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Decluttering in 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Joining the team "Fit & Organized" got me thinking: I had already begun decluttering my home of all the "too-sentimental-to-throw-out" and "you-never-know-I-may-use-it-one-day" stuff. But there are other areas in my life that I need to declutter, such as:

My thinking

I have a mind of my own. I do not have to go along with what others are doing, just to be sociable. Today after church my daughter-in-law suggested brunch at a restaurant. I said, "No, I'm not hungry; I had fruit this morning"-- but no one else had, so we went to a restaurant. Over everyone's protestations, I ordered only coffee, and I offered to feed the 2-year old so her parents and my daughter could enjoy their meals.

I just commented on another SP Friend's blog today, who was saying she felt overwhelmed by feeling she needed to respond to everyone who encouraged her on SP--I told her that I was sure no one was watching to be sure everyone responded to their comments. They had too many other priorities to feel slighted by something so trivial. But I have spent a lot of time responding to "thank people" as well-- probably unnecessarily, too. I'm going to declutter that thinking-- for me that time will be put to better use giving some comments that might actually help inspire Sparkers to stay with their plan or congratulate them on a goal reached. I know I have been much encouraged by many in those ways. In a few days I will be back to work; my time will be limited. I will use it wisely, with no guilt.

More decluttered thoughts involving "shoulds":

I do not HAVE TO "invite" someone who has invited me (to dinner, to a party, etc).
I do not HAVE TO join, let alone take the helm, of committees or organizations that I no longer want to participate in.
I do not HAVE TO do ANYTHING that I even suspect is not in my best interest.

I will ask myself. "Do I really want to do this?" or "Will I really benefit from this?"

This does not make me selfish; it frees me to take care of the things that are really important to me. One of the things I really do want to make time for is to volunteer in a soup kitchen this year.

I can do this!


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SM-ARTGIRL 1/3/2012 7:39PM

    Yes! I made a decision to not stress over getting back to everyone with a thank you. I do go & visit my friends blogs to contribute!
Thanks for the reminder.
My de- cluttering begins in about a week when we get back from holidays to pack up our home and move!

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SLIMMERANG 1/3/2012 3:04PM

    Great ideas! I am terrible at both. I hope to work on both this year. I have a reputation at work because I never say no. I really need to follow your advice!

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MAYTE1975 1/3/2012 2:44PM

    Great thinking , all this is so much more than lossing weight , is showing yourself that you can change things , you can make things happen .
Congrats my friend , sorry Im a little late but Im back on track after two mad weeks emoticon
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VETTRANGER 1/3/2012 11:38AM

    Great thinking, and I've felt that way for a long time too, although like everyone I occasionally get stuck in obligations I probably should have found a way to avoid.

Your refusing "social eating" at the restaurant after church is a phenomenally good example for everyone trying to stay in control.

Its never selfish to take care of yourself first. Anyone who wishes to help others must be physically and financially in good shape themselves, or their service to others will have a very short lifespan.

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/2/2012 6:58PM

    Great encouragement to me today...I have been simplifying my home and trying to be more organized. Your blog comes just on the day I am taking down Christmas decorations and thinking about how to simplify my life even more...great ideas!! Way to go!!! Smiles Barb

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BBONET 1/2/2012 1:49PM

    I told you that your ACTIONS speak louder than words!!! Great thing you are doing!!! emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 1/2/2012 10:44AM

    Kudos to you for knowing where and when to say no, so you can say yes to what you want to do. I hope you find time to volunteer in the soup kitchen. One of the most rewarding things I do (I'm underemployed so I have more time than most) is make 5 gallons of soup once a month. It is a lot of work but so satisfying.

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ROCHELLE62 1/2/2012 1:44AM

    I feel that I have had good success in my basement the last few weeks. I may be ready to attack a nasty room upstairs and just start shedding worthless possessions.

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BRAVERUDE 1/1/2012 10:24PM

    Its a wonderful process - I wish we could go out to lunch and talk it over!! Once you begin, you start seeing all the additional uncluttering you can do...its like a snowball rolling downhill. Re-claim your time and start visualizing what you DO want to spend time/energy on... Make sure you have fun with all of this! Oh, and please keep the 'Vette...!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/1/2012 10:01PM

    You are learning that "no" is a powerful word. And I agree - you don't have to thank people for posting. I confess that I never do thank yous like that. I always figure people know I appreciate it by the (other, non-thank you) things I post on theirs. I have a Spark Friend who used to blog every day and every day when I'd comment she'd come to my page and leave a thank you. I wanted to tell her, "please don't bother doing that," but didn't want to hurt her feelings. She finally got comfortable enough that she doesn't do it any more.

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1TRESCHICAKA 1/1/2012 9:54PM

    Muy Bueno! De-Cluttering & Saying "No!"
You have your own:"Who Wants a Clean House..." & "Oprah" Episodes! :-)

Oprah was always saying we need to learn the "Power of NO" especially as "nice people pleasers" She said once she got "older & learned her time was just as valuable as other peoples, she put "herself 1st".

Oprah didn't like that people/friends didn't like her for declining/ "saying no" but after a while..meh...she got over it. LOL she knew her intentions were pure & she would only say "YES!" to the things she really had & made time for!

I am learning...when you know better, you do better!

Waaay to go JazzeJR-Momita! emoticon

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    I have decluttering as part of my goals for the year also.
You're right that you have to say No to certain things to reach your goals and to make time for things that are important. emoticon

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FILLANGES 1/1/2012 8:20PM

    AWESOME post. Thanks for sharing. I've committed to the DE-cluttering of my house and I love your additions to the other areas of life! Have a happy, healthy, and BLESSED New Year!
Take care and God Bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMAKITTY10 1/1/2012 8:14PM

  Great ideas. I am too much of a people pleaser: very hard to say no. But it does give me something to think about. Thanks

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YIWEN39 1/1/2012 8:05PM

    I LOVE THIS :-) emoticon to you Jaz, this is GREAT!!!
Action! Go! emoticon emoticon
I see you're already off to a GREAT start! emoticon emoticon

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My "one word" for 2012

Saturday, December 31, 2011

In an earlier blog, my SP friend Mrs. Principal put forth the value of having one word to characterize your 2012. I've decided my word will be ACTION.

Thinking is good--necessary, but after thinking situations through, all the positive things that have happened in my life seem to have come after action. Usually it was my action, but sometimes action was taken on my behalf. I definitely want to be more than ever the instigator of positive things happening because of my positive actions.

Some quotes viewed just today on SP guided me to this choice:

Knowing is not enough. we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Action expresses priorities.
~Mohandas Gandhi

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." ~Aristotle

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SM-ARTGIRL 1/3/2012 7:32PM

    Absolutely love your blog Jazzejr!
Thank you I am pretty sure ACTION is my one word for 2012 also!

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BBONET 1/1/2012 8:14PM

    You use the word wisely because your ACTIONS are showing through!!! Happy New Year dear friend!!! emoticon

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    ACTION indeed! Love the word and need to use it lol
Taking action is the only way we can get to our goals!
Thanks for sharing. :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    May 2012 be full of action and actions that make you happy and healthy! Best wishes to you on this first day of the New Year.

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YIWEN39 1/1/2012 5:14AM

    And.... ACTION! This word is perfect for you :-) You go girl! You go and rock 2012 :-) emoticon Love it!

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SONYALATRECE 12/31/2011 8:21PM

    I LOVE it!
Amen! Amen! Amen!
Action is the only way to get MOVEMENT.

Stated with such class,too. emoticon

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1TRESCHICAKA 12/31/2011 4:22PM

    Great Word Momita! I agree...

My word for 2012 is from EAT, PRAY, LOVE: "Attraversiamo"

To cross over... & ALL that beautiful Italian word entails..I am crossing over from the bad/negative stuff in 2011 & leaving it behind (work, relationships, negativity, etc...*blech* BE-GONE!)

I am "crossing-over" on action, on faith, on positive results.
I am crossing over to Love, Happiness, Health, Prosperity, & Success in Work, Love, & Life!

I will take a LEAP OF FAITH..."LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR" is one of my favorite quotes!

I will Delve N2 2012! "Attraversiamo... “let's cross over" ...together

SUCCESS to you all in 2012!

Belissima! emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 12/31/2011 1:26PM

    Action, it is! Here's to a FABULOUS 2012!!

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VETTRANGER 12/31/2011 12:40PM

    Pulling out a little Aristotle on me, huh? LOL Good quote. I like it. I like the same keyword for 2012. You talked me into it. :-)

Happy New Year, Jazze!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/31/2011 12:18PM

    GREAT word!

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MAYTE1975 12/31/2011 4:47AM

    Thats so true , it seems to me that Im always planning something but I rarely got to do it , it reminds me of a little present I received years ago that said "Im studying how to begin to study" emoticon
For this new year I also want to get things done.
Thanks Sparkamiga

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A wonderful reward

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Today I took advantage of a fantastic Christmas gift I received. I had a one-hour massage. Oh my, oh my--was it ever wonderful. I feel so relaxed, stretched out and limber. My daughter and I had a "couples" massage--which only means we were in the same room. I really liked my massage therapist; he was skillful and didn't talk a lot. Just let me enjoy it.

I've decided to treat myself to one of these as a reward each time I hit a goal. emoticon

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MAYTE1975 12/31/2011 4:40AM

Im going to try one of those massages too. So glad you enjoyed it

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1TRESCHICAKA 12/30/2011 9:01PM

Happy New Year! emoticon
Hope as you "DELVE into 2012... You earn LOTS of Great Massages!"

I enjoyed my massage with you too :0)

Je t'aime!

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VETTRANGER 12/30/2011 2:50PM

    Sounds like a nicing outing for the two of you. :-) Enjoyable massage plus together time.

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NEWMAC2011 12/30/2011 12:39PM

    That's one of my very favorite things! That's a great treat to look forward to for your goals.

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BRAVERUDE 12/30/2011 10:40AM

    I have a 90 minute appointment every month, and sometimes add additional visits, as needed. It's good medicine! Glad you loved it and super glad someone gave you such a great gift! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 12/30/2011 8:46AM

    That's a great reward! I usually treat myself to 1 a year with my BFF. We missed it this year. Bummer! I'm going to join you in making it a reward though. That's a great idea!

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/29/2011 10:11PM

    That's a nice gift and a great reward!

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GOLFGMA 12/29/2011 7:48PM

    Oh, I could so use one right now, even a pedicure would feel good since my feet took a beating today! If you read my blog you'll understand. Keep up the good work and get those massages every time! emoticon

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YIWEN39 12/29/2011 7:36PM

    emoticon Enjoy :-)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/29/2011 7:20PM

    Sounds perfect! I love it when they don't feel the need to talk the entire way through it. I got a massage gift card from my hubby for Christmas too. Have my appointment on Saturday, and can't wait! That will be great motivation for you to continue to hit your goals! Glad you got to share it with your daughter.

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4EVER21B 12/29/2011 4:24PM

    Excellent idea! Great reward incentive! I am so glad that you took full advantage of your gift.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/29/2011 4:09PM

    I got a gift certificate for a massage for my birthday in January, and realized it was never used. Mine is tomorrow and I can't wait!!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 12/29/2011 3:52PM

    Sounds great! I am going to join you and add a massage every time I reach my goals! :) emoticon emoticon

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Today is a milestone for me.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Today I am officially full grown! I am feeling my oats; I am 66 years young. I swear I don't feel any different than I did at 22 years old. Earlier I thought I was slowing down, but keeping up with the challenges here on SP has given me so much energy that I'm no longer tired at the end of a day of chasing around after my 2 and 4 year-old grand kids. It's phenomenal. Please don't take that comment about the grand kids to mean that I'm retired. I'm just on Christmas break: I'm still teaching full time, and can't really see any good reason to retire soon--I'm looking for one :)

If you're trying to lose weight without exercising, please give it a try ASAP. Just strap on some tennis shoes and start walking. My weight will not stay down without it; my blood pressure will not stay down without it, and my cholesterol will not stay down without it. My good cholesterol is a whopping 79 (we are encouraged to keep it above 40), and my overall is only 130. (We're encouraged to keep that no. below 200.)

Now it's true that I am usually just a happy person, but I have to tell you, I just feel GOOD! Help me toast to 66 more good years!

Cheers! Salud! A ta sant! Salute!

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4EVER21B 12/29/2011 4:23PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!

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ZIPCONTROL 12/26/2011 12:03PM

  Happy Birthday !! You are an inspiration. May you stay forever young !!

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AKAFIT 12/25/2011 11:30AM

    You are gorgeous and a great encouragement. My grandmother, who just turned 75 years young is a major influence and encouragement to me as well. She just completed her first half marathon earlier this year, is still working full time, and in addition has her own bookkeping/tax service. So, you see, there is no reason for us to think we can't do it too.

Keep going soror because you are testament to what God and a little healthy living on our part can do.

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IMIN2GENES 12/24/2011 11:06PM

    That's awesome! Love hearing it!

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PEPPERCHILD 12/24/2011 6:24PM

    You wear it well Ms Jazz - emoticon here's a toast to you and your milestone.
Happy Birthday!

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SPARKLE1908 12/24/2011 4:52PM

    You ROCK!!! Happy birthday Soror!

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BRAVERUDE 12/24/2011 4:21PM

    You are awesome!!!

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MOBYCARP 12/24/2011 1:52PM

    emoticon You're looking great! I'm glad you're feeling great, too.

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RG_DFW 12/24/2011 10:58AM

    Way to go, and Happy Birthday!

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NEWMAC2011 12/24/2011 9:53AM

    Wishing you a wonderful birthday. You're obviously very young and full of energy. Age is just a number anyway! You're showing us how we can be active at any age!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/24/2011 9:28AM

    Have a wonderful birthday and thank you for the important lessons!!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 12/24/2011 9:19AM

    Wow wow wow! As they say 60's are the new 50's, 50's are the new 40's!
40's are the new 30's ;)
I thought you were in your 50's!
Well you are a true inspiration :) Thank you from the bottom of my heart: for inviting me to this challenge, for supporting me and for being a true inspiration :)

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Happy Birthday!!! emoticon

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JLPARKHURST 12/24/2011 8:49AM

    WOW! You are truly an inspiration. Happy Birthday!

Heres to another 66! emoticon emoticon


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CROOKEDLETTER 12/24/2011 7:16AM

    Happy birthday! And here's to 66 more years of health and happiness!

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MAYTE1975 12/24/2011 6:59AM

    This is the very best blog Ive ever read. Happy 66 bitrhday gorgeous , you are like two 33 yo but better . The years are not in age but in the spirit and yours is so young

Exercice is the key for me too and you are my big support , so a big thank you from here.


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MICHIGANLORI 12/24/2011 6:34AM

    What a great blog post to start my wonderful day. Happy Birthday!!!!

emoticon Here's to another 66 years!

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YIWEN39 12/24/2011 4:58AM

    Jazze, that is AWESOME!!!! Happy Birthday :-)
Cheers to your 66 years young, you rock and look so young!!!
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Keep it up and keep sparking, you are GREAT :-)
Take care and merry christmas!
Eve emoticon

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VETTRANGER 12/24/2011 3:13AM

    You can't believe what a big smile that blog brought me. :-D

I'm so proud of you and happy for you, and appreciative of the friendship you've shown me over these months. You've shown a lot of confidence in me, and as many know, confidence breeds confidence. Your confidence in me helps me to maintain it myself, and I can only hope that my confidence in you has done the same. (Somehow I think it has!)

This blog is the first time I've known your age, and from your pictures I'd have surely guessed 20+ years younger. I still owe an "after" picture so I can get the same treatment. LOL

I'm with you. I don't think or feel any differently than I did in my 20s ... I'm just a LOT wiser now than I was then ... at least in some ways. I can tell you that with 45 fewer pounds than I carried this time last year, I'm back to running around the backyard with the puppies, and when I couldn't do that well I WAS feeling older!

Yes, I'm up pretty late tonight ... slowly sipping some Scotch while I'm kicking back listening to an Oscar Peterson Christmas jazz album. That guy is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, I love his piano. On the other, he makes me despair about why I bother to practice piano, as I'll never get to that place playing it. LOL

Merry Christmas, Jazze! Please pass along Betty's and my warmest greetings to your family. While we don't know them, I feel I know you somewhat, and if they benefit from your influence they are surely some fine people.

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SHOOPETTE 12/24/2011 1:39AM

    What an inspiration!

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REYVE01 12/24/2011 12:47AM

    Hip Hip Hooray!!!! I love the blog and the attitude. Our bodies need the exercise.... even if we are not trying to lose weight. Happy Birthday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LBEEKMA 12/24/2011 12:25AM

    Here's to you...Happy 66th! The older I get, the more I realize it's how you feel not your current number that determines how "young" you really are. Yes, you are so right about exercise. It's the magic pill to good health. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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Feeling incredibly & miserably yucky today

Monday, December 19, 2011

I've caught my grand daughter's cold. She goes to day care (aka germ factory). I can't smell, can't taste, can't breathe except through my mouth. You know the routine.

I'm just going to lie around and let my body fight this. I fought it's coming on all the previous week and obviously lost that battle.

I'll be having soup today. And I'll do just a short run--I always feel better afterward.

But I'm so PROUD of my band of friends and the number of exercise minutes we logged in this week. We ROCKED IT!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/22/2011 11:42PM

    Soup is good food! Hope you're feeling better, soon.

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IMIN2GENES 12/20/2011 10:13AM

    Bummer! I feel your pain... Hope you feel better soon! Rest well.

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/20/2011 7:45AM

    Lots of rest and lots of fluids. Hope you feel better soon.

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YIWEN39 12/20/2011 7:38AM

    Get well soon :-) You're in such great shape,it shouldn't take long at all! Especially if you're already planning on sweating it out emoticon

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LUVPOETESS 12/20/2011 2:01AM

    My primary doctor's famous four are: Time-released vitamin C, echinacea, lots of water & rest.

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VETTRANGER 12/19/2011 11:07PM

    Yep, chicken soup, and I like to dose up on niacin too. If you haven't taken much niacin, don't start out with more than 200 or 400 mg. If you don't work yourself up with niacin, the flush it produces will not be comfortable. Its benefit is that is opens up blood vessels and increases circulation, which IMO can't hurt the movement of anti-bodies. (It's also good for a sunburn).

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BRAVERUDE 12/19/2011 2:49PM

    Soup and herbal tea - all count toward your cups of water!! Kick it, Baby.. I know you can! Look at the bright side.. with no sense of smell or taste, certain foods won't be able to tempt you!!! emoticon

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BBONET 12/19/2011 2:18PM

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather!! emoticon Soup, lots of water and rest should make you feel like new in a few days. Don't fight the need to rest when your body says rest you do that girl.
Take care! emoticon emoticon

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MAYTE1975 12/19/2011 1:20PM

    Like my mom says , a cold lasts seven days with medicines and a week without them emoticon
Take care , give yourself a rest and drink lots of liquids , lemon juice with honey is also very good .

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/19/2011 12:53PM

    Sorry to hear about that!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 12/19/2011 9:35AM

    Don't forget to use saline! :)
With 3 kids, someone always has a cold and the saline rinse is awesome!

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JILLITA55 12/19/2011 8:55AM

    Drink lots of water and juice. You have great ambition to firght the cold. You can do it! emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 12/19/2011 8:55AM

    Take care of yourself...that bug is a tough one to shake! Rest, liquids and some warm soup... emoticon

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