DOVESEYES's SparkPeople Blog DOVESEYES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week 245...Maintenance Blog 29... Dear Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Another chance to share my journey with you, I am always so excited to read about your ups and downs and to let you know someone is with you on yours :) <BR> It also gives me the incentive to say things I wouldn't voice to people around me because I know you will understand. <BR> <BR> I had the opportunity last night to watch Chasing Great a movie about All Black Captain Richie McCaw. It really had an impact on me I found it useful to describe how I feel these days... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:28:24 EST Week 244...Maintenance Blog 28... Hi there Sparkies, <BR> <BR> another good week, the new GP was really nice, got the tests out of the way, chatted...she wanted to know what I had done to lose weight. I told her all the things I did and how great it was, what had changed in my life. <BR> <BR> She seemed most impressed that I had done it myself at home with little input, I told her all about Sparkpeople and how I had a LOT of great input through the years from you all as well as encouragement from family :). <BR> <BR> I t... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:39:08 EST Week 243 ... Mb 27... Good Morning, <BR> <BR> This week was a quiet one ( as I'm getting older I appreciate these ones :) ), rainy days and mid week a 30 deg C day to remind me summer is on it's way, phew ... how do we get used to 45 deg C days !!! <BR> <BR> DD had a friend from Uni days and student Doctor days come to stay at her house, he was a great friend. My fondest memory of him is of DD getting so tired walking up and down to classes in the heat he carried her :), a lovely man. <BR> <BR> SIL looked af... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 21:05:29 EST Week 242...MB 26... Good morning Sparkies !!! <BR> <BR> After a really 'hairy' storm yesterday, with strong winds and hail. The windows shaking in their fittlings and then great bangs of thunder, today is fine, calm and sunny :) <BR> <BR> It was a very quiet week with lots of movement and Spring cleaning, also did lots of washing of towels etc for when DD and SIL come at Christmas whilst I have an over flowing water tank :). <BR> <BR> I had a great week weight wise, must have been all the cleaning, I felt lik... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:10:24 EST Week 241...MB 25 Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It's finished, so comfy to wear, Hubby who is 'straight' with his comments says, "I appreciate the work and the style but don't like the colour" <BR> <BR> The only problem I have is the buttons are gold daisies and were my MIL's and wanted soooo... to use them but they are really heavy and pull the borders, so I'll have to hunt for some modern ones :(. <BR> <BR> Here are the pics, let me know what you think :) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:34:04 EST Week 240...MB 24... Hiya, <BR> <BR> I'm a bit late to day :), Hubby and I went out to another fair day :), this time it was a historic car show about 30 mins away, in a country area. As well as the cars there was an art centre and stalls and a bus took you to the arts and craft and a museum down the road. <BR> <BR> We wandered looking at the cars feeling nostalgic :), Hubby was asking if I remember one person or another having this or that car? Duh, me female :) what colour was it ??? LOL. <BR> <BR> He has ... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:44:44 EST Week 239...MB23... Wow, <BR> <BR> 23 weeks of maintenance, I am seeing a pattern of ebbs and flows on the scale. It is nice :), a little like paddling down a river and then just letting the water have it's way.. <BR> <BR> The scale was up a bit this week 0.6 kg, I had extra watermelon, apple pie and Cheesecake. More watermelon than usual but small pieces of the pie and cheesecake I'm trying out recipes for Christmas, found a coffee cheesecake recipe that we all would like. <BR> <BR> DD and SIL love cheesec... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:36:12 EST Week 238... MB 22... Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad's. I was blessed with a great Dad who loved me and always supported me - am missing him today. I am the person I am because of his love and I continue to pass that on to everyone I know. <BR> <BR> A slight adventure this week, we went to get our meds and it was raining :) thought we were sliding because it was raining but the tyre had burst. We spun around on a roundabout and stopped by bouncing up onto the island in the middle. <BR>... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 22:01:06 EST Week 237...Maintenance Blog...21... Afternoon Spark world :), <BR> <BR> I'm blogging a little later than normal as we went to a Fair day today Hubby and I. We wandered the stalls and took in the atmosphere of family and fun, crafts and food for a couple of hours. <BR> <BR> It was so much fun for me, not so much for Hubby he is a 'loner' really so it meant so much he would take time to accompany me. :) <BR> <BR> It is a country area, so alpaca / sheep owners who were spinning and making items from their animals, mandarin/ l... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:27:49 EST Midweek cute photos... Hey there, <BR> <BR> Annabelle will be four months old on the 2nd of September here are some of her latest photos to end the month :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Christine Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:53:04 EST Week 236...MB20... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Short and sweet today - just like me -- :) <BR> <BR> No change to weight. <BR> No news <BR> No probs <BR> <BR> A nice week --- happy to be alive !!! <BR> <BR> Have a great week <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> Christine <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:13:41 EST Week 235... MB 19... Hi there Sparkies, <BR> <BR> This week was rainy off and on again-- no complaints here, as I am doing some knitting and it is lovely to sit quietly and knit listening to the patter of drops on the roof and feeling cosy and warm. <BR> <BR> I've been searching for a Chanel style cardigan/jacket and found a pattern instead it cost $5 and I have been knitting it for a few weeks. I have carpal tunnel and haven't knitted larger items for ages. Since I started taking magnesium though it has eased... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 23:45:28 EST Week 234...MB 18... Good morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It has been a wet week for me, not much going on DD has been getting ready for the 'in laws' to descend on her :), so we skyped on Thursday. Annabelle was looking at us <em>40</em> and babling away, so cute. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> She looks like she is in a fairy dress ! <BR> <BR> <BR> I went up 0.3 kg this week (0.66 lbs) to 68.5 kgs, I was really surprised ... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 21:47:37 EST Week 233, MB17... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I woke to rain this morning, that wonderful sound on a 'tin' roof that seems so calming to me. <BR> <BR> I made minestrone soup this week and had half a cup at lunch and dinner, I used cauli, celery, broccoli, zucchini, tomato, spinach, kale, carrots, and sweet potato and beans. It was delish !! with plenty in the freezer for later :) <BR> <BR> Last week 69.2 kgs (152.24 lbs) <BR> This week 68.2 kgs (150.04 lbs) <BR> <BR> A loss of one kilo (2.2 lbs) <BR> <BR>... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 22:52:35 EST A bit of midweek fun :) Hello, <BR> <BR> When I was a child we would watch the All Blacks at all hours day or night and it was a real bonding session with us all, Mum, Dad, 2 brothers and I. We were not a demonstrative 'lot' either, but watching a game we would be noisy and jump around a lot. It was fun !!! <BR> <BR> My Hubby, daughter and son are not 'into' sport but since my Dad passed away in 2014 I've been watching again and was delighted to 'yell and jump around' my days through the Super Rugby of 2015 and... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:19:05 EST Week 232...MB 16... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Another maintenance week with no change so that is great. <BR> <BR> I'll just have to add more photos- guess of who :) <BR> <BR> Uh oh just noticed no button to add a photos eek !!!! <BR> <BR> I'll come back if I find it. <BR> <BR> It's there on the edit blog button whew!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:26:15 EST Week 231... MB15... Hey there Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Here is a photo taken of the view from the dining table, it was raining and foggy. It is another "look up" reminder to me. We bought this block because the views are just like a calendar shot from every vista. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the foreground those are weeds, it has been so rainy ( no complaints as I love the rain, that sound has always enthralled me. The water ta... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:27:04 EST Week 230..MB14... Oh yeah check it out a whole number loss !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) <BR> <BR> I'm so happy today, I've had an amazing week and haven't felt so peaceful in years, thank God. <BR> <BR> I checked out my plan and realized my fats even though they are good fats were starting to exceed my protein intake so I backed it off a bit and there you go a WHOLE number loss. :0 !! <BR> <BR> Last week 70.3 kg (154.66 lbs) <BR> This week 69.2 kg (152.24 lbs) <BR> Loss of 1.1 (2.42 lbs) <BR> <BR> Ooops a... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:00:01 EST Week 229... MB 13... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It's a bright sunny morning here, though during the week we had a huge downpour to fill the water tank :) so much water it shot out of the downpipes and the pipe into the tank popped up and 2-3 feet of water shot out!!! <BR> We went down to the tank and put the pipe back in and checked the pump which is beside the tank to see if it was still functional. With the full tank I can wash, wash, wash... all I want...yay!! <BR> <BR> I'm still not 100% and have only been... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 22:32:46 EST Week 228...MB 12... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It's great to be back home again. <BR> Though the flights were horrendous, get to the airport at 9:30pm depart at 11:45pm, arrive Melbourne 5:20 am leave for Launceston at 1 pm arrive at 2 pm. <BR> <BR> It was like a movie... the crowd parted and there she was my baby with her baby!!! My first hug. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The week flew by but we made the most of being th... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:42:54 EST Week 227... MB 11... Morning you lovely Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Thanks for stopping by. You may be able to discern I am happy today :), one...count day to go before we fly out. It will be a long day as we fly out 11:45 pm on Monday night. <BR> <BR> We skyped with DD yesterday and Annabelle is so sweet, aww... I am a soppy Nana... :). <BR> <BR> So it's Sunday here, my rest day, I was really happy this morning that the scale showed a loss and for the first time in an age a WHOLE number loss :) <BR> <BR> L... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 22:33:50 EST Week 226...MB 10... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It's a lovely sunny day here, 16 Deg C, DD tells me it is 13 over in Tasmania and COLD... :), I will be warm with all the love and cuddles... :)... <BR> <BR> This week there was a lot going on, including painting of DD's room, lots of cooking to keep the men warm and full. A whole lot of zumba going on. We go food shopping once a fortnight and find it saves us money, that was this week too. <BR> <BR> I hunted out some motivational tapes I have and listened to th... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 22:27:25 EST Week 225...MB9... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Lots of rain this week for the the rainwater tank :), the cows we adjist are close to calving so the owner has taken them home. I'm glad they'll be 'home' when their calves are born. <BR> <BR> A quiet week this week. <BR> <BR> Two more weeks till we fly out, I wont be Sparking then. <BR> <BR> Last week 69.2 kgs (152.24 lbs) <BR> This week 69.0 kgs (151.80 lbs) <BR> Loss of 0.2 kgs (0.44 lbs) <BR> <BR> So a loss, always a plus <BR> <BR> Have a great week fr... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:30:22 EST Week 224... MB 8... Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> After a huge storm yesterday the sun is out and smiling today, so a lovely Sunday here. <BR> <BR> It was a better week with Hubby getting 3 days of work. Also the Tax Agent rang to say he had made a mistake on our tax and I didn't have to pay the amount he said and Hubby gets a small refund, it made me sigh with relief. <BR> <BR> I've been eating more vege and giving the men more meat as they work, then my weight kept creeping up. Hubby said " you know you must have... Sat, 21 May 2016 22:06:14 EST Maintenance Blog Seven...week 223... Evening Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I was out all day and just wanted to catch up tonight with you all. Met a friend to have coffee and a chat. <BR> Also this week went to the Tax agent ( we were there for 4 hours), it was a 'trial' as the phone kept ringing for 'work' for Hubby!!! <BR> He had to go after and didn't get back till 6 pm. Long day. <BR> <BR> Saturday I was sore and worn out, I had lifted a couple of files off the chair I was to sit in and didn't think anything of it till the next d... Sun, 15 May 2016 08:01:57 EST Maintenance Blog Six...week 222... Well... where to start :) <BR> <BR> This week a new life started for my daughter, son-in-law, son, husband and I and all the family. A beautiful little girl arrived at 8:40 am on Monday the 2nd of May. Annabelle Madeleine Hayes is here and life will be a multitude of senses and feelings from now on... <BR> <BR> DD skyped us as soon as she was back in her room <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> in one of my hat... Sat, 7 May 2016 22:32:14 EST Maintenance Blog Five.. week 221... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> The good news is... one more day till Annabelle arrives!!! By 8 am tomorrow morning I will be a grandmother. DD is having a caeserian in the morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is so wonderful :) and we will see her in June after giving the parents a chance to have a ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:10:10 EST Maintenance Blog 4 ...week 220... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Another week has gone :), the weather continues to cool here and cardis and long pants are being laundered for winter use. <BR> <BR> Today I woke happy (unusual lately :) ), I picked out a top and pants to wear that hadn't fitted before and tried them on --woot-- they look great (apart from the arms). Size 10 pants and a small size top. In the old old days now it was a 24 top and a 26 skirt as I couldn't fit pants at all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 22:29:49 EST Maintenance Blog 3...Week 219... Morning All, <BR> <BR> this week started with promise as Hubby worked three days -amazing!!!- and wonderful. <BR> I went to my facial day at the Spa and it was very relaxing I really enjoyed it. We even had a customer pay his bill so it was like we were on a roll :) <BR> <BR> Thursday afternoon on the way home the Pathfinder sprung an oil leak and had to be towed back home. Hubby is amazing and was able to replace the part that leaked. But he was out in the hot sun for hours, and on Thurd... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:20:39 EST Maintenance Blog Two...week 218... Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> This week I headed down from 67.9 kg (149.38 lbs)to 67.5 kg (148.50 lbs) a loss of 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs). <BR> <BR> It seems to be OK at the moment keeping under the 68.0 kg centre weight. <BR> <BR> I'm still adding the B1 and Kale to my plan and apart from the stress factor of no work, I am not having the symptoms that I had. <BR> <BR> Hubby remembered a customer wanted a repair done so he called and the guy said sure I'll get it to you "How is your work load?" Hubby ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 21:23:48 EST Maintenance Blogs One...Week 217... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> The weather here is cooling for Autumn, the brown grass turning to green after the rains. I think my favourite season is Autumn. The trees 'going' to sleep, the leaves turning to golden hues. Our winters seem cold after up to 40 deg C in Summer but are really mild :) <BR> <BR> I'm still expecting someone to come up behind me and yell "April Fool, you are not in maintenance!" :) <BR> <BR> I have been having more of the 'turns' I described in earlier blogs and DH... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 21:46:11 EST THE WEIGHT IS OVER... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Firstly I want to thank God for His wonderful Gift of His Son on this Easter Sunday. <BR> <BR> I went to the GP this week, she was just as impressed as in October. She commended me for the "self motivation" I had shown and said how much she was amazed at my weight drop and the way I had stuck at it. I have been going to her since 2012, when I came out of hospital. <BR> <BR> She also said that I was now in Maintenance mode, if I had the loose skin removed from m... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 22:15:04 EST Week 215...part Back again, <BR> <BR> DH was checking out his old photos when I finally got up this morning :) and I noticed this one amongst them. <BR> <BR> We had been married five months and I had just found out I was pregnant with DS. It will be our 33 rd wedding anniversary in June. <BR> The lady in the photo with Phil and I is his Mum. She was a tower of strength to me as a young Mum, always encouraging and helpful. <BR> <BR> It's nice to have a bit of nostalgia... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:10:01 EST Week 215...weigh in...part one... Finally !!! <BR> <BR> After over a month stuck on 68.0 kgs the scale went down this morning!!! There was of course a lot of whooping :) !!! <BR> <BR> Last week 68.0 kgs (149.6 lbs) <BR> This week 67.6 kgs (148.72 lbs) <BR> <BR> A loss of 0.4 kgs (0.88 lbs) <BR> <BR> I increased protein and lowered good fats and veges a little and it seemed to work. Mostly because it takes a lot for the body to process protein and you do feel fuller longer. <BR> I also work on the "Queen , Princess and Pau... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 22:35:27 EST Week 214...weigh in... Hi there, <BR> <BR> Short message today... no change from last week still 68.0...I'm not complaining as it is better than the 122 kgs I used to be. <BR> <BR> I had a brief break during the week from neck pain and didn't vacuum as DD advised not a good idea, but did do my Zumba to keep moving. But since yesterday it is still really tender, so I'll slowly work my way back to speed this week. <BR> <BR> DD is back at work and doing an office position at the Hospital till the end of the month... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 20:43:20 EST Week 213...weigh in... Hello Sparkies!!! <BR> <BR> Only two months to go to the big day, DD having her baby that is. <BR> She is having a baby shower on the 11th of April :( another thing I'll be missing. <BR> <BR> Anyway this week on the scale is a good one ---for when I reach goal !!! <BR> <BR> Last week 68.0 kg (149.60 lbs) <BR> This week 68.0 kg (149.60 lbs) <BR> <BR> No change- oh yes !!! <BR> <BR> I've been tweaking my eating plan and am seeing a change so I hope it continues and there will be som... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 19:56:52 EST Week 212...weigh in... Morning, <BR> <BR> Not really a blog today, more like a note to self :) <BR> <BR> Last week 68.1 kg (149.82 lbs) <BR> This week 68.0 kg (149.60 lbs) <BR> Loss of 0.1 kg (0.22 lbs) <BR> <BR> I was going up most of the week and found a ton of hidden sugar, cut it out of my days and was really happy I didn't have to log how high I got to... :) <BR> <BR> No other news, <BR> <BR> Thinking of you all, <BR> Make it a great week for you and someone else too. <BR> <BR> Super Rugby is back on I'... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 20:47:38 EST Week 211... weigh in... Oh my :) where to start? <BR> <BR> Lovely DD Bec came home for a week, she was sent home by the Hospital admin to rest for three weeks and they advised her to come home to us for a week of rest and relaxation. <BR> <BR> She is the type to keep thinking about the patients when she goes home and try to do the work of a man even though she is exhausted and 6 months into her pregnancy which has been a nightmare of morning sickness and collapsing and spending time in a hospital bed. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 22:10:05 EST Week 210... weigh in... Hello Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Happy Valentines Day to you all !!! <BR> <BR> It's been a hot week here with temps up to 45 deg C Yuk !! :) <BR> <BR> DD rang Thursday to say she had been given leave from the Hospital and she was coming home for a week!!! We picked her up at the airport on Friday. She is looking worn out- it's hard work growing a baby and doing 10 hour shifts with little sleep. <BR> <BR> So it is with a heart full of love and joy that I type todays blog :) <BR> <BR> Last week 6... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 20:21:06 EST Week 209...weigh in... Morning All..., <BR> <BR> Not a great week for me, <BR> <BR> Last week 68.0 kg (149.60 lbs) <BR> This week 68.4 kg (150.48 lbs) <BR> <BR> so a small gain of 0.4 kgs (0.88 lbs) <BR> <BR> TOM arrived and was really tired, so ate more protein. Maybe needed to add or delete something else but I got the mix wrong. <BR> <BR> Will let it go and think about next week. <BR> <BR> We have booked a trip to DD's for June, the baby will be 6 weeks old by then and Bec will be feeling a little more c... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:03:38 EST Week 208... weigh in... Dear Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Great weather this week for January, rains and humidity. We even had to have blankets on the bed. Normally at this time of year we are having trouble sleeping on just the sheet with no covers!!! <BR> <BR> Spoke to Bec on Skype and she is wanting a date we will be arriving for the birth. Uh oh :) <BR> <BR> Anyway... onto the scale <BR> <BR> Last week 68.4 Kgs (150.48 lbs) <BR> <BR> This week 68.0 kgs (149.60 lbs) <BR> <BR> Loss of 0.4 kgs (0.88 lbs) <BR> <BR> Wo... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:17:19 EST Week 207...weigh in... Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> A slow week with a few changes to my eating plan to add more fruit for fibre, I was a bit over cautious as I still had lasting tiredness from last week. I will be upping the protein this week to try and get a good balance. <BR> <BR> DD has been videoing the baby in her belly :) to see what music she likes. Obviously Bec is scientifically inclined :). So I received a video of her belly jumping around so cute to get!!! <BR> <BR> Now to the week as it was scale wise:- ... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 21:35:20 EST Week 206... weigh in... Morning Lovely Sparkies, <BR> <BR> The start of the week was good for me but I felt weak and flat on Wednesday. As it is a rest day I didn't zumba but was out and about. Thursday I did my usual routine and was feeling good on Friday till I went over board doing a days chores in a couple of hours. <BR> <BR> I couldn't breathe properly and had to sit down, I was weak and sweaty. Hubby got me a cuppa and a couple of biccies. I even took my GTN spray even though there was no chest pain. Scary ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:53:30 EST Week 205 ... weigh in... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> It's been a hot couple of weeks and very draining, I've been trying to keep up with drinking lots of water but the headaches have come to prove its not enough. Fires all around and down south a town was ravaged by fires. Some 'scum' were looting the homes- terrible!!! <BR> <BR> So I'm feeling a bit flat today, neck and back giving me 'jip' and feel like I'm 84 he he !!! <BR> It is of course the day BFF wants to meet for coffee, so I'm putting on my 'happy face' a... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 20:38:31 EST Week 204...weigh in... Good Morning Sparkies!!! <BR> <BR> It's a lovely day 'down under' today, sun is shining, Magpies are singing, it's rest day at last. <BR> <BR> I've worked out my Yearly stats and I've lost 9.1 kgs this year (20.02 lbs). It's over the GP's "500 grams a month is great" addage. I've measured myself also and thanks to those who checked out my 'Less' blog. <BR> <BR> Now to this week <BR> <BR> Last week 67.9 kgs (149.38 lbs) <BR> This week 67.5 kgs (148.50 lbs) <BR> <BR> Loss of 0.4 kgs (0.88 ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 18:56:59 EST Less... For my records... <BR> <BR> Measurements from 31.12.15, compared with 2010 <BR> <BR> Waist 86 cm LESS 19cm <BR> Hips 96 cm LESS 23 cm <BR> Arm 32 cm LESS 18 cm <BR> Thigh 46 cm LESS 61 cm Fri, 1 Jan 2016 21:34:23 EST Week 203...weigh in... Morning Sparkies, <BR> Hope a Merry Christmas was had by all. <BR> <BR> We all rose early and skyped DD before they went to work at the hospital. It was almost as good as being there :). SIL liked his pressies so win win, I'm hoping to get to know him better so I can get him things he likes. <BR> <BR> We had a lovely cooked lunch and a light supper later. <BR> <BR> Hubby who is NOT sporty at all :), knowing how I loved the Rugby World Cup gave me an All Black Calendar for 2016 and a photo... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 19:31:02 EST Week 202... Weigh in... Morning, and a Happy Christmas to all you Sparkers :), <BR> <BR> We found out this week DD is having a girl (though we will know for sure in May :) ). Her Hubby has named her Annabelle and Bec will choose the middle name, she is thinking Madeline. I'm thinking... what a long name to learn to spell :) !!! <BR> <BR> Phil and I did this as well I chose DS first name and DDs middle name, there were no arguments. I want to go over there next year to help out. <BR> <BR> "Having no chance at the... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 19:58:27 EST Week 201... weigh in... Ahh...Sunday is here again, <BR> <BR> What a week, lots of stress--lots of unexpected and unwanted spending- worry about DD's parcel, weight issues, etc,etc, etc !!! <BR> <BR> Sunday always feels relaxing to me, I've done my best weight wise over the week and I get to see how much closer or further away from my goal I am. <BR> <BR> Monday the washing machine stopped on the 'rinse spin cycle' and took a bit of 'heavy' encouragement to finish. It has been doing this for some time and I am al... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:37:27 EST Week 200...weigh in... Good Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I have had two days of rain so the fire danger is now low, it is a load off my mind. Also DS bought a generator (it is newer and bigger than our one). <BR> <BR> Thanks for the caring comments about DD and her on going morning sickness, a good thing is that she is working on shift in Emergency Department at the hospital and they are very kind to her. It is concerning, I feel for her and Cam and the baby, Bec had an Ultrasound done to make sure he/she was doi... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 20:03:32 EST