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Half of the house got new windows today.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The new windows for the back side of the house were installed today. I took Phred out for a walk and then over to the groomers for the day. They said he could stay until just after 4pm. Unfortunately the guys were not quit done with the last part of the installation but Phred only bark a little bit.

Since Irene had to stay late this morning at her ROP math class I took Frank with bowling since his college class got canceled. We had a good time but took me a couple of games to get into the swing of things. All my games were over 100 but the last three were 126, 139 & 159, we played a total of 6 games. If Frank could ever learn to control his curve he would be deadly. The weather was 94 degrees today and we had to to turn off the house A/C, so that is why Frank and I got out to somewhere with A/C.

Other than that just another day in paradise , as they say. If only there were not so many people, it would be paradise. emoticon

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LADYPHOENIX61 9/25/2010 10:32AM

    Ooh, new windows sound nice! What kind of dog is Phred? Love the spelling! When new and noisy people come to the house Jack(my cat) usually hides until they leave...

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MUSIC66 9/25/2010 6:05AM

    new windows sound great.

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TXGRANDMA 9/24/2010 10:34PM

    Good that you are getting the new windows in the back of the house! You ARE going to take pictures and post them, aren't you? emoticon I wanna see! I wanna see!

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Another Sparks blog got me thinking about the last 100 days to reach my goals.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I read the blog today on Sparks member NANJET, about it being only 100 days till the end of the year. I can not believe how far I have come since Nov. '09. To be honest I never thought I would stick with Sparks when I started. I joined in June '09, and didn't do anything with it until November. I always had a reason not to start.

1st. I had a Lupus Flare up in March '09 and my doctor put me on high doses of prenidsone (a steroid), so in June I wasn't mentally ready to start anything. I even had to drop out of college for the 4th time in the past 30+ yrs.
2nd. Everyone gains weigh on steroids and it is difficult to lose.
3rd. We went on vacation summer of '09 going from our home in Anaheim, CA to CO, across Kansas to MO then down to OK and back. I tried to watch what I ate but it is impossible to think about dieting when you have so much good food to eat.

I had a doctor's appointment at the beginning of November and talk to him about Sparks People. He told me I would not be able to lose weight as long as I was on the prenidsone. Well that pretty much pissed me off and I decided right then that I would prove him wrong and I have. LOL

I have lost pretty slowing but consistently, I was 200 and had only lost 4 pounds on my own. At first, I was just glad to lose the first 5 pounds in my first week. I knew that it would slow down to 1-2 pounds after that, but I saw how well I did and kept going. Every time I saw my doctor I had lost some more weight and he asked me about the site. He wanted to use it himself and a few of the nurses were now interested once I had got down to 170 by Easter.

After a while I got more involved with the site and groups. I became a co-leader of the first group I joined and started participating in more groups. During this summer '10r, I was on 2 summer challenges and low and behold I won both of them!

How did I do this? I became more active, I joined our local county hiking club, doing hikes & kayaking. I still go to the gym too but not inclusively. I am bowling again, getting pretty good too. I never thought I would be able to do that after I have cervical spine surgery in Nov. '06. I walk everyday and do some kind of exercise dvd , too.

At this point, I want to thank my friend Sandy who got me involved with the site. I have told her over and over again that she really saved my life. She is still not near her goal but I keep encouraging her and she tells me I am an inspiration to her. I have had several friends who have said they would not even know me if they walked right by me now. LOL Of course I would never let a friend pass me by without stopping them to see how they are doing, give them a hug, and say "Hello".

Only 100 days to my goal and I am sure now that I will make it. Of course if you had asked me when I started if I would still be here, I am not sure I could of answered "yes". Now I know I will always want to be a member of this loving community.

I want to thank all my Sparks friends and the groups that I belong to for their encouragement, kind words and laughs. Peace, Love & Blessings to you all.

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    Great blog! Thanks for sharing the journey with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNNEJ5 9/26/2010 1:12AM

    What an inspiration Terri!!! Patients showing doctors how it is done and that it can be done. That is just so precious and funny! You are an inspiration to us all and can not thank you enough for writing this blog. I too am on Prednisone for a couple of medical conditions so I know what you are going through there. Keep on keeping on girl and keep blogging! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLynne

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 9/25/2010 11:57AM

    emoticonTeri you are so right! You said it all, Spark People is the greatest inspirational site and has the best support system we could ever ask for to help us on our journey.
No one ever said it would be easy, but hard work and dedication can make us healthy. We all brought ourselves to the obese,unhealthy side of life and we have the power within us to be healthy and live our lives to the fullest.
Thank you for this wonderful blog my friend, You are a great inspiration to me and so many. Keep up the great work and keep spreading the wonderful Sparks around the world, there are so many that still need our help!
God Bless you my friend!
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SHERREMAC 9/25/2010 7:33AM

    thanks! I am heading to the rheomatologist on Monday and hope to get some answers to why am not feeling well all the time. Lupus is one of the illness's I might be looking at. I will keep you posted.

way to go! you have done great!

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TRISH106 9/25/2010 5:51AM

    You are an inspiration to all. You have succeeded in your goals and will meet your goal by the end of the year.
I love being able to tell the medical field about Spark People.
I just saw my new Nutritionist Monday and had a print out of my foods and BS. She was very happy that I had tracked what and when I eat and the way my BS corrolate. We are trying to find any type of pattern to explain why my BS will go from very high to very low a couple of days a week. So far we can not undestand the reason my body does this. Unfortunaly I have put some weight back on that I had lost. This week I will be stating back at the Y. I have been neglecting working on the machines due to severe back problems. I have decide I will lower my weights quite a bit and do an extra rep.
Hope you have a wonderful day. emoticon

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VOLLMELD 9/25/2010 12:43AM

    Way to go Teri. You have certainly come a long way. Where there's a will there's a way. Keep Sparking.
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LINDAKAY228 9/24/2010 3:45PM

    Wonderful blog and congratulations on how much you've done to prove the doc wrong! I know that the steroids are notorious for causing weight gain and you've done an awesome job. Also I know people with lupus who would even try to go out and do the things you do. I have fibromyalgia and know people with it who would not try to do the things I do either, so I can relate. We have to push on and live life and fight back even against nasty disorders or illnesses that would try to make us give up. You are awesome!

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TXGRANDMA 9/24/2010 11:02AM

    Wow, Teri! This is so great! You have come so far and now, to be down to 145 is truely amazing! I need more exercise and have not found a foolproof way that I really enjoy to get it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILBERE07 9/23/2010 11:11PM

    emoticon what a wonderful inspiration!

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Angels game on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Went with my girlfriends to an Angel game and we had a lot of fun. Since the season is over the tickets were cheap but that didn't keep the stadium from having over 41,000 people show up. That surprised us all. We had a lively group of 40+ people sitting in front. The group were employee's from a local "OutBack Steakhouse" and the boss was paying for the groups tickets as they were celebrating one young man's 24th birthday. The young man was so much fun and even gave me a big hug when we left. The Angel were trying out a new young pitcher and he had a shut out game against the Texas Rangers 2-0. The local paper raved about him today wishing the Angels had brought him up from the minors earlier in the season.
Today I walked Phred for 60 min. this morning. The weather has cooled off quit a bit and it even sprinkled yesterday and some today. I opened all the windows to let in the fresh air. Did some low impact aerobics using my twist machine. (Can't think of any other way to list it in the exercise page). Cleaned for about an hour this am.
Drove over to the market (StaterBros.) to get pepsi for Jeff & Frank, cantaloupe on sale for $1 each and some marinade for the London Broil I took out of the freezer this morning. We are still grilling because we do it all year unless it is storming, which doesn't happen too often in S.Ca.
Everyone have a nice evening. OK Cindy55 in LA you disapeared after sending me a Sparks Email and the site say's your page is gone, so I didn't get the email. If you changed you name or dropped off the site I hope someone out there knew you and can tell I will miss you.

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MUSIC66 9/23/2010 12:56AM

    glad you enjoyed your self.

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Lazy daze

Monday, September 20, 2010

Got up early and planned on doing a lot but really didn't get too much done at all. Did four loads of laundry and a lot of stuff on Sparks and other sites. I had things to catch up on after being gone all weekend. Did a small amount of housework and walked Phred for only 27 min.for 1.44 miles. I went over my cal. by 34, Damm.
Just got a call from my friend Irene and I have been invited to the Angel game. The season is over so we are just going for a good time. That is about it for today.

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RORYLYONS 9/20/2010 11:31PM

    How exciting, have fun at the angel's game. emoticon emoticon

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Corvette Rally weekend in S.CA mountains and high desert!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The starting place for the rally. This is at the train station In Anaheim, CA, located at the edge of the parking lot for the Anaheim Angels baseball team. That is the Grove in the background, a event place for concerts and stuff.

A little blurry but this is my corvette.

This is the old Cliff House restaurant along the Rim of the World Hwy. Anyone who has seen the Nicholas Cage movie "Next", may recognize it.?? This place use to have the best food but started to fall down the mountain so it has been closed for a number of years.

Our friends from Missouri, Kevin & Brian. Cliff House in background.

Guess who? and my husband Jeff, our backs are facing West toward the Pacific, far away!

Big Bear Lake, Jeff posing with his catch of the day LOL "Fishing Line Slime", just don't eat it, will make you sick!! emoticon

Big Bear Lake. Beautiful day!

The first place we stopped on the 2nd day. One of the apple orchards over in Oak
Glen, CA
The lovely couple. Only wish Jeff hadn't had that old cig in his hand!

Another lovely view, this one on the hwy. to Idyllwild, CA. Very narrow, tight, on the edge road up this mountain, great fun in the corvettes.

This is a 1972 that belongs to our friend John. John and his brother Bill met up with us on Sunday morning in Banning for this part of the run.
I even did pretty good on food. Kept to healthy stuff and did 2.20 miles in 35 min. on the treadmill at the hotel after we arrived. Had a wonderful salmon dinner at this great family run restaurant in Banning. Did not really keep track but had a lot of fun and walking around too.

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MAYLINGSNW 9/25/2010 7:43PM

    sounds like you had a lot of fun. love the pic of your corvette.i did see the picture of next,now i'll have to watch it again to see the resturant in it. well maybe hubby will kick the gig habit..the pictures are great and i love them... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYBEAR662 9/20/2010 9:35AM

    Xena, great pictures and very nice car!!! My husband's cousin (my hair dresser) has a 1974 (I think it is) corvette! My oldest son wants it really bad... hee hee.

I'll have to show that restaurant to my husband. He watches all the Nicholas cage movies... wonder if he'll recognize it. I'll let you know.

You do look great and good job getting on the treadmill still! Inspiration to us all! Keep it up and thanks for sharing!!!
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__KELLY__ 9/20/2010 12:52AM

    Ooooohhh! Cars!!! Pretty cars!!! Pretty classic cars!!! I have a soft spot in my heart for good ol' American metal...vroom vroom! Would put my little Acura to shame anyday of the week! emoticon emoticon

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CYNDY_55 9/19/2010 11:19PM

    Awesome Pictures Of You And Your DH...
Beautiful emoticonDay...Big Bear Still Looks So Nice!
And Wow! You Are Looking Great emoticonToo!

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HYE101 9/19/2010 9:23PM

    Great scenery and photos. Y ou are looking great .

Have a great week and thanks for sharing.

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