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3/26/17 1:36 P

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Okay, now I have to tattle on myself. If I don't I'll just keep doing the same old stuff.

In the past my puppy and I had a little habit of going to bed and eating baked Cheetos. Recently, when we went to bed I would just give Amelia 3 or 4 Cheetos and not eat any. Last night I was tired and trying to read a book. I ate a lot of Baked Cheetos. Guess the dog is going to have to give up her bedtime treat.

This morning I had a Jimmy Dean Stuffed hash brown breakfast sandwich. 260 cal. and 2 cups of ice coffee with 1% milk. I could not take the coffee plain. So we are working our way down to skim.

Carol, wow that is a lot of walking. Girl you did not go, you went. I am taking 2 to 3 short walks a day of at least 10 minutes each.

Cheryl, can we please hear from you.

Cat, good luck tomorrow.

Debigene, coming home early yesterday is taking care of yourself. Good job.

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3/26/17 9:06 A

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Good Sunday friends;

CAROL, I hope you aren't working today,
GOLD, You're doing a good job with tracking keep it up and don't worry that 1 donut won't matter. Sorry your new friends are leaving before you, I take it they too are seasonal and will return .... in the fall ?? And when will you return to TX ???
CAT, so glad you checked out your local INDIVISIBLE group - see what we can do when we take a stand as ONE !!!! WOO HOO !!!
CHERYL, hope you are having a healthy weekend, did you have your run yet, or am I just forgetting?

I was home early from the event @ 4pm which I was glad as I was pooped. It was a good turn out and very busy. Our station ran out of soup 1st - before 3pm - so there really wasn't much for Karen and I too do until the event was over and that wasn't until 5 so we just left and I stopped at Trader Joe's for a few items and headed home. Just relaxed with Dusky for the rest of the evening. Today I am taking my bro out to a late lunch and a trip to Target. I also want to make the SP Greek Pasta salad to have on hand during the week. That's what been happening here.

Wishing everyone a good day doing the best you can to make good healthy choices.

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Good morning ladies....

Sounds like everyone is doing well. I'm up early and headed to the gym. I don't really have any plans other than that. I probably need to do some work around the house.

I hit 2500 fitness minutes this month. That would be the Textron step challenge...I've been doing extra walking. I think I'm in 4th place and have around 460,000 steps for the month. That will end on Friday. I've walked everyday this month.

Have a great day...keep up the good eating!!

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3/25/17 10:17 P

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Hi:

Still trying to track my food here.
For Lunch 11/2 cups of Mac and cheese

For dinner: 3 very thin slices of beef brisket fat trimmed off. A cup of peas, and 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes.

for snack: 3 wedges of laughing cow cheese and 3 Wasa crackers crisp'n light.
Now I want to go to bed quick before I blow it.

Sngels on your pillows!

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Hello all. So exciting about yesterday's news of the new Healthcare Act failure. I sincerely believe that all the Grassroots efforts and protests did pay off by making our legislators understand the opinions of the Common People and our resolve to hold them accountable in our next election.

Today went to a funeral for local legend Cass Turnbull who advocated for urban forests and is famous across the land for founding Plant Amnesty. Then went out for brunch and I did splurge on lingonberry pancakes. Then to the tax accountant, hardware store and drugstore and got gas for only the fifth time since I've owned the Prius. Currently getting about 45 miles per gallon and I don't drive all that much.

Carol sorry you had such a long work week. Gold, is your daughter coming to drive back with you? Tomorrow I'm hoping we'll take a drive out in the country for a gentle hike. Our days here are full of rain, sunshine, rain, and sun again - it's full-on beautiful PNW spring!

Have a lovely Sunday!

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Hello all...

Oops sorry Gold...You know my mind is not working properly at 4am!! Hope you all had a good day!

Oh they had a Trump rally today in Wichita...looked to be about 50 people is all. Glad it was cold and rainy..haha

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Good morning all:

I went for coffee and donuts at the Center this morning. Several couples from the park are going back to their homes this week so it was a chance to say good-bye. I weaken and was tempted by the donuts. I had one old fashion glazed. Which after searching the food lists here it was between 320 -350 cal. I haven't eaten since, but the sugar thing doesn't feel very good.

I think I will be headed home in early April. Don't want to, but need to take care of a few things.

Carol, sorry you had to work today. Debigene, do what you can, but sit it out if it gets painful. Cat, are you thinking of all the bright colors you will see? I also didn't have to wear my glasses very much.

Cheryl, glad you are experiencing some positive, cause you sure are working a good program.

See you later.

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Good morning friends;

Sorry you are at work today Carol, it must have been hard after your weekends off to go go in today. BTW it was me who asked about your senator not Gold, LOL !!!

I got up my regular time so I'd have time with Dusky this morning. The event today is from 12 - 6 so it's a little longer than a work day that I'll be gone. I hope my back holds out with standing all that time as I've having a little bout of sciatica going on. I'll just do what I can. Should be a good turn out as the weather is nice with temps up to 74.

Well ladies enjoy your day in a healthy way.




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Good morning....

Gold....no. Our Senator is not Pat Robertson he's the religious guy. Funny their names are so close. They're both senile old men I believe.

Have a great day...I'm headed to work at 4am. Yuk..I have really gotten used to being off!!



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Hello, somehow I missed checking in this morning. I get way to many emails. I need to start unsub some.

It is hot here, 93 so my air conditioner is on. I cook when I take the dog for a walk.

I will try to chart my meals here, but I'll admit I'm not good at follow through.

Breakfast 2 poached eggs, on 2 Sara Lee whole Wheat low cal bread. Butter only on one slice/

Lunch: Healthy Choice cafe steamers, Chicken stir fry 190 cal.

Dinner: 3 pork egg rolls with some sweet and sour sauce.

Milk 3/4 cup in coffee



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Quick evening post friends;

Success and Bravo on the ACA vote, calls and pressure can indeed make a difference. We MUST keep it up !!!

Well done Cheryl, it was only a matter of time before you saw those number change with all the good efforts you are making !!! CONGRATS !!! Keep doing it !!!

Cat sounds like a nice day home. I admire people that can do the 4 10 hour days, I like my 5 days of 6 hours, LOL !!!

I stopped at the liquor store and they had a Jose Quervo Coconut Pineapple margarita ready to drink, well you know I bought it and when I put Dusky to bed I will indulge in my usual enjoyable Friday evening. Will keep it to a minimum of 1 maybe 2 since tomorrow is an early long day volunteering. I doubt that I'll get here until the evening.

MEALS TODAY .......
BREAKFAST - cold cereal with banana and skim milk
LUNCH - 1/2 cup hummus with olive tampenade, 20 mini pretzel twists, cup of pasta fazoli soup and 20 grapes.
DINNER - 3 strips of gyro meat, 4 saute mushrooms, 1 large leaf of lettuce chopped and 1 TBSP tzatziki on a 60 cal Joseph's Flax Oat Bran and WW pita bread (these are GREAT) 1/2 cup roast asparagus, and the rest of the broccoli casserole (1/2 cup)

Ok ladies I want to get my dishes done and give Dusky some attention before 8pm. Enjoy your evening and have a great start to your weekend tomorrow. TTYS

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TGIF! Way to go Cheryl at keeping strong! I'm having a relaxing day at home today. Just some laundry and will be making dinner for Maureen later. Vegetable saute with marinara over whole-grain pasta, cheesy bread and a salad. Yesterday while looking for an ice pack in the freezer I found two chocolate bars I hid away at Christmas. I had to laugh that I actually forgot they were there. I guess my sweet tooth isn't as bad as it used to be. Either that or my memory isn't what it used to be LOL. Looks like I'll only get in 2 meals today as I just finished breakfast at 11!
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Happy Friday PLOF!!

Down on the scale this morning! emoticon So that is motivating me to pass on the monthly donuts and then someone else brought in bagels. Just stuck with my oatmeal and I have soup that should help to get me to early afternoon and then will have to figure out something, but I'm sure I will. Probably salad and then a smoothie for dinner.

Yes, good job on your workouts Carol. emoticon

Wow, DG, you're going to have some pleasant weather. We're still waiting for spring here in the PNW.

I agree with the others, Gold, you do sound happy and comfortable in Texas.

Take care all and be strong!
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Good morning and TGIF friends !!!!

Carol is that guy the religious, 700 club guy ???? How can a person be senator for a state if they don't even live there ???? That is ridiculous !!!

Temps here are sunny and to climb to the 60's even warmer tomorrow, like in the 70s YAY !!!!

Have a FABULOUS day ladies, stay strong and make good choices, ... you know we tend to lean on the weekends, just sayin'. Make it happen and be kind to others.

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Good morning...

We have some real asses in Kansas...Sen. Pat Roberts. What an idiot. He hasn't lived in Kansas for 30 years yet he's been representing us for 40 years. If you didn't hear his comment about mammograms yesterday you'll have to check it out. I'm sure it made national news. He needs to go!!!!

That's my political rant for the day. I had a great workout yesterday and I am feeling good. We have a chance of rain tonight but right now we have 40 mph sustained winds. Crazy windy and it's 69 degrees at 5am.

Have a great day! DG...good for you getting in extra steps. Cat...good luck to you on your surgery. Gold..I put skim milk in my coffee but probably not a half gallon in a week! I just can't take coffee pure black!!

Later

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Hi everyone;

WOW - Gold a 1/2 gal of milk just for coffee sounds like a lot, guess because I drink mine black, but if I ate cereal everyday I'm sure I'd go thru a 1/2 gal too in a week maybe more. So nice to have a nice group of women to do things and share with. I'm sure it will be hard to leave them when it's time to go. How long will you be back home for? A trip to Mexico sounds like fun; don't get stuck behind the wall, lol. Oh I recently read something about those air fryers , they sound pretty cool. Good to know you like it. I may have to consider looking into them.

Cat is the 6 days off for the surgery and recovery period? Do you know if this is a painful procedure? I surely hope it is not. I love that you are sharing your meals as well, they sure sound good and healthy. BRAVO to you.

Another crazy day at work but good none the less. While in the cafe to get some chicken to bring home for salads our CEO was behind me in line and paid for my order, how nice was that !!! I've liked him from the git go he's very personable and caring. I thanked him for the raise announcement !!!

Today's meals .....
BREAKFAST - breakfast egg casserole serving, toasted WW english muffin and 1 cup grapefruit sections
LUNCH - 8" WW wrap with 2TBSP cashew butter and sliced banana, 20 grapes, 1/4 cup of nut and dried fruit mix, 6 mini cheddar cheese rice cakes (last of the bag)
DINNER - left over chicken and veggie pasta, 1/2 cup cooked carrots, a mixed green salad with diced chicken, tomatoes, feta cheese and croutons, 2 TBSPN FF raspberry walnut dressing.

Got some extra steps in today as I forgot what level I parked on in the garage and walked 2 extra levels before I found it, LOL !!!

Peace out ladies.

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Gold you are gifted in many ways other than the most obvious! Well, obvious to us and maybe not to some. You sound so at home there, wish you didnt have to leave so soon. And thanks for the upbeat news on the surgery Im really looking forward to it and not a bit nervous (yet lol). Have fun in Mexico! Way to go on your fitness and food Carol. DG, your veggie combo sounds delish! Cheryl, glad you liked the soup too.

Breakfast was Grapenuts, strawberries, milk and coffee. Last night I made another big salad and brought half for lunch to have with a tuna salad sandwich. Tonight is roasted yams and chicken breast with whats left of the salad. Then its off for 6 days. Hope to get a ride in somewhere this weekend. Weather report says rainy for the next week but who cares! At least the temperature isnt too cold.
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Hello PLOF women; Today I am thankful for PLOF, waking up, and still being in TX. I have made a couple of new friends and we went out to eat yesterday. I think it looks like it might be a friendship based on eating out. I cannot do that. But I do like the women.

Not much going on here. I may try to run down to Mexico tomorrow. I finally have my passport. One of the new women friends is going down and I will catch a ride with her. These women are really funny. They sit and talk about how the best friendship are between women. How much fun women are to go out with, to share stories with, and they are all married except 1 and her husband killed himself several years ago. They don't know I'm gifted.

I am trying to set a new goal. No more 2% milk in my coffee. I must admit I've got weird about milk. If I don't have it in the house, I'm worst than a smoker out of cigarettes. I would go out in the middle of the night to get milk for my morning coffee. So yesterday I forgot to get milk and refused to allow myself to go out after 10 and get it. I use a half gal a week in my coffee.

I got one of those power air fryers and I like it but hate washing it. it cooks up terrific egg rolls, steamed dumplings, breaded fish, hot wings, but don't try pizza as it blows the pepperoni all over the place.



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Good morning friends;

Good for you Carol, you know it's funny how we can always tell when we are back on track and heading in the right direction as the feeling is just AWESOME !!! Keep up the good work you are doing and be happy.

I woke up very thankful today is Thursday and the weekend is just another day away. To add to that thankfulness we got good news yesterday that raises are on the way !!! Should be in our 2nd pay of April. Not sure how much but we will be told beforehand. I never expect it to be much but some is indeed better than none in my book !!!

I want to wish everyone a day to reflect on being thankful, no matter what is going on in your life right now there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

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Good morning....

Dang...lost a whole post. DG...you made me laugh this morning. Yesiree...we got some Kansas words I do believe. I'll have to put some in my posts if I can think of some! LOL

Well...work is picking up! I am actually working Saturday and I haven't done that in a long time. I've really enjoyed the temporary lull. I hope it's just every once in awhile and not mega overtime!

I'm doing good with just about everything. I've had a lot of fitness this month and nutrition is on track.It's feeling really comfortable right now and not a burden. I think my mindset has come around and on point!

Have a great day ladies!!

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Hello and good evening friends;

It was a good day at work still glad I'm home now. The best part of work today was ... don't laugh .... was they had roasted farro in the cafe today !!! I've been wanting to try it but would not buy the large quantity they sell at the store so this was a perfect opportunity to have some. Well I loved it !!! The also had stewed tomatoes, and roasted brussels so I bought them all 1 serving of each and had a veggie dinner tonight to which I did add 1/2 a serving of a broccoli casserole I defrosted yesterday.
BREAKFAST was cold cereal with banana and skim milk and LUNCH was 8: fiber one veggie wrap with lettuce, a slice deli turkey and 1 slice prov cheese. 20 grapes, 20 blueberries and 10 mini cheddar cheese rice cakes.

Cat, WTG joining the N.S. Indivisables group and hope you get a chance to attend some of their mtgs. HB to Joe and indeed your meals sound healthy. Well done.

Gold here's to enjoying your new hobby and your lovely weather.

Cheryl keep making good decisions for your healthy journey, the cruise is getting closer !!!

Not much else going on to share here so will just wish everyone a pleasant evening.

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Cat, I don't think I mentioned how much I enjoyed the soup "Well, Yes!" Lots of flavor without being over-salted. Really appreciate the heads up on that. emoticon

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Cat, good luck with your eye surgery. I know you will love the results. I sure did. Debigene, sorry it's cold there, as I sweat it out in 88 degrees. Actually there is always a breeze here so it is comfortable.
I got rid of my sofa today and will be getting a sewing/ cutting table to replace it. I havestarted sewing a little and would really like to get back into it.
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Way to go with the NSV's Cheryl! DG, I just joined the Indivisible North Seattle Group on Facebook. They have been very active and meet at a Unitarian church nearby.
Very quiet at work today. Put birthday cards in the mail for Joe today. He'll be 25 soon!!! He gave me the Chinese characters for his new address and name, hopefully it will make it there.
Nothing much else going on. Food today better than yesterday. Grapenuts, strawberries and milk for breakfast. Half a donut from a staff event with some coffee and milk. Lunch was veggie soup, half a bagel and lowfat cream cheese. Dinner will be another salad. My pants keep getting tighter and I don't like the trend.
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NSV(s) rock!

Cat, will be holding good thoughts for your eye surgery next week and a quick recovery.

Wishes for all for continued success as we march on.
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Happy HUMP Day friends,

LOL, Carol I was wondering the same thing but just shook it off that it was one of those "Kansas" words, LOL !!!

Getting closer to looking for that much needed computer, frustration mounted this morning ....gggrrr.

Cold and very windy here today but lots of sun, so that helps thing of Spring !!!

Enjoy the day ladies gotta run.

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Good morning....

Gotta love autocorrect. Anything I post that does not make sense....sorry didn't have time to proofread! LOL Whats a coupletter?

The rain is not going to come until tomorrow so I'm gonna walk the path tonight. 55 degrees and no wind....perfect weather to get outdoors.

Cat..
We all have days like that....just get back on track..you'll be fine.

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Hello everyone,

I had a really hard day at work today and am not up for the mtg tonight. My brain will not be able to absorb anything so I just stayed home. My neighbors will fill me in how it all went.

I read something today in an article that is predicting impeachment soon !!! Oh my could we be so blessed ??? DT is not looking to good right now to lots of his supporters either .... indeed America is strong and we will get him out of there !!! He's just gonna go kicking and screaming all the way out the door !!!! When it happens I hope there is a huge crowd outside the WH lawn cheering !!!

Cheryl I'll look for your numbers tomorrow then. We are all doing really well so far this year. Let's keep knocking it out !!!

Cat some days are just like that when food is concerned, how well I know. But it's over nowand your lunch on on the mark, I'm sure dinner will be too.

I on the other hand added hummus mixed with olive tampenade and feta cheese (about a cup in total) to used as a dip with my cucumbers and serving of mini pretzel twists to my LUNCH menu
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DINNER was 1/2 cup of left over pasta from Sunday (angle hair with spinach mushrooms and walnuts in a light creamy tomato sauce) which I added to 1 cup of a pasta mushroom tomato and turkey meatballs dish I had made and froze a while back. AND cup cooked carrots !!!
OINK OINK !!!

Now I'm full and need to do dishes and give Dusky some lovin' Enjoy the evening ladies.

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I heard on the news that Trump had a rally somewhere yesterday and the attendance was in the 10s. His approval rate is in the 30s. Rosie is calling for he and his admin to be called up on treason over Russia. Amen!

Furiously trying to get ahead at work as Im gearing off for 6 days off surgery #1 on Monday. Im so curious to see what my vision will be like without glasses. Ive worn them or contacts since the 5th grade!!

My eating was far from stellar this morning. Stress eating has taken hold. I went to the cafeteria and had bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns as well as a bottle of OJ. Lunch is broccoli and some homemade macaroni and cheese and a kiwi. Dinner will be a big salad and hard boiled egg. I found a sparkling water that is coconut flavor, love it, tastes like cream soda but with no sodium, artificials, or calories. A great find.

Enjoy the rest of your day look forward to hearing about the meeting DG. Gold, I know its not your favorite thing but wish you would post a pic of your rock garden.

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Hey PLOF...hmmm, yes, I haven't wanted to get on the scale this week. I will try in the morning.

And so awesome Linda has lost 25 lbs! She must be feeling like a million$$$. emoticon

I'm going to check out that website, DG. And, oh, Carol, I feel for you. Know that we are sending you lots of love and support. I just can't imagine people who actually think Trump is doing a good job. Did you see at one of his rally's last month the media said there were 10's of people there and it showed a picture of a very small gathering. I got a good laugh over that - 10's of people. He's horrible...just horrible.

Super excited for June cruise. I had a dream we were on the ship and just having fun. I'm feeling good and just trying to consistently make good choices so I'm at my fittest.

We continue to get lots of rain here in Seattle but Alma and I were able to walk at lunch yesterday. emoticon

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Good Tuesday morning friends;

Not much going on this morning here that's for sure. Temps up to 61 today but back to cold tomorrow for 2 days. Chance of rain. Hope you get your's Carol.
I weighed this morning and still up a pound, will up date the chart. Won't be getting back here tonight, going to another DEM mtg at 7.

BREAKFAST this morning is 1 slice of turkey scrapple, french toasted waffle made with egg beaters and 1/2 a grapefruit.
LUNCH will be grapes blueberries and a yogurt smoothie so far, will see what veggies I can get at work in the cafe.

Have a great day ladies gotta run.

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Good morning all....

Not a lot going on here. It's spring break and the great nephew is over helping do yard work for a coupletter. The rain comes tomorrow do today will be about it. I mowed,weed eated, and raked leaves in the front yard on Saturday. He gets the back..it's much worse.

Thanks Deb and Cat for representing. They are having a PRO Trump rally in Wichita Saturday. That's good ole Kansas for you...it's scary! I am definitely in the minority here and even watch my posts on FB. I have deleted several "friends" because of their Trump praise...they are crazy too!!

Gym day for me....have a great day!

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Hi all, sorry I haven't been checking in more. I don't know what I do with my time. I'm always busy and get nothing done. My rock flower garden is finish now. but I have to put a few more flowers in.

Congratulations to Linda, 25 # is great.

Cat, I had an older brother I had to look after for years. I hope things get better soon and you get a break.

Debigene, I phone my representative often. I hear beck from Keith Allison, but rarely hear from Amy K.

Carol, great job on losing 2 pds.

My dog wants to go out for her last call walk. Bye now

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Cat, I forgot to respond to your interest in the resistance group mtg I went to yesterday. It was the local group for INDIVISABLES ... The Catonsville Indivisibles. I believe I sent most of you a link to the main group on FB ( fyi its ... www.indivisibleguide.com ) It is the group that is against the Trump Agenda and it is nationwide and provides lots of information on how to make a difference in making change. I'm sure there is a local one in most states or many. There are quite a few just in MD alone !!!

Well it was quite interesting but overwhelming as well. We had about 65 people show up and there's an agenda and then they broke up into smaller groups to discuss varies issues of concern and discussed ideas on the subject on how to react. Since we were 1st attenders we did not sign up for any committee but sat in on a few to get the gist of things. It was obvious that a main thing for people to do is call or write your members of congress to express your concerns. It's great because they give you script to use as well and a list of phone numbers !!! I made a call tonight regarding opposing the ACA Replacement Act.

Just do yourself a favor and check out the link for something in your area to participate and take a stand !!!!

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Hey ladies; hope you all enjoyed the 1st day of Spring.

Good to see you here, you all make me smile !!! Carol please tell Linda CONGRATS from me as well I forgot to mention it this morning. I bet you need a new pic of the 2 of you with 25 #s gone, that makes a big difference !!!

Cheryl I guess you are all enjoying the fresh smell of nice clean carpets now, bravo to Terri for taking care of that and I'm sure you all enjoyed you fish cakes and slaw !!!

Cat I hope all gets works out with the credit issue and you hear from Sam. I sure hope he's ok sounds like something is really troubling him. I will weigh in again tomorrow to see if the alcohol was flushed out today and will report those numbers so stop by after you weigh too if you remember. I will put up the chart when I'm done here. WOW and how great would that be if you could do the cruise too ??? Maybe another time huh. I recorded the mini series you mentioned When We Rise and hope to watch it this Sunday.

All I have left to post tonight is my meals for the day. So enjoy your evening as well.

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BREAKFAST - cold cereal with banana and skim milk.
LUNCH - 8" FiberOne veggie wrap with LC cheese wedge, spring mix and cut up chicken breast. 10 cheddar mini rice cakes, 29 grapes and late snack of FFgreek vanilla yogurt with 1/4 cup of granola.
DINNER - mixed green salad with cucumbers and tomatoes and a scoop of seafood salad on top. Left over roasted broccoli and a spinach cheese naan

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Hello all! Always so happy to check in here to see all the fun things everyone has been up to. Almost went to the zoo yesterday but after the past week just wanted to hang out close to home. Its on the list for next weekend.

Maureen and I spent all day Thursday and Friday clearing out the kids apartment while they were total no shows. Im not angry about it, just very concerned. It was a big workout, lots of lifting, carrying and thousands of steps, one day in pouring rain. Thanks goodness it was just a studio. We filled up Maureens truck and trailer, brought it home the first night and then on Friday went and rented a storage unit and dumped everything in it which went much quicker than day #1. At least its done, Ill find out soon how much its going to cost to keep it off my credit report. When I woke up Saturday at NOON I dont think there was any part of me that didnt hurt so I got up and moving the rest of the day catching up on housework, errands and projects. Feels great to be really active again.
I didnt do the weigh in this weekend, will try to remember tomorrow morning.
Thats great news about Linda 25 pounds is amazing! Give her a big congrats from me! Glad your knee was a temporary flare up only. DG is the resistance group with the ACLU? Any decisions/news on the job interview? I think I may have missed something. Cheryl, I got an e-mail from Olivia saying I won a discount for the Alaska cruise. Sure wish I could do it! Its getting close you must be excited.
Its Spring break week here at the U. I love it so quiet with all the students and professors gone. Oh, and I finished the 4-part series called "When We Rise" about the gay liberation movement. Really good, see it if you can!
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Super excited with sunny weather yesterday and this morning too. Had our doors opened while Terri worked hard cleaning carpets. I made thai fish cakes and slaw while stuck in the kitchen.

Carol that is a great pic of you at the zoo!

I have to post my stats. My clothes are so loose but the scale has not budged. I'm hoping that when I weigh in the morning, things will have moved some. Oh, well...I'm feeling good.

Have a good day and a great week...yay Spring!
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Good morning friends and WELCOME SPRING !!!!

WOW, looks like you're welcoming Summer already Carol, 82 , nice !!!! I'm gonna try to go to our zoo a few times this year you always make it sound so enjoyable and pleasant. The DC zoo is nice as well.

I'm gonna work on the W/L Chart tonight it got away from me this weekend but I haven't forgot. I weighed myself this morning and the 3 cocktails I had yesterday showed up there. I will try to flush them out today with lots of extra water and healthy light eating.

Hope everyone has a great start to the week and the joy of Spring.

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Good morning...

Cheryl...we will hit 60 today!! It's actually not quite 5am and 62 here already. Wow...they are forecasting 82 today.

It was a great weekend....had a lot of fun at the zoo. That is the best place to go and walk. Linda has lost 25 lbs. I'm very proud of her. That Fitbit has made a huge difference in her life. She's really sticking with the fitness and doing what she can do.

Have a great week ladies!

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Hi there everyone;

Just got home from a day out with my friends Donna and Carol. We went to the resistance group meeting Catonsville Indivisible and it was a bit overwhelming for me. But indeed informative. Will surely keep up with this national group. I'm sure there is one in your area if you want to stand up against the trump agenda and be informed of what is t=going on to fight it. Afterwards we went out to eat at an Italian restaurant and I brought 1/2 of mine home. HOWEVER I did have 1 sangria and 2 martinis .... I couldn't help myself. Carol on the other hand was wasted !!!! I forgot to weigh so will have to accept what the scale says tomorrow morning.

Carol I love your pic from your day at the zoo. I have no doubt you enjoyed your day with Linda.

Cheryl good for you with no alcohol you are holding strong !!!! I hope cleaning your carpets weren't the highlight of your day and somewhere along the way you had some fun too.

That's about it ladies, so enjoy your evening and I will give Dusky some attention that he missed during the day from me before he goes night night. I'll get lunch ready for tomorrow and be done for the day.

Sweet dreams

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Love the rhymes ladies!

Holding strong this weekend. No alcohol since last Wednesday. Still the scale doesn't move. I did realize my chocolate treat had many more calories than I was counting.

Enjoyed haircut yesterday and touched base with my neighbor.

Wish it would hit 60 today. 80 in March after weeks of rain sounds wonderful. Open the doors and get full use of your day. Have fun at the zoo. We're cleaning carpets and will have the doors open but will be wearing layers including sweatshirts.

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Hello ladies...

I'm getting ready to head to the gym and later the zoo. Linda and I are taking a lunch to the zoo as the weather is beautiful here....almost hot. I actually had to mow and weed eat a few spots yesterday....already. Oh well...extra workout for me. I went walking on the nature path yesterday morning also....it was a very active day!

Have a great day!!

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Hello lady friends;

I have had an enjoyable relaxing day. Did my usual of produce and essential for the week shopping after shoveling my walkway and gave good quality time to Dusky. Tomorrow I am going to a resistance group mtg in early afternoon possible a late lunch with friends I haven't seen in a while.

Carol so glad you knee is not an issue for you today. and WOW 80s tomorrow, that's sounds lovely. It's still wet and melting here and more cold coming in tomorrow. I hoping the official arrival of Spring on Monday brings the warm change back to last. I hope the scale is kind to me tomorrow, it's been a good day so far.

Hope everyone is having or has had a good 1st day of the weekend.



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Good morning...

Happy to report my knee feels good...I guess it was very minor. A couple of Aleve did the trick. I actually got on the treadmill and walked while watching the Shocker basketball game with no repercussions. As soon as the sun comes up I'm going for a walk this morning.

72 degrees here today and 88 tomorrow. We plan on doing some yard work today and garden planting! Tomorrow we are having lunch at the zoo.

I was good yesterday food wise. I gotta say I love corned beef but no didn't have any. I had a chopped salad for supper . I ate some Smart Pop popcorn while watching the games though. It's pretty low in calories. For lunch I had a pita with tuna salad and Greek yogurt with fresh pineapple. At work I turned down doughnuts. I have no clue what the scale will say tomorrow.

Have a great day ladies...stay strong!!

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Hey there ladies,

The afternoon was great, as was lunch. I schmoozed it up with the manager and he sent us a huge slice of cheesecake with strawberry sauce on it; that yes I did have a few bites of !!! Dad ate most. The salad table had some new spring items on it and I enjoyed them all. More than plenty fruits and veggies today. Protein was smoked salmon and chicken salad, and black beans. They had an awesomely delicious carrot ginger soup as well, and I splurged on a seasonal Mango Ginger martini ( OMG $12 ) but I savored every sip of it along with a huge glass of water. Such an awesome restaurant !!!
The museum was great oo lots of Maryland Industrial history including the printing press but the items Dad wanted to donated must be considered first, so I have to call someone and discuss it with her and see if they may be interested. Something called LUDLOW STICKS ????

Enjoy your corned beef tonight Cheryl and good for you for having a good time at the dinner party and putting it behind you right away. You must feel GREAT about that !!!

Carol I hope your knee pain has worn off by now if not continue to take it easy on it.

Some of the frozen snow melted and I was able to move some of it but tomorrow will be a better day for it for sure.
Kicking back the rest of the evening starting off with a glass of wine and settling in. Hope your evening is just as pleasant friends.



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Happy for the weekend! Terri and I went to a dinner party Wednesday night and had a lot of fun. I did a fairly good job of not overeating, but indulged in foods I haven't eaten for a while (couple of cocktails & champagne, bread, cheese and a slice of cake). I don't feel guilty and I got right back on routine the next morning.

We have a party at work today (more sweet treats) and I will pass on the food (see cake above).

We love putting a corned beef in the crock pot so am looking forward to that this weekend.

Glad you're feeling okay around the kids' predicament, Cat. Hang in there.

Oh, Carol, so sorry you did something to your knee! I don't think it takes much. We're doing a bracket at the house so will be watching some basketball too. Anthony loves the sport and tapes it so he doesn't miss much.

DG, the Brazilian restaurant sounds yummy. Enjoy your evening out and time with your family.

Gold, Meri and all PLOF...have a wonderful weekend!
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Hello and Happy St Paddy's Day to all that celebrate, there's always something green to enjoy, right.

I will not be having the traditional corned beef as we are going to a Brazilian restaurant and I called ahead and they are not having any Irish tradition items not even a cocktail ...hhhhmmm oh well I'm sure there will be cabbage of sorts on the salad bar which is all I'm having anyway. So looking forward to the day with Dad and Marlyn.
The sun is shining so bright out there today so I really hope there is some serious melting happening on my walk way.

WOW, Cat the S & J drama sounds very rough - so sorry that you are involved and hope it all comes out clean in the wash and soon. BTW, I love that salad at Panera too.

I need to get my rear in gear so will just wish everyone a happy healthy fun filled day and will stop back in later. TTFN

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Good morning and Happy St.Patrick's Day!

DG...yeah I read the Advocate in the 80's also. I haven't read it in a long time either. Great it's still around.

Well...I ran across a small obstacle with my walking challenge...tweaked my knee at work yesterday. It's not a major injury right now but I'm gonna have to watch it. I'm probably overdoing it with the walking. I went to the gym and still did the recumbent bike and a new machine which is basically an elliptical but you are sitting down like a recumbent bike. I tried but could not do the treadmill without pain. Anyway the other 2 machines were fine, I iced my knee, popped a couple of Aleve and it's okay today but it's still there. I'll rest it today no fitness, and see how it goes.

No pancakes yesterday for me ...no corned beef today. Yay...I'm having chopped salad tonight for supper and watching basketball. GO SHOCKERS!!

Have a great day!!

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Hi Meri! Nice to see you back. We're all still here chugging along and wondered where you had gone.

Ditto on most of what Cheryl said! DGDebbie, that sounds like Michigan! What's going on with the crazy weather? We are all experiencing such extremes. But I have to say today was a gorgeous day here - big fluffy white clouds, Blue Skies, and sunshine. Birds chirping, trees budding and daffodils blooming. Spring is here :-) The absolute most gorgeous season in the Pacific Northwest in my opinion.

And it was a good thing since together Maureen and I played hooky and spent 16-man hours clearing out Sam and Jillian's place for them. They are on the brink of eviction and I had made the unfortunate decision last year to co-sign so they could get the apartment. So I'm up the creek for Bookoo dollars as I don't expect them to have the wherewithal to pay me back anytime soon. But I feel much much better than I did the last few days because things are close to being resolved. They still have no place to go, and I've offered several times for them to stay at my place, and left it at that. I could bunk at Maureens up the street and be here in the evening. Thank God they both have jobs that fit them and pay well enough. Anyway, it's a complicated story. When I specified no more lesbian drama in my life I should have also specified NO child drama lol. The good part was I got a big workout. We moved some major furniture and cleaned all day. I don't think they'd thrown out trash or recycling in a couple months. Maureen really rocks it, she knows how to use a dolly and work her big dump truck and trailer.

Breakfast was oatmeal banana and grapefruit juice. We caught lunch at Panera. I had a beet and quinoa salad with kale Mandarin oranges spinach and walnuts with a small baguette. It was delicious, I'm going back there again. Dinner was leftover vegetarian pot pie.

Gold, enjoy the rest of your stay. It's nice to know you have a good place to go in winter. Tata for now, have a great Friday all.

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Hello lady friends;

Glad the work day and week is now over. However my walk way is still a sheet of frozen snow that I can still walk on top of. I was hoping today would melt it some but the sun just isn't hitting it. Maybe by Saturday I can at least shovel/push with shovel, it to the side so I can walk on cement !!! At least my car was not in cased in ice this morning and the drive to work was just normal. I'm looking forward to spending time with Dad and SIL tomorrow. I was worried I'd have to get some things str8nd up around the house but I don't have to worry now since Dad can't and won't be walking down my walkway to come inside!!! I'm not the best at housekeeping but all is pretty neat and in order. I just hate dusting and vacuuming and since I live alone I can do it when I want.

Cheryl I used to subscribe to The Advocate back in the 80's it's been around along time. Glad you got to check it out and fill us in on the upcoming series. Thanks for that.

MEALS TODAY .......

BREAKFAST.... 2 packs instant oatmeal with fresh blueberries and 1/2 banana
LUNCH ..... 8" fiber one veggie wrp with romaine lettuce and 2 slices deli turkey and 1 slice swiss cheese, 10 cheddar cheese mini rice cakes, 20 red grapes, 1 kiwi
DINNER ..... turkey burger on WW sandwich thin, with 1/2 serving 100 cal guacamole pack, sweet potato oven fries and lrg serv of roasted broccoli.

Not much more to share so PEACE OUT my friends.


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Thankful for a dry and sunny morning! emoticon

No, Cat, I'm not on facebook. PLOF is really the extent of my social media. That and texting with friends.

Hey, while I was getting my knee iced at PT, I was reading the Advocate. Have I been in the dark a long time because it's the first encounter I've had with it. It's an American LGBT-interest magazine, printed bi-monthly and it had an article on a series coming up in April. "The Handmaids Tale"

The Handmaid's Tale is an upcoming American television series based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. It's been ordered by streaming service Hulu with a straight-to-series order, with the production beginning in late 2016.

The series will premiere on April 26, 2017. Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) is also in it. And she was featured in the article in the "Advocate." I'm looking forward to it.

DG, glad you are getting an extra day off this week. emoticon

Gold, you are really keeping busy with all that yard work emoticon and making baby wash clothes for Westley. I've always liked that name. emoticon

emoticon Meri, hope all is well. Come visit often.

And, Carol, big, big emoticon on your weight loss success! emoticon

You all hold a very special spot in my heart, too.

Have a great day!

P.S. Me and 3 other women play lotto on a regular basis (we're the lucky lotto ladies "LLL") so when I get my winnings, I'll plan something nice for PLOF. We've been at it for years, so our time is upon us. I look forward to it. emoticon

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Good morning and Happy Thankful Thursday to all the lovely ladies here at PLOF !!!

Yes Gold Carol said it very well, just keep coming here and ask whatever you want to know and we will share what we know with you. Most of all it's just good to have you here with us again !!!

Carol I think I am gonna suggest a walking challenge at the hospital too. Good luck and keep on steppin' girl !!!

I'm glad today is my Friday and I'm looking forward to lunch and the Baltimore Museum of Industry visit with my Dad and SIL. Still cold and windy here and snow in my walk way needs to be shoveled but I have to wait till it melts some. Will just walk gingerly till then.

Oatmeal is calling me now ladies so will wish everyone a beautiful healthy day being kind to others with a positive attitude.

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Good morning all...

Hi Meri glad you are back. You are indeed in the right place to visit with all of us ...I think. LOL. They changed the look of Sparks about a week ago and we are all trying to figure it out. Keep coming to this thread and everyone should stop in.

Gold...I think on my Sparkpage it said "member since August 2010" I'm pretty sure that's where I saw it. I found it... On your spark page where your profile info is it says"read more about GOLD.." click there. The first thing it says is when you joined

Everything is great...we are having a big St Patrick's Day breakfast today that I'm NOT going to. All you can eat pancakes and sausage...no way. I'm in a really good place right now and am focused on my goal...nothing is getting in my way.

I got over 25,000 steps yesterday...I'm in 5th place in the Textron step challenge. Maybe I'll win something. The challenge is supposed to get people who don't move up and promote a good healthy habit....it's a good thing.

Oh poor Trumpster...another judge blocked his new travel ban. He's mad..big baby!

Have a great day!

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Wanted to say Hi All - I'm back and kind of confused about where and how to post!!!!! Knew if I replied when you have time someone can pass on my Hello and set me straight! Good to be back!

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Hi ya'll just popping in for a quicky

Gold I have no idea anymore where to look for anything on SP, I just know when I started cause I keep a journal and so far I still have a memory that cooperates with me when I need it. But I think it is probably there somewhere, maybe someone else knows ??? I guess you are disappointed you will be leaving sooner than planned and I'm sorry about that for you. I too hope the snow is gone when you get back .... and done !!!

Busy day at work and was very thankful this morning when I did not have any ice to chip away. My walkway did not get shoveled yet so I'm walking on top of the ice now. Nothing I can do about it till it melts some and my walkway is my driveway so I don't have to worry about anyone else walking on it and falling but me.

I stepped off the edge today and ate 2/3rds of a bag of party mix, why you ask, I don't really know but at least it's behind me now and I'm not gonna think about it any more. Tomorrow is a new day and I had a salad and soup for dinner.

Ok my eyes are tired so I will say good night ladies.


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Hey Women! How can you tell how long you've been with SP? I can trace it back to 2011, but I think that was when I updated my profile. Anyhow, if my thinking is right this may be the longest relationship I've ever had. It is so nice to do this with a group like you all.

Has anyone asked SP guy why they took the spinner thingy away? I do miss it. So here goes.

Today, I wish upon a star, that the distance between us wasn't so far. When one of us wins the lottery that person should pay for us all to meet. So who is going to buy the ticket? i was thinking I would but I'm not very lucky, but then I remembered, I woke up this morning and I'm 75. That's pretty good.

I did a lot of raking and yard work yesterday. The day before that I did heavy duty cleaning in my trailer. Then last night I messed up my living space by dragging out my sewing machine and making baby wash clothes for my newest great grandson, Westley Aurthor Gros.

It turns out that I can not stay here until May. My daughter,Sue, could not change her airline ticket to come drive back with me as Sun Country doesn't fly here after April 23. She has to be in Orlando on the 23.. So I will be returning home on the 5 or 6th of April. I hope all the snow is gone by then.

Cat, I am so sorry about the issues Sam is going through. My hugs are with you. Hello everyone else. got to run.

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Good Hump Day morning friends;

WOW I can't believe I just realized it's Wednesday not Thursday, what a disappointment since Thursday is my Friday this week :( Oh well it is what it is and I will just make the best of it.

I feel the same way Carol you ladies are so very dear to me. I started my journey in Jan 2010 but didn't find SP until Oct. It has indeed been a blessing in my life and I thank you all for being a part of it.

Looks and sounds like an icy morning out there so I will need to go out in a bit and warm that baby up may be some ice to chop up again too before I can get out of the spot. Will indeed count it all as a workout, LOL for me it is !!!!

Ok friends have a Happy Healthy Wonderful Hump Day.

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Good morning all...

DG...yes it's been almost 7 years. I actually joined sparks in August of 2010. It took me a few months to find sparks. I was invited to join this team but was a little hesitant. What with all you fancy big city lesbians...LOLOL!! Little did i know I would make wonderful friends and have a lot of fun here. Gosh...my best friends are here. You've been with me through lot and held my hand the entire way!!Love you all.

Have a great day!!

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Evening friends;

Oh my what a day, the ice was awful this morning. I let the heat run for 30 minutes and I still had to chop thru it as the top was still 1/4 inch thick. Once I got thru enough I could slide the scrapper underneath where it was melted and finally get it off ... another 30 minutes later. I was exhausted by the time I got to work !!! Fortunate tho' that I was able to park inside the garage. Temps are frigid and will stay that way the rest of the week so will probably be more freezing happening but at least my car is clear now.

Carol, WOW it's been 7 years since we've become SP friends and we are both still here along side Gold and Meri who I am sure were here before me. Indeed you are our biggest team inspiration of achievement !!! Stay happy and healthy my friend.

Cat, I didn't realize it has been a year since you and M have been dating/together. Yes I agree a nice romantic trip together sounds like a great way to celebrate !! Not too sure what is going on with Sam and Jillian but it obviously is serious enough that you have grave and troublesome concerns. I'm sorry for that and will keep them in prayer that they find peace and for you too hon.

Cheryl so glad your PT is starting to give you some relief and I know the #s on the scale do matter but also know that as long as you are staying on track and living healthier that you are a success and those #s will catch up when you least expect them too. Oh yes the trump drama is exhausting but I feel strong that he will not last his term, impeachment is indeed in his short term future. We just have to keep the resistance movement moving !!! Oh and BTW I love that you are here so often and being so SP active. It helps us stay motivated I think.

Meri are you snow bound ?? I hope you are not without power. Stop in and give us an update.

Gold I hope you are being mindful of your hip while enjoying yourself as well.

Ok I'm too tired now to post my meals but they were all on track. Will just wish you all a pleasant relaxing evening now.


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Carol, you have such a great attitude. I would be over the moon if I weighed 154. I think my 174 would be equal to your 154 you are a few inches shorter than my 57, right? Seems to me feeling great and having lots of energy is the best indicator.

Dang, enough with the rain already. The edges of Seattle are going to slide into the Sound if it doesnt stop. Cheryl, Im sure your knee will be fine Im so glad its feeling better. I love my Tiger Balm. Keeping active, avoiding injury, getting sufficient good nutrients, hydration, and sleep, and of course love and laughter - whether human or fur people - thats what will keep up going. Its quite a bit and something we are so fortunate to experience. Part of that love is my PLOF!!!

And about that particular disappointment Cheryl, I'm not sure how we aren't all depressed and agitated. I'm calling for an annulment. Only weeks into this dastardly union and already the country is waking up regretting our stupidity. I guess it's good someone(s) showed us I pray that the results amount to more than more fingerpointing. Now maybe we'll be able to get to the root of it all which is the mistaken assumption that women couldnt have better ideas. All colors, all ages, all religions, etc. We are the people with the biggest hearts and come one now, do the men of the world really like the sight of bombed out cities, homeless starving children, lack and destitution everywhere? Hows this working for you? What a waste is all I can say. Thanks for letting me express myself.

I'll tell you about the ACLU resistance training we went to last weekend and send the website link when I find it. Cheryl are you a Facebooker?

I do have to say re home page Im reading peoples stories more so thats good but I do miss seeing our standing AND our rhyming. Gold maybe it was you that commented on loving the rhyming, I think we all do since we are obviously so talented. How about we center it around positive thoughts for that day of the month. Example:
March 14, Im skipping like a teen. I'm eating clean....

LOL! I called in to work at home. House smells great after roasting some big yams. Had one for lunch with 2 kiwi and a cup of rooibos tea. Tomorrow I proctor again and have pre-surg check up with nurse anesthetist. Its getting closer (Mar 27).

Debigene, heres to a new laptop. That will be fun, hope you have someone who can shplain all the bells and whistles. Even if its not fancy its WAY fancier than your computer.

Carol, I wish I felt as calm as I might sound. Truly Im trying not to have some kind of episode. I lost my temper over the phone when he wouldnt listen to me, his mind is not working as it should and I cant pin him down physically other than going to his workplace. Or Jillians. It may come to that.

Whew, Im not getting any younger so I have to meditate daily and take long walks outside to get my pulse where it should be. Its sort of a win win.

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Happy Tuesday I say with a mouth full of steel oats.

Feeling bloated today but I know this will pass (soon I hope!) so I try to remember how blessed I am in all aspects of my life and the biggest disappointment that I've experienced in a long time is that dt was elected as POTUS. We will see how/if this administration survives.

Having said that, SP change(s) don't play that big a part in my life and I'm trying to stay positive and not have an adverse reaction to the changes it makes. I do/did initially, but I'm that way with change in general. Today I read and "liked" some posts that I would not normally have seen with the old system so that's a plus. I've settled into a SP routine that includes my participation with PLOF which I love for it's support and commitment and I also like to check out motivational stories every once in awhile.

Stirred coconut oil into my oatmeal water when I cooked it and love the hint of flavor. Gotta push the water today. Terri made chili so I'll have that for lunch.

We're in week 3 and I wish the scale would move but it is lingering where it always does 198-202.

Cat, I've been in PT for my knee. And, finally, it's starting to feel better. With spring right around the corner (right?!) I'm hoping to get up and moving more.

Have a great day all!!
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Good morning to my favorite people.

Glad you missed the big storm Debigene. About the job, like I said, God will place you where you are needed the most.

Carol, as the old Virginia Slim ads used to say. "you've come a long ways, Baby".

Cat, congratulations on one year. You certainly sound happy. Hope things work out for Sam.

Cheryl, You are an inspiration. When do you go on your cruise?

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Good morning kind and caring friends;

Yes looks like we dodge the brunt of this winter storm, thankfully all I see is about 3 inches out there but looks like a good bit of ice to deal that with will be on the car. I'll let it warm up till the most of it melts enough to scrap but I'm sure will take some time and a slow go getting in to work.

No time to chat so will just wish everyone a day of warmth, good choices, positiveness and love to share with others. Will try to catch up tonight.

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Good morning all...

It seems no one likes losing the team points...a lot of people are complaining on the feeds.

Well...7 years ago yesterday I went to the hospital with chest pains and weighed 250+ lbs. (this means I stopped weighing at 250 and was unsure of what I really weighed). You all know what happened after that. I am very blessed and grateful. I beat myself up because I weigh 154 now but is it really that bad? I eat pretty healthy, exercise, and am in a far better place today. All is good!

DG...Hope you dodged the brunt of your storm

Cat...congrats on one year with Maureen. Also...So nice to see you so happy and dealing with your "crisis " in such a great manner. I don't have children and don't know if I could deal with it as calmly as you have!! Congrats!!

Have a great day!

Oh...Hi Cheryl and Gold!!

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Hello all, I"m not happy about the new home page either. Why did they take away our points. Other teams keep track of theirs. Wonder what is going on...

Cheryl, you are such a good person in so many ways. So generous with yourself. DG, this new concern should be generous with you as well. In the home stretch of retirement means we need to feather our nests as best we can. But whatever happens I know you will take it in your stride. Carol, so sorry we can't get our rain to come your way - another weird winter in wild and crazy Kansas. Gold, you are starting to sound like your old self. I hear in your voice that you really like it down in Texas, hope you can stay until you're done with it and yearn for northern lakes.

I proctored a final exam today (aka wander around the lecture hall giving students the stink eye so they don't cheat lol), was on my feet for 2 hours straight. Pretty long to just mostly be standing. Got a bunch of steps in this weekend. My meals are getting straightened out to where I'm having 3 regular ones and no snacks. Instead of maybe 2 regular ones and 2 snacks. I actually feel hungrier by the time mealtime comes and am much more apt to sleep through less alarms. My old pants are tighter around the waist but I feel much stronger.

Fun fact - Maureen and I will have met one year ago on April Fool's Day. I'm scratching my head on what to do. We've never taken a trip together overnight so I was thinking about going to the ocean.

What a schitzo weekend. Many high points - got out in some gorgeous nature twice, spent lots of quality time with M. Tried to track down Sam and Jillian all weekend to little avail. They are masters of evasion. I truly hope this episode is going to end well, part of it will be seeking further mental health care for Samuel. The anxiety over it has taken a toll on me, and on Maureen who is finding out how I deal with crisis (pretty good I think she'd say). This too shall pass.


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Evening friends;

Thanks Cheryl for the encouragement. I'm just sitting back not thinking about it, I hope to hear something this week tho' so I can put it all to rest with some kind of decision. That is so awesome of you to give platelets such a thought kind thing to do.

The storm is suppose to hit us later tonight and into the day tomorrow probably ending in the evening, so who knows how much we will really get. Tonight's weather report said 4-6 inches, so we'll see. Regardless we are getting something I will have to get out there and shovel and clear my car off before going to work and pray I get a parking spot in the garage so I don't have to do it again when I leave tomorrow.

Not a usual busy Monday today guess most people were out getting prepared for the snow, tomorrow will probably be slow as mud.

Back to meal posting .....

BREAKFAST- 1 serving breakfast casserole stuffed into 1/2 pocket bread, and fruit was 1/2 a grapefruit

LUNCH - 1/2 cup of chicken and dumpling soup from cafe at work, 1/2 mini cucumber sliced with 2 TBsp red pepper and artichoke spread to dip and 1 cup of cut up watermelon and 20 grapes.

DINNER - 8 mushrooms sauteed with pieces of left over rotisserie chicken, roasted broccoli, left over steamed asparagus and about 5 left over brussel sprouts.

That's it ladies it was a long day and I'm tired and just want to relax with Dusky before it's his bedtime. Enjoy your evening too and please send good vibes this snow will not be much. I'm so ready for Spring.

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I agree with you DG, a $4 pay cut is steep and I know I wouldn't want to work more for less money. I hope they match your hourly rate and give you benefits too. Continuing to hold good thoughts for you.

Weekend was good. Ate some of the dark chocolate for a snack.

I gave platelets so decided I deserved a treat. It's where they pull your blood out, take the platelets out and then put your blood back in. It takes about 1.5-2 hours. The platelets only last about 5 days and I understand they're used for cancer patients. I get to sit in a comfy chair with a warm blanket and they provide an iPad. It made me feel a little weird - I understand it's the (anti)coagulant they put in my system. It was a lot of information but I was glad to do it. Very interesting how they can even do something like that.

I didn't weigh myself but am happy to see waist measurements have decreased.

Carol, good job getting your steps in and getting to the gym!

Still very rainy here emoticon emoticon and poor neighbor continues to have roof problems. Trying to get it stable until she can have the professionals out.

Thanks again for the reminders to be kind. Have developed a think skin and I can use all the reminders I get.

Hope the storm sidesteps you, DG.

Take care, PLOF and have a good day and a great week!

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Morning friends;

Got the call at 7am to come in early so will try to get there by 9:30. It takes me a while to get myself ready to move along so this will be short wishing you all a good healthy and fit day. Start the week off right. Do your best and be kind to others.

TTFN

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Good morning...

DG...I saw the winter storm headed your way on the national news. Stay in , stay safe, and stay warm! It looks like a big one!! Brrr...it's cold here but no precipitation! We need rain desperately!

Had a great weekend for fitness and nutrition. I am staying focused on my goal and headed in the right direction. I gotta admit just taking if 15 lbs had made a difference in how I feel. I am in a Textron step challenge and am currently in 5th place....pretty good for all of the company not just my plant. I have been doing extra walking each day!

Have a great day...stay strong togethet!

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Hello friends;

!st I want to apologize to anyone that sent me a SP message, goodie or email. that I didn't respond to as I just checked my spam folder and OMG there were 63 SP emails there !!!! I don't know why but I hope I fixed the problem even tho' I don't know what it was ????

Gee I hope everyone has had a good weekend since it's just about over now. I enjoyed the evening with my friend at her church's fundraiser last night and bought dessert from their bake sale to take to my brother's today. Went to their house for a visit and to do my taxes and rec'd good results with credit karma - FREE !!! Will def be able to get that new lap top now !!! I was very pleased. Took my bro Brian with me and then treated him to dinner on the way home.

Looks like that big winter snow storm is heading right for us, I'm not liking it at all. Last I heard could be up to 15 inches, that's just crazy for March, anytime really let alone March !!! If we have to get any I hope it's the least amount which I heard could be 6". I thought we were in the clear but oh well guess not. We will see Tuesday what comes out way.

Hope you are all having a good evening and are prepared for a healthy week ahead,

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Good morning all..

I'm getting ready to head to the gym. Ugh....time change! What can I say!

Hope you lovely ladies are having a great weekend. I sure love it when I'm not working. It's a lot less money but who cares. I'd rather be healthy and happy!

Enjoy your day!!



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Good morning....

HATIN' ON THE NEW SPARK PAGE!

DG... Glad the interview went well and good for you looking at all aspects of the job. Yikes...a $4 an hour pay cut. Yeah..hopefully they will realize what a valuable addition you would make and come back with the salary you need. Wishing the best and sending prayers for a good outcome.

Gold...way to go with the veggies. We are coming into the season where the veggies will be getting really tasty. Linda is already well underway planning her raised gardens. We are getting snow in northern Kansas today. LOL

Cheryl, Cat....hope you have fun things planned for the weekend! Good health to all!!

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Good Saturday morning friends;

So sorry for not getting back but I wanted to take my time to post and I was interrupted many times last night with Dusky, and the phone. And I was so tired.

OK here's how it all went. The interview was good, interesting pertaining to the job and the environment. The hours are 8 - 4:30 and a bit closer to home Indeed doable. I was given an employee handbook, a guide to the benefits and an application to complete. I will fill it in and return it over the weekend, probably today. The draw back was the wage .... $12 an hour !!!! I told the guy that just would not be doable for me, he asked me what I was at right now and I told him $16 and I could not take anything less. I explained that I live alone and this was my only income and it covers what I need to live, He said he would contact the VP (the one who called me and set up the appt) and see if he will meet my range. SO I thanked him and said that would be great if that could happen.
When I got home I computed my current range at 40 hours a week and the cost of the benefits. The additional hours - 2 per day - will cover my bi-weekly cost of the benefits. So I can not take a reduction in my current pay in order for me to live as I do now. A reduction would just set me back financially - with benefits. I know benefits are important especially at my age and I do need some attention but I don't live frivolously now !! The little extra that I have gives me the opportunity to purchase things I need - you know like shoes, new clothes, a haircut now and then, and some enjoyment out side my home with friends and family.

So that's where I am with this interview. Now I'll just sit tight and see where it goes from here. Like you said Cheryl it's not in my hands anyway, I want to be where God needs me most, He'll take care of the rest.

If anyone has any input I'd love to hear it. I still have 7 more years till I reach 70 and that is the earliest I would consider retirement at this point.

What plans are i your weekend friends? I am doing chores around the house today and tonight going out with Fumiko to a fundraiser for her church. Tomorrow spending the day with family and doing my taxes.

I do not like the changes to the START page but wasn't asked for my opinion before they were made so it is what it is. I guess I'll just have to get used to it as with all the other changes they threw at us before. Oh Well

My eating has still been healthy and portioned just didn't get a chance to post my meals the last day or so. Will try to make the best choices over the weekend but you know that can be a little tricky sometimes.

Ok ladies hope I haven't bored you to death with this long post so wish you all a great day.

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Debigene,

you are like a good thriller. I'm sitting on the edge of my seat. I keep checking for news from you.

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Happy Friday!

Will have to push hard for the next couple of days to see more weight loss success. Last night I got the munchies and I usually go for cheese at night. I think I had some hummus on lettuce and a few nuts. It was good but I really like the density of cheese.

Gold, one of my favorite treats is yogurt with granola. Mmmmm Good job getting your veggies in. It reminds me of when we lived in a warm (really warm) climate and my parents (mostly dad) had a nice garden with a good variety of veggies.

DG, will be excited to hear the news on how you feel your interview went. FT may be a big bite but benefits are a huge pull.

Continued wet weather in the beautiful, green, lush PNW. Can you tell I'm trying to psych myself into loving cold, wet weather? Need a vacation in some sunshine. Terri just told me last week that we might be able to stay at her folks' 5th wheel they keep in Yuma. They keep it there all year round but only stay there from the end of November to the 1st of March. Just about 3 months so that would give us lots of time to go for long weekend trips.

Have a great weekend PLOF!!
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Good luck today Debigene! I would say I know you'll ace it, but I think that is God's choice of where he needs your services the most.

My diet is changing here and I don't know why. At home I would always crave mushrooms and had to but them weekly. Not I don't think about them. I have started to eat Greek yogurt, use to hate it. Now I have it with raspberries and granola and love it for a bed time snack. It doesn't have to be a lot, and sometimes I switch to low fat cottage cheese. But this is all new for me.

I make whole meals of zucchini, summer squash, red, green and orange peppers, garlic seasoning salt and a brat sliced up and fired in the juices of the brat. The plate is probably 85 % veggies.

Cheryl, hang in there the scale will move cause you are.

I'm not sure I like the new SP changes either. Does anyone know why they make these unannounced changed?

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Good morning friends .... TGIF !!!!

I noticed the change too and I don't like it either. I used the friend feed on my START page to keep in contact with all my active friends and now ... it's gone just like the team points ... SP is at it again.

Thank you all for the good luck wishes and I'm looking forward to seeing what it's all about and if it might be something I would consider if offered. You know for me it's not all about the money but the opportunity to make a difference in others' lives if possible, the healthy insurance benefits are also a big plus. So we shall see and I'll keep you posted.

Ok gotta run now, wishing you all a FABULOUS FUN Friday !!!

Edited by: DEBIGENE at: 3/10/2017 (07:29)
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Good morning....

What's with the new look of Sparkpeople! I couldn't find anything this morning like...team bonus points. I guess they are gone.

DG...good luck!! I know you will do well!!

Hope you all have a great day and weekend!!

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