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3/27/17 9:45 A

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Happy Monday
I hope everyone has a great week. Today is pest control. Tomorrow I am driving to have some sort of minor surgery which will enable them to monitor my )2 levels 24/7. I feel ready for this new week. My SIL's parents are in LA and his sister is giving birth this Wednesday, so he is spending some time with them.

Sue - you just sound so mush better. I am so happy to hear how positive your messages are. Are you still finding the time to attend your church group?

David - are you enjoying your new home? How is it going at work?

PandB - you also seem to be on a positive roll. Hope all is well.


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3/27/17 7:30 A

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Hello,

Linda: I had my sleep test back in 2006 ... there was no preliminary test, so I can't help with this. My symptoms were: exhausted all the time, falling asleep during the day, waking with headaches, sore throat/raspy voice all the time, and snoring (with family noting that I would stop breathing, and then I'd "jerk" awake. It was one of the times in my life that the doc "hit it on the head" the first time, and I still feel the solution was great.

Crazy busy weekend ... I'll have to catch up later.

God's Health, Happiness & Peace to all!
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3/25/17 12:05 P

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Happy weekend,

Everyone is gone for the day. I am feeling better. O2 levels are better since I cut back on my beta blocker and my BP still seems to be controlled.

Sue - so glad your sleep has improved it is so important. May be you know something about a procedure I am having done. It is supposed to be a pre-sleep test - I am going in for some sort of device that will measure my O2 24/7 then they will determine if I appear to have sleep apnea based on my O2 levels during the night. If they think I do then I will have the sleep test..... Have you heard anything about this?

David - so happy to have you back. So happy you have made the move over of the vermin zone. Tell us all about your new place in a week or two after you get settled in

PandB, Debby, newbees - everyone have a great weekend

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3/24/17 10:37 A

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Hello Sparklers,

Happy Friday!

WEIGHTNITOUT- So glad you are in your new home. Plus you have begun tracking food again now that you are in a better living space, that is wonderful. Best wishes for health and happiness in your new place.

JUSTME9898 - I understand how you feel using the dining room by yourself. Maybe ask your daughter if she minds if you use it when she and her husband are at work? Or, pick a spot and stick to it. Choose one place on your side of the house that is for meals and eat breakfast and lunch there during the week. But, like in the dining room, no distractions, no TV, no cross word puzzles, no reading, etc.

ITZ_SUE - Glad you are getting a good nightís sleep, that can make all the difference in the world. I need to work on eating less at dinner too. It begins with my cooking and snowballs from there. I tend to cook one pot dishes that are served with rice or pasta. When cooking I add extra vegetables to the pot because they are filling and healthy. But, that turns into portions that are too big and I overeat. Need to work on this.

Count me in on the only eating at the table. That is a great idea.

Be well,

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3/24/17 7:20 A

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hello everyone!

Happy Friday! Yay Yay Yay --- I slept last nite. I got a new mask in the mail yesterday, and it was quiet, and the loaner machine is quiet ... I don't think I actually woke up even once last nite. Even tho I didn't get to sleep until about 10:30pm (and up at 5:15 this morning) ... I feel rested and strong! Yay Yay Yay (3 cheers!!!)

I stuck to my rule of eating meals at the table yesterday, but didn't make very good choices, and (like Linda), I was hungry all day for some reason. I did get my 4k steps in for the day too .. that 4 days in the row of improvements. For today .. again: #1 eat at the table and ONLY at the table; #2 get 4k steps in (even walking in place or doing Leslie Sansone walk 1 mile on youtube), and adding #3 eat less at dinner time ... no "stuffing" allowed. Focus, concentrate and only "eat" when eating. I like the "mindful eating" phrase Linda!

Well .. stick to it all .. emoticon

God's Health!
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3/23/17 10:04 A

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Happy Thursday,

I am really working on the mindful thing. I love the eating at the table rule, but the dining room is on my daughter's side of the house. We eat dinner together at the table 90% of the time and weekend breakfasts, but during the week I feel strange about eating there even though my SIL and daughter are at work.

PandB - yes beta blockers do interfere with )2 and increase asthma symptoms. The problem now is how to balance the positive effects for my heart and still be able to breathe. I am 2 days a week right now where water aerobics are easy, Sunday and Friday, I want to include either Tuesday or Wednesday the problem continues to be parking.

Sue - OMG - tell me when you find the secret to the hand to mouth thing. I need that. Yesterday I did not do well. I was hungry all day. I think it had to do with my low oxygen levels. Cloudy thinking and no energy. I am better today. I cut back on my beta blocker. The doctor increased my dosage to 4 pills a day and I cut it back to 3. My blood pressure was still okay.

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3/23/17 10:02 A

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Still here.
We have been running on empty for the past week. We finally did a "down and dirty" move out of the horrible apartment I had described in one day. We ended up leaving a lot behind just to get out. 2 days later drove the 9hr trip up so my wife could see her son in witchita falls tx. Back home yesterday and will be back at work today in a few hrs. I'm totally exhausted.
Back to logging in food. We ate out everywhere we were. Didn't log or make any right choices. If time will try to get weighed at work today to calculate the damage and go from there.
I haven't had time to read any posts but a glance shows a few new people here. Welcome, this is a good place to be.
Need to start getting ready for work.
Everyone have a great day.
David

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3/23/17 9:34 A

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Hello Sparklers,

JUSTME - I love treading water at the end of a workout. It is relaxing and you can stretch any part that you didnít get to during aerobics. Be careful with your O2 levels. Maybe do a quick check on the internet and see if beta blockers can affect O2?

ITZ_SUE - Itís funny that you and hubby get a little tense doing taxes together. The same thing happens to B and I. We have different ways of doing things and Iím more familiar with the whole process. But, in the end it goes better if we put our heads togetherÖ. I like your idea of eating all of your meals at the kitchen table and focusing. I am always multitasking during breakfast and lunch, which isnít good because then I begin to associate food with computer and other things.

BOOKSARE1 - Good for you getting out and walking. I like walking in stores and mall too in the winter time.

It is a beautiful sunny day today, a nice day for a walk. Iíve decided to go to the pool 3x a week so maybe a walk on the no pool days.

Be well,

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3/23/17 7:07 A

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Linda: thanks for the kind words .. I am feeling more positive about life right now .. and that's helping with the eating. I'm praying that your health shapes up, along with your eating .. sticking to the healthy eating plan are struggle enough, without other worries on our mind. You are a strong woman and will handle it. Glad you and DS got a chance to chat.

I did pretty good yesterday .. stuck to my new rule of eating meals ONLY at the table. I was challenged with being able to concentrate and focus only on the eating, and did eat "not so good" foods for my eating plan .. but I did stop before I was stuffed so that was good. I know that my stomach feels better when I don't overeat .. the struggle is convincing my hand with the fork, and my mouth to cooperate. I can do this! Focus focus.

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3/22/17 10:32 A

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Books - are your knees bone on bone? that is where mine are at and my biggest problem besides pain is stiffness. When I walk my knees get stiffer and stiffer. Do you have this problem and how do you handle it?

Sue - It really sounds like you are on the path to success. I think you have that food dragon hitched to a wagon and pulling in the right direction. So proud of you!

PandB - have a great day.

I took my son to the airport for his new job, down the hill, in the rain, on the freeway. But we did have a nice visit and a nice dinner together. I am having major problems with my asthma last night my O2 went down to 90, It has been between 97 and 98 for a year now. I am worried that it is caused by the beta blockers that I am taking. If it is not one thing it is another.

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3/22/17 7:23 A

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Books: glad to hear of the good news... I struggle with getting to bed earlier too ... I feel like by the time I can sit down and just relax, it's bedtime ... I want to watch TV or play on the computer a bit, or read .. but it's time for bed. I'll try to help remind you of your goal .. we can do this together!

Stayed up a bit too late last nite .. then had some trouble falling asleep, so I'm more tired today. A couple successes from yesterday: #1 I got in my 4k steps 2 days in a row .. I walked in place while watching a bit of TV to accomplish that; #2 I sat at the table for all 3 meals yesterday, chewing slower, concentrating on the food (smelling it/tasting it/savoring it). Even tho my dinner wasn't the best choice, I didn't overeat and get that "stuffy" feeling. Results showed on the scale today .. it is going in a downward direction. I'm going to do this 3 days in a row today! Kids only have a part day of school today, so I'll have all 4 most of the day .. "let's get ready to rumble!"

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Sue - things went well at the Sleep Study appointment. I only have very mild sleep apnea so no machine for me. It would probably be very different if I slept on my back. But I have not been able to do that since I was about 15. When I am tried the next day it has more to do with me just not getting to bed early enough.

So now just to keep concentrating on my food. And hoping that as the weight drops and the snow melts I will get a chance to walk a little. For now just anytime I can I walk in the stores. I have 130lbs to got before I can have knee replacement surgery, so my long term goal is by early 2019. It would be nice it I can do it sooner, but I know the more I lose the slower it will come off. But I have great support from this team and a great group of friends.

Waiting for my roasted veggies to be done to go with my chicken and cauliflower rice. Lol Cauliflower rice has become my new best friend. Green Giant now sells it all ready prepare in the freezer section, just need to watch some have cheese added.

Have a great night.

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3/21/17 2:19 P

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Hello Everyone!

The loaner Cpap machine is working much better .. Now I need to get to bed earlier Ö the last 2 nites, I did much better, and feel more human again. It's Spring .. I'm ready to get outdoors again.

P&B: ick! Turbo Tax weekend .. We need to get to that too .. I never look forward to sitting down and sorting thru that stuff. Last year, I did the taxes by myself .. Cuz hubby and I get a bit tense with each other when we're doing them. He's a slow reader, and I'm very impatient. Glad you got yours done, and can focus back on healthier eating. I am jealous that you get to go to a pool .. We have a YMCA not too far from us, but it's pretty pricey for me.

Linda: I know what you mean Ö trying to get your family to eat healthier. I've struggled with weight all my life, (my entire family in fact) and when my kids were born, I tried so hard to give them better options .. But all 3 of my kids struggle with weight now too. My 2 boys fight against any veggies, and rarely fruit - fast food/junk food for them. My daughter tries harder, but has a big weakness for sweets. .. I still always prepare healthy choices when we're all eating together. We do our best. Yep .. I don't know what the magic answer is either. Linda .. Yes .. Mindful. I've made a commitment to sit at the kitchen table when I eat from now on .. Concentrate on the food, NOT multi-task! So far - 2 meals are a success .. I feel satisfied, and content .. I'm sure having better sleep last nite is helping too.

Books: I hope things turned out ok for your sleep study. I can tell you .. Having my Cpap has made a world of difference for me Ö I've lost close to 100lbs since I got it .. I know I am always saying how tired I am, but I'm sure I'm much better than I was back in 2006 when I got my 1st machine. The new doc verified (again) how bad my breathing was when they did my test, and that the machine IS doing it's job still today. I still dream (pun) about losing more weight and getting off the machine .. And maybe one day that will happen.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
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3/21/17 12:07 P

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Happy Tuesday,

Truthful Tuesday - I need to be mindful, awe of what I am doing and why I am doing it.

PandB - scientist are speculating that the high rate of diabetes is due to generations of eating a very restrictive diet for most of the population. Conditions are improving and more foods are being introduced into the general culture. Weight is going up.
When I am finished with my water aerobics I go to a corner in the deep end and tread water. It is so relaxing and seems to help my knees.

Books - wow 15 inches of snow! Did you have to shovel out? Maybe you can post a pic of your new kitties when you get them. It must be wonderful to actually be able to walk through the store. I keep dreaming that I will be able to do that someday.

Sue - what is happening in your busy life?

Debby and David - missing you

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3/21/17 9:54 A

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Hello Sparklers,

JUSTME - Thank you for your kind words, it is good to be back.ÖÖÖ..Ahhh, Indian food. You have to be careful. Restaurants use a lot Ghee (clarified butter) in everything and many of the dishes are cooked with cream. Thatís interesting that India has the highest rate of diabetes. I wonder what causes it?ÖÖThere are a lot of unhealthy skinny people out there. They just fly under the radar because they look like they are fit. How often is your SIL in charge of the kids? If it is occasionally then maybe she just wants to win their approval by letting them have whatever they want, food or other things.

BOOKSARE1 - Congratulations on your successes. Itís wonderful that you can now drive for longer distances and walk around the grocery store. The walking will snowball, the more you walk the more you will be able to walk and that will help you get even closer to your goals.

Went to water aerobics yesterday and enjoyed the pool after finishing my work out. I was the only one in the aerobics section of the pool so I just listened to my music and splashed around. It felt good.

Be well,

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Good Morning all. I have been missing action for a bit. Have been lazy in the morning and getting up later leaves only enough room to grab a coffee, make breakfast and log on to my work. But with the good weather coming, need to try to get up and give myself time to hopefully take a short walk outside.

I have been doing well on my nutrition and am noticing some really good things, one I was able to drive down to MA this past weekend. I have not been able to drive more that 20 or 30 minutes without pain for about year. I actually walked around the grocery store on Sunday. I have been using the motorized carts for the last couple of years. Still need it if I am doing a really big shopping but getting there.

JustMe- Happy Belated Birthday. I am glad you daughter sees the nutritional needs for her son. My son was very underweight for a long time, from age 5 to 8 he weighed about 42 lbs. He needed the calories so I let him eat anything he would unfortunately vegetables were not one of those foods. Then he started on a new medicine and suddenly he was constantly looking for food, he wasn't hungry just the med making him think he was. Due to the poor eating habits I taught him. He is now at 20 with a weight problem. I hate seeing him struggle but he will need to find that place where we all go that says enough is enough.

Sue - I go today for my results from my sleep study. Not sure I could sleep with a CPap. Hoping I am not there and with the weight i am losing I can stay away from it. We will see.

P&B - We got about 16 inches of snow last week and it delayed out kitties coming to live with us. That finally happens this Thursday. It is shocking when you look at what we spend on take-out and deliver food. I have done that a couple of times and think. Boy I could have used that money on a great vacation. Now I am doing much better and spending on much better food and doing my own cooking.

Well time to get another coffee and start my work day.

Hope everyone has a great day.

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3/20/17 12:14 P

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Happy Spring,

I am happy to say that I am Sloooooowly losing weight, about a half a pound a week. I'll take it.

PandB - I am so happy you are back with us. I missed you for a long time and now I get the pleasure of your company. Indian food should be healthy, look at all the skinny people in India. Although they do have the highest percentage of diabetes of any country.

Sue - hope all in well. Remember to breathe. Take some time for yourself.

I also am going to ask a question that really does not have an answer. My skinny SIL has the worst eating habits of anyone I have ever seen except for my SIL that died youngish (70). Both of them would skip meat and vegetables and eat carbs and lots of sugar. Both were thin and so they thought they were healthy. My daughter was gone at a conference this weekend so my SIL was in charge of the kids eating. which meant any time they said they did not want to eat they did not have to. My grandson is so thin he is close to the point of malnourished. Last night was one of the few times I have seen my SIL and daughter argue. My grandson ate some noodles and refused to eat any protein. After dinner my SIL gave him cookies, ice cream and a small cupcake. When he went to get the cupcake was when they started to argue. I stayed out of it. Totally ou - like in the other room. But how do you get someone to see that their behavior is harmful to their child? I know unanserable question. I am just glad that my daughter sees it.

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3/20/17 10:18 A

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Hello Sparklers,

HAPPY SPRING! The spring equinox officially starts today, yippee.

ITZ_SUE - Glad you are sleeping better. From your busy days it looks like you have more energy. Good job starting to clear out the clutter. Thatís always a good thing to do.

Welcome back IAFAWM

JUSTME - Happy Birthday. glad you had a nice day and pampered yourself. Your oven-roasted veggies sound delicious.

Eating was a bit off this weekend. It was Turbo Tax Weekend for B and I so I didnít do any cooking. We got take out Indian food, which from a restaurant is delicious but not particularly healthy. The good news is taxes are done for 2016.

Be well,

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3/20/17 7:26 A

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Happy Birthday Linda! Glad you had a "you" day!

God's Blessings,
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I have had a very nice weekend. I made oven roasted carrots, brussels sprouts and chicken tonight that turn out perfect and very easy. Today was my birthday. Very low key and relaxing. I went to water aerobics and read a new best seller by an author I like.

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Hello Everyone!

I've finished DS birthday cake, and am cleaning up all the mess now ... whew! one thing checked off my ToDo list for today.

Welcome back IAFAWM.

Hope everyone is doing good.

Sue

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3/17/17 10:05 P

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Hello, I'm back after trying my fitness pal for awhile.



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3/17/17 11:50 A

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Hello Everyone - Happy St Patrick's Day!

I took my CPap machine to the tech to get sent in yesterday .. they gave me a loaner. The loaner machine is quieter, but my mask is still squeeking or whistling or something so I was awake about 4x. (turn off machine and turn it back on then it's quiet for a while) I'm calling today to order a new mask. But the good news is that I do feel better this morning .. I slept better when I was sleeping.

My days seem to really be flying by lately .. busy toting kids to school and from school, then spending part of the day at my house doing my housework. I feel like I have accomplished a few thing .. and that's a good feeling. Wednesday, I even grabbed a couple things from the basement to throw away ... one step at a time right?

We're planning a family vacation for Spring break again this year. I'll fill you all in when I learn more.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness!
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3/17/17 8:56 A

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Hello Sparklers,

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

JUSTME - Good for you taking a day off. I ate Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine dinners for years to avoid cooking.

Happy Friday and St. Patrick's Day to all. Instead of the traditional corned beef and cabbage I'll make a lighter cabbage dish for dinner tonight. Luckily I don't like whiskey or Guinness so those won't be a temptation for me.

Be well,

P&B

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3/16/17 12:52 P

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Happy Thursday

I am relaxing today. I am not planning on doing or going anywhere. Tomorrow is water aerobics. My daughter is in Palm Springs at a conference. I am even eating processed food for a few days so I do not have to really cook.

Hope everyone is preparing for a great weekend.


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Hello Sparklers,

Was cooped up inside yesterday and got bored. Unfortunately, I entertained myself with extra calories. Today I am determined to get out and go to water aerobics.

It is sunny but cold here. The stronger March sun is nice and soon it will be spring. Hope Mother Nature has it marked on her calendar too.

Be well,

B&B

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Hope those that went through the Northeaster are keeping warm. Received about 2" of slush, that's turned icy here in Edgewood, Maryland. So haven't done much exercising the last 2 days. just some chair ones. I have a recumbent bike but swelling and arthritis in knees, wouldn't let me do more than 10 minutes yesterday.

A year ago today was mother's funeral/burial. With so many people here then and catering, had no time to even think. Now sitting here wonder what if anything I could have done different with her care. How crazy is that, like it would make a difference now.

Will be so glad for warmer weather and can go walking and enjoy the sun.

Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
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Gorgeous day out so I really need to get out and go for a walk.

Linda it took me about a week or so before they finally quit hurting. My cholesterol levels are up but I am really going to try and control it with diet and exercise as I really don't want to take any medications.

Sue I hope the best for your CPAP. I wouldn't be able to sleep without it. Mine is pretty quiet but my husband's is loud so I try my best to fall asleep before he comes to bed.

Have a great day everyone.

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Hello Sparklers,

Got a ton of snow yesterday. Canít wait until spring. Only 10 1/2 weeks until the summertime outdoor pool opens. Can you tell I am counting the days?

JUSTME - Good for you cutting out the fast food. That will help your waistline and pocketbook. I remember one night when B and I were looking at our itemized finances and noticed that in a year we spent over $700 at Subway. There was a Subway across the street from where we both worked and we would go in there sometimes but certainly not everyday. After we saw how much it cost we stopped going. For $700 we wanted something better. Maybe each time you pack and bring food from home instead of going to a fast food place set aside what you would have spent and then buy yourself something nice.

ITZ_SUE - Glad you like your new doctor. I read a recent article that people that take control of their medical care and question tier doctors receive better treatment than those that blindly follow what their doctor says. These days I think more and more people are asking their doctors is this really necessary? and I think that is a good thing.

JD41US - Be careful exercising with your ankle healing. SparkPeople have a number of chair exercise videos, that may be a good place to start.

Be well,

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Happy hump day

Sue - hope they get your c-pap fixed. Sleep is so important in so many ways. I hate taking medication because I have so many drug interactions. Up several pounds- remember when it used to be up tons on pounds. You've got this = do not let it get you down. It could all be related to the sleep problems

JD - how long did it take you to get over the statin pain? that is part of my problem. People post where they have made friends. Some people post in multiple threats, some in only one, it is a personal thing. Whatever works for you.

Right now I am a little batty. My kitten came into heat, so she is yowling all the time. She tried to have sex with my ear when I was sitting on the couch. As soon as she goes out we will have her spayed.

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Hello,

Well .. I met my new sleep apnea doc today .. he said all the readings from my CPap machine look good, but wrote up an order to have machine repaired or replaced. It is not quite 5yrs old yet, so we have to go thru "processes" to get it looked at. The tech is going to send it back to manufacturer, and get a loaner machine for me. She explained that the mfg has the abilities to really check out everything, and should find out what the problem is. All I know is it was "great" until about last August, and seems to be getting noisier and noisier, waking me up 5-6-7x each nite .. I'm tired, and headachey all the time .. there's something wrong. I liked the new doc .. he was very kind and listened to me, not seeming to rush me out. The bad news is that I'm up several pounds since the last time I was there .. BOO! .. too much "tired" eating I'm sure. Well .. one step at a time ... think positive, be positive, and take care of myself better.

Have a great day all!
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Think I was a little misunderstood in my last post - I was wondering why several people post on this thread and several post on the March Chat thread. I like to see how everyone is doing and think it would be really nice if everyone was on the same page (thread). Oh well whatever works - I have enjoyed reading the posts and getting to know everyone a little bit better. I originally joined this team over a year ago - left and now am back.

My cholesterol levels and weight need to get under control. I need to start making exercise a priority. I am still going to physical therapy for my broken ankle but think it is getting better and walking is getting easier.

I understand the pain of losing a parent and it is so hard. I lost my brother 17 years ago on the 4th and my dad 2 years ago coming up on the 22nd. Pray you find peace.

Sue I know I took statins for so long and it pained my muscles in my legs so bad that I finally just stopped taking it.

Wishing everyone a great day!

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: Sometimes, I think some of the medications we are given GIVE more trouble than they are worth. I feel that way about the restless leg meds .. My doc appt is finally tomorrow, and I'm going to discuss it with him. It's a new doc, and I'm praying that he's is as open as my last doc (who retired). .. Anyway, I feel we are our best doctors, and the professionals should work with us.

Fran: You can see the difference in the photos .. Great comparison to have .. And lucky you that you have the skill to do alterations on some of your favorite items .. But new is fun too!

P&B: portion control is a challenge for me too Ö I now use a smaller plate with my meals, and that is helping Ö I know I should measure & weigh stuff .. But .. You know how that goes! Hope you had fun at the pool .. Looking out my window and seeing 6+ inches of snow make me dream of a pool!!

I've had shin splints so many times, that I think my shins are nothing but scar tissue now, so I'm more susceptible to them. They are very painful .. I put a heating pad on them to calm the pain, but it takes a few days (and staying off my feet a lot) to get them to really feel better. I should know better .. We were rushing to get into g-son's school to see his music program Ö and running late .. Had to rush, rush .. I could never be a runner, I can't even be a fast walker! But Ö they're better today already so I'm getting steps in during the day again. (6k today and yesterday! emoticon )

Well .. That's it for me for today .. Time to get dinner cookin'

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,

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Still feeling so much better. I did not realize how bad I was feeling until I started feeling normal.
Normal chance of stroke is 4%, so it is a big jump, but no one in my family has ever had a stroke, no aunt, no uncle, no parent, no grandparent. I am really working on portion control. I had a problem yesterday with lunch. But other than that I am really working on the no seconds rule.

Welcome - Loveflowers

PandB - we really do seem to be working on the same problems. I am not track as much as I used to. I want to get back to the every day thing, but just decided to spend more time concentrating on the big picture - healthy life style- and less on the point by point. It seems to be working at least for the moment. My big picture is portion control, no second and no fast food.

Fran love the pics. You deserve new clothes. Great work

Sue - I do not know about shin splints personally, but my daughter has them and says them are incredibly painful, so I hope you heal soon. I love it that you are having such a fun time with your GD and are making time for your church group. You seem much happier right now.

Debby - when do you get back? missing you

Joanne - hope all is well in your part of the world.
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Hello Sparklers,

Still working on tracking and portion control. Last night I looked at the dinner plates I made for B and I and thought this is way too much food. It was a low fat vegetarian dish, which is good, but the portions were too large for the meal to have been really healthy.

ITZ_SUE - Not sure I like the new SparkPeople page format either. It is hard to find this group. Sorry to hear about your shin splints. Hope you heal quickly.

Welcome LOVEFLOWERS

BOOKSARE1 - Love Chewy and Han, Iím a Star Wars fan too. Hope your kitties arrive soon.

FRANSILVIUS62 - Your Mom was very lucky to have so much loving family around her. Iím sure she would want you to celebrate her life now rather than be sad. Maybe do something fun that she like to do or go to one of her favorite places to remember her. Love the then and now photos!

JUSTME - Good choice to stop the Pradaxa. Itís hard to evaluate the 7% chance of stroke. I wonder what the overall chance of someone in their 50ís is for having a stroke? That may be close to 7% so how much is the drug really doing? Drug companies like to play with the percentages to make your risk look bigger and their drug more effective than is actually the case.

Car is fixed so will go to the pool today for the first time in a week and a half. Looking forward to it.

Be well,

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Looking through photos today and came across these. Didn't notice much difference until, I got to thinking. The before picture was December 2015 (325), the after was January 2016 (290). I had to take it in 8". Since then, I decided no more taking clothes in. If they're too big, time to go shopping. Can hardly wait to see this years results.

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Happy Sunday all,

I went off of my Pradaxa which I had started about 2 weeks ago. My stomach problems are gone, I am sleeping better and I am mentally better. I am at an increased risk of stroke, but I think I will take my changes. Chance of stroke is 7%. Chance of side effects are 100% for me. I was also having extreme pain in my legs which is 80% gone. I still have it late in the evening, but not all day long.

Sue- you have been a busy lady lately - enjoy your time but remember to take time to smell the roses.

Fran - I still get depressed in the late fall and early winter because I lost my mother and grand mother in November and December years and years ago. I is totally normal to grieve the loss of our loved ones. Take time for yourself and get a hug from someone you love.

Books - 50 pounds in 3 months!!!!!!! Wow!!! Pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to a massage or something else that you want.

PandB - I made water aerobics today!!! Yeah

Spark on

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Hello,

Fran: healing from a death can take a very long time ... sometimes, we never can get over it. I pray that you feel some healing, and having other family around can help. My Dad has been gone 5yr now, and I still miss him so much. Hugs to you.

Things are busy today .. hope you are all doing well.

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Having a rough time My mom passed away, a year ago yesterday and funeral was on the 15th. Really miss her She would have been 71 on the 29th of this month. I took care of her up to the end. She passed in our home with family around her. We had celebrated her birthday a week before she passed.

Not feeling much like eating or exercising, but have a supportive husband that's making sure i at least eat. May try to do recumbent bike later while watching a movie, even though don't feel like it.

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Hello Everyone!

LoveFlowers: welcome, glad to have you join us

Books: Being down 48lbs is something to be very proud of, so please don't be so tough on yourself. It was one day .. and you faced it, and now move forward (hmmmm .. advice to myself I think). Congrats on the new kitties! I love the name Chewy and Han - we're Star Wars fans too.

I had a good day today ... we went to see Beauty & the Beast play. Delicious food, but served in reasonable portions, so I didn't get that stuffed feeling. My tummy still protested, so I'll have to be careful for the next day or so. The g-kids loved the play - especially the 4yr old .. Belle even gave her a special little wave, and complimented her on her little "Belle" dress ... it was so sweet. I'm suffering with a bit of shin splints again .. hard to do much walking .. I'm sitting with heating pad on it now. Well .. tomorrow's a new day again.

Take care of you!
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Happy Saturday all.

it has been a crazy busy week. For the most part did well with food and tracking. I did derail last night. Was just not in the mood to cook the chicken I had taken out. Ordered Pizza. Ate too much of it. But tossed what was let so today is a clean slate. At first was kind of mad at myself. I am down 48 lbs since Jan 6th. But then I realized it was one night and I am ok. I am on track this morning.

My son and I are excited we hope to get our new furbabies next week, yes two new kitties. Stewie and Hans. Thinking we may change the names a bit... Chewy and Han. We are Star War fans. Not sure when we will get them. The person from the shelter is going to bring them to us. She had hoped for Tuesday but mother nature has her own plans. A Nor'ester is due to hit our area. Looks like lots of snow. I will share when they arrive.

To the new chatters, this is a great group.

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I am new to this team, but not to spark. I hope to lose weight and meet new friends. I also like posting new topics. I want to wish everyone Good Luck in reaching your goals. Have a great day and weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good Morning All!

took so long to find this team page, and then my computer went a bit wacko this morning .. no time to chat now .. just wanted to say hello and have a great day all!

Sue
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Things are better. My brother survived his surgery and it looks like he will be able to be mobile.He will be in the hospital for a few days and then be transferred to rehab.
I am doing better. I am really trying to focus on mindful living. I am changing a lot of things. I am weighing once a week as opposed to every day. I am trying to focus on planning healthy meals, which I have always done, but not focusing on logging so much as on portion control. My asthma seems to be improving a little, I am no longer coughing and wheezing at night. Still have a slight cough during the day. Have my car back!
The weather is absolutely fantastic. It has been in the 60s and is heading into the 70s. The sun is shining, the hills are green (for the first time in years) and the snow on the mountains is sparkling.

David - missing you - remember we are here for both the good and the bad.

PandB - it sounds like we are on the same page, mindfull eating and portion control. I hope it is a winner

Sue- thank you for the prayers - I think they worked. Sue you have made so much progress, of course your co-workers noted the change. What fun it must have been to be able to show off your beautiful GD.

Debby - your trip sounds amazing! Continue to enjoy.

Jd - welcome and no big rules here - just treat each other kindly. You can write as little or as much as you want. Write some days and read others. Write every day, no days, some days. You can vent, moan and celebrate. Do what works best for you. We are all at different points along this journey.

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Hello Sparklers,

DEBBY - Sounds like you are having great fun! I envy you. Very happy to see you are getting your mojo back. Looks like this is exactly what you needed to get inspired.

ITZ_SUE - How wonderful to meet up with old friends and have them notice your progress. Like the saying goes, ďItís hard to see the forest because the trees are in the wayĒ. Well itís hard to see your own progress when you battle everyday, but old friends that havenís seen you in awhile spot your success immediately.

JD41US - There are no rules on SparkPeople. Everyone just posts when and where they want. Plus, like Debbie said, many of us have been posting for years and have gotten to know each other.

Things are relatively under control. Working on my portion control. Car gets fixed tomorrow so next week I will be back at water aerobics.

Be well,

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Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all doing well ... taking care of you!

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Linda: praying and praying for a break for you ... it is so hard to keep an up attitude when you keep getting knocked down .. we're all holding on to you for support

Debby: how exciting your adventures are - wow! zip lining!!!! wow!!! just think how great that hiking will be next vacation

JD: When I check in everyday, it's a reminder to me on what I'm trying to do ... and help for me when I know that others struggle in the same things I beat myself up for ... we help each other

GD and I went and had lunch with a couple of my past co-workers --- team from about 17 yrs ago ... it was good to catch up with them. We used to do lunch a couple times a year, but that pretty much dried up. One lady is "really" retired, one is retiring at the end of May ... the couple others are still hanging in there .. trying to make it to full retirement. The ones still working talked about how toxic the whole company is .. how unhappy everyone is ... it made me feel blessed that I'm out of there. They all complimented me on how good I look (made me blush) ... made me feel inspired to get control of this, and lose more. We all have aches, and pains ... just like old people!!! ;)

Be well all .. take time for yourself!
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Linda - I am so sorry to hear about your troubles, and will especially keep your brother in my thoughts. Stress like that can surely aggravate your own health. I'm glad to hear the scale is going down, but I know from experience that extreme stress can cause me to lose my appetite. That's when I know it's extreme, because my normal response to dress is to overeat. So, please take care of yourself. You can't be any good to your brother if you don't.

JD - welcome! I don't know how we get each other to post regularly. We just do. And some are so much better than others about it. Most of us have been on this thread for a long time (months to years) and we feel like friends. We always like to grow our circle of friends. I hope you'll join us and we won't care if you post every day or just when you can or want to. I find this group to be helpful, encouraging and compassionate in their acceptance of both success and backsliding.

As for me, it's another beautiful day in Costa Rica. After two full days of hiking, zip lining and exploring, we're taking a much needed day of rest around the pool or on the beach at our resort. We had such a great guide over the past couple of days and he'll be leading us on a river float tomorrow to see, hopefully, monkeys, crocodiles, and who knows how many other fascinating creatures that live here. We're having a lot of fun and it's really giving me incentive to get the weight off. I'm in pretty decent shape for doing all of these things, but it would definitely be easier if I weren't carrying all the extra weight. We haven't quite decided where we're going next year, but Yellowstone National Park is high on the list and that will be a lot of hiking, so it's definitely something to aim for.

I'm thinking of all of you through your ups and downs. Please take care of yourselves. You're worth it.

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I have been here for quite some time with occasional posts but mostly lurking - I am curious as some of you post here daily and others post daily in the March chat. Wondering why the division or how do you get everyone to post on the same page.

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Hello Sparklers,

JUSTME - You are doing great in a difficult situation. It's a true accomplishment that you are able to eat mindfully during a time of such stress. I'll bet in years past this would not have been the case. Not feeling well and being able to do what you want because of your asthma is tough. Is there a place that makes you feel better? Is it easier to breathe with more dry or humid air and can you find a place to go for a bit that suits your needs? I'm sorry to hear about your brother's cancelled surgery. I hope he will well enough seen for the procedure to be done. You are in my thoughts today.

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I am sorry but it is all about me today. My brother could not have his surgery because his hemoglobin was too low. He has blood poisoning. He is becoming more and more confused. I am so worried about him.
I am having a lot of muscle pain and joint pain. I need to get back to excise, but my asthma is horrible right now. I have not had asthma symptom is over a year like this.
I am depressed and have no energy.
There now I have vented.
the one good thing is the scale is going down. I am not tracking as well as I should, but I have been focused on being mindful about my eating.

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Hello Sparklers,

Still struggling with tracking all of my food. I think I am eating reasonably, but without tracking there is no way to really know.

JUSTME - We love Subarus too. We have the Forester and a newer Legacy. We would like to get 150K out of the Forester (its around 98K now) and then would probably replace it with another Subaru.

FREEBIRD65 - Welcome, this is a good group.

ITZ_SUE - The wind wakes me up at night too. I find it very unsettling. Hope the weather is calmer and you are able to sleep better.

Be well,

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Hello Everyone!

David: I'm hoping you do not give in to the sadness. Sometimes, I don't feel like posting, but I still come in her to check on everyone else .. It helps me. Take care of you my friend .. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself.

P&B: whew! Good thing you did stop and check on the car .. Reminds me to be more diligent in checking the oil in my old car too. I need a lot of distractions these days .. Spring fever I think.

Linda: your life seems to always be so busy .. Glad that cold is getting better .. They can really wear you down. Praying for your brother.

Freebird65: welcome Ö jump in whenever you can .. We all support one another thru life

Tired today .. Stormy windy weather thru the nite added to my wake-up times all nite long. Next week is my doc appt .. I can do this!

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
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Welcome freebird

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I am also looking for friends friends to check in with!

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Happy Monday

The next two days are going to be very busy. I have 5 workmen coming to the house. Each one is coming for something different, rats, termites, clean house inspection, roof repair, and solar. I hope my car is done today. My son and I need to deliver the plans to city hall today and get the permits. Tomorrow is my brother's surgery and a meeting. My cold is getting a little better. I am still trying to baby myself.

PandB - my car is also a subaru - I had one before and loved it. Hope yours is well soon.

David - I think that sometimes it is okay to just say "right now I am doing the best I can do" I spent about 6 months in stasis, but by coming back here I was eventually able to get back on track. Sometimes progress is slow, but just listening and waiting can also be progress. We are here for you.

Sue - my sister in heart- thank you for your support. Take care of yourself.

Joanne - I am so glad things have settled down a little in your part of the world. Be safe and take care.

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Hello Sparklers,

No water aerobics for me this week because I am without a car. This weekend the check engine light came on while B was driving our 2007 Forester. The oil level was extremely low and we are VERY lucky the engineer didnít seize. Long story short, it needs new head gaskets. Subarus can run forever, I think you can get 200K miles out of them, but they are know to need new head gaskets along the way. We will do this repair and then be more diligent on checking the oil on both of our cars.

JUSTME - Hope your cold goes away quickly and you are feeling better soon.

AJISUUN - Congratulations on getting out of the 30ís.

WEIGHTNITOUT - Stress is tough. Just keep picturing yourself in your new place.

BOOKSARE1 - Oh how fun, a new cat. I love cats. Nothing puts a smile on your face faster than a purring cat.

DEBBYHS - Enjoy your week in Costa Rica. Hope you have great weather.

ITZ_SUE - Sometimes I lock myself away with my counted cross stitch and do nothing but that all day to avoid over eating. Good job on using your computer game to avoid emotional eating.

It is shaping up to be a nice day here today - a good one for walking around their neighborhood.

Be well,

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I've been continuing to try to fight off this feeling of giving up and accept life the way it is.
I'm sorry but my heart us just not in texting right now. I do pray and wish the best for all here. I'll check back in in about a week when hopefully things settle down a bit by then.
You are all always in my thoughts .
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Hello Everyone,

Linda: you and your family are in my prayers ... I'm sorry for the stress that you are going thru, but glad that you can spend some true time with your brother. Take care of you my sister.

Debby: glad you checked in .. we've been thinking of you Exciting to think of twins in the family .. just saying the word baby makes my heart smile. Glad that hubby will team up with you for health .. that can only help both of you.

I didn't do too bad eating-wise yesterday ... I was a bum tho .. I played my game on the computer a lot .. and it helped me avoid the frig ... today, I need to move my body more .. housework planned with 4yr old helping .. that will be busy.

God's Peace,
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Tomorrow is the start of a new week, a new beginning, Compliance Monday.

My daughter and I went to see my brother yesterday. They are going to amputate half his foot on Tuesday and no one knows if he is going to survive the surgery. He and I had a really good talk. He does not want to die, but he has come to acceptance if he does. He wanted to say his good -byes. Both of his sons flew in and spent a week with him. They just left. His daughter has been there everyday and his step daughter drove from Utah to stay for 4 days. He does not want to see his younger grandchildren. He wants them to remember him as he was just a couple of months ago. Right now he is in constant pain and it is wearing him out. So I am very glad that I was able to see him. We talked about growing up and how we have changed and stayed the same. I thanked him for helping to raise me.

I hope that everyone has a good week.

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I'm sorry I have not checked in in a long time. My life has been a little hectic and I have not been eating well. I won't this week, either, as I'm in Costa Rica enjoying sun, warmth, ocean and wildlife. We just arrived yesterday and will stay until Saturday. My husband told me today that he plans to get back on track with me when we return. That makes me so happy as I always do better when he's in on it with me. Meanwhile, I'm going to just enjoy being here and soak up all this country has to offer in the time we're here.

My daughter is progressing well with her twin pregnancy and found out last week that she's having two boys - to be named Emmett Satoshi and Xander Akira. Middle names are carried her paternal grandfather. She was very close to him before he passed away when whereas in high school. I can't wait to see them when they're born. She's due the end of July but her doc is saying he won't let her go past mid July as twins can cause all kinds problems since they make mom so big.

And Books - I'm happy to see you are in process of adopting a cat. I volunteer for a cat shelter and do adoptions all the time and it's always a joy to see cats matched up with their purrfect furever home. I have three dogs and three cats of my own and I foster kittens and sometimes their moms frequently. I've fostered 18 since last June. I wish you well in finding your purrfect kitty.

I hope everyone is doing well. I'll be back more when I return home.

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Hello Everyone,

My days have been hectic and stressful as usual.

Thurs, I got a call from my youngest son from work asking if I could come pick him up. He was feeling disoriented, and dizzy .. not sure what was going on. So DD and I drove into the city to get him (after making some arrangement for kid pickups). I took straight over to urgent care, where they ran a bunch of tests, and after he told them he had some chest pain too ... he didn't tell me that cuz he didn't want me to freak out. With hubby's history of bad heart .. I do freak out. The tests found nothing ... another "watch for signs again" diagnosis. He's been feeling fine since.

Fri, was busy with Christian Women church activities ... we had Rosary, then Stations of the Cross mid-day, then late afternoon/evening, I helped out at the Parish fish fry. The Christian Women group sponsored the dessert table, and I helped cut and serve desserts. There was a lot of home made goodies, but also some store bought desserts .. great variety. I had the 4yr old with me for all activities, and she was a gem ... I'm so proud of her .. all the ladies were very complimentary of her good behavior .. made me so proud. 14yr old GS came and helped at the fish fry too ... both were stars in my eyes .. well behaved, and stepping up to help wherever it was needed.

Sat, was an afternoon at Church.

This morning, I attended a Muslim family speaking at Church. It was truly eye opening to hear how they had to escape Iraq due to being persecuted for their beliefs. I'm not very knowledgeable about the world, and saw similarities in how we care for our family, and our religion, and how lucky we are here in the US, that we CAN. I'm afraid to say much about at home, cuz I'm feeling good about things right now, and don't want to damper the feeling. Family is so important in my life, and we really are all God's family.

Well .. it's gonna be a tougher day for eating .. cuz we have to have "eat the leftovers" day .. the frig is bulging, and I refuse to cook more until it has some free space. My goal is to NOT let the garbage disposal in my brain take control

God's Peace all!
Sue

I have to say that being a bit more involved at Church is really helping my mood swings .. God is holding on to me.

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hello everyone,

been a busy couple of days (again) .. I'll have to catch up later ... but please know that I'm thinking of you all

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Good Morning Everyone.

In one week weather here in NH went from 50+ degrees to under 10 with the chill factor. Sitting in my living room looking out at a very sunny cold day. Not sure I am going to venture out today. lol

David sorry the cortisone shots didn't work for you. They have kept me out of a wheelchair for about 5 yrs now. In stores I need the scooters but at home I get around OK. And with each pound I have lost I move better. But the cold does make them worse. I need to get to around 300 before the doctor will consider replacement surgery. So that is my 1st big goal.

My son as convinced me that we shouldn't wait to get a new kitty. He says the apartment just doesn't feel right anymore without a cat. So we have started the process of adoption. .

JustMe: Hope all goes well for your brother, will keep him in my thoughts. Not sure how I would feel if my son was moving away. Granted some days I just wish he would leave the apartment for a few hours. He is very much a homebody. All his friends come here. Doesn't happen as much now that they are all 20 and over. But when they were young weekends generally had 3 to 4 teenage boys here. Thank goodness for PB&J to feed them. I was greatful as I always knew what my son was doing.

Well slept late and now time for a healthy brunch. And of course coffee.

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Happy Friday

Good News - sad news - the good -my son has an excellent job offer. the sad - he will have to move away.
I am feeling a little better. My cough seems to be leaving and my sore throat, but my asthma is still there.
My brother has had a set back and is dealing with a major infection. They are talking about amputating one of his toes.

Joanne - can you see me doing the happy dance for you. Wow onederland!!!! My goal. I know envy is s sin, but I think will engage in it for a minute or two.

David - I get a flu shot every year. I do not think I could survive the flu with my asthma.
I hate vermin!!! I am so glad you are getting away from the rats. Nasty things. It is funny we had a rat as a pet once. He was affectionate and smart, and I liked him. But wild rats are just disgusting.

P&B my foot massager is wonderful. I use it twice a day in the morning to help my back and in the evening for water retention (yes it works) I am skipping water aerobics and even exercise for a while. I have a cold and my asthma is acting up.

Spark on

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David, I'm not under 200 yet, but inching closer. It's my next major goal. I have to go back over 40 years myself to remember the last time i was under 200 too. And I'm only 53! I know I was over 200 in 5th grade.

I don't know how exciting my life is, but it's not boring. It just seems normal to me now since I've been here for 20 years.

Joanne

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Ndanka, ndanka terewut nga egga fi nga jem. (Wolof proverb)
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Good Friday morning to everyone!!!!
We almost made it thru another week..

The weather has been strange. Upper 80s almost reaching 90 back to 50s reaching 70 today.
With the weather changes I sure feel it in knees and feet.

BOOKSARE 1. : I tried cortisone shots once, only once.... Made pain even worse for me.

Just me: it seems almost everyone I've talked to has had the flu or cold this year. " Bugs" are getting stronger to fight each year it seems. Do you get a flu shot every year? My company offers free shots to its employees.
I just read you mentioned that your Brother had Surgery. I hope he's doing fine.

P@B : when I had a house (100 years ago), I had a home computer and was on it almost everyday. Doing bills, etc.that is until I was hacked. Had software to protect but ended up closing 4credit cards, closing bank acct etc. Ended up costing me well over $10,000. After that its bill in the mail, mail off money order.

Joanne: you sound like you live an adventuresome life with your profession. I've tried googling some of the places you've mentioned just to see what it's like there.
And OMG....under 200!!!!!! That is so awesome. Ild have to go back 20-30 yes since I was in that range. I can only imagine you must be able to get around a lot easier and feel overall better.

As for me..I'm trying not to stress, or stress eat. Upper mgrs still haven't made their minds up on how to proceed on cutting staff. Everyday I go in you can feel the tension in the air. This really has become a hostile environment.
We continue to buy boxes and pack all unnecessary items as we get the key to the new apt next Friday. A few of my wife's friends are alreading reniging on their offers to help move. She said still plenty left. I'm packing but because of all going on at work am not asking off time to move. So, I'll go to work leaving one apt and going home to another. Can't wait for it to be over.
Here is an example: my gd (kindergarten), worked on class project growing a small plant in a pot from a seed. Hers had a nice little stem and bud( they grew pea pod). Waking up she told us " my plant is small again..." My wife went and checked to find small bite marks, a stem, now pod or leaves. Roaches climbed in and since it was a "food plant", ate most of it..
I've got a little time before work so going to wash dishes and nap time permitting.

Wishing all a great Friday.
David.

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I'm here. My CFS started flaring after I returned from our little time away during the election crisis here. That combined with a backlog of work, made a nasty combination.

I played with the same 5 pounds for a long time and was struggling to get my eating under control. I wasn't eating too horribly, just too much to be able to lose. I'm down into new numbers now. Yay! I lost 2 pounds last week and 2 pounds this week. It has been a while since I lost 2 pounds, two weeks in a row. I've given myself a break from logging. After being hard on it for 2 years, it has been nice to just eat mindfully. For now, this is the best thing for me. I'm finally out of the 230's. 199 I'm coming for you!

Joanne

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Life has been hectic, but things are going okay.

P&B my foot massager is wonderful. I use it twice a day in the morning to help my back and in the evening for water retention (yes it works) I am skipping water aerobics and even exercise for a while. I have a cold and my asthma is acting up.

I have been doing as little as possible. I caught a cold and have no energy. I decided my body was trying to tell me something, so other than necessities I am laying low at the bungalow.

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Hello Sparklers,

Did reasonably well yesterday. Not quite tracking everything but am working on being more diligent. Skipped water aerobics yesterday to stay home and pay the monthly bills. It takes me all day by the time I download all of my statements and then make the online payments. But, Iíd rather dedicate one day a month to paying bills than be bothered by it in dribs and drabs. So, now I am done for March.

ITZ_SUE- Glad you are having a quiet morning. It is nice to get a little time to yourself and putter in whatever direction you want. Hope hubby gets his cast off!!

WEIGHTNITOUT- Thatís a lot of laundry!! You are smart to start cleaning and packing early. There are so many last minute things to take care of when moving that it is good to get as much as possible done early. How exciting that your step daughter will be coming home soon. Will she stay with you? It might be nice to have an extra pair of hands around to help.

BOOKSARE1 -There is nothing more frustrating than when you stay on track and then gain weight. When it happens to me I try to remember a time when I the scale was kinder than expected and usually that is from water weight coming off. I still get my period, although not every month, so I have quite the love-hate relationship with water weight.

JUSTME - Your foot massager sounds heavenly!! Does it help reduce water buildup in your feet and ankles? How often do you use it?

Looking to have another on track day today. Will go to water aerobics and be mindful of what I eat. I can successfully make it through today and worry about tomorrow later.

Be well,

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My brother had surgery yesterday. All went well and he is on the road to recovery. He is almost 80 and this was scary. He had some complications from diabetes.

Books - look at Greg's List for a recliner. Maybe you can find something in your price range or maybe local thrift shops. I spent a lot of money on a foot massager. It is the best purchase I have ever made. I can feel it help all the way up my back. It is like a foot stool with two slots for your feet and calves. It massages from knee to toe. It was $300, but has lasted 10 years.

David - I know how hard it is to move, but this sounds like this is going to be wonderful for you and your family to get out of where you are presently living conditions. Enjoy!!

Sue - sounds like today was just what you needed after yesterday. Can you ask family member to do things around the house? I could not ask my husband. He would get angry and defensive. It just wasn't worth it. However I can ask my SIL to do things. He will never see them on his own, but is more than willing to do anything I ask. I often do not ask because of the years dealing with my husband. Sometimes we create problems for ourselves and sometime the problems are big nasty rocks that are not going to change.

This morning was a trial for me. I took my car into the repair shop and they called Enterprise to come pick me up. Half an hour later they called again. Half an hour later I called and Enterprise told me no one had called. Then when I told them I was sitting beside the man when he called and heard they entire conversation. They said he gave them the wrong address. I told them that I had given them the address the day before and that the man had also given them the correct address. then they said that "well we have 50 people that need cars. Then they lied and said the driver had been dispatched. They are 10 minutes from the shop, Half an hour later the driver arrived and had to stop to pick up someone else. I called my insurance company and gave a formal complaint.

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Good Evening all.

David, what a busy day. Sounds like this move is really needed. Hope it helps your granddaughter.

I am struggle a little this week only because even though my food was good most of last week I went up 1 pound. I know some of it is I am starting to retain fluid again in my legs and feet. It goes down when I get my cortisone shots but after about a month it starts again. my doctor says it is related to my knees. I also don't have a chair where I can elevate my feet. So the only time they are not bendt is when i am in bed sleeping. Need to really think of getting a recliner, but one that will support me at my current weight are just way out of my price range.

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Only have a min between errands. Off today.
Just got home from doing 14 loads of laundry. Yep.. Washing all of step daughters clothes from dressers and closet along with weekly wash. She'll be getting released in one month. That and with us moving in less than 2weeks, wanted to get her stuff cleaned and packed. Have to go on other side of town to gd pediatrician to pick up paperwork, pick gd up from school in about an hr, go to Walmart to price plastic bins. We've stayed away from cardboard boxes as not to take roaches with us that we fight everyday.( I will not miss them or the rats!!!!!), I'm hoping my GDS allergies will let up a bit along with the Asama once we leave here.
The list goes on and time running out. Have a good afternoon and evening.
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Hello Everyone,

Pretty busy day yesterday, so I didn't get to post .. and I didn't seem to get much of a chance to eat either. 2nd GD was home from school due to illness, so I had the 2 girls for the day which kept the day busy .. then DD was late getting home so I had to race to get to my final Bible study class. Needless to say, I was beat by the time I finally got home about 8:45 .. I grabbed a slice of leftover pizza, shoved it down my throat and went to bed. I was hungry, and didn't want to go to bed that way, and so tired, but still didn't sleep well. 2 more weeks to CPap doc appt .. we can do this.

Today, no babysitting .. taking hubby to doc to get his arm checked .. hopefully the cast will come off. I've had a nice peaceful morning .. hubby's working this AM, and so is DS .. so I'm home alone .. nice! Had a quiet morning prayer time with very few interruptions (the weather alert radio going off due to thunderstorms in the area), but still nice. I gathered all the towel stuff to run thru the washer, and even got the family room vacuumed. Then, emptied a cooler that still had water and beverages in it from the last family gathering we had. (trying not to let myself be frustrated that no one else could have done this.) Now ... I'm going to relax a bit before hubby gets home to get ready for doc appt. I do feel good when I can "putter" and get a few things checked off my ToDo list.

Hope you are all doing well .. remember to stop, think before you take your next bite. (msg most strongly to myself)

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Hello Sparklers,

Had a decent day yesterday. Went to water aerobics and didn't overeat. Looking to have another good day today.

Be well,

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Hello Sparklers,

Didnít have a great week last week. Came down with a nasty cold and B was away traveling. Not feeling well and left on my own, I made poor food choices. Glad itís Monday, a new day, a new week and Iím ready to get back into it. Will make it to water aerobics this morning and then cook healthy meal for dinner tonight. Most importantly I will track everything I eat. I started using FitBit to track my food. FitBit software is easier to use and I have the program on my phone so it is always with me.

Finally, after many many years am enjoying a good cup of coffee this morning while I write this. My grandmother made the best coffee and for years I have been trying to replicate it with over priced beans and new fangled ways of brewing but could never get it anywhere close to hers. Finally, I bought an old fashioned percolator, just like the one she had, and can now replicate her wonderful coffee (Presto electric percolator and Chuck Full of Nuts coffee).

WEIGHTNITOUT- Congratulations on your new apartment. Living in a place you like will help make everything seem better.

ITZ_SUE - Glad you are feeling better. Winter colds can be nasty. Iím looking forward to spring too, but I think we have a ways to go. Glad you are sleeping better.

BOOKSARE1 - Thanks for posting the recipe. I like spicy too and crock pot cooking is easy.

JUSTME - Glad your GDís birthday party was a success. What a great idea to incorporate art into the party.


Be well,

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today has been a good day. Good friend stopped by we enjoyed coffee and chatting. I spent yesterday going through my cookbook collection and got rid of any that did not supply the nutritional value of the recipe. Then I picked out some news ones from various sites. Made Spinach-Artichoke Lasagna Rolls yesterday. Granted wish I had thought to switch out the noodles for zucchini, would have dropped the calories. I did use skim-milk ricotta and mozzarella. Live and learn.

Hope all are well. Need to head to the store for some cauliflower rice.



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Books: I'm gonna try your recipe (one of these days) .. and cut down on the hot sauce ... it sounds like it would be yummy in tortilla's.

Linda: glad GD's birthday is going well .. I think it's so fun to do "crafty" things with younger kids .. my artistic ability is best at their level I think .. but it's ok .. it's really fun. My GD and I do crafts (we call them projects) every once in a while, and we both enjoy it. It's a good thought for something with felt pieces ... she loves to glue things ... maybe we'll do a St Patrick's Day craft for the frig.

I slept better last nite .. only woke up about 4x .. which is good for me .. I feel much better today .. AND the sun is shining again. I really am going to have to look into one of those lights for my home .. I need the sunshine. I did a bunch of housework yesterday, and today, I plan on relaxing ... I just can't work everyday! It's not a healthy thing.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,
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GD's birthday is going great. My daughter's friend who is an art teacher came and the kids are making crowns and superheros out of felt.

books I am going to try your recipe next week - sounds great - I like spicy.

Sue - I am working on taking better care of myself and I decided to go back to baby steps, one thing at a time and not try to do everything at once

David - GO to urgent care - you need your meds, so does your wife. As far as grumbling - do not worry at all- that is the nice thing about message boards is that if someone does not want to read it they do not have to. Those that want to will, so do what works for you. We are here to provide support to each other that means letting each person do what is best for them as long as it does not hurt anyone else.

P&B - hope your weekend is going well
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Sue here is that recipe. You might be able to reduce the hot sauce and add more ranch.
CROCK POT BUFFALO RANCH PULLED CHICKEN
Used it in burritos, over rice, over noodles...the options are endless.
5 Frozen chicken Breasts, you don't have to use frozen, you can use regular boneless chicken
1/2 Tbsp Dried Parsley
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
1/4 tsp Salt
1 packs dry ranch dressing
1 C Frank's Red Hot Sauce
Place frozen chicken breasts into the slow cooker.
Mix together all remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour sauce over frozen chicken breasts and turn to low. Cook for about 5 hours. Time varies on the size and if frozen or thawed. Check the chicken when it starts to shred easy it is ready.
Using two forks or tongs, shred chicken.
After I shred it I add it back to the crock pot for about 15 to 20 with the power off, to let the shredded chicken to absorb all the sauce


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Hello Everyone!

Books: I'm not really a "spicy" food eater .. Too hard on my tummy issues, but pls post the recipe .. I might be able to smooth a down a bit .. Or .. LOL .. Maybe I should cook something good and spicy to slow down my eating ;) I know what you mean about the weather .. Here in WI, we had 60 & 70s last week .. Today, there's snow on the ground again Ö sigh .. I think we are all ready for Spring.

Linda: glad you are feeling a bit better .. We're praying for you .. I know how hard it is to have a self-talk about what exactly we want. Hang in there. I try to say some positive things to myself every once in the while thru the day .. There is always something good we can say right?

David: yikes Ö don't you just want to scream sometimes .. It's ok with me if you complain and grumble all you need to .. We need to release that poison out of our systems. I'm listening. Hugs.

I'm still struggling with eating healthy, taking better care of myself. I have a couple more weeks before my CPap doc appt .. Hoping that he can straighten out my sleeping problems, and I can feel better. I was in bed last night for 12hrs, but only got 7hrs of sleep (according to my fitbit). I do feel better today, but I could go back to sleep again. The cold is on it's way out .. Still headache all the time, so I'm sure the sinus's are acting up. Well .. Time to get back to housework .. That doesn't go away.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness,

Sue

The will of God will not take you where the grace of God will not protect you.


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