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Moving on to MARCH



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2/29/08 6:23 P

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Susan, if you think that my computer is any younger than I am, you're sadly mistaken!! Most of the time the computer is maxed out and so am I. lol I do think I can manage to measure my waist, maybe. If it ain't quilting, I'm not very good at it!! Joy

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2/29/08 6:16 P

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Elizabeth, I am so sorry! I will be praying for you and the rest of your family.

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2/29/08 5:39 P

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*smile

I don't know if this will help for the

NEWBIES

but if you have TWO BROWSERS OPEN

read in one

post in the other


you are going to be able to keep up better with what is going on in the thread..

if you think we can "BABBLE" and post and remember what everyone is saying..*LOL..
NO WAY

we just know how to have several browsers open and do things..

I usually have three or four open..heehe

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I will be back tomorrow..

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TOMORROW

OUR FIRST WEEK CHALLENGE FOR MARCH STARTS

get your waist measurements ready and posted

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2/29/08 2:34 P

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Elizabeth, so sorry to hear about your son. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

I am not using my extra hours very well. Today was a sick day for me. I have been feeling like crap all week. I am just getting over my stomach flu and gearing up to start really pushing myself.

I just realized I made a typo. My hike in April is 25K not 15K. If you want to know more you can check out the website at www.hikerun.com. They made the course tougher this year so I really need to be more prepared this year.

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2/29/08 12:52 P

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elizabeth...so sorry to hear about your son. you have my deepest sympathies and are in my prayers for peace and comfort in this time of loss. remember...the best thing you can do is celebrate the life he lived. take care of yourself. if you need a place to talk...we are here for you.

god bless,
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Good Morning, friends.

Natalie, I hope you don't end up adding the gerbals to your family, you have enough creatures to take care of, both 2 legged and 4 legged. lol

Maria, good luck with your "to do" list. Hope you get to that exercise because that always helps with the stress.

We have sunshine again this morning am hoping it lasts long enough for me to get in a good walk.

DH just got up for the second time. He hasn't been sleeping well, which can be a result of the progressing Alzheimer's. So we may be adding sleeping problems to the no eating problems. The fun continues.

Good news, when I stepped on the scale this morning I showed a 4 lb drop. Yah for me sticking long enough to see a release of weight!!!! Now to just keep it going!! Gotta run.

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2/29/08 12:03 P

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Hello to you on this special day, which only comes once every four years: What are YOU doing to make the most of these extra 24 hours in your life?!
I've always loved Leap Year, February 29th, and the promise and potential of a whole day extra...

Today, I've been online and on the phone for several hours now, working in lieu of sleep. I wrote a blog on my Sparkpage updating our situation, with more information about my son.

February 29th has a special place in my heart for other reasons too. Back in 1980, my first child was due on February 18th. My mom had died years earlier; to honor her memory, I hoped my first contribution to the grandchildren would be born on Mom's birthday on the 19th.
However, as February dragged on and I just got more pregnant, I began to pray: "at least let it be a February baby..."! Or maybe, I thought hopefully, the plan was I'd have him/her on Leap Day the 29th?
Ordered to stay on bedrest, I walked every day for miles and miles, urging "come on baby, you can do it, let's go into labor NOW." That didn't work either, and so my son Scott was born March 6th.

Now the end of the month of February is a whole different ball game. Today I will be writing my son's obituaries, sending out more emails about the funeral arrangements, making a dozen more decisions, and trying to hold it together on the phone.
NBC-TV News contacted us last night and did a story on Scott for the 11pm newscast. People are calling from all over - I don't know how so many people found out so quickly - and I'm seeing the proof of how positive and special my son was in his short life.
I'm not much in the mood for verbally "chatting", so I hope you don't mind me spilling a bit of it here on this thread. Please think of us, especially Scott's sister/ my daughter Aubrey. Scott was like a father to her. She is completely distraught and we are worried for her health.

I'm Determined & Stubborn(ly) committed to staying on track, to be as healthy as I can, to honor Scott's memory and his example.
He LOVED the outdoors, sports, etc, and always lived life to the fullest. Thanks for listening, Elizabeth

Edited by: MIMAWELIZABETH at: 2/29/2008 (12:55)

My son Scott's memorial:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AopgOKaOUwY

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I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

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2/29/08 11:09 A

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a quick hi before my busy friday gets busier...been up since 5:30 am and already did two transportation runs, paid some bills, did some chores, watched the ten minute segment of rick springfield on oprah (i put it on dvr...i LOVED him as a youth), the girls are almost ready for me to run them to school then i'll be back hopefully to spend some time online before off to do more 'stuff' that no one else around here seems to get done LOL

tonight will be an interesting time...dd convinced daddy to try out 2 gerbils for the weekend. her gf is trying to get rid of them (her sister developed allergies to them) so daddy first said no (which i agreed with) then after enough whining she got to have them to 'try them out' for the weekend. i'm not eager at all. no way i'm adding another pet to my routine! they better be back to the gf or someone else by monday night if i have the last word.

well its time to get them out the door. i'll check in later...have a great day!

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2/29/08 9:17 A

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I only have a moment but wanted to check in.
Seems like everyone had a very hectic week.

Thanks Susan for the siggies.

I will be back later to post more.

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2/29/08 8:17 A

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Good morning,

I had a few extra moments this morning so I thought I'd jump in here and do a post. It's crazy, you know, there is so much going on that I have trouble keeping my head above water. But everyday I'm working on each item on my TODO list and something gets crossed off ... of course there is usually more things added than are crossed off ... but that's a whole different story ...
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Today it's Friday ... and that's great! I have lots of great exercise planned for this weekend ... and I have lots of work to do too. Now ... focus ... all I have to do is get it done!

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Kelly ... I'm so jealous of your vacation. I hope you have a fabulous time!

Natalie ... have you read the FlyLady's Body Clutter book? I found that pretty interesting too. I use many of the FlyLady principles to keep on top of things even though I'm not really on top so much as just keeping up ;)

Kathy ... I hope that you are feeling better today. Having the flu SUCKS!! Tell me more about this 15K Hike you've registered for ...

Sherry Jo ... when you find that supplier of motivation, look to see if they have time in a bottle too ... I could REALLY use some of that! LOL

BeachBelle ... chocolate and wine huh? ... I don't know if this helps but "chocolate and wine will never taste as good as 150 lbs feels!"

Anna ... have fun at your cousin's wedding and stay away from that wedding cake ;)

Susan ... thanks for the siggies ... and for all that you do!

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2/29/08 4:28 A

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This has been one hectic, crazy week! And the crazy busy is only getting started. I wanted to stop by and say hi real quick, since I leave in the morning for Santa Fe for my cousin's wedding. I don't know how much internet time they'll be, so I may not be back around until Sunday night! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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2/28/08 10:50 P

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I wanted to jump in here and say "hi" ... and check in ... things are good but I've been swamped today ... and now it's time to go to bed ... so nite nite, I"ll get in here tomorrow too :-D

What the mind can perceive the body can achieve.
-Abraham Lincoln

Realize that there is no such thing as failure. Keep this in mind and you will achieve all that you conceive in your mind. You never fail, you simply produce results. ... Dr Wayne Dyer

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2/28/08 6:54 P

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Checking in to say "hi!", and keep up with everyone. Things are very stressed in my world as I try to cram more knowledge into 4th graders' heads for the tests coming up (March 11 is the start!) and fight with Best Buy about money they still owe me for a voided transaction. What a mess! I just know I deserve some chocolate and wine... which is why I'm not losing any weight!

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2/28/08 4:49 P

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This was one of those days run here run there and back home tired. I am glad I walked a mile before I left home this morning.

I agree Susan you have really been busy on the challenges. I also need more motivation too. I sure wish we could just buy a bottle of it at Walmart.

Going to get off this computer and help Tyler study for his history test.

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2/28/08 3:53 P

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Wow Susan you are really coming up with a lot of challenges, it is hard to keep up.

Sorry but my motivation has been terrible this week. It is all I can do to get out of bed. I think DH gave me the flu. I sleep for 8 to 9 hours, but still have trouble waking up and by evening, I am exhausted. I don't think I have ever been this tired from doing nothing.

I am going to try to get back into the swing of things. I got a new notebook and I am going to start writing everything down from what I eat, to what workouts I do, to what I am feeling and see if that helps me get back on track.

I sent in my registration for my 15K hike coming up in April, so now I need to get serious if I want to survive. I almost dropped out of the race last year and it is suppose to be more challenging this year.

So Sue thanks for the challenges!! I will try to post more consistantly.

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2/28/08 11:56 A

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today is a beautiful day here. i have a little time to get online before i get things done.

i'm reading "does this clutter make my butt look fat?" by peter walsh. he has been featured on oprah but was also on the show 'clean sweep' for tlc. its a good read if you have weight/clutter issues. so i figured once a day i would work on something from the book. today is my master bedroom!

well i need to go earn some sparkpoints and do some other online business then get ready to exercise & clean. have a great day.


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2/27/08 9:44 P

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Happy Wednesday. The week is almost over and that puts me closer to my vaction. I leave on March 8 and can't wait. Work is totally crazy and is only getting worse.

Maria way to go on the hike.

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2/27/08 9:14 P

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Hi there! See I'm not missing ... just haven't had time to come in here yet. I've been really busy today ... uh ... HAVING FUN! Yesterday was a stressful day and I'm heading into a couple of week so TONS of work so I took today to have an "off-site" meeting. My girlfriend and fellow grad student and I took the day off and went on a 10 mile hike. It was great! Just what the doctor ordered ... and the calories I burned ;-D

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Natalie ... love you girl. You're amazing. I have no idea how you tolerate everything you do but I'm happy to be here and listen to whatever whenever you want to vent. But I think you knew that :-D ... Thanks for sharing the message from the other site with me ... if it's any consolation ... I always tape BL and it takes about 4-5 days to get enough time to watch it ... especially since they always seem to be 2 hours!

Susan ... w00t on the loss girl! That's awesome!

Joy ... you too ... loss is good. I think I'm sabotaging myself ... need to figure this out.

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Okay it's late for me ... I am tired from getting up at 4am, going to bootcamp, and then hiking for 4 hours. I just finished eating and I think it's time for me think about hitting the hay ...

Be a great day everybody,
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Realize that there is no such thing as failure. Keep this in mind and you will achieve all that you conceive in your mind. You never fail, you simply produce results. ... Dr Wayne Dyer

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2/27/08 1:54 P

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Natalie..

I miss Heather..*smile

and when I took my TICKER down...
SHE CALLED ME ON IT!!
told me to put it back up!!!
and I DID..
it sat there for months and months without moving...
but I DID..i put it back up to make sure it reminded me what I did have to work for..
and..I tell you what...AT LEAST I STOPPED GAINING...
sooooooooo
Heather accomplished one thing by calling me on the carpet..*grin
she made me look at that darn thing every day..

you may want to think about that!!

HUGS

Off I go...
I am going to watch some CSI that I have recorded..

I am ADDICTED!!!!!!!!!!!!

We started at the beginning...
watching some Miami episodes as well...and some NY...
but...wow....addiction at it's finest....
we are watching CSI every day...*LOL

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my morning is going faster than usual...reply button was finally fixed on the other site so i can actually get something done in a timely fashion!

joy...dh would freak out if i bought more fabric. i have a mini store as it is LOL and my sewing machine is broke! but i am going out today after sil pays me for babysitting (i'm only doing half of this week because she's going on vacation) and i'm using this coupon i got so i can buy a new shirt for around $10. that is a deal i cannot pass up! the rest of the money will pay bills.

susan...thanks for the siggies. LOVE THEM!

now my biggest gripe! they took off BIGGEST LOSER last night for a local basketball game! grrr....it wasnt announced until earlier in the day and the episode will NOT be reaired until SUNDAY! i worked around my schedule to be sitting at home soaking my feet to watch the show as my relaxation for the day. its the second time they've done it. now i LOVE basketball but i do not watch our local team because well since i've moved here there have been one scandal it seems after another. i much rather watch the team i watched before we moved. so enough of my gripe...i just had to complain once and wait until sunday to find out the details.

well i need to get some laundry done and shower. have a great day!

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Good morning, all.

When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was down one pound. It sure is a lot of work, including finding somewhere besides the kitchen to go in the evenings while I'm watching TV. lol Now I only have 29 more lbs to go.

Natalie, Susan, one day at a time. One thing that I have learned while living with Alzheimer's is: silence is my friend. When they are being unreasonable, you can't change their behavior but you can, and you should quietly leave the area, the room, the house, take yourself to time out and find something else to do that's good for you. Do not let them talk you into thinking you owe them any more of your energy or your time. Go take a hot bath or go buy fabric (grin). Hugs, to you both.

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emoticon Susan love it when that scale moves downward.

We got just a dusting of snow so the Dr. visit is on for today. The office did call and wanted me to give up my appointment so they could have it for sick kids. Any other time I would but, they said the next appointment would be May. Since Tyler has to turn this paper in March 8 that absolutely would not work. I do not know if I told you that he can only join Young Marines in March they have boot camp once a year. He has been talking about this since last summer and very important to him.

Enough rambling on and I need to get dressed and out of here.

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2/27/08 7:02 A

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oooo I do have SOME GREAT NEWS


I lost 1.5 pounds!!!!

First time in MONTHS....I don't know how...

except I am eating Breakfast and trying to eat meals again during the day instead of skipping meals...soooooo..
little steps!!!
YEAHHH ME

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Good Morning everyone..*smile

Hugs to all!!

Hugs SHERRY JO..

Do you do any gardening? Because see..I look upon snow as a blessing..
snow is something we need to make sure we get ready for spring, summer and fall..
sound strange eh?
but yes...
we need the cold temps to get rid of bad bad insects..
and of course there are many other more POSITIVE reasons..

MY POINT??? - ahhh..you knew I had one...!
You and Tyler....come rain, snow, high water or sunshine..
you are going to do this..!
and you are going to have some fun..*smile
it just means you have to take your time in getting there..
PREPARING...like you would if you want to think about your meals etc...
and all is well...

I guess what I am saying...all of us have to look a little more on the POSITIVE side...

We are supposed to get snow this afternoon..and I can't wait!!!!!!!!!

NATALIE..*smile
Hugs..
everything you said..
is the same thing you have told me before ((SOFT HUGS))
YOU..have a big big big hug

and you still have to figure out how to PUT YOURSELF FIRST

it has to be DONE!

and I still have to take my own advice!

so we are basically in the same boat!

People will TREAT you...the way you allow them to TREAT you..
and at the moment..or..lets say for the past years or even longer..they are used to YOU..doing what you are doing..
so why should that change in their eyes???
You have to take control..people aren't going to just change and say..hmmmmmmmmmm
I think I should return a favor today to Natalie because she has a heart of Gold.
Ohhh, wouldn't that be the puuuurrrrfect world.
hmmmm...indeed it would be

as harsh as that may sound, it is the truth - one that I have had to face myself...
therefore
I am maybe just a little step ahead, the only thing is, I haven't found a direction in which way to go

I am a little lost myself...

but...I do know one thing!
I am sooooooooooo TIRED of being protected by my darn weight

I am tired of fighting the thoughts inside of my head and "wishing" for things...when I know I have to "DO" things...

soooooooooooo...again...

that is why I have NEVER EVER QUIT...
and I think that is you as well!!!!!!!!!!!
somehow..someway...we KNOW..that maybe we just won't drown if we keep crawling our way forward..*smile

HUGS

ohhh I so have to go...
coffee....
and this was harder for me then I thought it would be
HUGS

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Hi
A quick note, then I'm off to do some treadwork again!!
I called and cancelled my membership with ediets and it went fairly smoothly- They even waived my early departure fee. Of course I will double check my credit card on the 29th :) It took about 30 minutes, so that's better...
Linda: As you can tell, I read your Blog- and I love it!!!

Maria: Good Luck on your talk!! That's neat that you are getting the extra help :)
Natalie: I feel awful for you, but as a former"nice" person, you gotta start putting your foot down and doing some of the things that YOU want. That resentment is going to keep building- I was in my mid 20's when I got my upper dentures- Not because my teeth were bad (they had NO cavities) but because the stress I was under at the time caused me to clamp my jaws and I broke my teeth inside my gums!! It's NOT worth the stress..You will be amazed at how empowering that first "No" will feel. I apologize, I got a little soap boxie- I still have trouble saying no all the time, but it gets easier each time you say it!!

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maria...it was logical. i just now have to do it!

sil said my neice and nephew were tired still from not having a nap yesterday. well today i put them down a little early for 'quiet time' (which is a trick word for my nephew into hoping he takes a nap LOL) and decided to play one of my relaxation cds in the background while i'm on the computer. he actually asked after i played pachelbel's kanon in d major to play it again because he liked that 'quiet song' better than the other songs on the classics relaxation cd. hopefully they fall asleep soon. until then i can get some stuff done on sparkpeople quietly on the computer in the corner.

well i'll be back later. time to get some points racked up by reading some article :)

natalie

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Natalie ramble on because I am listening. Seems like you have a lot of stress going on in your life right now and I know it helps me to vent.
Sometimes I think if life is not throwing stress balls at me either I am dead or in a coma. Just life as I know it. So vent, ramble or whatever it takes I know people on this team will be listening and caring.
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Natalie,
I have to comment on one thing ... you said that you're "200 lbs extra of ignoring myself" ... I want you to think of something ... losing weight and becoming more healthy make you able to do even MORE for those that you love ... so actually taking care of yourself is something you need to do FOR THEM!

(... hmmm I wonder it that is logical in ANY way ...)

Love ya!
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btw...the daily challenge is mistakenly listed as MARCH 26th when we meant FEBRUARY 26th which is today! check it out!!!!
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joy...praying the purple cows leave town today!

linda...i'll remember that with the private group.

now with leaving the inlaws alone in my home...last time that was a disaster. first, bil in the past has been accused of taking "prescriptions" from other relatives especially if they are pain meds. i have not had it happen to me (because quite frankly he has just flat out ASKED for them from us and we rarely are prescribed pain meds!) but i keep mine secure when i have them because i have children. the time it was a disaster i had a terrible UTI and dh drove me to the after-hours clinic so i could avoid the ER by morning. (it was a weekend) so i left 2 bils and 1 sil with my three children. we were suppose to have a family bbq. they got sil DRUNK while i was gone. mind you i do not drink myself neither does dh...we do not ALLOW alcohol in our home. my grandfather became a raging alchoholic after surviving pearl harbor. it had ill effects on my family growing up. anyway, i came home to sil very overly friendly (lucky she's a happy drunk) but plastered. she has mental health issues and she was in between prescriptions so she was actually able to drink at the time. her dh said it was okay if she drank so bil bought some. they thought it was no big deal. they had the kids stay downstairs to watch tv so they wouldnt be around but my kids are not dumb! they knew she was drunk by the way she was acting. i was beyond angry and they found out quickly. i didnt make a scene about it at the time but they knew i was unhappy and when she was sober i explained its not acceptable in my home. they are also smokers (two of them) and because of my allergies they must only smoke outside. i've flat out told them certain rules are part of my home and if you want to visit those health rules must be followed. unfortunately dh gave them the password to our home lock (my son kept losing his key) and dh wont change it. so technically they could come in when i was gone anyway if they truly wanted to!

susan...i know the team is behind me. i know you're there for me. its just up and down so much lately. i'm exhausted, stressed, and getting fatter. its true i talk more about everyone else because i quite simply DO for everyone else and never for myself. when i finally do something for myself it seems to backfire or make things more difficult with something else. at times i feel guilty about doing anything for myself but no one else seems to have that issue around here. i'm 200 lbs extra of ignoring myself! dh, the kids, inlaws...they all have gotten use to me sacrificing literally everything for them...my health, time, money, energy...the list goes on and on. don't get me wrong, i love my family and my inlaws (even though they drive me nuts...you can love people who are your enemies) but at times i swear they are driving me insane. i got mad at dh the other day and told him i truly believe if anyone in the family (inlaws included) along with him would not think twice of helping me if something went terribly wrong but they'll jump at everyone else even though most of them have been helped beyond what was asked of me. for example: sil has this episodes where she ends up in the hospital (she has mental issues) and dh will go running to help them at ANY hour of the night. i do not mind but i think if i had the same problem i doubt any of them would come over at an ungodly hour to help me. i've hurt myself financially to help all of them but i know they wouldnt do the same. sad, but i believe it. it doesnt sound right and maybe its NOT true but it's what i believe. dh thinks i just need a 'break' but he doesnt realize a break is helping me for a while do tasks i physically cannot deal with right now. he does help but not as much as i need him to right now and the same with my kids. dh gets sidetracked with his family coming over and i personally think he doesnt mind because it gets him out of helping me. we've tried having relatives help but it makes it just harder or you owe them in the end.

dang, i've BABBLED...stop me now. i just realized i have less than an hour before i babysit. for some odd reason the laundry room reeks (could it be ds actually brought his laundry down this morning LOL) and i havent figured out from what yet. its starting to 'drift' into the family room. i need to deal with that smelly task. hopefully during naptime i can get back online. if not i'll post tonight. last night was a disaster since dh's phone died and he needed a replacement asap because of work. we spent the night trying to get it figured out.

hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for letting me ramble senselessly LOL

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Hello everyone hope you are having a great day.
I started out today with a 2 mile walk with one of my WATP dvds.

Maria I wish you good luck on your interviews and finding the right job for you.
Also glad your weight was the water kind.

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Susan I went and read the March challenge and you really hit on my big troubled area my WAIST. This is my hardest and slowest place to lose. I am definitely an apple shape. This is going to be great challenge and I have been flipping through my YOU book.
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I just saw snow in our forecast....I do not need snow tomorrow Tyler has a doctor appointment to have his Young Marine health evaluation form filled out. This was the only appointment I could get for a well visit before May which is too late. Oh well did I really expect things to be easy. emoticon

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YEAHH MARIA..

you are a planner...*grin

GOOD FOR YOU!!

~~~~~~~~~~~ NEWBIES ~~~~~~~~~~~~

anyone here that HAS NOT received siggies to start out with???

PLEASE LET ME KNOW...THANKS

and

~~~~~~~~~~~~ EVERYONE ELSE ~~~~~~~~~~

Make sure you check the thread please, I have a thread open that asks YOU for some information, just in case I can get some "special" tags made that are for you...that pertain to your hobbies etc..

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Good morning ... and it is a good, good morning!!

I am happy to report that ALL the weight that showed up on the scale after my trip is gone ... this means that it was all water weight ... dang the salt that is added to foods in restaurants. It's good to be back on program with my own food AND, more importantly, back on my exercise routine.

eDiets cancellation update ... I had emailed eDiets asking for the cancellation of my account. Yesterday I got an email response saying that they will process it and let me know when it is done. Hopefully this will be BEFORE the next billing cycle ... and if it's not I'll take it up with the credit card company :-D

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Joy ... I send to you ... emoticon ... keep your head up and good luck with those cows. I know how hard it can be ... but remember that you have friends in us and we will always be here as a shoulder if you want one.

Susan ... I LOVE people who tell it like it is ... I'm that way too and I find that most people appreciate it and some people are offended by it ... oh well ... but you're right, only I am responsible for what I eat. And I do a pretty good job when I travel ... this trip was particularly challenging for many reasons:
1-st because the closest restaurant was 3 miles away (we were outside the city) and we were snowed in,
2-nd because the hotel did NOT have a restaurant and only catered.
I packed healthy protein bars, fruit, hard-boiled eggs and hard-bread so I had some things to eat and then I did the best I could for vegetables. I have lots of great ways to stay on program while traveling because I travel too much these days. So NO EXCUSES. But yay, it was all water!

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Today will be exciting. I guess that not all of you know anything about me so let me elaborate. I am a 8th-year graduate student. I'll be graduating with my Ph.D. sometime this year. As a result I am on the job market ... this is a long, drawn-out process ... interviews are in the spring for jobs beginning in the fall. The trip to New York was my first interview. Today, my department has arranged for me to give my jobtalk in an open department-wide forum. This will allow a "friendly" audience to give me honest feedback. Good ... but stressful.
So I'm off to practice my talk :-D
-Maria

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Realize that there is no such thing as failure. Keep this in mind and you will achieve all that you conceive in your mind. You never fail, you simply produce results. ... Dr Wayne Dyer

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*smile...GOOD MORNING EVERYONE

Sending HUGS all around!!

Time for some catching up...!

emoticon EVERYONE.....just a reminder...GET YOUR WATER in..it is GOOD FOR YOU..*smile...and has many many benefits!!
one of the benefits besides aiding weight loss is that it will plump up your skin and keep it nice and moisturized especially during the winter months when skin tends to get dried out!!



emoticon Maria
*grin...
YES!! I think we might have another babbler among us..whooo hoooooooooooo HUGS HUGS HUGS
heeheee...LUV IT..
Now...Maria *smile
the one thing you will find out about me RIGHT away is that I tell it like it is, and you can take what you want and throw out the rest!
and of course, I always say..I SHOULD TAKE MY OWN ADVICE - boy oh boy, I really should...*grin

Traveling can be very hard on a body, but...
and yeah..here is the B U T
You have worked very hard to get a lot of weight off...
and you do NOT have to make excuses! Don't make yourself feel bad...
here is why I say this...

What we all put in our mouths, no matter where we are...we are accountable for it *smile
Hotel food choices can be bad, but...they WILL accommodate you when you ask them to make it special for you (no fat, no butter, no oil, dressing on the side etc etc etc)
Since you were at La Guardia Airport I am assuming you were in New York City, meaning..you had a LOT of great choices outside of the hotel...
Ohhhh I know...been to the city many times...
shops everywhere that offer simply an apple to buy!

I know you stated you were snowed in..but I bet the HOTEL would have had an apple..*grin..

where I am going with this is that one has to plan ahead...if...you don't want to beat yourself up..
or...
even better...
DO NOT beat yourself up...because after all..
you are human..
main thing is...get in your water at all times to make sure you counteract bad sodium choices at all times and when one travels in an air plane, extra water is ALWAYS ALWAYS a great idea!!!!!!

with all that said...YOU...should be very very very proud of yourself..because after I checked out your NEWLY set up SPARK PAGE..you have come a long way and you have done SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GREAT!!!

emoticon emoticon MARIA...YOU ROCK...HUGS HUGS
keep up the great great work..and pat yourself on the back!!!!!!!!!!!!
because right now you are doing everything right for yourself..and that is the right thing to do!!!

emoticon Sherry Jo..
there are ediets people all over SparkPeople..*smile
and I am sure more to come...
doesn't matter, because everyone has to chose what is best for them!
and I am glad you are back..whoo hooooo..Hugs
I don't like chaos..and I sorta will pull back out of it..
it started when I left and I am sure it died down, but we aren't going to talk about it...
at least..I am not...not worth my time..
I have to focus on myself..
and all of you...and I need all of you!!
HUGS HUGS HUGS


emoticon Jan...*grin
nothing really shocks me...BUT
I am sure glad to see you back HUGS
it was always great having you on the tread, and would love to see your smiling face more!!!!
and even better - I am glad to hear that a lot of things are working out for Y O U...HUGS

emoticon Natalie..*smile
heehee...the Inlaws are and were always driving you bonkers...whoo hooooooo

wow...I swear...are you sure you and I aren't related???
hmmm..I swear sometimes I could cut and paste and edit some names..and voila...we have the same story...
with some minor detail adjustments..
never did do anything smoking or otherwise in high school or otherwise..
people always THOUGHT I did..
I just told people..nope...
I am just high naturally on life...or maybe just NUTS...*LMAO


NATALIE~~~~~~
Binge Eating..Stress Eating..Over Eating..
These things are related to when you do NOT want to deal with what is really really bothering you..
I KNOW...you rather eat until your BODY hurts, to avoid what you are feeling...
the problem of course is..you are hurting yourself..
Me..I had to finally take that step again and go back into therapy..
it is such a hard thing to do when you are so used to taking care of others and you are avoiding taking care of yourself..
hey...every post of yours shows how much you talk about others and seldom what you are and will do for yourself

SOUND FAMILIAR???
I know!
how often do I NOT TALK ABOUT MYSELF??!
and when I do..it is a one liner and I leave..
because it is like I let someone glimpse a little into my soul and I better run like heck before I start crying..
and wall up so I don't have to expose myself

Darling..Natalie..*smile

you have to believe and KNOW...
you are loved!
YOUR family loves you...
I LOVE YOU

can you look into the mirror and love yourself?
I can look in the mirror and find pieces of myself that I am loving again..
it is hard...it is a journey...but I am willing to do it..
and Natalie..I will walk with you..
YOU ARE NOT ALONE..never alone..
remember my team?? our logo was
THROUGH THICK AND THIN

it was more than just weight...it was through all the sorrow and happiness and everything we needed to share..

and here we are...*smile

I UNDERSTAND...Hugs..and I am not going anywhere!
Hugs...

try..try try..the next time BEFORE you overeat and actually HURT yourself..to down a glass of water..or have chewing gum..
THINK ABOUT IT NOW..have a plan of action..
I had to do it..
or water and something that is extremely hard to chew like jerky...(I won't eat that stuff) but some people that need to take out anger or frustration can rip at it..*chuckling..
find out what it is you need to do!
THINK ABOUT IT..
with that...
HUGS HUGS HUGS...
you have a TEAM behind you..*smile
and ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*grin....what else could you want???
A HINEY KICKING PURPLE STRIPPED SOCK WEARING BLONDE NUT CASE...

*LOL






emoticon Call your Credit company...and tell them you lost your pocket book at the mall and you need to have your credit cards replaced
ask them to stop all charges on your credit card
effective as of the date you are calling

they will issue you a new one...
which also will have a new number

if you have anything else that is automatically charged to your card, now you can call them and just tell them, you lost your card, but you will call them once you have a new card.

You can call Ediets if you like and simply tell them you are canceling your membership and do not want to be billed effective immediately.
If they give you grief you do not have to worry about it.
I know this is extreme...but I KNOW...that ediets has always taken an extreme amount of time giving credit back..or anything in the nature of canceling memberships..

just depends on how badly you want to save your money

Hugs

Joy...yep...same goes for the CHECKING ..
if you are having it drafted...
canceling a draft is even easier...
and I would DO IT...

Ediets has NOTHING to stand on if they are messing up a site that one can not access or use and is not willing to work with a membership to give credit etc..
and btw...this used to be an issue as well, during other updates..
just not quite as extensive..or long...

Okay...

I think I am done...wow...that was a lot of posting..

HUGS to all of you

Susan





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Hi, Maria. I haven't tried to cancel my ediets membership yet. It might be easier to put a stop payment on the checking acct than to try to deal with e-diets. They might not be to happy but I have enough to try my patience, without dealing with them.

I've had purple cows and land mines around here for a couple of days. I can't get DH to eat at all today. I went to quilting circle today, which is always fun. I have started the graduation quilt for the grandson born in hawaii. It is going to be cool!!

So far today I've managed to stay OP but last night I just had to have some chocolate ice cream or I might have run away from home. lol It's all right though, because I haven't done that in a long time.

Well, guess I need to go. Hope your presentation goes well tomorrow.

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Hey Joy ...
Wondering how things are going for you today?
-Maria

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Realize that there is no such thing as failure. Keep this in mind and you will achieve all that you conceive in your mind. You never fail, you simply produce results. ... Dr Wayne Dyer

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Hi ya everybody,

Well I had a pretty good day yesterday ... it ended well and some of the weight that showed up on the scale after New York was gone this morning. This is good. That means it really was water and that the rest should come off ... yay. Maybe I won't get completely frustrated with it!!

Today it was back to work as usual. Well, maybe not completely normal because basically I spent the day figuring out that I have WAY TO MUCH TO DO (nothing new there) ... and I have a MAJOR deadline on March 19th ... so I guess I go into crunch mode. Oh goody!

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Sherry Jo, Jan ... I love hearing that I'm not the only one to migrate ... now if I could just get that other site to stop charging my credit card ... it's terrible trying to get through to them right now ... wait 20 minutes for the hold phone system to hang up on you ...

Natalie ... can't you just leave whenever they "just show up" ... say something like ... oh good, you can watch my kids while I (fill in the blank here) ... and leave. Or would it be more stress to have them in your house without you being there?

Susan ... morning is a state of mind ... and a beautiful time of day as long as not too much comes at you too fast ;) ... thanks for the siggies too ... I'm looking forward to the next challenge.

Linda ... loved your blog ...

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Okay well I have a ton left to do and it's 6:37 already. I'm giving a talk to the entire department tomorrow and I haven't written it yet so ... I REALLY need to get that done before I go to bed ..

So I'll see you in the morning ...

What the mind can perceive the body can achieve.
-Abraham Lincoln

Realize that there is no such thing as failure. Keep this in mind and you will achieve all that you conceive in your mind. You never fail, you simply produce results. ... Dr Wayne Dyer

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Natalie - you can tell those "other" people that they can form a private team. That's what we did.

~Linda

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Thank you Susan for the wonderful siggies. I am going to start looking at the March challenge.

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sparkpeople was brought up on the other site...of course the only downside they could bring up was that its a public board. i think my thoughts are if its free i would presume it would be public but if i'm paying for it then my posts should be private.

i'm struggling with binge eating lately. i know its stress related. i'm not hungry at all then i'm starving then at times i can mindlessly eat beyond full without realizing it. my weight is now up from a year ago :(

well i just realized what time it is...my neice & nephew will be here shortly. i'm disappointed i was unable to get to the gym this morning. the class conflicted with babysitting but also i needed to babyproof some things.

i'll check in later...have a wonderful monday!


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CONGRATULATIONS on the WINNERS who participated in the STEP CHALLENGE!!!!

Siggies are on the way..*smile

HUGS

BBL

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Good morning

Linda it sounds like you are telling things as you see it....negative or not.
I left the other site a long time ago.....thank you Susan for leading me here before all the chaos set in. emoticon

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Hi, all. Yes, I'm a Negative Nancy. Read my blog - dietwhoas.blogspot.com/

~Linda

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WOW...that is way way way too much to read first thing in the morning..*LOL

WHOO HOOOOO

HUGS to everyone..GOOD MORNING!!

I love it that we have so much going on..*smile

but I am still N O T the greatest morning person..*sigh

sooooooooooo....I am going to have to get me some coffee..and I shall return at some point...

Until then....*smile...
Have a great morning....
be good to yourself!!

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not sure how many from the 'other side' have defected here. that would be an interesting thing to know...i'm sure the other site doesnt want to know how much business they've lost LOL

inlaws are driving me nuts! i told dh please intervene. they all showed up on a moment's notice again. the one bil with a 2 month old is now saying "well if you guys need more money you can watch my kid" sorry, i love the tyke but i'm exhausted at the thought of babysitting the other two (one neice, one nephew) starting tomorrow for two months. i'm only doing it because right now its more cost effective than getting a job outside the home with my kids' school/activity schedules. i'm truly over having babies. they're cute but when i'm tired...GO HOME TO MOMMY! LOL i havent hit 40 so i've become a whimp real early in my life.

upside...they were saying how dh was a dork in high school (dh wasnt in the room) and i admit he was geeky but bil said "well at least he got the cheerleader!" i said "what cheerleader...has he got a woman i don't know about?" they all looked confused and said "well you're the cheerleader" i told them yeah i support dh in all his crazy schemes but i wouldnt really call myself his cheerleader right now...they laughed "no silly when you were in high school. we've seen your pictures from high school...we thought you had been a cheerleader" then the other bil said "no, i thought she was an athlete" yes, i was an athlete for junior varsity but my junior/senior year i got enough exercise from other pursuits and didnt pursue sports thru school. i wasnt popular but i wasnt at the bottom of the list either. i had a good laugh. they went on to tell me how i had a smokin' you know what back in the day (i met the one bil before i met dh...he had a crush on a schoolmate and they were living in a different town than me) they wanted to know why i let it go when i met dh LOL...i told them marriage, inlaws, and babies. didnt have the heart to tell them i that at times i think of premedicating with chocolate to deal with them. so it was an interesting day.

well i need to get to bed. i babysit in the morning. i hope i'm ready for this. i'll check in hopefully during naptime if i dont join them :)

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Hey, Susan. Our team is called Attitude Check, but we are a private team. I guess I would have to send you a gilt-edged invitation if you wanted to visit. We're still holding out hope that the other site will become "new and improved" soon. I'm not holding my breath.

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Hi
Just popping in for a minute- Does anyone have an idea of just how many people from that "unmentioned site" have migrated?? I have belonged to both for quite awhile- Our entire challenge group migrated earlier this week and they are loving SP* Not just the fact it's free, but all the people, tools, information.. I'm feeling like I have the best of all worlds.
Hey Susan, thought I would shock ya a bit- We have 2 of our three crisis's handled and I'm going to day shift next week- So I should be able to pop in once in awhile now...
Jan

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I just got back from church and wanted to check in and say hi to everyone. It has been a busy weekend for us. Yesterday we went to parent orientation to sign Tyler up for the Young Marines. The room we were in was so hot I developed a bad headache and the rest of the day I felt terrible. Now I am trying to sort through all the literature and get things in order because his first day is the 8th of March.

Seems like lots of people have come from ediets to Spark including myself. The free price is a good thing here.

I think I will go eat a healthy snack.

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Good morning ...
Well I'm finally back from NY and I'm trying really hard to figure out SparkPeople. Actually this started yesterday when I had 4 1/2 hours to kill at the La Guardia airport, so I paid for the wireless internet and I sat there and created MySparkPage. That was fun. You should check it out if you haven't already :-D

Now I'm going to ignore all comments about BL because I haven't seen it yet ... though it is recorded. I'm excited to watch it and will do so sometime today ... though it might be a choice between exercise and BL ... so we all know that exercise will win on that one.

Stepped on the scale this morning. Dang it. I was up! *SIGH* Well, easy on, easy off. Travel is so hard and I know that some of it is water weight because of salt consumption. But some of it wasn't. I spent half the time in NY snowed-into my hotel room. There wasn't a lot of good food choices ... so effective immediately, I'm back on program and really focused to get back down below that 180 mark!

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Joy ... LOL forgetting your password! That's too funny. I can't tell you how happy I am to be here and that you are here too. Seriously you are one of the primary reasons I was holding on to eDiets. It makes me happy to be able to continue our friendship on a different board.

Natalie ... you and your DH on BL would be a hoot ... and I tell you that it would change your life. I think that there is so much that that show does for the people that are there that is NOT on the show. And THANKS A MILLION for bringing me to SparkPeople! ... increasing awareness of food is definitely difficult.

Mobile calorie counter ... I don't know how many of you have a mobile phone that can get onto the internet. But my favorite online calorie counter (www.calorie-count.com/) has a new mobile interface that makes it even easier to access it while you're in that restaurant. I do it all the time. This is how I figured out that a Chili's burger has more than 800 calories!! Good thing I looked it up before I ordered it!!

Anna, Linda ... Great to see you here ...

Debby? Where's Debby? I guess I missed a post ... yay Debby!

Susan ... I'm going to start to kick some butt in your challenges, once I get around to reading about them. There is so much new here that I don't want to miss anything so I'm taking it very methodically!

Sherry Jo, Heather, Elizabeth, Kelly, Beachbelle ... it is good to meet all of you. I know we will get to know each other in the coming posts

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Well I invited my sisters AND one of my good friends to join us ... I have no idea if this is their cup of tea, but it's an idea :)

Okay ... I just wanted to check in today and catch up. I have tons of other things to do today including hitting the grocery store. So hugs to all and I'll be back!
-Maria

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Realize that there is no such thing as failure. Keep this in mind and you will achieve all that you conceive in your mind. You never fail, you simply produce results. ... Dr Wayne Dyer

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*LMAO

I about spit coffee over my screen NATALIE

heehee

you still have the same amount of time in a day, doesn't matter if you are CST or EST...heehee
HUGS HUGS HUGS...so no matter WHAT time zone you are in my friend..*grin...you do have technically the same changes as I do to earn points..*grin

(but nice try!!!!!!!! trying to set me up for the next challenge eh???? *wink)
HUGS HUGS HUGS

LINDA!!!!!!!!

bring your team! *LOL

we can all just join forces...
as I said before..we can simply open more threads and just visit one another under the same heading...
and WHY WHY WHY..do people visit and then don't tell you where to come and visit them???

I mean..I KNOW how to find you, because I know because I am a veteran that I can track you down by your handle or nick...

but...you could have let us know how to visit you..

*sigh...Hugs
**WAVING AT YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE FROM THE OTHER SIDE

may you be as happy as I am...
no more C R A P~~~~~~~~~~ *LOL

KELLY..*grin...
look at you go girl..
HUGS

okay...me...off I go again..not sure what I am even doing up this early..but since I am...I am going to do my thing and check out the wonderful world of the internet..*grin

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linda...so glad to see you! i wish everyone would come over here LOL i'm only staying because of the 'free membership' i have otherwise i would of quit a long time ago.

joy...hijacking LOL let me know if you get a quilting one started here. i would love to get in the middle of it. i told dh the moment we get some extra money i'm either fixing my machine or buying a simple one to just get any of my quilts done!

susan...got the sparkmail. will reply tomorrow hopefully :)

well its late. i need to hurry and earn as many sparkpoints as possible before it switches to tomorrow...since i'm on the west coast at 9Pm my time its midnight for sparkpeople...so technically i have less time to earn for saturday's points. sil/bil came over and took oldest ds (even though he's grounded...i figured we needed a break) for the evening. they left earlier than usual which i'm glad...i wasnt planning them visiting at all this weekend. dh is out renting a movie as our splurge for the week with the girls. its quiet for once today.

i'll check in later. have a wonderful weekend!
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The sun is shining again today. If the weather people aren't careful, we will think Spring is here. I just came back from a long, vigorous, hilly walk and it felt great!! It doesn't seem like I've accomplished much today but go out and about with DH. I guess that's part of my job!! lol I keep working on my quilting buddies on the unmentioned site that everyone is leaving. I hope to get a few more to defect or escape, whichever word you prefer. lol Guess I need to go get busy.

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Wow, I'd better check in more often! There are a lot of people here I don't know - this team seems to be growing and much more active than it was a while ago. I must say I am curious about this other web site where people seem to be defecting from to come to Sparkpeople!

I am planning a dinner tomorrow night for some friends who have also been dieting, although they are not members here. I'm going to make the Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken from our recipes here - it's really good, in case you have never made it. I found a veggies recipe to try too. They have both lost a lot of weight and have been inspirations to me, so it's too bad I can't seem to stay on track! One of these days I will be able to move my ticker down again...

It's good to see everyone here, and a BIG congrats to Heather!

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Happy Saturday all. I got my 2 hour workout in today. Yippy. Tonight I am going out to dinner then off to see Bon Jovi in concert. I can't wait. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Hi, Susan! Thought I'd drop in and say hello! You, too, Natalie!

Yes, another refugee from the "other site". My whole team is here at SP in a private team. We got so tired of trying to deal with the other board. We are happy as clams right now, and plan to wait out the "improvements". Ha! Anyway, I'm going to be cruising around on this site this weekend, to try and come up with ideas for a team challenge, but wanted to stop by and give a friendly emoticon



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Welcome, Debby, glad to see you. Hope things are going well in your world. I have been hijacking the gals from the quilting thread at you know where. So far I have 2 of them that have signed onto Sparkpeople. Now the next thing is to get them onto a team. If I can hijack enough of the quilting thread, we can set up our own. My bad!!! There is so much on this sight that I don't understand but if I live long enough, maybe I will figure it out. Ok, gotta runn!

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welcome debby! joy & maria will be happy you're here.

dh might sign up on sparkpeople. he was asking about calories and such and i told him duh...its free he can do it too. but he hasnt signed on yet because he's having a hard time picking a screen name LOL you would think the dude was a woman! i also sent an invite to my friend that moved acrossed the states (and has lost a lot of weight) and to my twin sister who was on the 'other site' for a while. we'll see if either show up in the next few days.

i was able to hit my next trophy today instead of tomorrow.
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well i need to go off and get a few more things done along with a big glass of WATER!
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TGIF!
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elizabeth...you're in my prayers with you dh

susan...i replied to my sparkmail...i'll email more details of my ideas later.

today i have two people home sick (dh & the youngest) both are coughing and sniffling but i think dh isnt as sick as he thinks LOL. i'm hoping i still can get him to help me with some organizing and get all the paperwork for taxes found.

i had planned for water aerobics this morning but my tummy is upset and the potty is my constant companion. i'm really mad about it. i know what triggered it...it was stuff i ate yesterday without thinking of the consequence! i tried to talk to dh last night about helping me lose weight and at times he has light bulb moments then other times he's truly clueless! i'm reading "does this clutter make my butt look fat?" by peter walsh and its reminding me of why my home is chaos and my butt is chaos! i also know that when i start losing i ended up reverting back to bad habits and gaining it back...i know now i'm afraid i'll look worse AFTER i lose considerable weight because i've watched too many of those extreme weight loss shows or cosmetic surgery shows (dh loves any type of medical show) and know my belly roll will still be there but deflated after i lose weight. i know i will need massive surgery to fix the damage i have done.

i ditto on watching tv that makes you feel worse! its counterproductive at times. i saw a portion of that idiot on dr phil. i have a series recording on dr phil for my dvr and dh was watching it and of course making comments to the tv while i was on sparkpeople LOL. the man truly did not love his wife but also had a double standard since he was overweight himself.

well i'm off track this morning. i need to salvage what i can. i'll be back later...i'm 89 points from my next trophy on sparkpeople and i have collected at least 50 emails i need to clear shortly to earn teh points. i should hit the trophy tomorrow emoticon

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emoticon Heather about the baby. We are in the baby mood here too. I am getting another grandchild in Aug. everyone excited about finding out boy or girl month. I just wanted healthy baby to cuddle and play with.

Susan I do not sit around and watch Dr. Phil but was flipping through channels and saw this husband talking. Occasionally he will have a subject I am interested in and same way with Oprah. Watching shows like that will get you down if you do it all the time.

Natalie I am not very good with eating out but I have a couple of rules I try to stick too. Usually I order water and try to stay away from anything fried. Also try to take part of it home because servings are too big. I do not eat out all the time so it seems to work for me. I gain weight from food at home.

This morning I dusted off my food journal. This is one of my hardest area for me but it helps me. I know it is so simple why do I struggle with it?

I am going to take it easy today I am battling a sinus thing....rain is not helping it.

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Congrats Heather. That is wonderful news. Babie are always so much fun. Things are going ok here. Just dealing with the usual crap with the fibriods and for my medication to start for them. Off the gym now.

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Good Morning everyone..*smile

REMINDER TO ALL:
I would appreciate it if you just dropped me a note into my SPARK MAIL and let me have your EMAIL. This way I can make sure I can contact you for many many reasons..*grin...
for one...get you some siggies to set you up if you are a NEWBIE...
to reward you with those wonderful signature tags for playing games and participating in challenges
and of course...
for some hiney kicking if need be...*grin...

so go ahead...please..make sure I have it...
thank you very much...
HUGS

*smile

HUGS
Sherry Jo...
QUIT WATCHING THOSE TYPE OF SHOWS!!!!!!!!!!

watch something that makes you feel good instead of gets you down..
we have enough baggage to carry around as it is, and I am not talking just our weight...
I mean the issues that cause our weight and the reasons we so often do not take care of ourselves..
soooooooooooo..
As much as I like Dr. Phil...
FEEL SORRY FOR THAT "STUPID" husband, because he is a very very sad individual...and has more issues than the wife..
and I didn't see the show, and I don't care what Dr. Phil said...because...the husband doesn't love himself either...

you can not love another person if you do not love yourself..

but back to the point...
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there are way way way tooooooooooo many shows out there that will address weight and health and can make you feel good...
do NOT watch those that start make you get angry or feel bad...
those are BAD BAD BAD triggers for ohhhh so many reasons and on so many levels

and that goes FOR EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ELIZABETH..
Hugs..*smile

I will be thinking about you and your hubby...
everything will turn out just fine...Hugs....
Most eye surgeries now are like triple by-pass. They are done so much that they are routine and are very successful...
so be strong..and turn your worries into positive thoughts..HUGS HUGS HUGS

NATALIE...
that is a great step!!
TO LOOK AT WHAT YOU ARE EATING...HUGS
me....I seldom..very seldom eat fast food..
I simply eat toooooooooooo much of the great stuff that I cook...or skip breakfast and even lunch at times and then slam triple portions of dinner...
no wonder my metabolism is completely messed up...
we all have something that we have to work on...
but with support and help and planning WE CAN CHANGE IT...
It is a matter of saying to one self...
I am going to start over...
I can do this..
and not use the term ever, I have failed and I can't do this so therefore I give up.

Because it is the people that start over and move forward that will succeed...
and we all belong in THAT category...*smile

JOY...
since you like quilts...I think I know what kind of special siggy to get for you..

in fact...

hmmm...I think I have an idea....that will help me besides what I do when I collect...

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ANNA...
you look fabulous..*smile..

and you will get exactly where you want to be...
GREAT GREAT JOB...HUGS HUGS HUGS


ELIZABETH...WOW...
and NOOOOOOOOOO..I have never taken a measuring cup with me...(what a great idea though for a lot of people that might have problems figuring out portions)
because I usually know the sizes of everything...
I have cooked for so long I know.

You know...
Deck of cards...
thumb size..
etc etc etc


With all of that..*smile

I am off to do whatever it is that I do...heehee...
surf and check some things out..

right after I go post something for everyone..
so check out my thread...
it is for YOU

Hugs
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The calories and fat grams in fast food ARE SCARY! emoticon
How come I can make it at home for so much lower??? When I'm in the mood for a burger, I get extra lean meat and whole wheat rolls at the store,
and grill them up at home! emoticon emoticon
It still can be a lot of calories, but we usually use a lot more meat too. It's still far less than McD's, BK, JITB, CJr's, etc... Keeping in mind that a quick burger out costs FAR more than I can afford - I'm not talking $$$! - really helps me keep on driving!
A "homework assignment" at a nutrition class I attended was very eye-opening: count the miles and the fast food restaurants between class and home on your usual driving route. My answer was 2 miles and SEVEN opportunities to cheat!!!
You know what? I KNEW just looking at them was hurting my "willpower"; even if I drove right past, it'd be harder for me once I got home. I changed my route, winding through residential streets instead of out to the main thoroughfares, and it really helped.
I also can relate to the feeling of being self-conscious about eating out at a restaurant. My friend and I (both disabled, both obese) often go out to eat when we get together, as it gives us a chance to sit comfortably and gab gab gab.
I try very hard to shake off the feeling, telling myself that I probably think others notice or care more than they do. And if they do? That's their problem, not mine. (see my tagline below!)
We are very aware of health issues (we met in that nutrition class), and often during our daily phone calls discuss our food/calories/issues, etc. Now that I moved further away and sold my car, we only see each other a few times a month. Some times we treat ourselves, and sometimes we're extra careful.
Have you ever taken a food scale, measuring cup, pen and paper to a restaurant, to keep track of what you're eating? I usually do, and record as accurately as possible. That's what's important.

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I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

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Thanks Joy! It's definitely nice to have some familiar faces around!

Natalie- It's always scary to see how many calories they can fit into those foods! Good for you for looking it up, though!

Congratulations Heather on your baby news!

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Anna, I love your photo. You're lookin' good!! Glad to see you here. Hope things are going well for you. Just wanted to say Hi!!

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Good afternoon. Natalie, the 1st step is figuring out just exactly what you are eating, even when you eat out. Since I'm on wieght watcher's, I have their book on eating out that gives the actual values for the differant eating place and the value of their most popular entries. I guess ignorance is not bliss! lol Good for you, you made a positive step by looking up the values of your favorites.

I delivered both the quilts that I jsut finished to very happy customers today. Also did another hour long walk, on the hilly route #1. I have another hilly route that I call #2, that is even more hilly and I don't do that unless I have been walking daily for an hour each day for at least a week. It is a doozy. Hope to do it maybe tomorrow or Saturday.

Well, guess I need to go and get busy. Surely there is something I should be doing. lol

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whip out the paper bag...i'm hyperventilating! i've made dh cut back on fast food but yesterday he got off earlier than planned and i was being self conscious about going to a restaurant to eat. i was starving and didnt want to be paranoid eating next to someone who 'might' be thinking 'why is she eating out at her SIZE?" (usually i would say no one really cares but a few times lately i've heard 'comments' of other customers when we eat out) so we got fast food and ate in the car. i knew i was naughty but today i decided to do a search out on what i ate and other of my "favs" at other fast food places. oh my...what the heck is wrong with me! some of my favs were triple the fat/cals i thought they were! no wonder my butt is getting fatter. i was calculating my food wrong. so when dh gets home i'm showing him a printout of the foods & keeping it in my purse.

well i need to get out of here to get something done. if in doubt check it out first is my new motto LOL

natalie


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Elizabeth, glad you are feeling better and hope that ocntinues. Also, hope your weight release ( I call it that because I sure don't want to find it) stays and continues to grow.

Heather, congratulations on your good baby news. I'm a grandma, so I think all baby news is wonderful. Take care of your self, eat healthy and remember that simple walking, which you can do with your DH, is so good for you. Enjoy this wonderful time in your life. Hugs, Joy

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Hello my emoticon ! I have had a very rough month - not food-wise, but physically (health and stress).
emoticon I weighed in even lower this morning!!! BUT, I won't count it until I've weighed that low again at least twice more. But it feels so good to break that plateau at last.
Also, I have more energy at last too, and have been able to do more physically. On my MIL's advice-from-her-experience, I added Mucinex to my mix of meds to fight this lingering congestion (especially my lungs).
I feel 100% better! Of course, I still feel like poo... so that gives you an idea of icky I was feeling before!!!
emoticon emoticon HEATHER, I am SO HAPPY for you!
(REST REST REST and don't worry about HAVING to keep fitness goals - just let your body take care of your baby. When you're tired, even after a long night's sleep or resting, it's just your body sending all its energy to your baby, because at all costs our bodies put him/her first.)


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"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy.
I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

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but how to dance in the rain."


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CONGRATULATIONS HEATHER! emoticon

a virtual baby shower has been set up on the main thread...its the third sticky note.

please stop by and post your well wishes, advice, emoticons, and anything else you can think of for our mommy-to-be heather, her daddy-to-be, and of course baby!



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Good Morning.

The sun is shining again today so hope to do another walk...maybe my hilly one today. Still have a few muscles complaining about Mondays exercise. Also have a completed quilt to deliver and another one to finish.

Maybe I will find the time to work on a spark page today. That's hard work for me, too bad that doesn't count as exercise! lol

Guess I need to go stand under the shower and get this day started.

Hugs to all, especially you Moms struggling with sick kids!

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Checking in this morning. emoticon

School was closed today because of so much illness. That flu shot sure did not work this year. Tyler was sick and then developed ear and sinus infection. He is still taking antibiotics. With school closed I have 2 kids running around so not much computer time today.

I watched Dr. Phil show and that STUPID husband. He did not love his wife because she could not lose enough weight to wear a size 10. Sitting there running his mouth when he had gained 60 lbs since their wedding. The worse thing he did not want to change and it was all her fault.

Got to run if I get a minute I will come back this afternoon and read posts.


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*smile

GOOD MORNING everyone!!
ohhh yes yes...I see everyone is starting to CHECK IN...

Lovely!!

*waving at Anna - HELLOoooooooooooooo...

yeahh..Hugs hugs...Sherry Jo..*smile


I am only briefly here today...I have a doctor's appointment this morning...THERAPY..*smile..
and later one some financial items I have to manage....
soooooooo..busy busy busy...

but tomorrow should be a great day for me to check in..

REMEMBER...

we have a WALKING CHALLENGE if you want to participate through the weekend...

also fun games as well..

they all can earn you siggies...*grin...

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yes, i know its late! 9 pm and i should be in bed but i wanted to get a head start for tomorrow and be the first to huddle on thursday since i'm on the pacific coast i can do that the night before LOL

dh mentioned biggest loser again. he would qualify as being overweight with a bmi of 32 mine was a scarey 56! he couldnt afford to take the time off and i'm afraid i would divorce him by the end of the show if we lasted longer than a week LOL they are taking couple applications thru the end of the month. dh would probably do well even though he's not really athletic but he can tone up his legs really quick which makes me jealous sometimes considering i was the athlete when i was younger.

i talked myself out of easter candy tonight. dh was 'sure get some' then i thought why am i asking him if i should get some? i knew it was the back of my head telling me no and hoping someone else would tell me no to my face LOL. small victory but still a long road ahead.

well i need to jet off to bed so i can get to water aerobics in the morning. have a wonderful day!



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Maria, good to "see" your smiling face. Hope it isn't too cold in NY. I'm sure it isn't as warm as TX, you'll be glad to get home. I got so excited when I saw your Bio posted that I forgot my password. I know, that's what happens when you are older than dirt. Hugs, Joy




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Hi Everybody!!

I got email from Susan that y'all were wondering what happened to me. Never fear I'm not lost, I am definitely here ... or I will be here ... starting on Sunday. Right now I'm in White Plains, NY preparing for a TWO DAY interview which starts tomorrow. I've been crunching HARD since signing up and filling out my bio.

I can't wait to take a better look around and figure some more stuff out ... once I get home.

Joy ... Natalie ... Anna ... love that you guys are here ...

The rest of you ... I'll get to know you soon!

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well i have a feeling we might end up with some more defectors susan...someone was brave and posted two other websites (one being sparkpeople) as an alternative to the "other site" and sparkpeople is the free one so if people choose to leave i'm sure sparkpeople will come first with the thought of it costing nothing! i found it on the complaint thread that has not been obviously checked which was started by the CEO as an apology but ended up a place for fed up members to complain.

for myself...i'm getting quite a bit done even though the phone keeps ringing. thank goodness for the 'ignore' button. i did find out that babysitting might not put such a dent in my water aerobic classes after all. i got my new schedule (which starts monday) and i only work 2 days next week then after that it is 5x a week babysitting. two of the days i will not have to leave water aerobics
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well dh is now home...i need to get him off the tv. dr phil has a man on there who berates his wife who is overweight...hes no slim dude himself so he has no reason to talk! i want to whack the man.

well i need to get going...i'll check in later.

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Thanks for the welcome! It looks like this is going to be a fun group of people! I'm excited to get going on this new website; there certainly is a lot of information here!

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Thanks for the welcome.

Yes I need some hiney kicking for sure.
I just lost my way and fell off the road to healthy living but I am back to start again.

I saw the new challenge walking and that is what I had planned my very first thing is walk more steps.
Also trying to quit drinking my colas. I am down to 1 a day. I do not drink coffee get my caffine from colas and I know it is bad. I quit them in the past and can do it again.

I see we have some new names since I stopped posting here and I can not wait to get know you gals.

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WELCOME BACK

~~~ SHERRY JO ~~~~

HUGS...

I am glad you are going to be returning and you will get all the help and support you need to get back on track..
HINEY KICKING TOO!
Not just from me...*grin..
Natalie does it just as well, with lots and lots of love...*smile

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heather:
emoticon CONGRATULATIONS! now sleep is all you'll want to do. isnt it amazing how such a small little person can already wear you out LOL. when was pregnant for the first time i thought i had the flu...i could literally not function for a while until my body adjusted. i was sick with morning sickness within a week of conceiving. i will pray for continued good health & success with this pregnancy!

now for the other news...dang, susan beat me to it! LOL yes, i'm a team leader now. the defectors thought you were through with me eh? LOL now i can run your butts here in sparkpeople land! hopefully this is the start of a new day for me.

well i've spent too much time online again. time to do another stint of chores. my goal is to get the area where i focus on my hobbies is cleared permanently! i went back thru my history of weight loss and the time when i lost the most i had regular time with my hobbies. after yesterday's chat with the "quilt lady" from church i've found i might have a talent at quilting (story to be posted later) and would love to get back to it.

i'll check in later...have a wonderful day....you deserve it!


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~~~ N A T A L I E ~~~

IS NOW also a TEAM LEADER


YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


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I WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!

WHOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO

*JUMPING UP AND DOWN IN JOY


I KNEW IT I KNEW IT

I TOLD YOU NATALIE...I TOLD YOU..didn't I..I KNEW IT

HEATHER IS PREGGIES...

HEATHER my darling...
HUGS HUGS HUGS

you take care of yourself...babe..
and that darling baby of yours...
just come in when you need to check in and hang out with us...
don't leave...just come and chat...because I will miss you to much..*smile

I always said when the time was right...

and great things happen to good people...*smile..and you are one of the best my darling..HUGS HUGS HUGS
words can't express how HAPPY I AM FOR YOU AND CHRIS

soooooooooo...I will take you off as CO-LEADER...
and I am sure that we can find someone...

but I expect..please please updates...

give Chris a big hug for me..and have him hug YOU from me...
CONGRATULATIONS

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OK, it's time to update all you wonderful people on what's been happening here in Heatherland. Things have been pretty hairyscary for the last while and to add icing to our cake, we found out some big news.

Remember last month, I went to the fertility clinic and was told the chances were slim but they would do some testing to determine if my provincial health care would pay for IVF? Well, I never even got to go back for the testing. I found out a couple of weeks ago that I am pregnant!

I wanted to get past at least 6 weeks before I told you because that's when I miscarried before. I also wanted to get my first ultrasound out of the way to ensure everything looked good. I had it yesterday and all looks great, although the baby is smaller than expected. The heart beat was strong and regular though and there was all kinds of movement. She said the size dates me at about 6 weeks and I date myself at closer to 8.

So, that's my news! I joined babyfit and have been hanging out there but hate their version of the food tracker and have been coming back here to use the more familiar one. It sure feels weird to be eating 1500+ calories / day. And to have no energy! My goodness, I'm usually the one who can't nap! I'm actually off to nap right now. It's my lunch hour and I try to catch 30 minutes or so!

So, I will have to leave things in the hands of our fearless leader Susan...but promise to be back regularly with updates so that when the time comes, I will still know everyone!

Anyone with any extra prayers, we'd sure appreciate a word or two that things continue to progress like they have been. We've been trying for so long that this feels surreal!

Heather

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good morning! its rainy here but at least its not freezing butt cold or a giant snowdrift. i was thinking how i miss the snow now that i live in the rainy northwest but i was watching my dvr of last night's biggest loser show while the kids were getting ready for school...one minute they were in sunny CA then some were back to ice & snow. the first thing i thought was "i'm glad i'm not lugging my BIG butt around on ice" i think i can handle the rain a little bit more now.

biggest loser is currently my favorite show. i actually made a tape for the show but didnt send it in...i spent one session with a gal that reminds me of jillian and my foot did NOT make it even 10 minutes. i was dying dead and have not been back to her. it totally made me do a total "i'm a failure" mindset. i would love to workout with bob. he makes me think of a drill sargeant buddha minus the big belly LOL i'm up 30 pounds from a year ago or more...it keeps going up and down. i'm still trying to figure out my groove again. its frustrating when i feel no complete support at home...my family means well but they are still clueless at the same time.

my kids messed up my morning and i'm hoping to get it back on track. my girls are showing allergy problems like me and the youngest woke up with puffy eyes. daddy was being a dork and told her "no problem stay home" what?! he's not taking the day off and it will mess up my exercise & cleaning plan. so she literally sat down and started watching tv in her pajamas. then i guess the older dd heard it and decided she wasnt going either! she all of the sudden had a tummy ache. what?! then i mentioned...hmmm, a belly ache will make sure you cant go do stuff tonight then she wanted to go and then the youngest was reminded she had show and tell today so she ended up getting ready faster than her sister LOL. boy, their recoveries are miracles LOL i told them snowblowing mommy is NOT cool. its going to be a long day.

susan...anna is from the 'other side' LOL. in fact i need to go deal with that now before i get onto my schedule for the day.

i'll check back later.

natalie

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Good morning...I think!

I slept 10 hours last night and I'm not sure I'm really awake yet. My body is complaining about all the excercise and work yesterday. But I do have a mug of coffee and I'm going to stand under a hot shower and see if that helps my aching body. One of the things I did yesterday was go sweep the expensive black gravel that DH pushed out on the road when he was plowing the snow out of the driveway, off the street back into our drive way. That took about 20 minutes. That stuff costs way too much to leave it laying in the street. Can you say fixed income? lol Since I'm the keeper of the purse, it's my job to think of things like that.

Well, I'm off to the show and a refill of the coffee mug to see if I can decide today is worth doing.

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Thanks Susan for the hiney kickings. Looks like the team is growing and that is great.

***Kelly***

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emoticon emoticon emoticon ANNA emoticon emoticon

and we have another NEWBIE..*smile

she just filled out her BIO!!

NATALIE, JOY

I sent both Maria and Joy a link in how to get to our chat thread.
However Maria did EMAIL me with her email address. So she has at least figured out some things already.
I am sure it won't be long and we will start seeing them here..*smile

Is Anna from your team?? *smile

JOY -
I don't know how you log in, and everyone of course does it different, but if you are at the home page, and then click MY SPARK TEAMS, then click the thread that takes you to this team, the first thing you should see is all of the threads for our team.
At the very top you should also see the big green tree of life that is our team symbol right now.
Next to it are a ton of red buttons...

one of those buttons is "INVITE OTHERS TO TEAM"
that is how...
you should know their "handle" and voila...

or even email addresses...

this also can earn you points when you get people to JOIN spark people from outside..

IN OTHER WORDS....

to you and Natalie..

anyone you know..from your old team...
if you have emails...go get 'em...invite them!
because if they join and use your user name...you earn points..*smile...
So re-email your friend from the quilting team via that email..*smile


HUGS

CAROL...

yeah...I know...I posted a little earlier that I think I messed the challenge up..*sigh
sooooooooo I think what I will do (because yes..I can retrieve the challenge and adjust it for next month) and just get it from last year and re-post it.
We used Dr. Oz's book but I can edit it and make it work...
and you are right....I should have used it more and tailored it more to last years challenge..*smile

and I will do that...
I have some things I have to do this week, but I will retrieve it..and get it up and going for everyone to read...and we will use it in March..
How is that?? *smile..
HUGS

Kelly *smile
Hugs...
great to see you girl...
I love it that you are always trying to take care of yourself...you are consistent..yet..HUMAN....
HUGS....
way to go..*smile..
even slowly will eventually GET YOU THERE!!!!
keep on going..*smile..

Natalie..
hmmm...want to help me take care of my clutter..then I help you take care of yours!!
I got rid of over 50 percent of my household when I moved three years ago from NC to WV...
didn't do that for my body...*LOL
then I lost another 20 percent when we bought this house over a year ago...
and I still have clutter...geezzzzzzzzzz
but that is why I am in Therapy!

JOY...
OMG....you walked!!!!!!!!!

that deserves a siggy...yeahhhhhhhhhhh

I am sending you some...

I do have your email..*LOL...yes..I think I have already sent you some...
that is toooooooooo awesome...

HUGS..

NOW..GET YOUR SPARK PAGE SET UP..because I want to see them!!!!

you did get my email right???

HUGS

NOW ABOUT MOI:
I don't know why I don't like to talk about me much...
my cymbalta was upped a while back to a higher dosage (my anti-depressant medication, but it also is used to help pain on some level) and it seems to be helping some..YEAHHHHHHHHHHH
even though next month when I go back to the Psychiatrist he may want to go up another dosage.

I don't know who talked me back into therapy, but I am going. I guess the baggage is still with me and I am trying to get rid of it. I lucked out that I like them both and they work together well.
My Psychiatrist is also a pain specialist which is great, because I have all kinds of unexplained pain all over my body and everyone else seems to shrug me off.
But I know as "Nuts" that I am..I am not crazy!
I know what pain is...and I don't imagine it...
anyways...
my main issues truly is that I have isolated myself from people...
and that is something I have to work on...
that isn't me...sooooooooo..one step at a time..
and yeah...ohhh I have to somehow...somewhere and sometime..figure out why I am not "wanting" or concentrating on me at all anymore..at least not in the weight loss department..
but..
I AM EATING BREAKFAST...
which is one good thing...because my metabolism is totally whacked...
so I am trying little things to get "normal" again..

how is that for spilling my guts..*smile

HUGS
Susan








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Natalie, not even a soap opera can compete with the goings on at your house. {{{Hugs}}}

Tonight my pedometer is saying, "27,482" steps today, so I'm tired tonight. Hope everyone gets a good night's sleep tonight and has a good day tomorrow. Joy


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on the main board for our team (where you can see all the threads) is a ticker that scrolls around with quotes from team mebmers. there is a button under the ticker to access it and post your thoughts to say to the team. you should check it out :)

long, long day...TWO phone calls from ds' high school today over detentions! its going to be a long year. he's officially lost any chance of having a cell phone this year to my son's dismay. also i have to rearrange my schedule to accomodate these detentions. it relates to cussing and he does not do it at home but seems to think its funny in front of his friends at school.

well i need to help dd finish her project. see ya tomorrow.


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Good afternoon, all.

We had sunshine this morning but it is clouding over, as promised by the dear weatherman. I went out and walked for 90 min. It felt good to be hustling along.

I spent the morning doing some financial planning for March. Also got the clothes ironed that I washed yesterday. Now I need to mount quilting project on the longarm and get that last of the kid's quilts done. I have choir practice tonight. Then tomorrow I need to do some house cleaning.

Natalie, what's a huddle? I know I saw that word somewhere, but I can't remember where. This sight is kind of like when I moved to Hawaii, I haven't a clue where anything is!! lol

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quick hi...as usual a busy day. upside dh surprised me with the book "does this clutter make my butt look fat?" by peter walsh. i soaked in the tub for an hour last night reading it. very interesting and my body clutter (fat) does have some relations to my house clutter.

my dd is going to a church camp this summer (her first year) and i got a call yesterday from a gal at church who we have dubbed the 'quilt lady.' she can do amazing things like joy does with quilts. she was asked by the camp director to furnish some charity quilts for the girls to tie for a service project at camp. she heard i had some unfinished quilts (yes...from over 3 years ago!) and asked if she could come by today to see if they will work. i'm excited. my sewing machine was broke again by my children messing with it and i do not have the money to fix it...last time it was over $100 to fix it since it's one of those computerized ones.

well i need to do some online tasks, finish decluttering the kitchen, and see what else i can get done before she comes over. hope you have a great day!

natalie

btw...we need some more people to post in the huddle!

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Happy Tuesday all. This is a short week for me at work. I took Thursday and Friday off this week for Dr's appts and dietician appts. Food is get back under control. I have been going between 1700-1900 and I have been hanging around between 200 and 202 for quite awhile. I know have been making lifestyle changes and will continue to work on them until I have them down pat and have all the weight off.

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Susan, I'm not complaining ... but this seemed kinda overwhelming. Like there was a lot to it. I thought last years was a week at a time and we did some type of exercise to reduce our waist ... Is there any way we can go back and look at what we did last year?? I just remember that we focused on our waist..

***HUGS***

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Thanks, Natalie for doing the invite for my friend. I just came back from grocery shopping. I am really enjoying our 2nd day of sunshine. I know it is supposed to start raining again but I am pretending it is spring. I'm doing laundry so guess I need to go get with it. Joy

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joy...on the main board is an 'invite' button towards the top center...i sent an invite to your friend. hope i did it right :)

today has been a long day already and i'm ready for a nap. i start babysitting f/t on next monday and i'm dreading it. i keep telling myself its only about 2 months and it will pay off a debt and that is important to my bottom line financially.

kids are complaining...time to get off. hope you have a healthy day.

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joy...at the bottom of this thread is the url for our chat...copy & paste it into email for her. if there are any other ways i'm sure susan will post it soon :)

i'll be back later...

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Natalie, I e-mailed one of the gals from the quilting thread and she just sent me an e-mail saying she joined sparkpeople last night. She is on weight watchers, lives in southern CA and is a grat quilter. She is called Fesymons. How do we invite her to the team? Joy

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joy & maria are my defectors from the 'other' site. glad you found us here. hiney kickin' susan has a lot in store for you LOL

my household fell sick last night. not good timing! for them it was good because they had today off from school (dh still had to work) but its hard to leave sick kids home alone when the youngest is whiney and the oldest does not deal well with her complaining so i'm stranded at home it looks like for the day. praying i can get some projects done if i leave cartoons on long enough for the kids LOL

for anyone who knows me this is dangerous ground...i can catch a sniffle from across the state i swear! then i'm down for months with bronchitis. i told dh its a rip off. when i'm old i'll be on the oxygen tank like those who smoked up a storm (like my bil) when i have never taken a puff. (allergic to smoke and it stinks)

well time to get dh out the door on time and get breakfast going. i'll check in later today.

have a HEALTHY day!

Natalie
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Natalie, yesterday at 7:50 pm central time zone, a message popped into my e-mail from the bios board for this team, and it was Maria's. She must be lurking around somewhere. I got so excited, I forgot my password. LOL Ya gotta love old people, they are so goofy!! Hugs, Joy

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