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Sorry I was MIA without warning...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My internet left again on Saturday and never returned. HughesNet scheduled a technician to visit for a charge of $125 plus.

Turns out that HughesNet knew about my problem because they caused it and instead of apologizing for the inconvenience decided to charge me for a service call.

Today I am with WildBlue and HughesNet is only a bad memory.

For anyone waiting for me to reply - I am sorry but this was unavoidable on my side. H.N. phased out my satellite on me without warning. I came back as soon as I was able.

I missed y'all so much!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/1/2009 2:50PM

    emoticonWelcome Back!!! emoticon

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SUPREME5 10/1/2009 2:29PM

    glad you are back with us and getting back yo normal

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MSLZZY 10/1/2009 7:06AM

    You had me worried! I'd be lost without my computer and there are times when it is very stressful when things don't work right. Glad you're back! emoticon

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MARTY19 10/1/2009 6:51AM

    Don't you just love some of the internet providers. When Comcast was my internet provider, I lost email service for 5 days and the 4 days. I was buried in emails. Since I changed to yahoo, no more problems. Glad to see you back.


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JERSEYGIRL24 10/1/2009 2:20AM

    Linda, as I commented on your Spark feed, I am glad that it wasn't a more serious problem. I know that the men in your life have health issues, and I am glad all is ok.

I lost my internet connection for a few days when I returned home from a few days in California in February. It was maddening. I never totally lost access, since I was able to log on from work and from some areas with public internet access. I am sorry you had problems with your ISP. We will be switching ISPs next week, from Comcast to Verizon Fios.

In any event, welcome back!!!


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_VALEO_ 10/1/2009 2:13AM

    I'm sorry to hear about all the trouble you went through with your connection, and the shocking $125 you had to fork out. Glad you could find another provider.

Welcome back!

EDITED: as Linda, above me, said, even more glad that you and your family are okay.

Comment edited on: 10/1/2009 6:30:04 AM

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 10/1/2009 1:19AM

    Glad to have you back and that it was only a technology issue that kept you away momentarily!

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CATHY_G 9/30/2009 11:35PM

    I'd be lost without my internet connection. It wasn't too long ago that I avoided being right on top of new technology. Now, I just right in to try new things. I don't know what I'd do without it. Welcome back.

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    I don't think that I've heard my first GOOD thing from HN yet

Glad you've under control again

We missed you too! emoticon

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STORMFAN 9/30/2009 9:25PM

    ahh technology we are just glad you are back, emoticon

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A Cleaning Poem as found by 1HAPPYSPIRT and shared!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cleaning Poem

I asked the Lord to tell me
Why my house is such a mess.
He asked if I'd been 'computering',
And I had to answer 'yes.'

He told me to get off my fanny,
And tidy up the house.
And so I started cleaning up...
The smudges off my mouse.

I wiped and shined the topside.
That really did the trick....
I was just admiring my good work.

I didn't mean to 'click.'

But click, I did, and oops - I found
A real absorbing site
That I got SO way into it -
I was into it all night.

Nothing's changed except my mouse.
It's very, very shiny.
I guess my house will stay a mess....
While I sit here on my hiney. author unknown, by 1HAPPYSPIRIT

*sigh* even my mouse ain't shiny, lol. but I did get my internet back today! that was the worst afternoon & evening of my life! I am hopelessly addicted to Spark! emoticon

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MYSHERO 9/25/2009 8:57PM

    How did we survive without computers and cellphones? We feel lost without them (sigh). I actually miss kite flying in the park but I can't figure out how to do it while balancing a laptop on my knee :-)

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 9/24/2009 4:22PM

    I'm glad you blogged about the poem! To give you a little background, my darling Sister In Law sent this to me. I shared it with TM123 and LouLouBelle2 -- fellow Spark friends. It is not my intention to offend anyone by sharing the poem. I should note that I have been blessed by a wonderful cleaning lady and she deserves all the credit for our clean home!!!! I hope those reading the poem find it as humorous as I did!

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NIMAWEYGH 9/24/2009 4:01PM

    I thought I was bad cause I do SP at work on my "spare time" and then I get home and turn the desk top computer on in the back bedroom (once in awhile) but now that my DH (it is his fault) got me a notebook computer I turn it on and sit it on the coffee table and log onto SP when I get home EVERY NIGHT............. Yep I guess I am addicted too.

Loved this.

PS I am currently thinking of replacing my cell phone with a new iPhone too..................ha

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MARTY19 9/24/2009 3:20PM

    Amen to that. I'm addicted too. But since I have a smaller home and a daughter who crabs when the table is cluttered, my house stays reatively neat. LOL!


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DHOLLOWAY60 9/24/2009 2:29PM

    That was great I love it.
And it is Sooo VERY,VERY TRUE!!
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WALKWITME 9/24/2009 2:23PM

    I'm Addictive to Spark

What a nice poem, Thank You emoticon

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BARNABABY1 9/24/2009 1:39PM

    I absolutely loved this poem.... it is soooo me!! emoticon emoticon

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OAKTREE10 9/24/2009 12:38PM

    oh, my goodness, i laughed SO hard, this is SO ME! i thought that i was the ONLY one! my husband said, "hm-m-m-m-m... do we know anyone like that???" emoticon

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SUPREME5 9/24/2009 11:49AM

    as usual you have a great blog it made my day
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ETAGGEL 9/24/2009 11:45AM

    Very good and really very true!


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    Good one Linda AND 1Happyspirit,

I know the feeling, especially recently when my iPhone was down for over a week. It's my connection when I'm away from my 'puter.

And my iPhone screen is seldom shiny, too many fingerprints, LOL

Have a wonderful day and may your tomorrow be even better yet!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/24/2009 11:04AM

    this is so true. I can not come to the back of the house without checking into the computer room to see what is new.

When I have a lot of messages I try real hard to check them and then get out of "earshot" before I hear that little sound that lets me know another message has arrived. emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 9/24/2009 10:22AM

    Thank you for starting my day off with a laugh!
Tomorrow is my 1 year Sparkversary and the only days I was not logged in to Spark were days when I was out of town. At least it is a healthy addiction!

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MSLZZY 9/24/2009 10:15AM

    I'm with you there! A day without Spark is like a day without sunshine! emoticon

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Another new goal weight, *sigh*, maybe for the last time?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Well, I was down .6 yesterday when I awoke and I just decided the Blood Bank has to take me as I am.

A different person tried to hook me to the machine before getting a pre-count (why bother if the machine wouldn't accept me?) and she had no problem at all. Of course, I was also up 2 lbs so that could also have made a difference. There must be a cutoff on when the machine will take people.

So I am now going to try to maintain 120 since that is where I am today. She felt confident that I will be able to do platelets next Thursday! The Blood Bank has had a severe hours change this month due to limited funds and they can no longer take as many platelets per day! They already have 5 scheduled for tomorrow so I am scheduled for Oct 1st. How sad that the recession has hit them too! I am thinking the cost of blood will be going up for patients. That is awful. I certainly hope things turn around soon with our economic situation.

Other than that, everything is A-OK with me!! I hope this blog finds you all doing well today!


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MYSHERO 9/25/2009 9:08PM

    Congratulations on getting to the right weight and for saving lives, too! You are amazing.

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WATERMELLEN 9/23/2009 8:23PM

    Blood is free to recipients up here in Canada and I donate whenever my health permits: but sometimes have been refused because of anemia (I'm close to vegetarian). I'm a big believer in blood donations too because on several occasions when I needed transfusions the blood was available: someone had given. My husband feels the same way and his donations are more reliably accepted: he has given about 60 times. Good for you for persisting with the donations and managing your weight so that you are permitted to give!

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MONGO2TEN 9/23/2009 6:27PM

    Good for you:) How do they figure what you should weigh? Is it done by your BMI or is 120 and over the weight?


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MARTY19 9/23/2009 4:21PM

    emoticon to the weight and the ability to give platelets. You are obviously where you need to be.


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LADY_DONKEY 9/23/2009 2:54PM

    I read that donating blood burns 600+ calories!

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SPARROW147 9/23/2009 2:26PM

    That is great you are able to donate. I donated whole blood the other day. I used to donate platlets, but it wore me out.

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MSLZZY 9/23/2009 2:25PM

    Sounds like a step in the right direction with the Blood Bank! Too bad funding has to be cut for such a vital service!
October 1st will be here before you know! Good luck!

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This is a Win-Win situation!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thank you all for your well wishes!

I just got tired of eating yesterday. So I was down again today. But I came to a decision last night - this is a win-win situation.

If my platelets are up I will donate platelets.

If my platelets are not up, I will donate whole blood again.

Donating platelets thins the blood naturally. Not having a high enough count means my blood doesn't need to be thinned. Win-win.

Today they will take a pre-count for my donation on Thursday. But I just can't keep trying to eat to gain. I did manage 2 lbs though! Today 120.4!

Love you,

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GOIN4GR8 9/22/2009 11:13PM

    Your attitude is a continual inspiration. :-)


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GINILEE4 9/22/2009 3:44PM

    Linda. If you are supposed to donate platlette's it will work out if not, no. You can't control everything your body chooses to do my friend. Stick with win-win-,

Love ya,


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    It's always great to be in a WIN-WIN situation

You go girl!

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 9/22/2009 11:28AM

    These platelets are a great metaphor for life - You can only give what you already have enough of!

Every day is a "good" day when you can set your course and then take whatever life throws your way and find the lesson in it and continue on your way.

You continue to be an inspiration to me on this journey. All the best to you!


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SOPHIADARE 9/22/2009 9:47AM

    Thanks for your good wishes, and thanks for understanding that I may not be around much.

Best wishes to you on finding a "best weight" for your health! I, too, am having to look at overall health issues, and while some of that may respond to weight loss, low blood sugar causes pain, so I'll be careful about how.

Depending on other things, I might even be back online on a limited basis! I just wanted to stop by to wish you well in case i don't get a chance later. Your support and good wishes have been very dear and very important to me.

I thank you.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 9/22/2009 8:11AM

    You're lookin' great and obviously feeling it too. You've got the attitude to get where you want to go. Keep it up!! emoticon


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PALESEPT 9/22/2009 7:42AM

    Great attitude to have! I know what you mean about being "tired of eating" though. I get tired too. I hope your platelets are up! Good luck!


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MSLZZY 9/22/2009 7:26AM

    Very positive attitude. Nothing gets you down. Take lemons and make lemonade!
Continued good luck to you! You are awesome!

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MARTY19 9/22/2009 7:12AM

    It certainy is. You are thin, healthy, and looking good. You can donate blood and do good for others. How much better does it get.


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back to square one

Friday, September 18, 2009

... so I have been eating practically non-stop... but this morning I got on the scale twice because I just didn't believe my eyes.

... back to 118.6 and needing to regain 5 lbs again. Just in case anyone thinks I am not trying, this is what I have been eating since last Thursday, 9/10

9/10 2447 cal eaten
9/11 2578 cal eaten
9/12 2617 cal eaten
9/13 2620 cal eaten
9/14 2741 cal eaten
9/15 2520 cal eaten
9/16 3030 cal eaten
9/17 2365 cal eaten

Yesterday I goofed and forgot to change my melon from 2 C to 1 C so I did have a Calorie Deficit of 95 when I really need to be in negative territory to gain. And I used this golden opportunity to eat a pint of ice cream too! But it was low-calorie stuff, only 130 per half cup.

I have to tell you, I really don't think weight maintenance is going to be that difficult as long as I continue to track daily and use the By The Numbers Calorie Deficit Chart. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i

Thanks MEGSAMAMA for the chart! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ME

If my weight is still too low on Monday, I do believe I might just eat a piece of my dad's cake after all.

I need to mention here for those reading but not knowing me and the situation, I have recently reached goal only to find out I need to regain 5 lbs in order to be able to continue donating blood platelets.

At least it is not a health issue. But it is funny.

Hugs y'all,

9/19: I need to add here and thank you all for your comments and concerns. My blogs tend to be a little "tongue in cheek" and I like to have a lot of fun in my days, it keeps me going.

Even better, this is a glorious opportunity in Weight Management/Maintenance/Maintaining because we all fear (to some degree) putting this weight back on. I am living proof that if we maintain our level of Cardio, it will not be an uphill battle to maintain our weight. It would be a battle regaining weight as long as we keep the habits we have already made. Truly it has to be a lifestyle change.

Love y'all, have a great day,

9/18 2789 cal eaten
9/19 2684 cal eaten
9/20 2812 cal eaten, today 120.7!
9/21 today I was 121 lbs! woohoo!

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BJCANDOIT 9/21/2009 5:01PM

    Boy am I glad I read this blog. I happened to look at your tracker ( I try to do that with people who have been successful) and noticed that you were eating over 2500 cal a day. I have been around 1200 - 1400 a day and have not lost for over 6 weeks. I think I really need to get more exercise to boost the metabolism. Not sure what else I can do except keep on keeping on.

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LINDA! 9/19/2009 6:11PM

    Yep, you can afford to eat a piece of cake....you are doing so well!

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MONGO2TEN 9/19/2009 6:37AM

    Wow - your metabolism is working great! I just got back from vacation and I'm not even going to face the scales until Monday or Tuesday. I'm sure they'd be up. I'm on the low end of my BMI as well and have thought about putting a few pounds on, but still have trouble facing the scale!

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EMMABE1 9/18/2009 11:28PM

    Oh dear - I know how hard you are trying and how much you want to gain to give those platelets. I really could cry for you!!
I also think 1 piece of cake really isn't going to do the trick - maybe the whole cake - with icecream and cream on top!!
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MEADSBAY 9/18/2009 10:35PM

    OK, I'm not too jealous!!!

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MARTY19 9/18/2009 5:49PM

    I cannot believe you eat so much. And yet you continue to lose. My hero!


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/18/2009 5:19PM

    Unfortunately I just can't fathom being in that situation. I know I could gain weight, and do, without even trying.

I commend you for wanting to donate blood.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 9/18/2009 1:39PM

    Hi Linda,

I am right there with you. My doctor suggested that I gain 4 pounds. I am actually the one who brought it up but since I am on the low end of a healthy BMI she heartily agreed. My progress has been very similar to yours. I eat a LOT and I have not done any dramatic exercising (simple walking at my usual quick pace & stationary bike) but I will go up .8 lb. only to be back down again only a few days later. I really do not want to eat a lot of sugar or refined carbs to try to gain. Not only is it unhealthy but it might give me a craving for that stuff again. Thank heavens for the trackers (including the one from MEGSAMAMA). Without those I would not have a clear idea where I am.
This week is the most consistent increase in calories with no calorie deficit. We'll see what happens on the scale on Tues.


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CAROL_ 9/18/2009 1:07PM

    As long as you've been checked out medically I wouldn't worry about the loss. I just wonder if you HAVE been checked out medically, if you're eating all those cals??

If you're sure you're ok medically, then I'd go intuitively with whatever you feel your body telling you.

Underweight. Sigh. What a "nice" problem to have some day . . .

No not really, I know it can be problematic. How do you feel otherwise? Your energy of spirit sounds good in your post. When was the last time you had a physical? Might just want to make an apptmt to drop by the dr's office . . .

If everything's fine medically, it's probably just your body fighting to reestablish a new healthy set point. Be gentle with it, otherwise it will keep fighting you (like the inside out problem of a plateau).

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 9/18/2009 12:53PM

    Cake......I'd love to be in your shoes (read my last blog). LOL!!!



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SBATES63 9/18/2009 12:07PM

    I understand that being underweight is just as difficult a problem as being overweight. Have you ever had your thyroid levels checked? Overactive thyroid is a very common cause of having difficulty maintaining weight, and is easily controlled with an inexpensive daily pill.

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PATTIANNT 9/18/2009 12:05PM

    Have that Cake! You can even eat it too!

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PATTIANNT 9/18/2009 12:05PM

    Have that Cake! You can even eat it too!

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