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DONNA_VT
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I guess I was wrong about today being the nice day. It was raining this morning when the dog and I went for a short walk. Maybe this afternoon I'll be able to get out for a little while . . .in the mean time I am catching up with my teams, doing the last load of laundry, making a menu and a grocery list and a to do list and otherwise relaxing.


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Welcome back!


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We are home safe and sound . . . I spent a good part of the day doing unpacking, doing laundry and putting things away. I've got some bookwork to do tomorrow and hopefully a walk because it is suppose to be nice. Glad to see the snow is gone here in the Islands. Looking forward to getting outside without having to be bundled. I am going to weigh myself on the home scale tomorrow . . . I used my new travel scale while we were on the road and I think I gained about 2 lbs . . . emoticon Time to get moving, eat healthier and lose it and some others.
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

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Ange, it sounds like you have been doing well recently and are on your way to success with the low carb plan. I keep thinking about trying it, but I know I would not be able to stick to it. I have considered trying to alternate between low carb and "normal" eating (portion controlled) and see if that helps and if I could stick to it, but so far all I have done is think about it. Good luck with your plan and let us know how it works for you.

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Carollee, I'm impressed by your story and how much success you've had. Good for you! I'm still considering what to do about my bike as it either needs a lot of repair/maintenance work and a good new seat, or I just bite the bullet and buy a new one. Either way a fairly big expense.. Will have to see how things go.

Bev, man, that is a bummer about your feet. I've had some foot problems over the last year too, but the fascitis seems to finally be resolved in my right foot, but now my knees are aching and I'm pretty sure I'm just too darn fat! I've decided to go the low carb route again and have been working on that adjustment over the last few weeks with firm commitment as of this week. With better weather and food control, I'm still trying to stick to a 2lb per week weight loss. I readjusted my little tracker, adjusted to my current weight and extended my time line to 10/9 which gives me a full six months to try and hit a goal of 189 or thereabouts. Sometimes I feel like a broken record in all my plans, but I am hopeful and just have to stay focused. I'm glad that you are still walking even if for short distances. Don't give up!

Donna, sounds like you've had a fabulous trip, but I bet you'll be glad to get back home :)



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Carolee . . . .have you biked on the Burlington Bike Path?

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I haven't even thought about getting my bike out yet. Our snow is disappearing fast, but we still have plenty of mud. I will need to start with some flat trails for a while or else I will be pushing the bike up all the hills!

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Yesterday I put the bike rack back on the car and dusted off the bike, I havent biked hardly at all so I will have to find a carless place to start. I live in Winooski so its' all up and down hill with lots of cars thrown in emoticon

Carollee

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There are great trails at Colchester Pond and Indian Brook Pond and in Milton Park behind the Town Offices.
We are headed to PA tomorrow and then back to Vermont on Friday. Vacation is almost over.




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My biggest problem is that I have calluses on the balls of my feet and they hurt when I walk for very long. They might bother me less if I lost the excess 55-60 pounds I am carrying around, but I'm not sure that would make them 100% better. I have orthotics and those took care of the other issues I was having with my feet but they never did anything for the ball of foot problem. I haven't tried nordic walking poles. I do use a walking stick when I walk on uneven terrain, but that is for balance. I also have wide feet, but I am only a size 9 (in men's). I buy men's because the width fits me better, and I was also told by a clerk at the New Balance outlet in Skowhegan, Maine that men's sneakres tend to have more cushioning than women's.

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I have badly arthritic feet with heel spurs and deformed toes, at one point I had 400.00 orthodics. I lost nearly 100 lbs so I think that that helped. I have size 12 feet and require a wide toe box. So feet are a sore subject with me. Thursday we will be walking at Red Rocks Park at 5:30. I also use nordic walking poles to take pressure off my feet and try to find dirt trails. I hate sore feet! emoticon

Carollee

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I used to be able to walk 5 miles or more at a time, but because of problems with my feet I no longer can. If I do 2 - 3 miles my feet start to hurt so that is pretty much my limit. I wish I could find the right foot products to keep my feet from getting so sore, but I have pretty much accepted that I will never be able to do long walks again. emoticon I can still do shorter walks though, so it's not all bad!

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There are some nice walking areas at Shelbure Farms open, I walked about five miles with the Meetup goup on Sunday

Carollee

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I can relate, however I used to be up around 300lbs and couldn't do those things if I wanted to.

I used to have diabetes and my blood sugar would plunge after the first 15 minutes and my feet would swell up and lose sensation except for the neropathy. I also have arthrtis that was so bad that I couldn't walk for over 6months.

I have lived in Winooski for seven years and this is the first one where I am starting to find my way around.
I lived in Huntington and never went to Camels' Hump. Some places in the world are so polluted and inhospitable we are so blessed to live here and if I don't make the effort the weight, the diabetes and the arthritis will all comeback and with it the depression.


Carollee

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I am sure there are trails near us that we don't know about too. I recently found out about a couple of them, but I still haven't had a chance to check them out- hopefully this year, but it won't be until the snow and ice are gone and most of the mud has dried up. Then I'll probably say it is too buggy or too hot! I really don't have a lot of time for it during the week and on weekends we often seem to have things going on.

Bev



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We went out with the microspikes and poles yesterday at a park called "Sunny Hollow" up near Costco. Had a wonderful hike of an hour and a half with my friend. There are three levels of trails, I had not known that this are existed a couple of miles from my house emoticon

Carollee

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I suspect you might not see much, if any, snow by the time you get back Donna. Gary S on WCAX just said there is only 1 inch of snow on the ground in Burlington. We have more than that here but the Champlain Valley always seems to have less and get rid of it earlier than we do. Even in Brattleboro I don't see much snow in people's yard any more- just the snowbanks where it was plowed up and those are getting a lot smaller this week. Of course that means we are in mud season here, but so far the road isn't too horrible. The town dumped some gravel on their road yesterday, which helped that a bit.

Bev

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Continuing to update you all from the road. We are currently in Barstow, Ca and have spent a couple of days. We were suppose to be farther North in California but rain and snow in the Mountains prevented us from visiting Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks as well as Crater Lake in Oregon. . . . .we had a minor fender bender on Monday (not our fault) and the we decided to come back to the desert for a couple of days of power caching in the desert. I have got to say that life in the desert in late march and early April is perfect in my opinion , , ,the sky is blue the temperature has been in the high 60's low 70's and there is not a drop of rain or snow in sight. Life is good. We start East tomorrow with a stop a to see Hoover Dam. I hope you all really have Spring by the time we get there next weekend.


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Hi everyone! Walking in the evening is such a splendid thing! The sun has been shining late into the day, melting snow, drying up the roadways, bringing earthworms to the surface for some very hungry robins, and warming the feathers of some very cheerful red wing blackbirds.

What a relief to have these warmer temperatures. I even bought some flower bulbs for early planting. Hoping to actually produce some Hollyhocks this summer. I have three new big ceramic pots waiting for some transplants.

Finally some life and liveliness . . .Spring!

Happy weekend to all.

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I'm glad you are enjoying the trip Donna. It is supposed to rain here this weekend too. Better rain than snow, but I think it will make mud season arrive in a hurry.

Bev

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Update from the road . . . .we are currently in Oregon but heading into Washington soon. Our daughter and SIL live near Seattle so we are headed there for the weekend. Tomorrow we are going into the city for a tour of Pike Place Market . . . so excited . . .I have wanted to go hear for a long time.
The weather so far has been pretty good . . . we drove through a snowy mountain pass this morning but now the sun is coming out and the temps are back in the 40's . . . I think we are expecting 50's in Seattle but some rain this weekend.
I have been weighing myself daily and not gaining . . . not losing either but this is vacation so not gaining is really good.
Glad to see you all are doing well . . . hope the winter ends before we get back.


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It sounds like you have some fun hikes coming up- although I would prefer to wait until the ice is gone rather than using spikes. I fell on the ice several years ago and broke an ankle so I avoid ice whenever possible. I haven't done much hiking in the last few years mainly due to some foot problems my husband was having that prevented him from going. We never could do anything but the easier ones. We hiked on Mount Ascutney but only from where the road ends up to the summit, which I think is less than a mile so it's less than two miles round trip. I said then that I would like to try the trail all the way up sometime but I would not even think about trying it now because even if I made it all the way up I don't think I would be able to do the trip back down. We did some easy hikes in Baxter State Park in Maine a few years ago and we enjoyed that. I am looking forward to spring weather so we can start doing some easy hikes again. We also bought used bikes last fall so we can do some of the rail trails. I haven't been on a bike in years so that should be an experience. I pedaled back and forth in the driveway a few times after I got mine and I can tell it will take me a long time to master doing hills. We had a small hill in the driveway where I was riding and I struggled to get up it.

Bev

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I am still able to get out with the microspikes and poles, went for a two hour hike in Essex with a couple of friends

. This weekend I have an "easy hike" with the Green Mountain Club at Snake Mountain. I am excited as I am a member but didn't think I could keep up. Last year I started hiking with a group of over 50 yr olds here and there. I really struggle and I am at the back of the pack but I can finish the hike!

Sunday is another hike with the 50+ group at Mt Pease in Charlotte. Last year I tried a hike with the Trail Trekkers and really embarrassed my self, the best hiker there was over 80 years old! I am not in good enough shape yet for their hikes.

Now is an ideal time to join the Green Mountain Club as they start with the lower elevations now and easier hikes.

Carollee

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I hope you are right Ange that next weekend things will start to turn around in our weather. This week sounds like more of the same. If we don't hurry up and get some sugaring weather the syrup makers will really be hurting. They are also saying that the longer it stays cold the more likely we are to see flooding. I know the deer are really hungry. We have been having them come in next to our house every day lately and they are literally eating the bark off some of the small trees. Last night we counted either 12 or 13 that we could watch right out our windows. This morning I saw 9 at once from my kitchen window. I just looked out a few minutes ago and we had four just a few feet from the house, but I expect there will be more coming out soon. This is about the time of day they usually show up.

Donna, it sounds like you are having a good time.

Bev

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Just a quick post before we head out for the day. We are in Salt Lake City now . . . visited Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Joshua Tree National Park earlier in the week.
The weather was warm and beautiful in the desert but cooler here still warmer than VT so we aren't complaining. It has been a great get away so far. Hope you guys get some Spring before I get back there. I have my scale with me and I am watching the numbers go up right now emoticon Can't seem to get my exercise and eating act together on the road.


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Jee whiz, I had wrote a whole long response a few days ago but see now it never got posted. And of course I can't remember what I said. Anyway it is a new week. I've really been trying to behave with food choices and tracking. Still not having great success. Been out walking a few days last week but still not enough. I have noticed that exercising is a lot more difficult than it was just a couple years ago and I cannot tell if it is just because I'm heavier, older, more out of shape or what. I enjoy walking but it is frustrating to be out of breath going uphill. It looks like next weekend might be the turning point in the weather, I hope. Today is freezing again!

Went shopping yesterday and am really unhappy with clothing options. I bought a couple of new tops for work, but then leave the store from the women's section through the ladies and juniors and wish I could fit at least into an extra large so I'd have more and nicer options. I'm not ready to be an old grandma yet!

Then I went to Home Depot and bought almost $200 worth of paint to get back into my indoor project. I've got to get working on it so I'm finished before the heat of summer is upon us. I'm guessing that we'll have one to two weeks of actual spring and then it will be summer. We'll all be moaning about how hot and muggy it is.

No lack of work. Still trying to figure out what I'm going to do for fun this summer.

We'll have a good week Bev and everyone. Hope Dona is having a good time!

Ange


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You did better than me today Ange. I didn't go walking at all this weekend- even though it was pretty warm yesterday. We went up to my in-laws' yesterday morning to shovel the new snow away from their entrances. They are on the way back from Florida. We tried to tell them to wait a couple of weeks, but they were too stubborn to listen. We made it so they can get out the two front doors, but they have snowbanks so high they will barely be able to see out the picture window in their living room! When we left there we went to my brother-in law's house and visited them for a while (they were helping with the shoveling too) and then we came home so I could cook a corned beef and cabbage dinner last night. That was why I never got any walking in yesterday. Today I didn't feel like braving the cold, but I did use my exercise bike for an hour today- in two half hour sessions.

Spring officially arrives this week, so let's hope the weather starts acting like it! Pellets are getting scarce and if it doesn't warm up we might need to buy more.

Bev

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Happy belated Birthday Donna.

Hey Bev, yes, I stayed home Thursday, worked Friday and the weekend seems to have disappeared once again! I did have my grand daughter over night Friday and loved every minute of her. Had an exciting drive in the snow last night coming back from Tim's Pizza in Swanton. My guy and I celebrated our five year since first date anniversary this weekend. Pizza was great and my favorite shop. I've been pretty good last few week so splurged a bit. Daughter and family came over this morning and I made a big breakfast. We had planned to go to Georgia mountain sugar house for breakfast but Doug just wasn't up for it. My cooking was probably better anyway.

Managed to get out for a walk with Marlo today but is was darn cold. The wind was brutal. Really didn't do much the rest of the day and one I feel like I wasted some time, but that nap I had was worth it.

Busy work week ahead! Have a good one everybody.

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Happy Birthday Donna!

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We had rain here in PA and a little sleet tonight but nothing like what VT has. I had a lovely Birthday today . . . I talked to my Mom and my children, had lots of wishes from my Facebook friends and tonight we had a nice dinner with my SIL and my niece. Tomorrow we leave from here to head West for hopefully even warmer weather.

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We got mostly rain here so far. We did get a couple of inches of wet sloppy snow, but the rest was rain. They say it will turn to snow tonight. We will have a real icy mess when the temperature drops. I would almost have rather seen snow because it is easier to navigate on than the ice. I hope you can stay home until the roads are cleared Ange.

Bev

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Safe travels to Donna

I managed to get back home by noon today. Walked from my house down to the main road, maybe a half mile, in the blustering snow and wind to pick up my recycle bin and get a bit of exercise. Walking back up the hill was a challenge and I had to stop to breathe. It was so cold and windy that my eyes were all watery. My dog, Marlo, was very patient with me but she was anxious to get back home too.

Now I'm just relaxing and recuperating. Darn snow!

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Enjoy the trip Donna! Yes, today was like spring and tomorrow will be very wintry. emoticon



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We are on the road! We were going to leave tomorrow but with the snow coming in we figured it was better to beat the storm. So we picked up the car yesterday and packed it this morning and left about 10:30. Tomorrow is my birthday and we will be at my SIL's house whose birthday is today. .. . so we will be going out for a birthday dinner tomorrow night. FUN! My sister's daughter also lives in the area so she and her hubby will be joining us. It is so nice today . . .the car thermometer says 54 as we near Lake George. . . .hard believe that tomorrow is going to be so awful.
Have a great day everyone.

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Beverly, Mmmmm MMMM! Baked beans and pork chops! Sounds scrumpscious

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Yesterday and today made it seem like spring might be coming, but I think we are supposed to get another snowstorm this week to prove to us that winter is still with us. Yesterday we got my in-laws house ready for them to come home from Florida. My husband had to get the electricity, heat, and water back on and one of his brothers, one of his sisters, and I shoveled and chopped ice and snow to make a path to the two front doors and raked a lot of the snow off the roof. My brother-in-law started trying to clear the back deck so they could get out that door if they needed to, but my husband pointed out that it wouldn't do much good because they would just be stranded behind the house if they went out that door because they wouldn't be able to climb over the snowbanks to get around to the driveway. They can now go out through the kitchen into the breezeway or garage to get out or they can go out the living room door and follow the path we cleared to the driveway, so they have two exits.

I have some homemade baked beans cooking in the crockpot and we will have them with pork chops tonight.

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I went to Bennington yesterday . . . a 3 hour ride down and then 3 hours back with bowling and dinner in middle. The Vermont State Women's Bowling tournament was there. . . .don't ask . . . I bowled awful and was so disappointed.
I went for a nice walk this morning with the dog and saw Robin and heard lots of other birds . . . .Spring must be getting closer.
Today is laundry and start some packing. Simple dinner of steak and salad.


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I think we are all waiting for spring and the last few days have not made it seem like it is even close! I have seen a few shoots poking up from the ground on a bank that is always loaded with crocuses and daffodils in the spring, so maybe there is hope.

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Hi everyone I agree that fruit is a good travel snack. Apples bananas, also unsalted nuts, low fat granola bar or protein bars work good. I'm jealous! Wish I could do a long road trip. How fun and adventurous. You'll do just fine. Try to stretch or walk around at the rest stops and hotels. Be safe!

Not much new here. Just working sleeping eating etc. definitely in a funk waiting for spring!

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How about fruit for snacks? Rice cakes with peanut butter? If the hotels have a small fridge in the room you could pick up some veggies or yogurt, but if not you probably would have no way to keep them.

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Now I am starting to get nervous about being on the road for a month and keeping from gaining weight. I planned it so most of the hotels have a fitness room of some sort and some even have a pool but the food part is going to be hard. We have continental breakfast at the hotels or if not I'll get an oatmeal or egg white mc muffin but the dinners are going to be difficult and sometimes we have a big lunch and then snacks for dinner in the past . . . snacks are normally cheese, meat stick and crackers but that isn't exactly healthy . . . .any ideas?

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Wow Donna, I am impressed at how organized you are this month! I did manage to mop some floors yesterday but that is as much housework as I did- other than the laundry and dishes that are never-ending. You are having a much healthier dinner than I am. We are having chicken pot pie to use up some leftover chicken from Saturday night's dinner. Yes, I could have used it in something healthier, but this will taste better! emoticon

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We have sunshine this morning but it is still pretty cold out there. I finished my shredding party in my office yesterday then ran the vacuum and now it all look s fabulous. I have been procrastinating that job for awhile.
Today I need to make a list of the things I need to get done before vacation, do a few of them and of course here we are at the 1st part of the month and "Bill Time" a fun activity emoticon
We are having Grilled Chicken on a bed of greens and veggies for dinner . . . look at me all planned out already.

Have a great day everyone.

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I didn't see the email about the March challenge until a little while ago, but have gone in and posted to start.

Our day started out cold, but warmed up to low 30's, and some sun this afternoon.
But, I know the really cold weather is on its way back. We did have a dusting of snow yesterday, but nothing much.

My exercise this weekend has been with my house cleaning, and cleaning out some junk in and around DH's computer desk. We seem to save everything, and it's time to start throwing !!

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I got the notification of a new thread and I saw it . . . going over there next to get started. We got a dusting of snow overnight but it is starting to get sunny here now. I don't think we are going to get above 20 though for the high. 10 days until vacation!
Friday and yesterday I spent a few hours in my office cleaning out my file cabinet . . . .I hadn't shred anything major in almost 4 years. So as of last night I had 3 large garbage bags of shredded bills, bank statements other misc. stuff I had saved. My hands are so dry today from handling all that paper. I think today if I spent another hour or two I can get our medical files all straightened out . . . some stuff to shred some to refile. DH has had an ongoing eye problem for the last 4 years and every time we have to go and see a new doctor they always want to know the complete history of who did what and when . . . .so I have to make a list from the old bills and records that we have . .. . .I think I finally have it all recorded but it is so time consuming.
I also need tto clean up the guest room and get out some of my Spring/Summer shirts.
Busy day ahead . . . .leftovers for dinner.

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Donna, I just posted a March challenge. It is quite similar to the one we have been doing, but I changed it a bit.

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The temp isn't too bad here in the Valley but the wind makes it seem wicked cold. I took the dog for a short walk this morning and was cold by the time we got home then DH and I packed up the truck for a dump run and brrrrr. I for one am glad it is March. We have 11 days until we leave on vacation and I have lots of little things that need to be done before we go. Can you tell I'm ready to get away? So between now and then the time will fly by and when we get back it will be April and almost real Spring.
Bev - have you figured out the March Challenge yet?

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Yup, you are right, today is officially March! I'm really psyched because I bit the bullet and bought some concert tickets to see Hall and Oates in Boston on June 12. It really is a birthday present for my old honey. Booked a downtown hotel for two nights... YIKES! was that darn expensive, but got a bit of a discount through Expedia. At least we can take our time getting there and getting home and I can wheel him around some of the Faneuil Hall area or do something else fun while we are there. We are already talking about all the food options.. I'm thinking seafood, of course, because it is Boston, after all! But he's thinking Italian. We'll have to see. I"m sure it will all be good. Luckily, the chocolate tour only runs from January to April on Saturdays, so I won't be able to partake in stuffing myself at an all you can eat desert bar that is the finale of the trolley tour... Who would have thunk there was even such a thing. It is giving me something to look forward to and to work off a few pounds for at least. I just hope my honey will be well enough to make that trip and enjoy his birthday present. Otherwise I'll just have to find an alternate!! LOL... not really :(

Did good with the eating this week. I've noticed that with cutting back on carbs I seem to have less muscle aches. I have not been good with exercise this week though.. darn it! I'll have to get on that treadmill tomorrow. I cannot wait for warmer weather!! AHHHH!

Okay, well I know we all feel the same way. Luckily we don't live in California right now. Seems like New England really has the least overall impact from weather issues, or natural disasters. I guess I'll have to be happy to just wait for spring to get here :) Have a good weekend.

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Good for you ladies getting out and walking/running over the weekend. I was not able to because I was babysitting grandkids on Saturday and yesterday we went to visit relatives after our son picked up the grandson. By the time we got back home it was too late for walking outside so I had to rely on the stationary bike again. I did walk today. It was much colder than yesterday, but not horrible. It was a very strange day as it alternated between being sunny and almost nice to looking like a blizzard. It was sunny when I headed out for my lunchtime walk, but when I was heading back it was snowing hard and very windy. On my way home tonight it was sunny in some areas and snowing hard in others. I guess the rest of the week is supposed to be cold, with an occasional snow squall too. This weekend it will be March so it has got to improve soon- at least I hope so!

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Yesterday was a fabulous day . . . the ice is all gone on our road so I laced up my running shoes and did the walk/run of my 5k route . . . .more walking than running but it sure felt good to be out there and even better when I was done. That sense of accomplishment feels so good. I wish it didn't take so much mental effort to get going. I had left over grilled salmon over greens for dinner.
Today is already much colder and the rest of the week is going to be colder each day emoticon Spring is officially less than 1 month away emoticon Of course being Vermonters we know that doesn't really mean much but I am going with it for today.

Have a great day and week everyone.

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Went for a nice walk today and I think I actually got a bit of color on my face from the sun. Ahhhh! It was so nice although a few slippery spots. Marlo was so happy! She got a bit muddy so took her to the dog wash after and we had fun there Came home to relax a bit and then had a bit of dinner. A hot turkey pastrami sandwich, some little canned beets, and a couple of bites of baked beans. Popped a chocolate zucchini cake into the oven for my last serving of vegetables of the day for desert later! LOL.

Good day!

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The sun is out and the temps are up despite the wind I am going for my 5k walk this afternoon. I have been pretty good this week also . . . tracking my food everyday and trying for more exercise. Yesterday it didn't happen but Thursday I had 13,000 steps on the Spark Activity tracker. emoticon I have been cooking healthy recipes that use ingredients that are suppose to help with the stiffness in my joints. I am also nearly candy/sugar free this week. It has been a long week and i am hoping for more progress next week.

18 days until vacation!

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Beverly and Donna, three cheers for perseverance! Can you imagine if we all just gave up? That would just be ridiculous, so onward goes the battle :). We can do it!

I was pretty darn good all week and managed to lose about a pound, so even a little progress at this point is a good thing. My man says I'm retaining water cause I'm going through the change. LOL. Glad he's an expert on that cause I sure cant tell what is going on lately. I do know that it seems to be much more difficult to lose since turning 50. But if I don't keep working on it I can't imagine how limited I'll be physically in another 10 or 15 years when I finally get to retire and have time to try and enjoy life. I want to be able to be as active and healthy as possible. That is the best reason to keep trying.

Have a great weekend!

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Ange, every time I think I might have found a spring in my step I realize it is just snow squishing under my feet! I am trying not to get too discouraged by the wintry weather but I am finding it a challenge. I think we have had close to 2 feet of snow in the last week. between the big storm when we got about 16 inches and the smaller amounts we have had almost every day since then. Yesterday I think we got about 3 inches and another 3 or 4 today, plus a little bit on Saturday. Tomorrow is supposed to be pretty nice and even get above freezing, but then it will turn cold and we will have ice everywhere! I am sick of shoveling snow, sick of clearing snow off the car, and sick of driving in it! I am more than ready for spring, even though it means dealing with a few weeks of mud.

Donna, I too have been on SparkPeople for quite a while. I weigh less than I did when I first joined, but for the past several years I haven't made much of any progress. I have had periods of time when I lost, but then I ended up gaining it back. I am trying to break that trend this year. As you say, I have never given up. Being on here and going to my TOPS meeting every week has at least kept me from gaining a lot.

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I think I am done painting for awhile . . . .I have a lot of little things I want to get done in the next 3 weeks before we leave for vacation.
Ange I think you have the right idea with food and exercise but it is always easier to say than do . . . .I have been trying to get this weight off since joining Spark people in d
Dec of 2005. I stopped the gain but the loses are not as easy or permanent. I lose a few lbs get lazy gain them back and repeat the vicious cycle. I still have faith and keep trying though.

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Cheers to all women who paint!!

Anywho, with stopping my enalapril, I immediately gained about 6 pounds (fluid I'm sure). But that really kicked my butt into gear. So, I went food shopping Tuesday evening and bought myself all those healthy things to stock the fridge at work so I don't get sidetracked there. Included apples, oranges, grapes, V8 light mango, dannon fit and light yogurt, wasa crisps, 1/3 less fat cream cheese and polaner fruit spread and some muesilix cereal. And of course some stuff for home too.

The goal over the next two weeks is to naturally lose the six pounds of water, but even more so, to lose another 30 by June. That is a little over four months, that is 1.87 pounds per week. That sounds doable!! I think I need to focus on smaller steps, conscious food choices. No more cadbury eggs (which have been out on the shelves for at least 3 or 4 weeks now), and more exercise. I've been tracking exercise and food for the better part of the last two or three weeks on most days, so will try to do daily.

I know I've probably said all this stuff before, but this is my forum to keep reminding myself and hopefully my Vermont Spark friends will hold me accountable (at least a little from time to time). Thanks! I know this web site is pretty much based on a reward system for meeting goals, but once in a while a big stick might work too! LOL

Anyway, hope everyone else is finding a spring in their step!

Ange

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And the bathroom project continues . . . DH had a couple of places in the sheet rock to repair so that added time to the job since you have to wait for the mud to dry then . . sand and prime it . . .I finally have the walls all painted and as soon as they are dry we will be putting the tub back in place . . . then there is some trim work to paint then we can put the toilet back and clean up . . . we figure it should be ready to use on Tuesday night. . . .lots of work but it is already looking so much better.
I have to start our taxes tomorrow since I want to get them done and in before we leave for vacation. Just another thing on the list to do before we go. I'm hoping that we don't have to pay this year.
I took the dog out for 2 little walks today . . . it is cold but the sun feels nice and the wind isn't too bad today.
I know it is a long weekend for some of you so I hope you have a nice holiday. Being retired we often lose track of the days. . . .one day is like the next.
Oh well I need to go and get my ironing done . . . at least there is a TV to watch the Olympics while I iron.
Later gang.

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The sun is shining! YAY... I was motivated enough to do 2.5 miles on the treadmill this morning and even upped the incline so had a good workout.

Donna inspired me and I finally cracked open the first can of ceiling paint yesterday and started painting the smallest room in my house which is the upstairs bathroom. It is less overwhelming than staring at the living room ceiling with dining and kitchen that all needs to be done. So at least I got something accomplished and had planned on doing the walls in that bathroom today, but time is speeding by so I'm not sure if I'll start or wait till I have another full day.

Anyway, I decided to take myself of my blood pressure medication as I was having some side effects of flutters and some shortness of breath. I'm going to check my BP daily to be sure I don't get too high, but I think the medication is making me feel worse than better. Will have to call the doc to discuss. Feeling better today already. Anyone else have experience with Enalapril (Vasotec)? with the diuretic in it? I've spent quite a bit of time thinking about my health this weekend and trying to maintain that level of conscientiousness about what I am doing or not doing for myself. Wish it wasn't so much like a constant job and that it just came naturally. But, I am who I am and got to keep working at it. Tired of being tired all winter.

Anyway, not much else to report. Have a good Sunday!



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Not really how much snow we actually got since the wind has been blowing like crazy out here. I have patches in the lawn where I can see the grass and others where the snow is about 3' deep. The 4 wheeler we normally plow with is still broke despite getting the $78 part yesterday . . . so DH and I shoveled this afternoon . . . . I was sweating a bunch when we were down and then of course the snow plow came through and put another pile in the end. emoticon I have made a really nice dinner for DH since it is Valentines day. Grilled Sirloin Steak Tips, Sesame Bacon wrapped Asparagus, and mashed sweet potatoes, home made bread and a fine Cabernet Sauvignon . . . for dessert strawberries and angel food cake with a dark chocolate drizzle. emoticon
The bathroom project is coming along . . . yesterday was a near disaster . . . .I drop my pain bucket off the ladder and it went everywhere and we scrambled to get it cleaned up. What a gigantic mess. I did manage to get the trim done and today we moved the clawfoot tub so DH could make some repairs to the wall . . . tomorrow more paint and Sunday the final coat and then we can put it all back together . . . .more job than I would have thought but it always is.
Counting down until we leave for our vacation . . . 26 days!
Happy Valentines Day.

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I didn't go to work today, but I had to use a vacation day since there is nothing I can do from home. Yesterday I worked in the branch office that is much closer to me, but I didn't even go there today. I couldn't have gotten there until late anyway and I didn't have much that I could do there, so I opted to stay home. I think we got somewhere around 15 or 16 inches here. I measured 15 in one place and 16 in another. I shoveled out the steps and then we pulled some of the snow off the roof with the rake and I shoveled some more. Hubby used the snowblower to clean up some of the snow close to the house after his cousin plowed and then he started up his tractor so he could push the snowbanks back more and make the driveway wider. I had to leave my car down at the neighbor's when I came home from work yesterday, so while hubby was using the tractor I walked down and dug my car out. I was just finishing that when hubby came down with the tractor. He wanted to push the snow out where I had been parked, since the guy who plows the neighbor wasn't able to do that section with my car parked there. I moved my car out and tried to drive it up to the house, but I ended up getting stuck part way up the hill. I couldn't go any further and I didn't dare to try to back down the hill (backing is not something I do very well) so I left the car in the road and walked back down to get hubby to help me. He left the tractor there and we walked back up to my car so he could assess the situation, and then he had me walk the rest of the way back to the house and get his Jeep. He hooked a tow strap onto my car and pulled me the rest of the way up the hill. Then I drove my car the rest of the way to the house and walked back to get the Jeep and brought that back while he went back and finished working with the tractor. He was gone so long I was beginning to wonder if something had happened to him so I walked down to check on him (he was fine). Thanks to all of that I got some walking in today! Now we are going to go down to the spot where I got stuck and see if we can shovel some of the loose snow that is still there out of the road. He said he wasn't sure he was going to make it up the hill with the tractor since he doesn't have chains on it. There is some ice on the hill and if you don't have enough momentum you can't make it and the loose snow below that slows you down so he thinks if we can get rid of that we will make it up the hill easier. The snowbanks are high enough that when they try to plow that section the snow just falls back into the road.

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Yup, Funk is the perfect word for this cabin fever. I avoided driving to work today, had a couple of conference calls and worked via e-mails, but also spent a couple hours shoveling this morning. That was a good work out, and more to come later I'm sure. the spot where I started shoveling accumulated a couple inches before I finished, so I'm sure theres a few more out there now.

Otherwise, I'm going to go plunk myself onto the couch and contemplate painting ceilings. Not sure if I'll actually get started this weekend or not.

Good luck with the bathroom Donna..



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I heard this morning it is suppose to warm up latter in the week but they don't know . . . the only profession where you can be wrong most of the time and get paid. . . .I should have been a weather person.
The dog and I got out for a short walk this morning. We are going to tear our bathroom apart today and repaint it top to bottom . . . it has been looking gross. I bought new blinds and am thinking about new curtains. A fresh look may help the funk I am in. Can't wait for Spring.

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Christina. Thanks for the feedback. I'll check out those articles. Trying to get up the gumption to walk outside today. I had wanted to take the dog for a good one but I'm guessing she won't want to go to far due to the cold today either. Sigh! Looks like it will be in the 20's all week. Dang!

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Well I just learned my lesson about tracking . . .I knew what I ate the last 3 days but hadn't gotten into the tracker to put it in . . . .gee whiz it took my a long time to get it done. Lesson learned . . . do it everyday and it won't take up so much of my time. DUH The good news was that I am keeping track . . . bad news . . .I am consuming too much fat although everything else is in range emoticon Got to work on that.
On my way outside to empty the compost, feed the birds and get the mail.

Later gang.

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Hello Ange,
I just read an article here on Sparkpeople about that very thing. It does not matter where we carry our fat we lose it the way we lose it. There are no exercises that specifically target the areas we carry most of our weight. Plus they talked about weight lifting as body sculpting and it won't build bulky muscles. If you go to the top of your Spark page and look under articles & videos you will see the subject "fitness" click on that and there are a ton of articles that can tell you in depth even more than I could ever do. I have read a bunch of different ones and they are all quite informative.
I personally have my bike on a trainer which I then can "ride" my bike indoors when it's cold cold cold outside! I hope this helps!
WE CAN DO THIS!!!


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Hello Donna_VT,
I agree January seemed to zoom by, I too am heading for a vacation mid March for a little fun in the sun! I need to focus this month as well. Good luck with your endeavors this month!


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Snow! Good news is that you burn a lot more calories shoveling snow for a half hour than just walking on a treadmill at 3.3 miles per hour for 1/2 hour!

Donna, I'm jealous. I need some of that focus you are talking about!

Have a great week!

Ange

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I feel the pain, but it's worth it. Ange


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I'm hearing a lot of chatter about a bigger snowstorm for Wednesday though. Maybe that isn't supposed to affect you as much. I haven't really seen any details, but I keep hearing about a potential larger storm coming on Wednesday.

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I'm hoping the weather stays above zero for awhile . . . if it gets into the teens and the road stays clear I can start running again . . . it was so icy before I didn't dare. Right now we are getting some snow but it isn't suppose to be much.

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I glad to hear you are feeling better Donna. It was much warmer today than what we've been having. I was thinking I should go for a walk, but I would have had to drive somewhere to go since our driveway is still very icy and there is no way I would have wanted to venture down it to get to the town road to walk. I ended up relying on the exercise bike. I will be glad when spring gets here and I will work on convincing the hubby to go walking. Once it stays light after I get home from work we might even go a few evenings a week. We used to but for the past couple of years he has had some excuse or other most days. Some of it was probably legitimate since he did have surgery on his foot, but at times I thought they were just excuses.

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Wow January went by so fast . . . seems like just yesterday we were finishing up our holiday celebrations and now here we are starting February. This is a serious focused month for me . . . we are leaving for our vacation in mid March and I really want to be a few pounds lighter and feeling better before we hit the road.
Today is the best day I have had in over a week. Some stomach bug was having it's way around our house 1st me then DH then back to me but I think we have vanquished it finally. I got a nice walk in outside this morning and dinner is in the oven as I write this . . . meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans. Feeling very upbeat today.

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Hey everyone! Wow, you all sound so busy and enthusiastic for bike riding. My poor old bike needs an overhaul. I"m pretty sure I should just buy a new one. It needs tires, a new seat, probably new chains and stuff, and it has a few rusty spots. I always kept it in my shed, but apparently that was not enough to save it from the elements and mice (who ate the seat). I was actually thinking about adding some sort of exercise equipment to my basement as all I have now is a treadmill, which I like but it gets tedious. I was reading one of the spark stories about a girl who lost a bunch of weight spinning. I guess that is pretty much like riding a bike, right?? What exactly is the difference, does anyone know? On of my problems is my body shape where my but and legs are muscular and have very little fat, but my waist and especially my back are disproportionately fatter or where I carry all my weight, which causes problems for my back. I know that cardio will burn fat throughout my body. I've never really found anything that is focused on arms/back/waist as far as cardio is concerned. Any ideas?

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We are in southern Vermont, so to do any of those would require a road trip for sure. We have a tent so we could do a weekend trip! Right by us there really isn't a great place to ride, but we also bought a used trailer hitch mounted bike rack to transport the bikes. I don't have a hitch on my car, but hubby does on his. We bought used bikes so that if we don't end up using them like we are hoping to we won't have a lot of money tied up in them. I only paid $75 for mine and hubby paid $250 for his but it was an expensive bike when it was new. There is a bike path in Springfield that is pretty flat but it is only about three miles long. There are a couple of caches but we have already found those. There are rail trails in southwestern NH that have lots of geocaches along them and I am hoping to do some of those this year. There are also a lot of them on the rail trail near where our daughter lives. With my foot problems I can't walk long distances so it makes it hard for us to do caches along the trails on foot. I am hoping my knees don't bother me when I ride the bike.

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I haven't checked lately but there used to be many along the Burlington Bike Path . . . we have done most of them so I'm not sure if they are still there. I bought a bike 2 years ago with the intention of riding but haven't managed to get out that much. We did a couple of rail trails in Maine.
There is also a fabulous rail trail which begins in St Albans and ends in Richford with many geocaches on it. It could be a fun weekend trip in better weather.



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Hello SOVTWALKER,
The main reason we went snowshoeing is our grandson, we bought him a new "big boy" pair and he wanted to try them out, he is so good on them!
As far as the bike thing, until 2010 I too had not been on a bike in decades. In fact about a year prior my husband and I bought cheap mountain bikes for us....we rode them exactly once, about 1/4 mile (if that) came home totally out of breath and looked at one another as if to say "what the h*(( were we thinking!" ....2010 changed all that for me, I have participated in two century rides (first I did 67 miles on a comfort bike) this year was my second and I have a new road bike that I love, and together (me and my awesome bike) completed the 100 miles.
Talking about it is making me want spring to get here so I can ride outside! Lol
Depending on where you live there are quite a few bike paths that you can ride while getting used to the bike again. Stowe has an awesome one, and so does Burlington. They both don't have a lot of hills and you can start in several different places on both of them. The only thing you must pay attention to are other people walking and when you cross a main street. Plus I do know that along the Stowe path there are geocaches, not sure of Burlington.


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It sounds like you are doing great Christinabean2! I have not been snowshoeing this year. I don't think we have enough snow for it right now, or if we do it is covered with a layer of ice and I don't dare to tackle the ice. I enjoy snowshoeing as long as it is not bitterly cold or icy, but the only chances I have to go are on the weekends. So far either I have been busy on the weekends or the weather hasn't been cooperative for it.

My husband and I bought used bikes last fall, but we didn't have a chance to make use of them. I got on mine and rode back and forth in the driveway a few times just to prove that I could do it. I had not been on a bike in over 20 years! I didn't fall off it, but I think it will take a while before I can manage hills! We are hoping to ride on some of the rail trails this spring and summer and do some geocaching at the same time.

It is nice to see a few new members posting on here!

Bev

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Currently I have a streak of three days of 30+ minutes exercise..this includes using my Magtrainer so that I can ride my bike inside. I love it, although it isn't anything like riding the hills of Vermont I still have time in the saddle and that is important.
It is tough when the weather is so freaking bitterly cold, I went snowshoeing on friday and took the grandson and husband, we love the outdoors and it was great to get outside and play. We also did a bit of sliding (grandson LOVES sliding) and took breaks. I brought apples, orange slices and water for all! Fantastic time!


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