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1/24/15 5:48 P

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Hang in there Kat! emoticon Feel free to vent here anytime! You are dealing with a lot of emotions right now so I expect little things that might not seem like much at any other time can feel overwhelming now. Hopefully your family understands that and will help get you through the rough patches. I think too often us women are so used to "mothering" others that we don't allow others to help us, but we need to remember we are humans too.

I checked out the recipe and it sounds yummy. I don't have any celery in the house right now and the cheddar cheese I have is not light, but I think I just might buy some the next time I go shopping so we can try the chowder.

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Ladies, I posted a new page to our forum, called Recipe Page. I have also added a totally yummy and lowfat and calorie recipe of Cheddar Potato Chowder.

I finished up mine yesterday and missing it already, so need to make another pot!

I don't walk outside in winter much b/c our road has no sidewalks, and it's too icy and vehicles fly by here, so I do workouts on dvd's and the favorites are all Leslie Sansone's WATP. I do find that even with hers, if I want to up my steps to get 10,000 with the 5 miles, I have to walk faster and add some time by rewinding and keep doing it till I have my 2,000 per mile. That way I'm not discouraged b/c some of her moves are equivalent to the 5 miles, but the steps aren't in. It's b/c you are moving so fast. That's how the miles are measured on there, she says. I want proof, though, and since Thanksgiving I've been in a challenge to get 10,000 per day for 100 days, which means by March 6 I should have a million step victory! :)

I have been doing one day at a time, and some times are better than others. I am finding I need to watch my temper that seems to flare unprovoked, and it is totally unlike me, so know it has to be part of the grieving process.
Watching the grands can either put it at bay or trigger it, depending on the day I guess. Had them yesterday and it was hard to keep it in check at times, but managed to and not let it control me. I had 3 grands and my son's dog as well. I love it when my husband invites the dog and grandson here, (I'm thinking he will entertain him) but then my husband goes up to take a nap for an hour or so...leaving me to deal with them all. Hmmm, hate to tell him he can't sleep when I know he gets up much earlier than I do, but thinking right now might not be the best time to have them ALL here at the same time. The oldest is 10 but will be 11 on March 24. He is homeschooled and had finished his school for the day. My other two are 6 and 4 and the 4 year old is in preschool till 11 and the 6 year old only goes to Kindergarten till 11:15 on Fridays. So had them all afternoon.

Sorry to dump on you. Sometimes I feel like it might create problems if I complain here, b/c they might feel they have to tiptoe around me. I know you girls all have things you prob feel like you need to get some advice on too. So I like this forum to do that.

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Thanks so much for the advice and encouragement. I now have some ideas on how to handle the breakfast issue. I think the idea of a recipe swap is a great one. I'm not much of a cook but I have been doing a lot more of it since getting back into the spark people site. I make at least 2 recipes each weekend in my crock pots and then freeze them in single serving sizes. It has helped to improve my eating habits greatly. I don't have the excuse of I'm too tired at the end of the day. I have found the food tracking to be quite easy and convenient. I like being able to track it all in one spot and the mobile app makes it easy to track on the go. I also like to use the nutrition report. My goal is not just to lose weight. My goal is to live a healthier lifestyle and the reports help me see what adjustments I need to make in my eating habits. Hope you all have a great weekend. Supposed to be in the high 20's to low 30's tomorrow. I am hoping I can get some time in outside. The ice has made it pretty difficult to get out and walk this last week.

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1/20/15 1:46 P

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The Spark Food Tracker has gotten much better over the years and it is the one that I use. There is a way to copy meals from one day to the next and to input food groupings for meals or recipes that you eat often. For example every morning I have coffee with milk and grapefruit juice and my vitamins . . .I created a group that I call "everyday starter " and I just have to input one thing to get them all in the tracker. I have so much stuff in the favorites now that I rarely have to add anything new. I also like it all being in my Spark Site with my fitness stuff.
It is all in what we are used to I guess.
A recipe thread sounds like fun. I'll participate if you want to start one Kat.
Today we are thawing and cleaning our chest freezer since it is so cold we can just box the freezer contents and put them outdoors while we defrost and wipe down the insides. DH is helping since I am only 5'3'' when I try to reach the bottom I almost fall in . . .he has long arms and it is much easier for him to do the wipe down part.
Dinner is leftovers from my weekend of cooking. Tomorrow is my bowling day and I am getting my haircut in the afternoon so it will be late when I finally get my Spark caught up. Take care everyone.

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1/20/15 12:12 P

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emoticon What a lovely sunny day, it's helping me as it's so bright and warm inside. :)
Thank you ladies for thinking of me, it's one day at a time, yesterday not so good, but today much better, and I know it will take "getting used to" the fact that she is gone but she is no longer in pain and is there with my daddy who passed 30 years ago Jan 2. Seems odd that both of my parents passed in Jan and both of hubby's passed 3 years ago, the same week, in February.

I have the grands today as my daughters schedule got turned around, so I will have off tomorrow and Thur and babysit again on Friday.

I wanted to comment on a couple of things, glad you girls are focusing on tracking food, b/c that is one thing I have been VERY lax in over the past year. I always start and do it for a month and something happens where we are gone or something and I don't then it's too easy not to. I have not tracked through SP for a long time as their thing was too time consuming. I have a SP friend in PA whom I met a couple of years ago in Nashville, and she suggested LoseIt, which is a great app for phone or way to log. I find that it is much easier and faster b/c for instance: if you eat the same thing you can just add that meal rather than each thing individually. I'm going to put the link for you here:

www.loseit.com/

Hope that helps.
Another thing I want to comment on is, I never used to eat breakfast either. When I was pregnant with my first child I wasn't sick, but food in the morning did not appeal to me so from then on till I joined SP I had stopped eating bfast. when I read that you are supposed to eat bfast to lose the weight, I had to redo some eating habits. I was snacking late into the night, and foods like chips or something, too. I stopped doing that, trying to make my cut-off for eating by 7-8 pm, (and only a snack like light popcorn or something or an apple, maybe some lowfat yogurt). when I did that, I found I was hungrier for bfast and started eating only healthy cereal with fiber, banana, or oatmeal, some such. No junky stuff, and trying to get some protein in when I could. I am now always hungry when I wake up, so can eat right away and if I have to wait for any reason, it seems weird that I'm hungry. LOL

I hope that helps, and about the only times I eat the unhealthier versions of stuff is when someone else cooks it (like when we were in NY all week for the funeral and arrangements people dropped off stuff they'd made). I tried to eat as healthy as I could and now that I'm home, people have made dishes for us, which are good, but not as healthy as I'd like) I'm going to freeze some of the food now though, as in a week my hubby goes for colonoscopy and he can't have the stuff, so I will freeze and take out once he is over it, then I will make other food for me and he can eat his. (he has never had a weight prob and when he wants to lose he just cuts back a little. Not fair I know. Another time when it's harder to eat healthy is when I eat out so don't do that very often even though I don't really like to cook.

Ladies, we can open a thread on here, for a recipe sharing link so if you find a recipe somewhere that is healthy and good, you can either write in the recipe or the link to it at the website it's from. We did that in another SP group I was in and got some wonderful healthy recipes that way. Even sometimes when someone posts a recipe, I try to find a way to make it even more so, by adding my own canned stuff (b/c I don't use very much salt or anything in my canned stuff) and I may add low fat cheese instead of what the recipe calls for. It all adds up to make it healthier and give you calories you can use for another meal.

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1/19/15 8:48 P

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I used to be that way, but I usually eat something for breakfast now. Often it is just toast, but I find that if I eat an egg or two I am less apt to be hungry before lunch, so maybe protein is the key. On the days that I have toast I am usually hungry before lunch but I take a piece of fruit to work with me and eat it mid-morning and that usually keeps me going until lunch. I can't eat anything when I first get up though. It usually takes me an hour or two before I am ready to eat, but I get up at 5 and don't leave for work until around 7:20 so I usually eat something right before I head out the door.

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Sorry, can't really help you on that one as breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I could do without lunch or have late late and skip dinner.

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I seem to have a problem with breakfast. I have never been much on breakfast for anything other than lunch. Everything you read puts an emphasis on eating breakfast to jump start your day. The problem I have is that once I break my fast I can't stop eating. When I eat breakfast I am starving for the rest of the day. If I skip breakfast I tend not to get hungry. I know it's not logical. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem and if so what are some tips for dealing with it. I'm just really tempted to go back to not eating before noon.

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Day 1 of tracking my food. I planned my meals and snacks for the day so I took the time while eating breakfast to add it to my tracker. A nice sense of accomplishment. The goal for this week is to build on last weeks goals of getting my water in everyday. This week s food tracking.
It is like beginning the program all over again as I have been so lacks over the holidays with a few good days in some areas but mostly over indulgence with not enough accountability to myself or exercise.
I am even looking at incentives for reaching some of my goals along the way. I found a cute pair of sandals but I am not going to buy them until I lose 20 lbs. For 10 lbs I am going to go get a mani/pedi I love those they are so relaxing.

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Thank you for the kind words ladies...will check in soon.

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1/18/15 8:34 P

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Kat, so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing and deepest condolences to you and your family. I hope you will take some time for yourself and your own well being.

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1/18/15 5:59 P

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So sorry to hear about your loss Kat. I too am glad you made it back home safely. The roads have been very slick here this afternoon and evening. Hopefully they will improve before I head for work in the morning.

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emoticon Oh Kat . . . so sorry for your loss. I'm am sure it was a hard week for you. Glad that you made it back ok with the bad weather rolling in tonight.

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1/18/15 3:48 P

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Hey ladies. Sorry I've been off for a while. Got a call on tues that my mom in Lowville, NY at the nursing home had taken a turn for the worse. So we jumped in the car to go see her and half way there (4 hour drive) got another call that she'd passed away. So it's been a very hard week with funeral yesterday. Just got home less than 2 hours ago. Trying to sleep but unable so thought I'd check in here and saw you were wondering where I was.
I will read your posts and catch up with your news this week. Know I am thinking of you girls.
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I read somewhere that if we stick to our plan 80% of the time we will succeed. Even though you say you overate today, it sounds like you stayed focused on making better choices (smaller portions). I hope you find your tracker! I did manage 15 minutes on the exercise bike this evening. That isn't a lot, but I didn't want to overdo it and have the foot rebel tomorrow! After doing nothing for two months I think it will take me a while to get back to the old routine.

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It's been a good week overall. I have tracked my food and have exercised for at least 10 minutes 4 days in a row. I did overeat today but I knew I would. I had a get together with a group of friends and we all bring food. I did good at only taking half servings but half servings of 8 dishes adds up to too many calories for this day. It also stinks because I set my activity tracker down somewhere and I cannot find it. I know it is in the house but I have no idea where. Looks like I'm going to get to do a treasure hunt tomorrow.
I hope everyone here is doing well and managing to stay warm.

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I am trying to lose 25 lbs in 6 months before my grandbaby is born. It is my incentive for the year to be in better shape physically. My flexibility has gone downhill since I stopped working. We got back to Vermont on Tuesday night, Wednesday was bowling and some grocery shopping, Thursday was spent unpacking stuff and doing 2 weeks worth of laundry and making pea soup, yesterday I was a slug and did nothing except play on the computer and make a soup for dinner. Today I am going to get on my treadmill and get some steps since it so cold out there. My goal is to get my 10,000 steps for my FitBit to buzz and 10 flights of stairs. I have been getting my water since I got home so that is a step for this week. Next week I am going to start tracking all of my food and you are right Bev it is time consuming ever with all of the improvements they have made but like you if I track I find I am more accountable and do better. The following week will have strength training added to the goals. There are a lot of good videos on Spark People I have been going to try. I am hoping that tomorrow warms up enough so I can put my FitBit in a side by side test with my Omron Pedometer. I know the Omron is acurate and then I can adjust my FitBit goal and step stride if it is as off as I think it is . . . the below zero and single digit weather we have been having is no time to be outside for that long.
Where's Kat? We haven't heard from her lately.
Take care ladies.

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1/17/15 10:05 A

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Somehow those carbs are always more appealing than fruits and veggies, aren't they! I have been trying to be a little more careful about what I am eating but I haven't been tracking. I know I tend to do a little better when I do track my food, but it just seems like rather tedious process and I never take the time to do it. I could simply write down what I ate, but that would serve no purpose to me since it wouldn't show me how I did numbers-wise. Putting it in the computer is not as quick and easy as I would like it to be, although maybe part of that is that my computer is not lightning fast. I haven't used the tracker on here in a while and I think they said they made some improvements so maybe I should try it again and see if it is better than it used to be. My foot is starting to feel much better so I am optimistic that I might be able to start doing a little walking soon. I was able to wear a sneaker all day the past two days, but I wasn't on my feet a lot either day. Yesterday I walked a short distance from the office to Subway to buy lunch. It wasn't too bad, but I am definitely not quite ready to go for a mile long walk. That was probably only 1/10 or so round trip! I also don't think I would be able to wear my hiking boots yet and I normally wear those to walk in the winter due to the snow and ice I might encounter. If I could stop being lazy I think I could walk on my treadmill in slippers or else use the elliptical in slippers, but I haven't tried either one yet. I did try the exercise bike one night this week and it wasn't too bad but I could feel pressure on the side of the foot so I didn't continue. I think if I had not tried to put my foot through the strap on the pedal I could have done it. I almost tried that last night, but a crocheting project seemed more appealing! Yep, just call me lazy!

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Hi Ladies! I finally started tracking my food again (2 days). My only niece is getting married in March, which is really just around the corner. I haven't forgotten my prior resolutions to really focus on my health, but having something like the wedding to look forward to gives a little more incentive. My daughter, grand daughter and I are flying out in mid March only for four days. Couldn't believe how much it cost!!! But, we will be her only family there from her father's side of the family so I do feel obligated and honored to be able to attend. My daughter will be one of the bridesmaids and I will be chauffeur, Grammy (taking care of Jillian while my daughter is busy with wedding stuff), and potato salad maker. My niece loves my mother's German potato salad and she requested that it be present, just for her, at the reception emoticon

Anyway, I'm hoping to lose 10 pounds, if at all possible. I'm struggling with some residual tiredness and some lower quadrant discomfort and every day I think I'm going to get on that treadmill, I just can't muster the energy, although I have been running a few errands, walking and doing light housework too. Can't wait to feel completely better!

At least tracking the food is once again an eye opener. As much as I think about meal planning, I'm really not very good at it. I tend to eat and then track, only to find out I just ate too many of everything! To look in my fridge, you'd find strawberries, black berries, blueberries, cantaloupe. I have a full drawer of veggies. Yet given the choice, I go for a carb or sweet thing. God!

Will keep trying!

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Glad to here that everyone is on the mend. My grandmother was a diabetic and she would get terrible ulcers on her lower leg . . . always in the same place. My mother is also a diabetic but she hasn't had the same problem she has neuropathy.
We are back in Vermont . . .drove home yesterday. Today was spent trying to catch up and stock up. I had bowling this morning then a healthy salad at Panera Bread after which I did the grocery shopping since we hadn't been in 2 weeks. Now I have everything I need to cook healthy meals and not go out to the store in this cold weather.
Tomorrow I am going to start tracking my food and exercise again. . . . I have gained weight over the holidays and I really want to get this under control and have real loses this year. The new grandbaby is giving me a lot of inspiration to be healthy and lighter.


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I am glad to hear the appointment went well, but also that you are giving yourself the extra week to recuperate a little more before returning to work. Sometimes you think you feel pretty good but when you go back to work too soon it takes a lot out of you.

The foot is progressing quite well, although slower than I would like. I still have the compression wrap and another appointment for next week. I know ulcers can be pretty bad so I usually don't wait too long before seeing, or at least contacting, my doctor when I develop one. My mother had a couple of toes amputated because of an ulcer and my brother has had both legs amputated below the knee as a complication of ulcers that got out of control. My brother is a type 1 diabetic and my mom was a type 2. I am not diabetic, but I have bad veins and poor circulation. I told my doctor I definitely don't have neuropathy because I can definitely feel the pain! Most of the time if I get an ulcer it heals on its own after a few weeks, but sometimes I have to take an antibiotic before that happens. This time the antibiotic I first got didn't work and the thing progressed rapidly before I actually saw anyone for it. That was partly my fault for not asking my doctor to do a referral sooner and partly that when I did decide I needed to go to the wound clinic she didn't get back to me for several days. I initially thought it would heal like they have in the past. This one is on the side of my foot near my ankle so it is in kind of a tough place for them to treat. I go in for weekly debridements, but I think they should be coming to an end soon.

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Hey Bev, so how is the foot doing? I hope it is getting better. My better half has a chronic ulcer on his big toe for the last couple of years. Fortunately it does not hurt because of neuropathy, but on the other hand, it has been a source of entry for bacteria a couple times that has resulted in septicemia and hospitalizations. He is insulin dependent and has other health issues too. Just saying, I hope you will take very good care of yourself to avoid any complications. We now have VNA doing a weekly check on him and monthly debridements at the doctors office. Those ulcers can be very pesky and persistent...

And Donna, no problem about the Patriots. We all have our favorites.. I do love football and am looking forward to the Super Bowl, no matter who plays. I generally make a pot of chili for the game. This year I may change it up and do a white bean chicken chili instead of beef.

Since I've been home for a few weeks, I have had the opportunity to look at a lot of good recipes on Pinterest. I can't believe how much stuff is out there! I tried a cauliflower, carrot and roast chicken cheddar soup this past weekend. It was more like a stew but had pretty good flavor. I'd probably make it again. Really trying to focus on healthier food.

Had my follow up appt today. Going to take an extra week to recuperate so back to work on 1/26. Still feeling pretty tired and think the extra week will give me some time to regain some stamina.

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1/11/15 9:27 A

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The foot is improving, but still not back to where it needs to be. I still can't walk around much in my sneakers without a lot of discomfort. I did wear them (tied very loosely) yesterday when we went shopping, but I took my slipper with me and a couple of times I thought I was going to need to put it on, but the ride from one store to another gave me just enough of a break that I was able to leave them on. It was quite uncomfortable at times, but not unbearably painful. I go back to the wound clinic tomorrow so I will see what it looks like when they take the compression wrap off, but I can tell it isn't completely healed just from the way it feels. Hopefully in a couple more weeks I will be good as new!

Ange, good to hear you are on the mend and getting back to routine. Good luck with the followup.

Bev

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Not a Patriots Fan at all . . .I was evening rooting for the Ravens and they are the arch rival of my Steelers. I can't stand the way that Tom Brady pouts and throws himself around when he is losing or gets sacked.
The weather here in Pittsburgh is suppose to be freezing rain and snow tomorrow so we aren't headed home until Tuesday. I am ready to be home and get back into a normal routine.
It is suppose to be nicer today that it has been so we may go out and do some geocaching.
Hope everyone is doing well. Bev how is the foot doing?.


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Go Patriots! Ahead by 4. 35 to 31 with 2 minutes to go! Exciting game. WooHoo!

Okay, maybe the technology isn't quite ready for me yet in regard to the fit bit thing. I'm still going to use the map my walk on the I-phone for now. I generally follow the usual paths and walk at about the same pace, so I have a general sense of my calories burned and number of steps that are actually dedicated to exercise. Not that all the other movement during the day doesn't matter, but I'm going to do that anyway... The important part for me is going the extra mile or two or three at a faster pace that results in breaking a sweat. Then I know I've actually accomplished a burn.

I think tomorrow will be the day I get on the darn treadmill. I'll be starting slow since I haven't done any purposeful walking in three months now. My post surgery follow up with the doc is on Tuesday. I'm anxious to get back into the swing of things.

Who hoo! Patriots just intercepted the ball. . . Game over. We win!

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Donna they suggest wearing it on the non-dominant arm so if you are left handed try wearing it on the right wrist. I know they aren't perfect but nothing affordable is!

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Mine is a Fitbit One. I preciously had a Body Media that you had to wear on your upper arm and I HATED it. So that's why I went with this one. Hope you like yours. My friend got one too that I think she wears as bracelet. Forgot to ask.
She likes keeping tabs on her walking bc she has a desk job and sits a lot. Her hubby has one like mine I think.


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Take your fitbit and put it in your hand . . . . look at the steps then do some arm curls and look at it again . . . .you'll see that it counts your arm movements as steps. A FitBit charge is like a wristwatch and meant to be wore on your wrist so the arm thing is a big deal

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I've never noticed my Fitbit doing that Donna. I wear mine clipped to the inside of my bra strap. So maybe the arm movements don't effect it?
I know others who wear it clipped to pants but I lose pedometers clipped on that way.
Walked in the living room last night for a couple of hours bc the day was spent a lot sitting.
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My FitBit has been a bit of a disappointment to me. I discovered that my FitBit counts steps for my arm movement . . . like curls. So the step count isn't really accurate. My BIL also has a FitBit One and it does the same thing. I wear my FitBit on my left arm and I am left handed so I have to account for some steps that aren't really steps. I am going to try an experiment when I get home to see what the variation is between my old pedometer and the FitBIt then change my daily goal to be higher so I can account for the discrepancy.
Our weather here in P'Burgh is slightly warmer than you guys are having . . . Wind Chills of zero emoticon
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Hi ladies, well half way through my third week off. Surprisingly still somewhat tired and still a bit sore. Still taking. Things as slow as I can, but probably doing more than I should. Although, I haven't started on the treadmill yet, but I think I will have to in order to get some stamina back before returning to work.

Donna, now I am more intrigued by the fit bit and wondering if it would really be a good investment for me. I'd have to make it a habit and I'm just not sure how good I would be at that. On the other hand, if it would make tracking exercise easier and less time consuming, then it might be a better option for me and keep me motivated... Has that been your experience so far?

Generally speaking, how many steps in one mile?

Anyway, as I am trying to take it easy, I am only working on small projects in the house that don't require any heavy lifting or major exertion. I'm bored! Ugh! emoticon

Going to try out a wheat bran muffin recipe tomorrow. Low carb, made with dates for sweetness. This will be my bread alternative if they come out good and can hold up to being frozen and thawed. I tried a new ginger chicken thigh recipe this week that came out good. Trying to behave as far as eating is concerned!

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Happy New Years Ladies! It has been awhile since my last post and right now I have a few minutes to try and catch up with you all. We drove to my Mom's house on Friday and had a family Christmas party yesterday with 28 of us . . . .there were 5 grand children missing but it is really hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time now that they are all grown. We had 4 of the 6 great grand children and Christmas is always more fun with little children. Today my sisters are coming for leftovers for dinner and tomorrow we head to P'burgh to visit with DH side of the family. Not sure how long we are staying . . . probably a week but it is a weather dependent. I am anxious to get home and started on a regular exercise program. My plan is to loose 20 lbs before the new grandbaby is born in June. . . 6 months and 20 lbs is a reasonable goal.
There is a FitBit Spark group and a Vermont Group but I will create a Private Vermont Spark FitBit group when I get home . . . it will be by invitation only.
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We got only an inch or two of snow last night before it turned to ice. When I got up this morning it was raining but the temp is not above the freezing mark so I am sure the roads are kind of slick. I am not planning to go anywhere today because we did our errands yesterday before the snow arrived. Our son will be coming over later because he borrowed our truck yesterday and needs to bring it back. I think he is planning on his wife and kids coming too, which means they will be coming in two vehicles but hopefully the roads will improve before they head out. I still haven't been doing any exercise but I do think my foot is making progress. When we went to the grocery store yesterday I was able to walk around the store in sneakers rather than wearing one sneaker and one slipper. I can't say it was without any discomfort, but it was not extremely painful either. I only had them on for a couple of hours, but that is the first time since before Thanksgiving that I wore a sneaker to walk around for more than a few minutes. I go back to the wound clinic tomorrow and I am hoping when they take my compression wrap and bandage off they will see further progress since last week. I expect tomorrow won't be my last visit there but I would like to think one more week might be the end of it- at least until the next ulcer develops. I don't think I am quite ready to start my walking routine again, but with the forecast for frigid weather this week that doesn't bother me so much! I think I will try the exercise bike this week- maybe even later today.

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It's coming down, but not too hard...maybe we will see a bit of snow tonight-supposed to anyway.
I hope all you ladies are well. I had a funeral to attend at church today, but have been able to squeeze in workouts every day since the 1st...which is only 3 but maybe tomorrow after church I can get in another-no walking outside for me in this stuff-a bit chilly for me too.

I will be getting back to babysitting next week on Tue and Wed so am happy to see my grands again.

Not much happening, was working at church yesterday to clear away the Christmas décor and then put up the snowman stuff for the month of January. Ended up bringing home the candles from the Candlelight service and cleaning out the holders, it was a LOT of work, a LOT of candle holders! I'm also sorting them and putting them away neater, so they're easier to get out next year.

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We watched the ball drop on TV and then went to bed immediately after. We had the grandkids here overnight and they didn't get picked up until after noon. Their parents stayed to visit when they came to get them and they never left until around 3:00. That pretty much took care of our day. Tomorrow I have to work.

Yes, I keep thinking I should be doing some other kind of exercises until I can walk again, but I guess I am just too lazy.

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emoticon Happy New Year 2015 ladies!!
I didn't watch the ball drop either. Just hung out with friends down the road from church and then came home just before midnight. I was pretty tired. I got to sleep in this morning too, so decided to tackle my first day of the New Year right by hopping on the dreadmill. Got in almost an hour, and maybe will tackle it again later...but right now I feel like moving more than just walking nowhere and it's WAY too cold outside for me. If I was with some friends chatting it would be okay, but just too lazy on my own! :)
I would also love to be in a Fitbit Group, so bring it on. I am friends with only 2 others on my Fitbit and don't remember how to add others. :) when you know please let us know what to do to join.
Bev, I do pray your foot heals up for you, and that you will be joining us walking a lot this year! I know it's discouraging when you want to be fit and healthy and physical things keep you from it. There are lots of chair exercises for arms, legs, waist, that SP Nicole posts so check those out and see how much of a difference you can make with that! :)

My décor is all put away, and today I washed sheets, now to make the beds back up...
Need to also work on my ST! emoticon that's one of my healthy small changes. Did you ladies see the SP challenge for January? It's called Small Changes and I think it's nice to do something for ourselves each day of the month. I joined it. Here is the link:

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Maybe a private or Vermont Fitbit group would be nice Donna. I joined the FitBit group on SparkPeople when I first got mine, but I never post on there. I think I did a few times when I first joined but I kind of gave up on it. I didn't leave the team but I never go on it any more. I like the smaller teams better because I feel like I can get to know people better than in a large group. This team only has a few active members, but it works for me because I can keep up that way. I won't be any competition for a while since I am still dealing with the foot issue that prevents me from doing much walking, but hopefully it won't be that way much longer. This week they are trying a compression wrap from just behind my toes to just below my knee. Compression is normally the standard treatment for an ulcer but mine is in a location that they felt would be difficult to compress. His thinking now is that maybe compression above it will help some- it was at least worth trying. I have heard horror stories about how uncomfortable a compression wrap can be, but so far it isn't bad. By the time the week is up it may be a different story. The foot will heal eventually but not as fast as I would like! It is much better than where I started the week of Thanksgiving, but it has been 6 or 7 weeks since I got the first antibiotic for it, and about 3 months since it started as a very small sore that wasn't bothering me much.

My Christmas decorations were all down and packed away by Saturday night. We aren't doing anything special tonight. Two of the grandsons are staying with us while their parents celebrate with friends. If we aren't too tired we may watch the ball drop on tv, but we may not make it to midnight!

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Kat - my family is from about 20 miles South of Rochester . . . Avon. We are headed there Friday and the family Christmas Party is Saturday. We had to move it a couple of years ago because the family is just to big and busy to try and get everyone together between Christmas and New Years . . . It has actually worked pretty well. Sunday we will help my Mom take down her decorations and Monday we head to P'Burgh for a week with DH sister and of course Steelers Football.
Our house is quiet once again as the last of the kids headed home today. I got the boxes back out of the attic and took down a few things but I will work on it tomorrow and New Years Day . . . what ever isn't down will have to wait until we get back home.
I have been wearing my FitBit since Christmas and have only had one day wear I missed getting my 10,000 steps. It seems a little generous in the step count compared to my other pedometers but I am going to use it and it will be the new standard.
If there are a few of us who want to have a group in FitBit I could set up a private group . . . let me know.
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Hey girls, time to rock those steps! I am working hard but not always accomplishing my goal of 10,000 steps/day. I am in a challenge to do so, and now have lots of them to make up. I ended up contacting Fitbit b/c mine didn't seem to be working and now have a brand new one, so no excuses! I was also wearing a pedometer that the lady who's doing my challenge gave me, and lost it sometime in Middlebury I think when I ran down on Christmas Eve to get some printer Ink for a gift I was giving my aunt and had to print out some pages of stuff.

I have all my Christmas décor down, and rooms back in order-1st time in as long as I can remember that I've taken my tree down before New Year's Day. I just got it in my head yesterday and wanted to de-clutter. So down it came along with ALL my decorations and they are now all packed away.
I was going to vacuum this afternoon when I got home from grocery store, but alas! the husband comes home from a funeral and takes a nap. *sigh* oh well, it will be here tomorrow.

I guess we are going to the pot luck at church tomorrow night, then on to our neighbors (whose house I clean) and they have many people over and lots of goodies, so I will try to behave. I think I'm making scalloped potatoes with ham to take but haven't made up my mind yet.

Where did you say in western NY you go Donna?

Ange~ emoticon Amen your tests came back negative! What a relief that must be for you. I hope all your health problems are long behind you very soon.

Bev~ emoticon hope that foot is healing up for you!! I pray it is so you are not in so much pain. I know having a foot that's sore makes you feel sore all over sometimes!

Ladies, I hope to hear that you're all doing well over the New Year and that we can all be fit and healthy. :)

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Glad to hear that your tests came out fine Ange. Our holidays are winding down quickly. The last child leaves to go back to Georgia tomorrow. Unfortunately her car broke while she was here and we are sending her back in my car. On the up side it gives us another excuse to go South in March to return her car and get mine back. For the most part everything was great. I wish my daughters got along better but there is nothing I can do to change that dynamic.
We are headed to western NY on Friday to have a get together with my family then to P'Burgh on Monday the 5th for a week with DH family.
I got my fitbit for Christmas and so far I love it.
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Great news Ange! I am sure that was the best Christmas present ever! Now to finish the healing process and get back on track. I don't think any of us will ever be perfect, but as long as we make good choices most of the time we can succeed at weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Here's to a healthy 2015 for all of us!

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Hi everybody,

Hope everyone is relaxing following the holiday festivities. I managed to make it through Christmas okay. It was good to have my family here for a couple days. I'm starting to feel more like normal although still taking things slow. I actually slept until 9:30 this morning and haven't felt this relaxed in years. Although my butt is getting tired of just lounging around while I heal. I'm hoping to get out for a drive tomorrow afternoon maybe. My daughter and grand daughter are coming over in the morning to help me take down the tree.

By the way, my final pathology report was negative for cancer.. What a relief, and I am very happy, but also more thoughtful than ever about health, as you might imagine.

New Year's Eve is just around the corner and the goal is to live a healthier lifestyle. While I may never be perfectly controlled, I will promise myself to be more consciously aware of my actions, and do the best I can to make good choices.

Hope I can put some of my free time to good use over the next few weeks while I am off work. And hoping you all have a great New Year of happiness and good health.

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We are here. And it looks like more rain. Better than being snowed in tho.
Enjoy the calm after the rush of Christmas.
Will be here prob till Monday.
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Merry Christmas everyone. Safe travels.

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Merry Christmas everyone! Safe travels for all who are on the road to visit family!

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emoticon I'm sure you are thrilled to be expecting a grand baby.
Sounds like you're all busy, and lots of family time.
Ange it's good to hear that your surgery is over and best wishes for a quick recovery.
Had Christmas with our sons family tonight after our church candlelight service.
Tomorrow we go to our daughters for bfast and gifts there. Then home to pack and head out to NY again for more family time.
Merry Christmas and may God bless you on His birthday!!
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Congratulations Donna on your upcoming grandchild! Enjoy the holiday celebrations everyone!
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Great news Ange . . . .my fingers are crossed for good results for Pathology. Our daughters are here and our son is coming today or tomorrow morning. We have some good news this Christmas. Our daughter is expecting her 1st child in late June! I'm going to be a Grandma.
Not sure how much I will get on after today so if I don't get a chance Merry Christmas to all.

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I am glad to hear it went well and hope the news from the pathologist is good. The waiting is rather stressful but hopefully you are able to enjoy your family's visit without worrying too much.

We had our Christmas with the kids and grandkids yesterday. We will go to our son's for part of the day on Christmas, but for the most part we can just relax. I hope the rest of you have a great holiday.

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Hi Everyone. Thanks again for the well wishes Bev and Donna. I Made it through the surgery on Friday, was home Saturday and recuperating. Pretty sore but managing ok. It was a five hour surgery due to extensive adhesions from my old c-section and what they believe was a pelvic infection some time long ago. Good news is the doc didn't see any visible cancer. Still awaiting final pathology, but I'm trying not to worry about it. I can't wait for my stomach dissension to subside. I'm very anxious to get moving around more. Looks like I may be pre-diabetic and I need to really get serious about healthy eating. Diabetes is just not acceptable!

Otherwise, I am trying to focus on enjoying the holiday as much as possible this week. My folks are coming up from NH on Wednesday. It will be busy, but good to have my family all together.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Holiday! It is nice to know that you were thinking of me :)

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My daughter got in yesterday from Georgia and the other daughter and her hubby will be here Monday. We have the tree all decorated and everything is bought. DH and I are having a wrapping fest tomorrow afternoon after the football game. My daughter and I went to Burlington this morning to pick up the remaining groceries and do a few other errands. We visited with my 94 year old friend and dropped off a Christmas Present. All in all a nice day.
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Good luck with your new FitBit! I know of a few people who have had issues with theirs and gotten replacements, but I have only had a couple of minor issues with mine that resolved themselves by pushing the reset button on it. Lately my steps have been very low due to the ongoing foot issue, but hopefully that will soon be better. I go back to the wound clinic on Monday and I am hoping things are progressing. I still have a lot of pain from it at times so I can tell it has a way to go before it is completely healed.

My deadline for all the Christmas preparations is fast approaching as everyone will be here tomorrow. I went to the dollar store at lunch yesterday and was able to pick up a lot of stocking stuffers. I need to get just a few more today and a few things at the grocery store, as well as one more gift for one of the grandsons and then I need to wrap all the gifts. I will be doing a lot of wrapping this evening I guess!

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts and enjoy the time with family and friends, but don't forget to take care of you as well!

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Hey ladies, I hope you are all doing well, have Christmas under wraps and ready to go with family and all!
I have finally paid off the layaway recliner for Hubby and my son is picking it up tomorrow! hubby will be shocked! LOL
I have all my gifts wrapped and under the tree-I clean the church tomorrow b/c next week I head out to NY again with family.
My mom gave us quite a scare the night before last b/c they thought she'd had another stroke. My sisters, brother, aunt and others were all at the hospital. (it's over in Lowville, NY) about 4 hours or so from here. She didn't have a stroke, so they thought it was aspiration (fluid in the lungs) but they ruled that out, and are keeping an eye on her for pneumonia. They were supposed to do a swallowing evaluation on her today, but didn't hear yet what the results of that were.
I need to text my aunt and find out. One sister is on her way to VA to see her daughter and the other is most likely doing her waitressing job that she does on weekends.
I babysit Mon and Tue and keeping the kids overnight, and will take them up to Christmas Loft on Monday so they can check out all the fun stuff. Last year they had such a ball and Martin was only 3 and remembered it. How weird is that when I mentioned I wanted to take them up there. His mom hates going in there, so I love taking them. :)

Have a wonderful week and hope to hear how all of you are doing. I am getting a new Fitbit One as mine has not been tracking many steps even when I know I've done over 10,000 for a day...so they have one on its way to me, and I'm so excited! we have been emailing back and forth and when they found out what's happening they are more than willing to send me a new one.
I do have a tracker from a friend, though and it's been tracking I think, More than it should, but it's making up for the ones the Fitbit didn't when I started this challenge of 10,000 steps/day for 100 days. It started Thanksgiving day. So I will be interested to have a new one and hope it works well for me! :) I'm excited!

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We were lucky too and never lost our power. It went off several times but came right back on each time. I was happy about that because I am not sure if I could have started the generator and hubby couldn't have done it since he just had his surgery the day before. We got a lot of rain so that kept our snow total down, but it made a mess in the yard. Hubby's cousin made a pass through with the plow, but there were vehicles in the yard so he couldn't do a good job. He doesn't usually clean it up that good anyway and hubby usually finishes it up with his backhoe and the snowblower. He attached a plow to the front bucket of the backhoe so he can move snow but he doesn't dare try to get too close to the house with that so he uses the snowblower right in front of the house. He bought a part for the snowblower but he never had a chance to replace it before his surgery and I don't operate the backhoe so nothing has been done. He is hoping that later this week he will be able to go out and run the backhoe some to clean up some of it and make room for company to park in the yard next weekend. He goes Tuesday for a checkup and to have his staples taken out. I shoveled right in front of the steps but that was all I did. With my foot the way it is I wasn't able to be out there for very long at a time and I worked Weds - Friday so I wasn't home in daylight hours. I have to go back to the wound clinic for my foot again tomorrow. When I went last week they were happy with the way it is progressing but it is a long way from being healed up. I am hoping that when I go tomorrow they won't have to cut away any more dead tissue because that process is quite painful, and it always takes about a day and a half before the pain subsides. I still can only tolerate wearing a sneaker for a short time so I wear a slipper at work and I wore one today when we went shopping. We tried to finish up the Christmas shopping, but we didn't quite manage. He was starting to not feel well and my foot was starting to hurt so we came home. I just ordered a couple of more things on Amazon so I think I am now down to just finding some stocking stuffers and one more gift for one of the grandkids. I will probably make a trip to the dollar store at lunchtime one day this week and see if I can get a few things there. I also need to get a prescription at Walgreens this week and I can usually get a few things there. I still have to wrap everything but I can work on that a couple of evenings this week. We did not buy anything for each other. We don't really have the extra $$ and we are planning to go to Florida in February so that trip will be our Christmas present.

Ange, I hope you are doing well.

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I'm lucky when it comes to the wrapping part, DH loves to wrap so all I have to do is sort and tag the stuff . . we make it an afternoon or evening project. My shopping is done and the decorating is underway. I still have to make grocery lists and pick up the stocking stuffers but all in all I have decided not to stress to much. I was sick for nearly a week with this cold and it is better but not totally gone. My youngest will be home on Friday so she will lend a hand to the last minute stuff. The rest will be in on next Monday. Oh my, how quickly it all goes.
We never lost power so that was good but I remember how bat it was for us one year so I can sympathize for those who are still out.
Hope everyone is doing well. Got to get back to my decorating.

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You must all be super busy! I know I have been. We had a ladies outing to Glens Falls, NY outlet shopping and overnight at the Clarion hotel with our church. Spent enough for all of us! oh dear! but my shopping is done, I think. And now wrapping, wrapping, wrapping! I hate that part, but lots are gift bags with tissue, so it's not too hard.

Tonight at church is our children's Christmas programs, and it will be so cute. am hoping someone will get pics as I will be busy and can't take any.
Tomorrow I hope to get tons of steps in, and will wait to see what the day holds, more wrapping, I'm sure! :)

How are you ladies doing with your health? Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, and hope you are well enough to enjoy some of this time of year, without feeling burdened down.

Do you all have power? we never lost ours, but apparently my daughter's has been off and then flickering off and on for days...she is tired of changing the digitals, so is waiting till it's done flickering.
My poor trees are taking a beating and not sure if some of them will recover from the weight of this snow. It's beautiful, and actually driving home on the road by Lake Bomoseen last night would have been more beautiful if someone else who was more comfortable with the road was driving, but it was still spectacular. I wish it had been light enough to really see the lake, rather than just the curves around and around. Linemen out working there, too, poor guys. These men and many others deserve our prayers and encouragement for all they do and the long hours/days/weeks they put in to keep people safe and warm. :)

Hope all is well ladies, and will look forward to hearing from you all soon!
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emoticon Hey girls, I decided that since it's too yucky to walk outside, it was time to break out my dvd's of workouts and get busy. I got WATP 5 miles, and did that whole workout, only to realize that for some reason, (maybe dirty?) my Fitbit was not recording all my steps, and by the time I was done-even walking a lot faster in much of the workout, to get in lots of extra steps! and found I'd only gone 2.79 miles, and oh, was I mad!!!! I have cleaned it well and it seems to be working okay now. I hope so!

So needless to say, since I should have gotten over 10,000 steps in just that hour, I now am still working on getting them for the WHOLE day! I wanted to really get LOTS of steps in since I'm in a challenge to get in 10 million in 100 days! I am SO far behind, and wonder how long my Fitbit has been not recording all my steps? Anyway, I think now I should be seeing it recording it more accurately. Maybe it got sweaty or something and wasn't working right?

Girls, I know we shouldn't stress over our decorations, but I know we all do it. I do. I try not to, eps since my kids live next door and the other lives about 20 min from here. I don't have to go babysit tomorrow which is making me very happy not to have to drive in this. We are doing a ladies overnighter in Glens Falls NY where the outlet stores are, on Friday but if it's still storming and supposed to be into Saturday, I will not be going.

I did some mending today for my daughter, then got some gifts ready to mail that are going out this week, and have some other stuff getting ready to go as well. I will need mailers from the post office first to get those ready.

I have not done a lot of stuff today-but have been working on doing some milkjug snowmen that I saw online, it's taking a long time for the glue to dry in between stuff. They have "ear muffs" and those are taking a while. Once they're completely dry, I can do the faces and add the lights. I may give them to one of the kids, we'll see. I think they're cute. :)

I guess I will go and write an email to some of my family...I also need to work on a Christmas present for my aunt.

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Donna, I hope you feel better soon and that your hubby escapes the worst of it. I know how you feel about getting stressed about not getting things done in time. We are doing our Christmas with the kids and grandkids here on the 21st so I am rapidly running out of time to finish my shopping. With my foot giving me so much trouble I haven't really felt up to doing a lot of walking around the stores so I have done some online shopping but I still have to get a few more things, and I have very few stocking stuffers purchased yet. I am thinking I might need to place one more online order and then just put up with the pain and go to the dollar stores this weekend and do most of the stocking stuffers. I'm not worried about the day itself because if I am not able to be on my feet all day I know my DIL will help with the cooking. She has cooked for us a lot in the past couple of weeks. My son offered to come over tonight and shovel if we need him to but I am thinking we will get by. So far we don't have a lot of snow, just some wet sloppy stuff. It will be very icy once it turns cold again but hopefully hubby's cousin will get some sand to put on the road. I am going to drive hubby's Jeep to work the next couple of days anyway and I can drive it longer than that if needed. He still has the truck he can drive if it is too icy for my car to make it up and down our hill. I would rather drive my car because it uses less gas but I'm not going to take a chance on getting stuck or sliding into a tree.

Stay safe if you have to be out the next few days everyone!

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This darn cold is kicking my butt . . .as soon as do something I am worn out and now I am on Day 2 of laryngitis and DH is starting to get it too. We didn't get the lights up and now we won't for at least until the weekend because of the storm. Now I am starting to feel stressed . . . the kids are all coming home and I wanted Christmas to be perfect (at least have things all ready) but now I am starting to fall behind and I don't feel like I am going to be able to catch up . . . . .exhaling.
Sorry I just needed to get that out . . . I know they are coming to see us and I shouldn't stress about it . . . .it will all work out fine.
Headed to St Albans this morning for DHs Dr App't then to the Hannaford there for a few grocies and then home to weather the storm.

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Hi everyone, thank you for your kind words. I'm sure I'll be fine. At least I managed to get my hair permed so it will be easy. To take care of, bought some comfy pants for lounging around and otherwise, everyone, I'm sure will be helpful and can fend for themselves for a while. I'm looking forward to getting some well deserved rest.

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Ange, Sorry to hear about your upcoming surgery I will be thinking of you on the 19th and sending healing vibes. I had surgery on my shoulder one year 3 days before Christmas. . . .it was a good time to let others do for me and just heal and enjoy the time with family. I had everything pretty much in order before I went to the hospital and it all turned out ok. Wishing the same for you.
DH and I just brought down all the decorations from the attic . . . my job for the upcoming week is to get the house decorated. That should be a task since i am still not 100% with this cold. I'm really not liking it but it has been years since I had one so it figures I would get one sooner or later.
Steelers are on at 1:00 so we'll be watching the game and vegging out but we usually do on Sundays during Football season. Dinner is something simple like soup and sandwiches . . . I really can't taste much anyway . . . I guess that part is good because I'm not all that hungry and nothing tastes very good . . .calorie control emoticon
Outside lights tomorrow and a busy week ahead . . . .hope everyone is enjoying the weekend

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Ange, I hope everything goes well and the pathology comes back benign. I some ways this is a hard time of year to be out of commission, but then again this way you will have plenty of time to regain your strength before the weather is good again so that you can get out and do more. I would hate to be laid up in the summer when the weather is good. If you don't have much of an appetite maybe you will hold your own with your weight even though you are not exercising. In any case, this is not the time to add stress about your weight to what is already more than enough to deal with.

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Wow, what a lot of stuff going on with you, Ange...will keep you in prayer. That is a lot to deal with just before Christmas. Did you have lots of plans that will have to change?
I know that being in pain makes exercise very far from your mind. Just getting through it is enough to worry about so do what you have to so that you're healthy.

Hugs to you all....I had a busy day, but not near enough steps for my challenge again. I'm whipped and going to sit down here soon as I just want to relax.

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Hi everybody, sorry I've been off for a while. November was a rough month, health wise. As it turns out, I'm going in for surgery on 12/19 for hysterectomy and removal of tubes and ovaries. I've had a couple of episodes of ruptured ovarian cysts in the last month that have just been painful, worrisome, debilitating, tiring and requiring a lot of communication with doctors, etc.

I'm hoping that this is nothing more than cystic disease, which I've had for a long time, but never had this level of pain before. Won't know for sure until they do the pathology, so wish me luck that it is all benign. Things are not resolving and it is best to have it all out. I'll be out of work for at least 4 to 6 weeks. And it kind of ruins the holidays. On the other hand, my CTO time will do double duty between being out and holidays, so it is probably the best time to do it. The doctors don't want me to wait.

Soooo, I'm not looking forward to the next two weeks of waiting nor the immediate post op pain. Ughhhhh. Talk about anxiety. My primary gave me a prescription which I've not tried yet, but I may have to. I'm generally just not feeling very good right now. And diet and exercise is furthest from my mind. I don't have much of an appetite. I'm hoping that after the first week or two of recovery that i'll have some time to spend on the treadmill and work on regaining some strength and stamina. I feel like this whole thing is a bit of a wake up call.

If there are any developments, I'll let you know. I'll check in again before I go in. I'll be spending my time trying to take care of things at home and work before the 19th rolls around.

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Another Friday . . . the week went by so fast. Today DH and I are going into town we have app'ts for hair cuts, to pick his winter coat at the Sewing Basket and we have to go to the Mall and exchange the Snowman I got on Wednesday that is broken at the Hallmark Shop.
Then it is home to hopefully finish my shopping on line and maybe some cleaning and a lasagna dinner. I think I maybe a little better today . . . throat just feels raw but not like before.
Tomorrow I am going to the Island Hop craft fairs and then watch some SEC football and knit.

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emoticon Donna sorry you are not feeling so great. Hope you are better soon
Today I babysat for my 4 year old grandson and cut up, cooked and froze my pumpkins. Have 6 quart bags in the freezer. Woo hoo!
Also had lots of dishes to do up. Ugh.

Hubby got my car aligned and registered. (Just got a "new" car from TN that needed some work, tires, etc. now it's mine to drive!!) Yay! It only came with one key so he also ordered a new key with the door opener remote. I guess I don't need a remote starter. My car stays in the garage.
I will have to think of something for hubby to get me now for Christmas. I got him a recliner. I have it on layaway. It is almost paid off and can pick it up anytime. Just didn't want him to get it too early and not have anything near Christmas. :)
Need to get a ton of walking in tomorrow. Need to get busy as I'm behind on my steps for my challenge. Gotta do that and finish my Christmas decor.
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Yesterday was my bowling day and then I usually stay in town for errands but I felt like crap so I just had a light lunch with the girls and headed home. I slept better last night but I think the cold is getting worse along with my throat. I have been drinking herb tea and honey which feels good. This is such a busy time that I don't want to get sick and feel stressed to get everything done before the kids all come home. So today I am moving albeit slower than I would be if I felt better and getting a few things done.
Oh Bev I hope the antibiotic starts to kick in soon or they come up with a better solution for your foot.
Kat . . .you are wonder woman . . . so busy but so organized.
Ange . . . where are you?

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They did take a swab from the ulcer and I think that was to make sure it isn't MRSA. They did some tests of my arteries and those are fine but my veins are not, which I already knew. For today they didn't do a lot for the ulcer itself, other than a lot of poking and scraping that made it feel worse when I left than it did when I arrived. I have to go back on Friday to have a nurse change the bandage and then I go back to see the doctor next Wednesday. By then he will have the results of all the bloodwork he ordered today. For now I am supposed to keep the bandages dry, keep taking the antibiotic, and they want me to attempt to wear my compression hose. That will be a challenge! If I can get them on over the bandage without messing up the bandage it might be okay, but I'm not sure if I can.

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I am sorry to hear all the trouble you have been having with your foot Bev. Hope you find relief soon and that you can get back to walking. I find that even tho I hate to run I have been able to walk off my pounds but cannot imagine not being able to bc of foot pain.
A sp friend in PA has nerve damage in her feet due to car accident several years ago and she struggles daily to get enough steps in daily and get some exercise. She does work on a job where she has to be on her feet most of the day so that makes it hard for her to add more at the gym. But she does quite often do that and I applaud her for the effort which is causing her pain at the same time. I don't think there's anything the drs can do as they have tried many things.
Hopefully yours will heal eventually and not be a lifelong prob. Just watch infection bc Myrsa is more prevalent than you might think. My husbands nephew and bil have both had problems with that. It's nothing to fool around with.
I was up till about 1 finishing up with SS stuff and slept in till 8. Now it's time to get busy and get some things done before the rest of my day is shot.
Have a great day ladies and will look for posts from you.
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Wow, I think I got tired just reading about your busy day! I sat on my butt at work most of the day! Today I have an appointment with the wound clinic to see if they can do something to speed up the healing of the ulcer on my foot. I do think the last antibiotic they gave me at Dartmouth is helping some because it didn't seem quite as sore yesterday. I will see what today brings because I had one good day last week and then the next few days were bad again. I got a call from my dentist that my partial is ready but I put off making an appointment to go in for those until next week. I am already off Monday and Tuesday because hubby is having surgery on Monday so I hated to take more time off this week. I am hoping to get all eight of my bank reconciliations done this week so that I won't be holding up my boss from getting her financials done next week. If I had nothing else to do I could easily do those, but I still have to keep up with my regular daily work too. Since I can't go for a walk anyway I will work through lunch this week, other than today when I leave for my appointment, so I'm thinking I should get them all done. I did half of the accounts yesterday but the accounts with more activity are what I have left to do.

We got a little snow overnight but not a lot. Hopefully the roads will not be icy this morning for my drive to work. I am a little nervous about driving in snow and ice anyway, but since I am wearing a slipper on my right foot these days I am more concerned than usual.

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What a busy day!! I had an appt to get my neck/shoulders adjusted this morning with the chiro, so drove to Williston for that, and then off to shop till I almost dropped. Visits to: CTS, Walmart, Staples, Hannafords, Bath&Body Works, Hallmark store for Jingle buddies, Christmas Loft to not find anything I wanted in there.
Got back to my daughter's in Ferrisburgh to drop some stuff off to her, then home to unpack car, put stuff away, and eat supper. I then had to get my SS stuff together for the winter quarter, which I had to cut out and pop out stuff, organize the material so it's just a quick pull from the packet and study the lesson, makes it easier for the quarter each week.
I also have to come up with a lesson to teach tomorrow night at Awana at church. A children's program. The last time I was on to teach, I forgot, and someone had to cover for me, so I traded spots with her, and I am also scheduled to teach Jr. Church this week which seems a lot for all in one week, but hopefully once this crazy week is over, I can breathe easier!
I got my daughter a couple of things to use for her Elf on the Shelf. I was in AC Moore today (oh another stop!) and got this cute little wooden chair just right for him, and she made him up a little campsite with it. :) he also brought the kids some hot chocolate (which I got at Christmas Tree Shop and thought they'd like) It has the Elf on the Shelf logo and I thought it would be cute if he brought it to them for a nice treat. :)
Usually he is very naughty...which is strange, b/c I thought the elf was supposed to be Santa's spy to keep the kids from being naughty. Hmmm...

Anyway, didn't expect this snow tonight-and what a fast accumulation! wow, had to go back out for something to the car and there were a couple inches or more.

I'm sleeping in a bit tomorrow as I don't have to pick up grandson till 11 and then I have a mammo at 3:30, yay me!! emoticon

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"O Give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth forever." Psalm 118:1


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Ladies, sorry I've been MIA but have been outstraight since I got back from NY Saturday. Yes tree is up and decorated and yesterday spent half the day dragging out my Christmas totes and doing some decorating. I am off in a few to spinal care on Williston road for adjustment and then finish up some shopping.
I have read all your posts and promise to catch up soon! I am glad to read of your activities.
I have worked hard to get my steps in for a challenge I'm doing. Some days I don't so the ones I don't get enough I have to make up for other days by going over 10,000. emoticon

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Bev sorry to hear that your foot still isn't healing. My grandmother used to get ulcers on her lower leg but she was a diabetic and that is one of the reasons it didn't heal well.
Where is Kat? did she make it back from NY?

Today I have a ton of laundry to do and I want to get some bills written since yesterday was the 1st and we got paid. Then I have to help DH navigate the web site he needs to sign up for his medical insurance for next year. I really hate that they make it so difficult to pick a plan . . .I mean you really have no idea what is going to happen in the future.

I have also set some goals for December:
310,000 steps for the month . . . averaging 10,000 steps per day.
8 glasses of water
log into Spark daily and get 100 points per day for 3100 points for the month
I decided against counting calories for eating conscientiously. Looking forward to enjoying the holidays with a mindful eye.



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