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2/18/17 8:00 A

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Hello and happy weekend.

My husband is on the wrap up with his old job, and making the transition to his new job. He will finally get his home office packed up and sent back to the company, and then we can just have a "normal" home office.

I'm just getting ready to head to the gym. Going to have a lazy day, really. I may work a few hours this afternoon, and then again on Monday. So glad we don't have school--I really need a catch up day.

We've got about 5 more days of gorgeous weather (50+) before winter returns with a prediction of lots of snow by the end of the week. That's okay--it's almost spring!!

My dad is having some health issues: he's got cellulitis in his foot that just doesn't want to go away, he has a pre-cancerous lesion on his lip, and he has a painful achilles tendon in his other foot. Healing is complicated by the fact that he's diabetic, but they think there's something else going on, since his diabetes is well managed, and he's only had it a few years. He is beyond frustrated--he's one of these people who will follow a dr's. instructions to the letter, and then he expects to be completely well and back to his regular routine. Anyway, my folks are coming up to my brother's for the weekend, so I'll drive up tomorrow and see them.

We visited my father-in-law last night, and he was as good as I've seen him since before Christmas. He says he's had some days where he's felt good all day. That was good to hear.

Wishing you both a pleasant weekend.



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2/17/17 10:33 A

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Hello! Thanks for the birthday wishes. It was a very nice day. Kids took me to breakfast and later that night we all went out to dinner in Portland (shopping in between). Had a great time.

Well one more pup to go and I'm hoping that she will be gone on Monday. We have a family taking a look at her on Monday and I'm hoping they will want her. If not we will most likely just give up looking for a home and keep her. She is growing on me every day... well excepts for those mid-night and 3 a.m. wake ups.

Both of my parents are sick - so I can't get in there to see them or clean up their closets. We are in what is called a "spend down" of their funds. They have gone through all their money (at $10K/month its easy to do) and will now go to Medicaid. The whole process is exhaustive - as it should be - but when you've dealt with so much with them it can be difficult dealing with this transition.

Well I have to get to work. Take care ladies - have a fabulous weekend!!

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MK, happy birthday! I surely hope you have something special planned.

My husband starts his new job on the 24th, two days before his 54th birthday. He'll put in his notice Monday, and then use up his leave.

Work has calmed slightly--the last couple of weeks were crazy busy. We had our Valentine's Day date today--lunch at a Chinese buffet, it was awful, and the movie Hidden Figures, it was phenomenal, and I highly recommend it. Now I'm just finishing some chores and completing my grocery list. I cleaned both upstairs bathrooms and our bedroom this morning, and also did a decent kitchen cleaning. I've got some vacuuming to do yet, and then next week I need to really give the basement some attention. It isn't really dirty, but the dust sure does collect in spots.

We've had two gorgeous 40+ days, and the week ahead is projected to remain mild. Our snow is nearly gone, and I'll be happy if it stays gone, although any that falls now usually melts quickly.

G, glad you are finally feeling better. We've had so many kids and teachers our with either influenza, strep, or the stomach flu. I've been spared, so am grateful for that.

My middle son and his wife have finally purchased an acreage, so she will finally get her horses here, they've been at her parents' place two hours away. Her parents will probably move nearby as well. They've been looking for a long time, so they'll love this. They more than double their current space, and they'll be able to breed and raise Pomeranians.

Time's a wastin', need to get busy. Have a wonderful weekend.



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Hello! Well the pups went to their 2nd vet appointment for their first shots. We have very healthy, very well fed, and happy puppies. Vet said that they can go to their perspective homes this coming weekend!! WOOT WOOT!!! hahahaha not that I'm happy about that or anything... YIPPEEE!!! Happy Dance

Love those little guys to death and will be sad to see them go, but will not miss the clean-up and monitoring while they explore the house - that is for sure!!

Lisa - so happy that your husband is finding a job he loves - that is the most important thing. If getting up and moving and doing is his thing - then custodial work is perfect!!! I wish him all the best in his new endeavors.

It is sure nice to not feel sick. My coughing has decreased quite a bit and that makes me super happy!!

Georgie - happy to hear your on the mend. That flu/cold etc... drains the energy right out of you.

Well got to go get my poached egg & 1 toast... I'm at least heading in the right direction on the scale - down 2# - probably just water, but I'll take it!!

Have a great day!!

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Hi. Lisa. I don't know what flu is hitting your teachers and kids, but I hope it wasn't like the one I've had. Started with a cough, then a fever for 2 days, utter exhaustion, and the runs. I don't think I've ever been this sick for this long. I'm still having a hard time functioning although I feel much better. Just showered, and had to lay down to get my energy back. This weekend was the first time I was able to eat 3 meals in a row without getting sick. This flu kicked my butt. Today was the first day I could actually follow the Jenny plan. For once I'm glad I don't have large amounts of food to eat. The plan allows me to get back to eating slowly, and so far I've had no issues.

I'm not sure if I'm ready for exercise though, but am ready to just get out and be moving around. The temps will be in the 50's so that will help me without freezing while doing it. We need to go to the store tonight when Don gets home and it'll be a short trip for just a few things we're needing. Slowly get back to feeling like myself.

I know that lost weight from illness doesn't stay off for long. I'm down almost 16 pounds from my last weigh in. I'm sure a lot of it was water, little food intake and extremely low calories. I've been eating as few as 800 to 1000 was my high intake. I sure wish I can keep at least some of the losses off for good, we'll see. I'm the lowest weight I've been in several years, and with the loss of 2 more pounds, I've loss the 50 pounds which was my goal I set at the beginning. I am happy about the loss, and only time will tell with the outcome.

This is the first time I've gotten on the computer in a week. I did log in a few times with my phone, and responded to a few Facebook posts, kept up with my emails and a couple of other things as well, but that's about it.

I need to put my makeup on and finish getting ready to go when Don gets home, so will close for now. Take care, G.

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Hello, and happy weekend. We just finished a brunch of an egg bake, blueberry muffins, fruit with fruit dip, and bacon. It was really good, and fun. My husband and I actually went together to the gym this morning. He walked slowly on the treadmill, and I did my regular workout. He's recovering well from his hernia, but still wishes he could just be recovered and back to his workout plan.

And, on that note, he has been offered a new job as a custodian at a local manufacturing place in town. He wants to have a job where he moves a lot, can still be around people, and has an opportunity to advance. He said the interviewers were just stunned that someone who has as much education and experience as he does wants a job as a custodian. He's looked at a few other things, and he has interviewed for one other job, but he doesn't think he'll get it, and even if he does, he probably will stick with this one. He won't start for a few more weeks, though.

It is an extremely busy time for me at work, in fact, I'll be working most of the afternoon, as a variety of unexpected things came up this week that set me back. In addition we've had quite the outbreak of influenza, which has caused students and teachers alike to miss school.

I've lost all of the weight I gained, so now I'm back down to that 200-205 range. The lowest I've been in recent years is 195, and I'd be happy there, but it would be better for me to stay around 180-185.

My youngest granddaughter turns 3 tomorrow, so we will be celebrating after church. She has started Sunday School, and is so proud that she can go to "school" with her big sister. It sounds like she'll be in preschool two days per week next school year.

MK, finally, you are healthy. You surely had a time of it. The pups are so darn cute!

And, G, spring isn't too far off. I hope you are feeling well soon.



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I appreciate your insight, and I'm confident, with the level of support he has, he will learn to get what he needs in a much more constructive way. So we continue to teach, assist, support, and restrain when necessary. Thank you for chiming in.



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Hello! Finally feeling much better these days - YIPPEE!! still have a little cough and lots of blowing my nose, but so much better.

Puppies are growing like weeds. Running around and causing havic - they get so darn excited being let out of the confined 4x4 box - don't blame them one bit - but I'm so thankful for this 4x4 to put them in to give us a break. It is nice to see that the mom/dad love to play with the pups; they really learn a lot at this age. Only a couple more weeks and they will be gone.

I'm doing better with my food. I haven't gotten regular going to the gym, but its coming. Saw the orthopedic PA for my knees and had steroid shots in each of them. She did not think that I would need a knee replacement - even though her former colleague only talked about having that done. So it is a bit of a relief to hear this.

Well I'm heading downstairs to the cafeteria for my poached egg and one toast. Take care ladies! Keep warm and rock the day!!

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MK, I'm happy I kept off 33# but it could have been more if I didn't go off plan during the Holidays. It's a new year and back on track now. Joining the Y will help. I just have to go even when Don won't or can't go with me. Mk, the puppies are so cute. I saw the post on Facebook. They have grown a lot haven't they. How old are they now? Several years ago my one female had 6 puppies. Now that was fun, and a lot of work. So glad we found a home for them.

I feel terrible today. I think I have a cold. Woke up with a cough and was burning up this morning. I don't have a fever though, just this cough. It's a deep one so I know it's not a fluke. I hate when I'm sick. I might have caught it from Don. He was sick over the weekend and came home early yesterday because of having issues too. He went to work today, I have to hand it to him, he won't take any time off because of sickness. I just hope it doesn't last very long.

When I'm not feeling well it's hard to stay on plan, or exercise. I need to set another time with the trainer soon or I'll stop the initiative to go workout. That's the problem when we both are not well. I'll have the car on Thursday so am planning to go to the Y for a short workout during the day. I weigh in that night so can't go later.

It's a cold day here, already tired of the drab days of winter. Looking like snow, and they say we might get some later. I just hope it's not to much at one time.

Miamirn You have strength to raise a child with self worth. It's hard to do that these days. Great advice you gave Lisa, coming from one who has been through it helps. Welcome, hope to hear from you again. Chris Powell's program is good I know who you are talking about. Hang in there, you'll do great.

Lisa, hope this week a better one for you. You have a lot to give your school and it's children.

I need to get some lunch so will catch all later. Everyone have a great day. Bye for now, G.

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1/31/17 9:34 A

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Great job on your weight loss Georgie!! 33# is awesome!

Miamirn - great input and insight - welcome.

Lisa - hope last week was smooth and that your having a great week so far.

Puppies are running around everywhere now. My husband and I have a gotten it down to a science on feeding, potty, & sleep. We both cannot wait for them to go to their new homes. We still have not settled on who will get the little female, but I'm sure it will get all worked out soon. It is very exhausting taking care of these little buggers - so happy she only had 2!!

I'm finally getting over everything. Ended up with a terrible sinus/head cold last week and the last of that is going away. I see the orthopedic doc for my knee tomorrow - and we shall see what the plan will be. I'm getting back to the gym with some weights & elliptical - not a lot, but feel good that I'm back!!

Food - well you know how it goes - I'm much better, but then there are days when I really blow it. For the most part I'm doing pretty good. I can feel it in the way my clothes fit - so thats good.

Well got to go get my poached egg and back to work. Take care ladies!!

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Hi,
I came here hoping this thread was for the Chris Powell's exercise program, but I see if it was it was side tracked.

While reading couple of posts I cam upon your post, Lisa about your teaching experience. I am a retired pediatric RN. I worked many, many years in the community helping mentally and physically disabled children. I also have an adult who has a mental disability. By the grace of God he is functioning exceptionally normal and is well controlled with medicine. But it wasn't always that way. We had many years of meltdown and furious temper tantrums. Early on I learned good ways to help him and created some of my own clever methods, too. I very much understand how you feel about your young student who had a meltdown. My son used to have a meltdown on time at approximately 7 PM to 7:20 PM most days of the week for many of his early years. I restrained him and used to whisper in his ear, "when you are done crying and struggling I will release you" and "when you are feeling much better you can go play". After his meltdown he would be very tired and felt so remorseful. He would tell me how sorry he was. I never asked him too. It was genuine. The one thing that helped me a lot was never feeling sorry for him. I believed the moment I would feel pity for him was the moment I would lose all opportunity to help my son learn to control his feelings. Many years passed and little by little the intensity of his temper tantrums declined and the time in which they lasted lessened. One day just before my son was going to have another meltdown he rushed over to me and asked me if I could wrap him tightly in a sheet near the bed. This was the beginning of him learning to control his own emotions. I was so relieved and so happy he was finally learning this. I must admit not only was I so proud of him, but I was very proud of myself. It took a monumental amount of self control and energy myself to help him. I knew he would be on his way to a better life. It took many more years before meltdowns stopped entirely, but it did happen. There are times when my son becomes overwhelmed with a situation. Sometimes he has to remove himself from it and calm down. Like always, it's usually because he is either overtired, hungry or hit with too many problems at one time. Sometimes I believe he has more self control than other mature adults. I am very proud of him. I never have to worry about him being institutionalized or hospitalized. That was my biggest fear.

Anyway, I just thought I would give you a glimpse of my world since you seem to be so committed to your teaching and love it so much.

Thanks :)

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Lisa, I've kept off 33 pounds total. I've had several up and downs in my weight loss. A lot of it during November and December. All the temptations are out of the house and started a new attack again this month. I still struggle because I'm trying to adjust again to the plan and follow it as written. They have large meals for both lunch and dinners and sometimes I just don't want the larger amounts of food for lunch.

I have made a new exercise plan which I'm sure will help. Don and I have joined the Y and so far have worked out 3 days a week. It sometimes takes me saying lets go and me being ready when Don gets home. Other times it's him wanting to go and not me. We also started with a trainer at the Y and our first meeting was on Friday. She showed me the proper technique to use the weight machines, gave me some balance and leg strengthening activities, and I'm doing cardio to warm up and again after the weights.

I want to see results right away with my loss and my strength, but I know it'll take more than a few times before it shows. Right now I'm just focusing on getting to the gym to work out. So far Don wants to go too which helps to have a partner. We were going to go yesterday but after running around all day decided to go today. Don woke up sick this morning and has not wanted to eat anything and is napping off and on all day. He finally stopped sleeping in the chair and laid down on the couch. Unfortunately I was just sitting and napping to so got up and am doing laundry and a few other things to stay active.

Mk, I hope you get over the UTI's and will be bake to normal soon. You sure have had your share with them. The puppies look so cute, and I know letting the go will be difficult for you. They sound like they will be going to good homes and causes though.

Lisa, Hope your husband will heal after surgery and on the mend soon. Both you ladies take care and keep up the great work. I too will try to stay the course. Have a wonderful Sunday and a fantastic week. G.

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MK, you surely have had a time battling these UTIs. I wish you a complete recovery and hope they don't reoccur. It sounds like you've enjoyed the pups. I'm sure they will enjoy their new homes as well.

Stay the course, G. Ups and downs are common, but your plan surely seems sound. What is your total weight loss so far on the Jenny plan?

I had an incredibly rough day today, and I'm having an emotional night. A student who became aggressive towards me later cried, sobbed, apologized and snotted all over me. I had to remain supportive and professional, but my heart hurts tonight, not only for him, but for all of these special needs students who try to fit into a world that doesn't make sense to them. I spent over 3 hours today with him while he was in full out meltdown--and while I acted according to his plan, it still didn't feel good, and the reality is that we'll probably have to go through this again as he begins to learn that the world won't adjust to his demands and needs. Family is supportive and understanding, same things happen at home. Despite all of my education, experience, and the knowledge and support of those around me, we still couldn't prevent/deescalate this agonizing event.

To top it off, my sister called. Her ex-husband was awarded more time with the girls, and she's taking it rather hard. He loves them, and does everything he should in terms of paying child support, following the visitation plan, etc, so there's no reason why he shouldn't get what he asked for, except that this plan puts them in daycare more, and gives them less time with mom. I want to empathize with her, but then I want to tell her to be grateful that these girls have two involved parents who love them, care for them, and want what's best for them--even if they disagree on what's best.

Trying to hang in there with food, some days I just don't want to make the effort. Right now, my desire to prepare food is really limited, and I usually love to cook and bake.

And, tomorrow morning, my husband has his hernia repaired. We had a trip to the ER the other day; I was pretty sure it was his hernia, he thought it was some terminal disease. He was in so much pain, that his thinking was greatly compromised. Anyway, just a little same day procedure and a weekend recovery should have him in ship-shape soon. He's bummed because he can't lift for a few weeks, but he'll be able to do his cardio.

Wishing you both a calm end to the week and an enjoyable weekend.



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Hello. Finally back at work today. Wednesday last week I went home very ill and saw the doctor at 3 (well didn't get in until almost 3:30). I had a very serious UTI and kidney infection. We were able to only talk briefly because they squeezed me in between appointments (so the actual 3 o'clock lady had to wait more - felt bad about that). Put me on high level antibiotics and prescription prevacid (sp?) and some other natural remedies. Spent the next 3 days sweating out the fever. Seriously thought I might have picked up the flu at the same time, but the infection was just really really bad. Couldn't even lay on my right side because the kidney was in such pain.

For now I'm good to go - some how I picked up a cold yesterday and now my baritone voice is back. Never ending - thank heavens I'm on a super strong antibiotic - no germ is living in me!!!

So I really didn't eat for about 3 days - had a very liquid diet. I've been getting back to the gym prior to my illness, but need to get back on the schedule - so hard to do when your sick.

Sorry to hear about your friend Lisa. Great that you were able to go see her. Blessings and prayers to you and her family.

Georgie - great job!! even with the 2# up - still very awesome!! Keep up the excellent work!!

Well the puppies are really taking up the time now. Can't wait for them to go and I think the mom would be happy to see them go as well. Trying to get them on a regular feeding schedule so she can ween them off completely. The mom (Lucy) is so funny - I'll be in there feeding and she comes in to check - she looks at me - I look at her and I tell her I got this... she turns around and leaves. Its almost like a tag team effort. I'm so happy she only had 2!! The little male is already sold and if I don't get a buyer for the female before 7-8 weeks old - then I have a friend who's fiance' trains service dogs and is looking for a lab. He would come and test her and if she passes then they will purchase her for training & her new handler. She is going to be a very beautiful dog - super dark brown.

Well I have to get back to work - break is over!! Take care.

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Lisa, sorry to hear about your friend. It's a great attitude to say she's going to glory. I'm sure she will be missed by all. It's nice you were able to visit her before she passed.

Last weigh in I had a 2# gain. I know a lot of it is my eating out and having some drinks, and not being active mush during the day. I have bought myself a Fit Bit and have been wearing it all the time which so far is making me get up and move more during the day.

We finally joined the Y and went on Saturday to set up a program. They didn't set as many exercises I thought they would and it was all machine workouts. The only one I don't think I'll use again is the one for my back. I have a few issues with my lower back anyway, and after using this machine I could barely move the next morning. Don thought it might be I used to much weight with it but If I remember using it before, I had a problem with it even at a lower weight.

So far Don wants to go 3 times a week. We'll go again tonight and I'll do some cardio and maybe try a few other machines. I did pretty well with the weight on all the machines I tried, but the back one, and will add machines as I go. They have trainers and you can pay for sessions and I'm thinking I'll work with one a few times to set up a better overall plan for my exercise.

We've been warm, almost like spring, these past few days. We made it to 63 on Saturday, Sunday was 62, today we have some rain, but we're around 50, but will be back to 34 by Friday. They are even calling for possible snow showers. Crazy weather and not at all like winter.

I've been trying on my exercise clothes to see what still fits and what I want to wear. The only thing I might need to buy might be some new shoes to work out with. I have a pair of New Balance, but I have my supports in them and not sure how that would be for my workout. They are stiff with the supports in them and it makes them give less. They're fine for everyday use, but not sure how they would do when working out.

Doing laundry and a few chores today and will go to the Y when Don gets home.
I'll try to walk on the treadmill or maybe do the bike before the machine workouts, and maybe try a couple more to add.

I need to change the laundry to dry, so will close for now. Everyone have a great day. I'll catch all later. G.





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That's a great loss, G. I hope you've had another good week.

Today is my middle son's 29th birthday. Man, I feel old. My oldest will be 31 in June. I just carry on and try not to focus on my age. I'm grateful for my health and ability to be active.

A good friend of mine is soon to enter into Glory. She has fought colon cancer valiantly over the last five years, and her time on earth is coming to an end. Her family is by her side. I was able to visit this morning, and she could manage some conversation, but I could tell it wears her out, so I only stayed about 15 minutes. I believe she's 57, and her three girls are close in age to my three boys.

Exercise is going great, and overall food is going well too. I haven't had a very good weekend, but I just need to set that aside and forge ahead. We've also had some thawing temps here, which is wonderful, but it freezes overnight and makes for some slippery conditions in the morning.

My husband has applied for another job, and he's fairly optimistic. He would work Mon-Fri 8-4:30, and his office wouldn't be in the house. He would go back to working with the developmentally disabled population, which is what he did prior to taking the job he currently has. We'll see what transpires.

My youngest granddaughter will be staying overnight with us tonight, as she doesn't have daycare tomorrow. My husband had adjusted his schedule, but I'll have to work for sure. It'll be fun to have her; she'll be 3 in a couple of weeks.

MK, have you recovered from your winter-like weather? It surely can be a shock when an area isn't used to having it.

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MK, Sounds like your warming up some out west. We had a very bad cold time last week with extremely low temps. It's warmed up this week and we've had a lot of rain and temps mid 50's. I still seem to be cold all the time though.

Back following Jenny and have been do better. Had a surprise last week with a loss of 6#'s. I didn't expect it so was very happy and so was my consultant. I have a new one now because the one I was going to found another job. It's like starting over and I need to tell her much of what was going on with me that I had already told the first one. It's Ok, she's nice and is giving me new suggestions for helping with my food and weight loss.

This past weekend we joined the YMCA. Don finally decided he wants to shape up and lose a few pounds too. It'll be interesting to say, because he never wanted to go work out with me when I was a member before. We have an appointment with a trainer this Saturday so I need to decide what I want to work on besides losing weight.

They have a Move 2 Lose program which has 24 sessions, and it includes exercise, nutrition classes, food programs, and helps you set up an exercise program just for you. I don't know if Don will want the same thing or not but any help for me to stay with my goals will be great.

I'm trying some new food that Jenny has added to the menus so I'll see if they are any good or not. Some has an Asian choice or a Southwest choice so I'll see if they agree with me. Some of this type of food can play havoc with my stomach and digestive system. We'll see how good they are for me this week.

Speaking of eating, I need to find something to fix for Don, and am trying one of the new Asian choices for me tonight. I need to get going on cooking, or we'll be eating late again tonight.

Everyone have a great night and a super week. MK, keep up the loss and exercise. I know how hard it is to get back on track after straying. Lisa, Hope things have warmed up for you and that you are having a good return to school. Take car gals, G.

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Hello. Finally getting some actual rain - hopefully it won't be freezing upon contact... as predicted. So far so good here in the mid-valley - still very cold out, but it finally is above 32*

Portland is still socked in with frozen streets, but I just heard that the air warmed up above freezing so the rain should get the snow/ice melted... now flooding!

Food has been good and I can only tell because my pants are fitting a bit better. My husband & I went to the gym over the weekend and had pretty good workouts. I'm trying really hard to not over do it so I'm not super sore... so far so good.

Kids came over on Saturday and we enjoyed a very lengthy, rousing game of monopoly. It was nice having a good time with everyone.

Did I mention that my niece moved out? I think I probably did. I think she is doing good, but she doesn't go out of her way to let me know how she's doing. I think that was one thing that bugged me - she never really considered us family. At least her actions never showed me that. I've reached out to her, but she chooses not to respond or participated in family things. Its actually been kinda nice at the house since she has been gone. I'm just wondering how long it will last... hahaha... I think her "adulting" (as she calls it) might come as a big shocker to her... all the things that we provided for her compared to her living with complete strangers on her own. Time will tell.

Take care ladies - hope all will warm up for you!

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Well, we survived a cold and windy week, and finally some relief. We've been below zero to single digits all week, and we should be 20-30s this week. I am so ready for a January thaw.

I really love my new gym, which is a SNAP fitness. I went to the Y this morning, since my membership isn't quite expired, but I probably won't go there any more. I am taking a trainer led boot camp class twice per week, and I really like the trainer--not sure yet if I'll hire him for a short period of time to help me with a workout plan for my current limitations, or if I'll just figure it out myself.

Overall, my eating this week has been better than usual, but still lots of room for improvement. My husband has been really crabby. He's not losing any more weight, and he's getting frustrated, since he's doing everything his trainer has told him to do. In addition, he's been cooking a lot of his own food, which is fine, but he still only eats very few items, and I think he's in need of variety, but I'm surely not saying it.

My sister is coming to visit, she should be here shortly. We are planning a very big family reunion with my cousin, so it should be a fun gathering later today. We will also attend my son's basketball game (he coaches) this afternoon. Other than that, it's just the usual weekend chores.

I hope you are both doing well and staying the course. Enjoy the weekend.



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Hello! Well Portland was far from the record snow in 1947, but at 11.5" within 24 hours - came very close! My son is going to get the car today. The roads were still very bad yesterday and chains were required. Fortunately he was able to park under an overpass and keep the car some what protected. There was no way we could go up there and help him - the roads were so bad. So he will get this all figured out and hopefully get the rental returned unscathed and pick up his vehicle from the auto repair.

Salem has pretty dry roads today. We saw less than 2" and it is just cold out. Happy most of the roads were dry so we don't get black ice.

Not much else going on here. Puppies now have their eyes open and I believe I have sold both of them. I'm having a hard time with this because I really want to keep the male pup, but I know it wouldn't be feasible for us. So for now I'm not making that decision on the male, but the female has been sold for sure.

Finally made that call to the orthopedic doc. Will see him on February 1st to talk about the next step with the knee.

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MK, I saw the reports of all the snow near Portland and how the traffic was stopped with no where to go. Glad your son was able to get home and is safe. Hope you'll be able to go get his car today and pick it up. If you do drive safely and don't you get caught in all that snow too.

We've turned warm again the high was 57 this afternoon and we've had a lot of rain. Last night we even had thunder storms which is what we usually have in the spring. This weather is crazy for this time of year. Very little snow, mostly cold and rain. I always wonder if it's global warming and it seems like you're getting all the cold and snow and we're getting the rain and warmer temps. It's like spring here.

Just a short note today. Don just called and will be here soon and then we have a few errands to run. I'll close for now, take care, catch all later, G.

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Hello! Crazy weather here... only about 2" of snow in Salem, however, Portland which is 45 min to an hour away - well its still snowing right now.... they are at about 10-12" right now. The weather peeps say that it can be another 4-6" or more before they are done.

My son called me at 1 a.m. because he was stopped on one of the highways in Portland - trying to get home. He ended up abandoning the car (only had 1/4 tank left) and he walked about 10-15 miles. I'm sure his feet were completely frozen by the time he got home. He did meet some nice people along the way and one guy gave him a partial ride (until he had to turn off). He finally made it home about 3-4 a.m. Today will be "how to get the car home" day... most likely won't happen until late this afternoon.

Can't wait until we just get rain and then spring!!

Today is 1 year since my sister passed. I'm sure you've seen that on FB. Really can't believe its been a year already... just doesn't seem like it.

Well I hope you both are warm and safe - and your families as well.

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MK, Sounds like you experience as many weather changes in your neck of the woods as we do. The end of the week and the weekend we had snow along with fridge temps. Today we were to have freezing rain with a mix of rain and ice. Thankfully the ice and freezing rain passed us by but we then had wind advisories for most of the day. Mostly rain and wind stuck around today.

We had high gusts of wind today, and it blew over our big trash cans. One had been emptied, but the recycle was still full and I had a hard time setting it up again. I took the empty one into the garage, fetched the mail, but had to go out later to get the other can. I had been emptied, but the wind had blown it over again. This time though it was easier to handle. I didn't wear a coat out to get the cans up and about froze, along with fighting the wind.

I can do without the cold and wind, but tomorrow we'll get a raise in temps by Thursday they say we might get 59 degrees. No wonder everyone is getting sick around here. Cold, sore throats, and chest infections are mostly the illnesses they get.

Don is home now, and I should start thinking about fixing dinner. Not sure what to fix. I've been good about eating on plan today but still need to figure out something for Don. That's the only thing about me eating Jenny, and Don is not, I never know what he'll want or what he'll eat for dinner. I'd better close for now, or we'll be eating dinner at late tonight. I'll catch all later, G.

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Hello! Well snow is going to come again to the valley. Every 7-10 years or so we get hit with big storms that just sit in the valley - sometimes they dump tons of rain and other times snow or ice. This seems more like the tide - coming in and out - with the weather. The arctic freeze that you all experience does come our way every now and again. We have a huge gorge that runs between Washington & Oregon that pretty much acts like a funnel - shooting the arctic air through to Portland and then down the valley. This time the moisture is coming from the south and will mesh with that arctic air sitting in the valley and we end up getting bombarded with snow or freezing rain. Nice thing is the snow can be what we consider dry (very much like south dakota) and it blows everywhere. The bad part of that is when the moisture does come it packs that "dry" snow down into every crack and crevice and then more ice... its a mess.

We are staying warm and I'm very fortunate that I only live a couple miles from work - so I'm able to come in or I can work from home on the computer.

There are also times when for some reason a pocket of warm air has dropped in the valley and all around us it will snow and accumulate, but not here in town. It is very odd, but the mountains to the east/west of us changes things up a bit.

I'm doing good here. Dad had pneumonia and is recovering quite well from that.

Not much else is happening really...

Well I'm off to a training - a very long - 4 hour - training on a computer system. Oh joy... I think I need caffeine!!

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Happy weekend.

We visited my father-in-law today. He's improving physically, however, he has a few other conditions that need attention. He is still weak, and he simply has no balance. He cannot walk without the support of a cane or walker. Anyway, he's managing in his home for now.

I've been working hard this week to plan my meals and get all my exercise in, and it is going well. I made a homemade granola bar the ingredients are honey, oatmeal, almonds, Craisins and flaxseeds. They are really good, and I just cut them into 8 bars, wrapped them and will store in the frig. I'll take some to work too. I'm making a mushroom/quiona/spinach scramble for breakfast this week as well.

Kathy, I see you have snow--I'm guessing that's unusual for your neck of the woods. Stay safe and warm. I hope the pups are doing well too.

How was the weigh in, G? Looks like your area is getting socked with some dangerous winter weather as well. We kind of expect it around here, but we remain hopeful that it doesn't get too bad.

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MK, Glad that All went well with operation Burrito. You are such a thoughtful person to organize this every year. I'm sure it's appreciated by all you help.

Still struggling to get back on track with my food. I've overdosed on sugar and carbs, and now It's hard to break away from them, especially since we still had them left in the house. I did send some home with the family, but still had loads left. Homemade bread has been my downfall. I love it and the Italian food Don makes is addictive. I've been off and on with the Jenny plan. I'll eat it for breakfast and lunch but dinner we've been eating leftovers.

I had to cancel my Jenny weigh in yesterday because of a delivery of a new oxygen concentrator, the first one was to big and very noisy keeping Don awake, and scaring the dogs. This one seems better. At least it's not as noisy as the other one and so far seems to be doing the job. I had set another appointment for Jenny again today but we're in the middle of a big snow storm. It's bad enough that Don had to go to work and come home in it let alone going out again tonight. I reset it for Sunday, and hope will be able to go.

It's going to be frigid the rest of the week and possibly more snow is expected. This time of year we have to play it by ear because we never know about Ohio weather.

I have been feeling terrible today I'm not hungry and have felt sick all day. I hope it's not the flu. I had a shot this year, but it's still a possibility. It might just be all the junk food messing with me. I couldn't even finish my lunch, and don't feel like eating anything tonight either. I hope it passes by and doesn't turn into anything more serious.

Don will be home shortly so need to close for now. Everyone have a great night. Catch all later, G.

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Hello. Sorry I haven't been here lately. Just caught up with all the posts. You both have been very busy.

Lisa - I hope things level out with your father-in-law. They do so very much like their independence, but also need to realize that they are not the spring chicken they use to be. My dad was also suppose to use a walker at all times... well that landed him and my mom into assisted living. Sometimes they can just be so stubborn. I truly hope that he complies and that he is able to live out his time at home - it is always a much better thing. Even if you can get Personal Care Services (PCS) to come in a couple times a week - this will help ease your husbands time and give him the break he needs to take. I still remember my brother telling me "Pace yourself Kathy - you need to pace yourself" and of course I didn't - and now I know of what he was speaking. So I pass that along to you and your husband. We also let the doctor break news to our dad - when he needed to be in assisted living - when mom needed memory care - pretty much everything that was medically important. It takes the burden off of you and puts it right where it needs to be - on the doctor. They are not emotionally attached and they have the ability to talk frankly with them. Financially, my brother took them to an attorney long ago and had a will and power of attorney written up - just in case. Now my brother deals with all the finances, but getting that thing done really helped that transition.

I'm happy to hear that he was able to go home and that he is all set up there. I hope that you will be able to have some help come in and care for him. Also check to see if his doctor's office has a Nurse Practitioner that does house calls. We have one come and see both mom/dad every 3 months. This keeps him from having to deal with clinics, but yet keeps the doc informed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!!

Well Operation Christmas Burrito was a success. We didn't have as many homeless this year, but we were in a slightly different location. All went well.

We have 2 puppies in the house now. Funny how they ended up the exact same sex/color as the parents. Both are healthy and she is a really good mom. She licks them so much I'm surprised they have fur!!! HAHAHA

Well I've got to get going. Take care ladies!! Keep warm... deep freeze is hanging over us all.

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Mk, the pictures of the new puppies are so cute. Glad mommy is protective and wants to care for them. Hope you had a great new year and are having a wonderful week.

Lisa, When do you start back to school. Most of them returned to school today. It's a rainy day but it's not yet cold. I'm sure the children needed their rain gear to catch the bus. If you've started back hope the week will go great for everyone.

I hate fetching up the trash cans after it's rained. They are covered with rain and when I try to open the lids to get the drops off it all fell into the can. They are to big and heavy to turn them over to dump the water. Now they have standing water in the bottoms. Anyway they were heavier to bring up than usual.

I got on the scale and I know I'm up at least a pound. I gained .8 last week but will gain more tomorrow when I weigh in at Jenny. They are always one pound off my scale. If I show 1.6 gain Jenny will be 2.6. I need to get back to better eating and planning my meals. I'll try to follow the diabetic plan offered by Jenny again. I had better losses when I used it before.

Today we're around 50, but by tomorrow we'll have a cold front move through and will be down to 30 and the rain will most likely be snow showers. Welcome back winter. Cold for the rest of the week.

I found one of my Exercise DVD's last week and will try to start using it this week. I also saw an exercise set on Facebook for those with bad knees. I think I could use the exercises too. It's one of my plans I shooting for in 2017.

I need to print out my Jenny plan and do a couple of things around the house still. so will close for now. Everyone have a wonderful day and week.

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Happy New Year. I'm thankful for last year but am ready to start new. Had a wonderful family celebration yesterday and everyone had a lot of fun. I love having all the grandkids here but it can be noisy and some of the little ones tend to squeal when excited.

We fixed to much to eat as usual, everyone brought desserts to eat so had two kinds of cake, pie, cookies, candy, and brownies. Don fixed Italian lasagna, and chicken and pepper dish which seemed to be a big hit. It was even eaten by my one granddaughter, and enjoyed by my daughter's children. I also had plain pasta which they poured the pepper sauce over it. or they ate it with butter. I also had fresh fruit and salad which I tried to stay with but failed. I ate a taste of everything, including the desserts.

I'm with you Lisa, way to much sugar eaten these past few weeks. I've been more tired, have had more headaches, and often felt just plan bad. I know it's been all the sugar, and starches I've been eating. I still have some in the house but will try not to eat them.

Don took all the outside lights down today and most of the Christmas decorations are down too. Don took the tables down this morning and returned them to his mom. We still have the tree up, but Don is off tomorrow, so we'll do that too. I also have a book to take back and I need to try on the PJ's I got to see if they fit, I think they will be fine though. I'd say this years celebration was a great success.

Doing a few chores today, cleaning up the kitchen and finished washing the pans used from yesterday, I'm also doing laundry. Don went over to his mom's place to help set up the new computer his sister received, and has been gone all afternoon, it gave me time to get them done.

I was told by my family that my Email was hacked, and should change my password. I guess my family were receiving funny .com messages from me. I spent several hours this afternoon trying to change it. My son called to thank me for yesterday and the gifts they received and to wish me a Happy New Year. I asked him to help me change my password, so he spent 40 minutes on the phone doing so. It was the longest we spoke. Anyway with his help, it's now changed.

We'll eat leftovers tonight for dinner, so hopefully that will take care of all the extra food in the house. Not sure what we'll do tomorrow, but for now am just glad to relax after all the craziness of the past few weeks.

Hope you have a great New Years, and a wonderful Sunday. MK, hope your New Year will be the best yet. Happy New Year to all. G.

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Blessings to you on this New Year's Sunday of 2017.

Our family celebration yesterday was marvelous, although my oldest son couldn't make it, as he was on a train. He hadn't been home since Wednesday night--he had the opportunity to make a series of multiple trips, which results in some benefits in terms of wages, but the price is losing out on a family celebration. He loves working for the railroad, but the schedule is unpredictable for sure.

My husband drove down and picked up my father-in-law so he could join us. He is in tough, tough, shape physically. We got some pictures of him and the great grandkids, so he'll enjoy those.

I'm saying it here: the sugar is going away--I simply have to. My dad and brother are diabetic, and I've got to get this inflammation in my body handled. It's natural or none. I don't think I eat a lot of sugar, but probably more than I think. I know I will feel better--48 hours they say, so I'm planning on it.

My Christmas stuff is all put away, and my regular decor back in place. I worked at it last night until it was done--I just have a couple of outdoor things to put away, but will get that done today, as we are supposed to get some snow and wind tomorrow.

Time to reflect on those goals, and set some new ones. All the best in 2017.





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My father-in-law is home, and set up until tomorrow. He is using his walker all of the time, they wouldn't let him out unless he assured them he'd do so. He cannot do steps by himself; so he will not leave his house for some time, unless someone is there to help him. He can get out to his deck if he needs some fresh air.

While we have many concerns, we know this is what he wants, and he says if he can't make it work, he'll change his living situation. He gets winded walking a few steps, and his breathing seems somewhat heavy to us, but that's due to the heart condition.

We finished painting at my son's house today. I painted from 10:30 AM until 4 PM, with my son's help. He's getting better about knowing what to do, but he didn't want to operate the roller. He did quite a bit of taping and most of the edging. Since Christmas day, we've painted 3/4 of his living room, all of his dining room, with a contrasting wall, and most of his bedroom. We left the wall with the door and closet in his bedroom white-it's nice contrast with the blue color he chose. The whole house was painted white, so the wall colors just warm it up nicely. Once he gets his plumbing problem fixed, he can move in. Hopefully he'll hear from a contractor soon.

I need to get cleaned up and do a couple of errands. Prep tomorrow for our family Christmas on Saturday.

Wishing both of you a very Happy New Year.



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Oh my, the difference a day makes! My father-in-law will be released from the hospital tomorrow. He will receive some assistance, is required to use his walker at all times, and he is not to drive. Tomorrow they will test his ability to move around his house, and see if he can manage on his own for long periods of time. They suggested he look into a retirement home--not necessarily assisted living, but more like apartments where there are other people nearby. He said he wanted to try and make it at his house first. The social worker for the elderly will be stopping by to help him assess his ability to manage in his home.

We are beyond concerned, but this is what he wants--and he wants to try, so they will allow it. Thankfully my husband's brother, who hasn't helped out at all, is going to take him home tomorrow and get him settled in, and make sure things are where he needs them for easy access.

I need to get busy and exercise. I'm going to walk outside, as the sun is shining, and it is thawing. I need the fresh air!

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Lisa, so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I'm sure it will be hard on your husband to deal with all his illness. Our prayers are with you and hope it works out.

We only got rain, and lots of it. It was windy and the rain came down very hard at times. I guess we were lucky it wasn't snow or an ice storm. We will be cooler tomorrow and only get into the low 50's. However by the weekend the cold weather will return.

I dealing with this oxygen concentrator system issue now. They delivered a loud and over sized machine for my needs. It was to attach to the C-Pap only at night and have been trying to get them to exchange it for a smaller less loud unit. I finally got a hold of the doctor to see if I needed an order but they said not necessary so called the Apria company and finally got them to agree to exchange it. I'm waiting to hear from them as to when the delivery will take place. Hoping for the best with this thing.

Don just got home so will need to close for now. Hope this evening will fun with the grand girls. Take care and have a wonderful evening. Catch all later, G.

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WE got our share of rain and ice, however, we were not impacted as significantly as some--we did not lose power at least, and in town, we've been able to move around, although carefully.

My father-in-law will probably not go home. Today the Dr. informed my husband that he has congestive heart failure, an a-fib problem, and some other minor heart issues. In addition, he has severe cellulitis in his feet and lower legs. My husband is on vacation this week, but he'll be visiting his Dad every day, and working on a plan for his care. He is in a better mood, but he knows that something is up medically; the Dr. was going to inform him this afternoon. He did tell my husband he would not be leaving the hospital alive. He has said that before, so it is sometimes hard to know if he is giving up--or if he will fight.

I'm working very hard to watch my eating, and have been doing pretty well, considering there is so much around. My hip problem is improving-but it will flare up if I do too much intense activity. I've been painting this week as well at my son's house. He has now hired a contractor to delve into his significant plumbing problem. It's a shame that he hasn't moved in yet, but has to deal with this problem already.

Granddaughters here, I was hoping to do some errands tonight, but not sure when they'll leave. If I have to feed them, though, it'll be takeout or leftovers.

G, I hope you're feeling better and back on track with your eating plan. My husband continues to do well, although he did eat our Christmas dinner of ham and fixins', but then he was back on plan by supper time.

MK, congrats on yet another successful Christmas Burrito Operation. I may need your advice as we continue to deal with my father-in-law's changing situation.



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Merry Day after Christmas. I was on my cell yesterday and saw everyone gave me holiday wishes, but for some reason I can never get to the thread for Spark message boards. At least not this one. It always takes me to a general one. Anyway Happy Holidays to all.

Yesterday was quite, no one around. We did have a holiday dinner on Christmas Eve with Don's mom and sisters. It was pleasant and we had a nice visit. Had a little disagreement as they were leaving but they called the next day and apologized for their miss behaving. All is fine now and we'll see them next week on New Years Eve for the family get together. I still need to do a little shopping for one of my grand girls though. We'll go later in the week it would be a mad house to go today.

I'm doing chores, laundry, and getting things back in order. We would normally take down the tree and put away the decorations, but with everyone coming next weekend, we'll wait until New Years Day, or maybe the following week.

I was terrible this weekend, I ate so much, I was almost sick to my stomach. I made sweets for the family but with them in the house Don and I have eaten most of it. I think I might have to bake some other things before next weekend so we'll have it for the family. I have to see though, If I make more, I'd better send it home with everyone because if it's in the house we'll eat it. Don especially has a sweet tooth. Every time he'd get some cookies, pie or candy, he'd bring me some. Last night I got sick to my stomach from all the sweets I ate. I said something to him and he said he was sorry, I told him It's not his fault, I could have said no to it but I ate it anyway.

I'm sure I'll have a gain when I weigh in on Wednesday. I had lost 3.6 pounds last week but I will be surprised if I didn't gain it back. I'm trying to stay with the plan today, but I'm sure it'll be a struggle. All these sweets are playing havoc with my sugars. It was 201 this morning. No wonder I'm sick to my stomach.

I'll try to exercise these next few days to help burn what I've eaten. Good thing I'll have until next weekend before everyone arrives and I'll have a chance to get back on track again.

Hope the ice storm missed you Lisa, We no longer have any snow, the weather is like spring again. It's to be near 60 today with rain. I can't believe its almost the end of the year. You'd think it would be cold with January around the corner. MK, hope Operation Burrito went off without a hitch. I'm sure you helped many people with your generosity. God bless you for doing this every year. Hope today finds all doing great. Have a wonderful week, G.

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Merry Christmas. May the joy of the Savior's birth remain in your heart all year long.

Ice storm coming for us; so staying home today. Celebrating with family next weekend.

My father-in-law is still in the hospital. He's not doing well--physically I think he's healing as expected, but his overall attitude is poor, and he is downright mean to the nurses and aides. We visited him for a few hours yesterday (my husband has visited every day), and he was simply awful. We apologized for his comments and behavior; and of course, they were gracious. There's a good chance he may need another level of care for a few more weeks, but that decision will be made on Monday.

I will continue to pray for him.

I would imagine Operation Christmas Burrito is happening shortly. MK, this surely has grown over the last few years. You've got such a kind heart.



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Hello. Well we are finally warming up around here, but I see that the two of you are in the below zero weather still. We got about 5-6" of snow last week and about 1" of ice - so it was a very slippery time. I could make it to work but my co-workers didn't even attempt. I could watch all the slipping and sliding from my office window. It was a mess... needless to say we are really idiots when it comes to driving in the stuff. I'm happy the rain came last night and warmed up and melted what was on the road/sides. Now its just the gravel to deal with. We don't use salt here because of environmental reasons - but I hear that they are going to use it when we have such situations as last week. The schools were not called off and the storm came in at noon ... so needless to say we had a huge traffic mess - especially in the Portland Metro area. People abandoned their vehicles and school buses were stuck for hours - with kids on board. Some kids didn't get home until midnight - so that was about 9 hours on the bus in the freezing cold.

So today it is a nice balmy 50* with rain.

I'm sure you both saw that the vets office said my black lab has only 2 puppies in her... I'm not believing it, but only birth will tell. She isn't as round as some dogs I've seen pregnant... so I'm sure she has a small number but huge pups!! Now if she could quit farting death fumes that would be awesome! HAHAHAHA

I hope the two of you have a wonderful Christmas time. I still have lots of things to do before then, but I have no doubt things will come together.

Blessings to you both!! (oh Lisa - tell your husband great job on the weight loss)

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My husband lost 17 lbs. in his first week. I'm still not wild about his program, but if he can do this for life, it'll be fine. I visited his gym this morning, and I might join in another month or so. The Y is fine, but it isn't 24/7, and I'm getting frustrated with the youngsters on the equipment--they take a machine, goof around for 5 minutes, leave, pick another machine, etc. They also get in the way--they are intrigued by all the machines, but seem to have no purpose other than to just be there. Drives me crazy. I've been told that as long as a parent is supervising, they can be up there at age 8 and up.

My spinning days are over, too hard on my back. I'm still in PT, and while I'm much improved, I still have lots of pain on the outside of my hip--the therapist thinks it is bursitis, and I hope so, but I am so limited right now. I can see him two more times, and I surely hope that clears this problem up.

I've got some baking to work on--got my big staff meal on Thursday, so need to get busy. It is beyond frigidly cold here, and getting worse overnight. We had 3" of snow yesterday as well, so it truly is winter and we are having a host of small issues here: our garage doors aren't working well (2 of the 3), we have a draft coming through out upstairs fireplace. and the snowblower wouldn't start yesterday. My husband figured out the snowblower--the rest will have to wait until it warms up a little more, which it should this week.

Stay warm and staff. MK, hope all goes well with the burrito project, that has really increased into quite a charity event, good for you. G, stay warm and we too will be having our family Christmas on the 31st.

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Hello. We woke up to freezing ice this morning. Don went out to get the paper and nearly knocked himself out when he fell. I told him to stay home and not go to work but he's stubborn and went anyway. I hope he didn't get a concussion or hurt himself more than he let on. I'll have to see how he feels when he comes home.

We usually go do our errands today but with the ice and cold, not to mention Don's fall, we might wait until tomorrow. The ice is to turn to rain after 12 noon. We'll see though how things go.

I'm just now finishing my baking and need to go to the store to get more baking soda and powder. My last batch of cookies didn't rise like they should have and I checked the expiration date on both products, the ones I had and they were 2 years old. I dumped them down the sink today so will need to get new ones. I'll finish my baking then.

I also need to get a few more things for the grand kids. I try to spend the same amount for everyone so will need to try and make it even for them. Thank goodness we're not doing the family dinner and gift exchange until Dec. 31. Conflicts pushed it until then. We usually have it the Sunday before Christmas, but it was changed.

I still need to get ready for the day, I've been lazy this morning. I have an oxygen hook up for the C-Pap Machine and it's to big and noisy, causing Don not to sleep well and me not getting to sleep right away. It also has this really loud beep when it's turned on and scares the dogs, wakes up Don and then the dogs are shaking and winning because of it. I need to call the company who delivered it to see if they might have one better suited for us. I'll also call my doctor to see if I really need to have it. I only was down to 85% oxygen when I sleep and it hasn't bothered me so far. It's making me wonder if it's really necessary.

I need to get off and get ready for the day. MK, hope you get everything ready for the Burrito Operation on Christmas morning. Good luck with the new puppies. Lisa hope your weather is better than mine. Take care all and have a great weekend. I'll catch everyone later. G.

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Hello - hope this finds both of you warm and safe. We also have been hit with the winter blast. Today we are at 20* and should get up to the freezing mark (32*) for our high. Snow is frozen in place and of course the water is also frozen.

I'm happy I have a 4x4 and I'm able to put it in 4-hi and get where I need to go - slowly - but I get there!

Well we are prepped and ready for puppies. Whelping bed is ready and she has inspected it and all is good... then the male goes in and lays down. hahahaha... he is a goof ball.

I still have a ton of things to get done for the Christmas Burrito thing and lots to do for the family as well. Slowly getting things done, but not sure if I'll get it all done before Christmas... oh well I can only do what I can do.

Take care - be safe - stay warm - Jesus Loves you!!! :)

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Hello. Well I'm sure you both read about my black lab that is going to have pups real soon here. I thought she was pregnant, but really didn't think she would have them until early January... but she should have them right around Christmas time. So now we are in the process of prepping the computer room to handle her and the pups. It is the warmest room in the house and we haven't done the floors in that room yet - its mainly storage/computer/husbands clothes. The carpet is horrible in there - so we are good for her to do whatever then the carpet will be ripped out and we will complete our flooring.

We also have room in the garage - so I think we will get through the next 3 months pretty good. I will have to take my lunches at home on a couple of the days, but for the most part my husband will be dealing with the pups. He has the shortest work days... plus its winter time so he has really short days!!

Baked up about 8 doz sugar cookies yesterday - so I think I'm done baking for the homeless Christmas stuff - now I need to bake for my friends/family and get plates of goodies ready to go. Tonight I'll finally get to making the almond roca and those lemon cookies.

Well got to get some work done. Take care - stay warm!!

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Happy weekend, watching the FCS quarter-final game between SDSU and NDSU, of course it's a big rivalry battle with two schools that aren't too far apart. Doing some laundry and baking along with watching the game, and planning for our Friday night Christmas party for my group of elementary principals. I agreed to host, so deciding how best to arrange the basement to accommodate 16. My husband cleaned it this morning, and I decorated a little, so it will be nice for sure.

Wishing you both a fantastic weekend.



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Actually, my husband's trainer is a fellow who is a few years older that my husband. But, here's what happened today: my husband asked if he could have broccoli, cauliflower, etc, and the trainer said yes, any vegetables that aren't starchy, and then he gave him a list of what he couldn't have (bread, rice, sugar, etc.). So the bottom line is that what my husband told me about his food list isn't quite accurate--he can combine things--for example, he could have an egg white omelette with veggies for breakfast if he wanted to, but he also needs a starchy carb and in that category he's limited to oatmeal. If anything, I got him to ask more questions of the trainer with my rant last night. I think the trainer gave my husband examples of meals--but my husband took it more literally and told me those were the only things he could eat. He found today that there's no way he can eat a lettuce salad with just lemon juice and olive oil, so he added some spices to it. I complimented him and said that's exactly what you need to do--make it work for you. Anyway, I feel a little better about all of this today.

Thanks for your ideas. MK, you are right, he does need to see that for himself. I guess it took me a lot of research and practice to figure out what type of plan would work for me, but once I did, I had great success. I want that for him as well, but he's not at that point yet.

G, you've got a few days before the next weigh-in, so you've got time to work on those pesky pounds, but it could also be a difference in scales. Who knows? Just keep on doing your best.

I'm tired, and it is terribly cold and windy here, but I need to get a workout in before I fall asleep. Take care.



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Hello to all. I had a gain at the doctors but I think some of it might be the clothes, I wore heavy jeans, and one of my heaviest sweaters at the weigh in. it was 4 #'s higher than my scale at home, and 4 from the one at Jenny. I'm dreading going back it this weight is right. I've not been able to weigh in with Jenny's scale for 2 weeks with all that's be going on, and I've slacked off eating their plan, or exercising.

The doctor has to send for all my tests since they didn't send him any from the Mammogram or the biopsy. I told him about all that was going on and included the sleep center which he also needs to get from the hospital. My blood pressure not bad I told him about my swelled and red face and he to thought it might have been the cream, although nothing but dry skin was left for him to see. My sugar has been up some the last month and he told me to get back to the diet and to exercise more. I also told him about my numbness of my left leg and the problem with my back. He set up therapy thinking it might be a pinched nerve. It was mainly a catch up session. He reordered my meds and stressed again the need for exercise.

Lisa, it sounds like the trainer is young and gives the same diet to all his clients and does not take into account their individual needs. Only time will tell after the 30 days. He will probably lose weight, but is also likely to gain it back after he starts eating regularly. What is needed is a life time diet change and one he can stay satisfied with and well rounded life change. You might suggest he talk to a dietatian for a food plan which will be better for him in the long run.

MK, glad your UTI I cleared up but I'm sorry your still having stomach problems. I hope your doctor will be able to help you get better.

The sleep study was conclusive with the test for the oxygen. The technician said that if I had a drop in the oxygen level it only lasted for a short time and then came back up to normal levels. She said it had to stay down for a long time before the could add oxygen and it never did do that. I go see the doctor from who ordered the test on the 14th, so will see what the final decision will be then.

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Hello. Finally feeling better with the UTI, but still dealing with severe indigestion that my zantac will not get rid of. Going to go back and see my doc - I think it is possibly my gall bladder. I'm really not eating much of anything these days. All my calories are in the morning with bland food (oatmeal or egg whites) its great for the "diet" but not sustainable... so I'll check it out with him and see what he has to say. Hopefully I don't have to take some weird concoction (he's a naturopath).

Georgie - hope the sleep study went well and your on your way to better sleep! I had one of those done once... hated it. Had to take the next day off work to get some sleep... hahaha

Lisa good to hear that your weight is coming off. So your husbands trainer sounds young and inexperienced with older adults. At this point all you can do is support your husband in whatever he tries - even if you know its not sustainable. Your husband will figure that one out all on his own. Too bad that he became very defensive about it, but basically he's "new" to some of this - whereas we all have gone through tons of stuff over a long period of time and know what works/doesn't work. I'd say give him all the best and let him do this. He will find out that the hour warm up is hard to do and the meals will be difficult as well - especially over 30 days. The food sounds good though, but I sure know what you mean about it not being sustainable.

Got one batch of cookies made last night - oatmeal scotchies. Put the dozen or so I need for bunco on Saturday into the freezer. I will make some more cookies tonight (different kind) and if they turn out better - then I'll use them for bunco. Its a bring a dozen take a dozen home... all different kinds.... my husband will love that!

I had a couple of the cookies last night and I'm paying the price this morning - the indigestion problem seems to flare with sugar and any fatty food... so yeah I'm thinking its gall bladder.... boo

Take care everyone.

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G, I hope your sleep test went well and you finally got what you need. I'm sure it is frustrating to keep having those tests, but that's how insurance works these days. I guess if it helps you sleep better, it is all worth it.

You must be busy, MK. I know you too were struggling with illness; we just need everyone to be healthy around here.

I am livid about my husband's new trainer at the gym he joined. He gave him the most ridiculous meal plan, and when I questioned my husband about it, he became very angry, and said I didn't want him to succeed. I simply told him that based on his lifestyle, his job, and his activities, this type of diet was not something he could or should sustain. He has been told he has to eat the same thing for breakfast every day for the next 30 days: oatmeal with apples or raisins, egg whites, blueberries, green tea, and water, and no coffee. For lunch he's to have a green salad with chicken, olive oil and lemon juice as a dressing, and carrots, asparagus, cucumbers, celery or tomatoes. He can have fish or chicken for dinner, along with some of the above mentioned vegetables. If he wants a snack, he can have raw almonds. That's it, that's all he can eat for the next 30 days. No broccoli, no sweet potatoes, no dairy, and the only starchy carb he can have is oatmeal. And, he had my husband write it down--he didn't even have anything printed out for him. Of course he'll lose weight initially, but he will not be able to sustain this for 30 days. Now my husband is angry with me. I'm not a dietitian, nor a trainer, but I know my husband far better than does this trainer, and this plan is just ridiculous, and will not work for his lifestyle. Oh, and he also told him to come in and warm up for an hour prior to working out?? What?? There is so much wrong with this, and it is bothering me greatly. Now I have to shut up, and somehow support him through this incredibly stupid plan.

But, my therapy is amazing. I love it. I feel so good, and I'm almost pain free. I have accepted that I can no longer do really long cardio sessions on machines that are hard on the back (spin bikes, rowing machines, etc.). He clearly told me that my sciatica will come back, because it likes to be relentless, so prevention is key. Time to do my exercises, and a few chores.

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Hi Happy Sunday. My face is better, what ever caused the swelling and redness is all but gone. There is a very dry area on my face so was thinking it was something I used on my face that caused the reaction. I stopped putting makeup on and stopped all the night or day creams I was using too. I think that it was the night cream because it was a new product and I've never used it before. All my food was what I've eaten before and I've not changed my makeup or added anything new but the night cream.

Going into the hospital tonight for a sleep study again. My oxygen no at the level it should be even with my using the C-Pap machine so they are having me do another study adding an oxygen mix with my C-Pap. I think it's a waste to do another study but before they add oxygen Medicare requires the test. So back again into the sleep center. I'll miss the Seahawks game tonight since it's on at 8:30 PM. I might be able to see some of it before they put me to bed at 10 pm.


Tomorrow I have a doctors appointment so will need to go home change clothes and bathe again before the doctors appointment. They put electrodes attached to the monitoring system and the stuff they use is stuck to my hair and although I can wash at the center, it never gets it all out so will need to bathe again to get all the sticky stuff off my body. It's a real pain.

I just wanted to check in and see how everyone's weekend is going. Since I had to bathe and wash my hair before going the sleep center, I did that earlier and wasn't allowed to put on makeup, deodorant, or any type of lotion or cream before the test. It messes with the electrodes attachment.

Hope you've had a good weekend and a wonderful Sunday. I'll touch base in a few days to tell you how things went with the doctor and the test. Have a great week, G.

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Hi MK and G. I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start.

I got in an early workout at the Y, did some errands, some laundry, and have some chicken enchiladas in the oven for lunch. I'll do a little baking and cleaning today, and we can finally set up our star shower lights outside later today. We could not find any of our extension cords for outside--not sure if we hid them away, loaned them out, or if they somehow didn't make the move with us. After a week of looking, we just decided to buy new ones. The crazy part is we know we had at least 3--and not able to find one??? I really have a feeling they are just in an unusual, unlikely place. We'll probably find them next spring when we do yard work.

My husband joined our local SNAP fitness and hired a trainer. He has recommitted to losing weight, which I know he can do, he simply doesn't sustain anything long-term, but I remain hopeful. I purchased some exercise clothes for him at Kohl's this morning. Man, was that funny. I asked him what he wanted, and he simply said he didn't want to look like a dork at the gym; he wanted clothes that guys wear to workout. It was so funny, because frankly, almost anything goes. Oh well, we got some bargains, so it was only $80 for 8 pieces. Oh, and everything he picked was gray or black. Too funny!

I'm slowly losing the weight that I gained, but I surely have to work hard at it. My PT for my sciatica is going well, but I get really sore--muscle sore. I think I've been compensating longer than I realized, so getting this body back into the proper shape is going to take awhile. I have PT twice per week for 4 weeks, but I'm hoping I can "graduate" early. I so want to get back to spinning, but I can't do so until this is completely healed, and then only for 30 minutes at a time.

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MK, sorry you didn't get the job. You have to train the new guy and you didn't get the job? That seems a little unfair to me. Glad your dad and mom doing better. Hope you feel well again with both a UTI and a sinus infection. Get better soon.

Lisa, hope you had a great birthday. Happy Belated Birthday to you. You over you illness? hope so, if not feel better soon.

I wish I knew what was going on with me, I woke up yesterday with a swollen side of the face. It was fire red and itches like crazy. Today is better but still a little swollen and red. I think it might be an allergic reaction to something but can't figure out what. I'll see if it gets any better over the weekend, if not I'm scheduled to see my doctor on Monday so will talk to him then.

It's gotten colder out and the wind has really kicked up today. I was out side these past couple of day when it was near 60 but now it's barely out of the 30's. I think it's to be 41 today but I think it will only be around 39.

When I was out I could swear I smelled smoke. I was wondering if all the smoke was drifting up from Gatlinburg. So sad that it has burned so much of it. Don and I stayed there shortly after we were married, and it was a wonderful place with many cute shops, walking trails and lovely scenery. I can only imagine how terrible it has been from what I've seen on the news. Praying for those involved in this tragedy.

Went to the dentist this morning, then tried to look for a few gifts for my other grand girls. I was so disappointed in Target, and Best Buy. They had nothing at all to choose from. I'll wait until they restock from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I think a lot of the things I wanted were sold out from that.

I need to get off and see if I can get a few things around the house finished. I'll be leaving in about an hour to pick up Don.

I'll catch all later, Have a great day. Bye for now G.

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11/30/16 9:50 A

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Hello. Well dad is finally back home after a couple days in the hospital with a UTI & a partial collapsed lung. I ended up getting sick - with a UTI no less - as well as a sinus infection... oh the joy!

I didn't get the Research Analyst 4 position that I was hoping for. They still are going to be conducting face to face interviews with the top 2 candidates. The first one has a double PhD and the second one has a Masters - both have experience with SAS and that was really what they were looking for. According to the boss I was 3rd - so not too bad for a girl with no higher education. I figured I would get pushed out by those with degrees, but it is still disappointing. I'll be training the new person on our data system.

I also found out yesterday that the state employees will now be required to pay 100% of their retirement. The state has always put 6% of our salary into a retirement fund - it was a negotiated contract years ago - but now employees are forced to pay that 6% into a retirement fund from their salary. We have very little control over how that money is invested... so needless to say I'm not a happy camper about that.

To round out my day - my sinus infection became worse in the afternoon and I had to work the last 3 hrs of the day with a massive headache and face ache.

I'm at work this morning (with sinus meds) - hope it takes me through the day. I am on antibiotics, but they are really to clear up the UTI and do not work so well for the sinus problem. So once I'm done with that antibiotic I begin the other.

as my mom would say "other than that Mrs. Lincoln - how was the play?"

I hope you both are doing well. Lisa I hope your birthday was fun.

Take care - work is calling my name!!


Edited by: MUDDYKAT at: 11/30/2016 (09:52)
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Happy Sunday after Thanksgiving. Not much going on. The pies were ok but the bottom of the crust was soggy. I would have lost on the Holiday Baking show for that. Ha Ha. Anyway everyone ate them and the apple pie was almost gone I still had the 1/2 of the Pecan left which I sent home with my daughter. Made Reindeer Crack and everyone snacked on that too. I still have some of that left as well.

I did miss having left over turkey and stuffing though. We did have our ham left and sent some home with my daughter, and left some for my son and Don's sisters and mom. I like ham but would love to have some turkey for sandwiches or soup. I might buy a small one today if there are any left. We need to go the Costco for bottled water and a couple of other things, and will look at the Turkey and might get one to make today.

My daughter stayed over Thanksgiving night, and was afraid they would bother Don since he had to work, but he got up and was gone before anyone woke up. We had breakfast, I helped my granddaughter make pancakes, and they had cereal, and my daughter made eggs so I didn't have to cook anything for a change. Then we decorated the tree, and my daughter and grand girls straightened the extra bedroom and didn't leave it a mess. They even made the bed. It looks as it always does so will not need to get in there to clean for a while. It was a fun Thanksgiving and will not see them until they come over for Christmas.

Don and I have been lazy most of this weekend. I did some laundry Friday and Saturday, and Don went over to his mom's to fix their dinning table. The leg fell off just before everyone was about to arrive for dinner. Lucky they hadn't set it yet and was able to move everything into the kitchen and they set an extra table in their office. It worked out for them and nobody minded. It was a nice holiday.

Lisa, sorry your one son couldn't come but it sounds like you had a nice time with everybody. Hope the rest of your week goes great. Are you going to be on winter break from a couple of days before Christmas until January 2? Most schools are doing that around here. It's hard to believe that 2016 is coming to and end. It seems to go by faster every year.

Have a great week at school. Enjoy your Sunday. Mk hope your holiday went great for you. Take car all. G

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Post-Thanksgiving greetings. The leftovers are gone, and the Christmas decorations are up. It was kind of fun to decorate our new house. I actually bought a new tree--it is a slim style, and I really love it. I gave our old one to my oldest son--his wife really wanted it, and I really wanted them to have it. It is in good shape, except none of the lights worked, so my husband and I pulled all of them off last year (an awful job, not worth the time), so she'll just string lights on it this year. Oh, they also bought a house, well, her dad bought it, they will buy it from him. It is an older house that has been re-done, but the value is really in the piece of property--it is a gorgeous, huge lot with many trees and it's on a hill that kind of looks over the small town in which they live.

Thanksgiving was nice, but the night before, my middle son's wife decided they come to our house too often for holidays, so they went to her uncle's. This is typical of her--commit and then change at the last minute, so it wasn't unexpected, just disappointing. We just don't operate like that, but we also just adjust and hope they enjoy their holiday no matter where they spend it.

I surely hope you both had a relaxing and belly-filling Thanksgiving. I've managed a workout every day, and even got an outside walk in today. I also started my holiday baking--made some chocolate caramel cookies, dipped some pretzels, and made a batch of fudge. I plan to make some truffles this year--never have before, so should be an adventure.

Take care.



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