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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.

Sunday blessings, be strong today and always.



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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.

I hope you are both doing well. MK, enjoy your trip this weekend. G, hope it's warming up for you--rain here, desperately needed.



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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.

I'm prepped and planned for the week ahead. Wishing you both a good one.



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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!!

Hope you feel better soon G.



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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.

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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.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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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.

Take care - hope you all are doing well.

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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.

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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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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.

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MK, I thought it might be related to health issues regarding your dad. I think it's hard to see him struggle with his health and getting older. I know you'll spend as much time with him as you are able, it's just emotionally hard to see what's going on with your parents as they get older. God Bless you and them, I know he is with you during times of struggle.

I'm only 2#'s from my birthday goal. I wanted to loose 25#'s by March 24th. I lost another 2 this week and am now at 23#'s lost for a total. I've set another goal for the end of March and want to be 30#'s down by then. I told my Jenny consultant this and she feels it's totally doable. Don too thinks I can make it by the end of March since we have 4 weeks remaining in this month.

I am struggling some these past couple of weeks and not wanting to follow the plan. Although the weeks rotate, I'm eating pretty much the same foods over and over again. Some of them I've found that I don't particularly like the taste and have yet to find a replacement for those foods. I'm not a big fan of Asian foods which they have to offer and so I just skip them and finally told her I want to change them for some other choices. They also have back to back rich foods in the same day and I wish I could mix that up some as well. One example is a breakfast burrito, than followed by a Chicken Burrito and the a pasta meal. I sometimes have issues with rich foods especially if I have them a lot. I also would like to not have such a heavy lunch and there are days they have pasta or Mexican as a lunch. I don't mind them for dinner but a little heavy at lunch time. Next time I go I'll ask her what I can do about my preferences. Some things I love and would like to eat them more often. Some of them are a Turkey sandwich, a chicken sandwich, stuffed potatoes, the chicken salad kit, and the tuna salad kits. These are good satisfying foods and more like I want at lunch.

I know I'll work everything out and it'll take time to do that. I'm on track with my food and now I need to find an exercise plan to go with it. I'm glad I do my own thing once a week, which is usually on the weekend. I find that Sunday is the best time to fix my own meals and eat the breakfast, lunch and dinner that I choose. I think It helps me to stick with the other food during the week. We also have one night that we go out to eat which has also helped me to stay on plan. I'm doing at least 5 days a week on the plan with no changes. My Saturday has become easier too since Don works in the morning now, and I can have Jenny foods all morning. We do our errands in the afternoon and stop for a meal out which is a nice change for me. If what I'm doing now stops working, I'll go back to full time Jenny for every meal and snacks.

We woke to 29 degrees this morning with snow on the ground, but everything is melted now and is warming up some. By Wednesday, we'll climb to mid 50's and by the weekend will have temps around 65 to 69 degrees. I'm not sure what the following week will bring, but I'm so ready for the 65 to 69 degree weather everyday. I want sunshine and flowers again every day.

Hope spring has arrived in Oregon and that you're have great weather. I know with spring though we'll get rain but warmer rain is welcome, thunderstorms not so much, but definitely no more cold wet rains or snow. Have a super day. I'll catch everyone soon. G.

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Good morning. Things are fine between me and my dad - its his health that is the problem... well old age... tends to get to all of us eventually! He has been back at his apartment and is doing fine. Only one fall in the early morning hours, but a non-injury.

Dealing with my own stuff these days, but will get through it as always.

Hope both of you are doing well and keeping warm - I think the spring will be here in no time (at least in Oregon).

My brother-in-law came and helped me with the light in the closet area (its more of an alcove). Nice to have that all re-wired and done. Now for the completion of the short wall up above and tape/mud process then finally painting. Hope to get that all done this weekend... the most time will be the tape/mud process - waiting for drying/sanding and re-mud - then more drying and sanding... hate that long process but sure makes for a nice looking wall!!


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MK, sorry to hear you're having trouble with your dad again. I hope everything will work out for the best between you two. It's wonderful to have a supportive husband and that he knew that by exercising with you would help. You're doing great and it sounds like you'll be busy making healthy meals for next week. It will help to have meals ready and will help you to stay on track.

I think that's why I like the Jenny plan for me. It's ready for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and all I have to do is pick the day and eat the planned meals for that day. It even has suggested snacks and daily snacks worked into the plan and I'm covered. Don is a big help too, he fixes his meals and tries to stick with similar foods. He said because he's cooking for just himself, he's eating less as well.

Today we woke to 29 degrees and snow. It's bee snowing off and on all day but the temps are warmer now at 36 degrees, so it's sometimes rains mixed with the snow. We're not getting any accumulation though. The ground is too warm for it to stick.

Today I weigh in and will find out how I've done with the plan. I've not been as good with it this week and I'm not sure if I've lost or stayed the same. I've had a couple of drinks and have add sugar to my coffee in the morning. Last week I cut out the drinks and the sugar better, and I lost 3#'s so will find out this evening. I've also have had a sore throat and cough along with a cold so I've not felt like eating so have also missed a few snacks along the way.

I hope everyone is having a good day and will have a wonderful weekend. Take care of yourselves, G.

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Good morning. Been back to dealing with my dad again... he's finally settled for now back at his apartment. Sure throws me for a loop. I suppose by the time it stops throwing me for a loop he will be gone. His health continues to rapidly decline.

My husband made me go workout with him last night... well not with him - but took me to the gym. While he did weights I did cardio. I guess he could finally "read my mind" and know that I needed to have someone take charge of things.

Still working on the food. Next week I have a lady coming and helping me prep meals for the week. I have my grocery list from the nutritional meals and will have everything all ready. It will be good to have a weeks worth of meals so I don't have to think about it.

Well got to get this report done. Take care. Rain/sun/rain - thats our trend right now... good thing is that we are in the upper 50's

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I don't know if we're having spring weather or still winter. March has come in like a Lion, We have thunderstorms with heavy rain. The temps aren't to bad and are around 46 degrees, but will be dropping by weeks end. Then we'll be back to 32 to 36 degrees again.

Mk, glad you're going to try to get on a food plan. I'm doing great with Jenny so far. I've lost 22#'s since the beginning of January. I lost 3.8#'s last week and want to be down another 4#'s by my birthday March 24th. We are going to celebrate all our spring birthdays on the 20th.

All I need to do is get my exercise on track and I'll be good. I've been trying different things at home, but I've not figured out what works for me. I'm thinking about the gym route again or the Y. I'll only be able to go in the evening so that will be hard to get out an motivated late. Since my food takes only a few minutes to fix I could easily do that and then go out and workout at the gym.

I don't want to think about what I still have to lose because it scares me and I'll start sabotaging my progress. I just want to set small goals then go on from there. Don is trying to help me but when he tells me how much I'll weigh moths from now I wonder if I have the guts to stick with it in the long run. I just hope I don't think about it to much.

I have so much to do yet today and still need to get my lunch so will close for now. Mk, you're doing great and I know you'll succeed. Lisa, sounds like you had a nice weekend. I think both of us have similar weather now, however, I think you get more snow than we do. Everyone enjoy the rest of your week. I'll catch all later. G.

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Good morning. Well I've decided that I really need to get my food in order. I have a wonderful meal plan from the Courthouse where I work out - so I'm going to ask my friend to help me prep for the weeks meals and hopefully that will get me back on track. Much of the time I'm not feeling like working out because of my food - so I'm going to focus on that. I will still be hitting the gym, but not going to stress when all I can do is put in a long walk.

The bedroom remodel is at a standstill right now. Waiting for my brother-in-law to come and fix the light. He came last week to look at it and see what we needed - so that is all purchased and waiting for installation. Once that is done I'll be able to tape/mud the seams, sand and then paint. I've got all the baseboard trim ready to go as well. Worked on one of the walls - has to be prepped more at the bottom because the base board is not that tall and I have holes from the old base board to fix.... so one wall is done - will shift everything so I can work on the other walls. Getting frustrated not having my clothes where I need them.

The new puppy arrived on Saturday. He is very nice and is learning the fine details of potty training right now... so far so good. The other dogs are not doing as bad as I thought.

Lisa - happy to hear your trip was fun! Yeah those penny machines will get ya every time! Great job on your food!!

Georgie - I hope your weekend was good all around (food/walks/etc).

Take care... rain has returned (such a nice week last week... but must have the rain too).


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Had a fun weekend trip with our friends. Enjoyed the cities, did some shopping, listened to a fantastic 70s-80s band at a casino, lost $20 on a penny machine faster than ever!

I was pretty proud of my dietary choices, left food on my plate most often. Now to continue--and get back to my turbulence training. It really is my favorite, and where I feel I have the best results. I am also going to do more walking, from now until biking season arrives.

Having a bit of back trouble, and of course, the traveling and sitting didn't do much to help. It was pretty rough, but I am improving.

I just made a leek and potato soup, so yummy, and I have plenty of leftovers for the week ahead.

Ultra-mild weather here for this time of year. Snow gone, except for the piles--loving it. Cooler week ahead, but dry.

MK, I've really been thinking about some house projects-but before that we have to decided if we are selling or not, that's still in limbo. I'm sure it all looks lovely.

I suppose you are enjoying mild temps too, G, and I'll bet you are still progressing on your weight loss with JC.

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Good morning. I just love walking into my office on the 5th floor and seeing the hills in the horizon with the sun coming up. Some pretty spectacular sunrises the past couple weeks. We've had pretty good weather - cold in the morning - but in the 60's by noon. Of course the rain will be here later today and some of the weekend, but we Oregonians take advantage of every moment of sunshine!! (as I'm sure most people do)

I haven't made it to the gym for a couple days, but I'm making up for it during my lunch time and getting some good miles on my feet!! Wednesday I put in over 15,000 steps and yesterday was 11,000. This includes the stairs up to the office. Been really liking this Fitbit Charge HR - I have a app on my phone that tracks just about everything. Really helps me stay on track with my active minutes and meeting various personal goals. It also tracks food in and calories used during walks. Will even track my miles and run my music while I walk.

So enough about the fitbit... how is everyone? My food has been on track and I'm feeling better. It is amazing Lisa the difference without processed sugar - no gut problems and so forth.

Hopefully will get the advise from my brother in law about the light issue in my "new" remodeled closet (alcove is more like it) and I can get the rest taped and mudded for eventually painting. Just want to get the house back to some semblance of order. Loving the wood floors!!

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Good morning! Well gym workouts have been good, but this weekend was ripping out walls and so forth to expand the bedroom closet.... then, of course, it turned into putting down new pergo floors and painting. So happy the floor is done and now I just need to finish the closet (what I started doing!).

Welcome Nate-Janine - always nice to see a new face here.

Still working on the never ending food issues. Good thing I was busy with "construction" work because I definitely eat less! The light in the closet will be fixed this Friday (hopefully) and then I can finish mudding/taping the sheetrock - then painting!! woot woot - can't wait until its all done.

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Lisa, you sound busy as usual. Hope the interviews will find some wonderful new teachers for the addition to the staff. You should be getting a spring break soon and maybe you'll be able to take some time off then.

Speaking of spring, it feels like spring here in Ohio. Yesterday we had a high temp of 63 degrees, and today it will be 65 degrees. The sun is shinning and it's really nice out. I'd love to open up but the wind is gusting to around the 30mph mark so to much wind to open up. My dogs heat the wind when it blows through the house.

My weigh in was a good one I lost 1.4lbs, but was hoping for more but I'm happy with that. I wore a shirt I've not worn for a while because it was to tight and was happy that I could wear it without being strangled. It tells me I'm losing inches which is a good thing.

Don working again today and will be doing that for a few weeks yet. It's nice overtime pay which will help pay for our taxes. We'll owe again this year, but will get money back from the state. I just wish we wouldn't have to pay every year but with Don getting Social Security plus money from working, we don't see much of a change with this. We'll just have to start setting money aside for the taxes.

Doing laundry this morning and when Don gets home will go get some groceries and run a few errands. Tomorrow we hope the still have nice temps, but they are calling for rain. The temps will be lower too and will have a high of only 56 degrees. We might hold off the errands for today and get into the garage and put up the holiday decorations on the shelves. We just put them out there and didn't get them up on the shelves. We'd love to be able to organize a few thing while we're doing that and Don wants to wash the floor of the garage to get all the salt and dirt cleaned up.

Hope everyone is having a super weekend, Mk, great job on the workouts. hope you'll be able to enjoy the visit to see your son's new house. Hope hubby will join you but if not have fun anyway. Lisa, don't work to hard and keep watching that sugar intake. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning,and happy weekend. Once again, the week has been busy at work, and this coming week, I'll be interviewing for my four open teaching positions. The pool of candidates was good, so I'm confident I'll be able to fill all my spots with this group.

I'm having a respectable week food-wise. While I've lapsed some in the no sugar plan, I just keep getting back at it. It just amazes me at how much different I feel within two days when I don't have any processed sugar.

I will be working today, as I will be doing most weekends from now until April. I'm taking next Friday off and we'll be going to the twin cities with some friends of ours for a winter reprieve. It has been nice here this week, and the bit of snow that is left will probably be gone after today. We could still get a cold snap or more snow, but usually what we get this time of year also melts quickly.

And, I bought my husband a new computer for his birthday, which is on Friday. But he decided he wanted to keep the old one, since it had his files, so I'm using the new one. He can't use his work computer to access his e-mail--don't get me started--but that's just how it is.

Taxes, ugh. My husband tried to do ours, but then just decided to take them in. In the end, it is worth the fee we pay. I have a feeling I'll be having to write a check to the IRS this year. Oh well, I can choose to be bothered by this, or simply accept it and let it go.

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Good morning! Gym last night was good... love the yoga/Pilates mix up, by the end though my knees were not doing well - so I modified until the moves brought us up off the floor. This morning was spin class. It would have been so easy to just turn over and go to sleep, but I didn't even give myself a chance to think... well started to and then just got up. Had my protein smoothie and got my lunch ready to go.

Tonight we are heading up to Portland to see our son's new house. They will be having a house-warming party with a Blazer game starting at 7. Should be fun. My husband really doesn't want to go - its past his bed time and yada yada ya - when did he get so old?? I'm so spontaneous and enjoy getting out and doing things - grant it not all the time, but for the most part. Anyway - he will be joining me (otherwise I'd be going alone - which happens quite frequently). My parents are both in good hands, our son has a new place to live, life is good - I don't have to be sitting in an ER (knock on wood) - so I'm darn well not sitting at home!!

Well I have to go get some breakfast and get started on some work.

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MK, my one dog sleeps in the kennel all night. She never has wanted in the bed. My other one was adopted and was very timid and will jump in the bed the minute Don goes there. I go to bed later and by that time it's to late to get her to get off. The only way would be to kennel her the minute Don goes to bed, but she often stays with me and goes right when I get in bed. She has been moving to the foot of the bed with a few kicks to get her to move over. She does keep my legs warm though. She won't move up until Don gets up for the day than she lays right at my back side. I've tried to keep her out but it's really hard at this late date.

Been better with my food this week, and have been adding more veggies and water to drink. I changed my routine this morning and I think it will be better for me. I used to get up go into the family room and sit down on the recliner and start watching TV. Not this morning, I forced myself to stay up and to keep moving more. I found by doing this I didn't fall asleep in the recliner. Now if I can do my exercises then and not sit down right when I get up.

Tonight I weigh in and will see if I've done better with my losses. I just finished my lunch which was also earlier today because I stayed awake. Usually I don't eat breakfast until after 10, but today I ate at 8:30. Then showered got ready for the day and ate my lunch at 12:30. Before I didn't eat it until 2:30 or 3 than I didn't get any snacks into the plan. Much better today. Snacks and all were eaten at reasonable times.

I did some weights this morning, and went out side and walked to the end on my drive and back. I used my cane and I think that helped me feel more secure with my walking. Still to cold and snowy to walk any further. Maybe when it warms up some I'll venture down a couple of houses and back. I don't always use the cane or really need it, but it's like a walking stick it helps with my balance.

We are to get warmer temps this weekend and may get as high as 60 degrees. I can't wait. Unfortunately it's to last only a few days than the cold will arrive again by Monday or Tuesday. At least the sun was out today and it made me feel better, and more cheery.

Hope this weekend will be a good one for everyone and that Spring will arrive soon in you areas. I'll tell everyone how I did with my weigh in tomorrow. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Gym is tonight - this morning I was able to sleep in a bit... ok a bit too much... anyway I'm already to go for tonight.

Georgie - I use to keep a throw next to my side of the bed for all the blanket hogs on the bed. Then I put my foot down... no dogs on the bed!!! Our lab goes in when I open up the bedroom (keep it closed all day) and lays on the dog blanket - warms the bed up for us - then she is out of there when I come. Been nice having a warm bed to climb into!! hahaha - but yeah - kicked the dogs to the curb.

I hope you get the exercise part figured out Georgie. Also the wine at night can be causing the swollen legs. Sulfites (red wine) can do that - also all the sugar that is in the wine is not good. 5 oz is all you should be having - smaller than a juice glass. Salt is another thing that will help you retain water.

Well boss is here - I'm back to the tables!! Take care... be kind

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MK, glad you were able to figure out a routine at the gym to work for you and you don't have to shower as much there as before. That was one thing I didn't care for either when at the Y after my water aerobics class. Everyone wanted to use those showers, and only two of them had curtains the rest were open and everyone could see you shower. I always went into the sauna to wait until the covered showers were open.

Not sure what's going on with me. I've not lost anything for 2 weeks. I've stayed the same or only about .6 or.8 difference from my last loss. I thought it was going out to much and drinking last week, but not sure why I've not lost this week. My legs have been swollen more lately so thinking maybe water gain? I've also had a few drinks at night or a wine, so that might be it too. I thinks I've hit a plateau with my weight so I need to find a way to burn calories through exercise. I wish now I had a membership to a gym. I'd try to go in the evening and exercise. I know I should do so at home but still not motivated to do it daily. I'm always aching and so cold every morning I don't want to crawl out from under my blankets. I sit in the recliner all covered up with sweaters and blankets just to stay warm. I then dose off and next thing I know it's noon. I'm also not getting more than 4 to 6 hours a night worth of sleep. I'm cold then too. Don pulls the covers and with the dog in the middle, I barely have enough to cover my body.

I wish I'd find something to work for me. I'm so tired of not having anything to do all day. Tired of general chores daily, no sun and just plain drab days and nights, but mostly nothing to do or anywhere to go. I can't even go outside because it's icy, snow everywhere, and way to cold. Please spring come soon!!

Next month I'm to see my doctor and so wanted to have good numbers and losses when I see him. I'm afraid what might happen if I don't turn things around.

Anyway, Mk, glad your dad will be back into his apartment soon, and that your son has found a place to stay. I hope it works out with the dog and the roommates. It didn't with my daughter, after a month, they all left her high and dry paying for the rent ant everything. I'm sure that won't happen to your son though, they are older and more responsible.

I watch the last contestants on the Biggest Loser, and can't wait until next week to see who is sent home and who will win. Hope all is great with everyone, have a wonderful day and better week.

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Good morning - spin class this morning! Early to bed - Early to rise and had plenty of time to pack my lunch and my breakfast!! Made a protein smoothie before the workout and everything!! The only thing is I'm not liking that I'm still not getting more than 5-6 hours of sleep - so frustrating.

Our son finally moved into a house with 3 other roommates. Nice big house. So he came and picked up his dog after 4 months with us. Something about the whole thing had me a bit disturbed... not really sure why... but something was bugging me about it. I really hope it works out for him and he is in one spot for a while.

My dad should be discharged from the rehab facility by the end of the week. It will be nice to have him back at his apartment. Mom is doing as well as can be for late stage Alzheimer's.

We do have a new puppy coming... yeah yeah - I know. It is a chocolate lab - his name is Lincoln and we pick him up next week. It will be fun with him... coming up on spring soon and we can go run the fields!

Take care - have a great day!

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Good morning. Will be doing the gym thing in the evenings on Tuesday/Thursday. I have a friend to workout with - should be fun. I do hate the late evening - well class is done a 7 p.m., but I still will need to make adjustments for being out and about at that time... might do me some good. Ha. M/W/F are the spin classes in the early morning. I have Mondays off - so that is only 2 days that I will need to shower there... that is really what I was going for - not really wanting to get ready for work at the gym locker room so much. I have everything I need there, but its still not home.

I was doing good on food - slid a bit during Valentines day. Really trying to keep my portions in control and cut the sugar. Like you Lisa - I'm feeling much better without the processed sugar.

Spent time with a friend on Valentines Day and came home to cook a nice salmon & roasted veggies with my husband. He got me a beautiful card, a cat singing Sinatra and a box of chocolates. My husband does not "do" cards - nor does he purchase singing stuffed animals - so this was a huge corny surprise that made me cry. I was needing that... so sweet of him.

Georgie - I'm sure you'll get back on track and like Lisa said it will become routine and the exercise will increase.... your doing awesome. Hang in there and never stop trying!

Take care - don't overwork yourself Lisa - (yeah easy to say... I know).


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Happy Valentine's Day. Well, we got snow, lots of it, at least 6 inches, but we still managed to get to church this morning. It was just snow, the winds didn't amount to much, and it is thawing already.

I just wanted to say that I cut out sugar (processed types, not natural) on Friday at noon. I cannot believe how much better I feel already, and how my cravings have decreased notably. I've been managing with gum, jell-o and nuts, but even so, it feels good to be back in control.

Shrimp. glazed carrots, spaghetti squash, and a lowfat/low sugar cheesecake type dessert with a blueberry topping for dinner tonight--it will be our special Valentine's Day meal. Hubby is making most of it, but I made the dessert.

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Lisa, I gained a pound but not surprised. Had food outside the plan on Sunday, than went to a fat Tuesday party and drank and didn't really eat as I should have then either. Than one full day on plan than only 2 meals on Thursday before I weighed in then. We stopped and ate out that night and a few more drinks so not my best week. Friday I was sick all day. Not sure if I ate the wrong things all week or had the touch of the stomach flu. Today is better and I feel better too. I slept most of the day Friday and was up early today. Don had to work some today so I ate my Jenny foods this morning. I'm back with it now and have no challenges coming up this week.

Don and I plan to stay home for Valentines Day and Don wants to fix a special meal he found in one of the Italian cook books for me tomorrow. Maybe a little wine and the special meal but a quite day at home. It should be nice with just the 2 of us without going out to an expensive dinner.

Sun is out today but we're still fighting the very cold temps. Woke up to 10 degrees this morning and around 26 as a high for today. I'm glad we're staying home, and don't have to go out in the cold. At least I don't, Don did while going to work. We're good on our food and don't have to get anything from the store for a change. Don said he'd stop on the way home for milk and potatoes, which is all we really need. Still have salad makings and fruit so that's a good thing. He might need to pick up a few supplies for the special dinner for tomorrow too.

So far doing laundry, dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, and mopping the floors. I've been neglecting the house lately and decided since home all day with Don at work no time so will get these few things done.

Hope everyone having a wonderful day and Happy Valentines Day to all. Bye for now, G. emoticon

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A happy belated birthday to you, MK. Your daughter surely made your day memorable and special, you've obviously raised her right.

Quiet weekend here, but I have to go in to work on Monday, even though it's a holiday. I have so much to do. I plan to work a few hours tomorrow too. Right now, I'm struggling to keep up with all I have to do--just the nature of my job. My teacher evaluations are priority, but student issues keep interfering with those, so I've got to find some balance, or some more time.

I hope your weigh in went well, G. You've already had much success, once you get in a routine with the exercise, you should have faster results.

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Good morning. Thank you G for the birthday wish. It was a fairly quiet day. No one at work knew it was my birthday so very quiet. Breakfast with my daughter before work was really nice - she is such a sweetie. I'm not sure when she had the chance to do it - but she went to the house and left me another birthday card for when I got home... so one with breakfast and one after work... so sweet.

Dinner with my husband and son was nice too. My husband got me a gym bag that I desperately needed.

I haven't worked out a couple days now. Last night was a hard night - lots of sister thinking and parent thinking - every now and again I get emotionally overwhelmed. Other than the extremely puffy eyes, I get through it - pull up the ol' boot straps and move forward.

I hope you all have a very wonderful - heart filled - weekend.

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MK, happy birthday. Sounds like a nice day started for you. Enjoy your birthday and the time spent with your daughter.

I weigh in today and will see how I did. Had a few challenges this week one being a shorter week. I usually weigh in on Saturday but needed to go tonight instead. Don might have to start working Saturday mornings.

Weather very cold, woke up to 7 degrees today and it's not much warmer now. The sun is out but the cold still moves through you anyway. One good news is I was able to fit into my warmest winter coat, a fake fur one which just wraps me in warmth. The last two winters I couldn't get it on or even zipper it up. Now I can do both.

So far been a good day eating my food but still need to do some exercises. I just can't seem to get motivated for exercise yet. I need to think about what I need to do for that.

I need to get a few chores done yet so will so will close for now. Enjoy your Birthday and have a wonderful day. Catch all later, G.

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Hello - no gym this morning... my daughter took me to a very early morning birthday breakfast.... so sweet of her!

Will get back at it in the morning. My husband got me a new gym bag and everything... so I'm all set!!

Take care ladies. Have a great day!

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MK, way to get to the gym. One day at a time is what needs to be done. It'll get easier after time.

I really need to start getting exercise going. I brought in my weights an will doing something with those.

Feeling really sick today not sure what it is but my stomach hurts and feel like I'm about to lose my morning food. I hope not the flu or cold coming on.

Woke up to more snow today and very cold temps. It was 13 degrees this morning and won't get much warmer, and another winter advisory in effect. We got 3 inches yesterday and expecting more today. I don't mind snow, but hate the very cold temps.

My computer acting up and keep losing this sight. I've got on here 3 times only to have to start over. We really need to get it in the shop and see if it can be fixed. I might lose this again so will close. I catch all another time. Bye for now, G.


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Good morning.... day 2 at the gym - spin class. Really didn't want to go, but just went through the motions to get there... always happy I went afterwards.

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Good morning! Made it to the gym this morning & got a cardio workout done. I'm really just focusing on getting up and to the gym in the early mornings. I'll do mostly cardio this week and will re-introduce my weights next week.

Georgie - you are doing so good - keep up the good work!! I love how you modified and added additional veggies & stuff - that is exactly how you do that. I also like that your fixing Don a similar meal - great idea

Lisa - busy as always I see. Bummer about needing to fill 4 spots, but that happens. I'm sure you'll have them filled in no time.

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Good day all. I weighed into Jenny on Saturday but I didn't lose. I stayed the same. We took my measurements so I'll keep an eye on those because I often lose inches but not pounds. I had to change my weigh in day to Thursday so I won't have as many days on Jenny's plan until then I ate my own foods and snacks on Sunday but didn't eat any of the Jenny foods. I had pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad and by my scale I've had a slight increase in weight today. I'll stick closely to the plan for the rest of my days hoping to not gain anymore.

Today we woke up to cold temps and snow showers. I let my dogs out went to the bathroom, came back to let them in and they were covered with snow. It hit quickly almost looked like a whiteout, than passed just as fast. Still cold, but no snow but it has switched to rain instead. It's calling for a winter advisory so I'm thinking we're not yet finished with the cold or the snow.

Doing laundry today and try to keep myself busy. Had all my meals on Jenny's food so far it's a good day. I'm trying to adjust to the plan this week, because I was given the regular Jenny plan and not the type 2 one I was supposed to get. It's lacking the snacks and some of the meals are different, so going off both plans. I had pulled the type 2 plan up and printed it so I could compare and adjust accordingly.

Well I need to switch my clothes and throw in another load so will close for now. Hope everyone is having a great day. Catch all later, G.

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Lisa, so far I've lost a total of 18# and my jeans and other clothes are feeling less restricting. I could zip my jeans and wear them comfortably without the discomfort I had before. I need to take measurements to see what they are now. It's been a while since I've done that. Food is good and I decided to only do 5 days with the plan because the weekends are always busy with visiting Don's family and errands. We seem to do everything on either Saturday or Sunday or both days and we stop for a meal out most times. I always seemed to have the Jenny meals left over on the week ends so last week I used all the leftover meals and planned my own days. I lost 2.4 pounds that week so that was good. I weigh in today and hope I lose another 2#'s which would bring my total to 20#'s for the month.

Most of the Jenny foods are tasty which surprised me but the portions are very small compared to what I used to eat and I have to add extra veggies, protein, cottage cheese, or yogurt to my snacks or meals. I usually do a frozen veggie or salad and Don will eat his favorite veggies and I mine. I thought it might be hard to fix food for him but it's not as hard as thought. My meals take 4 to 6 minutes to cook and I'll do something for Don to eat than the last few minutes I'll heat mine. Don will try to have similar foods I have for my dinner meal. If I have fish he'll have fish, some type of meat, chicken, or turkey, he'll have the same type. He has been very supportive and I've learned how to choose foods when we eat out. I either do a grilled chicken, steak, or fish with broccoli and salad. I try to not to drink a lot of alcohol but will allow myself one or two with a diet pop. So far I'm still losing.

If I continue to lose 2#'s a week I'll be happy. I've tried the lunges you suggested and so far they have been fine. I did have an issue with my one knee because I was doing them daily, but cut it back to only a few times a week and it's helped. I'll try to do other exercises the other days of the week. Most with my exercise ball or wall push ups, abductions etc. I need to find my weights and start adding them to my exercises, and work the upper area.

We are staying in the mid 40's, and the sun has been out but I guess by Monday the polar vortex will move down and drop the temps to the low 20's and maybe into the teens with single temps at night. We'll have some snow too but not sure how much, but there might be some school cancellations or delays. I'm not look forward to those cold temps, but one nice thing is I have a warm coat I could wear, and I can even zip it up. It was to small earlier and I couldn't zip it.

Hope today find everyone doing great, and everyone eat moderately for the Super Bowl Sunday. I fixing pork tenderloin with BBQ sauce in the slow cooker, and potato salad. It'll be just Don and me so I know I'll not over indulge. I might even chop up some fresh veggies and make a low fat dip to snack on while we watch.

Have a great day. and a fun Sunday with you families. I'll catch all soon. G.

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Super Bowl weekend, another opportunity for a feeding frenzy. My son and his family are spending the weekend with us, although I have to spend several hours working on school stuff. I can do it from home, but need a place where I won't be interrupted. Tonight we attend my son's basketball game. He's an assistant coach for the boy's team in a tiny town about 8 miles from the town in which we live, and their opponent is our town, so it will be quite the match-up. My son will coach against his former coach.

Workout done, took an early morning walk around the block, but it was dark, and I experienced a couple of icy spots, so came in, did an aggressive strength workout, and will walk later, as it is supposed to be in the mid 40s today. That should make a huge dent in the snow that's left on the ground.

My husband cooked yesterday for the weekend, as he knew I'd had quite the week. I missed 3 consecutive days of exercise, again, that is rare for me, but my work days were long, and it will be this way until early April. We have the 15th off, and a few days in March, but I fully expect I'll be working at least a portion of them.

I will have 4 teacher openings at my school next year. Our district has opened a new elementary school, and two of mine are transferring over, and two are retiring. All are fantastic, and I pray I can fill their spots with teachers who match what I'm losing. I'll say it again--I LOVE my teachers.

Well G, how goes the Jenny Craig? I do hope you are having continued success. I continue to struggle, part of it is schedule, part of it is lack of planning, and part of it is simply putting it lower on my list of priorities. But, when I put my clothes on, I notice it, and it bothers me. My middle is getting pretty soft.

How are you feeling these days, MK? I surely hope you are finding support from your friends and family.

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Good morning. Still pushing on here. Will be at the gym tonight with a lady here from work - it is a zynergy class - Yoga/Pilates kinda thing.

Holding onto something while lunging is always a good thing - especially for my knees or even for balance. Good luck with them Georgie.

Well got to get working.... take care.

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Lisa, Thanks about the info on those lunges I'll have to try them. Holding on to something would help my balance.

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A good Saturday here. It sounds like you are both still journeying on--lifestyle changes are so worth the rewards.

Had the granddaughters overnight, and they are still here. Their mom is really sick, and their Dad worked OT last night, didn't get home til 2 AM. He came over for lunch, and is resting while the youngest naps. They've been great. Tomorrow we are having a birthday lunch for Paityn, who will be 2 on the 5th, and her dad, who was 28 last Friday. Right now, she's all about Minnie Mouse, so it was fun shopping for Minnie things for her bday.

I've changed up my strength workouts lately by doing a ladder style. I choose 4 exercises--a lower body weight bearing (squats/lunges), a pushing (push-ups, planks, etc.), a pulling (rows), and then an ab exercise. I start with 10 reps, go through all 4, go right to 9 reps of each one, then 8, and so on. On occasion, I'll go back up after I reach 1 rep, but if I do that, I'll usually start at 7 instead of 10. It can be brutal, but I love it, because it really gets my heart rate up.

G, one type of lunge I do are called screamers, and while that sounds kind of tough, they can be modified by holding on to a table or chair. They are a backward lunge, which is easier on the knee. All you do is place the your right hand on a table, step back into a lunge with your right leg--just go as far as you can, then bring leg forward into a knee lift, repeat. I'd say do 10 on one side, and then 10 on the other, at a pace that is comfortable for you. I like these, because it works lower body and balance.

MK, so glad your Dad's condition was easily treatable and he is now comfortable. You've endured much this past year, and yet you just keep stepping back on to the healthy lifestyle path. It truly is a journey for all of us--not a destination.

We've all been here for many years, and we just keep traveling on. So glad you are both my friends.





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OK Mk. I still couldn't do any flights even one step. Still salute you for doing it. Great job.

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Oh - I still do all 5 flights.... I'm just winded by 4...

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MK, I salute you. I couldn't do one stair especially 4 flights. It's great that you have done so well. Keep it up and soon you'll do all 5 without getting so winded. All the weight loss shows I've watched have either the people doing stairs, climbing boxes, or the plastic steps one used for aerobic classes.

My legs are the weakest part of my body. I think I might concentrate on squats and lunges more. I don't have to get on the floor, and I've done them before using my exercise ball. I Can't go very low with the lunges though because I lose my balance. I've also found some core exercises I can do standing.

Tomorrow is my weigh in at Jenny's. I think I've lost about 3# on my scale wearing clothes and shoes. Except for going out on Wednesday and eating a regular breakfast that day I've stayed with the plan. I still struggle eating veggies at lunch time and eating my 3 fruits, but I do eat them at dinner, and one snack time with a string cheese.

I'm thinking of buying some of the Dole fruit snack containers packed in their own juice. I've had them with a lunch Jenny meal call kits. One is chicken and the other was tuna. I really like those kits because they come with fruit and crackers. It's like I'd fix only controlled with smaller 3oz cans an only about 6 crackers.

I wish I felt better today though. I've been so listless and tired. I slept until 8 today, 6 hours but am still tired. I thinks it's the sinuses again and the drainage upsetting my stomach. The weather has warmed up for today 36 degrees, sun shinning, but the wind has died down. After this I think I might do some squats and lunges to get my blood flowing.

Hope everyone having a great day. Take care and keep up the great work. I think We'll be shopping for a new desk chair and phones this weekend. The chair will all of a sudden drop because of the hydrolyses and from the tall position drop down to it's lowest one. My living room and bedroom phones won't connect when I answer so I've missed several calls because of that. It's so aggravating.

Anyway, have a great weekend and wonderful evening. I'll catch all later, G.

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Good morning. Well I'm having a breakfast that I shouldn't... eggs/bacon/hb - no excuses - no buts... just having a "bad" breakfast. I'll get back to my greens at noon.

Still doing the stairs after 5 p.m. here in the office. After everyone leaves for the evening (well most everyone) I'll walk down to the basement and back up to the 5th floor. This time I made it past the 4th floor before I was sucking wind.

I'm going to be getting back to my early morning gym time next week. I've also decided to attend a zenergy class - it is yoga and stretching at 6 p.m. I think that is going to be great at the end of the day.

Dad is all in rehab and set up.

Well ladies I hope you have a wonderful weekend and will find some form of exercise for yourself.



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MK, hope the rehab helps your dad. Glad it's not as serious as thought. Great job on the 5# hope you're able to continue to loose. Keep up the work and exercise. Just try to relax and let go of the stress you've been going through. I know it's easier said than done, but remember to take care of yourself too.

Still cold but at least the sun is out but very windy. I want winter to go away! Hope all is good on the west coast. Storms will pass although not fast enough for us.

Doing chores, laundry and trying to figure out where all the ants are coming from. It's winter and I thought they were not active or out in cold weather. Had to get out the ant spray. Usually not necessary in winter. I hate spraying with the dogs in the house. I've had to use it around the water and food bowls, and in the bathrooms. Who thought I'd be fighting ants in winter.

Other than that, things are good. Will weigh in on Saturday and by my scale I've lost, but we'll see. My scale and Jenny's not the same sometimes 2#'s difference. May the clothing worn but have been trying to wear the same outfit every time I weigh in. Hope my scale is right.

Hope everyone is having a super day. Take care, G

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good morning.... dad has an inflamed groin muscle... he will be going to rehab today from the hospital.

in other news... I've dropped 5#... stress and constantly on the run is keeping me from over eating. now to get rid of the headaches!

stormy weather has hit us once again... windy, rainy, and all around messy stuff.

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MK, So sorry to hear about your dad. I do hope he'll get the treatment that he needs and will be better soon. Wish I could be there to help you as a friend but our thoughts and prayers are with you. Do the best you can to relax. Maybe take a few minutes to throw a pot or do something artistic to forget for a few minutes.

I woke up and didn't even know the time. I went to bed last night and was out like a light. I do remember Don telling me good bye but not much else. I decided to take a short break from Jenny food today. I just didn't feel like having their breakfast today. I made a real piece of toast with peanut butter, and an egg omelet with real cheese and spinach. I'll eat the Jenny lunch though but not sure about the dinner. I'd love to go out tonight for a nice dinner with Don and a couple of drinks. I know I planned the weekend for that, but I might switch the days and have a jenny day one day this weekend.

It's been 3 weeks and we've not been out to eat and I tired of sticking to the plan. I need to get motivated again, but not sure how to do it yet. I think the cold and drab days are finally getting to me. I need some sun shine and warm day so I can just get out doors for a bit without freezing. We're only to get to 36 degrees today low in the low 20's. I really hate winter, even if we haven't had it bad yet. Very little snow but it's been extremely cold lately.

Anyway I hope everyone will have a better day and a great weekend. I'll try to catch all later. Bye for now, G.

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Well I tell ya I cannot get a break lately. Got a call yesterday about 8 a.m. that my dad is in pain - somewhere in the left groin area and they were sending him to the hospital. So off I go to the ER - took all day - and they finally admitted him. Got out of there about 3:30 p.m. Had to go run get clothes and stuff for him. The nice part is that the doc called me and we were able to discuss what the plan was. More tests for him today - not sure if he will go home tonight or not. Just hoping that he doesn't have a blood clot in the leg. He did have a UTI - so that is getting antibiotics. I tell ya - if it isn't one thing - its another. I'm just completely beat up emotionally.

Hopefully I can get some work done today. Some how I have to make up 10 hrs of work time this week... not sure how I'm going to do it, but I don't want to take leave without pay.

Got to get to work... take care.

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Hello and good afternoon. I'm with you on the exercise MK. I don't have a place to go and do exercising and I wish I did. At home I just can't seem to get motivated to exercise. On my cable on demand, there is a station called sportskool and have been looking at it for inspiration. They have several exercise videos on exercise. I've watched some of them to see if I can do them but most are really advanced. Some of the upper arms and shoulders workouts and maybe one walking in place and another dance type one could do but I'll need a step and weights to do them. They are hour long and like I said get very advanced. Nothing for beginners. My DVR not working right now so I can't even do the DVD's I have on exercise. I need to find something for me to do soon. I'll look at spark people again and maybe find something I can put up on the laptop and use.

Still following the Jenny plan, but money is tight and this week I couldn't buy anything but a few breakfast meals. I had trouble getting in all the meals, mainly the dinners the first 2 weeks so I did have some lunches, dinners and snacks left I was able to work into a plan for 5 days. That leaves the weekend on my own. Most of those meals were weekend meals so we'll see how it goes doing my own thing a few days. I've lost 15lbs so far which is a pretty good start for only 3 weeks. I only lost 2lbs last week and hope to continue to lose at least 2lbs per week. I'll see how it goes only doing 5 days this week.

Warmed up some here and the big snow that hit the east coast missed us. Only a few areas south got any snow so that's a good thing. We have temps around 45 degrees today but at night we drop into low 30's or high 20's. The wind has been a factor though making wind chills near single temps. I guess this weekend we'll be getting some snow showers though and it will be cold again. This up and down temps play havoc on my sinuses.

Hope this week finds everyone doing great. Lisa the exercise night at your school was such a great idea to have a parent with their children. To bad the didn't join into the fun. Hope when you try it again the parents participate more. Keep up the great job you've been doing at the school.

I need to eat lunch, so will close for now. everyone have a wonderful afternoon and hope the rest of the week goes well too. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Back at work after being ill for a couple days - chest cold. Still coughing, but not too bad. I could have worked - no fever - but who wants to hear me hacking up "hair balls" all day!!

Thank you both for the sentiments and prayers. It will take time to get through this and slowly I'm working through some of my feelings on my sisters passing.

Going to the gym is not coming easily - this morning I woke up on time, but I just could not go... it was the thought of not just the workout, but the showering and getting ready at the gym that I didn't want to do. So I either need to change the time I go to work - so I have time to go home and shower - or just get over myself and get back to it.

I've been trying to keep an eye on my eating. I've dropped a few pounds - so diet is where I'm focused right now. I'll do some stairs here at work for a quick cardio blast (I'm on the 5th floor) and I'll be walking to the bank during lunch - so at least I'll get some activity in.

Lisa - that sounded like such fun!!! Parental involvement must be difficult to do, but I like the idea of the requirements for at least one parent to attend and having them be part of one of the activities. I feel for those children who's parents refuse to come - hopefully the kids can find someone to bring them.

Well got to go get my oatmeal for the morning. So far only coffee and my vitamins - stomach is growling.

Take care.

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1/22/16 10:33 P

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I had so much fun tonight. We had a Fuel Up to Play 60 social at our school, and I did 69 air squats in a minute. I didn't win, but it was so fun to watch the youngsters count--some of them just bounce up and down, but at least they were moving. We struggled though to get parental participation, so we had to require, that during certain activities, the parents had to partner with their child(ren). We required that a parent attend, but most were sitting--and that was not the point at all. We'll know for next time, though. I then got to lead the Bunny Hop. I was surprised that so few kids, and some adults, didn't know how to do it.

Thinking of both of you, have a fine weekend.



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1/19/16 7:43 P

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MK, Wishing for you and all who grieve to be held in God's firm grip of grace during this time. I just read a devotional blog about appreciating your siblings. Hugs to you.



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1/19/16 4:11 P

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Mk, So sorry to here about your sister. I know losing her was a blow to all the family especially since you hadn't expected it. I lost my oldest sister several years ago too so I know how hard it is to handle all those feelings. My prayers are with you and your family. Know that she is with God and have comfort in that. God Bless you. G.

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1/19/16 12:32 A

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Hello. Well this past week has been extremely difficult. On Monday, January 11th at 11:01 p.m. My oldest sister passed away. It came out of left field - not that she was in the best of health - but it just hit me very very hard. This is the sister I have always had a difficult time with... Our entire relationship has been very difficult, but yet we have usually been there in desperate times. As difficult as it was I was there when she took her last breath.

My sister had a drinking problem. Her liver just quit working and she began to bleed internally and eventually she had a multiple organ failure and there was no hope. It was quick and the most pain she felt was getting sick to her stomach throughout the weekend prior.

I had the difficult task of telling my dad. We talked about not telling my mom because of her diminished capacity, but I did let her know and of course she didn't understand, but I felt it necessary.

I was in so much pain that I was very sick to my stomach all the next morning. Both of my children and my husband have really given me so much support. The funeral is Wednesday and we are staying very simple. She didn't have any life insurance nor any savings so her husband had to ask his brothers (attorneys) for assistance. They really came through and have taken care of it. The siblings are doing the flowers.

So Thursday I made a big attempt at working out - that lasted about 20 minutes - but at least I went. I'm all packed up and ready to go early morning to the gym and put in a little time in the office.

I'm excited for you Lisa - looking for a house - but I bet it is completely stressful having to even think about moving. I hope that you'll be able to find something that works for everyone. Being closer to your work will be a great help especially with all the hours you put in - you won't have that commute.

Georgie - you hang in there!! I'm sorry your doc is not a happy camper, but know that your on your way to a healthier you. You can do this!

I will try and get on the computer later this week. Blessings to you! Remember - life is short - tell the ones you love just how much you love them.

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation... 2 Corinthians 5:17

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1/18/16 10:55 A

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Lisa, I lost this past week another 4lbs. The total so far is 12lbs. I guess I did better than first thought. I'm glad, and I hope it continues this week.

It's fridge here too 4 degrees now, and the wind chill is -10. Way to cold for me, and the dogs too. They aren't staying out very long and seem to want out more often when it's really cold like this. I thinks our high will be 11 later. The sun is out though and is melting the little bit of snow we got yesterday.

I've had my breakfast this morning and should be ready for my snack. I didn't fall asleep this morning so that's a good thing. Over the weekend I think I was fighting something in my system. I had the runs both days and was hot than cold all day. All I wanted to do is stay bundled in a blanket and sleep. We did watch the football games all day yesterday, Seattle lost so I guess were out of the running for the super bowl. I guess I'll follow the Broncos next Sunday and see who continues forward.

I'm still trying to find some exercises I can do inside my home. The DVD player is still not working so can't watch anything to exercise with. I'll figure it out because one of my goals this week is to do some workouts, and try to get on track with that since I'm doing the food plan.

I need to get my snack for this morning, and get dressed. Since I'm feeling better, I'll get some chores done. We took the inside decorations and our tree down yesterday, so I need to store them yet and do a good dusting and vacuuming to get all the needles up. I'm also going to tackle my bathrooms today and mop the floor, clean the sinks, and the toilets.

Hope today finds everyone doing great, and not to cold. I told you Lisa, I that we'll be getting your weather and here it has arrived. We sometimes get the snow but so far we've just got the fridge temps. Stay warm and safe. Hope you can sell your home and buy the house you found yesterday. Take care, Catch all later. G.

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