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8/20/14 10:52 A

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Thanks Kelly. Nice day here in Seattle as it's much cooler than it's been. The walk this morning was perfect! I did okay on food yesterday. Now to have another good one today.

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How can I keep from singing?


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8/19/14 10:30 A

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I'm sorry to hear that Mary.
Hopefully the right job will reveal itself soon.
Glad the tax man finally came through for you!

Be good to yourself today!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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8/19/14 10:05 A

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No job. Boo! Very disappointing. I think Chris really thought he'd get it. Little bit of a wake up call for him. He was very lax on applying for anything else. This may be what he needs to get himself out there and looking at different options. A little scary. The good news is our long delayed tax return finally showed up yesterday so that gets us a little relief. He's a good man and people like him. I know he'll find something.

Must stay away from emotional eating today.


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Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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8/18/14 9:56 A

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Thanks Kelly. Pins and needles. Fingers crossed. And I lit a candle at church yesterday. Now we just wait and I really hate that part.

Down a little in weight again in spite of my slip ups last week and less exercise. Nice walk to the bus this morning with my guy. A quiet walk though. We're both a little stressed. But I'm determined to make it a good day, no matter what.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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8/18/14 7:54 A

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I'll be thinking of you today, Mar, and hoping for the best.
But you know... if this doesn't work out... then the right job is still to come.

Sending you hugs and good thoughts.
k.

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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8/17/14 6:30 P

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Nice day yesterday with the hubby. He wanted to find a new fishing spot and I tagged along. We both are a little nervous. Didn't hear anything about the job on Friday and we don't know what that might mean. We're hoping to hear from them tomorrow. It will be very disappointing if he doesn't get it and I'm not sure what he'll do in that case. I guess we'll figure it out should the need arise. Praying for the best.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

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Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Funny... my sister is doing the same.
And I agree with you, my friend!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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8/15/14 11:24 A

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My sister's pushing me to try the gluten/dairy free approach. I'm just not ready to go there. If I can reduce the fat and stick with it and it works, I can live with that. I would have a much harder time adjusting to the gluten/dairy free approach. We'll see how it goes.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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8/14/14 9:58 A

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Thanks Kelly. Struggling a little with the pain the past couple of days. I went home early yesterday. I haven't been as stellar with my food the past couple of days. I suppose that means I have my answer. So do I want to eat what I want, or do I want to be pain free? Surprising how difficult it is to answer that question.

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No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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8/13/14 9:51 A

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Praying that you'll find the answers you need, girl.
Keep up the wonderful effort!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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8/13/14 9:42 A

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Very wet day here today. If I don't get much walking in, I may have to hit the treadmill when I get home. There are also stairs in this building and I thought maybe I might try doing some sets of those. Depends a bit on how warm it is in there. The night before last, we had a really big thunderstorm. I woke up once and saw a big flash and thunder but went right back to sleep. In the morning, it seemed like it had been a dream. But I was told that it went on for more than an hour and I slept through all of it but that one little bit. Crazy! Guess I was really tired.

Another day and sticking to my plans. I didn't do really great yesterday but not tragic. My abdomen is hurting again this morning. Just can't put my finger on the possible causes, if it's something I ate or something I did. Going to need to figure that out.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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8/12/14 11:21 A

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Thanks Kelly. I haven't been tested for it but my understanding is that it causes ulcers and they would have seen it on my CT scan. So far, this issue doesn't seem to be my stomach though. I know that can be a bad one.

Yes, feeling better is is the most important thing. I'm supposed to give this medication a couple of weeks so I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and see what happens.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Well... that sounds like good news, Mary.

Have you been tested for H-Pylori? Pretty common gut bacteria that can wreak some nasty symptoms.

I'm proud of your stick-to-it-iveness! Way to go, girl... and I'm happy to hear you're feeling better - that's the most important part, right?!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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Interesting chat with the doctor yesterday. Apparently, they are backing off the original diagnosis of pancreatitis. The scan really doesn't show anything significant, except that there does seem to be some inflammation. Good news right? Except that means they don't really know the source of the pain I'm experiencing. So he's having me try a medication that can help calm down the gut. It's the same thing they might give someone for IBS.

Meantime, all this still has me a resolved to do better. I'm going to continue abstaining from alcohol and I'm going to try to keep up the low fat diet. I do feel better so I believe it's helping and that's always good incentive.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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8/11/14 9:54 A

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Thanks Kelly. It was a really nice weekend all in all.

Yesterday, we entertained some of Colleen's friends from Japan. She met these boys while she was there, along with a couple of girls who were on the trip with her and they struck up a pretty strong friendship. So these boys have come to the US just to see them. They are taking them everywhere. Space Needle, Public Market, Mariner's game, camping, Renaissance Fair, etc. Cramming it all into one week. And one thing she wanted for sure was for them to meet her Grandma. So we had a wonderful PNW meal of salmon, along with all the other good stuff.

They don't like really sweet stuff so for desert, I made homemade shortcake which isn't nearly as sweet as the premade ones from the store. I had four different kinds of berries, including blackberries from my back yard and we made whipping cream, keeping the sugar low. Those boys made up their own and then took pictures of it. And they really seemed to like it. After the shortcake was gone, they polished off the rest of the berries. Those are harder to come by in Japan. It was nice to see them enjoy themselves like that.

So another day. I'm off to the docs again this morning to get a little clarification on some stuff and make sure I'm doing the right things to take care of myself. I feel pretty good so hopefully, that means I'm on the right track.

Edited by: MSBAARDO at: 8/11/2014 (09:56)
"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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8/11/14 7:40 A

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Sounds like a GREAT day and a beautiful hike, my friend! Wow! Amazing stuff!
And happy that you get to do it with Jake!

Congrats on the 4 pounds down - that's fantastic and yes! very motivating!

Sounds like you're really starting to turn things around Mary... I'm really proud of you and happy for the positive changes!
Hugs!
me.

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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8/10/14 8:52 A

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I don't feel nearly as bad today as I thought I would. Hopefully, it isn't because it hasn't caught up with me yet. I slept a little rough. Woke up this morning and found that Chris had left, likely because I was tossing and turning. But I did get plenty of sleep so that's good.

So for the hike, we went someplace we'd never been before. We've been around Mt. Rainier but it's a really big mountain and we'd never been in this particular area before. Kind of nice actually as it's one of the lesser used areas. No big lodges. No paved trails and picnic areas. Instead, a lot of campers in primitive conditions and a lot of backpackers heading out for days in the deep woods. So the trail was not very crowded but the few people we did meet were very friendly.

We started out on an old road with a very gradual incline for about 3 miles. Then we hit the trail head for Green Lake and started up for nearly 2 miles. This was the hard part and while I definitely got tired, I really felt like I was doing okay. We got up to the lake which was like an emerald, just beautiful, ate a little lunch and headed back. On the way down we took a very short side trip to Ranger Falls. I always love being by waterfalls because of the coolness of the mist. Anyway, the entire hike was in the trees so we were shaded the whole way, only breaking out into the sunshine as we sat by the lake. It was a really good hike for me after not getting out there for so long.

Surprisingly, the hardest part was about the last mile. It really was easy walking and slightly downhill, but I was so tired by that point. I kept looking for the gate at the end when I was sure it had to be there. Just seemed like it took forever. And then, like I said, we just got in the car and drove while munching on my now famous (at least with my son) bagel sandwiches. I tried to stretch a little bit but it was not enough. By the time we got out of the car, I could hardly move. I limped into the grocery store to get food for dinner, limped home, then limped around the house and did nothing else for the rest of the evening.

Was it worth it? You bet! Great day!

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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8/9/14 9:57 P

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And burn it off I did. Mind you, it was not nearly one of the hardest hikes I've ever been on. But it was a bit long. And I'm not in as good of shape as I'd like to be. When I was done, Myrna had recorded over 30,000 steps and 150 flights of stairs! That was a big day.

Now for recovery. I am most definitely taking tomorrow off. And I'm pretty sore. The bad thing about a hike like that is, when done, I get in the car and drive for two hours, locking up every muscle I own on the way. So tomorrow, I'll have to do something so I can stretch out these muscles. It just won't be anything big.

I'm tired and heading to bed early!



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No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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And it was a really good day except I overdid it a little at dinner. No worries. I'll burn it off tomorrow. Jake and I are going hiking. We're headed up to Mt. Rainier so it should be nice. The weather is supposed to be good so I'm really looking forward to it.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Early Friday and I'm a bit tired. Seahawks had their first exhibition game last night. Since it doesn't count, I didn't try really hard to stay up for it since I had to get up early and I snoozed through a lot of it. Still I wanted to see the potential of some of the young guys so I wish I'd been able to watch a little more of it.

They lost but no big deal. In a way, I'm kind of glad for Denver because of the thrashing we gave them in the Super Bowl. Will be different during the regular season when we meet them here in Seattle and all our starters are playing. Sure is nice to get back to football but all this talk of the 'Hawks repeating makes me nervous. Never want to be over-confident.

Friday is a real test for me. Last night I had all these plans of giving myself a day to hit the vending machine. Not go overboard but have a treat. Then I stepped on the scale and saw that I was down a bit. Pretty motivating. And I'm hurting a little bit today. Some negative reinforcement. So I'm really going to try to make it a good day in spite of myself.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Thanks Kelly. I like that he walks with me too. He's a good man. And it was a pretty good day.

Today is another one. Looks like the morning clouds are burning off a bit early so I'll need to get out for my lunch time walk a little early if I want to beat the heat. I hate getting back to my desk all sweaty. But then, let's face it, I'd be all sweaty even in cool weather.

I'm finding it easier each day to stick to my food plans. I'm giving myself a little more variety than I used to which I think is helping. I like the omelets a lot but don't have them every day. As time goes on, I may look into some other things for breakfast. Last night we had spaghetti and I made whole grain noodles. I've been resistant to that but found that they were okay. Another little step. Leftovers of that for lunch today. Yum!

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Sounds like a great day... and I don't think we can underestimate the importance of sleep! I feel like I'd like to sleep for a month!

I'm so pleased that Chris is walking you to the bus... SO SWEET!
I'll be waiting to hear about a call back from the interview!
Thinking of you... and proud of you honey!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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Well, I certainly made up for the lack of sleep last night. I was trying not to nap so I'd sleep good but ended up falling asleep about 6:30 pm and slept for two hours! Got up and ate a little of the dinner Chris had made, put my lunch together, went through my bedtime routine, and went to bed. Slept for another 6.5 hours. Guess I was tired. I'm feeling much better today.

I managed to stick to my food plans yesterday in spite of the fatigue. And I took a nice long walk at lunch. Chris walked me to the bus again this morning so that was nice. Looking forward to another good day.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Yes it is. Thanks Kelly. He came home not sure what to think about the interview. There was a guy who has been recommending him all along but he's to the point now where that guy can't really help anymore. If he gets past this interview, then there's another one with the district manager. This all really takes a long time! Fingers still crossed. We should know within a week if he moves on.

I found a web site that has a bunch of recipes for people with pancreatitis. Last night I made one of the soups and I'll be having that with my salad for lunch. Not really soup weather but it's easy to bring. I'm hoping if I try a few of these recipes, I can learn a little about the things I can use that work for me. The amount of fat I'm supposed to consume daily is under 20 grams! That is so low and so far, I'm really not coming close. It sure isn't an easy target to hit.

But I'm feeling better and a little stronger. Still very tired and for the first time in a couple of weeks, I slept very poorly. It's been nice going to bed and sleeping hard. Don't know what it was last night. Just couldn't shut up the noodle! And then when I did sleep, I had crazy dreams. I wonder if it didn't have something to do with the frenzy of cooking that I did. I also made food for dinner last night, an omelet for today and cut up veggies for my snack. That got me a little hot and worked up so that may have been enough to do it. I did go through my routine and had everything packed for today but that didn't help. Maybe when I have a busy evening, that's when I need my chamomile tea. I'll have to try that next time. I'll probably have to get a nap on the bus this afternoon.

And kind of a cool thing. This morning, Chris got up and walked me to the bus. He has been wanting to start getting more exercise too and I thought it was very sweet. It really is so nice to have him around more.

Edited by: MSBAARDO at: 8/6/2014 (10:24)
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No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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That's certainly prayer worthy!!!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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Thanks Kelly! Good luck with your goals. I'm here for you too.

And I almost forgot one more thing to pray for. Chris has his big interview today!

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While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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So glad things went well for the wedding! Always makes me hopeful!

hope you survived your hungry morning, Mar!

I'm sure that it's a lot for your family to take in... just like it's a lot for YOU! But I'm sure that knowing you are doing all you can to take care of yourself will be reassuring.

I'm joining you on the alcohol abstinence... at least for awhile. I know from the past that no matter what else I'm doing, my body will not let me drop pounds if I'm having alcohol... at all.
SO... (and here I go with a special event as motivation again BUT...) Doug and I have booked a long weekend in Florida at the end of September. I'd love to think that I could lose at least 10 pounds in 7 weeks before we go, so I'm giving up my wine... for now. I know that's totally different than your situation, but just wanted you to know that I'm partnering with you from afar for the next couple months... and then we'll see for me!

I'm thinking about you, Mar, and praying that you are well, that you are finding peace and empowerment and hope... and all those good things.
Sending you big hugs and happy thoughts,
Kel

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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Monday, Monday! And I'm hungry. Okay I really am this time. I have to fast to get my cholesterol checked. Naturally, I will be there as soon as the lab opens. Then off to work.

I felt a little more pain yesterday but still not as bad as before. I really need to pay attention to what I'm eating to try to figure out what is triggering it. Overall, I feel so much better. But I'm tired a lot. I'm guessing that has to do with the change in diet and hopefully, it will pass. So far, I've managed to keep from being hungry. But definitely eating more carbs to make up for the lower fat content. And my body will respond differently to that.

Had a nice afternoon yesterday with my Mom and oldest brother and his family. We talked a little bit about what's going on with me. I think it freaks everyone out a little bit on the tails of what happened to Judy. I'm doing my best to reassure them but I don't know how much it helps. The main thing I make sure is clear is that I'm doing my best to take care of myself. The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself if given the opportunity. That's what I'm trying to do now and I think they can see that.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

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While to that rock I'm clinging;
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The weather did clear for the wedding and it was absolutely beautiful. I'm probably not supposed to say this but my nephew and his wife are two of my most favorite people. They are so good together and I'm so happy to see them make it "official". In the vows, there was definite talk of the kids so it sounds like the clan will be expanding just a bit more. Always very exciting.

I did well, sticking to my resolve. I was careful with dinner. Those are the times that will be hardest I think. But I ate mostly veggies and salad and just very small portions of the things that could be problematic. And this is definitely the best I've felt in maybe five months. If that's not incentive, I sure don't know what is.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Is SP really slow today? Sure hope my computer isn't starting to have issues again.

Oh, now there's thunder!

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Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Thanks Kelly. Tried on my new dress this morning to be sure all looked okay. It's actually a skirt and blouse. Found it when I wasn't even looking for something to wear to the wedding. Isn't that always the way it is?

Very weird weather this morning. I was just thinking about asking Chris if he wanted to go for a walk. Now it's hailing! Glad we didn't go. I kind of liked the idea of it being a little cooler but I don't need to be walking in that. Hopefully it'll pass before the wedding this evening. It's supposed to be a nice day.

Just made a nice omelet again for breakfast. Gratified to find that it doesn't set off the pain and I feel pretty good this morning. I'm starting to recognize what sets it off. Certainly high fat foods do. This could actually help me to lose weight. No more protein shakes though. Those seem to cause problems. I wonder at that a bit. This all started about the time I lost weight when I first started using the shakes. I'm not saying the alcohol isn't an issue at all though. Still resolved to be done with that.

I've been reading a lot about what I need to eat for pancreatic health. It is not an easy diet to stick to. But I'll give it my best shot. When a certain food causes pain, it's a pretty good incentive to stay away from it. I just hope I can have an occasional piece of rhubarb pie with some low fat ice cream on it! We'll see what they have tonight at the buffet. I think I better just not go hungry.

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Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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I think that anything we can do to take care of ourselves is empowering, Mary. This may very well be the trigger that helps you align your issues with self-control. Isn't it just like our God to take something negative and use it for good?!
I am so very proud of you.
Have a great time at the wedding... and keep being your fabulous self!
Love you my friend!

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Jake was still up when I was getting ready for work this morning. Chris had told him about the CT scan on Monday but not much more and I know it's been on his mind so I told him the whole thing. He hugged me and told me he was proud of me. Can you believe that? In the spirit of always being too hard on myself, I've never believed that I was a great Mom. But clearly, I did something right.

Spent a little time with some family last night. My brother's family arrived and I got to meet my Goddaughter's son. I've seen him before but only as an infant. He's a toddler now. He wasn't having a good night, dealing with time change and such but I expect he'll be a lot of fun at the wedding. My oldest brother is officiating at the wedding. I guess they asked him because he is a retired Navy captain and was a judge in JAG and they thought he was authorized but that wasn't really the case. So he looked into it and found you could get a license to perform marriages pretty easily. I think he feels pretty honored and he has the thing all planned. All in all, I think it's going to be a pretty cool wedding.

My sister and her husband, parents of the groom, were there too, looking way more relaxed than I think I would at that point. I think the worst of it is over and now they can just enjoy the weekend.

Mom offered me a glass of wine and I declined. She didn't say anything but when I had a chance to talk to her alone, I gave her a brief rundown of what's going on. She told me she was glad I was taking care of it. My brother had quit drinking some time ago and she told me how proud she was of him and she was happy for me too. She was about to pour herself a drink and then thought maybe she shouldn't. I told her she was fine. If I'm going to do this, I have to be comfortable around people who are drinking. It's not their problem. I just need to take care of myself. Only a few days but each one sees me feeling a little stronger and a little more resolved.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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It went fine Kelly. She has ordered a few other tests to help get a better look at things. While the alcohol is likely a factor, there are other things to consider as well. Doesn't matter. I resolved to fix that issue. But it will be good to know the extent of the damage which for now seems very minimal.

She's also referring me to a geneticist. If it's found that I have a genetic predisposition to pancreatic issues, then it will warrant more frequent monitoring. I'm all for that.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Let me know how it goes, my friend.
Mmmm.... omelets....
I'm hungry now!
;o)

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Changed the food plans a little today from the norm. I found this little omelet pan that makes it easier to make omelets. I'm just no good at flipping them. I used it all last week with Egg Beaters. High in protein but no fat or cholesterol. Add a few veggies and a little cheese and they're really good. I can't make them at work but an omelet reheats pretty well so I made one last night and am having it for breakfast. We'll see how that works out!

Then off to the docs this morning. A little nervous but determined to do what needs to be done.

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While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Back to the office and off to a great start (sarcasm). I got all the way here and realized I left my laptop at home. Since most of my work is stored online, I'm able to use my co-workers computer and hope to get a spare from the help desk when people come in. I can get away with that since I'm always the first one here and I can still work. I was not about to drive all the way home to get it. Chris is planning to come down to meet some friends for lunch so I'm going to try to get him to bring it to me later. What a ding-dong!

Hopefully, I'll do better with food today. Going to really try to stick to my plans. I'd like to walk a bit at lunch but it's very hot out today and I also cut my toe. Seems to be healing up okay but I don't want to work the new skin too much just yet. Maybe just a short easy walk.

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While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Always!

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Thanks all! Yes, journaling is definitely good for me. The difference this time is I often tend to stop writing when things aren't going well. This time, I'm really trying to stay with it to help me work through this stuff

I know for sure of one problem I have. When things get hard, I don't like to burden others with my problems. I shut down instead and keep things in. It's not really a healthy way to go about it but it's who I am. This time, at least writing about it has been helpful. Thanks to my good friend Kelly who has helped shoulder most of it with me.

Sun Lakes was nice and restful for the most part. We didn't have really great weather but that actually took the pressure off a little bit. We just hung out at the trailer and read, talked, and played games when it was too windy or cold to go out and do stuff. But we did get to the dam for the light show and played mini-golf. And I climbed Steamboat Rock once again. I really wasn't sure I had that in me this year. But the weather had cleared by Friday and I decided to give it a shot. It was a perfect day for it and the view, as always, was spectacular. Of course, the hottest day of the week was Saturday when we had to pack up and leave. Seems like it does that a lot.

The really amazing part was that I planned all my food in my planner before going. Yeah, I ate a few chips and cookies, but for the most part, I stuck to my plans. We never ate out. Not once. And when we got home, all the food that I'd bought as part of the plan was gone. That's a big difference from previous years.

Anyway, I'm home without incident and that's always a relief. I'm working at home today as I have a mid-day doctor appointment. Kind of weird to do that on my first day back but the boss was good with it. Happy Monday!

Now back to work.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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It sounds like journaling is good for you - me, too !

I must learn to take better care of ME after taking care of
so MANY others for DECADES ....


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Hi Sweet Girl.
I'm so sad to hear how badly you are struggling.
I hope that you are enjoying your time away and have been able to find the peace you so desperately need.

We had a wonderful time away and feel rejeuvenated... but definitely not rested!

Work is tumultuous right now and I'm struggling with some major changes but trying to just keep my eyes forward and trust that things will work out.

I miss you my friend and I am praying that things will turn around - circumstances will take time to change - hopefully you're able to beat down this depression and find the joy in your life again.
love you.

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glad that the Sun Lakes is getting better for you. Nice that you got something in on vaca!

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Feeling a bit better about the Sun Lakes thing. I'm officially on vacation now and we leave on Sunday. I was actually off yesterday and did absolutely nothing, putting more pressure on my remaining days. Seems to be a pattern I'm used to. I'm getting out there today to start cleaning up the trailer and getting it ready to go. I also need to find a way to fit in some exercise today. It's been so hot but cooling down today. That should help.

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Still struggling with the Sun Lakes thing and it's getting worse. I realized this morning that part of the problem may be that Judy used to go there a lot so I'm thinking of her and it's throwing me a bit. I could really try to put a positive spin on it and remember the good times. But my mind just doesn't seem to be able to go there right now. Depression is kind of like that I think. It takes great will for me to do anything. I keep thinking if I just push through, it will get better.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

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Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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So the weekend was nice. It was great spending the time with Chris. But I'm afraid we may have a little problem with our visions of the future. Montana is absolutely beautiful and he really is in love with it. I love the rough country and the beauty of the place but I just don't see myself handling being snowbound for more than half the year in a place so far away from my family and friends and all that I've known all my life. This is all still a long way off and a lot can change in that time. But it really put a damper on the weekend as he began to see how hard it would be for me.

Add to that, when we got home, we found that we'd missed the call to set up his ride along for the job. They were supposed to call his cell phone but didn't. We would have gotten the call if they had. That was Thursday so he's going to call first thing this morning and hopefully can still get it set up. You just hate to not call back right away for something like that. So I didn't sleep much last night and am on pins and needles today waiting to hear if he's still okay. Fingers crossed!

So my mind set is not really good right now. I'm not sure I even want to go to Sun Lakes. I'm sure I'll be okay when I get there but the thought of all that packing is a bit daunting right now. Hopefully, I can wrap my mind around it. Right now, I just need to get through these next two days of work. One day at a time.

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Aw Kelly. You weren't supposed to see that when you're on vacation. Sorry to be such a downer and thanks for taking time out to respond. I'm glad to hear you're having such a great time. I know what you're saying about just enjoying life. It's just that my health is so at risk right now. And I talked about my family because I find it interesting, and maybe a little sad, to hear the litany of complaints from people who appear to be in such great shape. It tells me appearances aren't everything but it is also a little discouraging.

I'm at work this morning but I'm leaving early and Chris and I are taking off for Montana. Just for a couple of days. Where he's taking me is supposed to be quite beautiful and we are planning to camp out at least one of the nights. I'm looking forward to the break and the time with my guy. In a little more than a week from now, the kids and I leave for Sun Lakes. I'm really looking forward to dropping off the grid for a bit and am hoping to recharge my batteries.

In the good news category, Chris has moved on to the next phase of his job application process and will be going on a ride along with someone who does the kind of job he's trying to get. That's a little inside information. Still waiting to hear from them when that will be. Praying for the best!

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While to that rock I'm clinging;
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How can I keep from singing?


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Oh my darling friend...
You are STRONG.
you are INTELLIGENT.
You are CARING.
You are WISE.

I Have been hearing an awful lot about the terrible odds of losing and keeping weight of and you and. I both know that the diet industry is set up to make us fail!

I believe the bottom line (and I am trying to embrace it) is that we really need to take the focus off the losing of weight and putting it on living an active, healthy life doing the things we love. Make it a pleasure to live rather than a constant punishment. I hiked probably about 15k yesterday and saw the most magnificent waterfall... I felt so joyful and peaceful inside just being in nature and appreciating my body for what it was able to do for me. And then, for the first time in what seems like forever,I slept all night with no meds. This peace I feel is just amazing and it is stemming from appreciating my life and doing what I love,

I hope u are able to find some of the same my friend.
Love you.
Be happy.
K,

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Something's eating at me. I took a look at my family, spent some time with them this weekend, listened to the things they had to say. Here's what I'm seeing and hearing.

Lois is a fitness nut and personal trainer. She has constant complaints about pain in her joints and spine. She gets steroid injections in her spine. She's had knee surgery and is limited in a lot of ways because of it. She complains about sciatica and pain in her feet. She's very fit and trim. But I don't believe she feels good.

Danny is also very fit and trim. He had a catastrophic knee injury in high school but has managed to keep in shape, running and playing basketball, skiing, snow and water, and all sorts of other things. I asked him, doesn't it hurt. His response is he just lives with the pain. He also suffers from sciatica and various back issues. And he said that in spite of being physically fit, he is likely pre-diabetic.

Mike has weight issues like me but is getting a handle on it. He too suffers from various aches and pains and is pre-diabetic. He's also had blood pressure issues but I think that's now under control. He likes working with weights and frequently pushes himself to the point of injury.

Suzanne has had a lot of issues over the years. She now says she is diabetic. She claimed pre-diabetes for a long time without a doctors confirmation so I'm not sure if she really is diabetic. I didn't want to ask. But she's struggled with trying to eat right for years and I think she has a handle on it, losing the weight very slowly. She always has aches and pains.

Judy was religious about diet and exercise. She did everything right. No gluten. No dairy. No smoking. No drinking. Regular exercise. Her diet bordered on fanatical. But pancreatic cancer took her anyway.

Tim is also very fit and trim, having been a runner all his life until recent years when it started taking it's toll. He has a heart issue and complains of numbness in his extremities. He always looks so tight although he doesn't seem to have any big complaints of pain. I do know he had knee or foot surgery last year but seems to be recovering from that. Not sure what brought it on, if it was and injury or wear and tear.

So here's my thing. I'm very overweight but otherwise feel okay. I have aches and pains, particularly in my back but no big issues. Don't get me wrong. I'm certainly not better off than any of them. But sometimes I just wonder if it's worth it. It seems like stuff's going to get me whether I try hard or not.

I think this is part of my problem and I can't seem to get my head around it. I think that I feel defeated before I can even get started. No matter what I do. Losing Judy really took the wind out of my sails and I simply do not know what to do about it.

I'm going to have to figure this out and I know I can't do it alone. WW was a waste of time and I've already quit. They do nothing to address the sorts of issue I'm facing. OA along with some counseling is probably the answer but I'm clearly not ready to face it. Otherwise, I would have gone already.

I get plenty of advice from people who I'm sure just think I'm weak. I feel like I'm weak. And I don't like it.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

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While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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I'm feeling a bit better today and it was a beautiful morning for my walk. My crow friends were around and I think they're starting to recognize me.

Chris felt that his interview went well. The job could be pretty hard at first as he would have to pay some dues. The next step, if they take him after this one is a ride along. I guess a lot of people wash out at that stage as they see what will be expected of them. If he were to get the job, he would start out salaried, although reasonably so and he would work some long, odd hours. He could do that for up to a year, depending on when routes become available. For some it's just a few months. We could hope for that anyway. He'll do what's necessary. At least, unlike with the store, he would see an end to it. Anyway, he'll be applying in a few other places as well but so far, this one looks the most promising.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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I look forward to your return Kelly and know you'll have a great time. I think it's really good for us to be unplugged from time to time and I'm looking forward to my own time away in a few weeks.

Chris has his first interview today and we'll know more about what to expect in the next few weeks. It's about a 3 week hiring process. He'd like to take me to the place where he was fishing last week. He's thinking ahead to our retirement and would like me to see it. So we'll find out today if a Friday off will be a problem and then I can see if I can swing it. I'm sure I can as I'm not terribly busy this week. It would mean at least one night of camping for us too. In a tent! Haven't done that in truly primitive conditions in a very long time.

We talked quite a bit last night. A lot about how I'm feeling. I'm so clearly depressed and as good as he is, he's not a mind reader. But he has known that I'm struggling about my sister and it was good to lay it all out. We talked a bit about what to do about it. I feel a little better knowing for sure that he's got my back. I guess I always did know that but it's good to hear it out loud. He really wants us to go to Sun Lakes, regardless of the expense. He knows I need it and he assures me that he will find a job. If he can swing it between hiring activities, he may even come over for a few days. I'm really starting to look forward to it. The weather is starting to get more consistently better. It'll be a nice time.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Sounds like an amazing day, Mary! Your mom continues to amaze me!

We are away and this will most likely be my last post until we head home as we will be camping for the rest of the trip. Yesterday we drove about 10 hrs to get to Quebec City and went on a very cool tour... "Les Promenades Fantomes" - a ghost tour... Very fun! Today we toured the old town on our own. Absolutely endless beautiful architecture and history. Unfortunately it rained all day! However, we made the best of it and hiked the city for about 6hours! LOTS of up and down hills!

Tomorrow we will set out early for the Bey of Fundy and PRAY that our campgrounds are still intact! We understand that the hurricane hit Halifax, but. We haven't heard much else.

SO, I hope you have a great couple weeks my friend. Being 'unplugged' is going to be a challenge for me! Be good to yourself and know I will be thinking of you!
Big hugs!
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7/6/14 11:53 A

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Great day yesterday. Watched my 85 year old mother take a ride on a jet ski for the first time in her life. I think you should always have firsts on big birthdays. She looked great!

I also rode on a tube with my daughter. We laughed and screamed all the way around the lake. It was a blast!

Awesome day! Without really trying, I did okay on the party food. But that wasn't the point of it all. It was just about fun.

Off to church!

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No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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You must be gone now Kelly! Hope you have a really great time! And I really hope you miss the nasty weather.

Off to the lake today for my Mom's birthday. Kind of sad that a few have dropped out. My brother's son is having a reaction to some medicine and doesn't think he can come. And my sister's new granddaughter was born yesterday! Very cool but they are staying in Portland to spend time with the family. All understandable and we should still have a pretty good group. Don't think I'm going to be worrying about food today but I am eating a good breakfast so I'll at least have a good start to the day.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
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Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Wow! I hope that will work out! Glad he got away though... sounds like he needed that.

I'm sorry you're having a hungry day - seems to be my every day right now... ugh.
Do your best girlfriend... do your best.

Last work day for me - better get crackin'!

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OMG, I'm hungry!!

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
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Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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OK, enough already! I simply have to exhibit a modicum of self control! Just for today. One day! I can do that can't I?!

On a better note, Chris already got a call from the company he applied for. Unfortunately, he's gone fishing and he's not answering any of my messages, which means he's out of cell range and likely will be for the next few days. I'm just going to have to call the woman back and hope that she'll talk to me. I can make him an appointment for next week if she'll let me. It's going to seem a little weird but I'm hoping she'll do it. Neither of us thought that anyone would call him back so quickly. Hopefully, it works out.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Yeah, I know we'll get out hiking Kelly. Chris may even go. Wouldn't that be nice?

I took an unplanned afternoon off yesterday. Chris finished up what he needed to do by noon but there were some things I needed to do for him since I'm kind of the money person. But first we went out to lunch together. Haven't been able to do that in a long time! Then he had some job openings that he's really interested in so I helped him work on the applications while I worked on the books. Still a team! Send good thoughts our way on these jobs. If he can get one of them, then we will be in much better shape financially. They are promising if he can get to the interview stage. Online applications are a great thing but they lose that personal touch you get when you go to a place and ask about openings. That's just the way it is now.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Thanks Mary! emoticon

Wow! I read your bit about the store and did a big exhale. I can only imagine the relief you must be feeling... as well as the "what comes next?" anxiousness. But I'm sure it will be a good thing!

Meghan felt the same as Colleen, having worked for Tim Hortons for 3 1/2 years. She was able to get a full time job elsewhere this summer and, although the smart thing may have been to hold on to her pt job JUST in case for the fall... she was really ready to get out. As an adult, she's entitled to make that choice, I guess. Really hope she can find a solid pt job for the fall - she is moving out at the end of August, so she'll need to be working to be able to pay the bills!

As far as Jake... I agree that kids seem to be hard-wired with a lot of their personality - but whether by genes or parenting, you can still take some credit! Hope you can get out for that hike soon!

4 days and counting.... woot!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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Thanks Kelly and happy Canada Day to you!

Jake really is a great kid. Just such a good attitude about life in general. I'd like to take credit but so much of that is just personality. Colleen is struggling a bit right now and part of it is she's just burned out at McDonald's. Who can blame her? But she just hasn't been willing to do anything about it, saying she feels trapped. McD's has been good to her, working with her school schedule and everything. So she worries that no one else will be that way for her. I told her, she won't know unless she looks around. So yesterday she did just that. She stopped in at a bunch of places. Most told her to apply online but at least she got out there. All of us can use a lesson I think in just doing stuff like that to pull us out of a funk.

So the Easy Shoppe officially belongs to someone else! Talk about doing something different. It's a bit scary and feels really different but I'm so glad to turn the page on that chapter of our lives. There's still stuff to do but the worry is gone. Now we just have to worry about a job for Chris. But first, he's going fishing. Just for a few days in Montana but I'm so glad he'll be getting away. Time to decompress and get ready for the next stage of his life.

Yesterday was really cool with a lot of people stopping by to wish him well. People really liked him there, many of them stopping by daily just to chat. I know he'll be missed in the neighborhood.

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No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Yay for Jake!
Wonderful when you see the investment you made in your children producing good things, isn't it!
Happy birthday to your mom... and happy hiking. You and I will be hiking on opposite coasts! what a thought!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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You're vacation sounds really great Kelly! I hope you'll write all about it.

I'll figure this thing out. Jake said we need to start hiking again. He knows that I'm depressed and he remembers how much it helped him when he was depressed. We can't go this weekend because of my Mom's birthday. But we agreed that we will get out and do it the following weekend. Something to look forward to. It'll have to be an easy one but I'm sure we can find one.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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I think so too, Mary...you have had a lot to deal with and I'm sure there's much that affects you both consciously and subconsciously. Finding the right 'fit' (no pun intended) is important, though.

One more week until we set of for the East Coast... really looking forward to slowing down, appreciating the beauty of the surroundings and really connecting with my family. It's been a very busy year!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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Yeah, I have a couple of options Kelly. OA is one of them and I've looked into it but the meetings were at weird times and there's not a lot of options around here which really surprised me. I also had asked my doctor for a referral for counseling and she gave me one. I talked to someone on the phone but then just could not pull the trigger and actually go. I'm still not sure why that is and I need to check with her to see if the referral is still good. I really should go. There's also a grief group at my church that I'm considering joining. It's a long road and I think it goes way beyond what I put in my mouth. So I guess it's time to figure that out.

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No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Maybe instead of WW you should look into something like Overeaters Anon or Celebrate Recovery - they approach the whole thing from more of a food addiction perspective - which I KNOW is my problem... and sounds like maybe yours too.

Anyway, try to be kind to yourself.
Love you. Things will get better!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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Thank Kelly. I like to believe I can but I'm not so sure. I have my doubts about WW. I like the tools but the meetings are all about education. Believe me, I know what I need to do to lose the weight. I know how I should eat. I know what traps I should avoid. My problem is the overwhelming compulsion that I have to eat and eat. And the harder I try, the worse it seems to get. So far, I'm not seeing where they're going to help me with that. It goes way deeper than just the knowledge.

Anyway, not off to a great start today. This has just kind of been a lousy week. I know I'm stressed about the store and Chris not having a job. I know he's trying and I know he'll find something. Meantime, it's a big concern.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Hey Sweet Girl.
I'm sorry you're having a tough time...
You can do whatever you set your mind to, my friend. I know it.
Just DO it.
I believe in you!


"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

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I think I need to start imagining me in smaller clothes. Maybe that will help. Another bad day yesterday. Choir party tonight so I'm at least going to try to be on my best behavior the rest o the day until then.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Well it wasn't enough yesterday. What a crap day! But it's behind me now and there's nothing I can do about it. Today, I will do better.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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You can do it girlfriend.
Sometimes...when I'm in the right frame of mind... and I think I'm hungry, I imagine the scale going down... and SOMETIMES that's enough to get me through the day.

Stay strong... just for today.

I'm on countdown to vacay... 12 sleeps and I'm getting excited!

Thinking of you!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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Monday, Monday. I'm tired today, in spite of sleeping pretty well last night. I'm also hungry today so I'm fighting that. This is likely the only really nice day this week and I guess I'd rather be anywhere else but at work.

Went to a movie with Colleen yesterday and while I had popcorn, I did avoid the candy. It's going to take a Herculean effort today to do the same. I just keep telling myself that the candy will only make me feel worse. Hope I believe it and stay away.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Somewhat productive this weekend. Didn't do exactly what I planned but I helped Chris with his resume. He got some information on another job opening. So fingers crossed. There's a guy who can recommend him if he gets an interview but the trick is getting to that point. Prayers for that to go through. It would be a really good job for him.

I still may get some plantings done but the weeds are starting to look overwhelming. I really need to get out there and at least make a start.

And get this. After fixing my computer, I left it sitting on the floor where I stepped on it. And I lost my balance so stepped even harder. Now my screen is messed up. Just can't seem to keep my devices healthy.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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First day of summer and it's a glorious day! I'm doing a little self-pampering this morning by doing my nails. This afternoon I plan to do some work in the yard. Maybe did that backwards but oh well!

Spent last evening working on my computer. Seems I'd gotten some sort of virus. And I really don't like Windows 8. I had upgraded to 8.1 and it seems like that's when the problems started. So I backed everything up, then reset it to factory specs. Then I had to reload all my software. Whole thing took about four hours. But it's working so much better again. It was getting really frustrating.

Hoping for a productive weekend and it's off to a good start. Tomorrow, I'm going to a movie with my daughter. That should be fun!

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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I'm okay Kelly. Just a little tired. I tried some meds last night but after visiting my Mom and then early Friday. I slept better, but not as long. I don't want to rely on those but just trying to break up the cycle of taking a long time to fall asleep and waking a bunch of times in the night. I otherwise had a really good day yesterday, walking home through the park and the visit. I already had food ready so I didn't have to cook. So far, I'm sticking to this pretty well.

Today, I'm going to try to get in a workout. Be interesting to see if there's any schedule change once we are done with the store.

Speaking of that, Chris had a contact for a job but that fell through yesterday. I've squirreled away a little savings but we don't have enough to cover a long unemployment period. We could really use our tax return. It's been delayed because of the whole identity theft thing. Hopefully, that will get here soon. The guy buying the store did ask if he could provide some consulting until he gets everything going. But he didn't say how much he would pay and we're not talking a lot of hours or a long period of time. But every little bit helps, right? So anyway, we could use some prayers that he finds something quick.

Happy Friday!! It's been kind of a long week so it'll be good to have the weekend to recharge a bit.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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You're not sounding like your perky self, my friend.
Sending you big hugs, happy smiles, positive thoughts and prayers for joy in your life.
Love you!

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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Yeah, I've started a standard list for our camping trips. I have one for hiking too. They do help a lot!

I have been soooo tired this week. Really not sleeping well and find myself falling back on Aleve every night. Too many aches. I have to believe this will get better as I lose the weight. And in many ways, I already do feel better. But I just can't get comfortable at night right now. Really a struggle.

Hoping to go see my Mom tonight. It's been a long week and I'm tired but maybe I can get a nap on the bus.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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Mine is also an amazing lady - and we have teased her for YEARS about her compulsive list-making....
I see the value in those lists more and more all the time! LOL

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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We all become our Mother eventually Kelly. And for the most part, I can be pretty proud when I see it. I bet you are too!

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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I'm really proud of you, Mary... and hoping that you find the stability you're looking for at W.W.
Sounds like you're off to a good start!

Pandora sounds cool - I'll have to check it out!

Starting to count down to our East Coast vacay... and getting a little stress with the lack of 'a plan'! SO much happening between now and then! It will all come together- I just want to make sure we see and do the things we want to and not just sort of 'poke around' and end up missing things! (oh gosh... I am becoming my mother!)

Have a great day my friend!
big hugs,
Kel

"Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to the things ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13,14

A goal only seems unreachable until you DECIDE you're going to do it!


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Pandora is music web site. I used to listen to the radio online but the commercials were so obnoxious. The free version of Pandora does play commercials, but usually only one about every five songs and they're brief. You can create your own channel and name some artists you like. Then it starts playing those and others along those lines. You can tell it when you don't like something and it promises not to play stuff like that anymore but it's not always great about that. It's usually pretty good. That was kind of a weird day and I really didn't want a bunch of mellow music.

Anyway, the meeting at WW was pretty good. A bunch of nice ladies. The topic was BLTs or Bites, Licks and Tastes. It's amazing how hearing just a few minutes of that made me pay so much more attention to what I'm doing and last night, while preparing two meals, I can honestly say there was not one BLT.

The weigh in was a little disappointing. I mean, it was exactly what I expected it to be. But I wanted it to magically be better anyway. But in the interest of accountability, I posted it here on SP as well. It's not my usual time of day so food affects it, and I have clothes on. But from week to week, that will be more typical and will better reflect actual losses and gains. So I'm not worried really. Right now, I'm doing things right so I'm hoping it will all work out.

I had a really nice workout last night on the treadmill. Haven't walked a ton the last couple of days because of driving to work and getting Colleen's car in the shop. So I figured I was due for a treadmill session. The weather's been kind of bad too and is now getting a little better. So back to walking to the bus today. My knee is a bit sore so I'm icing it and will take it a little easier today.

Anyway, must get to work. Another busy day and likely a Costco run tonight. Hoping to get in a visit with my Mom too. We'll see how it goes.

"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav�n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?


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