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9/15/14 12:42 P

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I prefer secluded hikes too Kelly. But my friend is not a morning person and then something came up where she just couldn't get going before 10 am. Around here on a weekend like this was, if you don't get there early, you're sunk.

No problem getting my walking today. We had a problem where someone had to go to each of our units to run a task. I've already been all over campus and it's only 9:40!

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9/15/14 11:53 A

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Hey girl!
Glad you had a good hike - although I think the crowds would scare me off... I love those secluded, quiet, just me and nature hikes the best!

Sorry about your Hawks... but there is TIME! With a fan like you - SHEESH - they've GOT to start bringing their best game! LOL

No - the vending machine is no friend to anyone.
Did you know more people die by vending machine than by lightening strikes?! (funny little factoid)...

Stick to it, girl. You've got this.

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9/15/14 10:18 A

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I am so depressed! I expected the Hawks to lose some games but not so soon. And to be so outplayed. Props to San Diego. They played a great game. This is how it's going to be this year. Every team will be gunning for the Hawks and will bring their very best. It's still very early in the season so hopefully, this is a wake up call for them.

Not too sore today from my hike. Mostly my calves and that's about it. Yesterday, my glutes were a little sore when standing for choir. So I know I did some work. Today, I'm determined to stick with my food plans and get some extra walking in at lunch. Kind of a hard day to fit it in but even a short one would be good. I overslept and had to drive in so no walk to the bus, making it even more important.

My mantra for today: The vending machine is not my friend!



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


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9/14/14 9:57 A

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Okay so not an obscure hike. We basically went on the most popular hike in the state. But we knew it had a huge parking lot. We found a place to park but had to deal with a lot of people on the trail. Still, it was a beautiful day and the hike was plenty challenging. Not bad for 53!

Seahawks Sunday. Off to church for the first Sunday of choir. Then home for the game and a mountain of laundry! Go Hawks!!!

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How can I keep from singing?


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9/13/14 9:11 A

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House still dirty. I took a real day off instead. I feel kind of bad though. Like I should have done something. Today, I'm trying to work in a hike. I invited a friend who said she'd go but now can't leave until 10 am. But that can be a problem for parking at any of the trail heads on a day like this. So I'm going to try to find some obscure hike that's not too hard and see if we can still do it.

Funny story. There was some kind of big crisis at work yesterday and I saw emails saying that everyone was expected to stay and help until it was resolved. I sure know how to pick my days off!

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


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9/12/14 6:04 P

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well there can be joy in that
but I can think of OTHER things that would be more fun! LOL

Hope you enjoyed it!
Have a great weekend girl!


"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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9/12/14 12:12 P

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Thanks Kelly! Looks like I will spend my day off cleaning the house. Yaayy for me!

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9/11/14 3:25 P

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AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SO very happy for you guys! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!
happy dancin' for you!

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9/11/14 1:31 P

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I can now! Chris got offered a job with the Postal Service! Sounds like he'll take it. It's not quite full time but he can sign up for other shifts to fill out his schedule. But he's going to continue to look around in case anything better comes up. But not bad hours and great benefits so it's a huge relief. Maybe I'll take him out to dinner tonight!

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


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9/11/14 1:12 P

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I miss Thursdays being my Friday!
Hope you can really enjoy the day off, Mar!

Enjoy it!

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9/11/14 10:11 A

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Taking tomorrow off. What to do with it? So today is my Friday. Been pretty slow here but stuff to get done today before I go.

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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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9/10/14 9:37 A

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Ah, the empty nest. Odd isn't it? Something to look forward to and to dread, at the same time. Sometimes, I look at the mess my kids make and I think how nice it will be when they're not there. At the same time, I know how much I'm going to miss them and I'm certainly not pushing them to the door. It won't be easy but we get through it. Most parents do although some handle it better than others!

Choir starts tonight. With class starting in a couple of weeks, things will start to get busy for me now. I really need to get the details in place now so I'll be ready when stuff hits the fan. Hard to think about it since I'm such a procrastinator. But I better get it 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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I'd like to past in a picture of Dorie from Finding Nemo singing "just keep swimming"... SO true!

I will be thinking of Chris on Thursday and hope that the interview goes well... or that the good Lord has an even better plan in store!

Cool nights in a tent make for the BEST sleeping, I find. Glad you got away and had a good time my friend!

We are adjusting to the house without Meghan and her big boyfriend as they moved into their own place... Oh, and they took their smelly ferret too. It's a strange feeling and I'm having a bit of a premonition about how empty an empty nest will feel...

Thinking of you and proud of you for continuing to move... and move forward.
love ya girl.

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


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9/9/14 9:49 A

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A little rainy this morning but we walked anyway. Really only a fine mist for part of the walk. Hopefully, Chris stayed dry on his way home. Another day. Just trying to keep moving.

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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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He did hear back from the Post Office and has an interview on Thursday. Hopefully, that goes well. We also saw that there are openings at the utility district. Depending on the job, those can be pretty good. So he's going to look into that one today.

We went camping this weekend. The weather was perfect but pretty chilly at night now as we get closer to fall. We were tent camping but we had warm sleeping bags and we sleep on cots so we kept nice and warm and pretty comfortable. So nice to be able to do these things right now. Once he starts working, it'll be a while before he can get any time off so we're fitting in as much as we can now. Nice weekend to spend together.

"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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9/5/14 9:59 A

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Thanks Kelly! He passed the test but didn't do as well as he'd hoped. He's applied for about 6 jobs there but hasn't heard back from them. Also applied at UPS, FedEx, Amtrak, and a bunch of other stuff. Busy guy!

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


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9/5/14 9:55 A

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Hey Mar,
Happy that football season has got you happy!
Don't forget to sleep.

Any word from the Post Office yet?
thinking of you!

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9/5/14 7:32 A

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What a great game! But man, I did not sleep last night. Going to be a long day!!

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


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9/4/14 9:55 A

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GOOOOOO SEAHAWKS!!!!

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


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8/29/14 7:41 A

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Early Friday and I'm a bit tired today. Tried to watch football last night. The Cougs and the Hawks were both playing and they both lost. The Hawks offense looked pretty good but the defense stumbled terribly. I can only hope they just didn't want to show their stuff before the season opener next week. As for the Cougs, it looked like they were playing well. I turned off the TV before the end of both games so I don't know what happened. Thank goodness next Thursday's game starts much earlier so I should not have a problem watching the whole thing.

Chris takes his postal service test today. Prayers for that please! He's also completed his applications for a few other jobs. Hopefully, we get some good news soon.

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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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8/28/14 9:54 A

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Thanks Kelly! Hope everything's okay. Love you too.

I'm doing pretty well so far this week. Struggled a little bit yesterday with fatigue again. But it wasn't as bad as before and I managed to talk myself into a walk instead of a nap at lunchtime. And it was a big walk. By the time I got back, I had a lot more energy to get me through the afternoon. Still a few food quirks I'm trying to shake but doing well there for the most part.

Chris picked me up last night and had printouts of some promising job openings. He's going to get the applications in today. I feel a little better about what he's doing now. I think it's only a matter of time. We're still okay as long as we are careful with spending.

Today is supposed to be much cooler. So I think I'll walk home from the bus tonight. After yesterday's success with deciding to walk, I feel certain that I'll walk at lunch again today. So it should be a great day for exercise. I always feel better when I get enough movement. Always!

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


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8/27/14 8:37 P

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Hey girlfriend.
Sorry I have been kinda MIA... Struggling with some stuff right now. Please know I'm watching and reading... And care about everything you are saying and doing.
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

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8/27/14 9:57 A

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Another day. Another set of plans. I did pretty well yesterday, getting in a lot of steps ans mostly sticking to my food plans. It was pretty hot in the evening so I had Chris pick me up. That's the hardest one of the day, that last walk up the hill in the hot sun. Once he gets a job, I may have to start doing it again but I can take advantage for now. A little cooler today so maybe I'll walk it this time.

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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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8/26/14 9:59 A

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Pretty good day yesterday and I'm working hard to get back on track. Went for a shorter walk yesterday than I've been doing because I got out there a little late and needed to get back. It was good to get out there and it's cooling down just enough already that even the hot days aren't so bad. This morning was perfect for walking to the bus.

Another day. Let's make it a great one!

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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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8/25/14 1:54 P

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Thanks Kelly. One day at a time is right. I really rested up this weekend. Chris tried to get me to go on another fishing outing with him but I resisted. I really needed to get some things done and I needed a break. I did get in the trailer to clean some things up. It has an electrical problem that we just aren't qualified to fix so I guess it will need to go in sometime before next spring. But at least I can close it up for the winter.

Then I tried to work on the books for the store. We are going to have an accountant close them out for us as that's just a little beyond my abilities but there's some cleaning up I need to do before we turn them over to him. I've done a lot of it already but just need to finish up. For some reason, I just could not keep my eyes open.

I ended up taking a nap which moved on to bed time. Went to bed and slept all night. Woke up early but still didn't get going and ended up back in bed. I slept until noon! I finally made myself get up to do some laundry. That's a little of a concern for me to be that low on energy. I haven't been eating great so that could be part of it. But to sleep that much is a bit over the top. I do feel better today so I'm going to see if I can't get my activity level back up and see if it helps. It's hot today so it won't be easy to walk at lunch time. But if I can just get out there, even for a little bit, I'm hoping it will help.

No new news on the job front. He got a call from one of the applications he put in. They really like him but the commute for that particular position was too much. They didn't want to take a chance on having him try it and then quit because it was too far. But it's a big company and the guy said he would pass his name on to the other managers in case something came up. He's also prepping for the post office exam. If he could get in there, it might be a nice low stress job that would earn enough and carry him into retirement. That would be nice too. Keep praying for us. Something will come up!

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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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8/22/14 8:25 A

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Hey Mary girl...
Sorry I've been a little absent - and I'm sorry you're struggling.
This is a process and every day is a new day.
Let's try to meet it with as much optimism as we can, and the determination to take care of ourselves. (preaching to the choir here.. really struggling right now too).

One day at a time.
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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Had kind of a bad day yesterday. The pain in my abdomen returned and I wasn't feeling well so I stayed home. I haven't been eating as well as I should and I'm sure that has something to do with it. Time to get back to eating right.

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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. 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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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!

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


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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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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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


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8/15/14 11:55 A

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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?!

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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!

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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That's certainly prayer worthy!!!

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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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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

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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.

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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.

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