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My Bike Week Tattoo

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I just realized I never shared a picture of my Tattoo I got during Bike Week in Laconia NH. It is in memory of my Daddy. And it passed my mother's approval.

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RWETHAIRYET 8/19/2013 8:38AM

    Robin, I love it. Just perfect!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/17/2013 10:52AM

    Wonderful ink, robin! Sherri will appreciate it.

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BRENJET 8/14/2013 8:19PM

    From one Daddy's girl to another...it's beautiful!!!!
Thanks for showing us.


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GRAMMYEAC 8/14/2013 7:33PM

    Yes, you are brave, Robin!

And you are very respectful!


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EBPOOKIE 8/14/2013 12:49PM

    Very nice - you are brave!! I want a dragonfly but haven't quite gone there yet.

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On the downside to vacation

Monday, August 12, 2013

What happened to April, May, June & July? It always seems time goes by so fast when I'm home on vacation but drags on when I go back to Saudi. I'm only home here in the USA for another week then back to hell until the end of May.

My family was here in New Hampshire, we had a fun week of shopping and doing touristy things then we took them back home.

Had my last Dr. appointment today, weight was DOWN!!! I'm so very excited over that. My blood test report was good as well so I can stop a couple of medications. A1C was down a couple of points but not all that great but I will continue to work on that since I can't get sweets and good stuff over in hell.

Had a so so vacation since March, got to see snow, sub-zero temps that I don't normally see, got to watch my Grandson play baseball, got to see a great Friend in Maine (Hi Pat) and see wonderful sights with her and hopefully can do that next summer too. Visited my family a lot, got stuck in a flash flood, buried my daddy. Trying to hold back the tears still, hurts to say good bye to my family and home but it's still cheaper and easier than trying to run two full households year round.

Gotta get my car inspected and registered so it will be ready for me in May.
So that's my notes for now.

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SUZYMOBILE 8/17/2013 10:54AM

    I wish you didn't have to go back but understand. I guess it must make the time you're here bittersweet.

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REBECCAMA 8/14/2013 11:36AM

  Congrats to the scale victory!

Sorry you had to bury your daddy. :-(

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LEANJEAN6 8/14/2013 6:30AM

    so happy for you that yer weight is DOWN--You must've worked at that!!! Good for yu!-Lynda emoticon

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JSTETSER 8/14/2013 6:26AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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68ANNE 8/13/2013 8:33PM

    And so time passes whether we wish it to or not. Enjoy the days!

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BLUESKY_321 8/13/2013 7:31AM

    It sounds as if you lived every day that you were here in the States to the fullest! Can't ask for more than that!

Going back with a good doctor's report must feel good - congrats on that front!

And I'll be sure to post some winter pics in the coming months to remind you how those sub zero temps feel! ha ha!!!!

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NBARNES 8/12/2013 6:40PM

    Good news on the emoticon is always worth sharing!


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Today marks 5 years with SparkPeople

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Today is my emoticon with SparkPeople. What have I done in 5 years?

Through reading the articles, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I have learned the right things to eat in the right proportions, I quit drinking soda, I started eating more green veggies, I've eaten things that I never thought I would and they actually taste good.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I've learned exercise CAN be fun, I like how tired I feel after a good workout, I actually like sweat. I learned you don't really need all kinds of exercise equipment, you can use your imagination

I found out I'm not the only one that has failed and succeeded, and failed and got back up again and I will not fail.

emoticon emoticon I've made lots of great friends, I've cried with Spark friends over losses great and small, I've laughed at stories and jokes, I've learned their tips and tricks for things, I've met some wonderful Spark Friends at our New Hampshire Spark rallies, I've lost friends who are no longer Spark members.

I've shared my stories and my life both here in my home country of the USA and overseas from emoticon Saudi Arabia.

I've really emoticon emoticon HATED some of the changes SparkPeople has made to the site and still hate the changes and liked some others.
emoticon emoticon Spark People has helped me figure out what I was doing wrong and helped me do things right. I may not follow through to the T, but SparkPeople worked for me. I haven't been as faithful and lost all the weight I need to lose but I'm working on it, I may not be around as much as I used to but I still find time to check in and say hello.

Life is going to get a whole lot busier in the next 6 weeks, some good, some not so good or fun but I'll make the best of it.

SPARK ON! emoticon

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68ANNE 7/18/2013 5:44PM

    You are such an inspiration to many people here!
Let's have another 5!


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RWETHAIRYET 7/17/2013 5:32PM

    Robin, you've done awesome. Congrats on 5 years

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EBPOOKIE 7/17/2013 1:15PM

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BRENDAGAIL9 7/17/2013 1:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have been here about six years, don't exactly remember the date but, I too, have learned so much here and met many wonderful people. None in person, but you all are close to my heart.

I hope things don't get overly busy for you.

Brenda in Chehalis, WA

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HARROWJET 7/17/2013 11:58AM

    Happy emoticon !

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KACEYSW 7/17/2013 10:57AM

    Congratulations! Thanks for being an inspiration!

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CARI2012 7/17/2013 10:45AM

    Happy Sparkversary! That's so awesome!

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Been MIA - Update

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

My Dad has been gone for a month but it still hurts, this Father's Day will be horrible for me, all the commercials on tv are bothering me.

I went to Maine for a few days to visit my wonderful Spark friend Pat (NorasPat/Pat in Maine) We had a wonderful time chatting, sparking together, walking and playing tourist. We visited the Central Maine Botanical Gardens which are simply beautiful and that particular (damp, rainy, chilly) day, they were so serene and peaceful. I hope to get back there one of these days.

Today my Dr. appt. went well, bp was down where it should be, she was satisfied with my progress, showed her my large bald spots in my hair and she said it could be a fungal thing, I need to see a dermatologist, the one at the clinic comes twice a MONTH-his schedule is full until September. Googled dermatologists in the area, not one within 60 miles-oh well, guess I'll just have to go bald. Other than that, I had to take 2 pills because I pulled a tick off my leg last week and the area is still red. I don't have to go back until next year.
Next Dr. appointment is Thursday, every female's favorite Dr.

So that is where I am right now, eating better and getting to the gym. I do a few exercises while watching tv in the evenings with the weights and resistance bands.

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WOWEETOO 6/8/2013 7:34PM

    GLAD YOU GOT UP TO MAINE TO SEE PAT!!! i just love her for sure
the lady mary
sorry to read about your father i have been dealing with medical problems also and am way behind for sure
have a great weekend
the lady mary

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NBARNES 6/5/2013 4:07PM

    Good to hear the bp is down where it should be. Take care of that tick spot, I'm here where ticks can mean Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever so we're pretty leary of them.

Be healthy!

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GAYLLYNNE 6/5/2013 6:55AM

    Good luck with all your appointments. Sounds like you are taking care of yourself, which is a very good thing. If you are having a fungal problem there is two things (maybe more) you can do till you see the Dr. First, you can try vinegar. Just dab some on the spots with a cotton ball several times a day (or rinse your hair in it but it might be smelly). You can also get some generic cream (like Lotramin) that is used for athletes foot. All it is is an anti-fungal. I've used it several times when I've gotten ringworm (which is a fungus I can get from the animals I work with). Good luck!!

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The Spark Solution

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I kept seeing ads for the Spark solution on almost every page of SparkPeople so I read closer about it. I checked the local bookstore and found the book, entered my information in the page, got my SparkPoints for it and checked out the Sp;ark team. I am a week behind everyone else and really haven't started the whole program yet, it will be a couple days for me to get it together but you can find more information here:


What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program?
I need help

Have you seen or felt any results in this first week?
I haven't started yet

What do you like the most about the program?
I don't know yet

What was your favorite meal from this week?
None yet

Which Insider Tip motivated you the most this week?
None yet

What is your goal is for next week?
Start the program!

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BRENDAGAIL9 5/20/2013 10:29PM

    This is day 8 for me. Already I have lost my spare tire, a half inch around and am down to 141.5, lost three pounds last week .

I bought the book, pre-ordered it because I felt I had nothing to lose because what I was doing wasn't working. I follow the menu plans pretty close and it is working. My jeans are getting longer and I have more energy, am never hungry because I am eating a lot of protein, have no cravings for sweets for the most part.

I got two free workout DVD's but haven't looked at them yet. I like to walk, never been one for going to a gym or working out. But I might try some of them out that I can do in my tiny apartment.

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RWETHAIRYET 5/20/2013 5:20AM

    Let me know what you think. And good luck

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NHGIRL29 5/20/2013 5:17AM

    I just got my book last week and have not started yet either.

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NORASPAT 5/20/2013 12:15AM

    DITTO for me too. I had to fast for the procedure for two days and then I was advised to drink sugary drinks to replenish my blood sugar.
That was not the week to do it. I will be starting after my cataract surgery so I will be a month behind. In the meantime I am enjoying the book. Thanks see you soon Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NBARNES 5/19/2013 12:32PM

    Good for you, when all else fails shake things up!

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