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Monday, January 06, 2014

I am back from the unexpected trip. Hubby needed to go to Reno which is a 4 hour drive each way from our home. His daughter who he had not seen in years called up and said she was going there. Her hubby is somewhat controlling on visiting her Daddy. When the phone rang we hit the road pretty quickly. We left early in the morning. We didn't pack adequately for a road trip like that, so I ended up eating out twice yesterday. I so didn't dress properly for cold weather. It's been in the 60-70's here in sunny N. Ca. It was sooo cold. I never ever have been exposed to 10 degree temperatures before. When I climbed out the the warm truck into the cold air, I could barely move. It felt like my muscles froze up instantly due to the cold affecting the MS. It caused severe instant spasitiy. Hubby had to pull me, helping me to the bathroom.

It was my first time meeting her. She and her husband and kids seem like a nice family. The meeting lasted about 4 hours at a casino. I don't like casinos. The floor had wavy patterns on the floor that made it look like it was undulating under my feet. I couldn't look down at it, because of the optical illusion that it was moving like was going to trip me. The floor was rocking. The lights, smoke, cough, cough, lights, movements made me feel dizzy. I don't like casinos.

Today I am back on with juicing. I woke up feeling a sore throat, sinus congestion, coughing, feeling chest congestion, my ears are plugged with pressure. I will add in extra fresh orange and tangerine juice today, hoping I can beat off what ever critter I picked up.

The good news was yesterday when DH was talking with them, I stood up and got my steps in. By the time we left, I had in 10,000 steps. When we got home late, but I managed to get in some more steps so my total ended up being in the 13,000 range. They were watching me march around, which in turn encouraged them to stand up instead of sitting down during the whole visit. Just don't attempt to repeat my workout in Birkenstocks as I did. My feet are sore.

Eating out raised caused a slight weight gain. emoticon At least I have another opportunity to release it again. Practice makes perfect.

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BRENDA_G50 1/7/2014 9:35PM


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WINE4GIRL 1/7/2014 7:29PM

    Glad you are home safe and that you and he got to see his daughter. That environment would have the same effect on me. I'm hypersensitive to smells. Great in the kitchen, not so good in the real world. The other is vertigo. Can't stand those kinds of patterns and stripes. Drives me nuts sometimes!

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SWEETLIPS 1/7/2014 2:37PM

    Great to here all is well. Love your enthusiasm.

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AJHONDRNGAL 1/7/2014 11:34AM

    I just finished a cold like that. I took Echinacea and Vitamin C, which really helped. Hope you get feeling better soon.

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JIBBIE49 1/7/2014 11:20AM

    Reno is in a COLD area.

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4RASCALS 1/7/2014 9:35AM

    emoticon Glad your back.
Awesome job in getting your steps in. Sounds like it was a nice
visit. The cold weather is not good for anyone. It's been very cold, lots of snow & ice by me. Love the power walking cat

Take care

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KAB7801 1/7/2014 7:46AM

    Nice to meet his family
Good job on steps!

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CHANGEOLA 1/7/2014 3:18AM

    emoticon on getting your steps in and hopefully you can serve that critter you caught an eviction notice emoticon Glad that your husband got to visit with his daughter and that you got a chance to meet everyone. emoticon on the juicing as well emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIM22211 1/7/2014 3:12AM

    -20 wind chill here and -9 temp ya, its cold. there worst part for me is the high gas bill I am going to get hit with

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JANIEWWJD 1/7/2014 12:44AM

    Loved your blog, especially the power walking cat!!!!! emoticon

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ARTJAC 1/6/2014 10:51PM


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GENRE009 1/6/2014 10:32PM

    going into those casinos was like going into a toxic environment. Your lungs probably sucked up all that smoke. And you know How even the healthiest looking foods are laced with extra salts, sugars, and fats. It nice to be back to the comfort of what is normal. plus we missed you. eva

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123ELAINE456 1/6/2014 9:47PM

  Glad that you and hubby had a nice visit with his daughter that you never met before. That is awesome that you got 13,000 Steps in too. Casinos are really bad with smoke and lack of fresh air. I will agree. I love Las Vegas too. Reno is nice too. Thankful that you had a safe round trip. Glad that you are back and can start juicing again for your health. Hope You are feeling better by now. Keep Sparking!!!

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NASFKAB 1/6/2014 7:46PM

  great got your steps in all the best

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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/6/2014 7:08PM

    10 degrees is a heat wave. emoticon The other morning it was 4 below and with the wind chill it was 11 below. This weather is crazy. Today is was 48. Tonight it will get into the teens and fall from there for the next few days. Plus winds will be gusting at 40-45 mph.

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FITGRANDMA120 1/6/2014 6:54PM

    brrr... sounds like quite an exciting and challenging journey. Glad you didn't try to get all those steps on the wavy carpet.

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RUDITUDI2000 1/6/2014 6:21PM

    A day of juicing and hopefully you'll feel great again! I know that once I'm "clean eating" for awhile, I really feel the effects of the SAD when/if I do partake....Sounds like it all worked out well, the social part! That is a bonus! emoticon

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PHATPAT18 1/6/2014 6:09PM

    Sounds like quite the adventure, I hope you feel back to normal soon.

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WALLAHALLA 1/6/2014 4:58PM

    They took their kids to a casino? My bad for that reaction, but I am always super careful about NOT taking my son anywhere indoors that there will be people smoking. I'm always amazed that other people are not more careful with their kids. Most public places where we live do not allow smoking, so that helps. It says a lot about your character that you were so willing to drop everything for something important to your hubby. You know your gain isn't worth worrying about, and won't stay, because you will get back to your healthier habits. Your hubby is a lucky man.

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CINDHOLM 1/6/2014 4:37PM

    emoticon emoticon

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CATSNKT 1/6/2014 4:09PM

    Congratulations on handling the obstacles along the way. I'm with you on casinos and love your cat pictures.

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CMRAND54 1/6/2014 4:03PM

    Congrats on a good trip, and on overcoming obstacles. I love that you got your steps in!

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AEROBISAURUS 1/6/2014 4:02PM

    emoticon You inspired me to start juicing. After always seeing your fun "Juicing" updates and reading up on the benefits I couldn't wait to start!

Nikki :)

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SUSIEPH1 1/6/2014 3:45PM

    Glad you are back .. Hope you can shift the nasty bugs out of your system .. Great you got such great steps in .. Hugs Susie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 1/6/2014 3:42PM

    I've never been to a casino, but I am in -15F weather right now. You did extremely well to get so much walking/marching in with 8 hrs of traveling. Most of your weight gain is probably water retention from consuming restaurant food. I do hope you fight off your symptoms before they gather a firm residence.
emoticon Juice the nasties away!

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MJ7DM33 1/6/2014 3:09PM

  WTG on getting your steps done! Welcome back!

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PHOENIX1949 1/6/2014 2:56PM

    emoticon I was surprised, but pleased, to see your physical activity posted on the friend feed last night. You are definitely a true Sparkler.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/6/2014 2:40PM

    Glad you're back safely. HUGS!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 1/6/2014 2:32PM

    Welcome back!! :D

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JANTHEBLONDE 1/6/2014 2:24PM

    I'm glad you had a nice Family visit! You made me smile when you mentioned Birkenstocks! I haven't heard that word in a long time! I was born and raised in Santa Cruz and I was in seventh grade when Birkenstocks came on the market.... Everyone that was cool had a pair!
Hope you feel better soon!

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JENRAQTAY87 1/6/2014 2:05PM

    That's nice that your husband had an inpromtue visit with his daughter emoticon

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ERIN1957 1/6/2014 1:43PM

    I juiced this morning and am gradually cleaning up and preparing for a reboot as soon as the doctor gives me the OK!
I hear you about the cold and MS, I suffer greatly.
I had vision issues and it scared the poo out of me. That is one scary feeling.
I am finding it difficult to get my steps in, you inspire me. I am going to do a Leslie DVD.
Glad you are back! OK I am selfish LOL
I love that it all went well!

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BATCHICK 1/6/2014 1:26PM

    I hate casinos, but I have had a LOT of fun times in Reno...

Great job dealing the best you could in an unexpected situation and welcome home!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/6/2014 1:23PM

    The few visits I've had to casinos, I've had a very hard time with all you mentioned. Especially thick, smoky air. They try to filter it and blow fresh air in, but it still doesn't work. Our warm weather spoils me and I start to freeze when it gets 70 degrees. (smiling) Glad you're back and able to take care of yourself.

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SYDLETZIII 1/6/2014 1:20PM

    I am glad you back home, I bet you are feeling better. Casinos are designed to keep people off balance and they are designed to take your money. I can not figure why people want to go to them, the best way to earn money is to get good at your job and move up the latter, the odds are then controlled by you and the chance of success is higher.

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    You sure handled that great!

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EXOTEC 1/6/2014 1:04PM

    I'm impressed that you were able to survive a casino without succumbing to the unlimited food smorgasbords! or so I've heard. Never been to one.

I agree with the effect of cold on ANY autoimmune condition. My Raynaud's is screaming just in anticipation of the forecast here.

Glad you made it through your ordeal.
And I *LOVE* your kitty power-walk!

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MISS_VIV 1/6/2014 12:36PM

    Great trip for you. You got your steps in.. Ate a little differently and got to meet some new family. A lot strenous day, but I am sure that today will be even brighter.

Big hugs my friend.

You can do it.

Hope you feel better today in our sunny dry (very dry) Northern Cal.


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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 1/6/2014 12:34PM

    I loved the cat pic about "restraining order just expired"!

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RICKI157 1/6/2014 12:33PM

    Glad you are back and that the meeting went well!!!!!! Hope you stay well!!!!!!

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TULLY46 1/6/2014 12:33PM

    Good job & way to get in your steps. The floor in the casino sounds awful. I probably would have been down for the count. Anything like that gets me all light headed & weird feeling. Hope that you get better soon & so glad that your hubby got to visit with his daughter. What a positive beginning to the new year!

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RACEWELLWON 1/6/2014 12:33PM

    Welcome back - I have family in Carson City - I agree with you - I do not fancy casinos for me its the noise of the machines make me dizzy and uncomfortable - good for getting your steps in - was wondering if you have been to this free site - - very informative - Hugs karen

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MAMISHELI53 1/6/2014 12:31PM

    You'll get back, don't worry. As SimpleLife said, it was for a good cause. Glad your DH got to see his daughter!

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IDLETYME 1/6/2014 12:24PM

    Congratulations ! Great start on 2014! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/6/2014 12:14PM

    Your trip was for a good cause! I'm thinking that weight will come off quickly.

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BIGPAWSUP 1/6/2014 12:02PM

    Congrats! Sounds like things went great (excluding the cold). And you'll drop the little bit you're holding in no time, might even just be water weoight from salt.

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LJCANNON 1/6/2014 12:01PM

    emoticon Congratulations on getting in your Steps! I've never been to Reno, but I LOVE Las Vegas. But the Casinos really are Bad with the Smoke and lack of Fresh Air.
I am glad that you got to meet your Hubby's Daughter and her Family -- Plus, you even "Spread The Spark" getting them moving too!! WTG!!

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