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Moving Day in Three More Days!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon It's dangerous to work too hard, time to STOP and YIELD to the pressure of needing a night off! And that's just what we did -- spent a lovely, relaxing 1-1/2 hours at the Red Lobster with two dear friends. My B/F pigged out on lobster, but I stayed faithful to my teachings at SP and ordered a Caesar Salad with grilled chicken. And it was satisfying and I was happy afterward that I had not splurged.

So what did I accomplish today? My great room is totally finished and looking good. All furniture that will be moved has been pushed into the tile areas of the home awaiting the movers. I think it's going to look great. All the dining room chairs have been taken to the BF's home, all the good dishes (old ones are going to stay because it's being offered "fully furnished.") Half of my clothes have been taken over; most of the canned food out of the pantry, and now it's time to decide which pictures stay and which go. Of course the oil portrait of ME went right away (after all, what renter wants to look at that? - lol) and now as I look around the house I'm wondering if I've been moving stuff for the past 3 days how can there be so much stuff left?

I ate pizza last night and gained weight -- I think my resistance was very low, and I succumbed to a temptation (first pizza in about 2 years) and to think it used to be something I ate about once a week. How we change, right?

Tomorrow I go for a check-up for new contacts (eyes) and have to go to BF's home to make sure all the hutches and drawers are empty for the things that are being moved on Wednesday. And on Wednesday also the painter is scheduled to arrive at 7:00 a.m. (OMG!) to paint the Master Bedroom! Lots going on that day, but not too much tomorrow, so I think I'll be able to handle it.

Three Days to "M" Day -- emoticon

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LIS193 8/24/2010 11:11AM

    Moving is hard work. Hang in there, before you know it you are settled and can relax.
Way to go on the salad at Red Lobster!!

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PSMITH3841 8/24/2010 10:51AM

    Some how the work always seem to get done...your exhausted when it's over, but things do get finished.....This time next week, you'll be settled in your new home, and be able to relax a bit. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SARABETH_60 8/24/2010 9:06AM

    So much work and it sounds like more to come.


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TRISTAROSE 8/24/2010 7:33AM

    I don't envy you as moving is a lot of work ..... but just think of all the exercise you are getting and the calories you are burning.
Good Luck


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    Three days to new beginnings! Take good care of you in all of this!

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FRIENDOFBACH 8/24/2010 12:54AM

  Moving can be stressful to say the least. Try to relax and think about things rather than reacting to them. It really helps me when I do.

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CINABEE 8/24/2010 12:47AM

    This is such a busy time when you are moving good luck

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Moving Day in Four More Days!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

emoticon I think the hardest thing to committing to a person when you are a mature person (at 71 I hope I'm "mature") is that one of you has to move. Now if it's just a little apartment, it may not be so bad; but if the person moving has been there for five or more years there can be a serious rat-packing problem and we all know what that means!

In the last couple of days I have thrown away about 20 pounds of magazines that I have never even opened the covers on, numerous blouses that I have not worn for at least 2 years, shoes that are no longer even in style, enough phone and other electronic connectors to start a small store (don't know what half of them even go to) plus I have taken books to donate to the Library, filled 2 boxes for donations and for the big stuff, I have Big Brothers/Big Sisters coming on Wed. with a truck! My garbage can was so heavy it barely rolled out to the curb!!

Hearing all of that you know who the one is that's moving. Of course on the other end of this two-some is George who is frantically sorting through scads of HIS stuff, knowing I will have "stuff" that needs to be stored also. And throughout this chaos there is the dread in his heart that furniture is going out, furniture is coming in -- he doesn't know which or where, but it's happening. At this point he doesn't care if it sells, or if he has to give it away -- he just wants it gone!

I asked him if it was OK to paint the master bedroom before bringing my bedroom furniture over (it's too heavy to move once it's in place) and he got this pained look on his face and asked carefully, "What color were you thinking of? It's not going to be something crazy, is it?" I assured him it was not "crazy" but a very soft Seafoam -- which of course, being a guy meant absolutely NOTHING! Men always wonder why we use words like mauve, chartreuse and violet; why can't we just say pink, green or purple!

Today I moved one really big, really heavy sofa off the carpeted area and into the tiled area of the great room; then moved the sofa table (glass with a marble pedestal) and one leather easy chair -- getting ready to vacuum and then using the carpet cleaner my daughter had given to me last year. It does a terrific job and everything will be fresh and clean. Got that all done, it is now dry and I just vacuumed it. Now to move the sofa back in from the garage that I had last year (which will be fine for a rental -- I was just tired of looking at it). Needless to say the movers went through the front door when they put it there, but being one fairly small person, there was no way I could maneuver it through the front door. My only hope was to go through the garage door leading to the great room. I measured the door and it would fit if I went through sideways -- and with super human strength I got it through (determination ladies!). I also moved 2 more of the dining room chairs over to my BF house along with 2 end tables. I brought back 2 of his end tables and a lamp, so it's starting to shape up.

I also reached the same mover who worked so hard for me last time and he said he could be available on either Thursday or Friday -- perfect. Whew! Four more days to go -- I'll keep you posted.

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FOOFYDEN 8/23/2010 11:58PM

    Congrats for your new beginning,,,,Don't hurt yourself too badly with all that moving,,,,hmmm been here forever,,,it scares me the amount of "STUFF" I have of luck to you,,,,,,,,hugs

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BLESSED2BEME 8/23/2010 2:31PM

    Moving is a lot of work - hope you are tracking your "exercise" minutes with this process!

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CATLADY52 8/23/2010 2:00PM

    You are certainly going to need a rest when this is finished. Good luck and stay cool.

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PSMITH3841 8/23/2010 12:03PM

    Oh geez....I can't even begin to imagine moving....(30+ years in one place makes for a lot of stuff) Sounds like you've got things pretty well under control, just don't hurt yourself while you're being Wonder Woman! Good luck with the move... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/23/2010 7:57AM

    emoticonGood Luck on the Move

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    The great thing in all of this is two fold... you are de-cluttering and moving in with a 'love'... new beginnings are great! Best of luck on your move!

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LIS193 8/23/2010 12:05AM

    You are busy! Good luck and hope all goes well and fits where you want it to.

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JUDY1676 8/22/2010 11:40PM

    Good luck on your move!

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BRITTVFAN 8/22/2010 11:13PM

    Wow are you busy or what.

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For All My "Faceless" Friends

Saturday, August 21, 2010

emoticon I recently received this in an email and it reminded me of all the good friends I have acquired while on Spark People. So to all of you that I correspond with daily, and to those I don't hear from or write to as often, you are all thought of frequently, and you've enriched my life tremendously!

Though your face
I've never met
and your "given name "
I do not know
There is no room for doubt
of our bond
We're more than friends.
We're family, ya' know?
And not one of you
would I erase
for family is a permanent thing.

We are more than friends.
We're family
and that's a blessed and glorious thing!

I love U !

I wake up in the morning ,
And can hardly wait to see
If I've received a mailing,
Addressed from you to me.

I get my 'puter running
And much to my delight,
our poems, jokes and other things
Come quickly into sight.

Please keep those emails coming,
They are so enjoyable you see
Funny things, friendly things
Those things you mail to me.
But most of all the fun of it,
Is knowing that they came.
From you, my friend, to me!

I give this little tribute to all my friends in Sparkland and to others (if they happen to see)! I appreciate your friendship!!

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HAPPYONE331 8/22/2010 3:36PM

    So very just can't have too many friends! emoticon

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EPIPHANYANGEL 8/22/2010 12:51PM

    That is so great. emoticon

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LACEEJO11 8/22/2010 11:13AM


Many of us can relate to and identify with this for one!

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    Love it! Thanks for sharing!!


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CBEVNOW 8/22/2010 12:55AM

    Oh that is so true, i feel just like that poem. I must copy this. Thanks for this blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/21/2010 9:20PM

    Oh my gosh! This is exactly how I feel, too!Thanks to whomever wrote it, and to you for posting!

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    That poem is awesome. Thats exactly how I feel! Thanks for sharing that!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/21/2010 8:04PM

    I hope everyone reads this. I feel like stealing it! Thanks for sharing.

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Haven't Reached My Goal Yet -- but it's closer

Thursday, August 19, 2010

emoticon If you expected to join Spark People and reach your goal in six months, that's great! But expecting it (wanting it) and doing it are two different things. I have been on here for a little over two years and I'm not quite there yet.

Yes! I've made a lot of progress! I feel so much better, I look so much better and I feel that I am healthier. I'm certainly smarter, the articles and blogs are terrific to teach you things you needed/wanted to know. I know that I eat much healthier foods than I ever did before. And some of the foods (habits) that I indulged in before Sparks are not even in my mind any longer. I don't think about them, I don't crave them, and I never eat them! To me that alone is a big step toward progress!

I have watched some of the newcomers when they first join, and the pounds come rolling off and I'm impressed. But perhaps what I should do is check back on them in six months and see how they're doing. My motto is "Never Give Up!" not if you binge, backslide, not even if you quit completely. Pick yourself up and get back on that horse -- think of it this way; two steps forward and one back. That way you can forgive yourself if you backslide a bit. As long as you are better than you were you are making progress!

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LIS193 8/21/2010 11:06AM

    Great blog! We all start off great but at some point we slow down or even stall, depending how close to goal we get or if our body needs a "breather".
The important thing is that your lifestyle has changed and you're feeling great.

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CATLADY52 8/20/2010 1:18PM

    So you want to lose weight? Think back at how long it took to put on the weight. It wasn't put on overnight. Just work on it a little bit at a time. It'll come off slowly but surely..

It shouldn't be emoticon but, I WILL DO IT!

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PSMITH3841 8/20/2010 11:10AM

    Two steps forward, one step back....just dance steps... as long as you keep moving you'll reach that goal! You're so right, Never Give Up....keep on moving! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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SARABETH_60 8/20/2010 9:34AM

    You are so right. For me, it's been harder and harder to lose weight and I'm thinking that just maintaining is a victory. I've been hanging out at Spark for about 2 years and really have been up and down - right now I'm down, but will that last?

I love your motto, never give up! Even if I drift away from eating healthy and exercise, I know I'll wake up one morning and get back to it.

Thank you for the good thoughts.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/20/2010 7:32AM

    So True I have been here for 2 1/2 year and have lost 30 and gain back 5 take off 5 but someone told me here at Sparks as long as your trying your still on track.
Plus I have made so many friends here and when I am having a bad day they help with kind words and they give me will power to keep trying.
So thanks for the blog and making everyone feel good and not to give up
emoticonone step at a time.
God's Blessings

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    This is very true for me in that I've been here for 4 years and although I've lost weight, it's not coming off as fast as thoe 6 month success stories! I agree with you when you say we must never give up - thus my own signature about persistence being key!

I agree that no matter what the numbers say on the scale, we have become healthier in our awareness of what it takes to make it!

Have a superb Friday!

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If It Wasn't For My Dog, I'd Be FAT!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

If it wasn't for my dog, I'd be fat. She is the biggest motivator I have in my life. She looks at me with expectation and love in her eyes first thing in the morning. What she wants is to go for a walk. And she's not the type that dilly dallies along, sniffing at anything and everything -- no, sir! She steps right along, so I work up a sweat before we get back home (her legs are short, but so are mine) lol

She keeps a close watch on the clothes I'm wearing, but especially on what shoes I put on. And when I slip on my tennis shoes she begins to get excited; by the time I reach for her leash she is beside herself, barking and running in circles! There are times I wish I had her enthusiasm for a walk, and sometimes, on those rare days, I DO!

She also has the bad habit of begging food from me, but every morsel that slips into her mouth is one less that goes into mine. And you know what? She eats every little snip and morsel of fat that adorns a steak or a chop. Now, I ask you -- what kind of loyalty is that?

When I give thanks for all the good things in my life before going to sleep, believe me, Amber is at the top of my list. You DO have a dog, don't you? Don't miss out on one of life's greatest relationships -- get one! And come and visit me at "I Love Dogs" -- I'll even let you join my Team!

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JANET552 8/17/2010 6:43AM

    What a great dog Amber is!! I have two and they are my walking partners too.

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SARABETH_60 8/16/2010 6:34PM

    Love your dog's photo - gorgeous is exactly the right word. Pets are so wonderful - I've had dogs, cats, and dogs and cats. They love you no matter what (of course, the cats don't show it).

Glad your Amber keeps you on the straight and narrow:-)

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THPEAKY 8/15/2010 5:54PM

    As the "dogmom" of 3 mini dachshunds all I can add is : DOGS RULE! However mine are very old and don't go for walks on the leash any more....but they STILL rule.

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PSMITH3841 8/15/2010 11:26AM

    My Zoey is one of the best workout partners I've ever had...she too sets the pace when we walk, plus, where else can you get a slurpy kiss with every successful crunch or pushup? emoticon

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LOUMARG 8/15/2010 9:43AM

    Great blog. I do not have a dog anymore but did enjoy the one I had.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/15/2010 6:16AM

    emoticonno dog here unless the Grand dog comes to stay and I love when she does for then we go for walks but I do walk with the neighbor for she has a dog and without her and her dog Sally I wouldn't get as much walking in as I do.
So I am thankful for my neighbor and her dog
I would love a dog but hubby said NO but that is ok I have the neighbors
Keep walking with the dogs and have fun doing it

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BLESSED2BEME 8/15/2010 1:00AM

    Life wouldn't be the same with out my dogs. Or my cats. Or the dogs and cats at the shelter where I volunteer. Best thing in life!

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ALICIA214 8/14/2010 10:29PM


I have a dog,her name is Chica and she loves to go out walking. She knows exactly
what is happening by what I pick up from my kitchen table, if I just pick up my keys
she goes ballistic,but when Igrab my shopping bag , she just lies down. emoticon emoticon

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LAMBIERABBIT 8/14/2010 9:57PM

    Yes, I have a dog--but he's the world's laziest walker--so much so, that I bought him a stroller so he wouldn't hold me back on MY walks! However, his sister, Daisy (also a Shih-tzu), is ANOTHER story! if you say WALK, she goes crazy with joy! she dances around me, then goes to where her leash is kept and looks up at me expectantly! She can walk for hours without tiring! she is a real trooper!

Love these dogs! emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 8/14/2010 9:56PM

    Your dog is gorgeous! What a great walking partner. I have cats, no dogs (sorry, I am allergic to dogs.) One of my best friends has a black scotty dog. I love my cats, and one of them follows me when I walk to the end of the dead end street and back.

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ADANA2009 8/14/2010 9:53PM

    my dogs know my workout shoes too! they are great motivation!

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