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Stopping in from work as I see the horrific news about the train derailment near Seattle. I pray our PNW friends are nowhere near invovled.

Cat, Cheryl and NG please let us know if you can.

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Good Monday friends;

I really had a good day with the boys yesterday and will see them again on NYE as I will pick them up early and they will stay over with me and I will return them on NY day.

My the festivities you are all enjoying sound so wonderful for the holiday and "it aint over yet !!!!"

Carol glad you went back to sleep for the needed rest, and I want to congratulate you on your recent SP awards and trophies you really have made 2017 a successful year and can head into 2018 doing maintenance.

Mo I was away (in Belize) for Christmas only once and I will say I did enjoy not being caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all and would def do it again sometime so I just hope you enjoy everyday while you're away.

Cat glad your condo bathroom is finished, do you have a tenant in the waiting yet? Enjoy your new coat !! BTW, I updated my measurements in case you are still monitoring that and I will post them if you are ?? Not a big change but some is better than none right.

Charley good to have you here with us, seems like you are with the majority of the women here that are sports fans, you fit right in !!! Your wife is lucky to have a spouse that makes her happy even if you "just go along" lol !!! Good for you for getting that snowless work out in.

Ok sorry I gotta run I am now running quite late and I need to get to work in time to get may morning work walk in.

Have a MINDFUL day ladies.


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�Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.� - William Arthur Ward

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After i posted i went back to bed and slept a couple of hours. Whew...i needed that as I was up late last night. Finally some sleep!!

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Good morning all....

Early bird again....hey up early all the time is a hard habit to break.

We went to Illuminations last night at the Botanical gardens. As you know we go every year. It was beautiful but very crowded. The weather was perfect ...40s, no wind and the lights and music were stunning ad usual. It was very relaxing and festive.

Today we go to Linda's Dr. Appointment and I will be giving the Dr. a good report. She's pretty much back to her ornery self....she hugged Frosty the snow man last night and pulled Rudolph's tail. No not a real reindeer....a person in costume! Some guy was trying to get his wife to do it and Linda said she would and did!! Tooooo funny!

Well....not a lot going on at 4:30 am. Hope the week goes quickly for those who are working today. I hope it goes quickly and painlessly for you!!

Mo...sounds like you are having fun and it's a lot warmer than Wisconsin.

Cat...I got a new coat for Christmas also...nice!!

DG....keep rockin the weight loss!! I think my focus is shifting to maintaining but I'm going to keep weighing every 2 weeks with you all to hold myself accountable.

Have a great week everyone!!

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Greetings PLOFers!

I lost one post that I started, so I may post in sections.

It was a beautiful day here in Key West today.

The weather was in the 80's.

We met two wonderful,women at a bar that we stopped at to watch the Packers. They were there to watch the Saints. They live 30 minutes North of here. It was a great visit, and I think we could get together again.

After the game, we left to walk to the sunset boat cruise. However, my watch was still on Central time, and we receive a call from Captain Karen asking us where we were. She then picked us up. The cruise was awesome! The only bummer was that we did not get to walk to the cruise, but we still got slightly over 10k steps in for the day.

After the cruise, we walked to a place for dinner, took in a drag show, and walked home.

This iPad is a bit frustrating, so I am going to go.

Thinking of you all.
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Great results from many of our team I see! DG Iook at you go, what a svelte New Year you are going to be having. And during the holidays too, you guys rock!

Going to have to catch up on everyone's newsy posts tomorrow at work. So busy here and I can't believe Christmas is next week. We stopped at Burlington Coat Factory after shopping for holiday groceries. Planned that to coincide with the Seahawks game so stores were quiet. Finished shopping for Sam and Christopher. Not sure about Maureen. I'm much more practical and would rather save cash for rings and wedding but I know she's going to be getting me a new coat since I just tried it on LOL. Still trying to get boxes unpacked, she's all but finished with the bathroom floor at the condo.

Hoping work won't be too busy and they let us off early on Friday. Looking forward to having all next week off but not much relaxation on the horizon.

Have a great start to your week, you all inspire me as always.


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A quick hi.
We had our oatmeal at the rental.
We are running late to find the Packer game before our sunset boat cruise.
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Look what I received from Sparkpeople today! Everyone...keep up the great job! Good weigh in this week!

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~Good Morning Beautiful People. Had a healthy low carb breakfast this morning and feeling energetic. No snowfall in the last 24 hours so that means no shoveling which means back to exercising by way of crunches, leg raises, planks, elliptical and treadmill. Yuck! See why I rather shovel snow..!!??

I am always impressed with everyone when I read these threads. You all are so involved and dedicated. Such an inspiration to come into this Team and see how well everyone is doing. Even those like "us" who have set-backs are thinking positive and making the next day better than yesterday.

So after this cup of coffee I am off to my basement (a/k/a ...home office/gym...) to complete the morning. Later today, my wife Valerie and I are dong a little Christmas shopping. This is definitely her favorite holiday. I tag along because its the right thing to do...:~)...I carry the bags and share the pocketbook maneuvers. I am always happy to see January 2nd get here!!!

My Detroit Lions won yesterday...YAY and that's all I'm gonna say about that.

Wishing everyone a Blessed day and until the next time....Onward!!

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Good Sunday weigh in morning !!!

OMG - good numbers showing for the 3 of us that have posted results this morning so far. Well done ladies. We really are AWESOME !!! We need to stay mindful to get thru these next 2 weeks to make our start to 2018 a good one. Winter months tend to keep us snuggled in and you know what that can do to the waistline. I loved our weekly challenges and hope we can do more of them again. I'm committed to keep living healthier and I know you are with me ladies. We can and will make it happen !!!

Mo so nice that you have taken the time during your vaca to post. Sounds like a safe arrival and a healthy start as well. Just have fun and be mindful of making healthy choices where there is an option. Enjoy !!!

Carol you'll get your sleeping hours in line soon I'm sure as you have plenty of days off for it to happen. Hopefully sooner than later. Sounds like a nice restful and still enjoyable day yesterday. You did awesome with your numbers now is the time to be mindful the rest of the year to keep up on maintaining. You can do it !!

I had a good day with Karen yesterday and did not over eat or eat unhealthy at all. Today the weather looks nice enough with sun and temps in the low 40s and I'm heading up to hang with the boys for a few hours doing the best I can with healthy choices there. It will be hard as neither of them are health conscious at all !!! Planning to be home by 5ish. It is a work night so must not be out late and besides I need to give Dusky some evening time.

Hope to get another chance to pop in this evening, so wish you all a good day doing what makes you happy with those you love. TTFN

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Good morning ladies...

Obviously I haven't gotten my sleeping hours straightened out yet. I'm going to drink a little coffee, get around, then go to the gym.

Oh my...very pleased with the weigh in. I just realized i am 1lb from the weight goal I set a year ago. I'm really not trying to lose anymore just maintain and stay under 135 lbs. That will be the number I do not want to hit to maintain my weight.

It was all about the furbabies yesterday. I had to make doggie biscuits yesterday! It takes awhile. I also got on the treadmill and walked while watching football. It was a pretty restful day.

Mo...have fun !!

Have a wonderful day all!!



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Just a quick check-in with my PLOFer friends on day 1 of KW!

We left Stanley at 530 pm Friday, got to Milwaukee at 11, and we were taken to the airport at 4 am. Flew to Atlanta, had oatmeal at airport, flew to KW arriving to our rental around 3 pm. Took a nap!!! Went out for dinner at 8, and then took a 2 mile walk.

Back at the rental, very tired, so all for now.

Wishing you all the best!
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Good Saturday morning friends,

Oh Carol, I LOVE this chart !!!! Yes healthier lifestyle is the right choice of words and I couldn't agree more with the advice !!! Sounds like you had a good day yesterday too.

I am looking forward to this day of just having some fun with Karen, no pressure to get anything done since I was so productive yesterday. Tomorrow will be with the boys. I bought a new electric heater last night for Dusky's room as the other 2 died and this one is one of those radiators you plug in. I had one years ago and loved it so glad I found another one. It's one wheels so it can be moved around easily.

I think I hear a bowl of oatmeal calling me so will just wish you all a great healthy day. If you're out an about do be kind to others, tis the season of people being in a hurry and frustrated.

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I don't like the word " DIETERs".....let's say 6 healthy habits to achieve a healthier lifestyle!!


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Good morning beautiful ladies...

Well i need to adjust my sleeping. So far I've been getting up around 5. It'll take me a few days to stay up later and sleep in a bit.

Mr. Brown is sleeping on my lap, I'm drinking some good coffee and watching Hallmark movies. Perfection! Later I'll get on the treadmill and watch some football!

We got everything done yesterday that we set out to do. We got Star Wars tickets for my birthday...I-max 3D...can't wait! I got my coat exchanged, my haircut, groceries bought and a new Steelers shirt. It was a very nice day but already a lot of people out.

I was very pleased with my weigh in today...i may take today's weight. We will see what tomorrow brings!!

Have a great day....be healthy!!

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A quick hello friends,

Mo, safe travels and lots of fun, can't wait to hear all about it.

Cheryl sounds like you have a plan of action, stay strong you got this !!!

Well I did not go visit the boys today but will be going Sunday. I used this day to do all the things I wanted to do Sunday and got them all done too !!! So glad about that. So far 7002 steps and now I'm heading out to dinner with Rod and Ang, just the 3 of us it's been a while. After dinner we are making a shopping trip to a store close by.
Snow fall is only about 1-2 inches but temps are def dropping so it was a good decision not to make my trip today roads will be slick. We won't be far from home while we are out.

Gotta run hope every one has had a good day. emoticon


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Hello PLOF...it hardly feels like Friday (more like Saturday) with folks having vacation days + it's our holiday party day. emoticon

I started with my lemonade and making the best choices I can. I think I'm going to have whatever I want and keep the portions small so I can give my brain a chance to get the message when I get full.

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Good morning PLOFers!

Happy vacy, Carol!

Happy longggg weekend, DG.

This is just a quick check in as I need to take the girls to their sitter in 5 minutes. (sad face)

I have been busy doing and checking off the final items on the to-do list for our departure.

Take care,
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Happy HEALTHY Friday friends;

Thank you so much Carol, your words made me feel so much better this morning about my lack of being here lately. It really has been important to me to reach one-derland this year and I am so very proud that I will be going into 2018 under 200 !!! I have made that resolution for the last 3 years and the Fitbit was a big motivation to see myself get there. I can't thank you ALL enough for your support and understanding and 2018 will brings us all to a better place in our minds to live a healthier life the rest of our days.

This Sunday's weigh in looks like it will be a good one !!!

Are you all ready ??? It's the crunch before Christmas - 10 days away. I still have one more gift to get and candy to make. Hope to get than done this weekend. I'm not sure if I'll be making the hour drive up 95 to visit my friends today because lit looks like snow is on the way and I DO NOT like traveling 95 on a good day let alone a snowy one. I will talk with them in a bit and perhaps change it up to Sunday ???? Tomorrow is already planned with Karen. I can use today to do the laundry I need to do, some house chores and make the candy. I'll see how it all plays out.

Wishing you all a day filled with healthy choices in all you do, be mindful ladies, you can do it !!! Remember why you started this journey when temptation is near.

TTFN


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Good morning ladies....

Gold...no painting today. Linda and i are going on an excellent adventure. I have a haircut, we have shopping to do, Imax tickets to reserve, groceries to get, a coat to return(gift from Linda) oops to big YAY...etc, etc! Tomorrow we chill!!

Charley...One day at a time ! Sobriety is also very important to me. I recently celebrated 27 years clean and sober!

Mo...have fun! May your travels be safe.

Good news...My nephew Mike is back from deployment and in North Carolina with his family for Christmas. He's career army and has had several deployments in South Korea, Afghanistan twice, and most recently 2 in Africa! He's been gone almost a year this time and we are thrilled he is home safe with his wife and children! Oh happy day!

DG.. don't apologize for putting yourself first. I do that... my health is my top priority! If I dont have my health...I have nothing. It's not self centeredness its SMART. Maybe thats what it took to make this year the healthiest ever! Congrats!!!! Keep that mojo going!!!

Cheryl, Cat, DG, Mo, Gold , All PLOF...thank you for the best Christmas present ever...your friendship and fellowship. Have a wonderful day!!

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Hey PLOFers......

Just a quick hi as I got home at 630 pm, and have been busy due to being gone and due to leaving tomorrow. Also, Bets just got home at 10, and we need to chat.

Thinking of you all.

PS... Winter got 10 inches of snow in the past 24 hours.

Take Care everyone....
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Hello Ladies. It's been a crazy 24-hours here as far as the weather is concerned. Like I said before, the only positive thing is, when I shovel I do not have to get on that dang treadmill. Early this morning I was out for better than an hour clearing the driveway, walk and street. I'm a weirdo, because I do enjoy it a little. Don't tell anybody.

Hello Gold. I am good. Just doing the best I can to keep exercising and staying sober. The exercising is going along well. Sobriety, not so much. HA!

To the rest of my PLOF'ers....I am delighted to see you all are doing well and keeping to your fitness goals. I know it's not always easy. You all keep me motivated to keep on going.

Because of the horrible weather I was home early and able to get dinner done. I did bring work home though so that is what I am doing now. If it wasn't for big government and health care, I probably wouldn't have a job, so I'm not complaining on that end.

Wishing everyone a peaceful night and I'll touch base soon.....Onward!!

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Just checking in with the most beautiful women in the world, except for Mother Theresa of course.

We still have boxes around the house. We don't have a place to put anything else. We went from a house half this size. But apparently it had more hidey holes. I'm at a loss of what to do.

Cat, how are you doing it all. I love the San Juan islands. I biked then about 12 years ago. I love the Island where the nuns docked the ferry boats. I spent the reat of the trip running around our camp as a nun. the Best part was eating the blackberries and watching for whales. I'm sure you will have a great time there.

DG, you are doing super great. I am very proud of you. When you tell us what you have eaten it is motivating us to try our best too. I'm not nearly as steadfast as you are ,but I try because of you and other on this team.

Mo, you are just a traveler. I'm sure you must have been Grandolf in a prior life, going around and doing good. When it's warm I will try to come see your puzzle/kennel room. We like to do puzzles here.

Carol, so today is starts. relax,breathe deep and pick up that paint brush

Cheryl, What are your plans for Christmas? That questions goes to all you others too. Are you able to follow the WW diet very well. I was right on till I lost 20 lbs, then I lost it. But I usually do that with most diets. Maybe I'll try ti again.

Charley, It is good to see you on here again. I hope your weather isn't as cold as ours here.

I have been sitting here on my computer and watching a crow dig down in the ice on the lake with it's beak and claws for about a half hour. What ever he finds must be really good cause he will stop and eat then rush right back at digging.

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Well good afternoon friends,

You know, you ladies are absolutely the best !!! I really appreciate each and everyone of you so very much for being here so faithfully and keeping our team alive. We really are a great support to each other at all times and I just want you to know how I feel. It is so good during this busy season to still have you all here when you can. I know it is hard at times but you all make the effort just the same so I thank you.

Looks like you each are doing a great job this holiday so far. I can agree as it has been my best for several years as well. I've struggled the last few years with losing and even gained in 2016 but thankfully I found my mojo and have lost that and then some this year. Your support has been tremdous. Sometimes I have felt that I was not focused on the team but just myself and I am sorry for that so please excuse my selfcenterness these past few months if you felt slighted. It def was not intentional.

Seems like it is way too cold for people to come visit here at the hospital so I have this time to type with just a few interuptions. I've read all the comments everyone has had to share but in all honesty it would take me way to long to comment on each and everyone. I will do my best to keep up as the season goes along.

Looks like things are starting to pick up a little so I better call it a day for now. Enjoy the rest of your day my friends.

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Ladies, having issues with PC this morning all resolved now but time is gone so I will try to log in at work and chat with you later.

have a great healthy THANKFUL Thursday

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Good morning....

Okay...i'm having a relationship problem with my scale. It messes with me the week before weigh in. I'm happy to say yesterday and today I weighed 131.4. Typically the day of or the day before weigh in it adds weight....like 2 lbs. I know...its teaching me a lesson. ...right? I'm too locked in on the numbers and if I'm feeling good who cares about the number.

Last day of work...I'm going a little early to deliver sone Christmas presents. I love this time of year!!

Mo...since I drink my breakfast I add oatmeal to my smoothie. Today I had a blueberry, strawberry, banana, greek yogurt, oatmeal smoothie. Its really good and healthy and I can Spark while I drink...haha!

Cat...sounds like the wedding plans are going well. It sounds like it is going to be beautiful!



Have a wonderful day ladies!! Its gym night for me!!

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After last year's election, I don't take anything for granted and all I can say is that I couldn't be happier Moore wasn't elected.

Charley, it's good seeing you post when you can. I don't think I would ever enjoy shoveling snow. Luckily, here in the PNW it usually melts quickly so no shoveling involved. And also fortunate is my partner is no novice when it comes to snow so she's quick to get the job done.

Gold, I meant to comment on your ex's comment about lots of orgasms. Sounds like you both have quite a sense of humor. I bet you were a fun couple to hang out with.

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Yes, whew re Moore. I'm hoping one more HUGE loser also gets the boot. This too has probably been my healthiest holiday season in a long while, especially regarding food. Christmas is still to come though and I know I will be faced with the temptations that Maureen produces for the holiday for her family. Good going on the new machines Carol � always helps to switch things up and surprise the bod. I started on M�s treadmill last night, it�s def going to help my steps since it�s too slippery these days to walk outside � sure don�t want to fall.

Charley, I was in Grosse Point Park from 2nd grade through college. Last time I was back there was in 2012, visited friends in Detroit and Ann Arbor. No one I know is left in GP and honestly I was glad to leave and move somewhere much more diverse. Nice pics Mo, I�m a big fan of puzzles, my bro and I always do one over the holidays.

M was happy with the choice of Orcas Island. It�s an old inn in a very natural setting with a view of a harbor, there is a deck on the room, an indoor pool and several restaurants. We also talked about Victoria, B.C. but we are both more at home among the trees.

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Wonderful Wednesday PLOFers!

After finishing my oatmeal, I was checking my FB when there was a posting on the benefits of oatmeal. I rarely share on FB, but I did share that to help spread the word.

Having a rough week of sleep. Quite possibly due to the pending trip to FL.

Today I am headed up to Winter to take care of some things at the house. I will spend the night. I will also try my luck at the casino.

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Good HUMP Day wonderful friends;

SOOOOO glad Moore lost, he was already a loser and now AL knows too !!!!

Time is so tight for me this week with so much to do so I do apologize for my short and brief posts. I struggling to get my steps in at home but doing good at work. So I'm trying harder to be more mindful of foods I eat and portioned correctly. Will try hard to catch up soon I promise.

Ladies please know I am cheering you all on to do your best with making good choices, YOU CAN DO IT !!!

Gotta run now I have to leave a little earlier today.




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YIPPPPEEEEE! Oh Alabama...thank goodness you turned out to vote and did the right thing. We all thank you!

Wow...I was on pins and needles watching those results! It made my day this morning.

How's everyone doing? I gotta say this so far has been my healthiest holiday season ever!! I couldn't have done it without you. Last year at this time I was having anxiety and in an unhealthy place. Thank you all for helping me turn this around.

The YMCA has some new exercise machines that are kicking my butt. They got them a few weeks ago and it was a perfect time as switching up my workout is exactly what i need right now. Three different types of SIT DOWN machines....one simulates running, one works the muscles that support the knees, and one is an elliptical type. They also work the arms. I do intervals on the elliptical type and also the one that works the muscles that support the knee. Holy crap...30 minutes on each and i was sweating bullets. The best thing...easy on the joints and no repercussions this morning.

Gotta go...today and then tomorrow then Christmas begins! Yay! Have a good day!

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OMG! Jones won in Alabama!

I was watching and then I could not and now it was a part of my news.

Gold - It makes me smile thinking of you in that house. I am so glad that I saw it, and I wish that I could get over there and help you unpack, but I must go to Florida! However, I hope that I get to visit you again!

Hey Charley - Alright...another Midwesterner! I like the energy you bring to the team. Thanks for stopping in.

Cat - I feel your pain with the move. We moved 14 years ago and are still not settled!

Carol - thanks for the chuckle on how you get your sit/ rest time!

DG - Glad to hear you enjoy the season!

Cheryl - You are an inspiration!

To all a good night!

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Hello my beautiful and loving friends.

Not much to say right now. Still unpacking, just when I get the craft room ready to start sewing someone hauls more stuff in. We have been getting snow off and on, but so far my daughter has been excited about shoveling her new driveway and entry sidewalk.

My fit bit doesn't correctly count my steps. I can walk with my daughter and she will get a count like 6000 and I'll get somewhere around 2000.

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Hello Ladies . In for the night. For those of you who Geocache, you will know what its like to attend a Meet and Greet. Tonight was the monthly Taco Tuesday Meeting @ DelTaco. Yummy. It's one of my cheat foods. Not too bad for me as long as I keep up my exercise regimen.

Cat, I was born in Detroit, raised and educated in Detroit. For the past 15 years I've lived in a suburb about 20 miles east of Detroit. I still enjoy going into the Motor City for all sorts of things. My mamma still lives there and many other family and friends. This morning at 4:30am I was out shoveling some more. Amazingly enough I do still enjoy shoveling. I rather shovel than trot on that dang treadmill.

Having some hot tea at the moment and preparing a 30-Day evaluation for a staff member that I have to conduct at 8:30am. She has a tardiness issue, but otherwise she's a good fit. If any of you have ever been in management, you know how difficult it is to find applicants who will come to work and actually fit with the practice culture. This one is a keeper; just need her to get her butt out of bed sooner in the morning!

Also watching the results come in on that Alabama Senate race and that's all I'm gonna say about that.

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Good evening my PLOFer friends,

Enjoyed your pic, Cat.

Here is a pic I took today on my scenic ride home from town.



And here is a pic of a puzzle that I picked up in town. I am a sucker for snow people. It is going to be my first puzzle to do in the Girls' Big Kennel. I have some other puzzles on the shelf, but I could not resist this one.



Well, this is all that I have for right now. I was working on a project when my neighbor stopped over as I wanted to give them some food before it expires while we are gone. I also needed to feed the girls, but now.....back to it.

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Omgoodness Cat - you have a lot going on. I'm still trying to get my mouth to close because I'm in awe of all that's on your plate. You are a stronger woman than I.

I'm just thrilled if I get to work and to the gym in the same day and here you are moving, celebrating the holidays and planning a wedding/honeymoon.

Weather is good here today and we got out and strolled around. I had errands to run so we didn't do our usual walk. Hemming and haw-ing about the gym tonight.

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Carol, I appreciate your inspirational sayings! Charley, that was me - I left MI when I was 22 so my memories are from long ago when I was young and able to push my Volkswagen out of a snowdrift and actually liked shoveling. Now, Id like to have a holiday there but not sure about a permanent situation lol! Whereabouts are you from? Wow Mo, thats amazing that St. Maarten is open for business so soon, I was there and St. John in 2010 and fell in love with the beaches and color of the water. Sounds like a fun trip, hope your ex-coworker decides to join you.

Co-workers are trying to ply me with high calorie goodies today but I will stay strong and walk away! Breakfast was oatmeal, milk, blueberries and coffee. Lunch, chicken breast, half a small yam and some artichoke. Dinner is up to Maureen - its hard to plan anything right now with the house in big turmoil but well keep it healthy. Weve committed to cooking all meals as weve been eating out too much the past month. Looked at rings on Etsy today and booked a room at Rosario resort on San Juan Island a lengthy ferry ride north of Seattle. I did it on the spur of the moment to get a good deal, if M doesnt approve I can cancel. Im really feeling the push to get things settled for wedding/honeymoon. It just a bit more than 2 mos away!!

OK, good luck with all your Christmas prep, some of you are already done most likely (Carol). Here's a pic from Zoo lights. That's Marcy and Victoria, my bffs. See you manyana.



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Good Tuesday to all dear friends of mine,

WOW looks like a lot of conversations took place yesterday so good to see you all. Sorry I couldn't get in here last night to comment but I am reading in the morning. These next few weeks may be a little difficult for me to pop in the evening but will try my best. I'm still doing cards, need to start some wrapping and I have candy to make yet for gifts. Also the weekends are busy as well. But I'm not telling you all anything you don't already know right .... tis the season for business and now is the time that I start to get in the mood.

In between it all I'm trying to get prepped in the evening for meals/foods the next day as well as getting my steps in. Hope you all are staying mindful as you go about this season of food and giving. Just do your best. Keep in mind Sunday is weigh in day.

Ok gotta run have a TERRIFIC Tuesday friends, stay strong and be kind to others.

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Good morning ladies...

DG...i follow a lot of fitness/health on Instagram and I really like the inspirational posts. Glad you like them! They get me pumped throughout the day.

Charley...hey good to see you here. Stop in when you can! We love having you.

Gold, Cat....moving yuk.!!Just remember that when you are done....It'll be wonderful. Gold..I think I sit a few times during the day! Guess where...LOLOL!

Mo....yes go to the warmth! Its sounds like you are having some coooold weather. It'd be nice to get to the warmer climateI would think! Enjoy.

Cheryl...that's a good picture! A close up is nice...look at the pretty smiles you have. So glad WW is working for you!! Love it!

If you noticed I'm posting an hour later than normal. We are actually caught up and working 8 hour days this week. How sweet is that...only 3 days left till till vacay and 8 hour days to boot! Yipee!!

Gym night for me..have a great day!
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Good evening all. I think I read in this thread that someone misses Michigan winters (blah). I just come in from shoveling. It's our 1st real snowfall this season. Its pretty, but @ this old age I can only handle these Winters in small doses now. It's good for exercising though. That's the bright side. Hope all is well with everyone. Sorry I don't get in here much, but I think of my Spark Buddies often!...Onward..

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Good evening PLOFers!

Another rough night trying to sleep. I was awake to at least 3 am. When I did get up, I made a 5 hour round trip to the big town (65k) running errands and meeting an ex- coworker for lunch. We have strong winds building tonight and temps are to be single digits.

DG - KW was very fortunate when Harvey came through and did not suffer like other parts of FL. A group of us are scheduled to go to St. Maartin in February which was 95% destroyed by Irma. Just this past weekend, St. Maartin was able to fully re-open their airport and cruise ships have started returning. From research, there are lots of areas that are still devastated, but since tourism is their livelihood they are doing what they can to get enough stuff running. Before the hurricane even hit, Betsy had decided that she was not going to go. At the time, she was so overwhelmed with work and doing that traveling position every other month on top of her regular jobs that she just wanted to be home. Although things are getting a lot better for her, she still wants to stay home. She will be going to Florida now and Grand Cayman in April, so she doesn't want to be gone yet again. Ironically, it looks like I will still go and the rest of the group is two of her female co-workers and their husbands along with one of their adult sons and DIL. We have been on vacations before with the co- workers and their husbands, so I am comfortable with it. However, I have spoke with an ex-coworker from Milwaukee who may go.

Phone call - got to go,

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Gold - I'm feeling you. Moving is the pits. Very funny about looking for laundry - I'm sure enough will come your way! Hope you can get to your sewing soon in your new room with a view! And good for Suzy (and kudos to you if those are in order).

Everything will be out of my condo this week, new bathroom floor will be done and final push to get last of big furniture out will happen Friday. I have to say it feels really different being at "our" house now instead of just visiting and having my place to go back to. It currently looks like a total hoarders nest with narrow pathways between stacked boxes, misc. furniture and piles of who knows what. My plan is to tackle a room a night, it will def take a while and I'll be most thankful to have my clothing all in one place and the kitchen organized.

I delivered the inaugural edition of the condo newsletter with 2 helpers yesterday afternoon to 9 three floor buildings - 185 units in all. Knees aren't even sore today - it was a good workout for sure. The plan is to do it every other month, looking forward to hearing what resident feedback is _ hope they don't think it's a waste of the HOA funds.

Mo, that was indeed a very beautiful picture of the snowy road, takes me back to Michigan winters, can almost hear the crunch underfoot. Cheryl, sure am enjoying all the sunshine, super cute pic of you and Terri doing healthy things there! Missed the luminaries at Green Lake this year, it was a perfect evening.

Less than 2 weeks to Christmas - eek - haven't even started on anything yet.
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Hi All; I'm still unpacking boxes and trying to find things. Then I'll unpack things and put things away and can't remember where I put it. Life has it's challenges even in a wonderful house. I'm having a great time doing laundry now that the washer and dryer are on the first floor. I go around searching for things to wash.

I haven't gotten my craft room set up yet and that is bugging me as I want to sew some things before Christmas and I hate to rush sewing jobs.

Cat, that black Ice incident sounds terrifying. Are hope you are not having as much trouble with moing as we had. I will never move again. My next spot will be a NH. Which I always tease my kids is going to be a blast for me. I'll just stumble around into other ladies rooms and climb in bed with them asserting I don't know what I'm doing. My grand kids think it's funny and my daughter gets a shocked look.

Suzy got another shock the other day. She took me in to visit my ex. When we were leaving my ex who has alz. and visual problems, hugged Suzy and said " I've had lots of organisms. Poor Suzy didn't know how to respond. Jo is 92 and I don't think Suzy expected anything like that.

Mo, Have I said Thank You a thousand times yet. You sure deserve it. Your picture was beautiful.

Cheryl. You are doing great with WW. They have a soup recipe with zucchini, carrots, onions and celery that I love but I can't find the recipe anymore. If you run across it please send me a copy.

DG, so you have snow too. How do you get so many steps in inside your home? We have had snow here twice, so we have about 4 inches on the ground. There is an open spot in the ice on the lake that the ducks still hang out in, but i believe it will close up and then the ducks will travel on.

Carol, I'm sure you will still be very busy on your vacay days. Don't you ever just want to sit? Will you be painting? We always look forward to the pictures of your paintings.

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Good morning, good morning-

Sun is breaking through and did I mention that I heard we'll be experiencing one an usually dry December? Good news, huh, Cat - to combat the SADS that come with days and days (and days) of cold, soggy, gray weather. Wish you'd get some rain, Carol, but I'm going to enjoy the dry December days here because there's so much going on...like the jingle bell run. We also went by Green Lake for the festival of lights. I think it's a 2.5 or 3 mile loop around Green Lake and they put lanterns out. We went after the cookie party and there were hoards and hoards of people. We walked around a little but it was a little too crowded for me, especially after a couple of cocktails at the cookie party.



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Got to the gym this morning for 45 mins and 2 miles. My shin is bothering me a little bit - the one I twisted a few months back so I'm moving, but I don't want to overdo.

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Good Monday morning friends;

Yes it's a new week for us with healthy choices to be made so let your challenges work for you. WE CAN DO IT !!! We've all been doing so good so far don give in to temptations that will take you places you don't want to see on the scale this Sunday. Stay strong, stay mindful and make good decisions. Remember why you are here !!!!

Carol thanks for sharing these motivational posts, great way to start each day seeing them !!!

OK ladies ..... make it happen.

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Good monday morning....





Mo....what's that white stuff? It's beautiful!! Uh..it was 65 degrees here yesterday. We typically have our first snow by Dec. 2 but that obviously hasn't happened. I'm going to enjoy this weather but we need rain/snow as we are now in a drought.

Cat...glad you are okay! That black ice is treacherous...especially when it appears so quickly and the roads so hilly. Whewww! Scares me to think of it!!

DG...I'm ready for a healthy week...lets do this. Four days then YAAAAY! I am so ready for vacay!

Have a great day all!!

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Evening ladies,

Mo - I have to say that is def a beautiful shot thanks so much for sharing it hon. As much as I don't like winter I still can appreciate some of it's beauty. Sounds like you did get some rest, if I read your post right.

WOW Cat I was getting nervous reading your tale of fright, so glad the angels were with you both that evening and you are safe. Will I guess it's all just about the wedding bells now huh. What is the date again? We have Zoo Lights here too but I've never been, as a matter of fact I haven't been to the zoo in years. Should def make a plan to go if not this year next for sure. You and Carol always have good things to say about your areas' zoo events. Good for you as well for keeping up with some of the challenges we've been doing, try to work on that water intake too.

I went to my Dad's but he wasn't up to go out in the cold weather so I was fine with that too. I hung out chatting with my SIL, bro had gone to the store and Dad popped over once or twice during my visit. I was home by 5 as planned. Had a LC for dinner with a salad and fresh steamed asparagus. Not many steps in at all but will work on at least some more this evening while watching TV. Pretending I'm on a treadmill is working out well, lol !!!

Ok ladies a new week tomorrow, who's ready ???? It's a 4 day week for me as I'm off on Friday to go visit the boys.

signing off now

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Saying hi in between moving loads. So lucky that our places are only 2 blocks apart - it's going well and we don't need to hire movers. I'm totally out of the condo as of last night as far as my ability to stay over night. All that is left is the big furniture. Zoo lights were awesome - so many people. Low 30's and clear, a beautiful night. Marcy had her pedometer and we clocked 5 miles. Hard for me to believe but I had to seriously tiger balm when I got home. Had new boots on too which probably wasn't the best idea! Mo, my treat was gourmet hot chocolate. We ended up at a places that makes it's own truffles and everything hot chocolate. It was delicious and probably the least calorie thing there.

I didn't tell you we almost had a terrible incident night before last. Still makes me shudder to think about it. We were out looking at Xmas lights when suddenly we were enveloped by a freezing fog and the roads instantly turned to black ice. We were going up a pretty steep hill on a bluff right by the sound and started slipping backwards. All that was between us and the sheer drop off was a tall hedge. Somehow we got turned around - must have been angels - and were able to creep back down. The little truck has 4 wheel drive, we were able to come back out of the canyon another route but barely. I would never live in a neighborhood like that. Or if I did, I would stay in all winter!

I'm still doing the chew challenge with putting the fork down. It's slowly changing my long habit of bolting food - makes such a difference in satiety and satisfaction - so I'm up for both of those too. I still am lacking in the water challenge though.

OK, gotta go move another load and pick up bathroom flooring. ttfn--- Cat



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Just a quick note........

The last that I looked at the clock it was 415 am.
Once I got up, I only had time to get ready for the game.
Hopefully, everything that I was thinking about doing today will get started on after the game!

Hope all your Sunday's are going well.

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PS: Here is a pic that I took on my trip to Winter earlier this week.



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Good Sunday morning friends;

Yes Carol we got about 3 inches of snow and it snowed most of the day too. Sun is out today and hopefully it will all melt away but it is def cold out there !!!! I managed to get to the store before the mess started but it was snowing when I left Target. I picked up 2 more gifts and now only have 2 more to get. I got some cards done yesterday as well but did not work on steps. I managed my 5 fruits and veggies and ate very lightly yesterday. Today maybe a little different as I am going out with Dad today.

Mo I have totally forgotten about the one arm use with the shopping cart, I'll try to remember next time. I hope you got some sleep. I am very happy for you and Betz trip to KW. I was surprised as I thought they had much damage from the hurricane Harvey I think it was ??? But evidently not enough to keep tourist away so have a GREAT time. Sounds like you have fun and romantic activities in store to make that happen.

Carol I have continued to use many of the weekly challenges this month as well. I agree I def think it has helped along with my walking. I was once again happy with numbers I saw on the scale this morning !!! I haven't had anything to eat after dinner since we started and will continue that for sure along with the others. If anyone else has a suggestion for the week I will include that as well. This was a good idea Carol to help us thru this eating holiday season.

Well it's breakfast time of oatmeal and blueberries this morning and probably won't be back here till later this evening so you ladies have a SUPER HEALTHY SUNDAY !!!

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Good morning lovely ladies...

Up early and headed to the gym!




Any ideas for challenges this week? I'm tapped out! What if we pick at least 3 of the previous challenges and try to sustain those throughout. They are all good ones. Here are mine: no eating after supper, eating clean as much as I can, and planning snacks and meals.These challenges are really helping me...this is the first time that I have lost during the holidays!

Cheryl congrats....I love the WW concept. I believe it is closest to what I do and a healthy doable diet!!

DG....did you get snow? We havent gotten any yet....today 62 degrees. Florida has gotten snow before us....crazy!! Our normal temps would be low 40s during the day and low 20s at night. Not there yet!!

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Good morning PLOFers!

Just an early morning check-in as I am having trouble sleeping.

I am so happy for you Cheryl. Way to go!

Hey DG....are you a one armed driver now with your shopping cart?

Cat - What dessert did you choose?

Gold - Did you get your bed together that first night? Are you working that washer and dryer?

Carol - Looks like Lucky had a lucky day! Great pic!

I put together an itinerary for our trip to Key West. I will pick up Betsy from work on Friday, and we will head to Milwaukee. We are flying out of Milwaukee (5 hours versus 2.5 to Minneapolis) because my family Christmas gathering is on the 23rd when we return. After the gathering, we will either stay with friends in Milwaukee or start heading back. It all depends on the weather and our energy. We will definitely get home on the 24th, so we can get the girls from the sitters. At this point, Betsy knows very little about the itinerary. I will share it with her on the plane when her mind can absorb it because she will be free from work.

I found a lesbian run charter boat, so on Sunday.....Captain Karen is going to take just the two of us out for a sunset cruise. I also have 3 nights of entertainment planned which include a play, a cabaret show, and a drag performer without lip sync. We are both so stoked for the trip!

We went out to dinner with our neighbors tonight - Jeff and Vicki. They picked us up, and after dinner we all drove around looking at holiday lights. We are VERY lucky to have them as neighbors. Great, great people.

Well, I guess I will head back to bed, play a little more of 7 little words to get my eyes tired, and hopefully get to sleep.

Enjoy your Sunday,
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Wow, so much here since yesterday. Awesome about your weigh-in Cheryl. You are so working the Weight Watchers program!

Gold, I'm so happy you're settled, it sounds so positive and as wonderful a place as you deserve. Nothing better than being able to look out at nature at its finest. Minnesota winters, although harsh, can be so amazingly beautiful.

Maureen and I are back on track and spent all day yesterday and today moving. All that's left are the larger pieces of furniture and the little condo Echoes now. I won't be staying overnight here anymore. I definitely threw in my hat for the board election, it's hard to get volunteers and there's three position so I'm sure I am stuck now. Thanks for the vote of confidence Mo.

Marcy and Victoria are coming by at 5 to pick me up for our Zoo Wild Lights. Can't wait! Will go out for a bite to eat afterwards and they want to go to Pie ala Mode which is a gourmet pie shop. Egads, hope I can find a savory something that's not too excessive.

Have a happy and healthy Sunday all! Hugs...

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just taking a break after shopping a bit this morning and doing some cards;

WOW - Cheryl that is FANTASTIC !!! A BIG shout out congrats to you !!!! Well done girl emoticon

Do you want me to add these numbers to the W/L chart ??

Hope you enjoyed a peaceful morning for a while. Always good to have just you time. Hope you enjoy the rest of the day with your loved ones.

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Cute Carol 😁 Everyone's still in bed here, including the cats. I went to Weight Watchers and have good news to report. I gained 6 pounds over Thanksgiving but happy to say that I weighed in seven pounds lighter so it must have been sodium (along with eating more than usual + lack of exercise). Anyway I'm down for a total of 13.6 at 191.6. emoticon

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Hanging out with Lucky!!

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Well we made it to the weekend friends,

1st I want to say how sad it is to hear this news about Ruby. She was leader when I joined too and was active most days. I understand however that SDIBS was the founder of PLOF if I remember correctly. I think I recall that Ruby took over when SDIBS took ill ???? Anyway will def keep Ruby's family in my prayers. Thank you Gold for keeping us in the loop.

Glad to hear you are settling in nicely in your new place, your words seem very happy and that you are finally back on line with us. I was wondering if you will still be going to TX this winter? You surely have a front row seat in heaven for your kindness and caretaking of others is a gift you certainly have been blessed with.

Cat good to hear the scuffle is behind you and M now, just a bump in the relationship road. Bound to happen at times.

Sorry to hear Linda is under the weather today Carol hopefully it won't last long. I liked your comment about the small stuff too.

Well the snow didn't happen during the night as predicted but it is still on the way and expecting 1-4 inches in our area thru out the day and ending later this evening. Tomorrow chances are it should melt away. I may be going to Dad's tomorrow and just hanging out here at home today. I have things I can do of course but reaching my steps goal here will be rough. Would be nice if I could at least get out to the local grocery store as I need produce, but I'll play that by ear.

That's about it so will just wish everyone a good healthy day in all you do. TTFN



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Mo...ive lost 37 lbs since I saw the Dr. last December. I weighed 170 then and this morning I weighed 133. It took me a year and a half in 2010-2011 to lose 100 lbs. I did it exactly how I do now...eating healthy and consistent exercise. Counting calories basically...no fast food, eating as clean as I can, low sugar, lots of fresh veggies,fruits and lean meat, very rarely do I eat bread, pasta, sweets etc. It can be done.

In 2010 My doctor actually hooked me up with Sparkpeople. She had heard good things about it and gave me the link. I loved it. I wasn't on PLOF at the beginning only on a couple of teams. I got invited to join PLOF and joined but actually quit a few months later because it wasn't very active and it seemed like nobody was really doing much. Sorry but my health was top priority and I wanted teams that would really, really challenge and motivated me.

Anyway I wondered back in and rejoined as months later it seemed to be getting active. I think Ruby must have taken ill as she disappeared. So sorry to here of her passing. She was a good person and will be missed. Anyway, after a leader leaves and is absent for so long other team nembers can request the position . So DG asked me to co-lead with her and I said sure...the rest is history.

Gotta say...I'm glad I found my way back as this is a really great team and I have made wonderful friends here!!

Linda is sick again. Not sure what is going on but I think it's allergies not the flu or anything like that. I'm chilling with Murphy Brown, watching Dateline, and enjoying some coffee. Only four more days of work...life is good.


Small stuff only becomes big stuff when you let it. If it becomes big easily maybe something else is going on....just a thought.

Have a wonderful weekend ladies.

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Hello PLOFers --------Here is a partial catch-up............,

Carol - How cold does it get where you are? Also, I noticed that you lost about 20 pounds this year. How long did you weigh over 200 pounds, and how long did it take you to lose the first 100?
Within my lifetime, I have experienced changes with the ability to be open with health care personnel. You mentioned you have a good line of communication with yours, but was it always that way for you?

DG - Our house in Winter is about 30 minutes from Hayward, but we never seem to go to Hayward for a couple reasons. For one, we do not get to Winter enough or long enough to do much away from the house which is actually fine with us. Also, in order to get to Hayward, we would need to pass and not stop at the casino. So, we usually only get 4 miles short of Hayward - LOL. I have not heard of the Hayward display, but I will keep my eyes open. Thanks for sharing.
However, when we lived in Milwaukee there was an awesome holiday display in an area named Candy Cane Lane. Basically, all the homeowners in a 2 block by 3 block area decorated to the hilt. Cars would slowly traverse the streets in a very organized and patient manner, and make a donation at the hub for a Children's charity.

Cheryl - It is cool how you are enjoying the holiday lights.

Cat - Hope things are continuing to settle down for you and M. Being in transition can be tough. I feel like when Betsy was traveling for work every other month that we were always in transition. I hope you do run for your HOA board as I feel you would be outstanding. We need good leadership - anywhere and everywhere!

Okay.....this is all I can do for now-------

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Such giving people here! Truly the spirit of our PLOF. So sorry to hear about Ruby, I didn't know her either but her influence certainly has lasted here. So grateful she started this team too. Carol, that is amazing you 2 have never fought! You are def soulmates. The problem with not sweating the small stuff is that the small stuff to one can be a big stuff to another. We did move past yesterday morning's kerfuffle and were back on track in no time. We're still navigating the newness of it. Overall we make a great complimentary team, today in between packing boxes I"m trying to figure out the Health Exchange for Joe -he's off my health insurance when he turns 26 in March, and it's further complicated by the fact he's only here 2 months per year and is full covered in China through his university. Egads - and only 7 days to the deadline.

Fun times.

My fridge and cupboards are close to empty so today has been the usual oatmeal, milk, banana, coffee and then plain greek yogurt with golden raisins, walnuts and an english muffin for lunch. Dinner tbd. I'll be much better at planning and cooking very soon. I'll be getting plenty of steps, many up and down stairs.

Gold, enjoy the beautiful views from your craft room - sounds like you have a suite? I remember sitting and watching the snow for hours from a cozy room as a kid. Quite mesmerizing.

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Good Afternoon PLOFers!

I am so saddened to hear of Ruby's passing. I had such a positive impression of her despite never having contact with her. Since hearing of her condition a few weeks ago, seeing her name on the PLOFer site has been tugging at my heart. However, it helps to know that her daughter was there for her continually. May they all find peace.

And now, Gold....you are there for your ex......so very sweet, thoughtful, and kind of you. I so enjoyed spending time with you during the move. You are an awesome person, and someone I am so glad to know.

I will try to catch up tonight on previous posts. I took a run up to Winter on Wednesday - Thursday as we got 8 inches of snow there. Aside from that, I have been busy making plans for our trip to Key West. I will tell you about it later, but I need to run into the small town soon.

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Glad you will be able to help care for your ex. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts.

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Hey, I'm almost back. Well, we have cable and internet now. Are we all unpacked and settled in? NO. It feels like it will never come together. Thank God for MO. She worked her ass and knee off getting out of the other house and over here.

Even with all the mess around me, I love it here. I am currently sitting in front of my craft/office room double windows which look out unto the lake. Until the lake froze over a couple of days ago I could sit at my desk and watch the ducks swim about 30 feet from my window. Now with the lake froze over I can watch the cold wind blow the snow across the icy surface and immediately feel cold. In the summer I will have two huge willow trees for shade and to gaze at.

I have not had a chance to go all the way back and read all the posts. I also can not remember how to get the daily spins for the team. Cat, I hope things work out well with the therapist, however, it is okay not to agree on everything. As Carol said" Don't sweat the small stuff".

Ruby died on the 5th. My ex, who is around 92 is not doing well and I will be helping her family with doing around the clock care.

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Good morning and TGIF my friends,

Carol after 32 years together it doesn't surprise me that you and Linda are a perfect match in many ways. I'm proud to know you. My friends Ron and Al have been together for 42 years and all they do is argue, I don't think they even like each other most of the time but they are all they know. I think it's a sad relationship.

Mo - where are you ??????

OMG snow is expected here during the night tonight and into the afternoon tomorrow, that puts a hold on my day with Dad but we can do it Sunday. I'll stop at the store on my way home for some produce I need for the morning and get out of there quick ... I hope !!!

I'm ready for another good food day prepped last night and have a few healthy choices in mind for dinner to decide on.

Have a great day ladies and hope you're ready for a festive weekend ..... do tell.

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Good morning ladies.....

Some interesting conversations about relationships. You know a co-worker of mine asked me a couple of days ago if Linda and I ever fight. (her boyfiend told her he didnt like her hair) and I answered honestly...we never fight.

I am so lucky to have met Linda...we are polar opposites yet totally alike. I never knew love until I met her but I thought I did. Its not about saying it...its living it. We have to let go of thngs that don't matter and cherish the things that do. Who cares if she leaves her shoes all over the place or if I dont load the dishwasher correctly. We dont sweat the small stuff and never fight.

You are all probably suprised a bit at these statements as I think I come across as really rigid and uptight on Sparks but I'm a lot more confident on the internet than I am in the real world. I'm actually shy and quiet and pretty easy going. Linda is really sweet and easy to get along with...she doesnt know a stranger.

So I know nothing about counseling but think its a good thing. It's there if I need it!

Have a great day! It's gym day today!

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Hi there friends,

Not much to say on my end but a busy day at work and glad to be home.

I will comment on the Cat and Cheryl conversation regarding relationships for the sake of participating. I've only really been in 2 lasting ones. 14 year and a 5 year and have been single since 2001. But yes I couldn't agree more, they are hard to keep going for many reasons I think. And counseling can def be a good assistance for clarity and moving forward. It wasn't an option in either of mine at the time and by the way my life is now it worked out just fine. I honestly can't even imagine sharing to the type of degree of living together with anyone anymore. I really do like my single life which of course includes Dusky and has since 2001. Guess that's all I have to be part of that conversation, not much really.

I do hope things get cleared up quickly Cat.

Came home with 7296 steps tonight so will do my best to reach goal as the evening progresses. Foods were on target with cold cereal for breakfast with the usual banana and skim, lunch was cucumbers, sugar snap peas, hummus and pretzel twists, a little orange halo and grapes and dinner was a large salad with diced chicken.

One more day to go to reach the weekend. Plans with Dad on Saturday probably shopping to finish up gifts and then lunch. Sunday I want to work on my Christmas cards. Just looking forward to the 2 days off and going with the flow.

Time to give Dusky some of me and then time for his night night and some walking for me.

Enjoy your evening friends.

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Cheryl - I agree that counseling can make a huge difference. I read the book but unfortunately for whatever reason M hasn't finished yet so we didn't do our first assignment. That actually came up this morning. I think that by the time we get to this age we are ingrained with our operating system as it is, and it takes an wise and impartial person to help shake things up! Thanks for the comments.

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You can say that again, Cat!

Are you two still reading that book? How's therapy going?

Terri and I have been in counseling for quite some time now (not every week but as regular as we can) and it's interesting to see how much we've grown. I think we both have come a long way and it's still work but we couldn't have come this far without help.
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That sure was a nice thing for them to do Carol! Congrats on the longer vacation too as always, youve earned it!

Im a little off my mojo today, M and I had a fight on the way in. Doesnt happen often but I think the stress of everything took its toll. I hope we can talk it out tonight when we go to Home Depot to get new flooring for my bathroom. Relationships sure are work!

Breakfast was an English muffin with 2 scrambled eggs and an orange. Lunch was tuna salad with lowfat mayo and celery on lettuce with an apple. Dinner, unfortunately is not planned. I didnt grocery shop this week as Im trying to have minimum to move this weekend so perhaps well go out. Ive done pretty well with food this week overall and have a lot of steps so far for me that is - nothing like some of you ladies do.

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Happy HEALTHY Thursday friends;

Congrats on scoring the tickets Carol enjoy the game. I want you to know I really appreciate the motivational posts you are sharing with us each day lately. THANKS !!

Not much to add to the post this morning so will wish everyone a great day being thankful and sharing your gifts with others. Have a healthy day in all you do and be mindful of the temptations around you and make wise choices.

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Carol

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" I DO NOT STOP FOR OBSTACLES....I DESTROY THEM!"

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Good morning....

Linda was cheery yesterday.....scored some FREE hockey tickets. We won free tickets at the Zoobilee celebration we went to but weren't able to use them cause that was when Micky was sick. So we went to buy tickets ...they gave us more complimentary tickets...good seats too. They had called us after we were supposed to have gone so they knew our story. The guy said he would give us a good deal.We had no clue he was giving them to us. What a nice gesture!!

Added a day to my vacay...turns out I had more time than I thought. One of my weeks is paid by the company...everyone get it. I added a week and 2 days...now 12/14 to 1/3. I'm still carrying over almost 90 hours into the new year.

I'm leaving early to get my drivers license renewed.

Have a great day!!

Edited by: AWESOMECAROL55 at: 12/7/2017 (04:54)
Carol

FIERCE + FOCUSED= FIT!

" I DO NOT STOP FOR OBSTACLES....I DESTROY THEM!"

"Attitude is everything"


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