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7/9/14 1:53 P

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Hi guys. Sorry to hear you're still feeling tired, Shari--that's no fun, and frustrating. We did the trim and house painting thing last year--glad it's over!

Blessing is that the weight is moving--OH SO SLOWLY--in the right direction. Getting back to "normal" is so much harder than jumping up. But it's going that way, and I am feeling very empowered and very determined!

Challenge--we'll have the kids overnight this weekend, at my mother-in-law's house, for the family reunion, while our daughter represents us all at a wedding. It's our first time having them both without mamma, and in a new place too--it's all a bit scary! emoticon

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Laurie-So glad your tooth situation doesn't require more procedures. I hope you can successfully apply the techniques Deb has recommended. Managing stress can certainly be a challenge!
Deb-How wonderful to have a house full of people for the holiday. Sounds great. You look beautiful and are committed to "maintaining"...the weight will come off and stay off...don't worry!

Blessing: We've spent a few weekends in our yard, replacing plants, trimming, etc. We are going to have all the trim painted in the Fall, so we've done just enough to be enjoyable for the summer, so we are outdoors in a pleasant environment now.
Challenge: Still feeling like I tire more easily...mentally & physically. As a result, I'm taking time to rest and enjoy my "coffee table books" each day.

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Thanks, Deb. I took a quick look at the site and I'm intrigued. I'll take a closer look. (I was in the middle of posting this last night when Mom turned off our wifi router. Aargh.)

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re stress clenching: I teach guided imagery for stress/pain management--I'm a health psychologist. Might check out this website--good resources:
www.healthjourneys.com

The immediate effect can be good, but it's the long term neurobiochemical changes that really help.

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What a fun weekend, Deb. It sounds like your house was overflowing. We had company on Sunday and I way overdid it. Not just on Sunday, but yesterday with leftovers. I so easily fall into bad eating practices. Time to get back to my normal discipline.

Blessing: No root canal, at least in the near future. The endodontist could not see any reason for the discomfort in that tooth and will re-evaluate in about 6 weeks. Since the x-rays are clear, it's my opinion that I'm feeling the results of so much stress clenching.

Challenge: Have to get a grip on the stress.

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Great work staying at goal--I am inspired and determined. I ate less 'out of control' over this holiday weekend, but am still scared to weigh. And good work on the space-spiffing, Laurie. We did some of that because we had a house full of people over the weekend--having company always brings out the cleaner in me!

Blessing--I felt like I had a real full on "Grandma holiday house" for the first time this weekend. And it was wonderful! Lots of food and noise and babies and people and friends, and just really good times. And when the new neighbors dropped in, we said just stay and eat--and they did! Just made it better.

Challenge--the weigh in, and staying focused. It will happen. I will NOT switch to this as some new normal. It is NOT normal!!

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Weighed myself this morning and found that I'm only one pound above my goal. Woo-hoo! Now I need to behave myself this weekend.

Today we are going to tackle decluttering the kitchen. Summer holidays are when I have time to do stuff like that and I always feel really good to get it done. We aren't going to spend the WHOLE day doing that, need to kick back a little. Usually we book our next-winter cruise on the 4th of July (don't know how that tradition started) but we already booked it (211 days, but who is counting?).

Blessing: A long weekend--two mornings that I don't have to beat on the alarm to get it to quit annoying me.

Challenge: Getting that tooth examined on Monday riled things up and it looks like I'll be seeing an endodontist. Hope he can see me fairly quickly because what was just a dull ache is intensifying.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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We managed to not go anywhere near those tempting bulk bins at Sprouts on Saturday. However, last evening's dinner was not the poster child for good planning. What is it about weekends?

I found a bright green grasshopper munching away on our basil. We knew something was after it. I squished him and hope he doesn't have friends. We look forward all winter to fresh basil for caprese salad and don't look kindly to sharing!

Blessings: My crown is looking good. And I do like my new dentist.

Challenges: Might need a root canal. They couldn't see anything definitive on x-ray and if it doesn't get better in a week or so I'll have to see an endodontist for evaluation. Blegh! Time consuming and expensive. At least I won't need a new crown if I end up with the root canal, he can do the work right through the old one.

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Hope the dentist visit goes well, Laurie. Never a fun way to spend time and money--but very good to have it done!

The blessings--first, had some successes this weekend--did not make sweets, didn't even eat them, which is like a record for me. But I still ate too much of the wrong things. I realized yesterday I let go of my fruits and vegs focus on the weekends--did much better with that today. And I exercised, every day--60 min strength at Jazzercise tonight! Good grief! :)

And a good time with my husband's mother yesterday, and my dad today. They won't always be here, and I cherish time with them!

Challenge is getting ready for family on the 4th--a very good challenge...though the sweets could blow things again.

The current forecast says no rain on the 4th of July weekend. Wonderful--but I'll believe it when I see it!! :)
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Shari, that sounds like such a great way to spend a summer evening! I used to play in a community band and our summer concerts were so much fun to play. Much more informal than indoor ones.

"Tired" must be in the air. But I know exactly why it's hit me--stayed up way too late the other night talking with my brother. The older I get, the longer it takes to recover from a short night.

We've never done an Alaska cruise, Deb. Cruising for us is for enjoying warm weather. But as long as you are in the neighborhood anyway... emoticon The Cruise Critic website forums have more information on cruising than you would think possible. And if you are feeling social, you can join the roll call for your cruise. Sometimes that's where you can make connections for private tour groups at ports.

Blessings: A good telephone visit with my brother. It sure is hard when family is scattered all over the country and I'm grateful when we take the time to have a good, long visit.

Challenge: Visiting the dentist on Monday to have him check a crown that's bothering me. I've been doing a lot of clenching and hope it's just pressure sensitivity and not a cracked crown. And, like you Deb, weekend eating is starting to become a challenge. This weekend's goal...stay away from the bulk bins at Sprouts!

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I've had some of that tired lately too, Shari--I think you may have hit on something!

I've been really frustrated--lost pounds, as you know, then did my usual "weekend overeating". Only I gained and did not lose again during the week, as I "usually" do--or at least "used to do".

My challenge to myself is No weekend eating till I'm back where I want to be, weight-wise. Hard challenge for me, but I do not like this up and down--or even worse, "up and up more" thing!

And mt blessing is that it looks like we'll be going to Seattle to see my son for a couple of days at the end of August/first of September. I miss him. We'll get to hike, have fun together, and most importantly--talk!

And since we're going there, we'll also do an Alaska cruise--might as well get two for one for the flight miles! :)

Anyone done the Alaska cruise? Any tips/thoughts to share?

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Blessing: Last night we started going to the Thursday concerts at Descanso Gardens again (6:00-7:30...bring a picnic dinner and listen to live jazz with families with lots of kids of all ages around). Our daughter's family moved to the area and are now joining us. Great, relaxing fun.

Challenge: Still feeling more tired than usual. I think it is just "post-demanding life" syndrome. (Something I just made up to describe my circumstances!)

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Congratulations Deb! Sounds like a great plan. It will be wonderful to have time to devote to the things you choose, rather than must do! emoticon

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That sounds wonderful, Shari--the great cook, AND the free weekend! Hope you enjoy--and get some really satisfying stuff done, too.

Laurie, I did check out mail chimp, and when I re-start focusing on my website I will try it. I did e-mails for years--but when mom mom died (and it's been 3 years!) my focus shifted, and I got off track. But--tracks are beginning to converge again!

Blessing: We made a decision I will go to part-time here at the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year, July 1. I feel very good about this plan. I told my administrator this morning, and it's on the road. After that, it can unfold at will! But I'll have time to do writing, website--the things I just either don't have time for, or don't want to do when I'm kicking back from work. I like having the target date settled.

Challenge: staying the course with the eating--but I am feeling very committed to that! Though I could use your wonderful Italian cook husband, Shari, I have cooked every night this week, and it makes healthy eating so much easier. We slid into constant eating out over the past couple of years--it's fun to remember how to fix what I like! (and my gosh it's totally cheaper)

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Congrats Deb & Laurie. Our "cyber encouragement" seems to be helping. I've not heard of Mail Chimp but you have me curious. One of my Aunts does a family newsletter and I know it costs her plenty (on a retirement budget) to send it out. We are a big Italian family! I need to look into it and send her the info. She's handy on the computer.

Blessing: My husband is an excellent cook. My son and his girlfriend agreed that most of the food we ate in Italy didn't compare to what my hubby cooks for us at home! So he has been preparing food for me, tweaked to fit my calorie intake to lose. Oh my! In a lot of cases better than recipes loaded with calories. A true blessing!

Challenge: A free weekend and soooooo many things on my "to do" list! emoticon

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Finally got my newsletter out! Deb, I really like the reporting tool they have in Mail Chimp. You can tell who actually opens the newsletter.

Blessings: God has really been teaching me about dependence on Him this week (again). All is well!

Challenges: Now I have to get my newsletter into paper form for those who don't use email. And catch up on some other things at work that haven't had my attention this week.

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Yay, Deb! It's amazing what a little encouragement does to our outlook, isn't it? Maybe you should carry around a little post-it with that number on it to remind you of how great it felt to see it on the scale emoticon

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I lost!!! Yay!! I needed the encouragement--feel like myself again!

Now to stay on track=--I am tired of messing with these few pounds again!!

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Shari, that's great! We aren't supposed to let the scale rule us, but it's just satisfying to see it head down.

Deb, I'm stuck in design mode with Mail Chimp. It's fun, but I'm a tinkerer and may never finish! Actually, that's hyperbole. Yesterday I started writing text and I'm hoping to get my first newsletter out before the end of the week.

I'm almost afraid of what will happen with our trip to Wisconsin later this summer. So many good things that are only available there... So I'm entirely in sympathy with you, Deb. I'm with you about instructors bugging me after a while, too. My sister and I did a Leslie Sansone DVD when I was up there at Christmas, and it ended up that we'd spend half the time ridiculing her. We're bad! You can't do that with a live class, though. And at least we kept it up.

Blessing: I'm finally seeing a downward trend on the scale. Whew! Still too slow for my satisfaction, but at least it's heading in the right direction.

Challenge: I'm having a very hard time tracking my dinners lately. I was so good when I started this and at least tried to figure something out for homemade meals. But I just don't take the time anymore.

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So Shari, does that mean you've made some real weight change/progress?? I hope so!!

Challenge--I was so frustrated with my food choices this weekend it was hard for me to even post. Yet actually, I made healthier choices than I usually do in those circumstances...but that still meant eating too many sweets. There's a really nice, upscale Swiss confectioner in KC that we visited with my daughter and her family on Sat--it's a memory from her childhood, a special place for us, with amazing stuff you can't get anywhere else it was a foregone conclusion I would eat them, and actually I ate about half as many as usual--but it still set me back. I'm afraid to weigh!! Still!

Blessing--did Jazzercise in my daughter's class Sunday, and decided to join here again. I can't/won't do it every day--knees, but also the instructors start to bug me!--but I can do it twice a week, to "change up" my workout, and get some good strengthening. So--I'm really happy for that decision--start today!

Hope the Monkeys are behaving, Laurie! :)

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Blessing: I guess a substantial part of my weight gain was water weight. So at least I'm on my way back to where I should be. Tracking helps me a lot.

Challenge: I've been a little tired lately. That doesn't seem seasonal!

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Hi, Veena, good to hear you get to go to Dallas--good to get away, and to see family. And it's also good to hear you still feel relief at being retired!

Laurie, your choice to keep the "fat" clothes reminds me of my husband's decision to keep a pack of cigarettes in the glove compartment when he quit smoking, many many years ago. He said he had to know he was choosing to keep making the decision not to smoke, not try to tell himself they weren't available--because he knew he could always go back to smoking if he decided to do it. Only--he didn't! Ever! And I hope you will have those clothes there as a safety valve and reminder of what could happen if you let it--but that you'll never need them!

Shari, I can't seem to make myself track, but if I do't see change by next week i probably will. And you're both right--there are many resources here, and I haven't used most of them for a long time. Time to refocus, reacquaint myself with what I know, and learn some more.

It really is a long term decision, and there will always be hiccups. Interesting that for both you and me, Shari, they were travel related. It upset our choosing "system", in various ways. I ate without plan or forethought and didn't gain when I was gone, because I was doing more than is realistic at home, I was eating healthy because that's what was available, with just occasional treats--and I thought I could keep on eating without thought when I returned.

I suppose I won't get to eat without giving thought to the consequences unless I'm in very unusual circumstances. So OK--I can think!!

Blessing--thanks for your thoughtful insights and spurs to positive behavior. And--it's a beautiful sunny day, after literally weeks of rain, and we get to go see the kids tomorrow!

Challenge--Andres on the Plaza tomorrow. But -- reminder to self: it's a challenge I can easily manage, if I just give it some thought! My only real challenge is my urge to eat mindlessly

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Veena, the weather is pretty decent down here, next week should be a good week to come to Dallas without dying in the heat! I know what you mean about feeling like you couldn't get away. When I travel I usually check in with my work email and deal with emergencies. Not while I'm cruising, though! That is the only truly off-line vacation I take.

Deb, today is the day...Mail Chimp here I come! I have my contact list imported, picking a template is next.

Shari, I gave away all my "fat" clothes when I lost 80 pounds about 25 years ago. Unfortunately, within 5 years I regretted that decision, so I've been holding on to the clothes that fit me 3 years ago. I'm not quite convinced that I've made permanent changes in my habits and won't need them again. I guess I could list that as a long-term challenge. If I'm still near my current size when we move again, out they go! But I'm really hoping I'll be sure enough of the changes to get rid of them well before that.

Blessing: I have to say this site is a fantastic blessing. I don't think I'd have been as successful as I have been without the tools and community this site provides. Another blessing, I've been watching a bluebird nest webcam and the first of 5 eggs hatched this morning. It's fun watching the parents care for the chicks and seeing them grow.

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Veena-So good to hear that you are enjoying your retirement and wouldn't do anything different. I am interested in doing the river cruise in Germany. It's on the bucket list.
Deb-I am in exactly the same boat. 8 lbs. And along with this weight gain I am exercising more than I have in 2 years. Can't imagine where I would be if I wasn't. As of this morning I determined I must track my food again. I love that this site has all my "Favorites" stored...for free. What a great resource this is.
Laurie-You have exactly described my DSL issues with the wireless. But it is a hassle to set up the necessary changes(:

Blessing: This site. I've reviewed all the exercises in my "Favorites" and have been tracking for the last month. I have some great 10-20 minute workouts saved that I plan to incorporate on my weekends.
Challenge: Living in the necessary discipline to stay healthy and fit in my clothes properly. After meeting goal almost 3 years ago I went through my closet and vowed that I would stick with this size. I plan to keep that vow.

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Hi everyone. I have been busy with different things plus had some dental work. In reading about retirement I do not know how I would be dealing with the things I have had to if I was not retired. You are all lucky you plan trips. I am thankful that I am able to go to California and Dallas while retired. In fact I am going to Dallas next week to see my parents. While I was working I did go to England and Italy and had a wonderful time. However, because my job was so stressful as I had to work with the White House staff, I was not able to go on trips for long periods of time. 1-1/2 week was my tops. When I decided to retire I did not care what I would do in retirement, I was just so happy not to have the stress of Cabinet, judgeships, White House, Department of Justice and Congressional staff hires to process! I said to myself I was going to take each day one at a time and not make any rash decisions. Before I retired I did and still do work with a financial person who helps me with my money. I have needed it as there is always something, like car repair and condo improvement. Its now been 6 years since I retired and I would not have changed anything, except take a cruise which I hope to do soon. Deb I am glad you are giving a lot to thought of retirement. Have a great weekend everyone.

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Laurie, I want to check out this Mail Chimp...and will!

Feeling discouraged tonight that I gained those dang 5 lbs. Dang! In 2 months time, I undid the work of years.

NO! I will not think of it that way. Where I am now was my original goal!! It's 5 over where I need to be, but it's less than I was when I started, and I will go back to what was my 'normal' for these past years.

I will! healthy food and exercise choices today--has to help, day after day!

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Deb, I'm glad that you've had some productive time working through what's been challenging you in thinking about retirement. Sometimes we have to just turn our thoughts a quarter turn away from the path they've been wearing in our brains to see a different perspective. And then we wonder why we didn't see it before! I had a particular mindset that I dealt with last year after struggling for way too long.

Shari, I've been needing to switch from DSL to cable at home, too. Our DSL just crawls and drops and it's downright painful when I have my laptop on the wireless and Mom is trying to do something on the other computer. Then there are the tablets... I just need to find time to call and do it.

Blessings: This week is a bit calmer at work and one weird, nagging problem for which I don't have a clue how to solve just seemed to disappear.

Challenges: I'm trying to set up Mail Chimp for my newsletters but haven't been able to take a good chunk of time to work with it. Other squeaky wheels have intervened. But I really need to MAKE time.

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I hate that kind of technical stuff, Shari! Good luck with it--I hope you have a helpful technician!

I'm so much better!! My big blessing is that I am getting through/got through what was for me a core issue from the thought of retirement, and man, I have learned a lot.

Sleep is "the canary in the mine" with me, and I slept so much better last night! Had a great affirming Bible study time this morning, best meditation in ages--just wonderful to feel like I'm on the other side of that particular issue. There's more to learn and implement, I don't mean it's perfect or done, but I feel like there's been a shift internally. From"I can't retire, I haven't done anything, I'm a failure" to acknowledging my real efforts and achievements, not focusing on externals/public adulation, and moving forward to strength and support those real processes. feels good and hopeful.

Challenge... Staying the path, continuing to grow, not slipping back; paying off the house, making wise financial choices--and being grateful we get to MAKE choices!!

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I'm a life-long poor sleeper, so the latest research isn't encouraging. I'll just have to trust that my efforts to otherwise take care of myself will offset that blaring negative.

Blessing: I got through all my fundamental organizing issues so mentally I am ready to begin the photo task.

Challenge: I have to change from dsl to cable at home and I need to replace my server at the office. I sometimes feel overwhelmed by those kind of undertakings.

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:) Brilliant, Laurie, brilliant!

Sleep really is the canary in the mine for problems/stress. And there is recent research that supports how important it is we sleep--lack of sleep predicts development of chronic pain syndromes, and also enough of a lack even predicts earlier all-cause death!!

So that massage sounds even better! I notice sleep disturbance when I'm stressed--I usually try automatic writing in the middle of the night--lets me process through the stressful/scary stuff. Putting it down on paper gives the brain some distance, and often I work through to a better place. Though with the retirement stuff I'm worrying about everything and the kitchen sink--need to focus!

I love your plan for retirement--varied and meaningful. I need to think more like that.

Blessing--It's FRIDAY!!! :)

Challenge--I need to go downstairs and weigh myself. Right now. But man, do not want to!

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Deb, I'm struggling with deciding when exactly to retire, as well. My mom and I live together, and though she's in good health now who knows what the years ahead will bring? We are tentatively planning to move north in 5-7 years to be nearer to family. I could conceivable do my job remotely, but how long would I be willing to do that? My main consideration is financial. I'm looking forward to retirement to have time to go learn to play piano better and just have fun playing my flute instead of always just doing the minimum to prepare to play every Sunday. I have books I want to read, I'd love to take a stab at some writing. And I'm sure I'll plug in to volunteer in some capacity. I have a feeling once you finally decide on the details that you will find plenty to do to make you feel useful! And I'm glad to be a sounding board for you whenever you like. Whining allowed!

Shari, we traveled with my brother's family and they were always on the go, not stopping for food very often at all. And we rented an apartment both times and we did our own cooking, so we were in better control of portion sizes. Actually, with those ravenous boys it was more difficult to get ENOUGH to eat!

Organizing photos! What a daunting task. Another one to save for retirement ;) Mine aren't in such bad shape--most are in albums. Mom's are all in boxes.

Blessings: Our lilies are blooming and looking very pretty. And the up side of having a critter digging up our yard at night is that it keeps our clay from packing down. But tomorrow is farmers market day and I'm going to ask the ag extension rep's advice how to discourage the varmint.

Challenges: For some reason I've been waking up in the middle of the night and not able to go back to sleep for a couple hours. I think the stress at work and a family situation may be manifesting itself in the wee hours. I think this justifies another massage, what do you guys think???

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Oh Lord, Shari--that is a huge project! I've had it hanging over my head for years--feeling vaguely guilty the whole time! I'll enjoy hearing how it goes for you!!

And thanks for the vote of confidence and encouragement.

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Laurie--I believe you about losing weight in Italy. In 1996 when we went to France for 3 weeks, I lost 13 pounds without even trying. This trip we walked for hours each day. Can't even imagine how much weight I would have gained without that part of the equation. The thing is I was with my son and his girlfriend and young people can eat a lot more, and more frequently, so a lot of the food I ate, was just joining in at the table. And I have to say, the portions were large, so I was leaving food too. My husband and I share almost all the food we eat out and have for years now.
Deb-This is an exciting time in your life. I know you will make good decisions and I'm also certain that you will always be a contributor in this world.

Blessing: I, like you ladies, feel I am making good food decisions each day and have been faithful to regular exercise. It may take time, but I know I will take off this weight. And at least I'm not continuing to gain.
Challenge: In the near future I am going to tackle organizing all my photos. It is a big undertaking and I am orchestrating all the means to do so. I hope I don't get bogged down and feel overwhelmed.

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That's really wonderful, Laurie, that you still exercise when busy--that's how we have to live, and it is challenging! And I love your motto!!

My blessing is also that I'm exercising. And making lots of good eating choices.

My challenge is still this work thing--not doing my work, I do love that, but knowing I'm wanting to retire, how that will be, what I will do after I leave. And really, the challenge is how old it is that I would be retiring! I try to remind myself of my dad, who "retired" at 65 and then went into a whole new profession which he's still doing! But instead--I just feel lost, confused, old, at risk of becoming useless--wow, even I see the self-pity whining here!! :) That helped--thanks! I need to open my eyes to whatever God opens for me!!

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Believe it or not, Shari, I lost weight in Italy a couple years ago. Definitely from all the walking we did. And the a/c thing--it's been broken in my truck for several years. I can deal with the heat better than cold, so it's not a real high priority for me to fix it. Though when that Texas sun starts blasting out the 100+ temps it is tempting to spend the money. I thought I might do it this year, but I've been spending money on medical stuff like it's water. So another year to put up with hot driving. We use Mom's car on the weekends, though, so it's not as grim as it could be.

Deb, we were looking seriously at river cruises last year, but decided to stick with ocean cruising for a while. One may be in our future, even so. I enjoy "Rosemary and Thyme" but I keep forgetting to watch it. Now that the desert of summer TV programming has begun I should try to keep track of when it's on again.

Blessings: Still managing to get in plenty of activity despite being so busy at work. And I'm not reacting to the stress by eating. My new motto: God is my strength, the donuts down the hall are not.

Challenges: I'm slammed at work this week between uncooperative technology and a pile of new work.

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I'm having a similar challenge, Shari. I'm exercising well and consistently, and eating well--and haven't really lost anything much at all. But I do believe I will get back to my healthy weight if I keep on this path--and I am convinced slower is safer. I have a patient who's lost 20 lbs--and her face looks SO ...deflated, wrinkled, old. Not good at all. We don't have that much to lose, but I know we lose it from our face first!

One reason I'd like to work part time is to have more time to do really healthy exercise/lifestyle. Last night I was working out to an old BBC show, Rosemary and Thyme, and they were in Italy, walking all over--and it looked so lovely and healthy!! (Though I do get that you gained in Italy, so that can happen too!)

You're right about being able to take advantage of sudden trips/low cost, Shari--that's one great think I'm looking forward to!! I do hope you get to go while your son is there!

Blessing--I'm eating healthy and exercising. And I know that is good, no matter what.

Challenge--wish the scales would be different. And while I'm wishing--wish I had more/better muscles! :)

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Deb-What an exciting time for you. Things seem to be falling in place beautifully! Fantastic. Yes I also like to plan trips. The one you are planning is one we may take while our son is still at a post close to everything in Europe. We considered the River Cruise and it came up 1/2 price one month before. Once you are retired you will have lots of opportunities to take advantage of those kind of deals!
Laurie-I give you credit for driving w/o AC. Here is the San Fernando Valley I don't think I could take it!

Blessing: My workout routine is going very well. I'm so happy to have everything set up at home now.
Challenge: I haven't taken off one pound since I've been back from Italy. I will have to make some new adjustments...eat less of the things I like!

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Gosh, Laurie--we've had AC on for weeks!! It's better than allergies, which are thick here.

Blessing today--I got some real info about working part time, and the impact on health insurance. I discovered that once we get the house paid off (12 mo?) then I can work part time, pay for insurance and still have as much 'discretionary income' as I do now--and my DH will have significantly amount more! This is very good!! :) I finally feel like I can see a path.

Challenge--still need to decide what I will DO when I'm simi- and fully-retired. But this is a good first step. Working less will give me more time to think, write, consider--and breathe!

Laurie, you like to plan and look forward to vacations--well, I think actually you do too, Shari! So here's my latest. I'm on the road with planning a big one for next year--Eastern Europe. My DH 's family is from Slovakia, and we want to go there, with a few days in Vienna at the first, and a few in Prague at the end. I think it will be very cool!!

And--I have a healthy dinner planned for tonight! All together, an excellent day!

My best to all.
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Deb, those river cruises are so tempting!

Blessings: Fresh summer produce, especially our basil. On tomatoes. And mozzarella. We sure do miss our caprese in winter.

Challenges: I'm afraid summer has arrived in Texas--I saw two giant cockroaches over the past few days, we finally caved and turned on the a/c, and I don't know how many more years I can tolerate driving a vehicle with no a/c. Still...it's better than January in Wisc.!

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Amazing and excellent, Laurie, re the donuts. Making healthy eating, with moderation and exercise, the real deal sounds so easy--and it's NOT. We live in a culture of food excess, and it is so hard to swim upstream!!! Shari--kids birthdays are amazing to me sometimes, when it feels like I'm barely past that age! :)

Blessing--evening at home. Even if I did have to decide not to do a volunteer thing I usually do. Sometimes, enough is enough. I'm going to exercise and then read European river cruise catalogs! :)

Challenges--missing my daughter and the kids when they're gone--they left today, while I was at work. It was sad--I just wish we could live nearby. I know I should focus on how happy I am that we can visit, and that they're healthy and doing so well--and I do. But I just love to actually be with them.

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Shari, it's hard to have that restraint with some foods, isn't it? There are some treats that I still can't allow myself because I know I'll be totally out of control. There is no such thing as just a little bit of caramel corn for me!

Blessings: I really have been enjoying the early morning light. It's not dead-of-night-dark when my alarm goes off. (Doesn't mean I get up any more willingly, though!)

Challenges: My right knee and hip have been bothering me the past few days. It makes exercising a grind.

And a victory: Fresh donuts in the break room--I looked, I sniffed, I didn't eat!

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Deb it sounds like you have made the most of your visit with your family despite the weather! Time with my Granddaughter is the BEST!. The other day, walking through the garden section at Lowe's she said to me, "Gram, you know everything!" Inside I was laughing, outside I was delighting in her precious thoughts!
Laurie, what a lovely time to look forward to with your Mom. We all know it sounds far away but will be here in no time!

Blessing: Today is my daughter's 33rd birthday. Thinking of these 33 years, I thank God for all His graces.
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Ah, that's sweet, Deb. My sister is looking forward to this summer when her grandkids visit from Hawaii. Oh, and their parents, too (snicker). She planted some produce that should be ripe when they are there, and she's looking forward to picking with her oldest grandson (he's 4).

Blessings: Good soaking rain over the past few days with no severe weather accompanying it. Sunshiny today. AND...Mom booked our Feb. cruise last evening--woo-hoo!

Challenges: 248 days until the cruise emoticon . Tedious work projects. I've run out of fun ones! And I have to write a long-overdue newsletter.

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Brave woman--I'm actually afraid to get on a scale...

The kids are here till Thursday, though I have to go back to work tomorrow. But we're getting to see them--and my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter just planted flowers with me--so taht's worth the trip home! :)

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That's disappointing, Deb. Did you at least get some quality time in with the kids before you gave in to the raindrops?

Blessings: I got a lot done yesterday but didn't feel like I was pushing or overdoing. I even had time to sit and read for a while.

Challenge: Holiday and vacation eating is my downfall as well. And the scale tattled on me this morning!

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Well my challenge is that it rained so much we just cut our losses and came home. :(

Blessing is at least we get to see the kids! :)

OK--he other one is--eating healthy on holiday is always my challenge. I need to get downstairs and onto my elliptical!

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Sounds like everyone is enjoying life! That's terrific.

Blessing: Had a very relaxing holiday weekend with my DH. Enjoying our presently empty nest (we have a room above our garage that houses visitors frequently!) to the fullest right now.

Challenge: My DH put my treadmill together yesterday and I used it this morning. It is the first time I'm doing cardio (other than normal life activities) in a long time. I'm surprised how out of shape I am!

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It IS insidious, Laurie!! Andc the massage sounds wonderful.

Down to the boat today, to see how the new splash guards worked--wonderful!! I swear I do love the lake--it does the same for me as the massage did for you, Laurie!

Good luck with running the office yourself, Shari--I hope that means you're cutting back! And have a great downtime weekend--they are also great stress relievers!

Veena, it rained on us today at the lake, for about 10 min--then beautiful sun again! A bit of a short adventure!

Blessing--more than I can say. I work with a ministry downtown, and it keeps me real with how much we have!

Challenge--we'll be at the lake at a condo for the next few days, with my daughter and her husband and children, and the challenge is to not let little things be an issue-- I'd rather spend time with my kids than with anyone, but sometimes it can be a little challenging! :)

And the other challenge is to find ways and times to speak with them about things of real import.

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Great to see you back, Deb and Shari! Shari, we went to Italy a couple years ago and took an overnight trip down from Rome to Sorrento. We really did enjoy Italy. Veena, the digging critter still visits off and on. We haven't seen any more swallowtail caterpillars in the dill, so I'm hoping we'll get to eat the rest without sharing. Gonna pick a jalapeno this week and make ham and black bean soup--yum!

Blessings: Getting a massage yesterday. I didn't realize how stressed and tense I've been and today I just have feeling of overall well-being. I think I'm going to have to figure out how to do that on a more regular basis. Looking forward to a laid-back holiday tomorrow.

Challenge: My challenge is to not let the stresses get to me as much. It's insidious, though.

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Shari, Deb glad both of you had good trips. Shari I really like your picture.

Laurie I hope the critter is not bothering you anymore

It was nice today and it should be nice the rest of the weekend. Looking forward to it.

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It is so nice to check in here and touch base with cyber friends. It is amazing how you can form a relationship and care about a person you have never met. Back in the day it happened via "pen pals".

Thanks for your encouragement Veena and Deb I'm so glad you had a great trip. Can't imagine what that swim was like! And congratulations on your happy marriage--a true blessing indeed!

Blessing: My husband and I are planning a quiet weekend. Other than our volunteer obligation at our church and visiting our son at his church on Sunday, we are planning....NOTHING! I'm sure we will be very busy but it is nice to have "no plans".

Challenge: I'm adjusting to my work without my assistant. She semi-retired in December and fully retired while I was in Italy at the beginning of the month. I've opted not to replace her so our office is vacant each Monday and I've absorbed some duties. So far, so good. But an adjustment nonetheless.

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Hi you guys! Thanks for the notes, Veena and Laurie.
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And Shari, I am totally jealous! Of the Amalfi coast, for sure, but also of you getting to spend that much time with your son!!

Trip was great--and if the picture uploader is better than it used to be, I'll put a couple up tonight. But we originally booked it back when I was thinking of retiring there. NO WAY! I actually love Mexico, and if we didn't have so much family and friends and life here (for which I am grateful) would probably retire there. But Belize is not for me. No beach, really--not like you're used to in the Caribbean, anyway. But it was fun--and we did some serious adventure down in the Toledo District. Two mile swim into a cave--that was overcoming some fears for me--and the three day trip down into Guatemala was totally amazing.

So--for now:
Blessing--yesterday was my 38th wedding anniversary. And my husband still loves me, and thinks I'm wonderful. That's a serious blessing!!

Challenge--well doggone it, after I came back from our trip I had actually lost weight, so I thought I was able to just do whatever, and I quit weighing myself. Well, as you probably can imagine--I gained weight. 5 lbs, actually. DANG!! Made me so mad. So my challenge is--I have work to do!

See you later--and I will try to get some pictures up, but if it's as slow as it was last time--I'll be lucky to get one! :)



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Blessing: I had a fabulous visit with my son (traveled with his girlfriend from San Francisco to Rome and on to the Amalfi coast) for 2 weeks. Saturday will mark 2 weeks since my return. Our kitchen remodel is nearing completion and then onto the bath.

Challenge: The usual...keeping up with all the balls I have in the air. Life is busy, busy, busy with so many interesting and demanding things to do. Taking off my travel weight is one of my current challenges. Resumed my morning exercise routine today and ordered my treadmill yesterday!

Blessings to all!

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5/22/14 6:07 P

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You are right, Veena, it's been quiet here. Deb isn't around to keep us going. Has anyone heard from her since her trip?

Blessings: A long weekend ahead. And we got coupons for massages that we scheduled for Saturday.

Challenges: Some critter is digging in our yard--grr. We put down 9 bags of mulch last week and it's all a mess now. My neck has been bothering me since we did all that work, so that's been a challenge, too.

Laurie
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5/22/14 5:37 P

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There has not been much action on this thread so I thought I would check in. I hope everyone is doing well. We have been rainy here the past few weeks. We are though suppose to have a nice Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy the long weekend everyone.

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4/28/14 6:19 P

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Laurie I am glad the painting project went well. I hope the family stress is better. My air conditioning and water heater replacement went well too.

It is suppose to pour the next several days. I wish I could send all the water to Texas and California. Those states need it!

Have a good week everyone.



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Our painting project went very well and it looks nice to have replaced the boring white walls with a cheery yellow.

Veena, when we lived in Georgia we drove down to Macon for the cherry blossoms and they were beautiful, like floating bouquets. They must be spectacular in DC!

Blessings: Weather has been nice enough to get out and walk.

Challenges: Dealing with some family stress that's affecting my sleep and energy.

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4/23/14 7:17 P

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Just checking in. I hope everyone had a nice Easter. I did. I think Spring is finally here in DC. I loved seeing the cherry blossoms.

Deb are you back from your trip. I hope you had a wonderful time.



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