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Hello ladies....well we survived another trick or treat night last night....but because of the weather being so cold, windy and rainy we got less than half the children we normally get....so now I'm freezing much of the candy so it's not tempting me every time I see it....some of it I'll take to my mom's...she lives in an older neighborhood and hasn't had to give out candy in years....

Susan I weighed myself this morning for the challenge and was pleasantly surprised......so losing another 5 pounds, if I stick to the program, will be great for the holidays........ your mom sounds like a hoot...my 93 year old mom loves to get her wheeled walker and go down the road to her neighbors homes.......she only goes during the day.....but am so glad she gets this exercise.....just hate it though when the colder weather starts and she can't get outdoors as often...

Lindie ...thanks for mentioning my dd....she just met with her cardiologist this week and told her she will be his first patient that has ever gotten the "Ross procedure" done......so it will be interesting to see how her care goes.....her heart surgeon in Toronto will be meeting with her in Dec to schedule her 8 hour surgery in Jan.....

Val my heart goes out to all those employees loosing their jobs....even though I'm retiring at the end of this year I am feeling sad about leaving the place I have worked at for 22 years...my boss has been great about letting me go on my own time....but I am looking forward to having more "me" time....

Irene thanks for that link for online courses...something I'm going to look into in the new year...glad your parents are doing well in ON ....I've only been to Hamilton a few times (usually when taking relatives from Europe to Niagara Falls)...but I've always loved the entrance into the city from the high roads......lately Hamilton has been in the news for very sad reasons of that young soldier being shot....such a sad and tragic thing to happen to so young a man......

Lynette good for you for having your own plans while R is gone.....I tend to sit at home when I am by myself.....not a good thing to do when eating becomes my only focus for the day.....

AJ and Pat hope all is well and that colder days haven't found you yet.......

To all have a great day...my dh is still in bed but when he gets up we are going grocery shopping and then to my mom's.....she wants her hair done today.....take care all.



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Its been a long week and I have not gotten notices of the team. I did scroll the posts and read some interesting things.

Valerie, I sure hope you drag your DH to the hospital before he gets too too serious - if he makes you go, you make him go and take him if you have to .. course you know best - I hope the boys are ok ... I am sorry to hear of everyone getting released from their employment, and unfortuante about that one employee, perhaps it could have been handled better. A little late now - but hopefully they will all find work, no one is immune to that really, not even in my department - the demands being what they are today ... I've had my winter coat on all week too I guess getting older, I can't take the cold anymore !

Susan that is so funny bout your mom, but I could see me doing the same thing LOL or maybe doing other exercises since I am down there LOL - no halloween here, poor Kartmen is so upset that he wont' eat, and now he will be funny the rest of the weekend. Fireworks are the worst for any animal, but mine is safe even though he's hiding ...

Irene, all is as well as it can be, discouraged, but doing ... glad you had such a good visit with your mom, were you there when the corporal's funeral was held? I immagine the whole city mourned that day ... so sad ... I am into gummy bears of all things !!!

Stephanie, hope all is well with you ! Won't be long now for your daughter's procedure, eh ?

TB hope all is well with you if you are reading...

Lynnette, nice to have time to organize and socialize, you will do fine !!

We are missing a few people now are we not ? some of the almost regulars seem to have dropped off again ... that happens this time of year though ...

I will pass on the challenge, I am just not up to it .... I just can't get it togther ....

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Well, we had only 15 kids here - I think the oldest one was maybe 8 or 10. You're right, Stephanie - the little ones are so cute!

Irene, thanks for the link. You're right - it doesn't work, so I'll just look up future learn like you suggested.

It's after 10 and I'm starting to get tired. We have a dentist appt tomorrow morning at 10:30 so I won't be doing too much in the morning. Today I got my flu shot at work. I almost forgot about it, though. While we were down there, the CFO talked to us about the people that they laid off. He said it was one of the hardest decisions he had to make. I think I believe him, too, because he even asked my friend how the one person who was working in our department was doing. I'm surprised he even knew her name! after all - there are over 300 people in that office.

Well, I think I'd better go to bed. I can't seem to type correctly so I must be really tired. Talk with you all in the morning.

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msg disappeared. HATE when that happens.
SO I will just say I've read and enjoyed catching up with your activities. Have a good wkend

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10/31/14 8:28 P

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Looks like the trick/treaters are all done for the night here. No one around for the last hour. It was a nice night - clear and cool but no precipitation. I had 25 people; only about 5 were little people, the others teens. They were dressed up and polite and I have no problem with that but the little ones are soooooooooooo cute! Fortunately I doubled up on my hand-outs early on so got rid of almost everything except a few bags of chips which I don't like so they won't tempt me.

Tomorrow I'm off to meet a friend for coffee and maybe do some shopping. Have a great weekend everyone.
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Quiet at home. 5 pm. Just waiting for trick or treaters to come. But it is cool and rainy, wonder how many will make it.

Lindie, you haven't posted in a while. Is everything ok?

Val, I have been catching up on my spark reading a bit. I see you were interested in the online courses, maybe. Here is a link to them.

https://www.futurelearn.com/

(I just tested it after posting this, and the link is not working for me. If it doesn't work for you, just google "futurelearn"

Hadrian's Wall would be great to walk. If finances and health allow, I WILL walk some of it!

Happy Halloween again everyone. No little ones here yet. But at least this year I am not enticed by the candies.

Irene in BC

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Hello Ladies,

Happy Halloween emoticon
getting ready for the ghosts and goblins but we usually have less than a dozen kids here as we are right beside a park at the end of the street. Not many children in our neighborhood.

It is cold and wet so don't even know if e will see anyone this year.

Hubby and I get dressed up tomorrow for a Halloween stag and doe out of town. Looking forward to it.

Have a haunting night. emoticon

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Happy Halloween everyone! emoticon I don't usually work on Fridays - but I am for four hours today. Which means I DO get to dress up - yes, we DO dress up at work! My outfit is really low tech. When our oldest was 4 I converted a black shirt of my dh's to a "wizard shirt" - I sewed brightly coloured stars and moons and half moons on it. It came down to the ground on him, and he looked so cute. Now I wear it over a black top and pants. Not fancy, and not really cute like our son - but it will do. One of my younger co-workers really gets into it, and she is getting her done this morning by a friend - she comes as Medusa, with snakes in her hair.

Val, sorry to hear that your DH has been sick - hope he gets over it soon, and that you keep beating that scratchy throat.

Susan - Hamilton has changed. Hardly any steel being made their any more - no more yucky smoke. And an area near downtown is transitioning into a strong arts community. Many people from Toronto are now moving there. The city is changing. And it is also a university city - with McMaster being one of Canada's top universities. But I know that for people in Ontario, Hamilton is still old stinky Hamilton. :-)

Can't stay on today- since I have to head out to work - but big hello to everyone. Have a good Halloween everyone.

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Happy Hallowe'en All! emoticon emoticon Hope the kiddies are spared emoticon tonight!

Val, glad to hear you are catching up on your sleep. We used to dress for Hallowe'en at work too and it was fun. People had some pretty creative get-ups.

Nice and bright here for the moment so will try to get out for a walk this morning and have a few errands to run.

Have a great day everyone.
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Morning,ladies. Happy Halloween! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Is anyone going to get dressed up for the day? We used to dress up at work, but that hasn't happened in about 10 years. Too bad - it was fun...

It's -9 this morning. br-r-r... I've been wearing my winter coat this week because the wind makes it even colder. I'll sure be glad this morning that I have it...

I went to bed at 9:30 last night and had a great sleep. Today we have our flu shots at work. My dh has been sick all this week with either a bad cold or the flu. Not sure which as he didn't go to the Dr. (He'll send me but won't go himself...) I've been lucky so far and haven't caught anything. I've had a bit of a scratchy throat a couple of evenings, but it was gone by the morning. I sure don't want to be sick...

I'd better get moving and get my lunch put together. Have a great day, ladies.

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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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Hey Irene, my mother was born and grew up in Hamilton. There is a lot of history there and it's not such a bad place except for all the dirty factories they had over the years.

Yes, they say we may have some wet snow tomorrow night. I hope not .....poor tricker treaters.

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Just popping in to say good night to everyone.

Susan, I forgot to comment on Welland being so close to Hamilton. It's a part of Canada that I really love. I have been in BC for 25+ years now, and it is a beautiful province, but I still have a deep affection for southern Ontario. Even Hamilton, which does not have a great reputation in Ontario - I really love. Still miss it a lot. There is the rail trail behind where my parents live - and it is a beautiful walk. Hard to believe that you might have snow soon - it was so beautiful when I was there.

Have a good Friday everyone.

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Good morning ladies.

yesterday I woke up with a crick in the left side of my hip. AS the day went by it spread across my lower back. I was thinking oh no.sciatica again but it is not the same. I am still in pain this morning wit my back so it will be a complete rest day for me from any strenuous exercising.

I tried to cycle it out last night and riding the stationary bike doesn't aggravate it so that's a good thing there.Not sure I will even use do that today. I will get some knitting done (making some mittens for grandkids)

Irene happy to see you made it home safe and sound.
Lynnette, since you are at goal I understand you not doing the Christmas challenge. I figured it would be a good challenge especially for those who are still trying to lose so it won't be so difficult at Christmas time if anyone does splurge a bit.

Wow, just looked at the temperature out there and it is only 6C but the sun is shining. Button up warm if going out there. emoticon They are predicting some of the white stuff on the weekend but I hope not. We have a costume party to attend on Saturday. It is a stag and doe themed party for some good friend's son who is getting married.

Like VaI, I don't feel good until I come in and say a good morning and wish everyone a great day. emoticon


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Morning, everyone.
Not much news from me this morning, but I do have to drop by every morning to say hello or else my day just doesn't seem to go right.

Have a great day, ladies. TTFN

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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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I'm still readjusting to normal life after my Ontario trip. And it's late tonight, so I will be brief.

Val, love the new photo. But so sorry to hear your news about the people let go at your work. Glad that you weren't one of the ones let go. So hard when it includes so many people who have worked there so long. Your boss sounds very compassionate, but the bottom line for those people - their jobs are gone. Hard times.

Susan, your mother sounds amazing. But I would keep my eyes on her after that fall, nevertheless.

Lynette, all the best getting your home in order while your friend is away.

As for me, it's late, time to go to bed.

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I've been helping R and he has now flown to see his family in SK . I hope to get lots done at my house while he is gone to impress him when he returns, haha. I have lots of social activities planned for the next week so we'll see what happens.
I thought I had replied about the challenge, to encourage you gals even tho I won't take part, but I don't see the msg. My tip for you is to make sure you drink lots of water. Glugging 4 or 5 glasses first thing in the morning worked for me.
emoticon time.

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OMG , that is such a shame. I can also empathize with the employee that was irate but unfortunately she could have and should have handled it better. I ope the company won't hold it against her is she applies elsewhere for work and needs a recommendation from them.

After so many years of service I would probably be making a stink about getting axed as well.
I am just shaking my head here at the numbers that lost their jobs. It is so sad.

Where is everyone the past couple of days? I think everyone is waiting to jump out on us on Friday and say a spooky "Boo" just to scare us.



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Hi, everyone. Well, it turned out to be a total of 35 employees from our office and our two international offices in Anchorage and Bellevue. Some of the people who lost their jobs had been there for as long as 35 years so it didn't necessarily go by seniority, but by what position they filled and if their jobs could be divided out to the other people there. It's been a very sad couple of days. One of the people actually caused so much of a problem when she was told that they actually had to call the police to escort her out of the building because she wouldn't go! Can you imagine!

I've talked with the one person that worked with us and she is doing okay. she is still upset, of course, but she figures she'll be fine and we're not to worry about her. Of course, she can say that, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we won't worry. After all, she lives on her own and was living paycheck to paycheck, so of course we'll worry. Our boss told us today that if she seems to need any extra help that we were to let her know and she'll talk with HR. She doesn't have to do that but she's a really good boss.

Well, I'd best go get some work done around here. Talk with you all in the morning.

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Good morning everyone.

Val I sure hope you don't get sick and I do hope your husband feels better soon. Hope the boys don't get it either but it seems the flu has already started to circulate.
With the crazy weather of hot one day and cold the next, it's no wonder people get ill.

I was so sorry to hear about the 25 employees who lost their jobs. This is just so disheartening to hear especially before the Christmas season.Hoping they will all find other positions elsewhere.

After yesterday's 23C it is now 10C here and definitely feeling the dampness settling in.
I do hope all is well with everyone.
It was so quiet here yesterday I thought it was a holiday.

Sending out best wishes for a fabulous day................. emoticon emoticon emoticon








Edited by: KEEPITUP62 at: 10/29/2014 (11:30)
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Oh my goodness, Your mother is AMAZING, Susan! You sure gave me a chuckle when I read about her doing the pushups, though. I can't imagine myself doing one pushup let alone 15 - and I'm only 61!

Morning, ladies, Hope you all had a good day yesterday. It was quiet on here, so I am hoping that that means that you were all very busy and enjoying your life.

Yesterday was a very upsetting day at work. They went through the company and cleaned out a bunch of positions that they felt they could do without, so one of my co-workers got the axe. I am really upset for her because she really can't afford it, but I know that they will give her a very good package (she's been there for 16 1/2 years) and they will also do everything they can to help her find another job. I've heard that when most people leave this company, they end up finding a much better job than what they had when they were working there. So I really hope this happens to her. Anyway, my boss figures that there were about 25 positions done away with. Even she didn't know if she had a job when she got in yesterday morning. And after she gave G the news, she sat at her desk and cried for about 15 minutes. She said it was the hardest thing she had ever had to do...

My dh has been really sick this week and our sons say they are not feeling that well now either. I sure hope I don't get whatever he has. Last night my throat was a little scratchy, but after rubbing my chest and throat with Vicks and a good night's sleep (sort of), I feel fine today. Hoping it stays that way too...

I had best get moving. I think I'll take the bus into work today. Dh usually drives me - even when he's not going to work - but he's just really sick and I don't want him to do it. I know he would if I asked, but I think he should stay home...

Have a good 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.

Have a great day!
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I see that Val, thank you.yes c'mon ladies it will be fun to have a challenge of sorts. We can always afford to lose a few pounds here.

Hope to see you all signed up for this one.

I had a wonderful day today spending it with my mom. I have to tell you a funny thing that she told me happened to her.
I have mentioned that my mom is 81 1/2 years old. ell, she wanted to clean the cold air return in her bedroom the other day and had to get on her little 2 step ladder and then stand partially on her dresser. I cringe just thinking about her doing that!

ell she got up there to unscrew the grill and fell. She landed on the floor and hit her head but luckily the bedroom floor is carpeted. She started feeling her body all over to see if she broke anything and discovered she was okay. So..........she told me that she felt that since she as down on the floor she would take advantage of it and she rolled over and did 15 pushups.

I thought I would die laughing when she told me this but she did it.
I reprimanded her severely for climbing in the first place but every time I picture her doing the pushups because she as already on the floor I can't help but laugh...........God I love that crazy old woman. LOL

Will be back later to look for any registrants for the challenge.





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Thanks. Susan. I've made it the first sticky topic in the challenges forum.

Come on, ladies. Let's give it a try. We're always looking for new and creative ways to lose a little weight. I'm so glad that Susan has thought of something. If any of the rest of you think of something to help us in our Healthy Living challenge, please feel free to start a challenge.

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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Hello ladies with Val's permission I have started a challenge which is to lose 5 pounds or more by Christmas. The winner of this challenge will receive a virtual prize from me that you can upload to your photo album.

The challenge is in the challenge forum and registration is now and bgins November1st until December 20th....see below



with Christmas just 2 months away and all of us worried about putting on holiday weight I am creating a challenge to lose 5 pounds before Christmas comes.
Of course you can lose more if it happens.
The person to lose the most weight will receive a virtual prize by me to upload to your photo album.

The challenge will begin November 1st so please sign up with your starting weight and then post your weight once a week there afterwards until December 20th. I will announce the winner December 21st.
C'mon ladies, what do you have to lose by signing up?.................oh yes WEIGHT!

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Morning ladies.
Well, another day, another 50 cents. I know that's not quite the way the saying goes, but with inflation, I figure a dollar isn't worth what it used to be. LOL

So, did you all have a good sleep? I can hardly wait for my new bed to arrive - on Sunday! Yeah!! I was surprised to hear they deliver on Sundays, but they do and since I will be at the dentist's on Saturday, I took that day's delivery...

Guess I'd better go get lunch ready for work. Have a good 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.

Have a great day!
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Thanks, Stephanie. The pants are a little loose around the waist, but I wouldn't be able to get a smaller size as they wouldn't have fit, so I'll have to put an elastic in the waistband - or I could just take the waist in, but I don't want to do that...

I had a good day at work today - very busy, so it went by fast. My dh didn't go into work as he wasn't feeling well. He caught a cold or something...He went to bed an hour ago, so I know he's not feeling well...

Well, I guess I should go to bed soon too. Just wanted to drop by to catch up with you all...Have a good night, 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.

Have a great day!
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It is so awesome outside. I just returned from a 7.55 MILE walk that I did in 1 hour and 45 minutes. I saw a robin at Merit Island when I was out and about and wondered why there are still seem around. Maybe we won't have such a bad winter after all. Would be nice!

Hope everyone is having as great a day as I am and enjoying the mild temps.



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Afternoon ladies....at work today and the temps are in the mid 60f (19c)....loving this sunshine..and we had an awesome sunshine filled weekend...just perfect for the wedding we had on Sat....best part was I did not gain this weekend....but I do have to step it up on the exercises......this tracking has helped even though its a pain to do all the time.....

Val I too love your new profile picture.....and the dress!

Well not much new happening.....just wanted to drop in and say hello.....hoping to going to start my Christmas shopping this week.....well take care and enjoy your week.

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not as active as I should have been this wkend so let's see what I can do today. I did get at some tasks that needed to be done, did some reading, saw a friend, went to church.
I have high hopes for this week. Have lots on the calendar and on the to-do list so time to get at it! Hope your week holds whatever makes you feel good!
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Good morning everyone, I just loving waking up to bright sunshine and this morning I did.
Just waiting for hubby to get home from his PT job and I will go out for a run.

I too took my husbands winter clothes out yesterday in preparation for the looming winter cold.I noticed him wearing a long sleeve top the other day so figured it was time to get them out for him.
Going to get some boxes today so I can pack up some things to take to the Christian Benefit shop. Seems I have a lot of clothes that I will never wear again so I will donate them so the proceeds will go to our town's soup kitchen.

Well better get moving before I stiffen up too much. Sending bestwishes for a great day.



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Morning, ladies.
Well, back to the old grind today... I'm still tired from Friday! I am just too old to stay out that late any more... emoticon emoticon

Yesterday I cleaned up my bedroom a bit and put away all my summer clothes sigh... In Manitoba, we just didn't get enough summer this year. We normally have 3-4 months of really nice weather but this year it was only about 1 1/2 to 2... Well, Mother Nature will give what she thinks is right, so I shouldn't complain... But the Assiniboine River is still high and still flooding in the valley near Brandon so I sure hope we don't get record snowfalls again this year...
Oh - before I went on that rant, I was telling you about my day... (Got a little side-tracked, didn't I?) Well, my oldest son and I started working on his bedroom as well. Two hours later, we had half of it completed and his laundry is downstairs being done. I still haven't had a chance to vacuum the carpet yet, but then, we still have some to clean up! He has just WAY-AY too much "stuff". Mostly anime and stuff like that...

He's going to Comicon again next weekend. I'm so glad he still has one friend that still comes around once in a while and that he'll go out with. No wait - he has two. Wish he would go out on his own, though, but he's afraid to... Mind you, when I think back, he's always been like that. He's someone I really worry about...

Anyway, I sure hope G will be at work today. A couple of weeks ago she was off for 5 days due to a sinus and bronchial infection. Then a week ago Friday, she developed a headache that turned into a migraine. She saw a Dr who said she was having a Marathon Migraine. He gave her medication for pain but it only made her sick, so it wasn't any use. The pharmacist wondered why her Dr didn't send her to emergency as she was having signs of a stroke, but if it was "just" a migraine, they would have know how to treat it better than most doctors...It could also be her body getting upset because she wasn't smoking very much anymore. Going 40 years smoking to cut it to only one or two a day with an electronic cigarette in between was maybe too much for her. I really worry about her as she lives alone somewhere in the south end of the city...

It's almost 6:30 so I'd better go finish getting ready for work. Have a great day everyone.

Oh yes - and thanks so much for all your comments about my picture. I like the outfit, but the pants need to be taken in at the waist. It's just the way they are made - with no elastic to hold them up. I should have looked around a little more for some pants that fit properly...

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Good afternoon ladies.

It sure is cold here today.brrrrr.! I have started my day off with fitness on my recumbent bike and my weights machine. Also did an abdominal workout.

My son and granddaughter will be here soon for a visit and dinner so I wanted to be certain to get a workout in before they arrived.
I feel great now and I am ready and raring to go.

I do hope everyone is having a great day. Will check back later tonight to see how everyone has enjoyed their weekend. emoticon



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Val sounds like you had an awesome time and you look the part.
Had a relatively quiet day today and got a few things for Christmas gifts.

Good night everyone and have a great day Sunday. emoticon

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thanks, Lindie. Yes, that's the new outfit. It's actually pants, not a dress.

I won't quit dancing. I love to dance. I would just rather dance with my dh instead of with other people. Now I get most of my dance from the Just Dance cd's for the Wii. LOL

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Valerie, your profile pic looks absolutely amazing and you look beautiful, I take it that is your new dress? AWESOME !!!

Glad you had a good time at the event you went to last night, shame that your DH does not want to dance anymore, but dont' stop dancing cause he does not want to dance, my cousin would go dancing with a girl friend - and had a blast !!

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Afternoon ladies.
boy, am I wiped! I can't seem to get moving at all this morning. I just can't stay out late anymore. We went to my dh's works Annual banquet last night. The food was good (beef tenderloin) and the music afterwords was excellent! Ron Paley and his big band were playing again. emoticon His band is so very versatile. They play all types of music and play it very, very well. His biography says "Ron Paley formed the Ron Paley Big Band in 1976 after playing with the big bands of Buddy Rich and Woody Herman, with whom he recorded two CDís and played on a Frank Sinatra album." I don't know how old he is, but he looks to be in his 70's at least. He played all night - non stop! Of course - I only had one dance. My dh didn't want to dance any more... emoticon But I did enjoy a long talk with one of his co-workers...

Okay - now to catch up...

Irene, I would love to take some courses. I never even thought about on-line ones! That sounds like something I would like to do some day. And as for Hadrian's wall - that was one of the places that we had down that we wanted to see, but didn't make it to. I sure hope we can get there next time...
It would be great if you and Susan could get together while you're in the area.

Stephanie - I'm sure there are a lot of people in the States who feel the same way that Geraldo Rivera does and have a bias against people in Canada. Mind you - there are probably a lot of Canadians who have the same feelings against the people in the States. Please don't let his horrible comments bother you. He's just spouting off at his mouth about something he knows nothing about...

AJ - it's hard to give away some stuff, isn't it? I know it'll be hard for us to get rid of our old living room set when it comes time to do so. I just hope the company bringing the new ones will also take away the old and fix it up for some kind of charity. That's one thing I'll be asking about when (if) I ever get a new one...

How are you feeling now, Lynette? Did you get a good night's sleep after that nightmare?

Well, I guess I should do something. It's 4pm and all I've done today is make some waffles for breakfast, then do a couple of jigsaw puzzles on the computer. Then I fell asleep for a bit. I'm much more tired than I care to think. Guess I'm just getting old...

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grey but no white today. I can live with that.
Went to a new play last night : Butcher. Extremely thought-provoking, absolutely awe-mazing but so disturbing. I was one of the last to leave as I had to compose myself before I could move. Now looking fwd to another play booked for a few weeks away, the fluff of 9 to 5.
My right shoulder is hurting again today so it may be a low-key day. Didn't get 15,000 steps yesterday with the protracted periods of sitting and hope to up my numbers today.
Enjoy the weekend, all.

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Aj - squats with a balance ball will help, I am sure you have seen pics of that. I find them very beneficial for the knees to loosen them up ! Also weighted leg raises, I do those as well, all PT exercises.

Yes was very heart wrenching to see the procession = and the soldier's mother, I actually cried, it affected me so... Yet, you can expect more now that canada is now committed to these events... saddens me as I preferred it when Canada was in the role of peacekeepers, had more respect from other countries for that ... anyway ... moving on ...

Off to do some shopping, have a new cook book or two to try some recipes some low carb, some a littler higher carb ... but will try ...

Enjoy your shopping Susan, I basically do gift cards since I have to send out of town ...

Hope everyone is having a good Saturday !


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Good morning ladies,

the sun is coming out and it is already 14C out there. Going to be an awesome day.
Heading down to visit my mom and we are going out shopping today. Hope to pick up and couple of Christmas gifts if I can find what I like.

Lynette, I don't even want to thing of the S%#* word. I will pray it doesn't come your way t.

Will check back later if time permits. Have a fabulous day everyone.


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Good Morning Ladies. Yesterday was awesomely wonderful here, weather-wise. Today is cloudy again but I see my cardinals back at the feeders along with chick-a-dees and sparrows and lots of robins on the lawn. Last few days have been heart-wrenching, for sure. It was very touching to see so many Canadians on the overpasses to pay their respects as the cortege passed through. Makes a powerful statement. emoticon

I am off to get some exercise this morning. Went for a long walk last night and my knee is very stiff and sore this morning. I'm hoping some gentle exercise on the gazelle will help to ease it.

Have a grand day, all, however you choose to spend it.
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we have a forecast of possible s*^), I won't use the word to avoid any jinx!
But for the moment it is quite nice out there. We have had a lovely fall. If only we had more trees that turn dramatic colors. But as a prairie girl, the bright yellow and distinctive smell of poplar leaves says "fall" to me.
very little sleep last night so hope I can power thru the day.
Make it a good one!

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Good morning everyone,

It's a sunny day here in my town and I love it. The weatherman says it will be 19C by Tuesday so it will be feeling a bit like summer if he's right.

I am just getting ready to go and work out so I am sending best wishes to everyone for a fabulous day. Will check back later to see how everyone is doing.

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Just a quick good morning, this morning. I'm running late - again! When will I ever learn to get everything ready BEFORE I get on this ??!!!## computer!

I'll read the posts later. 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.

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downtown for a focus group ($) and a split volunteer shift filled my day after I spent all of yesterday immersed in the situation in Ottawa. Fortunately all of dd J's friends seem to be doing well, tho at least 2 were on the hill it sounds like. One was in lock-down for 5 hours.
How I long to be at the tomb of the unknown soldier this year to stand with my fellow Canadians and in support of the young man who gave his life ceremonially protecting that hallowed spot. My girls were there together a few years ago and it was powerfully moving for them to participate in that patriotic rite.
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I had nightmares last night so I hope tonight is more restful.
Tomorrow is Friday and we have tix for a play so it should be a great day!
Have a great wkend, ladies.

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What the World needs now is Love Sweet Love, that's the only thing that's there just too little of!

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I agree Susan, it was a statement that was sensationalizing the problems up here and ( immitating the baboon here ) we would have none if the STATES did not have so many enemies that WE have to watch out for ... my opinion only of course ... its just another ploy to try and dictate us into slavery ... of course that sounds harsh but the STATES have always tried to control Canada ... which is sad because we should as neighbours get along better ... now how was that for sensationalizing ?? lol

I like to think of this world with no boarders, and no fences and just plane old fashioned neighbourly kindness ... well maybe one day ....

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You are so right Susan....thanks.....now I'm going to bed in a much better frame of mind..... emoticon

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Geraldo Rivera is a known idiot with the mentality of a baboon. He makes statements all the time of things he knows nothing about.

Try not to be too worked up Stephanie and just consider the source. It;s not worth getting upset about about he has said nothing that means anything.


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Good Evening ladies......

I just read this post on facebook and I am so angry right now......how could that A##?? post garbage like this......

Geraldo Rivera......Journalist.

"Yet another Jihadi terror attack in Canada. Every Muslim extremist attack since 9/11 has come from the Northern not the Southern border. We should get over our obssession with penetrations by undocumented immigrants of the Mexican border and focus on the real threat from the Great White North.
When you hear another politician bitching about the porous southern border, bust them with the truth.
The danger is from homeground or Canada-based terrorists, not from Juan and Maria who just want to wash dishes, mow lawns, baby sit or work in the fields to make a better life for their children."

There are over 3000 replies to this post ....most of them lambasting him on his insensitivities...

Night all....




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Good Evening Everyone. Lovely day here today and spent most of it outside. Plus, I finally went and settled on a new washer and dryer. Then spent an hour trying to give away a perfectly good, but very old, washer. No one would take it until I finally found a guy who sells used appliances and he will pick it up. I thought sure that Salvation Army or the local Interval House would take it but nope!

Irene, good to hear from you and I will keep a note of the online courses you mention. Very interesting. I had friends (from Chilliwack) who walked Hadrian's wall this summer. They had a great time. Lots of history there, for sure.

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Good morning everyone,
the sun is shining here today and temps are 9C right now. A great day for a run or a power walk which I will do shortly.

Irene (WalkingWoman)being in Hamilton you are only about an hour away from me where I live so you should be feeling the warmth of the sunshine today as well.
I love the fall days where the sun is shining and the fall colors are so brilliant in their reds, yellows and oranges.

I want yo wish everyone a fabulous day and may this day be one of peace in Canada and safety for all. God Bless Canada





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Hello everyone - I know that I have been MIA - I am still in Ontario visiting my parents. Pretty quiet time - their days are mostly eating, meal prep, sleeping, tv watching.... I have added daily walks to my days here. And yesterday DS and DIL from Calgary arrived for 2 days. They are doing work related things in Toronto during the day, but coming here in the evenings. We all had a lovely dinner out last night and will be doing that again tonight.

Yesterday a lot of our attention was focused on Ottawa, but then a lot of tv attention on the soldier who was killed - as he is from Hamilton, and of course it is Hamilton I am in.

I have skimmed through the posts but I probably have missed some things.

AJ I see that you are really enjoying your course, and are a source of information to us.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but I am presently taking an online course. It is a MOOC - massive open online course. They are given by universities, but are not equivalent to the kind of course you are doing, AJ. There are online tests and quizes - but this is just for yourself. No essays to write or presentations, or grades at the end. And you can progress at your own speed - which is good for me.

The course I am doing is about Hadrian's Wall and is given by Newcastle University in England. I have set as a goal for myself when I retire - should health and finances allow - to walk a portion of Hadrian's Wall (it is in Northern England and was built by the Romans 2000 years ago.). I thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more about the history of it.

Val, I see that you are planning another Denmark trip in two years - way to go!

Anyway, I had better get back to my visit here. I will try and pop in again. Have a good day everyone. And let us hope that there are no more news incidents today!

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Morning.
Reitman's has a section for plus sizes, which I didn't really know about until fairly recently. I've also shopped Sears but haven't found anything I like there in the past few years.

Goodness - I just saw the time! I'd better run. Have a great day everyone!

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I have a few Jessica, which I like, but I am too fat for them right now !!! I think I should get busy and get loosing !!!! ughhhhh lol

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My favorite place to shop for clothing is at Sears. I can always find anything I need there. If I am looking for casual clothes I go to the Christian Benefit shop because the one I go to weekly always has gently used clothing and housewares and I have got some really nice clothes and thing s there.

Most of my dressy dresses that I have came from the CB Shop and are gorgeous. I got each dress for $10.00 and they are all name brand such as Laura Petites.
A few years ago I wouldn't get caught dead in a second hand shop and now it is a favorite thing to do weekly with my mother.
Sometimes we just like to browse but I always look for housewares with names attached like Royal Dalton etc and many clothes there are Sears brand clothing like Jessica, Alia, Tradition etc.


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Valerie, I have found a couple of things at Reitmen's as well, used to shop there when I was a smaller size, now ... I just hope I can fit into something and that is so discouraging that I have gained bck all this weight, I definitely need to get rid of it once and for all !!! Oh a facebook friend who lives in Fargo recommended a place down town Fargo called Fowlers... gonna mention it to my daughter to go check out !

Yes a young reservist was killed today while on duty, so sad...

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Wow! Everyo9ne is so talkative today! That's great! I love to read what you've all been up to. LOL

AJ - I don't think I have sleep apnea, but then, I've never been tested for it. If I want to get any tests done here, it's something like a minimum of a 2 year wait, unless you want to pay for it at a private clinic. Not sure if I want to bother doing that because it's still a wait after that to see the specialist and get a machine, if it's warranted.

Actually, Lindie and AJ - I've been getting discouraged with the clothes at Pennington's as well. But this time I just lucked out. I don't often find anything there any more... I do find pants at Reitman's, though, and sometimes some tops. They are a subsidiary of Pennington's but they have different clothes.
About October - actually we've been having pretty good weather here for October. Above normal temps this month, while most of the previous 12 months were below normal. Today it got up to 18Cbut the wind was really strong so it was still on the cool side.

Susan, I'm glad to hear that you are watching it. I would really worry about you losing too much.

Stephanie, I heard about that shooting at Parliament Hill. I'm glad your dd wasn't there when it happened. It's pretty scary when things like that happen, isn't it? No place is safe these days...

Deborah, did someone actually die? I hadn't heard that. That's just terrible. I knew that someone had been shot in the leg and that the police had shot one of the shooters, but that's all I heard. I'll have to check it out again...

Well, Doctor who is coming on shortly so I have to go. I missed it on Saturday, so I'm really glad they repeat the show on Wednesday. Have a good evening, ladies. Talk with you all in the morning.

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The Prime Minister has confirmed that this was an act of terrorism, but there is still a lot of unanswered questions. I fear for most Canadians as this world becomes more and more unstable.... what a world for my grand kids ....

Keep striving for peace ....

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No one seems to be safe anymore no matter where you go in this world....terrorism is a selfish act of cowardice. Though it may not be confirmed to be an act of terrorism; it sure feels like it to me and my family. This was a site of complete terror and murder; my heart goes out to the family who have lost a son today.

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I don't think that it has been confirmed that this was a terrorist attack, so far only one gunman has been found - it may or may not be related to other events, but I am not going to assume that it is until I have more facts.

Yes it is a sad sad day, our Country lost its innocence when it gave up the role of peace keepers - and that is just my personal opinion.

Any site or place could be a target, so always be prepared for the unknown. The PM will address Canadians tonight but I do not know what time ....

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It is absolutely horrific what has happened in Ottawa today..this world is going to Hell in a bucket. I am always thanking God for allowing me to live in this civilized and free country but with terrorists wanting to gain power are we really safe? I don't think so any more.

I was at a football game today to watch my nephew's team but thought to myself, this would be a place where a terrorist could make a nasty statement. I actually felt unsettled. We came home at half time and I am glad to be home.

Don't like being afraid to go out of the house in fear of having my head severed or getting shot by some unsuspecting terrorist. Even in Canada eh!



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glued to the tube watching what is happening in our nation's capital. The hall of honor which is dedicated to peace has been the scene of horror today. We stand together Canadians. emoticon

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Afternoon ladies....

I'm at work today and the sun is shining...we are getting sunny skies and warmer temps by the weekend...nice change from the grey cloudy skies we have had.....fall weather is still strong down here. emoticon

Val congrats on finding a dress so quickly...I have a wedding to go to Sat and I can not find a dress I like...I'm short and 5' 2-1/2 " and a lot of dresses overpower me and make me look frumpy..... emoticon

AJ....that class you are taking is giving me many ideas of taking classes I will enjoy taking classes when I retire at the end of this year....so looking forward to having the time to do that....and as far as tracking, for me its the only way I loose weight....so far I've lost 3 pounds and although I do not like doing it .....its seems when I just wing it, I end up eating way too much....the exercising is mostly my weights that I do 3 days a week ...the only thing I do differently is more walking....at least 3 to 4 times weekly.... emoticon

Susan I'm short too and I always think I need to loose more....I now weight 124 pounds...but I always feel its not low enough...I have a round face and no matter how much weight I loose I always have these large cheeks....I guess the older I get the more I'll appreciate the extra fat on my face.... emoticon

Lindie ...have you heard about the news in Ontario recently?...there was a shooter on Parliament Hill.....they put the government offices on lock down......my older dd was just there yesterday....thank God she is back home...but there was one gunman dead and a solider was shot...... emoticon

Irene hope you are enjoying your Ontario trip visiting your parents....

Lynette your walking is giving lots of encouragement to get outdoors.....many thanks for that! emoticon ...also who's Mike?

To all hope you have a great day..... emoticon

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great reading. thanks for the feedback and details of your own lives. I sure like this group, sharing, honesty but not whining.
We have been blessed with an awesome fall and after the scare of the big snowstorm at the beginning of September that is so welcome. Want to get out and walk again today. It cools off at night but our days are beautiful. Grey and rain 9 forecast for Sunday so perhaps we are sliding into ugly. We'll see and take the bad with the good, if we must!
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Good morning ladies,
Val what a great purchase within 15 minutes. I love it when we can find exactly what we want when we want it. Good for you. Canít wait to see a picture of you in it. I got a gorgeous dress there a couple years ago for a friendís wedding.

I promise, I will NEVER develop anorexia nervosa again. I have learned far too much over the years than to let that happen again. I suffered from dysmorphia back then and when I saw myself in the mirror, I saw nothing but a fat body. I saw a photo of myself and realized then, that I looked like an 80 year old woman. My doctor didn't recognize me when I spoke to him when I was visiting at the hospital. I knew I was in trouble then and started to get better.
I had a terrible loss back then and felt I had lost control; I was dieting at the time because co workers were making fun of my baby fat. With all the stress combined it triggered me to take too much control and I literally was starving myself easting an egg and a piece of lettuce daily with 1 cup of chicken broth. I took laxatives and my husband's water pills. I also left myself with a minor heart condition because of it.

This will not happen again. I am too self conscious of my health. At 5 feet 2 inches, 115lbs by next summer is not an unhealthy weight to reduce to. If I don't lose weight it won't matter. I am happy with the way I am looking now as far as weight, I just want to get nicely ripped muscles in my arms, abdomen and legs now but that will take time and a lot of work.
I spend 1 hour to 1.5 hours per day with exercise so I am not over doing it.
My nutrition is good and I am always making sure to get my required protein needs as well as carbs to get me through my workouts (which are sometimes strenuous) My BMI is 23.1 and healthy. It can go as low as 18.5 but I just want it to be at 20.0

AJ I am not trying to maintain at the moment. I have set a new goal to get my BMI to 20 and still want to reduce my weight to a final weight of 115lbs. I eat normal but I do work out every day. I am only losing 1 pound per week which is what I expect. If I plateau I am not concerned at all.
Yes, I agree about October. It has been a horrible month here in Southern Ontario with a lot of grey skies, drizzly days and cold weather.

Well I must get myself moving as hubby is at his PT job right now and I want to take advantage of the house to myself. I have chilli on the stove that I made this morning and it will simmer a couple of hours and then hubby and I can have it for dinner. It is so yummy with lots of fresh veggies in it and just a small amount of meat. I use mostly kidney and navy beans for the protein in mine but I add tomatoes, corn, and peppers to it as well as a cup of macaroni. Makes it an entire meal so all you need is a side salad to complete it.

Wishing everyone a fantastic day.


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Good Morning Ladies. Nice to hear from everyone and catch up on the posts. I have been very lax in both exercise and consumption since my holiday. As of right now, I am going to change that, starting with tracking again and sticking to only complex carbs. I was eating bread again and I know that messes me up every time and my cravings get right out of control. So - NO bread!

Val, I sure hope your new bed works for you. Are you a sleep apniac? Your experience sounds so much like mine before I got my machine; the frequent waking and especially the memory issues. Sounds like your shopping experience was great. Looking forward to your pics.

Lindie, I am like you as far as Pennington's goes; I can rarely find anything there any more that appeals. Addition-elle is even worse. I do better at Sears. And thanks for all your good advice; really appreciate it.

Lynette, great going on the walking. Inspiration for me to get going again!

Susan, its all about knowing when enough is enough, isn't it. What are you doing differently now to maintain instead of lose? I'm not there yet but have been giving some thought as to how to manage that. I always like to have a plan!

Stephanie, how are you doing with your re-commitment to tracking and exercise? Any tips for me as I return to the same?

Irene? Hope all is well with you and your family and you are enjoying your trip to Ontario.

Does anyone else feel like this October is much more like November so far? Cold and wet and windy; not my idea of October at all. The weather network says it will improve yet and I am ready for that!

Today I have an online presentation scheduled for my Development Studies course. It is very interesting and I am learning a lot about computers! Next mission is to come up with a thesis statement related to Canadian mining and the developing countries. Got some reading to do.

Have a great day everyone. Greetings to all I have missed.
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Morning, everyone.
Well, it's civic election day today in Manitoba. Is it the same in other provinces as well? If so, make sure you go out and vote - especially if you like to complain about what a sh...ty job the government people are doing! emoticon I know of people who complain but they don't vote, so I figure they don't have any business complaining...

Nothing new here since last night. I think I woke up every hour and sometimes twice in an hour! I really hope this new bed is everything that I expect it to be. I am getting really tired and I'm finding that my memory is starting to be affected - and that scares me! I'm really hoping it's because of lack of sleep and not for other reasons. I plan to talk with my Dr about it the next time I see him...

I'm taking my car to work again today as one of my co-workers is sick. She was off for a week just before the long weekend with sinus and bronchial infections and now she's sick again! This time she's throwing up. I sure hope she'll be okay...

Gotta run. Finished my breakfast now and almost ready for work. So I'll talk with you later...

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Its been a long week already and its only the 2nd work day in !!!!!

Lynnette, that is great with the walking, good weight bearing for the bones too. Yes you need calcium but you also need other vitamins and minerals otherwise the calcium goes where it is not suppose to. You can do some google research on that - collagen is what glues calcium to the bones ... so we need that as well, we can get that from Vitamin C for one source, you might want to research that as well.

Susan, great that you are at goal weight, but not a good idea to be too low - are you within your BMI requirements? Its hard to say what weight someone should be, but as long as you are building muscle, you should be ok. As Valerie has said, dont' go too low. Personally I do not want to be any less then 130 - otherwise I WILL be skin and bone and that is not attractive at all, we should have some curves !! And that being said, I hope you are doing some strength exercises, and I see you are avoiding crunches, emoticon because crunches just causes other injuries... you can do bridges to strengthen your tummy muscles and to make it more challenging, use a flat ball and then graduate to a balance ball !! You can also do clams too, they will help to strengthen those tummy muscles, but not sure your skin will tighten up as we loose that "collagen" that gives skin its ability to be firm... I am sure you know what I mean.

Susan, its too bad about your sister, you are right, she will regret it one day, perhaps a few gentle, suttle hints might be in order, those grands should be visiting too, they should never let the events in life keep them from having wholesome family bonding - remind them they get out of a relationship what they put into it...and if they don't bank any, when they realise they need it, it will be too too late. If they are on FB and you too, maybe you can post a pic of you and your mom, or not or do it by email, or in a card in snail mail and ask, if they can guess who is missing, something like that, your creative so I am sure you will come up with something !!!!

Lynnette, maybe try wearing some light ankle weights while walking - not too too heavy and some people wear a weight vest -but personally I think its the kind of walking you do, like 20 minutes of non interrupted walking is what Sam Graci recommends in his book Bone Building Revolution - great tips in there for the bones !

Stephanie, how are things going with you?

All missing members, are you all ok??

Irene (both of you) how are you doing ?

Valerie, do post a pic, I don't shop at Pennington's anymore, i really dislike their material and styles now, I find them.... how can I say this .... not durable !! All the styles I liked they stopped making in the material I liked and I so dislike polyester !!! Lets see that new outfit !!

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Hi, ladies,
Lynette, 15,000 steps is awesome! Way to go!

Susan, I don't think I've EVER weighed less than 100 pounds. Careful you don't lose too much too fast. You don't want to end up getting sick or anything.

On my way home from work tonight, I decided to stop by Pennington's to see if I could find something to wear on Friday - my dh's AGM banquet. I do have something here I could wear, but I really wanted something nicer. Well, I walked in the door, saw an outfit that I really liked, tried it on and bought it. All told, it took me about 15 minutes from walking in the door to walking out again with the clothes. Not bad, eh? That sure doesn't happen very often. I'll see if I can get a picture taken of me in the outfit and post it for you this weekend.

Well, it's 10pm so it's time for bed. Have a great evening, ladies. Talk with you all tomorrow.

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Way to go on the 15000 steps Lynette. That's a great daily goal and one that I am for as well. Can't say I may that many every day but I try.

Hope everyone is having a great day.rather quiet in here today I see.

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another lovely day out there so want to get steps in before my dr appt. It is the one habit I am really pushing at the moment: 15,000/day.
Fall is such a pretty time of year and usually the "starting school" mentality helps us all think that it is time for a fresh start. Great motivation! Go team go!

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Good morning everyone,

Val glad to hear you had a good sleep. A thousand goodie points is awesome! Looks like your friends will be beneficial here at Spark.

I am off to my moms today so she can do her grocery shopping, banking and then then I will cut and color her hair for her. Talking to her last night, she was feeling kind of lonely. She never tells me this but when she tells me that my sister has not come by to visit, I know she is feeling lonely. My sister lives in the same city as my mom but has a very busy life being a full time teacher and raising two teenage daughters who both compete in bouldering (climbing) The youngest one was the one who competed in the World's Youth in New Caledonia last month and now she is competing in Mexico next month.

My sister is always taking the girls either to work after school hours or to rock climbing practice where my youngest niece goes an hour out of town to her trainer.in Burlington.
Doesn't leave much time for my sister to visit my mom and when she does, she is always looking at her watch. I get upset about this but my mom has made me promise not to say anything to my sister so I don't.

Unfortunately my brother lives out in B.C. so I am the one who is my mother's right hand man. I love doing everything with my mom and appreciate the fact that she is stil here to spend my time with.
I hope my sister never regrets the lack of time she has had with my mom.

Ph well.I better get ready so I can figure out what to wear.

I weighed myself yesterday and the scale said 126 which is 4 pounds down from mygoal weight. I figured I wasn't reading it right. So again I weighed myself and sure enough, I have lost another 4 pounds since reaching my goal.

This is okay because ultimately I want to reach 115lbs by next June so it will help me with running being lighter.

When I married my husband, I weighed 98 lbs. I NEVER want to be that thin again....I would look like a skeleton! When I was 30 I developed anorexia nervosa and went down to 92 lbs for a year.
It was a challenge to get back to normal and I totally messed up my metabolism so when I ate, I gained rather quickly and thus began a lifetime of gaining/ losing. That yoyo syndrome is over now and I learned a great deal over the years. I am taking what I learned to live the rest of my life healthy.

I have to move so have a great day everyone and I will check back later on. emoticon





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Morning everyone. Hope you all had a good sleep. I actually had a pretty good one, myself!

It's supposed to go up to 16C today and stay around there for a few days. So that'll be nice to see.

Well, must run and get my breakfast and lunch ready and get moving for the day. Have a great one!

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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WOW! I just got 1,000 Spark Goodie Points on the Bonus wheel! Cool!!

Thanks for that site, Susan. I've bookmarked it for further study.
I haven't got my new bed yet. It arrives on November 1st. I can hardly wait!

Stephanie and Susan - way to go on all the tracking. I do it in spurts. I track for a few weeks, then get tired of it. I think the longest I did it for was about 12-13 weeks. Then something stops me from doing it for one or two days and I just don't get back to it. emoticon

I got an e-mail from my cousin's dh in England today. I guess there's another cousin who wants me to get in touch with her. She wishes that she had met us when we were there last year, so is hoping that we can meet the next time we go (23 months and counting! LOL). I've decided that I'm going whether my sister goes with me or not. Besides, I have another sister who wants to go with me, so that'll be great!

Well, I have to help Evan with his assignment soon so I'll wish you all a great evening. Talk with you later.

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I am presently working on getting a smoother and tighter tummy and I am sure many of you would like the same.

I have been researching exercises to do for the abs without doing crunches.......(I can't crunch or it makes me piddle)
Here is a great link with pictures of 25 exercises that you can do to help get that tummy you want....... www.health.com/health/gallery/thumbn
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Good morning ladies,

been up since early this morning as my brother phoned me from his home in B.C. just to chat. It was 7:30 here so only 4:30 there and he wasn't able to sleep so he called me.

Lynette, do you take calcium? You should begetting 5oomg twice a day as well as the vitamin D which assists the bones in absorbing the calcium.
Calcium tablets should be taken on their own after or before taking any other medication.
Has your doctor suggested you take calcium supplements?
Walking is the best exercise to help calcium get into the bones as well. Any weight bearing exercise helps the bones to get healthier.

Lindie, thanks for your words of wisdom about the exercise. I do have a tendency to over do at times but as I tire of one form of fitness, I am finding something new to spark my interest.
By remaining active in fitness, it keeps my fibromyalgia from flaring up. Right now my left hip is giving me some grief with my arthritis because of the damp weather so I have not been running. I have power walked and do stationary cycling instead.

Val glad to hear you got a new mattress. Has it improved on your sleeping any? Hope the insomnia will become a thing of the past for you. I too used to do online crossword puzzles and they are addictive aren't they. But, they help keep your mind sharp.
Just remember to get up and stretch from time to time if you are in front of the computer too long.

Stephanie, I am so proud of you. Getting outdoors is so good for you and the half hour walking sessions will so much good to enhance your over all mood as well as give you a workout. The cooler days makes it a lot easier to stay out and enjoy the nature we are blessed with. Tracking your food is a great idea as well because it helps to keep you accountable.

I track my food and fitness every day to keep me on the straight and narrow. Sometimes I think I don't need to but then I remember that this is my third time back at Spark and it reminds me that it is too easy to fall back to old habits if I don't hold myself accountable.
For now, I will continue to use the trackers as it only takes a minute to track everything and being retired I have that minute to spare.

Well I better move my body before it freezes to this chair. I am aching all over from the dampness and need to get moving to limber up. Have a great day everyone and I am sending best wishes to all for a healthy and memorable day. emoticon









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Morning ladies....

Happy belated birthday to your son Lindie....hard to believe isn't it how fast the years seem to go....my ds turned 41 years old this year and I don't even feel that old yet?.....and yes you are right about loosing inches the older we get...I haven't lost any so far...(I'm still 5' 2 1/2 ", 158.75cm) but my mom is getting shorter every year......

Val...I understand about being on the computer too often...I am trying to limit myself and its hard to do......also really interesting about your sister's bil and his experiences in Honduras.....your new mattress sounds very comfy.....hope it helps with your sleepless nights....

Susan I am so proud of myself.....I have gone outdoors every day for a week walking for at least 1/2 hour or more.....love these cooler days.....

I have also started tracking my foods again...seems that's the only way I can loose any weight....so for a week's worth of tracking I've finally lost that uncomfortable bloated feeling...now if I can only loose the weight... emoticon


Hello to all, Lynette, Pat, Irene and others.... hope your week is starting our great!







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Good morning ladies, I haven't been on here for a while because I've (unfortunately) found a web site that has jigsaw puzzles and I'm hooked... I really should stop, but it's very difficult to do that. I'm the same way with virtual ones as I was with cardboard ones... Just one more piece... sigh... emoticon

Okay, now to catch up. We went to the memorial for my sisters BIL. It was a 3 1/2 hour drive in normal conditions, but because we stopped at Brandon and picked up Mom and one of my sisters, plus a LOT of construction on the highway (you'd think it was an election year or something!) we were 15 minutes late. But that was okay because they didn't start until after we arrived. I was really impressed with all that Wayne (Henry) did for the community in Honduras. He managed the restaurant/bar as well as being a partner in it. Every who went there knew that when you came in, you put your guns behind the bar and were given them back when you leave. He felt of the community as his family because his real one was so far away and since his passport had expired, he couldn't come even for a visit - or even to renew the one he had! He loved it down there and basically lived his dream. At one point he was even on the town council! Everyone loved him. It's just too bad that he tried to get these guys to put their guns away - they shot him once because he was in their way and then emptied their gun into his step son. I don't know the reasons behind it, but I understand that it was a hit on the son and probably had something to do with drugs.

Anyway, what I learned from all of this is - if you have a dream, don't procrastinate. Go for it. After all - you don't know what tomorrow will bring and then it might be too late. Now I am doubly glad that I went to Denmark and will definitely start making plans to return in two years. How about you? Do you have any dreams and if you do, when do you plan on executing them?

Boy, am I modelin today. (not sure how to spell that word, sorry) Snap out of it Valerie! emoticon

Okay, now to try to read and answer a few posts.
Lindie, belated happy birthday to you son. Do anything special?

Susan, you sure do take good care of your puppies. Glad Homer is doing so well...
Oh yes, I stopped by that blog you mentioned and saw your before / after pictures. WOW!! What a difference! I am very impressed.

Lynette, I did find a mattress, but had to purchase the box spring as well since the warranty on the mattress would have been null and void without it. It's a Restonic mattress that conforms to your curves. I lay down on it and found it very comfy. I lay there while we talked it over, so it was more than 5 minutes. Anyway, it arrives November 1st. I could have it sooner, but I had to order one for our older son as well.

I'd better run. I just got a message that I can use my friends parking spot so I can leave for work a little earlier today instead of having to wait for dh to be ready. 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.

Have a great day!
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Lynnette, you need more then vitamind3 = and I have been looking into this as well. It is natural for our bones to deteriorate as the collagen in the bone is not being produced as it once was - so the collagen that binds the calcium to the bone is lacking... the strength exercises are good and do not have to be done like a cardio routine, do when you want, just stop and curl or what have you.

Diet is important but I disagree with the diet that the dietician recommended the first time I saw them, they had me eating grains and grains may hinder bone growth, I am still investigating but tend to stay away from government recommendations that are encouraged by those companies with the biggest pockets and donations to get the government on their side - good example, eggs ...once we were told not to eat them, now they tell us to get cracking, how do you think they changed their mind ?? An alkaline diet is important as the bones prefer an alkaline environment, there are so many things that can affect digestion as well.

I still refuse to take meds, and I am sure I have lost an inch as I have not been doing hardly any strength .. so I have to get back to it too.

Valerie, how did you make out with the bed shopping?

Susan, enjoy your exercise routine, remember, your exercise routine should fit your life style, otherwise it will eventually become daunting if you fit your life to exercise ... life will get in the way, so allow for that ... great going !!!



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I've had a busy few days since returning home and will try to get to bed early tonight as I didn't sleep all that well on my dd's pull out bed. How did the mattress shopping go, Valerie? Something I will need to do too fairly soon, I think.
My bone density has declined further according to the tests so do any of you have any suggestions for me? I intend to walk even more and have re-started my Vitamin D, as well as ensuring that I have dairy products in the fridge. Need to get back to some weight-training as well but I've had a sore elbow --it is a balancing act to work hard enough to get benefits but not get injured!

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Hello ladies, hope everyone is having a great weekend. Saturday was cold and dreary but today was sunny although very cold with the wind.
I turned our furnace on today as I got up to a house that was only 66F

It's not been a very eventful weekend here,; it started yesterday morning attending a memorial for a friend who lost her mother and then we went to a craft show but didn't buy anything.

I steamed a bunch of veggies for Homer last night and then today got out in the sun for a 6K power walk.My youngest daughter stopped in for a couple of hours and now hubby and I are just relaxing.

A bit boring I would say but with the week ahead I have some plans for new fitness programs and hope to explore that.

Have a great evening and a wonderful week ahead. emoticon







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Valerie, go to where you can actually lay on the mattrice for like more then 5 minutes so you can truly see if its a good fit. Many today are pillow tops and they sag after a while... no matter how much they say they won't .. althoughI must confess mine is not as sag as I thought it would be.

Today is my son's birthday .... 43 years ago today he was born - 3 lbs 2 oz....

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Morning. Hope you all had a great Saturday. gotta go out today to see if I can find a new mattress. I'm pretty sure that's part of my problem with not sleeping.

Have a great day. TTFN!

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Afternoon everyone,

Just returned from spending the morning with my 93 year old mom.....brought my youngest dd with her 2 little ones, (3 year old gd & 17 month old gs)...my mom loves have the gr-grandkids over but they really make a messy house for her....but she is so sweet about it and says not to worry she has nothing else to do all day but straighten up......

Have started tracking my meals as of Wed and already feel less bloated.....even got in a walk earlier this morning.....

Susan we have cooler temps down here too...but you can still go outdoors with a light jacket... enjoyed reading your blogs.....hope everyone is enjoying their Sat...not much planned for later...just walking to mass and then going grocery shopping...take care all.....

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Good morning Val and good morning ladies.

We have a memorial service to attend this morning and then bit is off to our annual craft show at my old high school.Hoping to see some good ideas and or even start some Christmas shopping.

Will drop by later so see how everyone is doing.
It is wet and cold here (9c) and not looking nice at all. Can't wait until Wednesday when they promise the sun will be back. Have a great day everyone.

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Morning ladies. This is just a quick fly-by as we have to get going soon. I'll catch up on the reading later.
Have a Super Saturday, everyone! TTFN

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With having liver disease, Homer must be on lower protein. The brown rice is a nutritional filler as opposed to brewers rice which was in the stuff the vet wanted to sell me. brewers rice has everything removed and it is just a filler.

The first month Homer was on my diet, his liver enzymes went down from 2,000 to 700 and the vest was astonished.

700 is still high but I expect they are even lower now. Homer is doing so well.

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By the way, I buy the fresh leaves to make my tea, I do not buy processed, the site posted is just for information.. its not a recommendation to buy from them...

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Susan, I am surprised that you give him grains, I know grains can cause inflammation for people and would think dogs as well, as they do not have the digestive system to process those foods and their properties .. however, if its working, all the more power. I am glad to see you giving him a raw egg as that has lots of collagen that we all need, especially bones and joints, do you include the shell too?

By the way, here is a link to the moringa tea I am drinking and its nutritional properties :

allthingsmoringa.com/

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Hi Lindie, I am losing it! What can I say.senior moments (too many ) LOL

Lynette, welcome back from your vacation and please excuse my senior senility.

When I make Homer's food, I cook brown rice, sweet potato, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, lentils, split peas, black eyed peas, barley, celery, cabbage.
For meat protein, I give him lean chicken (no skin) legs that I boil or sometimes breast if it is cheap enough and I also cook fish for him (Alaska Pollack) I give him and egg sometimes for breakfast with his rice and two veggies and a couple tablespoons of low fat cottage cheese. Homer is an 80 pound dog however. He also gets meat and two vegetables for dinner with a cup of brown rice. Before Thanksgiving Wal Mart had turkeys on for 79 cents so I bought 4 of them. I roasted them and when it was still hot I took all the skin off, de-boned it and then put the meat through the food processor like I do with his chicken. I put the vegetables through the food processor as well because it is easier on his liver giving him food that is already broken down for him. When I cook the barley I will mic that in with his rice at times. Barley is really good. The rice needs to be brown rice to be healthy for him just as it is for us. I use long grain brown.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you need any more info on the diet.

I also give him 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed daily along with milk thistle which heals the liver.

I fully understand about Kartmen. I would leave things as they are as well. Those vets are always looking to make money on some tests or another. Homer is doing so well that I am not going to have him tested again unless he shows signs of decline. he looks and acts as healthy as a 4 year old and most people that ask me his age can't believe he is 11. They all think he is just 6 or 7



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Thanks Susan, but it was Lynnette that went away !! I just stayed home and played on the computer all day.

I did get Kartmen's test results and the vet told me that they think he has a heart problem and wants to have a test done at 400.00 ...ya ... no ... not happening, Kartmen seems fine and Gene and I have both decided not to pursue that further and let Kartmen live out his life without all these tests and such. If he becomes in pain or discomfort we will discuss what to do at that time.

They also want to put him on glucosamine .. ha I can't even take that LOL

Susan, I wanted to ask you how you make your dog's food. My friends dog is getting older with health conditions and I mentioned that I have a spark friend who makes their own pet food. I did suggest chicken bits, rice and pumpkin puree - evidently that is good for dogs !! Have you heard of that ?

Valerie, sorry bout the cold weather coming again - but think of all you will accomplish in your basement now that you dont' have to be outside because of the weather LOL

Hope everyone is doing fine, having a good time and chilling and being safe, cheers !

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