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Interesting reading now that I am finally sitting down.
Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well, Valerie. Nice to be home when you are not 100%
I put in 14 hours today and I am beat. A long way to go still but I am proud of myself. S came and gave me a little lesson and demo of using the brush for edges. Next I have to roll. Hoping that I don't spray paint everywhere.
Men! I have way too much stuff. R doesn't have anywhere near the amount but has no "home" for anything. I'd like him to use lists and make plans but that is not his thing. He refuses to use "usual" organizational strategies. ADD is a challenge. Well, my ex was well-trained but someone else is benefitting from the years I spent on getting him that way.
Enough of that train of thought---just like losing weight, the only one you can emoticon really change is yourself. Which sucks, honestly!
On to a few tasks before an earlier bedtime tonight; I think I'll sleep since I'm exhausted.

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7/28/14 10:54 A

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Morning, ladies.
I went to work this morning, but am home again - I'm not feeling very well. Plus - I have to be very near a bathroom (if you know what I mean...)

I have been reading about all your solutions with your hubbies. My dh has always folded his clothes and put them away, so I don't have any complaints in that respect. What I don't get is when he takes something out of the cupboard, then after we've washed dishes, he puts them away in a different place, so I have to hunt them down when I need to use them. Sometimes, he can't find something and says that I move things around in the cupboards too much, but I haven't done any reorganizing since I got my new kitchen - 3 or 4 years ago! When I find something that's been put away incorrectly, I just move it to where it should be so that I can find it when I need to. Plus, he always walks away as he's drying dishes so I have started just putting them away myself, before he has a chance to. It's not really teaching him, but it does stop me from getting frustrated looking for things I need...

Well, I think I'm going to go rest for a while now. Have a good day everyone...

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7/28/14 9:18 A

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Good morning, everyone!

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, I had a good sleep, so everything is good. I'm pecking away on my iPad so this will be a short chat.

Susan, I love your solution to DH's clothes behind the door! I did something similar when my DH kept leaving his pjs on the bathroom floor. After much 'discussion' about it, I started tossing them into his bathroom sink (we don't share bathrooms), so every time he went to use it he had to move his pjs. Eventually he stopped but my next step would have been to put them in the garage! A bit of extra work for me on the front end but the final results were great. When the kids were still young and living at home, I again did something similar and this time the results were amazing. Whenever I found a personal article (clothing included) of someone's that was not where it should be (like in their own bedrooms), I would put the article in a box in the garage. Later when I was asked if I'd seen it, I would just say "Did you check the box?". Soon I didn't even get asked! emoticon

Irene, I realize that the above scenarios are not going to be useful to you but you get the idea. My DH is very similar to yours ~ for instance, I try to keep my fridge somewhat organized (milk and cream in one area, yogurts in another, and leftovers kept together as much as possible). My DH will take something out but when he puts it back it's as though he can't remember where he got it from! He's been doing this for the better part of 34 years so I'm used to it. The only part that really gets my blood boiling is when he comments that the fridge is so disorganized that he can't find anything! emoticon

Men ~ what are we to do?? Of course, we're all as close to perfect as can be...

Will chat again later this morning on a proper computer.

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Morning ladies...I've kept up with reading the posts...but my weekend has been an endless time of going to soccer games.....1 on Sat and 2 on Sun.....with my 8 & 9 year olds gd's playing....so much fun to watch, but so many competitive parents out there...don't they understand these are just friendly games???

Irene I understand exactly what you are going through...my dh refuses to acknowledge that he is retired and doesn't need all his working tools....I put them all in the basement in plastic bins and he has slowly gotten a lot of them back upstairs and back in the garage....so this winter I'm not sure where he is parking his car because mine will definitely be in the garage......

Lynette I envy you going out to Vancouver and being able to meet Irene and Lindie.....hope someday to do that......and meeting you too.

Deborah have you moved yet to BC?...I think I read that you were moving soon......

Well today I'm thankful that my morning weigh in did not show a gain.....this weekend was a lot of eating out and that always means a gain for me ...but this time it was different...just hope I can maintain the weight I have lost and still continue to loose more......oh and before I forget thanks you so much ladies for all your encouraging words on retirement...I have lots of mixed feeling about leaving many of these people I have known for 22 years......take care ladies and appreciate you all being there......

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7/27/14 11:37 P

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Dear Irene, I'm sure that many of us have been where you are today with dear hubby frustrating us to no end.
I do hope that you can some how resolve the problem with the clutter but for me and after 37 years of being married to the same man, I would almost bet it is futile emoticon
Try to make light of it if you can or it will eat at you and ruin your day.

I was always complaining to my DH for hanging everything in the back of our bedroom door. he would have 5 shirts and 4 pair of pants there and no room for me to even hang my housecoat.

I fixed the problem by taking down the hooks from the door. Hubby had to resort to putting his things away. Eventually I put the hooks back after hubby learned to put his things away. Now he puts minimal items in the back of the door.

Maybe there is a way you can prevent access to any space your hubby can clutter by putting an ornament or books or something in the spot. emoticon

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OH Irene, what a kettle of fish, can your DH not see that you are trying to deal with clutter? Perhaps a note asking them to ASK YOU before putting anything there. Time to get a big trash barrel and start chucking. Maybe if you google flylady you will find some idea on her site - I know my friend Cathy puts a lot of challenges for our other team out based on Flylady's recommendations. You might find some ideas to help you with your DH ...

Yes its a Viking weekend, crafts and such, events that are Viking related - you will even be able to see a fight ring as it would have happened then. However, it looks like guided tours with a Historian does not take place till later in August - but if you go to the museums site, you will see much more then what I can explain here.

I have sent them an email asking for more information for the weekend of the 9th of August ...

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Good evening everyone.

I am afraid that I will be venting today. It's about clutter and my husband. I have been working on decluttering, and it has happened yet again - every time I clear a space, he fills it up. It just happened again - well 3 days ago, but it hasn't changed. And today I really feel like I can't deal with this - like the straw that broke the camel's back. I am angry and frustrated and feeling defeated. Don't expect any magic answers from any of you, just need to say that I feel like I am at the end of my tether.

Other things are good though. Lynette, today was the Strathdee day - it was great!

And it looks like I will be going to see the Vikings with DS and family. It's the weekend of August 7 and 8 (unless that is when Calgary DS is in town.) Lindie, did you say that that is a Viking weekend in Victoria? What the heck is that about? It's making me a little nervous that this might be a too busy weekend for us to be there but it is the only time DS thinks he can make it.

And when do you think you will be in the lower mainland Lynette? I am afraid that it might be then. I hope not, as I really would like to get together with you and Lindie.

I know that there are lots of other conversations going on right now, but I just can't join in. This clutter issue is getting to me so much that today I just feel like walking out the door of my house and walking away.

Instead, I think I will go outside and pull a few weeds.

Sorry to be this little black blot today.

Irene in BC

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Hi everyone,
hope you have all had a great day.

I am happy to have my Danish daughter back with me as she was visiting with my youngest daughter the last 2 weeks. I have her until next Saturday when she will return to Denmark.

The weekend has been productive with helping my mom yesterday to cleaning and gardening today and then making dinner for company.

I was able to get out for my power walk tonight and was able to shave 3 minutes off my walk. I did a tiny bit of jogging along the way but I do not have the stamina for distance running. I don't have a healthy back or hips so I only do what I can in the line of running. I have always anted to be a runner but my body just says no. Thanks goodness I can power walk like a pro and get the same burn as jogging.

Deborah, sounds like you had one busy day that was very productive. Enjoy your rest when the day comes to an end for you. tomorrow .

Well I am off for a nice warm shower and a good night sleep. I was so glad to sleep well last night after the bout of insomnia the night before. Good night everyone emoticon


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7/27/14 9:26 P

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Thought I'd check in and say hello before I sit down for the evening. Dinner is cooking and DH and I are both tired. He spent a good part of the day doing yard work and I gutted my closet. I managed to pack up more than a few hefty bags of clothes for Goodwill which DH took over in the late afternoon. Then I started on the upper closet where I always throw things so I had to stand on a stool to get it all down. Some things haven't seen the light of day for quite some time.

When that was done, I tackled all of my jewellery. Packaged up the gold and silver for DH to deal with, threw away things that were broken, made a Goodwill bag for a good part of it, and kept the bit that I usually wear for myself. I totally missed lunch because I didn't want to stop midway and lose my momentum. Finished everything at about 4pm and ate something then.

Tomorrow is laundry day and I have so much. I plan to brush both dogs, vacuum, and then relax in front of the television to catch up on a few shows while the laundry is doing its thing.

Enjoy your evening, everyone!

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Lynnette that is great that you will be making it to Vancouver - I live right close to down town and of course work down town, but I am a bus ride away from pretty well anywhere - I dont drive so I let the bus driver lead that way.

Been a slow busy weekend - slow here and there, and busy here and there - its my cook day so I best get back at it !!

Have a good one ladies - keep doing what you are doing its working !

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a wkend of hard work but the effort is starting to show. The place was looking pretty shabby so I need to get it whipped into shape. The old back and neck are aching. My bf, R was here and painted the garage door tho he has lots of his own work to do. And at the moment, he is again moving stuff for his eldest: I think he has helped with that at least 2x year since I met him. I would say "enough" but that's me and I'm fortunate that my kids are very self-sufficient. Independence can be a very difficult lesson for the teacher and the pupil!
The weather is beautiful and I hope to get in a short walk this evening to give myself a break from the labor. In the morning, I will tape baseboards, etc so that inside painting can be done. Gotta keep the momentum going!
BC holiday has undergone some major plan changes so I will not be going to the island. Should mean I can see Irene and Lindie in Vanc area and also be back home in time to see Valerie.
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Good morning everyone.
The sun is shining so this makes for a wonderful day.

Val hope you don't tie yourself up too long with weeding the garden. It is certainly a back breaking job.

I finally had a great night sleep and now I am raring to go.My daughters will be here for dinner today so I have a few things to prepare for that. Other than that my plans are tp enjoy the day, get a good power walk in and then see what the days brings forth.

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Happy Sunday everyone.

Congrats, Susan on the weight loss.

We had a really good visit with my sister and her family. Her two gd's are so cute! I gather from my niece that her oldest (3 1/2 yrs) is usually quite shy when she first meets you, but not with me. She just started talking away! It was really funny. Her youngest will be a year old in about 6 weeks, so she was sleeping most of the time we were there. But they both sure seem to be a handful - and little sis always wants to do what big sis is doing, of course, so there were a few little squabbles... LOL

Today I have to get out and work in that garden again. The weeds are really enjoying it out there. I also have to re-think the plants I have - I have not had one butterfly come yet. But then, it could be because the city sprays for mosquitoes.

Have a great day, everyone.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Always be yourself, because the people that matter, don't mind, and the one's that do mind don't matter.

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Happy weekend everyone, I hope everyone is having a relaxing time but getting their fitness in.
I did not power walk yesterday because I was busy making curtains that I ended up not liking anyways. Today I didn't power walk again because I only had 2 hours sleep last night (Insomnia) and had to go to my moms to do some work for her .

After I got back I fed my dogs then went right to bed where I was able to sleep for 2 hours. I am forcing myself to stay up right now because I have company coming tomorrow and need to be fresh. I WILL definitely get my power walk in tomorrow morning even if it is raining. I will take an umbrella. If I stay away from walking too long, I am afraid I will lose what I have gained.

On a great note when I weighed myself this morning, I was down another 3 pounds to 146 lbs which is a told of 14 lbs since June 24th when I first joined SP. The week before last I didn't see a weight loss so this came as great news for me.

Stephanie, congrats on your decision to retire. I have never regretted retiring when I did after I turned 50. Hard to believe I have been out of nursing for 12 years now as it seems like just yesterday I was taking care of patients. Now I concentrate on my widowed mother and am as happy as a clam doing that.

Going to go now and try to at least do some strength training tonight. Have a great day tomorrow everyone. emoticon

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Morning all, beautiful day starting here, cool but will heat up as the sun is back, I did enjoy the cooler temps, great for walking and such.

Irene in BC I looked at the museum site online and see there is a Viking Weekend, I would love to attend that ! Its being held the weekend of Aug 9th and I am sure I could get over there for that. I also saw that there will be guided tours in the museum but that is not till later August that I could see, anyway I sent them an email asking for more information.

Stephanie, congrats on decising to retire from the work force, not that you won't be busy, you probubly will be busier now !

Irene, congrats on the weight loss, but would you all mind not sending your excess my way ??? LOL JUST KIDDING - I have gained quite a bit and I need to loose !!!

Valerie, have a great day today, Deborah, Lynnette, everyone have a great day !

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Morning, all.
Yes, there was lots of activity here yesterday. I love talking with you guys... emoticon emoticon

Lynette - emoticon emoticon and yes, the maintaining will be a challenge, but I know that emoticon .

This morning, I'll be working on getting rid of some more of those weeds in the back, then I'll come in and shower before we head out to Pinawa for the afternoon / evening. My sister's dd's family is here for a visit and I'd like ot meet the newest member of her family. She must be almost a year old now...

Have a great day, ladies.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Always be yourself, because the people that matter, don't mind, and the one's that do mind don't matter.

Have a great day!
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Lots of action on this thread! Stephanie, nice to hear that you will be retiring from your paid job--I know you will continue to be busy. Deborah, when is moving day? You and I haven't met tho I am in Edmonton every few months to see my girls. Irene, way to go on losing weight. emoticon
Today I did a bunch of errands and little tasks that needed to be tended to but this wkend I need to buckle down, get the garage door painted and get things totally ready for Monday's interior painting.
I was so excited to see my goal weight appear on the scale this morning; but I know that one glimpse of it is not sufficient. Maintaining will also be a challenge.
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Afternoon, everyone. WOW - I see everyone is really talkative today. LOL

Stephanie, good for you making that decision to retire. If it's anything like my Dad said, you will be even busier after you retire than when you were working. but you'll be doing things that you WANT to do - not what you HAVE to do. I wish I could do retire at the end of the year as well, but I'm not quite ready yet. I'm hoping I will be in 4 more years...
As for the weight, I'm sure you'll be able to maintain it for a while by doing what you are doing right now. emoticon

Susan, I don't listen to the news much for the same reason - they seldom put anything good in the news, but then it's the horrible stuff that sells...

Irene, emoticon emoticon emoticon
That is such good news! With you're determination, I'm sure you'll be able to keep it off - plus a little more to boot!

Deborah, I've heard that before about eating for the weight you want to be - not for what you are now. I just forgot about it until you reminded me here. Thanks. It really does make sense, doesn't it? I'll have to look into giving it a try as well...

I'm home from work now. On Fridays - until the end of August - I work an extra half hour Monday thru Thursday and get tl leave Friday at 12:30. It's kind of nice, but I wish they could let us do it year round... Anyway, I stopped by Reitman's and found three pairs of knee length pants (I used to cal l them peddle-pushers but I don't know what they call them now - Capri's???) I needed some that were dressier than the ones I have and since they were on sale, I picked up 3 different colours and styles. They are so comfy... Then I dropped by The Source to pick up a battery for my bathroom scale. After that - Safeway, then home. Now I'm just catching up on the news here and relaxing.

Talk with you all later.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Always be yourself, because the people that matter, don't mind, and the one's that do mind don't matter.

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Morning to all!

The weather is wicked here in Edmonton ~ very heavy winds and rain, rain, rain! Poor doggies haven't even ventured outside yet and I don't blame them. We planned to make a trip to Costco this morning but will have to wait until the weather improves a bit. I can handle rain with no problem, but the wind ~ not so much. emoticon emoticon

I've increased my calorie intake substantially and added more healthy fats (including the dreaded avocado). I just finished reading a book and the author made a comment that people should eat calories for their 'ideal' weight, not the weight they are currently at. The way he explained it made so much sense to me and I hadn't heard that before in any of the millions of diet/weight loss books I have owned. He also said that 20 grams of your fiber should come directly from non-starchy vegetables. The rest can come from whole grains, etc. Tracked my first day yesterday and so far, so good.

I've totally missed all the talk about traveling but haven't done very much myself, other than Toronto, Regina, Winnipeg, BC, San Francisco, and Mexico. Seeing it in print looks like I've been to quite a few places, but this is over a span of 34 years!

Val, congratulations to your nephew! I don't know the show you refer to but if we get to Lethbridge before we move, I'll be sure to go to his restaurant. Nice that you're going to visit your sister in Calgary after not seeing her since 2012, and also getting a chance to join the wedding festivities and meet more of your family!

Stephanie, did you reach a milestone with your weight journey? I think I just read that you are now on maintenance? Congrats to you! Retirement is so great (even with grandchildren), but you'll wonder how you ever managed to keep house while you were working. There's still so much to do and you'll finally be able to get to old projects, etc. that have been put on the back burner. So exciting...

Susan, I agree that it is very heartbreaking to watch the news and see WHAT difficult and sometimes even horrific things people in other parts of the world have to endure. I am also very grateful for all I have. Enjoy the walk with DH ~ Niagara Falls is always so beautiful!

Irene, congratulations on a very strong loss! I think eating at your upper limit was a good part of your success. I think we usually try to lower our calories too much. We did decide to move to the island (Qualicum Beach). I'm just so darn excited, I can barely believe it's really going to happen!

A special 'hi' to Lynette, AJ, Lindie, and any others I may have missed. Just finishing up my oatmeal and will jump into the tub.

Enjoy your Friday!

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Way to go Irene, your success is awesome and it will be your guide to stay determined and on track.
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Just a quick good morning to everyone.

First my news. This week I have been really trying to track again (did it most days, but was often at my upper limit) and to exercise, in some way most days (missed one day) and today I weighed in. I couldn't believe it. I stepped on the scale a few times to be sure. I lost 3.5 lbs! This has not happened to me in a long time. Needless to say, this gives me great motiviation to keep doing the same thing. I really can't believe it. Anyway, I need the motiviation, as we have two potlucks to go to this weekend. But I am really determined to do this!

Lynette, do you know yet when you will be in BC? I still haven't given up the idea of going to see the Viking exhibit in Victoria - and if I do make it, it will be sometime in August. DS is thinking of going, and if he does, I will hitch a ride. Course if I go with him - I won't have any wiggle room on the date. But I do hope that we can get together when you come to BC.

Val, that is really cool that your newphew is on that show - I have watched it. And I understand that once you are on the show - the restaurants do EVEN better. When I was in Calgary last year, DS took me to a donut shop that had been on the show.

Stephanie - way to go on the weight. Although I still have a long way to go, it looks like both of us will be very diligent about what we are eating and drinking these days. And what a big decision you have just made about retiring - I am sure that it was not an easy one to make. However, I don't think that you will become a lady of leisure - not with all you do with those grandchildren. :-)

Deborah, if I remember correctly, you decided to move from Alberta to BC. Which BC community did you end up choosing? Did you go for the island?

Susan, I know that the news is awful these days. And I think that part of it is the news coverage - sensational. But part of it also is that the world is changing - and not in a good way. Like you, I am thankful that I live in Canada, and for all that we have there. Til I was 11, I lived in Northern Ireland, then we came to Canada. If we had stayed, I would have lived through all the bombings and troubles that went on for 30+ years, and haven't really totally disappeared. I am exceedlngly grateful that I live in Canada.

AJ, isn't that great - getting together with an old friend. Have a wonderful time! We don't have forever - these are the things that make life meaningful.

Lindie - as I sit here typing, I am looking out at beautiful sunshine - hope the sun is shining down the road with you too. And if I don't make it to the Viking exhibit - you can tell me about it. :-) Another hint - you might want to purchase your tickets ahead of time online - I have a feeling that it will be a very popular exhibit.

I know that there are other people who read here sometimes too - big hello to you too.

As for me, I had better go make a healthy breakfast and then get out to the gym - I want to keep this weight loss trend going! Have a great day everyone.

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Good morning everyone..............trying to NOT watch the news. It is heartbreaking to see what is going on in the other pasts of the world. When I see all this stuff, it is that which makes me emotional so I try very hard to avoid the negativity and focus on the positive things happening.As of late, I do hear too much positive stuff in the media.

I swear the new stations and papers all sell more when they have horrible things to announce and write about. Makes one quite angry not to mention that what is happening is so sad.

On a more positive note................the sun is shining here, the birds are singing and I am thankful to God for bringing me into this world where we are free and can afford such luxuries like homes that are heated and cooled, cars, food, clothing and health care etc.

Today I am planning on walking and hoping to do it down in Niagara Falls. Once DH is home from shopping, I am heading out.

Stephanie, you can do it.................don't go hungry but avoid the evening snacking and keep up with your fitness, you should be able to maintain with no problem.
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emoticon Ladies....but its a struggle now just to keep the weight off.....and no matter how hard I exercise and walk...it was just less eating that finally did it for me.....I cut my portions so I wasn't eating as much....

Val emoticon that your were able to get your flight plans all in order...I am definitely getting the travel bug...but this year until my dh is fully re covered and walking without a cane we won't be going anywhere far...... emoticon

Susan we are getting cooler temps down here too and I am going to try to do yard work again...last time I pulled weeds my back was sore for a week...this time I hope it doesn't act up again.......


Going Fri night to my youngest dd's....she is having a get together in her new home.....so glad I won't have to cook tonight.....

Finally made a hard decision about retiring and this will be my last year here at work.....it will be bittersweet to leave a place I've worked at for 22 years...but its time, so at the end of this year I will be officially a lady of leisure....I hope! (sort of hard to be entirely a lady of leisure with 6 grand kids) emoticon

To all Lynette, Lindie, AJ, Deborah, Irene and anyone I may of forgot...have a great day!



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Morning all.
Yes, Susan, it is very expensive in Denmark. We thought when we ordered the kroner that we would have enough, but we ended up using our credit cards for most of the time... You are lucky to have someone there to show you around. We had to research everything before we left to see what we would like to take in and even then, we didn't get to all the places we wanted to go to. Oh well - next time...

I booked my flight to Calgary last night. I didn't catch the seat sale, so it cost me an extra $80! But that's okay - it'll be worth it to see my sister again. I haven't seen her since 2012... Anyway, I leave on the 14th and come back on the 19th. While I'm there, I'll be going to my great-niece's wedding. I haven't met my nephew's kids, so that'll be nice.

I don't think I mentioned this but do you know the show "You Gotta Eat Here"? Well, my nephew will be on it. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, they taped it and I gather the show will air in the spring of 2015. He owns Two Guys and a Pizza Place. If you ever make it out to Lethbridge, you should try to go there. He makes great pizzas. That's not just his aunt talking, either. He's been getting all kinds of recognition from all over - the town, the Canadian Pizza Magazine, and at the international Pizza competitions to name a few. he's doing really well. (Can you tell I'm a proud aunt??? )

I'd better run. I still have to get dressed and I'm sure my dh is up now so I can turn on the lights... Have a great Friday, everyone.

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Hi Val,
we went to Helsinger to the castle and it was breath taking. We actually saw a few castles but that one was more beautiful in each room that we entered. We are lucky because we have family there in Denmark who took us to several places while we were there for 2 weeks.

Such a shame that everything is so expensive there. My daughter loves coming to Canada and does plenty of shopping here as she gets far more for her money.

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Hope you are all enjoying a nice evening! I've been on a roll with my packing and such, but think I need a break because I tend to get fixated on tasks and sometimes don't even want to stop for meals, much less chatting on the computer.

We're just about to sit down to dinner very late and then settle in front of the tv afterward so I won't be reading everyone's posts until tomorrow morning. I'm going to take a bit of time to catch up with all the news.

Hope you are all doing well and staying healthy and positive!

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HI, well, I just booked my flight to Calgary. I'll be flying there on the 14th (leaving at 7am MB time), renting a car to drive down to Taber to stay with my sister. Then I'll be coming back to Wpg on the 19th (leaving at about 2:30pm). Hopefully I'll be able to see Lynette, but if not, I do have another sister in AB that wants me to visit, so maybe next year...

You're right, Susan. Once you get that travel bug, it's very hard to stop... I checked out Gilleleje. I see it's North of Copenhagen on the island of Zealand. One of the things we had wanted to do was to go to Helsingor to visit the castle there (I think that was Hamlet's castle). We didn't have a chance to do it. Maybe next time... Taking a ferry over to tour Sweden would be a great idea too. Something to think about. Thanks...

Well I must run. Have a good evening everyone. Sleep well...

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Hi everyone, another gorgeous day here in Good old Welland Ontario. I spend a good part of the day cleaning out a closet and repacking some boxes that my daughter has stored here. With my packing I was able to toss out 4 boxes and get things organized for her. I still have a bunch of boxes downstairs but will tackle them after my Danish daughter returns home August 2nd.

Val my daughter is from Gilleleje and she has loved Jutland. She is a teacher over there.
When we visited here we went to Copenhagen which is about an hour and 15 minutes away. We also took a ferry over to Sweden wand took a tour over there for a day. We went to the famous light house where a boat actually crashed years ago.

Hubby and I love to travel but I have to say my best trip was in 2008 when I went on my own to New Zealand and Australia. I lived in New Zealand is a kid for 2 1/2 years and I loved the country so much, I vowed to return. I would love to live there but hubby would not like the change (he is a stay in one place person).

I have told my kids that after I am gone, one of them must take my ashes there and climb Mount Manganui which is in Tauranga. It is an easy climb because there is a walking path. From the top, they must let my ashes blow into the wind as the Mount is surrounded by the ocean and greenery all around. My soul belongs to that country.
Australia was a wonderful place to visit as well with many awesome sights to see . I enjoyed going to Steve Erwin's Zoo while there and was able to pet the kangaroos and their babies which are inside an enclosure that humans can walk through.

One we get the travelling bug, it is very hard to stop.

Stephanie, way to go on your milestone in weight, you are doing so well emoticon . Pelee Island sounds like a lot of found. When I used to live in Windsor b, we went swimming at Point Pelee every simmer and I loved that beach so much because it always had lots of waves.

Well, I better get ready for my power walk. I think my dinner has settled enough. I had 2 fabulous bowls of my home made cabbage and vegetable soup and a small ye of the round steak for dinner. I had some pineapple for dessert which over filled me but I think I am okay for walking now. The weather is ideal so hoping to do 4 miles tonight. Wish me luck.

Sending best wishes to everyone for a great evening and a healthy day tomorrow. emoticon


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Good morning, all.
Go Stephanie, go! It's exciting to approach our goals.
Alicia, I hear you. I have such mixed feelings about "old friends" as my ex was part of my life since about age 6, and I have few memories or relationships that are not tied to him. Very complicated.
I am planning an easy day today with only my volunteer shift as major task. Yesterday I worked as a landscaper and it was HARD work. Bod feels it!
Pretty excited that Valerie and I might get to meet but her time here is when I may still be in BC, where I hope to meet up with Irene and Lindie? R and I haven't had time to make our plans so best get to that soon.
Gotta get a few things done before I head out-- emoticon

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Wow Stephanie - that's great. So happy for you and I'm sure it's very rewarding to make progress.

Nice and cool here today after very humid days. I am off to visit an old friend I haven't seen in years. Looking forward to catching up. Funny how life moves us on and it takes real effort to connect with even good friends of past years. Glad we can do this.

Have a great day everyone.
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Morning, ladies.
Lindie, if you do go to that Viking exhibit, please take lots of pictures. I would love to see it too, but I don't see that in my future.

Next month I have a couple of weeks off and was planning a trip to Alberta to see my sister. It turns out that her granddaughter is getting married on the weekend I was thinking of going, so I've been invited. Now I am pretty sure I will go. I found a seat sale to Calgary, so it won't cost a lot and I'll rent a car so I can get to Taber without a problem. Of course - I'll stop by Lethbridge to visit my nephew's pizza place. (I might just do that on the way back so I can take one home with me. LOL) Of course - since I'll be in Calgary, I'll have to see about meeting Lynette - if she's up to it, that is. What do you think, Lynette? Would you like to meet for coffee or lunch? Not sure of the day yet, but it'll be mid August...

Well, I'd best go get dressed for work. Have a great day, everyone!

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Congrats Stephanie, hard work and determination does pay off, so does not snacking at night, MY big downfall I bet !! GREAT going !!

Irene in BC - thanks for the tip about the museum in Victoria, I am now planning a mini get away vacation - go over night ya ...

Hope everyone is doing ok, we have rain, much needed then back to hot and sticky and humid by this weekend, yea right .... lol

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Stephanie, that is FABULOUS news about breaking that plateau. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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love the Danish connection. My mom was born there and I have been 3 times. Will get into more later but have a job today unexpectedly so gotta run

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Good Morning ladies....

First thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes.....by this time of the month I have had my fill of cake and ice cream.....but I had a pleasant surprise on the scale this morning finally broke another plateau...so now will have less than 5 pounds to go to reach my goal.... emoticon like you Susan I have stopped night time snacking....eating just before going to bed was a bad habit that took me a loooong time to cut out...but now I just have a cup of herbal tea and that helps curb my cravings.....

Susan...I also loved your story about your Danish dd....I love traveling and hope to start doing some traveling next year when I finally retire.....this year we are just going to Pelee Island for the long Labor Day Weekend to a bread and breakfast place along with friends of ours.....so looking forward to this summer get away....

Not sure who mentioned Iceland....but my dd's had a friend who went there this year and the pictures she brought back were amazing...very colorful homes, but also very expensive for food and lodging....she commented that it was the only country that it cost her $30.00 for a bowl of soup.....she is a geography high school teacher and took a year long sabbatical off teaching to travel the world and she has been all over the world....lucky girl....

Well better get back to work...today's a work day for me and its going by quickly...take care all!



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Morning,
That is so great that you are so close with your exchange student and that she's become part of your family. What part of Denmark is she from? One of the islands or the mainland? My Mom was born at Brande, Jutland and it looks like Grandpa was from Norre Snede(?), also in Jutland. But we're not sure about Grandma. It looks like she was from the island of Zealand, near Copenhagen. I can't think of the name of the place just now but it starts with an "F". (Big help, eh? - but it is a long word...Framenham or something like that...). When my sister and I go back in a couple of years, we hope we'll be able to find it...I want to go back so much... emoticon

Irene, I'd like to see Iceland as well as Greenland, but I'm not sure my sister does, so unless I go alone (which is something I do not want to do), I probably wont' get there. I would also like to see Ireland. That would be so cool... You know - come to think of it - when I retire (in 4 years, I hope, maybe I'll be able to find a tour that takes you to these places... Can't hurt to look into it... It's funny isn't it - we travel to all these places around the world, but never seem to be a tourist in your own area. I should see about doing something like that on my holidays in August... Thanks for the idea, Irene. emoticon emoticon (Two thumbs up! LOL)

Well, I'd better go get dressed for work. Have a great day everyone. And remember - it's Hump-Day and all downhill now to the weekend...

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What a lovely story about your honorary daughter Keepitup.

All this talk about travel has me dreaming..... so many places I would still love to go to (or back to) - but don't know how many I will get to.

AJ, you mentioned some friends who just walked Hadrian's Wall - I have a friend in England who did that a few years ago. It is something I would like to do myself. Not the whole wall for me - but even just to walk on a part of it - a wall built by the Romans in England so long ago - how that would feel - I would love to do that.

I so want to go back to Britain and Ireland. And I do want to go back to Paris - to see a medieval museum there. DH and I really want to go to Iceland, and Val, you have me wanting to see Denmark. :-)

Meanwhile, closer to home, I really want to go to Victoria on Vancouver Island to see an exhibit at the museum about Vikings. But the ferry is so expensive, DH and I don't know if we can do it - because it would just be for a day or two, as I would need to do it on a weekend. And I really want to go to Oregon this summer - again just for a few days. Again, may not happen.

But you all have me really thinking..... the lower mainland of BC is also a beautiful place - I should plan to go somewhere I have never been. Travel close to home.

Gotta go dream.....

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Hi everyone, just got back from a sweltering hot 45 minute power walk. The cold shower I just took afterwards felt so good!

I gave into hubby yesterday because he really wanted to take me out for dinner for our anniversary. We went to the Mandarin restaurant which is a buffet but I did so good and when I awoke this morning my paranoia had me on the scale. To my utter amazement I had lost a pound and am finally out of the 150's Perhaps I should stop worrying so much about not being able to control myself when out because I was really so good with my choices last night and left feeling full and satisfied.

Val, I changed my bedtime and made it earlier as well because I had a tendency to eat when I would have my late nights. That was to my demise staying up and chowing down on all the unhealthy snacks. Once I established not eating after dinner I was able to go back to staying up late and I don't even think about grazing any more.

I can't remember all names yet but someone mentioned Denmark. It is a beautiful country that I have been to and right now our honorary daughter who lives in Denmark is over visiting us for 5 weeks. After being here for 2 weeks my son in law pulled a fast one and showed up at my youngest daughter's house when we went there for a barbecue. I was elated and my Danish daughter was stunned . Jacob could not come because he had to work but his boss gave him the time off to come to Canada for 10 days. He leaves tomorrow but we have our daughter for another 2 weeks.

Once they are both home they have told me they are planning on starting a family so hopefully by next year I will become a grandma again. I will go to Denmark just before the baby is born so I can help my daughter out. Her real mom passed away 3 months before her wedding so I am her number 1 mom now.
My husband and I had Majken as an exchange student when she was 15 years old and that was 18 years ago. She still calls us mom and pops and considers us all her second family. We consider her a part of our family so much that we bought her a daughter's pride ring years ago after her student exchange was over.
We are very blessed that Majken has returned to stay with us numerous times and brought her now husband into our lives as well.

Hubby and I love to travel so when people talk about there travels it gets me all excited.
Sorry for rambling on..I just couldn't help myself. Have a great evening everyone.



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Great reading. I will not try to reply/comment on so many things but thanks for sharing everyone! It is so nice to feel like we "know" someone as they tell us what they are doing.
I've had a busy few days, have accomplished lots but so much more to do.Trying to balance everything is a challenge. I got to bed before midnight last night finally. I really need my 8 hours. And since I have a tendency to eat when I am tired, or stressed, emotional ....sometimes I start stuffing my face when I should just head to bed. Being aware of that will hopefully help me develop better habits.
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I'm like you, Stephanie - I have the travel bug. I so-o-o want to go back to Denmark and England, but this time, I also want to take in some of Scotland - probably just the southern part of it. We don't want to go back to France, though. we weren't all that impressed with it, except when we took in Mont St. Michel. It was beautiful! My sister and I are planning another trip there for two years from now, but a lot can happen in those two years, so I sure hope we can do it...

How is everyone else doing? Any plans for holidays or anything this summer? I'll be taking a couple of weeks off in August, but not really doing anything. Maybe I'll go out to Brandon and Killarney for a few days, but that's about all I can think of to do. I'm just taking the time off because I have to use up my holidays...

Later, dudettes!

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Good Morning Everyone. Glad you are getting your sleep situation under control Val. It makes such a huge difference to your day when you can sleep well. And good luck with the pictures. Seems like many people are holidaying right now - I have friends in England and others who just walked Hadrian's Wall and are now in Scotland. I think I'm catching the travel bug again. Cape Cod has been on my bucket list for a while and I am trying to organize a trip there with friends for this fall. Hope it all works out.

Have a great day everyone ...
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Morning, everyone.
I can't believe it - I've had about a week or so of pretty good sleeps. I don't want to jinx it, but maybe, just maybe, I'll start sleeping better now. I know that I haven't had to use my sleeping pills as often this past year. I've been keeping track (because I didn't want to use them too often and get dependent on them) and I have been using about half as much as when I started. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

So - Happy Birthday to little Prince George today. He's a whole year old. They showed a picture of him on BT Winnipeg and he is so cute! And walking as well...come to think on it - my kids were walking at 10 and 11 months, so that's no big surprise...

Well, I must go get my lunch ready. Have a Terrific Tuesday, everyone.

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Just popping for a quick hello. I agree with Val - nice to see all the chatting going on here.

And happy birthday to Vicki and Stephanie.

And happy anniversary to all the anniversary people.

Not a lot to add today - just wanted to say hello to everyone.

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Oh, it is so-o-o nice to see everyone chatting on here. I love it when that happens. That what makes this group so great.

Stephanie, I think I already wished you a happy birthday, but just in case I didn't - emoticon .

I guess I'm a practical person as well because I have never really wanted to do much on our anniversary, but this year, because it was our 30th, I thought I'd like for just the two of us to go out for dinner. It's the first time we've done that in a very long time, so I thought it was time.

As for my pictures, I'm surprised that I can still remember the names of some of the buildings, etc. that we saw. I think I took about 1500 myself and Joanne took the rest. I had mine pretty much labeled and organized and then she gave me hers. Now I'm working on those. It's a very big job, but it gives me something to do in the evenings while I'm watching TV.

Have a good evening, everyone.

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I don't think I've ever been to Welland, but I have been to Niagara Falls. I use to live in Oshawa/Whitby many years ago. Was thinking of going to Ontario for a few days to see my brother, but I don't think that is going to happen.
First day of my vacation, I'll be getting that tooth yanked. emoticon

That's a lot of pictures to organize, Val! You've done well! I love taking photos, I take my camera with me everywhere. Even when I go for a walk around home. A couple of times that I didn't bring it I missed a great photo opportunity. An eagle was flying fairly low and would have made a great picture. So, I make sure I have it with me all the time now.

emoticon , Stephanie! Hope you've had a great day celebrating.
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Birthday wishes to Vicki and Stephanie (and all those others who celebrate in July)!

Happy Anniversary, Susan, and a warm welcome to you! I think your anniversary plans are perfect. I'm also practical in that respect and like to see something tangible for my $$. Sorry to hear that Homer has liver disease but it seems you have it under control. What a sneaky guy sampling those homemade burgers! I hope he really enjoyed them because I'm sure he won't be having anymore for a very long time. emoticon Good job keeping yourself in control at the BBQ.

AJ, I love festivals of any kind and a bonus when the weather cooperates!

Stephanie, I would always take the day off work for my birthday and spend it with my DM. She always liked that and said it was a special day for her too.

Val, that's a lot of photos!! I've never done anything special with our photos and have decided that once we move to the island, that will be one of my fun projects.

Lindie, I love the books by Geneen Roth and have read them all. She sprinkles just the right amount of humor into her writing! I especially liked "When you Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull up a Chair".

Yesterday was very busy for me ~ my DH is quite the procrastinator/hoarder and that does not bode well for getting rid of things we know longer need. He seemed amenable to going through a bunch of boxes (you know the kind ~ the ones with odds and ends from everywhere that you just don't know what to do with), so I took advantage of that and we managed to clear about 7 of them! What a great feeling. He tells me that he could have retired much earlier if I hadn't purchased so many diet and cookbooks that we're now taking in to sell ~ at a fraction of the price. Such a joker! emoticon

Today he is at the office for the morning, both dogs are lounging on the deck, so it's nice and peaceful while I sit at the computer. I'm about to have my breakfast and do a bit of meal planning. Then comes the dreaded dusting and vacuuming. Poor DH has been sneezing ever since we started packing things up again. emoticon I've got to try and keep it under control.

Tomorrow is my regular blood work and Wednesday I have an appointment for a much needed manicure. Otherwise, the week will be more of the same...

Seize the day, everyone!

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Happy Birthday to Vicki and Stephanie, hope your day is awesome and you can enjoy it by having some indulgences in moderation.

For our anniversary today I have opted to stay home and the money that would have been spent on dinner will go to wards having my 2 Shih Tsus groomed instead. I know that doesn't sound very romantic but I am more of a practiacl person and hubby is quite happy with not having to go out for dinner.

On a funny note.................our dog Homer who has liver diease has been on a home made diet that I devised for him months ago. He loves the fresh vegetables mixed with brown rice and white chicken meat or fish which is his favorite. When we had our barbeque yesterday we ate outsdie but had the fixings on the kitchen table. The home made lean burger patties were on a platter with a cover on it.
Some how Homer snuck into the house and when my daughter went in there he was in the kitchen licking his lips and chewing on something. The burger count had been 3 left. When my daughter counted there was only one left and Homer was smiling from ear to ear. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I guess naming him Homer was quite suitable as I believe Homer Simpson loves his burgers too. Homer didn't even show any signs of being guilty. He just kept smiling.
Luckily he did not get sick and I held his breakfast off until a bit later in the morning today.

Well, I am off to tidy up house and plan my day. I think a power walk is in store for me.

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Good Morning Ladies. And emoticon to you, Stephanie.
Susan - nice to meet you.
Vicki - hope your dental emergency gets looked after promptly. No fun, for sure.

The music festival in town here was great. Lovely weather and the park is within walking distance so I got some exercise too. I'm off to a hair appointment and the blood donor clinic today.

Have a grand day everyone... AJ


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Good Morning ladies.....today I'm at work.....beautiful sunny day predicted....

Val hope you get your pictures organized...I'm sure they bring back lots of good memories....

Susan emoticon I always wonder when I celebrate an anniversary "where have the years gone"...seems they go by more quickly every year......

Vicki ...my birthday is today but we are celebrating Fri with my dd birthday (we are one day apart) and I too plan to indulge with a glass of wine....I hope I can just stick to the one! emoticon

Irene so happy to hear about your mom not needing any surgery.....wonderful news emoticon

Hope everyone is enjoying today....being at work on my birthday is great...people buying me coffees, lunch, birthday cake......just better watch what I eat...my weekend eating included lots of barbecued foods..... emoticon emoticon and it will be easy to gain weight today!

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Morning everyone.
It's really nice to see that everyone had such a nice, productive weekend. Susan - you did well at the BBQ; Vicki - a birthday only happens once a year, so I say go for it!; Lindie - you always have such good ideas to help us.

Last night, I started on my pictures from my trip last October once again. I have all of mine labeled, but I was working on organizing the ones my sister gave me. It's taking quite a while to do as in total, we have over 4,400 pictures... I've got the first week done - only 2 more to go... but I am at least getting through them...

Well, I must go get ready for work. Have a great Monday, everyone.

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Hello alll,
Nannyvicki, I am from Welland Ontario which is about 20 miles south west of Niagara Falls and 20 minutes north of the Buffalo border.

Our barbecue went very well with the temps warm and balmy and very little breeze. It was very pleasant to sit outside at the patio for our dinner. I ended up have 2 vodka coolers (Smirnoff Ice) then switched to drinking water. I am not tracking calories from dinner tonight although I only ate a hamburger but prior to dinner I had some scoop chips with my taco dip. I think I had about 6 of them which is well managed for my considering I would have eaten more than a dozen or so in the past. I also had 4 bagel bites but I did not have lunch so I think I am within my calories for today.If not then oh well, it was a great day and I won't let anything spoil that.

Tomorrow it is back to tracking all nutrition and getting some fitness in . I didn't power walk today so that is definitely on the agenda for tomorrow.
We have decided to stay in tomorrow for our anniversary and that is my choice. Hubby is always happy with anything I chose. He loves to stick around home so I will make him a nice steak dinner tomorrow and he will be happy with that.

Well my body is telling me to get to bed. I have been awake since 5:15 am and up since 5:45. Only a few hours sleep last night so tonight I should have a good one.Will be back tomorrow so until then .....be healthy.



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Thanks Susan. Surprisingly, my tooth issue isn't causing me a lot of pain, which I am so grateful for! I will be calling the dentist first thing in the morning. I hope to get in soon to have it extracted.
Which part of Canada do you live in?

I'm up a pound this week BUT it was my birthday week. I guess that's not too bad since I went out for two meals and had a huge piece of chocolate cheesecake. I wasn't planning on the cheesecake, but the restaurant we went to brought it to me with a sparkler on it for my birthday.

Four more days and I'm on vacation! Not going anywhere, at least I don't think I am. I was thinking of going to Ontario for a few days, but not sure the pocketbook can manage it.

Have a great night all!

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emoticon Susan, I think there are a few of us who suffer from emotional eating and tend to feed emotions with food. I am not sure where you are on this but there are some good books out to help you address your particular emotional need - Eat What You Love Love What You Eat addresses this and has several types and how to manage the emotion and eating. Also Geneen Roth has a good book out Breaking free From Emotional Eating - I have both books and refer to them often. Most of the time my emotional eating is stress related - instead of eating I should go exercise !!!

Happy Anniversary as well. Why not go out and try the speed bump theory or share meals? You can look up in advance at what meal you want to have and then order it to your dietary needs. If your not familiar with the speed bump, you put half your food on one plate and put it aside. Eat what is on your plate and if you are full at the end, then put the other plate away - or in the case of the restaurant - take it home or leave it.

A glass of wine is good for you especially if you have it with a meal. I tend to have a glass from time to time ( that's 4 ounces not 8 LOL )

Valerie I am not doing much today - its rainy, cool, love it, and I am cooking preparing meals so I am busy enough with that... most likely won't reach my goals.

You know I was thinking about success with changing eating/behaviour patterns and although you get great support from spark, sometimes you reallyneed that one on one, or group support that is face to face - I think Lynnette is so successful because of her support group, so maybe you or I can find a support group to help put the focus where it needs to be. It just depends on how important this all is to you and to your success .... make a plan of action and then action that plan....

WELL I best mosey on, on my other team, a memeber became a grandma yesterday I think so going to go read the good news of that... Have a good Sunday everyone !

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Happy Anniversary, Susan. (It's nice to know you're name. LOL) Our 30th anniversary was on Monday, the 14th. We went to dinner together for the first time in ages, so it was really nice. but a nice ride in the country sounds lovely.
Enjoy your company today.

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thanks for the welcome back everyone. Please..... call me Suzzy or Susan which is what I go by with friends and family.

Today started off very overcast and wet but now the humidity has returned and with it a bit of sun which is okay by me because we are having a family barbecue today.
Just home made burgers with corn on the cob, taco dip and scoop chips (not for me) , garlic roasted potatoes and coleslaw that I made with low fat dressing.

I went to bed at 1:00 am and for some reason I awoke at 5:30 feeling totally refreshed. I started making everything for today's due and now just waiting for guests to arrive. I would go power walking except it is too humid for that before company comes and I would have to shower and change all over again so will pass until later in the day after company has left.

Tomorrow is our 37th wedding anniversary and so not sure what to do or where to go.
I don't want to go out for dinner because I don't trust myself not to go overboard and so early into the program I don't want to tempt fate when I am doing so well.

I'm thinking that maybe hubby and I can just have a quite dinner at home this year and maybe go out for a drive in the country during the day. Maybe I will allow for a glass of wine tomorrow so we can have a toast at least.

Sending out best wishes for a great day to everyone.



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Good morning everyone.

Welcome back Keepitup62 - I hope that you find this a good place.

Doing nothing yesterday sounds just fine to me, Val - you need that once in a while.

Vicki - all the best with that dental issue being dealt with.

Stephanie, busy birthday time at your place - isn't it odd how birthdays cluster? For us, it's December and February.

emoticon to Lynette and Lindie - it sounds like you both need them right now.

AJ - how is that music festival going? Don't you just love that about summer in Canada - all the music festivals?

Thanks to Deborah and everyone else for the kind words about my mother. And yes, Deborah, it was something big they were checking on my mother - but it turned out to be okay. If she had had to have surgery, it would have been very risky. Meanwhile she goes on, with so many things wrong with her - but she just keeps going, and taking it in her stride. A very good role model.

Big hi to everyone else.

I usually go to church before I go to work on Sundays, but I am taking the church part off today. So after I send this, I will go for a walk, and then make a very healthy lunch, and then head out to work. I am determined to get more weight off. So I am tracking again. It has worked in the past, hope it works this time.

Have a good day everyone.

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