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Hi Tricia,
You are at your parents now Hope you had a good trip! have a great time. I have a wedding tomorrow. I got a new dress it is beautiful !
Have fun!
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Hi PJ!

Sorry I didn't not check in much this week. It has been a crazy busy week for me, but now it is all done. I am mostly packed and will be heading to my parents house in the morning. I probably should head to bed but I have been going nonstop most of today so finally sitting down to watch TV for a bit and chill.

Hope you have a good weekend. I won't be home until late the night before Christmas Eve.

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12/14/14 7:43 P

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Hi PJ!

Thanks for the hugs...No I am not off yet. We have another week of school. On Friday I am taking the day off so I can go see my parents. We will have our party on Wednesday. It will be a busy week, but it should be a lot of fun.

Sounds like you had a blast at your party. Our work party is tomorrow evening. We always have a lot of fun. We do a gift exchange as well.

Going to run for now. My sweet husband needs to use my computer.

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Hi Tricia,
Big hugs, Hope you have a great Christmas! Are you off yet ?
The running club party was so much fun, I ended up dancing for a few hours with my friends we had appetizers ,they were great and we were out on the patio of the restaurant it was in the 50s so keeping moving was a good idea. The next day , evening I went up to Ft Pierce to hear David Cobb speak on the Move to Amend movement, to get money out of government ( to get it on the constitution , Corporations are not people, and Money is not speech , the 1% of the population the mega corporations are running our government with their money and that is not what our founders meant when they wrote ' WE THE PEOPLE' , was a very good presentation. David Cobb ran for president in 2004 with the Green Party, he is from Texas originally. He was presenting to a group of progressives but he says he presents to tea party people , republicans, libertarians etc and has gotten resolutions across the country so far passed including in Montana, Idaho, ( now my mind has gone blank ) I am remembering the two very conservative places he named . Yesterday ( last night ) was our River warrior Christmas party, oh we had so much fun, if you see the pictures on Facebook you will see a bit of the strangeness. We had tons of food, and then did a White Elephant gift exchange, there are pictures of me with a big bow on my head,that came off the gift I chose. My friend Katy put it on my head , in one of the pictures that my friend Keri took I sort of look like a basset hound. lol I really liked that gift , it was a big cedar plank cooking tray to cook fish on , I usually don't get attached to things but I did that I wanted it and what do you know this woman LINDA stole it from me and then the next gift I got , a computer mouse pad and coasters I didn't want , it had dolphins on and no one stole it from me. I gave it to my friend Irene when she came late after the party was over and we were cleaning up. She loves dolphins and uses the computer for her work, she owns a motel. I don't know when I have laughed so much as last night. Screaming laughing at times.
I did ride my bike 8 miles the other day.
I am so frustrated with the way I look. so FAT. 197 but so FAT my face hasn't been this fat looking in so many years I have few clothes that fit well, still in my 16s , my muscles have been sore since dancing the other night and I was up many times the last two nights from being active . Tomorrow I go see my neurologist , I am going to have to ride my bike either all of the way or partially so that will be a 1st in 2 years .
Hope you are having a good weekend. I have a lot of cleaning to do. I made some awesome mini cheese balls yesterday for the party and still need to clean up my mess.
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12/13/14 2:05 P

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Hi PJ!

Sounds like it was a good idea to go to the podiatrist. Glad you are getting some good information and some good help.

Almost done Christmas shopping. I have a couple things to pick up hopefully today. Then I have to start wrapping. Finally got boxed put back up in the attic last night. That has helped a lot. Got the kids bathroom cleaned this morning. I need to work in the kitchen, but I am waiting for my one dd to get home from a birthday party because I need to take her to a carwash when she gets home. The girls are going to spend the night with a friend tonight so I will be on my own.

Will check in with you later.

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Hi Tricia! sorry I didn't answer right away I was sick for a couple of days I got exposed to some poison Friday at the parade ( it had to have been on the grass at the middle school where I was on my knees for a moment to pose for a picture ) Saturday I started feeling irritable and sunday more so and my knees broke out and all I could do Monday and Tuesday was sleep. Yesterday was a great day , I saw my new Podiatrist and he is great! I met him at the 1/2 marathon in October he is a runner and a member of the running club I belong to, he is so nice and a great doc, he throughly examined my feet, told me why my left foot the one that blisters on the bottom of the ball of the big toe says I don't have any fat pad left there and all that is left under the skin is bone and it is due to the disease Charcot Marie Tooth ( the genetic disease ) the inherited neuropathy I have , you will see me posting things about it on facebook . The left one I have had a black toe nail on the second toe nail since october he says that is dried blood and I may or may not lose the toe nail, he had me walk so he could see what is happening , bare footed, and says the toe is dropping at the first knuckle that toe and the next one to it , he gave me new thicker insoles for my running shoes and had me walk around in them outside for awhile to make sure they were comfortable before I paid for them and I got a discount on them since I belong to his running club. he cut my nails , told me to put lotion my feet everyday to make them soft so I don't build callous on them I said I thought that made them blister easier he said no I didn't want to make callouses that would make it easier to make wounds , and with all the issues I am likely to get those since I have decreased sensation told me to take off my shoes every hour and move my toes around . I am not to go barefoot . If I had diabetes medicare would pay for my shoes but since my neuropathy is inherited it will not. isn't that crazy.
I have my running club Christmas party tonight at 6pm and shortly I get my hair cut. One of the river warriors picked me up and brought me home from the podiatrist and she is a hair cutter and she volunteered to cut my hair today and is going to pick me up and bring me home from her salon! so nice, she gives fellow river warriors a discounted price so only 15 $ for a hair cut! yay. Our River Warrior Christmas Party is Saturday. I see my neurologist for a check up on Monday.
I am so glad you get to go see your parents!
I am also going to check with a new doc on the 23, an internist who specializes in bio identical hormones and thyroid etc. My friend Keri West has been seeing him for 5 years, she lost 50 pounds since seeing him so I thought since I haven't had a uterus or ovaries since 2008 and I gained all this weight after the births of my sons 34 years ago I should check him out. I don't have hot flashes or anything but it is worth a check. My metabolism is nil. He specializes in people who are complex so it will not be wasted.
Hope you had a good day.
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12/10/14 5:02 P

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Hi PJ!

I saw that you got to go to the podiatrist today. Hope all went well with that.

Things have been busy at school. Lots to do and to get down with the kids before Christmas. Trying to get all their gifts done before next Wednesday because we will not get anything done from Wednesday on! Wednesday is our party day. I think Thursday will be a movie and survival day...I will have to leave some easy and fun things for my co-teacher for Friday since I am abandoning her the last day of school before Christmas.

Almost done with my own Christmas shopping. Taking one of the girls tonight to do some of her shopping. I have $40 in Kohls cash I am going to let her use.

Hope all is well with you.

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12/8/14 11:44 P

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Hi PJ!

Sorry about the confusion. Texts can get confusing. I think I was doing something else when I got your text too. Like I said, things have been busy.

This week is busy, but it is good. Found out I got a raise today! Then this afternoon talked to my parents and they are going to pay for me to fly out for a few days before Christmas. I am going out to NC on the 19th and coming back on the 23rd. That means I have a lot to do in the next two weeks! More than I had before! But it is all good. It will be so good to see Daddy for myself. I think my Mom needs it as much as I do.

This evening was the Christmas Tea at church. Our speaker is a member of our church who went through the concentration camps during WW2. It was amazing to hear about the things that she went through and had to face. She has done a lot of work with orphans and has brought many to the states for medical care and has found homes for them. She is an amazing woman. Was a wonderful evening.

Hope you have had a good day!

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Hi Tricia!
So good to see you sign on , I thought you were telling me goodbye the other day in the text , i really hate texts I can't hear context or tone. Big hugs I have missed you. Hope you are 100% better. I saw the pictures of your girls and the Christmas cookies this weekend. They are cute and so big I didn't expect them so big ( tall ) . Our christmas parade was Friday and we ( River Warriors and our River Keeper and the Solidarity Fish ( they even made it to Washington Dc this year in ornament form for the National Tree ) , I had a great time in the Parade and walked about 2 miles I am still swimming an hour at a time. My second toe nail on the right foot has been black for over 2 months now and it is sore and seems to roll under when I walk I need to make an appointment to the foot doctor. I did make an appointment with an internist who specializes in bio identical hormones and the indocrine system , my friend Keri West she is the pretty blond next to me in my cover photo from the parade picture from Friday ,not the Kari that was Lynn's friend she has disappeared from my life. Keri West has been doing the bioidentical hormones for several years she used to weigh about 170 and she lost over 50 pounds just with balancing the hormones and eating for her blood type. She weighs 114 now , The doc , knows how to work with complex patients and he accepts medicare so it is worth a try. I have been attempting to go it alone for such a long time. Having gained 24 pounds in the last 2 years in very frustrating and I can't workout like the maniac I was with my tendons and joints the way they are I can't risk injurying myself. So my appointment with the New doc is the 23 of this month. co payment is 35 dollars , not bad. I am tired , my sleep is off I am staying up late and sleeping late so I am tired a lot. Have been eating a lot of sugar the last few weeks and lots of organic veggies strange combo I know . :) Bob hasn't made it down he has had mega financial issues, Andy sent him 1000$ in hopes that will help him get down here, Andy can not imagine anyone he cares about suffering through those freezing temperatures of Buffalo . Bob hopes to get down here by the end of December but his expenses and issues are great so we will see. I have 2 parties this week the running club Christmas party Thursday evening and the River Warrior Christmas party on Saturday evening. The Democrat Christmas party is this evening , but I think I am not going I am tired and not in a mood to being around people , I am supposed to be at a 9am meeting tomorrow , a political thing to ask our legislative reps to purchase land with Amendment 1 money ( we voted it in , in November ) to purchase land for the flow way south for Lake Okeechobee to drain to the Everglades the way it use to be and to stop the discharges into our St Lucie river and Indian River . I also have my meditation class tomorrow evening so between those two things it is a full day. I had hoped to start at the gym but will have to start on Tuesday set the alarm and get myself there. and start making it a habit that will be the only way to stop this body blow up.
and remember to go slow and easy. Elmer and Linda have moved to North Florida already, I miss them horribly. Lots of changes.
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Hi PJ!

Sorry that I went MIA. The girls have been commandeering my computer to play their games and such so I am not getting on the computer much these days. I can check Facebook on the computer and my e-mails.

Things have been busy and this week will be even busier. I am finally feeling better. Two rounds of antibiotics and I finally found something to control my allergies and sinus pressure. I am taking Alka Seltzer Plus Allergy and Sinus. I am taking it mainly at night so I don't wake up with pressure in my head. Hopefully can stop here in a few days. Glad to finally have some of my energy back and to feel like doing something.

I did exercise a couple of mornings this week. Hope I can do more this week. I did good with not gaining anything unitl Thanksgiving week.

Our Christmas tree is up. We have some other decorations up and I need to get some boxed put back up in the attic. The clutter is getting to me.

Gotta run for now to get cleaned up for church.

Will try to check in more often.

Hope you are doing well!

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11/24/14 8:14 P

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Ok I guess I will quit checking in since there is no one to check in with.
Tricia, just said she is busy and can't get to the computer.
wonder if I should shut the team down.
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Hello Tricia!
hope you are well,
warm here today, my student is still ill, I just got back from going to the store with Barb, thinking about getting in the pool. Will see if I make it . :) Have been doing pretty well with food, 5 weeks of getting organic shares so not going to the store so much and eating junk.
now moving is the trick.
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Hi Tricia
I see you on Facebook, so I know you are live :) I have been very internal the last few days I did swim yesterday and today we had record highs tomorrow a cool front will come through so probably will not have a swim . Quiet day today. Hope to see you soon.
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11/12/14 8:43 A

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HI Tricia,
Love the new picture of you and your husband I saw on facebook, very sweet.
I am finally rested. I went on my first hike since surgery yesterday with my friend Keri West yesterday afternoon, first she took me to her house over in PSL and on a tour, I love all of her plants and her animals , a sweet old dog ( greyhound and a funny cat it belongs to the dog since Keri is allergic ) Keri is an artist so there are paintings and photo's all over the house that she made and pretty sparse of clutter except for wonderful baskets of shells and rocks that I love. We had a wonderful hike , she took me to a place where she showed me full of history and beautiful insects and wildflowers and trees , a beautiful afternoon.
It is a sunny morning , hope to get out for a walk and perhaps a swim today and will get my organic vegetable and fruit share today.
Hope you are well,
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11/6/14 6:52 P

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Hi Tricia,
Hope you are well, I have been resting now for the last 2 days, tutored todaybut other than that had quiet day, it was beautiful this afternoon here, Hopefully will get to the gym next week!
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11/2/14 8:38 P

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hi Tricia,
hope you feel much better soon.
I have a bit of a runnynose / bloody nose from temp change , but I am good , busy for a few more days.
Then can rest!
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Hi PJ!

Sorry that I have not been checking in. I have not had much time on the computer. Most of the time the girls have it for one reason or the other...not to mention I really haven't had that much down time. I was feeling better, but one of my dd's brought home a virus with a sore throat and cold symptoms. Throat was scratchy and sore Thursday. Throat feels better, but still coughing some, sneezing, and feel like my nose is Niagara falls at times. Going through Kleenex's like no one's business. Not fun! Feel better than I did Friday and Saturday. So hopefully on the mend.

Sounds like you have been out and about and quite busy. Hope you are doing well.

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10/31/14 1:28 P

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Hi Tricia , Happy Halloween!
Hope you are well. Crazy week here, busy with the election!
Will be happy on Wednesday when I can rest and happier if all of my selections win.
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Hi Tricia,
Hope you are better and that you had a good weekend.
I am tired, have been busy, today I was up at 3am and was at Indian Riverside Park at 4:30am to volunteer at the Halloween 1/2 marathon , I did day of race registration, set up the food, gave out medals at the end of the race and then helped clean up after the race. I was home by 11 took a nap and had a lazy afternoon watching movies, I am exhausted , had a lot of dystonia symptoms and my feet are burning, I am to do more stuff for the electiom tomorrow and meditation class tomorrow night , lots of stuff for the election this week.
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10/18/14 3:07 P

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Hi Tricia,
glad you are feeling better. Hope your eye is better. I volunteered today at the environmental studies center fun day from 9-2, they opened a turtle tank, I saw a loggerhead turtle up close for the first time. Was fun educating people about our lagoon and rivers and one teacher from the county north of here asked me to come to her class room to educate her students about our rivers that was cool. I am going to the 1/2 marathon kick off party tonight 6-9 at Oceanside physical therapy , the 1/2 marathon is a week from tomorrow , I am volunteering. I will walk there it is about 1/2 mile away. Went to a concert last night downtown with Barb my friend Michelles son Garretts band had a CD release party , and 2 other bands played , it was a lot of fun. Beautiful night not hot .
Hoped you have a fun evening and you are feeling better.
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Finally feeling better. Glad that I took yesterday to rest. I did manage to do laundry. Not much effort there and can fold clothes sitting on the couch! LOL...

I did get a nap in but that was cut short when the dr office called me back. My one eye was feeling funny like it was getting an infection. Put warm compresses on it last evening. They wanted me to come in to the after hours clinic last night, but had to drop the girls off for their Middle School Retreat...so decided I would wait and see how it was this morning. Eye is still a little itchy, but not like yesterday. Think it is going to be fine. Will keep watching it and if it gets worse I will go in and have it checked.

The plan is to go watch our boy and the band today at their marching competition. The girls are gone. The boys are both fairly independent so we may be spending the night at a hotel this evening and then spending the day together tomorrow. Not for sure. Will discuss plans when dh gets home from work in a bit. We were waiting to see how I was feeling before we finalized any plans.

Hope you are having a good weekend.

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HI Tricia hope you feel better soon!
I am good. Got my shares of organics yesterday. Making fresh rolls tonight and kolarabi slaw in the morning. Tutored today.
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Hey PJ!

Sorry I have not been checking in. Have not been feeling well. Fighting a sinus infection. Going to call the dr again today and see if she will call in a stronger antibiotic because this one doesn't seem to be working. Have not really exercised in two weeks but am somehow down another pound. Probably because I do not have much of an appetite.

Will try to check in later today...need to finish getting ready for work and call the dr.

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Hi Tricia,
3 days now I have gotten up and walked, today I woke up at 715 and put on my clothes and was out the door by 7:30 and walked over the first bridge and then walked to Indian River Park well almost, just across the street to Palmer and Indian River Drive and turned around and then walked back through the neighborhoods made the walk longer and walked about 8 miles in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Took pictures and posted them on Facebook. Came home and swam an hour of breast stroke and back stroke. had my green smoothie. Saw my doctor yesterday he was pleased with my health since having surgery told me not to hurt myself and it isn't a race, drew some blood to check my thyroid, d level and my cbc. I go back in January. My student canceled today.
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10/8/14 8:27 A

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Hi Tricia , how is it going? I am having a good week thus far. Started walking with Barb yesterday we did 3 miles , she is having a lot of pain in her feet now with the RA, I woke up at 6am today on my own without the alarm put my shoes on and walked the two bridges did 5 miles going to go get in the pool my feet are burning , dont know if I got blisters or not. We got in the pool yesterday after our walk , I did water aerobics , I will see if my shoulder will let me swim. I see my internist today. I tutored yesterday and then went to the Democratic Fall Classic so it was a full day . Hope you are having a good week! Big hugs.
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10/5/14 11:13 P

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Hi Tricia!
My shoulder is great tonight after I logged on I went for a swim and had the best swim I have had since all of this business with my shoulders began swam an hour back and breast stroke and got to going fast with the breast stroke and this time was getting my head and upper body under water and for the first time and got breathless and you know what , for the first time in what 22 months? NO PAIN IN MY SHOULDERS NONE with movement none , now there is a bit but none at all it was amazing. it was so good to get breathless in the pool while swimming.
I had been great with all the activity no pain. I have to get to exercising my face is the roundest it has been in forever! Glad you had a good weekend .
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Actually PJ, both posts are there...not sure what happened. I know at times I can't see the posts that I know are there.

We have had a pretty good weekend. It has been pretty quiet. Didn't do too much today. It was nice to relax for a bit. Did take dd to the store again and got her new pants for band and a couple other things.

Should be a fairly busy week. DH has jury duty on Thursday so he will only be working Friday and Saturday. Haven't decided whether that is a good or bad thing...we kind of get set in our routine and schedule. It will be nice to have a little more time with him. His birthday is tomorrow...so is my Daddy's.

Hope you have had a good day today. I know you are glad to be active again. How is your shoulder doing with all of this activity? Still feeling good? Hope it continues to improve.

Will check in with you when I can.

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WTG Tricia! Gig hugs! I had a big long post and it disappeared!!!
I have been super busy all week. Yesterday was gone all day at a parade and Bahamian Festival in the area as a River Warrior and campaigning for my friend Mary Higgins , then Friday was at Sandsprit Park as a River Warrior with Mary Higgins , the River Keeper , the Democrats welcoming Charlie Crist when he came and toured our Lagoon and talked for a bit then that evening I went with Linda and Elmer to the YMCA for the Family Dinner night but it Stormed big time so we were sent inside and it was so crowded that we decided to go eat at Carson's near my condo and had a nice dinner, it was pouring still but we were covered ( though we were outside ) . Last night was the first TV I had watched all week.
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Big hugs Tricia!
Wtg on getting so much done.
Busy Busy Busy the past few days. I was gone all day yesterday was at the Bahamian Festival yesterday in Port Salerno and the little parade there all day as a River Warrior and campaigning with my friend Mary Higgins was a lot of fun. I am tired, was busy all week. Friday was at Sandsprit park with the River Warriors and Mary Higgins and our River Keeper and the Democrats to Welcome Charlie Christ to our River so he could tour our Lagoon and see the damage to our area , he did and spoke to us for a short period of time then I was to go to the YMCA to dinner to Linda and Elmer but when we got there a huge storm came up and we got rained out and we had to go inside and it was so crowded and crazy we decided to go eat at Carson's a little ' Sports Tavern ' by my condo and we had a nice dinner my favorite salad , apple , pecan and grilled chicken over mixed greens. They loved what they chose , was a long day! I hadn't watched any TV all week until last night. I have been up since 5am our temperature is a bit and my legs were twisting. I was running a bit in the parade yesterday, I would bend down to hand kids bracelettes , candy and sunglassses and then look up and my group would be 1/2 a block ahead of me and I would go running to catch up with them. I know someone I don't know has pictures of a crazy woman running in birkenstocks . :)
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Hi PJ!

Getting more accomplished around the house today. Grocery shopping done. Family room is straightened more and some of the dust removed...Still more to do, but taking little sections at a time. The girls helped me get some of the fall decorations out. Always fun to have new "old" things around that bring back memories and good feelings.

Need to take dd jean shopping and run a couple more errands.

I did get out and walked this morning. Only did a mile, but low on motivation and inspiration today. Today is the memorial service for my family friend that passed a couple weeks back. Sad that I am so far away and can't be there, but that is probably one of the reasons I am feeling a bit off today.

Hope you are having a good day.

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Hi Tricia,
sounds like you had a good day , busy.
Me too, slept well 9 hours, then up and volunteered at the Democrat office for 4 hours helping with my friend Mary's campaign , then came home for a couple of hours then up to Fort Pierce was up there by 5pm with Barb at the Florida Dept of Environmental Protection with a bunch of other River Warriors for a Press Release from the Sierra Club to Demand that the FDEP purchase the land we need for the Flow Way South from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades so the discharges will stop and the Everglades can be restored , this was promised in 2008 and only 2 pieces have been purchased back in 2008 and none since and Big Sugar is going to develop the land into houses and then we will never have the flow way south and our rivers will be dead and so will the Everglades . Horrible we have till next week for the state to take up the option , and then one year longer for the state to purchase it.
A bunch of us then went to the Original Tiki and had a bite to eat and talked it was fun I got home and thought I had a conference call with the marathon group but that isn't til next week. lol now I am going to go rest.
hope you have a good night. I am volunteering at the Dems tomorrow again and supposed to tutor .
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Hi PJ!

I know it will start moving again, but I was just starting to see progress on the scale. Trying to stay focused and to keep pressing on and make healthy choices.

Went to the Botanical Gardens this morning with my sweet husband and then we went out to lunch. We were home shortly after noon so he could head off to bed since he is working tonight. I have done dishes, laundry, took out the trash and cooked dinner...Also got a chance to sit down and catch up on some of the TV shows I had missed this week for one reason or another.

Will be a quiet evening at home with my one dd. My son took my van for the evening...looks like a pretty good excuse to stay put! lol!

Hope you have had a good day. Glad that you heard from Kari. It is kind of weird how she drops out and then comes back in like nothing happened. I have had a couple of friends like that.

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HI Tricia!
Big hugs, I had a good day, volunteered at the Local Democrat office , for my friend Mary Higgins who is running for State Represenative , was addressing envelopes will do that again tomorrow for a few hours and perhaps stuffing them with a letter that was picked up this afternoon. I swam an hour yesterday and today as well. It poured rain yesterday , , and then I had my meditation class last night with my friend Cyndi leading it and my friends Barb and Irene attending it with me , it was our 3rd week, it always makes me happy.
Kari Pebely texted me out of the blue today , hadn't heard from her since May before my surgery , says she is moving to Stuart this weekend and will commute to Jupiter for work and for Mikel's school , will be living in Mark's condo til Dec 15th temporarily , that he is out of town til then , putting her stuff in storage , can't afford her apartment , said she has been in a dark place and hasn't had time or room for a friend until now . ( part of me is resentful and part of me isn't ) funny how some people act like life is on hold while they are gone from your life, she was typing all of these plans down to do with me when she moves here as if I don't have a life . It was interesting to watch my reaction. We will see . hmm
I have to get to bed, I am getting picked up about 9:45 in the morning for the volunteer stuff.
Your scale will move down you are staying consistant!
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Hi PJ!

Sorry I have not checked in a few days. Life is busy! I actually have Wednesday off this week and I am so excited! Ready for a peaceful and quiet day. My weekends are so packed full between all the things that did not get done during the week and the kids activities. It wears me out. I did have a very productive weekend though. Got the kitchen cleaned and some things reorganized and also reorganized the kids bathroom...now if they will just stay that way.

A bit frustrated with the scale...it is not moving down right now and I haven't really changed anything. Trying not to let that deter me but keep pushing on. Decided to amp it up a bit this week. I did strength training this morning with my DVD and then did a 20 min Firm Cardio DVD. Not sure if I will do that all week, but trying to get the scale moving again.

We got a new student today. She is a very sweet young lady. She did great today and I think will be a wonderful addition to our class.

Hope you have had a good day!

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Oh, feel for your friend Barb. Alzeheimer's is not an easy thing to deal with. My grandfather had that and parkinsons . Tough! Glad she has a friend like you to support her.



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Hi Tricia,
I didn't get in the pool today it has been stormy since I got out from tutoring , I did ride my bike the mile and that is it, I got a big tub of fruit this afternoon, the 20 dollar meal deal , quinua pasta ( package of it ) a jar of organic pasta sauce, pound of white turkey meat, a loaf of sour dough bread ( got it sliced ) will put in the freezer so I can get a piece at a time, romaine lettuce mix , ( the tub of fruit is 2 lbs of cut up fruit, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, cantalope, honeydew ) . I think it was a good deal. This morning I ran errands with Barb , then went with her to visit her mom in PSL in the nursing home her mother has alzheimers and it is very nerve wracking for Barb to visit , her mom drives her crazy between her mother's history of lying and now the dementia Barb loses her temper , at first Barb was believing the stories her mother was telling and then she yelled at the nurses now she knows she can't trust a thing her mother tells her. Like today her mother said she had no clothes ,she was in the TV room and Barb had picked up a hamburger at a good shop and a rootbeer and chips on the way for her , we got there before lunch and her mom was happy about it, so when we went to leave we checked her room , her closet was full of clean clothes , her mother had simply refused to dress. Barb said , see why I get angry. I didn't say a word, I would just chalk it up to the dementia and her natural personality of lying being more out there but I don't have a history of 59 years of this behavior that Barb does so I just keep my mouth shut. Barb asked me to go so her mom wouldn't act out so much in front of a new person and when she started in with complaining we left.
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Hi PJ!

Sounds like you had a good day and are in a good mood. Great job looking for ways to eat healthier. And good job with getting in the pool!

Today is my rest day. Yesterday I exercised in the morning and then walked 2.5 miles in the afternoon. The scale seems to be stuck this week which is frustrating after seeing steady progress the last two weeks. Hope it starts moving again. Still have another 15 that I would like to loose by Christmas and then we will go from there.

Tomorrow night we will be going to the football game. It is 8th grade band night so my dh has taken off and we are all going. Will get to see our son as drum major and hear dd play at a game for the first time. Should be a fun evening.

Hope you have a good evening and get some good rest.

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Hi Tricia,
I got an hour swim in yesterday afternoon, the water was beautiful even though the sky was grey/ black, then rode my bike to the store and back had to get TP and dish soap and organic grapes. I just learned about an organic buying club in the area I am going to start this next month going to start with the juicer share 25 $ for my share of greens and fruit a week all certified organics and see how that goes they have different shares and things you can add to it each week including organic beef, turkey, chicken, eggs, whole shares , 1/2 share and 1/3 share of in season fruit and vegetables I just have to pick it up on Wednesday down the streett about 2 miles from where I live. I have a few friends who do it and love it. Here in Florida it is difficult to find certified organics especially where I live so this is great . I am only obligated to buy 3 shares over a year and can cancel at any time. It is supposed to rain again today, hope to get in the pool again and am supposed to tutor . I am more positive today. Hope you have a good day!
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Morning PJ!

I think you will find that you make progress sooner than you expect. Each day you will feel stronger. Just be careful not to push too far too fast, but I know you already know that.

About ready to head out the door for another day...Hopefully I can check back in this evening.

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Hi Tricia ,
Big hugs, Yesterday was the first day of autumn so perhaps that was why the lower energy. We have been having rain every day Woke up to rain this morning and another dark morning here , warm but dark and dreary and my apartment is very dark so that makes my energy slow. I did vaccum my apartment yesterday moved all of the furniture all around it is amazing how dusty it gets the rug , Florida is so dusty and to me that is amazing. I rode my bike Monday for the first time Just a mile but I did it. haven't done anymore since . Did my meditation class and that was good New moon today , I am feeling sluggish , did my green smoothie this morning 1/2 the usual amount couldn't finish my whole one yesterday so cut it in half. Weight hanging at 194 , I was down on the floor last night doing some crunches, planks , leg lifts and things and out of breath and so out of shape thinking oh my I don't remember ever feeling this out of shape maybe in 2005 or so my that happened fast. I lose breath so fast just doing a couple of anything . it will a long slog back. My shoulder was painful lying on my back and stretching out not like it was hurt just like OH WOW I HAVE TO DO THIS MORE!
so I have to get to moving slowly but surely and boy this is going to take a long time.
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Hi PJ!

For some reason, I am very tired today. I have been doing good. Still exercising and trying to stay on track with food. Today was a potluck at work which made things a little challenging. Feel like I navigated it well. Tried to stay with chicken and salads and allowed myself one small piece of cake.

At home by myself right now and enjoying the peace and quiet. May try to get out later this evening for a walk. Our weather has cooled off quite a bit - so it is really nice right now.

Hope you are having a good week so far.

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Hi Tricia I hope you aren't getting the eye infection either , to be on the safe side I would call his doc and get some medicine too . But that is me . :)
Quiet day here again, I got to kick my butt and get out to the pool but no motivation . Got to get out there to read my book it is so dark in my apartment. Hope you have a good day.
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Hi PJ!

Glad you are having a nice quiet weekend. You have been very busy lately.

I had a busy day yesterday. I did laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, mopped the kitchen floor, among other things. Last night there was a picnic for dh's work, but we ended up not going. DH has an infection in his eye. He went to the dr when he got home from work yesterday and got some medicine. He didn't get to sleep til late and his eye still looked pretty bad when he got up. Ended up getting pizza and movies and had a nice, quiet evening at home.

My one eye feels like it is burning some...so I am hoping that I am not getting what he has. Since he works nights and I am in the bed by myself there are some nights that I end up on his side of the bed and I sleep on his pillow...

Pretty quiet day today here. Dinner is in the crockpot and it is smelling yummy!

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Hi Tricia, I just posted just realized I was posting off my post so you wouldn't know I posted.


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Hi Tricia, quiet day here , food ok as always need to increase protein , was stormy no exercise but no junk either the pumpkin gingersnap cookies I found on pinterest are great , I made them gluten free with a rice flour mix I have and made a dozen of them and took them to Andy he loved them I have the rest of the dough in the fridge will cook them up in the next day or so, it keeps in the fridge for up to 3 days I think , which is very cool! ;) easy to cook up a few cookies at a time which is easier for me to do so I don't eat them . I added more pumpkin to them than what the recipe called for , they didn't look very pumpkiny with what it called for so doubled the pumpkin. Hope you had a good day.
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just sent you a friend request on Facebook. looked you up on Jen's page.
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Tricia , sorry to hear about your long time friend , Big big hugs!!!
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Wow Tricia WTG you !! down another pound so it is down 15 pounds and fitting clothes again! yay!
Big hugs.
I need to get up from here and make my smoothie and get to moving, I did get up this morning and make my bed but that is it so far, I did just volunteer to help market the Marathon of the Treasure Coast tomorrow morning early at another race with the race director Frank and he gave me an out , saying he had enough people but if I wanted to get up early we can talk and make arrangements later today for him to pick me up tomorrow. I told him I didn't mind getting up early and it sounded like fun. He sent me a thumbs up . I wrestled with myself with that for a few moments thinking he didn't need me I could back out, but I do need to get myself out there and moving I am happier when I do.
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Morning PJ!

So glad that you are having a good week. I know you are glad to be getting out and being with people again. I know you were really struggling with that last year about this time. Sounds like things are going well for you. Great job on the healthy and clean eating too.

I am down another pound! So excited! I also was able to get into some capris that were too small at the beginning of the summer! So I am definitely seeing progress. It is getting easier to say no to those sweet treats. Working too hard to give away calories for nothing...Actually met a friend at Starbucks last night. She was already there when I got there and had already ordered. We started talking and I never went and got a drink. Sat and visited and walked out without buying anything. Was pleasantly shocked and surprised that I did that but really did not feel like I had missed a thing. Especially since the scale was down another pound this morning!

Yesterday was a hard day for me. A good family friend passed away. He was the younger brother of my best friend growing up. I spent so much time over at their house growing up that this really hit me harder than I expected. He was a dwarf that had other medical issues. He was not expected to live through his teens but turned 41 in February. I was so blessed to have him and his family in my life growing up. There is a link on my facebook page with a story about him and his life if you are interested in reading more about him...Let me know if you are and I will tell you how to find me on facebook.

Doing okay this morning. About ready to head out the door. Looking forward to a quiet evening of chilling at home this evening since we have been going all week long.

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Hi Tricia,
That is great news! WTG on one more pound down! I am proud of you! I am having a very good week, have felt happy and focused this week. Monday I went to a bookclub at the library meeting and that was fun and that evening I went to a meditation class that one of my 'friends 'that I have met through the River Warriors is giving in her home , she is a Reiki pracitioner and body worker and meditation instructor and RN she is a year or so older too , Barb , Irene and I were the 3 there on Monday all RW and friends so it was a good group and I had a great experience I released my back in the meditation and was vibrating by the end of the hour and was smiling and relaxed. Cyndi the leader of the class is using Young Living Essential oils ( I use to be a distributer of them when I lived out in California , they are wonderful and she used them on us , she had , Sage from California that she smudged us with, and abalone shell she used as well, she gave us red hibiscus tea ( I hadn't drank that since I had left California ) I told her she was making me feel at home ( California ) :) I have been very focused and eating healthy and taking better care of myself since. I have been cooking and making my green smoothies , haven't had junk all week. I made a big pot of mixed bean soup last night with lots of organic celery and carrots, and garlic and spices , I let it cook all night in my crock pot and had it today over a bowl of mixed greens , it was delicious , i put two containers of it in the freezer and I have a container to eat in a day or so in the fridge. I made some orgainic sprouted rice trio that I had gotten at the food bank last month ( it comes in a bag like regular rice but it is three different kinds of rice ) and it is delicious , one day I made that and mixed some ground chicken I had in the fridge with it over greens another day I mixed the rice with some black beans I had left over in the fridge and served it over some other greens , you get the drift I am always serving something over greens . :) Last night I roasted organic beets and butternut squash with garlic in a bit of olive oil and had them over baby spinach leaves that was my dinner . Delicious . I am swimming an hour a day this week and my shoulder isn't hurting. My feet have not healed yet from last week's ordeal of walking in the wrong shoes and taking the skin off the top of my feet so I am not walking far . I went running errands with Barb today for a few hours that was fun and I am working on reading a non fiction book ' Bunker Hill ' for a book club meeting on Monday will see if I get through it . :) I am still only lifting 2 lb weights and haven't gotten to the gym yet , perhaps when my feet get the skin back on them.
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Hi PJ!

Hope you are doing ok. Cannot believe that it is Wednesday already. Although I have done enough I should be done with the week by now...or at least it feels that way.

Exercise and food is still good. Scale is still moving down. Getting really close to the 15 pound mark and getting excited. Especially since the last three years I have only been able to lose like 3-5 pounds and then I promptly gain them back. Tomorrow is a rest day for me...much deserved since it has been like 9 days straight of exercise. Want to make Thursday my regular day since that is meeting day at work, so worked past my normal rest day.

How is your sister doing?

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Hi PJ!

It was a pretty good day. We seem to be settling into our routine. Kids are getting used to the schedule and the rules for the class. We seem to be doing a good job of staying on task and on schedule too. Hopefully that trend continues!

I was down another pound this morning! Delightfully surprised! I will take any I can get. So I am down 13 pounds now! Helps keep the motivation up and me moving forward.

We have a pretty busy afternoon. One DD is staying after school for math tutorials. Other DD has a tennis match this afternoon. And our DS has the Homecoming Parade. So my day is not done...DH has already cooked taco meat so we can have a quick, easy meal when we come home.

Hope you have had a good day!

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Hi Tricia ,
I had a good weekend, spent a lot of time with Barb, went out with her on Saturday night to listen to music and dinner , yesterday to the green Mkt. Today going to a book club and meditation class . I walked a lot and swam this weekend. slept well. Hope you have a great day.
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Hi PJ!

Hope you are having a good weekend. I have gotten quite a bit accomplished. I am tired now.

We have a lot on tap this week - so it will be busy!

Glad that I have a plan as far as exercise. It is helping me tremendously. Walked yesterday just a mile, but walked 3 miles this afternoon. Felt good to get out and walk and get some fresh air.

Will check in with you when I can.

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Hi PJ!

Sounds like you are doing good. Your book club sounds like fun. I love to read. Really into mysteries right now. Used to read a lot of historical fiction. Still do every now and then.

Has been a busy day. Got up and did my dvd workout. Then I walked the dog. It was only 55 degrees out this morning at 7 am! It was incredible. Did end up hitting 70 this morning but just barely. Delightful!

Grocery shopping, trip to the library, shopping with the kids, laundry, dishes, etc. So got a lot accomplished but glad to have minute to breathe. Made chili for dinner since it was cooler today.

Hope you are having a good weekend.

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Hi Tricia,
WTG on the pound down and the new dvd! I have to start doing more , did some squats this morning , I slept til 10am, I was up til 2am reading , we had some scary storms last night the thunder was shaking the ground and the windows and it poured rain for hours , made me hyper and I was reading a good mystery suspense book I couldn't put down. I started reading a book for the book club I am going to at the library on Monday. Thought I would try something new and see how that goes. Will get a mile walk in too and get me reading again which I love, since I spend so much time alone instead of spending time on my computer or sitting in front of the TV an alternative to putting food in my mouth. I need to see if I can get in the pool we are to have storms again this afternoon evening. Hope you have a good evening.
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Morning PJ!

Hope you have had a good week. Sounds like you are making some progress with your shoulder. I know you are glad to be seeing changes and being able to do more things. Way to go! Sounds like good healthy food choices too.

Yes, my sweet husband misses me. He gets spoiled during the summer having us home all the time. My girls are going on a youth retreat with church in October and we are talking about getting away while they are away since the boys are fairly independent now. It is hard when we only see one another for about an hour and there is so much to talk about and do. It is not like we have time to just sit and be with one another.

Well, I am excited to say that I am down another pound. Last week was a splurge week...so I am really kind of surprised. Did not do much exercise last week either, but back at it this week. Got a new Leslie Sansone DVD that is a 30 day challenge. You alternate the cardio and firm workouts for 30 days. Really liking it so far. Makes it easy. Don't have to figure out what I am doing, just pop in the DVD and do it.

Will check in with you later.

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Hi Tricia,
Big hugs, chasing 10 -15 kids under the age of 8 every day is difficult period but 5 year olds , 5 is a difficult age I remember being 5! And then you have your family and all of that responsibility, and your day starts early, of course you are tired. So I wonder what he had in mind when he asked ' HOW ARE YOU?' what he really wanted to know? What was the other question he didn't ask. :) He misses you I bet like you miss him. Big hugs to you both. I know you work opposite shifts right?
Today was my last day of physical therapy :) for awhile at least until the next time. Jan said ' I am not saying good bye just aloha . how ever you spell that. She told me not to push hard just take it slow so I don't injure myself. I have been swimming an hour or so every other day , I do have full range of motion in my left arm and shoulder and I now can clasp my hands together behind my back and stretch! Today I was able to get in plank pose for the first time on my elbows! yay last night I tried after I swam and that hurt but this morning I was able to do it repeatedly without pain so it was just too much last night right after swimming. It has been stormy all day here , threatening so I haven't gotten out for a walk. I will walk to the library hopefully before it closes and before dark to see if they have gotten a book I have asked to be sent over to my library. I am reading a good book all day. My student canceled , ran errands with Barb earlier today for a few hours and got some fruit and veggies, warmed up some veggie broth soup and put some organic noodles into it for lunch will cook some chicken for dinner , oh yes put some greens in the soup broth too at lunch it was delicious . Had left over organic pancakes I made from scratch yesterday with blueberry spread with no added sugar , so a lot of carbs but not a bunch of junk . As usual my issue it seems is getting protein just not what I reach for . I can't seem to locate my bicycle pump for my tires , they are both flat , will look with more interest in the next day or two and if I can't find it will have to buy one ( don't know if I threw it away when I moved ) and see if I can start riding my bike soon since now I can do a plank pose without pain in my shoulder. I got out my forget what it is called Suzanne Summers sold them the things you put between your legs and work on your legs, I have one that does the inner legs and one that works on the outer leg muscles I started that last night, boy am I weak! figured I would start with those and do squats and lunges and slowly increase my walking so I don't need a knee replacement too soon. Try to get my quads and hamstrings strong again and my glutes , get my left knee stable again, it has been hurting. Jan said to get it stable so I don't end up seeing her sooner rather than later.
Big hugs again Tricia, This latest full moon has made people around me moody get some rest when you can. Know your husband misses you.
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Hi PJ!

Sorry that it has been a couple of days again. Came home from work yesterday and dh asked me how I was. Told him, "Tired!" He told me that I am always tired. I don't know that he understands what I do all day. If he was chasing 10 - 15 four and five year olds around all day, he would be tired too. It hopefully will get a little better in a few weeks when I adjust to working again. It doesn't help that our weekends are full. Between grocery shopping and all the other things that need to be done, I get very little down time to sleep in or rest...

Hope you are doing well.

We are having a lot of fun in school so far. This week we have been learning about our senses. We tasted lots of different things yesterday. Today is our busiest day of the week when we have the most kids.

I did not do well with my exercise last week. Trying to do better this week. I have exercised twice this week. TOM arrived Monday so I took a rest day yesterday morning because I was feeling so lousy...Oh and yesterday woke up to a mess our sweet dog left on our family room floor and then the power went out after I got out of the tub and before I had fixed my hair! Kind of a crazy morning! Glad that today went a bit smoother in the morning.

Hope you are having a good week so far.

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Hi Tricia,
Big hugs, hope you got some good rest last night. Your family is very sweet with you. You are blessed.
I had a good day yesterday, I went up to Ft Pierce yesterday again , this time with Marty Baum our River Keeper and Robin Pitman his girlfriend , there was a beach and coastal cleanup that I helped with from 9-12 at Pepper Park , several boyscout groups and church groups , our River Kidz and us the River Warriors were there, then some local merchants donated pizza and the Sailfish Brewery donated their space and free soft drinks and water so we could meet and eat , we toured their brewery , he and his wife had been out for the cleanup as well . It was a lot of fun. I got bit by a ton of bugs didn't know it until I got home and this morning now they itch. That was the first pizza I had eaten in a long time and i swear it has something in it so you can't stop eating it. :) This next week is my last week for pt . I am moving my arm and shoulder better will have to go slow and remember it took me 1 1/2 years to go from walking to get to the gym and then it took me over a year from being at the gym before I could ride a bike and keep that in my mind so I keep working out slowly so I do not hurt myself. I have to build up my muscles in my legs and stabilize my knee and strengthen ( left knee) and take care of right hip ( it is arthritic ) both have been bothering me I don't want to mess up and end up having to have surgery on either one of them any time soon as well as taking care of my tendons.
It is storming here this morning.
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Hi PJ!

Hope the rest of your week went well. Thursday was crazy busy. After school, I picked up the girls, came home, ate dinner, went back to the school for Open House and didn't get home until 8:30. Last night when we got home, we ate dinner and then I crashed on the couch. Was in bed by 9 last night and slept 9 hours.

Have already gone grocery shopping this morning. Then my ds fixed me a salad for lunch.

Need to go run some more errands.

Hope you have a good weekend.

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Happy Birthday Tricia!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hope you had a great day!

I had pt and my arm and shoulder is better everyday, had ultrasound on my elbow and Jan asked me if I thought it was better told her I thought it was so we did the 2 pound weight off the bed and I was showing her I can swing my arm behind me and around with ease where it hurts is at the shoulder , she said ' think you are going to kick me out soon' told her I had told my friend Bob that it was time I ended Pt soon, and he was shocked. She said when I transitioned to the gym and I said I didn't think that would be happening any time soon because I wouldn't be riding my bike soon , she was talking about me riding a stationary bike 15 minutes at a time, it takes me awhile to get to the gym on my own steam and that isn't going to happen for awhile , if I ride with someone else then I have to wait a few hours for them and I can't do that , because I will want to workout if I am an the gym. I am going to have to do my exercises at home , be in the pool and walk to build up my strength before I can go to the gym because I am a workout addict . Lets face it . I will hurt myself.
I went to the beach with Barb today we went to a few of them she was loooking for specific things took some pics , I love her , and she tries my nerves at times she is very irritable at times . Very different than me and very antsy too bad she has RA she could exercise that nervousness off if she wasn't .
We are a pair. lol
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Hi PJ!

Well, not sure if it was a good thing or not that your sister got to come home from the hospital. I am sure she is glad to be home, but it sounds like she needed to stay a bit longer because it sounds like she is not going to follow doctor's orders. It sounds like she has a lot on her plate, but if she doesn't take care of herself she will not be around to take care of all that is on her plate.

I am glad that you are doing okay and still making progress.

Today was without mishaps today. It was a bit more challenging than yesterday. We have several new students that have never been in school before so it will take a while for them to get used to the structure and rules of school.

Today is also my birthday. My sweet husband fixed my bike for me. It has a new seat, a new light and new tires. I can't wait to have a chance to use it.

Hope you have had a good day!

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Hi Tricia,
My sister went home yesterday on an antibiotic and an antifungal and is supposed to make an appointment with her new primary doctor she met at the hospital this week and see the wound care doctor too , we will see , she called me today and said her leg is looking better and the swelling is going down and it is getting scaly . We will see. She isn't going to change her behavior so I have to resign myself to knowing that and let go. Her ex husband picked her up yesterday to take her home took her and the kids by walmart on the way home grocery shopping and to get something to eat ( chinese food of all things ) sound like a good place for a diabetic to go and someone who was just in the hospital a chinese buffet! She left the hospital at 2 and didn't get home til about 7pm . Was letting the girls try on clothes an stuff . I swear ! Then she was doing laundry and telling me was going to sweep and mop the house today, I said I thought the doctor told you to keep your foot elevated and rest . Did I tell you they have 4 inside dogs? Ridiculous.
Anyway. I am ok I think the tendonitis is resolving I haven't been swimming , I went to Barbara's daughter's today with her and she cut my hair , trimmed it, it hadnt' been touched since January. I whipped up some hummus for Barbara this morning and some Black Bean hummus for me this evening. I had on some shorts today at Barb's daughter's and my little plastic holder that I keep my ID , money and debit card in fell out , and I didn't notice until I got back to Barb's . Her Son in law is to bring it to Barb's tomorrow when he come's to town in the morning to work. So I am feeling a bit naked. I have Pt tomorrow, each day I have better ROM haven't been using weights for the last two weeks , my left knee start hurting on Saturday ( it is bone on bone , has been since 2009 but it hadn't hurt in a long time , I guess my hamstrings and quads are not as strong anymore and the knee isn't as stable as it was . My pt said well maybe you need it to be replaced like ' maybe you need a haircut tone' I said ' MAYBE I NEED TO STRENGTHEN MY MUSCLES" and stabelize my knee again.
Hope you have a good night and good day tomorrow.
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Hi PJ!

That stuff with your sister sure is crazy stuff and very scary! I cannot even imagine. My mil is a little like that. She treats herself and only goes to the doctor as a last resort. She got bit by a black widow spider one time while she was visiting her sister in Ohio. She put drawing salve, etc. on it. She did not go to the doctor until after she was back in TX like a week later. The doctor told her she was lucky to be alive. Will be praying for your sister.

How are you doing? How is your arm? Still making progress? Have you gone back to the gym lately or are you mainly exercising in the pool? Sounds like you had a pretty nice weekend.

We didn't do much yesterday. We did go to the Music store and are now the proud owners of a new Saxophone...or at least our son is. He is thrilled! He needs to start practicing on it now so he can get ready for auditions for colleges for next year and hopefully some scholarships.

Today was our first day with kids. It went fairly smoothly. We have one out of town and we had two that were not there because their paperwork was not complete. We have yet to see one little boy so I am not sure whether he is coming or not. We shall just have to wait and see. Today when we were getting ready for lunch the kids were supposed to be sitting on the bench while the others were finishing washing their hands and getting ready for lunch. I guess my co-teacher caught some of them emptying their lunch boxes while they were sitting there. Somehow in the putting back of items, one boys lunch got put in another child's lunch box. We had no idea that this had happened. He told me his lunchable was not there, but we thought maybe he had taken it out at home and his mom didn't know it. He still had a yogurt, so we gave him some grapes and goldfish so he would have something to eat. He seemed content, but mama was not happy. We didn't put all the pieces together about what happened until the very end of the day. He also apparently needed to go potty during rest time and said he tried to get our attention, but he must have been whispering because we never heard him. He had a small accident. I guess from now on we will send him to the rest room before rest time. Crazy! At least there wasn't any huge disasters.

I did get in a workout this morning. Got up and did Yoga DVD. Wish I had more time to go walking in the morning, but it just is not happening. Maybe after a couple weeks when I feel like I don't have to be there quite so early in the morning.

Hope you had a good day today!

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Somehow my thing posted twice...not sure how I did that...

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Hi Tricia,
Saturday I was up in Ft Pierce for the Rockin with the River Keeper Fundraiser, all day that was fun, they raised about 3 thousand dollars to help our River Keeper doing his job, it was very hot and I had to take an extra 100 mg of my senemet because I used up my dopamine and going into spasms in my chest while I was there and then at night was up a lot during the night in my legs. Yesterday I had a lazy day and just watched movies inside on HBO. My sister was admitted to the hospital in Ft SMith Arkansas for cellulitis in her left foot and leg , she has been on 2 different antibiotics there for the massive infection, it started from a wound on the bottom of her foot that now she says she has had for at least 2 months but just went to the wound doctor for it this week. I am rolling my eyes I really think my sister has a death wish. On Wednesday her son and granddaughters found her unconscious on the floor of the livingroom and instead of calling 911 her son helped her off the floor and she went to bed she didn't even check her blood sugar. The next afternoon she called me to see what the symptoms of what kidney failure was. when I asked who we were talking about she said ' ME' then she told me about what happened the day before and still didn't call the doctor . The next day she woke up with her leg so swollen and red streaks going up it that is when she got concerned. Instead of calling 911 she called a cab and didn't go to the best hospital but the one closest to her because that was the cheapest , it took over 8 hours for her to be admitted and then she texts me . another 8 hours before she got pain medication and they didn't realize she was a diabetic til the next day! Yesterday her IV access failed and they couoldn't restart her IV her veins kept blowing and because she has been a diabetic so long and aparently she hasn't told me she is at class 3 kidney failure she must be because they said they couldn't do a PICC line because she may need the arms for future dialysis , when I said " i don't understand , I have had PICC lines in both of my arms she said , you don't have diabetes, and I have had diabetes for almost 30 years, then I looked it up and it said if someone has stage 3 kidney damage a PICC line is not advised because of possible potential future dialysis , I keep asking her what her kidney function is and she says ' fine' . So again I think she lies to me just like she hadn't told me she had a wound on the bottom of her foot. She drives me crazy. She is responsible for 3 children a soon to be 15 year old a 10 year old and an 8 year old and this is how she behaves. The other night I said ' ARE YOU GOING TO LEAVE THEM ALONE? ' DO I HAVE TO TALK TO CORY AND TELL HIM TO CALL 911 WHEN HE FINDS YOU IN THE FLOOR?; she said she talked to him and the girls to do so next time. I said I would hope you would take care of yourself so there would not be a next time. My nephew Cory has never known my sister any other way she was sick with diabetes when he was born and she has never taken care of her blood sugar she always acts like the insulin is something to catch up with what she eats. When I started talking to her again 4 years ago and I asked her what her blood sugar was she said " I DON'T KNOW' and I started talking to her in all CAPS' and she said ' STOP YELLING AT ME' She wasn't even checking her blood sugar, this past year her cholesterol the LDL is too high to count and the HDL is 15 , has been that way for a year and then she got a blood clot and she didnt' go for here INR for 2 months. MAKES ME CRAZY!!!!
I told her that this spring I got very clear that if I didn't go see her this summer that I may not get to see her alive, that she was going to die soon. She gasped and said ' Don't say that! I said Cheryl , that is the information I got just like the information I got that I needed to pull in and take care of myself when I went into surgery that I couldn't spread myself thin , couldn't push that for 3 months after my surgery I had to just be quiet and heal that this surgery was not going to be like last years and I resigned from a post I had just accepted and I became very internal and quiet to focus on my healing . I knew I couldn't come visit you ( her ) and I had to let go because the only one that was in charge of you was you and god. I couldn't make her do anything different . I have asked for prayers for her from our friends ( people we went to school with back in California , with her permission , cousins etc contacted my sons and nephew asked her to contact our other nephew that she has his number , I have told them that she minimizes things and she is sicker than she lets on and she dosent' take care of herself and I do not believe she will be here long , she can get angry with me all she wants. If she wants to prove me wrong GREAT!!!
WTG on your exercise. Glad you are having a good weekend.
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Morning PJ!

Definitely enjoying the wonderful three day weekend! Has been so nice to get out and walk in the mornings. I have also been able to sleep in some and catch up on some that I lost last week...kept waking up like 3 or 4 in the morning thinking about things I needed to do for the day.

Still not sure what we are doing today. Do need to run some errands but dh is till asleep. Need to head back there and get cleaned up from my walk.

Did something to my knee. I started hurting part way through my walk yesterday. Contemplated not walking this morning since I had to ice it most of the afternoon yesterday. But it felt good this morning. Did the normal loop with the dog and it was fine, so went back out. Walked just under 3 miles. Didn't try to go fast, just enjoyed the walk and the fresh air. Knee seemed to be okay. Came home and took ibuprofen just to make sure it does okay the rest of the day.

Hope you are having a nice weekend!

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Hi PJ!

Sorry I have not been checking in much this week. It was a very crazy busy week! But it is done and as ready as we are going to be for the first day of school.

It has been nice to relax some this weekend. My sweet girls did a spa night for me last night. Facial, back rub, and bubble bath! It was lovely! Love my girls!

We are going over to our friend's for dinner this evening. Looking forward to that. The boys both have plans but we will go with the girls.

Not sure what we will do tomorrow. We were going to spend time together as a family, but one of the boys is working until 2. So that kind of limits what we can do.

I did not exercise as much as I planned this week, but I did get at least 20 minutes in each morning. So at least I kept moving. Walked yesterday and this morning and it was glorious! Love to be outside in the fresh air early in the morning.

Hope you have had a good week.

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Hi Tricia,
Big hugs! I swam today finally and had pt!
Hope you have a good night.
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Hi PJ!

I am exhausted! It has been three very long days of cleaning and reorganizing our classroom. Tomorrow is our Meet the Teacher Day. Afterwards we will go to lunch and then go back to the school for orientation. I will have to work Friday too because I need to get prep work done for our first week of school. UGH! I am tired!

So glad that my sweet husband was off Monday and Tuesday. It was nice to have him taking care of taking the kids to school and picking them up. He also came up to the school and took care of a couple minor things that needed done.

I would type more but I am too tired to think straight so I am not sure that it would even make any sense...

Hope you have had a good day.

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Hi Tricia!
Hope you had a good day. I slept in til 10 am, I tutored today for the first time since surgery , my arm is moving better and easier behind my back , it was very hot today. I may go to bed early tonight. I walk a bit over a mile . pt is 2pm tomorrow so maybe I will get in the pool if it isn't storming in the morning. Hope you have a good night.
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Morning PJ!

Glad you had a nice weekend with your friends. Sounds relaxing!

Just a quick check in. About ready to head out the door for work. DH is taking the girls to school which will get me to work a bit earlier to get started cleaning. I did two Firm DVDs this morning to get in 40 minutes of exercise. Hopefully I can get a walk in this evening.

Hope you have a great day!

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HI Tricia,
I had a good weekend yesterday I spent at Barbara's and Wayne's and showed her how to cook a few things that was fun and today just rested . I have PT tomorrow at 9:30 .
Glad you had a good weekend wtg on surpassing your walking goal!
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Morning PJ!

Hope you are having a nice, quiet, relaxing weekend resting your body and giving it time to heal.

We have had a fairly busy weekend and it isn't over yet...Tennis meeting yesterday morning, planned menus for a month, grocery shopping, and then I came home and was totally wiped. Sweet dh told me to go lay down - which I did for about an hour. Don't think I slept that whole time, but did get in a little nap. Talked to my parents on the phone, worked on dishes, laundry, and cleaned the bathroom. I did get yoga in yesterday morning and got up and walked 5 miles this morning. That puts me at 165 miles and school starts tomorrow morning - so totally blew through my goal of walking 100 miles by the time school starts!

Will be glad to get through the first two weeks of school and see how the morning routine, etc. is going to work.

Another busy day today. Hope you have a great weekend. Will check in when I can later.

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Tricia, I was conscious of what was going on, it is the way my brain works I never notice color of cars or hair or clothing or makes of cars, my brain doesn't recognize things like that , I don't have a spacial brain at all . When I was diagnosed with the temporal Lobe epilepsy I asked my neruologist if this explained why I can't recognize a face or why I am not spacial , he said ' OH YOU ARE NOT SPACIAL AT ALL YOUR BRAIN DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT AT ALL ' I am auditory I remember what I hear and feel and I am intuitive but not really visual , I see but that isn't how I take in information in my brain it is weird. That information gets all jumbled up. I am a horrible eye witness and I know it. But if I had gotten close to him I would tell the cop how he smelled. LOL
My substitute PT didn't get the ultrasound machine today so no treatment, I have tendonitis not only in my left arm but my left leg too and it feels like in my upper back as well. So I am resting today may get in the pool this afternoon if it does't storm .
WTG on your walk!
Quiet resting weekend planned.
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PJ - Oh my goodness! The craziest stuff seems to happen to you. I am so glad that you are okay. That had to be terrifying. I try to be very conscious of what is going on around me when I am walking. I hope that they find the guy and get him off the streets. Be careful out there!

I was up early this morning. Both of the boys had to be up so I heard their alarms going off. Not ready for all of us needing to be up and out the door early each morning. School starts Monday for the kids. I start, but not with kids until Sept 2. We have a week to get our room cleaned and set up. So it will be a busy week. Meet the Teacher will be next Thursday.

Got up and walked 5 miles this morning. It was a tough 5 miles. I hit about 3 miles and wanted to be done. I don't know if it was because it is so humid this morning or what. Pushed through though and made it.

Hope you have a quiet and uneventful day today.

Check in with you later.

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HI Tricia!
I would throw a party for the whole block if I ever got near 146 pounds on the scale! 174 is the lightest I have been since the age of 23 and that was 2011, and I have had 2 surgeries in 1 year! one in August of 2013 and one May 2014 , so that was 9 months apart. I know and actually since August 2011 which I had the heart ablation and that failed and got the blood clot and was hospitalized and on blood thinners and then fell off my bike and got the arthritic right hip and was in Pt in 2012 , it has been one thing after another ( then Lynn was diagnosed with cancer and then my right shoulder went bad etc ).
I just had a scary weird thing happen I was walking to the store across the street and I had gotten across the street and past the gas station and was about to walk across the little cross street in the shopping center and this van was coming so I was pausing for it and it stopped and the man inside said something and I said ' I BEG YOUR PARDON ' In my strong voice, all the hair on my arm was standing up , and I felt creepy , he had a big smile on his face was white and looked much younger than me but that is all I noticed He said again ' How's it going ?' and I said ' I AM FINE " and raised my arm up like in a get away from me way and he drove off. I walked to the store quickly and I went inside. I saw a woman outside the store and I almost said something to her about a strange man in a van but thought I didnt want to scare her so I went in and talked to the clerks and told them that I thought someone was ' hunting' for someone to pull into his van and told them what had just happened. Told them I thought he thought I was a kid by what I had on , shorts and a t shirt ( I didn't put on a bra tonight I was just running to the store ) and my hair is long and straight I just combed it and didnt' do anything to it , it was 8:30 and getting dark I had on my sandals , I don't walk like a woman closer to 60 than 50 , I am tanned etc. They agreed that he probably did think I was a kid until I spoke to him. They said they would call the police ( of all nights not to have my cell phone on me ) , so in my detached way I went to the back of the store went to get stuff for the shrimp stirfry I had come to the store for . When I got back to the front of the store 15 minutes or so later they tell me another woman had been accosted by a man while I was in the store and they had called the police for her as well and did I want to wait for the police, I said sure so I went out and there is a woman on a cell phone crying and talking and I said hi and she looked up and she said Hi and she said to whoever she was talking to ' She is a River Warrior ! ' and I looked down and saw what shirt I had on and it was my blue River Warrior shirt , the first one I got with the skeleton of a fish on it and I looked back at the woman and I realized I know her from facebook , she is a River Warrior too! I screamed Anayia! and grabbed her arm and then I realized I just grabbed her arm the same way the man had and I said I am sorry she said you aren't hurting me , I said I am Pamela Joy and she said Darby this is Pamela Joy , this is so weird 2 river Warriors accosted at Fresh Market, and I looked down at my shirt again and I said OH NO Maybe someone is following us and trying to kill us like they are trying to kill the river! ( later I thought did I really say that ? ) because it sounded so silly later but we were both so shaken, we live in a small town why on earth would someone do this . So the policeman comes to take a statement. ME the woman who doesn't remember a face and he is asking what color the van was , what did it look like and I have to tell him the story of me not noticing that Andy had gotten a new car when he did even though it was a different color but noticing it smelled new that I have a neurological condition that makes me a horrible eye witness , All I noticed was he was white , male and had a big smile on his face and said ' How's it going ' they asked me about eyes, glasses, hair etc I said I didn't see them just saw the smile and that the impression I got was he was much younger than me and why was he stopping in the middle of the road to talk to me and my hair on my arms was standing up and it felt like he was hunting for someone to pull into his van. I had stopped and did not get closer to his van and said I am fine and put my arm up in a defensive way and he drove off. Didn't notice what color the van was etc thought it had a lot of windows , glass etc . I know they thought I was silly. My friend she couldn't stop crying , she said he had been in the store that she had walked from the library and came over to get some olives and she was talking on the phone and was outside and didn't realize anyone was listening to her until this man walked up to her and grabbed her arm and said he would take her where she needed to go and started to pull her , she said no she didn't know him and she pulled away and he said I am BIG AL everyone knows me the managers of the store everyone and she went into the store . He went into his vehichle and drove away , she said it was big , she says this guy was big 6 foot 4 , white , bald blue eyes and he said he lived over on Hilton . I don't know where that is , she doesn't and Darby our other friend another Warrior who was born and raised in Stuart doesn't know where that is. The police took our #s. I don't know if they took us serious. Darby said the sherriff was out in the helicopter last night looking for someone who tried to grab a kid and pull them into their car. I didn't know that I know the sherrif was up in the hellicopter looking for someone last night and this afternoon but didn't know for what.
Scary stuff.
Good night.
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I will get there, but it has probably been 2 years or more since I was at 146. I remember being so frustrated being at 146 and not seeming to be able to get things moving. Now, I would be thrilled to be there compared to where I am now. But I am in a good mental place right now and I am very determined to get this weight off. Want to be healthy and active.

I know you get frustrated with your limitations, but you are a remarkable woman! Keep focused on what you can do and listen to your body. You do that better than a lot of people I know. Give yourself time to heal. You have been through two major surgeries in two years. Hang in there lady! Praying for you.

The doctor did do blood work and that all came back normal. I don't know what the next step will be if the EEG is normal.

Funny that you mentioned food tantrums. Really had the urge last night to eat things that I didn't need to. Guess the stress of yesterday was getting to me. I probably should have gotten out and walked at some point yesterday, it would have helped. I chose to get some strawberries and yogurt instead. We did get Little Caesar's pizza for dinner, but I ate one piece of cheese pizza and had carrots and grapes. Very happy with my choices. And then to have the scale down this morning...I was thrilled.

While I was out walking I found some motivation to get myself moving faster. Thursday is garbage day and the truck came up on the street I was walking up and got in front of me. Stopped, I got past it and then it moved in front of me again. Boy, I really started booking it up the hill then. Did not want to be down wind of the garbage truck all the way up that hill!

Have decided that I definitely need to split up my workouts once school starts. There is no way that I can do an hour/hour and a half workout in the morning. At this point my plan is to do 30-45 minutes in the morning. Either cardio or cardio/sculpt. Then I plan on walking some in the evenings. I told my dh that what I want for my birthday is to have my bike so it is ready for me to ride again. If he gets that done then I can do some biking in the evenings.

Hope you have a great day and that your arm and leg start to feel better.

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Hi Tricia,
I guess I dreamed you wrote you were down to 146 , if I did , you are going to make it there! :) My weight is up to 200 again. GRRR and my trip to the gym the other day cost me tendonitis in my left arm , I was going to go again today but I was sore and tired yesterday so I swam an hour in the pool it felt great , still have a substitute PT and she is exercising me more than Jan and said I don't understand why I am here you are doing just fine and I point out to her I still can't get my arm behind my back without the other arm and with strength and without a grimace on my face and I had just started exercising 6 weeks ago and I am post op almost 13 weeks, so this morning I woke up with the alarm to go to the gym with my friend Linda and my left elbow was hot and swollen so I called her and said I can't go I have tendonitis. That is just from the elliptical and ballancing on the spin bike I didn't do any arm exercises . Rolling my eyes . My legs are sore behind my knees and I am wondering if that is the tendons too, my orthopedic had warned me a year ago to only do 30 minutes at a time 3 x a week for a long time that after being inactive for so long my tendons are weak. HECK! and people say , why don't you walk and I say I have neuropathy it makes blisters on the bottom of my feet and toes and I don't notice it because I don't have feeling in them and then I have wounds on my feet that take 6 weeks or more to heal.
Frustrating. Jan is still sick I texted her and asked should I swim she said no get in the pool but no swimming. I think so what do I do in the pool . LOL Funny how people think working out is a chore and I love it and cant do it because of this body. when I work out it hurts my body and then people think I am making excuses. It drives me crazy if my body would allow me I would be doing all kinds of things. I know a lot of the increase in weight is swelling but also ' food tantrums' have happened.
I hope for your DD's sake and you and your family's ( hearts ) something treatable shows up on the EEG , have they done a brain scan? Blood work etc. She has started puberty right? Neurology is a big puzzle. This Ice Bucket Challenge that is the rage right now is not good for any of us with Neurological issues, it can cause seizures for us with Epilepsy, I would think it could also trigger migraines for those who are prone to them , I have all of these other neurological issues that I don't use ice at all in my drinks or when I have muscle injuries because it makes the conditions worse and I have told my friends don't challenge me I don't have $$$ and I can't to the ice bucket. The point of the ice by the way is to show people how it feels to have your nervous system misfire even for a second and that is what Ice does when it is poured over the head .
I think I have seen a couple of the Harry Potter movies I liked them when they first came out and the kids were young , I think I got bored with them waiting for them to come out. It might be fun watching them all together like that as a finished project. But I would have to do them in a few days too I can sit in front of a TV or screen that long I would fall asleep too. ;) I fall asleep trying to watch the news all of the time.
Have fun at the water park That sounds like lots of fun. When does school start? My sisters kids up in Oklahoma started last week.
WTG on the exercise. I am so glad your metabolism kicked in WTG on the consistency.
I will work on being patient :)
Big hugs.
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Morning PJ!

I have been changing my weight tracker. I was up to 175. I think I put in 174 on the site. I was down another pound this morning. I was shocked! Guess I finally got my metabolism working the right way. Took yesterday as a rest day since I was hanging out with my dd and trying to keep her awake for her EEG. It went well, now we are just waiting for the results. Praying it showed something definitely. This wait and see if it happens again stuff is not fun.

She is into the Harry Potter movies right now and got all of them for her birthday so we were doing a Harry Potter marathon. We didn't make it through all of them but most.

May take the girls to the waterpark this evening. Not sure what all is on tap for today. We are just chilling and enjoying this last fairly calm week before school starts.

Walked almost 3 1/2 miles this morning and then did a firm sculpt dvd.

Hope you have a great day!

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HI Tricia,
Change your weight on your ticker, I think you are below what it says!
Guess what ! I went to the gym today. Elmer and Linda picked me up I asked them to last night so I set my alarm for 6am so I would be wide awake when they got here at 8am , I did leg weights and then 30 minutes on the proform elliptical , intervals , average heart rate was 150! burned 280 calories and did 2 1/2 miles on it, this is a programmable elliptical so I can keep track of what I do on it. Then I went upstairs for a spin class and they had brand new spin bikes and I was one of the first people to try them out the first class! they ride very smoothly the only thing is the seats are too wide for my butt and that hurt the other women liked them but it rubbed on my trochanter of my hip on the left and really hurt I have a flat wide area for a butt I like to say even with weighing as much as I do I only wear a size 7 underwear I got size 8s but they are kind of baggy in places, my size 16 swimsuit is still baggy in the butt I got it when I was wearing a 14 pant and the butt in the pants were always baggy. My friend Antone also didn't like the seat . By the end of the class I couldn't sit in it anymore. I wanted to get in the pool but I am hearing thunder I need to go check the radar.
WTG on the walk!
If I am not horribly sore tomorrow I am going to set my alarm and go for a walk early in the morning then swim!
Hope you have a good night.
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Morning PJ!

Great job on your progress! I know you are so excited. I know you feel like you are behind some of the times because you are comparing it to the last time, but you are ahead of the game. Just keep taking each day as it comes and you are going to get there.

Hope you have a good day today!

Not much on the schedule today except haircuts for the girls. Need to get some things done around the house. Tomorrow is my dd's eeg so it will be a short night for us. I may take tomorrow as my rest day this week. We shall see.

Last night the girls wanted to take the dog for a walk after dinner, so we did a mile walk around the block. Got up this morning and I was down another pound! I did 5 miles this morning. A little nervous about going back to work next week, but I will have to find a way to make it work. I am pretty determined to get this weight off at this point.

Hope you get to spend some time with your friend.

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HI Tricia !
WTG You on the pound down and all of those miles. I rested yesterday completely. Today Jan was sick so I had a substitute PT she was great did a lot more exercises than with Jan , she was very surprised at how strong I am, she said most people with shoulder surgery 12 weeks ago wouldn't be lifting a 4 pound weight the way I do in all lifts or have my range of motion told her I am way behind what I was doing a year ago with my right arm. I am now getting my left arm at my bra line by it's self YAY and getting it behind my back with the pully and with the dowel and doing all kinds of things I couldn't do just last week. Interesting how rest gets more things done. I am going swimming in a little bit and then a walk if all goes as planned.
Hopefully tomorrow Barb will come over for a swim and a walk.
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Morning PJ!

Sorry I haven't gotten to check in. I had training Thursday through Saturday from 8 - 5 or 6. I had to be at my director's house at 7 to carpool to the training. It was good, but made for three very long days and my mind has been on a bit of overload from the information that has been thrown at it.

I feel like I navigated it all very well. I got up Thursday and Saturday and did a DVD strength training workout. Both of those days I also walked 2 miles in the evening. Friday was my rest day. I bought a little insulated bag and carried healthy snacks with me. There was dessert in the lunches all three days and I passed on those except for Saturday...that was a lemon bar but I took two bites and decided that was all I really needed and that it wasn't worth the calories.

I am also down another pound! So that makes 9 pounds since the beginning of July! I am hoping for one more pound this week. I have also hit the 146 mile mark this morning - so I should easily surpass 150 miles before school starts! Feels good to be meeting goals.

I started to post on here yesterday but we had storms in the area and our power kept going out. Then it finally went out and was out for about three hours in the afternoon. We started a game of Pictionary with the girls. Then we went to the mall and walked around for a bit and then went and got something to eat before we headed for home.

Hope you had a good weekend! Glad to hear that you are still making progress with your shoulder and arm.

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Hi Tricia ,
wow I hadn't realized I hadn't checked in in so long.
I have had a bunch of good days. I am getting my arm behind my back easier! Yay still with help with my right hand but easier , it is raining every afternoon so didn't get in the pool for the last two days. But today Barb picked me up early and we went to Shepards Park at 10 and helped paint solidarity fish for an art exhibit 1000 in all now they have 2000 to hang for our River's cause , a bunch of people in the community showed up and helped kids and adults , I ran into friends from the Y and friends I met through my friend Lisa Pastore who moved up to RI years ago so that was fun. I got good food the other day when Barb took me to the food Bank . I am feeling content most days even though when I look at pictures I see I am huge, Barb brought me 2 pairs of shorts size 18 which I haven't worn in years but I am thankful for them they are loose , and I will get to the gym asap and not over do and get down and out of them that way. Though I am not making the best choices at times eating too many sweets and I hear myself say in my head " OH WELL' I didn't start drinking alcohol . ;)
Hope you are having a good weekend.
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Good Morning PJ!

I know you are glad to be making progress on your shoulder. You seem to be in a really good place right now. You seem to have found a balance in taking care of yourself and being out and active as well.

Got up this morning with a migraine. Took some medicine after I ate a bowl of cereal. Then I got out and walked 4 miles and then came home and did a Firm Sculpt DVD. I was going to do Yoga, but my son had asked if he could take my yoga mat with him to Band since they were going to be doing pilates. Had thought I would just do yoga later on but did not want to take the chance that I would find a reason not to do it this evening.

Hope you have a good day!

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