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IAANSMITH Posts: 13
5/21/14 1:37 A

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Thanks for that beautiful and heart-warming true life stories. Both your husband and you have soft, kind and generous hearts.

If I can attach a photo of Scarlett here, I will. She is the love of my life!! Not being biased or anything like that, she is the cutest most beautiful baby ever!!!

Yes, I don't hardly ever drink - I have nothing at home - but I'll probably have one for my birthday (after all it'll be my 60th) with my sons, daughter-in-law and my mom. I think Sandra (my youngest will be marrying her in July) will probably there too. I'm looking forward to at least 2 celebrations. My best friend will be coming out around that time. Another friend may or may not have the time. Every day I drink at least 10 glasses of water so I don't get dehydrated.

I live in Langley, a suburb of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. We're on the Pacific Coast close to the US border (Washington State). Our weather here is the mildest in Canada so lots of people want to live here. This means things are more expensive! Good thing walking is free!!!

Well my friend, have a wonderful day tomorrow and throughout the week. Jonathan

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5/21/14 12:48 A

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emoticon on the little granddaughter. She looks like a cutie (but it is a tiny shot of her, I would hope to see a bigger one sometime) emoticon Also emoticon coming up in June! You'll have to make a few plans to try and limit the intake with some good healthy satisfying, but lower calorie foods on days people wish to celebrate with you. That way you can be a bit more generous with yourself, but may not feel the need as much. I don't know if you drink either alcohol or soda, but those are pretty much empty calories so if you can stick with water you can both fill up some and still leave some room for the cake and stuff. I'm sure you know what you are doing. Sometimes it is hard though, as we know.

I'll answer the squirrel thing here also. I did see the other thread and Aeroflot will probably come here to see the answer ...she must be busy at this time, maybe feeling the empty nest or getting the room turned into the exercise room she thought she might do.

Ebony and Ivory have only been with us for a little over a week. I am amazed at how such little things as they are can get so people friendly in such a short time. I'm not sure of emotions, but they do let you know when they are hungry and that they want me to feed them first! or that I am taking too much time with the other.

We have been rehabbing of small numbers of baby squirrels for 6 years now. We don't take in large numbers just a few a year. They are raised in our home (they are caged, but we do handle them when possible. They get very rambunctious after 10 weeks of age some more than others). They are released back out when they have grown to adult size and have been acclimated to the outdoors. They are in a large release cage with trees inside and can watch wild squirrels while in there. All of them are different. Some stay very friendly and come around to see us and get handouts if needed, others run up the tree and never look back. Being gray squirrels they look alike as do the black ones so it is very difficult to say who is who unless they are very friendly or have a distinguishing mark in some way. We had one named Shirley who was very friendly and around for a couple of years quite regularly. She moved further away and came back once in a while. My husband thinks she may have brought a young one here this year that has now become friendly, though she (Shirley) didn't stick around. We've also had 2 sisters, Annie and Lulu, that were around but sadly they both have died. Annie had several little ones that we watched her raise, but when hurricane Sandy went through a couple of years ago The weather where we live got very wet, cold and windy. I live in Ohio and that is the way the weather is affected in our area. Several squirrels around us died around the same time and Annie was one of them. They must have gotten something like Pneumonia. Annie had a notch in her ear and hadn't been around much, but the day before she died she showed up breathing funny and very weak...We took her inside and dried her out and warmed her up. I was able to hold her just like when she was little, but she died during the night. It was very sad. Her sister, Lulu, after being released for several months, showed up with a big wound on her side one day. The skin was torn up and bleeding and the hair was gone for about 3x1.5 inches around it. We got her back into the release cage when she came back to us and treated the wound and fed her for a couple of days. She got somewhat antsy and seemed ready to get back out so we let her go again. She healed up quite well and because of that wound she always had a patch of hair that was odd. A couple of years later she came around for her morning visit and when she left the house she was hit by a car. I think we cried or felt like it for days. We have several outside now that are becoming very friendly.

Our most friendly one is our first. Lucky came to us in a different way. One day in the fall I was walking to my gym and was watching a couple of squirrels running around. They looked like they were having such fun and I just said a little prayer saying "Lord, one day I would just love to have a squirrel that could run around on my neck." ( I kind of meant like in heaven or something). Well, low and behold, within 6 months we had a tiny, naked 10 day old baby that was not breathing when we brought it into the house after retrieving it from our utility trailer. Crows had torn the leaf nest apart to get at the babies and 2 had fallen into the snow in the trailer. Momma squirrel was fighting them off, but after about 20 minutes she couldn't fight any longer. The crow flew off with one and we got the other one (I left a hotdog in its place). My husband thought he would try to revive it. (a bit more of a story but...) once it revived, it was like what do we do now? Well, Lucky is partly blind and can't be released so we have had her for 6 years now and she is a sweet pet. She stays in her cage except when we take her on walks, bike rides, and just plain out to see places. Actually we have her out a lot, but no, she doesn't get to run around the house. She is very friendly and loves people and people really enjoy being able to pet her or get pictures with her.

Well, that was long, hope I didn't bore you.

Have a good one, friend.



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5/20/14 9:21 P

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Yes, we sure are. I am proudly holding my first grandchild, Scarlett Elizabeth. She came into our family on Nov 22nd last year, I don't get to see her as often as I'd like as Mum and Dad have extremely busy schedules. I will see her June 1st (my 60th) birthday as I know Ben (Scarlett's Dad is planning something. I also usually see them for a short time on Father's Day which is also in June - lucky me, for June anyway! It's going to be extremely difficult to keep my diet going during my 60th celebrations, especially with those who think I've lost enough weight and have improved so much with no longer taking some medications or had the dose cut back.

I've never heard of having squirrels as pets before - we always used to have dogs (no pedigrees). Tell me a bit about your life with Ebony and Ivory, I'm really interested to find out what your life is like them and what they do. Do they display any emotions?

I got no sleep Monday night (I hadn't taken my sleep and anxiety medication) so last night I doubled the dose and had a really great sleep. Went to bed around midnight, maybe just 15 minutes or so before that, and I slept through until 3pm this afternoon. I'm feeling wonderfull rested and rearing to go now!!!

As for my diet and walking, I have watched my calories much more closely/no exercise today though. I think I must get into a daily routine and stick to it. That's the only way I think I'm going to succeed - that plus measuring or ballparking and recording what I've eaten and when.

Keep on going my friend, you are gradually getting back to normal. It's good not to push yourself right now or you may reinjure yourself. Go slowly, but go. Congratulations!!

You have a super week too and we'll talk again soon. ooo

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5/19/14 10:29 P

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It looks like we are both holding little ones. Mine are baby squirrels (Ebony and Ivory) and yours?

It sounds like you have a plan in place to start next week. In the meantime I imagine you are getting to know more about Sparkpeople. I was able to get out for a walk today and it is getting better, but slowly.

Have a great week, also, Jonathan.

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

In GOD we trust

"It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains " -
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5/19/14 7:20 P

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Thanks for your message. I really can't remember for sure how I found SparkPeople but I'm pretty sure it was on a search on Google for diets or healthy diet recipes or something along those lines.

Sorry to hear about your back, I hope you heal quickly. With me I know that I must do more fast walks. I'm still struggling with portion size but I am improving. Right now I don't have a lot of time to be on the site but I hope to spend some more time here soon.

I am going to weigh on June 2nd and really put more effort in following my goals. I sincerely hope that you will soon be able to exercise. In the meantime try your best to stick to your diet goals. Remember if you slip up one day, you just start fresh the next day. I know you can do it PMSLIVES!!!

Have a wonderful week!

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5/19/14 1:57 P

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Jonathan, Good to have you join us. I have been a backslider in the losing "game" as well. Right now I am just trying to hold steady for awhile. Even with the site I am struggling. maybe it is too much input for me and not enough movement. my back has been out of whack since passing a kidney stone a couple of weeks ago. Congrats on being able to lose 100+ lbs even if things have reversed...for awhile. Like you said. emoticon

Curious as to how you came across the team. Since Spark made some changes I have found some things harder to heck out but then I have been here for many changes and improvements. emoticon

Edited by: PMSLIVES at: 5/19/2014 (14:02)
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

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"It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains " -
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5/19/14 1:54 A

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Well here I am. Very impressed with SPARKPEOPLE. I'm Jonathan (my preferred name) and over the last year or so lost just over 100 lbs. Unfortunately over Christmas I threw caution to the wind and ate whatever I felt like. This has sadly continued to the present time. I've tried to eat properly but I so easily sabotage myself. With this group I hope to get and give encouragement and self-confidence to reach our goals.

Have a wonderful week everyone! emoticon emoticon

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1/30/14 4:47 P

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Jenn,
Welcome back and Way to Go on keeping off those pounds and going further! That is a job well done I would say. So glad you are feeling better now. Sounds as though what you may have learned at Spark certainly helped in a big way to your recovery. Never think it is silly to keep trying. I'm not sure why you would say that. I would say you have proven that you can do it and that it is doable.
Paula

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

In GOD we trust

"It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains " -
Patrick Henry

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1/30/14 2:43 P

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Hi
I'm Jenn. I have been on this quest for so long sometimes it seems silly to keep trying, but I am...again...lol. Last year I lost about 25 pounds and then got sick. I eventually had to have my gall bladder taken out and now I feel much better. I have managed to keep off those pounds which...yea me!!! hasn't happened before when I quit dieting. Since I started again I am down about 10 pounds and want to be part of a group that is supportive. Have a great day spark minions hehehe!

Jenn

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