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7/1/16 1:59 P

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Busy here. I went to work for a meeting this morning with my boss who is an attorney and another attorney. Nice.

We're going to the Cardinals' game tonight. Hope they play better than last night. AND I was given 2 free tickets to Sunday afternoon's game. Lucky me. Those are great tickets - 3 rows behind the visiting dugout. Awesome seats. But there aren't bad seats in the stadium.

Marty, great to see a post from you. Happy to have you back with us.

Darn reset button. I've hit it many times. I'm glad it was there.

Much cooler here today. We had rain last night, much needed rain. We have more in the forecast. Actually we have days of rain in the forecast.

I hope everyone has a safe, fun 4th of July!!

There's a new weight loss challenge. I hope you join us. We had so much fun with the last one. I refer to it as 'weight loss' but we're focusing on the 'big picture.' We are looking at fitness. NSV's, different recipes, what works for you, what works for me, what's your favorite 'fitness' and so forth. Make it "your" challenge. That will lead to a successful challenge.

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7/1/16 1:42 P

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Hi Sparkers...I gave myself a long weekend off from work. I think Babs put the bug in my head. Great idea--I could use the time off!
Yesterday I met with the naturopath and I have to say I liked what he had to say. He does recognize Lipedema as a real disease which is a heck of a lot more than my former primary care physician did. He often refers patients to the same PT I already use, so that is a real plus. I am still going to meet with another naturopath before I make my final decision, but I am convinced this is the way for me to go. Up until five years ago naturopaths were not allowed to prescribe traditional medicine, but now they can if they have taken additional courses and have passed the state licensing requirement--all of which the man I met yesterday has done. He wasn't the least bit stuffy, which I also liked.
I also had another PT appointment. The fluid in both legs is down significantly from where it was last fall when I first started this. The plan is to keep up the treatments until the fluid loss hits a plateau. Then, as long as I keep wearing the leg wraps, etc., I think I should be able to stave the next stage of the disease for awhile more. My PT and I were discussing me using a cane the other day, which I am considering. At least they make some really pretty ones now in colors and prints, lol. You know me, I have got to be stylin'!
Jim and I were going to go out in a bit to have some lunch and do some stuff, but our weather alert just went off with info that we are under a tornado watch until 10pm! That is pretty drastic for this area. Vermont doesn't usually get that kind of weather!
Theresa, I don't know how you are getting so much yard work done, especially after the surgeries you had. Pace yourself, lady! We don't want to hear anymore hospital reports from you, lol!
Hmmm...the sky is getting pretty dark here. Perhaps I should put my iPad away and figure out lunch and dinner in case we lose electricity. The report is also for very severe T-storms and amazing hail this afternoon. My kind of weather!
Happy Canada Day!
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Marty, hello!! Great to see you and so happy you've checked in with us. You have had a busy spring and early summer, for sure. It does help to write some things down, doesn't it...helps us to understand better sometimes.

Just stopping by to say hello. I think I need to re-read the posts, as I think there were things I wanted to comment on. One I know was about Theresa's Pyne...when does he have the toe surgery? That's kind of scary, isn't it. Hope all goes well. You have some beautiful weather heading your way...in fact, everyone to the east of us should see some great temps and milder weather in a day or two. It's gorgeous here.

Off to our last baseball game of the season. Our oldest (13) is playing in the state tournament this weekend, but we're only going to this game. He's on his own for the rest...lol...his parents will be there, we'll just wish them well. Enough is enough for this old grandma and grandpa.

Hope everyone's day and weekend is off to a good start! Hugs to all, Jeannie

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I've not posted for some time. Hope to improve state of mind by getting back to Sparkpeople.

Travel to MT and NV in May, MI in June, entertained houseguests in May and June. Major auto accident in May (totaled car). This was after working 12 plus hours a day, 7 days a week from Jan thru April.

After reading the above paragraph, I now have a new perspective as to why I've been so inactive for the last week. I've been trying to work my way out of this funk, blaming it on age (71 in Sept).

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6/30/16 2:42 P

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Well, well, well...it's been 5 days since I last chatted! Not good! I've just finished reading all your posts. So good to hear from so many of you! I truly don't know where the days go. Fly by and at the end of the day I wonder what I did all day! LOL!

Jackie, hitting reset is something we've all done a time or two, for sure. I know I recently did the same thing and did again this morning. I seem to do really well when the days are fairly routine and I can plan for everything, but every day isn't like that. I continue to learn something new most days, but also re-learn the same lessons many times over, too. Looking forward to the new challenge, Babs...thanks. And, as far as the links...sometimes they're like that. I've had that happen, too.

Theresa, I'm amazed you're able to do all that work. Happy for you. Pacing yourself is difficult, too, isn't it. I get started on something and I wonder how soon I'll get back to it, so just keep pushing. I do try to go for morning/cooler temps, though. Fresh veggies/pie? Similar to here: fresh veggies/ice cream. I'm not a happy person having this stuff in the house, as I have NO off switch!

Linda, good luck with the doctor appt.

Ellen, nice to see you posting.

I forget who asked about Bobbi, but she did take her page down, although she didn't close her account, so technically she's still on the team. However, she did start another page and has joined other teams now. Don't know why. Hope she wasn't offended somehow. Always enjoyed her posts.

CJ, I'm sure you'll be having a house full for the 4th. Like Karen said, you don't need a family tree...you need a family forest!! Too funny.

Karen, I'm so glad you could enjoy your days in Maine. It sounds really lovely. When does your DD and SIL make the big move?

Okay, I'm done rambling along here. Have to get to the library and get a few groceries. Richard is taking a nap. We're enjoying the fresh breeze. Much cooler and more pleasant today, so we've had the windows open. Lovely day, plus we had a nice gentle rain during the night.

Have a great day. I'm curious what you all might be doing for the 4th! I like to live vicariously!! LOL! Love and hugs, Jeannie
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6/30/16 11:38 A

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I don't know why my links don't work. I click 'copy' and then I go to the link and 'paste.' Never seems to work right.

Happy to see everyone joining the challenge. That's great.

Got to get to the grocery store. We have rain predicted.

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Theresa.... I hear you about hot and weed pulling.... and getting a hot head!!
Anyway, if you aren't going to plant anything soon, an easier way would be to spray a weed killer and then lay down black fabric. I found "staples" to hold the black fabric in place. I was out this morning, wonder if deer have been in my tomatoes altho I don't see anything eaten. some of the fabric is kinda shredded with holes, so I just added more black fabric. it's SO nice to walk around between my tomatoes on the black fabric.... But climbing vine morning glory I think is trying to come in and win... but it's so easy to pull a few weeds around each plant when I see them. it is amazing to watch them, they turn and grow around my tomato cages. I was just in awe this morning knowing they know how to curl around my cages.... God is amazing!

Just had to smile.... at Theresa whose husband came home with pie after going for veggies :) Thankful, I live alone I guess.... :)

CJ... NO S team sounds fascinating and I'm glad for those who can "eat a treat" and then go back to NO S.... I have found that sugar and starch/bread carbs are cocaine to me.... and going without has been wonderful for me.... I do, however, use Stevia when I need a sweet "thing."

BABS... enjoy your 11 days "off" -- I'm sure you have a huge "to do" list... knowing you....

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6/29/16 10:21 A

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Theresa, so wonderful to hear from you. I always enjoy your posts and get a chuckle - or 2 or 3 or 4 - from them. Poor, poor Pyne. (Like he's mistreated!) I'll bet he hopped to it immediately once you started to tell him what you thought. Do be careful. You had serious surgerieSSSSSSSSSSS. Take care. The heat has been horrific.

CJ, glad you're doing well on your new No S team. Interesting and as long as it's successful for you that's great. Sounds good to me.

Very busy here. After today I'm off for 11 days. So I must get scootin and get workin.

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6/29/16 9:43 A

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This statement is SOooooooo very true, emoticon emoticon

Good Morning ALL:

Theresa: It was SOoooo GOOD to hear from you, Its just so good to see you doing so well, but really girl, don't you think you could not try and be superwomen for a while. We all would like you to be around for a while. emoticon emoticon emoticon and I'm really glad you let Pyne live to see another day. emoticon , Thank you so much for posting, I do understand about the kindle, my sister uses one.

I've been on this new team now, The NO S team for a week now and I'm really do like it, I haven't had any sweets for this whole week and only a few times has it really bothered me. Praise the Lord for his strength. The team is No Sweets, No Snacks, No Second. and then on the S days you can enjoy a small amount of sweets, or a snack or a second, I eat 3 medium to small meals about 5 hr apart and nothing after dinner. Working really well for me and I'm not feeling deprived of anything. The S days are of course Saturday and Sunday but one more is Extra Special Days, like Anniversary's, Birthday, not just any day.

Well guess I better go and get busy for now: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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6/29/16 9:18 A

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Wonderful Wednesday Wishes Everyone! Grateful for the less humid, lower temp -84į day ! I have been working an hour or two in my yard, trying to reclaim it, from the weeds & vines after years of neglect. Well, years of Pyne only cutting the grass. All the flower beds are lost in weeds. Vines have covered fence in the back, and half covered a fence on top of a 6' stone wall, and also our shed! I realize now I can never catch up - areas I weeded before are filling in, in a matter of days!
Today I will continue putting in a row of those castle block edging stones, started yesterday, but it is hard going, and heavy, hot work. So today's milder weather will help. I have already put seasoned chicken & Wine in crock pot, will add veggies, and cream of something soup in a bit. Going outside early, hope do just do an hour's work, then get back out 2 - 3 more times today.
I've been going out in the afternoon, but come in weak, tired & cranky! emoticon Sunday - way too hot- was weeding, trying to dig up & transplant things...suddenly thought I was about to faint...called to Pyne, who didn't hear me, managed to get up the steps, into the kitchen, washed up, stuck my whole hot head under the faucet, grabbed an ice water and collapsed on the end of the sofa.
Pyne, who was sitting in recliner, with a beer, and the remote, switching between Sports on TV, in A/C comfort, chose that moment to ask what I was making for dinner!!! Can not share my answer in print, but smart guy that he (sometimes) can be, He decided to make dinner!! Right then, at 3:00 in the afternoon! emoticon
I am reminding myself to not overdo, that I am still recovering from big stomach surgery, still have one small little inch of the 13" incision, that needs dressings, still a wee bit of drainage. Telling myself that I am not making it worse doing hard work - hope that is true! But neither Pyne, nor myself are in any shape for some heavy digging, so I think I'll get my cousin to come help with the heavy digging, transplanting. I am just battling weeds - but they are winning!

So, Lois, I think putting black weed blocker cloth down first is a smart idea! emoticon
Jackie and Karen, I am right there with you on dedicating myself to living healthier! I have fallen into old, comfortable bad eating habits...and weight is climbing up- so much faster than it ever came off!! Tossing bad food habits! emoticon
And Karen & Linda, I sympathize with your swelling on and leg issues. That has been an issue for us lately too! In fact Pyne is having surgery, to remove part of a toe (the one that " had the roast beef", on left foot) Dr. hopes to only take 1st toe bone, on 7/5, Tuesday
So Ellen, I applaud your CLEAN food kitchen! Need the strength & motivation to do that too!
( As I say that, Pyne has just come in, excited, to say he "found a caramel Apple pie at the Farmers Market", where he went to get more veggies & mushrooms!
CJ, I am still out here, reading your chat post, giving SPARK AMERICA points to our team, 1 -3 at a time! Just hard to post often, only using kindle, and it is temperamental! But love sharing your pictures!
My sister, Rita, is moving to Minnesota, to live near her son. Today is packing day for her.I am sort of down about that. emoticon
Hoping everyone has a great SPARKLING emoticon Fourth of July! Theresa

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Karen, thanks for all the good ideas. I am going on the assumption that I have this disease. I definitely have grossly out of shape legs and feet, possibly even arms.. It is more than weight. I will get as much info as possible to relate to dr. Just in case she does not know much about it. I have little choice of where I go, I belong to Kaiser. She is a great doc. otherwise.

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Thank you for sharing the Biggest Loser Study. I found it so interesting. Home grown veggies sound so good. Hope you all have a good Tuesday
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emoticon Good day everyone. I am so ready for some fresh homegrown veggies. We have some tomatoes almost ready. Our town has a local farmer's market on Wednesday for the local folks to sell their veggies and fruits. I need to go this week if I can.
WTG on the water work out Babs. it is so much easier to work out in water especially if you have joint issues.
I think Bobbi went poof on us. She was on my page as friend and now no picture or page for her.
Karen & Linda prayers for you and the issues with your legs my niece was just diagnosed and is going to see specialist.
Hope everyone has a wonderful evening emoticon

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Hi All... Thanks Babs, Lois, Linda, Karen re the reset. I appreciate all your encouragement and support ... Here I am on day 4 of the reset of tracking/logging/better choices.

Karen/Linda - my heart goes out to you on your leg swelling. Mike struggled so much too. Things didn't get better until he received that pressure cuff pump (foot to thigh high)... which keep the swelling down to a manageable level. Not able to do compression socks yet (leg swelled from the surgery), but it has kept his legs from weeping and swelling , thank goodness.

Babs - 75 minutes in water, good for you! Sounds wonderful.

CJ - always love your pictures!

I haven't seen it here, but have you seen the Biggest Loser STudy on weight gain. Very eye-opening. www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-big
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Tomatoes. Homegrown. Yummmmmy. It's time for me to hit the vegetable stand of a farm close to me. I want their corn on the cob. I want cantaloupe. I want watermelon...... Love the 'homegrown.'

Went to the gym yesterday for a 75 minute water workout. Felt great.

Been drinking lots of water. I hope all of you have too. We did get 'some' rain, about 30 mins. It's so dry here.

Linda, good luck with the MD. Seems we always have to wait.

Karen, I'm glad you and Jim had a good time in Maine. It's a shame they couldn't get you on the first floor with your mobility problem. But you made it. Riding with the top down (the car, of course!) sounds like fun.

CJ, love the picture. I'm scathingly brilliant!

Restarting is fine. It's better than staying lost. I think we've all been there.

I miss Theresa & Bobbi too.

Have a great week.

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Just a little humor to start your week off right, Had a good weekend and looking forward to this last week in June to stay focused. I even got a goodie and a post to my sp page from Rubydoodle or Kay, she is back on the bandwagon as she calls it. So good to hear from her, not sure how many of you remember her, she has had breast cancer and did really well, but has gained back some of her weight, but I know she will conquer that. Rubydoodle welcome back. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm missing some of our ladies, Theresa, Bobbie, haven't heard for them and some others in a while.

So Monday it is, so goodby June and Hello July; HAVE A GREAT WEEK: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Ellen,,,, isn't it fun to have a "clean" kitchen -- as in regards to food... so when I open my refrigerator all I have is good food to eat :)
Good job to get done on a hot day.

I'm too stubborn to turn on AC and I'm sitting her drenched in sweat...
Had a good swim/water exercise time today, though and heard the forecast is for more rain tomorrow. It it doesn't, I'll have to water my tomato plants. I got smarter this year. Covered everything with black cloth, put in the tomato cages, planted my little plants and not they are all the way to the top of the cage... but I can walk between them and only a few weeds to pull... Good year.


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Good evening everyone. Hope you had a great day. I was so glad for the cool down this afternoon after the rains. Think our AC was too.
Been working on organizing my kitchen threw out bunch of not so healthy foods and have some items we won't use to donate to a local church that has food pantry.

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Linda, you are far from alone. If you use Facebook at all, there are several groups dedicated to Lipedema. The one I seem to gravitate to is Lipedema Sisters USA. Any group I have joined has been exceptionally helpful. Like I said before, my now ex doctor (20 years I wasted with her), never questioned my deformed legs. Never. Even when I pressed her about it. At least your doctor recognizes it as a disease.
I cannot wear compression hose because my leg is deformed enough that I have that fat ring at my ankle. Below that my foot is perfectly normal. Compression hose sinks into that area and cuts into my skin. I wear leg wraps all day, mostly every day. If I don't wear them, my legs will swell and they are painful to touch. I also put a Capri pant over them because I also need some compression from the knee up. The capris are from a company called Bioflect and I like them very much. That is how I wear dresses to work. It is a pretty hot arrangement for the time of year, but it does work. The Bioflect does have some compression, but it is at a lower level. The sizes run up to 4x. I am currently 5'1" tall and weigh 265. I wear the size 2x, just so you have some source of comparison. Good luck with your visit on the 5th. I can't wait to see how your appointment goes!
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Karen, when I emailed my doc, she said yes it was a disease and to make an appt. Why didn't she notice that my legs are disfigured and I have been complaining about swelling etc for past 2 yrs I have been seeing her. I have been walking with a cane for all this time and it has gotten worse every day. Is there a blood test to say that is what it is. My legs look like many of the pics. That is why I don't fit into knee braces, support hose etc. Anyway, could not get appt until 7-5 so I guess I should start reading about what to do to help myself. So grateful you wrote about it. I thought I was the only person in the world deformed like this. Thanks, Linda

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Hi Sparkers! Finally back from my business trip to Maine. We had perfect summer weather...our rooms looked out at the ocean. The business portion of the meetings wasn't too taxing. Our board of directors are a really nice group of people as are the senior management of the credit union. Spouses were also invited, and I always invite one of the branch managers. A good time was had by all!
I did struggle a bit with mobility issues over the weekend. Our room was on the second floor, and there is no elevator. I made sure to limit myself to one up and down each day. Jim and I chose to drive to the cover for dinner--most of the others walked. Jim and I managed to get so,e time each day by ourselves to take a ride in his new car with the top down. The car's top, not mine, lol. If my top were down I would end up with black eyes from getting hit with the "ladies" blowing in the wind, lol!
Jackie, I have been there with the resetting. I was doing well enough until my legs really started affecting my quality of life. I guess then I started thinking what the heck? I can't make them small again anyway, no matter how much weight I lose. So...I have to think of the not in a cosmetic sense, but knowing any healthy lifestyle change I make is a good thing!
I know we can do this!
Linda, don't be surprised if when you mention Lipedema to your doctor that you are either stared at in disbelief with a statement that Lipedema isn't a real disease, or with the Doctor admitting they know nothing about the disease. If you look at pictures on the Lipedema websites, I am close to a stage three.
Babs, enjoy the ball game on Friday, and Jeanne? Enjoy NOT having to go to a ball game!
CJ, I don't know how you can keep track of your family. You don't need a family three--you need a family forest!
Hugs,
Karen

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Love seeing CJ with "family" coming home..... cool!!
Jackie... I was "there" last year.... I had to get seriously serious... and make drastic changes to make things better.... I'll be cheering you on!
Jeannie... weather... but I'm sad only about a month of REAL summer left, I LOVE summer.

My tomato plants are growing well... I see some lovely green tomatoes that can be picked (and fried) soon!!

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CJ, awesome!! Great streak going and your new team and inspiration sound good. Let us know how it works for you.

Jeannie, glad you're home and enjoyed some baseball. So hot here. Hope it was a little cooler for you.

Jackie, congratulations on your 'reset' with SP. It's great and you'll do great.

I'm off to the gym now. Time to swim and I'm ready for it.

Have a Sensational Sunday.

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Good evening ... Wow CJ - that is some awesome tracking!! Congrats to you. I admire your discipline.

I think after a year of downward spiral I am starting to get back on track. Saw the doctor this week and I did not like the scale numbers. I felt very shamed after losing so much weight to gain a lot back. So like we do with our computers sometimes, I hit reset with SP and am starting from where I am now, which is pretty much starting over. No excuses, many of you know that sickness with me and MIke didn't help, but if I am going to keep on being able to sing, walk up steps (even if it is a foot at a time), risers, and have the stamina, the weight gain must come off.

So I know many of you have been in a similar situation. So here I go again down the road to wholeness. I could use #help and support, so I will commit now to whatever challenge is coming up.

Have a good weekend everyone... Jackie

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Hi, everyone! Just wanted to drop by for a minute...have been away for a couple days to watch more baseball. The youngest GS will be all finished when the weekend ends. We watched to games yesterday, went to dinner with some friends and then stayed overnight with some other friends. All enjoyable, but the best part is that we've nearly reached the end of the season for baseball.

I have to get the Special Days note out soon, so I'd better get busy and take care of that pretty soon.

Hope you all are having a great summer weekend! Hugs, Jeannie

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I wrote a long post just a few minutes ago, but I forgot to tell you I reached 400 days of logins and spins, so now I'll be working on 450.

I also joined another team this week called NO S team, No sweets, No Snacks, No seconds, except on S days, and than only a small amount on Saturdays and Sundays. So its 3 medium to small meals a day and nothing after the evening meal which I have already been trying to do.

Well again I have to get off this computer and do some harder work.

LOVE YOU LOTS MY FRIENDS: CJ from OK.

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Yes, my friends I can tell you it is definitely Summer in Oklahoma 98 to 100 so that means the heat index is 105 to 112, (YIKES) humity and dew points are off the charts. Thank you Jesus for air conditioning.

Babs: I love the Cardinals', and my sister that passed away in January of 2015, was a number 1 Cardinal fan, she lived in Lebanon Mo, for about 60 yrs out of her 78 years. She watched all the Cardinal games even kept some of the batting records of some of the players. emoticon GO CARDINALS.

Not sure where June went, but Go it did and now July is upon us, emoticon emoticon as most of you know, I have a son who lived in Clearwater Florida, and in March of this year they moved to Ashville NC, long story short, things didn't work out for them in NC, so they are moving home to Skiatook OK, in July, it is kind of sad for them they loved the mountains but layoffs and etc. but I am so glad they are moving back, and I know they will have jobs soon, My DIL is a RN and son is a welder fitter, manager. Those kinds of jobs are needed everywhere. Another long story short my oldest son and family are moving from Kansas back to Oklahoma on June 30th so emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I will have all five of my children in Oklahoma and 9 of my GC live in Oklahoma and 7 of my GGC. You think I'm a blessed and happy Mom, MeMaw, Great MeMaw.and so is PaPaw.

Well guess I've blabbed enough, Got to get busy, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. CJ from OK.

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Happy Saturday.

Sunny. Only 91 today. Not bad.

Abby and my gr. niece are still sleeping. I will not make a sound!!! Joe and Jaki took them to Six Flags when Joe got off work yesterday. They were exhausted.

I stayed the same again this week. That's 4 weeks. I believe it tells me to 'step it up.' So that's the plan for this week.

I am determined and motivated. How about you?

Hope everyone's health is improving.

Next weekend we'll have 4th of July in sight. Hard to believe; isn't it?

Just bought tickets for next Friday night's Cardinals' game! I love it. There will be fireworks after the game too. I'm so looking forward to it.

Have a Sparkling Saturday.

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Jeannie, you were correct about pics of lipedema being on line. I have appt with doc July 5 to see. I have told docs about my legs getting all out of shape for several years but they really think all I need is support stockings. With the weird shape I cannot find anything to fit. Even the knee brace would not fit. Thanks for the help both Jeanie and Karen

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I will finish the de-cluttering of my BR today. I have a corner where some of my drawing supplies are stacked up. I don't like that. I have containers to keep different items in. That way when I want something it's handy. I'm also working on a new vision collage. Takes me time because I'm really 'thinking' about it, what it means, etc. In the meantime I have my old one on my closet door. It's my room. I pl So if someone doesn't like the decor they have absolutely no business in my BR.

My DD has started working on the basement. Alleluia!! That's my work for the week I'm off. That means after my 3 day work week next week. I'll have my own place to escape for my art. I love it. I haven't 'really painted' in years now. I've done more drawing than anything.

I plan to get back to the pool this weekend. Hopefully today but, if not, there's still Saturday & Sunday.

I'm reading 'The Spark' again. I start reading it again every so often. I don't always read the whole thing. Sometimes after reading a few chapters I'm inspired again. Funny how I become so lazy with things. This reading is good for me and it's interesting. I've decided I need to rework my goals. I need to seriously think of what I want. Set a timeframe. Write it down, etc.

Working on a new challenge. The current one ends in a week. So I have to have one ready to post next week.

Fantastic Frivolous Friday.

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Babs.... enjoy your days off.
I love to paint, too bad you are so far away!!!!

On to the papers... the bane of my life!
Had a difficult day food wise yesterday, trying something different,,,, a little discouraged, but back to square one today -- the way that works!

Jin.... keep posting about decluttering... I need the encouragement to do the same!!

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Decluttering my bedroom has been my on-going project for the past 20 years or more!! I did start doing some serious clean up on Monday and now I can see the top of my dresser. And most amazing, it still looks neat and tidy these past four days too. I have requested a book from the library called "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo and I am hoping that once that comes in it will inspire me to continue on. One of my biggest things is that I just seem to move the clutter from spot to spot and don't actually get rid of anything. But this is my summer to really get down to business - all this clutter is draining the joy out of me.
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Darn!!! Lost my post. So I'll just say 'hi' and I'll post tomorrow. I hate it when that happens.

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For some reason I wasn't getting notices of any postings on the chat or yesterday, so I had to go back a ways to catch up. So good to see so many of you checking in and sharing your updates. I love this team and miss you when we haven't seen you for awhile, so it's awesome!

I won't respond to everyone about everything...didn't take notes and you know my memory isn't perfect. But, Karen, I'm glad you told your PCP what the issues were. Too many people just "go away" and never say anything. That's not right. Good luck in your quest and interviews.

Linda, if you look at some of the other sites you should find a lot of different pictures of women with lipidema. There are some that show the entire leg. It's always worth checking out!

Babs, happy to hear you've got some vacation time planned. Also sounds like you have some fun and relaxing things planned, as well as some work that will eventually lead to more fun. Good for you.

Sorry, folks...that's my limit!! I read them all, honest I did!

We had rain last night...oh, boy, did we! It started about midnight and lasted until 6:30 this morning, plus it thundered all night long...seemed like one great big rumble that just didn't stop. Anyway, we needed it and there wasn't any heavy wind or severe weather, so it was great.

Tomorrow I have a "free" day with no appts, so I can get a few things done. Friday we're going to Des Moines for more baseball. Two games for the 10 y.o., then meeting friends from TX for dinner and spending the night with other friends, home on Saturday. That is out excitement for this month. Ian will be finished with baseball for this year, so wanted to get at least a couple more games in for him, plus we get to see some people that we haven't for awhile.

Have a good evening, friends. Guess I'd better be checking the chat thread a little more often to stay up to date! Love and hugs to all! Jeannie

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Karen, I tried to get more info on webmd about your leg problem. I have really strange leg fat that has gotten really bad in last few years. I emailed my doc. to see if she knows if it possible that I have it too. I don't usually latch onto others ailments, but what you were saying had me wondering. I got one photo of lower leg on webmd but it would not give me top of leg. Thanks for letting us know. It might be a help.

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Good Day - well, said Trese about letting go. Yes, life does get too complicated sometimes.

Karen - so sorry to hear all about your health problems. Good you're getting different opinions and I pray you find the solution that works for you. Thanks for sharing.

22 pounds, Lynn - that is AWESOME!!

Babs, glad you got some extra days off! Sounds as if you'll put them to good use!

Just working today and trying to catch up a little around the house. Amazing how the dishes pile up when you don't wash them. emoticon

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Hi Y'all

Karen, I am sending a cyber hug to you. You have endured so much. So sorry for your pain.

I also want to apologize for being MIA. Life has just been too complicated. I am in need of letting go of problems that I can not control. Those are the most difficult aren't they? When we can't be in control. I need to concentrate on those things I CAN control.

Off the soapbox for now
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Good morning everyone, will get used to everyone soon. Glad to see everyone is doing better. I'm down 22 pounds and trying to stay on track with my eating plan. Finally got the much needed dental work done and excited to see one size smaller clothes in my closet. Hope everyone has a blessed day.

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Linda, so glad you have AC again.

Karen, oh my, where to begin. I'm so sorry (obviously) for all of the health problems you have endured. Then on top of that to discover that you have not been receiving the proper care from your PCP all these years is so sad and, for you, so very painful. I'm glad you are interviewing new/better ways to deal with your health problems. I am sure you will make an informed decision. Hugs and prayers to you.

Our weather has become hot and humid and there's no rain. We are as dry as can be. Makes it tough here.

I'm excited. I talked to my bosses and I'm taking July 5th & 6th off. That means that once again I will have 11 days off and only use 2 days vacation! I'm excited. My plan (that's today, of course) is to work a little more in the basement, get to the gym/pool, maybe draw, read and whatever else I might decide to do. I'm happy. I want the basement organized. We have plans for it, and it also needs painted again to brighten it up. Want to help? emoticon I'll supply the paint?



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Karen,,,, I'm so sorry that you have had to endure all you have... glad you are interviewing new docs. I will be interested in what all you find out!!

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I just have a hard time trying to find the time to get here on post, and when I do find the time, I am just too tired. There has been a lot going on, most of it is good. One good thing is that I did fire my primary care physician. She was a bit surprised since I had been with her for close to 20 years. Whe she asked me why, I detailed all the miscues going back 12 years when she did a manual breast exam and didn't feel a lump that my surgeon found before he looked at the mammogram--and that was the very next month. I got referred to a cardiologist several years later when I collapsed on the street in NYC. The cardiologist said that my high blood pressure medications had been over prescribed and asked that I never let my PCP prescribe for me again. Five years ago she decided I needed to take some hormone boosters, but before I filled the prescription I checked with my breast cancer surgeon who said, "Absolutely not. Is she trying to kill you?" And lastly, after almost 20 years of hearing I needed to lose weight and exercise, I pointed out to her that the shape of my legs is abnormal for a person who is merely obese. Diet and exercise became her mantra, with a refusal to look for the root cause. I was always very thin...after I started having children my shape started to change. Oh...I was told that was "baby weight". Not so. After my breast cancer surgery and my legs started to get really heavy, it was because I was "recovering" from my treatments. Then it was because I was in "menopause". I explained to her that I am not a doctor and I understand she is a general practitioner, but that I expected that she would recognize an abnormal fat pattern and do some investigative work. Had she done that, my legs would not be as bad as they are now and not hurt all the time. The condition I have is Lipedema and now I have secondary lymphedema on top of that. The damage is done, there is no reversing this and I do hold her responsible for her lack of knowledge and empathy. I have decided to go in a different direction altogether. I am interviewing several naturopaths and will make an informed decision as to who I will chose. I have asked all of them to share with me how they will treat this condition in the future. I have appointments scheduled for the interviews, so these will be face to face meetings. I was surprised to learn that type of doctor can prescribe traditional medicine, so there is no need to change the stuff I am on that does what it is supposed to. I am looking forward to the next chapter!
Now that I am through ranting, I will sign off and go back and read the most recent posts.
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Had AC repaired after 3 days frozen. It may be a bigger problem, dye put in to find leak. We will see in a month.
Today is national selfie day. I tried to take selfie. After 3 days without AC I look like a corpse.

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Jackie, happy to see a post from you again. I take youíre a/C is not working. Ugh. I donít think I could handle it. I hope Mike is doing better and that your eyes are improving. Enjoy SA.

Hi, Ellen. So nice to see you again too. Hope things are going well with you.

Hi, Lou. Good to hear from you too. Itís OK if you donít feel like posting. Weíre happy to just have you stop in sometime and say Ďhií - like you just did. I love salads all year, but in the summer I crave them. All kinds of salads are great - jello salads too. I might make a jello salad later this week. I use SF jello and so itís even better. Love the pretzel jello salad. Somehow I donít think thatís actually Ďhealthyí but it beats a Snickers.

We have rain in the forecast for later today. I hope we get some. Itís very, very dry here.

Iím thinking about taking off the week of the 4th of July. It will be a long time off - 11 days. Perfect time with me only taking 2 days of vacation.

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hi everyone HAve been gone for awhile I would like to give you a good excuse but I don't really have one I have been reading the post but can not comment on them as I forget some of it I will just day I am glad to be back I am like Babs just staying the same I have been making salads in a jar and it sure is easier to eat salads since they are already made Have a great week Jeannie congrats on the wt lost Have a great week emoticon Lou

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Great job on the loss Jeannie!

And Babs - working it in the pool. Lovely!

With the sweltering heat, all I've been is a vegetable in front of the fan for the weekend. Still hot today, but a cooling trend is coming at night I hear.

Happy First Day of Summer and Full Moon! What are you looking forward to most? I'm happy about Chorus practice tonight (in air conditioning too)!

Blessings to all, have a beautiful day! Jackie

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Great loss, Jeannie. Where's Bobbi? I don't know. She posted a week ago. I agree. She is missed. It's so easy to lose track of time. I do that on my days off. I thought it would be easier. Well, silly me! I'm just as busy on those days.

CJ, wonderful picture for Father's Day. They all had fun according to the picture. Fun for kids = attention; right?

Jeannie, as I said in the challenge thread, I'm going to keep the committed vs interested concept in my mind. I like that. I also remember the fitness vs exercise. Whatever works - and this does work.

I went to the gym/pool twice during my days off. I spent a total of 3 hours there. Couldn't be happier. I was tempted to 'nap' for the second visit and said - no, no, Babs. Get your buns moving and get there. As soon as my tootsies got in the water I sighed, thank goodness! I do love it. It definitely isn't the same as a treadmill or walking outside (thank goodness!!) but I am moving the entire time I'm in the water. I kept my Flex band on and the steps didn't really climb a lot even though I wasn't just floating. I guess it's because the walking is so different. Long strides against the force of the water. Just kicking and arm movements - I don't know if that counted at all. I do a lot of different things. Used my water dumbbells too. I really like them. They are great for a workout.

Bottom line: whatever works for you - Just Do It.

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I forgot to ask...where did our Bobbi go? She hasn't posted for several days now and she was so faithful. Anybody know?

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Good morning, friends! Started to write yesterday...didn't get it done, obviously. So here I am after missing several days again. But, better late than never, right? At least in this case! Hope everyone had a good weekend and for those of you who celebrated Father's Day, hope it was a good one.

Cathy, good to see you. Yes, it's always good to come back!! I agree.

CJ, great pic of your PaPaw playing with the little ones. Looks like he was having a great time, as well as the kiddos.

Babs, I didn't pay any attention to baseball scores yesterday. How did your favorite team do? I'm positive you had a great time at the pool! You are so right...you don't HAVE to have guests. Pick and choose carefully...I know I sure do. Hard to believe it will be time for a new challenge soon.

Jackie, congrats on your new "jobs!" Doing something you love is lots easier than doing WORK that is a drudge!! You will do it famously, too!

Cherrie, those flip-flops look like fun. Unfortunately, I can't wear anything much except what we've always called clod hoppers (granny type shoes). Too many foot issues. Sounds like a nice and worthwhile fundraiser.

We had a quiet Father's Day. Went to breakfast with our son from here in town. His family was all out of town b/c the oldest boy was playing baseball in a tournament in Omaha. It started Thursday, so Paul couldn't get away and had to work. The kids did well, but lost the first game yesterday and got to come home early enough for them to have some time together. I read this morning that they ended up 3rd out of 52 teams, so all in all, had a good weekend. Glad I didn't have to go and sit in the sun! We will for the little one next weekend.

I'm going to pop over to the challenge thread and post a note, but I'm excited this morning...had a 2.8# loss for 2 weeks in a row. I think SP will say it was 3, but it wasn't quite. Regardless, I'm feeling positive about it and looking forward to continuing my plan.

Have a great day and week ahead! Hugs and love to all. xoxo Jeannie







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Hi to all
Thanks to those of you who have been summarizing, feel even with being away I am still connected
Welcome back to me, emoticon the good thing is -- even when I'm MIA for awhile, I come back, know it's time to do this for real

Have a great day and stay cool

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Of all the new pictures I got on Fathers Day this is my favorite, PaPaw doing Ring around the Rosie with 4 of our GGC. Best PaPaw ever.

As you can see we had a great Fathers Day, wasn't quit as hot as it has been so lots of them got to play outside.

Everyone HAVE A GREAT WEEK: CJ from OK.

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Week 3 of remaining the same. It's certainly better than gaining.

Short post because I'm heading out to go to the gym. I want to get in the water and play, walk, exercise. The baseball game is an afternoon game. So I'm going to swim now.

Super Sparking Spectacular Sunday Sparkies

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Jackie, I've heard that before. Congratulations. Enjoy it.

Busy here, as usual. Joe's dad and his dad's GF (yes!) are in town. I did not offer my home for their stay. I don't 'have' to do that. What a mess. I won't even get into that nightmare. The GF has a daughter Abby's age. She's staying here. Abby's happy but I must confess that I'm tired of 'guests.'

No one thinks and does things the way I think they should. No one cares what I think either. Well, I'm sure all of you do!

I'm already thinking about our next WL challenge. I have ideas and I need to get a headstart as it will be here before we know it. I need to get started.

I haven't lost a lot of weight but I have made a lot of changes. I have remained enthused about a healthier lifestyle and I am moving more. Some of my clothes are getting looser. So I'm making progress.

Have a Sparkling Saturday Sparkies.

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Good day all - I see a lot of you been sweltering and that the heat is headed our way. It's a pleasant 70 right now, but we're going up to 90... very hot for Michigan.

Been busy with work and catching up with vet appointments, various doctor appts and of course Sweet Adelines. I been named PR and Performance Manager ... isn't there a saying that the busiest people just get busy. I do enjoy PR as that is my background/previous career. So as long as the vision holds...

Well off to enjoy the day. Hope you do too.

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