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I think this has been the longest day ever. I guess without sleep it sure seemed that way. But I made it through. My GP had referred me to an endocrinologist, the new Dr called this morning to schedule my 1st appointment. So I'm set up for next Tuesday, I hope the new patient paperwork arrives in plenty of time for me to complete it so I can take it with me to the appointment. I'm a little nervous but anxious to find out what sort of changes to my diet &/or medication will be discussed. But I'm ready to figure out how to get a handle on this BS issue.
Having spaghetti with salad & garlic toast for supper. It was so nice for DIL to give us the extra spaghetti, sure makes for a simple supper.

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Dixie,, what great results shown on your weight loss ticker. emoticon You are doing Great.

I just realized I've not been by here in about 3 weeks, planning to change that beginning with this month. DD did go into rehab, was supposed to be for 10 days but she signed herself out in less than 48 hours. All I can do is pray that God changes her life because she doesn't see the need. I have been getting Amari for a couple of days a week, mainly on the weekends, she is such a precious gem & lights up the room with her happy disposition.
My A1c done in June was obviously bad enough the DR decided to make the call with the results instead of the nurse. She has since put me on a short acting insulin to take with my meals. Of course I'm still having high sugars 250-380. From those #s you'd think I was eating cookies, ice cream, etc ---actually I've even cut rice, pasta & potatoes from my diet except for 1-2 times a week.
Today we are heading to MIL's for DH to work on her lawnmower & she's cooking my birthday lunch for me, so today will be out of the norm for eating as she has prepared a "SUPRISE" dessert, so today moderation is definitely the key.

Well I hope everyone has a safe & fun filled Independence Day! We did our celebration on Saturday with our family --hotdogs, hamburgers with trimmings & watermelon.

Have a great day!

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today's blog

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6/19/16 5:29 P

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My body pleaded for a day of rest, so no intense workouts today.
Still walking and some basic strength training, and maybe later today a bike ride?

And I really wanted some fried chicken today, so I gave in.
I did remove some of the crust on the chicken and only had a small handful of fries.
Still ... this is a heavy meal and I do not feel like repeating it today, so the rest of the day will be portion and calorie controlled.

Still feeling really good about myself.
And I hope all of you are also having a great day.

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That's great to have seen improvements that you are pleased with. Good job.

DD was supposed to be in rehab til Saturday morning & then go to a longer term facility. However she checked herself out Thursday instead. She has found 2 facilities for longer care, one is only 90 days which none of us think is enough for the addiction she's dealing with. The other one is a 2 year program & will help her get a job & a place to stay while she is in recovery & later on Amari would be able to go be with her under supervised car, I think this is a great option. However she has to get her ID replaced since her wallet had been stolen recently, so she can't get in for about 2 weeks.

VBS went well this week, we averaged about 20 kids each session, not bad for a small country church. Even my 1 year GD, Kyleigh participated. The children will put on their commencement program this morning, it will be great seeing what each age group learned in 4 sessions.

The Dr called back, it turns out Kenny is borderline diabetic, I've been suspecting this for quite some time, but I guess he was in denial, he loves his potatoes & twinkies. LOL.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads in our lives.

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6/18/16 4:01 P

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It feels like a small miracle, but I am feeling really good about myself.
I even smiled at myself in the mirror.



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Cutting sodas and sweets by itself can already make a huge difference as long as your husband is just borderline diabetic. If he is ready to go further than that, cutting the empty carbs and replacing them with nutrient dense food will do a lot.

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Thank you Dixie, hope you have a emoticon weekend.

Well it turns out that DH is borderline diabetic. No meds at this point only needs to change his eating plan, all I can say is easier said than done. emoticon
Heading to our final day of VBS, hope it goes quick, didn't sleep well for past 2 nights, feeling this morning like I've been steam rolled. Well at least the weather is nicer, only supposed to reach low 80s instead of high 90s.

Have an emoticon day.

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Thinking of you

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Thank you Dixie, I've definitely had my share of lemons lately but learning to make lemonade. Lol.

Kenny so hear has mostly good reports from the cardiologist, dermatologist & gastroenterologist. However the blood sugar test was elevated so we are heading back to the Dr this morning for a fasting A1C. Praying for good results today.

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Donna, I am sending you lots of positive energy. You sure have a lot of challenges coming together. When it rains it pours!







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emoticon on your 17# loss Dixie. emoticon

Right now I'm focusing on my mental health as I learn to juggle all of these balls being thrown at me.
Monday DH repaired the water damaged bathroom floor and upgraded to a slightly taller toilet to make it easier on me with my weak knee. I love the new tile, it's more of an earthy color scheme.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with youngest DD helping her get ready to go into rehab. Her drivers license replacement arrived yesterday, perfect timing for ID at the facility. It was a lovely day other than 100 degree weather. I even managed to get my SUV cleaned out and smelling fresh

Now I'm with DH heading to town for checkups with his cardiologist and dermatologist. Somewhere in between we'll grab some breakfast.

Have a great day.

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emoticon Weigh-in emoticon


Started 5/13 - 250 lbs
6/1/16 - 240 lbs = 10 lbs lost
6/14/16 - 233 lbs = 17 lbs lost

emoticon Measurements emoticon


Did not measure when I started. I was way too embarassed.
I can see and feel that I have lost volume over the past month - especially
around the waist, belly and hips - because my pants are a lot less tight.
I did measure today.

Waist: 41
Hips: 54
Waist-to-hip ratio (WHR): 0.76 = Pear shaped
Below chest: 40
Over the chest: 48

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I am in charge of what I want for myself,
for my physical and mental health,
for my body issues and my mobility.
And I know I can do this !

1) My nutrition rate

This is sort off a sore subject for me because I need to lose A LOT of weight in AS SHORT a time as possible. I know, Sparkpeople reinforces here that slow weight loss is bettter than fast weight loss, but for me a lot depends on me losing a minimum weight FAST.
When I first joined I was told by doctors to eat between 750 and 1000 calories a day and to exercise a minimum of 30 mins every day (basic minimum mobility - not jumping or running, but walking and exercising my muscle groups).
When I joined Sparkpeople I was given a nutrition rate between 1200 and 1500 cal/day, which seemed way too much for me. Eventually I did make it to between 1200 and 1350 cal/day.
Now - because of my daily exercise (and not even high beat cardio with jumping etc.) my nutrition level has been increased to 1650 to 2000 cal/day and that is ridiculously high. How am I supposed to lose a lot of weight when I eat more than I burn, even taking my metabolic rate (which I think is almost non-existent judging from my weight issues over the years) into account. I am really worried that what I have lost so far will all come back if I eat that many calories every day unless I increase my workouts to burn more than 2000 cal every day.

2) My exercise: and in my opinion I am doing pretty good ...

--- Average 5/13 through 5/24: 107 mins / 461 cals
--- 5/25 through 5/31: fell off the wagon and took several days to get myself back on track.
--- Average 6/1 through 6/13: 120 mins / 704 cals

That is nowhere near the amount of food cals I am supposed to eat.

3) Positive attitude

--- Now I wake up energized. When I first started. I was more like a zombie until after several cups of coffee.
--- Now I wake up feeling in charge and ready to face the day. Before I wanted to hide from the new day by putting my head under the covers to try and postpone needing to get up.
--- Now I check for positive reinforcement online on a daily basis, I blog and I share posts online in a few groups. That really helps me to get in a 'I can do this' mood.

4) Goals

--- My first goal is to lose the initial 10% of my starting weight. I will be weighing in on Thursday 6/16 and then again on 7/1 (twice a month)
--- My next goal will be 20% of my starting weight (50 lbs)
--- After that, my goals will probably be 10 lbs at a time because by then my weight loss will more than likely start to really slow down.
--- In the end I need to lose a minimum of 40%, hopefully 50% eventually.

5) I can use all the help I can get to keep myself upbeat and positive and in control of my own future, my own life.

My daily mantra:
I am abundant in every aspect of my life
I am happy - I am joyful
I am in excellent health
I am centered and well balanced.
I radiate happy joyful energy





Edited by: DIXIEFB at: 6/13/2016 (18:47)
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Hi Dixie glad to have you join us.
Amy, Yes, she's back, staying with her sister & helping out with her niece & nephew while their mom is at work. We are searching for a rehab place for young females that will take the State Medicaid, not luck yet.
That's a peaceful feeling I'm sure to know your son is in a good place, it will make your trip a bit more pleasureable I'm sure.
I hope you can get a bit of pain relief to help you deal with the pain & inflammation. Hopefully surgery won't be required.

I decided to take this week off from work, I think I really need a mental vacay. We aren't going anywhere, just hanging around the house. Tomorrow we plan to replace the bathroom floor which is getting soft in places. Then Wed & Thurs is Drs day for DH. Other than that will do some local sightseeing/photo shoots. WIth all the issues in our family concerning DD, my diabetes not behaving & drama at the office amongst jealous coworkers, I figured I needed some time away to keep my sanity.

Heading to church now, it's nice knowing that tonight I don't have to worry about hurrying to bed after we get home from church. LOL

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Sorry Amy to hear you won't get real pain relief until after the 4th of July holiday.
I hope you can still enjoy your vacation time in PA.

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Glad you could join us, Dixie! That's great that you are in a positive mood and feeling energetic! Playing with my dogs always lifts my spirit as well!

Donna, I sure hope that your DD is back home now and taking the steps to get the help she needs. I'm glad your other daughter was able to help her. Any word yet about what will happen to Amari? Have you been able to see her lately?
I'm sorry to hear that your A1C and blood sugar was so high, but glad that the insulin did the job and helped to lower the BS. I hope the sweats and upset stomach subside in time.
I hope you had a good week at work and have something fun planned for this weekend!

The orthopedic doctor would not give me a cortisone shot until I had an MRI to see if I have a tear and how big it is. I think he said if it's over a centimeter, then he would recommend I have surgery, since it will not get better. The problem is that I had the MRI yesterday afternoon and the results will not be in until Monday, and Sunday we are heading north in our RV to visit my parents in PA for two and a half weeks. So, I will have to deal with the pain until we get back, which will have to be after the Fourth of July holiday. In the meantime he gave me some PT shoulder exercises to do.
Today and tomorrow we are packing up the RV for our trip. We will get to PA next Tuesday and will stay with friends for four nights until we can get into a campground next Saturday. I am anxious to see my parents - I've really missed them! I pray that my sister and I will get along while I am visiting.
DS came over today for us to say goodbye to him till we come back. I feel good about where he is right now. He is two months sober as of today, and he has a whole network of guys now to call if he has urges to drink. His next step is getting a job.

Well, that's all I can think of to say today. I'm trying my best to not eat after dinner - so far so good tonight!

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repeat of yesterday. emoticon

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Today's me-time
Being grateful for a day full of energy and a great mood,
allowing me to be active.
And playing with my 9 year old Huskie.

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7/23/16 -- 40 lbs lost

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Amy, I'm praying for answers and resolutions at your doctor's appointment regarding your shouler pain. I agree getting old is definitely not for sissies I'm learning that more and more especially in the past couple years seems like everyday it's some new pain, some new issue to deal with.

I finally have a few minutes I can pop in with an update on what's going on. We got a call about 1 o'clock Saturday morning that DD was ready to come home, she was running from someone that have been trying to rob her is the story I'm getting. Her sister was able to get to her and get her back to her house safely and supposedly she is going to take the steps that she needs today to see about getting some help for her drug issues, and maybe once she gets through that then maybe we'll know what's going to happen with Amari because right now it's just been up in the air since DD hasn't been in contact with the caseworker since all this started.
I went for my 3-month diabetic check last week and the day after I was expecting my nurse to call me with my results like she normally does. But then just before lunch she never called and I answered the phone recognizing it was my doctor's office phone number but it was actually the doctor calling to talk to me. My A1C has risen yet again now it's up to 8.6 , she says there's really no other alternative but to go on insulin at least for the big meals she said if I'm going to have a big meal then I need to take 5 units prior to my meal to see if that will help. She said my sugar average apparently is staying up around the low 200s and she wants it down below 150. So I've been taking the insulin since Friday night only with my big meals and I'm seeing a difference although it does make me really sick on my stomach and I get really bad sweats about an hour after I take it but once that subsides I do ok. This morning my sugar was 159 the lowest reading that I've had in quite some time hopefully we're back on track to getting the sugars under control.I'll go back in September to have a new A1C check hope to see a big improvement with that test hope everyone has a wonderful day make it a productive and positive week. emoticon

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Hi, Donna, Saw that you are going to go to the doctor's to check to see how your new diabetes meds have worked out. I sure hope your A1C has lowered. Glad it is a short work week for you!
i'm sure it's hard to share your kids with the in-laws on holidays sometimes. Since we moved away from our family, our holiday time has totally changed. Time to make new memories, I guess!

I have an appointment next Monday at an orthopedic doctor to find out what i can do about my shoulder. I had X-rays done and besides arthritis, I apparently have some bone spurs. Not sure if I have any torn ligaments as well. I am hoping that PT exercises and/or a cortisone shot can help with the pain, and I don't have to have surgery. It seems to be getting worse each week though! It's hard not to do things with your right shoulder and arm.

Getting old is not for sissies! LOL

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Amy, I miss being on the BSG challenge as well, it's just with my hectic life right now I don't have much SP time.
Sounds like a great weekend, that's great how Dave got such a deal on the meal through groupon, I need to look into that.
Dinner was good, although I miss our traditional family cookout. One of our kids was visiting in laws with his family so we ended up not having a cookout since we had hoped to let that son host the cookout instead.
Resting now and watching some TV before going to bed, I sure am not ready to return to work tomorrow. Lol.

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Hi, Donna! emoticon on the BSG, but I understand how busy you are with work. I hope to remember to write a post here in the chatroom more often.
I'm so glad that you got a chance to spend the day with Amari yesterday. I'm sure you cherish the times with her, especially the cuddling in your lap!
I bet it was nice weather this weekend to go to the beach. Wow, 60+ hours since April sure is grueling for you - is there any chance that it will let up? Sorry to hear that Kenny's job has him working so hard, too. Hope you have a nice day today with dinner out and visiting the memorial/park on the river, and that you both were able to relax and enjoy time together.
How is your dad doing? Hope he is better since he's been home from the hospital and getting the change in meds.

We had a nice Memorial Day weekend, a combination of routine activities, a fun day and a rest day. Saturday and today, Dave and I took our 3 mile walk. We go at 6:30 or 7AM to beat the heat, although it is more humid early in the day, and we come back with our shirts soaked! On Saturday we played our normal couples golf- nine holes so it was about two hours, starting just before noon.. It actually wasn't as hot as I expected it would be, because there was a nice breeze. Afterwards Dave and I went to a gourmet burger place for lunch. I was disappointed that they changed their menu and didn't have my favorite turkey burger anymore. Instead I had a regular burger (which was very good) with mushrooms. Dave had bought a Groupon coupon for $8 and we got $16 off the bill - a great deal!

Yesterday was our fun day! We took a trip to a quaint town called Mt. Dora about 45 minutes away. We went on a 2 hour catboat tour of the lake and canal. It was so much fun! Our tour started at 10 AM, so it was the perfect time to be on the water before it got too hot. Afterwards we went out to lunch and walked the streets, going into the cute shops.
Today we decided to just take it easy at home. Monday is usually my Game Day of Samba in the afternoon and Mah Jongg at night, but Mah Jongg was cancelled due to the holiday and the other ladies went and played Samba, but I took a break from it. I did all my laundry, read and listened to inspirational YouTube videos, and now have sparking to do, which includes writing two blogs. We just had a delicious, healthy dinner of rotisserie chicken on the grill, couscous, and fresh steamed green beans and snap peas.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

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Hi all, just popping by now that I have a few minutes. My goodness I've missed alot from all the posts, I've read them all but just not enough time to comment on all of them.
I picked up Amari yesterday so we can spend the day with her. We had a wonderful time, she even curled up in my lap in the recliner and went right to sleep, it was like old times when I'd get up with her in the middle of the night and cuddle with her.
Kenny & I have went to the beach a couple of times over the long weekend but try to get back early enough for him to nap before supper. His job is working him so hard he just doesn't seem to get enough rest. Yes been working 60+ hours a week since end of April, this will continue for at least another month.
We went go to OUTBACK for supper, I have a gift card a friend gave us for our anniversary in April, seems like a good time to enjoy a dinner out. Afterwards, we will try to ride over to the park by the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, it's one of my favorite places to relax down by the river.
Hope everyone is having a safe and fun holiday weekend.

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Daddy is being released to go home, no medical issues found except some of his medications were at too high of a dosage. The Dr has adjusted the dosage on some of them, including his BP med. I'm so thankful there was no heart issue like the Dr first suspected.
Didn't get to see my sweet Mari today, the foster mom was out of town for the day. I sure miss this precious one, haven't seen her in 3 weeks, due to either sickness or having scheduling conflicts between myself & the foster mom.
I finally made it to the grocery store, needed some fresh fruits & veggies for the week as I'm trying to get back into my healthy eating track, been off for a couple of months now.

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Jennifer, I'm always learning too, so that's a good thing, right?? Keeps the brain in good working order as we continue to exercise it. I hope you had a good week & weekend.

I'm still struggling with headaches, almost daily, some are more intense than others. I just deal with them the best I can. Amari is doing well, I have to take her for her 9 month old check up Tuesday & need to get her missed immunizations. I found out the last time she went to the DR was when I took her for her 4 month visit, apparently her mom kept cancelling all her appointments. Still no word from DD, I just keep praying for her safety wherever she is & that she will open her eyes to the lifestyle she's in & realize she must make a change.
Daddy is back in the hospital. He is having muscle weakness & falling again. The DR though Congestive Heart Failure but tests say different. Now we are awaiting a heart scan test result to make sure the heart overall is in good health for his age, he just turned 75 last Sunday.
After church I plan to go visit with Amari & then go get a few groceries before heading back for our evening service.

I hope you all have a fabulous day.

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I'm learning- and seeing things that I havent' seen before- I haven't realized until now. It's a great eye opener and motivator. I am not going to post long due to getting in the shower and starting the day. I have a lot on my plate today. Talk to you all later. JENNIFER



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Amy, I hope you are feeling better with each that, UTIs are like some cruel joke it seems.

Welcome Invincible, hope things are going well for you.

Jennifer, I love your positivity and enthusiasm. Enjoy the time with your Dd, to media precious.

I slept a little better but woke up with my head feeling like it was in a vise grip. emoticon My oldest daughter dropped her 3 kids off this morning on her way to work. We are taking them to church with us & their dad will pick them up afterwards.
I have a beef roast with new potatoes and onions in the cockpit, have my Butterbeans cooked & will slice up some fresh cucumbers and a tomato for lunch.
After lunch I'm going to visit my parents, today is Daddy's 75th birthday. It's a blessing to still have him in my life.
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I am excited! My DD will be coming home today- earlier than expected! She went to Montreal with her Meme and Betty to Play in the Hockey Tournament! YAY!!

I will be going on a early morning walk with my mom for 2 miles today also! Yesterday's walk with her went well!

That's about all the news I have for the rest of this weekend! Monday's right around the bend! For those of us who have lost the way, we can get back on track by making a few small changes! Let's do this!



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Welcome, Invincible and Jen- so glad to see you participating here!

I went to the doctor yesterday to get antibiotics for a UTI. Today I am starting to feel better. I took a break from formal exercise the past two days and stayed home to rest last night and tonight. Today I did go play golf though, and felt pretty good, despite the heat. I also went to the dermatologist and had my annual skin check. It's always a relief to know everything looks okay, especially since we live in Florida now, and i have fair skin and freckles.

Jen, that's great that you want to join the BSG challenge in June! I will be there, and hope we are on the same team. I love the state of Vermont and all New England states. I hope you enjoyed the warm weather today and had a good weigh-in. Sounds like you are very motivated to eat healthy and get the fitness in!

Donna, yes praying is all you can do at this point. i don't like that you are waking up with panic attacks! I will say a prayer for you having more peaceful nights. I hope you will have an enjoyable upcoming weekend and can take some time for yourself.

Invincible Me - so glad to see you participating in the Fun and Games thread! Love your screen name! Can we call you by your real name?



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Hello Everyone!

Things are going well for me! Weigh-in tonight at our Local Tops meeting! I just can't wait to see what the scale says to me about all of the hard work I have been putting into my new healthy habits!

I got up early. I had an oatmeal for breakfast, now I feel like a snack, so Yogurt and an apple cut up and mixed up in the Vanilla Yogurt sounds great!

I have yet to get in my exercise for the day. I'm a tad slow in that department! LOL. In Vermont- we will be reaching an all time high (for the season) of 80 degrees! WOOHOO! I'm excited.Sounds like a great day to walk OUTSIDE... I have already brought the dog out for his walk around the block- so now I guess it's my turn! Will talk to you all in the Chat room later! emoticon Jennifer



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Hi Jen, welcome ---I hope to be back on the BSG next month as well, maybe we will be on a team together, it's a great way to get to know your teammates.

Invincible-ME, great sparkname, I love it, very motivating.

Amy, sounds like a nice Mother's Day. Just being together makes it's the best day, right??
I only got a gift from my DH, but that's ok, I just pray that someday my daughter will turn her life around, but first she must realize that she needs treatment, all I can do at this point is pray, it's out of my hands.

I'm purring right along....I say that because my sleep seems to be only catnaps lately. Nothing like waking up in the middle of the night from panic attacks & unable to go back to sleep. Oh well, I take what I can & life goes on. emoticon

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Hi Team!

My computer is working hard right now- So I'm going to make it short!

I have been having a great week. I'm learning how to eat. Not that- but how MUCH to eat. If I eat too less- it throws me off. So I overate last night on Shepard's Pie. And I think it was because during this week I was eating next to nothing. Anyway.

I went to our State Ceremony for our Tops of Vermont. It was awesome. I really took it all in- and am so inspired.

I can't wait to join next Month's challenge in June. I'm IN.... Talk to you all later! JEN



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Hi, Donna! So glad you checked in here! I miss you not being in the BSG challenge. We really should use this chat room more often though, so maybe others will also drop in once in a while.

I'm glad you had a nice weekend with your oldest DD treating you to a supper out, visiting yours and DH's mom and going out to dinner with DH.
I'm so very sorry you are going through this continuing heartache with your youngest DD. You are absolutely right that tough love is TOUGH and very hard to do. I will pray that she can get the help she needs by first realizing and wanting help, and I will also pray for you and your family dealing with the tension and stress, and for innocent Amari, who I hope is doing well in her foster care. Big hugs to you, my friend!

My Mother's Day was nice - I spent it with Dave and Sean. Sean is now living in a healthy sober living home about 30 minutes away. He lives in an apartment with two other young men and there are three other apartments in the home. He goes to daily meetings and he seems to be making progress there. So we picked Sean up and brought him to our house, since he doesn't have his car yet. Dave made breakfast and dinner for us here, and we picked something up for lunch after going on a lovely hike at a nature preserve in the early afternoon. I didn't receive any cards or gifts, but that was okay with me. I called my mom and sent her a card with a prayer to read every night before bed, and a basket of violets, which she said she loved! I miss her, being so far away from her and my dad. How are your parents doing?

I wish you a good week - I hope work is not as hectic/stressful as it had been. Take care and let's keep in contact regularly here.

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Wanted to stop by & check in, I sure missing being on the BSG Team this month, hope to be back soon.

Hi ladies, I hope you all had relaxing Mother's Days. I had a nice weekend. I spent Saturday afternoon my oldest DD, she treated me to supper @ J Michaels, we both had the Philly Cheese steaks subs, I added bell peppers, banana peppers & mushrooms served with cheesey fries. Sunday DH & I made the after church rounds to visit both of our moms, they both are doing well. Then he treated me to dinner at OUTBACK. I had my usual --- prime rib with a lobster tail, salad & baked potato. It was heavenly. emoticon
Things are still pretty tense around our home, youngest DD still not talking to me ---except when she needs $$$$$, she called me yesterday, 1st time I've heard from her in over a week wanting me to pay a debt for her. I told her I would not ---this tough love thing is just that TOUGH, but it's what I have to do at this point, you would think after 10 years of making wrong mistakes she'd learn, not holding my breath. Her infant daughter is still in FOSTER CARE since DD refuses to stay out of trouble & won't cooperate with CPS. From what I'm hearing from the Foster Mom, DD never calls to check her daughter, how sad that the wildlife is more important that a precious baby.


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Amy, poor Max, hope his leg heals fast so he can get back to do the thins he loves.

My BS are improving, still have some hurdles to overcome but I will conquer those.

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Dropping by to say hi!

Hope your BS is going down, Donna! Enjoy your weekend of high temps!
I'm having a lazy day, taking a break from exercise today. I'm in the middle of reading a good book and babying my dog, Max who is injured and can't walk on his hind leg.

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Ugggh. BS# is elevated again. Not sure why, I had a 1/2 banana sandwich with 1 small banana for lunch and celery with low-fat cream cheese. Maybe the banana was too much??? Oh well to days a new day. I had steel cut oatmeal with sliced strawberries & bacon. Lets see how my #s are later, getting burned out with eggs for breakfast.
It's supposed to be near 80 today, too bad I'll be stuck in this office all day.
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Hi welcome Mimi, glad to have you join us.

Amanda, praying for your family during your grieving time.

Sorry I've not been able to chat much, life is so busy. Seems when I can get a few moments to drop by is when my internet wants to act weird.
My goal this week is to continue my focus on 5-6 servings of freggies daily.
Yesterday I had green grapes, orange, sweet potato, lettuce, celery, cukes, tomatoes.

I got dressed & into town earlier so I could meet one of my coworkers for breakfast. Its a great start to the day. They are forecasting some intense thunderstorms, possible tornados & rain. Praying everyone is safe.

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Amanda sorry for your loss my prayers are with you in this time and always

I am also Amanda but if you want to call me MiMi that is fine to either is fine just don't want everyone to get confused with having another Amanda

Its taking me some time to get on the ball with everything and trying to figure out this site out. Just wanted to pop in and say hi and am also wondering bout the challenges that you guys are doing

I look forward to getting to know and becoming really good friends with you all

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Amanda, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear grandmother. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

Slept kind of hard as I'm having a hard time finding my mojo, how nice if today had of been Saturday so I could have snoozed a couple more hours BS still running high, was 199 this morning. I'm still guzzling the water daily, trying to drink more than usual 8 cups as the DR says water will help with the BS#s.I have a busy day today, so much to do to get things finalized before tomorrow, I don't like leaving unfinished projects for the weekend.
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This weekend has been extremely hard, and I won't have time or energy right now to say much, I just wanted to make you all aware, that my grandmother passed away yesterday. I am making plans to head home and I'm not sure how much I will get on here until I get back to my daily life. I will try but I am not expecting to get on SP too much.

Please keep us in your thoughts, my daughter is struggling to understand it all.

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Happymama, hope your household has recouperated now. Have a great weekend.

Had my physical yesterday, hope to get some results on my labs back today, crossing my fingers.

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today i am not doing much. Just take it easy . Everybody at home is sick with a nasty cold

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I'm sorry about the issue with the friends mother, sounds like a simple miscommunication to let you know what her intent was. Hopefully she will soon be over this & it won't have an effect on the girls' relationships.

I had PT yesterday, new excercises were added which really seem to work the knee muscles as I'm feeling it this morning. We are expecting a nice warm up to 60 today but the rain is coming in right about evening rush hour. Oh joy, commuting home should be interesting. LOL.
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today was a good day. I have a house full of kids. Went to my bible study. Think of doing some work outs but dont know if i hadly doing them with a hole buch of kids around run around the house probley do it when i get home.

also kind of having a bad day, I went to get my friends kids so my daughter can play with them. Her 5 year old daugher said that they are coming over. Trying all morning to get a hold of there mom and see if i should. Never answered. So i go get my daughter, the her yongest said i comeing over today. Then there teacher asked if i am picking them up and saw a piick up on the sign out sheets. So there mother call and just yelled at me which i total understood. But i told her why i thought i was picking them up. I still think she is mad at me

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That's great that your body is getting adjusted to the meds, hope your labs will come back with good reports. Way to go on staying active. Dinner sounds delish. emoticon

I slept a little better last night, but still some a few times and struggled to return to sleepyland. But I dontfeel exhausted like I did last week. Of course having my BS under 200 this morning is a positive. I've really been trying to eat better this year, so far I'm hanging in there.
Have a great day.

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Today did pretty good. Finally adjusting to my medication. Ihave to get tested next month to see how my thyroid is doing. I guess I got the bad kind of thyroid problem. I have hyperthyroidism wich is tye one causes thyroid cancer, diabetes, and greys deases. One top of m y thyroid problem I also am hypoglycemic. So I am deffently on the borderly of getting diabetes.

Other then that I went for a walkin the mall with my 19th month old son. Came home and cleaned. My neighbour came over and viest fir a will. Then did 10 minutesof Pilates and got my husband from work and then ate dinner. Had 15 bean soup with ham hauks, rice and some homemade bread that I did yesterday. My man got me a kitchenaide mixer for Christmas so been baking and cooking up a storm.

After dunner relaxed and played my games. Now gonna do done of my bible study.

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Cathy, wow, 99 years, that's a milestone for sure. Enjoy all the special times with him


Yesterday was a day I would like to put in The Forgotten days novel. The day did not start out very well I am still dealing with this cold that seems to be getting worse by the day. And as I was arriving for my PT I get a call that my baby girl and her boyfriend had been in a head on collision apparently a lady turned in front of them and my daughters car is totaled. They have some tissue injuries nothing broken thank goodness and there was actually a third car that also got hit, it could have been a lot worse but getting that call at 7:15 in the morning was not the way I wanted to start my day. I'm thankful that my granddaughter Amari was not in the car she actually was at the sitters as my daughter was on her way to take her boyfriend to work. I did get through my PT , got a lot of stress at work going on just doesn't seem to lighten up . Then finding out that my 4 year old grandson Levi had an accident at school where to the ER ended up breaking his nose and he had to have sutures to close up of a head wound in his head,and to top it off I had a severe asthma attack at work. So I'm going to be taking the weekend to kind of rest up. I just won't be turning in any of mypoints I just have not had time this week with everything. This morning I feel like I'm the train wreck, feel like I've been run over by a train multiple times I'm just hurting all over and I'm sure it's stress related and also the cold just will not let go.
Have a great day.

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