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5/25/15 9:09 A

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Good morning friends and a happy healthy holiday to you all.

Whatever your plans may be today may they be mindful of all the success and hard work you have done to get where you are today. Let us remember this is just another day to enjoy time with family. friends or maybe even alone with good thoughts and memories. Think and say a prayer today for all the women and men who fight daily to protect us and give and put their lives on the line to do so.

Jay it is good to see you stop in but not good to here there is stress on the home front. I do hope it works itself out and you are not in the middle of it all. Do keep us posted when you see your Dr with his/her comments on your W/L hon. Remember we are always here for you if you need a shoulder to lean on.

I had a nice time at the cook out yesterday and my trifle was a big hit and if I must say so myself very yummy !! I did eat a little too much but did eat lots of healthy foods too and not too much of the bad stuff. Today I am going over to Karen's house this afternoon and we are talking about maybe going bowling. I think that will be a good way to burn off some of those bad calories from yesterday. I expect to be home before dark as she has to work tomorrow.

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. TTFN

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5/25/15 8:59 A

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Good Memorial Day....


Same ole stuff...tornadoes in Kansas. There were none by me...thankfully. The rain is done for now but will be back later this afternoon. I think we will be able to get to Botanica for a lunch as the storms will be here towards evening.

I was able to get outdoors for a nice 3.5 mile walk at sunrise. I hadn't done that for awhile...it felt great. I am thoroughly enjoying my time off and getting lots of rest.

Have a great day!

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5/24/15 12:37 P

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hi y'all,
i've been very busy and stressed on the home situation. so i haven't been posting anything lately. hopefully it'll get better.
glad to see everyone is getting nice weight loss. Debi what a terrific weight loss. this week i lost 3#s in 5 days. ???????
gotta go
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Good morning friends, oh my and what a beautiful day it is !!!

I am so very excited to share my progress with you all. You all know that I love cereal right ? I think I may even be a cereal hoarder and I eat it everyday - a big bowl too, WELL my friend Karen told me to stop eating it in the mornings, (I could eat it at dinner if I wanted, but I didn't), and at lunch to include celery and cucumbers for snacking. Well I did that for the entire week and I also was very mindful of everything else I ate and drank and my portions. Today's scale results were stunning to me !!! And remember my steps where down much lower than it has been since I started in February !!! I am soooo motivated to make the same thing happen next week.

Just another way how one small step can make such big changes and I just had to share it with you all.

Gold I am sorry to hear you have had a fall hon, what happened ??? You said you are on bed rest so it sounds considerably serious.

Peggy - again it is nice to see you stop by again. Yes do check out our other threads. Your PB pie sounds yummy and yes SF/FF instant puddings are still available. I just bought some for the trifle I'm making. I'll post the recipe later.

Diana - I see you are getting points for the team, that's great !! We hope to see you stop in and say hello on occasion too.

Cheryl - I see you are doing great with your fitness, how's everything else going?

Cat how's the walking coming along?

Susan - you must still be busy huh?

Jay where are you?

Well going to go get my day started, cook out is at 3 so I'' probably stop in before then.

What's everyone else got going on today?

Edited by: DEBIGENE at: 5/24/2015 (09:44)
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5/24/15 6:37 A

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Hello...


So far a soggy but good weekend. I got on the treadmill and watched womens softball super regionals yesterday. I got in about 90 minutes cardio. Right now Im getting ready to head to the gym with my sister. Later I will watch the Indy 500

Tomorrow if the weather holds up and stops raining we are going to the botanical gardens. The roses are in bloom and they are having a woodwind ensemble play some nice relaxing music. Sounds divine! That's all I have planned but I'm sure something will come up. Oh yeah...gotta get out to the cemetery and place some flowers on Mom & Dads graves.

Have a great day!

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5/23/15 8:13 P

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Hello gfs! I see there are a couple new pages I need to check out.

I'd love to have the recipe for the lemon/blueberry trifle!

There is a peanut butter pie my daughter kept promising to make for me BEFORE she moved to MN...and never did. I've been thinking of lightening it up. It would go like this:

Mix up a pretty big (probably the size after 16 oz) peanut butter with brown sugar Spenda. Spread it in a graham cracker crust (or a substitue. I haven't checkedthe calories yet, but was thinking of using a chocolate crust). Prepare a box of the cooked kind of vanilla pudding to pour over the peanut butter in the crust. I remember a sugar free kind of pudding, but don't know if it is still available.

I thought to drizzle it with chocolate syrup. (has anyone tried the lighter version of Hershey's?)

I haven't tried Hummus but always told myself I didn't care for chick peas. One thing I discovered recently was how good raw asparagus it!

My ultrasound yesterday at Loyola showed all was ok. I told the dr it would be!

Need to wait til Mon or Tues for the results of the chemical stress test.

All my walking now is with a cane. The left knee is developing more pain due to favoring the right one.

I can hardly wait until this is over. One more appt before my PCP will clear me. That's the gynie one. Maybe since the ultrasoung was ok she will let me cancel it.

The only thing I am having trouble getting back on track with (besides lots of exercise) is the water! I can do it all, but then am getting up 4-5 times at night.

Sigh. I have already lost almost 10 pounds though. Will weigh again to check the total Sunday or Monday.

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5/23/15 12:16 P

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DG - staying tuned in, im def curious! emoticon And you did a great job making good choices while out and about. emoticon

Sounds like you've made a choice you can live with Carol and that may be what matters most.

Cat, got your messages and have replied with the info.

Gonna go get my water and first round of vitamins that's part of the cleanse. Taking 10 large pills 5x a day.

By for now...

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Good Saturday morning friends,

WOW another beautiful sunny day for us today. Temps look to be in the 70's and once again I hope to get out and get a nice walk in.. I have not done so well with the steps this week but I am not beating myself up about it as the classes at work will be over and done with next week and June will get me back on my daily step track. I will be totally shocked if I earn any reward. I am not gonna say anything right now but if today goes well with healthy and walking choices I will be sharing a super good W/L tomorrow and I'll tell you how I did it then !!! Stay tuned !!!

Carol, 1st let me say you know we are here for you even if it's just as a sounding board, so no matter what you can always share with us. I am glad to hear that you have thought things out regarding the work matter and have come to a decision that you can live with. Keep praying on it hon, you know all too well how God hears and answers our prayers. Keep the faith baby!

Today I need to decide on a dessert for the cook out on Sunday, I leaning toward a lemon blueberry trifle as low in sugar and fat as possible and of course delicious !!!

Sounds like Dusky is calling me to get up so I must run for now. I'll be stopping in and out as the day goes on.

Let's get the holiday started in our minds 1st, with good healthy thoughts and plans to make it happen. Stay strong, stay focused and of course stay positive. We CAN do it friends !!!

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Good morning ladies...

Hope you have plans for a wonderful weekend. I think most of the rain will be today and tomorrow. We might have a decent day on Monday.

Linda and I met and had a nice lunch yesterday. We did a bit of shopping and began the weekend just relaxing and enjoying some time together. I look forward to a very nice weekend.

My decision at work...i know you are all tired of this. Basically if I step down i will being doing half of the leads work anyway. If i stay. ..someone will be doing half of my work. So...I'll probably stay...whats the point? Its never going to be what I really want no matter what I do.

So thats the end of that...from now on I'm leaving work at work. Thats all I can do.

Have s great weekend!

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Hello friends,

I had such a great afternoon out and about with Karen. We went to a local historical neighborhood (Baltimore/MD is full of them) and got lots of walking in slow as it was it was still walking. We stopped at 2 local places for a bite to eat and a drink. One was a low key average place where I had a jerk chicken flat-bread with black beans and chopped tomato, good but nothing spectacular and a Madras cocktail and a glass of water. The next place was awesome, it was much more of an upscale trendy place and I had a chef's snack plate (1 serving size) included 1 slice of a hard cheese that I can't remember the name of but so very good and 4 very thin slices of cobbo (sp) salami and 3 thin slices of house made dill pickles. I ordered small plate of the smoked trout served with very thinly sliced onion and toasted thin sliced crusty bread. There we both had a white sangria and 2 glasses of water. I think all considered I made good choices while enjoying the day. We did not go to the casino for which I was grateful.
As of yet I have not decided what the dessert will be for tomorrow. I'm open to any suggestions anyone may want to offer.

Looks like everyone is busy today so hope to see some W/L results tomorrow ladies.

Edited by: DEBIGENE at: 5/22/2015 (21:42)
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Good morning and Happy Fabulous Friday to all my PLOF friends !!

I'm off today and I too don't go back till Wednesday !!! I will milk these 5 days as long as I can !!
Heading out later for an afternoon with my friend Karen where we will def get some walking in, some good food that I will try hard to be healthy about and of course a cocktail or 2. We may stop by the casino. My lesbian friends Donna and Carol invited me to a cook out on Sunday and I asked what I could bring and they requested a dessert. I will search the SP recipes for something yummy and healthy. I'd like it to be something along the cake lines. I know there is plenty to decide upon, to that will be my project for tomorrow, LOL.

Carol your boss is just mean !!! Make your decision today so you don't have to think about it until Wednesday when you tell her. Enjoy your days off hon.

Ok friends, gonna go eat some breakfast, FF greek yogurt with mango and raspberries and just a little granola, then dust and vacuum, and then get ready for a fun afternoon out and about.

Make your Friday FABULOUS and FIT and being kind to others with a smile on your face.

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Hello all....

Happy day! I'm working today till 11 then I'm outta there until Wedesday.

Okay...now there is an interesting spin on my job leadership position. My boss changed several of my current job duties that would make my job much much easier. But...now the people who work for me are begging me to stay and some say. if I leave they want to transfer outta there. The job duties she took away from the lead position were transferred to the position I would be going to...WHAT. So...if i step down I will be taking some of my job duties with me. I think my boss is forcing my hand to stay or making it a lot easier for the person who would take over. Anyway my final decision will be given when I get back next wednesday. Now...i dont know what is best for me. It will be long hours no matter what I do.

Have a great day!

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Happy Thankful Thursday indeed! Gold, I hope you feel more in the swing of things soon. For me, I know that when I'm not feeling motivated, just making the smallest effort to do something (walk 10 mins) turns into something bigger and better and can be the catalyst to an upswing. You've been through a lot, so I'm with DG and sending you good thoughts and hugs and we're here keeping you company in good times and not so good times. Take care.

Hope that work thing gets resolved for you soon, Carol. Some people just don't like it when you take care of yourself and that's on them.

Happy (happy, happy) to report scale going in the right direction this morning and I'm feeling good. It's day 1 of our cleanse and we're doing a "beginner" cleanse so really just no alcohol, red meat and of course sugar. Really no restrictions, just common sense. Intermediate level they talk more about restrictions and using organic veggies/fruits (which we try to do as much as possible) and advanced level is more talk about raw food and juice meal replacement which I think is touched on at intermediate level too.

Have been walking and getting my 10,000+ steps in all week. And, today is our health wellness program so I am going to go to that and get my blood pressure checked, blood glucose, etc. Want to do it soon so I can eat my breakfast.

Enjoy your Thursday, PLOF! Wishes to you all for success in your journey. We deserve it!
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Good morning friends and a Happy Healthy THANKFUL Thursday to all !!!

Steps were low again yesterday but I'm getting close to the end of those classes. I think I will have them all done (unless they add more) by the end of May .... YAY !!! So June will bring me back to my normal, Oh I hope !!! By then the weather should have settled down to normal and I hope to get out for my steps more often.

Carol I hope your boss hears you loud and clear this time and makes the necessary changes for your job to work for you, not you work for it !!! Your last alternative may just have to be an ultimatum to her !!!

Gold you must know you are a winner since you are still here and still have the desire to live healthier. You are our team member that has been here the longest and we won't let you down. Give us some ideas that we can use to help motivate you. Enjoy your day hon.

Gotta run girls need to eat and get ready for my day.

Stay positive, stay focused, be THANKFUL, and let your smile help make your day !!!

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Good morning everyone.

I hope today is a good day for everyone. I'm going to work on trying to motivate myself to do a little better. Our forecast looks a little better for the next few days and that helps. I am going to go to my Minneapolis house today and dig up some plants. I also have to run some papers around to old clients.

Carol, it's good that your boss finally heard you. Debigene, that was a great article about your brother. Cat, how are you doing. You must have a wonderful personality because if I had to rely on others for my meals I wouldn't need SP, probably a coroner. Brenda, where are you in your walk? Sue, how are things down in Tx.Say hello to Deb for us.

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Good morning....

Im busy at work but am working on stepping down as a lead. I may have finally gotten through to my boss. I don't think she is very happy with me right now but I know this is the right thing to do. She takes these things personally. ..its not.

Anyway...I'm still looking forward to some days off.
though it is raining for the next few days. Have a great day!



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Good Hump Day morning friends;

Gold I feel sad for you after reading your post hon and I am gonna keep you in my thoughts and prayers today to bring your motivation back and also to resolve your breathing problem you are experiencing lately. I will also ask the team for their ideas to suggest for your to get it back !!!

Carol, sorry about the increase in hours at work hon, take this long holiday weekend to rejuvenate for the week to come.

I'm so running late this morning so will be back tonight to chat.

Have a wonderful healthy fit day friends.

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Good morning.. I couldn't sleep this morning, so thought I'd pop in here with a quick line. It is still cold here with 40 degrees this morning at 7am. I have lost a lot of plants to this unusually cold weather. Kind of makes me want to give it up.

I don't know how to get back on track again. I really need to as I'm having trouble breathing. Now wouldn't you think that would be motivation enough, but it's not. I went to play cards yesterday, but by the time I walked into the house where we were to play, I was to short of breathe to stay.

I hope everyone has a great day. Thanks for the motivation from this team, it's was hard to say I'm not on track

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Good morning. ...

Did I say I was busy at work. We got put on 10 hour days yesterday. ..the rest of the week and when we come back from holiday. I have a dental appt.today so Im not doing it for now. Tomorrow I will..... but Friday I'm leaving work at 11 am and not going back till Wednesday.

I did get to the gym yesterday and look forward to some good workouts over the weekend. The rain is hit and miss today but it is going ro rain all weekend. There is a chance of severe on Saturday.

Have a good day!

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Evening friends;

Getting in here late tonight. Went to the coop after work and learned the process for distribution of members picking up the orders and met a few other volunteers. The woman running the show gave me 4 sweet potatoes, 3 onions and a bag of fresh collard greens that was left over from the deliveries. How nice was that !!! I will participate again in 2 weeks for the same 2 nights and take a look at what the coop offers to it's members at what costs in comparison to what I buy retail now. It's not like i normally buy organic or eco friendly products as a rule but do when they appeal to me so it's something I really have to way against the financial aspect for me. That's the MAIN reason for my interest but I def like the other benefits it provides as well.
Came home and fixed a nice salad and a sweet potato for dinner after feeding Dusky, then talked to my Dad for quite a while on the phone, and now I'm finishing up on the computer with my SP family and I am just plain old tired right now.

Good to hear everyone is motivated to get and stay on track with what's important. I did read everyone's post and will catch up with what everyone has going on tomorrow. Hope you don't mind.

Sweet dreams ladies.

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No surprise to hear you're eating the PCC Emerald green salad, Cat. You sound like you have a pretty clean diet.

Had to share this (abbreviated) from Beautyjunkiez.com (10 best weight control secrets.)

Unhealthy foods will undoubtedly result in packing those extra calories that you can definitely do without. You will have to sacrifice foods that make you fat if you want to succeed in losing weight in a limited amount of time. This is actually the best way to lose weight.

Always keep in mind that you must never doubt your ability to lose weight. To make it work, keep a similar approach as you do with your career. Positivity is the key to your success, which means you got to believe in yourself no matter what happens or what other people say.

You can do anything if you put your mind and your heart into it. Take your time and plan a trip to the suburbs or mountains as a getaway from all the stress and worries of this world. However, it is important that you always stick to your weight loss regime no matter where you go.

The worst thing you can do while losing weight is to try and speed up the process by taking weight loss supplements. Taking weight loss drugs can be quite hazardous to your health, avoid them at all costs. Additionally, you can include natural foods in your diet instead of sticking with just one type of food. Also, eat diet rich in vitamins and minerals to lose weight without losing body strength. When you go on a diet, it is your call to stick with natural food and avoid gimmicks.

Work on a complete diet plan that is meant to improve your whole body and system. Don't go for one thing and ignore the other as it may be harmful for you in the longer run.

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This isn't the article in full...most of it tho. A lot of it hit home for me - after gaining 7.5 pounds of the 20 I lost it's nice to be reminded not to doubt my ability to lose weight and also the part where it says "stick to your weight loss regime no matter where you go."

Hope you all had a great day. Terri and I are walking in the park tonight. emoticon

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Hello all,

Some of you are having crazy weather! I can remember snows in May growing up in Michigan. I wondered if with the changes in our climate if that still happened! I'd go back to bed too Gold.

It's been pretty cool here the past few days but all the rhododendrons are in bloom and it's beautifully colorful. I love this time of year when everything here is so green and verdant. In another month or two lawns will be brown and crispy again. I don't know if we'll have water restrictions like CA this summer but our mountain snowpack this winter was almost negligible. Scary....

LOL Cheryl, I had PCC Emerald salad for dinner last night too! One of my absolute favorites that I call "whisker salad" because of all the bits of ticklish fennel. I also like to add pine nuts to it for an added treat. Seiko is coming for lunch in a bit today with a pot of spaghetti and salad. Lucky me!

I really feel like my mind and body are getting back with it. I'm able to complete complex work projects more easily and am keeping up with PT exercises. Walking is getting easier but I'm so sore in the evening from lifting the dang boot, mostly my back and calf. At least things are getting stronger but my energy level is still only half of normal. I know it's a process. The foot is looking great - all the scabs (sorry, tmi) are gone and it's just pink scars which will fade with time. It's still kind of knarly to look at though if you're not used to it!!

OK, enough about me again. Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday!
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Well, I'm happy to report I did get on the treadmill at home last night and thinking about all my PLOF buddies for inspiration. It was hot in the garage and I broke a sweat in no time. I was done after about 16 minutes but pushed myself to do 30 mins. Then at 30 mins. I said for each min beyond 30 was a "bonus" point and I ended up doing 45 on the threadmill with no music or any other distraction. Then we juiced: organic carrots, apples, beets and ginger.

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Yes, you heard snow. But it miss us by a few miles. However,my gardens have taken a hard hit with the frost and cold.. Kind of makes me want to give up until about July.

Good Great Morning to all. It's cold and I'm going back to bed. I'll try to check in later.

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Good morning friends;

It rained soooo hard here last night just as I was getting to the coop to volunteer. I had to wait to get out of the car. It was a nice hour spent helping to label items for orders that will be picked up tonight and I will give another hour or so to help pack. I tried hard but didn't reach my step goal but was close, will aim again today. These morning classes are my nemesis !!!! But this so shall end.

Carol I know you said you need the rain but when is enough, LOL !!! I love your attitude to just enjoy the upcoming days off !!!

Cat so good to hear you are feeling good girl, sounds like full rehab mode to me !!! We must always remember that everyone we meet is fighting their own battles; we are not alone. Just One more reason to be kind to others.

Cheryl a full day can be good and fun BUT we must take time to nourish our bodies with healthy choices. Sounds to me like you are doing a good job hon. Carry on !!!

Gold did I hear "snow" in your neck of the woods on the news last night ????? I hope not !!

I wish everyone a TERRIFIC day full of the best choices available to you to make healthy decisions. Let's go make it happen team !!!


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Good morning ladies....

Rushing through this morning. I'm all ready for the rains that are coming tonight. It sounds like this weekend will be soggy. I don't really care....just looking forward to some to some down time.

Have a great day!

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Yesterday we met friends for pizza and a beer. Terri and I walked the 5.6 miles there and got a ride back. It's not the prettiest walk, but it sufficed. At some point we realized it was our only meal that day. We usually start with a good breakfast before leaving the house but got caught up with errands and then got rushed to do our walk and make 3:00pm pizza date - way too much on our to-do lists these days.

Forgot my tracker today so I'm going to get my steps in tonight at home on my treadmill.

Breakfast was cereal and lunch was a steak sandwich from home with lettuce and avocado. Tonight an Emerald green salad (lots of kale) from PCC. Getting my water in - 3 down and 5 to go. So far so good with not snacking.

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Wow Debigene, that sounds like a crunchily delicious lunch!! You do so well with getting in the fruits and vegetables! I always forget about hummus, I don't eat it regularly but super enjoy it when I do. I'm putting it on my next shopping list. It's easy and a good protein source.

Feeling more stable every day now. I've been trying to spend a bit of time each day standing barefoot just to see what full contact with the ground feels like now. It's definitely different than before the surgery. The hardware makes it feel stiff but I think that will pass with time. Jill took me on some errands yest and we ran into a friendly young man in a wheel chair asking for donations outside the drug store. He had recently had his leg amputated below the knee. The sign he was holding said "Depressed". Made me feel so fortunate and made the temporary halt to my life seem so insignificant.

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Good MINDFUL Monday friends; are you ready for a new week?

Getting an early start to get in and work on those darn classes and still try to get some steps in too before my work day starts. Looks and feels like rain is on the way, that humidity is so high right now.

Lunch is packed, yellow and orange peppers, carrots, celery and cucumbers with 2 Tbsp of hummus. Watermelon, blueberries and 1 kiwi cut up in a bowl. Not sure about dinner yet as I have a few options, we'll see what I feel like tonight. Volunteering at the coop tonight for an hour.

Sue I hope you can catch up on your sleep tonight. I have friends with 2 toy poodles and all they do is yap, it must be even worse when you are the owner. I hope you find the job with what you need one day, .... all in His time !!! Have faith and hang in there hon. Say hi to Deb.

Carol, glad your weekend was dry enough to get some of your yard work done.

Gotta run ladies, time is slipping away and I still have to eat breakfast and get ready for work.

Look for good choices all around you today and be kind to others.

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Good Morning ladies and Happy Monday!

I"m looking forward to the time off too, but I'm sure hoping I can make up the time. I'm pretty sure I will be able to make up at least part of it. I will be pretty excited when I get a permanent job with benefits.

I have two chihuahuas and they are good girls, but in this apartment, people can be heard a lot f the time, and they must bark every time. Last night at almost midnight, they wear all upset that they could hear someone talking out by the pool in front of the apartment, so I'm really tired this morning. Oh well, praise God I have a safe place to live, even when its noisy!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day! Blessings and a healthy week to each of you!

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Good morning...

I'm looking ahead to next weekend. Not trying to get ahead of myself but I'm looking forward to some time off. I have no real plans other than relaxing and re booting.

I got most of my yardwork done. Tonight I have to mow my ditch. It was a little too wet yestetday but should be dry enough tonight. Tomorrow night it's going to rain again. My garden is doing great. I'm enjoying my spinach and lettuce and also sharing it with my friends. I already have tomatoes on the vine and the cilantro is ready. The rains are helping this year.

Well...gotta get going. Work is calling my name. Have a great week.

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Evening friends;

I hope everyone has enjoyed the day and is just about ready to start another new healthy fit week.

I went to Aldi's and did my shopping and got some good buys and plenty of produce except I forgot the darn bananas which means I have to stop on the way home tomorrow. I roasted some zucchini slices and some bok choy, and a turkey breast tenderloin for dinner. I have plenty of turkey left for a few more dinners or lunches this week. I'm ready for the week as I have cut up carrot, cucumbers, yellow and orange peppers and celery. I have grapes and watermelon cut up already also. No excuses or reason to buy other foods in the cafe at work.

So let's all get ready for the week prepared with good choices readily available to us. How are you getting it together???

Have a peaceful pleasant evening ladies.

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The sun is out. I feel like the little bird running around saying the sky is falling. it's beautiful out. Tomorrow we drop down to below average temp. So I had better soak up today. I have my great granddaughters here and they love to be outside, so all is good. Simone Piano recital went well yesterday.

Carol 5 inches of rain, wow! I wonder why we couldn't just move some of those clouds over CA. Debigene I hope you have great produce shopping today. I'm going to plant some more tomatoes and maybe some cucumbers. My peas, which love cool weather are about 3 inches high. Most of my Swiss chard got froze out a week ago, so I'll be starting over there.

Cat, continue on your healing journey. Keep your scooter upright. I saw Cheryl's response saying her scooter went over a couple of times too. You would think they would make them more stable considering the population the scooter is meant to serve.

Well need to go 2 little girls are getting loud. The 6 year old wants to know why someone would name a planet Uranus. I think she likes to shock her grandmother.

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Good morning friends and a blessed Sunday to all.

I had a fun day yesterday with my friend Karen, not that we did anything all that exciting we just enjoyed some wine, the Preakness and some good food. I had steamed shrimp and a few nachos, oh yeah and 2 Black Eyed Susan cocktails - the traditional Preakness Cocktail !!
Sadly I did not get any walking in and therefore my step total for the week was in the Bronze Medal range, I'll take it !!
Not much going on today, need to go get produce and pellets for Dusky. It has stopped raining here as well Carol and we had quite the down pour but not nearly 5 inches !!! I don't see any signs of sun as of yet but maybe it will shine later ???

Hope everyone has the kind of day that you want it to be and that you enjoy it.

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Good morning...

Finally the rain stopped. We got no severe weather but the rains were torrential. Ended up with almost 5 inches in one day. It'll take awhile to dry up.

Mowing...i feel like its a good workout for me. Right now once a week mowing I can handle. Probably later in the summer i will get soneone to help me.

Heading to the gym this morning with my sista..be back later!



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I just lost my message. boy that upsets me. I have a busy weekend so better run. Have a great weekend you all.

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Happy weekend friends, hope everyone has something good planned that brings you joy.

Cat that's good news about the healing of the bones and I bet that soothed your nerves a bit. I'm sure the x-ray Monday will lift your spirit and ease your pain as well !!!

Carol you should cut yourself some slack and look into a local business that can do that mowing for you. It could help ease up some time for you for all the meaningful, fun, relaxing things you enjoy. Yeah I know it would be an expense but you deserve it with all the extra hours you work. It would def be $$$ well spent. Just a thought, you worry me sometimes. You know having time to rest/relax is good and healthy too, just sayin', LOL!!!

I doing a few little chores around the house this morning and giving Dusky some me time since I will be heading out later to hang with my GF Karen. At some point this weekend I'll also need to make a produce run.
I really need to get my steps in as well, since the week was not as productive as I had hoped it would be. There's always life going on and throwing a twist in the works of things that need to be addressed. So we carry on and do the best we can. 2 brothers in the ER this week, touching base with Dad and friends on the phone, daily routines that include work, me time and of course my main squeeze - Dusky, there just doesn't seem to be much time left in the day before it ends with the much needed sleep. Monday and Tuesday evenings next week I will be doing volunteering for the coop, finally !!! No wonder we need weekends !!!! I'm looking forward to 5 days off for the coming holiday.

Well ladies, that's all for now. Go have a good day making the best healthy choices you have available to you. As always continue to be kind to others and keep smiling.

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Good morning....

Cat....hope all is good with you and that you have not added any extra injury to your foot. Sounds like Sam might have a little lead there with Cheryls help.That would be great. I agree...when one door closes.

Gold...this weather is crazy. We have have had more rain this year than i can remember. Usually we are having a drought. I'm telling you...my garden loves it though.

DG..hello hello. Thank you for carrying team...i have been so busy again. All the kids have started ball for the summer and I have 5 playing this year. Then the mowing ...yikes! I guess...its never gonna change
and I'll just have to be here as much as I can. I love this team though..its really the only one i am consistent with.

You all have a great weekend! I'm off to work

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TGIF!

I was way to busy with frustrating work projects today. Got most of it done but it gave me a headache and I forgot to eat breakfast. Duh! I'm feeling OK but the foot is still more sore than it was Monday before I started walking! But I guess xray on Monday will tell. My coworker that is a trauma nurse came over last night. She said that by 8 weeks the bones are pretty well knitted together (amazing, isn't it?) and I probably didn't do anything serious so that helped relieve my mind.

Cheryl - I'll pass the info on to Sam, he's coming over in a bit. Thanks so much! As a matter of fact he was working for a law firm in Pioneer Square. It was the most enthusiastic I've heard him about a job. Oh well, something better will come up!

Hope everyone has some fun and healthy plans for the weekend. I'll probably do some work work and practice my walking but other than that I'm open for surprises!!!
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Evening friends, hope everyone ended up having a good day and is ready to enjoy the weekend.

Cat how ya feeling today hon? Nice that Cheryl can recommend your son if he is interested. Shame he worked for nothing but on the positive side he got the experience at a different company. I know too well that it doesn't pay the bills but it happened for a reason and thankfully he found out this soon. The right position will come his way. Remember when God closes one door He opens another.

Gold were your rubbers hon if your planting in the rain !!! Don't catch a cold.

Good for you Cheryl getting some OT. Do you mean you and Terri are not gonna eat food?
For how long ????

Ok ladies, time to get a move on. I got over 5K steps in at work today so I still have about 3K to go tonight. Food was on track today and tomorrow maybe, actually will be my off day as Karen and I are getting together and that always requires cocktails or wine and some yummy foods. I'll try to make it as healthy as possible. After the week I've had tho' I need a cocktail !!
Dishes are calling me and I still have a little SPARKING to do.

Hope your evening is full of all you want it to be that makes you happy.



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Hi, jumping in before my day gets away from me. Yesterday I had OT for the first time in 4.5 years! and came in early today. Sat on my butt most of the day though trying to concentrate and get things done.

Wow, Cat, so sorry to hear about your son's layoff - not getting paid for 3 weeks - that's huge. I'm not sure what kind of technology he's in or if he's interested, but we have some positions on our Staff Positions Available page he might be interested in looking at (if he doesn't mind working for a law firm). I'll send you a sparkmail. Glad to hear you're getting an x-ray. I fell too when I was on my scooter (probably a couple of times). emoticon You've been doing such a great job with your recovery, I bet you'll be fine, but I'm sure that it was disconcerting to fall and like you said, for your own piece of mind, it's good to have it checked out. Take care.

Terri and I are finally going to do our cleanse next week so I have a few days to get on track and motivated. I'm pretty much there.

The weather isn't going to be super nice this weekend, but hopefully we'll be able to work around the house and do something fun to get our steps in.

Nice weather is right around the corner, hang in there Gold.

And, as always, DG and Carol, thanks for keeping the team alive and thriving.

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Good Friday morning everybody. We have another gloomy chilly day here. We need the rain as most of our 10,000 lakes are below their normal level, but if this keeps up 1 MN grandma is going to be crabby. I am going to plant my sweet corn even if I have to do it in the rain.

Cat, sorry about your fall. I hope you didn't do any damage. will you be able to continue on your walking program.

Carol, your weather doesn't seem much better than mine.Stay safe.

Everyone have a great weekend.

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Happy Friday friends and a BIG TGIF !!!

Cat, I am sure you are quite concerned and I hope you did not add any injury to your already recovering foot. It should def give you some peace of mind to get an exray. It's good they did that for my bro yesterday or they would not have known he broke that toe. I can imagine it was def a scary feeling when it all happened. Simple little things we're doing can turn into unexpected situations without any kind of notice. Just take it slow hon.

Cheryl, we call can def relate to those types of co-workers in one way or another. We just have to find a way to work through and around it. Your sweet nature will make it happen. Have patience hon.

Heading in early to work on more classes and they added 3 more yesterday !!! That's just not fair since we only have till 6/30 to get them completed !!! Guess I'll have to just get more hours in which means extra money, so I better not complain and just do it !!!

Have a great day ladies and stay focused and positive on the tasks at hand !!! Keep smiling and being kind to others.


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Good morning ladies. ..

Here we go again with the severe weather. Today and Saturday we are on the watch for hail and winds . Tornadoes hopefully won't be an issue.

I'm working this weekend. We are getting a long weekend on Memorial weekend and im taking extra days. I'm looking forward to that.

Awww...they found the missing marine helicopter wreckage in Nepal. The pilot was from Wichita and called his momma on Mother's day to wish her well...thats the last they talked to him. They had an interview with the parents just now on local tv. Praying for all the families of the victims.

Have a great day!

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Hi powerful ladies!!

Cheryl, right on. You put your feelings out there and she can react however she wants.Give her time. My arch nemesis at work "D" and I have had somewhat of a cold war truce going on for a few years now. I cover her boss when she's out of town and we're colleagues so we have to get along. I no longer ask her personal questions and it works out just fine.

Gold, I wonder if you're making up for all those years of sleepless nights thinking about your clients! You deserve to do whatever you feel like. And sleep is very healing. I'm sure when the weather calls you'll be eager to get diggin in the dirt. I will never try hay bale gardening after your experience last year. Wish you would post a picture (yeah right) of your bucket gardening. Do you drill holes in the bottom?

Debigene, we all need kindness and yours overflows - you are in the perfect place to share that with strangers who need it most. Now if they would only give you a big, fat raise :-)

Sad news here today is that son Sam the elder received notice that the firm he joined as an IT tech three weeks ago declared bankruptcy today and closed the doors immediately. They can't even make tomorrow's payday payroll which would be his first since starting the job about 3 weeks ago. He was coasting and down to pennies so his work for them has essentially been volunteer work. Apparently no one but upper management knew before today. They effectively laid off over 800 people in one day.

I had a scary fall on Tuesday night and it was very upsetting. Hit the foot hard as I toppled over in my narrow hallway with the rolly cart on top of me. Had to crawl back to my bed and call for help. I think it's alright but I"m going in to have it xray'd on Monday just for my peace of mind. Whew.

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Hello friends, hope you all had a good day.

Cheryl, yes today is now behind you hon and tomorrow is another new chance to get it back on track. Aren't we lucky that we have another shot at it and we don't have to be quitters !!! You can make it happen hon.

Gold no reason why you can't enjoy some extra sleep now that you are retired. I think that's one of the perks !!!

My bro Rodney (upstairs) came into the ER today while I was still at work. He broke his big toe while in his wheel chair today at home alone. He also ripped the nail almost completely off, and there was blood everywhere !!! A neighbor came over and called 911. He was coming in the door from the deck and his foot slipped of the foot rest and as he was going in the door the big toe slipped under the door jam as he was still going in the house. It was not a pretty sight to see either. He ended up with 5 stitches and the toe nail removed. They had to give him intravenous antibiotics due to the open fracture and he will have to follow up with a podiatrist. Just glad he is ok with not great damage. He is more upset that he has to cancel his new round of PT on a new piece of equipment. Hopefully he will be able to get back to that when the healing is done.

All this said and done I got home an hour and half later than normal. I will work on getting my steps in at home tonight as I only got 4K in at work. Food choices were def the healthy highlight of the day, so hope I can get things back on trac tonight.

It's already 8:30 so I need to get my walk on ladies. Hope you evening is peaceful and pleasant. Sweet dreams.

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Well, DG, that doesn't surprise me...you're always so positive and have a comforting way about you. I'm sure a few minutes with you was just what that woman needed.

Oh, I hope to have a garden this year. Feel like I'm a little behind but, Gold, I too have a hard time getting motivated in wet, soggy weather.

So glad yesterday is behind me. I ate and ate and ate. I couldn't stop. Am hoping today is better, better, better!

20 days until our trip to Las Vegas and I want to be sure I'm wearing my 20 lb weight loss! emoticon I did the wii last night for 30 mins. It's fun and addicting. I do an obstacle course and I finally beat and got consistently good at the beginner level so last night I did the advanced level and really enjoyed it.

Definitely thankful it's Thursday. Even though it's a short week for me, it's been hectic and trying. I finally told my co-worker to please not interrupt when I'm having a conversation with someone (that she's not even involved in - just interrupts when noone asks). It was the final straw yesterday after putting up with it for months and months. Of course it didn't go over well and she said "you do it too, but I ignore it..." I continued with "please respect my space and I'll do the same." It felt good to stand my ground and I think she'll be better in the future.

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Good Morning from rainy, cold MN. It's 51 degrees, raining and kind of windy. I cannot get into gardening in this weather. Also, I seem to be spending to much time sleeping lately.

Debigene, your experience yesterday sounds wonderful. You and that lady both have an attitude of gratitude.

I have 5 raised garden beds, and this year I'm also going to try pail gardening for my tomatoes. Last year I TRIED STRAW BALE GARDENING AND THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT TO WELL FOR ME. I hate it when I go for the "a" key and hit the caps lock key instead.

well it's time for me to get busy..Have a great day.

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Good morning friends,

WOW, everyone must be busy, probably just taking care of life.

Just have to share this. Yesterday at work I was listening to a patient who was telling me how upset she was that her dr was making changes that she didn't feel was helping her and she was so upset. I suggested that she consider getting a second opinion be it here at our hospital or elsewhere and the needed to feel confortable with the dr that is treating her and the treatment she was receiving. The I got a call and others people at the desk that I needed to take care of. At the very end of the day as I was actually leaving this lady showed back up and just because she wanted to tell me how much it meant to her that I took the time to offer her the advise I gave her. She started to cry and all I could do was give her a big hug. She was soooo thankful to me for something I didn't even realize that I had done for her. Her joy made me cry.

I just want to say that kindness to others means so much more to others than we have any idea. It can effect people in ways that we can't even imagine and may not ever be fortunate enough to even know about ..... but it does !!!!

Have a beautiful, thankful, healthy day mu friends. Keep smiling and be kind to others.

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Good Thursday morning. ..

Have a great day!!


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Goood WONDERFUL Wednesday morning friends;

I was so happy to see my step results this morning, finally made it over 8K steps which will kick my momentum back into gear !!! The temps are perfect for walking today so I will walk outside tonight.

If any of you gardeners want to send care packages my way with your left overs I will be happy to rec' them, LOL !! just kidding girls. I hope the coop will be my alternative !!!

CONGRATS to you Cat, look at you walking like a big girl !!! WOO HOO hon keep up the good work, I see dancing in your future soon !!!

Sorry but gotta run, got classes to do at work and my middle bro called to let me know he's heading to the ER with serious back pain. He's had about 5 back surgerys and suffers with back pain on a daily basis. He hasn't had this severe pain to send him to the ER in quite a while so please say a pray for him. Thanks ladies.

Make your day full of good healthy decisions in all you do. and an extra effort to be kind to others.

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Good morning....

DG...actually Linda is able to take care of the gardens. We have 3 right now and I think they are about 5x5. If you plan right you can get a lot in there...you want to stay from anything that vines and would take over the whole area. The tomatoes are in one by themselves and are staked to go vertically. I'm already very happy with it...have a big spinach salad for my lunch today.

Have a great day..I'm headed to the gym after work. Yardwork is done and the rains are returning today.

Have a good one

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Raised beds are the way to go! I have a fantasy of having some that you could even sit in a chair and garden!! It's so wonderful, being able to go in the yard for fresh veggies for the nutribullet - and really once it's all set up the work is not that major unless you have a huge plot. The mint I grow for tea is in big pots (it spreads like weeds in the garden) and that is almost no care except for watering and havesting. I'd never raised a vegetable before I moved to this house and now I'm hooked.
Way to go on getting those classes done DG - overtime will be nice. I think it's exciting that you're working at the co-op, I'm sure you'll learn a lot! Cheryl, glad you made it back safe and sound and had a great time.

Apparently today was staff appreciation day at work and one of our lovely faculty brought a bouquet, pastries and fruit from the event. Just stopped by mid afternoon. How nice was that :-) She even said that after 8 weeks I looked like I lost weight. Double nice!! Wrapped up the pastries for Seiko to take tomorrow. Hope I don't hear them calling later tonight.

And last but not least today I WALKED!!! In the house that is - with the boot. Didn't even use crutches. I had 1 hour this morning and tonight I can walk within another one hour period. Tomorrow I have 4 hours. And each day it progressed until I'm able to walk at any time. It's very slow and kind of scary but so nice to be able to carry something in my hands from room to room without the scooter.
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Hi everyone, welcome home Cheryl !!!

Glad you had a fun time. I have seen your success and commitment at work I know you can make the next 2 weeks just as good !!! You CAN do it hon !!!

Well I had the wrong day on my calendar for the Coop night to volunteer, it's NEXT Tuesday !!! I will also volunteer next Monday to help label products from a local creamery for the coop. I'm looking forward to being a part of it all and taking advantage of being able to buy from them.
I got over 5K steps in at work today and will work on more tonight. The temps are suppose to cool down a bit and that should help with the humidity so I can get out for my walks.

Gold I hope your busy day was a fun filled day.Let us know what we missed.

Has everyone posted their W/L results that is going too? Jay ? Carol ? and hope to have you back with us soon.

Ok that's all I got friends, enjoy your evening and get some rest. Tomorrow is Hump Day !!!


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Good morning! I'm all set for a clean slate.

Trip to SJ was a huge success and my mom loved the car. She's so much fun to be around and my friends were able to come by on Mother's Day and joined us for dinner and dominoes. Lots of fun! But...I need to get refocused on my weight loss.

We have a trip to Las Vegas coming up in 2 weeks! emoticon and I want to feel fit. We're going to our nephew's high school graduation (mom's joining us there too emoticon ) so it's healthy eating and to the gym after work until we leave. emoticon .

Oh and reading directions on how to change battery for my tracker really helped. I finally followed directions and am happy to say my tracker is working again + the battery on my Spark Activity Tracker page shows fully charged.

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Good morning all. I have a very busy day, so just wanted to say hi, hope you all have a great day. AND I hope the weather warms up.

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Good morning friends, and Happy Tuesday to you !!!

WOW that's sounds like quite the garden Carol. All you friends that grow your own foods, I just don't know where you find the time or energy. I see my neighbor working on his and altho' he's a complete compulsive guy, I can see how much work it takes to grow your own. So I applaud you all for taking the time to feed yourself from your own yard. BRAVO !!!

I am not going in early today to work on the classes since I am not coming str8 home tonight after work. I want to stop by the coop location and see if they are working there tonight and if so volunteer as well. But I think I got my nights mixed up so we shall see.

Ok ladies let's get a good start going to the day with good food and active choices. Remember to smile not only will others smile with you, it makes you feel happy too !!!

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Good morning ladies. ..

Sounds like everyone had a great weekend and Mother's day. Glad everyone is doing well.

I was able to get outside and start my yardwork. It took me quite awhile but i finished about half of it. Tonight I will complete it before the rains come again tomorrow.

Linda has a small garden and it is doing well with this weather.She has a small raised garden. RIght now we are enjoying fresh spinach, red leaf lettuce, and another type of lettuce green. The tomatoes are looking good and we also have cilantro, rosemary, 2 types of peppers, cucumbers, onions, and brussel sprouts. This is the first year we have done this and the raised garden is great...she doesnt have to stoop so much!

Have a great day!

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Evening friends,

Gold I like you way of thinking about Monday's. I always think it's a blessing to get through a day and be able to start off a new one !!! Your garden sounds lovely and full of all kinds of good things. Are you still doing your fairie gardens too? Do you participate in any senior centers? You never know how many lesbians are hiding out there !!!

Cat glad you had a nice Mother's Day and your meal sounded very yummy. Oh I can imagine you are def ready to get some steps in, I'm sure you will be ready when June 1st gets here !!!

I had a good day with the food choices and got just shy of 5000 steps in at work so I have some work to do on the rest tonight. It's really humid here so I won't be going outside to get them in, looks like house/commercial walking again. I got 3 more classes done today and an hour extra towards the next pay period.

Well now it's time to finish up on this computer and get things done before settling in and work on my steps. Hope you evening is pleasant and peaceful ladies.


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I love it that you played croquet Debigene! And Carol - wow, that's really cold. I suppose those drastic ups and downs contribute to having tornadoes. Glad last weeks storm steered clear of you and your home. Hope you don't lose your card playing friends Gold, sounds like you need to recruit some new ones. You could always try one of the online dating sites and say you're looking for friends to play cards. You never know what could happen!!! And hi Sue - hope Debbie is doing OK - please say hi!

Mother's day was marvelous. Today is Sam's 26th bday so we had a double celebration! Sam, Joe, and Jillian took me out for brunch to my fav breakfast place. They have a bacon, avocado and tomato omelet that I just love. I substituted fresh fruit for the hashbrowns, had fresh squeezed OJ and peppermint tea (still no coffee). Joe couldn't resist ordering one of their homemade cinnamon rolls dripping with cream cheese frosting but as we split it between 4 so I had just a bite. Lots of hugs and then Joe went to work and the others brought me home and did a few things on my honey-do list. I was pretty wiped out after they left and fell into a 5 hour nap!
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Good morning friends. Nice to be here with you. I think my perspective has changed since I landed in my seventy. Many people think of Monday as the start of another work week. I think of it as thank God I made it threw another week.

Today if it doesn't rain I will plant my sweet corn and more flowers. Maybe put in a couple of tomato plants. I love it outside right now.

I'm upset, my card group has dwindled down to 3 people. The three of us had started going to movies and out to eat and just having good fun together. NOW, the other two have turned into a couple. If anything happens to their couplehood, there goes my last 2 friends in my age group. Note To Self: need to find new age appropriate friends.

Carol, glad the storms missed you. Debigene, I hope your classes are over soon. Cat, How's the walking going? Didn't Joe just have a girlfriend? Cheryl how was the trip?




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Good morning and a Marvelous Mindful Monday to all my friends here at PLOF !!!

Carol so glad the scary storms are gone now but sorry you can't get to that yard work yet. It will come !!! Sounds like you really enjoyed your Mother's Day weekend.

Susan I think a few words got cut off in your post some we're missing something, lol !!! I hope Deb is feeling better soon, glad you both got to enjoy the movie together.

Let's get this week started off with being positive that this week will be a GREAT healthy fit week. Keep smiling and being kind to others and all else will fall into place.

Gotta run, I got classes to do and hopefully some morning steps at work. TTFN

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Happy Mothers Day. Debbie and I went to the dollar movie yesterday and saw Kingman. We laughed a lot. The dollar movie is $2 now, but it's still a bargain compared to the regularly priced cinema! This morning was church. Debbie didn't feel all that well so she didn't go with me. I missed having her there, but the service was really

Debi, you are right on with the point that we all end up mothering someone,

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Good morning ladies. ...

Finally the weather has cleared but its pretty cold now..lower 40s. I would like to start my yardwork today but it still may be too wet and chilly. On wednesday it starts raining again.

I had a good weekend. I worked Saturday, went to the gym yesterday and just hung out with the family. I feel like I got rested yesterday. The memorial weekend will be here soon and I will be taking extra time off but for now we are busy at work.

Have a great week!

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Good Sunday morning and a lovely Mother's Day to all my friends. I know you all take care of someone that needs you whether it's a child, a loved on friend or family or your furry.feathered friends. You are loved and needed.

After a very full day day yesterday out in the sun, playing croquet, eating fairly healthy with a slight variation, I will stay home today with Dusky. Although he can not really do anything for me, he does love me and annoy me at times (as do others, lol) so I will still have laundry and a few other chores to do while I enjoy staying home taking care of him and relaxing the day doing what I want to do.
As this is the 1st Mother's Day without my Mom, my middle bro and I choose to give my Dad a gift in honor of her. We purchased a beautiful Mandevilla Flowering bush to give to him to plant outside his door in memory of her. He was very pleased.

So enjoy the day my dear friends in ways that make YOU happy as well
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Good morning ladies. ...

DG...glad to hear your screening was good. Its always good to be safe with anything like that. Offering the test for free promotes good health...that's great.

Lot of tornadoes last night in Kansas but none even close to me .We are still getting rain and are drenched. I think it has rained 5 days in a row but today should be the last for a couple of days before it starts again on Wednesday. On Tuesday...i will have a huge amount of mowing to do.

Headed to the gym...I'll pop in later!

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Hi everyone, just got back from the screening and I am happy to report that I have nothing to be concerned with. The one spot that I did have a little worry is just a raised flesh colored mole !!! I am completely surprised after all the many years of blistering sunburns as a young person, that all these freckles are just that ... freckles !!!

So thought I would share this good news with my friends.

I hope the day brings each of you some good news as well.

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Good morning all you young proud women of PLOF. It is bright and sunny here this am, but still a little chilly. I am going into my Minneapolis house today to search for a few things I still want. I would like to mow part of the yard, but I don't see having time for that.

I went to see the movie "Woman in Gold" last night. It was a good movie. Then we went to a place called DoLittles. They roast chickens over a wood fire. I had the chicken ( it was one-half) and now have enough for 3 more meals. It was very good.

Well everyone is waking up, so I need to go.

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Good morning friends,

I am up early for a Saturday as I have things to do before going to the birthday party this afternoon. I've already made a melon salad, watermelon, korean melon, kiwi and fresh blueberries to take with me. I'm getting a FREE skin cancer screening this morning at work because it's free and I have a few marks I just want to be sure of since my Dad's scare last year. I had a good evening with Donna a nd Carol last night except the music was just way too loud which was a shame because other than that they were good. But I just couldn't enjoy it that loud.

Carol I am so glad you well be aware from the possible danger with your wife and fur babies. Growing up in an area like that gives you the knowledge of preparedness. You have good friends.

Gold sounds like you had a great fun day yesterday.

Cat don't worry to much about logging your food I'm sure for the most part your caretakers have seen your W/L success and were mindful when they prepared most of your foods. A little apprehension about walking after 8 weeks is def understandable but I'm sure you'll be out and about enjoying your walking soon.

Cheryl I hope you have a fabulous vaca and of course a safe one as well.

Susan, Jay, where are you???

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Good morning...

DG....i have lived in Kansas most of my life but for awhile I resided in Dallas and also Denver. Kansas will always be home to me... i was born here. You never get used to this weather. It scares the heck out of me. We have had devastating tornadoes close but have never been hit full on by one.

We already have plans to go to a friends house later today to be safe. He has a nice big basement and our pets are welcome. We get these warnings a lot and it may not get near us but why take chances...it'll be this evening.

Have a great day...getting ready to head to work.

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Gold Joe spent 4 months in Thailand year before last. Hes our family adventurer! DG Im not sure yet about how I will be able to communicate with him as China has their own private internet. Lots to learn!

Cheryl wishing you a safe road trip with Terri to CA. And fun catching up with old friends. Im sure youll find some good ways to work in your fitness while youre there!

I think all of you are doing so well with your commitment to sensible eating and exercise, I know you wont let a few bumps in the road break your forward momentum.

I think its funny that every day for weeks now when I spin the wheel I get just lowly 1s and 2s for the team, feels like Im being punished for not using my tracker OR logging my food!! It would be good for me to start logging the food again but since I dont know exactly what goes into many of the dishes Ive been receiving its a bit difficult. Next week is 8 weeks post surgery and Im supposed to be able to start walking. Seems pretty scary to me today but Ill remember its a process building up a little at a time.

Carol, watch out for flying trampolines and stay safe!
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Hear, hear! Let's stay strong together! emoticon I will pass on that tempting donut this morning.

All packed and ready to go. It's nice and sunny and a great day to hit the road. Gonna get my water in and make good choices.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

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It's a great getting up Friday morning here in the land of 10,000 lakes. It has drizzled for the past 2 days, but today looks brighter.

I'm going to lunch with my old office staff and then later this after noon I'm going to dinner and a movie with my card group and then on to cards.

I hope you all have plans for a wonderful weekend! Cat that is great about Joe, wasn't he off to some exotic place before?

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Good FUN FIT Friday !!! Make it so.

I FINALLY went over 8K steps yesterday which really made my day. I've been invited out to dinner and some jazz music tonight so steps have to happen at work. I'll get steps in this morning since I'm taking a break from the classes and then more during a break and before I leave as well. Will make good food choices as well during the day and at dinner. I am NOT gonna let a few bad days ruin my desire to make a better healthy life for myself. Things get in the way sometimes but we can all bounce back !!!

Carol the weather in your area just sounds to scary for me, I am prying for you both. Have you always lived in Kansas? Do you have these scares all your life? It sounds like your boss knows she has it made with you to rely on.

Temps are great here and dry as well. FINALLY !!!

Hope everyone has a FABULOUS Friday and good choices all around you as the day goes on. Stay focused, stay positive, stay strong and keep smiling. Remember kindness goes a long way and makes you feel so good.

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Good morning....

Stay strong together! It sounds like we all are struggling.... Let's just do what we know is the right thing to do. We can do it!

Weather... Not bad yesterday or today but tomorrow we are right in the middle of the high tornado risk. I hate it when that happens.

I did good on my fitness this week. Tomorrow I am working 8 hours. We are busy...my area only. I lead the area that is always the busiest and gets the most OT. It's a good thing I am super organized or it would be terrible. That's probably why my boss won't listen when I want a transfer... My area does run smoothly.

Later

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Hello friends,

Gold so good to hear you are enjoying and getting out doors. I know you love gardening and so glad you enjoy the memories of your daughter as a bonus while doing it.

I am so pleased that I got over 5K steps in today so far and when I am done posting this I am putting Dusky to bed and heading out for a quicky walk before it's dark. I got 3 on line classes done today with plenty more to go !!!

Yes Cheryl, WE CAN DO IT and WE WILL !!!

Have a pleasant and peaceful evening ladies.

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We're having a gorgeous day here, too.

Don't despair, DG, I feel like I'm in the same boat and am struggling to get right again. We can do it!

Wow, Cat, pretty exciting news! I hope your son has a wonderful, safe journey to China.

Okay PLOF... emoticon emoticon and have a good Thursday!

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Good morning everyone! It's a beautiful day here. I have been working outside a lot and enjoying it. I'm trying to make my flower beds as beautiful as my daughter who passed. I feel better when I'm outside.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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Good morning friends;

I am really struggling with this new interruption to my daily routine. I am not getting my steps in as I get at least 1/2 in while at work but as you know these classes are interfering in that right now and it's effecting my motivation. I am full of it in the morning and then by the time I get home I've lost it. I know this will pass but I was hoping I would be getting outside more for my walks. I will push myself harder to do it tonight after I put Dusky to bed.

Carol I saw the weather in your area last night on the news and I immediately thought of you and said a prayer. Stay alert and be prepared hon. You'r in my thoughts. Stay safe.

Cat a big congrats to your son on his new adventure. I am sure you will miss him, and know you have those tecky options of things like SKYPE to keep in touch. Maybe not as good as in person but sounds like the next best thing. I hope he can settle up things without a hitch before he leaves. I think it is so great how committed you are to your recovery process and what you have to do to help it along. You're doing a fantastic job of making the best of it as well. Gotta do what ya gotta do and you might as well find ways to enjoy it right !!!

Almost time to get ready for work and still have to eat breakfast so I must run along ladies.

I wish you all a healthy fit day today as you find ways to make good choices along the way.


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Ugh.... Our weather is dicey for the next few days. We had a tornado warning last night. It got within 4 miles of us and then it stormed all night.

Tonight another night of the same. Now it is flooding around here. They say Saturday will be the most severe day. Oh well... I've been hitting the gym and treadmill since the mowing is on hold.

Have a great day!


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Happy belated birthdays to Meri and Jay! Hope it was a good one. They sure do seem to come closer together these days lol!

Gold, congrats on house sale. Have you been working on that or did it happen spontaneously. Where are you planning to go or are you living elsewhere already? So nosy, aren't I?

I feel very healthy overall. Can't say I'm getting any more rest now that when I'm working at the office, I can't seem to do naps although at times it seems as though I should! My body is so antsy wanting to get up and get busy running (or at least walking) again. I have been good about setting aside a few minutes each day for stretching and a bit of ballet and yoga exercises. Pushing the scooter around my narrow hallways and old carpeting makes me pant sometimes so I feel that my heart rate gets up a bit.

Biggesst news in my corner is that my youngest Joseph received a contract to teach English in Southeastern China for one year - starts in August. So excited. And then wwaaaaa, I'll miss him so much. He has lot to get done over the summer in addition to his 2 part time jobs and trying to find a sublet by June 1 for 3 months. Rents are so unbelievably expensive in Seattle now.
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