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Veena, that's good to hear about your dad. It's good they kept him overnight. I think they are getting better about keeping people in the hospital a bit longer if it's needed. For a while it seemed like they were sending people home before it was safe to do so.

Deb, I've been thinking about your comment about being indispensable. That's so contrary to modern thought, but we are all unique individuals with our gifts and talents to contribute in ways that only we can. Food for thought on a Friday afternoon.

Blessing: It's finally the end of a very busy, stressful week. And it may be nice enough out tomorrow to pull out more grass and weeds.

Challenge: I can feel myself slipping back into old, bad eating habits. Need to nip that right in the bud!

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Well--it's the weekend!!! AND we're going to go see our kids/grandkids! Ah, lovely!

Blessing--see above!! emoticon

And an odd blessing. About 2 months ago we lost our leader/pastor in a ministry I'm involved with, a downtown resource for street people. It may--or may not--continue, but it will be a very different place, due to the nature of the one who sees himself as 'The Director" now. But the blessing for me is seeing that people--individual people, who at times don't even seem to be directing things at all--individual people make a difference. I know God will raise up a new work where He wants it. But it helps me, as I look at retirement, to know that while we're not "indispensable", we really do matter. It seems selfish, but I'm glad to know there is a hole when someone's gone! :)

Challenge--my daughter and I have had a "disturbance in the Force", as Yoda might say. It is a good indicator of growing, in many ways--but honestly, growing is always painful. A little sad, and scary. I do believe we will come out stronger--but it's tricky, giving birth to something new.

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Stress is very hard to deal with. Deb your meditation sounds wonderful. I want to try again yoga.

My father is okay. The doctor decided to keep him in the hospital overnight, which was a blessing. It really helped my mom. Going home the day of the procedure would have been very difficult for her. I was also glad that my sister was with my mom the whole day of the procedure.

Another blessing the beautiful weather we have had this week. The weekend is suppose to be nice.

I saw the pictures Deb. They are very nice.

Lets all hope for less stress in our lives!

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When family problems are added in, the stress skyrockets for sure. I hate that for you--and so true, sleep is the first thing to go!! Exercise helps! Looking for the good stuff that's also there helps! Writing all the horrible thoughts for 20 minutes helps! But them working it out helps the most!! :)

Blessing--very close to pre-vacation weight, which is really a great blessing and quite a relief. And got two new music CDs today, for meditation--and just general enjoyment!

Challenge--staying up out of my own stressor stuff. Did great on vacation, had a BAD "drop-down" after we returned. Got better once again--recognized that I was obsessing on negative and making them bigger till they filled my mind, which of course made it much worse. Refocused, and I am doing what it takes to stay there. My big focus--forgive, release, refocus on the value of the person, the positive things I can do--when I stay there I do better. And doing my meditation!!

How's your dad, Veena?

PS__I added 3 pictures from our trip--last three on the page.

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Veena, I hope all goes well with your dad tomorrow. It's good that there is family here to help out. Even having my mom living with me, I worry about her sometimes.

I'll wave westward toward your DH, Deb. It's been overcast and a bit humid, but no 100-degree heat. Aren't you glad the bug that nailed you happened at the end of your vacation and not the beginning?

Blessing: We did, indeed, get out to into the yard on Saturday and filled 4 big lawn bags with pulled-up grass. weeds, and tree seedlings. Well, bigger than seedlings, actually--one of the trees was blooming. Still a lot to do, but a great improvement. Who'd have guessed there was so much work maintaining a 17x15 yard! We really do need to get out there and prune back the roses this winter.

Challenge: The stress level in my life skyrocketed in the past week--dealing with residual problems from switching our internet and phone services, the tail end of software testing at work, a family situation that has arisen...only got 5 hours of sleep last night. At least I'm not stress eating, which is a real accomplishment for me!

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Thanks for the encouragement guys. I know they do develop differently--we just worry about the ones we love. Including our parents for sure! I hope your dad's procedure goes well, Veena. We've moved to the age where things begin to happen--and that's hard. I hope that you see a lot of friends at the meeting, too! Being with friends always helps.

Laurie, I hate stuck scales! I hope it shakes loose for you soon!

My blessing today is that I'm back on track after vacation and being sick--got either an allergy or cold the last day or so of vacation, and just coming right now. Went to Jazzercise for the first time since before vacation, too!

Challenge -- my DH is in Fort Worth and I miss him! He'll be home soon, though--which is a blessing!

OH--a PS--our weather has been beautiful too! I love the beginning of fall!!

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Deb my nephew had problems with talking. I remember when I saw him in 2011 he was just turning 2 and my sister was concerned that he was not talking much. I believe a few months later he started talking a lot and continues to talk. I have since seen him in 2012 and 2013 and he talks great. I think kids have their own timetable. If your grandson still does not talk well by 2-1/2 then I would see a specialist.

Laurie we are having absolute beautiful fall weather. I hope you managed to do some gardening.

I am concerned about my father. He has to have a procedure tomorrow. I am glad my sister and her family live near my parents and are helping out.

Wednesday I am supposed to go to a California State Society gathering at Capitol Hill. I am looking forward to it. I just hope I won't have to worry about my father.



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Deb, I'm sorry to hear about your grandson. It would be good to get him checked out sooner than later. Better to be thought of as an overly concerned parent than to have regrets later.

Blessing: So far, so good with the internet switch. It sure is time-consuming to get all our addresses changed, though. Mom found an option for our phone service that may allow us to keep our home phone number. That would be great!

Challenge: The scale appears to be stuck. I don't think I'm eating any differently and I'm getting plenty of activity most days. I'm hoping with the cooler weather I'll lose some water weight. And I'm looking forward to walking at lunchtime again.

Speaking of cooler weather, it's only 60 this morning! Unheard of at this time of year. Mom and I are going to go out and attack all the junk that grew in our yard while we were up north. Hope we don't run into any wildlife hiding out there!

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Wow--it's rare that cable installations go smoothly! And it's a daunting task to switch over addresses--hope it's all going well.

My eating over vacation was not horrible, but it wasn't wonderful either. Back to being focused.

My blessing is I'm off early on a Friday--new schedule, I may like it!

Challenge is addressing those extra vacation pounds. Doggone them. emoticon

A more serious challenge is the concern I'm developing that my grandson is not talking. Even more, he seems to have quit using the words he did have. He's 19 months, and he understands and responds to everything we ask of him--but it's still worrisome. One more month, and then I'm going to encourage my daughter to ask her pediatrician to look into it.

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Deb, what WERE you thinking? emoticon Hope you've caught up a bit.

Blessing: The internet cable installation went smoothly this morning.

Challenges: Getting everyone notified of our new email and new phone numbers. What a huge task. Wish I would have started sorting through our old email ages ago! What a cluttered mess.

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I'd encourage to go to the doctor, Laurie, if I thought they could figure it out. Seems like a pretty strong reaction to giving blood. And you'll need to be strong to deal with changing your computer system!

VEENA,--well how frustrating! This system will Only let me do your name as all caps! Too. Crazy. Anyway, my sister says she has no idea how she fit work into her busy life! I look forward to it!

Blessing--home and back to real life.

Challenge--work tomorrow morning two hours earlier than my body wants. I always leave a day off after vacation--what was I thinking?

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Veena, I had to do my inspection last weekend, too. It seems like I just did it--the years sure do fly by. I know that once I retire I'm going to wonder how I could fit everything in and work, too.

Blessing: I am feeling a bit better. Started taking iron last week and I think that helped me recover from donating blood. Still dizzy off and on, though. I've never had this reaction to donating, so I think I may have been battling a virus that's been going around. Or dealing with allergies.

Challenge: Working from home today. My big challenge is going to be switching over our internet in between getting work done.

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Laurie I hope you feel better. Deb so glad you are having a nice trip and a chance to visit with family.

Last week was really hot in DC. We haven't had a heat wave like that all summer. Today has been dreary and cooler. Same for tomorrow. I am glad for the cooler weather.

I have a busy two weeks coming up. I can't believe the little things I have to do (like car inspection).. Grateful for retirement!

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Deb, have you been watching the Property Brothers??? Hope you are having a GREAT visit with your son.

Blessing: Good Sunday morning today.

Challenge: Still feeling tired and draggy, been dizzy yesterday and today. There's something going around here, hope it's just that.

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That could be it, Laurie--I'll be interested to hear your experience.
Back on land, going to see my son today!! Which is my blessing!
Hearing about work reminds me I'll be back soon--which feels like a challenge right now . I need to work--but it does feel like I'm ready for a new adventure.
I dreamed about a new house last night...needed work, but had lots of potential...

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Forgot about Shari's Italy trip--brain leak!

Deb, our HAL cruise was a Med cruise, too. I'm curious to see if it's a different experience in the Caribbean. The staff problems might be because it's near the end of the season. It sounds like you are having a great time, though! Keep walking, keep walking!

Blessing: Getting some problems dealt with at work. Though some not quickly enough for me.

Challenge: Been kind of blah the last couple days and I didn't sleep well last night. Don't know what's going on. Joints hurt, just achy all over. Couldn't be from all the furniture moving activity, could it?

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I think Shari is in Italy--can't wait to hear all about that!

Laurie, you'll be crusin' soon!

My big blessing is that I survived the downhill bike ride through the white horse Pass! When you see a truck runaway lane, you know you're on a fast fast road! And it was raining and cold we had on good gear and we all lived!

We've seen whales, great big Sea lion's by the hundreds, and for a wild this evening it did not rain! For a very brief time, we had little tiny bits of blue and sunshine!

But you can guess what the challenge is. It's just so easy to eat too much. Honestly, I think Holland America maybe having some problems with their staff or maybe it's the Alaska situation I don't know. It's quite different from our Mediterranean cruise.

But we're off to eat more! You got to do it sometimes. Have a lovely evening you guys!

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Hope Deb is having a fantastic visit with her son and on the cruise. Veena and Shari, did you do anything special this weekend?

Been a busy weekend already and today will continue the theme. We need to rearrange furniture in the family room so we can get the computer connected to cable. First step on the way to ditching the landline. Woo-hoo!

Blessings: Yesterday afternoon I got my flute out and played to my heart's content. Before I knew it, 2.5 hours had passed and the afternoon was gone. I haven't done that in a really long time.

Challenges: Gee whiz, what was I thinking? Yesterday I ate like I did pre-Sparks...too much and without thought. Have to nip that in the bud!

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Have a great trip Deb. We will look forward to hearing about your adventures.

I had a nice weekend too with friends. We went to Union Station. There are shops and restaurants.

Take care everyone

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Hi all. Busy here too, getting all the loose ends tied up at work, and getting ready to go. Will try to post at least a little on the trip, but may not work out. But--I will...I WILL exercise and not gain a weight disaster while I'm gone! That's a commitment I'm making to myself.

Blessings--had a great time at the lake this past weekend, and a good week at work so far, all projects finishing up and trip soon! We leave Thursday--and I'm ready!

Challenge--staying focused, and the above mentioned commitment to stay within a reasonable range on the trip. I'll have time to balance food with exercise, and that's my plan!

Blessings to all, and if I don't talk to you before then, I'll talk to you later!
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It's going to be a hot weekend here, too. Deb, hope you get out to the lake this weekend. Though you are heading out for some bigger waters!

Some of those moves the first year here were minor ones. But I still had to pack the few possessions I had with me! Most of those places were temporary situations and it wasn't until I finally moved into an apartment that my furniture caught up with me. That was the big one!

Veena, you do have nicer summer weather than we do here. I still wouldn't want to trade winters, though. The nicest thing about Texas winters is that they are generally sunny. Those short, gray days up north are a trial for me. Summers are glorious, though.

Blessing: A short work week and the weekend is almost here.

Challenge: Work has been nuts since I've been back...dealing with problems that cropped up while I was gone and getting the software testing plan together while dealing with those problems. I could use two of me some days.

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Santa Barbara IS a dream place, Veena! It's beautiful, wonderful weather...and expensive as heck, of course! :) It is one of those special places for sure!

Blessing--only working a half day tomorrow, a new schedule I'm trying. We'll see...last week I stayed late working, and if I do again tomorrow, I think it may not be worth the extra time during the week!

Challenge--finishing up some writing, and having time to enjoy the weekend. I really want to go to the lake--it will be our last summer lake weekend, since we're leaving next week for a couple of weeks.

It may hit 100 here this weekend, but I think this will be our first time this year--unusual for us! emoticon emoticon

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Laurie I am glad you had a safe back. I hope the plan to move back to Wisconsin works out. It is nice to be near family. I wish I was. Although I have been retired 6 years, I don't want to move to Dallas even though I family there. I do not like the weather. The only move I am going to make, if I do, is to Santa Barbara. That is my dream place.

Deb I have talked to my friend but not visited. She has had many doctor appointments and is doing well. We are planning to get together after Labor Day. I will tell her about the link on meditations.

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I agree, Laurie--it would be worth it. I would love to live close to all my family at once!! Glad you're back, and hope the armadillos have not moved in!

Moving 8 times in one year...it boggles the mind! :)

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Almost forgot--yes, Deb, I'm planning to move back north in about 5 years. The first year I lived down here I moved 8 times--I think I was scarred! The thought of a long-distance move--ugh. But it will be worth it to live closer to family.

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Deb--way to go! I'm so glad it went well.

Veena--when we left on Monday morning it was in the lower 60s. Upper 90s when we got here yesterday evening. The heat doesn't really bother me a whole lot. The leaves are starting to turn up north and I glad to have plenty of summer left down here.

I'm tired and ready to hit the hay!

Blessing: A safe, uneventful trip back home.

Challenge: Getting back into life's routines. And our garden looks like a jungle. But all the overgrown grass may have kept the armadillo away.

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How is your friend, Veena? Have you seen her, or heard anything? Such a difficult time...

I wonder if she would enjoy any of the supportive meditations at www.healthjourneys.com? They have some specifically for cancer recovery.

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Deb so happy the we air went well and that you got an award. It always nice to hear someone is happy! Have a good rest of the week and stay cool.

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ALL RIGHT!!! Did the webinair, it was hot, it was good, it was in the groove!!! Yay~!~ Doctors/surgeons think taknk at Stanford--nailed!!

That was my blessing. Yes!! So pleased!

Challenge--well, it's a good one--got nominated for an award, and have to give my "philosophy of healthcare"--what the heck?--in 6 pages or less (6?!?) and have it done before we leave. But I'm grateful for an opportunity to speak, and grateful that my friends and colleagues nominated me--they're wonderful!!

So--I'm really pretty ebullient tonight. And I hope you are doing well as well!! Laurie--hope the heat of Texas has not totally demoralized you! This weekend is supposed to be our hottest of the year--might not be a good time to come back from the north!



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Very good weekend. Good to be with my daughter, and the babies! And we took a young couple out today, to celebrate their wedding, since we didn't get to go--so good to see them!

Incidentally, Veena, I don't even try to resist wedding cake--lucky I don't have it often! emoticon

Blessing: The weekend--and getting back in time to go to Jazzercise!

Challenge: Weekend away eating! We'll see what tomorrow looks like on the scales....

And my webinair is Tuesday--have to review my Friday work but I think it's nailed!! (Gosh I hope so)

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I hope everyone has had a nice weekend.

Deb its great you are spending time with your daughter and her family.

Laurie have a safe trip home. My parents have been telling me how hot its been in Dallas.

Shari that is good about not having foreign transaction fees. When I went to Italy in 2006 I had them. Later I got a notice from someone handling a class action lawsuit about the fees. Although I did not think I would get anything I did the paperwork and got back $15. At least something!

I had a good time at the wedding. Wedding cake is hard to resist!

Have a good week.

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So you're going to eventually move there? That sounds wonderful! Something fun to look forward to! Honestly, I've moved so much in my life, it's weird to think that we might not move again!

My blessing is being with my daughter and her family. I love those babies!

My challenge? Naah! Not today! 😊

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Veena, it's nice to get together with people you used to spend so much time with. Sometimes you just pick up where you left off. Hope you enjoy the wedding this weekend.

Deb, cake's only purpose is to hold the frosting, and wedding cake frosting is usually the best. emoticon Hope you made good progress yesterday on your presentation. It always takes me so much time to work on stuff like that, then boom! it's over in a short time and I wonder if all the work shows. I suppose it's like editing--it should be invisible but the lack is glaringly apparent if not done well. I'm running into that in books for my Kindle. A lot of the freebies you can tell have never seen an editor's pen. Or cursor, I should say.

Shari, it's great to not have to worry about those transaction and exchange fees. And I'll bet you can find plenty of things to better use that money. I hope you have a GREAT time!

Blessing: The weather has been so beautiful while we've been here. I see that it's been in the 100s in Texas while we are gone, and I appreciate the moderate temperatures even more knowing what we are going back to.

Challenge: Only today and tomorrow and we'll be heading back to Texas. Usually by this time I'm ready to go home, but I wouldn't mind another week. It seems like we've been running full tilt the whole time we've been up here. We found a condo complex where we'd like to buy when we are ready to move up here. Hope something is for sale in 5 years! emoticon In the meantime, we booked our flight up for Christmas.

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Veena-How delightful to have such pleasant social gatherings to enjoy. I too wish we had some of that rain!
Laurie-It sounds like you are making the most of your vacation. I love cherries, fresh or dried...yum!
Deb-That's great that your kids keep in touch and connect as adults. I hope your presentation is coming along.

Blessing:Got my Charles Schwab ATM card in the mail in time for our trip. No ATM charges (international or otherwise--ever) and no foreign transaction fees. I could have save a lot of $$ with that in Italy. Happy to have it for all future trips.

Challenge: Like you wrote, Deb--a lot to take care of at work. Veena, you are right to enjoy your retirement!

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Veena I love that you have a get together with friends from work every two months--good to keep connections. And I love weddings--wedding cake is my favorite food ever! :)

We're not really close to Ferguson, which is up by St Louis, but I think that in a way all of us are close -- it hurts us,, it scares us, it breaks our hearts. I'm so glad they're stepping back from the brink, and moving to care and concern.

Laurie all your cherry delights sound amazing, and make me hungry! So glad you're having a fun time.

Blessing today was getting a technical issue worked out at work. And another blessing is an odd one--I took vacation tomorrow afternoon, and I'm actually going to use it to work on my Stanford presentation. Crazy, but it's worrying me, and I just don't have enough time! It will be great to be able to really spend the time I need to finish.

OH--and another blessing, my daughter and her family made it safely back from their trip to see our son in Seattle. I love that they stay close as adults--and they got to spend time camping and at the beach--fun!

Challenge? That dang presentation!! And the bibliography! Aaagh! emoticon

;) Have a good night!

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Laurie I am glad you are having a good time in Wisconsin. It sounds like you are being very active despite the lack of steps.

Deb I have been thinking of you a lot these past few days with Missouri being in news. I hope you are not too near Fergurson. I love to read too. I tend towards romantic mysteries like Nora Roberts and biographies. I do not miss work stress. I hope things calm down for you.

We have been having a mild summer which is great but too much rain. Baltimore, just 60 miles north, got 7 inches of rain in one day! Why can't California get that rain?

I went to the FBI Alumni luncheon today that we have every two months. It was nice to see everyone again. I am going to a wedding on Saturday and that should be fun too.

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Our weather has been beautiful the whole time we've been up there except for one day of rain. Yesterday was fun up in Door County. Only visited one winery, but managed to haul two cases of wine home. And a bucket of cherries. And 3 pounds of dried cherries. And cherry salsa (yum!). Heading up to Green Bay to the National Railroad Museum then visiting my mom's sister this afternoon. I think I'll need some time when we get home to rest up!

Deb, you are right, going full tilt can't keep on. It's so hard to delegate, though. I looked at our library catalog and we have some books by Nancy Atherton. I'll have to check them out when I get home.

Blessing: Can I say it again? Time with family!

Challenge: Actually, I'm so relaxed I can't come up with a challenge. We went walking yesterday, so I got a decent number of steps on the pedometer. Not like when I'm home, but better than when we are here in the winter.

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Wine tasting and cherry buying sound like wonderful ways to spend a day!! Hope it was as beautiful there as it was here.

Blessing--a FULL day! Everyone showed, every hour full, every project working. Which is good, but...

Challenge--I'm working to what feels like my absolute max at work--that can last a few days, but it won't work forever! I need to let loose of more tasks, and delegate a bit more--which I did do today, a little bit, and it did help. A little--though I also re-did a lot!

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I canoed quite a bit when I was in Scouts and kayaking isn't too different. I kept paddling like I was in a canoe, though, and got all wet because I'd dig deep and since the kayak paddle has two ends and is one piece, I had water dripping all across the hand piece. I was pretty stiff for a couple days, but it felt kind of good.

Blessing: Today is wine tasting, cherry buying day. Mom, my sister, and I are heading up to Door County to stock up on dried cherries and frozen cherries (we gave up on pick-yourself farms--too much work to pit all those cherries!). Have to see if our favorite winery has anything new for us to taste.

Challenge: We've been eating some mighty good Wisconsin food and getting way too few steps in a day. I think I'll need to go full-tilt into weight loss mode again when we get home. I haven't been stuffing myself, though, so that's a bit of a victory.

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Wow, kayaks are HARD! For me, just trying to sit there--man!! I am totally impressed, Laurie!! (I wanted to insert cool picture of person in kayak, but they don't have one!!)

Glad you aren't feeling stressed about the trip, Shari--but I still hope you get to be excited!!

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Welcome Rahl!
Deb-I love mysteries too. I will keep that author in mind.
Laurie-Kayak time with your brother. Now that's a vacation!

Blessing: Got the work done in the garage. I feel pretty relaxed leading up to our short trip. Hope I stay that way!

Challenge: Like Deb shared, not letting the negative (or unpleasant encounters) color my frame of mind and enjoyment of life. It does take diligence.

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Hi Rhal!! Glad to have you here.

Blessing--went to Jazzercise after almost wimping out at the list minute!! Research says the time we hate exercise the most is right before we do it--and that's so true for me! But once I do--I love it!

Laurie, she's a "cozy mystery" author named Nancy Atherton--writes the Aunt Dimity books. They're silly, but fun, and have nice characters--great for total brain break time!

Challenge--I let the rantings of an angry--really angry--guy on the way to work this morning put a pall on my day. My foolishness to let him distress me--and I am done with it!

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Blessing: Sunday spent with family and friends

Challenge: Dealing with hot flashes daily and keeping motivated......

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Deb, who is the new author?

Shari, God IS good. Sometimes it's hard to see when you are in the midst of a long trial, isn't it? You keep telling yourself it's true and some days just have to believe that you believe it.

Blessing: Kayaking with my brother today. Before my knee replacements and before SP I'd never be able to get in and out of a kayak. It wasn't a pretty sight, but I did it and we had a very nice hour out on the river.

Challenge: Not having a scale! I know I'm eating very differently, just don't know what effect it's having--good or bad.

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Yay!! Glad to hear it Shari!

My blessing today was--oddly enough--cancellations which gave me time at work to work on the presentation, so I don't have to go in tomorrow--through I probably will anyway.

Challenge--focusing not just on what I can do now, but also believing and being open to see new paths in the future. One of the most amazing women I know is in her 70s or maybe 80, and she is deeply engaged in meaningful work, relationships, interactions--and I want to be that way too!

Too deep--it's the weekend!! Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!

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Hi Ladies--Blessings to you all.

Veena-So happy to hear the good news for your friend. I'm sure she is relieved!
Deb-Sounds like a demanding thing to put together a Webinar presentation. I know you will rise to the occasion. So happy for your niece.
Laurie-I'm sure that was a beautiful drive and what a blessing to be enjoying summer w/family.

Blessing: God's faithfulness. We experienced some real breakthrough with our youngest son last week, and I am grateful.
Challenge: Gonna try and get through our garage organization tomorrow. My husband is kind of disorganized (managed chaos) and I don't want to leave that mess behind while our daughter and her family watch our dog while we are in Barcelona!

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Glad you made it Laurie!

Blessing--a new book by a favorite author!!

Challenge--an upcoming presentation through work--scary one because I really want to do it RIGHT, and there's so much content--hard to organize. And it's a webinair, and and the technical stuff throws me off.

So...instead of working on it--I'm gonna go read! ;)

It's raining here, and lovely to hear.


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Our drive to Wisconsin was uneventful, just the way we like it! The weather cooperated and it's beautiful up here.

We are meeting our newest baby next Monday. My nephew and family are driving over from Michigan. And today another nephew is coming up with their two. It will likely be an active day!

Deb, congratulations on the self restraint! Eating out is the hardest when I'm trying to lose and I avoid it, too. And cookies in the house? That's almost impossible to resist. Ever since I took microbiology in college, I won't eat raw dough, though. I know it's safe, I just can't get it past my brain. Doesn't stop me from drinking egg nog, though. ;)

Veena, that's a relief about your friend, isn't it?

Blessings: Having a relaxing time up here.

Challenges: Getting enough exercise. Yesterday we walked up to the road to get the mail and went into town and walked around our old neighborhood, but didn't get enough steps in. I'm not stressing about it, though. I'm on vacation!

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I'm glad. That's the most important part of a good retirement, I think. And you have been having a very healthy retirement!

Exercise and healthy weight are highly of health--good for you, and good for us all!!

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Deb congratulations on your niece having her baby. Also I am glad you did not eat too much of the cookie dough. I hope your time with friends tonight is nice.

I talked to my friend yesterday and she does not have to have chemo. That is blessing! She just retired and to have to go through surgery was hard enough. Now I hope after healing she can resume enjoying her retirement.



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Blessing--my niece had her baby--finally! And it's so lovely to hold a baby.

The hard part was that she specifically asked for my famous chocolate chip cookies when she had the baby--said having babies made her hungry! :) So I did it, and that was a challenge because I have always eaten about a fifth of the dough raw. maybe more.

Well, I still ate some, but I did eat less than I ever have in my life--MUCH less. I call that a blessing!

Challenge--it's Wednesday, which (along with Friday) is traditionally a 'go out to eat with friends' night for us. I think tonight I'm going to cook, and just avoid it. I can eat out on maintenance, but on loss it is hard.

Hope your trip was safe and not too hard, Laurie!

Veena, I hope your friend is doing well--have you heard what she's up against?

Shari, you're likely in full "trip prep" mode!! I'm so glad for you!


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I'm glad your friends surgery went well, Veena, and hope it continues to go well.

Blessings--fun with friends. Weddin of a 'kid' who was in school with my son, reception, then over to visit friends...treats and drinks...sigh...

Challenge--well, all that. But I do think it will be ok. It was just a part of the day, and tomorrow will go well!

My big challenge is living with three dogs!!! Two of ours, one of our nieces, who lives with us again now, till she graduates in Dec. Those dang dogs! :) But I do love them...hair and all.

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Laurie and Shari, I hope you both have wonderful trips. Laurie that is interesting that you play flute. At church there are a couple of people who play the flute and I love when they play for us.
My parents have told me that after a few days of 100 degree weather it has cooled down in Dallas. It has not been too hot in DC which is so good!

Deb I hope you are doing okay with the eating this weekend. I agree that you are too hard on yourself. I think you do good.

I talked to my friend and the surgery went well. She will know on Monday if she has to have chemo. I hope not.

Have a great rest of the weekend.



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Deb, I played clarinet when I was a kid, but I switched to flute as an adult. More portable and no reeds to mess with. Easier to find music written in C, too.

Blessing: Had some time to go out and pull out morning glories and do some other yard chores this morning. Those morning glories have been bugging me for days. Looks like we'll have more jalapenos to pick when we get back--yum. We have another ripe strawberry to eat, too emoticon I have a feeling the birds will get the others while we are gone.

Challenge: I know our garden is going to look like a jungle when we get back, especially if we continue having this unusual cool-ish, wet-ish weather. Though that could really be a blessing--it will provide plenty of exercise to work off whatever pounds decide to hitchhike back from Wisconsin!

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Laurie I am so glad you get to have some fun down time and a trip "home". Hope you have great visits with everyone. I know you will, but be careful--that's a long trip. Interesting to discover you play the flute--cool!

And Shari--I am so excited for you--for you getting to see your son, and for the fabulous spot where you get to do it. I can imagine the cost is horrific, at such a late date! It's a blessing that you can do it anyway--our kids mean the world to us, and it is wonderful when we have the ability to do what our hearts want--and need!

Blessing--this morning my blessing is that I love what I do. Sometimes it is such a treasure, a blessing, an honor, to be able to be part of people's hearts. (Sometimes it's hair-pulling crazy, of course...! Though even so, it's a gift of opportunity.)

Challenge--the weekend, forgiving my slip-ups (thank you for the encouragement!) and making good decisions because I want to be more free! To live healthy!



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Barcelona, Shari! That sounds wonderful, but even more, spending the time with your son. Enjoy!

We are leaving on Monday for Wisconsin. Looks like good driving weather except for a few storms possible around Rockford on Tues.

Blessing: Last day at work for a while. It's been a madhouse for the past few weeks and likely to be so when I return. I'm looking forward to a couple weeks respite.

Challenge: Last minute trip stuff. Tomorrow I'm taking my flute up to the "flute spa" where it will get a clean/oil/adjustment while we are gone. Then find some audio books at the library and other miscellaneous running around. THEN we can start packing. I'll be glad when we hit the road early Monday!

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I always enjoy catching up on this thread.

Deb-you are too hard on yourself! You look great and walk in discipline, which includes enjoying things here and there...except that lunch, of course!

Laurie--When do you leave for Wisconsin? Or have you already & I missed that?

Veena--So glad you are enjoying the weather. In the case of your friend, "no news is good news" probably applies.

Blessing: I'm back to "amped up" busy because my son's time-off was approved and my husband and I will be meeting him in Barcelona at the end of this month.

Challenge: Because of the short time between when my son gets approval and the departure date, putting an international trip together offers less inexpensive (but desirable) options. Nonetheless we have our flights and hotel all set.

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Deb, don't you just hate it when you tell yourself lies like that? Most of the time I know darned well what I'm doing, but I'll deny it until I've gone way overboard. Then I beat myself up--gaack. It's good to see that you are determined to continue on your positive path. It is a battle.

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Here is to no more budget busters!!! They are discouraging.

I am a bit discouraged about my eating behavior yesterday. It was one of those "Well it's blown so what the heck" kind of things--a friend trying to be nice gave me a hot cinnamon roll, which I was not able to resist, then we had a horrid fattening (and yucky) lunch brought in, and I ate a bit then switched to a baked potato, and some salad Drenched in dressing...and then after a bad choice dinner I got ice cream on the way home--and it was all because "oh well I've already screwed up". I KNOW better than that!

So--my Blessing is that this is a new day, and I am doing well, and feel firm in my choice to continue to do well. And the scales don't show damage today--though it usually takes a couple before I see the effects of that kind of behavior.

And my Challenge is to not go down that "Oh well, since I already blew it..." path again--it's self-indulgent, lying to myself, and an untrue excuse for bad choices! Oddly enough, if I'm going to make bad choices, I'd at least like to do it with my eyes open, not lying to myself!



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Deb, I tried my brother's elliptical when we were up there in Wisc. I sure didn't have a problem getting my heart rate up. Comes from a sedentary lifestyle for so long, I guess. I've got 3 books going right now. I don't normally like doing that but they are all interesting in different ways.

Veena, it's funny about tarantulas. I looked up some information online about the critters. They aren't aggressive or poisonous, but it seems from my Facebook post that people either don't like them or they do. No in-between. They are popular "exotic" pets in some circles. They are interesting to me, but I don't think I'd want one in my house!

Blessing: My alignment must have really been off in my truck because it drives so much better. I'm hoping I'll get a bit better gas mileage now.

Challenge: Veena you are right about these things messing up a budget, though. That's been my challenge for several months.

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Deb glad you went back to Jazzercise and that you are reading interesting books. I love to read.

Laurie glad that the tarantula is gone from your work place but sorry about your car. Sometimes it seems just when one has a handle on finances something comes up to mess a budget.

I have not heard about my friend's surgery. She was suppose to have it yesterday. I don't want to bother her husband so I am going to have to just wait until either my friend or her husband are able to call me.

Blessing has been the fantastic weather. It just does not get any better here in DC. I enjoyed being outside.

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Hard to see the blessings in that, and you are right on! I was sad, incidentally, to hear of the loss of your furry friend!

My blessing--some real growth, excitement, new books to read, fears to overcome--about time, too! :) Reading Philip Yancey's book The Question that Never Goes Away: Why? Which is so good, and got me connected to some new authors.

Challenge--oddly enough, it has been challenging to do my normal workout since I restarted Jazzercise, I can't do Jazzercise as my full-time workout--knees won't take it--but I have been focusing on that. Did the elliptical last night, with heart-rate monitor, and was delighted to discover it DOES get my heart rate up high enough--so I can refocus here, and have Jazzercise for a 'change up' and strength training.


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Well, something or someone took care of the tarantula. When I arrived this morning there was a little fuzzy spider leg and some other unidentified fuzzy body part on the ground below where he spent all day yesterday. (Humming Taps) It really was pretty small (as tarantulas go), I've seen them as big as my hand and this guy was only about 3 inches across.

Challenge: Yesterday when I left work I noticed one tire was going flat. Drove it to the car place, and today, in addition to two tires, there are more maintenance things to pay for--over $900 worth. Between what I paid in repairs in Feb. and this time, I'm spending more than what I paid for my first car!

Blessing: I'm grateful that I wasn't stranded somewhere with either the flat or one of those maintenance things causing a problem. And it happened on a day when I didn't have to be somewhere after work.

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yep, the tarantula would be a serious challenge for me!
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I discovered Lemon Oreos. Those could be very bad for me--one serving was never enough, I wanted more! Good thing Mom and I keep an eye on each other.

It's amazing what moving outside your normal circles will do, isn't it? I worked in Guatemala briefly and it made me more aware of how I lived. It also makes me more appreciative of the blessings in and richness of my life.

And speaking of blessings...I talked with my sister yesterday and appreciate once again how easily we communicate over the distances. When I was a kid, a long-distance phone call was an event. Now I so casually pick up the phone or turn on Skype to talk to my family.

Challenge: And software testing continues...

Not a challenge, but I do have to share. There is a small tarantula hanging out above the door where I come into the office building. It's a little one, not doing any harm. I can see it from my office window, and it's something interesting to keep an eye on today. I've lived in Texas for about 25 years, but something like that is still a novelty.

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Closer than Oahu--but not as much fun to visit!! :) I'm excited for your trip--the wine tasting sounds so fun--especially when combined with a hike!!

I have to give my self a C for this weekend. No really horrible choices--but some not good ones, though only a few. All in all--don't feel too badly about it, since it was a weekend of many family get-togethers, and a lake day with my sister. I didn't take any sweets--but my dear husband was being nice and brought a bag of Oreos, which are a lake nemesis for me! Oh well--only 3, and for me that's a success!

Blessing--good times with family.

Challenge--working with some street-people--well, not really working with as much as trying to be a loving presence and make some difference for health and truth. Man...a very different world. And then not so very different, too, in ways. But I find myself looking at my house with new eyes...at my whole life with new eyes.

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So Deb, how did dinner out go on Weds.?

I worked as charge nurse for 6 months some years back and one of the things I really disliked was making patient assignments. You are right, the complainers are usually the ones not carrying their load. Those are the hardest people to confront, too.

Shari, I over-research things, too. But you bet that I know a lot about whatever it is by the time I make a decision. It's in my personality to do that--drives some people crazy, though. So, did you pick anything out for the bathroom sink yet?

This week was entirely too busy. I sure am glad we work out our menus every Sat. morning, and I was really glad yesterday when it came time to make the grocery list that we already made out our menus until we leave. We spent this afternoon checking out new wineries to visit in Wisconsin. A couple of them are near trails so we can combine a walk with our tasting. Spent the rest of the afternoon trying to get a good bid on a hotel for on the way north. We decided to stop in St. Louis instead of pushing on to Springfield for our overnight. That last stretch to Springfield seems really long. Tomorrow it's back to software testing.

Blessing: Heard that my niece and her family are moving back to the mainland from Hawaii at the beginning of the year. They will be in Portland, OR, and that's not very close. But closer than Oahu!

Challenge: Finishing up all that I need to at work this week.

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Good work doing the research--remodels are so hard, and everyone of those decisions has such an impact!

You're right Shari--I am totally blessed to have so many times with family and friends--and sometimes all I can see is how much I DON"T get to see them! Working on that!

Laurie,how is the week coming? Are the pre-choices helping? I've been tracking most of the day in the morning, and following the plan I had laid out, and that's really helping. Dinner out tonight--risk, but I have a plan of attack. I'll see how it goes, and if it works, I'll let you know!

Blessing--being back on track, and feeling good about it. And dinner with my dad and sister tonight--he just got back from a trip to CA, and she's here for her daughter's baby, and I am glad to see them both!

Challenge--addressing some patient load disparity--a colleague is not carrying his weight. And isn't it funny--he's the most likely to complain, too!

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Good to hear from you Veena. So glad you had a good visit with your parents.

Deb-Congratulations on results. I bet you are looking forward to your vacation. It is wonderful that you have the joy of so many good times with your friends and family. That is wonderful.

Laurie-What diligence to go back and look at what succeeded for you and your Mom. It really does require continually oversight and assessment. We certainly live in times of plenty and have lots of choices. Just yesterday evening my daughter (thin by nature), my husband (same...although now needing to watch it) and I were agreeing about the necessity of denying ourselves daily. "To whom much is given, much is required" comes to mind!

Blessing: We've had some nice time of socializing with friends and family lately.

Challenge: I need to make my sink/faucet decision for my bath remodel. I've put in about 8 hours of research so far. A little ridiculous!

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I'm glad to see you too, Veena--and it's so true about our parents. And in my case, it's probably true for my KIDS parents! ;) Which I hate!

Blessing of blessings--I lost over the weekend. First time ever, and I'm glad of it--I have been focusing and tracking and am really serious!

Challenge is that I also am working hard to add muscle, which weighs more, and not sure how that will all translate. But I'm going to anyway. I've started doing a 60 min strength training class, to complement and enhance the 30 min strength portion of regular Jazzercise--and I believe it will help.

Here's another blessing--my dad will be back from California on Wed, and his dog can go home with him!! emoticon emoticon ;)

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Veena, we posted at the same time. Welcome back, we missed you! Glad to hear that your trip to Dallas went well. My mom lives with me and sometimes I don't see the aging in her because I see her all the time. But I do notice she's losing some abilities and that's been hard to deal with. You are wise to look into insurance for implants. I had one a few years ago and it made a major dent into my budget. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. It's good that she's got a good support system.

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Hey, good for you, Deb! Doesn't it feel great when you start making some positive changes?

Blessings: We sat down yesterday and made out our menus all the way up to when we leave. So that will give us a head start on next Saturday's shopping chores. And I'm sitting here at a desk facing a wall full of family photos and very much looking forward to our trip up north to see many of them.

Challenge: This weekend was too indulgent. I'm afraid to get on the scale tomorrow. I also need to get in some more real steps during the day. Exercising on the Wii is fine and keeps me moving, but it's not really much of a physical challenge.


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Sorry I have not posted in awhile. I had a good trip to Dallas and it was wonderful to see my family. It always does hurt to see my parents age. I feel blessed that they are still independent. Laurie my parents live about 5 minutes from Sprout. I like that store. I wish we had something like that in DC. We only have a Whole Foods which is not that close to me. I am always amazed that within a 10 mile radius of my parent's house there is Sprout, Central Market, Super Target, Super Walmart, Sam's Club, and of course Tom Thumb. I only have a regular Walmart, Giant Food Store and Safeway near me. And here DC is the capital of the US!

Since I got back we have had so many thunderstorms and heavy rains. And I did not have internet, TV, and regular telephone service for 2 days! I had to go to a hot spot in between storms to keep up with emails and I was thankful for my cell phone, It was hard to listen to a radio.

Also my friend in Maryland, her cancer has come back. She is having surgery next week. The doctors believe they have caught it in time. She has been cancer free for 14 years. I went to see her Friday and she is handling it ok. She is lucky to have a very a supportive husband.

Laurie I am glad your dental work was not serious. I have had so many root canals plus two retreatments of teeth that had root canals. I am going to change dental insurance to one that covers dental implants just for the future if I have a tooth extraction.

Deb and Laurie and I hope you both succeed in the tracking/maintaining. Deb the heart monitor is great idea! I think it will really help you.

Shari I hope you are doing okay and not so tired anymore.

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Still tracking--and I'm barely in "maintenance", let alone weight loss. But here's a very cool thing. In fact--this is my blessing today. My daughter got her dad a Polaris heart rate monitor for Christmas--very high tech, and never been out of the box. It's July. So I asked him to hook me up, and he did, and so now I am ALSO tracking my workouts!! My 38 min walk was average heart rate of 112, which is maybe not even fat burning, max heart rate 138--and it seemed hard to me!! But it's information, and I can compare my Jazzercise workouts, and the elliptical, too.

Anyway--I am sick of this not losing stuff!! I'm going to keep tracking, and keep working out harder, and make some real and sustainable changes.

And that is my challenge! emoticon

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Well my blessing is that is is a wonderfully lazy Saturday, and -- how funny. I was writing that, looked over, and realized I was late for a baby shower!! :) But it was still a great morning, and a great day.

My challenge is exactly what you describe, Laurie. All of a sudden I am dealing with constant "but this is special" stuff. But--I'm tracking, as of this morning. When all else fails, tracking lays out the truth!

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Deb, too bad you aren't going later in the season. You could do a repo cruise through the Panama Canal emoticon

I do have to be careful that those rare treats don't become habitual. I think that's been my problem this year. It seems things come up on weekends that I end up paying for the rest of the week and I don't make any headway. Mom and I are going to review our tracked meals from when we first started SP to see if we can get some bright ideas. Because these 60 pounds did come off sometime in the past 3 years!

Blessing: It's been a nice cool day, a good break from the summer heat. We actually had the windows open and the a/c off this morning. But I'm ready to get back to summer weather!

Challenge: Hmm, it's good when I have to think this hard to come up with a challenge. I'm still working on getting the paper version of my newsletter out. By the time I get finished it will be time to start another one. Target date--all mailed by mid-week!

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We don't leave till the 28th of Aug. And I totally feel the same way about Alaska--my husband has always wanted to go, but I would always choose WARM! emoticon
However, since our son is in Seattle, this just worked out...and I am determined to enjoy it!

But Laurie, what are you using to get to that Blog? I go to the HAL site--we are also going on Holland America--but can't get that one!! OH--addition--I found it! Thanks for putting me onto the search. ...I'd really still rather have a beach! emoticon

I have also had to really assess and change what I was doing food wise. My lunches were probably the biggest danger. Our cafeteria SAYS it has healthy food...but they do not know the meaning of the word! :) I do think it's much harder to ignore rare treats when they come up--and maybe if they're really rare you can just do it and enjoy it? But continue healthy choices with the daily fare, like you are doing so well now??

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Ah, that's the secret to weight loss! Balancing two little kids in the buffet line! I never had kids, but I'm in my brother's will as guardian for his 3. Thankfully, nothing has happened and they are almost all grown.

Scale is stuck for me again. But I know why. I think we are going to have to make a supreme effort to trim off a few more calories from next week's menus. Mom is having a horrible time losing and it would be good for her to see a little progress before we go north. And, no, apple fritters do not come around too often. Though I think if they did I'd be able to put them into the ignorable background like I do with the other donuts that show up in the break room.

Deb, when is your trip? I've been reading a captain's blog from Holland America. He's on the Alaska route right now. Even though we aren't interested in Alaska, it's feeding my cruise addiction. And I'll make that my blessing today, that my mom takes me cruising with her. It's a special time together and I wouldn't be able to go without her.

Challenge for today...work. I have to get the testing plan polished up and sent out by late tomorrow and it's not near ready.

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Amazing weekend with the kids, Laurie--who knew I could take two children--one in arms, one 3 1/2, through the potluck line, get two plates of food and live to tel the story! First time in my life I did not gain weight at a potluck--too busy to eat! :) It was a good weekend--I got them both to bed, by golly! And bathed, too!

So that was a blessing. And going the right way on the scale till tonight was a blessing too. BUT--Challenge--my challenge is not just a specific food--it's specific friends! We do dinner out with two dear friends--our best friends, really--and I overeat (and drink) with them every time. OK, only one glass of wine, but I still ate too much!! Doggone it!

But that's just one night, I am still doing well, I'm going to lose back to my normal weight. In time for our trip, too. Having a tangible goal you care about (we do love our cruises, don't we Laurie!) makes it easier. More focused.

Shari, you California people are the only ones who aren't too hot or too cold or eaten up with bugs to be outside!! I envy you that, too. Hope the kids are doing well. But are you getting past the tired??

Laurie, glad the grinding is better. And I would think apple fritters wouldn't come your way very often?? I'd hope not--makes it easier to resist if they're not around! And I actually DO believe maintenance is more challenging than loss. Not so "almost there"--more of "Now that I'm there..."

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Deb, how was the weekend with the kids?

Shari, I wish we could spend a little time in our yard. By this time of year, though, I just give up on it. Way too hot to work out there. We just water the containers and pull out morning glories where we can reach them. We've had a couple very nice, cool mornings this week, but we'll be back into the heat by the weekend.

Blessings: My insurance has been covering the dental visits far better than I expected. And, so far, my tooth has been feeling more normal and I haven't been noticing myself clenching during the day.

Challenge: I changed my tracker to maintenance and I have to watch my mindset. I've been getting careless about eating things I shouldn't. Case in point--part of an apple fritter found its way into my mouth yesterday. That is certain death, apple fritters were my downfall last time I lost a significant amount of weight.There are just some things that I need to say "no" to.

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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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7/9/14 10:05 A

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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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7/8/14 3:49 P

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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.

Deb

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7/8/14 3:36 P

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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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7/7/14 7:01 A

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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!!

Deb

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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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