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1/11/17 10:34 A

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I am shocked at how I have gained weight. I have realized I have developed some bad eating habits.

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Ellen I hope you are getting back on track. I am trying.

Laurie I am glad the unemployment insurance situation is straighten out.

We are getting two mini snow events one tonight and one on Saturday. I can not wait for spring.

Have a good weekend

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Blessing: Unemployment Insurance finally paid me! They've held my payments for six weeks while they were figuring out some red tape with my former employer.

Challenge: Still looking for a job. The holidays were dead, hoping things pick up a little so that I can at least apply for jobs that look appropriate. I've decided to look for something local instead of looking for something in my profession. Those professional jobs all require a commute and at this stage of life I'm not interested in wasting 2 hours a day driving to and from work.

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Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a great holiday.

Yes the weather has been crazy, either very cold or rainy or okay.

I am hoping the winter will not be too bad. That is my challenge, Also to continue to try to exercise regularly and eat better. That means less sugar.

Have a great week.

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12/26/16 10:28 A

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I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday week. I am hoping to get back on track with eating healthy and exercising. Still treats around the house but I made a big pot of vegetable soup so we should eat better.

We had a thunderstorm last night! What strange weather considering a week ago it was in the single digits.



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12/14/16 7:38 P

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Veena, sorry you didn't have warmer weather in Dallas. Hope you had a good visit, though.

Winter has definitely arrived here in Wisconsin. We had 7 inches of snow last weekend and are expecting more this weekend. And frigid weather in between storms. The Packers/Bears game on Sunday is going to be mighty cold. Glad I'll be watching from the warmth of our living room!

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12/14/16 6:12 P

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Laurie I am sorry the job hunting is so hard. I hope something will come up in the new year.

I had hoped for some warmth in Dallas but it was 35 degrees the first three days I was there. Only Monday, the day before I left was it nice. Now I will have to deal with the polar vortex and some nasty weather on Saturday morning here in DC. I am glad I do not have any firm plans for Saturday!

Have a nice weekend everyone.

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Well, it's been a while since I've been on. The job I interviewed for last month was a no-go. I found that out on my birthday and descended to the depths. I've just about given up on a reasonably high-paying, professional job and have started looking for clerical work locally. The more I think about it, the less I'm willing to do the commute into the city. Work/life balance is more important to me at this stage of life than a huge salary. And I feel like I'm pitching my resume into some kind of black hole anyway. So I'm pounding the pavement locally and getting creative by actually talking to people face-to-face. Don't know if that strategy will work, we'll see. No one is hiring during the holidays, so I don't have any false hopes that I'll hear anything over the next couple weeks. That actually makes me feel more at peace.

So, my challenge remains hunting for a job that will pay me enough to meet my needs. My blessing is that I'm feeling more settled and out of the panic/depression cycle.

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12/14/16 9:20 A

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Oh, what a great reply!! I will have to remember that. Thank you.

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12/9/16 9:26 P

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Happens to me. Depending on who I'm talking with, I'll tell them they haven't seen me naked!

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12/3/16 8:39 A

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Does anyone have the problem of people telling you that you don't need to lose weight when you share your goals?

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11/30/16 9:24 A

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I lost Zero in November. Resetting my goals for December. The holiday will just be my DH and myself.

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11/21/16 1:34 P

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Laurie enjoy Florida! Bitter wind chills in DC. yesterday and today. I can not wait to get to Dallas and warmer temperatures.

Linda glad your health is improving.





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Blessings- improved health

Challenge- to keep up exercise plan with trainer until my health is 100% in 6 months.

Linda. I live in Canada. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time,daylight savings time. I have chronic kidney disease. I am 54 years old on January 12.


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Blessings - God's provision in various areas
Challenges - food - getting more fruits and veggies

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11/20/16 10:39 A

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I thought the interview went well but I'm not so confident about the editing test. They are making a decision this week so at least I shouldn't be left hanging over the holiday.

We are heading for Florida on Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with my brother's family. We are bringing swim suits emoticon

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11/19/16 9:11 P

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Laurie I know how you feel! At 2pm it was 71 degrees and at 4pm a strong cold front came through with awful winds and the temperature dropped 30 degree! Wild weather! How did your interview go?

I will be going to Dallas 12/7-13 and I am looking forward to seeing my family and hopefully some warm weather.

I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving.



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Ugh--67 degrees yesterday, snow on the ground today. Winter is NOT my favorite!

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Finally cold weather. It feels good.

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11/14/16 8:37 A

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Lucky you! -Almost sweater weather.

It will be 70 degrees here.

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Frost on the ground here this morning. Guess I'd better think about getting my planters put away for winter. But we still have petunias, lavender, and marigolds blooming!

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11/12/16 9:12 A

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I'm I crazy but I have yet to wear anything heavier than a light long sleeve sweater. Too warm for November.

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Laurie good luck with the job search. Please let us know how the interview goes.

Its been crazy weather here, one day warm and the next day cold. Tomorrow its suppose to be real cold! Getting ready for winter!

Have a nice weekend everyone!

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Thanks, Ellen. It's been pretty discouraging. I feel like I keep throwing resumes into a black hole. BUT! I have an interview on Monday for a job that I really think I would enjoy. So those are my blessings and challenges.

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Laurie- I hope your job search is going well. It is a good time to be applying.

Hope everyone is doing well.


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Thanks for all the encouragement about my job loss! I am feeling a lot less stressed, but am anxious about getting something appropriate. If I wasn't so close to retirement I'd take a nursing refresher course so I could reactivate my RN license. There are a lot of medical infometrics jobs, but they all require an active license.

So my challenge is the job search and staying away from snacking between meals.

Blessing: The much lower level of stress I'm feeling these days.

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My challenge is that I lost my focus in October due to traveling, and now must start over. I have been into ice cream and other treats much too much. So, time to set new goals and try to drop at least five pounds before the year ends.

I did do a full set of my weight workout yesterday. First time since I broke my clavicle last summer.

Laurie- I hope you can find another job quickly especially since it appears jobs openings are everywhere. I hope you find a great job to ease into retirement. Maybe you could sign up with a temporary agency for a while. That way you could check out companies before you sign on.

Linda- you certainly have some major challenges. I am so sorry that you are dealing with all this. I hope the new diet will help your kidneys.

Veenas- I do not like hot weather and actually love winter. Here it is almost November and we are still running our A/C.

Shari- you are right about the mystery of our bodies. I am experiencing what appears to be sciatica which is scary since I have done nothing to cause it. My right foot almost felt dead walking yesterday in the grocery store.

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Laurie--So sorry to hear about your job situation. I know you were looking forward to retirement, but not this way! Since it was a stressful job, I hope it is indeed a blessing in disguise.

Thank you Veenas for the well-wishes. We are going headlong into wedding related activities between the 2 events. The last shower will be a week from Saturday. (That will make 4 I attended for the 2 events.)

Blessing: I discovered that I have developed an intolerance to garlic and I am feeling much better as a result of watching my intake. Additionally I started taking Milk Thistle each day and I think that is also helping.

Challenge: I still have some unexplained inflammation (one finger, the side of my foot), on the left side only. It can be a real puzzle taking care of our bodies.

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NEW UPDATES WITH BLOOD CLOT AND ALSO LUMP IN LUNG PLUS KIDNEY PROBLEMS

I have 3 challenges.
I have 50% kidney function with my chronic kidney disease and my kidneys are not producing the hormone that makes red blood cells. I have 59% red blood cells left as they die every 4 months.it should be higher, I was given a hormone replacement shot and put on Iron pills with hemoglobin added which my body has very little and high tolerance for people with kidney disease or cancer. Regular Iron pills will not work.

Next I have a blood clot in my left lung and a lump in the other. I got a prescription for blood thinners and dropped off at the pharmacy who phoned 60 minutes later to say I needed a requisition to get it covered by my Dr. They said they would call the Dr. and kept and lost the prescription. They never called the Dr. I got 3 weeks free samples at the Dr. and it was filled at the pharmacy for free to be picked up in 2 weeks. I only had till 3 p.m. the next day to take the pills and had to look on my computer at home like it said on the package of how to take them. They have to be taken with food so I had to make lunch before I took them and I made it in time.

The blessing is I do not have to go on oxygen this time in the hospital for 3 weeks and take 6 months till I can exercise because of my very strong muscles and heart. I was off of blood thinners in January after having the same clot for 8 months.That is when I was in the hospital. I started my diet and exercise in February and lost 50 pounds. I can go back to exercise now.

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Linda. I live in Canada. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time,daylight savings time. I have chronic kidney disease. I am 54 years old on January 12.


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Sherri good luck with the rehearsal dinners

Laurie I am so sorry about your job. I hope you find a new one without so much stress. Also sorry about the Green Bay Packers but so glad the Cowboys won.

We had a very hot summer and I am really looking forward for some fall weather. I have kept busy with getting together to friends and having my parents visit for a week. It will probably be the last visit they make.

Have a good week everyone



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I haven't been around much lately. My challenge is that I lost my job a couple weeks ago in a staffing cutback. I'm struggling to not turn to food for comfort and haven't been getting as much exercise as usual.

My blessing is that I'm slowly getting over the shock of losing a job 3 years before retirement. I'm sure when things settle down this situation will truly be a blessing because my job was horribly stressful. In the meantime it's on to a job search for me.

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My challenge is to improve my kidney disease.I am at stage 2 and will get tested in 2 weeks at a clinic, my Dr. will not test me. I hope my numbers have improved as I am now on a Davita kidney diet that should help my kidneys.

Linda. I live in Canada. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time,daylight savings time. I have chronic kidney disease. I am 54 years old on January 12.


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Welcome COMPUTA_CAT55. Glad to know that you have the support of your church family as you oversee your Mother's care.

Ellen--I hope you are feeling revitalized. I see your chart. That shows a lot of discipline. I, too, try to maintain discipline. That is a key.

Veenas--How wonderful that you will be with your family in December. Here in So. Cal. we are experiencing warm temps too. I'm looking forward to cooler weather.

Blessing--I have been to 2 showers this month--one for each fiance. My son returned last Thursday night from his last post in Paris where he lived for 16 months. He has lived outside the country for the last 4 years. So happy to have him home!!

Challenge--About 3 months ago, I resumed forgoing all alcohol, until I take off this last 4 pounds. Since May, I have only lost 4 of the pounds that have dogged me these last number of months. It is an ongoing commitment. I look forward to shedding them and maintaining.

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Welcome COMPUTA_CAT55 to the team and thread. I am glad you have support to help you with your challenge regarding your mother.

We finally got some needed rain today. But no fall like temperatures. Looks like summer is hanging on a little longer.

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My challenge - Dealing with decisions and emotions of daily visits to my 94 year old nursing home resident mother often leaves me fatigued

My blessing - I have church and other friends who encourage me

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Shari I hope everything is going well with the wedding planning!

Ellen I hope you get more energy!

Challenge never ending summer! Its been hot. I really want some fall weather!

Making plans to see my family in Dallas in December. I also hope to take a trip somewhere different, still in the planning stage.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

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I am so tired for no reason.

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My challenge is building up my strength and energy after being out for a couple of months.

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Hi Veenas & Laurie...Welcome, Ellen--
Life has been busy, hence my infrequent posting. Laurie, I like your timeline--retirement countdown! Hope the stress at work is subsiding and the tooth/infection are under control. Ellen, so glad your fainting episode only resulted in a broken bone. One of my son's is now engaged to a young woman whose mother founded a 501C for the brain-injured. I have now heard many terrible stories of people just going along living life and ending up in severe challenges due to head injuries.

That is my challenge. Both my sons are now engaged. The one is due home from Paris on the 22nd and will finish his 8 years w/the Marines on 10-22. He is then getting married in San Francisco on 11/26. My other son is getting married on 1/14. I am up to my elbows in Rehearsal Dinner planning (creating videos for a first time ever) and wedding planning. Wonderful, but demanding.

Blessing: See above!!

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Hope everyone has a good Labor Day weekend and continue to stay with your goals.

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That is awesome!

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I have 7 pounds left to lose and walked today for 90 minutes

Linda. I live in Canada. My time zone is Pacific Standard Time,daylight savings time. I have chronic kidney disease. I am 54 years old on January 12.


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Ellen I hope your husband is feeling better. Sometimes for me exercise gets my mind off food. Wish you luck in getting on track!

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My weight continues to go in the wrong direction!!!! I was hungry all day yesterday. My husband did not feel good so I made vegetable table soup which did not satisfy so I snacked.

So disappointing. emoticon

Time to really start counting calories and exercise besides just physical therapy.

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I have a good workout at physical therapy this morning. I think I am ready to get back into living! I plan to start my weight workout (with light weights) in the morning. I think for now I will go downstairs and ride my bike. My weight is up another pound. That is the WRONG direction!

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Welcome Ellen. I hope you are better and that the broken clavicle is completely healed.

Laurie I hope your tooth and sinus infection get better too. I deal with sinus and teeth problems all the time. I am sorry that your commute is going to be longer. Taking the bus and subway to work is something I do not miss! One of the perks of retirement.

It has been so hot and humid here too. I think after today DC will finally get a break. That will be a blessing!

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Welcome Ellen!

The weather turned cooler, and though I'm afraid it's an indication that summer is winding down, it's more comfortable than the hot, sticky weather we've been having. So, ignoring my dread of winter, I'll make that my blessing.

It's hard to pick just one challenge these days. Work is horribly stressful and that pesky tooth abscess persisted. I think the abscess may finally be gone, but I may have a resulting sinus infection. Life isn't especially enjoyable just now. Though I may be seeing just the slightest progress downward on the scale!

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My challenge this summer has been dealing with a broken clavicle and why I fainted in the first place. I think it was the hot, humid weather when I was working outside and my blood pressure medication.

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It's been a pretty busy summer. That's what happens when we moved closer to family! Work has been very stressful. We found out they are closing our office and we will have to commute down to Milwaukee. Not very happy about my 10 minute drive turning into a 45 minute drive. Only 52 months until retirement!

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It has been a long time since there has been a post in this thread. I hope everyone has been having a good week and summer. I can not believe it is already August. Except for my trip to Dallas in June I have not gone any where. I hope maybe in September to plan a trip.

It has been really hot here. Except for swimming and DVDs can not get too much exercise.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

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Shari, I'm so glad your trip was absolutely wonderful!

Happy birthday, Veena!

Blessings: We found a dentist that we like only about 4 blocks from home. The tooth abscess seems to have cleared up--YAY! Hope the bone loss reverses, too. I have crowns on all my back teeth, so I don't remember what normal teeth feel like. I suppose I got used to them like I got used to the hardware in my knees. I've been blessed with excellent dentists for many, many years, so having the other guy's less-than-mediocre dentistry was quite a shock.

Challenges: I still have some hitchhiker pounds that I'd like to get rid of and I don't seem to be getting the right combination of effective exercise and diet to start moving down again. I looked back in my food tracking when I lost before, and I don't see that we are eating much differently than then. Maybe turning another year or two older has changed my metabolism. I think I need to go back to tracking my food very strictly again.

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Veenas & Laurie--I'm so sorry about your dental issues. I had to give up caramels (and let me tell you...in Normandy they looked amazing!!) because of my concern about breaking a tooth from old cavities falling apart as a result of the stickiness while chewing. It is expensive and the crown never feels the same. Laurie I hope you find a more competent dentist; it may be worth making a drive to do so.

France was AMAZING (as always). It was a spiritual and cultural pilgrimage. Visiting the American Cemetery and Visitor Center (opened in 2007) was even more moving and profound than I had imagined. Enjoyed cathedrals galore...and the food! Brought back 5 additional pounds (already started w/ 4 too many) even though we walked anywhere from 5-12 miles per day. It really is what I eat, not what I do. However, now that I'm in this situation, I have to up the exercise at home. That is my challenge--fitting it in. So I think in this paragraph, I covered blessing & challenge.

Wishing you all peace, joy & love.

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Shari I hope your trip to Paris went well.

Laurie for most of May it rained in DC and it was terrible. We now are having heat and humidity so spring skipped us.

I have had a lot of dental problems and continue to have them. I have to make some decisions and it is not easy, either physically or financially. I hope you do not lose the tooth. Last year I lost a tooth and had a dental implant.

I am going to Dallas Wednesday to see my parents. I am trying to spend as much time as I can with them. Dallas also has had a lot of rain. I hope the weather will not be too bad.

Have a good week!

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Shari, how was your trip?

Blessings: Summer is here! It seems like we turned the corner from dreary winter and went straight into summer (of course, what I call dreary winter reflects winter in Texas. Wisconsinites would call it Spring). The flowers seem to have bloomed overnight and things are growing in the farmers' fields. Soon we should have local produce at the farmers markets.The bird activity behind our house has been pretty entertaining, too.

Challenges: I've been having tooth problems. The dentist we went to when we moved here is clearly less than competent. Without going into the gory details, I have a huge abscess that necessitated a root canal retreatment. The abscess is still hanging on and I've had some bone loss. Sure hope I don't end up losing the tooth altogether!

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Veenas-I would love to see those pictures of your tour. Hope all is well with your family as they make those adjustments. That is life, isn't it? A continuing series of adjustments!

Blessing: I'm getting more things taken care of at my office than I thought I would before I leave in 2 weeks.

Challenge: Still working on those 5 pounds. I'm sure it is a metabolism change and now exercise is a must. Fitting the exercise in, still a work in process.

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Shari I hope you have a nice trip to France. My brother in law just came back after seeing his mom. He retired last month so he could visit her as she has a lot of health problems. Right now my sister is the bread earner.

Laurie any adjustment takes time. I hope you will better like Wisconsin. Dallas is really have a hard time with severe weather.

I had a great time with my nephews. The weather was perfect! The White House had its annual Spring Garden Tour and we were able to go to it. I have some pictures and I am going to try to post. I already did on Facebook. Also had a great time at the luncheon with my former coworkers.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Shari, I know how that goes! I've had my to-do lists and even then am afraid I'll forget to do something. But you will have a great time in France, I'm sure.

Blessing: My brother and BIL built us some sturdy shelves in the garage last weekend. Bit by bit we are finding places for the things we didn't give away. And we are still finding stuff to donate.



Challenge: I ran across a quote from John Piper a couple weeks ago that resonates with the adjustments we are making: "Occasionally weep deeply over the life you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Then wash your face. Trust God. And embrace the life you have." What I've been going through this past year is truly a grieving process. It's not over in a day or a week. When I worked in hospice we did bereavement follow-up for at least a year after a death. Some wanted less, some needed more. So a little bit at a time...I'll get to "embrace the life" eventually.

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I see everybody is keeping busy! Ha! I can only imagine "not busy". Laurie I hope your longer than expected transition isn't getting you down. "A day at a time"...applies to everyone, doesn't it?

Blessing: My acupuncturist is treating a non-irritating, slight rash on my back that has been there a while. She told me no alcohol, no shellfish, no SUGAR! Alcohol & shellfish, no problem....no sugar...ahhhh, here I go. I think the battle for these 5 pounds shall be won!

Challenge: Preparation for our trip to France to visit our son, coming up mid-May. Always so much to do!

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Hi guys! Wisconsin weather has been pretty bizarre as well. Snow all last week and tomorrow it's supposed to hit 70. That's my blessing. Mom and I have been getting out to walk on warm days and it feels good to be outdoors again. Soon we'll be tempted to open the windows!

Challenge: The transition up here has been far more difficult for far longer than I anticipated. It will be one year next month and I'm still not feeling settled in any part of my life.

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Hi Veenas-So glad you enjoyed being with your family and I know you will have a great time this weekend.

Blessing: Meeting our son's new girlfriend this Saturday. Hoping she's the one!

Challenge: Being faithful to the exercise commitment. I've only been successful in doing about 3 days/week. I need to do more.

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Shari I am glad you posted. It has been awhile since anyone posted on this thread. I am also glad you got your taxes done. I did my before I went to Dallas for Easter. I had a great time with my family. My youngest nephew is so cute and getting big!

Its been a roller coaster with the weather in DC. Very windy, cold, then warm then windy again and even wet snow! Spring will come!

Looking forward to my bimonthly luncheon with my former coworkers tomorrow. Also my two older nephews and their girlfriends are coming to visit me this weekend. It will be great to see them.

Take care everyone.

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Blessing: Taxes are done. I'm starting to wade into ancient files at home in order to be more organized.

Challenge: I have determined that I am now in a new place when it comes to metabolizing calories. I intend to follow a meal plan, provided here on SparkPeople for the occasions when we are not eating w/friends and family. For this I also will be using the Grocery List. That will be a huge challenge, but I want to be my "normal" weight before leaving for our trip to France next month.

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Shari I am glad you are exercising more.

Laurie at least you are near family in Wisconsin. That is a blessing.

We have had decent weather although the weathermen are saying that we may get wet snow Sunday. I wanted winter to be over! At least I will be getting away Wednesday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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