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Monday, September 23, 2013

Stolen from Cassioepia who stole this blog from her spark friend Bobby (BOBBYD31), who stole it from debbie (BE-THE-CHANGE). thank you !! (it's definitely worthy of passing on as many times as we can)

I really feel that SP saved my life. I have struggled with my weight since finding this site over 4 years ago, but I know I would be much worse off if I had not found it. I may not be where I need to be, but it is certainly not for a lack of resources here!

Right now Intuit is running a contest for small businesses. The prize is a commercial during the Super Bowl. I don't know about you, but every time I see a commercial for Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig I wish that SP had the resources to do the same. This is their chance to get the word out on a huge scale. All they need is the support of people like us.

Go to this website and vote for SparkPeople:
It just takes one click (no registration required), and you can vote once a day on your computer and your phone.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/24/2013 6:47PM

    done thanks

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GOANNA2 9/23/2013 7:51AM

    I tried but could not get on to the link. I'll try again.
How are you doing these days? Hope all is well with you.
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SPARKCHANTAL 9/23/2013 3:46AM

    ok! this is better than coke or tobacco on superbowl, but i am getting mighty sceptical about data protection issues...

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THINRONNA 9/23/2013 2:53AM

    Thanks! I'm gonna do it!

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OK, the saga.....a bit of a rant.....

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

As some of you know, I spent a lot of time in hospital last year, leaving my house empty. As I live in the country, this meant that rodents got in, and caused all sorts of electrical damage.

On top of this I had a problem with my heat pump. The mother card had to be replaced, possibly due to being hit by lightening they thought.

It took a long time to get a replacment, and then there were problems with the electricity and a leak from the heating system, which meant the antifreeze was diluted.......... In brief, there was a perfect storm of circumstances which led to the heat pump and the boiler breaking down.

I actually involved the legal assistance from my insurance, but at the end of the day, I couldn't get any help from them, they felt that the heat pump people had acted properly without undue delay, and the offer they made to me to replace the pump and boiler was a good one. Which it is, and at the end of the day, I'll have a system that works and that the heat pump people will be servicing etc......soon, I hope!
The guys have been working and found all sorts of problems with my previous system, including a water softener that hadn't been properly installed, amongst other things, and hopefully have sorted out some other preexisting things that didn't work properly. They also found rather a lot of dead rodents in the machines!
And then yesterday, just as all seemed to be reaching the end, the head technician felt that the new heat pump was making a funny noise, so checked out my electricity supply, and it is faulty! I have triple phase, and two are fine, but the third is not working properly.

And that was it, I finally cried. It may even be that this was the original problem, but we have no way of knowing!
OK, it's not life threatening, but it is rather expensive, and has been a major source of stress for me........especially as I don't have a proper job at the moment (more of that elsewhere) although luckily I have an insurance policy that has matured, and so can afford the work, but once the money is spent, it is spent!
Meanwhile, the whole house needs rewired......and that aint's cheap either!
Where I am really lucky is that my wonderful partner Jacques is doing much of the rebuilding work upstairs, helped by my children......basically the whole of the upstairs has been reconfigerated and my plan is that once all the work is finished, to let the house as a holiday home. That way I can still have all my children home from time to time, even if I am living mostly with Jacques.
I am trying hard to look at the blessing in disguise,

a new system that is more efficient, easier to run, and much easier if I am letting the house, a lot of other preexisting problems solved, and others on their way to being, all's well.
The old lemons and lemonade thingy......

But the stress is not helping my health, nor my weight!
Rant over for now!

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THINRONNA 9/23/2013 2:57AM

    I know I am super late on this one but I really hope all of this got sorted out! Yuck! Here's wishing you a wonderful stress free autumn! emoticon emoticon

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SEAWAVE 7/3/2013 7:10AM

    Ugh. If it's not one thing, it's another. But in the long run you will be so much better off - just gotta hang in there a bit longer!


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ALEXSGIRL1 6/26/2013 8:43PM

    wow what a lot to go through and you came out smiling. I love the house for the children to gather awesome better days are coming

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/26/2013 5:46PM

    holy moly.
no, I had no idea you were in hospital!
and then confronted with all this on coming back home...
aiiiii kelpie! wish I could help out somehow!

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GOANNA2 6/26/2013 11:16AM

    So sorry to hear of all your problems. Sounds like
one thing after another. I hope it will all be over for
you soon. It is a good idea to let the house to holiday
makers as it will certainly help with finances. I hope
you feel better soon. Look after yourself. emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/25/2013 11:46AM

    This is a good place to rant! Holy cow I had no idea what you are going through! I would be stressed majorly too! You have such an incredible way of looking at the bright side of life! Never lose that! Thanks for this blog!

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MAUIMA 6/25/2013 10:58AM

    wow...what a journey...hmmm...I love the plan for teh holiday house for when all your children gather. What do they think?

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VHALKYRIE 6/25/2013 8:04AM

    Ugh... so sorry! When it rains, it pours, doesn't it? Here's an umbrella.
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BLUEANGELLK 6/25/2013 6:42AM

    I would say all of that going on deserves a rant (or two) Hang in there! You are moving toward getting it all done!

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getting past the end of my nose

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Warning, some pretty horrid mental images to follow, not for the faint hearted.

As some of you may know, I had a carcinoma removed from not quite the end of my nose just before christmas. I was not a pretty sight, I can tell you! Then on the scar tissue, I got a spot, that I thought I had dealt with. I had of course to be very gentle, as the tissue was very new.

However, the scar still bothered me, it hurt, and even though I had been back to the surgeon, who was quite happy with my progress, something was a tad uncomfortable. I was supposed to massage the scaar tissue regularly but it was uncomfortable. I hung on and hung on blaming the scar, the healing etc. After a certain time, I realised that the black mark on my scar wasn't part of the scaring, but was just possibly a blackhead. I asked Jacques to have a look, he gently touched it and the whole thing sort of exploded (I did warm you that the imagery wasn't pretty) Once I had got it cleaned out, then of course, my nose wasn't hurting any more, I was able to massage it with impunity.

OK, so what has this got to do with anything?

Another much less pleasant allagory!

How often is something so evident in our lives, but we get sidetracked into thinking that it is something else, for whatever reason. Or, in my case, we stick with the first answer, and do not look any further......and what do these contradictory sayings have in common? (Hint, it isn't Calvin Klein)

Well, they both show a certain amount of lack of questioning, of being unwilling or unable or whatever to literally look past the end of our noses!

Or simply being stuck......

So, a question to possibly ask ourselves......

What is causing my discomfort? Could there possibly be a spot on the end of my nose? If so, what can I do about it? Mind you, you might want to change the question emoticon

Me, I'm still stuck at the moment, but at least I'm aware of it, and the thingy with the nose helped me to see past the end of mine....

And as for the direction I intend to take, well, in this instance, straight ahead even if I am not yet at full steam!

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THINRONNA 9/23/2013 2:59AM

    Great blog!!!! I needed this today! emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/27/2013 4:29AM

    your nose story frightened me a bit, but i love your sense of humor.

and i sure hope all's well now.

right, left, up, down, round in circles... soon to be full steam ahead, hopefully!

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TRENTDREAMER 6/1/2013 1:53PM

    Well written blog. Defintiely food for thought.

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KAYOTIC 5/29/2013 9:49AM

    You will find a way to get un "stuck", Kelpie! Keep looking for that spark (or Spark!) that will ignite the fire again. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/28/2013 6:53PM

    that was a cute blog glad your nose is better . my knees hurt today a lot. why do I have arthritis or something else. I have I sat in the chair to long i'ts as the rains came down for 4 days no exercise and now I walk like the tin women lol was warm today no rain and I walked and walked now I fell slightly better.

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LADYJ6942 5/28/2013 9:26AM

    Glad the nose is better and back to healing. Great anaology and defintely something to think on.

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GOANNA2 5/28/2013 9:16AM

    I had something frozen off from the tip of my nose
and I did look like Rudolf for a while. It's all cleared
up now. i am noticing something on the left side of
my face and at first I thought it was one of those age
spots, but now I think it is getting bigger so I had better
go and get it checked. Feels like a pimple or something
uneven and I flake it off, but it just comes up again.
Glad your nose is OK. emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 5/28/2013 9:03AM

  that is the right direction so keep on trucking. emoticon

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The allagory of a rose

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It is mother's day in the US, but not in all the rest of the world. Jacques' mother fell the day after mother's day in France last year. She died of he injuries, some 20 or so days later, and this is a translation of what I wrote and said at her funeral.

"Louise Morel, Mémé, loved her garden very much, and she also loved flowers. That is one of the reasons that I ask you to imagine a rose bush, she had several in her own garden.
To propagate roses you can take a cutting and that makes a new plant, not too different from the original. You can also graft a cutting onto another rose, and that makes a different rose bush. Or you can keep the roots, and graft a cutting from another rose. However, each of these new plants keeps something of the original.
And that gives a wonderful garden, full of different colours, perfumes and varieties. Certain of the roses can be transplanted into other gardens, or other plants welcomed into the original garden.
I invite you to see Louise, Mémé, as the original rose bush, a rose with all its qualities, but also with thorns; and the Morel family as the gardens. And even if this first rose bush is no longer at the centre of the garden, part of it is always with us, not only in the descendants, but also in the memories of all those who saw and appreciated not only the first garden, but also all those other gardens inspired by that first one
I invite you, the next time that you see a rose, or another flower, or any object from nature, to think of someone you love, present or absent, and to smile. Like that you can express and share love, present in us all, and which never dies.
In that way you can follow the advice of Pierre de Ronsard: «Live now, believe me, wait not till tomorrow, Gather the roses of life today»."

So go out there and smile!

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SEAWAVE 7/3/2013 7:05AM

    Kelpie, how beautiful. There are no other words.

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/12/2013 6:30PM

    thank you for the beautiful blog and sentiment . my father in law died today he was like a dad to me because my own one walked away from his family. I will know go out side and smile because of your lovely blog . thank you for showing the joy in death hugs and happy mother's day

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KAYOTIC 5/12/2013 9:36AM

    Beautiful words and sentiment, Kelpie, thanks.

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GOANNA2 5/12/2013 12:42AM

    Thank you for writing this beautiful blog. I have planted
a wild rose bush next to my mother's grave in the village
and it grows wildly and gives out a beautiful scent. I have
people pruning it when I am not there. Thank you for letting
me look at it with another perspective. emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 5/11/2013 4:05AM

    Thank you for sharing. I like what you have written. I am sure you made people think and appreciate not only MIL. But also life. Good on you!

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SPARKCHANTAL 5/11/2013 3:29AM

    very poetic, thanks for sharing.

guess that's where I got my name, no rose without thorns!

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5:2 the Fast Diet

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I have decided to give this a try. You can find out what it is here........ and here

While the jury is definitely still out on this one, there is quite a lot of disagreement too,
, I am willing to give it a try, and see how it goes.

I have done fruit fasts in the past, and quite enjoyed them, so the idea of fasting isn't unknown to me, and well, this is relatively easy form of reduced calorie intake for a short time.

Having read as much as I can, including the book, I have decided to give it a go. I shall have my fast days on a Monday and Thursday, whenever possible, as these are, paradoxically, my busiest days, and so from what I have read, it should be easier.

Unlike most people I didn't start on a Monday, but did today, Thursday. Well, I read the book on Tuesday, so that's why.

How did today go?

I left for Lyon at 5:45, after some water and some decaf, and had a mug of decaf in the car with me. My tummy was rumbling en route, so I did wonder how I would manage to get through the day! In fact, once I got to Lyon for my class at 8 I had no problems. I even sat in the cafeteria to work at midday, smelling the cooling paninis etc, and had no problems. I drank water all day, as I always do.
To keep busy before my PT, I did some window, and then other shopping. I bought a really cute little notebook with leather binding, to note all my food intake in, not just on fast days.Whilst I think that SP will be a great help here, noting wherever and whenever will help. It will also keep me more accountable, especially at parties etc, putting each and every glass of wine in. I am sort of going to study myself as it were.

Every mouthfull counts!

I had thought that Jacques would be at paret this evening, so that I wold be fending for myself, but it was cancelled, so he had prepared dinner. I hadn't really told him, as I thought he would be sceptical (as he was) however, he is willing to indulge me. For dinner I had fish soup, ratatouille, smoked mackarel, and fruit. Which came up to 500 calories, more or less.

I didn't have a problem not eating during the day; I had some tummy rumbles, but nothing major. I'm pleased cos I managed a 24 hour fast, more or less, and it seems to be the fasting that has the health benefits, compared to the calorie defecit for the weight loss.

Next fast day is Monday, so I'll blog then at the latest.

I'm tired now, but it was a long day, and it is bedtime. And it's a healthy tired.

Oh, one last thing, I will be doing my best to record mood etc aswell, that being another SP tool which I think might come in handy.

Off to do it now.

Night night all!

Whoops, nearly forgot, my weigh in this morning was 68.5 (up .5 on yesterday) and I can't remember my waist measurement, I'll take it again tomorrow!

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REDMOUNTAIN 4/5/2013 5:59PM

    I am going to try this also.

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ANJUNA2 2/20/2013 7:39AM

    I'm trying this diet too. I'm in my 4th week so far and fasting 3 times a week on 500 cals.

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SEAWAVE 1/30/2013 4:25AM

    This sounds interesting, and I look forward to hearing how it goes. I know that when I'm very busy I lose my appetite and have to force myself to eat, so I'd probably chose my busy days as well. With my hypoglycemia, though, I'm not sure fasting full days would work. Very, very curious about it, though... maybe I could try it while I'm on vacation sometime... hmmm...

Also, emoticon to you for keeping your mind open and trying new things!

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KELPIE57 1/27/2013 10:53AM

    Kay, I agree with you, and had thought of the 8 hour thingy aswell. I'm planning to log both fasting and non fasting days, to get a better idea! Mind you, having had a whole weekend eating out, I'm a tad concerned just what will come up this weekend!

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KAYOTIC 1/25/2013 9:47PM

    There is another form of IF where you only consume food for 8 hours a day (I think), and that is supposed to work as well.

It actually sounds like calorie cycling just in an easy to remember fashion, so I don't see why this wouldn't work. As long as the feed days aren't compensating for the fast days.

Are you planning on logging on your feed days and fast days?

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GOANNA2 1/24/2013 7:16PM

    What a coincidence. I was on the site checking it out last night.
There was an article in our weekend paper last weekend. My
friend has already started and she seems pleased. Unfortunately,
BBC and youTube would not let me watch those episodes because
of Copyright and I don't live in the UK??? I think I will try it too as
I have fasted before. Good luck to you. emoticon

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