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Six years ago today.....

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

.....I discovered and joined SparkPeople. I was overweight, knew why I was overweight and didn't have any high hopes of losing weight online. How wrong I was. I reached my target weight within 6 months and have stayed in my maintenance range ever since.
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It definitely hasn't been easy. I have to stay motivated by logging in EVERY day. That helps me to connect with some lovely, inspiring Spark friends and helps to ram home the message about healthy eating and exercise. It isn't "brain surgery" but it does take total commitment.

The past 6 years have seen lots of changes in my life. When I joined, I was working full time and had a difficult teenager living at home.....STRESS, STRESS AND MORE STRESS.
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I now work part time only and that difficult teenager is now 21, slightly more mature and living with friends. We get along better at a distance!
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What does the future hold? My employers are offering voluntary severance to try to avoid lots of compulsory redundancies next year. I have stuck my toe in the water and requested more details. I have a BIG birthday approaching next year and never intended to work past that age, so the timing is good.
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I am in the middle of my maintenance range at the moment. I would love to get right back down to the bottom of my range in time for the biggy birthday. It's in my power; nobody else can do it for me.
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Thanks to everyone for reading and for being such good friends.
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PS: last year I added a 5 year Sparkversary badge to my Spark page and I have totally forgotten how I did it. I'd love to add a 6 year Sparkversary badge. Does anyone know how to do it???
UPDATE: thanks to New Caz for her detailed instructions on how to do this. There isn't a 6 year badge, but I chose another good one.

  
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IMEMINE1 11/23/2014 3:20PM

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    emoticon to your 6 years on SP and to your maintenance success!
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TUTUNAN 11/12/2014 12:35PM

    Congratulations on your 6th year Spark Anniversary, and on your maintenance!

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JOYINKY 11/12/2014 9:56AM

    Congratulations Una! Consistency is key and like you, sparkpeople keeps me consistent. I joined when I had already reached goal but was in fear of gaining yet again, my life long pattern. The connection here nipped that.
I retired at 60 and it was a financial hit; but I'd do it again in a heartbeat! I have "enough" and am really enjoying my life. I worked part time for awhile but only in jobs I liked enough I 'd have done them for free. That helped the transition. Now I'm busier than ever and loving it. emoticon

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/12/2014 5:33AM

    Great job! I am temporarily stalled out due to high does prednisone but not stressing on it, 6 more lbs to my goal, the bright side is I haven't gained weight on such a high dose for 5 weeks now.
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GHOSTFLAMES 11/12/2014 5:18AM

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ANNEMAC5 11/12/2014 4:56AM

    Like you I reached my goal weight after about 9 months and have managed to maintain by logging in every day just a rare time when no internet available when we travel. I lost 2 stone which is a small amount compared to a lot of people but I have kept 11/2 off for 4 years. It is such a great free resource and I find so many interesting articles and blogs.
I am 56 and would like to think I could retire at 60 as that is when I thought I would if not I hope to only be working a couple of days a week. We want to enjoy these fit healthy bodies, if you have the opportunity I would grab it.
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NEW-CAZ 11/12/2014 4:17AM

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Normally to upload an anniversary badge you'd;
Go to edit my page
Chose to change the profile pic
click on change profile image
choose select from success gallery on the right hand side of uploading a picture
upload and save
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21 today....

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

....no, not me!! Twenty one years ago today my daughter finally deigned to be born, only 9 days late. She was supposed to be a Libra but ended up as a Scorpio. I take all that with a pinch of salt. But Scorpio sums her up well as she can be very prickly. She has also been very hard work, though there were good times:



As an example of the hard work, the photo was taken just after her first birthday. She was big for her age but it was nearly another year before she learned to walk. All that time, I had to carry her around as she also could not crawl properly. Instead, she bottom-shuffled and could even fly though the air like a yogic flyer. Health officials used to stare open-mouthed, but all concluded that there was nothing wrong with her and she would walk when she wanted to!

Her saving graces are that she works hard, plays hard and makes friends easily. She seems to have found her niche in life and recently introduced us to her new "young man" who has made a very good impression on us and we are secretly hoping it will be a permanent relationship.

Since she left home last month, our food cupboard has been stocked a little more healthily. I have stopped buying sweet cereals and Hubby has stopped bringing home packets of chocolate biscuits. The house stays clean for more than 5 minutes and I no longer get woken up by her crashing into the house late at night. These improvements have definitely created a calmer atmosphere at home and I am coincidentally slowly losing the weight that I need to lose to get right down to the bottom of my maintenance range.

Happy birthday, Daughter, and to all hard-working parents.

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IMEMINE1 11/2/2014 5:35PM

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KRISZTA11 10/29/2014 1:59PM

    Wow, she was a cute happy baby, and really large for her age!
Her unique locomotion methods made me smile, my son had his own way (butterfly strokes).
Happy birthday to both of you!
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ANNEMAC5 10/28/2014 2:50PM

    What a lovely blog. They never really leave us but there is still a huge adjustment

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JOYINKY 10/28/2014 2:23PM

    Awwww . . .and didn't those years fly by! emoticon to your DD! Congratulations to you! I really enjoy the friendship I have with my adult daughters. Wishing you many years of the same.

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NEW-CAZ 10/28/2014 2:05PM

    emoticon DD, you're a great mum emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/28/2014 11:46AM

    Happy Birthday -- good job, Mom, raising a wonderful daughter!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/28/2014 11:21AM

    Happy birthday to your daughter!

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The computer saga rumbles on and keeps me fit.....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So...a couple of weeks ago I baptised my laptop and put it out of action. That was annoying emoticon but I didn't lose any documents or pictures as I now backup everything up in lots of places.
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I went back to using an old laptop. It had gone in for repair a year ago and was working pretty well. Then yesterday the same problem put it out of action. It just isn't worth carrying on repairing something that is on its last legs.
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My newer laptop is in bits all over the dining room table. Hubby thinks he knows how to repair it. I optimistically asked him if it was working yet. He said he needs more time which is Hubbyspeak for it will still be in bits at Christmas.
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He lent me an old laptop that he doesn't use anymore. It soon became obvious why he doesn't use it. The hard drive is nearly full and it seemed to take great delight in telling me that every 5 minutes. It was driving me nuts.
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I finally admitted defeat this morning and went to Argos to buy one of their good deals. I was in and out of the shop in a couple of minutes and was very pleased with my purchase. It crossed my mind that I should buy a large capacity memory stick to use as the recovery device. But I wanted to compare prices with my local supermarket.

I arrived home and the new laptop was so easy to set up. As I have a Microsoft account it simply took the settings from my previous computer and what took me hours to do a few months ago took only a few minutes.
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I had some unexpected free time. So I trotted off to my local supermarket only to find a big gap where usb storage devices should be. Then I tried my local gadget shop. They had the memory stick but couldn't take payment by card as yesterday's rain had got into their phone line and caused havoc.

So I hopped on a bus and travelled back to Argos. They had the memory stick in stock.
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So I paid and waited....and waited ...and waited.

Eventually it was my turn to be served. The sales assistant dropped the memory stick on the floor and I heard a definite crack. "Oops" said the sales assistant. "Can I have another one?" I asked. "These are only returnable if they are faulty" said the sales assistant. "I don't want that one; it might be broken." This memory stick was costing me 30 and it has to safely store all the recovery data for my new computer.

The sales assistant sulked and rolled her eyes at another assistant....very professional. But she called for another memory stick and swapped it for the one she dropped. I watched very carefully to make sure I ended up with the new one. Some other customer will probably end up with the dropped one.

I'm not usually a bolshy customer. But I wasn't happy to roll over and take home something that might not work.

This new computer is working better than the one I soaked. The colours and text seem to be much clearer.

Let's see how long I can keep this in working order.
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The upside of today's travels is that I clocked up about 120 minutes of brisk walking.
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IMEMINE1 10/16/2014 5:43PM

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JOYINKY 10/14/2014 5:30PM

    Wow! Sounds like a successful day all around! I'm impressed with your technical expertise and proud of you for standing firm with the clerk! I would not have wanted the dropped device either! Have fun with the new laptop!

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KRISZTA11 10/14/2014 2:59PM

    Great job walking 2 hours while running errands!
I think you were right, the stick might have been broken and you didn't want to go all the way again for something you paid for.
I hope your computer will be fine.
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NEW-CAZ 10/14/2014 12:15PM

    You're not a bolshy customer Una. Only right and proper you get what you purchased.
Personally I would have complained to the manager for her whole attitude!

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WIFE49 10/14/2014 11:53AM

    Yay, great job on the walking. I am going to need to check into a memory stick.

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Back in the saddle...

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

My last blog post shows me grinning happily. Little did I know that 3 days later my knee would cave in and cause me lots of problems for nearly 2 months. I don't think the knee gave in because I had recently travelled from London to Manchester and back again on the same day. That meant about 6 hours sitting on a train. I was worried it might be a blood clot, but I didn't have the right symptoms. Instead I can only blame jumping up too quickly from a chair when I was doing one of my theatre volunteer shifts.

Over the next few weeks, my whole leg became so sore that I occasionally needed to take painkillers....which I never usually do. It became so weak that I was even looking at the walking sticks in my local shop.....though I couldn't bring myself to buy one. My other leg was doing most of the walking and started to come out in sympathy.

I made a doctor's appointment (which is something else I rarely do) but the earliest was 2 weeks away. By that time, I could feel the leg getting very slowly better, so I cancelled the appointment. I also remembered a colleague who went to the doctor with a sore knee who was told "There's nothing wrong with it. Stop walking funny or you will stick like that." I think that doctor failed his "bedside manner" exams.

I read articles that said sore knees need some rest and also some gentle exercise. Going to the gym was out of the question as it takes me 30 minutes to walk there and 30 minutes to walk home again. However, I carried on at home with some gentle Pilates exercises, decorated 2 rooms and put my front and back gardens into hibernation.

A couple of days ago I realised that I no longer needed to hop up and down my stairs at home. We recently had a builder visit to give a quote for renovating or replacing the stairs. He was surprised at how deep each step is and said it was a long time since he had seen any like it. That made me feel a bit better about not being able to run up and down them like a gazelle.

Yesterday I received an email from the gym saying how much they missed me. Yeah right. I know it was just churned out by a computer. However I had already decided to go back there today. I walked the 60 minutes round trip and all for the sake of 15 minutes in the gym. But I am going to take things very gently. Whatever I pulled in my knee doesn't want to be pulled again.

So far I feel great and I will go to the gym twice a week for a month and then build up to my usual 4 times a week.

Legs are great. We really need them and I want to make mine last forever.
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KRISZTA11 10/9/2014 3:05PM

    I'm sorry you had such a hard time with both of your knees.
It is amazing how you managed to heal without medical help, just using your own knowledge - and a lot of patience.
Enjoy your walks and gym workouts!
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NEW-CAZ 10/9/2014 2:53AM

    I am so glad you're back on you feet Una, you handled that well.
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JOYINKY 10/8/2014 8:36PM

    WOW! I had no idea! Seems you've handled it just right. I'm with you; I want these old legs working a loooooooong time! Glad you are mending. Be well.

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PICKIE98 10/8/2014 2:45PM

    It is amazing how we seem to take something for granted until it goes away. I would not dream of walking across glass without shoes, but the largest organ in my body, my skin, I sometimes forget to cover with sunscreen to prevent cancer.

You are blessed that your knee is very patient and you are too. Maybe the next time you DO go to the doc, you may tell him about your knee incident and he could give you some exercises to do if it happens again..

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A brilliant Corrie tour....

Wednesday, August 13, 2014



Here's me having a fantastic time on the Coronation Street Studio Tour. I am literally standing where hundreds of actors have stood over the last 50+ years. I think I spent the whole tour beaming from ear to ear.

I recommend the tour to any Corrie fan who can travel to Manchester. It was a bit of an eye-opener as the sets are so SMALL and the actors' dressing rooms and Green Room were very basic.

I took loads of photos but the best is the photo that was taken by the tour guide. On the way home I saw a beautiful rainbow. The train was travelling through open countryside so both ends of the rainbow were visible. I saw it as an omen that the next year is going to be a good one.

  
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ANNEMAC5 8/13/2014 10:59AM

    Looking good, I use to watch Corrie about ten years ago but shift work got in the way and don't follow any soaps now. You look right at home you could have stolen the scene. We drove back from LIverpool and there was a beautiful rainbow so vibrant
It went right across the motorway and I looked for the pot of gold as I could see the end of the rainbow. We might have been looking at the same one. emoticon

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JOYINKY 8/13/2014 9:30AM

    I don't know anything about Corrie; but YOU look GREAT! Glad you had a great day! Love those rainbows, God's promises! School starts here today so it is the beginning of that new year. I do hope its a good one.

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MARITIMER3 8/13/2014 8:49AM

    What fun - would love to do the tour

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NEW-CAZ 8/13/2014 6:02AM

    emoticon I'm a Corrie fan myself, might pay a visit myself!

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