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11/20/14 9:36 A

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Donna, I have had many many pedometers and they pop off and hit the floor to either break or get lost. When someone showed me the Fitbit one (that's the one I ended up getting) it clips to bra strap and is hidden and not on the outside of clothes to pop off or fall in the toilet. Haha heard of that one too! And it still works for them! How great is that?
I'm methodically going through and cleaning kitchen. Hope to be done with some of this ick soon!!
I think in order for us to "hook up" on Fitbit, we also have to be friends on Facebook or have an email address...I had tried to remember how to connect with friends on there, and that's the info I got in the help center.
My facebook name is Kathi Dunbar Boyce and if you want to connect on Fitbit, you can start there, I guess. :)

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Stopping by quickly this morning before I head out the door. The dog has an app't at the groomer at 10 and then I have to get some stuff i town that I didn't get yesterday before I pick her back up at noon and head back to the Islands.
I'm still torn and which fitness tracker to go for . . . I know it won't be the Spark one because I lost 2 of those emoticon It's either the FitBit or Garmin Vivo Fit
Have a great day everyone . . . be back later.

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11/19/14 9:56 P

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I have a FitBit. Feel free to add me as a friend. My profile page is https://www.fitbit.com/user/2BXCZD

I'm sure you will beat me on steps but maybe it will motivate me to try to do better. I have been slacking some on getting my steps in, partly due to lack of ambition and partly due to the ulcers on my foot. Today I walked during my morning break but it hurt so bad that I did not try it at lunch. Yesterday I didn't walk because my schedule didn't allow it but I'm not sure I could have anyway. I just talked to my doctor tonight and we agreed that if it is not a lot better by next week she will refer me to the wound clinic in Brattleboro and I may need to have a compression wrap put on it. I was hoping to avoid that because I have heard they are quite uncomfortable and I also had the impression it was almost like a cast. Since it is my right foot I figured if I had to have that I would not be able to drive- which means I wouldn't have a way to get to work. According to my doctor it should not interfere with being able to drive. I am hoping it starts to get better on its own but if not I definitely will need to try something else.

I have no Thanksgiving plans. My husband and son will be hunting in Maine all next week. My DIL is going to spend it with her family in Tupper Lake and I suspect my stepdaughter is going to her mom's or possibly to her in-law's. I don't mind being home alone and I certainly don't mind not having to cook! I plan on relaxing and also doing some cleaning out around here that needs doing but I never seem to find time for.

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11/19/14 9:10 P

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Hey girls question for you. Does anyone do Fitbit? I do and have a couple of other friends on there. My name is Kathi on there. If anyone wants to join me I can look for you.
Survivor is my show too. I wanted to see it tonight but other things happened but thank goodness I taped it. Now it's time to crawl in bed with my book and electric blanket.
Another early day of babysitting tomorrow.
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Hi everyone, over the hump day is over! Looking forward to Survivor and Freak Show tonight on TV. Had a very early and long day.

My Mom and Dad are driving up from NH for dinner at my house. My Daughter, her husband and the baby will be here as well. Then we have a couple from north of Montreal coming down on Friday for the weekend. I really need time to get the house in order! Panic, panic.., not to mention cooking the bird, pies, etc more clean up. Wonder if the company would be happy with leftovers! It will all be just fine
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Wednesday is my busy day. I have to be in Colchester by 9:00 am for bowling then some of the ladies go to lunch together and from thee I do my errands in town for the week . . mostly grocery shopping but this time of year there is holiday shopping and other errands. Anyway, I am finally home and catching up on the Sparking before Jeopardy (our favorite show).
My DH is also 12 years older than I am but both of us are pretty healthy. He takes a low dose BP med and has had an on going issue with his one eye some kind of infection that causes the pressure to go up but just in his left eye . . . we have been seeing specialists in Boston and trying different treatments for 5 years. . . he just started another type of med last week . . . our fingers are crossed.
I have joint issues that the doctors think will eventually be full blown RA (it runs on my Dad's side) but for now I am med free except for OTC. I tried some Rx but they didn't seem to help and my doctor had said that there were over 45 different drugs we could try so I said no thanks and walked away . . . I don't want to be on drugs until I have to. Right now moving is the best thing for me.
Our Thanksgiving we in just south of Rochester, NY I grew up there and my mother, 2 sisters and brother still live there. Dinner is at Mom's (my Dad died last year) after the Turkey Trot in the morning, Friday is Black Friday shopping and Sunday we come back home . . . we are driving down next Wednesday after bowling.
I know where Carthage and Boonville are . . . my sister went to Nursing School with a girl from Boonville and we have geocached in the FT Drum/Watertown/Carthage area.
I spent a lot of time as a child in the 1000 Islands at Alexandria Bay . . . my Aunt had a summer place there.
Now I have run on for awhile . . . .catch you all later.

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11/19/14 1:53 P

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Bev, I never used to walk this fast, but have worked hard the last couple of years to up my speed and my husband and SIL both complain I walk too fast for them. My hubby is, after all, 12 years older than I and she is 14 years older, so I guess it's different when you're older. I will be that old someday so won't complain.
I hope you're able to get off some of your meds soon, too! it's a great feeling not to depend on them all the time.

I haven't walked yet today, and doubt I will get to it. Been running hither and yon today so far. I have to BE at my daughter's at 7:30 Wed and Thur mornings to let her go to do her housecleaning, and I take Martin to school in Vergennes at 8:30, then come back home. I then have to be back to pick him up at 11 to bring him either to the library (usually Thursdays) and then back here or grocery shopping first while I'm in town. Today I had to pick him up and go pick up hubby at the church to give him a ride to my son's work to pick up his tow truck. Hubby is on his way to Rutland now to take my car on the tow truck and have both of them undercoated. He already went down this morning with the church bus and van. Tomorrow will be the Tahoe and the other tow truck. Trying to get them all done and over with before that stuff moves from Buffalo to here!

What are everyone's plans for Thanksgiving? we may be alone in the morning and then heading to NY to my family over near Watertown/Fort Drum. Has anyone heard of Lowville, Boonville, Castorland and Copenhagen out there? That's where my family all live. My mom is in a nursing home in Lowville. She had a stroke in 2000 and has been in there since about 2002. My sisters both tried to keep her at their houses, but it was too much and now she has declined so that she can't stand at all, and has to be lifted with a lift machine to toilet and shower her. She is only 79 but has also gained a lot of weight there.
She doesn't talk as that was effected by the stroke as well.

Anyway, they are doing a family dinner with mom at the nursing home on Black Friday, so I want to go out for that. I can bring stuff to help but won't really be able to cook it myself unless I do it and heat up with the crockpot. We did lasagna for her birthday which she loved.
Our dinner here will be on Saturday, next door at my son's and his family. My daughter and her family will join us there as well. I will dress warm so I won't freeze, as they keep their house too cold for me in winter.

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There is no running for me either. I don't even walk very fast but I figure it is still much better than not walking at all. Yesterday I had a dentist appointment and only worked a half day, so I wasn't going to have a lunch break that I could use for a walk, so I got on my exercise bike before I went to work. I did one half hour session before my appointment and one after. I had thought I might do a third one last night, but laziness set in and that didn't happen! I didn't mind not going out in the cold yesterday, although I did go for a short walk to the bank in the afternoon to make the deposit for work. That is only about 2/3 of a mile round trip though so it wasn't bad.

Congratulations on reducing the meds and good luck getting rid of the rest. I take a thyroid medication and a diuretic to help with the swelling I get in my legs and feet from my poor circulation and I also take an OTC allergy medication. There is a lot of diabetes in my family but so far I have been lucky enough to escape it.

Well, off to work I go!

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Hello ladies! Another cold day in Vermont. I hear the temps will drop to more normal ones next week.
I also take meds but bc of my weight loss I have been able to get off one cholesterol and hopefully someday the other as well. I eat so much healthier than I used to so maybe in the next year?
A couple of summers ago I started getting dizzy spells and they decided it was prob my bp med. so they reduced it down to a very small amount. Am hoping to get to stop taking that one eventually too.
I do take a thyroid one that I have to take forever. But can't be avoided.
I also take fish oil pills bc I don't eat a lot of fish. I think it's good for you to have that in your diet. Seems to help me.
I take a couple of Joint Health Complex for the fibromyalgia a day. I get mine from Shaklee as they work better than OTC I think. They do for me anyway.
Allergy pills and nasal spray. I am allergic to animals, and many other things.
Wish I wasn't a pill popper but no way to avoid it right now. Would love to get off the chol and bp ones at least. That's a goal I have.
Yesterday to get in some mileage and not be out in that cutting wind I used my treadmill. Got an hour on there. Need to work up my speed on there. Just have to get used to it again as I walk much faster outside. I can do a 5k in 45 min outside.

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Hey everyone. Well I wish I could say I was still a spring chicken but being 52 places me on the downslope of life. I still think like a 30 year old and most of the time I feel good physically except for these things that have been popping up over the last couple years. I know that being overweight for most of my childhood and adult life I've definitely put my body in jeopardy with issues like high cholesterol, slightly high blood sugar, degenerative disc disease and joint problems. It just seems so stupid to be intelligent enough to know what one is doing to one's self but not be smart enough or strong willed enough to make permanent lifestyle changes. This has and continues to be my life-long challenge. I really love food and would rather not get all sweaty exercising every day, but then there have been times when I've completely flipped the other way and was driven to exercise and managed my consumption down to the last calorie and fat gram. During those times I've lost weight down to 180's, but have not been successful maintaining that long term, nor achieve a "normal, recommended" weight of 150 since I was a teenager.

Sparkpeople helps me keep all of this front of mind so I don't spiral even higher up the scale. I refuse to give up.

So I am one of those lucky people who misses the cut off to be able to retire at 62 with social security and must wait until I'm 67. And I have never had a life partner to share planning for retirement. I'm still working on building my own 403b plan and hoping nothing changes with work since they have a great plan. Hoping to have a few good years when I retire to get my traveling in. I want to visit Alaska and Germany and maybe Hawaii someday. That would be the big three on my bucket list. Wish me luck.

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We haven't done much traveling. It has only been the last few years that we have started going someplace for our summer vacation- other than taking day trips or camping in Vermont. We usually stay at a campground to make it more affordable and we haven't been any further than Pennsylvania so far. When we only have a week of vacation there is a limit to how far we can go. We have been to Florida a few times and hope to go again in February 2015. My husband has family who own homes in the Port Charlotte area so we have a place to stay once we get there. We will take the Friday before and the Monday after off so that we have a full week there and two days each way for travel. In a few years we hope to be able to retire and buy ourselves a winter home in that area, but it remains to be seen if that will happen or not.

I am glad you were able to find a replacement globe for your lamp. EBay is great for finding things you can't find in a store- and sometimes things that you can get in stores can be found at a lower price on EBay.

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Donna, sounds like you and hubby are great travelers. :) what fun to stay at a cottage at the Outer Banks as I only got to spend one night. but we did the sand dunes and watched the gliders and oh! what fun!! I can't get enough of the ocean!

Donna, I also love the quote at the end of your signature! I love Charles Swindoll. Heard him on the radio a bit a couple of weeks ago. :)

Off to do some more cleaning and hopefully, not break anything this time. I did some crying today as I went to move a cord on a wall lamp that had belonged to hubby's parents and when I did, the lamp tilted dropping the globe to the floor and smashing it into hundreds of pieces.
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Thankfully our daughter does eBay and went right on and was able to find a replacement for it for only $26 incl the shipping cost! :) we are psyched. I have her looking for another as hubby claims there is a third lamp here like it somewhere, beats me where, though. I don't even remember it at his parents. emoticon

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I think Ange is the baby of our little group as I will be 57 in March. I am also healthy with the exception of my weight. I have a whole room of our old farmhouse set up for exercise. . . .there is a treadmill, exercise bike, hand weights, balance ball, yoga mat, tv and dvd player as well as a small stereo for music. I just need to use it more.
as for traveling DH and I like road trips. We have driven out West in March or April for the last 3 years. I'm thinking this yea we are going to stay on the East Coast maybe Florida or the gulf coast. We are usually out for about a month.
I have to agree with you about the Outer Banks though Kat . . . out of the 48 states we have been to and places we have seen it is one of my favorite. Our youngest spent a Summer there doing research on Piping Plovers and we went to visit her and I was hooked. We have rented a house there for 2 weeks 3 different times. It is one of those big ones with their own pool and hot tub on the Oceanside and my whole family comes . . . so much fun. The last time we were there the house we like had gotten very expensive so we found another but it doesn't allow dogs and I still have my nearly 16 year old dog so we are waiting to go again. There are so many places we want to go it is hard to prioritize them. DH doesn't want to travel outside the USA though so I am ok with that.
I have started my shopping but not anywhere near done. I did order my Christmas cards though and they should be here this week. I but together a collage of pictures from our year on Shutterfly . . . this is the 5th time I did it and it is fun and our family enjoys seeing our adventures.
I got the room nearly cleaned and futon put together yesterday . . . now I have to clean up all the messes I made in the other rooms. One room at a time. It wil be done before everyone gets here for Christmas though.
Laundry, more cleaning and beef stew for dinner . . . my Steelers are on Monday Night Football so that is my day.


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11/17/14 6:25 A

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I also have a bicycle. I don't ride it often. It's a mountain bike that a friend of ours had, his teenage son used so it needed repairs. This man took it to Middlebury to the bike shop, had the stuff repaired and then GAVE it to me!! My son had a bike helmet that they weren't using that was new so gave that to me. And I had a gel seat for bikes when I did spinning classes at VT Sun a long time ago that I keep on the bike now. Haha. NEED that.
I joined sp in 2010. As I was almost 200 lbs and actually prob was according to dr scales as theirs are higher than mine. One thing tho about theirs. They may be accurate but I only weigh here first thing in the morning and wearing nothing vs the scales at Dr I am fully dressed and it's always after having food and drink in me weighing me down.
I did very strict eating and exercising when I joined but didn't diet. I did it bc I knew I had to.
January 23, 2012 I hit my goal weight of 140. Unfortunately that didn't stay long. By summer vacation in July we were at relatives and friends visiting in the states I mentioned in a previous post. Many of them said " it won't hurt to have it just once" when through the whole vacation I was being fed unhealthy choices of foods and desserts. Got home and the trend continued till the holidays were here and with summer gain and that gain I had gone back up to 160+ so this fall when it still fluctuated around 160 my SP friend in PA that I email with, we decided to kick it and have been on a streak of working hard to get more steps in per day and stop with the junk and not so healthy eating. I have lost a few pounds and have also decided that 140 at my age is an unrealistic goal. I would be happy to be at 150 but do ST and get buff. I have a friend who is a trainer and she helped me learn exercises to get buff after my weight loss. Go to my spark page and check out pics.
I now need the motivation to get back to ST each week and have a new goal set. My trainer friend has a challenge for us and I joined yesterday. It's to get a million steps in 100 days. That means that even when I'm normally sitting I will have to watch tv walking in place or something. It starts Thanksgiving day and goes to March 6. The money raised will all go to our missionaries in the Dominican Republic for their school.
I already have one sponsor and want to find a couple more.
It's called the Million Step Holiday Challlenge. At least it's not to lose so many pounds. Whew!! Haha I am going to have to up my game on walking for those months and maybe that will get me into a normal routine of doing it so that it is a habit I can't break. I am SO hoping that's the case!!
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I have a treadmill but I don't use it as much as I should. I find it too boring to spend much time on it. I walk quite a bit, but not as much as I used to before all the foot problems. I have a 20 minute break in the morning at work and I usually go for a walk (I'm not a coffee drinker so I don't need a coffee break, plus we can have that at our desk anyway if I was). I have an hour lunch break and most days I will walk for about 45-50 minutes of it. I go even in cold weather, but when it is really cold I only do a short walk. I don't go when the sidewalks/streets are really icy and I don't go in a thunderstorm, but on a rainy day with no lightning I still go- unless it it pouring. I keep a rain jacket and rain pants in my car during the summer. When I am not working I sometimes use the exercise bike at home and this summer we did a little bike riding on some of the rail trails. I hadn't been on a bike in probably 20 years until this summer and I don't have the stamina to do hills on the bike but I did enjoy riding it. We bought used bikes last fall so we wouldn't have a lot of money tied up in them if it didn't work out. I just got a nicer used one a few weeks ago but I never had a chance to ride it and I'm guessing I won't now until spring. My exercise bike is in my living room and it gets used a lot in the winter but not so much in the warmer months. The treadmill and an elliptical are in the basement so those don't get used as much.

By the way I am also 58 and in reasonably good health but very overweight and out of shape!

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Ange, yes I stay very busy!! I am originally from upstate NY near Watertown, Fort Drum area. Yes, snow country. :) You'd think I'd be used to the cold and snow...not!! LOL
Sorry the sales you had looked forward to didn't pan out for you. At least you got to hang out and visit, though, right? sometimes, that's half the fun!

Our church ladies are going on an overnighter over to Glens Falls, NY Dec 12-13 to shop (I won't be doing much of that, just going for the chatting!) as I have most of my Christmas shopping done! LOL yes, I do! I also have all my Christmas cards written out and now just have to write the notes and letters to insert and by Thanksgiving they will be going out the door into the post office!

We don't have a dog to walk, but it was so cold and windy today, I didn't stay outside much! I have only walked 1.22 miles today, Sundays are low for me as I'm sitting in church so much. We had our missionary from Cambodia today and I chatted with his wife, she is a crocheter too. :) She is not used to this cold esp after living near the Equator!

Do any of you girls get down to the Vergennes/Middlebury area? If so we could meet up, or you could stop by here, we are just off Route 7 at New Haven Jct. :)

Okay, time to go to bed and read my Kindle. My favorite part of the day!

Bev, if you don't hike much, what do you do? do you walk on the treadmill? I don't care for mine, but am not getting rid of it, as I envision a day when the roads will be too treacherous for an old lady to be out walking on them (we have no sidewalks) so I will be able to continue my walking on the treadmill, as it's adjustable for speed!
I am 58 but very active and for the most part healthy. I do have fibromyalgia. It bothers sitting a lot, esp riding in cars, so I try not to be in one longer than an 8 hour stretch with many stops for stretching. Just going to Maine last weekend, it takes us longer to go than it does when hubby goes alone. He stops for fuel and uses that for potty stops. That's it. I can't do that. He knows it takes longer. We are already planning next years vacation in August to coincide with my niece's wedding which will be in Williamsburg, VA. So we will take a long one and go see relatives in WV, GA, NC, VA, TN and friends in PA. I would love to go to RI to visit a friend, too. But maybe that will be a different trip. We'll see. We took 2 weeks on our last trip to visit all those states, and this time I will NOT be staying with his cousins in NC for so long-but WILL want to go to the Outer Banks on the ocean there. That has probably been my favorite place in the US so far to visit. My favorite out of country place is Spain. We went to Madrid on a missions trip several years ago and I loved it there.


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Welcome Kat, sounds like you are a very busy lady! I have 15 more years until I can retire so my time is spent working full time at University Of Vermont Medical Center. I live in Fairfax. I'm caretaker to my disabled partner, Doug, I have a one year old grand daughter who lives with her parents nearby, and I have my aging parent who live independently in New Hampshire. So the challenge is to squeeze in me time, but I'm getting better at that lately. That is kind of it a nutshell.

Donna, the sock sale was a bust for us. We got there early and there must have been 500 people standing outside the building waiting to get in, so we didn't even bother. Then the Black Diamond factory that used to have a big factory sale was a bust too as they have gone out of business unbeknown to us previously. We did go to the T-shirt sale in Northfield and I picked up 9 long sleeved shirts for $18. Whoo hoo.

We ended up eating breakfast at the Common diner in Northfield which was your greasy spoon sort of place. Foods was cheap and unremarkable, so no Sarducci's for me either, but I had a great visit with my girl friend who I probably won't get together with again until spring since she lives down in Rochester.

Today was a fun day with my grand baby and daughter. We managed to make a small collection of felt ornaments. It takes a lot longer than you'd think.

Diner with Doug and now relaxing. Did a 2.5 mile walk yesterday and a shorter walk late today with the dog. I wouldn't mind the cold if it would just be lighter later! Guess I have no hope of that changing!

Bev, hope your foot feels better soon!

Have a good week


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My balance has gotten worse as I get older also. I have a tough time with uneven terrain without my walking stick. It's amazing how much that stick helps with my balance. I would like to do more hiking than we do, but I don't like to attempt it alone and hubby isn't too interested in it these days. He has had his share of foot problems too, although as far as I know everything is fine with his feet now. Maybe he doesn't want to take any chances, since he has had surgery on his feet two or three times.

Lucky you that you don't have a lot of bugs where you live Donna! We have our share (and maybe yours too) here. Of course we are surrounded by woods so that is why.

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We had a close friend climb it last winter . . . not me. I don't climb many Mountains because I am afraid of heights and lots of time the trail vistas scare the crap out of me. It has gotten worse as I get older I think because my balance also isn't that great. I always hike with a walking stick to help my balance.
Well, yesterdays cleaning plan flopped when I started to try affordable Health Insurance. It took my almost 2 hours on the line with VT Health Connect but I think I may have gotten what I need . . . .the whole story is complicated.
The evening was spent watching some football, a movie and knitting so I am doing something with my hands and not snacking.
I hope to get some of the exercise room done before football later.
I'm thinking we'll have some leftovers for dinner and clean out the frig a little before I make anything new.
Ange . . . how was the sock sale . . . saw some people on TV . . .looked like fun but too crowded for my taste despite the $$$
Kat - our cabin is in Monmouth about 15 miles from Augusta on a small lake. We have been all over Maine though as we are also geocachers and recently completed the Maine Delorme Challenge. We were in Lincoln in late August. Maine is such a diverse and beautiful state but the bugs in Summer are what keeps us from moving there permanently. We live in the Champlain Islands . . .hardly any bugs ever.

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Haha the first time I hiked it was when my kids were young. My daughter was prob 12 and the next time was when she was in high school and brought a friend. Between 96-2000. I remember bc I had started CCV in 2000 and took English comp and written a paper about it. I graduated in 2003.
Gramma going to college. It was great. I loved school!
But have not hiked it since. The ones I've done recently are Snake Mtn, Buck Mt. And I have done Camels Hump but it's been years. My hubby is 70 and said when they were kids and used to camp at Baxter park they would RUN up the trails and sometimes go up twice in a day. Whew! I can't imagine being that energetic. Haha

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You are obviously much more fit than I! We have done some of the easy trails in Baxter, but nothing very difficult. These days I am not sure if I could even do some of the trails we did before. I have been having a lot of foot issues, so I am doing less walking/hiking that what I used to do. One of my husband's nephews climbed Katahdin. He hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He had to take a short break to come home and be treated at DHMC for Lyme disease that he got in PA. His mother drove to PA and got him and then she took him back to PA and dropped him off to finish his trip once he had completed his treatment.

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Bev,
Actually my husband's dad was from Lincoln and moved to Lynn, MA. He lived there from the time he was out of school till he and my MIL passed away almost 3 years ago. Great to hear from you.
Just a quick note. I have climbed Mt. Katahdin twice. First time to top. Second time to plateau. It had poured and flooded trails. It was very rough going and wished I had followed my gut and not gone the 2nd time.

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Welcome Kat! As Donna said there are only a few of us that chat on here much these days, but we always like to see new members join in. I was interested to see that your husband is from the Lincoln, ME area. My husband and three other guys purchased a "camp" on a small piece of land in Mattawamkeag a few years ago- it is an older trailer on the edge of town. Their intention was that it would be a hunting camp, but they have not had the best of luck hunting in Maine. They have found the fishing is better than the hunting. We have spent a few days at the camp during our summer vacation a couple of times. We were up there for two nights last month to check out the place before my husband, son, and hubby's uncle head up next weekend to do some hunting. No one had been there in about a year and a half so we needed to make sure it was still in okay condition. We are geocachers and I think the first cache we ever found was in Chester, Maine although I forgot to log it on the geocaching website when we got home so we found it again a couple of years ago and officially logged it. We live in Rockingham, but our address and phone number are Chester (VT). We have been married 32 years and have two adult children- one that is ours and one that is my stepdaughter. There is another stepdaughter too but she was raised by her mother (and probably brainwashed) and has opted to have nothing to do with her dad for years, so I don't even count her as a stepchild. We have four grandchildren ranging from 3 to 10. The 3 year old and 8 year old grandsons are spending the night here tonight. Their mom is going out of town tomorrow and their dad is going hunting with my husband early in the morning so he and the boys are staying here so the boys won't have to get up early.

Well, I better stop rambling and check on the dinner that is cooking.

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Been cleaning the kitchen today. I have a schedule I got from a book on organizing your house (I have done housecleaning (for pay) for about 30 years). I am good at it, but thought I could use the motivation when I saw it free for Kindle. I got a few ideas...I had it all mapped out for the month of November to do one section/day and be done in 30 days, but alas! the time got away from me, we were away and I was outstraight and got behind. So today I have been making up for it, by at least trying to do everything up till todays date. I got carried away with a couple of things, and have not finished, but hey, there's always next week, right?
Tomorrow is church for me. I am a SS teacher of 1st and 2nd grade, in the choir (choir practice at 8:30) and teach Awana on Wed nights for 3-4 year olds. Busy place esp this time of year now that we are gearing for the Christmas program. We got the scripts and I will start them on their songs tomorrow. Even if we don't get the cd's I will get them started learning the songs.
We also do a cantata for choir and have been listening to that cd to re-learn the songs...it's a "rerun" from several years ago. I love listening to Christmas music early and actually have been listening to Pandora on tv all day of them! emoticon

I will try to learn who you ladies are, and I do it pretty quickly when I set my mind to it.

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Hi Donna! thanks for responding so fast. Where in Maine do you have your camp? We own land in Chester, near Lincoln, but nothing is on the property except thousands of balsam fir trees!! :) my husbands family hails from Lincoln and has relatives around that area that we just visited last weekend. ;)

We travel when we can, and mostly to family in nether parts of the US. I love to see them, but HATE riding in the car!!
Right now we are adding an addition to the back of our house. It has been an ongoing project since early Spring, and will continue to be for the next year or so...I am so excited, b/c when it's all said and done, I will also have my own private "gym" upstairs with room to do dvd workouts and my treadmill! :)

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Hi Kat . . . we are all from VT on this team . . . the most active chatters here are Bev and Ange and myself even though there are tons more on the team. You are automatically on the Vermont Team when you join Spark if that is your home state. Most don't ever participate and that is ok if what they are doing works for them. We try to get here at least once per week to check in . . .so to speak.
We also have a few members of the team who post on the wall regularly.
Whatever works for you.
I am also retired and have been for 5 years this year after 30 years at IBM . . . DH is retired also and we spend a great deal of our time traveling the USA. In the Summer we have a cabin in Maine that we spend about half our time at. No grandbabies yet. We have 4 children 2 boys and 2 girls. The oldest is 40 and a blacksmith in Stowe and the youngest a Veterinary Student at the University of Georgia.

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emoticon I am butting into your conversation, as I have skimmed over some of your posts but have some things to get done but will hopefully check this site out and see what you gals are all chatting about. I was in a group, but they kind of dumped myself and another friend, so I am kind of hesitantly looking for another group to join.

My name is Kat and I live in Vermont as well (I see that you are too, Donna?) I have been on sparkpeople since 2010 and love the bonding it has created for me. I met several girsl on here in Nashville when a group of us got together. and we are still friends who are friends now on facebook and even see each other for vacations. One lady and I actually email every day to stay in touch. Share our lows and highs and smiles and tears. It's a great bond. We feel like sisters.

I am basically retired, I guess, b/c I babysit my grands different lengths of times, on given days while my daughter cleans houses. I don't have them as much as I used to as Lexy is 6 and in Kindergarten, Martin is 4 and in preschool. My other grandson is next door and is 10 and homeschooled. My oldest granddaughter is 14 and has some issues with my daughter, as she is a stepmom.
My husband and I have been married for 38 years now and he will be home today with the car we just purchased from my brother in TN. He sold my old car to him and made a great trade off-I can't wait to see it. A white Park Avenue. It will be bigger for carseats and more comfy on trips, but does better gas mileage than my Century! He will get our vehicles undercoated next week.
I love spending time walking 5k's as often as I can in good weather, but now that the temps are down and ice and that "white stuff" is close, I tend to stay inside more, but will be digging out my dvd's and working out to Leslie Sansone and her Walk Away the Pounds again soon. Summer I also love hiking and kayaking. I have a huge garden so that keeps me very busy as well.
Winters I do more sitting doing crochet doilies and baby afghans, so I HAVE to work out. I am also into snowshoeing and we have 10 acres of woods behind our house to hunt in. (I meant go exploring!) but at the moment my son and grandson are out there hunting for their deer! :)

I have a cat, Miss Ivy who is an aged and deaf girl. She is a dark calico and has interesting face markings.
No dogs but we dog sit when our son goes away, for his Golden Retriever, Chewbacka, aka Chewie.
Okay, enough rambling, just thought I'd throw some info out at you. Hope you are doing well and that you have goals as these "eating holidays" are fast approaching! :)

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I have thought of going to the socks sale in the past but I really hate crowds and that just kills it for me. . .even though I hae heard there ate great bargains to be had . . . maybe sometime.
I do go Black Friday but I go with my mother who is in her 80's and we stick to the non crazy places . . . Penney's, LLBean, and later in the morning Target or KMart but that is after the rush is over. . . . we mostly go out for the fun and have fancy coffee at Starbuck's.
Yesterday I spent the day in the kitchen . . . putting up pumpkin and sauerkraut. Then I roasted some beets and made mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized onions to go with our steak for dinner . . . yum!
Today and tomorrow I am cleaning my exercise room to fit a new futon in there so we have enough bed for everyone at Christmas. It needs a good cleaning anyway.
Sorry to hear about your foot Bev . . . hope it heals fast.
Have fun Ange both days sound like a good time.

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I didn't have a great week either Ange. I had a couple of days that I didn't exercise much because my knee was acting up as well as the sore on my foot. Between the two, walking was pretty painful. I wore a knee brace for a couple of days and that seemed to help the knee. I contacted my doctor and sent her a couple of pictures of the foot and we decided it needs an antibiotic so I started that on Thursday night. The ulcer will likely take a few weeks to heal but I am hoping the antibiotic takes away much of the soreness at least.

I was up at 4 AM today to make breakfast for my husband and son and they are off to go hunting for the day. I am hoping to get my snow tires on today (as long as tons of other people don't have the same idea so I can't get in this morning) and then I will be going shopping afterwards. This evening my DIL and grandkids are coming here for dinner and my son and the boys will spend the night. She is headed off somewhere for the day tomorrow so I will watch the boys while their dad is hunting. By them spending the night he can head out early without having to get them up early. Of course they may wake up anyway, but hopefully they will go back to bed after he leaves if they do. Next Friday the guys will be headed to Maine to hunt up there and won't be back until the Sunday after Thanksgiving. That means I won't have to cook Thanksgiving dinner- YAY!

Good luck at the sock sale and have fun with the crafting!

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TGIF, First visit to the craft stores in a few years. Bought all sorts of fun stuff to make ornaments for my grand daughter and her parents tree this year. It seemed like a long week this week. Not doing great with exercise. This darkness sucks. I got on the treadmill only twice.

Tomorrow I'm of to barre to meet a friend and do combat at the sock sale! Lunch planned for Sarducci's. Will try to eat carefully.

Sunday is crafty day with my daughter.

Have a good weekend!

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Thanks Bev . . . I'll ass it to my list of ones to check out. Right now I am leaning to the Garmin. I have Gramin GPS and I like their products for durability etc but I am also keeping an open mind.
I hoping that Spark adds the Vivo Fit because that is the one Biggest Loser is using.

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Donna, here's another activity tracker for you to look into- check out the Striiv Touch www.striiv.com/striivtouch/ . It looks like it has most of the features of the FitBit Flex plus a few that the Flex doesn't have and it is cheaper than the FitBit Flex. The downside of it is it may not link with SparkPeople (but maybe it will in the future). It normally sells for $79.95 but according to an e-mail I got Walgreens has it on sale for $69.95 right now. If I didn't have a FitBit I would buy one. It displays the date and time so it also takes the place of a watch.

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I agree, I'd have to investigate and determine if yet another electronic device is really worth it. I'm trying not to spend frivolously lately. I've got some financial goals to work on.. Like everything in life, a challenge.

Today, I finally unpacked the rest of my collectible chickens, or hen on a basket collection and placed them into a hutch I have upstairs in the room I painted a couple weeks ago. It was a very positive experience as I unwrapped them from newspaper and reminisced about most of them, who had given them to me, made them or where and when I purchased my precious find. They look lovely in their new home. Then I spent some time cooking, pea soup, lentil soup and an apple coffee cake. I rummaged around in the basement looking for my crafts stuff, most of which I had forgotten that I'd thrown away in the moving process last year. Not too much good stuff left. My daughter wants to make some ornaments for her Christmas tree. This will be the first year that she and her husband will have bothered to put up a tree since they now have a little girl to enjoy Christmas with. Think I'll have to go to the craft stores to pick up some stuff. There are a ton of ideas on-line. Gonna try to keep it simple.

After a visit with my kids for dinner this evening and chasing my fast crawling grand baby around the house, I am officially exhausted.

The holidays are coming.

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I'm going to have to make list of the plusses and minuses for each. . . I told DH that is what I want for Christmas and he said good he had his shopping ideas done emoticon It is better that I pick something for him than make him struggle to think of something.


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Yes, the FitBit comes with a device that plugs into a USB port on your computer and once you set it up, it wirelessly syncs to your computer automatically every so many minutes (I forget how often) as long as you are within 20 feet of the computer. You can also track your sleep, but I never do that. I don't need some electronic device to tell me I don't get enough sleep because I already know that! I does show you how restless you are when you sleep though, which can be interesting. The model that I have, the Flex, is just like wearing a watch except that you can't tell the time on it. It has 5 lights that light up when you tap it, with each one representing 20% of whatever you set up as your daily step goal. In my case I set my goal at 10,000 steps per day so each one represents 2000 steps. Even when I am not near my computer I can get some idea of how I am doing by seeing how many lights light up. If two lights are on and one is blinking I know I am somewhere between 4000 and 6000 steps. There is also an app for smartphones and it will sync with some phones so you can actually see your actual progress on the phone. My new phone does that but my old one didn't. I haven't been checking it on my phone much lately, but that is because I have kind of been slacking and haven't been that concerned about my progress (or lack of). They say you have to charge it every 5 days or so, but I find I only need to charge mine once a week. I have a reminder set up in my computer to make sure I plug it in every Sunday night. It comes with a charger that you can plug into a USB port or an electrical outlet to charge it.
Bev

PS, yes Donna you can sync your FitBit account to your SparkPeople account so that any activity from the FitBit carries over to SparkPeople. Some people say they think they get too many minutes. The FitBit breaks down your activity into lightly active, moderately active, and very active and I think it says it only picks up the moderately active or very active minutes, but I'm not sure. I will say that the minutes I get credit for are usually more than just the time I spent "exercising" so I would tend to agree that it might be overly generous. If you use the Walgreens Balance Rewards program you can also sync your FitBit with your Walgreens account and earn points for exercise, but only a small part of them will count because there is a limit to how many points you can earn that way.

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I'm pretty sure you can even sync the FitBit data for exercise to your Spark Tracker but not the Garmin Vivo Fit . . . a plus for the FitBit
Sunday is here once again and I have to get some things done around here before the 1:00 game . . . Steelers vs Jets.

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Thanks ladies. I don't have any of the newfangled trackers. I've only tried the Map My Walk app on my iPhone. Just the trial version. It works pretty good when I go for my walks. I suppose there is probably a better way to keep track of daily exercise and maybe a fit big is the way to go. I think I'd really have to commit myself to wearing it on a permanent basis to make it worthwhile. Isn't there a way to upload data to a computer program from the fitbit? I don't know much about it.

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I have the FitBit flex and I like it. I never ordered the Spark tracker because I was afraid I would lose it. I once had a nice pedometer that clipped on and I managed to lose that. The pedometer I have now works just fine in a pocket so I don't have to worry about losing it.

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Ange - Glad to hear your surgery went well . . . rest up so you will heal faster.

After losing two Spark Activity Trackers I think I am going to ask for either the FitBit or Vivo Fit for Christmas. I really think the tracker inspires me to move more. Do either of you have one?

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I am glad to hear it went well and hope the recovery goes well too!

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Hey, it's me again. I feel liken I'm hogging space.. Surgery went well today, was home by 11 am ish .everyone involved was very kind and professional. Hoping to be back to normal spoon. Not paying attention to what I'm eating to much today and am great full that I'm not nauseated from anesthesia. I think anesthesia care has improved a lot since my last surgeries in the 80's and 90's.. Yay.

Hope all is good with you all!

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Hi ladies,

Bev, yes the biggest challenge is taking those efforts and turning them into lifelong habits that we can live with. Not to say that we couldn't bend once in awhile, but to truly find what works and stick to it as our regular way of life. The stressors of life and big life changes or challenges can knock me off balance for years at a time. Problem is I don't feel like have years left to get this right. Tonight I found out that my body muscle aches and pains are due to a side effect of Crestor which is my cholesterol medication. Normal lab value of CK or creatinine kinase is between 60 and 170 and my value as of blood test yesterday is 570 which is indicative of muscle damage. No wonder . . And I've been having this issue for years now, was switched from Lipitor to Crestor a couple years ago. Now, if I had a better eating plan, my cholesterol and triglycerides would be more normal and I wouldn't be damaging my muscles and being in constant discomfort on a stupid pill for all this time. How insane is that! I'm off the Crestor as of this morning and will see how I feel in six to 8 weeks. If I can use that time to get myself on a better meal routine, maybe my cholesterol and lipids will go down enough to not need that kind of medication anymore.

So, that being said, Donna, you'll be glad to hear that I hate a big bowl of broccoli tonight with some roasted chicken and a bit of mashed potatoes. Thanks for the encouragement and words of advice.

Maybe all we can do is take one day at a time. But always keep our health front of mind as we make our choices for each day. There has got to be a way to succeed.

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Ange I read a recipe thing that said you could roast broccoli crowns with a little Olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar and they are delicious.
There is only one veggie that I detest and that is Lima Beans other than that bring on the Brussels Sprouts, Kale , Spinach etc.

I suggest that you try making a menu plan for the week and shop for what you need to prepare that menu. Be flexible . . . .in case you don't feel like making what is on the menu that night . . .you have one of the other things from your plan or leftovers. It is also wise to keep a go-to meal in the freezer or pantry. We like eggs so if I am really tired or not wanting to cook much we'll have eggs for dinner.

Looking forward to hearing how you are doing with the veggie thing.

Now if someone could tell me how to get exercising more!

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Boy, can I relate to your post Ange! I made a real effort a couple of months ago to stop eating so many chips, ice cream, and cookies. I did pretty well for two or three weeks and I'm sure it was not a coincidence that I also had losses at TOPS those weeks. Then my good intentions kind of went bye bye and I have gained each week since. I too can go days without eating much in the way of veggies. My problem is that I like the wrong ones. I do like some that are reasonably healthy but the ones they say are the best for us are ones that I won't touch. I also find myself making all kind of excuses not to exercise, especially on the weekends. Even when my feet are hurting there are things I can do.

So, I think I should join you in making a real effort to make some changes. I'm not sure it would be realistic for me to say I would lose 20 pounds by February because I just don't seem to be able to lose it that fast even if I behave myself. I think I will start out by aiming for losing at least 5 pounds between now and the end of the year. That is not a lot but we are also heading into a time of year when it will be especially challenging to lose weight, so if I can manage 5 pounds I will feel good about it.

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Its the mid week check in, even though it is only Tuesday :)O So, the DARKNESS begins!! Ughhh. It's taken me years to figure out that I really, really don't like the time change and that it really results in a lifestyle change every time it happens. I'm finding it difficult to adjust, once again. Not just the sleeping pattern, but not having that bit of daylight at the end of the day to actually get outside and do something. It really sucks! Whaaaaaa!

Okay, sorry about that, I just had to get that off my chest. So, I had a visit with my primary care yesterday and told her that other than lettuce and tomato on a sandwich or peppers and mushrooms in my tomato sauce, I really had not eaten a vegetable (the green kind) in about two months. Yeah, that did not go over well. She said, "you need to set some goals" LOL!! No kidding. She was really very kind and offered a lot of suggestions, most of which I've told myself a million times. Nothing new, but good to get the reminders. Last time I was there she told me to stop eating Ben and Jerry's, which I've done successfully, so how hard can it be to add in a vegetable three days per week! Good news is that I did eat a few carrot sticks and cucumber slices today at an employee retirement party. My innards went into shock and spent the afternoon running back and forth to the bathroom. LOL.... just can't win.

But seriously, I definitely need to focus on myself, get a routine, think about what I'm doing and not doing. It helps to keep writing my thoughts here if only to reinforce my internal message to myself. Sorry if it gets to be repetitive...

I've been looking at the darn Nutrisystem diet plan again, but I can't bring myself to spend yet more money on a product that works but is not a permanent solution cause I know I can lose weight, but as soon as I stop will gain it back.

I get the cooking light magazine and read a ton of recipes yet rarely make any of them. My shopping at the grocery store is not well thought out. I bough broccoli crowns a couple weeks ago and they slowly expired in the crisper. I tossed them out. I like broccoli, but they never fit into the meals or I didn't have time to cook them.

Then, I"ve been skipping lunch lately cause I feel like I just can't eat three meals a day, but then I end up eating the wrong and too much stuff for dinner.

These habits are all the source of several problems I have including slightly high blood sugars, hyperlipidemia (really high), the aches and pains of too much weight I'm dragging around, joint and tendon issues, and acid reflux. You would think that the knowledge of all of this would be enough to push me past the roadblock to work on my eating. I tell myself all sorts of things like, "I really don't eat that much", "I'm exercising (walking and working) so I should be able to eat", etc. But the reality is, since I've stopped tracking my food intake, I'm sure my calories and fat are way over my allowable.

What is worse is that this is all so darn time consuming, thinking, bad self-talk and all that...

Can't someone just make a happy/skinny pill that works with no side effects???

Well, the answer to that is NO!

So girls, I feel like I'm getting to that point again where I really don't have a choice anymore and I have to behave or I'm going to continue to be unhealthy, damaging my body, and unhappy with how I look and feel. I'd really like to dig out my skinnier clothes and get back into them.

I'm going to re-set my goal to lose 20 pounds by February 1, and assuming I'm successful, lose another 20 by June 1. That will get me back to a better place and hopefully I can create some better long term habits. I would really like to get down to my goal weight of 185 and maybe work towards 170. Even that is still overweight for my age and height, but I think I could be comfortable and happy there.

And when I think about how long it took me to quit smoking and how much better I felt when I stopped, I also think if I could do that, then I can modify my eating and exercise too. It can't be any worse.

So gals, wish me luck. If after today I post stuff and sound like I'm dragging my butt and not doing what I said, please remind me of all the positive reasons to keep working at it.

Thanks ladies!
Ange



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I had a pretty lazy weekend myself . . . .lots of football . . . in fact last night I stayed up to watch my Steelers play and this morning I am dragging. I may have to take my 94 year old friend to get an ultrasound on her leg today but other than that I am not sure what my plan is . . . . right now a nap sounds good. I keep a pretty regular schedule even on the weekend normally and today I am off . . . not liking the feeling.


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Ange, you make me feel guilty for being lazy all weekend! The grandkids were here all day yesterday so I wasn't able to do anything then but today I had no excuses and I still didn't do much. I went grocery shopping and helped my son and husband split some wood for about an hour and a half, but I had the easy job- working the splitter. Our son is hoping to build a house on another lot that we own and he is having a new septic design done that will be less costly to put in than the one that was originally designed for that lot. The woman who is doing the design for him is trading her work for 10 cords of firewood so he is working on that during his spare time this fall. We won't be helping him all the time but we figured we would help him get started.

Ange, good luck with the surgery and recovery. Hopefully all goes well.

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Hi Bev and Donna, I am happy with myself for having walked my 2.5 miles yesterday and today in spite of the cold. I spent all of the day yesterday outside doing winter readiness stuff and probably walked another four miles just going back and forth around the. House and yard. I was exhausted last night but came in to a hot bath, cleaned the shower and then did some baking, orange cranberry muffins and an applesauce cake for my honey. Plopped myself on the couch by 9pm and watched the tube. After my walk this morning I focused on vacuuming and then some rug shampooing. I definitely kept moving all weekend. I need to plan ahead this week as I'm having a surgery on Friday this week that will take a couple days to recuperate so I have no plans to do anything next weekend. Not looking forward to Friday and feeling a bit anxious about it but have to do it :(

Hope I'll be feeling better after it is all over.

Wish me luck! Maybe I'll not feel like eating for a couple days and lose a few pounds. Jeez!

Have a good week! Ange



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I haven't been outside at all today other than to put a bag of trash on the porch. It looks pretty gray out there and the temp is only just over 40 so I know it is not very nice! Any exercise I do today will be indoors. A couple of grandsons spent the night here and they haven't left yet, so it has been a pretty lazy day so far. I should find energy enough to use the exercise bike later but we shall see how that works and if the knee allows it.

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It seems that we are all in the same boat . . . .I have been pretty diligent about eating but consumer a few extra calories on drinks . . . I also freely admit that I don't like to exercise. I think that is the real problem for me.
The weekend is here once again and the weather is turning colder and nastier by the minute. My plan is pretty simple for today. Laundry and Georgia Football . . . everything else I do is a bonus.


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I hear ya. My knee is really giving me a lot of grief lately and I suspect it might not be as bad if I wasn't 60 pounds overweight. You would think that would be enough to motivate me to do something about the excess pounds but it doesn't seem to!

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Hey Bev, yes, I can tell myself all sorts of stories if it means an excuse to eat something. Trouble is, it doesn't do my body any good. I am really feeling the aches. And pains of being overweight and I really need to snap myself into reality here, especially with winter coming along again. Wish this. Wasn't so hard, painful consuming, etc... But have to keep trying.

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I didn't accomplish much this weekend. Saturday I went to a funeral and hubby went to winterize his dad's house. In the afternoon I went to Claremont and got my shopping done. It was nice out, but other things had taken up enough of the day that we really couldn't do much else anyway, especially since we had agreed to watch one of the grandsons overnight so we had to be home by 4:30 or 5:00 so he could be dropped off. I figured I would get the shopping out of the way so we would have yesterday free and we would find something to do- biking/geocaching if it was nice enough or something else if it wasn't. It didn't turn out that way though so I should have gone for a walk on Saturday and done the shopping yesterday. Our son and hubby's uncle were working up on the other lot in the morning so hubby felt he should help. I was okay with that because they were only going to work until around 11 and I figured we could still do something. It turned out that our son found a used pellet stove he wanted to buy and needed help picking it up and bringing it home, so that's what hubby did in the afternoon and I stayed home. I did get some badly needed housework done but it wasn't how I had hoped to spend the day. Back to work this morning.

Ange, I like the way you think about those goodies being calorie free if there is no label!

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Happy Sunday evening to all! Friday was a good day, and yes, it was the craft show in Essex. We were in Barre to get some photos of Jillian eating and playing in a dianthus cupcake. Very cute! Will have to see how they come out.

The craft show was god. I actually found a guy who had little silicone feet that glue onto the bottom of a coriander cutting board I bought there years ago, and which had list one foot this year. The guy said he was not the one who made the corian cutting board as he only works with granite or slate, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it was really him.. But, maybe not. He was nice enough to give me four of those little feet. Course then I spent 30 bucks on a slate backed thermometer with a cardinal on it for my Mom for Christmas. I pickedd up a couple of other items and spent my last six bucks on a giant eclair... I know, I know, not exactly diet food.. But they don't really haveanycalories if there isn't a nutrition labe on them. LOL!

Spent today painting and baking.

Only a few more hour until I'm back to work again. Ugh

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Ange are you going to the big craft show in Essex Jct on Friday? or is there one in Barre? I was thinking about the Essex one . . I have always loved it . . . well last year not so much but it is nice to see all the stuff.
Today is the Dentist . . . tomorrow I'm thinking craft show . . . Saturday and Sunday bowling in Maine and then Monday Tuesday when the weather gets nice again I have to get all the planters and Summer stuff put away . . .I guess winter is really coming.

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The bike is far from new, but is a step up from the first one I bought. Now I just some good weather and free time on the same day so I can try it out. This weekend is sounding like a possibility but unfortunately I think Saturday sounds the best and we have commitments for that day. I have to go to the funeral for my TOPS friend who passed away Monday and hubby has to winterize his dad's house since they are already in Florida.

Enjoy your day on Friday!

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New bike? Hmm, I never did get around to either fixing my old bike or buying a new one this year. Too many other things. Glad you treated yourself to a new one!

Saratoga weekend sounded great! I'm jealous!

Although, I do have a day planned with my daughter and granddaughter on Friday. A cake smash photo session for the one year old in Barre, followed by lunch at Soups and Greens, then a trip over to the craft show for the afternoon. Should be a good day

In for another weekend packed with jobs around the house. Yay!

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Hello ladies . . . I had a fabulous weekend. It was Spa Weekend with my sisters in Saratoga Springs. I drove down Friday afternoon and arrived at the same time as the sisters from Rochester, NY. We had a nice evening and then on Saturday morning all 4 of us ran a 5K then we spent the rest of the day having mineral baths, massages and mani pedis. Saturday night we went out to a nice dinner . . . just the 4 of us and then yesterday morning after a nice breakfast we headed back home. I spent the rest of the day doing nothing . . . it was great but today I need to get back to reality.


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It sounds like you had a busy weekend Ange. I on the other hand had a pretty lazy one. Yesterday we went to our daughter's house so my husband could do some electrical work for her. For me it was a lot of standing around observing. I did hold things or hand things to him occasionally and I cleaned up some of the mess he made, but I wasn't doing a lot of moving. Today I bought a different bike (another used one) but I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I need to take a few accessories off my other bike and put on this one and then I will try to sell the first one I had bought. This one is a bit nicer and several years newer so I am anxious for a chance to ride it- hopefully next weekend the weather will be decent. I made fish chowder tonight and I also made some applesauce in the crockpot- which should be almost cooled enough to put away. Other than that I didn't accomplish a lot. I went to the grocery store and stopped to see an old friend who is in a nursing home and not doing well. I didn't stay long since she had some relatives there visiting her too, but at least I did get there.

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Sunday and all is well! Can you imagine what it would have been like to be the town crier in the old days! You know, the one who had to go around yelling out the time or messages from the leaders? Especially in the winter..

Anyway, I did take my 2.67 mile walk this morning, went shopping for paint and food, and then spent the afternoon painting. Yup, I finally started the second floor wall project. It is one year since I bought the house, so I guess it is about time to get to work on the rest of the rooms up there since I only did the bathroom last year. I have five rooms and one hallway to paint but at least it is only the walls since the painter I hired last spring did all the ceilings. I find that my rate of painting productivity may have decreased a bit since the last big project I did a few years ago. It's going to be a long winter!

This evening I made some squash/ pumpkin soup from the Yankee magazine this month. I didn't have fresh ginger so used powdered, and I added more squash and extra maple syrup than what the recipe called for. It was pretty good but I think I need to try some modifications next time. I had some plain left over roasted chicken on the side and I am plum full! I thought it was relatively healthy..

Back to work tomorrow!

Have a good week.

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Hello all, Today was my grand daughter's first birthday. I spiffed up the house as my folks came up from NH and we had a nice visit, and then off we went to the party. Jillian is such a beauty. It was all a lady bug themed occasion. She loved all her presents and all the family and friends had a wonderful time with her. She is something special. Said goodbye to the folks and now back home pulling out my hair trying to figure out how to download pictures from my digital camera to my MAC, which just doesn't seem to be working. I give up. Time to go rest...

Have a great weekend.

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I finally buckled down and started cleaning my house . . . we gave it a lick and a promise all summer long and I have been procrastinating the project . . . today I cleaned the living room which took me 5 hours and then the downstairs half bath and the downstairs hallway where the washer/dryer is. . .we have hardwood floors so normally they just get vacuumed but today I took up the throw rugs and runners and got down on my hands and knees to scrub the floors. . . .they needed it. I am sore tonight . . . just took some Aleve so I can sleep tonight. Tomorrow I have a doctors app't in Burlington then back for cleaning in the dinning room and a once over on the kitchen. I want to good clean the kitchen and that will take a couple of days so for now it will get a quick clean. Wednesday is bowling, lunch with the girls and back home to clean the Master Bedroom. If I get that much done before DH gets home Thursday night I can work on the upstairs next week. It looks so good when it is done.
Almost time for the Voice and some relaxation.
Have a good nigt everyone.

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Yesterday was nice. Today is not looking quite so good. It is pretty overcast out there and hasn't warmed up much yet. We got home from Maine late last night. We spent two nights at the camp. Things were in better shape than we were expecting, but the camp is pretty rough anyway so two nights was enough. Hubby had to repair some plumbing that had split over the winter. Apparently the last people there didn't get things drained adequately. Other than that he didn't need to do much and it should be fine for the guys to stay when they go up to hunt next month. We did some geocaching in that area on Saturday and then yesterday packed up and headed toward home, picking up some caches along the way. We had thought about getting a motel room for the night somewhere along the way so we could do some more caching today on the way home, but we ended up just driving home after it got too dark for geocaching. We got back around 11:30 but didn't go to bed until 1:30 or so. Needless to say, we are off to a slow start today. We thought about taking the bikes to the rail trail today but the weather doesn't look too great for that.

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If the day stays like this morning looks it will be a beautiful day. The sun is shinning here in the Islands and there is not a cloud in the sky. I am hoping for a few nice days this week because I need to get outside and put my gardens to bed. Everyday nice day we have had lately I have had something else going on. Hopefully I can get some of it done today.
Wishing everyone a great day and tomorrow if you are off for the holiday.

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Visit to NH, accomplished. Delivery of goods to Mom and Dad, accomplished. Take old friend out to dinner accomplished. Deep dish apple crumble pie, accomplished, (at least it is in the oven).

Ready to watch Hell on Wheels, followed by some sweet, quiet sleep.

Whew!

Tomorrow, long list of chores.. But I am looking forward to spending the day moving as opposed to riding in a car a sitting and sitting some more. Will be burning some calories for sure.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

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When I was working I would go to bed at 11 and get up at 5 . . . so that was 6 hours . . . it seemed like enough at the time but I have found over the past 5 years that the 7 - 7.5 is my natural sleep with no alarm clock I pretty much wake up at the same time each morning. O f course the dog is a help but when she comes to my side of the bed to wake me, I am usually half awake anyway.
Have fun in Maine Bev. I am going the last weekend of this month to a bowling tournament in Brunswick near Freeport. Shopping, Bowling and Seafood what more could a girl want?

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I am another one that doesn't get as much sleep as I probably should. I think I function pretty well on 7 - 7 1/2 hours, but I tend to get more like 6 or less during the work week. I get up early but I don't know enough to turn the computer off and get to bed early! On weekends I do usually get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep because I don't get up at 5 AM on days that I am not working- unless we are getting ready to head out on a long trip. I will probably be up at 5 AM on Friday as we are headed to Maine for a 4-day weekend and I think we plan to leave around 6 or shortly after. We usually leave after work and arrive at 1 AM or so, but since no one has been to the camp in over a year we have no idea what condition we might find it in, so we are planning to arrive in daylight this time. Also it will probably be cool enough that we will need some heat and we will need to go buy some fuel before we can have any.

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Hey Donna, yes I'm glad to be back too :). Now if I can focus to start tracking my food again as that really does help.

I did get my walk in this evening which was beautiful. I watched a beaver swim across the Lamoille river, stopped to say hi to a few of my neighbors and Marlo was happy and tuckered out when we got home.

I do think I need a bit more sleep than just six hours. Will have to experiment.
Have a good night and sleep tight...




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I am retired and could get the 8 hours if I wanted but 8 hours is really too much for me. I sleep between 7 and 7.5 every night. Part of the key is suppose to be consistency.We go to bed the same time every night and get up about the same since my dog is like an alarm clock. She is amazing but that is a whole other story. Neither DH or I have trouble getting to sleep or getting good sleep and it was different when we worked. I eat healthy but even healthy ican be bad if it is too much and sometimes it is. Exercise that that is my Achilles Heel. I have to force myself to do anything other than walking which I really enjoy. When I do I loose weight and feel better. It is a mind set.
Glad you were able to find time to come back this week.

Happy Rainy Tuesday everyone.

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Hi ladies, thanks for the feedback. Yes I suppose that we all must try to live life as much as possible during the fair weather months because we are going to be hibernating soon.

The other problem is that there are some really good shows on TV this season and I can't keep up with them all. Good thing for on demand so I can try to catch up, but even then I'm missing some. Today I had a three hour class about stress management and one of the tips was that I should sleep at least 8 hours every day. I generally sleep six or six 1/2. How can I find two more hours in the day. Second tip was to exercise daily and eat healthy. Well, if I didn't have to work every day, I'd have all the time in the world to sleep exercise and cook and eat healthy. Course I'd also be a bag lady. emoticon Or living in my car. I need to work on work-life balance... I shouldn't complain in light of all the really serious world problems.. Coming back to work today was a shock to the system after having such a good week in sunny California. But all is good and I'm happy to be here in beautiful Vermont.

Definitely going for a walk tomorrow evening as I missed today.

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No one has been posting on here much lately, but I am noticing the same trend on some of my other teams. I guess everyone is too busy. I have been keeping somewhat busy but not doing anything terribly interesting most of the time!

It's a chilly 36 degrees this morning, so I think fall is definitely here to stay. Someone posted something on Facebook yesterday about seeing some flurries in the mountains yesterday. They can keep it because I'm not ready for that yet!

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Ange . . . I am glad that you come and post when you can . . .there are a lot of people on this team and many never post anything anywhere. Life an be busy. I am glad that things are starting to get back to normal for you. Sounds like you have been having some fun too! I only do the treadmill when it is icy outside. . . . .I'd rather be outside with fresh air even if it is cold.
I made a slow cooker Spark Soup recipe for dinner today . . . I'll let you know if it is any good . . .it smells good though.
I have been getting myself back on track with the start of the new month. I have tracked my food and exercise . . . .admittedly the exercise should be more but I am making a real effort now that Summer is over.
Hope everyone else on the Team is doing well.

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10/4/14 10:02 P

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Hi everybody, apologies for not being on for the past month. To give my two cents, the only place I read and post comments to is this town square forum. I just don't have time for all the blogs, walls, etc...

This past month has been very busy. Between work , my honey, my Mom and my best friend all being unwell or in hospitals, and squeezing in the Eagles concert in Boston which was great, and a week out in San Diego for a conference, I'm just barely getting back to normal this weekend. Everyone is starting to feel better and will hopefully stay that way.

San Diego was great. I got to attend a Charger's NFL game, saw KC and the sunshine band at a conference event and that was fun, ate a lot of good food which was fortunately offset by a lot of walking to, at and from the conference center, hotel and the boardwalk by the bay. Saw the ship, Midway and went to the San Diego zoo too! I definitely packed a lot into a few days.

Now it is time to focus. I have a long list of chores and projects to do. Still walking a few days per week and trying to eat appropriately. I figure one more month before I start up on the treadmill.

Goal to lose at least 20 pounds by April. :)


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9/23/14 8:11 P

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If I click on the team I see the wall, but I tend to go directly to the boards that I post on so I don't see the wall posts. I will try to look for them.

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I must be subscribed then because I see all of the wall posts but I sometimes get dropped off the threads that I have subscribed to. I feel the way you do about the site. . . . I liked it a whole lot more when I first joined. They aer so big now and try to be everything to everyone. I would like to find a team a just a few people to be close with and work through the issues and difficulties. Oh well . . . .I thought I would put it out there about the wall vs huddle.

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I can only speak for myself but I never see the Wall Posts. When they had the Huddle I would see them and sometimes I posted, but not regularly. Now I see none of it. Yes, I could look for those posts, but my time is somewhat limited so the more I have to hunt to find things the less I use them. I am sure a lot of the changes are fine once you get used to them but I am not liking the site as well as I used to. I miss the health news feature but I saw an explanation from one of the coaches that it went away because they weren't able to reach an agreement with the provider. The teams I am on have become less and less active to the point that I have considered removing myself from them. Of course with a couple of them that would leave no team leader unless someone else wants to take them over.

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I have noticed that since Spark People changed the Huddle to Wall Post I and many others on most of the teams I am on are not conversing in the discussion threads any more. I am not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing. On the positive side we are more likely to post something more often and more people are posting on the wall but on the negative we aren't getting the depth of conversations we used to and maybe people with questions or needing help and support aren't getting it because of the lack of conversation.

Any thoughts?

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9/4/14 8:13 A

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We are back home from Maine and settling into the Fall routine. Bowling has started and our son is having his Fall Picnic at Lake Elmore this weekend . . . to bad the weather is suppose to be rainy. Anyway, we won't go back to Maine until the end of the month to close up and do a little geocaching. In the mean time I have some Mums to plant that I got at Home Depot yesterday and the lawn needs mowing . . . again. We are going to pick the grapes off the arbor next week and make juice and start our sauerkraut. Busy times . . .oh and my sisters are coming next weekend for The Color Run 5K . . . Woo Hoo.
Catch you all later.

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9/2/14 6:44 P

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I agree that it was too humid yesterday and today but I am not looking forward to fall. It isn't so much fall that I dislike as it is knowing what comes later. I do NOT look forward to winter. We have our winter supply of pellets on layaway but we haven't picked up any of them yet. We are hoping to pick up the first two tons in a week or two- as soon as we make a place to stack them in the basement and come up with the rest of the money to pay for them. The first year we bought 5 ton and burned about 4 1/2, so last year we bought 5 ton again, giving us about 5 1/2, but we ran out and had to buy more at the end of the season. I think we burned a little over 6 ton last year. This year we are buying 6 ton and hoping we don't have another winter like last year. The price has gone up some but it is still much cheaper than oil. It will cost us about $1350 for the 6 ton of pellets, but we would probably be spending almost $4000 if we were heating with oil.

It's too bad you didn't get to spend more time in Maine, Ange, but at least you got to go for a short visit.

I think I have some more vacation time to use up this year so I am hoping to manage a couple of long weekends before the cold weather and snow arrive. That might not happen unless I do it right away because my co-worker is leaving at the beginning of October and unless they hire a replacement soon so she can start training her (or him) it might be difficult to take time off for a while.

Bev

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Hi Everyone!. Well, Maine was fabulous, even if it was for only about 6 hours. I rode the waves, played with my grandbaby and my daughter, ate fried clams for lunch, relaxed on the beach for an hour or so and then we packed it all in and had seafood dinner before heading home. It was a good day.

The last week, however, has been hell! Got a ridiculous cold, cough, sore throat, itchy eye, all that just won't quit. Weekend was a blur as I tried to get what I could done around the house and still try to take care of myself... Spent Saturday at walk in care, and going to see my own doc this afternoon. Hoping this will be it with no further illness this winter.

I have tomatos gallore and will be making more sauce, probably every two to three days until the garden is finally done. Still hoping to get at least one watermelon and a cantaloupe out of all the plants that I planted. They are all still about the size of a softball. Probably won't bother with those again.

I love late summer, but yesterday was too darn muggy for me. I'm kind of looking forward to the crisp fall air, the smell of leaves, Halloween, and warm fuzzy sock for my feet who have been bare all summer. Funny how we can find those things we love about each season even though there are those things we would rather live without (like shoveling snow and slippery driving).

Overall, I think this summer has been a good one! And, it will be time to get serious about food tracking and maintaining an exercise routine for fall through spring. Walking two to three miles a day, several days of week certainly made me feel better, even though the pounds did not drop off. Definitely couldn't stand to gain more over this coming winter. Got to psych myself into it again!!

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We haven't been walking or hiking as much as we used to since our dog is 15 years old. She just can't hike over a mile and we have done everything close to our house. There will be time for hiking again but for now we do pretty easy ones or short walks.
DH and I really enjoy caching together . . . but we are both retired and can come and go as we please . . . pick the nice days to go out and such. When I was working and he was retired we had to go out on weekends and sometimes that got old because it seemed like I was never home but if we didn't go it was hard for him because he was never away from home . . . glad we are both retired.
I have to do some weeding and trimming around the gardens today. Tomorrow I am going to put up some of the peaches I brought back from Georgia before the go bad.
Hope everyone is enjoying this fabulous weather we are having and going to have the next few days.

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8/24/14 8:24 A

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We haven't tried to do any of the Delorme challenges (or any other challenges for that matter). We don't have enough time to spend geocaching to amount to much with those. We did drive an extra 50 miles or so from where we were staying in PA the first few days to cross the Ohio border and find one cache just to give us another state that we have found caches in. We are attempting to get the 7 Souvenirs of August too and I think we will manage it. Normally hubby doesn't like to do anything but traditionals, but there were earthcaches at some of the places we visited in PA so we did a couple of those. We tried to get a puzzle one too, but we couldn't locate the second stage to get part of the coordinates for the final. I didn't have that one in our GPS so we only had our phones to look for it and I'm not sure if the phone was not leading us to the right place, if the cache was missing, or if we simply couldn't spot it. We did claim a multi in PA, although it really isn't a multi now. It must have been at one time because it is listed as a multi. I wasn't too worried about getting one of those because there are a couple not far from us that we could have looked for. I had hoped to get a virtual in PA because there was one near one of the waterfalls that we visited on our last day. It was described as a short walk up the hill to a great view so I knew it was going to require a bit of a climb, but my GPS said .8 miles away and you know on the trail it would have been more than that. After we had hiked down to the waterfall viewing platform and back up we were not up to another 2 mile round trip hike for one cache. We went to the Joseph Smith monument in South Royalton yesterday to get the virtual there before going to my in-laws in West Hartford to visit, so all we need now is a puzzle. I know where there is one that sounds pretty easy as long as I can find the final. We have been to some neat places that we would not have seen if it wasn't for geocaching, but there are a lot that we will never do because neither one of us can do more than short, easy hikes. Between his aching knees and hips and my feet and balance issues we don't do a lot of climbing.

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Congrats on your 1000th. We are headed back to Maine Wednesday afternoon and Thursday we are going way up North to Caribou and Fort Kent Maine to work on map pages for the Delorme Challenge. Two Days in the North woods of Maine then back to our cabin for a weekend with friends. Summer has been beautiful and goon by much to quickly.

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We just got home last night from a week in PA. The weather was better than the forecast we saw right before we left sounded, but it could have been better, especially the last half of the week. We didn't get to ride our bikes much because it would start to rain before we got headed out on them. We might have been able to get in a short ride between showers but when it started to rain we made other plans. Other than not riding the bikes much, we did get to see and do everything we had planned, so it was a successful trip. Now I am trying to catch up on the laundry and log the geocaches we found. I think we had just over 70 finds during the time we were gone and I have logged a little more than half of them so far. We found our 1000th cache while in PA. Monday it will be back to routine!

Bev

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Have fun in Maine Ange . . . I think we are headed back Wednesday afernoon for the holiday weekend and then we will only go back to close the cabin for the season. It sure has gone by fast this year.

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