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Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's that day again -- the time when over 14,000 people will rush to Las Vegas, NV and get married in one of those cute little chapels that line the strip! Some last only 2 days, some last forever! How it starts out is hardly the issue, it's how you handle your life that matters in the long run.

But Valentine's Day is certainly the time of year that have most men scrambling to buy their loved one roses, chocolate candy, bouquets of flowers, orchids, fancy nighties, and take them out for a fancy dinner.

I guess I'm an oddball because going out on Valentine's Day is somewhat akin to going out on New Year's Eve -- that's another time I prefer to stay home! The restaurants raise their prices, it's crowded, there is a lot of pressure on the guys to come up with something wonderful -- the list goes on and on. So for me, I'm still a big believer in the stay-at-home meal, grilling a steak, perhaps enjoying a forbidden dessert!

Remember those holiday dinners can come very high in calories! Here's a new one of me -- see how slim I'm getting?
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OLDERDANDRT 2/20/2012 6:00PM

    You look Mah-velous!!!! Oh yes you do!!! emoticon

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ARTJAC 2/15/2012 9:14PM

    emoticonyou look fantastic emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/15/2012 7:41AM

    emoticon(looking) emoticonand after we went out last night for Vday I agree with you the price was to much and we could have done better at home but we got all dressed up and had a good time then home to put on PJ's and watch TV will post a skinny me when I get to be skinny one day at a time
You look great kido

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4_MY_LIFE 2/15/2012 1:31AM

    You are look great!

I too prefer not to go out on Valentine's Day. Restaurants are a zoo then and it is hard to enjoy a meal when you are being rushed so someone else can have the table.

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JAMER123 2/14/2012 5:10PM

    You look awesome!! Great going! Yes, the food can be very unhealthy and we need to watch it carefully. Years ago, I had asked my DH to not get cut flowers (roses etc) because they always die and the expense isn't worth it. We have always stayed home but this year is different. We are now both retired and a friend has a surprise for 6 of us. It begins with a limo ride to another town and fine dining. Then ............. it should be a wonderful evening for us!
Have a wonderful Day!! Happy Valentine Day.
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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/14/2012 4:54PM

    I am JEALOUS! How do you all do it? As for me, I like staying home too, but was invited over to my daughters house (took her a Gift, but all she gave me... was candy and You and I know thats a No-no, left it behind!) Came home and made me eggplant! And a salad! No dessert since I already had dessert; (had a brownie and two pieces of candy)! ( But I sure do hate Valentine's Day , when my own lover-hubby , forgets me!
My daughter will be taking me out tomorrow (she usually takes us out the Day of a Holiday for a meal and shopping!( But she just got back from a 5 day trop and was very tired!) Going to eat out tomorrow ... is enough for me! Eating at a real Mexican Restarant! (Even though I can make many Mexican meals, I love it when I get to go out ( dont have to cook! ) Hope your meal was as venturous today! And less caloric! (Mexican is HOT and you can actually lose weight eating Mexican!) susana

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PSMITH3841 2/14/2012 4:04PM

    Wow! You look terrific! Can I borrow your body for my sons Wedding? (LOL just kidding) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 2/14/2012 2:20PM

    You look GREAT!

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MEEZERMOM2 2/14/2012 2:02PM

    Lookin good, my are doing great! I might get brave enough to post a new "skinny" pic sometime soon!

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6 Weeks - Still On Track!

Monday, February 13, 2012

emoticon Happy to report that the 6th Sunday just went by with me still on track for my half pound loss each week!

Am I happy? Of course! Soon I'll have to buy some smaller clothes!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/20/2012 5:59PM


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VITCHY-VICKI 2/14/2012 8:59AM

    emoticonNew keep up the good work
I too am still on track and losing that is so nice
WE can do this together

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/14/2012 8:55AM

    Great! Now... just dont rub it in... LOL. Hugs susana

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ARTJAC 2/13/2012 8:32PM

    great youre going great well done emoticon

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CATLADY52 2/13/2012 3:54PM

    That is good to hear. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 2/13/2012 11:55AM

    that is great! love those little goals that add up to big success

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DEBBIER9 2/13/2012 11:44AM

    emoticon emoticonHappy Dance I am so happy for you

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PSMITH3841 2/13/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon emoticon Way to go my friend! emoticon

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LIS193 2/13/2012 9:57AM

You are doing great!

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Latest News from My Doctor

Monday, February 06, 2012

I've never given health problems all that much attention, just considered myself extremely healthy and that was it. By the time I made it to 70 I did have to start taking blood pressure medication, but I figured that was about normal. Wake up call was Nov. 7, 2010 when I had chest pains and couldn't take a deep breath. I didn't want to tell my soon-to-be husband as I was sure he would rush me over to the Emergency Room. But on the other hand, I didn't want to DIE! How stupid would that be? So I told him, I'm a little short of breath. He took one look at me and said "We're going to the hospital."

I'll say one thing about going to a hospital that specializes in heart problems -- when you can't breathe properly and/or have chest pain -- you get in quick! The heck with the forms! There is a doctor looking at you RIGHT NOW! So after a few hours they reached the conclusion that I had gallstones. But then another doctor comes along and says he does not want to rule out some problem with the heart, he would like me to check in so they can run a few more tests. And I agreed. Better to know than to wonder.

The next day after an echocardiogram I was told I had valve misfunction. I don't remember the words they used. Maybe squishy, leaking, but anyway -- not right! So I said "Let's Fix it"
He looked at me in amazement and said, "That's major surgery!" We wouldn't do that until you can barely breath or are so tired you can't hardly do anything. Wow! If I was in that kind of shape -- do you think I could survive an operation? Major surgery???

I followed up with a heart specialist from my own carrier. He said to check with him once a year, have an echocardiogram -- and we'd keep an eye on it. Now it's been another year, or 15 months to be exact. I scheduled a follow-up visit.

He asked all the standard questions, to which I answered "no." No swelling. No chest pain. No shortness of breath. blah-blah. He schedules another echocardiogram and tells me he knows of a new procedure being performed at a near-by hospital. Instead of cutting your entire chest open, it is more of a laparoscopy procedure. Go through the right shoulder, into the artery, and directly into the heart. Wow! That sounds great. The only chilling words were when he added. . . . "of course they would have to stop your heart."

Ummm, stop my heart? Like, tecnically I'd be dead? No heartbeat? How long can the brain survive without damage if the blood isn't circulating? I don't have any of those answers, so you will have to wait -- as I do...... or "to be continued" as they say on TV.

P.S. Echocardiogram scheduled for Feb. 13th -- will know more after that.

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CATLADY52 2/10/2012 12:07PM

    Good luck for the test. With the advances they are making I think surgery is less scary now than ten years ago. But that doesn't necessarily means it's a walk in the park. emoticon

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ARTJAC 2/9/2012 12:28AM

    youre in safe hands just keep listening to what your doctor tells you and follow his advise emoticon

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PSMITH3841 2/8/2012 10:39AM

    Glad to hear you're keeping on top of the issue...the procedure sounds scary, but these docs know what they're doing...better to check it out now, than wait for a crisis....I'll be with you in spirit on the 13th! emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/7/2012 3:50PM

    Dont forget, your in G*Ds hands! Will keep you in our prayers.

My hubby had open heart surgery and if he could have elected for an easier procedure, would have taken it. Just know the things they can do now, they could not do ten or 15 years ago! Just keep losing weight, if needed, it can helptremendously for any heart.

Theres a tomatoe soup diet the heart Drs prescribe for Heart patients. Maybe you can try it. You can eat all you want of it too, it helps you lose weight before any heart surgery! A friend of mine gave it to me and we did lose, but it was a boring soup, but one can lose a lot of weight eating it for ten days! My friend lost 15 pounds in two weeks.
Your in my prayers! And dont forget, your time is in HIS hands! G*D Bless you! susana

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STARLIGHT615 2/7/2012 3:23PM

    OH WOW!! that is really scarry!!! But I am sure u will be in great hands!!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/7/2012 2:44PM

    emoticonsending my Vitamin F's your way and emoticonprayers keep us updated on what you find out so glad your getting all the care you need by hubby and your Dr
God's Blessings

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MEEZERMOM2 2/7/2012 1:22PM

    As an "old hand" at heart problems..good for you in keeping on top of it..I had to have triple by-pass surgery when I was 55...didn't learn from my mistakes about proper nutrition & ate myself into a heart attack at 65! Soon after that I discovered Dr. Fuhrman & found the answer to reversing my heart disease (CAD) & my weight problem. I would not ever have surgery again unless it was a life or death event...wish you all good news & hope that you can avoid it!


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KAYWEB555 2/7/2012 10:47AM

    Fear not ! You are in great hands if they know that the procedure is being down regularly in the East ! My niece just had it done right before Thanksgiving. And she joined up for dinner ! The sugery was the week before and she got a clean bill of health in Jan. and is back to work. At all three jobs. She is 43 !

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TRISTAROSE 2/7/2012 6:29AM

    I hope all goes well with your scheduled test and no surgery will be needed! You will be in my thoughts & prayers.


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STILLFLYIN 2/7/2012 1:20AM

    It may be a bit tacky, but I would also want to know that surgical team had lots of practice on other folks before I got in line. Of course you have to do what you think is best.

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MEME102 2/6/2012 9:21PM

    Yep those are certainly scary words -- I'll be waiting to see what else you hear!Is it the kind of thing where your breathing is done thru another machine while they do their 'thing' and then 'hook you back up'..yeah I think I'd find out how LONG does that go on??? Keep us posted!!

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Sleepless Night, Headache -- Hiking Helped

Sunday, February 05, 2012

You know the routine. . . . 11:05 you look at the clock, and maybe get up to go to the bathroom then 11:56, and you're still not asleep, 1:05, 2:15, you toss and turn, worrying about how tired you will be the next day. But still no sleep! Sometimes this routine can go on all night long, as you lay there and think about things that you shouldn't think about.

Finally it's time to get up. So you drag yourself out of bed and try to make the best of it. The funny thing is that once I was up, I still didn't feel particularly tired. And then my DH said he would like to drive up to the Sedona area and look at some petriglifs -- only a short hike of about 1 mile. I looked at the temperture and saw a frigid 31F. Are you kidding? I ask.

But in about an hour we did drive there -- probably took us at least an hour or more as it is quite a distance. But I had put on a heavy sweat shirt and it was perfect. And while my head was reeling with a headache while I was trying to sleep, I found the fresh air knocked it right out of my head! That was the silver lining in that cloud. Hurrah! for Hiking!

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4_MY_LIFE 2/6/2012 11:59AM

    Glad the hike helped! Nothing like fresh air to make things better.

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SCOTMAMA 2/6/2012 11:01AM

    I did sleep like a LOG Sunday night! So here it is Monday morning and I'm rarin' to go! Wallpaper is scheduled to be delivered today, so guess what I'll be doing? It's what I love to do!

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PSMITH3841 2/6/2012 10:32AM

    I've had a few of those nights myself.....usually, I fall asleep 20 minutes before the alarm is due to go off....I'm glad the hike and fresh air took care of the headache. I bet you slept well Sunday night! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/6/2012 10:18AM

    Glad you went and felt better - I too always feel better after exercising keep up the good work

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ARTJAC 2/5/2012 11:14PM

    it is good what a walk will do it blows all the cobwebs away and you forget about being tired and the headache disapears emoticon

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These are a few of my favorite things. . . . .

Friday, February 03, 2012

Thinking of the song that Julie Andrews sang reminded me that "favorite things" are so different in each person. And it was brought to mind again this morning as I read a fellow blogger write of her favorite things. But it would be a dreary world if we all had the very same taste, would it not?
Sunrise and sunset are favorite times of the day, when God shows us, in all his Glory -- just what the word Magnificent means. If you think red and orange don't go together, look at a sunset some time -- even purple looks good mixed in there.

Styles in houses would be those sedate looking English homes with the mullioned windows and many times with ivy climbing over the stone or brick. And of course with a home like that you must also have the green rolling lawns and lush flowers, bowing their heads with the heaviness of the blooms, wet with dew; spreading their heady scent to all who pass by.

emoticon emoticon Music! Who doesn't love it? Mine fluctuates between the classics, preferable Chopin, but the old fashioned "elevator" music is what I am normally listening to during the day. Neil Diamond, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra. Ah!

Other breathtaking favorites would be that first snowfall, looking out the window the next morning and seeing the world at peace, softly covered with a pristine layer of snow, with the evergreen trees glistening as though handfuls of diamonds had been scattered across them.

Babies giving us their little "gas" smiles which the parents swear is a "real" smile! Puppies doing almost anything! Watching the quail in AZ as the babies are young as they go traipsing across the streets in the outlaying suburbs of Phoenix. Actually all animals when they are babies have a spot in my heart.

There are many more things that are favorites, some bring a smile to my face, some bring tears to my eyes. . . . . it's what life is all about.

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ROEANDGO 2/8/2012 9:02AM

    Love this!! I'm going to think about my favorite things today too!

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PSMITH3841 2/6/2012 10:19AM

    Hmmm....some of my favorite things....I'm going to start making a list! Thanks for the idea. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 2/6/2012 12:22AM

    "life savors" are those little pces of joy that inspire us to feel grateful for being alive!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/5/2012 6:50PM

    Oh yeah! I like the look of the world through your eyes! emoticon

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CATLADY52 2/4/2012 2:36PM

    emoticon We don't take enough time to appreciate the small things in life.

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STILLFLYIN 2/4/2012 12:33PM

    Thank you for helping me take a moment to appreciate the things I like instead of always focusing on the downers.

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/4/2012 9:10AM

    Nice blog so glad we are all different and like different things that is a good thing I like some of the same things you do thanks for posting

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DEBBIER9 2/4/2012 8:32AM

    emoticonI make a point most evenings to enjoy the sunset!!!

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ARTJAC 2/3/2012 11:34PM

    well said

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