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The Old Bag's Back And You're Gonna Be Sorry!

Monday, December 01, 2008

OK Hands up all who started to sing "Hey now, hey now"?

Well now that I've got your attention, I've been long gone from the blog front, but I'm back (at least for a moment) with news of my couple of days off.

Big deal you say? probably but as a carer I don't get too many days just for myself and this time I got to catch up with a few old friends.

I've known Elaine for about 25 years, we don't get to see each other very often now but when we do, look out!!!. We were to have a dignified lunch with a few other ladies, but you know what they say about well laid plans!! I was walking up to the Art gallery where we were to have lunch and I noticed a couple of old girls standing around out the front waiting as I got closer (and to my horror) I found that the old girls were the ones I was going to meet and that I, by arriving, was adding to the number of old girls!!

The trouble with getting older is that on the inside I feel only 20 but the outside is creeping up there getting to the wrong side of 50. I don't notice it much at home as I see my mug in the mirror everyday, but when you see your friends that you remember when you were young and reckless, getting on in years, well it's a bit of a shock to the system.

The good thing about memories is that with a couple of drinks and a few hours of laughing, joking and just being ridiculous I was transported back to when the night never ended and we got up to things that they stick on Youtube these days.

I live by the saying "Grow old disgracefully" when they come to take me when my time is up, they better be ready for a fight, 'cos I'm not going quietly. I still check out the good looking young fellas and think about the times when I would have given them a run for their money and I thank goodness that nobody can read my mind, as I'm sure I'd shock the crap out of most people. Now people have to take me as I am, if they don't like the way I muck about well tough, I've spent enough time on this planet now to do as I please and stuff anyone who doesn't like it.

Now I don't like to have my picture taken, for some reason when they say smile, they take forever to actually snap the picture and when they do my smile has slid down my face and I look like I've got constipation. For anyone who's interested I'm the porker in black on the left of both pictures, I still wonder who that old girl is sometimes and I have to look twice when I see her in the mirror when I pass.

The only good thing (if that can be said) about these pictures is that everyone else has got old as well. Well as I close this long winded blog I raise my glass to the "Old Bags Club" and thank them all for a great day and I can't wait for the next meeting.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/20/2012 8:47AM

    isn't it fun to be a part of these type of groups!

AND you changed your page! CUTE!

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CASEYTALK 4/24/2012 8:16AM

    Agreed on growing old disgracefully, but calling you a porker? Nope. No one calls my friends evil names and gets away with it, missy!

As one who is also on the north side of 50, I agree that it's odd to see how old I am in the mirror when I feel the same inside. Now that we're past all that silly teen angst and self doubt and desperate need to please years, it is fun to relax and laugh with our friends who get it, too. Glad you had a great time.


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NANHBH 3/27/2011 11:05AM

    LOL! I could have written this - how DID I get this old? I don't realize how old I am until I hear that a friend's child, that I remember being born, is graduating from college. But, I don't FEEL 22 years older - how can they be graduating from college? Funny how we can deceive ourselves, isn't it?

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DRB13_1 11/6/2010 1:11PM

    enjoyed the visit emoticon

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ILIVEW4DOGS 4/21/2010 7:48PM

    Nothing "old baggish" about your attitude toward life! My 50+ year old friend and I were talking just yesterday about the only difference between how we feel now and how we did at 25 is we feel more comfortable with ourselves!

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INBRAZILFORNOW 11/29/2009 4:40AM

    I agree .... you are so fun! Isn't it great being an old bag? I love it. I'm lucky like you to be surrounded by other 50+ ladies and we just laugh and laugh at the turmoils of the "puppies"(not in a mean way). It's great being an old dog. emoticon

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RASTUS55 10/9/2009 10:33AM

    I had to come visit your page after your bit on SAD on a post. I love this, my gosh you sound like me in so many ways!!! I love it! I think I better make you one of my buddies on here because you and I have a lot to share! This is great!

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JILLYB2 4/4/2009 2:30PM

  how the hell did I miss this blog!!
must of been during my computer out age lol
im so sorry!!
and I think you look marvelous!!!!
you dont look like an old bag to me silly!


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GRAMMACATHY 3/13/2009 12:49AM

    I keep wondering when the baby turned 30. It can't be possible the older kids are pushing 40. It really hits me when I see one of the kids friends from school. They can't possibly be that old.... The upside is all those adorable grandkids. Of course the oldest grandkids are teens now. If we have to be "Old Bags" then I want to be a well loved Armani.

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MARGOMCP 3/2/2009 12:44PM

    I remember when I went to my stepsister's second wedding after she was widowed; I was flower girl in her first one. I knew the groom from when I was a 5-8 year old child and they were in college (my sister's 13 years older than I am). Her sorority sisters from college whom she's kept in touch with all these years were there too and I saw them and was shocked (they and my stepsister were in their early- to mid-60's) that my sister was hanging around with such old ladies!

I had kept my sister "young" just like I was emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/19/2009 12:59PM

    Loved your blog. You don't look constipated, just tired of waiting for the photographer to snap! I have the same look, y'know? Reading your blogs & such, I found we're the same age and I'm sure alot of the same feelings and problems. You sound absolutely marvelous to me. I, too, like to have friends around the world. Australia!!! I've always wanted to visit it. Love your pics and your little corner of the world looks like heaven on earth! Your critters are neat, too!!! I haven't got any pictures yet, but feel free to visit my page. I plan to do some changing and adding there. Your welcome to come often! Hope we can become friends. emoticon

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GOANNA2 1/18/2009 6:22PM

    I loved your blog. I have friends I have knon for over 40 years and we are lucky enough to get together once a month even though we live in different parts of the state and we have a ball. Laughter is the best medicine and you seem to have loads of fun. Good on you and keep it up. We have earned our lessons in life, haven't we?
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JSTINMT 1/7/2009 7:58PM

    You always make me laugh!! I am so happy for you: first you had a day off, and second you have great friends to spend fun time with. emoticon

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ALZADAGRACE 12/31/2008 10:37AM

    You are a hoot! I have always told people (I mean even when I was a teenager, way, way, way back) I was going to be an old lady chasing the male nurses around in my wheelchair! Now I think, let's skip the wheelchair!

I think you are gorgeous! Then again I'm a sick woman who is happy to have made it to 50!

It was like I got a huge present, "Hey Stupid, you made it to 50! You can do anything you want!" Kind of thing.

I love life and learning, I think you do as well.

Have a GRRrrreAtE day!

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REIGN1 12/15/2008 9:40PM

    You are a pretty old bag! (I know, I'm a Dick) LMAO!
Its nice that you have an old bag club for support. Its funny how we age on the outside but on the inside we still have fun!
Glad you had a great time with your friends. Its friendship that gets us thru all of our days as we grow out and down. LOL!

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MAXFOCUS 12/1/2008 10:41PM

    I'm so happy to read you had a few days off. What a wonderful time getting together with the girls. Thanks for posting the pics. Fun-fun!!


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JHARTMAN213 12/1/2008 9:01PM

    Girls Day Out! What memories! A good friend of mine moved to New Jersey so I will be missing some of those good times with her. Thank goodness for cell phones and free time after 9 pm. It's hard to just let go of a good friend when they move. Sounds like you had a blast! Laughter is good for the soul. If you are like me and my friends, I'm sure you giggled and laughed for hours. Jeannine emoticon

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~*LINDA*~ 12/1/2008 4:50PM

    What a great time you must have had, i just love the girls days out,,, they are very few and far between now so like you i make the most of it,,,, we`ll have to have one of our own,,LOL.
Hope the break did you good!Oh and i agree you don`t look like you`re constipated just maybe a little windy!!!! emoticon

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HOFMAE 12/1/2008 8:09AM

    Nice blog!

Remember, you are only as old as you feel.

My grandmother is 85, her sister is 86. I spent a week with them this last summer in California. They finally decided that they might be starting to get old.

I'm glad you had fun with your friends, and I don't think you look constipated in your photo

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NEVERAGAIN45 12/1/2008 7:49AM

    Juleen! It is so good to "see" you!

Your blog was great and I think alot of us ladies are in the same boat.
"Who IS that woman looking back at me in the mirror?!?"

Oh well, we have earned each and every wrinkle. I COULD say we've earned each and every pound, but I'm not quite sure about that one!! emoticon

I'm glad you had a wonderful time with your lady friends. You deserve it!!

Take care, my friend!!


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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Well I have finally posted a blog entry after a month long drought. I still amazes me that I'm doing it now, when I feel so lousy.

I have picked up some nasty virus, which I thought was just a cold at the start, but it has migrated into my chest (ample as that is) and is hanging on. I could audition for the lead roll in "Night of the LIving Dead" at the moment, check my screen test photo above. I feel every bit as horrible as the picture looks, I have coughed so much I feel like I've hacked up, what feels like, 2lbs of body parts.

The last time I felt worse than this was about 15 years ago when I came down with the "HongKong Flu" even my hair hurt back then!!

It's really irritating me as I'm not a sick person and it is not usually in my nature to whinge, but at the moment I'm just one big whinge. I can't even check out the funny posts on my teams, if I start laughing I end up in a coughing fit and finish off just about peeing my pants. Not a good looking sight I can tell you.

I have to send big hugs (minus the germs) to all the beautiful people out there who have sent me get well wishes. I can't tell all of you how much it means to have someone send such good thoughts.

I'm off to the doctors again tomorrow, so I'm hoping this time he can help me to shake of this rotten bug.

Here's hoping I'll be on the mend and back to giving cheek to all and sundry by next week.



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BAMATHIN 8/12/2008 11:26AM

    Oh noes, I hope you're feeling better baby! *hugs you to pieces even with your nasty germs* Keep us up-to-date.

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CATIATM 8/7/2008 8:08AM

    Wow. This is sort of what I have now. Allergies became a sinus infection which is moving into my chest .... Ick. How long did it take you to recover? When did your ears finally unblock?

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REIGN1 7/31/2008 11:13PM

    AWW! here's to pissing your pants!

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OLIVEJUICE2 7/31/2008 5:46PM

    Awww, glad to see you're (sorto of) back from your deathbed & givin' us an update. I really didn't want to have to crack my whip, so WHEW!!!

Get some Gingerale while you're out at the doctor's tomorrow. That'll help keep ya hydrated (& might aid in the pants-wetting too). emoticon

Cheers & continued wellness my friend,

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WILMAMAY1956 7/31/2008 1:52PM

  sorry to hear you are feeling so yucky hope the doctor helps you feel better soon hugs wilma emoticon

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MAXFOCUS 7/31/2008 9:32AM

    Juleen, sorry to hear you are feeling so lousy. I had a yucky cold for three weeks but you have me beat. I hope the doctor is able to help you kick this bug and you feel better soon. Big hugs to you! emoticon


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NEVERAGAIN45 7/31/2008 8:47AM

    Get better, my dear friend!

By the way, with that screen test photo, the role is yours for sure!!!

Cheers back to you!


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JILLYB2 7/31/2008 7:23AM

  your a true sparker!! you blog even when your down!
hope your feeling better soon !

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STENEJULIA 7/31/2008 4:05AM

    Oh no! I hope you get to feeling better soon! I had the flu this year too and it's the pits! Get lots of rest(between the coughing) and drink lots of liquids. You have plenty of reason to feel grumpy, so don't worry about it!
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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.


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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.

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,
MellyAnne emoticon

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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.



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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.



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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