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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hello Sparkfriends.....

As some of you probably know, I have been lurking, just 1 day away from retirement, I do believe I will have the opportunity to become more active.

Two things I wanted to write about them sub-blogs.

Sub blog #1--GI disorders and weight.

So, I may have said at some point that I was diagnosed a while ago, in 2007, with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). This condition has some unpleasant symptoms but no really observable physical changes.

I was feeling a bit worse than usual, so went and had another colonoscopy (yech) the week before last. The GI doctor gave me the layperson diagnosis--somethng along the lines of "Your bowels are never going to work right"--but also diagnosed diverticulosis.

Now, this is a physical change, weak pockets on the large intestine that bulge out (also yech). It won't kill me, and I share it with 50% of the adult north american population over 60 years old. It is said to come from eating a garbage diet with not enough fibre, which of course was me for many years. If those pouches become infected, you can get into some trouble and might need hospitalization.

So, ever since the colonoscopy and diagnosis, I have not binged and don't have much of a roaring appetite. May be psychological, but I cannot help thinking that massive food intake can get stuck in those pockets and cause havoc. I am eating healthily, making sure I get enough fibre, and guess what, am losing some of those unwanted gained pounds.

Sub blog #2--you never know if you can do it until you do it.

As I said in my Friend Feed, DH and I went to the Watkins Glen State Park in the finger lakes region of New York State. It has a gorgeous gorge, with a series of waterfalls. There are over 800 stone steps leading up to the top, with landings, viewing areas, etc. Most people take a shuttle bus to the top and walk down. DH and I, in a spirit of adventure, walked both up and down. Definitely going against traffic on the way up, and no one our ages (65 and 69) were heading uphill.

What does this tell me? I have been working out for years, but never really was in a situation where my capacity was tested in a novel way. We did it. We had to stop and rest from time to time, but we did it. It was a real non-scale victory, despite the bug bites on my ankles.

I'll update my Spark Page in a bit.

Hope all are well.

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MARTHAWILL 9/2/2013 5:46PM

    Wow- well done Bonita!!!
Absolutely a great NSV.
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MUSICNERD1993 9/1/2013 12:38AM

    It's so good to hear from you. Great job on making it up the steps! That is indeed a great accomplishment!
And hooray for retirement! emoticon
Hope your music is going well!

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MEXGAL1 8/30/2013 12:11PM

    wondered where you have been.
sorry about the GI problems but I so understand. I am having difficulties with mine as well right now...all part of my autoimmune disorders. Mine too will be a lifetime situation and I need to watch things carefully. As they say getting old is not for sissys.

Good for you and your DH climbing those steps. Woo hoo....must have felt good.
And I love retirement. Hope you do as well.
Have a great week end.

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 8/29/2013 2:10PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis - I can totally relate to the "bleck, that's going on inside me?" feeling. Stupid intestinal pockets! But thanks for sharing (really!) I really needed the reminder, I HAVE to do something about my fibre intake.

Well done on walking up all those stairs - you are part of an elite group of people on the planet who have done that! Way to go!

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GENRE009 8/29/2013 1:16PM

    Had IBS, and gerds, and reflex, not now. Don't have diverticulos. I eat a lot of fiber, fruit ,vegetables, and fiber. Don't do vinegars. Do probiotics, and that was the biggest thing that helped me. Try Garden of Eden Probiotics Dry on the shelf, 3x's pills a day.

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Checking In.....

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hi all, and I want to thank so much all who have asked after me.

I think I am slowly returning from hiatus, but with a somewhat more balanced view about using this site.....and I do miss you.

I have "lurked" for a while, and responded to a couple of blogs today.

Meanwhile, I am making full and successful use of the mobile apps for sparkpeople (to enter food) and fitbit (to log activity). With my One and IPhone 5, I am getting almost instantaneous linking of my food and activity, for real time updates of what I can eat for the rest of the day.

I find that of all the nutrition trackers,SP has the best linkage to fitbit. It was buggy, but the bugs seem to have been gotten rid of.

Take care everyone, I shall be around a bit more moving forward, I do believe.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/9/2013 3:16AM

    I have been missing in action too, I have checked in every day but not really interested or comitting to the friends I found in here. Have a wonderful day!

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HOBBESIS49 3/2/2013 1:27PM

    Thank you for letting us know about you.. Glad that the apps and the fitbit are working for you!

We've missed hearing about you..


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DDOORN 2/24/2013 7:18AM

    Super to hear from you Bonita!


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HAPPYSOUL91 2/21/2013 9:49PM

    Glad you are coming back!

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SMOKINGUN 2/20/2013 7:15PM

    Continued success in the future with your "spontaneous" logging of food and fitbit.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/20/2013 5:23PM

    You were sorely missed Bonita!
Glad to hear from you!


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MEXGAL1 2/20/2013 1:23PM

    Welcome back. Hey, it's all about doing what feels right and participate when the "spirit" moves you!
Good to hear from you.
Enjoy the day!

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hello Sparkfriends, wanted to let youy know that I am taking a break from the SP community for a while.

I will keep my account active, and will likely continue to log food on SP, as it is the best choicie I have found so far to link up with fitbit for real time monitoring. Unless I find something better.

Absolutely no probem with sparkfriends, but using the site is getting kind of old, and the sparkcoach presentations are getting repetitive, and I am spending a bit too much time on it, when I could be doing things like playing more guitar, and it is not helping me with maintenance.

So, for those reasons, so long for now.

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MEXGAL1 1/28/2013 9:57AM

Thanks for letting us know so we don't worry about you.
Best of everything to you!

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CURTIOSITY 1/27/2013 10:37PM

    Go and play - be well and make merry!

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-BENI- 1/27/2013 10:01PM

    Oh Bonita, you and your online smile will be missed but I understand.
Enjoy your time and your music.

We'll be here.
emoticon Beni

PS - Still lovin your background. ((wink))

Comment edited on: 1/27/2013 10:02:04 PM

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2BDYNAMIC 1/27/2013 8:54PM

    Ok Bonita ........... At times I think I need to 'cool it' ......... and back off .......... so maybe this is a nudge in the right direction for me too!! Happy trails ........... 2B

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PUDLECRAZY 1/27/2013 7:42PM

    I certainly understand. Have fun with your guitar and check in when you can.


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DDOORN 1/27/2013 7:28PM

    Enjoy your SparkBreak Bonita!

We just KNOW you're gonna be Sparkin' whether or not you check in on us here... :-)


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ROCKMAN6797 1/27/2013 4:51PM

    Take all the time you need Bonita and we will be here when you pop in....


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PLANTAGO 1/27/2013 4:33PM

    Awww, can sure relate to spending too much time on the computer. Hope to see you 'round now and then!
( waving "bye" from Western Pa )

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Sparked and Fitbitted.....

Monday, January 07, 2013

Sometimes one has a bit of a chance to do some good.

So someone at work left their pedometer in the washroom. An email was sent out by the finder, the pedometer was recovered...etc.

I saw the pedometer, it was a big, clunky, old thing.

So I paid the person a visit and did my fitbit/sparkpeople elevator speech. I demonstrated the fibit after carefully (and modestly) unclipping it from my bra, gave information on where to buy it in Canada, and made sure the person wrote down the the websites names.

Spread the spark!

Spread the fitbit! The fit? The bit? Hey, anything sold with a dongle (look it up) can't be all bad!

Have a good one!

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ANDY_54 1/14/2013 8:20PM

    That's emoticon! Such a cool way of spreading the Spark. I think I'd like to get a Fitbit at some point.

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DDOORN 1/14/2013 10:09AM

    Always a joy to pay one's Spark forward! And YOU'VE got BOATLOADS to pass along! :-)


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BOOKWORM27S 1/10/2013 7:57AM

    I've been thinking about getting a fitbit.....

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PUDLECRAZY 1/9/2013 7:07AM

    Woohooo! And LOL!

My sweet guitar teacher wants to start a walking program to get his weight under control. I told him about my fitbit, then had to turn around to dig it out of my bra to show him. Modesty preserved, fitbit promoted.

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DRB13_1 1/8/2013 3:29AM

    I'm with you! Lately, I've been tempted to buy FitBits as the go-to gift for all my family and friends. It's so cute when it talks to me, and I love to see the flower bloom taller and taller. Now that I use the belt clip, I don't have to worry about damaging it. And yes, that little dongle just travels with my laptop.

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/8/2013 2:15AM

    Aha - clipped to your bra? Got to che k that out most pedometers show incorrect measures because I am too fat ... said that I do use runkeeper for when I walk or bike as exercise but I have nothing to count my everyday steps...

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ROCKMAN6797 1/8/2013 1:05AM

    Good for you Bonita!
Spread the FB!

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MARTHAWILL 1/7/2013 6:24PM

    I've been looking into this. Where can you buy it in Canada?

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Friday, January 04, 2013

I am writing this at lunchtime, after having just finished my final draft of the certification submission I have been writing for work.

So what's the big deal?

It is my 58th version.
It is 40 pages long, with 148 separate attachments.

I am big-time attached to it.

Don't know if there are any technical writers out there, but boy do I find the work stressful. You have to be so careful and pay attention to detail, and remember what you said before so you don't contradict yourself. I had to insert some extra attachments and re-number others. That almost sent me over the edge :-).

Not finished though, I have to create cover sheets for the attachments and put it all together in three big binders--three copies, and then we have a site visit with focus groups in April.

Oh well, onwards and upwards!

Another "whew" is about one of my guitars. The performance, all solid wood (no laminates), sensitive one. When I had him out earlier in the week, he was buzzing all over the place and would not stay in tune! Yikes! I was almost planning a trip to the one luthier I trust, but had him out again last night and he was behaving. The difference; a degree or two more of relative humidity in my music room. Something to be monitored.

So, two whews going into the weekend. With any luck my dryer will be fixed when I get home and I can make it three.

Anything to be learned? Stick to things (58 drafts!) and you will get them done! If you are having problems with something, have a Plan A and a Plan B. Find professionals you can trust when your valuable stuff needs fixing. Persevere.

Hope you have a few whews today as well and a great weekend!

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MEXGAL1 1/6/2013 9:52AM

    Wow, that is dedication! I am not sure I would be able to stick with something for that many tries.
Good for you!
Have a terrific Sunday.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/5/2013 7:22AM

    I hate having to write; I resist it like crazy. I have to write for my professional journal, people like what I write, but I do not enjoy the process at all. So I have great admiration for writers of any kind, and understand well how stressful it is. I can see why you are attached to this document!

About the guitar. Do you have a humicase? If not, I recommend one. My sweet Cordoba was made in Spain with cypress wood. She is very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, so she stays in her humicase accept for when I play her. I know you can find a humicase or a humicase kit for your existing hard case online. It might help.

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/5/2013 2:46AM

    Very good conclusions I think. That paper work did sound really heavy and I am impressed that you followed through! That humidity thing is why I thing I should not take up playing guitar...

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SLENDERELLA61 1/4/2013 5:23PM

    Celebrate that accomplishment!!

For quite a few years I was a grant writer. Sometimes a federal grant would take 3 months or more to write, while a foundation grant I might write in four hours. I remember renumbering pages and attachments and all the frustration that could cause with the table of contents. I remember the importance of consistency and not quoting sources that conflicted. I remember feeling like I was coming out into sunlight after hibernation when I packaged up the grant proposal and got it into the mail.

Again, celebrate getting it done. That is great! And if you took care of yourself in the process and remembered to stand up at least occasionally and stretch and eat right and drink water and all that, well, pat yourself on the back!!!! -Marsha

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PLANTAGO 1/4/2013 12:50PM

    Ouch-that's about your guitar. I only have a laminate cheapo, but she is sensititive to humidity, too. She doesn't like hot weather in the summer. Poor little darling LOL, just like me!
Wish you succes with your dryer!

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