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My poochie is gone

Thursday, November 27, 2014

We had to put George down today. It is really miserable that this happened the day before Thanksgiving, which is probably my most favorite holiday. His health has been deteriorating for about 2 1/2 years (slowly, of course). He has had difficulty walking, but as long as he could walk at all, I was fine with it.

But on Saturday he reached a point where he could not walk any more. I had him out in the late afternoon, but by night time I could not even stand him up, let alone have him walk.

The past few days have been a whirlwind. DH was out of town when this all happened and was not supposed to return until Tuesday. He cut his trip short and came home on Monday. My daughter and her boyfriend came up on Sunday to see him and try to help me. They ended up saying their goodbyes that day. I was supposed to host Thanksgiving dinner, and I guess the unspoken message was that he might not be around by then.

My next door neighbors are both vets in a joint practice. She came over on Monday and did not offer much hope for him. We almost wanted to just let him lie peacefully and die at home, in part because we knew that getting him into the car would be a huge challenge. This morning, our vet encouraged us to euthanize him today, mainly because of the holiday tomorrow. He was actually eating and drinking, and the vet (this time the husband) felt that he probably would have lived another week or two or perhaps even a little longer. However, it was a terrible quality of life, including bouts of howling. So we ended up trekking out in several inches of premature snow to get this done.

I am beyond sad, especially since I love Thanksgiving. As it turns out, my daughter has agreed to host it, and man is she taking it seriously!!! I was really hoping he would make it until Christmas, when my son will probably be home. But alas, it was not meant to be.

But now that it is done, there is a sense of relief as well. I will always be thankful for having this time together, which many people are not lucky enough to have. I am also thankful for my two wonderfully kind children.

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WALLAHALLA 11/30/2014 10:04PM

    What a blessing George was, and all the wonderful memories you have of him. My heart goes out to you for your loss.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/27/2014 1:38PM

    We had to put our dog down right before Christmas last year. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you have a peaceful day with your family.

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SUNHOME 11/27/2014 1:24PM

    RIP George

emoticon to you and your family.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/27/2014 8:30AM

    I am so sorry you are having to deal with the loss of your beloved pet....particularly right before Thanksgiving. How sweet of your daughter to host Thanksgiving this year. She may really be enjoying having the chance to host it.

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BARBARAROSE54 11/27/2014 8:27AM

    emoticon so sorry for your loss, our pets are family.

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HICIM705 11/27/2014 6:19AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, but - it sounds like you really did do the right thing. We lost our 'Meeko' the day before Christmas Eve several years ago (and we always host Christmas Eve) . . .the timing, for us - well, it stinks. . .but - for our pets, our friends - I'm sure that you did all that you could.

I'll be thinking about you ... Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as well, so I do understand. . .

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DEBSLAND 11/27/2014 1:47AM

    Our pets are more than just pets, they are our family and friends. I know how hard this must have been and I am very sorry for your lost. May your holiday be filled with good memories and not too much sorrow.

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MCFITZ2 11/27/2014 12:45AM

    This is one of the hardest decisions to make.
Sorry for your family's loss.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/27/2014 12:13AM

    So sorry to read of your loss. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Bright blessings to you my friend. Happy Thanksgiving.

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My Goals for BLC26 (and my other challenges)

Monday, September 22, 2014

I know I have been uncharacteristically quiet for awhile. I feel that I owe an apology to my Spark friends, particularly anyone who has reached out to me, but I have not responded. A lot of stuff has been going on, and I can't share all of it at this time. I will try to blog a little more often, and some of it will come out.

After a year's hiatus, I rejoined the BLC 26. Conveniently, I am a member of two other challenges that are starting now as well.

So I can reflect that my weight has crept up to my high point in three years. Also, tonight I decided to try out a dumbbell class at my gym, and I was sadly reminded of how out of shape I am. In some ways that is not so obvious. I have been a walking fool, and I can hold a reasonable plank. But my balance and flexibility are poor. I need to work on this, and I am not quite sure how. Any ideas?

In any event:

1. I want to lose 15 pounds by the end of BLC 26.

2. I will do some sort of strength training at least three times a week. It may be light on some days, but it will be there.

3. I will interact three times a week with my BLC teams and work on being better with my others. Seriously, you are all awesome!!

4. I will knock off the sugar monster for once and for all. Still need to figure out how I can fit some sugar in, because complete abstinence seems unrealistic.

5. I will work up to tracking food 80% of the time.

6. I will reread these goals every week.

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BARBARAROSE54 9/25/2014 7:58AM

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JUJIFRUIT 9/24/2014 11:25PM

    I love it. Great goals. You got this!!

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WALLAHALLA 9/23/2014 4:14PM

    great goals!

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    Well awareness is step one, and you seem to have that one...and step to is goals and plans...all that's left for success is execution and you CAN do that! We are with you!!! Go for it!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/23/2014 11:38AM

    It's great to hear from you again. I hope you and your family are okay.


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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/23/2014 11:16AM

    Happy to see you posting again!

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LIMOM2TWINS 9/23/2014 10:08AM

    emoticon I hope that you are feeling better & things smooth out for you - you are going to ROCK and accomplish all these goals - emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/22/2014 11:48PM

    Great blog & goals. Go YOU!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/22/2014 11:48PM

    Great blog & goals. Go YOU!

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Fitbit Comes Through Again

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

My Fitbit One died Monday night. I put it in the charger, and since then it will not display. While in the charger it displays "Fitbit 6.60" (I think this is the firmware version) and shows that the battery is fully charged. When I remove it, there is no display at all.

The worst part? The Fitbit warranty is supposedly good for a year, and I purchased mine just over a year ago (sometime around January 19 of last year). However, I contacted Fitbit customer support. After going through some steps to reset the Fitbit without success (I had already done this before I contacted them but did it again), they have agreed to replace it for free. Apparently being out of warranty was not an issue. Hope it comes soon.

I love my Fitbit, but I get so upset when I am without it that sometimes I am not sure it is worth it. But I know it is. And please, if anyone is reading this and has problems with their Fitbit, including losing it, please contact them. All may not be lost.

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    did you get your fitbit fixed & if so, are you still using it? I use the Spark tracker but have been thinking about that bracelet that they have been showing on here. Verva or something. One of the ladies in my aerobic class wears one. Hope you are well... it's been a long time since you blogged.

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ONTHEPATH2 6/18/2014 10:36AM

    I have a fitbit one - and have had it go black - but it always seems to find its way back! Phew! Glad to hear they stand behind their products. I would miss my little buddy!!!

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BOPPY_ 3/25/2014 3:44AM

    How are you doing with the new one?


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KRZYKAT3 2/15/2014 2:37PM

    hooray for fitbit. this is the 4th such story I have heard about them and why I want one! lol

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SLIMKIM2B 2/9/2014 8:41AM

    I got a Flex for Christmas that wouldn't hold a charge and even though I could not produce the receipt they replaced it for me and gave me my choice of color. Who could ask for more?

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MTNGRL 2/8/2014 5:31PM

    I have only had good things happen when I dealt with their customer service. My original Fitbit cracked after I had it much longer than a year, maybe two. I contacted them and since it still worked they agreed to give me a great, and I mean great, deal on upgrading to a new one. Plus the forums there are awesome. Love my Fitbit!

Glad you are happy again too! I feel naked when I forget to wear that does not happen often!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/7/2014 4:21PM

    I love my Fitbit Flex!

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LIZ324_NYC 2/7/2014 9:53AM

    That's great!! I love my Fitbit Ultra!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/7/2014 9:54:00 AM

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GRLTAZ 2/6/2014 3:48PM

    That is great news. TC

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LOPEYP 2/6/2014 12:47PM

    We have the Ultra Ones (oldie). DH's fitbit display has not been functioning for awhile but he doesn't want to get a new one so just syncs and then looks on the website to see where he is.
I've had mine replaced for free when I smashed the casing on a door jam. Their Customer Service is awesome!

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MABELL1WFTX 2/6/2014 11:16AM

    I have only had my Fitbit Flex for about a month and really liking it. Good to know the good service they have. I am now wearing (for a while) my Fitbit, SPAT, and Omron. The differenc in number of steps recorded is unbelievable. The Fitbit is a little over 1000 steps less than the Omron, but the Spat is nearly only half the steps as the Omron (around 3000 steps yesterday).
Another company that has been great with me is the Kindle. My first one, the original blah Kindle, quite working in about a year. They immediately sent me another one. When the screen on that one started messing up, they sent me a new one. I now have a Kindle White and am enjoying it very much.

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NHES220 2/6/2014 10:56AM

    So great when a company stands behind their product! Isn't that awesome!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 2/6/2014 10:50AM

    I've heard s many good things about customer service at Fitbit. Hope your replacement arrives soon!

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IMREITE 2/6/2014 12:54AM

    sometimes things may have a defect so they replace it. It never hurts to contact support for stuff. The companies wont fix it if they dont know.
I work in tech support and people will say their stuff hasnt "worked in weeks" but they never contact us. My company is open 7-7 CST m-f. the y can call or chat with a live agent during this time. We also have email and a virtual agent where they can aske for help and place service calls after hours.
Companies want their products to work. they also know it looks bad when thinks break righ after the warrenty is done so they sometimes still replace/repair it at no cost.

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CANDYCANE2B 2/5/2014 11:15PM

    I have a Fitbit Flex and have had no trouble with mine! But I absolutely LOVE it!!! It's AWESOME!! I hope yours comes soon!!! So glad they replaced it for you even though it was just out of warranty!

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USMAWIFE 2/5/2014 10:18PM

    whenever someone posts on the group they lost it, first thing I say is contact customer service. they seem to give away so many on a god will basis to keep the customer coming back to them and hopefully they will upgrae their units based on their cstomer service

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Happy New Year, Everyone

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

First of all, I truly wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Thank you to all my Spark friends for your love and support during 2013 (and earlier). I feel like I am not always the most attentive friend, but I sincerely appreciate all the goodies and comments on my page and blogs, even if I don't always acknowledge them.

I want to give a special shout to my friends from my former BLC team, the Forest Green Pixies. The forest was indeed a magical place. I miss it and wonder if I will ever find such a magical .place again. You will all be so special to me. But I have moved on, and I appreciate my new friends and teammates. In the next month, I will be starting a new inaugural challenge with many familiar faces as well as some new ones. I will also be rejoining my original team on the 5% Challenge, where there will also be many new and old faces awaiting. I will embrace you all.

To my long-standing friends who were not Forest Green Pixies, I give you a special shout as well. You have always been special to me.

Now to get down to business....

As I reflect on 2013, I feel that when all things are considered, I am disappointed with the way things went. I now weigh about 18 lbs. more than I did this time last year. In October I finally went for a physical for the first time in MANY years. I knew I had been negligent because I had not had a mammogram in at least 10 years (maybe closer to 20). Fortunately the results came back normal. However, the results from my blood work indicate pre-diabetes as well as a Vitamin D deficiency. Neither situation is dire; my blood sugar reading was 103, which is at the low end of the pre-diabetic range. My Vitamin D reading was 27, with 30 being normal. I am now taking Vitamin D supplements. As for the pre-diabetes, I fear that I am not taking it seriously. After all, it's only 103, right? If it was 99, there would be nothing to worry about.
So then the question is... do I wait until I am closer to the diabetes range to take it seriously? No, I don't think that is a great idea.

I am trying to formulate a real plan and specific goals for the coming year, and I will be posting them in the next few days.

Although I can't give myself a great grade for the year because of the weight gain, I did accomplish a few things fitnesswise. First of all, on September 15 I participated in a half marathon. My time was nothing spectacular (3:47 I think), and I hobbled across the finish line. But I did it!!! And I have been training for another one. My goal is lofty: under three hours. Most of you will think that is not an impressive time, but I would be so pleased. I am almost positive I can improve my time and maybe not feel quite as worn out when finished.

Also, a few days ago I started taking yoga classes. I have a long way to go but it is a start.

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CANDYCANE2B 2/4/2014 10:23PM

    Wow, a 1/2 marathon!!! That's AWESOME!!! I wouldn't even think of doing that. I have a hard time even walking 30 min, so I'm breaking it up into 3, 10 minute sections!

I was pre-diabetic, but my dd's husband, which is in his last year at Medical school, training to be a Dr, said my sugar is too high and that I ought to get checked again to see if I'm diabetic! Keep your sugar down, if you can!!!!

Congrats and Have a GREAT day!!!

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GRANMALINDA 1/3/2014 8:28PM

    Looking forward to spending 2014 on a team with you. BTW, your blood sugar is only a beginner test, you need to ask your doctor for an a1C, it will give you an idea of what your blood sugar has averaged for the last three months.

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ZELLAZM 1/3/2014 9:30AM

    Did I congratulate you on your half? Don't remember doing so, but the past year or so has been a bit of a fog. Any how - CONGRATS!

Do the doctors think you can get the blood sugar levels regulated with weight loss and exercise?

Looking forward to your company on the journey, Leslie! It will be good to be on a team together again.
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NHES220 1/2/2014 12:32PM

    Finishing a half marathon is an accomplishment in itself. Under 3 hours is a great goal. I am planning on signing up for one this year and would like to finish under 3 hours. My last time back in 2010 when I did one was 3:00:21 and I would love to get under 3 hours next time.

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JENSHAINES 1/2/2014 12:09PM

    Half marathon is awesome!!! Take the blood sugar seriously, though - you can change this NOW - much harder once you're truly diabetic. So much for my lecture ;-) Sorry!!! I'm the same kind of not-in-touch type from time to time - hope that you have a great start to the year! I think of you often. Yay for New Jersey!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/1/2014 10:57PM

    I didn't know you did a half marathon....That is great!

To get under three hours for your next one will be a wonderful accomplishment. Do you walk/run?

After I get done with chemo (in about a month), I'm really looking forward to upping my exercise levels. I'm not sure I want to do the distances you are doing, but it will nice to get back out there and do some walk/running again.


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CATLOVER110 1/1/2014 9:15PM

    I miss the Pixies, too! Congratulations on the half marathon; that's amazing! Good for you for going for your physical. Take care of yourself! Best wishes with your goals for the new year.

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LOPEYP 1/1/2014 6:27PM

    I think many Americans are Vitamin D deficient because of sunscreen. I heard once that if you got outside in the morning sun for 15 minutes you would get enough Vit D for the day. As far as the diabetes - pre or not, don't mess with it. I have seen the impact it has had on my mother. It's just nasty.
I am impressed by the half marathon. I am scared by just the idea of it.
Wishing you a great 2014!!

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ZOSBOS 1/1/2014 3:12PM

    Well done on completing a half marathon - the time really doesn't matter, the fact that you are getting out there doing it is a huge achievement and you should be rightly proud.
Best of luck with your goals for 2014!

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ULATKINS 1/1/2014 3:07PM

    Good luck to you on your weight loss journey emoticon

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What are the odds?

Monday, December 16, 2013

emoticon WARNING!!! This blog has nothing to do with diet, weight loss or fitness. In fact, it has nothing to do with me. Just a story I want to share.

Yesterday, my daughter came home from Philly to pay a shiva call. For those of you who don't know, shiva is a Jewish custom. When a Jewish person dies, the funeral takes place as soon as practically possible, usually the day after the death. This is followed by a week of mourning at the family home. Friends and family come to visit and express condolences.

My daughter's friend's grandfather passed away on Thursday, and the funeral was Friday. Shiva is not observed on Saturday (Jewish Sabbath), so Sunday tends to be the most popular day visit, especially for people who may live a distance.

Anyway, she goes to this shiva, and guess who was there.... Paul McCartney!!! Apparently his wife's sister married into this family. Sharon's friend walked up to him and said to him, "Hi, I'm Jennifer, and this is my friend Sharon (my daughter)". Paul responded, "Nice to meet you, Sharon" and shook her hand. She said she would have asked him for an autograph but felt it was tacky under the circumstances. She did discreetly take a picture of him sitting there. I'm only sorry I didn't go with her.

Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook know that about two months ago,I put up an ecstatic post because she had passed her bar exam. She has been working for the City of Philadelphia legal services for about two months, and things seem to be going very well. I was sort of hesitant to put this up because I don't want to be living my life vicariously through her. But this was just so wild that I couldn't resist.

At least if she is ever on Jeopardy she will have a good story for Alex Trebek.

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SCOOTER4263 1/28/2014 10:38PM

    Hey, having fun telling stories and even bragging about your children is part of the benefit of having them and makes up for some of those extremely long afternoons when they were small. We all do it. Let me show you some pictures.... emoticon

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ZELLAZM 12/21/2013 8:46AM

    How random! but VERY cool!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/17/2013 8:31PM

    Very cool!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/17/2013 1:31PM

    Very cool story! Thanks for sharing.

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BLOOIZEANGEL 12/16/2013 11:56PM

    So cool!

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