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7/4/15 12:34 P

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Long time no see......Hope everyone is doing well. Have a safe and happy 4th of July. I hurt my arm and shoulder in March and doing pt for several weeks now. it is much better. Finally was able to go back to my exercise classes and just be careful with the weights.....
emoticon emoticon Do take care all and enjoy the holiday.
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Prema, I will be calling the ortho doc on Monday. Today almost all businesses and doctor offices are closed due to the 4th of July. Most employers give an extra day off to celebrate. I have not heard anything from EI. I'm wondering if she is in good health.

My oldest daughter called today saying she needs a vacation. She wants us to pack up next Sunday and head to Myrtle Beach for 5 days. I'll check into it, but if rates are too high, I'll have to pass. It would just be me, her and the boys.

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7/3/15 4:06 A

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Hi Kathy. Good to hear from you. Tell Kelley that the name of the voodoo spell is "Kathy KNEWMETODAY"....very new in the market and not yet known throughout the Northern Hemisphere. It's valued by those with discerning taste who go by the name of Nolan and Stella!!!

Kids are really funny when it comes to water. Dhivia was the overly-cautious one dipping her toes umpteen times before getting into the baby pool with me holding her very very tight. Vishal, on the other hand, threw himself into the deep end of the pool and was caught by a friend before he drowned!!! I think Pat could be right...Nolan may have set up his personal vicious cycle by swallowing too much water cos he could not stop crying...as for the cup of water over his head - he's a guy and where does logic ever feature in a guy! Seriously!!!!

My heart-of-gold kawan, Pat...who will set the date for her knee operation after taking into consideration her daughter and unborn baby!! Please keep us posted about what the doctor says when he sees you...keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you, my kawan!!

Anyone heard from Ei? Is she okay??

Have a good weekend, my friends. Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Kathy, there were no fears about getting our hair wet at water aerobics today as the rain held out until an hour after class let out. Davis sleeps better at home for his naps. Yesterday I could not get him down until we went out for a drive. The new baby is due on 9-9. Nolan was probably scared by something new. Swimming and crying don't go together, you swallow too much water. Davis walks around in the pool moving his arms and saying "I'm swimming, I'm swimming. So cute.

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Both of my grandkids nap more at my house than anywhere else...even Stella still takes the occasional nap. The chief difference between the two is that Stella was rocked to sleep with me singing hymns to her; Nolan signals that he's nap-ready by laying his head down--either on my chest or the floor, whichever is handier. Nolan spent the night last Friday and slept through the night, which he has yet to do at home. Kelley wanted to know what kind of voodoo I was using!😃

emoticon PAPASNAP. When you're ready, tell us a bit about yourself.

Stella had a playdate today and we swam in the rain! I guess that resolves the wet hair issue in this quadrant! I need to go to the Y yet, but I'm waiting until about 8:30 when the kids clear out. Nolan went to his first Waterbabies class yesterday and cried through the class--totally unexpected. I dropped by the kids' house later. Nolan was taking a bath, pouring water over his head with a cup! Go figure!!

Pat, when is the baby due?

My Fitbit doesn't track sleep. I do like the deep breathing thing, Prema.

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Prema, my pain tolerance is pretty high, so if I go ahead with this, I will have to get it done at a convenient time for my daughter. We'll have our talk today.

Heading off to water aerobics, but it is cool out. Only 63*.

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7/2/15 6:05 A

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Pat, here's some encouragement for you. My mum did a double knee replacement surgery at the age of 81. She was generally fit for someone her age and as she has been keeping to her daily walk (5x a week at a very leisurely pace for about 30 minutes), the doctor decided, on the operating table, that she could handle both knees at one go.

You are very much fitter than her and you have greater strength to get through this. My mum's resolution may be strong when it comes to recovery but her threshold for pain is -50 on a scale of 1 to 100!!!

So, please go ahead. At the most, you will be out in bed for less than a week, physiotherapy for about a month or two and you get back to zumba and running after your boys in less than 4 months. For a lifetime of relief from pain, this is wonderful. Please, please go ahead with the operation.

Having said all of the above, I still will respect any choice you make.

Beeeeeeg hugs to you, my kawan.

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7/1/15 9:21 A

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Prema, I glad breathing exercises are working for you to get to sleep. All I need is 8+ hours with Davis and I sleep like a baby.

Today was my quarterly checkup. We discussed knee replacement and I think I may follow up with my orthopedic specialist about it.

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7/1/15 6:26 A

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Pat, I hear you and I second you:

GROWING OLD SUCKS! The idiot who suggested the phrase "growing old gracefully"...should be placed in front of a firing squad!

I am going to watch YouTube clips on how to use the Fitbit Charge HR to monitor exercise and sleep. I did discover one things that's been working for me and it's so simple that none of you will ever believe me. It's deep breathing in bed. So when I put off the light and get into bed, I do very deep breathing until I fall asleep...I take in my breath to a count of 4, then hold my breath to a count of 7 and then let out my breath to a count of 8. And I feel more rested now than I have been for the longest time.

Take care of them knees, Pat. Everyone please take care of your health!

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Theresa, the best thing about fit bit is that it lets you know when you need to step up your game. One way to get more steps is to challenge someone else that is close to your level to see you can get in the most steps each day.

Prema, congrats on your fit bit. I found that I could not hold on to one. My first one started heating up the computer when charging and when the second on came, it was recording an extraordinary amount of steps until I got it fixed. Then I lost it in Myrtle Beach earlier this month. No sure if I want to go through that again.

Today is another day with rain predicted (90%), and the grass is so long. Hubby plans to get to it today before the rain starts. I have been taking it a little easier the past few days. The knees are telling me to slow down. I see my doctor tomorrow and that will be on the top of my list of complaints. Getting old stinks.

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Hi Pat. Glad the baby shower went off well and I hope the birth goes off well and that the baby's dad surprises you with the level of responsibility he assumes after the birth.... emoticon emoticon ...Also, my kawan, you have the distinction of being the only person I know who substitutes water aerobics with mopping of floors. emoticon emoticon ...

Hi Theresa. I started wearing my Fitbit Charge HR yesterday and I absolutely love it. Because of the daily exercise I do plus walk the dog, I know I will exceed 10000 steps a day. I now want to track my sleep as well and apparently this gadget can! And YouTube carries an extensive collection of clips that can show me how I do this... And from what you say, I can see a great advertisement that aligns Fitbit and shopping. The tagline will be "Fitbit more when you shop more"...

My son was running a very high temperature yesterday and I was worried that it might be dengue fever. Took him to the hospital near my house and fortunately, the emergency room only had a few patients. The doctor confirmed that it was a viral fever and sent him home with instructions on hot soup and plenty of rest. This morning, he was on the mend so I am sure all's well again!

Take care everyone. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Good afternoon everyone. I am back after a short sabbatical. Prema glad to hear the wedding went off good. Pat happy to hear the baby shore went well. Kathy when I watch my Grandkids I love when they nap. But as they get older that gets less and less. Papa snap welcome.
I have worked late and been lazy that's why I wasn't on. I am still wearing my fit bit and my steps are very in insistent. If I do nothing after work I am usually amour 3000 steps, if something is going on after work then I can get to about 6000 steps. My highest was 7000 that was a day I shopped outlets with one of my sons. Haven't done much yet today. But I about to start carrying supplies for my craft room upstairs. So that should earn me steps.
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The baby shower went off well. Many nice gifts and the weather was nice enough to have the windows open and enjoy the nice cool breezes.

Prema, the group that takes water aerobics average age is about 75. Most probably visit the hairdresser once a week. It was only 62* this morning for class and pouring down rain, so again it was cancelled. I used the time to mop floors.

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Welcome PAPASNAP.

Hi Pat. I am sure that I am reading this correctly. The ladies who are doing WATER aerobics with you are the one who do not want to get their hair wet...so...here's my question...why do water aerobics? Do something else! I am not worried about you finding some other option when classes are cancelled...I just cannot get over the fact that the non-wet hair is a criterion for choosing water aerobics!!!

Kathy, looks like Nolan could end up becoming one of those adults who will be able to knock off very quickly without a fuss anywhere. Neither one of my kids were long nappers and stopped napping at a very early age...which was a pain in the neck for me especially over the weekend when I would give a right hand (and leg!!) for a 20-minute nap in the afternoon. Looks like Rob is not feeling very optimistic about his chances and this laser thing..is it for the eyes and is he going for training to administer this??

My nephew's wedding went off well although admittedly, at the temple, many of us wanted to kill the priest as he was dragging the prayers for too long and it was such a hot day too! The bride looked lovely and as it's the custom for the groom's sister to take on the role of a bridesmaid and my nephew does not have any sisters, he asked Dhivia if she would take on that role. And at the reception, both bride and groom asked if she would sing for them - so she sang a Tamil romantic number and a Beyonce number; she did the latter in a saree and that's probably the first time she sang such an upbeat number in very traditional wear. Kinda cute, actually!!

Today, everyone is just recovering from the wedding and my Vishal who drove the bridal couple around has succumbed to the heat and is running a fever. I am leaving the office a little earlier and running back to see him.

Here's wishing everyone a good week ahead.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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6/27/15 10:09 A

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Welcome Papasnap.

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Kathy, Davis used to sleep like that, but now it's about 1 and a half hour nap in the afternoon.

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Prema, Nolan usually naps twice while I have him. The morning nap is usually about two hours, the afternoon nap 2-3 hours. Three hours is the usual period of time between naps. He's different from Stella who always wanted/needed to be rocked to sleep. He may plop his head down on my chest (or the floor), and that's the signal that he's ready to go down for his nap.

Stella and I went over to Brenda's to swim today. It's so hot; the dip in the pool is refreshing, but I burn so easily--even with SPF 50.

Rob called twice today. It seems the job is not going to be six months, if that. He
says that, with flooding taking homes and snowbirds still hovering, housing is at a premium. Now, with the job being short-lived, signing a lease would be a mistake. He did say that he's able to learn a skill that will make him more marketable--having to do with lasers.

I need to go to the Y but I really don't feel like it. I won't have kids tomorrow, so I could skip today and go early in the morning before I go to pick out new glasses.

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Water aerobics was cancelled this morning because of rain. This particular group of women will not allow their hair to get wet, so any kind of rain causes a cancellation.

Prema, I'm sure your little bit of gray would be accepted if you were a male, but we have to either go gray all the way, or color.

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Where are Anne and Theresa? And Chuck??

Now that I have lobbed off my locks and am now keeping short hair, it has further strengthened my resolve not to colour my hair. My mum still colours her hair every month. Her hairdresser visits here every month and has a good chat with her and tells Agony Aunt (my mum!) all his problems. So when Mum decided that she wanted to stop colouring her hair, he convinced her, in less than 2 minutes I think, that she looked better when her hair was dyed black!!! My only problem with my hair is that I look like Cruella de Vil, the wicked soul from 101 Dalmatians! I have a streak of white hair at the front of my head - there are enough dimwits around that think I actually dye my hair white in front!

Kathy, how long does Nolan sleep these days after the afternoon? Do you also get a chance to rest when he is resting? By the way for tinning hair, ask your regular doctor to subscribe minoxidil at 4 or 5% for you. I get mine on-line from DS Laboratories and it's been quite effective. I have been using it for quite a while and it's reduced the hair loss a bit.

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That "gray" battle was one I never truly took on. My mom was prematurely gray and her mom had beautiful white hair. Not only is mine totally gray, it's thinning.

Nolan's awake.

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Kathy, sometimes starting something new can produce pain, but if you enjoyed the training session, keep up with it. It will pay off in the long run. I hope Nolan takes a nice long nap for you to get your weed killer down.

I was wondering if we lost some of our new friends too. I hope they will come and visit us again.

I covered up my grays today. My daughter told me at the pool on Monday that I was appeared to be losing the war on the gray hair. It looks much better now.

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Annie, Theresa--you two still with us?

The Nolan is down for his nap...think I might sneak out and put some weed killer on the back yard while there's still a bit of moisture on them.

Workout with the free training session at the Y yesterday has produced some sore spots. Perhaps that was the intent.

I'll make it back later.

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Prema, many people would have stayed in bed, just as your friends suggested. I guess you have it in the back of your mind that if you don't work out, your trainer will make you pay for it.

Today will probably be a pool day. Pleasant temperatures predicted for most of the afternoon.

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Pat, my American pals on SP are definitely kinder than my Malaysian pals - my girlfriend and my colleagues all said the same thing...something along the lines of the fact that I am now a confirmed loony bin who does not know how to take advantage of cool rainy weather to jump back into bed for a longer snooze!!!

Thanks for the kind words, Pat.

The next change I would have to incorporate is exercising whilst on vacation. Ladies and Chuck, you heard me right...Pat exercises during vacation too. Kathy and I prefer to examine miles and miles of ceiling whilst flat on our backs..and in bed!!!

Have a great mid-week!!

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, most people would have said, I can't go running, so I'm not doing anything. Good for you. I trimmed all of the bushes in the front of the house today. Next week, the other half. It was hot out, but it was my workout for today.

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New name for Kathy and Pat...two really sweet ladies. At least there's something the mosquitoes and I agree on except that I ain't a blood-sucking parasite!!! emoticon

The weather this morning behaved exactly like a man...unpredictable!! There were flashes of lightning, thunder claps and the wind was rustling through the trees. Oh Oh! I decided it would rain real soon and it was unthinkable for me to get sick before the wedding and so I went in and cycled on my stationary bike. And what do you think happened next? Within 15 minutes, the sky cleared, no sign of the earlier show of temper (thunder claps and lightning) and no one believed me when I said that it looked like rain a little earlier. I like running more than I like cycling but there was a nice programme on TV so I was less upset about the forced change in exercise plans!!!

So Nolan is making you laugh with transferring his fish sticks and going round in circles...that's a lot of exercise for the jaws. And gardening...that's the rest of the body. Good on you, Kathy. However, I lose to you and to Pat who spent 3 hours at the pool with Donovan. Ladies, well done...what were the rewards to yourself for your fab workouts??

Wedding on track so far. However, the most organised one among the young brood of cousins is my son. The others make too many assumptions and leave too much to chance, including my dear daughter!!!

Have a good Tuesday, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, I am glad to hear that things are on track with the wedding. I had no ill effects from the bricks and digging. I even went to water aerobics today and then spent 3 hours at the pool with Donovan. He has so much fun there. The is always a friend or 2 from school or sports that will go down the water slides with him.

Kathy, karma is great when it works in your favor. I'm glad you were able to get the lawn finished. The mosquitos love me too. We can sit out on the front porch and he does even see one, and I come in covered with bites. We must to two really sweet ladies.

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I called Pat to let him know the guy wasn't showing, because I didn't want them billed for work not being done. I trust that they've got the schedule worked out now.

My shoulders are covered with mosquito bites. They even bit through my gloves!! They just love me...one bite leads to another. Stupid blood-suckers!!!

Too funny trying to write and keep an eye on Nolan. He just discovered (at least I hope so) that turning in circles leads to falling down. Now he's snuggling up to the patio door. Love is where you find it,I guess.

I forget, has Chuck been in lately?

Annie, where do you live--or did I just forget?

Sure do love you,
Kathy

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Okay, while Nolan's finishing his lunch I'll try to catch back up.

My yard wishes it was beautiful with lush, green lawn instead of heat-resistant, draught-conditioned weeds (also green--not lush though). As with so many things in life, wishing will not make it so. It helps to know my yard has good taste though.

Rob stopped here early Saturday afternoon on his way to Texas. I called Pat and he met us for a quick lunch--just the three of us. NICE!💜

Nolan's now transferring his fish sticks from his plate to the table and back.

Friday evening I decided to mow the back since it'd been two weeks since the guy mowed the lawn; the yard looked awful. I went to the Y early Saturday morning and came home to mow the front and side. The front got done and, as I was trying to do a good deed and mow a small patch of grass the neighbor can't get to with his riding mower, my mower broke!! Good news: the neighbor came over with his riding mower and mowed the side yard for me!! Karma.

More later..Nolan needs assistance.

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Kathy, the tech thief has found you again. Beat him (it has to be a him - women are more compassionate about these things!!) to a pulp. How's the pain in the shoulder? Better now? Are you able to do your yard work and your housework? By the way, the combination of both of these, according to SP, burns a lot of calories. Hate housework with a vengeance so not sure about this "burning a lot of calories" bit!!

Pat, they finally got their act together and sent me an agenda and here's the best part...of them actually voiced out how different stuff looks when it's written compared to when it's spoken. I gave him a playful push on his shoulder and as he stumbled, he remarked, in a rather shocked voice, that I was stronger than he is currently!!! Maybe, just maybe, I have to stick to my trainer!! How are the legs doing my kawan?? If you were working outside for 3 hours, digging and moving bricks, those legs better not give up on you!!!

Happy Monday everyone...hope the week starts off well for all of you.


Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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My post was just stolen by the tech thief. I'll have to try in the morning.

Sweet dreams!

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Prema, sounds like you are going to have to step and organize the wedding if your nephew wants all to go well. Sounds like a lot of work. I have been working with my oldest daughter to get ready for the youngest daughter's baby shower on the 28th of June. She is very organized and almost everything is done a week in advance. Only thing left is the food which is too early to prepare.

I worked outside for 3 hours today on digging and moving bricks. I'm beat as it is 80* outside and no breeze. I'm glad that is done.

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I have not been this busy during a weekend. My daughter's back and my nephew is getting married. Dhivia is singing during the wedding and groom's brothers are the ones leading the organising team for the wedding and guess what?? When God made both of them, he left our organising skills as one of the necessary traits. In fact, both are procrastinators and we are just hoping that God will work a miracle on the wedding day on the weekend of the 27th of June!!!

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, so you so lucky that your dear daughter has lost the loser. I can only hope that my loser stays now that he is going to be a dad. No credit for the computer though, he is so far in the negative that it would take a long time to see him in a positive light.

We have been working on the baby shower scheduled for a week from Sunday. I went to a class today called get fit. It's mostly weights and bands with no pounding on the knees.

Kathy, how is the shoulder doing?

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Kathy - by any chance, have you been carrying Nolan on one side and therefore using one shoulder. If you have a problem with upward motion, there's a possibility of a muscle strain on that side..unless of course, it's both shoulders!! Knowing how much he likes to lie with you and walk with you, this is going to be a tough one. Ladies, you have to see Nolan's picture...he's so cute...I would have kidnapped him a long time ago...except that I live in Malaysia!!!
Dhivia is coming home tomorrow and she has already given me a menu for the next 2 days. Kathy, she is doing well in her masters programme and has been cited by her supervisors as an exceptional teacher. I hope she stays positive enough to make a change and does not become as deluded as some of her friends who entered the teaching profession because the working hours were fixed and the holidays were long.... emoticon

Annie...you did a 40-day fast from the internet. You have willpower made of steel. Maybe 5 days...or maybe not...I am not sure how long before I get withdrawal symptoms if I undertook an internet fast. And mind you, I started off my working life using pen and paper and longhand writing of my reports. And today, when the internet is down, either at home or at the office, the situation is akin to a national disaster. How did we ever get to this? Anyway, you did some pretty serious exercising. As for the phone, perhaps you can put it in a ziplock bag and stuff it into the pants or somewhere??

Pat, surely the boyfriend's rating has to go up a little bit more now than before? Kathy, he does sound like he's trying, doesn't he? Are you nodding your head? Okay, Pat...here's the verdict from Kathy and me...increase his rating as he deserves it...by the way, you remember my daughter's ex-boyfriend, the loser?? Well, my daughter rated him downwards from an A+ to F....I am sooooo waiting for her to come home tomorrow and tell me more! God is kind!!!!

Theresa, the trainer turned up for my session even though he hurt his foot during his own training session. And his reason was that since I don't see him during the weekend, he did not want to disappoint me by taking a leave of absence! He's a kid and he's a guy...how can he ever figure out the smarter sex at all? If he hadn't turned up, I would have crawled back into bed and done push-ups with my eyes after an additional 40-minute snooze!!! Anyway, you are the queen of this week for effort...Pat is still ahead of us with her water aerobics and zumba!!!

Have a good weekend, everyone...my cheat day is on Saturday this week. What about yours???

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Good evening ladies, how has everyone been?
Prema it sounds like a love hate relationship with you trainer, but it will do you lots of good so keep at it. Show that trainer what you're made of!! (That is easy for me to say because I am not the one being tortured, lol)

Annie, Welcome, I am fairly new to group but I have to say this is a friendly inspiring group

Kathy, sorry to hear about you shoulder, I hope it gets better for you real soon.

Pat, glad to hear you are back on line, computer troubles really could ruin you day. I am fortunate because two of my sons are very good at repairing computers so I just call them.

I have been having fun with my fit bit, yesterday I jogged for 10 mins, today I power walked for 10 mins because my legs were sore. I know 10 mins doesn't sound like much, bit when you are out of shape it feels like 10 hours.

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Annie, my husband is like that. Always researching things on the internet. Me I am lucky if I get on facebook once a week.

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Pat I did a 40 day fast from the Internet. Only checked my email that was it. 5 minutes max. I loved it. Wish I hadn't gone back but I did. I get lost on here looking at stuff. Should best exercising! I keep my grandson occasionally. More when I wasn't working.
Prema that must be different. Stay at it somehow. Try those videos from Jessica Smith. She's very motivating too. They are free on the Internet.
Walked 3 miles yesterday. Got caught in the rain. I liked that but worked to keep my phone from getting wet. Today did 30 min power walk with Jessica and 10 minutes of dancing. Phew. Thanks ladies for being here. I feel better already with some partners!


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Welcome, Annie. My name is Pat and I live in the Columbus, Ohio area. I am the grandmother of 2 with one on the way. I am retired and watch my 2 grandsons during the school year.

Kathy, ouch with the shoulder. Take care of it. Yes, I am still the money holder.

Prema, hi. I went to water aerobics today. It was nice.

I have been without the internet for days now. I had help from DD's boyfriend to buy and hook up a new computer. He also cleaned up my laptop. Finally good for something.

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The shoulder--I had noticed some discomfort before going to the Y, but I was unable to do exercise that required upward motion. Forward motion was okay. Yesterday was rough, a stomach bug. Luckily Nolan slept and I chose to lie down when he did. Pat brought me 7 up when he came to pick up Nolan, and that helped.

Annie, welcome (by name this time).

Prema, you're not going to bring any harm to your trainer--unless you poison his food, and that's not your style (to ruin food, I mean). ...and Dhivia?

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Hiya everybody.

It's the first day of the month of Ramadhan which is the month of fasting for Muslims. My entire office comprises Muslim staff and I am the only exception. So everyone has left for the day and I am the only one left behind. They usually found it tough going for the first 3 days and thereafter, they get back to a normal routine. However, it also means that my team will not be doing any exercises for the next 6 weeks. That is going to be tough!!!

Annie - I imagine that you have the strongest core amongst all of us. However, I may be able to compete with you on that, thanks to my Nazi-like trainer who has still not registered the fact that I am 57 and older than his parents are!!! I have already made plans to assassinate him for the last many months and I have yet to succeed. Kathy and Pat both think that I should commence this process by first ceasing to be a sucker...I feel so good at the end of a session with my PT that I actually pack breakfast or lunch for him!! According to my two oldest pals on this forum, I may not succeed in my mission... emoticon

Have a great evening everyone. Getting very excited as my daughter will be flying home this Saturday.....

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Annie is my name. Yes I ride still. It's been so wet and rainy here it's kept me from it. Riding does work on your core especially if you sit up straight.
Singapore...wow! I do a number of Jessica Smiths videos do any of you do those. I live in the country so going to the gym is not so convenient.

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Hi Theresa. Congratulations on your 2 lb weight loss and you are in good company with Pat and Kathy who will be able to exchange war stories with you on cleaning, washing and yard work and all the calories used up in these activities. I, on the other hand, whine like a hyena, every time housework, yard work, etc is involved in the discussion. And good luck with the Fitbit!!!

Hi 2HORSELOVE. So you are a grandmother who photographs and rides horses - that's a very interesting combination. Do you still do horseback riding? According to SP, that not only burns a lot of calories but tones the body really well...way to go!!!

Kathy, it seems to me, from your posting, that you only discovered that you did something to your shoulder when you were exercising with your trainer. Was that because you were unable to do some of the moves without some pain and discomfort? Is it a sprain or a strain? My goodness - I sound like a chicken, clucking around with a gazillion questions. When do you plan to see a doctor about this? Please keep us posted. As we get older, this healing process seems to take longer and longer. Growing old sucks in some areas!!! emoticon

I was in Singapore and the meetings all ended well and I had enough time to grab a quick dinner with a friend of mine from university days and her 90 year old mum. My friend lives in Australia now and is a retired teacher (just like you Kathy). Her mum recognised me immediately and we had a great time going through all sorts of nostalgia. When one gets older, close friends and family are the most important people to be with.

Hiya Pat. How are you? And Chuck, where are you?


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2Horselove, a name would be nice.😁. Welcome! I live in Kansas, actually born in this state, but I lived in Colorado for 40 years. My older son, Rob, lives near Kansas City but is moving to Texas later this week. He has a life partner, Justin. My younger son, Pat, is married with two children, Stella (5) and Nolan (14 months). I keep Nolan on Monday and Wednesday and Stella on Thursday. Kindergarten will take Stella from my schedule in the fall.😢

I've managed to do something to my left shoulder---AND I've not been moving furniture!! I met with a personal trainer at the Y and was unable to do some of the upper body workout. I get three free sessions with my membership. The trainer said if the shoulder was still a problem next time she'd give me some exercises to do. With watching the kiddos, I'm going to have to schedule intentionally so I don't fall into a haphazard routine.

I went in to see the eye doctor a bit early this year because my depth perception is becoming a problem. He said my baby cataracts are now adolescents, and there has definitely been a change in my vision, still able to be corrected though.

I have Bible study this evening, and I've prepared a big salad for the potluck supper we have before we do our study. I really do love salads!!

Pat, are you still the designated money-holder?

Prema, what's Dhivia up to? Is there a handsome fella on the horizon?

Theresa, nice to put a name to the face!

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I'm impressed by all of your activities and spark points. Way to go you guys! Now that I have found this supportive board I hope it will help me and that somehow I can help you. I don't have a ton of weight to lose (but more than a few pounds) but I have a lot of healthier living to do...exercise, eating better...anyway, regardless of weight. I do much better when I have someone/s to be accountable to and that has some expectation of me to follow through, show up, and do something that helps motivate them too. I'm in south central Texas, a grandmother of one 4yo boy, a horseback rider and a photographer. Hello everyone. I will try to add to my "spark page" some details and a photo. Any other suggestions?

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Well good news! For my weekly weigh in I lost 2 pounds, yahoo and Inalso got my Fit Bit yesterday afternoon. By the time I got it hooked up and put it on It was 6 pm but I still did 1500 steps. That impressed me but I finished cleaning my three rooms and that incised sweeping and mopping. That was also my exercise for yesterday cleaning living room dining room and kitchen. It was a big cleaning washing all the cabinets dusting dishes. Believe me I did some sweating Hope everyone had a good Monday.
Prema asked if there was another name for me, so let me introduce myself, my name is Theresa, I don't remember if I shared any of this. If it's a repeat I apologize. I am the proud mother of 4 grown sons, the prouder grandmother of 5 grands and I have been married for 34 years.
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Something for me to think about...scrapbook! And that way, I avoid the snacking...which I can't now since I read books and watch movies and both of these are great to do with snacks around!!!!

Hi GRANDMATO425. Is there another name that we can use...thanks for the information on Amazon.com...I sure hope I get as lucky as you considering that I am an overseas buyer. I am sure that the procedure for me is going to be a little more complicated. Will keep you posted. When your tracker arrives, I am sure you will put in more mileage inside and outside the house... emoticon ...

Hi Kathy. So I wasn't the only one who had an eating weekend. Glad you enjoyed the food but if you're like me, that enjoyment would have been mitigated by the calculator whirring in your brains about the unnecessary food expenses by Rob and Justin. Never mind...necessity is the mother of invention, so they say, and I am sure that both of them will one day wake up and decide to cook for themselves instead of eating out all the time. However, I must admit that my daughter still cannot cook despite living on her own for 5 years overseas in Melbourne which is a very expensive city!!

Off to Singapore tomorrow, folks. Catch all of you on Wednesday.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I love to scrapbook too. The nice thing is that while scrapbooking I don't snack!!

Lord, help me!! I spent the weekend with Rob, Justin, and food. They only had condiments in their refrigerator!! They eat at some pretty pricey places...it would bankrupt me! Rob will be headed to Texas later in the week.

My sunburn from Thursday is still red...so much for sunscreen!!

Rob and Justin had no internet the entire weekend, so I'm way behind.

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Prema I did drink a lot of water and made my water goal. I was not as good getting up every hour. I have to do better with that even when I work. I am a big Amazon shopper and when I have had to return something they were very good so you will be fine.
My fit bit has not arrived yet. I hope it comes tomorrow. Although it is so hot here I will have to walk in my house.
Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday emoticon



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Pat, but if a cute girl tells Donovan that he looks so cute and that his grandma is cool for getting him to pose that way...you will be the champion in his life!! I admire the fact that you and your husband do not use his back as an excuse to stop your travelling around that you enjoy so much...you just make the necessary adjustments like more pit stops. I wish some members of my extended family were like you!

Hi GRANDMATO425. You have a lot of patience spending all those hours on a scrapbook and a card. Did you remember to walk around every hour and drink some water to meet your quota for the day?

By the way, the Fitbit Charge I ordered arrived on Friday evening and I was really disappointed. It was defective and after charging it full, it did not last for even one day. I have written to Amazon.com from whom I ordered the Fitbit - I sure hope they honour the refund policy on this item. This is the first time I ordered a non-book item from them.

Have a good Sunday everyone. Kathy, hope your day today turns out really good. Betty and Chuck, how are you doing? Ei, we have not heard from you for a while...

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Hope everyone had a good day. It was very hot and humid here, I was inside all day working on my grandson's scrapbook and I am making a Father's Day card for my husband had a pretty productive day. Tomorrow is suppose to be hot again, I will be back scrapbooking in the A/C. Hope you all have a good Sunday!!



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Prema, I asked Donovan to pose like that, so if it comes back to bite him one day, it will be blamed on me. I don't have a problem with long car trips. We used to try to do them with only 1-2 stops, but with my husband's back, we are making more frequent stops. I prefer to make the trip all in one day if possible, its saves having to unpack the car for a night and repack the next morning.

We have a water alert here due to high nitrates in the water due to run off from farmers fields. Pregnant women and children under 6 mos. should not drink tap water. It's in day 5 now with no date of recovery. The stores ran out of bottled water at first, but now have restocked.

I finished mowing the lawn by 10 am today. A cold shower was needed to recuperate as the temps are heading up to the high 80's with very high humidity.

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Pat, welcome back from your vacation...my bum gets sore from sitting in a car for a 5-hour drive and you did more than double that...you brave soul...love the pictures of your grandson, especially in the pose (that he will find embarrassing in a few years' time!!) that says "I'M DE MAN"...By the way, we are now getting more and more stories about the courage shown by the Malaysian guides during the earthquake and also of the numbers of people who were saved by them. God Bless them...

Kathy, good to hear your voice again in our chat...and no, that was not a sermon! To qualify your words as a sermon, at least 2 of us should have fallen asleep before reaching the end of the paragraph...I had an exhausting day but did not fall asleep reading your posting...so it fails to qualify as a sermon... emoticon . And by the way, my kawan, I have a bet going that you will reach 10000 steps the moment Nolan starts walking and gets introduced to running....

Grandmato425, you are not just doing good...I think you are off to a very great start. Will keep on being here to encourage you....well done!

Betty, "sitting is the new smoking"... I am going to use this on my team to keep them motivated to stay fit and stay on the move especially with the fasting month just around the corner for the Muslim members of my team. Keep hammering at those steps...you can do it!

Chuck, my man, has the presence of so many ladies resulted in you going silent on us?

Have a good weekend everyone. Am headed out for a dinner and will stoop at 2 glasses of wine...promise...I hope...I think... emoticon

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy I actually just ordered a fit it from E bay. It has not come yet but I can't wait for it to get here. Then, as you said, I can see the activity I do everyday and also set goals for me. Betty I also like scrapbooking, actually I have a 3 day crop this weekend and I am just getting home from being there tonight. I can say that I did not do a lot of activity there should have gotten up more. But I only ate a turkey burger a couple of cheez doodles and drank a bottle of water. So I did really good,
I didn't have the brownie that was calling my name.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Saturday, it is suppose to be in the 90's here tomorrow, glad I will be in AC. Thanks for all of your support!!!



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Betty, I used to live in Liverpool, NY, just outside Syracuse. My husband and kids are big Bills fans and have not given up on them, even after living in Ohio for 19 years. You must have had quite a bit of snow last winter. My husband and I are retired too. He works part time at a golf course and I watch my grandsons during the school year.

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Hi Pat! Moving is good....most days. :) I live just outside of Buffalo in a little town called Boston. Yep Boston, NY with my husband. We are both retired.
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Betty, welcome to you too. I'm glad to see you have started to move around. I found that having a Fitbit helps, but I lost mine in Myrtle Beach. I would ask Fitbit for another one, but I have already had one replaced for free. I guess I will go out and buy one. They are on sale this week. Where do you live? I'm in Ohio.

Prema, I read about the earthquake deaths while catching up on my newpapers, such a sad story.

Chuck, I only use one credit card too. I pay if off each month and since I have no debt, house, car or otherwise, it's easy to stay on top of things.

Kathy, swimming is so much fun. I went to the pool yesterday and it was packed because it was 90* out.

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Hi Kathy! Betty here and nice to meet you. I just added a pedometer to my program. I will not go to bed until I have 5,000 steps recorded for the day. I hope to work my way up too. As long as I'm moving some, I'm happy. You see, scrapbooking is my passion and when I'm scrapping, I'm sitting!!. Once I sit down at my work table, I literally could sit there for hours, Not good. Now I keep a Dollar Store kitchen timer on my table set to go off hourly. When it rings, I have to do 500 steps. Also when I'm watching TV, I march during the commercials. I have been reading that "Sitting is the new smoking". When will something I like to do be healthy? Have a great day!!
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Do you have a pedometer? If not, it might be a pretty easy way to set some goals and gradually improve the amount you move during the day. You might be surprised how much you're already moving. I don't run like Prema and Chuck do, but I do walk. I had to be realistic and set my daily goal for 6000 steps. This week I've exceeded that goal almost every day, so next week I'm upping it to 6200 a day. Perhaps one day I'll get to 10,000, then again, I might never get there--either way, I'm okay.

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Thank you everyone for the welcome and all the encouraging words and good ideas. I really need to get up and start moving. I do love playing with my grandchildren. We usually spend Sunday's at the beach. I do get some exercise there with them. I can't spend every day with them because I work full time. I am also getting better at getting up more and walking around the office to get some walking in also. I have to remember I am worth it.
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Pat, looks like fun!!

I took Stella swimming at a friend's house today. It couldn't have been more perfect. It was hot but the wind was blowing which took the edge off the heat. It was just the two of us, because Brenda was at work. Stella took a two-hour nap when we got home.

Grandmato425, welcome. Motivation can be a tricky thing! I'm Kathy, living in Kansas, with two sons and two grandchildren--one of each. I'll turn 70 next month, and one thing I believe to be key is to be where you are. All too often we create a tunnel that can trap us because we crave being somewhere other than where we are; in a effort to"get to that elusive place," we frequently build a maze destined for repeated failures. Every day love yourself right where you are!! It may not be where you want to be, and judging yourself because of your perceived flaws traps you in the maze. Every day is new, and we're not the same every day. Plant a smile on that face, stand tall (even if you're short), and own today-every single day!! SERMON OVER!! Welcome.

I'll visit Rob and Justin before Rob moves to Texas. It seems a bit surreal--I've never had one of my sons live that far from me.

Prema, I don't think I'd heard of the last earthquake. My prayers continue, not only for the families of those who lost their lives but for the many who have lost homes and their way of life. Even survivors have suffered such great personal losses.

I'm not sure if I'll have time over the weekend...remember, I'm visiting IKEA!😊

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Grandmato425, welcome, this is a small group that thrives on helping each other. My name is Pat, I live in Ohio, I have 2 grandsons and one on the way. The key to exercising is finding something you love. It can be gardening, playing with the grandkids or just walking. I enjoy zumba and swimming.

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Hi Pat...Thanks for the welcome! I plan on checking in everyday too. Accountability works for me and I think I found it here.
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Welcome Grandmat0425, Think about it...you have committed 21 days to yourself. Congratulations! I take it one day at a time. I don't think about how much weight I have to lose or how long it's going to take. Each day I do everything I need to do to make that day successful. I weigh myself everyday. I go to Curves 3 times a week. I follow my program, keep my food journal and cook all my meals from scratch. It all seems to be working, the weight is coming off! Yaaa Hope something in this post clicks for you. Don't give up, your worth it!
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Hello everyone, this looks like a group who really want to help each other I have been doing this for my 3rd week and I have lost my motivation. Any thoughts or ideas would be great. I also still have not been able to get into an exercise either. How have you all stayed committed ?



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6/10/15 9:56 P

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My kawan, kawan, I am back home and back on my computer. The drive home was uneventful and we are glad to be here. It took only 11.25 hours to get home and even before unpacking, I had to stop and say hi. We had a good vacation and returned home to 90*+ temps, actually warmer than Myrtle Beach. After I go through my mail, pay my bills and unpack, I will come back with more on the trip, including some pictures.

Welcome Betty, I'm usually on here everyday, with this being the only exception.

Hugs, Pat



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6/10/15 6:35 A

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Hi Betty. Here's a suggestion - take the pictures at various stages so that you can continue to feel encouraged by your determination. Also, thanks for your prayers - that was very kind of you.

Hi Chucky, Pat and Kathy - hope you guys get just enough rain, not too much rain and that your body parts can withstand the painful mowing and yard work you are planning to undertake.

Will be in Singapore tomorrow for a meeting. Speak to all of you again on Friday.

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema

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6/9/15 8:41 A

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Hi Prema, I did take before pictures and it will be awhile before I can take the after pictures. I know I will get there. I am confident that I have found the winning combination for me. Yesterday I stayed on program and was right on with my numbers. Good Day all around. I even made Mint Chocolate Cake Balls that tasted just like the Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookies. Yummy
Prema sorry to hear about the earthquake!! I will keep you and your country's people in my prayers.

Chuck...Thanks for welcoming me aboard.

I will either check in at days end or tomorrow morning and share how I did.
Stay strong everyone and be kind to yourself!!
Betty

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6/9/15 6:06 A

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And yet another disaster in Malaysia.

16 people, including 6 children, died on Mount Kinabalu following an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. The worst part is that we only declared mourning in the state of Sabah where the incident occurred, when we should have declared a day of national mourning. I am devastated by the catastrophe and embarrassed by our silly prime minister who was away in Saudi Arabia instead of cancelling his trip. You can imagine how upset Malaysians are about this matter.

Will speak to all of you again tomorrow.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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6/8/15 4:30 A

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Hi Betty. You are one smart person to have given yourself a year to get on your new lifestyle. Not sure if McDonalds is a flattering option should you fall off the health bandwagon, but hey, maybe by then, Big Mac will feature more wholesome food...feel very optimistic today...But my bet is on you changing everything completely and people staring daggers at your husband thinking that he has traded in his previous wife for a new younger slimmer gal!!! emoticon emoticon. I hope you have taken a "BEFORE" picture of you...would love to see your face when you see the "AFTER" picture for a comparison.

Kathy, how great to hear from you. I am so glad about your feedback on the Fitbit. I think the one I ordered is a bracelet and tracks activity and sleep levels. I should be getting it soon and I will tell tell you about my experience on this one in due course. I invested in a new Samsung S6 this weekend and handed over my Samsung S5 to my god-daughter whose phone was heading for the ICU. With all her financial obligations to her extended, she was preparing to buy a cheap gadget which I was sure would fall part within 6 months given her usage of the phone as a medical officer. Plus, I wanted to make sure that I could still get her...

Pat is on vacation now. And the wifi connection could not be worse. So we shall just have to wait for her to get back into our lives again.

Have a great start to the week, my friends. Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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