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I rarely check what is posted on the wall. Back when it was the team huddle and they were posted on the side of the screen I would see them and even post frequently, but where it is now is not a place that I typically go. It's the old out-of-sight, out-of mind thing- if I don't see it I don't think about it.

Yesterday was kind of a weird weather day. We alternated periods periods of sun and some snow squalls. At times it looked pretty nice out and I was thinking I might get out for a walk for once, but I was so swamped at work that I never stopped for a break. I still ended up being there over a half hour late at the end of the day even without taking a break. I still have several things that I normally do on the first day of the month that got postponed until today. Hopefully today will be better and I will get caught up plus get a start on my bank statements. I think I will have the other person in our office help with them, because more than likely next month I won't be there to work on them at all so she will need to help my boss with them- unless they give me a laptop with access to the network from home (I doubt they will). If they did that I could do some things from home while I am taking care of hubby, but I wouldn't be able to do a lot of what I do now so it probably isn't worthwhile for them.

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The wall is suppose to be a place for a quick post . . . checkin . . .this forum is for more lengthy discussions of how we are and any problems . . . .a place to chat and let it all hang out . . . .so to speak.
Busy day today . . . I substituted in a bowling league and did pretty well a 437 series. Then I did a few errands in town and got home to retreat to my office and the monthly bill paying session. I needed to get the bills all paid before we leave on Thursday.
Tonight I am going to veg by the TV and knit.
Glad to see you back and hope the computer issues weren't to costly . . . I had my old laptop die last summer . . . .I was thinking of buying a new and that just made the reality sooner.
Have a nice evening everyone

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3/2/15 8:13 A

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Hi All, I am back with you all, What is difference between this Forum and the Team Wall? I guess this is the "hang out' page and I like hanging out with you all!

I was challenged last week with serious computer issues, so I am now almost done with that.

The good news is that I piecing my SP program together...have tracker, have food plan down, set a few goals. My body has changed since my cancer. I have spent many sessions with my PT, chiropractor, and surgeon measuring my leg discrepancy. I am getting 1/2 " lift in my NEW right shoe. My feet have gone from a size 10 to 11; fortunately my husband can wear my like-new Nikes. It is coming together so I can walk more in a few weeks.

Have a beautiful week. Thank you for your support!

Elizabeth

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Spring will be here before we know it....Positive attitudes right girls??

Bev, Sounds like you will be busy cleaning up rooms to make room for the family, so stay focused on eating well and be careful-no hurting yourself moving heavy stuff or falling on stairs!! Squeeze in like sardines, the more the merrier, right? :)

Yes, there's something to be said about it being March and a fresh start! Don't forget time change is next weekend already! wow!!

I ended up with a lot of steps in b/c I just stood there and did walking in place and moving while I was watching tv last night, and got 25,142 steps in for the day!! whew!! I was bushed!! Took me a while to go to sleep. I was keyed up I guess.

Not much happening here, cloudy out now and windy, and saying there's snow in the forecast for tonight..not looking forward to that!!

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3/1/15 8:59 A

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I agree with you Donna that once the calendar says March we know there is hope for better weather soon. Yesterday I went to Claremont and did some shopping. I picked up a few toys for the grandkids since much of their stuff was ruined and I didn't have a lot of age-appropriate toys here. Most of what we had they had outgrown and I hadn't gotten around to buying any new stuff. With them likely to be living here for the foreseeable future we need to have toys for them. I spent some time last night working on cleaning out some stuff in the bedrooms because I now need to get all of our stuff out of the spare room so they can use it for their belongings. It will take me a couple of weeks to get it all moved out. We also need to clear out an area in the basement so my son can set up another bed down there for the time they need to stay here. Trying to fit six people into a two bedroom house is a challenge, but we expect it will only be for a few months until their house is repaired.

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Welcome to March . . . .my favorite Month. Even though there is snow on the ground and more in the forecast when March arrives it feels like we have turned the corner toward Spring. We are busy getting some things done to be ready to leave on Thursday but our old (16 years) dog has not been doing all that well lately and I am getting a little nervous about whether or not she is going to be able to make this trip. We'll see what today and tomorrow bring. Pot Roast is on the menu for today and then I am done cooking before we leave because we need to clean up the leftovers. I am going to get out for a walk today . . . it is a new month and I would like to do better on my steps. I see the doctor finally on Tuesday and then we can address some of the issues I have been having with my back.
Have a great day with the family Ange.
Hope everyone else is looking forward to Spring as much as I am . . . .Happy March!

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2/28/15 10:36 P

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Good evening everyone,

Bev, sorry to hear of all your and your family's challenges. We are lucky to live in a time when technology and healthcare are superb and your hubby will get excellent treatment, I'm sure.. Hopefully he will get through surgery smoothly and be good as new in no time.

And sorry to hear about the fire. A life changing event for sure, but they will spring back.... And be a happy family again.

I've been doing the usual, working, some walking, chores, dreaming of spring. My folks are coming up for a visit tomorrow. We are having home made grinders, a shrimp and macaroni salad with veggies in it, and a banana cream pies or Apple cake for desert. My daughter, SIL, and granddaughter are coming over so the whole family will be together for a few hours. It will be a nice day.

Not much else is new here. I'm frustrated that no weight is coming off. Im obviously not doing enough or eating too much! I can't wait to get back to my outdoor walking and summer meals that are less heavy. My neck and back have been bothering and I'm pretty sure im just out of shape! Grrrrrr! Not giving up though!

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2/28/15 8:03 A

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It is good to have a date for his surgery . . . something to look forward to . . .sort of . . . and at least the weather will be on it's way out by then. Glad to hear the house can be repaired and everyone is ok. Our pets are like members of the family and their loss will take time to heal.
Our weather is suppose to be sunny and 20's today and tomorrow. I'm thinking I need to get outside today for a walk.
Other than that it is a quiet day with just the dump and laundry on the schedule.

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. By Charles Swindoll


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2/27/15 8:27 P

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We are all doing okay- a little stressed but otherwise okay. The two kids are taking the loss of their pets kind of hard but we are just thankful that everyone is okay. Houses can be repaired and belongings can be replaced but people can't be.

Hubby met with the surgeon at DHMC today and his surgery will be on March 19th. Until then we simply wait it out and try to keep him healthy. They want him to drink some nutrition drinks to make sure he is getting plenty of nutrients and to be as active as he can so that he will be in the best shape possible going into it.

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I have always heard that we can handle more than what we think . . . that being said I am sorry you have so much to handle. Thinking of you each and everyday.

I took the dog to the groomer yesterday so she is all trimmed up and smelling pretty for our vacation. DH and I are headed to get our hair cuts today. 6 more days and we are out of this snow . . . hopefully we won't find anybody else's snow either.

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So sorry to hear about the house fire and I DO know what that's like bc a few years ago in April our daughters house burned. Unfortunately they lost a puppy and her husband had some severe burns. They had been sleeping and she was pregnant. So she and the other dog made it out.

Today there are still things I think she has but then remember they burned in the fire. So it may be years before they know all of the loss.
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Thanks ladies. I guess we are being tested to see how much we can handle. Our son's house caught fire yesterday. No one was home so they are all fine but their two dogs and a cat died. It is too soon to know what can be salvaged.

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Bev, you and you DH are certainly in my thoughts and prayers. Scary stuff.

Way to go Kat! Getting those steps in.

I tried to up my steps yesterday and didn't hardly sleep last night . . . my back was bothering me. Glad my Dr app't is this Tuesday. It is a start to finding a solution.

Got to reboot the old computer . . . .just did some updates while I was writing this.

Later gang

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Bev! I'm so sorry to hear about the news of your hubby, but also glad to hear it's "contained" which may be a blessing. Just know I am thinking of you both and will be praying for the doctors to guide and that God will heal this man of his tumor. emoticon

I will post the corn chowder recipe in our recipe link and tell you the changes I made for healthier version. :)

I just did a very hot (yes inside!! LOL) emoticon emoticon (now I'm sweaty!!!) 5 Mega Miles with Leslie Sansone, Walk Away the Pounds DVD. I think that is my favorite one of hers so far. I have a few. I also let a friend borrow the beginners one, and never got it back and I doubt she has ever used it. I will have to see if she has it b/c I would like to let someone else borrow it. This one has a lot of ST in it, which is great-using stretchies, and I add my 3 lb weights during the other section of it, b/c she is standing still doing ST and I keep my feet moving, so I can use the weights and still ST and walk fast and get my steps in. I keep watch on my Fitbit to make sure I am doing at least 2,000 steps per mile, and if I don't have them in, I rewind and keep walking till I move to the next mile. It makes me get them in first thing and then the rest of the steps for the day are my bonus round! :)

emoticon I also don't spin the wheel on SP using my computer. I have found that using my phone or kindle will give me lots of extra points that aren't even on the wheel. I have thousands racked up and can send you girls spark goodies if I'm friends with you on here. I need to "spend" them. emoticon Wish they were real gifts I could send you!
I just got 100 points for my log in spin this a.m. :) I have gotten 500 before and I think a couple of times 1,000? I can't remember for sure.

I think it's warming up with the sun on the house out there, snow and ice keep falling from the edges with loud thumps. Yesterday there was a woodpecker up on the dormer. I could hear it, but didn't go yell at it, b/c I didn't want to wake hubby up from his nap. LOL I did see he had knocked down a paper wasp nest that was up in the corner, so I'm happy he did that. I hate those things, they are unsightly up there, but I can't climb up and knock them off and hubby won't. He can and has worked up there, and as a matter of fact he worked around several bumble bees this past summer while they are buzzing past his head and he's hammering and working...NOT ME!!
I know they would have stung me.

Anyway, off to shower off this sweat and get dressed...I will post that recipe tho girls.

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Corn chowder sounds yummy! I haven't made that in a very long time and I have only made it a few times in my life, but I love it. Sunday was pretty nice but we didn't get out to enjoy it. Things have been pretty hectic around here for the past few days. My husband had an appointment on Friday for a procedure to remove what we thought was a gallstone in his bile duct, but it turned out to be much more serious than that. Everything changed in minutes that day when they told us the blockage is a tumor and not a stone. It was not the kind of news we were expecting and I am not sure we have completely absorbed the shock yet, but his long-term prognosis does sound positive at least. He will be having a pretty major surgical procedure, likely within the next couple of weeks, and then will be in the hospital 7 - 10 days and out of work for 3 - 6 months. On a more positive note, the tumor is small and they say it has not spread beyond the bile duct. We will be meeting with a surgeon this Friday and I assume we will find out then when his surgery will be. By the time he is recovered enough to get outside I hope the weather is much warmer! He says he will be doing a lot of walking with me this summer to help build his strength back up.

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It's been busy here, too, with grands, and more later this week for me. Babysitting the younger ones on Thur and Frid with just after school for the older one and after preschool for the younger, then the oldest who lives next door will be here later Friday as his parents have a meeting. :)
I just got home earlier with groceries and OH MY the wind is raw!! emoticon Brrrrr

I did errands, too, as my grandson was volunteering at Project Independence where he goes each Tues morning. They love him and he loves them. :) He's going to be 11 the end of next month. What a great kid.

So now I have a pot of corn chowder simmering on the stove for later, and a casserole dish full of Michigan Nancy's oatmeal that I love! I dr both recipes to make them healthier and lower in fat and calories. I can post the recipes if you're interested. :) let me know.

Elizabeth!! love your profile picture! makes me want WARM weather and sun and water and sand!! Haha that reminds me, one of the places I "erranded" to this morning was TJMaxx looking at clearance items. They did have one thing I wanted but saw it was broken, so I looked in their "normal" wares and found it...not broken! I am redoing the bathroom upstairs over when the addition is done and it's a seashore theme. This thing I wanted is a towel hook with seashells and a starfish on it. Cute. And then I also got a little bag of seashells that are not the kind I usually find when I hunt for them. It was only $2.99 for the bag of them. :) I have been collecting stuff for it, and the lady who works in the store I've known for a while, and she was showing me a lamp they have-it's beautiful! it's got a sea horse, and the top over the shade has a seashell. I wasn't up to shelling out $32 for it yet. Maybe I should so the next time I look for it marked down they won't all be sold out?? I might!!

Donna, I went for a lovely walk on Sunday-so glad I was able to be out in it!! :) sorry you missed it...but don't fret, those warm days will be back!! just think, we are almost into March and you know it's somewhat warmer then, right?
I forget, where are you going on vacation? TN is getting hit with ice storm and my brother and sister in law, aunt and uncle live there and they have no power. I have cold, but at least have power and heat!!

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I've been kind of busy the last few days . . . Bowled on Sunday in a tournament . . . we didn't win but we had a lot of fun and got of the house. The only bad part was that Sunday was the nicest day we have had in a month and I was inside bowling rather than being out on snowshoes or something . . . .even a walk outside would have been nice.
Monday I was a sub on a team for a friend so that was fun and got me out and moving.
Today I need to catch up on some paperwork and ironing. I have a bunch of shirts that I hang to dry so they don't shrink and then I iron them so they look better. Ironing is one of those chores that at least keeps you warm on a cold day like today.
A busy rest of the week is in store too. Tomorrow is my regular day out with bowling, lunch and shopping. Thursday I have to take the dog to the groomer and get her all pretty for vacation.
Friday DH and I have haircuts and poof the weekend will be here again.
Vacation is getting closer but the weather down South isn't looking that great lately . . . .hope it makes a turn around.
Take care everyone and stay warm . . . it is really cold out there this morning.

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Hi everybody and welcome Elizabeth. Everybody has been busy posting,walking,and all that good stuff. I've been doing some walking but not enough. Been doing some shoveling too and it is amazing how many calories you can burn. I suppose that is the silver lining. Will likely be shoveling in the morning by the looks of it.

Ran errands this morning, did some on-line shopping for dresses since I'm headed to my nieces wedding in three weeks. Iowa, ready or not, here we come!

Otherwise, not a whole lot to report. Trying to get through each work day and the usual grind. I need a fun day pretty darn soon! Maybe that will be tomorrow as my kids and grand daughter, Jillian, are coming for dinner. That should be a fun visit!

To Elizabeth, you are a strong lady and I'm sure you'll be paddling that kayak before you know it. There are some lovely rivers, ponds and of course, lakes in VT. I used to have a canoe, but it got to be a bit too much for me to lift to the car roof rack on my own. But I definitely enjoyed it while I could.

Stay warm ladies!

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You can do it Kat! I don't think I could use a kayak. For one thing, I don't think I am agile enough to get in and out of one, but also I have a bit of a fear of water because I really can't swim. I can float but I am really a non-swimmer and have always been afraid of water. We used to have a boat and I was okay with that because it was very stable.

Yes, it is very wintry outside again. This is getting very depressing!

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Think Spring!

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emoticon Elizabeth! you are doing great!

I also have a kayak that I don't use nearly enough, but my request to hubby for Mother's Day is to get me some roof racks for it, so I can put it on and take off myself! :) I'm psyched about that. Not the homemade DIY cushion I had on the car last time. I have a Newer car and don't want it marred up, and also want to be able to bring it to NY to where my sisters and cousins kayak and go with them sometime. (Hubby doesn't have a kayak). I got mine from a neighbor who had it out for sale one day for $160 and we thought it was a steal! It was perfect size for me, and lightweight. Not fancy and pretty like all the new ones, but I'm happy that it works.

It's snowing again...I'm so tired of this unbelievable frozen tundra we seem to be living in for the past 2 months! I so want some warmer weather. I'm not asking for it to be in the 70's just yet, but above freezing for a while would be nice!

I cleaned the church this morning and then made donuts for the church as well. The pastor's wife asked several of us to make a batch to bring for tomorrow. With this awful weather every weekend, and before that lots of sickness sweeping through, the attendance has been quite low for several weeks. So we are trying to encourage people to come out anyway, have a donut and coffee or hot chocolate, and be in the Lord's house b/c if it was a child's game at school or competition, you know they'll be at those. So we are competing with the weather for our attendance! Our pastor just got back from a trip to Israel with about 50 other pastors. He had a wonderful time and got some great pictures.

I am in a 10 million step challenge from Thanksgiving day of '14 till March 6. and I'm sorely behind in steps as many days I didn't get in what I should have for the average. I have to "step up my game" to finish this out and "win" by getting them all in. Wish me luck girls as I do "makeup work" to get to my goal!! :) I'm hoping for some pretty loud cheering from you all!!

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Thank you for the warm welcome to this group. I am making my way around SP and am grateful for the tremendous resources, including the many people seeking a healthy life style.

I do have multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. I had a stem cell transplant in April 2013, almost two years ago now. Yea! I am on maintenance chemotherapy forever every other week, which is fine. All my blood numbers are normal.

I am working now on building my body, strengthening it. I bought a kayak from LL Bean, and my goal is to be able to get into it this summer. I also want to increase my walking so I can get out and enjoy the Vermont countryside and be romping with my 12 grandchildren.

I look forward to getting to know you all!

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I have the kiddos here and they spent the night. Then we got up, ate, then they bathed, I showered, now their dirty laundry is in the washer, so it goes home clean for momma. :)

I think Michelle will pick them up later today about 3....she will finish the houses she cleans, then go to the bank in Vergennes, then come out here so they don't have to be transferred from vehicle to vehicle in this weather and the cold wind.

I didn't get all the steps I wanted in yesterday, but my knees were hurting, esp the left one, (I have fibromyalgia) so went to bed with some Tylenol PM.

Lexy was awake at 6 asking for a drink. Then she crawled in bed with me, fell back to sleep, and then Martin was awake around 7:15 or so. I think I heard him about 20 after. Then I just dozed for a few minutes, Lexy woke back up and we all got up.

Happy Bowling Donna, didn't know you competed. We have some ladies from church who do that...not sure if they compete with you? One lady is Cathy and another is Margie.

Since my husband's parents passed away (4 years ago Feb 22 and 26) and the estate was tied up in probate for 1 and 3/4 years! yes, those Boston lawyers know how to suck money from people ($375/hr!!) and we had inherited half his parents estate, with stocks and other income, so we started having someone do the taxes for us to be sure we weren't shorting the IRS b/c we didn't want it to come back and bite us.

I am not sure now whether we pay or get money back. It's too complicated for my little brain.

It's a bit snowy and hubby went out and cleaned out the driveway with snowblower, and now doing our son's who's away in OH till tomorrow. Hopefully he won't run into snow like last weekend going OUT there.

Have a great day ladies-stay warm and stay active!! emoticon emoticon

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Headed to the bowling alley this morning sometime to get in some practice before Sunday's Tournament. Then I think I will start my taxes this afternoon . . . .now that is a dreadful thought. We almost always have to pay some . . . just how much is the question. I could have more taken out of our pensions but I hate giving it to them and then having to get it back . . . .I just plain dislike the whole tax thing. Not that I shouldn't pay some just the whole system and it's inequities. Enough rant for the day . . . .got to get some breakfast and get this day going.

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I would also like to welcome Elizabeth. This team has a lot of members, but only a few who post here. I wish we could get a few more, but I also prefer smaller teams because I feel like it allows me to get to know people better. If there are too many people posting on a team I can't keep up with it and I never really feel like part of the group. With this group, I have gotten to know more about each of the ladies who are posting and they feel like friends rather than strangers.

My 6-year old grandaughter is a girly-girl. She loves to wear dresses, and she likes pink and purple. She likes other colors too, but I think pink and purple are among her favorites.

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Elizabeth, I wanted to say Welcome to our little group. I am a newbie on this group as well, but the ladies have welcomed me with open arms.

I see you friended me, so I was able to read some of the info about you and see you have had to battle the cancer beast. That is hard, but glad you are doing better and that you are fighting back! I know the other beast, the weight one, is another one that is hard for us all.

I have been on SP since 2010 and don't regret one minute. It has been the only way I have been able to lose the weight. I originally lost to my goal weight, back a couple of years ago, but I think it was an unrealistic weight for me, so I ended up gaining back some of the weight (over 10 lbs) and then started trying to lose that, which hasn't really happened. I fluctuate between about 5-6 lbs. Depending on if I'm traveling or what I'm doing, where I don't often get a chance to walk, or eat with good meaning relatives where they don't cook healthy the way I do. So now I am at a sort of reasonable weight, but struggling to stay there and not gain, and I have been able to achieve that over the past year. I would still like to lose at least 10 lbs but that hasn't happened.

I am in a 10 million step challenge and it ends March 6 and I have a ways to go to catch up for days I was under 10,000/daily steps, which means I have work HARD the next few weeks and try to bust out those steps!

I love pink and don't understand these young girls not wanting their baby girls to be girlie looking with all the cute and adorable and lovely things that have pink in them. :) oh well, to each their own. My granddaughter who is 6 does not want pink stuff anymore, her new fave is red.

My grands are here today and they will be overnight and till tomorrow afternoon when I will take them home.

It's nasty out, the wind/snow is cold...and I just went to the mailbox and let the granddog out for potty time. I don't have any inclination to spend time out there playing today!

I should go and see if I can get some steps in though, and that's not happening with me sitting at the computer...and besides, this crazy thing has been acting up doing odd things to me...I will let my computer-illiterate husband have it now!!

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Yay Kat, you are really getting in those steps! I have not been doing much yet. The foot is better but I'm not sure it is quite ready for hiking boots and I don't dare to walk outside in my sneakers. I can't quite convince myself to get on the treadmill in the evenings.

Interesting that your daughter said no pink Donna. I made some baby stuff for a niece who is expecting and I had it almost done before I saw something that she posted on Facebook about looking for things that were not pink- OOPS! It's too late to change it so she is getting pink, but I will buy an outfit or two that are not pink.

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I haven't been doing much walking at all. My hip is really bothering me. I have an app't on March 3rd to see my new primary care physician so I am hoping that maybe she can give me some insight into how to lose weight and exercise with the arthritis or bursitis that is becoming more constant especially with exercise. I am betting I'll end up in PT . . . that seems to be their go to for everything. It is very frustrating.
Today was a nice day . . . bowling, lunch, shopping and some sunshine. Strange that we think of a 20 degree day as nice.
I went to JoAnne Fabric and bought some material to make a quilt for the new grandbaby. My daughter said NO PINK so I got purple and teal . . .I think it will be pretty. I also got a package in in the mail with some angora yarn in cream and purple to make some booties. I am really enjoying making things. I have waited awhile for this little one. We thought that all of the kids (we have 4) would have any or we would be to old to enjoy them. Our youngest is going to be 30 this year but she is in Vet School and doesn't even have time for a serious relationship. Our oldest is 40 and he and his girl friend say no kids. Our other son is 36 and he just got out of a long term relationship and the daughter that is expecting is going to be 33 and she and her hubby have gone back and forth on the subject but we are very pleased that they finally decided to have a little one.
I hope everyone enjoyed the nice day . . . tomorrow is more snow and then more bone chilling cold again

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emoticon Yes it's sunny, but don't let that fool you!! Yikes, it's been cold! I love being able to stay inside
For Valentine's fun we went snowshoeing. We own 20 acres of land and 10 of them are wooded, so we got to go down and work out some very-little-used-muscles! oh ya, those thighs were burning, but it was fun.
We are also dogsitting our son's dog, a golden (her hair is more red than golden though) retriever. Her name is Chewbacka, aka Chewie. They left for Ohio yesterday and got a text from them last night-they got there at 10:30 after a grueling day of fighting snow and accident delays. They had left here at 3:45 a.m. poor kids. And HE does all the driving. I bet they are napping today after church!!
That's where my hubby is after being up at 5 to go to church and clear out around the building and shovel sidewalks, and then home to clear out, then back to church to clear out again. He sat down in church and couldn't stay awake. Warm church, tired body.
Even the excellent sermon by pastor couldn't keep him awake long.

Tonight is our annual business meeting, so they are changing things up a bit and they made homemade chili and we are having dinner with a short devotion and the meeting. How nice is that??

Angie, what kind of dog do you have? we don't have one, except the occasional "loner" dog. LOL Where in Maine do you do your vacation and body surfing? sounds like an awesome time, I LOVE the beach and could live at one! I think my favorite so far that I've been to, was the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We stayed ON the beach at a motel once and it's been my favorite ever since.

Bev, glad your hubby has found out some things that they can do to help him out and that he can feel better soon. Glad your ankle is doing better as well. Just pamper it but remember not to let it lose the muscle. Skin is such a temperamental thing, and oh, how it hurts esp on a foot! it's amazing that such things would disrupt our whole lives.

Donna, can't wait to see pics of your table...so the hubby is a carpenter too huh? My husband doesn't do Amish but I have seen a lot of their work, and it's incredible. Sometimes I like to go in and just browse their furniture sections b/c they are so creative.

Kathy, how's it going for you? haven't heard from you so just wondered if you are staying warm and safe in this crazy Vermont weather.

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There was a Valentine sitting on my computer this morning when I woke up. He hasn't gotten me a Valentine in a few years so I was surprised. It was very cute. I also got a new table for my upstairs hallway. DH made of some of the oak that he got from my Dad. It is in the basic Amish style . . . like many of the other pieces in our old house. I'll post a pick later today or tomorrow.
I have been cooking today . . . making a nice dinner instead of going out . . . it is too busy at the restaurants, too cold to be outside and I like to cook. We are having steak, twice cooked red potatoes, home made bread and asparagus wrapped in bacon with a fine bottle of red wine and then I filled some raspberries with dark chocolate to have with our coffee.
Tomorrow I am making pulled pork, homemade baked beans, coleslaw and corn bread.
That should keep the oven going most of the day.
Glad to hear your foot is on the mend Bev and your DH should be better after his surgery next week.
Hope you all are staying warm it is suppose to be very cold tomorrow night. I am not liking this winter at all. I think we have been spoiled the last few years.
Got to go get my bread out of the oven.
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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

Stay warm you ladies!! :) I just went down the camp we take care of. It's freezing in there. We had some squirrels get in and damage some window frames...so had to get pics so the owners can try to get insurance $$.

I think I want to stay home today rather than "do something" for Valentine's just b/c I hate going outside today. I will upload a picture of the stand my husband had to redo for me. It belonged to the people who owned the house my son bought next door, and they were good friends of ours. When they passed away, their family didn't take a lot of their things and just left them behind, so this magazine stand was there and my son didn't want it, so we took it, but it was always coming apart. So for the past 2 years I have been bugging hubby to fix it since he IS a carpenter...so today I get up and there it is on the dining room table. He said the top surface had been bubbled up a bit, so he wants to lightly sand and give that one more coat of polyurethane. :) I'm so thrilled! I will be able to use it as soon as it's done and dry!

That makes me happier than a dozen roses or something.

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I should have been well on the way to Florida by now and should have been at my BILs place this evening. Instead we will be freezing our butts off and watching it snow in Vermont! At least I have a 3-day weekend so I won't need to go out a lot. We do need to go to West Lebanon to pick up a small freezer we bought last weekend and to Claremont to get some groceries. Other than that we will be home I think. Hubby is scheduled for his procedure next Friday. It is an outpatient procedure so he should be out of there in 2-3 hours. The procedure itself is supposed to take about an hour and then they make him stay in recovery for a while afterwards while the sedation wears off. He has to be there an hour before the procedure is scheduled.

I haven't tried to do a lot yet because the foot has been kind of tender, but I think each day it feels a little better. I will probably wait a few more days before I attempt to put my foot into my hiking boots. Those are a lot more rigid than the sneakers and they fit a little tighter so I suspect they might still irritate the foot. If I could wear those I would be more likely to start doing some walking- but I'm not doing any until it warms up a bit in any case.

Stay warm and safe this weekend everyone!

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Bev, that is relatively good news about the hubby in that at least it is something repairable and hopefully he will be good as new in no time at all! Glad to hear that you are on the mend as well. :)

Hibernating sounds like a good idea. I have to take my dog in for her beauty spa tomorrow morning! LOL. She gets better treatment than I give myself

Still thinking beach... Oh, and when I go to the beach, I love to body surf in the waves, no matter how cold the water is. Generally in Maine the water never seems to get above 62 degrees! Makes for an exhilarating experience. But then I do walk the shoreline and warming up in the sun is fabulous.. Ahhhh!

I'll keep dreaming :)

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I might have to learn to tolerate the treadmill. I finally got rid of the wrap on my foot and leg today. The skin is pretty tender so I will still need to take things gradually I think but it will be nice to not have that. I won't need to go back to the wound clinic unless another sore develops at some point. Compression hose will be my friends for life I guess if I want to avoid future problems.

My hubby had his MRI today and went for some additional bloodwork. His liver enzymes are still climbing, but the good news is that we got a call from the doctor tonight and the MRI identified the problem. He has a blockage in his bile duct, so he will be going to Dartmouth Hitchcock for a procedure to remove it. Hopefully once that is done his liver function and his blood sugar will return to normal and he will start to feel good again. He has been dealing with digestive issues a little longer than I was dealing with the foot ulcer.

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Today was bowling day and then lunch and shopping. I didn't bowl very well but I did score big at Kohl's. I had a 30% off coupon, $10 of Kohl's cash so I got 4 Carter's outfits for the new grandbaby off the clearance rack and the whole bill was $12.04 emoticon
Monday and Tuesday I was working on our plan for going South next month. We are going to Athens Georgia 1st to trade cars with my daughter since she still has mine from Christmas when hers broke and then we are going to the coast Jekyll Island, Tybee Island, Pawley's Island and then to Wilmington, NC, Deleware for some geocaching and back home. We'll be on the road about 17 days is all this time. I am looking forward to sunshine and warmer temps.
It is suppose to get really cold this weekend . . . we are hibernating and there is no reason to go out except to take the dog out for her business. The treadmill is going to be my friend the next few days and I don't like the treadmill either . . . I'd rather be outside.



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Laying on a beach isn't my thing, but I would like to be out walking in warm air and sunshine. Hopefully today I will finally get rid of the compression wrap on my foot and leg and will gradually get back into some sort of walking routine. With the snow and cold I am not too anxious to do a lot of walking outside but I hate the treadmill so I think I will have to brave the cold. It will be easier to do my outdoor walking if I find I can wear my hiking boots without a lot of discomfort once the wrap is off. I think the ulcer is healed but I think the new skin is a bit sensitive so I'm not sure how it will tolerate the boots that are much tighter than my sneakers. I don't like to walk in snow much with sneakers on because I worry about slipping and falling. I did walk to the bank to make the deposit for work yesterday but that is only about 2/3 of a mile round trip and in the downtown area there is not a lot of snow on the sidewalk.
Hubby is having his MRI today and more bloodwork, so hopefully that will provide some answers as to what is going on with his digestive system. If they find a blockage in a duct like our doctor is thinking they might he will then need to be scheduled for a procedure to remove it. If not, he will need to see a GI specialist to see if they can figure out what is going on with him.

Enjoy the break between storms today everyone. It sounds like the one tomorrow shouldn't be too big of a deal, but I'm not sure about the next one after that. I am ready for spring!

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I would love to go to Jamaica or somewhere warm!!
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Beach sounds absolutely fabulous right about now.... Someday, I will go to some tropical island during our winter months! Maybe Hawaii!
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Today was a running around and busy kind of day. Took my older grand (Samuel) to Project Independence where he volunteers each week for 2.5 hours. They love him there. :) great comments on him every time. Went to the grocery store, natural food co-op in Middlebury and just some other stores to "kill time" while waiting to pick him back up.

Home to unload groceries, eat my lunch, and had to mop up my kitchen floor that I tracked up bringing in the groceries. I spent some time crocheting on some baby afghans, but will need to pick up some more yarn before I can finish them. Have three of them almost "done" except for the edging and not enough yarn to finish. I made a few scarves last week, (crochet as well) called Crazy Shell Infinity Scarf. Easy and adaptable for however wide you want to make it. I also just do it till I think it's long enough for what I want. I have made some for myself, a friend and my 6 year old granddaughter-she LOVES her new red scarf as red is her new favorite color. :)

I have just over 6200 steps in so far so will need to go in and watch some tv and walk in place or back and forth till I get my steps in. The other night I was going to bed and was almost up to 14,000 steps, and wanted to go OVER that, so I ran in place beside the bed till my Fitbit registered over 14,000. I was tickled that I made it. A friend of mine does a LOT of steps on there, and averages that every day. Another friend says her husbands did 11 miles the other day. He did use the treadmill some, but also walks a lot at work. He is an ER nurse and is also the nurse manager. He puts on a LOT of steps every day. Wish I walked that much, and some days wish I didn't walk as much...wish I were laying on a beach with a good book!

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Between my regular activity and 60-65 minutes on the treadmill I get about 13,000 steps in a day. I fI don't hit the treadmill but am pretty active during the day I have about 5,000 but that varies so much . . . .I think I get about 8000 steps in an hour.
It is snowing yet again . . . but I am working on our trip South next month. We are going to see our daughter in Athens, GA then I think we are going to Jekyll Island on the Georgia Coast and work our way back. It isn't going to be a long trip this or we would have gone to the Southwest . . . I loved the desert last year . . . warm and dry but not hot yet.
Going to clean out the frig with leftovers for dinner so that is easy and I can get my treadmill in this afternoon and watch the skiing while I walk. My hip has been really bothering me lately so part of me is glad that the roads aren't good enough for running.
What is everyone else up to this weekend?

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Donna, that is great, getting your work outs in. Do you have a sense of just how much time you spend walking in order to get to the 10'000 steps?

Bev, sorry to hear about hour hubby's health issues and bummer that you might not make it to FL,, but hopefully it won't be anything serious and he can be quickly cured.

I was pretty much on my feet from the time I got up until about 6 pm tonight. While I'm not measuring steps, I feel like I must have walked at least a couple miles or more back and forth through the house today. I did not get on the treadmill though. I did work up a sweat scrubbing my tile shower and am counting that as some strength training as it was a lot of overhead motion. Maybe if I spent more time doing housework like I did today, I'd be skinny! HaHa! Not. ... emoticon

Well, not much else to report today. Have a good evening and Sunday. Boo for snow!

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We are staying home this weekend but we have pretty much gone into hibernation mode anyway. We went Bowling on Friday, during the day and then to the Store to pick up an Rx for him . . . .he had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic on Thursday so they are trying another type. He has a recurring ear infection that they are trying to clear up. I think I am going to make Chicken Fajitas for dinner and then pot roast tomorrow. . . .both will have leftovers and I won't have to cook for a couple of days.
We don't have all that much snow but with all the wind there are some big drifts and other places where there is nothing.
I have been working on getting my 10,000 steps in . . . this week I was successful 50% of the time . . . so I have something to build on.
The plan for today is some time on the computer researching March vacation plans . . . .cooking . . . .dreadmill . . . knitting (I am working on a blanket for the new baby)
Stay war and safe everyone.

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A couple of our grandkids have had a fever recently too. One of them was sent home from school with a fever last week but her mother said other than the fever she was fine. Another one was sick this week and missed a day of school- it would have been two but school was closed due to snow on Monday. He was here tonight and he has a cough but his fever is gone and he is feeling much better.

We have no big plans for the weekend either. We were supposed to be leaving for Florida a week from today but it looks like that is not going to happen. My hubby is having some issues that we think might be related to the gall bladder problems he had in the latter part of last year. He is having an MRI on Wednesday to look for a blockage in a bile duct or something. If they find one he will be scheduled for a procedure to remove it. If they don't he will be seeing a specialist because his liver enzymes are all higher than they should be and so is his blood sugar, so something is not right. We asked our doctor if we should go ahead with the trip or postpone it and she thought it might be best to postpone it. Depending on what he ends up having done and when, we might possibly go next month, but it is also possible we won't end up going this year. I was looking forward to it, so of course I am disappointed but his health is much more important than a vacation.

I am not looking forward to the snow they say is coming between tomorrow and Monday night or Tuesday morning. Our road/driveway is getting narrow!

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Hi Kat, Bev and Donna

Hmm that fever seems to be going around. My little grand daughter has had a temp for the last couple days too. Her Mother has had to take her out of daycare and stay home from work. It is tough on parents when both work the same shift, and Grammy can't take the time off either. At least yours have you to take care of them. That is great :)

Yes, I'm sure I will be using the heavy equipment this weekend. The parking areas in my yard are getting smaller as the snow plow is piling up the snow banks. Really wish I had a garage!

No big plans for the weekend. Give the dog a bath, change my bed, house cleaning, laundry, taking my old man out to Ramuntos for his favorite calzone and other than that, not much. Will try to up my time on the treadmill to 1 hour and see how I feel.

Stay safe, keep warm and have a good weekend!

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I have been low on steps the last couple of days b/c I am back to babysitting my grands, and poor little Martin is sick. He has been running a fever that spikes up to 102-104 and today after I left (thank goodness!) he projectile vomited on his mom. :( poor baby. He is 4. Been battling this fever since about Tuesday, and today his sister had some fever when she got home from school. I am praying it goes away quickly and no one else gets it! I have washed washed washed my hands, and encouraged little ones to keep their hands off their faces and out of their mouths.
Hubby just got home from driving a bus run for someone as the driver was sick.

Ange, how's that snowblower going to work this weekend? sounds like it is gonna get a workout as are you! Hope you stay safe with it.

My BFF just moved to St. Albans and maybe sometime IF I ever get up to visit her, I could get together with you too! that would be fun. I am hopeful we get some nice weather some day, but no plans to travel up there anytime soon, even with my studded tires! I'm not up for that kind of adventure!

emoticon I think we ALL need to work on that goal of trying to lose some of this weight. I was just at Goodwill the other day and got a pretty skirt, but my jelly belly is a tad too big for it. I bought it b/c I COULD close the zipper and button, but it's so snug it would hurt to wear it, but it was a $6 skirt and it was incentive for me to lose! :)
I also got some nice picture frames, one is pewter $2, and one that is a "garden scene" that is so pretty on the edges.
A dish I would like to use in the porch addition with tulips on it. and a couple of other little things. I usually don't buy much at all there.

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Wow! So much going on in such a short time.

First, I have to say three cheers for Patriots, who won fair and square. Seahawks did a good job, too.. Don't worry Donna, it'll probably be another 10 years before Brady makes it to another championship..

I finally got the new snow blower going yesterday. I'm happy to say I figured it all out and managed to get the work done. It was a back saver! Although I was still outside for about 90 minutes and my knee caps and right big toe were just about frozen. Took a real hot shower after which warmed me up. I'm definitely not liking the winter weather and cold temps. I'm ready for spring but grateful for the longer days. At least driving home seems a little safer in the light.

So, I'm in the Fairfax area now and depending on date/time, would be willing to get together with my fellow sparks. Maybe scheduling it out far enough that it is primary item on calendars would be helpful. I've already got the first two weekends in March booked for family events. Anytime after that is good and hopefully past the snow storms by then?

I just recalculated my goal end date moving it from April to mid June or July. That means I need to lose 1.75 lbs per week. That seems reasonable. Need... To... Get ... Moving! emoticon

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My 10,000 steps never happened yesterday either and I was a little bummed about it but today is a new day in which to succeed. I sat by the phone all day waiting for my daughter to call. I finally called her but just got her voicemail . . . .a few hours later I was really starting to worry that something was wrong so I called again and she answered. She didn't answer the first time because she was not feeling all that excited. She is having a girl and she really wanted a boy. I am terribly excited either way. I think she will get excited again at least I hope so. To me every child is a precionus gift. I had 2 girls and was totally happy. This is very personal to share and I hope you don't think badly of her. I am going to be happy enough for both of us for now. And I am sure her hubby is very happy either way . . . he is going to be a great dad.
On another note the sun is out and the temps are warming slowly so I have to head outside and clean up what the storm left us with DH so I will check back in later.

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Aww you ladies having babies born in the family! wish I were having more, but my daughter had her tubes tied after 2nd one and my son and his wife have not been able to have more than the one. He will be 11 the end of March. I had wished for 2-3 from them. They wanted more, but God didn't bless them with any more. Who knows why? maybe b/c God knew the expense of having one child with Lyme Disease and the problems, dr appts, and all they have to deal with is enough without other expenses?
They live next door to us, but don't see them that much. They are busy, we are busy. In summer we get together more often as we can walk over and see them or they here.

So are you crocheting or knitting the baby sweater and blanket sets? I don't knit much. I can't really read the patterns and know what to do. Crocheting, yes, but not sweaters and all. I do make baby afghans, doilies, scarves and such, but not really clothing items.
My sil makes all kinds of stuff-knitted and crocheted and she is very good at it.

My friend had a sweater on yesterday that she'd made for her son and he never wore it, so she is wearing it now! :) it was so pretty.

So Donna, pink or blue?? :) curious minds want to know!

The snow is continuing here as well, H went out with snowblower earlier this afternoon but think all the efforts are now under snow. Tomorrow a.m. he's planning to go clean out again, and at the church.
I made a big pot roast in my mom's cast iron roasting pot (for on top of the stove), and it was a delicious supper.
I read through a journal I found of my mom's that I've had for years but had never read. Found out some dates on things, and confirmed some things I thought I had remembered about trips to VA and WV but wasn't sure about.

I am also glad, Bev, for the longer days of light! I hate early darkness. So it's nice you were able to get home safely. Did you see the news where plow trucks were off the road and into accidents? not a good day to be out, for sure. I got to stay in the house all day, and was going to do a workout this a.m. but got caught up doing some other stuff, housework, and SS lessons, etc, so I never did one. Naughty right? Fitbit is NOT buzzing me that I did well!

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We have at least a foot of new snow and probably a little more than that and it was still snowing when I got home from work. My usual 40 minutes drive was a little over an hour today. The roads were not horrible, but whenever you had some idiot passing you it was like a whiteout, especially when a truck passed you. I had one scary one on my way home because I could see nothing but blowing snow. I had no idea where the road was and I am sure I was not in my own lane. I was doing about 40 mph but I slowed way down when the idiot went by me, but then I was worried that the cars behind me wouldn't even be able to see me slowing down. I had to go to work today because being the 1st business day of the month I had several things that needed to be done, plus I had an appointment at the wound clinic today. Unfortunately that didn't happen because they called me a little after 11 to say there were closing the clinic (my appointment was for 1:00) so now I have an appointment on Wednesday instead. They did close our office at 3:00 instead of 4:30 so I was at least able to make the trip home in daylight. Now that it stays light a bit later I usually get most of the way before it gets dark, but on a day like today I wouldn't have.

I hope you have heard by now what your daughter is having Donna! One of our nieces is having a girl in May so I bought yarn to make her a couple of sweater and blanket sets. Of course I got yarn with pinks in it only to see her post something on Facebook over the weekend about having a hard time finding things she liked that weren't "girly" and pink or purple! Oh well, she should realize people buy pink for girls.

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Ok so it is still cold and now we get to have a snow storm to boot? This winter is surely not one that I am going to want to remember. I like those sunny warm winter days with no wind where you can get out and enjoy the fresh air. This morning when I took the dog out all she wanted to do was her business and head back to the house and I wasn't far behind. I t looks like the treadmill is n my future again this afternoon. Right now I am patiently or rather impatiently waiting for a call from my daughter in Seattle. She was suppose to have an ultrasound this morning and find out what she is having . . . the anticipation is killing me.
We also need to get outside and clean up the driveway and shovel a path when the snow finally stops . . . maybe not until tomorrow.
Cancelled our app't in Boston for tomorrow morning only to get a rescheduled date of March31st . . . and that was the soonest. Love the health care system. . .and that is all I will say about that.
I joined the Spark People 30 day Walk-About Challenge today . . . I am looking for some extra motivation to keep me going until I can really get out and start running again.
Hope everyone is staying warm and safely inside.

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Woo Hoo! I got my 10,000 steps in today and my FitBit buzzed. A good way to start February. We were suppose to drive to Boston tomorrow so DH could see his doctor at Mass Eye and Ear but they are predicting another storm so we are going to change the app't. No sense driving all the way in a storm if it isn't an emergency and it isn't.
I have dinner in the crockpot so all I have to do is cook the barley to go with it. I'll put the recipe on the board tomorrow.
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend despite the cold.

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Yes, Donna, the foot is definitely getting better. I am hoping this Monday might be my last trip to the wound clinic, although I won't be too surprised if I end up going back for another week. As of last week I had just one small open spot left. If that isn't closed up quite yet, I suspect they will have me come back again. Yes, I could do some of the chair exercises and I know I really should, but I haven't made myself do them. Part of it is that I am never here alone and I am too self-conscious to do them in front of even the hubby. I don't mind using the exercise bike while he is watching TV and I plan on trying that again later today. The foot was a bit sore again for a few days after they disturbed it on Monday but it is feeling better now.

I won't be watching the Super Bowl because I care nothing about football, but it will be on. My hubby doesn't really watch sports either, but he does always watch the Super Bowl. Our son and his family will come over to watch it with him, but they likely won't stay until it is over because they will need to get the grandson (or grandsons) home and into bed long before it is over. I think they may only have one of the boys this weekend and the other one will be with his mom, but they sometimes change the schedule so I don't know that for sure. We won't have a lot of unhealthy snacks, but I did get pizza to fix for dinner tomorrow night. That way they can eat it in the living room. We have some cheese and crackers for snacks and some veggies and dip. Our son and DIL are both trying to lose weight so I think they will be okay with that. If they want something else they can bring it.

I am from southern Vermont near the NH border. I live between Chester and Bellows Falls and work in Brattleboro.

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Good Morning . . . I am back and all caught up on what everyone is up to. I am from Grand Isle at the very top of the Island. It was a frosty -6 on my thermometer this morning so the dog made quick work of her business and we were back inside. My plan is to stay in as much as possible today also. I'm going to have to hit the dreadmill for my steps today since I'm not getting any outside. I think this afternoon when ice skating is on TV. Dinner is going to be a Spinach Salad with roasted beets and blood oranges, a slow roasted pork loin with herb sweet potatoes. The oven should help keep the house warm. We have an farmhouse that was built in 1842. We have done a lot of work to it but it doesn't have a wood stove anymore and I miss that for a hot spot to hang out on these kind of days.
Bev I hope you foot is getting better . . . . such a long slow process. Have you thought of trying some of the chair exercises? I know there is a team of chair exercisers . . . they are mostly people who can't do walking or other things on their feet. Just a thought . . .random as they sometimes are for me.
Ange . . . .first week of work down . . . it should get easier from here. Try to make some time for you to relax. I know easier said than done when you are working full time and have lots of responsibilities.
As for a get together . . . .we tried to organize a Statewide one once and it didn't work out. I think there a few of us in or near the Burlington area and we could try a meet up sometime for the Northerners if anyone is interested.
Is anybodies skin getting dry in this lousy weather? I have to lotion up all the time.
I'm going to post another recipe to the thread later on today . . . I haven't tried the chowder yet but it is on my list for next week.
As for the Super Bowl . . . I'll be watching but without the sound except for the commercials. I can't stand the commentary on how great the Patriots are . . .if they are so great why are they always embroiled in cheating scandals. I'll be routing for the Seahawks.
Got to go . . . WAit Wait is on VPR at 11:00 . . . love that show.
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Good morning this frosty freezy day! brrr!! I think I'm sticking inside today. I am about to do a dvd workout, so that will warm me up a tad as well.
I just went into the locations thread to check out to see where people are from...saw a couple of people that said they were near me but they aren't on our Town Square thread unless they were eons ago and got busy elsewhere....I have not had the time to go back a long way to read through the original posts on here, but was also wondering where everyone was from.

I didn't respond to the location thread to introduce myself. I guess you ladies know I'm in New Haven, right? In Addison County.

Went to supper last night with some friends and they had a wonderful crock pot roast for dinner with green beans, a fresh tossed salad, mashed potatoes, and such. Then a WW Key Lime Pie (homemade) for dessert. We had a lovely time, until the phone rang a few min after 9 and P had to go into work b/c someone didn't show up to do a shift at the hospital and he needed to cover the 9-11 bit. The other poor girl had been there since 7a.m. He'd been there since 6 a.m. so told them he wasn't working the 3-11 shift. They managed to do well till 9 I guess. He must be exhausted.

Well, off now to get some steps in!! still working on my million step challenge, which is hard when I sit too much!
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I stopped getting notifications of the Town Square thread so I thought nobody was posting . . . .I should have known better . . . . now I have a bunch of reading to do to catch up with you ladies.


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So I just drove to my daughter's and took Martin to school and drove back home. Roads aren't great, but was able to navigate them fine. I have a "new" to me, 2001 Park Avenue, with 4 studded tires. They helped on the hills as I had forgotten my curling iron at my daughter's and had to go back for it, which meant turning around and heading back up the hill. Went right up and didn't spin at all. I do my hair and makeup there in the a.m.'s b/c I have time while Martin is eating and getting dressed. That way I'm there and not having to get myself out of bed 1/2 hour more than I have to. LOL

Glad you're feeling a bit better, Ange, and that you were able to get more walking in. I am lax right now with my logging, as it's so time consuming. Have you girls been doing spark a while so that you kind of know what you're doing eating healthy and what portion sizes? I have been on since April 10 of 2010. I have a blub on my page of how I came to SP. My SIL was the one who told me about it, and yet, she isn't the one who's stuck with it, I have.

Hubby and I were invited to some friends for supper this evening. I am so tickled. I NEED this time of fellowship.

So what's on the tube for football this weekend? I am not into sports but my sisters and brother are all into the Yankees when the time comes. (being from NY state it's not uncommon LOL). I am not much of a fan, and neither is hubby, nor my son and his family, nor my daughter and her family. Wonder why that is?

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Hey everyone, Well, first week of work went well I think although I had a couple episodes of difficulty trying to remember where issues had left off while trying to provide updates at meeting, but I suppose that is to be expected. Everyone was understanding. I certainly have noticed the increasing stress level again.. Ughhhh.

Otherwise, I felt as though I walked around more going to and from parking lots to buildings which was good. That is helping me to rebuild some stamina and I did get on the treadmill again last night, although now, I have not updated the food tracker all week. I'm back into the time game of trying to work, run errands, take care of stuff at home and again that all seems to take precedence over focusing on me. It is funny how quickly the demands in life can take over. Darn it!

I am trying to work from home today as snow impedes my desire to drive in to work with my crappy rear wheel drive. I'm looking at adds for trucks!

Anyway, hope everyone has a good, productive weekend...

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Today is a not so much exercise day, as I had to be at my daughter's by 7:30, get Martin ready for preschool, clean up his messes and get the dog kenneled, wood in the stove, and get him into school, then went to the discount food store in Vergennes, then to Kinney's to get reprints of some pictures for my aunts.

Now I'm home checking my messages, after just cleaning out the drawer in the dresser by the bed. It was a mess and stuff needed to be rearranged and some thrown out. I'm happy now b/c I hate messy drawers.
I do have some paperwork here on family history I should be working on. I have to now leave though to pick up Martin at preschool. That time flew by.

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Good for you getting that exercise in! I wish I could say I did mine too, but I didn't. Of course I was at work today, but I did nothing yesterday either. When I went for my weekly checkup at the wound clinic on Monday they pulled off the absorbent pad that was over the remnants of the ulcer and of course it pulled the scab off with it, so the foot has been feeling kind of sore ever since. It should start to improve soon I hope. There is only a small area that hasn't closed up, but even the part that is healed is still kind of sensitive I think. It was sore enough that I didn't want to try the exercise bike yesterday and I don't think I will tonight either. Better days are coming though!

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Got a 5 Mega miles WATP workout in this morning! I guess I could have walked outside, but just didn't want to! It's actually not bad out right now. Sun is making it feel nice and warm, but I did go to the mailbox and went out and dumped my compost bucket. It is nice enough I wish someone were here to go for a walk in the woods. Hubby is heading out for a drive with schoolkids to Bolton. He works part time for Bet-Cha driving trips now and again. He used to drive for Bristol Tour Bus company but they went out of business.

Hope all you ladies are doing well. A bit of laziness for me yesterday b/c hubby had his colonoscopy and was sleepy and lazy all day, so I sat in here and read my Kindle and he sat in the living room snoozing and watching stuff on Netflix...I read a whole book and oh my! it was intense. Very good book. Called Fall From Grace and it was a freebie from Amazon.

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Cold is right! I didn't go to work today because we were expected to get a foot of snow, but they were a little off on the forecast. We only got 4 or 5 inches here I think. I was planning to take the day off anyway, but the owners ended up making the decision to close the offices today so everyone had the day off. I am sure they regret closing since we didn't get what was predicted, but I suspect the roads still were not great today, especially with the wind blowing the snow around so much. We have a porch that wraps around all four sides of our house and the snow had blown in on all sides. I went out with a blower we have and blew it all off this afternoon. The front part where we walk would have been slippery if I didn't and once it warms up enough to melt we would have had water dripping down into a storage room we built underneath the back porch so I went all around and blew the snow off. Then I had to clean the snow off the steps and off our vehicles so that we will be all set to go to work tomorrow.

I hope everyone is inside where they are safe and warm tonight!

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BRRRR!!!
Hello ladies! what a blustery winter day. Now THIS is what I call cold!! the wind cuts right through you, but thankfully I am now on the inside of the house and no more trips outside of it today!!
Hubby went in for his colonoscopy this morning so I had to go with and drive him home. I like to froze just getting in and out of the car! Thank goodness we have the Tahoe with 4w drive. :)

How's work going Ange? Hope all is well, and you are warm and safe! Do all you girls work?
I don't consider myself to work, as I babysit Grands so my daughter can work doing housecleaning, but I do clean a house every other week for the neighbor, which I did yesterday. It's only 1 mile from my house.
I guess you could say I'm retired as my husband who taught school in Vergennes High School for 40 years retired in 2008. We are in the middle of a gigantuan addition to the back of our house, which is a porch on the main floor, a full basement underneath and we will eventually knock out the walls upstairs and bring those rooms to the end of the outside wall. So that means my bedroom, the bathroom and spare room will all be 8 feet longer. Yay!!
The wall in bedroom will also have an opening into the room beside it so that I will have a workout room there! I can move my treadmill into there, and get my dvd's up there and do my workout up there...and I can't wait for that day!! :) I do walk outside in summer as there's always so much to see-birds, hawks, flowers, smells, etc.

I am working on getting down some family history as I have been collecting some info on my dad's family and now getting a bit more on my mom's so that takes time, and to try to keep it straight and understand who's who and after divorces, who remarried and now have kids or whatever. makes it hard to keep it all straight sometimes. Also I have a book I bought years ago which is called "Grandma, Tell Me Your Story" which is a guided journal on info about me and my family. So that someday the kids will have all that info too. Like, for instance, "Did you have any pets growing up? tell me about them". Who were your best friends as a kid?, What were your favorite toys?, what sort of games did you like to play?, Tell me a bout a time you got into trouble when you were a kid. etc....
I am first writing it down in a notebook to transfer the notes into the journal later. It just takes time to sit down and remember stuff. :) at my age it seems to get harder and harder.

Well girlies, hope you are staying safe and warm. No outdoor sports for me today!

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PS Donna, I love Charles Swindoll. I see you have a comment from him on the end of your posts.

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Good luck back at work tomorrow Ange! I will be working tomorrow but based on the weather forecast for Tuesday I don't think I will be working that day! I have been driving my husband's Jeep these days and he is driving the old pickup so I do have a 4-wheel drive vehicle to drive, but if we are expected to see somewhere between 1 and 2 feet I don't want to venture out no matter what I am driving! I don't have anything terribly important that needs to be done on Tuesday so it looks like a vacation day is in my future. I go back to the wound clinic tomorrow and I am hoping it will be my last visit. I'm not sure the ulcer is 100% closed up yet, but it is certainly getting close and I am confident it will continue to heal. I am not sure if they plan to do any studies of my veins or not. That was mentioned at my first appointment but nothing has been said since then, other than at one appointment when one of the nurses asked if I had ever had any done before (I have not). If they decide to do that it would be done in another part of the hospital so it would probably involve a referral, but I'm not sure if that would need to be done through my primary care doctor or the wound clinic. I do think he plans to give me a new prescription for some different compression hose when he thinks I am ready to start wearing them again.

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Hi ladies. Today is a beautiful day, harkening spring, even if the weather says cold again. Almost to the end of January which brings us to about two or three more months of winter. I did go out for a slow stroll today with my baby grand daughter. I have her for the weekend so her parents could go see Garth Brooks in Boston. I'm very lucky to have this time with her.

First paragraph was Saturday, got interrupted and now it's, Sunday. The grand daughter actually ventured to take ten steps on her own today, so I am officially announcing her transition from crawler to track star! Woo hoo! Her parents picked her up a couple hours ago and I'm exhausted! We had a blast though and it was a great couple of days

Back to work tomorrow. Looking forward to getting back into a routine and getting my butt off the couch. I still have one more week of restrictions but working towards increasing walking. Food tracking was going pretty good this week, up until this weekend. My pumpkin took precedence.

Have a good week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.loseit.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I am trying to lose 25 lbs in 6 months before my grandbaby is born. It is my incentive for the year to be in better shape physically. My flexibility has gone downhill since I stopped working. We got back to Vermont on Tuesday night, Wednesday was bowling and some grocery shopping, Thursday was spent unpacking stuff and doing 2 weeks worth of laundry and making pea soup, yesterday I was a slug and did nothing except play on the computer and make a soup for dinner. Today I am going to get on my treadmill and get some steps since it so cold out there. My goal is to get my 10,000 steps for my FitBit to buzz and 10 flights of stairs. I have been getting my water since I got home so that is a step for this week. Next week I am going to start tracking all of my food and you are right Bev it is time consuming ever with all of the improvements they have made but like you if I track I find I am more accountable and do better. The following week will have strength training added to the goals. There are a lot of good videos on Spark People I have been going to try. I am hoping that tomorrow warms up enough so I can put my FitBit in a side by side test with my Omron Pedometer. I know the Omron is acurate and then I can adjust my FitBit goal and step stride if it is as off as I think it is . . . the below zero and single digit weather we have been having is no time to be outside for that long.
Where's Kat? We haven't heard from her lately.
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Somehow those carbs are always more appealing than fruits and veggies, aren't they! I have been trying to be a little more careful about what I am eating but I haven't been tracking. I know I tend to do a little better when I do track my food, but it just seems like rather tedious process and I never take the time to do it. I could simply write down what I ate, but that would serve no purpose to me since it wouldn't show me how I did numbers-wise. Putting it in the computer is not as quick and easy as I would like it to be, although maybe part of that is that my computer is not lightning fast. I haven't used the tracker on here in a while and I think they said they made some improvements so maybe I should try it again and see if it is better than it used to be. My foot is starting to feel much better so I am optimistic that I might be able to start doing a little walking soon. I was able to wear a sneaker all day the past two days, but I wasn't on my feet a lot either day. Yesterday I walked a short distance from the office to Subway to buy lunch. It wasn't too bad, but I am definitely not quite ready to go for a mile long walk. That was probably only 1/10 or so round trip! I also don't think I would be able to wear my hiking boots yet and I normally wear those to walk in the winter due to the snow and ice I might encounter. If I could stop being lazy I think I could walk on my treadmill in slippers or else use the elliptical in slippers, but I haven't tried either one yet. I did try the exercise bike one night this week and it wasn't too bad but I could feel pressure on the side of the foot so I didn't continue. I think if I had not tried to put my foot through the strap on the pedal I could have done it. I almost tried that last night, but a crocheting project seemed more appealing! Yep, just call me lazy!

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. By Charles Swindoll


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