.

Cheers

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ANNCHER 3/3/2011 5:07PM

    How sweet of you! Hugs back to you! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARA_BOO 9/21/2010 3:15PM

    Hi, from another internet loser who loves you, your humor, your wisdom and support. Friends like us can be of more help to one another at times because we don't have an ax to grind, like many people closer in proximity to our situation do.
Love,
BOO-BOO

OJ and I COULD drop in for tea or vegamite when you least expect it.
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INDIGO66 7/1/2008 5:47PM

    OMG... This is FABULOUS! You are RIGHT! Friends ROCK! And the Internet has allowed us to meet so many people we had never have met had we not had it. (Was that a run-on sentence? LOL.) XOXOX to you too, friend! ~ ISS emoticon

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MELLY423 6/30/2008 12:55PM

    Hi Juleen,
I saw you on someone's friend's list and wanted to check in...I agree! It's wonderful to have friends EVERYWHERE! It's fun to learn about other places and the way people live! It's pretty convenient, too...if you're ever in Georgia, USA, stop in and say hi! Have a great day!
Blessings and peace,
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OLIVEJUICE2 6/29/2008 3:37PM

    You said, "the latter are usually in another country and that, I think, is the best part." Does that mean you're GLAD some of us aren't close enough to stop over for some tea or Vegemite?! emoticon Tee hee

Thank you for the smiles & laughter you bring to us too!

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JILLYB2 6/29/2008 1:51PM

  what you said is what Ive been trying to tell people all along , you worded it perfectly.
Like so many have said sometimes when you only have a few minutes this is a way to get some encouragement fast ,
and I think some people on the internet are more open and really let there true feelings out and somehow to me that means more than a friendship with people you see in person everyday!
so glad I have met you and I consider you a great internet friend!! jilly

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MAXFOCUS 6/29/2008 1:45PM

    Juleen - you are a great friend and always have a funny thing to say to make me smile or a word of support to lift me up. For that I thank you. Without the help of you and my other Spark internet friends there is no way I'd be as far along on my weight loss journey as I am.
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VEEJ39 6/29/2008 1:01PM

    Very well put...I won't even bother trying to expand on that. Thanks for posting... emoticon

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NEVERAGAIN45 6/29/2008 12:45PM

    Hi Juleen-
Yeah, it's unfortunate that "internet friends" are discounted by some. I truly enjoy my friends I've made here on Spark. The initial connection was the weight loss goal but through it all I have gotten to know some of you well and do consider you friends. Unfortunately, our lives nowadays are so busy that sometimes the only time to connect with others is through the internet when we have10 minutes to sit down. I truly treasure all of my SPARK people friends. And that includes YOU!

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PRINCHESSA 6/29/2008 9:51AM

    emoticon right back at'cha, emoticon emoticon

emoticon 3 Cheers for friends of all types, in all places!

So glad I've met you here too, you really know how to brighten a day!!!

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SQUIRTZIE 6/29/2008 8:09AM

    How true this is! Some people do not realize you can't always get out of the house like you should. They don't understand other people's problems--they think the illnesses are all made up.

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Cold Weather, Lousy Week, Big Brother is Watching

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Reading the paper this week I read an article about "binge drinking", it seems our illustrious government has decreed that 4 standard drinks constitutes "binge drinking". It's official then 90% of Australia are "binge drinkers" and all because somebody with too much time on their hands has decided to lower the bar.

The same is happening with the "obesity epidemic". Good grief it sounds like a germ that you can get. Also in the paper were pictures of football players (six packs and rippling muscles) and according to the BMI they were "obese" Now don't get me wrong, I'm well aware that I need to lose weight and svelte is what I'm not but I detest the term "obese"

We have senators saying they are going to have to do something about the obese. Yeah like what? Stick us in the stocks, refuse us food that some sticky nose decides is not healthy, or maybe stick us in a compound behind a wall so we don't upset the sensibilities of the "normal" people. Who the hell do they think they are? I pay taxes and am a carer for 3 people (who I might say are what these people claim to be the correct size) and am the only healthy one in the family at the moment.

When I take my family members to hospital, I'm amazed at all the "normal" people in there getting treatment, I have never been in hospital and had to use an inhaler only after a particularly bad case of the 'flu. I am sick and tired of being labelled a drain on the health system because of my weight,

To all the politicians and wastes of skin out there, a pox on all your houses!!!

Geez, you reckon I'm pissed??

I'd just like to be able to eat normal food and not have to live on a lettuce leaf and a slice of tomato. If I stuffed my face with cakes and chocolate etc all day I could understand why I'm not losing weight, but as it stands at the moment, my family eat what they like and I put on the weight for them.

Not impressed.

So after venting more than Mt St Helens I'd just like to tell all those interfering government numnuts to find something better to do, you know, like fixing the public transport or the public hospital system so that everyone is covered, do the job you are paid to do and stop stuffing around with rubbish that is none of your business.

Thanks to anyone who actually read this, I feel better already just by posting it.

Hope someone can see the funny side of this, I can to a degree.

Cheers

Juleen

  
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OLIVEJUICE2 6/26/2008 10:07AM

    "Normal" is overrated!! emoticon
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DZIAWER 6/23/2008 10:17AM

    the only thing I can say is ......... emoticon

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INDIGO66 6/23/2008 10:14AM

    WOAH... I agree with SO MUCH here it's NOT EVEN funny! And just WHAT IS "normal" anyway? ARGH... Grrrrrr... emoticon

REIGN ~ LOL... Yeah, I'll pee in someone's Cheerios for ya too, Flower. I know a few "government officials." LOL...

You be "K." Just BE YOU!!! emoticon

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REIGN1 6/23/2008 9:53AM

    HERE! HERE! I agree!! emoticon

Its all big brother trying to take the attention away from the real issues!!
People have this hair brained stupid idea that if you look good everything is okay!!
I hate that!! I have had lots of docs and people say you look so good!! Well I say kiss my ass I would rather look "bad" in there eyes just to feel totally healthy! How exactly is a sick person supposed to look and act like???
People are nukinfuts!
Glad you ranted!!!
I will try to pee on someone today in your honor!! emoticon

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PRINCHESSA 6/22/2008 11:42AM

    I know there's billions uot here that agree!

& Esp what Squirtzie said too! No kidding, what's next? What they should/could be doing is forcing manufacturers to find another way than adding 10x the sodium to frozen foods ;o) I mean, even the "non" low fat items are just loaded with salt!

If they're that concerned, give us subsidized gym memberships ;o) (and then go work out for us... errr... ;o) heheh)

& the comic, too true as well! I think mine's broken again, it just refuses to tell me I only weigh 100 pounds... go figure emoticon

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SQUIRTZIE 6/21/2008 2:17PM

    Boy, do I agree with you! Minnesota and North Dakota are in the process of trying to go completely smoke free. I don't smoke anymore and I feel kind of sorry for the smokers. Once this is passed, what will they try next--NO fast food? emoticon

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MAXFOCUS 6/21/2008 10:20AM

    I guess it doesn't matter where you live. Politicians are doing/saying the goofiest things and it doesn't seem like things get better for the common man. Glad you could vent to us all.

So glad that you don't give up even when your scale is not moving. You are a wonderful person and I'm so proud that you are in good health and taking care of others.

Great comic!

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JILLYB2 6/21/2008 9:18AM

  well said juleen, you are super!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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have a great weekend!!! jilly

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Waking up

Thursday, June 05, 2008


Hi All

Not much happening on the weight front this week, nothing dropping off and nothing hopping on. Had a check up at the doctors and things are looking pretty good considering the lack of weight loss. My blood pressure has dropped (although I do think that it has a lot to do with menopausal symptoms disappearing) and I haven't had to use an inhaler for over six months. All in all the doc seemed pretty happy, he says when the hormones settle down I might see a change in metabolism, God I hope so. Things are picking up at home as well, Mum is looking much better, thanks to all who sent their best wishes.

Hope you have a chuckle at the funny this week, I had to edit out a swear word but I think that we can all imagine what he said.

Hope everybody has a great weekend.

Cheers

Juleen

PS The sleepies have disappeared as quickly as they came, at least I'm not snoozing all the time any more.

  
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MAXFOCUS 6/5/2008 1:48PM

    So happy to hear that you are doing better and that your Mum is doing better too! Hurray! That will be nice if your hormones decided to help rather than hinder. I'm hopng that it happens soon for you.

All I can say about the comic is Ewwww! Good one.
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JILLYB2 6/5/2008 10:23AM

  glad your feeling better!! I 'm glad the sleepies have gone , theres nothing worst than feeling tired, (ok there is , but Its still a miserable feeling)
have a great weekend, and hope we will talk soon!!!

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WAKE UP!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 31, 2008


Hi all,

For Gods' sake, somebody prod me, I can't seem to keep awake. I think I copped a dose of sleeping sickness from somewhere. By about 9.00pm every night my eyelids are closing (no, I'm not checking them for cracks!), it's embarrassing.

I would like this whole month to just get up and go away. What a stinker it has been, I haven't lost any weight, I don't seem to have the time to do anything, and every time I log on to do anything I can feel my eyes closing, it's enough to make you ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz Oops sorry, dropped off again.

I've got to get some get up an go (I think mine has got up and gone). It doesn't help when the mornings are so cold all you want to do is turn over and think about getting up.

I'm so sorry if I haven't replied to people, when my internet explorer clags (and it's doing it more often lately) I just turn off the computer in total disgust (after questioning and abusing Bill Gates parentage, intelligence and usefulness etc).

I'm hoping to pick up soon and jump start my weight loss, goodness knows it needs it.

Till then, have a good one everyone

Juleen

  
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JAFO654 6/16/2008 8:15PM

    that sounds like me emoticon

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NEVERAGAIN45 6/1/2008 12:43PM

    Hi Juleen-
I can hear the frustration in your post. I have hit a standstill myself. I don't have a whole lot of advice to give, but maybe just doing something for 15 minutes a couple times a day will give you the boost you need to get back in the swing of things. Bundle up a bit and take a 15 minute walk in the brisk air? It might just rejuvinate you.
Your posting a blog so you haven't given up!
Hang in there, girl. You CAN do this!!
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JILLYB2 6/1/2008 3:24AM

  hello juleen, sorry your so sleepy, the one comment about exercise is probably true it does give you energy , theres a june challenge on the lighterside if you want to join. always room for more, take care , jill

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MAXFOCUS 6/1/2008 12:04AM

    So sorry to hear about your rough month. With the colder weather coming your way I would guess that it would be natural to want to go to sleep earlier. Heck, my husband likes to sleep all the time - but I think that may be a guy thing. LOL. Great comic by the way.

Here is hoping the Internet fairies come and fix your troubled connection. We all love your sense of humor.

Don't stress about your weight - remember it is about being healthy. Eating the right foods and getting lots of sleep is all part of the plan too. Take care.

Max

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CALGAL98 5/31/2008 8:35PM

    Exercise will kick the sleepies in the arse. It will also boost your weight loss. I know. Its hard to make time. BUT you are awake early anyway from going to sleep so darn early! Me?? I'm up at 2-3 in the morning lately and in bed by 9. Not the way I would like it, but seems to be my post menopausal way of doing it. Hang in there. Sleep when you can. Get up and productive when ou can't. V.

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Lousy week, let's move on to the next

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Hi to all,
Well this has been such a crappy week to say the least.
My mum ( one of the people who I care for) has had a recurrence of a medical problem (Polymyalgia Rheumatica) which is an AutoImmune disease (like Lupus etc). It has flared up here and there and when it does it makes here extremely susceptible to piggyback problems. This time it was a fungal infection (she has had this before) needless to say the results were unpleasant for her and for those who look after her. Pleased to say, after much pushing on my behalf to the doctor, that she has now recovered and is on her way to better health.

I have to say I have been as busy as a one-legged man at a bum kicking contest. I log on, read my emails, try to say hi to a few people and post here and there then log off again. If I haven't replied to anyone, I have not forgotten, I will get there eventually.

I haven't weighed myself, but I fear that I may have put back on a pound or so. When you are tired, you seem to say that'll do as far as food and I have done just that, but I hope this week will be a little better and I can get back on track.

Fear not, I have mustered up another funny this week, so I hope we can all have a chuckle.

'Till next time

Cheers
Juleen

  
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JIBBIE49 5/22/2008 6:23PM

    I read that they are giving that medicine used for organ transplant people to help those with auto-immune illnesses.
I hope your mother does YOGA and TAI CHI to help relax her and decrease the stress that is connected with the flare-ups.

As long as you only gained a pound, don't let it upset you. It is keeping with this that matters and moving in the direction of a healthy lifestyle!! emoticon

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JSTINMT 5/21/2008 1:10PM

    Juleen:

Focusing my good thoughts your way. Hope your Mom continues to improve! So glad to have met you; you are certainly a positive force!!!

Hugs,
Jane

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MAXFOCUS 5/21/2008 9:02AM

    Juleen, thanks for the chuckle - you always find great funnies. So sorry to hear about your mother. She is so fortunate to have you caring for her. I hope you are managing to get some sleep in and are taking care of yourself too.

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NEVERAGAIN45 5/21/2008 7:32AM

    Hi Juleen-

I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. That is tough. You are so wonderful to be so caring and bless you for that.
Here's a hug for you and here's to a brighter week.
Hang in there.

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