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4/29/16 12:29 P

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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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4/27/16 8:54 P

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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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4/27/16 12:50 P

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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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4/27/16 11:09 A

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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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4/15/16 1:03 P

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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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4/14/16 4:03 P

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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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4/13/16 9:02 P

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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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4/13/16 4:24 P

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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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3/17/16 3:33 P

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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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3/17/16 1:06 P

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Blessing: I incorporated exercise into my life by way of my Lenten commitment. I'm satisfied with my efforts and hope to increase my success. (Very moderate, at least 3 times/week.)

Challenge: My metabolism must have slowed way down. I will have to take more strict measures to lose and then maintain my weight at this point:(

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3/11/16 1:11 P

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Veena, I hope you enjoy your trip to Dallas. We changed planes at DFW on the way south and it felt like coming home. There were so many Texans on the ship that it felt like we went back home, too. I guess I haven't totally made the transition back to Wisconsin. I really still miss my life in Texas. And that's my challenge for now. I've been getting really negative about being here and I have realized I need to be intentional in finding positive aspects of living here.

Blessings: It's Spring. A very early Spring. There has been a lot of bird activity, and even though we could still get dumped with snow, it feels like we've turned the corner out of winter. Hooray!!!

The malaria boys are recovering, but very frustrated that they can't do what they want. It's going to take them a while to get to full strength again.



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3/9/16 4:44 P

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Laurie glad your relatives are getting better and that you had a nice cruise. We have been having some spring weather, close to 80 degrees today! Enjoyed being outside.

Shari good luck with the plans for your son's wedding.

HAPPYINMOTION when I go out to eat I too like to look at the menu beforehand so I can make good choices.

Looking forward to my trip to Dallas!


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3/8/16 8:35 P

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Laurie--So glad you enjoyed your trip and that your family is on the mend. My sister (a missionary in Mozambique) has had malaria 3 times. It was life threatening last time. We flew her to L.A. to be with us for recovery (once she was able to travel). That was 2 years ago and she will be here this week with her husband who hasn't been in the States for 5 years.
Veenas-What a lovely way to celebrate Easter. My sister and her husband one of their daughters and her husband will be joining our little family. So nice to get together for the holidays.
HappyInMotion--Welcome to this thread. It sounds like your good plans are paying off. Good for you.
Blessing: I made good headway through the giant mess on my personal desk. For that I am grateful and hopeful.
Challenge: Started making arrangements for our son's wedding next November. Lots of details. I do my best to enjoy these things. So far, so good.

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Back from our cruise and I feel like I need to go again! Though it's quite springlike here in Wisconsin. I'm beat though. Traveling back on Sunday wiped out all the benefits of the cruise--it was a very long day. Didn't get home until midnight-ish.

We were distracted during the cruise and the big blessing is that we had internet contact with my sister. My nieces and nephews went on vacation last month and my nephew and my niece's husband both contracted malaria. My nephew spent over a week in ICU on a ventilator. So we had our minds on what was going on back here all the while we were gone. Fortunately, both are recovering, but it was pretty scary for a while.

Only gained about 4 pounds on the cruise and already evicted one of those. It was nice enough today to get out at lunchtime and walk. It will be good when I can do that regularly again.

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Happy to be down again, a sign I'm moving in the right direction. Currently we dine out quite a bit as a result of our lifestyle, so I am practicing visualization to assist me in making wise choices. It's so great that almost every restaurant menu can now be viewed online. I find that if I pick and visualize my eating and drinking choices ahead of time, I can stay in the right mindset and shift my focus to the company I am with, rather than what is on my plate.

Weather is gloomy today which, ironically is a real treat in my area, so I'm looking forward to a cozy day indoors. emoticon

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3/5/16 7:17 P

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Welcome HAPPYINMOTION. So glad you lost some weight. I know you can keep up the good work. As you said, it is important to keep moving so as to preserve one's flexibility as we get older.

I am waiting for the 60s and 70s that we are suppose to get this week. Also I will be going to Dallas for Easter to see my parents and sister and her family. My sister in California will also be there. I am looking forward to seeing everyone.

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Lost 1.2 pounds this week. Week one is always the hardest week IMHO, because I have so many less-than positive habits to work through. Little by little I am tackling them, however, and already I feel so much more in control than before.

Both mentally and physically, my early 50's have been the hardest of my entire life. I realize I can no longer simply assume I will always be physically capable of any outdoor activity I might care to do (run, hike, bike, etc.), but now need to preserve and protect my body by giving it very regular workouts that don't jump up too quickly. I say this as a result of having my first-ever case of shinsplints, the result of two weeks of restricted traveling workouts, followed by a too-hard, too-long, too-fast attempt to jump back in where I'd left off (a 10 mile hill hike, followed by a 6 mile race walk). My body very quickly and firmly told me I wasn't in my 40's/30's/20's any longer!

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I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Shari I am sure you will have everything ready by Easter. Linsey I am glad you, your DH and dog are exercising together.

We have had a touch of spring the last couple of days and it feels so good especially with the winter we have had. Unfortunately it won't last as we are to get some light snow Thursday night into Friday morning. At least spring is not too far off!

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Linsey--So glad for your DH and dog. sounds lik everyone is your house is benefiting from your commitment.

Veenas-How lovely that you keep in touch with your former co-workers. Must be a special group.

Blessing: My house is pretty much ready for the upcoming Easter gathering.

Challenge: Except for my home-office. What a mess! I really need to face the music and deal with all that disorder.

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Thank you for the welcomes! I saw on the news about the tornadoes in Virginia. SOOO sad. The ones here in FL weren't nearly as bad, altho they had done some damage. Scary stuff, some of those loud thunderstorms. Weather is calm, now; altho a bit cool.

Vet said our dog could use to lose a few lbs, so we've been increasing her walks. She's Labrador mix, so she is a big dog...but, not too big....kind of on the short size, for a Lab. She's been gradually losing, too, so we're really happy about that. I guess all the short walks & food measuring is worth it. Of course, the walks are good for all us. DH is finally joining me, as well. Definitely a blessing.

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Welcome Linsey. We had bad storms in DC and it was really scary too.

Shari glad you are enjoying a productive Lenten season and exercising.

Before the storm yesterday I had a nice lunch with former coworkers. I always enjoying seeing them and catching up.

Hope all have a good weekend.

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2/25/16 12:04 P

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So glad your day ended well Linsey.

Blessing: I have been enjoying a productive Lenten season. Though I have been busy with lots of extra obligations as I am sponsoring a friend that will be confirmed in the Catholic church this Easter Vigil, I have been amazed that I am feeling more energy than usual; even though as part of my Lenten obligation, I have added exercise back into my life and have been able to do that faithfully.

Challenge: In this year of mercy, trying to figure out how that is practiced in my day-in and day-out.

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Yesterday was one of those nerve rattling days with tornado warnings. Funnel clouds were headed right towards us, but, skirted south (the, back up again.) It went around us. I call that a blessing! There was some tornado damage in other areas, but, I don't think anyone was hurt. (Another blessing.)

Right after dinner, I went to a painting party! I didn't know they'd be serving snacks (really yummy looking mini subs). I chose not to eat any & just tried a little of the white wine. (I don't really like wine, actually. Had it been red, I wouldn't have tried it at all. Yuck. LOL.)

Over all, good end to a rough day & stayed within the calories.

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Shari that is good about not eating sugar. I need to be better about my sweet tooth. My sister in LA has told me about the heat wave there. I do not know what is better, sweating in LA or freezing in DC.

Laurie have a great trip. I look forward to hearing about the trip.

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Veena, it won't be long before spring arrives. We seemed to have skipped spring and launched into summer. My closets are a mess and the plants are very confused!

Laurie, I hope you have a wonderful trip. Sounds relaxing.

I set up a simple exercise tracker here in hopes of recording my progress. Simplicity is my only hope.

I'm still eating fruit and my morning yogurt (it has a little sugar in it.) Otherwise I have excised sugar from my diet for the duration of Lent. I feel surprisingly energetic...so that will be my blessing.

Challenge--Busy schedule for the next couple months. Hope I can enjoy it all and make the most of it.

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Hi you guys! It's definitely been busy. If you can believe it, we still have a few boxes sitting around waiting to be unpacked. I'm so tired of feeling unsettled!

Veena, I'm looking forward to Spring, too. It's cold here today and we are heading into some sub-zero temps this week. It is supposed to warm up by Sunday, though. And I have a cruise to look forward to--leaving next Friday after work to start the journey. I'm hoping to get more walking in once we are in warmer weather. Not looking forward to the extra poundage I'm likely to find on the trip, but I will make an effort to minimize it. When we get home, it's going to have to be reevaluation time, because Mom and I are not making any progress toward regaining lost ground since we moved. Good for you, Shari, in making a commitment. It's awfully hard to add more to our schedules, but if you succeed for 6 weeks it should become a habit for the rest of the year.

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Shari good to hear from you. I am glad you had a good trip to Paris. I thought of you when the Paris attacks happened. My brother in law was very upset over it but he and my sister still went to see his mother over Christmas. I hope you attain your goal to fit in more exercise.

I am thankful I survived the blizzard with not too many problems. The condo parking lot was very bad for several days. We were lucky that the temperatures warmed up so there was a lot of melting. Now we are suppose to get bitterly cold at the end of the week. I can not wait for spring!

Take care everyone.

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Hi Veena & Laurie,

I guess life has been busy for everyone. I went to Paris to visit my son at the beginning of December. (Met my sister-in-law there for 1 week. One of my best trips ever.) Busy at the office, busy at home, busy at church,etc, etc. This Lent I am going to get serious about incorporating exercise into my everyday. When I started attending Mass each morning (Monday-Friday last year) I never developed the discipline to fit my exercise in. Making it a Lenten discipline should help. Still battling a few pounds from the trip & holiday, but I aim to deal with that too.

Best to all!

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1/21/16 8:21 P

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I thought of you Veena with the prediction of the blizzard out your way. Hope you stay snug and safe!

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Well DC is about to get a blizzard and it is scary. I can only hope that I get through it okay. I hope everyone is going well and have a good weekend.

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Everyone must have a lot on their plates, I know I have.

Veena, good thing about your family in Dallas. I have a friend whose cousin's home was destroyed in Garland. I'm glad you are enjoying your new car and feeling safe. I hate it when I can't rely on my vehicle. I was a bit concerned about how my truck would drive on the snow, but so far, so good.

It got very cold here, well below zero this morning. I can't wait for warmer weather! These cold, dark winter days are my challenge for sure. My blessing is the anticipation of our cruise next month. It will be so good to escape winter for a while.

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Wow no posting here for a very long time! I hope everyone had a nice holiday season and that the new year has started out good for all. I have enjoyed my new car and the security that I get with it. It was a very warm December but there have been very cold days in January. We will get a arctic blast Wednesday and some snow flurries Tuesday night before the blast. Laurie I hope you are enjoying your first winter in Wisconsin. I bet you were glad the Packers won yesterday!

I am thankful my family in Dallas survived without any damage the tornadoes that went through the day after after Christmas. It was very scary.

Enjoy the week!

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Veena, they have broken rain records in Dallas this year I think. My mom keeps saying we picked a good time to move. Hope it dries out before you head down there.

We are down in Florida visiting my brother and tomorrow head back to the frozen north. It's supposed to snow tomorrow and I sure hope driving isn't too horrible. We have to drive about an hour north after we land in Milwaukee. I guess that's my challenge. My blessing has been a very nice week down here visiting my brother and nephews. Though spending a week here makes me wonder how I'm going to survive winter in the north again!

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Its been awhile since anyone posted on the thread! I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I had a nice time with friends. I leave Wednesday to go to Dallas. I hope the rain will have ended by then. Laurie since you left Dallas they have gotten so much rain! I will be glad to see my family. My sister and brother in law still plan to go to Paris to see his mother. She lives in a suburb of Paris. I will hope they have safe journey. Shari I will also hope you have a safe journey and that your son is okay. The attacks in Paris brought back memories of September 11 and how it was when I was in DC that day and the fear I had going to work each day for a long time.

The challenge and blessing is that I had to get new car. My old car, which was 14 years old, broke down and it would have cost too much to repair. So I decided it was better to get a new car. I do not want the car payments but at least I feel more secure driving than I had these past two months.

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Being mindful...that's a big part of dealing with overeating, isn't it? This morning just flew by at work and I didn't nibble at all. I didn't have this problem in Texas. When I was thinking about it, I realized that when I've been most unsuccessful at not snacking at work is when I'm bored or frustrated. But I need to go beyond being mindful and have a plan in place to substitute mindless snacking with something else, because just acknowledging it isn't enough for me. I've been wanting to get a bunch of CDs digitized so I can listen to music at work. That has worked in the past. Just have to get on that project. In between all the other craziness in my life!

Blessing: We are having beautiful Fall days. I seem to remember having snow by now when I lived in Wisconsin before. Nothing yet...yay!

Challenges: This condo has some things that are very different from my townhouse in Texas. The other night I woke up to the sound of water pouring down the drain from the water softener. Having never had a water softener, I didn't know if this was normal or not. So there I was at 1:30 a.m. looking up on the internet how water softeners work! It was normal, but it was also noisy. We still have the water-under-the-garage-door problem. Others in our building have the same problem that he says hasn't happened to other buildings, so they are experimenting to see how to fix it. They need to figure it out before winter sets in--don't want the door to freeze closed. Well...at least we don't have to water our foundation like we did in Texas emoticon

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Laurie--That's great that you are making progress with settling in. It seems in every move, one sheds books. I was just looking at my living room shelves last night and thinking about what would be the books that I would give away in the next purge.

Blessing: I am glad that I am going through the Beck's Diet Solution book. It is a little different being in a place about maintaining rather than "square one" losing the weight. In a conversation last March with our priest, he used the word "mindful". That has been a plumb-line word I keep coming back to for myriad things in my life. This book is about that and when I am mindful about food, my actions are affected. So this week was unusual in that I ate out 5 meals (very good offerings at all venues) and I still lost more than 1/2 pound. I did nothing other than read my "Advantage Response Card" and "be mindful". My other blessing is that yesterday I made our health insurance decision for our office. That was huge. I feel like bricks have fallen off my shoulders.
Challenge: Can't believe it is already November!!! emoticon

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Shari I know what you mean about ACA. A few years ago our health insurance premiums went up 25% to accommodate all the stuff our health plan was required to cover to make it compliant. So I couldn't' afford to actually get health care...had to pay for the insurance. My sister is in the same boat now. So what's wrong with this picture???

Veena, it's funny about Halloween candy. Last Friday we had trick-or-treating at the office and it was far easier to resist that candy then. Before? It seemed to leap into my mouth with permission at regular intervals. My brain does weird things some times!

Deb. I quit taking allergy medicine a couple weeks ago. I don't think there is much pollen around right now to bother me. But I don't have a huge problem with allergies...mostly tree pollen. Which in Dallas gave me fits in the middle of winter, of all things. I'll have to experiment a bit up here. But I know NOTHING will be growing in winter here.

Blessings: Almost all of the books are unpacked and shelved. I got rid of a lot before we moved, but still have a bunch. And we haven't even started trying to find happy homes for all of our yarn and pattern books and other craft stuff. That's the current challenge!

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Laurie, you amaze me with how much you are able to accomplish; the wool, food distribution...all while settling in a new job and home. That's terrific.
Veena, visiting Paris with family is a wonderful opportunity. I hope you do it soon.
Deb, I hope your allergies subside completely!

Blessing: I've started reading the Beck book and look forward to trying it out. Just having come to terms with my "frog in the pot" lull into attachment to food is already helping me. I am being "mindful".
Challenge: I am having a hard time going through all the health plans for our renewal at the office. I've been doing this 16 years and this is far more confusing than anything I have ever encountered. We have been very negatively impacted, personally, since ACA was imposed and it is only going to be worse for us. We went from excellent health insurance we willingly paid for, to far worse choices that are costing us much, much more. I pray we stay healthy.

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Oh my gosh, Veena, I was aware the oral steroids were a problem, but I didn't consider that the nasal spray might be adding to it. I have been taking that for about ...3 months? Daily? I hate allergies, but that's it, I'm off of it as of today, and we'll see if that is also having an effect.

Thank you for this really good info! I'd see to it that you went to Paris if I could! :)

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Deb I know what you mean about steroids. I use a steroid spray for my allergies and although the doctor tells me that I should use it more often than I do, I know it makes me very hungry.
I hope it is safe to go to Ukraine with all the fighting going on there. I am sure though it will be great to connect with family

Shari that is great about Paris. My brother in law is from Paris and his mother still lives there. She is too old to travel so he and my sister go every Christmas for two weeks to visit her. Sometimes my sisters two sons will go too. That is why I go to Dallas a little before Christmas so I can see them before they leave. I hope one day they will be able to show me around Paris. It is San Francisco, Hawaii, and Paris as my top places to visit in the next few years.

Laurie I am glad you settled on the loan and that construction problems have been resolved.
I also have a problem with Halloween candy. I am going to church Trunk and Treat Friday and there will be a lot of candy to give away and also left over. At least the rain we are having today will be gone. That is a blessing.






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Oh Deb, that's so frustrating! And you may or may not have excuses, but that doesn't change the reality. So move forward, change what you can change, and see results! I'm talking to me as well as you.

Blessing: I helped out with the food distribution for a local outreach last night. It's hard work, but it's a blessing!

Challenges: There is way too much Halloween candy at work this week. Employees are bringing in their kids on Friday to do trick-or-treat and after that we can donate whatever is left to an organization that ships it overseas to military personnel. So that's where my leftovers are going! But in the meantime it's sometimes more than I can resist. I've found that I still react to stress by eating, and that's not a good thing.

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OK, back off of steroids, but I've undone all the good I had done, which irritates me no end. So: No more excuses! That's why I"m posting. I will be back to tracking and being realistic tomorrow.

Challenge is not giving myself various excuses. This is my life. If I want to be healthy in it, now is the time to do it.

Hope all is well for everyone.

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Laurie, you make me glad we're aren't buying a new house!!

Shari, I want to hear more of the Beck Diet, if you find it's useful.

The conference was great. We have contacts for going to Ukraine, and lots of new info. The issue is some recovery time after our last trip!!

Blessing was great fun tonight--friends over, fire outside, really good fun times talking...loved it.

Challenge--well, it's 10:46 and I get up at 5:30. That's my challenge!

And I've been on steroids for 4 days--allergies--and have been eating like a mad woman...THAT will be a rude awakening...

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Deb how was the conference? I have friends who lived in Ukraine for several years. They had quite an adjustment living in the States again.

Shari a lot of the time the biggest obstacle to overcome is our attitude. Hope that gets you well on your way toward success!

Blessings: We finally closed on the loan on Friday! Even though I'm now in possession of a bouncing baby mortgage, it helps in the settling-in process. The furnace is repaired. The guy who came was pretty ticked because the one who installed left a pretty major part off.

Another big thing is that yesterday I connected everything in the entertainment center. Haven't tested everything thoroughly but it looks right and it's good to get all those electronics put in their places.

Challenges: We got rain the other day and have water coming in under the garage door. So I'm going to schlep down to talk to the builder after church today. We still have way more stuff than storage to put it in, and it's a challenge to determine to get rid of it. I've always been one of those people who wants to hang on to stuff "just in case."

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Laurie--So sorry to hear of the construction problems that have surfaced. What a blessing to have your brother to assess things and that it was discovered. Wishing you the best in all the settling in.
Deb-I know what you mean about wishing you could have a weekend at home, but what a great opportunity to connect with family in your love of travel. So glad things are better at work.
Veena-It must be beautiful at his time of year. In SoCal as you know, our fall beauty is so-so comparatively.

Blessing: I have faced the music with regard to my back-and-forth (more back than forth) with sustaining my goal weight. When I was in an extended stressful situation I was perpetually under my goal weight whether I exercised or not, thereby proving that it is the lack of discipline in my eating choices (what I eat and how much) that is determining my weight when I'm not emotionally down. So I purchased a book (The Beck Diet Solution) and before even receiving it, making the mental adjustments (facing reality) and anticipate success in making better choices.
Challenge: Lots of deadlines coming up...but truthfully, I don't feel concerned.

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Oh Laurie! Moves are so stressful!! Support your body in all the good ways you know!

Veena, I'm so glad you get to go visit your family. And I have to say--105 is amazing! I hope it's indicative of how folks in your field age!!

Shari, I am so glad you get to go to Paris, and ...well, only some jealous! :) And how wonderful to be able to share your spiritual life, and journey, with your friend. I may be even more jealous of that.

Tracking for protein has got me tracking, and making better choicces, and I'm still goign the right direction. Now I just want to see some muscle!

Things are much better at work, complements of some spiritual/personal insights and development that helped me to address things in a new way. That's my real blessing. They are still who they are, of course, but I feel much better, I've done what I can to be both loving and truth in the situation, and actually the problem people are doing better.

Challenge--not succumbing to allergies or whatever this is. I wish we had a weekend at home this weekend, instead of goign to Iowa for a genealogy conference. But we want to make contacts to get into Ukraine...so off we go!

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Deb, I need to start tracking soon! And get back to exercising. My discipline has seemed to go missing. The ten pounds that I found up here in Wisconsin seem to think they are invited to be permanent guests!

Veena, that's a long time to live! Just imagine all the changes she saw in her lifetime. Have fun in Dallas. I don't know when I'll get back down there. Maybe we'll have a client down there that I need to travel to.

Shari--Paris! I hope you enjoy yourself. When my brother's family went there a few years ago my niece made serious plans to go to college there because she loved it so much. Then she found out that the schools she was interested in didn't make it easy for expats. So she's going to school in Wales instead. But we had heard that Paris wasn't a nice place for Americans and those stories are just wrong.

We've been working hard on unpacking, but it seems like we have a LOT to do yet. We don't have as much storage as in our Texas place, so we are going to have to do some more tossing. My brother and SIL and my sister came down to help this weekend and we got a lot done. It's been a stressful week, though--I've acquired TWO cold sores. And I have a dentist appointment tomorrow morning. Sure hope he's careful.

Blessings: Being in our own place, sleeping in our own beds, finally settling in to a new place. And Fall is beautiful!

Challenges: My brother discovered that we have water dripping onto the gas valve in the combustion chamber of our furnace, cable has been unreliable, we are having to water the new sod (the reason we bought a condo was so we DIDN'T have outside maintenance!), and I still haven't closed on the loan.

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I haven't logged in for a while, so I just caught up. So glad you had a great trip Deb, and that the passport snafu didn't override the joy. It must have been amazing to meet up with family living so far way. I hope everything is going well for you in your work. Sounds like a lot of great things are happening in your personal world, and that's wonderful.

Laurie--Moving in, working with wool. What a busy person you are. Things must be settling in at your new job. That's great

Veena--I hope the decluttering group works for you. You are right when you say it is a never-ending process. You will be going to Dallas at the same time we will be meeting up with our son in Paris. I've been getting ready for that week, bit by bit, so I'm not swamped with demands at the last minute.

Blessing: I've been attending a weekly RCIA class as a sponsor for an old friend (we had only met up 1 time for lunch in the prior 16 years) and now we attend daily Mass together (Mon-Fri) and have coffee Monday mornings as well (since February). It has been a true source of love, joy and fun in my life.
Challenge: Coming up on my busy year-end. Meeting with a new accountant later today (my boss wanted to switch!!) Hoping for the best.

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Deb glad you are tracking and making plans for the holidays. I can't believe the holidays will be here soon! We are certainly getting a taste of winter! I will be going to Dallas 12/2-9. I am looking forward to seeing my family.

I hope work gets better for you.

Laurie how is the move going? I have seen some pictures on Facebook. Nice place!

I have my FBI Alumni luncheon this Thursday and it looks I will see some people I have not seen in awhile. However, it will be a little sad. We had a lady pass away recently and she was 105 years old! She occasionally attended the luncheons. Her life story is amazing. I can not image living that long.

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OK. I started tracking food, because I am upping my protein, so I can -I hope- finally add some muscle.

And when I started tracking, it became clear to me why I have gained weight.

Good grief. And I could eat more! Aaagh! But I am at least tracking, and working hard at learning to stay under again.

So that's my challenge for sure.

My blessing is a weekend of getting things done, and good plans for our family get-together at Thanksgiving, and peaceful relations with the people I love most.

Work is honestly still a challenge. But at least I know how to do automatic writing and other management techniques while I ask God to set me straight on the right path to untangle it...if that's even possible!

Happy Sunday afternoon to all, and here we go!

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Veena I'm glad to hear your weather wasn't severe.

Deb that kind of weight pattern happens to me, too. It's frustrating.

Everything went well today. We found a couple things were damaged either in the Texas move or because of how things were stored. A friend once told me that three moves are as good as a fire. Oh well it's just "stuff".

We are both dead tired tonight and I think that's going to be the normal state of affairs for a while. We are sleeping at my niece's house for one more night then back to my own bed for the first night in over four months. Yay!

We unpacked a few kitchen boxes today that a friend packed for us. She had written some smart aleck comments on some of the packing papers. She said unpacking was going to be like Christmas. I sure miss my Texas friends!

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Glad it's going well, Veena--hope you have a beautiful fall! emoticon emoticon

My blessing is that my scales are at least inching in the right direction--the challenge is that they are just inching!!

This sudden weight gain is exactly what I dealt with after our last extended vacation. I didn't gain anything while we were gone--but I came back, kept eating like I did when I was constantly on the move, and suddenly gained and had a heck of a time getting rid of it. Which makes me respect the value of movement. I've even upped my step goal from 10,000 to 11,000, and I suspect I need to up it to 12,000.

Good things happening with my daughter, in our relationship, is another blessing. The best kind, actually.

I am thinking of Laurie today, and her move in!!

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I hope everyone had a good weekend. We had nice weather for a change. I was glad the hurricane did not affect DC too much, it was rainy and windy for several days. I did not think we would ever see the sun!

Laurie I hope all goes well with the move in tomorrow. Maybe you can get back to posting on the Pedometer Challenge again.

Deb I hope the drama at work is better. I can't believe a 50 old is amazing with his pouts!

Looking forward to getting together with friends this coming weekend. Also keeping busy trying to declutter. It is a never ending job! A lady I know is starting a meet up where a group meets and plans to declutter a space each week. A before and after picture is also taken to see how much progress is made. I am going to try this and see if it helps.

Have a good week!

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Wow, that's hard, Laurie! Aging is better than not...but it's still hard!!! But I'm so glad you get to move--on Tuesday!!!

Less drama--but one is still amazing me with his pouts. No one is even paying attention at this point. Good grief--and he's over 50, for crying out loud--he should know better!

I second that queery, Veena--how are you there?

My blessing is that my kids will be there this weekend. But my challenge is that I have gained 4 lbs, and it's really HERE! Shoot shoot shoot. And having company and special times makes it harder...

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Deb, how are things going at the office? Has the drama calmed down somewhat? I see you guys got away for Ren Festival fun.

Veena, we haven't seen the news for a long time. How did you guys survive the hurricane weather? I know they got it pretty bad down in S. Carolina.

I've been washing smaller batches of our wool and last weekend carded a batch. It's turning out better than I thought it would. For a while I thought most of it turned into felt. I'm making wool dryer balls and my niece was helping me last night. She says the $20 they were charging at the yarn shop is totally worth it! I'm a bit more tolerant of the felting tedium, but I'm not ready to quit my job.

Blessing: Tuesday is moving day! They are cleaning today and there are only a few more things that need doing before we go in. They got the occupancy permit, so we are ready to roll! Our new appliances are being delivered on Monday, so the fridge will be cold by the time we go in on Tues. My brother is coming down next weekend to put up our towel bars, curtain rods, blinds, and whatever else we are ready for him to do.

Challenges (sort of): I got an email yesterday saying that next month at my 61st birthday my commitment for the Bone Marrow Registry will come to an end. I've been on the registry since 1989 and its sad to see. But I understand that older folks are a higher risk for collection and have poorer quality marrow. This year has been a year of endings.

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Laurie I am glad things are getting better at work and with building of your condo.

Deb I enjoyed following your trip on Facebook too and that you made it back safely. I hope you feel better about not doing the website. Getting involved in something new/different will help. About steps, I was reading recently that activity trackers can cause stress because everyone is trying to get their steps. I fall in that category as I have a Fitbit Zip. I am thinking about resetting my goals so I am not so worried about getting steps and can have a little more time to enjoy things. Lucky for me I keep active so getting 10,000 steps is not too much a problem but there are days when I have things to do that do not let me get my enough steps by the end of the day so at night I sometimes I walk in place when I watch the news.

Challenge is this crazy DC weather. We are in the bull eyes of the hurricane and I am very worried.

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I'm glad you're finding your feet, Laurie. I'm losing mine, and I hate it! Today I shut down my website, The Home in Your Heart, because I just don't do it anymore, But it made me ...not just sad, but mourning. Which of course makes me wonder if I made the right choice! But I am doing different things, and I don't like an old untended website to be out there representing me, either.

Only of course I am not sure WHAT new things I'm doing . It's much more a time of closing down the old things I have been doing, when I still don't know what I will be doing. So, I ask myself, why don't you stop shutting the old stuff down till you're in the new??? Because it's time, I say... Dang! emoticon

That's certainly my challenge for yesterday, and today too. That and the fact that I'm afraid to weigh because I had a "oh well you're doing fine" day yesterday!

Blessing is the words from Ecclesiastes: "To everything there is a season... ." The times to uproot are more difficult than the times to build up. But the times to build up will happen again.

Laurie, I think I'd be further behind, especially with my workouts, if I didn't wear my Fitbit every day. Keeps me dealing with reality--even when, like yesterday, it's pretty ugly! Less than 5000 steps!


Edited by: BEACHDREAMS at: 9/30/2015 (08:02)
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Deb, I've worked with some drama-prone guys over the years. Women definitely don't corner the market on that! I'm sorry you are having to deal with that on top of your "real" job.

I'm thinking that once we get into the new place I'm going to have to start from day 1 of SP again just to reboot my program. Something has to change because I've picked up a few pounds since we moved up here and I wasn't doing all that well before we moved. I'm looking forward to giving our community exercise room a try. Don't know how motivated I'll be when the temps dive down below zero, but it will be a good alternative when it's relatively decent out, but too cold to walk much. My challenge has been to not go off the deep end and just eat like crazy in this season of not having much control over our meals.

Blessing for today...work is definitely getting a bit easier. I'm still working outside my comfort zone, but I'm not feeling like I'm on an entirely different planet.

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So glad for you, Laurie! And I agree--it's harder to wait once you see the end is in sight!

My blessing today is that my weight is not as bad as I thought following the trip...which is good, except I think I lost more muscle, and it went to fat around the middle instead!!!

That's my challenge--always. Adding muscle. Even keeping the muscle I have is a challenge!

That and my drama king at the office. I thought drama was supposed to be female stuff? No way-this guy is more drama prone than any woman I've ever worked with.



Edited by: BEACHDREAMS at: 9/28/2015 (21:26)
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