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What a wonderful summer like day today. Hope you're having similar weather. It will be near 80 degrees later this afternoon and right now it's 76* and low humidity.

I can finally wear my summer clothes and have found them much looser than I wore them last. I actually am in one size smaller Capri's, and a 1X top. I'm to check my inches tonight when I weigh in so will know then if I've lost inches and weight. By my scale I've lost but am never sure if it will show on the Jenny scale. Hope I'm in a downward trend with my weight loss.

I wish this weather will stay over the weekend, but I think they are calling for rain all weekend. We were to have Don's mom and sisters over on Sunday or Monday, so hope it will hold off and we can cook out on the grill. We'll eat indoors because we have no shade on our back porch and the table we have only sits 4. If we can't cook on the grill I'm not sure what to have. I have a great slow cooker rib dish and it's Don and my favorite, but I'm not sure if his family even like ribs.

I bet your busy packing and cleaning about now because you're not that far away from moving Lisa. It does sound like you still have a few school things yet to do before you can call it for the summer, but I know you'll get it all finished.

MK, hope your weather and weekend will be a great one. Are you doing your maintenance work still? I'm sure it's picking up now that the summer weather has arrived. Going any place for the Memorial weekend? Enjoy your family and the holiday.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, G. emoticon emoticon

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Hello everyone. Well last week I was down and out with a sinus infection and a fever that ran between 101* & 104*. Still dealing with coughing, but was back to work yesterday. I was so tired last night after putting in a long day. Today is another long one and the coughing continues, but happy I'm feeling better.

Antibiotics were making me digestively sick - so I didn't finish them. I know I should have just bared through it, but it really made me sick in a different way... like it was burning my insides up.

I was making it to spin on a regular basis, but then I got sick. I was already to head back in this morning, but was up at 1 a.m. having a coughing attack and slept through my 4:30 alarm. The only thing good about being so sick - I didn't eat. I only drank water and OJ - mostly water. I haven't been this kinda sick since the kids were little... worse crud ever!!

So your getting all packed up Lisa - what a task that can be. Hope it all goes smooth for you.

Georgie - I am so happy that you have dropped so much weight!!! Congrats!! I hope your able to work through the Jenny food changes.

Was finally able to go visit my parents on Monday - and even then I had to limit myself. Bringing that type of illness to such places can cause more than just sickness - death is a real possibility with the elderly catching any type of bug.

My mom is doing really pretty good. I was able to feed her breakfast to her, but she is doing real good with finger food. They took her off a specific medication that was keeping her basically sedated. Now she has her eyes open and watches everything. She says only a few basic words (yes, no), but its nice to see her "liven" up a bit. She can no longer walk - so she gets moved from one sitting spot to another. I'm still praying to the Lord to let her go home, but everything in His time.

Dad is ok. Still falls, but is finally asking for assistance (I think) - at least I haven't had calls over the past few weeks. I've begged him to please push the button and ask for help - not for himself - but for me. The stress of each phone call is immeasurable - so I think that finally got through to him.

It is the busy season for our business. Lots of clean-up work and lots of plant requests (we can plant annuals and replacements) and of course lots of bark and compost spreading work. Nice to be flush again (winter is always hard), but my husband is really showing the hard work... he has dropped so much weight (I think I need to quit my office job - hahaha). He has gone from a 34 waist to a 30. When I met him he was a 29 waist - tiny man!!

Take care ladies. Always stay Humble and Kind. Hold the door, say please, say thank you, don't steal, don't lie,... ~Tim McGraw

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
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Good morning. I'm not going into work until later, as I've got the dryer repair crew coming this morning. It's still working, but making lots of noise--squeals and grinds--I guess it's a roller problem, and probably worth fixing. I surely hope so, as I love my washer and dryer, even though they are 10 years old!

I've enjoyed my first few days of no students. I've already crossed many things off my list of to-dos. This is the time of year when I can really focus on student performance data and develop a plan for improving next year.

Just getting ready to exercise, have been spending lots of time on my bike, riding 5-10 miles just about every day. It's raining now, so it'll be a strength workout this morning, and hopefully a bike ride tonight.

I hope you are both well and enjoying spring. The weather is quickly getting summer-y here. With that comes mosquitoes: I can't work around my plants without bug spray.

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Good Sunday. I'm up early for some reason. I guess I'm getting used to waking up early with Don so I rarely sleep in lately. You'd think on the weekend I'd sleep later but today was not the case. I think it was because I'm a worry wart at times and I wake up with my mind racing.

I think today we might go and get replacements for our peppers, tomato plants and the hanging plants we bought a couple of weeks ago. We were lead to believe that it would be warm enough to plant but then we got that cold front drop and had two mornings of frost. It was light, but strong enough to get the plants. Therefore we need to get replacements.

I also need to return some shoes I bought last week. They were sandals, but I'm glad I wore them around the house before wearing them out on the streets. I still have trouble with my swelling feet and when I do, I have trouble with any type of shoe fitting. They had Velcro hook ups but when my feet swelled in the morning I could barely get them to hook. After having them on a while I could tighten them but then it cut the circulation off at my ankles. I decided that they would not work that way so will return them today. I probably will wait to get another pair. I order another but it was on back order and won't get in until July. I'm thinking I might cancel those too since these didn't work and try later in the summer to get any more shoes.

Today is sunny but will still be a bit chilly. We have barely gotten past the mid 50's all week. You'd think it being almost then end of May it would have warmed up and not have frost on the 17th and barely 50's during the week.

Lisa, how nice you're out for the summer. It's hard to believe your school year has ended already. Now you can concentrate on the packing, cleaning and moving. When are you scheduled to get out of your old house and into the new? I think you said around the 17th of June but I'm not sure if that date is right. So much happening for you now and I sure you're getting excited to get it over with and settled in the new place. I'm sure you'll be a busy lady for the next few weeks. Enjoy yourself though and try not to get frustrated. You seem to have a plan for getting one room done first and move on to the next. You're such and organized person so I know you'll get it all finished in quick manner.

Mk, hope May has found you doing well. Everyone have a great weekend and a wonderful week. Enjoy Memorial Day next weekend. I'll catch all later, G. emoticon emoticon

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School's out! It was exciting, sad, and fun all at the same time. We had a nice retirement celebration and send off for those teachers moving to other schools. I am anxious to wrap up my end of year duties, and move on to looking towards next school year.

I haven't been too good today, but I've been doing better with my food choices this week. Even today with the food we had, I did pretty well. My husband and I are going to see The Jungle Book at our drive in theater tonight, and yes, I will have popcorn, because it is amazing out there.

Tomorrow is more pre-packing. I'll be taking more stuff off the walls, getting my son's room completely cleaned out, and then creating some specific space in the garage for boxes. My youngest should be completely moved out by Sunday, so I'll clean his room well, and then at least that will be task off the list. It's kind of hard to believe that we'll be out of here in a little over a month.

Need a short nap before the movie, until later. . .



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Hello Happy Monday. I've looked at the last few posts and realized how long it's been since my last post. I couldn't get to weigh in this week at Jenny's so I'm not sure what I would have done at the weigh in. I'm never sure with my scale, I always seem to weigh differently than the one at Jenny. I'm trying to make do with the food I still have but only had 2 breakfast ones and only 2 lunches which I ate on Thursday and Friday. I always seem to have plenty of dinner and snack meals and am never sure why. It's been a difficult week since I don't have all the foods to eat and have had several times I've eaten out.

Jenny changed the eating plans for the weeks, and I'm not sure if I like it or not. I can see why they did what they are doing, but now I find I need to try to adjust to the changes. They did away with some of the meals and snack choices adding others and now they are giving you what used to be dinner choices for lunch too. They got rid of several of the salty snack choices and what they added to replace them I don't care for. Hummus is one choice, and some type of ranch sticks as another. Now they seem to have many more sweet choices like cupcakes, apple crisp, cheese cake and pies. The only salty choices they have is popcorn. I guess I love salty things more than sweet.

I'm not sure if I want to eat big lunches and prefer sandwiches, soups, pizza slices, and the salad kits. I can't see eating enchiladas, lasagne's, or heavy pasta dishes at lunch time. I happy with soup and salad or a sandwich.

I've last about 29 pounds total, but can't seem to get past the same 3 pounds I seem to gain and lose. Every Monday by my scale I'm up 2 or 3 pounds, then I seem to lose it being only .8 or .6 difference, than on Monday I've gained that back again. I'm not sure if it's the new plan or my going out more over a weekend. I always know my weekends are hard for me because of the activities or other obligations we seem to have then.

Last Saturday we went to Columbus for my granddaughter's 4th birthday party. It was fun but I didn't make good choices. We ran through McDonalds for lunch than all my daughter had to eat was chips, popcorn, a few veggies and fruit choices and of course cake and ice cream. The party was at 2 and by the time we got home it was after 6 and I was too tired to eat and only had a peanut butter sandwich for dinner. Then Sunday we had a fried egg sandwich for breakfast, ran our errands then stopped at Friday's for dinner. No lunch was eaten, and I had a few drinks an appetizer and than a French dip sandwich with French fries. I used to make better choices when we eat out but lately I've not done that.

I wish I could have a magic idea how to get over this yo-yo eating. Missing my weigh in didn't help and now Don is having to work more over time has had more meetings, and not able to get home at a reasonable time so I can get to meet with my consultant. He has also been working on Saturday mornings and Jenny closes at noon. During the week it's 6 or 7 and Friday it's 5. They aren't open on Sundays. I guess I really need that time to talk with my consultant and to have the accountability for weighing in to keep me motivated.

I think I need to do something to shake up my system to get on the weigh loss track again. I know exercise would help, more activities in general, but still not sure what to do about exercising.

The weather here is terrible. Since when do we have frost, wind chill warnings in mid May? They tell you that now is a good time to plant flowers, veggie plants, and your herbs but than you do and we get freeze warnings. We actually woke up to frost on the ground and 32 degrees today. Our high might get close to 50 degrees, but in May we usually have 60 and 70 degrees as a high. So tired of this cold, I could scream. I'm wearing a sweatshirt and long pants right now and am still cold.

Thanks for reading all my woos, and I sure you get tired of hearing all about my struggles, but I'm so glad I can vent here and know you'll understand.

Lisa, It's getting close to your moving date and It sounds like you are a very busy lady, packing, cleaning, and finishing up with all the school things too. I hope all goes great and smoothly for your school's end. MK, how are things with you? still struggling with the new puppy? Have you picked up with your maintenance work now? Hope everyone has a great week. Take care, G.

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Happy weekend. Graduations weekend here, had one last night, have some today and some more tomorrow. Hoping to keep the grandgirls overnight, as it will probably be the last opportunity to do so before we move. Our son is moving out, officially, next weekend. He's already hauled a few things into his new place.

Today, I'll finish closet cleaning, and load up the Salvation Army donations. We will also designate certain items for a rummage/moving sale, and I'm taking pictures/decor off the walls. Next weekend I plan to pack up my China cabinet, and all those special occasion items. We also need to create some space in the garage for stacking boxes. Our closing date for the sale of our house is June 20, and for our purchase, June 27. Our buyers are allowing us to stay an extra week, and we are grateful for that.

Got a good full body workout in this morning. Still struggling with consistency in dietary choices. We had three special night events this week--that is always challenging, but not impossible, I just have to plan better, and not give in. I just keep forging ahead.

Did you get your spin classes in this week, MK? I have a feeling the spring outside work is keeping you plenty busy these days, in addition to your obligations for parental care.

How was your week, G? I know you were excited about your loss last week. You've lost over 30 lbs now, right?

Have a fantastic weekend. Kind of chilly here, but warming over the next few days.







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Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. Mine was very nice - actually had it celebrated all weekend long.

The weather has been wonderful lately - cold at night and warm during the day. Really liking it, but it takes a while before the building I work in acclimates to it being warm outside... just in time for it to get cold... hahaha

Haven' t been able to get to spin for a few days. Friday morning I was all ready to go and when I let the pup out of the kennel for potty break - he had aparently already gone, laid in it and then quickly spread it throughout the house before I could catch him and get him outside... so that was my exercise for that morning! ha

Never a dull moment with a puppy in the house.

Well I hope you both are well and happy!

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Happy Mother's Day, MK and Georgie. We are spending a quiet day at home. My oldest son is working, my middle son and his family are at his in-laws, and my youngest son is here, although he's in the process of moving out, so he'll be continuing to pack today. He says he'll be completely out in two weeks. I hope that's the case, because then we can get his room cleaned and use it for storage as we pack.

It is graduation season, we attended a college graduation reception on Friday night, and we have a bunch more to attend this coming weekend. It is also an exciting week at work--our activity day (track and field, etc) is tomorrow, and our spring music program is on Thursday. On top of that, I had a late resignation, so now I have to hire a music teacher within the next two weeks. Ugh! I suspected this was coming (hoping it wouldn't), but she's had some family tragedies this past year, and she just wants to be closer to them.

I've been riding bike this week--after investing almost $300 to get it road ready--well, part of that was for a new helmet and gloves. I got a new saddle with memory foam, new tires, new handlebar grips, and a general tune up. Glad I did it, because I plan to put on some serious miles this summer.

G, congrats on the weight loss. I think you've worked through that plateau, so hopefully your downward trend will continue.

Are you still doing landscaping work, MK? Our new place doesn't have as many perennials as I have here, so I'll have to find a way to put my personal touch on what is there already.

Be safe and healthy this week.



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Good day. It's cold and rainy here much like you're having where you are Lisa. It's May and we're only in the 50's. I wish it would warm up and stay that way for good. Mk, hope you're enjoying good weather in Oregon.

Had a great weigh in last Thursday. 2.8# and wish I could remember what I did different to have such a good loss. The only thing I could think of is we were outside more over the weekend and during the day because we had such great weather, and I was more active and moving more. When it's like now, I feel tired and want to sleep more.

I'm hoping for another good week but not to sure if it'll happen. Went out to eat 3 times this weekend and although I feel I made good food choices, I do tend to drink a few when eating out.

I met my friend and her husband on Saturday and we had a great time. It's been a very long time since we saw one another and I felt it was long overdue. She found out last May that she had breast cancer and had a lumpectomy but found out this February that it's back and has just come out of a double mastectomy. She's now doing treatments and has had a rough time. She looked good though and had a great outlook and attitude. I wish that I could have been with her during this trying time although we've talked and text throughout everything. I was one of the first friends to find out about it and I wish at times I had a car and could have gone over to her house and helped her clean and cook and spent sometime helping her during her struggles. I'm thankful though that she's doing better now although she still has a way to go. My thoughts and prayers are always with her.

Time like these it makes me reflect on my life and all the blessings I have. It also makes me think that I need to concentrate on my health and get a mammogram which is long over due, and a pap.

I've been good with my food but I have been eating my Jenny snacks more in one day which leaves me short on my other days. I've just seem to be hungry and I need to find something other than the Jenny snacks to eat, but they are keeping me from grabbing real chips or cookies. I know I should be eating more veggies and fruit as snacks instead, but I'm wanting either something really sweet or really salty. Not sure why.

I sure hope everyone is having a great week and eating and exercising hard. I need to still find some at home exercises to do and someday may find some that I enjoy and love doing daily. Take care, and count your blessings. G.


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Hello! Sounds like your doing a great job Georgie!! wow that was a good loss last week!!

Good job on walking Lisa - and getting your bike in!! Something I need to do as well. It can cost a bit, but it is always worth it in the end.

Still spinning M,W,F and next week I'm doing weights in the evenings with a friend. So that will be good for me to kick it up a notch or two or three - considering I've been slacking lately.

Well back to work.... tonight is the Blazer game - GO BLAZERS! - if they win tonight they move on!! woot woot

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Got a short walk in today, not quite as successful this week, mostly due to the cold and rainy weather. Finally got my bike into the shop for some new tires, a new saddle, and new handle grips. I spent some money, but that's ok. Love my bike, and I intend to put lots of miles on this outdoor riding season.

Afterwards, I went through McDonald's drive thru for an iced coffee, and I paid for the order behind me. That is such a great feeling. I couldn't tell for sure, but it looked like they might have been paying for the vehicle behind them as well. Wouldn't it be nice to see that chain reaction last for a few hours?

My sciatica is flaring up again, so time to stretch and then stretch some more. Have a good Friday.



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Lisa. sorry you've had a hard week. Great job on the walking 2 miles every day. You and MK seem to be doing well.

I lost another 1.8#'s last week and hope that I have no more gains for a while. I've really watched the food so far this week and although I'm struggling a bit I'm still on track and losing. I just need to get my exercise going. I saw a video today where they used a chair and a regular towel to do exercising. It looked easy and thought I might try it sometime.

It's raining today but was nice over the weekend and we were able to get my tomato, peppers, and herbs planted. I also bought some hanging baskets to put on my hook, but it's leaning a lot so Don tried to place it deeper in the ground to see if it will help. He still had to pound a board next to it to keep it upright though. I might have to find something else to support it further though, especially if we get strong winds, like we're to have later today. I just hope the wind and rain is not so hard that it'll damage my newly planted things. It's raining so hard now I'm worried, and I am seeing hail with it. This will not be good for my plants.

I think I'd better get off now, It's really coming down. I'll catch all later, G.



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Weekend greetings. Work has not been so overwhelming this week, although I'm losing another great teacher, which makes me sad.

I've had a pretty good week, I've walked two miles just about every evening, and have managed my meals pretty well. We did do our local cafe's buffet tonight, but it wasn't anything that great, except their baked chicken is amazing, so I do that with a tossed salad and a baked potato and I'm good.

Well, the home sale/purchase is underway. They've been approved, we've been approved, inspections done, appraisals should occur within the next few weeks. I've got a window shade in for repair, as the string broke, but the company is giving me grief, saying they don't carry that brand any longer. I pretty much said figure it out--I'll pay for the repair, no problem, but there was a lifetime agreement for repair, and I produced the original receipt. Hope he figures it out.

I'm going to my niece's volleyball tournament tomorrow. It's a bit of a drive, but it will be fun to see her play in her spring league. She plays with girls from other schools, and one was actually a student of mine last year, so that will be fun.

It is just so spring-y around here! lovin' the light and sunshine. I hope you are both working hard, and enjoying this time of year.



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Hello. Got another spin class in this morning - man it was grueling for me. Getting back into the groove of things has been hard.

Came home last night after celebrating my friend finally getting a job to find my cockatiel dead in the cage. I've had the bird over 20 years and figure the bird to be about 30-35 years old (from one owner to another and I just kept him). He wasn't a bad bird, but had issues and was "institutionalized" in the cage prior to us getting him. And was continually stressed coming out of the cage - so I only brought him out when he needed a shower or when all the other animals were out of the house. I will miss his squawking and "alarm" to let us know when someone pulled into our driveway.

Still dealing with my dad and all his falls - just not sure what to do to get him to ask for help. I'm at such a loss.

Well nothing to do but be kind, be humble, be gracious, and put my faith where it belongs.

Take care everyone! Hope your weekend is a good one!

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Good morning. Spin class is done... man missing a couple of classes really sets you back.

Reno trip was so much fun - didn't win anything - but the time with the girls was a blast. Love catching up and having some down time.

Georgie - Lisa is right - your still losing - bit by bit. That is awesome that you are really keeping focused on your food. Keep up the good work!

Lisa - woot woot on the better offer for your house!! Everything will fall into place and before you know it you won't be driving that long distance to work!!

Everything here is still the status quo. Mom has been more alert these days since they took her off the resperidone. Love that she will actually look at you and try to talk. The most she gets out is a yes and a no. I said "bet you have lots of words in your head that you can't get out" - she replied with a huge "Yes". She needs to be fed and can no longer walk - so I'm sure that the Lord's time is drawing near. It really has been a privilege to care for both my parents - as frustrating as it can be - I'm very honored.

Well I'm still striving to get my food in line... I've really come to the conclusion that this is how I am - up and down - but always working toward better.

Take care ladies. Hope the weather is getting as nice as it is here!! (upper 80's)



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Lisa, I know you're right and that we all have our struggles as we continue on our weight loss journey. I'm going to try this week to stick with every planned meal and see if it helps. It's also nice out now and I'm able to get outdoors and just hang out which has helped my mood.

Don and I did work on the back garden turning it over weeding and getting it in shape for the season. It's still a bit early to get my tomato plants, peppers and herbs planted. We're not through with the cooler nights yet. I'll wait another week or so to plant everything. I was out side working in the back most of the day yesterday and it was nice to be more active now.

I'm going to try walking short walks with my cane for support too, as long as the weather stays nice, which will be most of this week. We will get some rain Thursday and Friday but it will be another nice weekend, and we'll buy my plants and put those in since they say this weather will hold for a few more weeks.

It got the 80 degrees yesterday and will have a high of 82 today, but the humidity hasn't set in yet so that's a good thing. It will be a bit cooler tomorrow and Wednesday with temp in the mid 70's. I'm enjoying this weather and hope it's here to stay.

Hope everyone is having a great day. MK, how was you ladies weekend? good I hope, even though it was to short. Lisa, you'll do wonderfully and I'm sure you're looking forward to getting ready to move. Everyone enjoy the rest of your week. Bye for now, G. emoticon emoticon

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G, I'm sad to see you so discouraged. You are still losing--even though slowly. Remember, we all make conscious choices about what we eat. Sometimes we need to really figure out why we eat.

Right now I want to eat. I am not hungry--I know that much. I'm going to make some flavored coffee--it is cold and rainy outside, so that will taste good. I'm not eating anything until my planned snack in an hour!

I did a number on my knee the other day during my workout. I decided to do a few sets of steps, and while it was fine at the time, by the end of the day yesterday I was having trouble just moving around the house. I've been icing and upped the ibuprofen, but l need to remember that my body cannot take all of that impact. I'm paying for it now, so once again, I'm reminded that even when I feel good and strong I cannot do that type of impact. I'm certain now, though, that later this summer I'm going to invest in a nice indoor bike, perhaps a nicer spin bike.

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Lisa, I'm glad you got an offer on your house and that you'll get more that before. Hope it all works out for you.

Well I was half way through my reply when I had to refresh my computer and had to start all over. It was a long note too.

Here goes, I've not been happy with my losses these past few weeks. The best loss was 1.8 pounds, and last week I only loss .8 of a pound. I'm getting discouraged and am try to figure out why. I know we've gone out a few times and when we do I have several drinks which of course are empty calories. I also need to be more active.

I would still like to join a gym, but Don isn't receptive to the idea. He would have to take me and I would also like him to workout with me too. I'm not sure what the answer is to the exercise.

Don also has other plans for the summer and wants to build a deck and pergola off the back and that leaves the garden untouched until that is finished. He's been wanting to do this for a few years now, but it never has happened. I want to extend my back garden to include some veggie plants and herbs and would need him to help set that up. It needs a complete over haul.

The weather her has been beautiful. The last few days we've had sun and warm temps in the mid 60's. Yesterday we made it to 75 degrees and will do the same today. We're not to get any rain until maybe Thursday or Friday, but next weekend is still supposed to be nice as well.

Great, I made it through without starting over. Mk, I hope you're enjoying the ladies weekend, and Lisa, I'm glad thing have settled down at work. You keep up the great job and I'm sure you'll find a solution to you weight. Take care, G.

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Hello,good news to report: We just signed another purchase agreement for our house, and actually got a little more than the last buyers were going to pay. We have had numerous calls now that the word has gotten out around town. The purchasers are actually former neighbors of ours before we moved here--well, not next door, but around the corner and through the alley. Their girls and our boys used to play outside together.

My eating has been a little better this week. I'm doing some mindset work, and really thinking about my motivations for eating, it certainly has been helping. Now I just need to make it a habit.

I'm not feeling quite so frantic with work, so I'm actually sleeping a little better, except for the hot flashes. Some nights I have none, other nights it seems like I have them every hour. For now they are manageable; hopefully they'll stay that way.

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Good morning. Well the good news is they have taken my mom off medication that kept her calm... too calm. So now she is a bit more alert and can talk a little bit. Spent some time with her yesterday and my daughter came with. It was a good visit.

Still getting to spin class - though I will miss Friday cause I'm heading to Reno for the weekend!!! WOOT WOOT. Have to drive over the pass to my friends house then we are heading out. Should be a good weekend.

Food - well I tell ya I have just been having the hardest time. I still eat good food (clean eating) but I've been so darn hungry at night and I'm not eating the right things. All I can do is keep plugging along.

The weather is going back to being cold out. We had 85* for almost a week and now we are happy if we get into the 50's - just hoping for a good clear drive to Nevada.

Take care ladies! Lisa - hoping the house stuff all works out for you!

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Winter has returned here in Ohio. Snow this morning with a high of 37 degrees. My magnolia bush had beautiful flowers on it but they were all killed because of frost. We were low 20's last night and have had freeze watch or warning for several days. So mad because I was spoiled only a week ago with 70 degree weather, and now freeze warnings, snow and cold!!!!

Anyway I hope all is good were you are and that you all are having better weather than we are. Enjoy the evening, and have a wonderful Sunday. I'll catch all later, G.

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Good Saturday afternoon. The wind is whipping around out there, and it is chilly. I'm lovin the sun, but not a good day to be outside.

Typical Saturday: chores, food prep for the week, and I will have to do some school work shortly.

Well, we have another potential buyer looking at our house early this week. It's hard to say how interested they will be, but again, they sought us out and inquired, so that tells me it could be a good possibility. Just praying this all works out.

My father-in-law was over this morning; we had a nice visit. My husband went to the discount store with him, and he was upset because the items he was looking for weren't in the front of the store. This saddens me--we've offered to order items online for him, but he's just resistant. I'm becoming less frustrated with him and more empathetic--it has to be awful wanting something that's in the back of the store and not having the strength and/or endurance to walk back to get it.

I went to a session at the conference I attended entitled: "Have you shifted your monkey today?" It really centered on making sure you don't have a monkey on your back that doesn't belong there, and in addition, learning how to avoid picking up a monkey. Good stuff for sure, and certainly a catchy title that most of us can relate to.

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Good morning. Thank you Lisa - prayers are really needed.

Still spinning M/W/F mornings... ugh... I thought my behind would feel better by now, but that darn coccyx bone is still sore!

My husband BBQ up some of his thin steak for some wonderful tacos. Our daughter came and we had a good talk. She has been having such difficulty with her boyfriends mom. His mom will have a family dinner and my daughter is the only one not invited. His mom is very controlling and wants to dictate what her son does and where he lives... drives my girl crazy because her boyfriend is a complete mama's boy. He doesn't really stand up for her to his mom so this has her thinking about the relationship very hard. I'm sure she will get this all figured out, but I feel for her.

I try not to think too hard about my mom... it always ends up making me cry. My brother told me when all this assisted living/memory care stuff started to "pace" myself... I thought I was... now I understand what he meant. I'm burned out and needing some serious time away from the parents. So difficult when you feel like you need to be there but you really can't emotionally handle any more. I try to deal with things via telephone for the most part, but even that zaps me. I really need the Almighty's strength - thank you for the prayers!

Beautiful day here again. It got to 87* yesterday and it will be in the 80's again today... love it.

Take care. Thinking about you and your home stuff Lisa - everything has a purpose - but I was still sad to hear the buyer pulled out. God must have something pretty spectacular waiting for you!

Georgie - how are things going? Hope your feeling better. Take care

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Okay, MK, not sweating the small stuff, but truly thinking of you and your parents. May you be held by your Lord and Savior during these days.

Our home buyers have just notified us that they have to pull out, so that requires us to pull out of our purchase as well. Sigh, now what? But, it's small stuff--really it is.

At a principal's conference. Good stuff going on here, but missing school. Take care.



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Good morning. The sun is shining through and it will be a nice warm spring day here in Oregon. Everything will grow and bloom.

Got a call from my mom's facility - she has lost 9.5% of her body weight in one month. So its coming soon. It is going to be a year of loss for me.... more funeral planning than anyone should have to do. I've watched my mom disappear slowly for over a year and grieved - praying for the Lord to call her home.... but it will be in His time - not mine - nor hers.

Watching the decline in my dad has been hard, but add to it all the grief makes it almost unbearable.

So remember - don't sweat the small stuff... and everything is small stuff!

Be kind, love fully, & laugh lots.

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Mk, right now we have 62 degrees but with a wind advisory which means a cold front arriving soon. In this type of weather, I never know how to dress. Right now I have Capri's on with a sweat shirt. I think by tomorrow the temps will be back down into the 40's, and by Saturday we'll only be around 36 degrees. Crazy weather here in Ohio.

My food back on track this week and am fairly sure I've lost what was gained last week. I might be a bit shy but at least I'm back on the loosing end. I've been fighting sinus and still my cough is hanging on for the week.

I've not felt up to doing much this week, but have been trying to do sheets, towels and getting my house back in shape from the weekend. Love when my family and grand kids visit but spend the week picking up and straightening up after a visit. It gives me something to do though and keeps me from sitting on my butt doing nothing.

I've also been doing a little drawing today and was try to draw the picture of a friend but it's the first time I've ever done a bald person and having problems with it. I got frustrated so quit and will tackle it again tomorrow. I'm doing the drawing from a photo but can't find one that gives me a good view of his face. I hate doing open mouth and that's all I can find of him. Oh well I'll figure it out.

I need to get off Don wants to go get a hair cut and pick up some milk and a frig filter today. I didn't want to go yesterday so I guess today's the day. I'll close for now. G.

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Good morning! Things are well here. Food has been a culprit for me lately... well I guess I'm more of the culprit than it is! hahaha

Weather is turning nice for a couple of days - high 70's low 80's. So nice to dry out a bit... makes it all green and smell nice!!

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MK, it's surprising how infections sneak up on you. Glad you found the UTI and have been able to kill it and that you are better now.

Lisa, when one door closes another opens. So glad you found your house and that the offer was accepted quickly and that you'll be able to move when you plan to in June. Has your present house closed yet? I hope it won't be a setback because of that.

I'm still fighting my cold and cough. I thought I was over with the cold, but yesterday and today I've felt terrible. The sinuses might be the issue now though because of the strange weather we've been getting. On Saturday we had it all within an hour. First we had wind, High wind, enough to blow the grill across the patio. My son-in-law and my hubby were able to wrangle it and put the chairs up before any further damage. The rain began along with hail, and followed by snow. All within one day. See, very strange weather.

We've had freeze warnings for the past several days, starting with the weekend. and still had one for last night. The temps yesterday dropped quickly during the day too. It started at 57 and by evening it was 32 degrees. Again with wind which made it feel colder. My poor plants don't know what to do.

We had to go out last night to Sam's Club so I was in and out of the car several times because we also had other errands to do. My daughter was over here for the weekend and stayed the night so although I ran up to the store with her to get a few things for Saturday and Sunday meals, I didn't do all our shopping. So we went last night. I woke up today with a stopped up nose and my cough has kicked up again. I just wish I'd feel better soon.

When I don't feel good I don't want to eat and this today is no difference. I did eat my Jenny breakfast and lunch, but no snacks. All I want to do is sleep. Which is what I've done until now.

I'm not showing any loss yet but I need to figure something out soon. I'll try to be more active for these next few days. I think too I'm holding water again because of my swelling is back. Hopefully it'll work out and I'll be able to get back on track soon.

At least the sun is shinning, but It's still cold out and we'll have to get our hair cut tonight, and get a water filter for our frig yet. I'm thinking of letting Don go by himself, and stop over the weekend for my hair cut. I just don't feel up to going out in the cold tonight too.

Anyway I'm getting laundry done, finishing the towels and sheets from the visit, and catching up on all the dishes from them too. I hope everyone is having a great day, and will have a good rest of the week. Take care ladies, G.

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Good morning. Well I had an extremely bad UTI last week. I was down for the count on that one. Doc gave me super strong antibiotics - and since I rarely take them they worked like a charm. Just finishing up the last couple days of them. UTI's don't feel like they use to - apparently I had this one brewing for a couple of months or more - thought it was one... then I thought is wasn't cause didn't have any issues for a while - then wham... pain like no body's business. They say it is because I have a full hysterectomy, but I'm not sure about that. Anyway all fixed.

Lisa - Great job on finding a house that will work for you. What a headache though getting to that point.

Georgie - Lisa is right - you have done so well on JC - hang in there you got this.

Well - I've got to go - take care!! Enjoy your day!!

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Sunday blessings, my friends.

Today I will begin to clean out my perennial beds. I've got lots of green showing already, and this is early for our area. In addition, I'm going to finish painting my nightstand--a project I began last summer, and just hadn't gotten back to it.

No boys or grandkids around this weekend--that feels odd. We had my father-in-law over for a grilled burger and fixins' last night. He continues to struggle with mobility, and that is hard to watch. Of course, the cane remains in the corner, but he hasn't fallen for some time which is good. He isn't getting out as much as he used to, which is that double edged sword--less risk of falling, but less opportunity for social interaction.

Time to get ready for church. Make the most of today.



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Hello everyone, lots to update in these past few days.

MK, I had just pulled the obituary from the paper, and folded it for mailing right before I checked in here. The obituary was fairly lengthy, and it was pleasure to read about your aunt Mary Dell Inman and get a peek into her family and life. My sympathies to you and your family. Even though your Dad is giving you a rough time, I'm sure he treasures his last conversations with Mary Dell.

With any plan there are setbacks, G. You've done so well with the JC program, you can't let all you've accomplished slip away. The costs do mount, though, but I know you'll be back on track again soon.

My cold continues to linger, and today I had to come home from school. I've not been sleeping well due to coughing and house stress (next paragraph) and I ended up with a raging headache today. I was going to go to the Dr, but I think I'm simply exhausted. I rested this afternoon, and I feel some better, but the headache does not want to go away.

House--oh my! We were negotiating on a property through a realtor, but no offer had been accepted. The couple is divorcing, therefore negotiating an offer just between them has been difficult, but we said we'd be patient. Last weekend another couple viewed the home and made an offer, so we were asked to increase our offer, which we did, so suddenly there's competition. In the end, the other couple had already sold their home, so they were able to offer a quick close, even though our final offers were very close. We, of course, have the contingency of our home selling in the agreement, so I don't blame them, but it still doesn't feel good. We had our realtor show us a couple of other homes, and while we loved one, it was just too expensive, and in the end, we didn't want that huge mortgage burden, so it was back to the drawing board. Yesterday morning we became aware of a property for sale by owner, and last night we took a look. We made an offer this morning, and it was accepted, and I believe we got a much better deal, but the house does need updating. It is in great shape, and the location, size, and layout are wonderful. It will take another 20-30,000 to get it updated to our standards, but it doesn't need renovation--just flooring, countertops, paint, and kitchen cabinet updating. I'm going to hire a designer to help with this. I know what I like, but putting my ideas together so they look nice isn't a talent I possess. Thankfully, our budget will support this update, at least for the main floor, and then we'll update the basement over time. When the layout works, the other items tend to be mostly cosmetic, and those are easily addressed. These people took great pride in their home, and it showed. The square footage is similar to what we have now, but it has a 3 car garage, instead of a 2 car. We plan to close and move in late June, that way I'll be off contract and ready to tackle some of these projects. Change ahead for sure.

And, in the midst of all of this, after we close, my husband will be seeking different employment. He's been talking about it for awhile, but he's simply sick of driving so many miles for his present job; he wants to work a job where he can go, work, and come home. He'll have to take a pay cut, but we are prepared for that as well.

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MK, sorry that your mom and dad continues causing you sorrow and stress. I know sometimes we just can't bare the sadness but if exercise helps then go for it. Just know that God is beside you during trying times.

I had a bad week and am sure I'll have a gain tonight. I've fought a cold and cough all week so have not followed my plan. We'll see though when I weigh in tonight. I need to make this short because I need to get going to see my consultant. I'll let everyone know how it went.

Take care ladies, I catch all later. G.

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Good morning. Lisa - no need for the obit on Marydell - my brother sent it to me and I was able to get a good colored print. They had a wonderful picture of her.

So yesterday I did spin class in the early morning and just could not get myself to go to weights in the evening. My body was sore and tired. So I'm doing weights tonight and hope we are not working on arms - cause mine are still a bit sore. My legs - well you know how that goes with spinning - they are sore all the time. Friday early morning I will be hitting the spin class again. I figure eventually my legs will not be so sore... heres to hoping!!

Food is better, but that sugar bug has been getting me at nights. So I've removed all temptation and if I want sweet I have to have fresh fruit.

I seem to be dragging today. My dad continues to have falls and refusing to go to hospital. His depressed state has become worse. It is extremely difficult to be around him - I'm dealing with my own stuff - so I really have to limit myself being around him. Then there is my mom... so hard to watch the rapid decline. The only thing keeping me going is all the exercising, but sometimes I just want to curl up into a ball and shut the world out, but alas that is not how it works.

Well enough of my pity party... and there wasn't even a pinata!! hahahaha

Take care ladies!! Enjoy the sun if you got it!!

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Good morning. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. We spent ours with Don's family and I ate to much food that day.

I've been struggling with my food lately and I know I need to start being more on track. This week I lacked funds to purchase a weeks worth of Jenny food so was making due with what I had left from previous weeks. I didn't have my lunches and breakfasts so was eating on my own during the day but eating a Jenny meal and snack at night. I was able to figure 3 days food so have had to eat on my own for 4 days. I'm staying the same but think I might have a 1 or 2 pounds gain on Thursday. When I go in then I might do 7 days for a couple of weeks to get back on track. Holiday, eating out, and having everyone over last week and Easter this week has given me foods in the house I've had a hard time staying away from them. One was 1/2 of a chocolate cake, chips being another, and the Girl Scout cookies I ordered from my granddaughter being another. I think I'll just have a little or one cookie but end up eating more than I planned.

Since I've also had a bad cold and cough all week It's also been easier to grab and go eating. With all to grab not the best choices. I have found out that I've not enjoyed the chips very much finding them to salty or cheesy so I've really only ate a little bit of them but a little bit is still to much. It's funny haw eating like I've been eating with adding more veggies and fruit and then having the other non healthy food has changed my taste buds. I don't enjoy the other foods like I remember eating before.

MK, sorry to hear about your Aunt Mary Dell passing over Easter. Sorry for your loss and the hard time you've had missing your sister during Easter. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Lisa, Was your offer accepted for the house you wanted? I hope you had good news. Have you enjoyed Easter break? I bet you're take some time this week going through things and getting ready to pack for the move in June. That's only 3 months away so I know with your organization you preparing already.

We've had off and on weather lately and today we'll have 65 degree temps but by the weekend we'll be bale down into the mid 40's with rain. I'm not surprised that I am sick with all the changes daily in the weather. I'm ready for the temps to get warm and stay there.

I'm doing laundry and a little bit of cleaning today, My daughter called yesterday and they want to come over this weekend for a visit. They are talking about spending Saturday night with us so I'm trying to get the spare room ready too. I need to put on clean sheets, get out the blow up mattress out and giving it a good dusting and vacuuming. Even though they were in that room on the 20th, I haven't felt up to getting in there after they left to get the room back in shape. I'm not sure how it was left when they went home. The kids love to play in it and have pulled all the toys out and I don't think they were returned back as I would have liked.

Everyone have a great week, and a wonderful weekend. I'll catch all later. Take care, bye for now, G.

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Good morning. My Aunt Mary Dell passed away on Easter. It would be wonderful if you could send me the obit Lisa - if possible. I suppose I can always check on-line, but it is kinda nice having the paper version. PO Box 7551; Salem OR 97303 - is where you can send it.

Well so far so good with the exercising. I've been making it 3 x week for spin class over the past 3 weeks or so and last night I began my weight lifting time. I'll probably get about 3-4 x week for weights. Today for some reason was a really hard spin class - my legs were spent before I even got on the bike. Nice thing is that I'm getting past the sore behind from the seat - as long as I keep going!!

Take care ladies. Have a wonderful week. We will be in the 70's before the week is out and then back to the rain pattern... makes for a very busy landscape maintenance time.

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He has Risen Indeed!

It was a glorious Easter here - hope everyone also had a wonderful day.

Today would have been my sisters 60th birthday. I had an obituary put into today's paper (they didn't have one when she passed in January). It came out good.

Came in second place for our step challenge last week - I had 54K for the 5 days. Was very happy about that. The lady who won had 61K. I'm going to be doing my own challenge to keep up the 11-12K each day.

Hope your offer was accepted for the house - if not then it wasn't meant to be and there is another one out there... but I sure know about those tight timelines between selling and purchasing.

Georgie - I knew you could do it!!!! Great job on the weight loss!! WOOT WOOT!!

Have a great day ladies.

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Jesus is risen and we shall arise,
Give God the glory, Alleluia!

Happy Easter. I do hope you are celebrating, or have celebrated, with family. We had a wonderful family gathering yesterday, and today we had the boys and their families here, for mostly leftovers, but it was still special and fun.

It is once again beautiful outside. I need a nap, but then I'll be taking a walk. I'll finish up laundry, and a few other easy chores. We don't have school tomorrow, but I'm going in to work. I've got an April 15th deadline on some work, and after that, it should lighten up a bit. Our last day of school is May 20, and I know it will go fast from here on.

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Lisa, I hope you get the house you're wanting, and the offer is accepted. I haven't reflected very much today but I know how you and MK, feel. We are all blessed and need to give thanks to the man we celebrate on Easter.

I woke up yesterday feeling like I was coming down with a cold and today I can say the feeling was correct. I feel terrible today and have been doing very little except sleeping off and on in my recliner. I did make it out last night to Jenny weighed in and then had a dinner with Don to celebrate my Birthday. After coming home though I was so tired I went straight to bed and was asleep by 10:30. However at 4 this morning I ran to the bathroom feeling like I was going to vomit. I didn't though but still have felt like it might happen yet today. I'm not running a temp so I just think It's a full blown cold.

I was happy when I weighed in though, I lost 2.8#'s and made my birthday goal of losing 25#'s. I still have a ways to go but in proud that I am now 25.8 down. Now if I can just get over this cold and all would be great.

Thinking of everyone today and Lisa, enjoy your family gathering tomorrow. Mk, keep up the great work you're doing. Everyone have a wonderful Good Friday, and a joyous Easter. I'll catch all later, G. emoticon emoticon

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Good Friday, what a sad, yet wonderful, day. I read a devotion this morning which created a strong picture in my mind of what this day must've been like for all those who gathered at the cross so long ago. How grateful I am on this day to know that all my sins were taken on by another and Satan was defeated. I marvel at the enormity of the realization the people faced at the moment they realized they had crucified an innocent man.

Family tomorrow, planning for lots of fun. Trying to keep the food simple, but that tends to get out of hand quickly. I just don't want so many leftovers, but I know I can send stuff home with the boys. It'll be fine.

The circus is in town--well, not our town, but in Aberdeen, so we'll take the grandkids tonight. It will be fun, but it gets so darn long. The intermission alone is 30 minutes, as they've gotta make money on those elephant and pony rides!

I'm still working for consistency in my eating, same battle as usual. I got a great walk in this morning, was a little chilly, but I had some errands to do, so just strapped on my backpack and got just over two miles in, and my errands completed. My perennials are coming up--which is a little dangerous, as we can still get freezing temps overnight. This is mighty early, and while I'm loving it, my plants might pay for it.

And, the house--we are going to put our final offer in on Monday. It is a guessing game, but we can't spend much more time, because all paperwork is done for our purchasers. If the sellers don't accept our offer, we will be probably be purchasing a newly constructed spec home, which is A LOT more money. We like it, and we can swing it, but it is bigger than we need, the yard is smaller than we'd prefer, and the taxes will be mighty high in five years, once the TIF is removed. We still plan to move mid-late June.

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Good morning. Hope both of you are doing well. Wanted to pop in and wish you both a very Happy Easter.

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Hello - things have been up and down for me with the food. Getting back on track again for this week. I really need to work on the emotional eating... but for the most part I'm still keeping the sugar way way down and getting my greens back up to where they need to be.

Spinning 3 times a week and lifting at least 2 times a week. Getting lots and lots of walking in (avg about 11K steps/day) - other than spin class it is the only way to keep my knees moving. I will eventually have to go to the doc, but for now I'm just plugging along.

Spent some time with my mom yesterday. She talks, but very little and only in mumbled garb with a word I understand every now and again. Alzheimer's is the worse disease - such a long sad goodbye. I told her I had an argument with my dad and she mumbled out "about what" - I just about fell on the floor. Made me cry. She then fell asleep after a brief discussion of things - well after I discussed things.

I finally will be able to go look for a wardrobe closet so I can finish up my room - then we will move on to the next bedroom that needs to be spruced up... and I use that term very loosely - "spruced" hahahaha... yeah maybe gutted is the word. hahaha

Well take care ladies - keep doing what your doing! Take time for yourselves, be kind to yourself and others.


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This is so hard. Met with our purchaser tonight, and she is so excited, and we could simply not have picked a nicer family to sell our home to. They've got 3 young children--8, 2, and a newborn, and she was telling us tonight which child would have which room, and the first things they'd do, and what they love about the house and so on. It just made us realize how much we too love this house.

We had some issues to resolve today on the house we want to purchase, so we were unable to make an offer. It has to do with Internet access; my husband has to have the ability to have a wired Internet connection, AND we have to have a land line for fax service. Oh the joys of having an office in the home! You wouldn't think it would be an issue, but since it is a rural development, they don't have all the access to services that people in the city do.

Looks to be an interesting week ahead. Three days of school, 1 day of in-service, and Friday and Monday off for Easter. Have a fantastic week.



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how exciting Lisa that you found a new place to live. I bet you're so happy that you sold your home too. Hope you feel better soon and get rid of the cold before to long. I know it'll be hard not to be near your father and law, your church, and family but I'm sure once you're settled that you will be able to go visit everyone.

I've not lost any more weight, but I think that once I get into a workout routine that'll come off better. My loss is just due to my eating so I'm not to upset that I'm not loosing faster, but at least I've lost and have a good start.

Today is cool and rainy, and only reached 42 degrees as a high. We're doing a lot of running around today and are getting ready for all the family to come over tomorrow to celebrate all this months birthdays. We were hoping to be able to cook out side, but the weather is rainy and to cold to do that. We're doing pulled pork sandwiches instead, with coleslaw, potato salad, fresh fruit, and a vegetable tray. I'll try to eat more of the fruit and veggies and not so much on the other foods. I'm looking forward to having all the family visiting.

We still need to pick up the dogs from the groomers yet today so my prepping for tomorrow will have to wait until after we bring them home. I'll work on the potato salad and cut up all my fruit. Maybe if have time I'll cook the meat in the slow cooker tonight so all I'll need to do tomorrow is heat it up just before serving it. still a lot to do yet, and also need to do a quick cleaning today too.

Hope everyone has a great day and beautiful Sunday. Enjoy your weekend, G.

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MK, I love poppyseed dressing--do you make your own, or purchase it? That salad sounded amazing, and I'm sure you enjoyed it.

Any more weight lost G? You have been so good at working with JC, and even though the results have been somewhat slow, they've really added up over the last several weeks.

We are making an offer on a home tomorrow, and we will sign the purchase agreement for our home tomorrow night. I'm excited, sad, and scared all at the same time. We move away from our son's family, my father-in-law, and our very good friends, and our church family. My oldest son is working here now, so his family might be moving here, or at least to the area. Our youngest son will be moving to Aberdeen like us, so he'll be close. We expect this move to occur sometime in June, if all the pending items needed for a home sale pan out.

To top it all off, I am fighting one heck of a cold. It has settled in my chest, and every once in awhile I get these coughing/sneezing fits that sound awful, but really feel good. I was really tired yesterday, but feel better today. We've been off school the last two days, but I went in to work anyway and got a lot done--not enough, but I'll continue to put in some long days to meet the expected deadlines.

Despite my cold, I got a great workout in this morning. Once it warms up outside, I may take a short walk as well. We got some snow yesterday, but it will probably all melt today.

Palm Sunday brunch at church tomorrow. I make the sausage gravy for biscuits and gravy for the youth group to serve. They provide the brunch as a fundraiser for their camp this summer. I've done it for several years, and really enjoy helping out.

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Hello! Back on the food wagon.... again! All prepped for the next 5 days so I can grab and go. Todays lunch is a spinach/poppyseed salad. It has 3 oz chicken breast, 1/2 apple, dried cranberries, walnuts, feta cheese and 1 slice of red onion - and of course the poppyseed lowfat dressing. Snacks are 1 wasa cracker with turkey/mozzarella (morning) and hummus and 1/2 cup baby carrots (afternoon). Breakfast was huge, but I pick this particular one on the days that I go to spin class. The breakfast is 2 egg whites, 2 eggs, scrambled with spinach & mushrooms; 1 tbsp mozzarella; 1/2 slice dave's killer bread and 1 tbsp smuckers simply fruit - and 8 oz OJ. I won't have the OJ and I eliminated 1 whole egg because I had a protein smoothie before workout.

This is a ton of food!! I have a very difficult time consuming all of it. So far so good this week - well other than that nasty weekend - but its past and I'm moving forward.

Will probably lift weights tonight with a friend of mine. She is doing really good on the food (now... she had a few days downfall). She has dropped about 25 and she is now 280. I love that she is willing to get in there and do the heavy lifting - of course she is 15 years younger than me - but hey more power to her.

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Good morning. Well my Aunt is hanging in there - her name is Mary Dell Inman. We set up another FaceTime call yesterday with my dad and her. It was a good visit - he played his harmonica and she sang along.... as did the cousins. We will have another next Monday unless circumstances change. Thank you Lisa for thinking about the obit for me - I'd love it - when the time comes. I did know that you were close to Aberdeen, just not sure how close. Good luck with the house - hope it all falls your way.

Well I hit a big bump in the road and I'm being dragged by the wagon... staying on food - kinda - but getting myself pulled back up and going forward. My workouts have been on target - just really need to stay on task with my food. The weekend was hard.

Well I have to get to work. I'm going to go downstairs and get my egg white/veggie scramble and get myself back on track.

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Good morning. Voting day here in Ohio for the primaries. I'm still undecided as to the best choice for president. I only know who I won't vote for because he'd be terrible for our country. I'll vote for the school levy because they need it. The rest I'll have to see.

Went to the doctors yesterday and he was happy with my weight loss and low sugars. My labs were better this time too and everything was reading normal or was a lower A1C which is a good sign. He also told me if I continue to lose he'll be able to cut out or cut down the doses for my pills, which was rally good news for me. It gave me the push I needed to stay with the Jenny. I'll see him again in 3 months. I hope to be down another 25 pounds by then too. That's my goal for my next road toward my weight loss.

We are having sever thunderstorms right now and had tornadoes touch down in northern Ohio yesterday. Our first for this season. More thunderstorms are expected for later today which might effect the poll turn out some. Don and I will go after he gets home tonight.

Hope the day will be a good one for everyone. Enjoy the rest of your morning, and have an excellent week. I'll catch all later, G.

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Good Morning. I got up early thinking it was later. We sprang forward at 2 AM so I had set my clocks before going to bed. It's set for the right time, but I still feel the difference and will for a few days before I get used to the time change. It's to be near 60 today, but we're to get 90% rain so won't be able to enjoy it by opening up or going outside.

Lisa, I'm glad to hear that you've found a house you like. It's nice not to have to drive as far and that it's closer to your work. I too am having warmer temps, but not as warm as you are, but still enjoy this weather. My Irises and other flowers are starting to come up and I can feel spring in the air. Enjoy this wonderful weather and have a great day. G

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Ah, solitude. The family is gone for the day, and I'm enjoying every chore of today. The blinds are up, the windows are open, and I'm simply grateful to the Lord for the blessings of today.

I have this verse on my wall, and it really stands out today with the sunlight shining down on it.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on to your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3 5-6).

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MK, if you would let me know the name of your Dad's sister, I'd be happy to send you the printed obituary (when her time comes) to give to him. I think you know that I work in Aberdeen, right?

Overall my week has been good, but today was not. I've really been intensifying my exercise, and that feels great. We finished up conferences early today, and then my husband and I went and looked at the house we might purchase, for the second time. All the snow is gone, and it has been a gorgeous day, so we got to explore the outside space. It is fantastic. It is over an acre, and we love the neighborhood. As soon as our potential buyers give us the word, we'll make an offer. It is a rural development, but only 6 miles from Aberdeen, so my commute would be about 12 miles per day instead of 80.

G, I am so darn proud of you. It surely has to feel good to wear smaller sizes. You might be surprised at how many people will notice.

We are enjoying some record high temps these days--70 today and tomorrow, and only slightly cooler on Sunday. By mid-week we'll be back into the 40's, which is far more seasonal, but I'm just loving this for now.

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MK, good job staying on plan. We all have our struggles and we all have to push through. Good workout. I don't think I ever did one so hard that I was sweating that much.

This weeks plan is a hard one for me because of the combinations of food so talking with my consultant we decided to skip this week and just do the 3 weeks instead. I'll also do one week on my own taking days off the weeks I like and making my own plan using them.

I only lost a pound this week but weighed in early and went on Wednesday instead of Thursday. I still had 2 days left on this weeks plan but am ready to start the next week's food because I like the meals better. I'm one pound from my Birthday total of losing 25#'s by my birthday. Everyone is going to come over on the 20th for the birthday celebrations and I'm hoping I be at 25 lost by then.

No one but my daughter knows I've been doing this so will see if anyone notices my loss. Don thinks they will I'm not so sure. It depends if I can find clothes that fit me or wear the ones to large now. I've found that the Capri's from last season are now getting loose. I can double my fists inside the pants before they are tight. I might have to try everything on to see what I can wear that's not to big.

This is a great feeling finding clothes getting loose on me and I can switch from size 3X or 4X to size 2X and maybe a few 1X's. I have every size in my closet and might not have to buy any new clothes for a while. Don did say that I need to stop keeping my larger clothes and once I've lost the weight and they don't fit anymore get rid of them right away. He has a point and I know it's the wise thing to do and I've started going through my closet and dresser and am trying on things. So far I'll need to buy new undergarments and pajamas. My smaller ones are to warn out to give me the proper support.

We had such beautiful weather for a few days but after the rain came through we are back down to the 50's. Today is overcast with a high at 57* and I'm back to being cold now. It'll stay around this temp for the weekend and through next week. I was hoping to warm up by the time everyone comes over so we could grill out and not have to cook anything inside, but we're going to be in the mid 50's with rain. We'll have to see though and we might cook out anyway.

I hope this week will find everyone doing great. Mk keep up the great job with your food and exercise. Lisa I hope all is going well your way. I'm sure your busy looking at houses and finishing up interviews for work. Have a wonderful weekend you all. G.





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Good morning! Sore as I'll get out, but I'm still hitting it!! Spin this morning and I'm suppose to lift weights tonight, but there is a Blazer game on tonight... not sure if I'll make it to the gym... really want to see this game.

Food is still hanging in there... really want something different, but will get that tonight. Just about all through my chicken (roasted up chicken breasts and sliced into strips - stored in a ziplock and take from it to make whatever - very handy).

The weather is clearing a little bit but it is still cold in the mornings - well in the 40's so not terrible.

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Good morning! Still plugging along with the food... hit a rough patch on day 3 evening, but stuck to my guns. Today is off a bit, but not terribly. Had to facilitate a call between my dad and his sister in Aberdeen, SD. She is in her last days and we want to make sure that they have as much conversation as possible.

Not only did I spin yesterday morning, but my husband and I went to the gym in the evening. I met my dear friend over there and she took me through 5 sets of 12 full body weight workout. I was sweating profusely by the time we were done. I seriously did not want to finish round 5, but made it through. We did several things chest press, squats, biceps, back, dead lifts, kettle bell swings, and a few others as a circuit - so 5 rounds of them... whew I was breathing hard after that... but it was good.

Thought I'd be sore this morning, but I'm sure I'll feel it tomorrow morning more. We will be back at it on Friday. Today I will get some cardio in by walking home to let the puppy out and walking back to work. That is about 4 miles round trip. So that will be a good push for me. I try to do 15 minute miles.

The very windy weather has finally died down. I guess there was 75 mph winds at the coast - what a fun day to watch those storms from inside!!

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Good morning! Day 2 is in the books. Didn't get to weight lifting last night - my gym partner ended up with courtside seats at the Blazer game - so I stayed home with the puppy and played. Spin class early this morning was brutal - wasn't expecting my friend to show up because the game went into overtime, but there she was even after only 2 hours sleep... what a friend!!

Had my first strawberry smoothie for the evening snack - was pretty darn good and satisfying - even the husband liked it. Most of the time my smoothies are for the morning or before a workout, but this actually did me good and seemed to help me sleep more soundly. I love the fact that my husband and I are really good at sharing the puppy duties - he even got up for the 2:30 a.m. shift (I usually do this one) and let me sleep. Seems like we do that for everything - week days he gets the coffee ready and I do the weekends and mondays.

Well work is screaming my name - best get at it before the boss searches me out for some new project.

Take care. (oh - almost done remodeling that darn bedroom closet - just need to do some wall texturing then primer/paint!)



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I thought the same thing about my meal plans (that is confusing) but it isn't.

The meal plan lays out Breakfast, Morning snack, Lunch, Afternoon snack, Dinner and evening snack. You prep for the week - same breakfast for 6 days, etc etc. and you get a new meal plan every week. Gives you the recipes, quantities, and a grocery list. My friend has been on it for a couple months and shes down about 25 lbs. It teaches you not only discipline, but helps you make things and eat real food - no boxes (unless its pasta) - no cans. I have been trying to focus on clean eating and was failing; not only with my emotional eating, but with understanding the food.

I love that your having a variety of choices for you meals on JC. Keep up the good work!!

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Good day everyone. Beautiful out side today. We will be 71 degrees today and sunny out. I love this weather and wish it will last. However, we will have rain the rest of the week, but we will have temps in the mid 60's. I wish we could have had sun with the nice temps, but it looks like it's not to be.

I struggled all weekend with food and over indulged so I might have gained what I just lost last week. I was 100% on the plan yesterday and so far have stayed on plan today. I did switch up my meals some and had a different breakfast this morning instead of the breakfast burrito I had the breakfast bar instead, I did have the chicken burrito for lunch, and will have mac and cheese for dinner. I was to have a different pasta meal tonight but I couldn't handle the tomato sauce base. I just hope by staying on plan I'll either stay the same or maybe lose a little bit.

I still need to exercise and will walk some tonight once Don gets home. It might be the only day I'll be able to enjoy this beautiful weather. I've open up the house and shut off the heat. It's still a little cool yet since we are only at 67* right now.

It sounds like the plan will work for you but it sounds really confusing to follow. I hope it works out for you. Great job working out and it's nice that you have your hubby to work out with. I'm still thinking about the Y or a gym. I thinks it'll be the only way I'll find an exercise plan that will work for me.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the new food plan and exercise. Take care, I'll catch all later. G.

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Weight now:314.6 pounds.

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Good morning! Congratulations on your fantastic weight loss Georgie!! I know that you can do this by your birthday!

I have finally started my nutritional plan yesterday. I actually feel much better and I have prepped my meals for the entire week. Most of the time it is one days meal times 6 for the week, but I don't think I can do the same meal for 6 days. So I've taken a couple weeks and planned an every other day meal plan - so I have it changed up a bit. So far I'm having difficulty eating all the food - which is good, but can work against me if not careful. I found having 2 cups of baby carrots is extremely difficult - so I munch on them when I feel like "finding" something to eat or munch on - they are a great filler.

Today I had 2 harvest pumpkin "cookies" for breakfast. I thought that it wouldn't be enough, but it has taken about 2 hrs to put it all down. These are special homemade energy cookies - with dried cranberries, raw pumpkin seeds, pumpkin puree, honey & coconut oil, and pumpkin pie spice. I also get 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, but opted for greek yogurt instead (about 2-3 oz). I'm full.

The chicken Cesar wrap for lunch is quite filling as well. I think I'm going to do well - as long as I stay away from that processed sugar.

Exercise is back up and going. Spin class yesterday early morning and will be doing the pilates/yoga class tonight. I'm also going to incorporate some weight lifting at home.

My husband now has a gym membership and has been going daily - and loving it!

Dad is doing well for now. His last remaining sister is in her last days/weeks - so I think we have decided to not tell him about her health issues, but to get a phone call through so they can have a good conversation. She is almost 95 years old and has a severe blood clot that they cannot treat because of her age. So a good conversation would be awesome at this point.

Well I hope you all have a great day. Weather here is in the 40's & 50's - rain on and off with some thundershowers that come through.

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A good Saturday morning to you. 'Tis early here--I fell asleep a little after 8 last night, so I was awake at 2:30, finally got out of bed an hour later. A lot going on around here.

My oldest son will start his new job at the ethanol plant in our town next week. It doesn't look promising for him to get called back to work by the railroad. My middle son continues to do well working out of town during the week and coming home on weekends. My youngest got a teaching job at a middle school in the same district in which I work, so he'll start there next year. In addition, he signed up for another 6 years with the National Guard, which was a surprise to us, because he had said he was going to be done. They promised school loan payment, plus a hefty bonus, so he jumped on that.

And on Sunday we are meeting with our prospective home buyers. They have submitted an offer that is reasonable. That means, of course, that we will be purchasing a home in the town where I work, and my youngest is also considering a home purchase there. We've found one we like, it is out of town about 5 miles in a nice development that feels kind of rural. It's 1.5 acres, but most of that is backyard. We will have the same amount of square footage, but will get a 3 car garage, a walk out basement, in floor heat in the bathrooms, basement, and garage. We have it in our basement and garage in this house. I'll give up my walk-in closet, and we'll have 3 bedrooms downstairs, and 2 upstairs. Right now, we have 3 upstairs and 2 down. In the end, it's just configured differently since it's a split level layout, as opposed to our ranch layout.

Work continues to be incredibly busy, and I'm feeling the stress. I'm getting home later, am exhausted, and then I sometimes forego exercise. Thankfully the weather has been mild, so I've gone on some walks, but I do need a higher level of intensity.

Yesterday we had a stray dog on our playground. We couldn't get him to leave, so I had to call animal control. Once we got him to the front of our building, I got dog sitting duty until they arrived. He was friendly, but had no collar or identifying information. The mail carrier said she recognized the dog, but couldn't remember which area of her route he came from. It was kind of fun to pet him, but man, was he filthy! He wasn't neutered, so I'm sure he was looking for a little spring action. The officer said it was the second dog he'd picked up that day. That's why I get the big bucks, right???

Congratulations on your weight loss G. You have obviously committed to this process, and even though it isn't always easy, the results certainly are worth it. I'm guessing your blood sugars are in better shape too. I hope your weekend ends up being as mild as ours, could get 60 here today.

MK, one of our concerns about moving is my father-in-law. He's doing ok right now, but we know that his mobility issues aren't going to get better. I hear what you go through with your dad in a care facility, and how you need to be nearby and on call to provide support. Once again, your experiences help me think through the process as my parents and father-in-law age and begin to need more assistance with daily tasks. Stay dry out there.

Have a wonderful weekend.



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