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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My goodness how time flies… Been a "bad" year weight wise, but here I am peddling along getting back on track because I didn't want to stay where I was.

I just read that Noel, who passed away earlier this year, had bedbugs. Sad to see that, she was so talented and so witty!

I was privileged to take a rental unit back infested with cockroaches, bedbugs and have one wall destroyed with termites. I have learned a lot about bugs. The tenants left June 1. We tore out all the carpet, took out all the carpet tacks, took out all the bathroom cabinets, took out all the doors, took down the kitchen cabinets, cleaned and sprayed (thousands there, mostly dead) sprayed every crack, every corner for both cockroaches and bedbugs. The last bedbug we saw was about mid July, when someone started sleeping in the unit. We saw cockroaches even a week ago, but only tiny ones, I'm thinking that some eggs hatched. Last big one was seen over 2 weeks ago. So, now both bathrooms have been totally renovated, walls patched, new toilets, new cabinets, all new plumbing, tiled floor, new lighting, etc. Bedrooms have been painted, new outlets and switches and covers in all the rooms, a family member who will be living there is living in one of the semi-finished bedrooms. The downstairs is still a major disaster and it feels like it's going to take forever, but slowly things get done. Tiling the kitchen, closet, front entry etc is the next project. We have already rehung the upper cabinets and installed an over the stove microwave.

That is going on while we finish a unit that has been in the process of renovation for a long time, but I have it rented and our goal is to finish it by September 1st. So much left to do, but just keep plugging away.

Found out from my exterminator that bedbugs like to hide in the ceiling, ceiling fans, and then drop of people when they are sleeping. They hide in amazingly small places. One popped out when I removed an old curtain rod bracket about a month ago. It wasn't alive for long!! And did you all know that the "worker termite" look like maggots. And they can eat wood and drywall… Had to totally rebuild the back wall of the unit. It was amazing to see the damage! And I guess the Queen can live 20 years.

So, while going through the stress of that, I was eating out at my favorite restaurant over and over and over,,, a Chinese buffet and I did a good job of gaining weight! So, now, I'm planning to be back on track, even though we have lots of work to do. Have had one successful week and looking forward to a better week ahead.

Glad to see so many old friends here...
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BARB4HEALTH 8/28/2014 7:47PM

    emoticon thought you needed this! I joined the 5 percent challenge because I needed the discipline to lose what I gained back over winter. It's like I say,

I keep trying to lose the weight, but to my dismay I find
I turn around and there it is, sneaking up behind!

Have a great weekend! Hope the task is done by Sept. 1!!!

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MASTERPIECE8 8/21/2014 10:23AM

    My dear, dear Lois! You made my day. I've had you on my mind lately. See - 2 great minds; right??

You've had your hands full with renovations and pest control. Talk about work - tear out, plaster, paint . . . I'm tired just thinking about it.

I'm still here but so is a lot of my weight! Lose it. Regain it. There has to be something to get my mind right and get me moving in the right directions - no detours!

So happy to have you back . I look forward to chatting with you.


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JILL313 8/21/2014 12:35AM

    Welcome Back Lois! I hope the exterminator gets rid of all the bugs in your rentals. Those Bedbugs are difficult to get rid of. As far as I know we don't have any in my house but never say never as the saying goes. We're all in this "Battle of the Bulge" together and I for one need to re-do my game plan as recently I lose a pound or two one week only to have them back with me at my next WI. So, I've been spinning my wheels almost all this year, need to change that or i won't move forward. Take good care.

Hugs & Love,


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IOWAGRAMMA 8/20/2014 9:11AM

    Lois, how awesome to see you here!! Pleased as punch, as they say! Yes, it was sad to hear that Noel passed away. We miss her. She was "gifted" bedbugs by a visitor. Happens, I'm sorry to say. Our grandsons' cousin (on the other side of the family) went to a summer basketball camp at a college in NE Iowa, and guess what...came home with bedbugs. Miserable little things. You've done so much work and sounds like you have plenty to do yet. That will keep you moving! Glad to hear you're back on track and back with the rest of us who are still plugging along!! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Friday, August 02, 2013

Walked 4.2 miles. That's a 5K plus. Took 2 hours but I stopped to chat with the seagulls, stopped to stand in awe of the ocean, and stopped to check on some seashells. Sometimes there are more important things that rushing through life. Last day :'(

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RRBSKI 8/4/2013 8:03PM

    GREAT JOB!!!! Have a great week.

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NANCYPAT1 8/3/2013 12:35AM

    How wonderful it sounds like a lovely walk

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BELDONDOG1 8/2/2013 8:26PM

    Congrats!!! How wonderful!!

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    That is emoticon I miss emoticon

Looks like you are getting back in your groove emoticon emoticon

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S-N-I-P 8/2/2013 2:41PM

    Well done. emoticon

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FINALLY!! Back to Walking!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Waked every day on the beach! Today did 2.65 miles in 1 hour. I wanted to go a 5K just to say "I did it". Maybe Sat. Anyway it won't be near as much fun on my treadmill. I love my new walking path app on my iPhone called "foot path." Calculates mileage and time!! I had to do something to get my metabolism faster than zero !!! Only 2 days left and then back to reality. :( emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 8/3/2013 12:31AM

    Sounds like you have been staying active - it can make a difference when you can walk in nature but treadmills do have some advantages in the rain.

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LINWINAGAIN 8/1/2013 9:14PM

    way to vacay! emoticon

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ESILBO 8/1/2013 3:43PM

    goodjob lois. keep the momentum going...

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/1/2013 1:48PM

    I didn't know you are at the beach, Lois. Enjoy the time you have left. You are right...walking on the treadmill can't possible compare, and it sounds like you've done a great job. I'd love to have a smart phone, but maybe next year! LOL! emoticon

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The Journey to Health....

Monday, July 08, 2013

This journey seems to be L O N G.... and I've had several hills and valleys along the way. I have spent the last year doing the up/down/up/down thing and hopefully once I get back to my lowest weight on this journey, I'll keep on . . . . rather than "retreating" into unnecessary food -- good or bad.

I have to ask myself the question..... Do I REALLY REALLY want to lose weight or is that (candybar, pasta, steak, corn, ice cream, donut,,,,,, you get the drift) all that important? And even the amount of what I eat (even healthy food) seems to be "out of control."

I have now spent 7 days doing well in the "eating" category. I'm going to focus on that for now. After 30 days of "true eating well" I will add the exercise.

If it weren't for Spark..... I would be in deep trouble, but this sight and the friends on here keep me on the RIGHT road,,,,, the ROAD to good health, the ROAD to a lower weight, the ROAD to feeling better for the rest of my life!

I just decided to finally blog because I hadn't accomplished what I had set out to do the first part of this year! and I wanted to commit to doing that.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/9/2013 9:46AM

    I can sure identify with what you said, Lois. Right there with you and I see others said the same thing. Here's to success for all of choice and one day at a time! YES, we can do it...but we have to want it more than we want the immediate pleasure of something else and I fight that every day and in every way--too often not very successfully!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Lois, so glad to see you back. You were missed!

Hugs, Gail

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NANCYPAT1 7/9/2013 12:47AM

    I am glad you DID blog - it is often helpful to me and when others blog, their words help me as well. It is like a double blessing and it really helps me stay on track.

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ESILBO 7/8/2013 9:21PM

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LATTELEE 7/8/2013 3:39PM

  You have to find the combinations that work for you and spend a lifetime eating that way to be healthy. Would you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?

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Monday, April 01, 2013

How did so many days pass by? Goodness .... and I remained on the up/down/up/down slope ever since 1/1/13 (well actually, 6/1/12).

So now I'm guarding my heart (and mouth) and confronting my REAL problem which is Addiction (or as God calls it Gluttony). Dr. Peake has given me some real life "practices" to think about and institute. (but I use only God's Word for meditation not TM). I'm identifying False Fixes and calling them what they are: "a lie." I'm tracking my "goals" to get some new streaks. I'm enjoying seeing the number of steps up on the fitbit.

And despite the fact that the scale really hasn't budged, I have to remember that obedience in the little things will bring results in the numbers! And I must keep trudging on....

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Confronted yesterday with unlimited beef (one of my favorite things is protein/meat) I succumbed to "overeating" but interestingly enough, I cooked the beef on my GF grill and it was AMAZING the amount of fat that skimmed off. There really couldn't have been much fat left in the hamburgers. I saved the "juice" in a bowl, refrigerated it and half of the "run off" was beef broth and half hardened as fat. Threw away the fat and froze the broth for later use.... Love my GF grill ..... Made me smile...

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BELDONDOG1 4/2/2013 10:15PM

    Lois, you have a great attitude and you seem to be doing or trying to do all the right things. You will be rewarded. All at once, that scale is going to drop and you will be so happy, and I will be happy for you also! I will probably have to buy the book too. You're making Dr. Peake a millionaire! lol xo Noel

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JILL313 4/1/2013 11:56PM

    emoticon I'm so glad you're learning a lot about yourself while reading the "Hunger Fix". I am going to order it soon as Dr. Peake sounds very insightful and knowledgeable about the whys and hows of people who eat for comfort or to de-stress, etc. It sounds like progress to me, good for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ESILBO 4/1/2013 2:20PM


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IOWAGRAMMA 4/1/2013 2:11PM

    As I mentioned before, I'm still reading and studying, but definitely working through the same things you mention here. I also am using prayer as my meditation, but I've been thinking about adding in some other forms, as well. Since I'm not finished with the book, I hesitate to say for sure, but I think this sounds like such a common sense thing that I wonder how/why I've missed it in the past!

You are not alone, Lois...definitely trudging on here, too!!!
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