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  • One day down - 3 more to go.......

    2/21/2018 5:53:28 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    The worst thing about extended time is that when one returns home, there's no energy (or interest) in doing anything other than preparing for the end of the day - only had a cup of yogurt for "dinner" (no real appetite for a formal meal - that has been an issue for me lately)....... Oh, well - ... Read more

  • Resting

    2/20/2018 11:57:32 PM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Funny how perspective can change........

    2/20/2018 5:52:30 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Just about looking forward to late weeks as there's NO rush to get the $#!@# *home* ........ 101... Read more

  • Living here is way different than living in our own home!

    2/19/2018 7:53:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    110 apartments. So almost 150 residents. We eat meals mostly in a big dining room. Young waters and waitresses serve us. Four residents to a table. Tonight I sat with a woman most people don't like. I realized she zeros in on the negative aspect to each person's behavior. I focus on the p... Read more

  • You can have this day back, thank you very much :(

    2/19/2018 5:26:43 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Don't see the point - gotta make up lost time due to this (don't ask)....... Bah humbug!... Read more

  • Note to self -how to get my taxes done in a timely fashion

    2/18/2018 10:20:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    First find a flat place to work. I used to use a folding table. But since we moved the only one I moved with is in use for hubby's meals, etc. I think I can clear off a section of the kitchen counter facing the living room. 15 minutes Get out the stacking trays that organize the year's r... Read more

  • Thank you all for your wonderful support!

    2/18/2018 10:19:32 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Lauhing

    2/18/2018 12:11:02 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Things were going OK, then...

    2/17/2018 11:52:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hubby now has a broken leg and an open bed sore. Getting help has been impossible! 234 His wheelchair needs a new cushion. It is almost 5 yrs old and the cushion is as hard as cement. Although our aides care for him diligently he finally has an open bedsore. I am sure it is from the cushion ha... Read more

  • Please - not AGAIN!

    2/17/2018 7:20:03 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    After all this lovely weather - SNOW threat - with accumulating INCHES! WTH? Normally I wouldn't be bothered as it's hitting a weekend, but, with Murphy's Law being what it is, this could impact PLANS I actually have (guess that'll teach me NEVER to make plans)....... 198 216 444... Read more

  • Sheesh.........

    2/16/2018 5:37:51 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Not sure I'm looking forward to this extended weekend ........ 198... Read more

  • Satisfaction

    2/16/2018 2:03:06 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Post-holiday........

    2/15/2018 5:59:24 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Not perfect, but still plugging along..........for those who are into Valentine's Day, I hope you had a great day!... Read more

  • Sleepy

    2/15/2018 5:15:35 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Loving it

    2/14/2018 10:55:08 PM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Lent.........

    2/14/2018 4:41:20 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I don't do official spiritual/religious Lent, but I have had moderate success with habit changing during this time.........as it turned out, I turned down a potential overeating situation last evening when I found out the menu details (hotdogs will almost send me screaming out of a room - how that s... Read more

  • Working

    2/13/2018 5:10:02 PM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Have a plan (somewhat)......

    2/13/2018 6:06:19 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .... but need to get up the courage to start......... Read more

  • Struggling again........

    2/12/2018 3:09:11 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    In "survival" and "life under protest" mode right now..........do NOT want another week like last week! 234... Read more

  • Worst party ever

    2/11/2018 1:05:36 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Party

    2/10/2018 11:23:07 PM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Power of Pollyanna and Childhood Reading

    2/10/2018 3:29:18 PM, by TRESSWANN

    The SuperBowl has been on my mind as it has recently passed. My family weren't football fans but totally baseball mad. Tom watched it in full for the first time in decades. Anyway, my mind was just drifting along and I remembered "Heidi loves the Super Bowl". Yes, you have to be of a certain age... Read more

  • I think I'm gonna lie low for a while........

    2/10/2018 7:48:36 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ......at least as far as social activities go (thankfully this weekend has no specific plans).........after this last week I'm in a "living life under protest" mode - just no interest in "peopling" right now........ Enough, already........... Read more

  • A camera man was at our water aerobics class! Oh no!

    2/10/2018 4:13:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    272 237 I think he tricked us. 40 He set up the video camera but walked away. Then he did some lighting measurements and other things. After those activities he never did look into the video camera ! He just packed it up and left! I have a feeling it was running for awhile. I think the checki... Read more

  • 6 month Dermatologist visit.

    2/10/2018 4:02:31 AM, by CTUPTON

    Not a bad appointment. Second surgery on my lip is healed. That spot came back. Yuk! He froze a few spots on my face. Yuk. But he froze a wart under my chin which the old dermatologist would not touch. that guy said it would need surgery and insurance would not pay because it is cosmetic surger... Read more

  • To slow down our cat's eating!

    2/10/2018 3:40:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    Our cat, Cujo, wants food all the time (like me!). To slow down his eating, I got this thing. His paws are a little big for it. He can't use the round clear things at all. Darn. And he had to learn to put his paws in a certain way between the pegs and rows. I have not tried the ... Read more

  • It has been snowing for days and days!

    2/10/2018 3:15:48 AM, by CTUPTON

    But the snow is light and fluffy and not too much wind. And many days it gets warm and actually melts the snow so it mostly disappears! We are on the 2nd floor. We have a nice view of a grassy hill and a row of evergreen trees. Those trees look like a Christmas card right now! 446 but no ... Read more

  • Progress

    2/9/2018 11:57:13 PM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Foods I decline trick

    2/9/2018 6:41:55 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    I’ve been taking a photo of “foods I declined,” and it’s been positive so far because after I take the pic and walk away it’s off my mind. It’s like a checkbox is marked and my brain is free to think about what I *DO* want to eat. I thought about posting them somewhere, but I don’t want to create an... Read more

  • Don't stop--I do like this song.

    2/9/2018 3:10:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    [Verse 1] Get up on the dance floor, everything is grooving Get up on the dance floor, got to see you moving Let the music shake you, let the rhythm take you Feel it in your body, sing la dee da dee [Chorus] Don't stop doing what you're doing baby Don't stop, keep moving, keep groov... Read more

  • Stinkin' week :(

    2/9/2018 6:05:12 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    There was only ONE thing that could come close to being *pleasant* this week - no wonder I fell off track - TOO MUCH week and NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH positivity to balance things...... Need a restart ASAP, but frankly, the way this week went it probably wouldn't help much...... 234... Read more

  • Give yourself a pat on the back!

    2/7/2018 3:42:12 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • New Before Pics

    2/7/2018 12:42:27 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    Almost 10 pounds down, but I finally took a bunch of before pictures. More and more I am looking at myself, and I’m glad I took last year to really evaluate what I was doing and sprinkle in more activity. I’m excited to keep the momentum going this year. I miss my old friends. I have ... Read more

  • Not AGAIN!

    2/7/2018 4:52:24 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    OK, Mother Nature - you need to dial it down a bit now! (If there was an ice icon I'd use it!) 216 444... Read more

  • Got kinda high on exercise

    2/6/2018 12:42:00 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    So it's been awhile since I consistently exercised. This weekend I joined a friend and went back to the gym for the first time in years. And the weekend prior I really enjoyed the treadmill at my apartment. There’s no good reason to skip exercise. But even more importantly, my body rewarded me with ... Read more

  • So much for restarts :(

    2/6/2018 6:20:53 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Monday fell apart almost as soon as it started (sigh.......gotta reup that job search :( :( :( ) .......... Have concerns about mid-week, too - and then there was another issue that cropped up.........one Issue was doable with a tweak of schedule, but the other is another story..........at leas... Read more

  • Better

    2/5/2018 2:21:18 PM, by COURTENAYE

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  • On "underdogs".........

    2/5/2018 8:11:00 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I'm going to go through with this blog even though my Monday morning has ALREADY hit a "nasty speed bump" - the feelings that I experienced before said "bump" still apply...... SOOOOOOO.......I wake up to interesting news regarding last night's events (along with a non-related piece of good new... Read more

  • Upside of NP Visit

    2/4/2018 11:48:51 AM, by TRESSWANN

    Warning: this is a ladies only kinda post. So yesterday was my annual gyn visit. I have been seeing a nurse practitioner for years and have followed her to new practice. At this time, she only sees patients like me, one Saturday a month. Due to weather and other considerations, it's been ove... Read more

  • Gonna do this!

    2/4/2018 4:49:56 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Back feels good enough so that I can get back into some semblance of reasonable activity....... 224 Restarted another challenge (for taming the sweet tooth) - have been falling badly lately, but I'll officially start tomorrow - today I'll start to ease into things and take time to clear ... Read more

  • Long day

    2/3/2018 4:49:30 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Thanks for asking!

    2/2/2018 10:33:21 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Hi Friend. Thanks for asking. I really appreciate your concern. I just wasn't ready to put it into words where my head was with this. I have a Stage 0 breast cancer which means it has not spread. The doctor recommended I have a mastectomy but I am not there yet, a lesser option is to have anoth... Read more

  • Getting better :)

    2/2/2018 5:55:04 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Back is improving! Will avoid floor work until, say, Sunday - out of an abundance of caution, of course..........looks like I should be able to attend an active event that day (and since the conflicting issue has been cancelled, there's no more stress wrt deciding what to do, if anything)......... ... Read more

  • Lucked out :)

    2/2/2018 3:18:19 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Back is feeling better......... 104 *Rain* - NOT *snow* this morning ......... 224 One conflicting event was called off on Sunday (apparently an organizer *finally* "got the memo" about what Sunday is.......heh, heh!) .......... soooooooo, if my back cooperates (and it looks to be doing... Read more

  • Moon

    2/2/2018 2:15:32 AM, by COURTENAYE

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  • WTH?

    2/1/2018 5:23:17 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Someone pranked me inappropriately while exercising yesterday morning - thankfully, it didn't result in injury - unfortunately, someone else's actions (and my response) last night resulted in a sore back which I have to monitor carefully..........forced a very mild 10 min. workout (really didn't wan... Read more

  • Lovely

    1/31/2018 11:54:13 PM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Continuing on........

    1/31/2018 3:28:55 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    *No* snow yesterday :) - and doesn't look like there should be much serious stuff in the future, though I will need to watch those forecasts........ Had another pretty good day (avoided junk snacks) - today's lunch wasn't quite what I had in mind though I got the basics down.......waaaaay overd... Read more

  • Quiet time

    1/30/2018 10:12:41 PM, by COURTENAYE

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  • Whoa!

    1/30/2018 5:57:56 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    HAVE to get back on this NOW! Had a bit of a depressing "oh-oh" moment this morning....... 198 Yesterday I did do better on mindless snacking - keeping busy has been a godsend (looks like idleness won't be an issue during the work for quite some time now) - what I do need to double-down on is ... Read more

  • Working on recovery..........

    1/29/2018 4:56:20 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Got out for part of the weekend, but felt too low to make a day of it yesterday...........crummy weather didn't help much............will work on picking myself up this week.........nice and busy at work going forward, which will *definitely* help things..........however, I am crossing fingers for a... Read more

  • Skipped one - not sure about the others.........

    1/27/2018 3:27:31 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a sudden mood downswing and just didn't feel up to the first food event last night - not sure how to handle the others ....... not really feeling all that chipper right now........to make matters worse, I was abruptly woken at 12:30AM! $#!@#!#Y^ 28 ... Read more

  • Again!

    1/26/2018 5:52:45 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    More food events this weekend - hoo-boy........ 198... Read more

  • Relieved!

    1/25/2018 5:57:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Put off dealing with a dreaded issue - and *survived* the aftermath........ 244... Read more

  • Defensive to "helpful" Non-Spark Friends

    1/24/2018 6:02:55 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    It probably shouldn’t bother me as much as it does… I have been more public about my re-entry into mindful and healthy habits. This has drawn some “support” from non-sparkpeople friends. When SparkPeople give me advice, welcomed or not, I understand the spirit in which its given. When others give me... Read more

  • My review of a book written by a friend.

    1/24/2018 3:36:29 PM, by CTUPTON

    My own review of this book. 20 I am delighted that I have gotten to know this author. She is now a dear friend. And I am awed by her depth of understanding of human emotions. chris THUS BOUND is a dense book filled with the ongoing up and down strong emotions of immigrant extended famili... Read more

  • 3rd writing assignment: topic who has influenced me

    1/24/2018 2:44:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    January 2018 3rd Writing assignment: Who influenced me? Without a doubt who influenced me were my students. All of them had to make their way in this crazy world with the disadvantage of being Deaf with a capital D, meaning born with a profound hearing loss in both ears. I taught Deaf with S... Read more

  • St. Anthony is great!

    1/24/2018 2:25:56 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am constantly--for many, many years trying to sort my stuff. UGH! I found at least 3 important things today! 458 I have started to pay someone to help me--mostly--sort this disorganized stuff. Once a week she comes for an hour. I try to have a task ready for her--but 2 weeks now I have... Read more

  • Enjoying the January Thaw!

    1/24/2018 5:48:34 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Mud around the house and yard is a problem, though..........slipping on that stuff is as dangerous as ice! 198... Read more

  • Food, Move, Sleep, Repeat

    1/23/2018 3:31:52 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    Monday I was exhausted, the night before I “splurged” on a date at the Chicken Pie Shop (my first time there.) We had chicken pot pie, big fluffy rolls, and French fries with a little slice of lemon pie for dessert. (After eliminating all carbs for almost 2 weeks.) I’ve been successfully fighti... Read more

  • Another nice points day..........

    1/23/2018 5:25:19 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Still struggling, though ........ trying new challenges but still feel awash..........sigh........how can I get this spark "resparked"? I've been in a very bad mood for a while now and it's not easing up much.........I know I've been able to get past this without "help" (I'm NOT a fan of - ahem - "h... Read more

  • Water inside foods keep us full longer than drinking water!

    1/22/2018 4:08:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    from an SP article: 198 Just drinking a glass of water along with the meal does not provide the same degree of satiety. Research has shown that to reduce hunger and boost fullness, the water has to be in the food. Why? Because there are separate mechanisms in the brain to con... Read more