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12/20/14 4:45 P

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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.
Hope Ange is doing fine and had a successful surgery.

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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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12/14/14 7:16 P

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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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12/14/14 4:47 P

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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.

Ange.

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12/5/14 8:22 A

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I bought a Jingle buddies the other day but tried it at the store to make sure it worked.
Going to get a walk in outside today on this frigid morning. Will have to walk fast to stay warm. Am hoping to finish decorating to get the mess gone and floors cleaned. emoticon

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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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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.
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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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Donna, I hope you like the FitBit. I haven't been doing very well with steps lately due to the problem with my foot. I am trying to get in to see a wound specialist but so far I don't have an appointment. I ended up going to the ER over the weekend and I did get a new antibiotic for it and some stronger pain pills that I can take at night. I was sort of expecting a call from Dartmouth today to schedule an appointment with the wound clinic but they didn't call. I called the one in Brattleboro but had to leave a message. I expect they will call me back tomorrow but I don't anticipate being able to get an appointment for several days. They told me at DHMC to go wherever it was more convenient for me or to whichever place could get me in first. Brattleboro is more convenient but if Dartmouth can see me sooner I will be driving up there.

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December 1 and we are back home again. We had intended on coming back yesterday but my sister in Saratoga wanted us to come that way so we did then we watched football together and had another great meal and stayed over and drove home this morning. I have been unpacking and cyberMonday shopping. Bought a FitBit Charge for DH to give me for Christmas . . . it was what I decided to get and it made it easy for DH all he has to do is wrap it up for Christmas morning. Also ordered some socks for the kids online.
I set a goal of 310,000 steps for December which is 10,000 steps a day but I know some days will be more and some less.
I don't have to cook all week . . . brought home leftovers from the weekend and then some from my sister. Woo Hoo more time to get other things done.
Hope everyone had a great holiday.

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Made it to my aunties house in NY. Am standing here talking and walking in place to make up for being in the car 4.5 hours.
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I am stuffed! Wayyyy too full. emoticon

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I thought I had posted a reply last night, but I don't see it. Maybe I hadn't hit the post button before my power blinked off and shut down my computer!

I made it home from work last night, but it took about twice as long as usual. The roads were crappy. I didn't see any serious accidents but I saw a total of five cars off the road and a tractor trailer that looked like it had started to jackknife just before I turn off the main road to get home. I had to sit there about 10 minutes before I could get through. I think we had 4 or 5 inches on the ground by the time I got home but I was able to make it up our hill okay. As near as I can tell this morning we have 10 - 12 inches. I went out and shoveled the steps off and started clearing some snow off my car, but decided to leave the rest for later when my foot started to protest that I was wearing sneakers. I don't need to go anywhere today so I can go out and shovel for a few minutes at a time two or three times if I need to in order to get it all done. I needed to get the steps done because it looks like I will be having visitors today. My DIL had planned to go to Tupper Lake to spend the long weekend with her family but she never made it to the kennel to drop their dogs off yesterday so she is not going away after all. I didn't want to keep the dogs for four days but under the circumstances I would probably have offered to take them for her if it wasn't for my foot. I don't need a hyper dog jumping around and stepping on or kicking my foot when I try to get his leash on to take him outside and I really don't think I want to be pulled around the yard when he wants to play in the snow either. Since they are not going away she and the boys are coming here and we will do a turkey dinner. She had taken a turkey out of her freezer just in case as soon as she saw the weather forecast so she has the bird and I have most everything else we would need. I don't have stuffing or cranberry sauce but we can do without those, unless we decide to make our own stuffing. I don't care much for it anyway but the others might want some.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and safe travels if you are heading out.

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Happy Thanksgiving ladies! Enjoy the day and safe travels to any on the road today. I'm prob putting up my tree this am and then heading to Boonville, NY. Back on Sat. Have a blessed day.

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Made it down to western NY this afternoon . . . just a little bit of snow slush on the roads from Watertown to Rochester. Just checking in quickly to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I will be up early for the Turkey Trot with 8 other family members and then there will be out 25 of us for dinner.
Enjoying the family time.

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Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! It has been a week since I last posted. It has been a rough week. Had some unexpected health issues over the weekend. Trying to recuperate. Mom and Dad aren't coming for dinner tomorrow due to weather. Will still have the kids and my SIL's mother and her husband. Should be interesting!

Company from Montreal on their way down on Friday for the weekend. Hope they like leftovers! LOL!

Just want to make it through the weekend without gaining too much!

Be safe!

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It was warm today but I didn't get outside to see if it was windy here or not. It was raining when I went to work but it didn't last all day. I did run into some light rain in one place on my way home from work, but for the most part it was dry. I am still having a lot of trouble with my foot so I am still not able to go walking. I finally sent a message to my doctor tonight that I want her to refer me to a specialist. If it improves before I can get in I will cancel the appointment but if it doesn't waiting longer is just going to prolong the agony. I expect it will be the end of next week or sometime the week after before I can see anyone so I sure hope it gets better on its own before then. I can barely tolerate wearing a sneaker. Today I took my slippers to work and wore them in the office all day.

I hope everyone who has to travel for Thanksgiving will be able to leave before the storm comes in and you will arrive safely. If you have guests coming I hope they arrive safely. As long as it doesn't get bad before I get out of work on Wednesday I will be fine since I don't have to go anywhere on Thursday. I will need to go to my son's on Friday to put pellets in his stove for him since both of them will be gone, but the roads should be fine then. As long as we don't have enough snow that I get stuck in his driveway I should be okay. I'll go back again on Saturday to fill the stove again and then it should go until they both get back on Sunday. He really should have planned ahead and put some oil in his tank so the oil boiler would come on if the house got too cold, but since he didn't do that it's mom to the rescue I guess. At least it isn't too far away.

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If the wind would stop blowing it would be really nice out there today. I've been getting some things ready for our trip to Western NY this weekend. My Mom lives about 60 miles from Buffalo emoticon Hopefully the snow will be gone and the flooding minimal. They didn't get as much but still about 1'
Yesterday we had a pleasant surprise. . . .My sister and her DH drove up from Saratoga for a special geocache and then we were going to go to lunch together but they finished early so they came here for brunch and chatting before heading back. I usually cook something nice for Sunday breakfast so I had the stuff here and it all worked out great.
Tomorrow we have a couple of errands to do in town then home to make pies and some other stuff. Laundry and packing. Wednesday we leave right after I finish bowling. My daughter is flying up to Mom's from Georgia tomorrow. The best price for her flight was flying into Buffalo . . fingers crossed.


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Welcome to the group and good luck! It sounds like you are off to a good start. I can relate to not being able to do more than short walks. I am in that position myself right now, but not from an ankle injury. Mine is from an ulcer on the side of my foot. With every step, my sneaker rubs on it and irritates it even more. I have been wearing slippers inside but they wouldn't hold up to outdoor wear! I am hoping that in a few more days it will be getting better and I will be able to walk as long as I keep a bandage between the sore and the side of the sneaker, but right now even that doesn't help enough.

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Hello, I hope it's o.k. if I reply here. I made it two weeks yesterday on weight watchers and two weeks today with sparks people. I am hungry......lol.....I'm always hungry for the first few weeks because I used to eat so very much. My exercise of choice is using my lazy boy rocker and going very fast...and also taking the dog for very short walks (after an ankle injury, that's about all I can take) but...it works for me......I've done this many times before......please wish me luck......I'm trying........Thank you. emoticon

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I also have an Omron pedometer that I like. I don't use the clip though. It works well just carried in my pocket and I don't lose it that way. Even though I have the FitBit on my wrist I still carry the pedometer in my pocket. Most of the time they are fairly close in the number of steps they show but with certain activities I find one will record more steps than the other. I discovered last winter that when I shovel snow the FitBit really counts up the steps! In that case I'm sure the pedometer is more accurate since the FitBit is responding to the arm movement and not my actual steps. I am walking across the driveway to throw the snow on the bank in some cases but in others I'm just throwing it off to the side so I'm not doing much stepping.

I don't have any big plans for the weekend. Hubby left for his hunting trip in Maine yesterday morning so I am home alone for the next 9 days or so. He will be back on the 30th but probably not until late afternoon or early evening. One of the grandsons spent the night last night because his dad is also gone to Maine and his mom had a 31 party to do last night. She will be picking him up sometime this morning. Someone is supposed to be coming sometime this morning to buy a water storage tank that we used to have hooked up to our wood boiler that we no longer use and then after both of those things happen I will be headed to Claremont for a bit of shopping- nothing major since this is not a pay week, but I have an appointment to take my car in for an alignment and there are a few things I need at Walmart. Other than that I will probably do some cleaning around the house this weekend and some crocheting. I don't do doilies though because I don't like working with crochet cotton and small hooks. I have made several throws/afghans and I recently made a couple of tote bags. One of the grandsons claimed one of them last weekend. The other grandson (the 3-year old who is here now) tried to claim the second one for some of his dinosaurs, but that one is huge with long handles and is too big for him to carry around. I promised to make him a smaller version of it, so I need to buy more camo yarn today for that. He likes everything camo (hunting he calls it). A niece of hubby's is expecting a baby (her 1st) in May so once I hear what she is having (unless she opts not to find out) I will probably buy yarn and make her a sweater set and baby blanket. I have done a lot of those in the past but none recently.

Enjoy the warmer temps they are promising for this weekend, especially tomorrow. Monday they say will be warm, but raining.

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emoticon I woke up way too early for a day I could sleep in!! 5:45!! ugh...
It's been kind of an unproductive morning, as I planned to make the desserts for our dessert auction at church on Sunday morning. (we do Awana - a children's program, and this helps us with expenses). We have an auction every fall, usually before this, but our pastor's wife has a lung disease and she is late getting things organized, and she won't hear of someone doing it for her! LOL
I had planned to do them, but then I had forgotten to get the margarine out to be room temp, the cream cheese the same, and had forgotten to get the graham crackers for one of them, I needed to get my cheesecake pan from my daughter....many things happening with that, and then we were having computer issues, and hubby was on phone to some people to hopefully get something straightened out soon. (it's working now, I'm using it!)

He was catching up with bills, and such, and didn't do anything on the addition either.
My daughter had asked me to be "on call" to go pick up her kids from school, as she was meeting with a potential client for cleaning, and wouldn't be back in time. So I ended up picking them up, taking them to her house, and then she was about 2.5 hours later than she'd said she'd be. Ugh....I was kind of antsy b/c I thought she'd be home by noon, and it didn't happen. She said the person was an hour late meeting at the house b/c she had something she had to drop off at her kids school, then when she did go in, said the house was not something she wants to do, so that was a bust. She ended up going to the grocery store for a few things, and going to the mall to Kay's to take her broken necklace in again...it's been fixed SO many times...you'd think they would replace it, but no...they won't. It's a very fine chain and one that her hubby got her several years ago for Christmas, both girls (His daughter and their daughter) has one identical to it.)

And got back to have to do some shopping of my own, got the things I needed and got right to work as soon as I got here. I have the Mint Thumbprint cookies done, and the cheesecake is in the oven. I hope it turns out right!! It's been a bit fussy to make, but I think people will like it. It's called Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake, as it has quite a few whole pbutter cups on top. :)

Tomorrow is our family Thanksgiving next door at my son's. emoticon
We will be cooking the turkey here, I guess...I don't know that they have room in their fridge to store it tonight and make sure it's in the oven on time in the morning. Then we have to get it over there, with other stuff we're bringing. I think I will have my DIL bake the apple crumb pie. It's one the church teenagers made for their missions trip fundraiser, and the other was a strawberry rhubarb pie I made this spring with my daughter's rhubarb.

We are going to NY next weekend. I guess we're staying with my aunti in Boonville as my sister has her college son home and her 7 year old grandson there as well. And her house isn't too big. We will have the dinner with my mom at the nursing home on Friday afternoon. We will stay in NY till Saturday and come home sometime that day.

A new snowblower! When I was in college, I was taking classes at CCV in Burlington and was having bloody noses from the dry weather. I had one that night on the way to class...so hubby had to come get me, and have my son drive my car home. He ended up taking me to class b/c it stopped, but stayed close by in case I needed to go home quickly, so he shopped and bought one for us!! what a great investment! He loves using it.

I don't do much craft fair shopping, but like to get new ideas! :) hope you find some neat stuff...do you buy for yourself or gifts?
Do any of you girls do crafts? I don't do much-mostly crochet doilies, snowflakes, and baby afghans. I knit the curly scarves, those are so easy!

Have a great night-am still working to try to get enough steps in, but it's not working for me!!

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I have an Omron that I like . . . it is accurate, has a extra clip to keep you from loosing it but it is kind of bulky and doesn't sync to my computer or have any software. . . . old school.

Today was suppose to be more cleaning but I was trying to keep an eye out for the FedEx guy because I had to sign for a pkg and this afternoon I took the dog to the vet for a quick weight check and to get her Rx then DH and I went to Milton to pick up our new snow blower. So my day was broken up and little cleaning accomplished. Tomorrow I am going to some craft fairs in Winooski and Burlington.

What is everyone doing this weekend?

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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!

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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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