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Rita and anyone else who has lost, emoticon I'm still trying to stay on track for more than a meal or two a day. I had a protein bar last night so I was good.

I also had a lazy morning then when Larry left I did some vacuuming before going to pick up Trish and Aaliyah. We stopped at Panera's for lunch where I finally got the cinnamon bagel I've been wanting and then dropped Trish at work and brought Aaliyah home. She had her bottle and is now sleeping but I need to finish up here because I think she'll be waking up soon. I'm doing the 6 pm water aerobics this evening. I like having different teachers every day but I like even better not driving down through the interstate interchange better so all 3 of my classes this week will be with the same instructor. She's really fun even with we're doing basically the same things. She speeds us up and slows us down and gives us a good workout.



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Rita congrat's on the weight loss. You are doing great and also congrats on being the monthly best loser. Do they still give out charms? I still have my charm bracelet from TOPS. Also sure hope you convinced all to go out for the soup supper.
Good luck this morning with the 2 & 3 year odds Mary. I know with Decklan and sure you see this in the girls you never know what is going to make them unhappy. Decklan is normally a very happy easy going guy but there are times nothing makes him happy and he cries and pouts and can even through a little fit. Then he gets over it and is fine.
Kerry hope you found a snack last night that stopped the rumbles. Since I have mostly eliminated all my snacking my stomach makes a lot of noise too. It seems to be the worse when I go to bed.
Pam I saw on FB you got your new monitor so you are back in business. I wish I could be like Leann and give up my electronics for a while, but sad to say I am totally addicted to them. I rarely give up something for lent, I always thought about it but never was dedicated enough to participate.
I ordered me a Fitbit flex and it should come in a few weeks. Do any of you have this particular model? My question is I know it synces up to Sparkpeople but does it add your steps as exercise and give you credit for it?
Today is my get to stay home in my Jammie's and drink my coffee morning. I usually only go to the Y Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I love these. Mornings. DH is out having breakfast with a couple of his golfing buddies but when he gets home we will be going somewhere, so I am enjoying my peaceful morning while I can.
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Rita, I forgot to say how great your loss is! I'm hoping to at least get a start on mine, lol....I've wasted the first few months of WW this time and want to just get it done and be happy with the results!

Kerry, fasting isn't a requirement for Catholics over 60, but I was hungry last night too...I had a salad for dinner and soup for lunch but with all that I normally eat, it was hard. Maybe that means it will be a good Lent!

There were a couple of us at Zumba with ashes and 4 more who go to my church who said 'Oh...I totally forgot...' and one of the Japanese women asked me what happened to my forehead! The deacon was very 'heavy handed' with me and off center, lol. I was sweating so much at Zumba that I was afraid to wipe my forehead and make a bigger mess!

I'm with 2-3 yr. olds today...I guess I will be changing diapers on the floor! Wish me luck!

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Good evening. We are home from church and I'm thinking dinner sounds good but it will have to be a snack since it's already 9. Church was short, so not sure how it got to be so late so fast. Aunt Sarah carried Aaliyah up but only Sarah got the ashes. lol
Pam, I hated working with the laptop when I first got it and bought a cordless mouse to use with it but after a bit I got the hang of using the pad. It gets easier.
Leann, glad the meeting went well. I'm sure it will help you a lot.
Pat, hope you're feeling better. My arms have been bothering me but I do believe that is from carrying around nearly 12 pounds.
Rita, only 1? that's fantastic and says a lot about the fans. I remember years ago going to the (old) Bronco's stadium for the 4th of July but I've never been for a game though my cousin's husband was their strength coach for a while. Glad you got to be the Eucharistic minister. I may do a reading every so often but that's about it.
I know I'm missing people but it's getting late and I need to find a snack before bedtime. It's hard to sleep with a growling stomach.




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It's wonderful that you're so chatty, Rita! I'm glad you got to be the Eucharistic minister. I have several friends who are. I go back and forth about being a Lector...but I seem to be out of town a lot on the weekends visiting Mama so I hesitate to take that on and not be available.

How great to have the top down on the convertible today...I'm glad you enjoyed it and I did see the snow on the ground and the big blue sky! Spring is in the air...but Houston will still have temps in the 30's for a lot more nights. It's warming up to close to 70 during the day and at least today there wasn't the howling wind of yesterday!

I'm off to Zumba...then crashing for Law and Order and whatever the next show is!!

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Geesh, I'm laid out here on my sofa with my laptop on my lap like I'm 100 yrs old and too feeble to move. I'd really prefer to go take a nap but with DILs parent's arriving I don't feel I should go into a deep slumber. Also church soup supper is in 2 hrs so I'm encouraging the family to go there so I don't have to cook tonight. I think I could use a vacation where no one could find me. LOL

I am happy to report I lost 2.2 lbs at my TOPS mtg today and I was the January monthly best loser with 5 lbs. So a total of 7.2 miserable pounds gone. Now I'm thinking why oh why did I come home and eat leftover King Cake. I'm raring to lose more next week. I'm determined to stay in the black on the weight sheets and not have any red gains. On the way home from the mtg I was even able to put the top down on the convertible and comfortably cruise on home. It was heavenly. It's funny driving that way when there is snow on the ground and snow on the mountains

Mary, I have gone through so many laptops its pitiful. I do love them and I move around with mine, take it on vacation and am almost attached to it. No wonder I'm so hard on them. DH has a really big computer monitor on the desk in our office which I sometimes will use. He uses it for his geophysical research stuff so I mostly leave it alone. I always feel tethered down with it though. For Mardi Gras the parish staff was treated to a catered cajun lunch of gumbo and red beans and rice. Since I'm not on staff I wasn't invited which is good since I was weighing in today. I bet it was good! DH enjoyed it. We went to noon Mass today and since DH wanted to sit out giving ashes and communion, I got to substitute for him. I'm a Eucharistic Minister but I don't get scheduled as it's complicated enough following Rex's schedule. It was such an Ash Wed blessing to get to serve as I rarely do. Oh, and congrats on being brave and not bringing a coat today! I'm thrilled you sort of did it in my honor...lol. Has spring sprung? I know we still have winter ahead.

Kerry can you believe out of the million+ people at the Bronco parade yesterday there was only 1 arrest. I'm so proud of our city and football fans. The pictures of the sea of orange parade watchers were impressive. You are such a great grandma. I can understand contemplating taking Aaliyah with you just to help Trish out. When I have a conflict and can't watch the girls it becomes challenging for their parents to find coverage. The other grandma and I are only needed 5 hrs each week but without us, it's hard. Right now the other grandma is unavailable so I'm doing the 2 days of 5 hrs each. It will be helpful when she's back on the schedule. I hope things work out for what is best for all of you. When my middle son was 9 mo old, we left him and his 2 older siblings with my parents for 2 weeks. When I got back, he wouldn't even come to me. I guess he was mad at me for leaving him. It took him a while to get over it. Aaliyah is about the same age so she might miss her mama too.

Pat, great that you got back to the Y for your workouts. Not so great that you developed tendinitis in your elbow. I hope the band helps. Do you feel all settled back in after your trip? Are you caught up on the mail, laundry, food in frig etc?

Leann, I'm so happy to hear the AlAnon mtg went well for you. And now with Lent upon us it is a good time to focus on the spiritual. Electronics is such a time cruncher. Hours can go by without even realizing it. I think you've made some good choices. Have a very blessed 40 days!

I don't know why my posts always end up being so long. I'm must feel chatty with all of you! I hope you can wade through them!

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i got ashes this morning and saw on FB (then chatted with her!) that Cherilyn took the girls to Mass by herself for the first time and they all got ashes, too! What a sweet way to begin Lent! I did a few errands and picked up a couple of tops at Cato's for the baby shower in CA next month. I'm really looking forward to that trip!

Kerry, I hope you and Trish can figure out what to do with the baby. It's a huge committment to even think about taking her on that month long trip!

Pat, I'm glad you got back to the Y. I didn't wear a jacket today, sort of in Rita's honor, lol. But I was warm enough. I think it's colder in my house right now than it is outside! I just never seem to warm up when I'm downstairs.

Leann, one of my sisters is giving up FB for Lent. I remember when I was little my mother would give up watching As the World Turns and our sweet maid Bessie would turn the tv on, comment in a loud voice about what the characters were doing, and hope that my mother 'just happened' to overhear her! It makes me smile just thinking about it!! Bessie just couldn't let 6 weeks go by without my mother being able to follow the story line! I hope you have a good Lent, too. I am giving up my wine...at least at home!!

I have Zumba tonight and will be with older 3's tomorrow.

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Good afternoon ladies. I didnt do much posting yesterday. Went to my first Alanon meeting in the am, came home for lunch and then had a nap, I was exhausted. The meeting was good, mostly women and I felt comfortable and will go back. Today is Ash Wednesday and I have decided my 40 day journey will be letting go and letting God lead me. Also going to restrict 'play' time on electronics. So if you dont hear from me it is because I am working on my journey for Lent.

Hugs to all, will keep you all in my prayers.

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Good morning, although it is after noon, lol. I finally got back to theY for my workout this morning. I didn't do a full one but did as much as I could. I have developed tendinitis in my elbo. There are several weight machines I backed off of because of the pain. DH had a band I am now wearing so hope that helps.

Kerry if you do take Aalliyah on your month long vacation I am sure it will be a big adventure for all of you. But I can't imagine mom and dad being able to be away from her for that long.

Mary I would also be wearing a coat in 65 degree weather. I am not comfortable until it gets in the upper 70's.

Pam sorry about your monitor. I never thought I would like a lap top either, then I got an Apple IMac and I have been learning to use it. It is certainly different though.

Boy Rita you did have a very busy day. I have had those type of days. My DH likes to go some place almost every day but I prefer to stay home once in awhile. But I usually go with him.

Leann I also hope you found some comfort in alanon. There is great comfort in meeting with those who are going through the same things as we are. That's why I love this message board. We all share a common birth year and a common goal.


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Good morning! Rita, I saw the pictures of the million fans on TV-wow, what a crowd. I see the Denver area is forecasting a high of 70 according to our newspaper. We in NE Florida have a forecast for middle 60s.

I own a coat, I think. I know there are a couple jackets in the closet but my favorite is more like a sweatshirt with snap front. Most of the time I just wear a sweater or sweatshirt and if I'm cold I'll put a tank top or light t-shirt on underneath.

I'm not sure I can imagine travelling all the way across country with an 8 month old and I was really shocked when Larry asked Trish if Aaliyah was going with us. I know a lot of people would love it and would help for the week or so we are all together but that still leaves 3 weeks with just us. Trish would need to find a sitter she knows well and trusts to keep Aaliyah and that's hard with the odd hours she has to work. Oh well, we have 3 months to figure this out. I'm trying to picture a stroller and a small crib for her along with luggage in the Honda Fit. Though I guess at that age an umbrella stroller would work. emoticon



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Good morning, friends! Pam, I have 2 monitors and an old desktop computer that I need to get rid of. I'd be so happy to give it all to you but I doubt they'ed be worth anything as old as they are! I hope you can get the new monitor. I resisted a laptop for a long time too and couldn't figure out why Dave liked it. Once I got used to the mouse, though I have really enjoyed it. I find that my moods vacillate with weather changes...I hope spring comes sooner than later for you!

Kerry, I can't imagine trying to travel with a baby that's not yours for that long a time...I would think she'd really miss her mom and dad and not be comfortable for a whole month away from them. You are the ultimate grandmother to even consider such a thing....the drive alone might do you all in! But I've never even considered that kind of thing, so what do I know?! You have a while to work it out. Maybe Aaron's family could step in and help out while you're gone and you could just enjoy the trip like you normally do.

Rita, I have always been cold natured...menopause was a nice change of pace for me since I was warm for a while, lol! The room I use for Story Lady has heat but it's an ancillary classroom, bigger than the rest, and often the heat isn't on. I had my jacket on and off yesterday. Most of the teachers remarked when they came in that it was almost as chilly in the room as it was outside! We had a Mardi Gras parade and the church gave the teachers and church workers a free lunch. That was nice. I passed up the King's Cake but had a little of everything else. Like you, I hope this Lent will be a time of reflection on a lot of things and a chance to get a grip on my over indulgences! When I woke up this morning my first thought was 'What day is this?,' then 'I wonder what I'll have for breakfast?' Then I realized it was Ash Wednesday. I know that at 65 we don't have to 'do' anything at all but I will have my 1 meal and see how I do! It should be 70 today so I hope to not be so cold!

Happy Wednesday to all!

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Good evening, ladies! I finally had a minute to read through all your posts.

Kerry, I'm glad to hear Aaliyah was so good for you during the funeral. I always held my breath taking a little one to something like that as it can go either way. Bringing her to Colorado where everyone would ooh and aah over her would be such a treat for everyone. A whole month on the road with her sounds like quite an undertaking. Is she happy in her car seat? I know my grands have at times hated being in the car seat and then other times they do just fine. I know I don't have the stamina to do it anymore. Once I get back in some better shape I hope to stretch my horizons again! For now my grands are happy just tailing along with me to the store or errands.

Pam, I'm not a big sports fan either. I only like watching our local teams when it's at the end of the season and the stakes are high. The energy and excitement around the Broncos playing in the superbowl was contagious.It was hard not to be a part of the talk and fun. At the celebration parade today there were a million people, a sea of orange .I watched some video clips but wasn't one of the partiers. When my youngest son played H.S. and college football I was given books like "Football for Dummies" so I could figure out what was going on. I still don't get it all but that's okay.

Pat, I first joined TOPS in the 80's. I'd drive by the library where the meetings where and my young kids would point and say "there's Mommy's TOPS meeting". I always told them "shhh" as I didn't want anyone to know I was going there. I did reach my goal and should never have stopped going. I've been back for 11 yr now and I did reach goal once in that time. I'm a long ways from that goal now. Over the years I've tried lots of other things tool. On WW I lost 26 lbs in time for DS wedding. Doing a 4 month fast I lost 50 lbs. That was my favorite!

Leann, breakfast muffins keep grabbing my attention. I haven't made them yet but I had one this morning that a friend had made. My friend has 2 muffins tins with 24 places in each one. She has a large family so she can make lots of them at a time and freeze them. Making some is on my to do list. I hope your Al Anon mtg went well this morning. It's so important to take care of yourself. I'm not a zumba kind of gal either. My reconstructed and replaced hips need water exercise or biking for me to be most comfortable.

Mary I laughed when you said you wore your coat when it was 65 degrees. I guess maybe I don't have the right coat but I'm just as happy wearing a sweater these cold winter days. I get so hot and then I end up having to carry and deal with a coat. Being cold is such a short time running to the car or building. lol I guess growing up in the Nebraska winters climatized me. I like the idea of alternating between zumba and circuit machines. I can get so bored with exercise ans something like this sounds nice. Zumba isn't my style but I think it's great you can do it.

Pam, at least you are not being self destructive and overeating. Winter months are hard. When I lived in Steamboat my friends referred to the huge piles of snow as the "wall of white". In that ski town the snow lasted for months on end. It snowed 21 days non-stop one winter when I was there. I hear" what you are saying about the icky mood. Know we are all thinking of you and wish we could all get together to keep each other going strong. At least we have our wonderful little group here!

Tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 65 degrees. I consider that convertible weather...and that's in the winter, in February, in Colorado. I'll take it! I had a lovely time this morning with my closest lady friends. We had a Mardi Gras brunch and celebrated the upcoming baby boy birth of one of the gals. Then I got a call to run over to help out my DIL and as soon as I got home I got a call that my DS needed a ride since he had dropped his truck off for new brakes. Then a lady I had an appt with on Thurs wanted to reschedule so I worked on that. It seemed to be a non-stop kind of day. Since I weigh in tomorrow I didn't plan to get carried away taking slices of a yummy King Cake I had bought for the brunch. The bakery is known to have the best ones in Colorado. I am almost glad that tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and Lent begins. I hope the grace of the season will help me put food into proper perspective in my life.

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It's almost midnight and my house computer (monitor) has died. I'm sitting downstairs trying to use the laptop and I hate it. I have never been able to work well with laptops because the "mouse" drives me crazy. LOL I know - it's just me being picky, but for some reason every time I try to use a laptop "mouse" the cursor goes everywhere but where I want it to go. Hopefully tomorrow we'll go and find a new monitor for my desk pc.

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We have temperatures in the 40s but I think the wind is blowing about that fast, too. It can knock you off your feet. Larry and I picked up Trish and Aaliyah, went to WalMart for a little shopping. I picked up a couple cute baby outfits while Trish bought food for Aaron's lunch sandwiches. We all had lunch together at a Mexican restaurant which was way too many calories but really yummy! Now I have to watch the clock so I can get to water aerobics at 6. Darn, I should have picked up some sweat pants to wear home. While we were driving them home Larry asked if Aaliyah was going to Colorado with us and Trish said 'she may need to'. She won't have vacation and most of her friends work. That would be interesting driving around the country for a month with an 8 month old. The week in Colorado everyone would be fighting over her, though. lol

Mary, the class sounds about perfect. I think I would enjoy it. It would have been nice if someone had let you know about the changes!
Pat, so far Aaliyah is really good when we take her places but I wouldn't test a movie as she doesn't like loud noises.




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Kerry, we can change the tension on these machines. Some are super tight and others don't have nearly the 'power' I'd like, such as the ones where you push both feet on the sleigh. But it's good to only have to work them for 2-3 minutes at a time, then we dance again. It's just right for me. And if I can't do a step, I just jog in place.

Pat, Cherilyn's girls aren't quite 30 pounds yet at almost 3....that being said, Grace feels like she's 5 pounds heavier than Annalise! She is several inches taller, too, but has a more solid body build. Holding these kids will give us arm muscles!

I had such a screwy schedule today. I had 2 groups show up 30 minutes ahead of my first scheduled group because of the Mardi Gras parade. But no one told me! Another group, the ones I've been with in the disorganized class, never came at all!!! She totally forgot, which isn't unusual. I did get a free lunch sponsored by the church for Mardi Gras. That was nice! I will have my sandwich that I'd already prepared tonight. I am giving up drinking my wine for Lent. We'll see how long that lasts, lol.

I have my session with the trainer in a couple of hours. That's always a good workout, too!

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We took Decklan to the Y pool this morning. He weighs 33 pounds now and I had to hold him for the hour we were there so even though I didn't actually work out I felt like I got some exercise.
Pam sorry you are feeling down. Do you think the weather might have something to do with it? Hope Leah makes it home safe, no matter how old our kids are we still worry about them.
Kerry sorry for the loss of your friend. Sounds like your little granddaughter is easy to take places. She sure is a cutie!
We are really cold here today but at least the wind has died down a bit. I will be taking Decklan home this evening so our house will once again be quiet. He is napping now.
I am on a 20 day streak here, not near as good as my last one when I first started but better than the couple times I came back for a few days. It is all about routine for me and I am working on making this a routine again.

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Good morning! We've replaced one toilet in this house which isn't bad for 35 years. Larry did a good job setting it in the plumbers putty. We will be replacing another one when we finally get the main bathroom remodeled and I'm thinking about a higher one though that would make it harder for little kids. The master bath really needs to be changed out for the taller style.

Leann, I have one of those kids who doesn't want to grow up but in the last few years she has started to, especially with the baby. I've heard a lot of good about Al Anon. It would be a good place to talk with others having the same issues.

Pam, glad your daughter found a car-sounds like a nice one and fairly new.

Mary, your class sounds good. I miss the circuit training class we had at the old gym-well the first two gyms I went to actually. My trainer spend a bundle buying the set up and took it with him when he moved to a different gym and I had to follow him because it was such a great workout. It was very similar to Curves but he had the ability to change the tension on the machines which meant he could change the routines. Tighter tension-slower workout. Lighter tension-fast workout. Last year I had a pass to try curves but never got in. Maybe I should.



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I'm glad you got your toilets set, Leann. We put in new ones (just regular!) when we remodeled 10=13 years ago. The plumbers didn't fix the one in the main hallway bath correctly and when my parents flushed it in the middle of the night, it flooded the whole downstairs and destroyed hte ceiling above it. The wood floor in the den was ruined too. the plumbers assumed no responsibility! Such a mess. I hope you will be able to find a balance in the son solution. My Zumba class is a hybrid! We dance to one song, then do circuit machines like Curves. I'm really getting a good workout and don't do the moves that would be too hard on my feet, knees, or ankles. It's really a lot of fun.

Pam, I'm so sorry you are feeling so down. I hope Leah will enjoy the car and that will take one set of stress off you. Wish we all lived closer and could 'be there' for each other in person.

I hope today will be a good one for all of you.

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Al Anon is a great group for friends and family members of an alcoholic. Sometimes you need to make tough decisions and only those who have "been there" can give you the support you need. Good luck Leann! We're rooting for you. ((hugs))

I really haven't done anything this week towards weight loss. I haven't overeaten, but I haven't undereaten either. I'll probably be the same. I'm struggling this week. My mood seems to be swinging between depression and despair. Hubby asked me why I was making so much noise clearing up the kitchen tonight. I just smiled. How do you tell someone that you feel like smashing everything within reach? LOL! I'm so pathetic. It is now snowing again and the weather is only going to get worse for the next month. Ah well.

Our old car that Leah was using has now clapped out altogether. Our mechanic looked it over and said it was going to cost much more than the car was worth to fix. So, for the past week or so, she has been using our only vehicle to get back and forth to work. Her friend in Hamilton found her a really nice 2014 Honda Civic and she's picking it up tomorrow - her very first car (that she has to pay for...LOL). Nothing like driving a brand new (to her) car home on the highway in snowy weather. Ick. But she's a big girl now and doesn't worry about crappy driving conditions, so I guess I shouldn't either.

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Thank you Mary. Every family has that one person who refuses to grow up. It sad but true. They just dont have a clue how much of a strain their bad behavior/choices hurt us.
Ive never tried zumba. Although it sounds fun, I am afraid my back would not like it, or my feet. Maybe after I get more weight off my aching body parts.
My brother came by tonight andbset one of our new toilets. When we bought this house it came with short liw flow toilets. Both of us have foot and back problems so when the comfort height toilets came on sale we bought two, one fir the main level bath and one for the master bath. Big difference. Lol DH is so funny. He said at least I won't have tooth marks on my knees anymore! Lol

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I’m sorry you have to go through the Alanon issue, Leann, but maybe that will give you the strength you need to stand firm with your son. I hope you and he will be okay! Your game plan of getting healthy is paying off and we are all so happy for you. Do continue the water aerobics or whatever else you want to do. You need to have those positive influences, especially right now as you deal with your son’s issues.

Pat, you have done such a great job of losing all that weight---and on your own here, too! I know you will be able to conquer and be a loser again. I know you’ll enjoy having sweet Decklan with you for a few days.

Kerry, I’m glad Aaliyah was fine at the funeral. With a somber tone, maybe she sensed that. She seems to be an agreeable baby for the most part.

Pam, Sarah and I were both saying that when we get together and have dinner we tend to eat less than we do when we are at home alone since we have someone to talk to! We each brought home half our dinner and we were glad we didn’t have all that party food to contend with. I love to graze at parties and that’s not a good thing! You’re so right about the enabling…even with other issues, not just alcohol or drugs. Once a person is an adult, he/she has to take responsibility for his/her actions. It’s a tough stance, I’m sure, and I haven’t had to go through it, thank goodness. But giving someone money or a cozy place to stay while they continue destructive behavior doesn’t help in the long run. One of my sisters always seems to be in financial necessity. My mother used to ask all of us to contribute whatever we could. I paid off her pediatrician bill and bought her groceries when they declared bankruptcy the first time around but refused the 2nd time. She and her husband and son continue to go out to eat, get fast food, etc. and even bought a huge expensive truck. Bad decisions when you need to pay people back!

I did go to Zumba and will be Story Lady tomorrow. I hope it won’t be too cold. I’m such a wimp. I wore my coat the last time…it was 65 degrees in the room!!



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Thanks everyone for the support. I'm doing better but really working hard to remain positive. Even writing this about it brings tears to my eyes. I have found an ALANON group on Tuesday mornings and tomorrow morning am going. Wanted to go to one this am but the only one I found was too far and I needed my water aerobics class.

Went to my water aerobics class and then did water jogging after. Then came home and started to make a recipe for breakfast muffins and didn't have any Nutritional Yeast so back out the door and went to three stores before I found what needed, in the supplement isle and not in baking where I had been looking. GRRRRR! But they got made and smell really good so I will have breakfasts for 6 mornings.

I also went to TOPS many years ago and wasn't impressed. Sorry but the people there were so lazy and negative and even though some had been going for years, most were very obese. Not to say all meetings are the same but I like SP better than anything else I have tried. Like our friend Rita, I have tried them all, even fen-fen in the 90's, phentermine from doctor, HcG drops, lemon/red pepper/maple syrup cleanse, WW, Nutrisystem, Medifast, etc., etc. When I got off the Pristiq in Dec I vowed I was going to get healthy, no matter what! So now I am determined and mad so working it off and praying, PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens!)

Kerry sorry you had another funeral to attend. They are not my favorite things to do. But like you have attended two in two months and both were younger people, so sad. It is time for a break!


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I went to TOPS a long long time ago and didn't like it probably because I was a teenager with a bunch of "old people".

We're home from the funeral and if you didn't see Aaliyah you wouldn't have known she was there. Now that we're home she's having a serious crying jag and gramps is mad because I haven't jumped up to fix a bottle. She just had one 2 hours ago after the service. It was a good service with happy pictures and stories. We opted out of going to the cemetery with the wind and cool temps. I'm hoping we have a break now. I know the minister is-I think we've have 9 funerals since he became pastor. hmm...maybe that's the problem?? lol

There's a finance meeting this evening but I'm not sure I want to go back out. Gee, I guess I have 45 minutes to think about it.



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Rita I was in TOPS years ago. It was a great organization as far as support goes. My weight loss journey has been a life long struggle. I have been in TOPS, Weight Watchers, hypnotized, taken diet pills, went on nutri system, and tried most fad diets out there. The thing I always did wrong was not eat. When I joined Sparkpeople, put in my weight, and gave myself one year to lose 80 pounds, I ate the calories I was allowed. It took almost the entire year but I did it. That was 6 years ago, the year before I turned 60. Then I got lazy, and low and behold the pounds started creeping back on. So I decided to put in the work again and state back here, luckily it is only 30 pounds I have to lose this time.
Pam I also am not a sports fan, although I live with a big one. I can not see the point in watching so much sports, but that is what he does. But I did know what city the Broncos were from and who they were playing, lol. Luckily I had a very cute little 2 year old to play with while DH watched the game.

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I must admit, I'm not a sports fan, especially football (it should be called handball - MY football is what you call soccer, you know - with the feet?) LOL! emoticon I didn't even know what city the Broncos belonged to and I can't even remember what the other team was! doh! LOL
However, since I don't watch either one, it's not an issue for me. I hope the baby didn't fuss too much at the funeral, but she's a pretty good baby that way, so I'm sure she "behaved".

Rita, Mary and Pat - you've done so well with not being tempted by plateloads of goodies, just tasting. I hope it all works well for you!

Leann, I posted something on facebook last week sometime. It said about addicts that if they love you, you are enabling them, but if they hate you, you are doing it right. It sounds terribly harsh, but sometimes an addict has to lose everything and everyone he loves before he realizes what damage he is doing to himself. As long as he knows that you are there for him if/when he becomes permanently sober, then that's all you can do. Otherwise, you have to leave him to his issue (that sounds horrid I know) but families are destroyed by this kind of thing, and you mustn't let it destroy yours. (okay - sermon over.)

Sue, where are you these days? You must pop in and keep us updated occasionally.

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Go Broncos!! It was nice to see a decent game since so many aren't.

Mary, I think it's great that you and Sarah are able to get together and have fun. It's good to have friends around.

LeeAnn, emoticon Sorry you have the issues with your son. It's always hard trying to help a child and knowing you can't.

Rita, I'm so happy to hear about your husband! It sounds like you did pretty good last night. We didn't have any party (we never do) or extra food other than some popcorn. Just an ordinary football day around here.

I have a couple hours before picking up Trish and Aaliyah, dropping Trish at work and then church for the funeral service. Aaliyah and I will skip the graveside service and will try to help setting up the dinner. There should be a huge crowd for this service.





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Leann, I'm glad to hear it's been a better day for you. It's so sad watching a child spinning out of control. Hopefully you're son will one day soon realize he needs to make the hard decision to get the help he needs. Congrats on another 1/2 lb loss. It all adds up! I don't believe those Churros will get you. I read if we stay on track 80% of the time, we will be successful. The other 20% is some wiggle room to use if needed. You will keep going on this winning streak!

Broncos won! How fun for those of us in the Denver/Colorado area. I was sitting here in my Bronco shirt and my Bronco scarf that was a Christmas gift from a sweet lady at church. We did a bit of whooping and hollering around the TV during the game. I was a bit concerned about my eating today as I knew my kids had bought wings, taquitos, pizza, chips and queso dip, fries, more chips and chips and chips. I also had some Neiman Marcus peanut brittle and yummy pecans we had picked up at 75% off yesterday. I thought holy moly am I in trouble. Actually I surprised myself and only ate a taste of things, not a whole plate worth. I added an apple in there as well. I only drank water too. I was tempted to go back for more but it was after my 8 pm cut off time so I resisted. I think I made it through the challenge. I so want to see some loss on Wed weigh-in. Gosh I just realized it will be 3 weeks since my last weigh in at TOPS. I missed one Wed with DH surgery and the next week was cancelled due to the huge snow storm. Goodness I will be disappointed if a loss doesn't show up!

BTW, DH is doing really amazingly well. Since all that horrible, almost fatal, infection is out of his body, he isn't even needing his O2 during the day and he says he feels pretty good. The chronic pain is still with him but he's a renewed man from what the last few months have been. Hooray!

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And the Broncos just won Super Bowl 50! My boys are stoked emoticon Broncis!

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emoticon just reached level 12 and 45 day Spark Streak! Much better day today. I even had french onion soup (my all time favorite treat) and stayed on track. emoticon

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Good evening. Church was pretty good, lunch with friends was fun, money counting went well and quickly and now the big game is on. My day in a nutshell. Tomorrow after taking Trish to work we will be attending the funeral for Margaret. I see in the paper she was 92 rather than 94 but she lived a fantastic life, was a great mom, grandma, great grandmother to I forget how many kids! I know a third of the tables set up in the hall are for family members. Aaliyah will have to attend with us. Hopefully she will be as good as she was yesterday. Last night to top off her bad day with being called into work she managed to have a small car accident. She was attempting to back out of a parking place at WalMart in the dark and couldn't see the black car sitting behind her waiting for someone to leave a different spot. The cop said there wasn't more than $100 damage but I'm sure the insurance company will up that quickly. Trish was really upset-she just didn't need anything else right now. Aaron's sister and BIL have decided to move down here to spend more time with the baby. Trish really doesn't do well with other people telling her what to do with Aaliyah.



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I'm back from Mass and just had lunch. I will go to Sarah's to show her how to use the WW and Fitbit apps, then to a movie and dinner. Happy Sunday, and may the best team win. I don't care one way or the other!!

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Home from church and getting ready for my grandson. They will be bringing him by later this afternoon then we will keep him until Tuesday evening. I am so anxious to see him since it has been over two weeks. We have a bright sunny day but very cold outside. Sunshine alwaysmakesmefeel better. That's about all that's going on in my life today.

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The churro chips sound good. Hope they don't mess up your success after all the work you've done. Sorry to hear about your son-it's so hard on us parents when we do everything we can to help them and they still mess up. Praying is about all we can do sometimes. emoticon



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Leann, I'm so sorry about your son, your day, and your stress. Comfort food does just that: it gives comfort because that's what we are used to. I would imagine that each one of us does the same thing once in a while. Most of us haven't had the success you have had in such a short time, though! Chalk this up to MAma stress and start fresh tomorrow. You will always love your son, but he's an adult and no matter what, you cNt make him 'behave,'. I hope at some point he will decide that his destructive behavior is hurting others besides himself. Hugs to you!

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So sorry you are down, Leann. Please know we all have been there. The first and most import thing you must do is forgive yourself! Food is so provocative. It woos us when we are down or have a crisis in our lives. But if you get back on track right now it will not defeat you. I will say a prayer for your son, it is so hard when we can't fix our kids. But what a keeper your hairdresser must be. That was sweet of her to hug you, I am sure you needed one. And congrat's on the 1/2 pound!

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Can't leave here without posting a positive note! I am down another 1/2 pound - praying the churros binge doesn't make me gain! Keep pushing: Pray Until Something Happens!

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Got up feeling kind of low today. Had a chat with youngest son's now ex-girlfriend. They are fighting...again! Not such good news on son because he is drinking heavily - has been since the holidays. So frustrating! We sent him to rehab 18 months ago, for 30 days. Now wish we had made him stay another month. What is a mother to do??? I try not to let it bother me but this son nearly didn't make it when he was born, actually even before that. I almost miscarried in first trimester and had a really hard pregnancy. He was born with a birth defect called a T/E Fistula. Basically poor connection between trachea and esophagus. He was taken to a medical center at two days old, I had two other little toddlers and so was not able to travel to see him until he was discharged. So we were over protective of him as a little boy. Now here he is at 40 drinking himself into oblivion and it is killing me. He is angry, defensive and lies to me about what he is doing.

So the information last night really upset me, again! I got up with tears in my eyes this morning and that is how my day started. I am making a quilt for middle son and ran out of thread so had to go to store for more thread. Had an appointment to get my hair cut and so got $40 cash, or thought I had, at Walmart. Left the store and started to drive away when I realized I had not picked up my cash. Back to the store go and to the register (self check out) and nothing there. Asked clerk and she said nobody turned in cash. Hell why would they - it's a day before the big game. $40 would buy a lot of beer! Got back in car to find sales slip and thankfully, according to slip, no cash was charged. In the mean time I purchased a bag of cinnamon and sugar churro chips. So after I found the sales slip I opened the bag and dove in. I haven't had sugar for nearly 6 weeks so they tasted great, until I saw the nutrition information. Wishing I could gag them back up now!

Why do we do this do ourselves? I have been studying nutrition, cravings, addictions, etc, etc.,for all these weeks. Lost 10 pounds and 5+ inches and then do this to myself!!! I am so disgusted right now!! Plus the sugar rush has worn off and I am beyond exhausted. I don't even want to see food right now! I was drowning in stress and could not think or find a way to pull myself out of it!!

I did get my hair cut and so enjoy the lady who cuts it for me. I had tears in my eyes when I got to her shop and she knew something was wrong so she just hugged me and said sit down and take three big deep breaths and then think of something beautiful that makes you happy. She is a doll. I did feel better...why didn't I do this myself instead of buying those churros??? Guess I need to hit my books again! Thanks for listening!

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Mary, I enjoy eating out sometimes and really don't enjoy going out for so many meals. Sometimes it's nice to just find something simple at the house but Larry doesn't usually think so. I have learned (and Larry is learning) to get the junior size, eat off the child's menu, or stick with the $5 specials which are now becoming $4 specials at some places. A lot of the time I'm good with a grilled cheese or pb&j. It's rainy and cool tonight-looking at the upper 30s tonight.



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I just don't see you as a home body, Kerry! You DO get around....and you do eat out a lot! I would be completely out of money eating out more than a few times a month. Sarah and I enjoyed having dinner here Thursday night and we decided that maybe every other week one will cook, then once a month we will go out to dinner. That way our budgets and our waistlines will be much better off. Glad Larry helped out with the fashion show. And it sounds like you had a great little sidekick!

I am so happy for you and proud OF you, Pat. I never lose on vacation. Actually, I didn't lose today at WW either! Sarah was going to join me but texted that she just wanted to stay in her jammies and have a big breakfast! Me, too, but I went to the 9:00 class and stayed the same. That's better than gaining, for sure, though. But I had salads every day and exercised every day. That's really a lot for me!

Pam, you need to get Tony to get off work at a decent hour and take you somewhere! Or get a friend and go to lunch a couple of times a month. You seem like such a fun person with a great sense of humor. Do get out more!!

I went to a Stampin Up workshop after weighing in and made 6 cards in 2 hours...a record! I called my younger son to see if i could drop by for a visit since I was about 15 minutes away from his house but they were going to his in laws for a belated birthday celebration for his wife. So I came home to computer problems that the Geek Squad couldn't fix over the phone. The girl made me an appointment for 30 minutes away from the current time and the nice young man fixed my problem right away. I was very impressed.

It's been very cold and windy all day but sun shiny, too. I am freezing inside and am glad not to be going anywhere until church tomorrow.

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Kind of a crazy day around here. Up at 7:30, had breakfast, did water aerobics, home for a few minutes, off to church for the "fashion show", call from Trish asking if she could drop Aaliyah off...Guess she got called in to work because of Super Bowl weekend and they wanted 2 managers at the store for those who were stocking up on their booze. Aaliyah got to watch the show with me. At least I didn't have to worry about lunch since it was included in the ticket price. The ladies had chicken Caesar salad for us with a fruit cup and cookies for dessert. The show was really funny- Larry was a fisherman with a cardboard box made into a boat and his catch was 3 McDonald's fish boxes and 1 Burger King whopper box as his catch. His bait was gummy worms. I guess I will put off Walmart since it seems to be raining.



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Pam this an order, you must get out more often, lol. We don't eat out much either, but it seems when we do, we do several days in a row.
Well I finally weighed myself this morning and I have to say I was very happy with the results. I realize you always lose big at first, well at least I do, but then you slow down and that is when I need to be strong. I can get discouraged so easily but I have decided to weigh once a month and see if that helps. I know SP works if I work at it and I have been. So looks like this is where I stay!

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I think I must be missing out on life or something. Every time I read about Kerry's trips "out" to get a meal, I feel cheated. I get to eat out about once every 2 or 3 weeks, and breakfast? The only time we ever eat breakfast out is if we're on a trip away (which is never these days). That goes for lunch too. The last time I ate lunch out was over a year ago (maybe even longer). Now I TRULY AM a hermit. LOL!

I was lazy this morning and only got up a half hour ago! I'm sitting here sipping my first coffee and pondering what to do with my day.



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Pat, glad you made it home okay.
Mary, it has happened before and if I stay at home too long a period it's harder and harder to make myself get out. Aaliyah's arms are stronger than her eyelids. lol She really did not want to go to sleep in the picture. She was fighting sleep this evening, too and finally gave up when I laid her across my lap. Grandpa finally got home from practice-looks like when he took GS home he got a haircut from out daughter. Speaking of her she came over to drop GS off to ride with grandpa to the practice. I'm pretty sure that was just an excuse to play with her niece. I did get to water aerobics this morning and plan to make it tomorrow, too. After today's class I went to Panera (it's on the other side of the parking lot from the gym) and I've been wanting a cinnamon crunch bagel for a while. Well, I didn't get one. I didn't get the bagel because one of the high schools came in and bought all but 4 of the bagels they had baked. I think the teachers need to learn to call the day before and order those so other customers can also have a bagel. This, after not getting breakfast at Dunkin this morning because the new girl is still slow and they had no one to prepare the beverages while she got donuts and ran the register. I wasn't into waiting in line. I just opted for a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries for dinner. Trish should be showin gup soon to get her daughter. I have a bunch of burb cloths and clothes to wash in the morning. This kids spits up more than even her aunt Dawn did. good grief I only own so many clothes that actually fit!



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I am home and all unpacked! I am super tired though. Driving for 11 straight hours is not my idea of a fun day. But I love being home. Tomorrow will be a busy day because my fridg and cupboards are bare.
Mary you are working hard at your exercising, you should be proud of yourself.
Kerry I got one of those large prescription bills because of a mix up with my insurance too. It is really a shock at how much medicine can be.
I will wait until Sunday to weigh, because I am nervous about the results. I get so discouraged when I do weigh and it s not what I thought it should be. But we will see.


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I'm so glad the birthday shopping trip was fun for you and your granddaughter, Pat! I can't wait til the girls are old enough to enjoy that kind of thing! Safe travel back today...it will be a long trip for you. I hope when you step on the scale you will be very proud of yourself!

Kerry, I'm laughing uproariously....YOU, a HERMIT??? You are on the go all day long, spend so much time ferrying those grandchildren not only on school days but on the weekend, you and Larry are always out and about, you go to water aerobics, and you dedicate the rest of your life to church. Then you mow your own grass and change sprinklers in the middle of the night. When do you sleep? And how could you possibly be a hermit, lol!!! I saw the recent FB pictures where the baby was asleep pushing up....she doesn't want to miss a thing, does she?

It's a little below freezing in parts of Houston but it will be sunny and cool again today. I will either take another walk or go to the gym, depending on whether or not I'm needed to sit with my neighbor's 87 yr. old mom today. I've exercised every day this week. I've also had ice cream. So it will be a toss up as to whether or not I have lost anything. But I am happy with my own streak. It's doable and I don't feel like as much of a slug as I have recently!

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Mary, I'm glad to have a reason to get out of the house. If I don't make myself go to the gym or store I could easily become a hermit which isn't good. Aaron had a pickup-too big and fancy and finally sold it because the payments were too high so he and Trish are sharing her car. I'm hoping they can get enough together to buy a small car for him to drive to and from the shop.

Aaliyah was either extra hungry or extra tired tonight. She had 3 bottles and lots of burps but wouldn't sleep more than about 30 minutes at a time and then was fussy. I finally rocked her to sleep with her pacifier and she was still zonked out when mommy walked in the door. It rained all day and I got soaked so I really wasn't in the mood to go out and get wet again getting to and from the gym to do water aerobics. Bad enough my seats got all wet this morning with my running around. I'll do tomorrow morning and then again Saturday for my 3 classes this week.

Speaking of running around to get my two prescriptions refilled and at the right pharmacy I get a message that my prescription is ready for pickup and it's about $1500. Obviously they didn't get it sent through both Medicare and the D supplement so now I get to go do that again at the pharmacy. I know I gave them the right card because I already filled one prescription. Oops, I was wrong-it's $1700. I know I looked it up on the formulary and it was $30 a month.

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Shopping trip with granddaughter was a success! She is a very sweet girl and so easy to talk too. We have most things packed a a lot I. The car. We will leave around 5:30. It is a 12 hour trip so tomorrow will be a super long day.
Mary it will make your weight loss journey so much easier if you share it with a friend. I am glad your teaching partner is joining you.
Leann congrat,s on the 42 day streak. I was excited about my 15 day one. And Mary is so right we have to listen to our own bodies and not hurt ourselves. The water is the best type of exercise in my book.
Rita I am sure your husband was glad to get back to work if only for a little time. Nothing heals faster than getting your routine back. I hope his recovery continues without any set backs.
Kerry your new little granddaughter is so cute. Is she still having problems keeping her milk down? I can relate to how special keeping our grandkids an be, and I am sure you realize how quickly they grow up.
Pam I admire you for doing your exercises at home. I could never do that on my own. I have to go to the Y or I would not exercise at all. I wish I could do them on my own, but I wouldn't. Keep up the great work!
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Hi, friends! My old teaching partner just left. We had such a great evening. She was exhausted from school but has rejoined WW this past week and we made a pact that we would walk before dinner! We did around 5,000 steps in a brisk wind and came back to my house for soup and salad. She wants to go to the Saturday morning meeting that I go to so we will do that, too!

My children went through parochial school most of their school years so there was no bus service. The first 2 kids started off at our local public school a block away, so they walked. I went through 12 years of parochial school myself so I either took the city bus or my mother drove us in elementary. I carpooled in high school very often but with after school activities, that was hard to coordinate at times! Once I got into college my parents bought a used car and my ‘job’ was to take all my sisters (kindergarten through high school) to school each day before my own classes!

Leann, that’s a huge positive feat for you---42 days! Congrats! I once took a class at the gym that used webbed straps and asked the participants to use these for your own body weight resistance activities. I couldn’t keep up! There were older and heavier women in the class who could do it and I felt SO uncoordinated. Jumping in with no warmup isn’t a good thing. Sometimes we just need to listen to our bodies and recognize that whatever the ‘in’ thing is, it might not be what’s right for us!

I hope the nap will rejuvenate your husband, Rita. I’m sure daily activities take their toll. My children wore uniforms through high school. Mine was only through 8th grade and in high school I made almost everything I wore. I can’t imagine I had the time to do that, all the after school activities AND study! Those were the days. My churches haven’t had the blessing of the throats in years. I’m glad you still do it! And I’m proud of you for doing your biking. Getting back into an exercise habit is hard.

Pam, we are all in this together! I hate pictures of myself…I even hate looking at my profile in a large mirror. I don’t expect to see the ‘old lady’ I’ve become, much less to see the paunch and the slouch. Old age is a sad state at times!! Cherilyn said Annalise was better this morning. The Benadryl really worked…she slept all night without coughing fits! So far, Grace is fine! Thanks for asking. How is sweet Landon doing? There is a Landon in my current class!

Kerry, you are a Mother/Grandmother Exceptional! How could Trish get to her job if you didn’t take her? I know she used to take your car. I hope she and Aaron can ‘get on their feet’ soon. Does he have a car? I think I would be worn out with the pace you have every day. Hopefully, you got to water aerobics today. I will miss both classes this weekend but I did it 3 times this past week.

I actually slept well last night…first time in several days. No texts or calls that interrupted anything, thank goodness. I hope it will be the same tomorrow!








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My sons always rode the bus to school. However grand kids got driven to school except for youngest girl who insists on going on the bus. When I asked her why, she told me because the bus is always on time. But mom is never on time and she makes me late to class. So looks like she already has moms number, at 8 years old.

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I think you're supposed to warm up for any exercise. I guess they think sit ups are a warm up??

My theory on high school kids is it doesn't matter what time school starts because they will still stay awake half the night. One thing good about them getting out earrings they are there for the younger kids if the parents aware working. My kids rode the bus for elementary and junior high because they didn't want kids trying to cross the 4 lane road which is now a 6 lane road. I drove them to high school for the same reason because no bus was offered. I kind of liked getting one or two out of the house before working on getting the other(s) moving.



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I thought I was going to change up my exercise today and went to a Ball Pilates class. No warm up! They just jumped right into sit ups using a large ball. I can't do sit ups because of a fractured tail bone years ago. Ten minutes into the class trying to modify the exercises, I was thinking, "What the blazes was I thinking?" I got up, picked up my balls and left. Then I went to the pool and did my workout there. Came home, made a nice lunch and went to sew. I'm taking a break to let some fabric glue dry on my project. I feel really good about my choices lately and even met a new friend at the pool. I have put distance between myself and negative situations and people. It's part of my commitment to getting healthy.

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Kerry, it's 34 degrees and cloudy today. It was a mere 10 degrees when I left for church this morning. Side streets are still pretty snow packed from our big snow on Tues. Pick up trucks are still driving around with their beds filled to the top with snow. It looks pretty yet as the snow hasn't turned brown and icky looking. I think uniforms look nice on the school kids. My little 3 yr old even wears one to her preschool. She looks so cute. She has a variety from the jumper with a white peter pan collar blouse with an optional tie around it to navy blue pants and a green embroidered polo shirt. They also have school sweaters. She has such a big wardrobe of cute clothes it's a change for her to wear a uniform now that she's at her Mom's school. She turned 3 on Fri and moved to this new preschool on Monday. Her classroom is just down the hall from where her momma teaches kindergarten. My grandkids all migrate to me to play. Papa is usually on his computer. He doesn't rush to pick them up unless I need the help. Recovering from the surgery we don't want him picking anyone up for quite awhile now. When my kids were in school, the buses did the same thing, making multiple runs so school hours were staggered. Makes for more confusion when everyone is on a different schedule. I drove the kids most of the school years so it was plenty of back and forth.

Pam it's nice we are all trying to make some progress. Like I read on FB, January was a practice month and now we are down to business. I guess it does take awhile to settle into some routine. Any pictures I have lately are cropped from about the shoulders up. My girlfriend and I have a deal where if we take pictures we take lots and lots until we get one that is in our favor. However cropping is still my friendly activity. I heard the same thing that the high schools should start later so the teens get that extra sleep they need. I guess some school districts didn't get the word.

Thurs are fellowship days after morning Mass so DH and I were able to go this morning. People are used to seeing DH serving on the altar with the priest instead of sitting in the front row. I usually sit in the 2nd row on the side so it felt "funny" being in the center front row. People were so happy to see DH and so many inquired how he was doing. Fr. even announced that it was good to see him but he's still recovering so keep praying for him. I was glad he said that. As DH's boss it's important he realizes how much recovery he still has to do. The outing this morning really tired DH out. He is back in bed this afternoon. Tonight GD's drama class has their program. I look forward to it but wish it wasn't so cold out. I'd be happy to stay tucked in the house. I wouldn't want to miss this for anything though. She has quite a few speaking parts. She's in 2nd grade. I'm so proud of her. She's just a little sweetheart!

A lady and her 4 boys are stopping by this afternoon so DH can bless their throats since the boys didn't get the blessing yesterday on St. Blaise feast day. It's a beautiful blessing and one we don't want to miss. It's nice having an in-house clergy!

Keep on track! Let's pile up those pounds!

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When I went to school, everyone started at 8:50 and got out at 3:20 but that was when we had more neighborhood type of schools and everyone lived fairly close. Here in NE Florida, unless you can afford a lot of school buses, they have to stagger start times so the drivers can take the high schoolers to school, go back and pick up the elementary kids and get them to school and then pick up the junior high kids and deliver them. There's no way the county could afford 3x the busses and drivers or even be able to find enough drivers who could handle the bus and all those "well behaved" kids. The only time I ever rode a school bus was for a field trip every year which includes one field trip with our oldest granddaughter.

I was out in the pouring rain this morning-stopped at two doctor offices to get prescriptions renewed and change the pharmacy they send them to since that's changed with my medicare, then off to DD to pick her up for work. I brought Aaliyah home and didn't get any one on one time with her before Larry got home. I gave her a bottle, changed her and put her down but as soon as she started squeaking Larry picked her up and hasn't put her down. I have to keep an eye on the clock so I can actually get to water aerobics this evening.



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Good morning ladies! Everyone seems to be doing so well this week. I think this is the first time that ALL of us are working on our food and exercise at the same time. LOL!

I would have to tack a pic of a "skinny me" on the fridge, as I have refused cameras anywhere near me since I stacked on this weight. There are a couple of pics out there somewhere that other people took, but I don't have a copy, and when a copy was sent to me by email, I simply deleted it. Even after a decade or so, I still can't stand myself, but hey.

I woke up this morning feeling more sore than I have all week. Here's me thinking I was doing well with my exercising and not feeling "tied in knots", and now I'm hurting. Odd. I didn't do anything more last night than I did any other night. Actually I did less. I didn't do my weights, just the floor exercises. Oh well. if the muscles hurt, I must be doing something right. emoticon

Mary, I hope Annalise recovers from her "bug" quickly and that it doesn't spread to the rest of the family.

I wonder why high school starts at 7:20 Kerry? That's terribly early. When I went to high school (back in the stone age), it started at 8:20, and that was so early nearly all of us wanted to fall asleep in our homeroom class. Since then it was discovered that high schoolers need to start school LATER than elementary schools, because teens really did need that extra sleep in the morning and that it made a HUGE difference in their ability to learn.

Rita, I'm glad hubby is recovering nicely. Just don't let him pick up those grandkids for a while. LOL!

Yesterday it was so warm that all the snow melted and people didn't even wear coats. Got up this morning to a dusting of snow back on the ground. We are having another year of strange weather.

I can't remember now what everyone said, so Pat and Leann (did I miss somebody?), have a wonderful day!



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Good job on getting the biking done, Rita. How's the weather out there? I haven't heard from my brother hasn't said anything for a couple days. It was 69 here this morning but we have a front coming through so no there's no sun and a little rain here but a lot of rain just north of us.

I woke up before my 6:15 alarm and picked up GS. I said good morning to GD but she didn't get up, just tried to catch a few more zzzs since junior high doesn't start until 9:20. High school starts at 7:20 so there's quite an adjustment when they move up and also why I was picking up GS. We stopped at Dunkin because I had a coupon for 2 free donuts if I bought a coffee and it's right across the street from the high school. The kid looked sharp in is uniform, opened the door for other people and I enjoyed the way people treated him because of the uniform. It's amazing how your clothes can change how you're treated. Wish my husband could figure that out but old dogs, you know.... I am obviously NOT in water aerobics but plan to go this evening. I will pick up DD and GD about noon and drop DD off at work and hopefully have an hour or so with Aaliyah before gramps gets home. He likes to hog her unless she's crying and then he wants nothing to do with her. He was like that with our kids, too. Oh well, she's all mine then. emoticon



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Pat, I am certain that you won't be disappointed with your weigh in when you get home. You've really been conscious of your food choices and keeping track. That is one of the big steps to success. i will be looking forward to hearing what you see on the scale. You go girl! I'm impressed with your perseverance. I can't imagine having a whole album of "before" pictures to remind you to stay motivated. I like my "after loss of lots of weight pictures." They motivate me. I so want to get back to those places again. I always look so happy in those pictures and I remember how good I felt about myself then. Maybe I should make an album instead of looking at this fat picture of me taped to my computer! You have done a lot of walking on this trip. That should make a big difference too. Enjoy shopping tomorrow and have a very safe trip back home on Friday.

Kerry, I'm with you on making a book of pictures that will motivate us! Too bad we can't reach our goals and just stay there! It seems so easy to put on weight and such an effort to take it off.

Mary, I've kept my phone on at night when something important is going on. I don't sleep as well but at least I know I'll be available. It's times like what you are going through that we must do what we do. I left mine on the first night DH was in the hospital. The Dr. was going to come in late so DH convinced me to go home as there was nothing to do but try to sleep. I tossed and turned until DH called at 2:00 a.m. The Dr. had finally just come in. After the call I was finally able to sleep a few hours. I had made DH promise to call after the Dr. came in no matter what time it was. I was relieved he did exactly that. Let's hope Grace stays healthy and doesn't catch the virus. It always is sad to me when the little ones are sick. You must be in good shape to be able to do Zumba. I know it's fun.

I did my whole 15 minutes of biking tonight. I am so tired but did that anyway. Tomorrow I'll aim for 20 min. Today DH wanted to go to work for a few hrs so I dropped him off and went shopping. I haven't done that for a long time it seems. I bought a dress and some exercise shoes. When I picked DH up we ran home to change out his oxygen tank and then headed to visit at the hospital a very dear retired priest we know. i was sad to see how sick Fr. is and when I said my good-byes and that I loved him, I felt it was saying a more permanent good-bye. He's in my prayers for sure tonight.

Sleep well dear ladies! Let's have a good day tomorrow and another step towards our success!

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I got back from Cherilyn's in time for Zumba and have just finished supper. I spent the day holding Annalise a lot---Cherilyn ended up taking her to the doctor when I was leaving and she has a virus...I was afraid of bronchitis the way she was coughing and crying most of the day. Grace seemed fine with no congestion or coughing. The cabinet guy showed up late in the afternoon and delivered the pantry door but said he can't get to the work until the end of the week.

I have only recently started bringing my cell phone to the bedroom at night because of my mother. I never used to have it nearby! But my 2 sisters who live near where my mother is tend to text when there is a problem and i've missed several important issues by either not having it on or the group text wasn't working. I have gotten several early morning texts from the school...the old school, too, and I guess it will continue until my mother passes away. It's okay..just something I feel like I need to do right now!

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I think what I need would be a book of pictures when I had lost weight plus pictures of me before I lost and after I regained some. Maybe that will be the slap in the face I need to stay on track.



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Well day 14 since returning to SP. I will be very anxious to get home and weigh to see if all my denials of food on this trip has paid off. Actually it hasn't been bad at all. I am staying within the calories SP says I am allowed and it is really more than enough food.
Mary sorry you got woke up early today, nothing is worse than planning a sleep in morning and getting that early morning call. Hope you are enjoying your day with Cherilyn.
Funny I also use pictures of myself to motivate me. I have an entire album titled "Look in here if you start gaining weight". But I put it away so it hasn't helped much. Then I got on the scales at the doctors and thought oh my gosh it is happening again. So I have to start tracking again and getting support from all of you because I KNOW this works for me.
We went to Austin today and walked through the Capitol building. Then we were directed to a shopping area that was not impressive. Then we drove the back roads through hill country to our room. We are going to son's house for taco's tonight and watch KU play. Tomorrow I take my granddaughter birthday shopping, then we head home Friday. We were going to stay until Sunday but we are both ready to go home.

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Kerry, I remember the bugs we had in Baton Rouge. I don't miss them here in Colorado. Hearing about your sprinklers reminded me that the rest of the country isn't buried in deep snow. When I moved from snow country in Nebr to perpetual sunshine in Calif. it was such a new thing for me. I do love the seasons so snow is okay with me, most of the time. I hope Aaliyah is happier today. It makes for such a stress free day when everyone is happy!

Leann, it was the pictures that got me inspired as well. I took one and taped it to my computer to remind me that I don't want to look like THAT. I so want to get back to my more glamorous looking photos. lol. Our son did a good job snow blowing this deep snow yesterday. There is still some on the car I'll need to brush off this afternoon. With these blue skies and sunshine the car is mostly taking care of itself. I wouldn't even try to leave the house except my glasses have come in and I want to see. This old pair I'm wearing just isn't doing too great anymore. Your family has a wonderful long life! My dear Grandma lived to 96 and my Mother is 87 so I wonder how long I'll have to keep going! Hope my body will hold together if I'm in for the long run.

Mary, I always hate getting wake ups from the early birds. I've started turning the volume off on my cell phone at night. It dings whenever I get an email or text, it doesn't even take a phone call to be disturbing. The home phone I can't do much about as we have it in 3 different places. With all this family I do want to answer for any emergencies. We also are on a Red Alert system with the police dept. A reverse 911 will alert us to any neighborhood concerns we need to know about....we've had weather, flood and hunting for a suspect alerts. I'd rather know what's going on than to sleep and be caught off guard. I hope your Mother has plenty of nice sunshine in her new room. Sometimes things can even turn out for the better. Let's hope this is one time. Rex had no symptoms of a gallbladder problem until the stone/gravel travelled to the pancreas. He had just had a complete physical only a few weeks before. No hint in the blood work and since he is already on high dose pain meds for his other pain it could have been masking any pain in the GB area. Once the pancreas got hit though the pain was excruciating. He said he never wants to feel that ever again.

I did get back on my bike last night and did another 10 min for a total of 20 min. I liked doing it in increments that way. I can get bored so easily on the bike even if I'm reading or watching TV! It felt good to move once again. I have realized this week while doing more for DH how out of shape I've gotten. I love doing water work outs but our newish rec center is so big it takes a walk just to get to the pool. Once in the pool parts of it are so crowded with school field trips or groups that I can't easily use some of the amenities. The adult lane is nice but it's still a project to get there. The parking lot on that level is shared with the hockey and ice arena. I'm pleased if I can even find a close parking spot. Even handicapped is usually full. We have lots of seniors coming to the rec center with Silver Sneakers. I wish I had that! My insurance doesn't offer it. I guess for now I'll stay with the bike.

So far I've been doing well not eating after 8 pm. I find I'm sleeping better for it. Also, limiting my drinks to water or coffee has worked well.I guess these are small baby steps but it's helping me learn new and better habits. I hope it will all show a loss next Wed. when I weight in.

Have a blessed and wonderful day dear ladies! We can do this! 1950 was a very good year!!

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Rita, glad they got your husband's gall bladder out before anything worse happened! I noticed with my mom that a big weight loss can cause issues with the gall bladder. My thought was confirmed when NutriSystem (I think that's the one) was sued because of so many clients needing GB surgery.

Mary, I hope the doctor has lots of good news for you after taking all that blood! I can't believe the school couldn't wait until later in the day to call and ask you about working next month. good grief.

I had stomach stapling done twice. The first time I lost 50 lbs and then nothing for months before I started gaining weight so I was heavier than ever and having pain from the first surgery so it had to be redone. It was a repeat of the first time-50 down and then up 80. That means I have nearly 200 staples in me and I weighed 286 lbs. The only thing that has saved me was working with the trainer-a 27 yr old renting space at the old Gold's gym and trying to make a living helping others. He even took a course in weight loss management to help a group of us. Since he wasn't making a ton of money I was able to barter for training. His car needed tires, Larry could get them cheaper than he could, needed help with car payment, so I got free training for weeks or months, etc. It helped us both and when he changed gyms I (along with several others) changed with him until he moved too far away. I've been thinking of trying to maybe get one day a week with him and make the 20-30 minute drive if I could combine it with other things. The trainers I see at LAF don't come close to what our old trainers did.

Pam, our house phone is always on and there is one in the bedroom. My cell phone is off at night. We have too much family out there to not be available, especially with a newborn and a 92 year old dad. It was a real pain when folks called for Larry about work but that usually meant he was late. LOL Our phone also announces or posts on tv who is calling and I don't answer 99% of them as they're all people trying to sell something or cheat you out of your money.









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Im with you Pam on the phone. I leave my cell phone downstairs and the land line does not ring in our bedroom. I hate phones ringing also and if people cant leave a message I dont call back. We have telemarketers calling all the time so if a number is not listed we dont answer. Oyr phones also announce who is calling so I dont run to answer any calls.if I am busy. I pay for it for my convenience, not for others. Mary if they got me up at that hour my answer would be an emphatic NO!

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Mary, there is a good way for your phone not to wake you at some silly hour. Do what I do and turn it off at bedtime! I flat out refuse to be "on call" every minute of the day. We're of the generation that if we were away, we couldn't be got at, and I still crave that time again. I hate the phone. My husband says that I should keep it on in case the alarm company calls that someone is breaking in. I said tough nuts - let them. He has a phone, so why doesn't he listen for it? Apparently the alarm went off the other night and Tony woke up to someone downstairs banging on the door from the inside. He threw on some pants and went down to find a police officer in the kitchen banging on the door trying to get his attention. We have a silent alarm that notifies the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) if we don't call the alarm co. back. They went around everywhere hunting and found nothing. But back to the subject. I don't care if a volcano blows next to my house, I don't want to hear about it from my phone if I'm sleeping! emoticon

It's going to be a "warm" day today. Almost all the snow is gone! It's going to be rainy though.

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Good morning, friends! I haven’t slept well in the last few nights and was finally asleep and out of it when my phone chimed that I had a text at 6:30 this morning…..it was one of the MDO directors, asking if I could sub on March 31??? Oh, my goodness! Not only is that 6 weeks away, but it’s my day off! So now I’m wide awake, having coffee, and will vacuum and mop the kitchen before going to my daughter’s at 9:30. I’d really hoped to stay in bed for at least another hour, but it wasn’t meant to be, I guess! I think I only have 1 day between now and then that I’m not subbing or Story Lady! All in all, I really do enjoy the job. It’s enough to be busy without my having to be in charge. Also, you may remember how I was concerned about the teacher I’m working with being so disorganized? I brought an expanding file ‘folder’ and 2 colored files labeled Tuesday and Thursday and when she again expressed her irritation at not knowing where things were, I ‘offered’ to show her how she could be more organized. She was very grateful, so she said! At the end of the day she started going around in circles again and I suggested that she put all the papers for Thursday in the Thursday file. She stopped and looked at me and told me that was a WONDERFUL idea, lol! So we ‘ll see how things go. She yelled a lot still, and that does bother me. I just don’t want to alienate her by telling her how wrong that is….especially since a number of the teachers of the younger ones seem to speak harshly to the children. But I wish the directors would walk in while she’s on a tear and step in!

Kerry, I turned the sprinklers off in October since it’s been so rainy for months. I saw a neighbor had hers going the other day…maybe once every couple of weeks would be okay now! My water bill has really gone done, for which I am grateful. Next time Larry points out that something outside the house is wrong, maybe YOU can point out that it’s HIS turn to go do something about it!!

I’m so glad the doctor was able to get on Rex’s infection early enough, Rita. How scary. What were his symptoms? One of my sisters had gastric bypass about 10 years ago, lost about 115 pounds, then regained it. After she regained it she had a gallbladder flareup and had it removed and also had 2 hernias that were repaired last year. I don’t remember how she ‘found out’ but she was glad to have it over with. I hope you will be able to ease back into the good workout routine and continue losing. I am all over the place with both and start every day with high hopes! I dash them myself all too often! One sister did say that my mother has a nice room on the front side of the hospice, just opposite of where she was. So I hope she has sunlight streaming in like she did in the other one.

Leann, I really am proud of you and hopeful that if you can do it, I can, too. This has really been a hard adjustment to the new WW system and I am resentful of having to change things up…not a good attitude! I WANT results without having to change my life. That’ how I regained the weight I lost last time! Great job, great attitude and great results are showing on you. Way to go! Thanks for the Factor V info. My daughter and I had never heard of it. I hope the test will at least let me know how to handle it if it turns out that I do have it. I was on Xarelto for 9 months after I had the blood clots and I was glad there were no restrictions about vegetables, etc. But I hate the thought of regular medication of any kind. Time will tell!

I’d better text the director back and get on with my day. Hugs to everyone and stay warm!


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Almost bedtime but wanted to post before I head up the stairs. Thank you all for your support. I have had a lot of time to read and get set to go when I felt better. I hate my pictures lately so much I couldn't stand myself any more. I made a commitment to get healthy thus year and by golly I am pushing through. I'm sure there will be not so good days but while I am feeling good I'm keeping at it! I got a lot of work done on sons quilt design today and then went to the pool for a nice workout. Since it snowed here today, the pool was quiet. Rita did you get shoveled out? Hope you had help with DH feeling poorly. Glad he is making progress!

Pat glad you are making progress with Drew. So hard to be away from grand kids as they grow up. I had 4-5 sets of grandparents growing up and my first son made 5 living generations. Lots of longevity in my family.

Kerry seems wierd to hear about sprinklers when we gave 12" of snow on the sprinkler heads here. Lol. And the bugs....you can have them! emoticon

Mary if your daughter has Factor V Deficiency and you had blood clots previously, there is a good chance you are positive also. I have it and had two hospitalizations for PE's. Pretty scary but being managed with Xarelto and doing fine. However always on my mind when doing anything that may cause bodily harm. That is why water aerobics is so important to me. Good luck with the new trainer. I had a trainer before my car accident. He moved to anither gym and tried three others but wasnt imoressed so I train myself. emoticon keeping your mom in my prayers as well as all my grandma friends on here caring for toddlers. I would either need several glasses of wine or start smoking cannibis if I had to deal with thst many little ones. I do adore them but don't have the resilience any more.

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Way to go, Leann! Pam is right that you're doing better than some of us! I start every day on track and then it goes to pot!

We got Aaliyah at noon and brought her home. She was having a fussy day and has started really crying so grandpa was not happy. I spent half the day moving water sprinklers around the yard and then this evening about 8 I thought I heard water running. Larry checked and said the sprinkler was on but her couldn't turn the faucet off. It took a few minutes but it finally clicked that THAT sprinkler was hooked up to the side faucet. That's what happens when you have 3 running at the same time. I already had my shower but ran outside anyway to shut it off. I now feel like I've been chewed up by bugs. ugh I was planning on the 6 pm water aerobics but at 1 min before six it was a tad late to change and get there. I really hate when that happens. Guess I best get in gear in the morning and get to a class. Well, gramps is home so Aaliyah and mom are home.



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Leann, wow you are doing great! You inspire me.

Mary, I hope your doctor can keep you healthy and that you have good test results. When I worked as a med tech I remember drawing 18-21 vials of blood from people in the hospital. Back in those days every test pretty much had it's own vial. Now it only takes a mere drop of blood for multiple tests. To have 12 vials drawn is amazing. I'm sorry to hear your dear Mother had to be disrupted and moved to a new room. You do keep busy with subbing. I know the little ones love being read to and given attention. They are so blessed t have you.

Pat, I like being here at SP too. I need a place to check in and chat. One time when I lost over 50 lbs I had a weight loss forum to post on. It made all the difference. I esp. like that we're all the same age! An extra bit of fun. I'm so glad you are enjoying your time with little Drew. Nothing is sweeter than hearing them call you Grandma.

Today was a snow day! We got around 12 inches of snow. I'm glad it didn't pile up until after all the Dr. appt yesterday. The good news is my TOPS meeting tomorrow has been cancelled so I feel like I have a new motivation to be on track all week and show up with a loss next week. After these last 10 days of stress and worry I feel I can start over again. I even got on my bike today!!! I only did 10 minutes but that is a start. I'm back at it!! I'll stretch it to 15 minutes or longer tomorrow. I might even do another 10 minutes tonight. I'll eventually be back to 1 1/2 hr on it. My Dr. increased my blood sugar meds yesterday. He said it will make me feel better...hooray! Mammogram results hopefully are all fine. At the surgeon's office with DH we found out the infection in his gallbladder was of some really dangerous organisms. The surgeon even consulted with an infectious disease specialist as to how to treat DH. As the surgeon said, "we caught it in time." It could have been fatal. Really nasty stuff. Scary to think of all this. We were blessed! DH still has pain but over all I think he's doing much better.

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I'm so happy that your day with Drew is going so well, Pat! Hooray that he is now calling your Grandma! Maybe you can plan trips every few months while he's in this growing stage and you can cement the kind of bond that you have with Decklan!

My doctor is very proactive...I've been really lucky to find her. The lab is right next door to her new office and although there are many doctors and a huge waiting room, I was seen within 5 minutes of my appointment time and she spent a lot of time with me. I hope the tests won't show anything to worry about but if so, we're on it! I don't want to have surgery or dental work and end up in ICU with more clots like last time. That was so scary! If I do have a clotting disorder I would rather know now and be able to prevent something bad happening again.

I am a sub every Tuesday and Thursday at my church's Mother's Day Out. Twice a month I am Story Lady: I read books to all the classes either while one group goes to Chapel and the other groups come to me, or only to the ones and twos who don't go to Chapel. I get to pick the books but I try to stay on the topics that most of the teachers are using for the various months, holidays, etc. It doesn't pay much but it's spending money!

I have my trainer session this afternoon, will go see the twins tomorrow, and will work, then have Sarah for dinner on Thursday. Friday is my own off day!! Then on Saturday I have a Stampin Up workshop for Valentine cards. I'm really looking forward to that.

I got emails from my sisters....they DID move my mother to another room. Darn it! Every time I think things are just going okay, something else comes up. They said she could stay in that room indefinitely but we had to pay. It was bright and sunny and overlooked the parking lot. I don't know where this new room is...she can't get out of bed so I guess it really doesn't matter but it still is a shame she had to be moved.

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Leann mini goals are so much better than long ones. And we are all celebrating with you too! Congrats on your success!

Mary so glad you went to the doctor and hopefully all tests will come back normal. Wow 12 vials of blood is a lot. And that is great your friend is doing WW also. I am back committed to SP and as for me I know this is the right place for my success.
Mary I forgot do you work every day? The 3 year old teacher is sure lucky you applied for that job!

Have been spending the day watching Drew and it is going really well. He wasn't,
at all upset when he woke up and I went and got him. He has ate his breakfast and lunch without any problem and I was easily able to put him down for his nap. He already calls me grandma, and he is the smartest little guy. I am so glad we decided to stay with him today because I am seeing a whole new little boy.



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That's just fabulous, Leann! You are such a great inspiration! Congrats on the mini goal and working out. I hope your body will start responding by feeling better and better.

I had my doctor's appointment and told her all my issues I was a little worried about. Most were nothing, although she checked and listened to me. She's very young but I really do like her. My daughter had a miscarriage in mid November, as most of you remember and she recently found out she has something called Factor V, something about a blood clotting issue. the genetic counselor thinks she inherited it from me! I brought all my daughter's paperwork to my doctor to look at and she sent me next door to have MY tests run, too. They took 12 vials of blood! I thought I should have lost weight from that, lol! I hope to get those results soon.

My former teaching partner will come for dinner on Thursday and we will solve the problems of the world once again! She just rejoined WW online and we will have soup and salad and try not to have any wine. If so, I'm sure we'll 'whine' then!

I am back in the 3 yr. old class again this week and until the middle of March. I brought file folders to 'help' the teacher get organized if she wants me to help!

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Wow Leann! I am SO proud of you! You are doing so well with your weight loss - so much better than most of the rest of us are managing. LOL!

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I am stoked! Since today is February 1st, I decided to weigh myself to get an accurate monthly weight. Well I am pleased to announce I am down 2 more pounds and have reached my mini goal #2 to be 5% below my starting weight and 10 pounds gone! It made me feel so good I got dressed and went to the pool to work out. It was snowing and cold at 8 am so I went back to bed. Then the snow subsided and my motivation soared when I saw my weight and off to the pool I went. With the snow it was quiet and I got a good 50 minute workout.

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If I had a certificate and star sticker for class participation, you'd get it, Pat! Thanks for the very informative reciting, lol! I'm so glad your son's job is going well. I love all the HEB commercials. They make it sound like one big family, from the farmers to the shoppers! I'm also glad you enjoyed Fredricksburg so much. All those little towns have mom and pop shops and little out of the way places to eat...I'm sure you'll find something fun to do. And yes, it's cloudy here too with a high in the mid 70's planned. I hope the crowds and the clouds diminish for you today. I Hope you will have good Drew Time. He just doesn't sound like an 'easy' child, though, does he? I'm sorry it hasn't been the bonding time that you'd hoped. I'm already starting to think along those lines for little David. I will only get to see him maybe twice a year, not enough time for him to know me. I'm so close to Cherilyn's girls and I want to be a part of David's life, too!

I am going out for a walk now....trying to be a good girl!

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Trader's village was interesting to see but there was nothing there for me. Our son did find some comics to add to his collection and Jerry bought a hat. We loved Fredricsburg so much we are going back today, except right now it is really foggy. Saturday was packed with people so we are hoping for less of a cloud, plus we are planning to visit other small towns in the hill country. Hard rock was fine except Andrew was not in a very good mood and cried during most of the meal. Actually today is Danielle's birthday so we will go out there for cake tonight. Jeff says things are going great with his job. He really likes this organization because they are very people oriented. He feels they treat him right. They live in Boerne (pronounced Bernie) which is north of San Antonio. I think we stayed north also when we were here. OK teacher did I answer all the questions correct, lol.

Pam that is great you are exercising every day. It has to help you feel better. Oh have I mentioned how much you brighten my day with your FB posts. Many a time I laugh at loud at them. You have a wonderful sense of humor.

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Pam, I'm so proud of you for exercising every night! I know I should do that....I really have no excuse but laziness. I am 'going' to exercise more each week but there's no reason for me not to do something at home every day. I have so many Walk Away The Pounds, Spark, etc. dvds. I could take a walk every day since my weather is nothing like what most of you have....just lots of excuses. I will take a walk this morning in case my doctor's appointment and traffic keep me from Zumba tonight. I also need to finish up my housework. My former teaching partner joined WW online last night and wants to have a healthy dinner together this week. I suggested tomorrow, here. But I have my trainer session at 4:30 so if we do get together here I need to be ready since I teach tomorrow. Good luck with the program. I would laugh uproariously, too, at joining Boot Camp. They would 'give me the boot' right away!

Pat, did you enjoy Trader's Village? At some point I would love to go to Canton, not really to buy anything, but just to look. How was Fredricksburg? You should have had gorgeous weather. I hope the Hard Rock Cafe and the birthday was a fun thing. Have you had time to visit with your son and see how he thinks things are going? Where in SA is their house, not that I would know! Anywhere near where we were 2 years ago? I'm full of questions!

Rita, I'm sure you've said, but I must have forgotten that some of your children and grandchildren live with you. How cute that you had a morning visitor in the shower! You certainly had a full day yesterday. I can completely relate to getting dressed in my work out clothes with the best of intentions...ala Flylady! I guess we can say that we move easier in lace up shoes, lol! I tend to let my lazy side take over. I have things from my visit home last weekend that I totally forgot in the back of my car. I brought them in and dumped them in the kitchen and I need to move them today. Now, in fact!!

So I will get off the computer and get going with my day. I hope all of you have a great intro to February, snow, rain, or whatever. In 6 weeks we will have spring!

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Mary, thanks again for the sweet words. I chuckled about getting some down time. I will have to keep working on that. I was in the shower this morning which "should" be some alone time to regroup when I heard a little noise. I peeked around the shower curtain and there was my precious 3 yr old. She just loves playing with me and she came in search of me. It did tickle me that she patiently waited while I dried off behind the shower curtain and she tried to hand me my bathrobe. I had promised to do puzzles with her and she was ready to do that and read books together. She lives in the basement with her mom and dad and she's been known to sneak upstairs unbeknown to her parents. I love how she seeks me out when she wants to play no matter where I might be! I hope you have a good Dr. appt tomorrow. I am well aware how disappointing it is to go for a weigh-in thinking it will be a good one when it's not. Once when I did Baylorfast and had only 6 shakes a day I'd go in and not have lost anything! I didn't know how that could even be possible. I never once cheated in 4 months! The nurse would always tell me I was losing inches. I guess eventually it all worked out because I ended up losing lots of weight AND inches! But week to week it sure wasn't obvious!

Pat, I have a 2 yr old GS too. He's finally getting more comfortable around me. He was a total daddy's boy for most of his life. If daddy wasn't around he'd settle for his mom but anyone else was out of luck. You are sure having a full but fun time. All the places you are going sound wonderful. Did you score any good finds at the flea market? It's always the thrill of the hunt! One never knows what they might find! Have a great time shopping with your GD. I hope you have some good bonding moments! I understand heading home early. It's nice to visit but it's always great to get back home.

Leann, how hard that must have been to go to the memorial service. It's just not fair to lose a child no matter how old. My DH is one of 3 sons and I always wondered how his dear mother made it. However, I also have 3 sons AND 2 daughters! I haven't found that my daughters compete with me as they have always been fiercely independent and now as adults they are my best friends. My boys are pretty awesome and we do have a special bond. You did so well with the buffet. Congratulations on another success. You are off and running on a wonderful year of great success.

Pam, that's awesome you are getting exercise in every evening. Congrats on that! It sounds like you are working your whole body and every bit adds up and makes a difference. Since you are already feeling better that's motivation to keep going strong. I laughed when I heard the words "boot camp'. A few years back I was taking a class at our big rec center. My class was cancelled but it was suggested we go to boot camp that day. I knew the sweet, teeny, tiny teacher so I joined in. I managed the medicine balls pretty well but when we had to jump rope around the outside of the big building, I came in dead last and waaaaaay behind the others. I laughed and said at least I made it all the way around. I was at least proud of myself that I didn't quit and that I crossed the finish line. I couldn't do that now! I am so out of shape I wouldn't even try it. Thx for the hugs. I appreciate the reminder to just eat well and look after myself.

Kerry, hi. I hope you had a good Sunday. I am guessing you've had a full day with church and grandkids! Maybe even some water aerobics in there. Take care.

After my shower this morning I put on my exercise clothes with every intent to do my biking. After puzzles and reading with GD and putting my hair in curlers, it was lunch time and then time to get ready for a mtg this afternoon. My mtg was almost 4 hr so when I got home it was time for dinner (DH had over done it physically with his recovery..but he did make a great soup). Then Dowton Abbey was on. My day just zoomed by and I didn't get on the bike. Tomorrow I have an 8 a.m Dr. appt, a 9:30 Mammo and a 1:00pm appt for DH with his surgeon. We are expecting 12 inches of snow, which is already piling up, through all day tomorrow. I wonder if I'll get to those appt or if it will be declared a snow day? My DIL a kindergarten teacher is hoping for a snow day.

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Good evening ladies!

Rita, I wouldn't worry too much about your food intake right now (as long as you're not stuffing yourself silly). Just eat well and look after yourself. You can't look after others if you are not feeling great yourself. ((hugs))

Mary, I hope your doctor's appointment goes well. emoticon

Kerry, did you do the counting today?

Pat, it sounds like you are having quite the trip in San Antonio. The only thing I ever did there was the Riverwalk, and that was a LONG walk! haha. It was fascinating. Oh yes, we saw the Alamo too, but I don't think we did anything else. Mind you we were only there for a day or so on our way to Laredo, so we really didn't have a huge amount of time.

Leann, you are doing so well with your weight loss. I haven't lost anything else, but then I haven't gained anything either. I haven't worried much about my food intake this last week. It has been dark, cold and overcast almost all week, and depression is setting in...sigh

However, I HAVE been exercising every evening all week. I've been putting down a mat and stretching, doing 3 leg exercises and some tummy exercises. Then when I get back up (and believe me that can be hard), I sit at the computer with my 5 lb dumb bell weight and work my arms a bit. Not a lot, but more than I've done for a long time. One of my daughter's friends leads a group of "boot camp" fitness classes. She was trying to convince me (online) to join with Leah. She said it didn't matter what fitness level I was at. I said that was the problem. I don't have any level! I sit and stand all day. I hardly ever move forward or do anything else. Lying on the floor raising my ^&($% leg hurt - and hurt my back. LOL! But I was feeling a little better physically by the end of the week, so I'll continue with this with weekends off. teehee!

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Mary Jeff doesn't work in a retail store, he works in one of their plants, the one that produces the milk products. Since he is fairly new he didn't offer a tour. Maybe once he has been there a while he will show us his plant.
Leann congrat's on passing up the sweets. It is so easy to drown our sadness in food but in the long run we are only hurting our selves. I struggle with this issue every day!
Well we are of to the Hard Rock Cafe.

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Back from Mass an a quick grocery store trip for salmon and fruit. Pat, HEB!! Have you had a chance to tour your son's store? They always have such fresh produce and good bargains. I passed on the freebies today but they looked good. I didn't wait around to actually hear what it was! I heard from several friends that they went to Canton, the ultimate Texas antiques Round Up! I hope you enjoy Trader's Village. There's one here in Houston, too. I hope things will go smoothly for you this week and that the GD enjoys her outing with you. Put on your blinders, lol...Forever 21 has so many things we would think are just awful and would never have allowed our daughters to wear!!

Leann, congrats on looking, feeling and weighing good this week! Physically I am not feeling quite right and am seeing my doctor tomorrow. I did feel like I did a good job with most of my eating, but to no avail. I really do forget to record a lot of extras that I don't plan for so I'm sure it's my own error. I got salmon and broccoli, prepared, for lunch, for example. Even though the salmon has a stuffing of sorts I figured it might be 9 points at the most. I scanned it once I put it in the oven: 14 points!!! I had no idea. Glad I had a simple cottage cheese breakfast!! I am not pleased with the new points system as much as others. I need to reevaluate the go-to foods!

I will go to water aerobics this afternoon. I found several sweaters and skirts that I keep holding onto just in case I lose enough to wear them again. I need to play Frozen and "Let It Go!" I will give away Dave's shirts and a few other things, too. More closets to go...

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Pat that sounds like a fun day. I love browsing flea markets.
Mary don't get discouraged. Last week I didn't lose but felt good physically so that was a great NSV for me. It will come off but be mindful of how good you feel physically.
I had a very hard day yesterday. We attended a memorial service fir the 42 year old son of a friend. It hit me really hard as she and I both have three sons very close in age. There is a special bond mothers of three sons share. Ive been told there is a special place in heaven for mothers of three sons. They are lively, busy, fearless little humans and they share a special bond with their moms. Not that girls don't but girls tend to want to compete with their moms. Single moms of boys know that they always keep us on our toes.
There was a buffet after and I stayed away from the taco chips andbdesserts. I even avoided the brownies I baked. For once I didn't try to smother my broken heart with food. I recalled how good it felt to step on the scales and see progress. I am so thankful for SP and my new friends. I just know this will be my best year yet.

Thank you to all of you for your support and inspiration.

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Rita you are so right about having to have stamina with a two year old. Luckily we have had Decklan so much since he was born he feels very comfortable in our home. And we have plenty of things to keep him busy. But he does want me in every room he goes in. My biggest challenge with him is when I change his diaper or clothes, he always wants get away lol. I always feel like I have run a marathon when I finish dressing him.
I am glad your husband is feeling well enough to get some fresh air. I am sure it made him feel better.
And Mary don't get too discouraged. I do the exact same thing. It is frustrating especially when you feel like you have done well for the week but the scales don't show it. When I lost all that weight a few years ago I avoided the scales. My biggest mistake was avoiding them after I lost, because that weight has creeped back on. The thing is you never give up and that is a good thing!
Today we are going to Traders Village. It is a flea market with 1000 booths. It is only open on the weekends. I am excited about going to this, because nothing is more fun to me than getting a bargain. Then tonight we are going into San Antonio with family to the Hard Rock Cafe to celebrate our granddaughters 17 birthday which is tomorrow. And we are going to be keeping our grandson all day on Tuesday. This whole week is going to be very busy. We did enjoy Fredricksburg so we are going back on Monday and we will also visit other hill country towns. Then back to our son's house for birthday cake. Thursday we are picking up our granddaughter from school then her and I will go shopping at Forever 21 for her birthday gift. Jerry did mention something about going home early, I will not be disappointed.

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Oh, Rita, my heart just goes out to you. It's so hard to 'be the caretaker' and not be overwhelmed with anxiety over whether or not he's doing okay, doing too much, WANTING to do too much, etc. How precious that the granddaughter missed his car in the parking lot! That's a special hug in itself! I'm glad your kids/spouses are taking it into account what's going on with both of you. Please do take some downtime when you can and make sure you are getting enough nourishment. Walk or ride your bike when you can....but take care of yourself!

Unfortunately, my weigh in had me up a pound. This is my every other week thing. I lose, gain, lose, gain. I exercised 4 days plus water aerobics today. I had soup and salad almost every day....but it didn't work. I will keep trying, though!

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Mary, your sweet inquiries and concerns really touched my heart today. It was like a nice comfy hug. I guess I'm still in recovery mode myself to be so sensitive. I am so used to being the care taker it was comforting that you understand my exhaustion. Rex has pain still that shoots up to a level 6. Narcotic meds are still helping and he is already on a refill rx for those. Dose is reduced so that's progress. He had wanted to serve at 9:00 a.m. Mass tomorrow but I was able to point out that isn't a very good idea! His mind is fuzzy at times and he's still hurting. He is such a faithful Deacon he wants to serve no matter how he's feeling. Lots of the parish work is done on the computer or phone calls so he has already been doing that this week from home. I did drive him to the parish office yesterday to pick up work papers. We'll see if he is up for going back in next week. DH has to be on oxygen 24/7 now with having only half a working diaphragm (boo boo from Dr at last surgery 6 yr ago). When he's on the altar serving he doesn't use it though. The little girls are good medicine for me even though I'm most tired. Our 4 yr old asked "is Papa going to be okay?" when she was here so I think it's comforting for them to see him up and about doing things. Our 6 yr old who is in Kindergarten at the church commented that she "misses seeing Papa's car in her school parking lot." My kiddos have been sensitive about my watching their wee ones. Even the daddies have rearranged schedules so as to have days off. They really all appreciate my help so it's all good. I hope you had a marvelous weigh-in today! Let us know how it went!

Pat I've heard what a neat place Fredricksburg is. I hope you have a wonderful day there. You are doing great getting your exercise in and eating well. Your 2 yr old grandson is so blessed that you can keep him for a few days at a time. I don't have stamina to do more than an overnighter! Two year olds are so precious but can keep the Grandparents hopping. I watched our newly turned 3 yr old yesterday and we went from one thing to another non-stop, until she easily laid down for her nap. At least they still nap at this age.

Kerry, I hope you're doing well with your precious Grands. We are all busy Grandmas! Between that and our church activities we should be burning lots of calories!

To my surprise my DH suggested we take a little walk outside. We have a bridge over a creek about 2 blks away so that was our goal. I admit I think my DH, recovering from surgery and pulling his O2, seemed to do better with the short walk than I did. That is most frustrating. I used to walk many blocks uphill to the convenience store to buy a cup of coffee in the morning. Ha, no way can I do that now. I have my eyes opened to what I need to do! We are expecting a big snow storm tomorrow through Monday. Maybe up to 12 inches I heard. So I will get on my bike inside if I can't walk outside. I think this walk also jarred me back into my weight loss motivation after this week of stress.



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Oh, Pat, I think you'll love Fredericksburg! Wish you could tour the Painted Churches. I think Sandra mentioned them when we were all in San Antonio....I've never been myself. Maybe on another SA visit we could all take a day trip! I hope this will be a bonding day for your family. Maybe do Facetime with Decklan and let the 2 boys see each other? Just a thought. Another child might bring Drew around!

Off to WW. I measured myself after Leann said how much she's lost. No change! Bummer!

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Leann your story brought tears to my eyes. What a sweet response from your grandson. I would of done exactly what you did in the same situation. Mine is a little different. My daughter choose to stay home with her son but she suffers with bipolar and often gets overwhelmed. So we keep him for three to four days at a time. He is two now and the joy of both mine and his grandpa,s life. Congratulations on the weight loss too. I think mini goals are the best cause you don't put so much pressure on your self.
Mary I also hope your mom can stay where she is, she has gone through enough and needs so peace in he life. Good luck on the weigh in. We worked out again this morning and I have really been watching what I eat so I am anxious to get home and weigh.
We are spending the day in Fredricksburg with our son, DIL, and grandson. Hoping to get better acquainted with him spending the day, we will see.
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Happy Saturday, friends! It's supposed to be another sunny day here and will warm up to the high 70's! I enjoyed my walk yesterday and will go to water aerobics today since I won't freeze on the way back to the car, lol!

Leann, congrats on your wonderful losses---I always forget to check my measurements. Wow, that's a lot of inches for a little over a month. What a way to start. My streak was once 3 years...even through my husband's hospitalization and death. Then I went to visit a friend for Spring Break and didn't spin the wheel until I got to her house in Michigan and it was already the next day by her time and I lost the streak. I'm now on day 260 something, I think, but with very little loss showing since I tend to go up and down. Deep sigh. How touching that you rescued your grandson and he remembered! That's so special. The kids seem to not cringe when this teacher starts in, but it really does bother me. I hope I can offer her some help.

Rita, how long will Rex have for recovery, or does it just depend on how he bounces back? Will he be on oxygen indefinitely? Do you 'have' to babysit while things are so hectic for both of you right now? I can't imagine having the care of a little one, even so loved, when you're probably exhausted. All of you are much better grandparents than I am! I love mine dearly, but I don't think my daughter would even ask if I'd been in your situation all last week! I'm sure you'll be back on track with your eating habits soon. Just being home is a relief and you can 'set your own hours.

I weigh in at 9:00 and have water aerobics at noon. My younger son's wife's birthday is tomorrow but he hasn't said if we are getting together for lunch or dinner...I need to check on that. I did find out that since the hospice is crowded and a room isn't available in a different wing, my mother can stay in her room indefinitely, although we start having to pay tomorrow. I hope we don't have to move her!

Kerry, are you babysitting on the weekend, too, or just while Trish works? Rest up!

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Leann, congratulations on such awesome losses! You are doing great! Woo Hoo for you!! Being under 200 is wonderful! I plan to get there myself!

Your story about your grandson almost made me cry. The little ones need rescuing and us Grandmas need to do that when needed! You did the best thing ever and your little guy knows it! You can wear the "Best Grandma Ever" crown today (even though it happened another time!)

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Almost forgot...lost another 2.2# and 5". So total for January is 8.2 pounds, 5", reached first mini goal to weigh under 200 and very close to 5% off mini goal.

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Rita glad hubby is doing better. So stressful for you. Keeping you in my prayers. Mary and Pat hugs for all you do with children. Our babies deserve to be loved. I too witnessed a day care person telling at kids. My youngest grandson was in day care. His mom called me in tears on her way to work telling me he was crying when she left him. I agreed to go by and check on him. As I entered the day care a woman was yelling at kids and carrying on like a lunatic. Then I saw my beautiful little grandson sitting at a table all alone and crying his little heart out. I went in took him in my arms and we left that place. He stayed with me after that. One day we were driving past the place and he said, "Gramna remember when I went to that place and I was crying because the lady was yelling and you came to save me?" I said yes and he said " Cuz you love me huh Gramma?" I never regretted taking him home that day. He was raised with love and kind voices as were my babies. Screaming is no way to raise children. My own mother was a screamer and I used to cringe inbfear. I vowed I would not raise my babies in such a home. That is why I remained single until they were all raised.

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Mary, it's wonderful to hear that the body uses calories in a stressful time. I was hoping the walking around the hospital and parking lots was adding to my calorie usage. I have been up and down from sitting so many times, I hope that will help to use calories too. Hearing about you working with the teacher who yells makes me so frustrated. Those precious little ones don't deserve that. I remember many many years ago visiting a friend who had a day care in her home and i was aghast at how she yelled at those wee ones. I hope you have a wonderful weigh in tomorrow!!

Pat, thanks for the prayer for DH and myself. That's what's keeping us going. It's awesome you are using the gym at the hotel and getting the exercise in. I used to do that when we traveled and it's such an empowering feeling to know you are keeping on track. I always enjoyed visiting San Antonio. I went for a conference and with my DH and kiddos when they were young. There's plenty to see and do. It's wonderful you are getting time with the Grands even if it seems less than perfect. I have 3 Grands in Minnesota so i know how hard it is to not be in their lives more frequently. 70 degrees is wonderful weather. I hope you got lots of good walking in.

Kerry, good job on taking the wrap off on your turkey wrap. I ordered some fish tacos recently and didn't eat the tortillas. The insides alone were so very good I wondered why I hadn't done this all along. Eating healthy and well feels so good.

Leann, congrats on your 35 day streak n Sparks. It's fun to spin the wheel and add up the points. I have a streak of 23 days going so far. I hope I don't forget to sign in! I hope you had a good weigh in today!

I have been having a hard time getting myself back to my careful eating this last week. It was a week today that I took DH to the ER. I've tried to keep focused but caring for DH and the Grands this week have kept me pretty exhausted and with extra goodies brought into the house I haven't had the resistance I've needed. I now have 4 days to weigh-in so maybe if I drink lots of water and really tow the line I will pull it through. I was on such a good losing streak but I know i can get there again. We are supposed to have a major snow storm Sun to Monday. Of course DH and I have a combined 3 Dr. appts on Monday. Twelve inches is predicted. One appt is at 8 a.m. another at 9:30 a.m. and one at 1:00 p.m. I wonder how all that will go? You can never tell what Mother Nature will do. I had my little 3 yr old GD all day and she was such a sweetie. We did puzzles, read library books, watched some of her favorite shows together, went to DH office (he can't drive while on the narc meds so I drove him to pick up some papers) and little one had so much fun getting all that attention. She also took a 1 1/2 hr nap. Her favorite fun is for the 2 of us to hide under a blanket. We are so sily under there, even I have fun with it. Watching Hercule Poirot on Netflix now. Always a good show.

Best wishes to all of you for successful weigh-ins!

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Good luck on your weigh in, Mary. This girl will be a lot happier when she can get her finger or thumb in her mouth. She keeps trying but hasn't figured it out yet so she gets mad. lol



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Way to go for you, too, Kerry! I love the wrap part as much as the insides! I'm sorry Aaliyah had a bad day....do make Larry put her in the crib...it takes a long time to get them into a routine and Trish will bear the brunt of the problem at night!

It was gorgeous today and I took a nice walk in the neighborhood instead of going to the gym. My right leg got 'off' walking on uneven sidewalks so I only did 25 minutes but it was nice. I weigh in tomorrow and will go see my doctor on Monday. I have a couple of issues that have cropped up and want her to check things out. My first Medicare visit.....

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Yeah, I think we all know just how motivating yelling is.
Way to go on keeping up your streak. I know that desire to keep it going is what got me here every day.
It seems like we have a grumpy little girl today. I can't decide if she is still hungry or having a bad day. She does need to learn to sleep in her bed and not have gramps hold her all the time!! I got my water aerobics this morning and we stopped for lunch before picking up GD. I had a turkey wrap but took 90% of the wrap off and ate the filling as a salad.



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That's great on all counts, pat! I hope the granddaughter was agreeable last night! Is LaVillita the area where we got off the trolley and ate/shopped? I hope it's a good day for you. Are you doing the zoo or Sea World? You could do a day trip to Fredericksburg or another small town for some local culture, too! How much longer?

I will pick my vacuum cleaner up from Oreck today and do some fill in grocery shopping. Probably go to the gym, too. Walking in SA sounds like wonderful exercise!!

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Good Friday morning. It is back to downtown San Antonio today. Mary we might take the boat ride like we did when we all were here. It has been fun remembering our trip seeing familiar sites. Today is suppose to be in the 70's so a good day to walk around town. We are also going to something called LaVillita, it is a village of shops and art work. I am sure it will be another full day.
Finally got to see our oldest granddaughter last night at dinner.

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Good for you, Leann. That's a big accomplishment. Congrats. Let us know about the weigh in. Mine is tomorrow!

Kerry, she's been at the MDO for a few years. I don't know much else. There are several other teachers who yell. They are all Hispanic....it might be cultural that if a child doesn't comply, you yell...I don't know! But that bothers me more than the disorganization. I hope it will all work out. It's funny....I got an email from both directors last night, a sort of early survey asking if I planned to come back next year. I said yes, if my position was available. They asked if I would be interested in being a classroom teacher! I said nope, I enjoyed my semi-retirement. Or, I guess I would if I ever got to experience it, lol!!

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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