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Kathy has set up a new Chat room, please post there instead or we will be all over the place

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1/4/10 7:14 P

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WOOHOO!! So glad you are back safe and sound, Vicky!! It will be so good to move "slowly" ahead with this team.

Hey Anna--I miss you.

I am finally getting back on track too!! My one year anniversay is tomorrow. I feel bad I didn't do better but atleast I showed 17 pounds off. Now on to this year and it is going to be great.

Take care everyone and keep safe and warm!!

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Gail...I was the only one using it, so it went to the bottom...but I did reset it and hope it gets some use.

Having said that...I will be changing this to a new thread...it is getting a little long.

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1/4/10 5:16 P

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Do we still log our fasting blood sugars with this team? It has been so long since I have been a regular that I am not sure.

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Vicky, how great to see you back. The journey sounds bad..we have bad snow here also, plus temps are -7 at the moment and more snow forecast for 3 days, not all day just showers each day, but still....

It is hard to drink more if you can't have immediate access to a bathroom, we just have to do what we can in between

So pleased to see you and now we can all keep track together
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1/4/10 3:34 P

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It took me a few days to get back here because I was still in PA enjoying my holiday with my family, but here I am! We had very windy conditions driving back (the kind of wind that pushes and shakes the vehicle) but did not have to drive in any snow after the first hour. We ended up spending the night in Virginia because it was dark and windy!

It is very cold here in North Carolina as well. My poor hands are so red and chapped.
Off to a good start with my eating today. After posting this I will go track my food. I need to drink more water, too. My assistant was out, and frankly, I was afraid to drink too much!

Hope everyone has been having a good day and that your new year is off to a great start!

Count your blessings!
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BRRR! It was 19 here in columbia SC and it is still at that temp. But after watching the weather channel this morning and seeing those northern temps I am glad to be in SC.

Starting day #4. Met all my goals yesterday-- emoticon !!

Doing the laundry and then hoping to knit or read. I am so glad I do not have to go out. But the sun is so beautiful it is hard to believe how cold it is.

Everyone have a great day and keep warm and stay safe.

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Woke up this morning to 18 degree temps here in Georgia. I don't know about ya'll but down here we call that I wish I could just stay in and keep warm but I have to take my son to work and then get ready and go myself. Hope you all stay warm today.

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Welcome home Dore.

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Just a quick note - I think our traveling is finally over and we will be staying home for awhile.

Raring to go and excited that there are so many of us chatting and supporting each other.

See you tomorrow everyone.

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BRRR! Gail--that sounds terrible. Keep warm and safe. I know some friends on a few other teams live in WI and IA and they are freezing too. Makes my 34 degrees sound like a heat wave. But "darn" I am cold.

Sorry you have to miss that appointment Sue. I know you were looking forward to it. But you are right not to take any chances walking on the ice.

Back to my book.

Please keep safe and warm everyone.

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Good morning!
Well, it's about 10 degrees here, but we have had sooo much snow. I think, the total, so far, this weekend has to be at least 10 inches (all lake effect).
I'm doing a lot of crocheting, to try to keep my hands busy and to keep away from food, while I'm hybernating!

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It is 3.30 p.m. and now -5 so feels quite cool..lol. Underneath the snow is a solid sheet of ice, so I am not going out. Tomorrow when the office opens I shall call and cancel the Tuesday appt with the dietician, but am still hoping to go to physio on Thursday

Mona, you are not getting old, we just need some warmth in our bones to get us moving, this cold weather is only fit for hibernation

see you later
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Good Sunday morning. Brrrrrr it is cold in SC. I cannot even imagine the Northern temps of -0. Please keep warm all.

Got the tree put away and once again said, "This is the last year for this big tree." But come next year it will be out in its full glory. I love Christmas but seem to feel the loss of energy more as time goes by--does that mean I am getting old. :)

Everyone be safe and keep warm. Those of you that go back to work tomorrow be safe--and everyone have a great day!!

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1/2/10 9:01 A

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How 'bout them Gators!!! WOOHOO! I promise to be quiet now--their season is over. **sigh**

I am off to a good start. Need to get more exercise going but I am doing things slowly this year.

Sue~~be careful with that snow and ice. It is cold here this morning too but nothing like they are showing up north. BRRRR! Keep warm everyone.

Have to put the tree in the box ( emoticon ) then take my Mom for her groceries. Hope to give my gazelle a bit of a dusting off today too.

What line dances are you doing Sue? Dennis always hoots at me too. That's okay--I'll show him.

Have a great day everyone. Safe travels home Vicky and I can't wait to "see" you.

Missing you Anna. Hope all is well with you too.

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WOW!! He looks like he all ready does play for the NFL!! WTG Aunt Mary!! I am sooooooo glad you told us!! WOOHOO!!

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BTW, can a proud aunt brag a bit? I know you've seen my new profile pic. The Incredible Hulk in blue bearing down on that unfortunate ball carrier is my nephew James. He wants to play in the NFL, and I totally believe he will.

Edited by: LADYIRISH317 at: 1/1/2010 (17:03)
"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

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WOOHOO!! WTG Mary!!!!

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1/1/10 11:32 A

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Good morning and Happy New Year everyone!
Ok.. here we go! Time to start over and get back on track to getting healthier and lighter this year!!
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I wish every one of you a Happy, Healthy New Year. Today I will be cooking lite, exercising and taking down the tree. Will also be spending a little time with George, my Nanday Conure and feeding him his veggies. I am looking forward to a much healthier year this year and sharing it with my Spark friends.

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I heard that, and I was very happy about it. He's a great coach and much too young for that kind of heart issues. I'll be rooting for your Gators -- I even know how to do the Chomp!

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

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Mary--They play tonight on FOX. I think 8:00 PM. Glad the Trojans won!!! Did you see where Urban is just taking a leave of absence to see if his health improves??

Looking forward to a great, great 2010. I feel like I have my "Spark" back.

Have a great day everyone. I am taking down the tree. Got everything else put away yesterday.

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Happy New Year everyone..it is here at last..2010

May you all have better health this year and be fitter and happier as we go through it

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Thanks -- I seriously miss Spark when I can't get here! Mona, when does Florida play? My Trojans won the Emerald Bowl (I may have mentioned once or twice...)

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

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Hi Mary

I was looking for you too. Glad your computer is fixed and Happy New Year to you my friend.

We are watching football tonight. :)

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Mary, wondered where you were, glad you are back I hate it when my computer is down

Gagirl, welcome, I have only been on Spark nearly 2 years so don't know you, but I look forward to getting to know you

Happy new year everyone, only just over 2 hours to go here in the UK

see you next year
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Hi everyone. I am back after a two and a half year break. I am hoping that I can be consistant this year and make some progress in loosing 100 pounds by 2011. I know that is a tall order, but a worthwhile goal.

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I'm back among the living after four days of a dead computer. Good Lord, I've missed Sparking.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

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Happy New Year! Let's work on getting healthy and celebrate our daily successes along the way. Hugs from Janet in central Illinois

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Goodmorning everyone!
Yeah! We WILL kick butt in 2010!!!
I hope you all have a very happy and safe New Year's Eve celebration!

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Wishing this great team a blessed and happy New Year. We are going to "kick butt" in 2010. So join the challenge with us.

Tomorrow will be my first official weigh in. I am dreading it but it will be better from there.

Be safe everyone.

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Shelia - where along Lake Erie do you live? I grew up along Lake Erie in Ohio.

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Good evening all,

Sorry to have been missing for so long. I took my computer with me when we went to DD's but between all the activity and not having a good internet connection I just gave up. We got back home yesterday and I have been unpacking and doing laundry all day.

We had a very neat experience. Our SIL's aunt manages a diner. On Christmas she prepares meals for those less fortunate. This year they allowed us to be a part of it all. It was truly amazing. We served over 80 meals. I posted two pictures of little Aurora helping set up for the meals. Several people volunteer by driving meals around to the shut-ins and those unable to come to the diner. DH spent a significant amount of time talking to a dear lady whose husband recently died. She didn't want to eat alone so she came down. She said it meant so much to her.

I didn't do too well in the eating department. But I got back to eating the way I should have been eating all along. I will be aiming at having a good report on Friday. I have made progress this year and feel good about that. Next year is a new year with new goals.

Hope that you all have a great New Years.

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That is why they went into the freezer. I just kept picking and picking. My Mom is a bit peeved at me but she eats entirely too many sweets--of course she weighs 98 pounds. Still NOT good for her. Even dh was eating too many.

It is going to be a battle getting back in the groove but I HAVE to do it. I know I am going to feel horrible for about a week while all the sugar and "junk" gets through my system.

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I think I lost my first post!! emoticon

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Good for you Mona! I should have done that, put the left over goodies in the freezer. Instead, I've been eating it every day emoticon
I am tracking my calories again, but it's not been real good so far. I'm glad I'm at work... makes it much easier to NOT overeat.

Have a great day everyone!

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Had a pretty good day yesterday. Had a few booboos after 8:00. This is the hardest thing for me to get started.

I did do my tracking though and stayed in my calories. My official starting day is Friday. So I am getting ready.

Got all the cookies and candy put away in the freezer and will use if the kids come.

I am so ready to get with it. Want to get the Christmas things put away and start some craft projects along with reading my new books.

Have a great day everyone. LET"S GO!!

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Oh Mary--I was totally in shock!! He has had NOTHING to say since the loss to AL and I thought that was really strange. I guess he will make some sort of a statement before the Sugar Bowl. My prayers are with him too.

And I did see The Christmas Cottage movie. I loved it and found it really interesting about his early life.

I just found out he was writing too. He has 10 novels out--where have I been?? I didn't even start the one I planned yesterday. Did some things around the house and ended up watching Sahara with my dh. It was kind of good--Matt McConnahey (SP) is such a cutie.

So I am doing laundry today and hope to do some reading this afternoon. I am getting ready to put Christmas decorations away. I love them but I love to get things back in order.

Started tracking again today and really getting my mind in gear. I sure wish we had a food service like that Sue. DH would be devastated as he LOVES to go grocery shopping. But my shopping habits are going to change this year--and so are his!!!

Have a great day everyone and we are all going to do well in 2010!! WOOHOO!

Hugs, Mona

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Morning all, am all nannied out from having Emma from yesterday morning until just before noon today, but oh she is such a sweetie and we have had so much fun.

Mona, yes I weigh on Fridays but I checked today and have lost lb, and am trying hard this week as it is weigh in for the Kick Butt challenge on New Year so want to at least get back to where I started..lol

I had a line dancing dvd for Christmas so I can have another fun way to exercise and now Emma has gone home I can try it out.

Snow forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday so arranged a shopping delivery for tomorrow, have planned a weeks menu and just bought for that, no extra's, if it isn't in the house I can't eat it

see you all later
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Mona - Did you watch the movie on Lifetime about Thomas Kincade? I was on Christmas Day in the evening. I really enjoyed it - it was a true story - about how he was inspired to paint light.
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Mona,
Is that the same guy that does the paintings? If so, I didnt' know he was a writer too.

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Mona, how are you feeling about Urban Meyer resigning? I have to say, this Trojan fan was totally shocked. So young, and it seems he's developing heart problems already? I'm praying for him and his family, and that hopefully he recovers his health and returns to coaching, because he's one of the greats.

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It is 34 in SC but the sun is shining. Supposed to reach almost 60 today. These are my kind of days.

Plan on doing "nothing" today. Got three Thomas Kinkade novels for Christmas so plan to start one of them. Also I am still working on the UM sweater for my grandson.

Getting my new plan of attack ready for Friday and since that has been my weigh in day that is going to be my REAL start day.

Go team.

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Merry Christmas to all our dear friends
As Mona says this is a great team and come the New Year we are all going to start in earnest and drop those lbs, but now it is Christmas so eat, drink and be merry..lol

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Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

This is a great team and I am hoping to make real progress in 2010.

Everyone keep safe and warm and have a great holiday.

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I'm still here. And thankfully feeling much better. I have tried to read the posts but just haven't written much.

So good to see you Marcie. And you sound so much better. I think many of us are hanging on and ready to start over in the new year. Hope your guy gets to feeling much better. I miss being with my other three kids over the holidays too--thank goodness my oldest dd is here. Take care dear friend!

Off to get my hair cut and do some wrapping today.

Can't believe Christmas is Friday.

Have a great day!!

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Morning all from a very white slippery UK.

Marcie so good to see you and pleased to know you are finally seeing the counsellor.
OOh 20 inches of snow, we saw that on the news, hope you don't have to work Christmas. This is the first Christmas for 4 years that dh hasn't been working, and he is working again next year so this is special.

Off to get my hair cut and highlighted..bbbrrr..will do any last shopping afterwards and then I am not going out again until Christmas Day

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Hello all,

I know I have been missing in action for awhile. Welcome new members! Just for the record we got 20 inches of snow over the weekend here in little Rhode Island. it was officially a blizzard. And of course I had to work the weekend. I procrastinated on Christmas, still haven't finished shopping yet. The holidays get me down because I don't gt to see my daughters.

I went and met with the counselor. I really like her and after one session I went to visit my mom who I hadn't talked to since around Halloween. I'm going to see the counselor about every 2 weeks. She teaches CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" and I think it will help with the weight too. She is changing my anti-depressant. But I have to wwean off of my current one and then start the new one, so it may be rough for a couple of weeks.

BF still hasn't totally recovered from the flu I shared with him around Thanksgiving. So I am aiming for a fresh start come the first of the year. so I am once again starting over. I hope to be on here more often because you all give me great support. I consider so many of you friends even if we have never met in person. Love you all and everyone stay safe, have happy holidays. Marcie

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There's only about an inch of snow here - I can't believe it! Usually where I live is hit hard by lake effect snow (Lake Erie). I'm not complaining - it's just different!
Going out to get some last minute gifts for friends today - gift cards for 3 and bird seed and a small hanging feeder for another.
Then I need to go to the bank and grocery store and bake some cookies to take to the convalescent center tomorrow.
Then - I'm doing nothing the rest of the day (except walk and ST)!
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Morning all from a snowy UK, and we have been watching your snow on tv as well.

I always get pressies at Christmas usually books from my wish list, but on my birthday I ask people to buy something from the charity catalogue Oxfam. I have had donkeys, goats, wells etc, they supply villages with these items and then a gift card is sent to the person it was bought for..I really have enough 'stuff'
My youngest son and his wife usually get money from us as they struggle a bit with Emma and things are so expensive, always something to buy
It is their wedding anniversary today, 9 years or as ds says it feels like forever !!!!DIL declined to comment..lol

see you later, take care if you have to go out in this bad weather
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Afternoon everyone,

Sheila, what a wonderful idea. I have a brother that is going through a really rough time of it and my other two brothers called to say they were not sending gifts this year but instead sending him some money to help with things. I told them that was fine with me. We are going to do the same.

Mary - glad to hear that the lap blanket is done. I too am in the clean up mode. I have one pillow to finish and then I will be done also.

Hope that everyone stays warm and out of the snow.

Have a good day.
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Hi everyone!
Sheila, I think that is a great idea, to donate the money instead of exchanging gifts! My family decided quite a few years ago, that the adults wouldn't exchange gifts, but we didn't think about donating. I'll have to mention that to everyone!
Happy Holidays!

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Wow! You guys are all so busy... I'm truly impressed.
I finished all my shopping yesterday. I only had a few gifts for the little ones in the family. The adults have all decided to donate the money we would have spent on one another to charity. Our plan is to reveal where our money went to during our Christmas dinner.
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I finished the lap blanket last night. Now I've got to get the apartment ready.

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Morning all from a bbbrrr and snowy UK..more to come today. Don't the snow people realise it is nearly Christmas and we have to go out?..lol

Dore, I think our new lady is called Sheila???
I wonder why the animals get cranky if you are late feeding them? Psst everyone, don't go to Dore's house, she keeps you waiting for food emoticon emoticon

Mona, so pleased you are feeling a bit better, and don't have to go out now.

I only have to go out on Tuesday but very early, hairdresser appt at 9 which means I will have to leave at 8.15 in this weather to allow time to walk down the hill safely. No bus in this part of town until after 9. While I am out will pick up some money for over Christmas and some last minute food shopping. I was hoping to go to mum's for her bd on Wednesday but that is looking unlikely now. DIL may be going over on Christmas Eve and I could go with them but DS and DDIL live out in the country and they may be snowed in. Just hope we can get out on Christmas Day as other son and dil are taking us out for Christmas dinner in a restaurant(we are paying for ourselves) as you can imagine it is not cheap on the day itself. I just wanted to go for the experience, but I am sure I will never do it again

I just put a huge pan of chicken soup on, just what we need this weather. Poor hubby is on nightshifts until Wednesday morning so he has to go out when it is really cold. I realise to some of you it is not really cold but it is to us..lol

I watched the final of our Strictly Come Dancing last night and the couple I liked won so that was a happy night for me,today on tv they are starting all the Christmassy stuff,so will really start to get in the mood now.

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Finished my shopping today!! WOOHOO!! I really did not have that much to buy but it seems like with not feeling well it took me forever. DD, GD, and my Mom and I went today and finished. The stores were packed but it was fun. I am tired tonight but don't feel nearly so tired and shakey. Maybe it is going away--finally.

I will finish my baking in the next few days and wrap my gifts. So that way I can pretty much stay in.

WOW!! That snow from NC north is unreal. My son called today from Fairfax VA and he said they had 20" then and it was still snowing. He sounded like a little kid--he should have been a weatherman. He LOVES the weather.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

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Hi everyone,

Anna - keeping Preston in my prayers. I know that they do work. My little granddaughter is doing well and I know it because of all the prayers offered here and other places that saw her through her tough time.

Welcome to the team. What do you want us to call you?

Gail - it is good that you have been able to withstand the temptation of the snacks. I don't leave my home and I am struggling. Keep up the good work girl.

Weather has warmed up some and I am now the one responsible for feeding the horses. I at least do get outside and get some sunshine every day. And those darn animals sure are not happy when I am a bit late in getting them fed. What's up with than?

Hope you all have a great weekend.

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ps. stay warm.



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Welcome to the team and good to see you posting.
You are doing really well with your weight loss.
I look forward to getting to know you better

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Good morning, everyone. I'm new to the team but want to thank everyone for the warm welcome I have received. The encouragement, motivation, inspiration, and friendship that have come my way in my 7 weeks on Spark is unbelievable. This is truly a wonderful "home" to be a part of.

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Thank U girl:) Anna

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Anna,
I hope that P can get out of the hospital before Christmas too. I'm sending healing thoughts his way!

Have a great day everyone!

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Thanks Sue. P is back in the hospital due to a fever. They are praying he is able to not be in there for Christmas. Anna

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Good morning everyone!
I'm holding my own, as far as with all the goodies that are here at my office (thanks to the local vendors that bring it to us). I'm trying to increase my exercise to make up for the little bit of extra candy/cookies I may have during the next few weeks... but I'm documenting everything that I eat.. so far, I haven't gone over my calorie limit each day. But it's been tough!

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I guess it is almost noon now. Took a lazy morning after baking all day long yesterday. Did get my 30 min. of walking in today already so feeling pretty good about myself.

Sue - so glad your mom is okay. It is always surprising to me sometimes how things work. You must have burned more calories than you took in even with all the holiday food at the first of the week. It is also surprising how after having two good weeks and getting in the exercise in, I gained. So while the scale is a tool it is not the ultimate final word on how well we are doing.

Mary - your right, things will work out, hang on for the ride. Life is truly an adventure. Woo-Hoo.

Gots lots of thing to get thing to do today so I am going to get going.

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Morning all

Sally, enjoy your family Christmas on Saturday

Anna, sorry to hear Preston will need another operation, but you and your family are always in our prayers, keep strong.

2 nights in a row I have slept through until 6.30 a.m. before the cough woke me so it is getting better I think(hope)

More cleaning today, upstairs today, then physio tomorrow

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You're more than welcome, says the Californian here!

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I would just like to thank California for giving us the Clementine citrus. Soooooooooo yummy.

(and thanks to any other state that grows them, mine just happened to come from California)

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Mary, praying for your money issue's. Asking God to supply all your needs.

I am behind in the post. I finally have a Sunday off and was excited about being able to go to church and we got an ice storm.

Preston will have to have major surgery and they are hoping it can't wait till after Christmas.

Tina took a little bad spell with her syndrom, but seems to be back to herself the last few days, Thank God.

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Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Hard to believe only 2 weeks till Christmas. Family Christmas is next saturday, not sure the house will be ready.

Made Peanut Butter Blossoms to send to the kids. My 3 year old granddaughter unwrapped all the kisses and never ate one. What we can learn from children!

Up and down weather, 20 yesterday 40 tomorrow. Guess that's why they invented the layer look.

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Sue, glad your mum is okay. At her age falls are particularly scary.

I'm having money issues. They'll pass, but this is entirely the WRONG month for them to be happening! Not in a great space right now.

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Morning all, winter is certainly here. It is 10.30 a.m. and only 9 degrees here, all the pavements (sidewalks) are icy, and thank goodness the rain stopped or that would be snow(you know what I mean..lol)

Just rang dad and mum fell this morning getting out of bed, luckily(?) the home help just arrived so she checked her over and said nothing broken. They got her back to bed and she is having breakfast in bed and the home help is coming back at 11 to wash and dress here when the shock has subsided. I just spoke to mum on the phone and she is chirpy, I told her if she wants breakfast in bed to ask, not throw herself on the floor. I can't go over as they both told me to stay away the last thing either of them need is the bug I have. So am waiting to hear from the home help

I maintained this week, which is my Christmas miracle with all the food I had at the start of the week, I did behave last couple of days and it has righted itself

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Good evening,

I believe that winter is here to stay. Even though they say we are going to have a heat wave next week. A whopping 32 degrees. emoticon LOL

I am going to stay inside as much as possible.

Sue - for me I think the cold weather is affecting my hunger. I feel cold and so I want to eat. We feed the horses extra on these very cold nights because they need the extra food to create the extra heat they need to stay warm.

Everyone wrap up well and stay warm.

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Morning all, sorry I have been MIA for a few days, trying to shake this darn cold and cough, so far it is winning, but think I am turning the corner.
Went to town yesterday and after a mile my legs were like jelly wobbling all over..lol. Felt better when we got home though so maybe it did me good.
I am out this afternoon, Emma's nativity and then on Saturday night I am babysitting at their house so mum and dad can go to the quiz night in the village hall

oohh all your talk of snow..bbbrrr, now our weathermen say we will be getting it from across the pond in the next few days and it will last a few days more. Thanks for your offer to share, but the snow you can keep thanks..lol

Not sure how I will do with the weight this week, a few days eating all in sight and 2 days being okay so will find out tomorrow. I will be happy with a maintain

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It was 18 degrees here the last time I checked. Thankfully, nothing is falling or expected in the next few days, as far as I know. The news is calling for 2 degrees overnite. emoticon .

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BRRR! Gail keep warm and safe. It is 72 here right now but is to drop back into the 30's tonight. And that is cold to me!!

We live near FT. Jackson here in Columbia SC. We also have Shaw AF Base but it is further away. They have a big hospital and my doctor is there so it is very nice. Also the pharmacy is GREAT!!

I need to get busy but wanted to check in. Be safe everyone.

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Good morning everyone! Well.. it sort of is a 'good morning'... it's windy and cold and snowy here in NW Indiana. My electricity went out from 6am to 7am this morning, too.
I'm off work tomorrow and I'm glad I don't have to go out anywhere, because it's suppose to be even worse tomorrow and only a high of 13F!

I hope you are all having a great day!

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Mona, what base do you live on, I loved shopping on base when I visited my kids. I could buy different things than at home.

I agree, it hard to believe only just a little more than 2 weeks to the Lords birthday! My family Christmas is on the 19th and the residents and staff party is on the 22nd. Seems like I just started planning everything for all.

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Good morning team,

Yes Mona - I will take pictures of the pillows. I will have to borrow a camera since out died and we haven't had the money to replace it. I don't have any disposal cameras around either. DH wants a top of the line camera so having to save up.

Staying inside today. Will probably work on Christmas cards and also grade Bible lessons. I will keep the tea kettle going also. Love those herbal teas.

Soups, chilies, sound so good right now. Warm on the tummy, filling and low in calories. Yeah think I will head that direction.

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No snow here but really chilly and we are to get rain tonight and tomorrow all day.

Looks like a huge storm is heading across the entire US. Everyone keep safe!!

I am off to the base for groceries today. Can't believe I have to do my shopping for Christmas baking. The time is going way too fast!!

I hope we can see the pillows Dore! I know they are beautiful and each one very special.

Everyone have a great day.

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Good Morning. Final got 8 hours sleep last night. I didn't wake up every hour wondering if the girls were alright. Need to watch what I am eating, I found I am nibbling more and ate the girls toast w/ jam they didn't eat yesterday morning.

We had minutes worth of snow yesterday afternoon, so for all you that got some, please keep it. emoticon

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We actually had a little snow on the hills around here in the San Francisco Bay Area! Luckily nowhere I had to walk or drive.

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Good evening one and all,

Well it has snowed all day. It was one of those days when you just don't want to get outside. It didn't get above 20 today. BRRRRRRR!!!!

Yeah - I agree with you ladies, I think the rest of the male world needs to get off of Tim's case. The game was really a special on and having watched him play over the years, he is carrying the loss on his shoulders. He feels personally responsible even when there were 10 other players on the team.

Mona - so glad you enjoyed your girls day out. My DD will call from Salt Lake and ask me to come down for the day so that we can do a girls day out. She has plenty of friends her age but she always wants me to come and spend the day with her.

Pammie - I love my crock pot. It is going about twice a week. I try to make enough to last a few days.

I will try and borrow a camera to take a picture of the pillows so you can see how they look. I think they turned out really well.

Sue - stay dry.

Well, have to get hubby ready to head to work, so will check out for a bit.

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Yes they did!! It was just wonderful. The three wise men had gorgeous robes and the music just thrilled you to the core.

Have fun with those sweet girls!!

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Good Evening, had such a busy morning, I couldn't get on. The girls grandfather who was in Niagara Falls for the week-end came and said good-bye to the girls.
I went to work for a half day, girls to my sister day care. Only one child there, all else were sick.

Dora, you pillows sound so special. I made one out of a my sons baseball team shirt when he was little. I will have to do one for the girls with out grown shirts.

Mona, it really is hard to say what if a favorite part of the Rockett's, did they do the nativity at the end?

Girls are asleep and I think I better go to bed too
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Hi everyone

I had a wonderful day yesterday with my Mom, oldest daughter and granddaughter. The Rockettes were wonderful. They sure get you into the Christmas spirit. Couldn't pick a favorite because each segment was very special. LOVED it!!

Going to try and have a very good week. My biggest challenge will be that I have to start doing some baking. Will put it straight to the freezer.

Hope everyone is doing well--Mary explained "who" Tim Tebow is. How is the spaghetti. I am going to do that one night this week too. And I would love to take one day and cook for the week. Going to give it a try in January.

Have a great day everyone.

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Gail, Tebow is Tim Tebow, the quarterback of the Florida Gators. Yesterday was his last game as a senior at the University of Florida, and they lost badly. He wouldn't have been human if it hadn't made him very emotional, IMHO.

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Good morning everyone!
Thanks Mona!
I agree, I don't know who you are talking about, but I think men should show more emotion in a lot of situations. My husband only shows it when he is angry, unfortunately! emoticon

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Oh, give him and me a break! I have infinitely more respect for a man who shows honest emotion than for one who pulls that phony John Wayne "men never cry" crap. He's a human being with real feelings. OF COURSE he cried!

Okay, off the soapbox now...

The rain is supposed to start here this afternoon. The leftovers of the beans will be work lunches for the next couple of days. Today I'm putting spaghetti sauce and meatballs in the crock pot. I could cheerfully kiss the feet of whoever invented the crock pot!

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Hi everyone.

Well I didn't make it for supper Mary! It sure sounded delicious. I could smell that bread here in SC--yummy!!!

No--it was a bad day for us with our teams. They are all ready making fun of Tebow for showing tears--I think God will bless him no matter what his future holds. AL sure did play a fantastic game.

Gail--you are doing great!! WTG!!

And Dore you have been one busy lady.

Sorry you are now having different symptoms Sue. I feel much better but still not 100%. Really looking forward to the Rocketters today. It is so cold here that I hope the Convention Center is warm.

Pam--it is so good to see you!!

Have a great day everyone.

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Hi Pam, good to see you

Good work pointing your loss out to your dr..as I said they are so quick to blame everything on our weight and then offer no encouragement..mine just says when Isay I am finding it hard, oh it will come off !!! How exactly??? Anyway I asked to see a dietician and I have an appt on 6th January(or it maybe the 5th I have to check..lol

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Gee, Sue, get well and don't get swept away by all that cold rain!

Great job on your weight loss, Gail!

Yeah, I've had the same experience with my doctor: no mention of the weight I'd worked hard to lose. This summer I got annoyed and pointed it out to him. "Yes, yes, I see you've lost 6 lbs since the last time I saw you..." I told him to look back to December. "OH! I see you've lost over 20 lbs since then! Good job!"

Not only do we have to be proactive about our health care, apparently we need to be proactive about our positive feedback as well!

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Morning all..it has been raining her so hard since 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon and it is now 7 a.m.
If it was snow it would be 8" deep..we have a bit of flooding on the flat parts of the garden so hope it stops soon before it spreads.

Mary, great idea to stay in and batch cook for the week, think I will start that in the New Year

Gail, how great you can now fit into last years coat..this time next year it will be too big and you will need a new one

Sally, so pleased the girls arrived safely and were pleased to see you.
How annoying when the dr doesn't mention the good stuff you have done, don't they know a bit of praise keeps us going?

Mary and Mona, sorry your teams lost, know how that feels, my team lost at rugby last week..lol

Mona, have a fantastic girlie day out at the Rockettes

Dore,oh your dr never mentioned your weight loss either, what is wrong with these people? They are quick enough to tell us off.
Great job on finishing 7 of the pillows, the end is in sight, keep going, soon be done.
OOOhhh, you have snow, please keep it, we don't want it.

Another lazy day for me..all I seem to be having lately. Still got the cough(think that is going to linger) and now keep sneezing and runny nose..but I don't feel as bad as I did last week strangely. Think last week was more fluey and this is a really bad cold..oh well hopefully it will be out of the way by Christmas

see you all later

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Ladies - I send my condolences. BUT don't comfort yourselves with food. I do that when my Professional team looses which it is doing a very good job of this year.

Sally - glad the girls have arrived safely. Enjoy those bundles of joy. They grow up so fast and become big humans and they leave the cuteness behind.

My last appointment to the MD I had lost 6 lbs. and she never even mentioned. I was bit upset since that was one of the major talks at my last appointment. So I can understand your being upset. When we do something right they should mention it.

The pillows are actually made from some of the sweatshirts that I saved from my Mom. She had 10 grandchildren and I saved on shirt for each child. It is just a way to give them a reminder of her. So far I have 7 of them done. Then I also made two large pillows from fabric with the Utah logo. They are for my SIL. Now my son wants two made from Boise St fabric. Will have to run to the store to see if I can find some.

Its very cold and we had some snow today. I think that winter is here for sure.

Have a great day tomorrow.
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Yeah, neither of us is very happy tonight!

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I'm coming over for supper, Mary. We both lost!! :(

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