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  • Life goes on in very high heels

    12/16/2017 9:30:16 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Yesterday I had a huge commitment for the youngest, her eighth grade dance and while we are facing huge loss and grief with the loss of my mother I am the chair for this event which includes 14 schools and I had to go. It was fantastic to get out of myself for a bit and Im not sorry I went. I spen... Read more

  • 12/15/17 - Bedtime

    12/15/2017 11:26:53 PM, by GORDON66

    Today was the office Christmas. It was nice to got out to a restaurant, and a good time was had by all. Instead of heading to the grocery store after work, I stayed home and did some holiday cleaning. It might not have been fun, but it was just one more chore I got out of the way. I had ... Read more

  • Sadness

    12/14/2017 9:54:07 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    My mother passed away Wednesday morning, Dec 13. She could not fight the infection any longer. It was an honor to care for her in my home and she passed surrounded by her family.... Read more

  • 12/14/17 - Bedtime

    12/14/2017 9:37:01 PM, by GORDON66

    Due to the office party, I am working on Friday instead of today. Mid-afternoon I had a training session with Nick, and we saw people we haven't seen for months and months. We both were happy about seeing old friends. There is a bagger at Jewel that is just a delight, and I told the manager h... Read more

  • 12/12/17 - Bedtime

    12/12/2017 11:09:35 PM, by GORDON66

    I had an interesting conversation with my boss, and he shared information about the staff that I'm definitely keeping to myself. I was concerned about whether he had immediate plans for retirement, and he does not. I want to continue working for a couple more years, but only if he sticks around. ... Read more

  • 12/11/17 - Bedtime

    12/11/2017 10:56:24 PM, by GORDON66

    We got some snow. Although it wasn't that much, it was wet, so I dragged out my boots. They're clunky, but they keep my feet dry. I only had to shovel my driveway, because my neighbor had already finished the sidewalk. He's a good guy. It was garbage day, and the lids were shut on both ... Read more

  • 12/10/17 - Bedtime

    12/10/2017 10:49:18 PM, by GORDON66

    My aunt, the retired nun, called today. She's going to be 89 and uses hearing aids. Even with the hearing aids, she doesn't always hear too well. While we were talking, Sami came over to me and was very vocal. She wanted dinner, and Aunt Jenny heard her making a fuss. She was charmed by my hung... Read more

  • 12/9/17 - Bedtime

    12/9/2017 11:31:58 PM, by GORDON66

    Now that it's cut, my hair is 4" shorter. My hair is curly, so it takes a long time before it starts looking overgrown. There's snow on the ground, so I'm thinking that the birds were especially happy that the feeder was filled a second time today. I made sweet potato and lentil stew in t... Read more

  • 12/8/17 - Bedtime

    12/8/2017 11:20:52 PM, by GORDON66

    It's started. I just went outside to add seed to the bird feeder, and there is a dusting of snow on the ground. I'm glad I put gas in the car yesterday, because it's a bunch colder today. I'm looking forward to getting my hair cut tomorrow, because it hasn't been done since April. Yikes!... Read more

  • We come together

    12/8/2017 9:45:07 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Late this afternoon we made a decision as a family to have hospice provide services for our mother. We are all here and some are still traveling and it is a privilege to provide her care. She is frightened and anxious but we have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and he... Read more

  • 12/6/17 - Bedtime

    12/6/2017 10:28:53 PM, by GORDON66

    Thank goodness the wind gusts have finally stopped. I feared the neighbor's fence was going to end up toppled over onto my driveway. The critters did a major number on the Halloween/Thanksgiving pumpkins, so I tossed the remains in the garden. May they rest in peace and become compost. I... Read more

  • Over Three Weeks Now

    12/6/2017 9:56:31 AM, by WILTGCR1986

    It's been over three weeks now. I had a few mishaps over the weekend. Ok the weekend sucked. I definitely cannot say I even tried. I did do one good thing though. I am still 20+ days without any soda or sugary drinks (except for 2 bottles of G2 gatorade a doctor had me drink for a test). It's ... Read more

  • Success

    12/6/2017 9:10:11 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Good morning SP family. Today has me shaking in my boots. Mom is coming home and she is still very sick. They are still giving IV s and heart rate is high and she takes two people to move her but she is headed home by gurney transport. She has been in 10 days today. My sister will be here aft... Read more

  • 12/5/17 - Bedtime

    12/5/2017 10:59:38 PM, by GORDON66

    As promised, it's midweek and the temperatures are starting to dip. Although I was warm enough heading to and from the train, it's time to grab a heavier coat. Brrrrrrrr!!!! On the way into work this morning, the train following the one I was on was delayed. It had to be close to 20 minutes ... Read more

  • Follow through on the plan

    12/5/2017 10:01:19 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I had to post this morning as I am happy. 104 334 It is Dec 5 and the plan and steps I worked out last week I am following through on. YEA FOR ME. Ladies came and put the tree up and also did other decorations and while they did that I finished the garage and it looks great. It felt so g... Read more

  • Cookies, socks and dice, December 4

    12/4/2017 8:59:06 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Today is National Cookie, sock and Dice day! Who decided it is National Sock and Dice day? I get the cookie day. Who doesn't want to celebrate cookies. Im sure cookie monster made today National Cookie Day. It is a funny world we live in that we have days to celebrate just... Read more

  • 12/3/17 - Bedtime

    12/3/2017 10:56:33 PM, by GORDON66

    I'm always very happy to survive a Body Attack class. With the cold with heading our way by mid-week, I got the mower out and cut the grass. It's been a long time, and the grass in the backyard was pretty long. Even in December, fresh cut grass smells wonderful. The relatively warm weath... Read more

  • 12/2/17 - Bedtime

    12/2/2017 11:04:18 PM, by GORDON66

    I ran into two people I haven't seen in quite some time. They are both gym buddies. Celeste is a new member of the fitness center, and Betty is ready to return after an injury. It will be fun going to classes with them. If this makes me a bad person, then I'm a bad person, but I get a kick o... Read more

  • Practicing kindness

    12/2/2017 9:58:24 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    My mom has been in the hospital since Monday with pneumonia and when she is there she gets anxious and a bit more confused. We usually have family with her so that the experience is more comfortable. Yesterday I believed she was coming home so I went later in the day. She got a new roommate ... Read more

  • 12/1/17 - Bedtime

    12/1/2017 11:16:05 PM, by GORDON66

    Today it was senior citizen TRX. Of the nine participants, five of us are in our sixties and Nan is in her seventies. The sweetened beverage tax has been repealed! It was a penny an ounce on all sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages. The head of the Cook County board said the tax wo... Read more

  • DECEMBER

    12/1/2017 6:11:55 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I really like the month of December. That bit of excitement that comes with the end of the year month. Maybe it is just my reaction but I feel a bit jazzed when it is December Kids get out on break, they will be home from school, we are putting up a tree and decorating the house. Christma... Read more

  • Desired Results vs. Expected Behaviors

    11/30/2017 3:04:52 PM, by MARTHA324

    Lots of us start on our journey to lose weight and get fit with the goal of losing x lbs by y date. From my years in Human Resources helping employees and companies set goals, too often the goal that is set is not totally in our control. For instance, we want to increase sales by 10% but right aft... Read more

  • Have a fantastic Thursday

    11/30/2017 8:01:18 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Hope you all have a great day. Just realized its the last day of November 2017 and we start Dec tomorrow. I love the month but I fear it as well as so many tempting things that many times leads me off track. Working hard to let myself have some treats and not binge. Reading many articles on ... Read more

  • 11/29/17 - Bedtime

    11/29/2017 10:56:57 PM, by GORDON66

    Got a couple of unpleasant chores out of the way today. 244 I got some extra sleep this morning and felt more energized. There was a new Bodypump instructor today. She took a bit of a drill sergeant approach to the class. It was interesting. Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie ... Read more

  • Two Weeks In

    11/29/2017 2:16:02 PM, by WILTGCR1986

    Two weeks in and down 7 pounds. It's a great feeling. I know I need to work hard and fight the cravings for everything I shouldn't eat. The Fat me is still very much around but I feel like I'm getting a lot better at taking him out back and beating him back. One day I hope he will go away althou... Read more

  • Plan for first week in December

    11/29/2017 1:31:44 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I found myself in the pantry looking for anything I could stuff. Moms in hospital, garage taken apart to epoxy floor, (started before she went). 35 years worth of stuff in the driveway and back yard, Christmas tree not bought or up and no plans for shopping which I believe may be adding t... Read more

  • 11/28/17 - Bedtime

    11/28/2017 10:47:14 PM, by GORDON66

    Just before Halloween, I put a couple of pumpkins on my front stoop. It taken them around four weeks, but critters have finally discovered them. They must taste pretty good, because there are a couple of good sized holes in one of the pumpkins. Oh well, I guess that means it's time to toss them i... Read more

  • Sometimes ...

    11/28/2017 9:31:22 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Yesterday was a big day (understatement) Got up early to work on the garage floor and get some steps in and worked for about 2 hours and then went inside about 6:30 to see how mom was doing. She was totally out of it and I ended up having to call the fire department and she went by ambulance... Read more

  • 11/27/17 - Bedtime

    11/27/2017 10:57:17 PM, by GORDON66

    It's almost 10 PM CST, and the temperature is 57 degrees - in Chicago! I DVR's one of those Hallmark Christmas movies and finished watching it this evening. It was enjoyable but the ending was really dumb. Just because it's a romance doesn't mean it shouldn't be believable. I packed a pl... Read more

  • 11/26/17 - Bedtime

    11/26/2017 10:56:39 PM, by GORDON66

    Finally pulled the last of the tomato plants, and I even hung the garden hose in the garage. 244 Raked up the last of the leaves - I hope. 211 I stopped at the grocery store and purchased the missing ingredient for the Swedish Yellow Split Pea Soup w/Ham - ginger root. The fresh ginger ... Read more

  • 11/25/17 - Bedtime

    11/25/2017 11:15:36 PM, by GORDON66

    A couple of years ago I was given a Walmart gift card for Christmas and never used it. There are several Targets that are more convenient for me, so I never bothered with Walmart. Anyway, I have decided I must have a set of 20 pound dumbbells - yes, I'm nuts - and it appears that Walmart has the b... Read more

  • Roll with it

    11/25/2017 10:23:56 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Whether its my hair or things going on in my life, that is my new motto, I tried. Im just not trying as hard as I used to. So what. Things are a bit easier that way. Some people are noticing that the hair is curly wild rather than straight but I was able to exercise every day last week c... Read more

  • 11/24/17 - Bedtime

    11/24/2017 11:52:25 PM, by GORDON66

    I normally do not do Black Friday, but, today, I made an exception. The pet store had a Black Friday special on Fancy Feast, so I stocked up. The kitties are extremely grateful. =^..^= =^..^=. The gym also had discounted prices on personal training sessions. Since I don't spend a lot of money ... Read more

  • The day after Thanksgiving

    11/24/2017 1:00:35 PM, by WILTGCR1986

    So yeah Thanksgiving. A great day to see family, give thanks, and EAT. I started the day off great. I ate a good breakfast, worked out, drank tons of water. We drove down to see the family and thats when things went bad. Tons of turkey, creamy, cheesy casseroles, and desserts. Man it was great... Read more

  • 11/24/17 - Bedtime

    11/23/2017 11:45:31 PM, by GORDON66

    Started the day with an hour long family workout session at the fitness center. The price of admission was nonperishable food items for the food pantry. All good!!! After the gym, I headed to New York Bagels and Bialys for regulation bagels. I do believe they're Kosher. The "boys" like the ... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/23/2017 1:42:51 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    There is so much to be thankful for today that I am overwhelmed by my blessings. Family safe, secure and for the most part doing well. My parents survived several serious health issues and I am so thankful. My nieces and nephews are happy and functional young adults and doing well in either their ... Read more

  • Stay in the moment

    11/22/2017 5:56:09 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Last night I was thinking of what i had to do and the list was long, tree trimmer (who I called 2 months ago is coming tomorrow) coming so I have to be here for two hours till he finishes, make pie, dry out the bread for stuffing, finish shopping, etc etc etc. You get it you are all doing the same ... Read more

  • End Week One

    11/21/2017 8:53:42 AM, by WILTGCR1986

    One week of this new lifestyle down. A few hiccups but for the most part a success. Three pounds lost. Six days of exercise. Feeling good. Today I get a break from exercise to my body recover. I look forward to the next several weeks as my body changes, gets stronger, and used to the new amoun... Read more

  • Holidays

    11/20/2017 8:06:27 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    My dad and sister left this morning after a week visit. I actually did ok with my eating, staying mostly on track despite multiple restaurant visits and family gatherings. I feel ok about how I did. Tracked most days. Mom did poorly and declined with her functional status and I imagine that it wa... Read more

  • 11/19/17 - Bedtime

    11/19/2017 10:01:00 PM, by GORDON66

    After raining yesterday, it was dry and windy today, so raking the leaves wasn't nearly so big a project. I even finished long before the sun went down. 465 465 465 Looking up, I noted the trees have dropped most the their leaves, so I'll have to find something else to do on Sunday afternoo... Read more

  • 11/18/17 - Bedtime

    11/18/2017 11:09:23 PM, by GORDON66

    When I got out of the gym, it was snowing. Yikes!!! It was really wet, so it melted as it hit the ground. It still was a bit startling. The kitties were battling - again. At 6 AM, I corralled EJ and put him downstairs. He plays rough, and Sami doesn't like it. When I got home from the ... Read more

  • 11/17/17 - Bedtime

    11/17/2017 11:17:32 PM, by GORDON66

    I found a Subway gift card that I had been given last Christmas and had a sandwich for lunch. It was the turkey carver. Pretty good! I really enjoy my Friday morning TRX classes. There are always a lot of regulars, and we have a good time chatting and working out. I bought apples and ca... Read more