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Barbara, I'm not a dream interpreter, but I want to know how you got 6 bites out of one Ferraro Rocher. My track record with them is that they are really only one bite, therefore with 3 in the package, you might have had 3 bites. That means you'd need 2 pkgs to just get your 6 bites in!! And, yes...they are to die for, but I'm trying to avoid dying, right away at least!! Love those little suckers...they rank right up there with Godiva hazelnut milk chocolate truffles for me!!! emoticon

And I agree...this is a great team!! We have so much in common!

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Hello all,

First, my prayers to Jeanne who is having or has had (or will have) her surgery today...

Second, instead of addressing all the posts from my last one, I want to tell you two things instead:

1) this is the best team ever...you are ALL so caring and inclusive in your posts...I have only found this once at SP. And that was years ago in a team that is unfortunately not really active. So to you all I want to send my most sincere 'gratitude'.

2) I want to tell you about my dream last night! I hope you'll get a chuckle...

Most of you know I am on the 100 Days Challenge and to say its a learning lesson is an understatement. There is so much information in that book that I have NEVER heard or thought of before that my head is spinning. I am trying to keep up with it all, but know it's a process. The other day my 'challenge' was to eat a favorite dessert and take 6 bites savoring every morsel and not eating any more. Well, while I was getting gas, I went into 7/11 and got a 3 pack Ferraro Rocher chocolate. Anyone who has ever had one knows these are to die for...seriously. To avoid eating #2 and #3, I gave them to the gals who work there. They were tickled and I felt better about giving it away then throwing them away.

ANYWAY, last night I went to bed at 9PM and slept for 4 hours. Then I got up and watched TV until 4AM in the morning. Ugh...(Jill, I know you hear me!) I went back to bed only to realize I couldn't clear my throat and it felt scratchy. Since that usually means a cold is coming for me, I took my favorite nighttime cold syrup. It also makes me sleep. The down side is I end up with VIVID dreams.

emoticon I dreamed that I was SMOTHERED in chocolates (like Ferraro Rocher). I was sitting up on the ground and they were everywhere around me covering my legs and sides and back all the way up to my chest. I ate one after another after another after another...well, you get the picture. I was sooooo happy. And then, after I was stuffed, I was so miserable...I felt (and actually FELT) like such a failure. I had disappointed me and everyone around me. This was so VIVID...I am not kidding. I felt actual delight at seeing all those chocolates and the taste of each one was like being transported to a heaven wonderland. It felt so REAL...

Any dream interpreters out there....hahaha....actually, I pretty much 'get' what it meant, but gosh, in some ways its hysterical and in another, kinda sad. So I leave you with that image...lol...now, don't go out and get any chocolates!!!! unless its on your program or I'll feel guilty!
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Before I do another thing today I'm going to stop by for a few minutes to say hello to all of my favorite people in the whole world!!! I'm always happy to follow Babs, too, as she does such a nice recap and that way I can read and write from her post!! LOL!!

Thanks, Babs, for the comment about my blog. I think I'll do another one, maybe tomorrow. I have to respond to people who wrote comments on this one first. Always takes me a while to get that done. By the way, I think we all have a list of "need to" things to work on. I sure do. I'm trying to take the "need to" out of the equation and change it to "I will"--you know...trying to change my mindset. Lots of things seem to get in the way for all of us. You will figure it out and before you know it, you'll have all those things accomplished!

Karen, what an exciting weekend you had. Ice water? Scavenger hunt? No falls or trips? Glad you enjoyed your time with your friend. Also glad to hear that Jim is doing well with his new teeth. I imagine it is about time for him to go back to school, too. How is the move to the new office coming along?

Wow, Jackie...you packed a lot into the time you were in MN. It really is a lovely area. They also have huge mosquitoes there...huger than any I've seen anywhere else! LOL! But, you had a great time and got to spend quality time with your DS. Was the clothes shopping courtesy of Christopher? I remember you said he works in advertising for a large clothing company...at least that's what I think I remember. So happy you had a great time! Back to reality now, I guess. Sounds like Mike did okay, too. That's always good to hear. emoticon

Oh my, Nola, I'm so glad you heard from your DIL. That must have been a good feeling for you and I'm positive you picked out a perfect card for that darling little girl. Hope you're feeling better physically, too.

Linda, I think our mental outlook on things helps with our energy level, too. Hope you're finding your way around SP. It can be daunting at first. Try to make small changes at first...you can't fix everything at once. Tried that...doesn't work! So, baby steps and a little at a time will get you to that goal line. emoticon

Florida...CJ, I know you'd like to be able to spend more time with your kids there. Will you be able to go back any time soon? I agree it is hard to believe that August is knocking on our doors! Five months until Christmas? Here's the think about Christmas...I love it. The decorations, the music, the church services, etc. I positively abhor shopping!! Please do it for me??? emoticon

Barbara, how is work going for you this week? I see you are still posting blogs. I'm behind. Need to read some more. No...I WILL read some more of them! You're on fire, girl friend. Keep up that great work!! emoticon

Thinking about Jeanne this morning and wondering how she's getting along. I know we're all sending her best wishes for a calm and peaceful, successful surgery! Maybe she'll be able to check in later today.

Gini, you had quite a shopping trip. Great that your DS took you shopping, but I was most impressed with your bargains. Good for you! I hate to shop. Maybe that's why I don't like Christmas shopping. Do you think?? And, Gini, by the way...we ARE your friends. We love to hear what you're doing and how things are going. We want to know you're okay and that you're feeling good about yourself. emoticon

Alice, same for you. You dropped in for a tiny minute last night and left a teaser of a note. You said you are back with bells on. Well...tell us what you are doing with those bells, please!! Seriously, so happy things are better now.

Jill, our dearest...how disappointing that you've not found something that will work for Brent. And, it's even more disappointing that his SW can't give you a little more help. I totally understand that they're busy. That's a given. Just frustrating to read about and I know it is a thousand times more frustrating for you. What a good mom you are. I know you will never quit fighting for Brent. emoticon

Alrighty, then...moving on to the rest of you who are MIA...actually, I think I know where Theresa is. I think she is sleeping. Since those energetic DGSs left yesterday, I bet she's only gotten out of bed now and then for necessary trips to the BR. Bless your hearts...you and Pyne are great to have the boys come to entertain you. Now, what about the rest of you...if you're lurking around out there, drop in and say hi!!! Starr (still moving)? Gayle? Anyone?? Wyndy? Chris? Mona (still in PA, I think)? Joanna? Hello to each and everyone of you.

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HUMP DAY:

Yes Karen I remember Bob, he was a special guy, and he did love to fish, I think about him often on Wednesday or Hump Day, he always reminded us of that pesky Camel.

Jeanie: Your blog on your water aerobics made me lol, you go girl, you make us all proud.

Babs. I know I could make a list just like yours, I promised myself I was going to start writing a blog once in a while. I have been able to get my chair exercise up to 30 minutes twice a day, and I started with just 10 minutes twice a day. So that's one non-scale victory that I'm happy with.

Jackie: we are so glad you are back, we miss you when your gone.

To ALL of you that I have missed, HAVE A WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY.

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To name a few of today’s celebrations/observances:
Paperback Book Day
National Cheesecake Day (Oh, yum - it’s my favorite)
National Support Public Education Day
International Day of Friendship

I choose to celebrate International Day of Friendship - by Sparking!! emoticon

Making progress on this audit that takes place Tuesday. I need to ‘audit’ myself, and make some changes. Maybe ‘changes’ isn’t even the right word. I at least need to keep some promises I’ve made to myself.

1. Start a new 10 min streak - Come on, Babs. “It’s not hard!”
2. Accept the fact that it’s OK to do things for myself.
3. I need to track things more diligently
4. I need to write a blog once in a blue moon! I love to write. I believe it would help me if I write a log from time to time.

There’s a host of other “need to’s” but I ‘need to’ start small and build/work my way up. I know I can do it. I just have to put my mind to it, get focused, stay focused.

If you haven’t read Jeannie’s blog about water aerobics, please do. She is such a hoot! I loved it.

CJ, I’m so happy to see that you posted. You usually aren’t MIA for that long of a period unless you’re traveling. So happy to have you’re back with us. I thought of Christmas the other day too. I know. I know. No one wants to think about it, but my gosh this year is going fast.

Linda, you came to the right place - “Team” - for support. We’re right here for you. I have faith in you. Let’s work on our health together.

Nola, you are so thoughtful! I’m glad that your DiL sent you a text. You’ll enjoy finding a card for your GD. I hope you’re feeling better, having fewer problems with your stomach.

Jackie, it sounds wonderful! I just knew you’d have a terrific time. What an amazing son you have. Can’t wait for the pictures and to hear about the clothes you bought. You certainly did pack a lot into a few days. So happy for you. Welcome home.

Really, Karen, you can’t go anywhere without getting into mischief!! Ice water in a lap? Bbbrrrr. emoticon Only you could manage that, but at least you didn’t fall. Glad Jim isn’t having problems with his teeth. I guess some minor pain is to be expected. Out and new teeth in right away - now that sounds painful to me.

Jill, hope things are going well for you today.

Where are our MIA mates?? We miss you.

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Barbara, Jeanne and Jill thank you so much for caring! I am back with bells on!! emoticon

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Jill, I hope you are ok from your fall! You can replace a painting, but you are our only you! Take care, dear friend. I hope there is a solution for Brent's care. I know he wears you down and you don't get much sleep. If we could, I will bet everyone on this team would donate sleep time to you!
Theresa...I saw that you are having ankle problems. Is this the same you were having trouble with awhile ago after I broke my foot? Is it time to have X-rays done on it to. Are sure what you are doing for it is really the right thing?
Babs, I am sorry to hear about Joe's grandfather. I thought it was pretty neat of Joe to give his grandfather a tour of the new car. Isn't technology wonderful?
I think it is, anyway. Technology has brought all of us on this team together. Isn't that neat? Technology keeps us in touch with our kids when they live far away or are on vacation. Technology and just a sense of "meant to be" put me back in touch with a long lost special person and he and I could not be happier. Abbey and Joe are really fortunate to have you as their grandmother. You are such a fun person!
I know I am getting confused with Jeanne, Jeannie, Babs, Barbara and a few others. I know we have a Linda now and still have Nola, Wyndy, CJ and Joanna. I think GranPattie does not post much, but it think she still reads the chat. I hope the same is true of Starr and I wonder how Bob (hey, hey, hey!) is doing. I think that was his name. I remember how much he liked to fish!
Jackie. So nice you had a great visit in Duluth! I have never been there. Actually, I have been west as far as Colorado, but it was such a quick trip for our sin's graduation that I never really visited the area. I think there is a trip to Seattle in my future, though.
I spent the weekend in Burlington VT with my friend. We had a blast and the weather was perfect. We had a picnic by the shore of Lake Champlain and ended up being one of the items on a scavenger hunt. Some teens from a nearby camp came over and told us they were in a scavenger hunt and would we mind helping them? Of course we would! Then they asked if we were a couple, and my friend said yes. Then they asked if they could have a photo of us kissing. I am sure they were thinking a peck on the cheek--I think they were very surprised! Hahahah. Also, when we went to dinner Thursday evening, I managed to spill my glass of ice water in his lap! No one ever said I was coordinated!
Life is going well. Jim decided awhile ago to have some dental work done. Yesterday he had all his extractions done and is now sporting dentures. He looks so different. He is in a little pain, but honestly, there is far less swelling and discomfort than either of us thought. I am really glad for him. This is the first really positive thing I have seen him do for years. For those new members and old members who may be wondering, yes, I do believe he knows about my friend and I but has chosen to ignore the situation at least for now. Things will work out in the end.
Joanna, I am glad the grand kids did so well at the horse show. You must be so proud of them!
Jeannie....I am glad you "made lemonade" and went back to the Y that day. I so wish we had one nearby. The closest one is about 35 miles in either direction. I do still have my gym membership and now that my foot is mostly healed I think I could go back to the dreadmill. I am waiting until after my doc appts on the 22nd though before I do anything. The swelling still continues under my arm near the incision where the lymph nodes were removed. I will keep you posted.
I am still struggling to figure out a few names and lives, but I will keep working at it!
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emoticon I'm back ... I can see I have lots to read and catch up on.

I had an amazing, wonderful trip. I will need to get photos up online. We did so much each day from walking, sight seeing, touring up and down the North Shore Highway to taking a cruise on the Harbor & Lake, watched, movies, ate in/ate out. And of course, CLOTHES Shopping! It was more than a visit ... truly like a vacation.

Duluth is so beautiful. It is the San Francisco of the North. Every time we drove up the hills, I felt like we were taking a ride on Space Mountain (Disneyland ride). The town is founded on low mountains (1,000 feet highest point though 100 miles west is about 2093 miles), which is where the Glaciers came through. Before that, it was a volcano - that's why so much ore. Predominant stone is Elephant Rock & Bluestone.

I walked in Lake Superior by the shores of Gitchee Gumee ,,, visited the amazing Gooseberry Falls, Kitchee Gamme Park, Mesabi Hills ... watched a movie each night. Can't believe I was there just 3 1/2 days for as much as we did. Of course being two Gemini's we talked the whole time constantly... LOL.

The plane trip getting there and back wasn't fun, but travel these days is so unpredictable with schedules. Lot's of waiting and cancelling - walking to and fro to gate changes.

If I hadn't exercised, massage, and lost weight, I would have never been able to to do this trip at all. Yes, I hurt, yes, I spasm-ed here/there (Margaritas helped!) ... but the point is I did it.

Any way, just got back, need to unpack, reground and reorient myself. Mike & the animals all did fine...

So, hope you are all well as can be ... I did catch Jeanne is having/had surgery (prayers to you) and that Jill is having issues with disability and senior services.... so sorry to hear that. Also, Jill, hope you are ok from stumbling!

Well take care friends, I will catch up with your lives and try to get here everyday. I shudder to look at my voice mail and work email, but one step at a time.

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Just a quick note that my DIL text me yesterday that it is OK for me to send a card to Mackenzie so I am going Friday to hunt for a special book and card for her. I may send the kids a gift card for a meal out so they can enjoy some get away time.
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Jill I hope that you are able to find some other type program that will be good for Brent and for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. If you were in our little town I would know just where to go. Salina has excellent programs for seniors and disabled. It may be that we are large enough to get funds yet small enough to not be overwhelmed in the programs.

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To Jill and Jeannie, yes the energy is still with me. Just enough to get a few extra needed things done. But, even though I am not doing that good on my eating, I am making much better choices. Might have a lot to do with the energy. Also, logging in and getting motivated by you guys is a great help. I have never had someone with my weight problem to talk to. Going to weight watchers was discouraging at times. People who needed to lose 30 lbs. Were leading the talks. I gave up several times. Here's to a new and hopefully final effort.

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I feel like I haven't chatted in a month, but I know it really hasn't been that long. I do try to read all the posts, but just can't seem to get time to post. We had a great weekend with our son and family from Kansas. I've been really missing my son and family that live in Florida. My 3 girls and their families live close to us so we get to see them more often.

I'm so glad to see Babs working on the 1000 action challenge and has some new ones with her. It is a great challenge and keeps you motivated.

I'm still working on our summer/fall challenge, some weeks I do good and others not so good, but I'm staying with it. My chair exercise is up to 30 minutes twice a day now, and in another couple of weeks I'm going to add a 10 minute at bedtime, it seems to help my blood sugar stay down a little better at night. My liver tends to dump glucose into my system around 4:00am causing a high reading when I get up. (enough about me)

Can you believe July is almost behind us, Christmas will be here in 5 months, (YIKES) I'm just thinking, I have 3 new ones to buy for this year, and I still have to loose 3.5 lbs a month to meet my getting under 300 by Christmas. emoticon emoticon
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Gorgeous morning here again. Sunny. 63 now at 9:53 AM! High of 79. What more could I as for the end of July.

I’ve been awake since shortly after 3 AM. Way, way too much on my mind. This has to stop!! I’d love a nap right now. We have mattresses on this floor. Wonder if I could find a place to hide away.

Ouch, Theresa! I hope your ankle is much better. You and Pyne will probably sleep the rest of the week! After today your home will be so quiet. It will be nice to have your home back, on schedule again - but you’ll miss those little guys. Enjoy today.

Jeanne, glad to see that your DH had his injection and is doing better. Prayers for you for your surgery tomorrow. Wow - another child of the 60's who did not do drugs? Happy to meet you ‘sister.’

Jeannie, I’m so glad you joined the Y, decided whether or not you should wear crocs, worked out in spite of the filter issues! Now that’s impressive to me. It’s called ‘determination’ and GF - you got it. I do hope this helps with your back. I find the water so soothing. This has been a strange summer for our little pool in the backyard. It’s just not been real hot. So the water stays chilly. It’s fine once you get in and get used to it. But oh what a shock to the system!

Barbara, thanks for asking about Joe’s grandpa. With the formula he’s being given through the feeding tube, he’s a little perkier. Still very sick, and there’s nothing they can do for him except try to keep him pain free. My prayers are that he goes quickly, peacefully and without pain. I’m thankful that he was able to have some quality time with him.

Gini, I’m so proud of you and so very, very happy for you! You have a wonderful son for taking you shopping and staying nearby for your comfort and for your safety. Please do post whenever you are able. It really doesn’t matter what you say. We are interested in you. I enjoy reading your posts. You got some terrific bargains too!

Alice, I’m happy to see that your MD called and you have your insulin straightened out. You must be feeling better by now. How wonderful that you have a terrific GS who is willing to help you too. My grandkids are my whole world! Feel better!

Wyndy, thank you! I’m going to get to your SparkPage and see Banff. So beautiful.

Jill, I’m so sorry that the program won’t work out well for Brent. I must say this - why couldn’t they tell you that before meeting with you, getting your hopes up. I don’t understand that. I do hope there’s something out there for you. I wonder if they could at least recommend something that would work for Brent/you. Sorry about hitting your head and shoulder. I hope they don’t cause you a lot of pain. The painting is upsetting, but it can be taken care of. Hugs, Jill!

I'm waiting for Jackie to check in and let us know how her visit with Christopher went.

Hope Karen didn't have a rough day at work yesterday.

Hoping Starr's moving days are finally calming down and she can begin posting again.

Wondering when Mona returns.

Thinking of CJ and hoping she's doing well. She's such a cheery poster!

So very many friends have been on my mind - hello to each and every one of you.

On with work for this Terrific Tuesday.

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Jill, you are going to be successful and I want you to repeat this like a mantra over and over!!!! I was disappointed when you said your son had to be on Medicare B - such a shame. When does his dad retire? Glad you are okay with your hitting the wall and the picture intact.

Theresa, it cracks me up every time you mention Boomer...I don't know why...maybe it just brings back memories of that sweet energetic dog I fostered. You sound really busy...How lucky to have so many grandchildren!

Wyndy, very cool pics. Where is this?

Jeanne, praying for calmness, but more importantly, a good surgerical outcome! When is your surgery tomorrow. Deep breaths! You are going to be FINE!!!!!! You comment about your husband cracked me up...

Alice, you had Jeanne and I and Jill so worried. So exciting that you are going to do the chair exercises...did you know there are a number of them on SparkPeople by Nicole. If you have trouble finding them, let me know. I did a couple myself. They are pretty decent especially if you are just starting out. She has a stretch one that is v. nice.

Gini, so exciting to have you on the 100 Day Challenge. I love your new avatar. What is wrong with your knee? I had a knee replacement and my other knee is arthritic. Such a pain.

Jeannie, I really wanted to do swimming aerobics but my finances have been low so I have to wait until the next session. I know what you mean about body image, but I just say to myself "heck with it" (well, I use another word in my mind to be honest) and concentrate on getting in that cold water.

Okay, got everyone who posted since my last post

Hello to everyone else.

take care
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Well I've been up since 2 am and now I'm starting to get tired but wanted to chat as I haven't the last couple of days. I need to make better use of my time. I was very disappointed as the Psychiatric Day Care Program sounded perfect for Brent (my son) as well as me but the Director told me all their Clients have to be on (have) Medicare B. Brent will have that when his 69 year old Dad retires. He didn't work the last 10 years of our 26 year marriage so he's trying to get in 20 years with Homeland Security Gov Dept. then he'll retire. I wish there were more programs like that for Brent but honestly there isn't much around like that for him. I'm going to keep looking for something for him to get him out and be with people.

Last night I got up quickly from my computer and almost fell but did catch myself but not before I hit my head and shoulder on a nearby wall and knocked down an oil painting I love. I'm fine but the picture needs to be put back in the nice frame probably with small nails so I hope one of my sons can do that and it will be back up soon.

Theresa, Enjoy your time with your DD today. I know you'll miss your 3 active GS and it sounds like you and Pyne made sure they had a great time with you. I bet Meredith enjoyed being son free for a few days. . .You and Pyne have sure earned some good R & R. I bet your GS leave will many happy memories and can't wait to visit you soon again.

Wyndy, Canada is very beautiful. When my ex-husband was in the Army in the early 70s we traveled there quite a few times as we lived in beautiful Massachusetts. Years later we took several vacations there with our sons and loved it. I'd love to one day go to Alberta. I'm happy you had a good long vacation (Holiday) and happy to hear your knee ligaments have healed.

Nola, Continued prayers for your sick GD, and also for you for handling this news as well as you do. I hope you're feeling a little better these days. . .

Linda, I'm glad to hear you have more energy these days. Please send some of that to me, pretty please?

Babs, Happy you went out with your friends on Saturday night. You're one that deserves doing that and I bet you felt good re-connecting with your good friends. You are truly a wonderful Grandmother to Joe and Abby. It's no wonder they love living with you. . .I should have your energy as you're getting younger all the time. Abby has a way of bringing the "Child" in you out. That is a really good thing.

Jeanne, Praying for your "nerves" not to get the best of you on Wednesday. I wasn't a "Flower Child" in my youth and never tried or was on any kind of drugs in the 70s or now. Taking a ?tranquilizer prescribed by your Dr. may really help you relax before and during the surgery. Think it over well. Thank you for your continued encouragement and support as I love & need that. Later on are you joining to join in Linda Spangle's 100 Day Challenge?

Jeannie, Joining the Y is money well spent. It's great you went walking in their pool yesterday. Is it an indoor swimming pool as I assume it is? Like you as a child my poor Mom would enroll my Sisters and I for 2 weeks of swimming lessons every Summer at the City Pool. Honestly what you can do is about what I accomplished after tons of swimming lessons.

Gini, Congrats on your recent weight loss!! emoticon I'm so happy for you. It's good you're able to make progress and doing things out of your comfort zone. Baby steps at first and after doing things you normally wouldn't do will become easier & more comfortable for you.

Barbara, You are such an inspiration to me. I'm so glad you told me about the 100 Day Challenge as I really like it. It's great how well you're doing on it and are constantly challenging yourself. I love reading your daily Blogs as it encourages me and many others. Keep up the great work my dear friend.

Alice, I'm Type 2 Diabetic and also at times have a hard time keeping my glucose levels in a normal range. My Dr. added Glimerzide & with the Metformin I've been on for years my levels are going down. I honestly think you & I might have insulin resistance. It's great your doing chair exercises daily as exercise does help us in many ways and also will help your glucose levels to go down.

Whew, I've probably missed a few people who have chatted recently but I'm now almost ready to go back to bed as the Sun will be up soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thanks Wyndy!

Wanted to SPARK early. Our DD, comes today with 3 other children, and her dog,Boomer, to visit the Dog Park, Playground, have picnic lunch,and then take the 3 grandsons home.
It has been a really active wekk, with the 3 boys here.
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Since you ladies know about Banff I uploaded a couple of pictures of the skywalk. One is a long view, the other is me on the skywalk

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emoticon It has been awhile since I have been on. There has been a lot happening here but that is not unusual. I have been having trouble with my blood sugars. The dr. finally called today and increased my insulin so I could go back to my 1000 and 1200 calorie diet. Well, unfortunately, I almost ate the whole kitchen!! actually it was 1400 calories but it felt like a lot more!! emoticon But the dr. called this a.m. but my blood sugar is still high. I hope I will even out soon.

My grandson Mitch was here all day. He was my legs today. He worked on my computer and helped his Granddad with chores, so he didn't have to work so hard. Babs - I really know how you feel about your grand kids. Mine are some of my favorite persons. I love them so very much.

I am trying to work up to going to the pool to do physical therapy to build my strength up. I also want to start some chair dancing exercises. But that is in the future. I am so glad the other programs are working for y'all. I am doing my best to catch up. emoticon

Jeanne, I want to thank you for your caring words while I was so under the weather. The sun is starting to peek out. emoticon

Wyndy and Karen I am so glad you are home! I know everyone missed you!

Nola, I want to add my prayers to the list of everyone on our team.

Jill, you and your family are on my prayer list, also. May all the answers you seek be positive.

Barbara thank you for your kind messages. Actually I have to thank all my team members for such positive messages. I read every one of them!

I do not think I was gone too very long but it sure seemed so. I missed y'all!

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I took Jeannie's invitation to drop in to heart and here I am. I actually do follow the posts most days but never seem to leave my own. So unsure of myself. I know you all don't care what I talk about, but I have this perfection thing and want it to be as good as all of yours.
I finally got my Cortisone injection for my knee. It has made a huge difference. I have been up and about since Friday and it is wonderful to stand and walk ( a little ) again. I have leg raises to do, from the surgeon, so I figured I had better do them with both legs or I'll end up with 1 weak leg. I find them really difficult so far but can do about 5 minutes of it.
I am so sorry to read about all the illness and pains that you are all experiencing and I will keep you all and your families in my prayers for sure.
I have a Y near me as well but have not even looked into it. I am so uncomfortable out of the house and around people so I don't think it is something I would be able to handle, yet. My therapist says I need to leave my comfort zone so I have started to ride the bus to my mom's 1x a week and I use my walker, since my injection, to walk around the corner to the coffee shop some mornings, after the working rush is over. I even stayed in the shop 1 day and drank my coffee there. It is small and I can see my street from it.
I have just replaced all my bedding and got some great buys, including a $279 duvet for $99. I also got Brian Glukstein pillows regular $80 for $20 each. I bought 6. I went with DS to the linen shop and we were there for about an hour. I was so proud of myself and so thankful to DS for coming " shopping for LINEN" with me and staying close by me in the store. Thank goodness for my walker. I have used it more in the last few days than I have in the 3 months I have had it.
I hope I can post again soon. It feels kind of good to share with all of you as I feel like you are my friends.


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Barbara ~ To speak for me is fine. Yes, my surgery is scheduled for Wednesday. The doctor ordered a Xanax to be taken a couple hours ahead of time. He assures me it will relieve my anxiety. I read horror stories about some of these drugs. Now I'm trying not to panic over taking the stupid pill. Ugh!! I'm a child of the Sixties who did not do drugs.

Yes, Bob got his injection this morning. I think I wrote about that somewhere. ??? His pain is gone (gone because of numbing agent) and he now thinks he's Macho Man. I told him if he didn't take it easy today, I was going to rip his arm off at his bad shoulder and beat him with it.

Thank you everyone for your concern and prayers. Have I told you that I think the Spark People on this Team are absolutely awesome??

DH goes for his physical therapy eval tomorrow morning and then we're off to pick up our new freezer. I think I wrote about that on the Goal for Today. One of those goals was to spark before bedtime. That one is almost complete.

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Wednesday for Jeanne...gosh, Jeanne - lol - I am now talking for you!!!! L O L

Please embellish and let us know...we need to know time so we can send some prayers up.

Babs what is happening with grandpa?

Chris what is happening with daughter?

Theresa and Alice, what is happening with diabetes control?

Do I have all the prayer thoughts in?

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Oh my...where do the days go? So hard for me to get here earlier in the day, although I always like to check in as I can. It's been another busy day. More about that later.

Jeanne, did your hubby get his injection today? Wondered how that went. And, pardon me for forgetting, but which day is your surgery? I have Wed. in my mind, but don't ask me why! Wishing you both all the best. Sure hope the surgery goes as planned this week and no surprises like last time! emoticon

Oh my, Theresa...I get tired from reading all the activities those great DGSs are keeping you and Bumpy busy doing. So very sorry about that sore knee and ankle. Hope it resolves quickly. You both will need a couple days of recovery after they head for home. I know I do after ours have been here, too. emoticon

Well, Babs...I know you're happy both kiddos are back home. That says so much about you and them, both. They love being there, too. And, no wonder with a grandma as special as you. I hear you on the short weekends...especially for you and the others who are still working! I don't know how I ever had time to work, and here you are doing it every day. Good for you!

That makes me think of Karen. I'm thinking they were to begin moving her office today. Is that right, Karen. So glad you had a wonderful weekend. I see you had shed several pounds since your last WI, too. Congrats on that...I hope it is because you were "working on it" and not because you haven't been feeling the best. How'd the foot hold up while you were gone? emoticon

Jill, sure hope you were able to find out some info about the day care program. Sounds like it would be ideal. Sending positive thoughts and vibes your way! You both deserve those kinds of services!! Wishing you the best with the 100 day challenge, too! emoticon

Barbara, you rock, girl! You're going strong and doing it!! Keep up the great effort and you'll be at day 100 in no time and you are doing great. emoticon

LInda, sometimes it takes a day or two off and some rest in order for us to have some renewed energy. Very important to recharge our batteries. Hope you got everything done today that you wanted. emoticon

Nola, we most definitely have your GD in our prayers, as well as you! emoticon

Wyndy, Banff National Park is on my bucket list. I've seen such beautiful pictures and I know several people who have been there more than once. I have a lot of things on my bucket list, and unfortunately, I think my bucket has a hole in it. I don't seem to be making much progress on that list! emoticon (This is the closest thing I could find to a bucket! LOL)

I've been talking about joining the Y for awhile and last week I finally got the job done. Today I went for water aerobics (actually stretch and flex exercises, but to me it's aerobics), but the pool was closed!! How disappointing that was. I had gotten myself all psyched up...you know the deal...body image, will I find the right doors, should I wear my crocs or go barefoot...LOL...every stupid thing you can think of. Anyway, they'd had trouble with their pumps in the night and had to recirculate the water through the filters, etc. It reopened at 10, and they said they'd do open swim an hour early. I decided to run a couple errands and then I went back. By golly, I was NOT missing time in the water after all that! A few other women came back, too. Mostly I just walked in the water and did some treading. I've taken swim lessons about a dozen times in my life and know how to float, dog paddle, tread water and that's about it. But, it was good and I didn't have any issues at all with my back or leg. So happy about that. Not sure I'll be able to get there every day, but often. emoticon

Okay, enough about me...I'm over and out for now...I'm still missing some of our friends here. Does anyone know when Mona gets back from PA? Also, Starr...I know you post several places on the team, so I'm sure you might check this out, too...miss you!! There are others who haven't been here for awhile, too. Please, please come back and say hi!! Love you all!! XOXO Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello Sparkers,

Wow! This chat is always so active.

Theresa ~ So sorry to hear about your sore ankle and knee. With ice packs today, maybe you'll get to have your picnic tomorrow.

Nola ~ Continued loving thoughts and prayers going west to Kansas. Prayer is powerful. Praying that you find peace and comfort.

Babs ~ How marvelous that your GS got to spend quality time with his GF. You can almost hear the happiness in your voice when you talk about your family all together again.

Linda ~ It's good to read that you have renewed energy today. Is it possible for you to share some of the energy? emoticon

Wyndy ~ Years ago, we were the only Navy family stationed at Glasgow AFB, Montana. Before we left the area, we took our kids for a drive across the Canadian border so they could say they'd been there. No where near Alberta, but you talking about your trip brought that memory to mind.

Jill and Barbara ~ Good Luck and continued Good Luck with the Linda Spangle 100 Day Challenge. You are both incredible and I know you will be successful as you start and/or continue your journey. emoticon emoticon

Chris ~ Continued prayers for your daughter.

If I've forgotten anyone, my apologies. Sometimes it is a bit difficult to catch all the conversations. But I sure do like to try. I love reading the posts.

Enjoy the remainder of Monday.

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Sounds everyone had a good weekend. Today Pyne took the 3 boys to EAGLES Training Camp Open Practice ~ emoticon ~ all decked out in their Eagles shirts, and hats. And Will, our only true Eagles Fan, has on a new Eagles Shirt, Hat and carried his new metallic silver Football. Which is hard to carry on the bus, a trolley, and then the subway..being a boy whose natural instinct is to toss a football! But he held on to it ~ and got it Autographed! When Bumpy called home, Will was in line to get his hat and shirt signed! Will is beyond himself with JOY, being there, very excited, knows all the Eagles team names and numbers! Jay & Drew are having fun on all the kids activities and football themed agility course. And Poor Finch is feeling left out once again! emoticon

I am really having a hard time walking today..my L ankle has been sore since Saturday night, so I've slipped an ankle support thing on it, Then this morning I was woken by a dog and one GS, jumping on our bed..right on my sore ankle and side of my touchy right knee. which is now very painful, to the point that I really can not walk. So, I'm staying off , and icing it. I had a bit of bleeding the other day, so I won't take anything for the pain right now, if it aches as bad tonight, I'll take something.

Beautiful, but hot here today. emoticon

Tomorrow Meredith will come down with their dog, Boomer, also Vivian, 3 yr. old she watches in the Summer. Plans are to take both dogs to the dog Park, and 4 kids up the hill to Freedom Playground. Packing a picnic lunch and taking a wee hike to picnic in the woods. But if I can't walk any better, we may just take snacks and come home for lunch. Then pack the boys up,and send them all home! It has been a busy week, Bumpy has really been going non-stop.

Babs feels good to have your chicks back in the nest, doesn't it?! Glad Joe was able to get right back on the schedule at work. Shows they recognise a valuable employee! If he wasn't they would not be so quick to start him back in.

Jeannie, Hope you love the "Y". Our "Y" is brand new, last Fall, and all my friends who use their different programs love it!

Karen...Happy that your mini vacation has left You smiling!

Jill, hope that you, and Brent, find this new group to your liking. I missed whether it is closer or further from your home?

Wendy,glad your trip went well.

I have to get off this computer, and think about a little straighten up, before the boys and Bumpy come in tired, Hot & Hungry! And excited to tell me about their EAGLES day.
Warm Wishes to All, Theresa


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Beautiful morning. The weekend was hot and humid. I refer to ‘the weekend’ that wasn’t even one hour long for sure. Certainly did go fast. Certainly had changes . . .

I did go with my friends Saturday evening. That was nice. Abby came home Saturday night. She wanted to ‘come home.’ So by 9 I had Abby again, and Joe returned yesterday. Things changed with his grandpa and he said he needed to get back to work. He’s had some good, quality time with him. In my opinion, it’s best to remember his grandpa in happier times. They had a good visit.

Jeannie, congratulations on your Y decision. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. The one here - although I don’t belong to it - has Senior Programs. I think they even have lunch together once a week. I read about it sometime ago. But I belong to another gym, closer to me. And down 4# - WOW! Congratulations.

Theresa, I had to laugh about the ice cream truck. Darn right he’ll be at hour house every day - could be he’ll show up twice a day. Abby didn’t stop eating from the moment she woke up yesterday. I did tell her that we need to focus more on ‘what she eats and that it’s healthy’ now that she’s going to begin dance class. I explained that some things drain your energy. She’s tall, long legged. I know for myself though that some foods tend to weigh me down.

Jill, lots and lots of prayers winging upward for you and Brent today. Sounds wonderful. Now for more answers - and all positive ones. It could be wonderful for him. He would be other young people, and for you - a God send! You need this. If it works out and he’s happy, your life will be so much better just seeing him thrive in a setting like that. Thanks for the kind words about my grandkids. Joe is definitely an amazing young man. He’s off today as he just returned, but he got up and took his sister to daycare this morning to give me extra time. He’ll pick her up this afternoon too! My lands I love those kids. He went to work and they added him right back on the schedule - every day. He has a tough day tomorrow. He said it’s ‘horse hookey day.’ They have several hours of training in how to work with the clients/customers, how to communicate with them, etc., etc. Sounds good and needed because they are service oriented - convention center. Then they have lunch and then they go to the racetrack for the races!!! Fairmount Park Race Track. I forget it’s even here. Let’s hope he’s lucky.

Barbara, congratulations!! You’re doing terrific working on your ‘weight loss program.’ Journaling - good for you as long as it works for you. You’re trying different things. That’s what’s important.

Karen, welcome home and back to work. Glad you had an enjoyable vacation. So hard to catch up on all these chatty posts. Hope today isn’t too tough for you.

Jeanne, hello to you too. So happy to see that you post often. For me, it’s important and when I miss a day - like yesterday - I feel sort of ‘out of it.’

Wyndy, it’s been years but I visited Alberta for a whole week, went to Banff and fell in love with it. Gorgeous, beautiful country. It was amazing. I went for a convention, but we had plenty of free time. Went with a friend and she took her son. I took my niece. They were both entering high school. While we attended meetings and training sessions, they rode bikes and did some sight seeing. They saw where the Winter Olympics were held in 1988 - right? It had rained, they rode rented bikes, returned to the hotel full of mud! We had a banquet that evening, and they went with us. All time fastest ‘quick showers’ ever - but the memories are with us.

Nola, you bet prayers continue for your GD and for all of you. So very serious, and such a little one yet.

Time for work now. Hello to everyone I missed speaking to - but I’m thinking of you too.

Babs

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Seem to have renewed energy this am. Hope it holds on, I have a lot to do today. Goo luck to everyone.

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Sending emoticon and emoticon to those who are hurting and ill and to all of your families.
I am learning how to find information from social media sites and learned today that my
grand daughter had a stint put in on July 17 for chemo. I have not heard how she is doing so I hope you will continue to keep her in your prayers.

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Back from holidays and I think rested up from the holidays. We went to Alberta to visit both sides of the family. We drove 3049km in 9 days and I was exhausted. I find it so stressful meeting new people and visiting everyday. I love to meet the people I am just in a stress mode before it happens. When we were leaving the Banff National Park we drove by the start of the big forest fire. They were just bringing in the helicopters to start dumping water. Unfortunately it didn't work and the fire progressed and burned many acres, about the size of a small city.

I am going to actually attempt to walk around the block for the first time in a long long time. If it's raining I will try the treadmill. Yes, I can walk without pain, even my torn ligaments in my knee have healed. I am rather anxious about it all as I don't want to reinjure anything but I'm going to try it slow and see how it works. Well, I am so out of shape I think slow will be top speed.

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Hello,

Karen ~ Sounds like you return rested and rejuvenated! Apologize?--for having the best four days EVER -- for me, not necessary.

Alice ~ So happy that it was just a setting on your page and not a health problem.

Barbara ~ Your journey is truly awe-inspiring! I'm so glad that writing in your journal gave you the solution for which you searched. YOU CAN'T QUIT!!

Chris ~ Good luck with your rotation diet and that it will help with your food sensitivities.

For the rest of the Team ~ Have a Sparkling week!



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Hi Sparkers! I am back from my brief vacation on the best four days EVER! I have tried to read down through some of the posts and I understand that many of the team mates are suffering in ine way or the other and I am so sorry.
I have been so wrapped up in what is going on in my own life that I can't think straight. I apologize for not being more sympathetic and more diligent about posting words of support and caring. I am sorry.
Tomorrow starts another week. Back to work for me....more decisions to be made, but I am happy, very relaxed and for the first time in many years I feel simply complete.
I hope everyone has the best Monday possible.
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Hello all,

So far so good on my weight loss program. Funny, I accidentally typed "problem" and changed it to program. But it is a problem, isn't it? At the beginning of the week, I messed up with eating over my calorie level for two straight days. When this happens, I generally crash and burn. So instead

I journaled - which I never do - and I think that actually helped since I had an emotional issue I was dealing with. Still, after finishing my writing, I waited. I really thought, "gosh, I don't feel any different". I guess I half expected some miraculous bolt of lightening to bring me to an 'ah ha' moment. That moment never came.

So after I journaled, I set out to create an action plan to make up for my two-day mess up. I figured out how many calories could I have each day for the next 5 days, divided by 7 to come up to the overall calorie level which makes me lose. To be honest I really wondered if I could do it. Then I kinda got stubborn and thought, "no I will do it!!!"

The remarkable thing out of this is: I didn't quit to which I credit the journaling AND I have managed to meet those lower calorie levels each day for the past 5 days...quite an accomplishment for me!
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Chris, I have a son and he is 31. Your daughter and my son are v. close in age. I put your daughter in my prayers - my list is g r o w i n g!

Babs, so I had to laugh about Jasmine. My cat hears and sees things I can't even figure, but I have learned to trust him. And heaven help a fly or wasp or bug that gets in, he is like a mountain lion. But I love the little monster. So Joe is your grandson and Abbey is your granddaughter? Is that right? I think you should blog if you get the chance. It is cathartic.

Jeannie, I love a gentle rain - I love to sleep to it!!! 4 pounds down - WooHoo!!!! It's great you joined the Y. We have a fitness gym downstairs at our work - $25 a month and do you think I have joined? Does it count that I have done a lot of thinking about it? lol...No need to answer that one...
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Theresa, I fostered a dog named Boomer...he was adopted by a lovely teacher who had a huge yard. She like to walk/run so I felt like he went to a good home. He was full of energy too...maybe its the name - Boomer!
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Shoot, Jill, I am only on lunch yet!!!! hahaha I pray they take his insurance and you can get him in there. How great that would be for him and for you. As soon as you start Monday, I am going to be there for you. Then the chat room on that team is to say a thing or two every once in a while on how you are doing overall. Well, that's how I utilize it anyway.

One last thing, Alice was feeling a bit ill and you might want to drop her a line at her SP page.

I have touched upon everyone since my last post and wish all others a wonderful week ahead full of health and happiness.

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Jill, If you need to get rid of stuff, I heard taking photos of things is a great way to save the memory but not have the stuff. chris

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Good Afternoon, well it's almost 3:30 pm. Most of you have already had your dinner by now, I hope you enjoyed today and will have a relaxing comfortable evening.

I've been looking into programs for my son, Brent. I might have found one but it almost sounds too good to be true. It's through a well-respected Hospital that has a Psychiatric Union and I'm interested in their M-F Day Treatment Program, it's not too far from my house, maybe 6-7 miles. I need to talk to them on Monday and found out more about it. But the $64,000 question will be do they take his disability insurance and do they have any openings? I'm praying that this could be something they would really help him a lot--and me as well.

Theresa, OMG, you have such willpower as with Pizza around I'd be like you're 3 young GS & would have to eat 3 if not 4 slices of it. I love it too much and when I do eat it it always makes my Glucose Levels go way up. It's a trigger food for me so I rarely order it and haven't made a homemade Pizza in years. I bet your 3 young handsome men are wearing their Grandpa and you out?. . .I can imagine how much fun they have at your house. . .

Chris, So sorry to hear your DD isn't doing well. I'll be praying for her and hoping soon she'll feel better and I know you will also. We always worry about our children no matter how old they are. Take good care of yourself as you have "a lot on your plate" to handle.

emoticon emoticon emoticon Wow, Jeannie I'd say you ate healthy this week and/or did some significant exercise in as losing 4#s is a big WL in my book. Maybe you sweated some weight off with your car key lockout ordeal. Truthfully, I also would be "Mad as a Hatter" but sure wish I had the DH to be really mad at emoticon . It's wonderful you have a Y so close to your house. . .and I bet you'll soon be talking about how great the aquatics classes and everything you try there is. I'm really happy for you.

Babs, I hope you aren't going "Stir Crazy" by now and enjoying some good quiet time and possibly doing some art work as you love it so much. Honestly, your GS couldn't be any more outstanding than he is. He's so loving and caring, hard worker plus a tall handsome guy. If only I was 50 years younger emoticon He's the kind of man I should have married but live and learn as they say. And Peppy Abby is a "Love Bug" so happy living with you and has a lot of the same good qualities you have. Have you ventured out in the pool at all today?

Jeanne, I'll be praying your cataract surgery goes a lot easier the 2nd time around, and I'm sure it will. Praying your DH feels better and that the PT helps him a lot. It's something I'd like to look into for myself. . .I bet your enjoying having your DD and your 2 Beautiful GDs for the weekend. Enjoy every minute of your time with your family.

Barbara, I'm actually looking forward to starting the 100 Day Challenge on Monday. I hope I can do nearly as well as you have. I bought my special Journal and Pretty Colored Reward Stars so get set, ready and go for me. I hope you're enjoying your time off from work this weekend. I've lived in my house for almost 40 years and I'd have to have lots and lots of help plus 2 or 3 huge moving vans as I'm a saver and believe it or not I have all my sons pictures, projects, etc. since they were in nursery school. Silly me, now none of them are the least bit interested in having them, so the joke is on me.

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Well it's an overcast, rainy morning, will be in the high 80's, and humid! Will is the only GS awake, glad the other 2 are sleeping in, especially Jay. Bumpy met them 1/2 way last night, picked up Jay, and was home by 8pm. Jay was coming straight from his 2nd week of Counselor In Training at Cub Scout Camp. I remember when his Mom, Meredith, was a CIT at Girl Scout Camp..and it seems like just a few years ago! Meredith was also a Counselor at BOY Scout Camp one summer! That was her Summer job all through High School & 1st year of College. Ashley only did it one year, then worked as a counselor for our townships Summer Programs.
But Jay was exhausted last night and was ready to go right to bed ~ but then the Ice Cream Man's Truck drove down the block and all three boys RAN out, stopped him, and then we all had ice cream.. and I'm pretty sure the guy will be stopping at our house for the rest of their visit! Just wish he'd come earlier in the evening!
Today they plan on a shopping trip .. bright colored knee high basketball socks ...they NEED them they tell us...the wilder the better. And I added plain polo/golf shirts to the list .. so they have a decent shirt for Mass tonight, and because they really do NEED them as uniforms for school in few weeks. But they don't really want to think about that yet! This is the first year for uniforms in their district, and they are not happy about it. But, under those boring khaki pants they, will be sporting vivid colored long socks! LOL!

Jeannie, I'd have had to had a Panera pastry..and several more, then some wine..and still might bite hubby's head off, after a day like that! But, just think how enjoyable the next visit will be, when all goes smoothly! emoticon Amazed at the $10.00 price!

Barbara, you asked who Boomer is. Well, according to our grand-dog, Finch's point of view, Boomer is the frivolous un-necessary dog that Meredith,Mark and the 3 boys got last Summer.
Boomer is our other granddog. A long legged, beautiful, hound mix, high energy, puppy. Who just wants to play with Finch...and grumpy old Finch barely tolerates him.
But, he'll be here Tuesday! Actually, it may be Monday night now. Meredith & the boys have been chosen to do an Advertisement Photo shoot on a new ropes course & climbing wall on Wednesday. We have to attempt to keep them bruise free, and all 12 limbs unbroken, till Mere picks them up, since she already signed releases & forms!

This week is so filled with so many temptations to eat. Now the house has so many treats, that we usually do not buy. Plus, yesterday Bumpy came in with white chocolate chip cookie bars! Boys EAT all the time..and they are all skinny! emoticon
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We got 2 pizzas last night for dinner, I ate 2 pieces, which I rarely do. Small salad and 1 slice usually covers me, Bumpy had his customary 2 slices, even though he had dinner on the road, when picking up Jay. But all three boys ate 3 or more slices, even Jay, who had just had Chick-Fil-A on the way here. Then, they swarmed the ice cream truck, like they'd been wandering the Sahara!
Bumpy confessed, that when he ran over to the Legion Post for an hour or 2, that he had pizza there too, with a beer! I am counting on the extra activity to help balance out the extra calories.

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Good Saturday morning, everyone. We did have that nice gentle rain yesterday morning for about 3 hours. Loved every minute of it. Today is more humid and hotter, but next week is supposed to be back in the 70's again. Hard to believe it is late July/early August with that kind of weather, but I'm loving it.

I took the plunge yesterday, so to speak. I signed up for the Y and now that I have to pay every month I think I'm forced into using the facilities. Isn't it terrible to think that we need to be forced to use something that is so good for us. I just need the discipline to do something more structured than my usual things. Anyway, I checked out the senior activities and there are several that I should be able to do. If they're too easy, I'll move up to a different one. There are lots to pick from and the Y is literally 5 minutes away from me.

Babs, I'm sure it is a different feeling to have the house to yourself and to Jasmine. They sense our feelings, so I'm sure that is why she is looking for her kids, too. I'm thinking it is a good thing to have a little time to yourself. It gives you a chance to think about some of the things you want to do, like blogging, starting a streak, drawing, etc. You and Abby are both so creative. That's a wonderful gift and talent. So glad she enjoys it, too...really makes your bonds even stronger. Good for Joe in sticking with her GF during this hard, hard time. No matter how difficult it is for him, it is a good lesson in life and what is to come. Hard, but good.

Chris, sorry to hear about your DD. Sending strength to you and to her and adding her to my prayer list!

Barbara. I had to laugh about you thinking about the actual physical part of moving. That is a challenge, for sure. Like Babs, that is the first thing I think about. But, then I begin to think about using it as a way to get rid of so many things that we didn't need, want or use. Sure helped to do that with our last move. It is hard work, that's for sure.

Jeanne, good luck next week with all your appointments, but especially your cataract surgery. Glad they prescribed some pills. I had to have "pills" before a dental procedure a few years ago. You are definitely not alone. Now they AND you know what to expect!! Wishing you all the best.

Thanks, guys, for the comments on my day with Mom/Sis/Richard!! I've recovered....mostly! LOL! One thing I did think about was to drive Mom's van back to our house (75 miles one way) and get the spare set of keys. But, that wouldn't have worked b/c we had no way to get into the house with the garage door opener in the locked car. So, now I have a call in to get one of those touch pad openers installed on the outside of the house. We were told it will run about $50, so it will be worth it to have another way into the house.

Oh yes...I'm excited this morning. Saturday is my WI day and I'm down 4#!!!! Makes me happy about working on it again this coming week!

Barbara, I'm right there with you...hope you all have a Sparklie weekend and coming week! XOXO Hugs and love, Jeannie
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Thank you, Jeanne.

And Jean is my only sister's name. emoticon

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Super Sparkling Smiling Successful Saturday.

I’m here. All Alone. So extremely unusual. Well Jasmine’s here and she’s standing guard over her domain, the back yard. She hops off of ‘her chair’ periodically to bark at a squirrel, a rabbit, a cat and – who knows – a deer may have crossed through the yard earlier. She sees way more than I do. Then she gets up and walks upstairs to search for Joe. Comes down and goes to Abby’s room. Back to the sunroom, where I sit with my coffee cup early in the morning, and she looks so pitiful. She wants her ‘babies’ to come home. Sometimes she’ll come to me and lay her head in my lap, get her pat and my words of comfort “Don’t worry, Jasmine. Your babies will return.” She absolutely whimpers! Abby is with her other grandparents. She’ll return tomorrow. One of her cousins just built a new home and had an in-ground pool installed. Today is opening day for the pool, family gathering. She wasn’t going to go. She said she ‘missed me’ and wanted to be here. She had been with her mom for 2 nights when she was off work. This is and has been Abby’s home for 6 years now. Without going into great detail there is a ‘love interest’ in her mother’s life. She needs to be here when her mom is working. This is where she wants to be anyway. Her room. Her toys. Her dog. Her brother. Her BFF right next door. Plus she practices her hip hop here! Whew. I get worn out just watching.

With all this ‘free time’ I will do some cleaning (minimal), finish laundry, strip the beds tomorrow and do that laundry, clean the pool, go to Mass tonight and out with friends for dinner after Mass, and I have a lot of other ideas.

I want to do some drawings. It’s easier for me if I want to ‘get serious’ about my drawing if I’m alone. Sometimes I wonder if I’m in a trance when I’m playing around with my art work. I can shut everyone out, but I don’t do that often. Did I tell you that Abby has a ‘design journal?’ She amazes me with what she comes up with at times. I found this notebook that looked like it would be a nice journal – just a notebook with a cutesy girl on front. She loves it and said she would keep designs in it. She numbers each page and puts a drawing on it, gives the girl a name, an occupation, and an age. She they’re designs, like costumes, for kids. I never in my wildest dreams would have come up with that idea. She has a doctor, sculptor, dentist, artist, photographer, nurse, fire’woman’, mail lady, and so forth. So, of course, we ‘create’ together. emoticon

I’ve been thinking about blogging. I have only done 2 or 3 – don’t recall. But I enjoy writing. It’s fun for me. My problem is the time to do it or to ‘think’ about it. I have all kinds of ideas, thoughts, run through this head of mine. It’s a matter of time and getting them down. I really should do it once in a blue moon. It would help me. emoticon

I’ve also been giving some thought to starting a new 10 minute streak. I’ve started them so many times. But I’ve received a couple of emails from SparkGuy, and I’m sure you have too, about his newest streak and he’s going to start a challenge. The concept of 10 minutes is what makes it all so doable. I should do that. We’ll see. emoticon emoticon Just not sure what!

I hope to hear from Joe sometime today about his grandpa. He said his grandpa, grandma, dad, stepmom all like the video of his car. Grandpa is worn out. My GS is a very sensitive, caring young man. I’m blessed to have him.

Goodness. So much about me and mine, but it’s what’s on my mind today.

Chris, thanks for the kind words.

Jeanne, you definitely do have a busy week scheduled for next week. Hope your DH finds some relief. How exciting to have your DD coming for a visit too. Back on track is great news. I certainly cannot judge anyone for slipping. I’ve gone weeks at a time and slipped right into a huge hole. This team does not judge. This team cares and supports.

Barbara, guess I’m always thinking of the ‘work’ end of things. Gosh, maybe I’m a lazy old soul. Joe is 21 yrs old. Your prayers are appreciated.

Chris, so sorry to hear about your daughter’s problems. I will keep her/all of you in my prayers.

Well my friends, I have rambled on and on and on this morning. Time for me to get moving and doing on this gorgeous morning.

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Have a great weekend, everyone. f you are having challenges, I wish you well. I am praying for my daughter(age 32). She is having a hard time and I don't think it will be resolved quickly. Thank you all for being here. chris

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Hello my favorite teammates and Sparklers!

My prayers go out to you Jeanne...You are going to do fine and it will be terrific. The physical therapy for your husband is a blessing - think of it that way...I get PT all the time cause there's always some part of my body acting up!!!!! lol
I am glad your daughter is coming for a visit. It should be the 'pièce de résistance' to your week!
It is terrific that you are back on track...I am so glad. You are such a fantastic addition to my sparklife.

Hello Chris, hope you are well!

Babs, you know, I never gave 'thought' to the 'actual' physicality of the move! Y U C K! I just keep thinking of the end result...hahaha How old is Joe? What a great kid!!!! My prayers are still with everyone involved and especially not to let grandpa suffer.

Everyone else since my last post - HELLO AND MAY YOU HAVE A SPARKLIE WEEKEND...yeah, I know, its a bit too much...but, I think I dream in SPARK language. emoticon

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Hello All ~ It sounds like we've all been through the wringer this week, in one way or another.

Took DH to local hospital today to complete paperwork and make an appointment to be evaluated for physical therapy. Next week will find us at a doctor somewhere 4 out of 5 days. Steroid injection for DH on Monday, physical therapy for him on Tuesday, cataract surgery for me on Wednesday (I hope, hope, hope!!), Thursday will be surgery follow-up (I hope, hope, hope!!), (the surgeon prescribed anti-anxiety meds, maybe there won't be a panic attack) BUT, on Friday our youngest daughter comes from South Dakota for a week-end visit and that will be a nice way to end, what I anticipate, will be a very long week.

Thanks to this wonderful Team, I think I'm back on track, and, after only a couple of days, too. Being able to connect with the Team and not be judged is a new experience for me. I've joined other weight loss organizations, and they have not been the positive experience I've found here. I can't begin to express how thankful I am for each and every one of you.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Have a fantastic Friday evening.

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What a nice thing to do--taking a video about his new car fro Grandpa.


That is the most loving thing I have heard of in a long time. chris

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I’m glad it’s Friday. Been an exhausting and emotionally draining week. Sometimes that’s just what life has to offer!

I may spend some time with friends tomorrow evening after Mass. I’ll just see what tomorrow brings. I can’t imagine a day and a half by myself. It’s unheard of - Joe’s gone. Now Abby will go to her other grandparents this evening. They’re having a swimming party at her cousin’s tomorrow. The girl loves to swim.

Joe just bought a new (not ‘new/new’) car. He took a video of it yesterday for his grandpa. Walked around it and told him about it, showed him the tires, got inside and showed him how it looks. He called me a minute ago. Said his grandpa likes the video and told him “You’ll just have all the women now, Joe!” Joe said his lip is swollen and his throat is swollen. He is being given some nourishment, some type of formula, through the feeding tube. He’s very, very tired. Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes/thoughts.

Theresa, no wonder the kids love to come to ‘camp’ at your house! It’s such a fun time. You have the third one arriving today. Enjoy your weekend with the kids.

Nola, so sorry you have personal problems within your family. Seems to be so common in our society these days. Focus on YOU then, and be well my friend.

Jeanne, you were up at 3:10 AM yesterday and I was up at that time this morning. I hate it when I don’t get enough sleep. Sure makes for an exhausting day at work! Of course you’re still here. You’re part of the best team. Stick with us!

Barbara, you’d love to move south and I dread the thought of a move right now. I have too much ‘stuff!’ I cringe at the very thought of going through all of my art supplies and art books/magazines. Then there’s craft supplies and ‘regular’ books. Holy nightmares - it will be a horrible event when/if I move!

I am so sorry to admit this, Jeannie, but I’m laughing my fool head off! I just ‘knew’ what was going to happen when you mentioned what Richard ‘usually’ does. How are you even sane today? I don’t think I could have handled all of that. I commend you!! I’m glad though that your mom/sis are doing OK. Should I ask how Richard’s doing today? (He, he) As far as the pastry from Panera’s, I believe you earned it. Sometimes a ‘treat’ is what we need. $10 - actually I thought that was going to be a whole lot more. I’m amazed and thankful on your behalf.

I've been thinking about our dear Jackie who is visiting her son in MN. I'm sure she's having a wonderful time.

Karen's on vacation and I'm sure she's enjoying herself.

Jill, I hope everything is going well in your life.

Starr, Chris, Mona, CJ and all of my other Spark Friends - have a TGIF.

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Hey Jeannie,

As much as I hate to admit it, I used to do the same thing your husband did - all the time!!! I stopped doing that neat little number when I got locked out and left my keys inside too. Trouble is it took me being locked out 2x before my I learned! Ugh...

I cannot remember how I got in because it was so many years ago, but I seem to remember calling my service department and they told me some trick or such because I got in and never bought another key. Thank goodness it was only $10...gosh, my son's replacement key is $150.

Your pastry outlet is so appropro of what we ALL do when we are upset or we wouldn't be here at SP. The thing is, I think you are a saint...I would have given heck to my husband AND eaten the pastry! lol

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I definitely have had days like that! Thank you for describing it. You did absolutely nothing wrong and you got all the stress! So unfair!

The original idea sounded so sane and even fun. I have gone to get DH from his side of the HC van and the door has been locked! Sometimes it works out well and sometimes it takes more work. But I have never been absolutely locked out with him in it.

I have had him in it and the ramp won't work. I begged the service place to take us in the morning even though we had an appt. that same afternoon. They took us but since then my relationship there has not been the smiling , happy, friendly one we had before.

Get your needed rest. The coffee and pastry were well deserved.

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Oh, Jeanne...it helps to laugh, believe me!! At the time the 3 of them were eating lunch in the dining room, I kept telling myself this truly isn't the worst that could happen. After all, no one is dead...YET!!! LOL!!! What's that kids' book...Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day? It was sort of like that! emoticon

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My goodness! What a day you had! You write so vividly and I love to read your posts. There's nothing I can say that will change your day. Sounds like you handled yourself very well. I laughed out loud at the end of your post when you said that you had to stop for coffee and a pastry or you'd bite Richard's head off. He can't possibly have tasted as good as the pastry, even with the coffee, no matter how sweet he is. (I apologize, I'm not making light of your situation. Honest.) I could visualize you with a cup of coffee in one hand and holding his head in the other ready to take a bite. Just my warped sense of humor.
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Okay, my friends...are you ready for the latest installment of Mom/Sis's visit today?

For those who don't know, going to see Mom and my Sis is always a big challenge for me. Mom is 92 and lives in an independent (mostly) retirement apartment. Sis is 67 and lives in a nursing home. She has limited mobility and usually uses a wheelchair, but can maneuver a walker if need be. She has a long history of mental illness, years of shock treatments and huge amounts of psych medications. She never married and has no other family besides Mom and me. Fortunately they live in the same town, but not in the same facility, although very near one another. They talk on the phone 5-10 times a day. Mom is very with it mentally, as well as very stubborn, but clearly is slipping physically. They have a somewhat unhealthy relationship, but I won't go into that. Not sure which is more dependent on the other.

I try to visit Mom every couple weeks, but because Richard had ankle fusion surgery on 6/25, it hasn't been possible for me to get there for about a month. Our kids were up when they were here for a visit earlier this month. Keep in mind that Mom has a van and still drives "some," but also has access to a van/driver at her apartments, city handicap service and in a pinch, a taxi, but she is NOT giving up her car she says. Some day she may have to...sooner than later.

So today Richard decided to ride along with me (he seldom goes along). We planned to eat in Mom's dining room and I would go over to Marilyn's nursing home to pick her up so she could eat with us. It's just easier than a restaurant with Richard on crutches, Mom with a cane and Sis with a walker! We got to Mom's and Richard does something I've never been comfortable with and after today, he probably never will again...he reaches to the center console and pushes the lock button before he gets out of the car. Today I didn't notice that he did it. Can you guess what's coming? I walk around the car to get his crutches out of the back seat, hand them to him, wait until he's out of the car and shut both doors. Right...my purse is in the car with the keys in it, phone in the car, and no way to unlock the car door to get either!! Good grief! I was so angry at him for doing that...have asked him before not to lock it that way. Maybe he won't now.

Keep in mind that we are now 75 miles from home and standing in the parking lot of Mom's place. We went inside and I got the phone book out to look for a dealership (privately steaming the whole time). Called the dealership and spoke to some young squirt in the parts dept. who didn't have a clue what to do...take a coat hanger (won't work on our car), call a locksmith and maybe they can open it. I was a little short with him, I'm afraid. DH says call them back and ask to speak to the service department. Well, yes...they can help...need the VIN#. OK...back to the car to get the #. Called T.J. (my new best friend) back and gave it to him. They'll cut a "dummy" key. I don't care how dumb it is as long as it does the job. Cool...they'll call back when it's done.

Meantime, Mom is getting antsy b/c Marilyn is waiting for a ride. So Mom decides she'll go over and get her. She hasn't driven for 2 months (thank God), but at that point I said sure, go ahead. I don't even want to think about how they got Sis in the van. Okay, they come back and Richard, Mom and Sis go to the dining room to eat while I wait on the dealership to call again to let me know the key is made. Finally they call as everyone gets back from lunch. I run to the dining room, grab a little plate of lasagna, visit for a minute with the college kid who works there, and get back just as they call again...guy is on the way with the key!!! Yea!!!

Key arrived, but we have to go back to the dealership to provide proof of ownership and pay the $10 for the key. ONLY $10!!!! We left to do that and Mom decides to drive my sister back to her NH. We get back about the same time, I drop DH off at Mom's and Mom and I go off to do her shopping. First to Dollar Tree, but I can see she is visibly drained. Tried to talk her out of the grocery store, but she was having none of that. Okay...into the grocery for 2 slices of pickle loaf lunch meat, a pint of half and half, 1/2 gallon of milk and 2 nectarines. Her list is different from the one a month ago!! Got her back to her place and she is exhausted. We're there 5 minutes and she says, "Oh, no...I forgot toilet paper!!" She said she only has 2 rolls left. I left her there, drove back to the store, picked up a BIG pkg of TP and a roll of paper towels (and yes, she brings a list, but forgot to look at it...dumb me...why didn't I ask??). Back to her place and I suggested to Richard it is time to leave...oh my gosh!!! Away we went. I said we're stopping at Panera Bread and I'm getting a coffee and pastry. I know I was feeding my frustration, but it was either that or bite Richard's head off and that wouldn't be pretty!!!

I'm exhausted! Going to bed very, very soon and that doesn't happen often...it is still daylight!! LOL!!! The good things? The dealership could help. They were so nice...I apologized to the kid in the parts dept. when I saw him. And, I can't get over this...IT ONLY COST $10!!!! The down side? I had a Panera Bread pastry...but, now that I think about it, I'm thinking it was well worth it and I'll probably do it again!!! emoticon

Hope everyone else has had a good day!! Think of you all and hoping things have improved for each of you having truly big issues to deal with. XOXO...love and hugs to each of you! Jeannie

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Hello all,

Hang in there, Jeanne, I NEED YOUUUUUUU....giving up and quitting is NOT even an option or I'll chase you down...lol...what can I do to help?

Nola, it is really great that you are able to transcend what you know to be wrong and still be there for your family.

Theresa, it is such an accomplishment that you are working to keep your healthy eating on track with everything that is going on. Who is Boomer?

Babs, loved your driving story. For a minute, I thought I read "cat's in the shop" and realized it was the car!!!! lol Poor Joe and poor grandpa - sending prayers.

Jill, I admire how you have decided to change course and get the help that you know will benefit you both healthwise and mentally wise and emotionally wise. Bravo. Woohoo that your book finally came in!!!

Jeannie, I'd move to Florida or Georgia or SOMEWHERE south if I could right now...hahaha. Unfortunately I have two years before I can even consider this.

good night and hugs to all

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Oh my goodness, Jill, I am so sorry to hear about your son! The medical profession seems to get worse every day. I thought a doctor's motto is supposed to be, "Do no harm." Good luck with finding one who will keep that motto at the top of their list. My prayers are with you.

Babs ~ I am sorry to hear about your family problems, as well. My husband's dad had Alzheimer's. He had a feeding tube and suffered for years because he couldn't make the necessary arrangements for himself. The family suffered watching him suffer. It was very sad. My prayers are with your family, too.

Nola ~ How sad for them. You have so much love and support to offer, not just to them, but to all of us. You will be added to my prayer list.

Jeannie ~ I hope you had a wonderful day with your family. You are aware of the challenges, I hope that made food choices easier.

Theresa ~ Grandchildren are a cause to celebrate, especially if they are staying with us. Celebrations usually revolve around food. I don't know about yours, but mine are thin and eat most anything. Unfortunately, when I'm cooking for them, I want to join in, too. Enjoy your time with them.

Barbara ~ Good luck with your Challenges! The Team is here to cheer you on.

If I missed anyone, "Hello" and I hope you are having/had a wonderful day.

This morning found me wide awake at 3:10 a.m. and I knew I needed to write, and I did. This hasn't been the easiest of weeks. My coping mechanism is to withdraw and isolate. I did put a few words on some of the special discussions, but mostly I've been lurking (someone told me this week that is the correct term emoticon ) and reading what others on the Team have written. For me, that's progress...big time! At least I'm still here and this time I didn't give up and quit.

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emoticon all for your kind thoughts. My son and his wife's family don't care about my health problems and I am told if I call that I am bothering them. They are too busy to talk to me. I come from an emotionally abusive marriage and unfortunately two of my children are now following their fathers directives. I have decided to do what I know is right and send them all the support I can and remember that this is all about Mackenzie and no one else.
Jill , I hope that you find a wonderful person to give you support for your son. I just went back to my former therapist because I was getting no support from my current therapist. Sometimes you just have to charge ahead and do what feels right.
Jeanie have a wonderful time at the Y.
Theresa enjoy those GSs. You are blessed indeed.

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Oh Nola, so sorry to read that your DGD, now has another hurdle! Seems so unfair, doesn't it? But today treatments are very successful. Even though you hate for her to have to go through them. Praying for her!

I am sure the reason that they didn't tell you is that they wanted to spare you. Surely they meant well.

Jill, you are right to expect a call back, when you call about a rough time your son is suffering through. I would definitely report your dissatisfaction to the agency that you are dealing through. Find out if that is an approved practice, maybe they can have her be more attentive when a patient needs it, return phone calls, maybe even check in occasionally on her own. Or if it is just her mishandling, perhaps there is another on their staff who would be a better fit for You & Brent.
Or, if that is standard for their practice, then start looking for a private practice Dr.

My healthy eating is struggling to stay on track...with the DGSs here. Always amazed how much Boys eat! Drew begged for Chinese last night..and Bumpy thought that was a great idea... I know that is always bad for me, even when I only take small portions, so I was just about 10 cal. over my 1500 UPPER range of daily calories. So I am struggling to stay in 1200 - 1500..or even below it today. It is going to be a rough week.
Today Bumpy is taking them to the 1:O'Clock Phillies Game ~ the weather is "IFFY", Official forecast, declares the weatherman. But they think they can get the game in. They are using public transportation, the bus, right in front of our house, then trolley, transferring to Subway, Bumpy has his pass, and the boys are close to the height limit, so he's not sure what they'll charge for them, but the twins love taking public transportation to the stadium. Although it was an argument to talk them into NOT taking their gloves or wearing their cleats!
Our older GS, Jay will come down Friday. Then on Tuesday, Meredith will come down, bringing Boomer, spend the day, and then they will all go home.
So, now I'll finish playing on the computer, check FaceBook, and try to straighten up till they get back.

((Hugs)) All, Have a good day! Theresa

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It’s a beautiful morning here. It was only 59 when I took Jasmine out this morning. It’s around 65 right now. If it’s like this at the end of the day, off goes the air and up go the windows! Love fresh air.

Joe's leaving MO this afternoon. His grandpa went to the MD on Tuesday. He has made the decision to stop all feeding and meds. Hospice stepped in a week or so ago. He was on feeding tube, oxygen and morphine. So the MD said 'Max of 2 weeks' like this. His grandpa said if there isn't anything at all that can be done, why should I prolong it? So Joe talked to the powers that be at work and they have absolutely no problem with his leaving. Sad situation. He wants me to come for the funeral. Please pray that he passes quickly and as peacefully as possible.

Jeannie, good news on the Y. I thought ‘for sure’ it would rain yesterday. We only had ‘rain clouds’ without even a drop! So I watered flowers and maters last night. I do have some tiny green maters now. Cannot wait. Safe travels today and may it be enjoyable.

Karen, picnic with an old fashioned picnic basket. Now that sounds like fun.

Barbara, I live 10 - 15 mins from downtown St. Louis. There’s a lot of crazy driving there but I’m sure it doesn’t compare to living near D.C. or NY for sure. I used drive there, but I refuse to do it anymore. When we go to the Cardinals games, we go to our mall and ride the ‘Red Bird Express.’ $5 - can’t beat it and it’s fun. It’s exciting. Save $25 parking and sitting in line after the game to get out too. We also have Metrolink to get to/from St. Louis as far out as the airport. So I really don’t have to drive there.

Jill, I’m glad that you’re making progress on your Debt Management. However, I am so very sorry that you are experiencing so much stress. I’m sorry for Brent. I pray that you both receive the help you need. Like you my guess is that the psychiatrist has a heavy case load. BUT there should be more options for you and for Brent. Not responding to phone calls/pleas for help - especially when you stated it’s an emergency - is unacceptable. Prayers and hugs for all of you.

To everyone - Happy Thursday to you. I have to get back to working on the audit. Such fun.

Car's in the shop right now for an oil change. Such a bother!!

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Good Morning Friends, Yesterday was a really busy day. I talked to my Debt Management Counselor for over an hour & then he e-mailed me lots of forms to read & sign. It seemed like it took most of my day. . .But, Brent & I still went to Sprouts around 5 pm and I was hungry when I left and OMG there were things in my grocery cart that shouldn't have been there as they were full of fat, calories & sugar. Went off the deep end with eating too much of it. . .it is true never go to the market when you're hungry like I did. Thankfully today is a new day to get right back on track and I've already enjoyed a healthy breakfast.

My son hasn't been doing very well this week & on Tuesday I left his Psychiatrist an urgent message to call me if for nothing else get some support & help from her. As usual she never called me back. This morning Brent woke me up around 3 am and was already venting and crying, etc. So, I've decided enough is enough and I'm going to have to find him a good Psychiatrist with a private practice. His current Psychiatrist is part of a program he used to be in and she doesn't seem to really care much maybe it's because she has a huge caseload and is only there on Tuesdays & Thursdays. I know it will be expensive but if a new Dr. helps him it's worth every penny I spend. I want a Dr. that at least will call me back when I'm at my wit's end as to what to do, etc. I'll just have to cut back somewhere in my already tight budget.

Barbara, I finally received Linda Spangle's book yesterday after 3 1/2 weeks. I ordered it on eBay but doubt I do that again as it was so slow getting to me. I will be starting the Challenge on Monday. Glad you're doing so well with it. It must have been a thrill to see your pets in your Animal Team.

Karen, Thank you for your concern my dear. I have been missing you. . .Enjoy your trip & needless to say don't forget to come back home. emoticon

Jeannie, Have a safe and happy trip visiting your Mom & Sis today. It's great you live closer to them now. Good for you for checking out your local Y. Are you going to try the water aerobics class soon? That's still in the back of my mind to do as it's great exercise especially for people with arthritis or other type of injuries.

Babs, Any fun or exciting weekend plans. Can you believe tomorrow is already TGIF!! The weeks and months just seem to fly by.

Linda, Thank you for being so understanding by my calling you Feral. . .Cats are Beautiful but a lot of them are so independent and think they're in charge and some actually are.

Alice, Another great blog you wrote a few days ago. Maybe I'll "hire" you to write some Blogs for me emoticon . The pay is low but the Praises will be High. . .Have a great day.

Nola, I hope today is a good day for you. You've already been through enough and I want to see you pain-free and as healthy as possible. I love having you on the Team.

Theresa, Are the Twins running you and Pyne Ragged? I bet they're 2 very lively boys, and that's probably an understatement. How is your "Baby" Finch feeling today?

Jeanne, You are such a wise Lady and good for you for keeping yourself under control and not overeating yesterday. That's sure a Victory for you when you'll not up to par.

Joanna, I hope you're now feeling okay after your accident in your truck. You always sound very busy helping to take care of your big Farm, Horses and House. Be sure having your Sister back living with you again will work out as she makes you feel "crazy" as well as your Children & GC. If she's bi-polar she must be on medication for it and maybe she needs to see a Psychologist to talk to as it's never too late for her to change. I'd sure have a serious talk to her and go over your "house rules" with her and have her date/sign it.

CJ, So Happy you're getting in lots of good exercise and feeling good about doing it. Congratulations on losing 5#s as that's so encouraging and motivating.

Well, I've gone on and on and I know I've missed several of you but it'll have to wait for another day/time as I'm literally falling asleep while I'm typing this. I'm so behind on Spark and want to catch up really soon. . .Have a Wonderful Day!! Hugs & Love emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Barbara, I hear you on the driving. I'm afraid my DS is one of those crazy drivers. At least in my eyes! Loudon Co. is in the NE corner of VA right across the river from Point of Rocks, etc.He drives into downtown DC every day for work. They're trying to sell their house and move to Florida.

So...today I'm going to visit my Mom/Sis. Richard will ride along and we'll eat lunch in Mom's retirement apartments dining room. For the newbies, there's a long story here that I won't go into now. Suffice to say...it is always a challenging day for me. This is the first I've been able to get up since Richard's surgery. My Sis (younger than I) is in a nursing home nearby, so I'll go pick her up and bring her over for lunch with Mom, too. Wish me luck with having a decent day food-wise and for not letting the day's challenges get to me!!

See you all later! Have a wonderful day and enjoy the waning summer...before you know it we'll be talking about fall weather! LOL!! Hugs, love and sunshine for you all!! Jeannie
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Hello all,

I belong to an animal team and I haven't been there and decided I needed to visit. And I glanced over to see two of my photos of my kitty and a really large turtle that visited us (lol) and it turned out that these were two of three team animal photos. I was sooo thrilled!!!

I am going to try to answer questions asked below:

Thanks for the support! I do plan to actually 'walk' on the walking team. BTW, I was joking...well, sort of...lol...I can go about 15-20 minutes at a time. I was supposed to walk today but didn't cause I was teleworking today and didn't get a chance. So I will really walk, as long as it doesn't rain, tomorrow at work. I feel comfortable walking around our building - actually its a campus and I can walk anywhere!

I am about 30 minutes driving distance from DC. I used to live there until age 15 and then we moved to Maryland. Alexandria is v. nice and I used to have a hairdresser there that I went to all the time. I cannot remember where Loudon is, but I think its where I used to go to help out with a wonderful animal rescue team although that was a number of years ago.

Although I live here, I really want to move to the south, and one of the biggest reasons is the crazy driving here. It truly has become awful. I don't understand how people get their licenses anymore.

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy night!

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Yes, Theresa. New lingerie....very pretty and tasteful. I still have not packed. I keep changing my mind about dresses and jeans to bring with me. We are going on a picnic on Friday, and I have all the stuff including an old fashioned picnic basket. Tomorrow morning or Friday morning we will buy the perishable stuff.
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Nola, I just read your post and what Babs said to you, and the first thing that popped into my head was the same thing. Could it be that they are just trying to protect you to a certain extent? Of course, I don't know your situation at all, so I'll add your DGD to my prayer list and also pray for family healing for you. You know that treatment for children's leukemia is really successful these days, so we hope and pray for that outcome.

Babs,wet would be good here, too. We had a tiny teaser yesterday. Enough rain to wet the sidewalk. And to think that a few weeks ago we had a monsoon. Problem with heavy and fast rains like that is that it never soaks in...just runs off and washes soil away. Having said that, it is a beautiful day with lower temps and humidity. So grateful for that.

Theresa, those GSs sound just like ours and the packing is similar, too. I finally kept the last toothbrushes we bought. Now they have some both places. Sounds like you have lots planned to keep them busy and worn out! LOL! Is Finch in a tailspin? Sorry you didn't feel like you could ogle those studmuffins. I did plenty when the landscapers were here! LOL!

Hi, Linda. Actually, when you put your page public, it does mean anyone can read it. But, I don't think any (or certainly not many) people I know of have ever had a problem with it. Right now it is still set to private. You just have to click on edit and then check or uncheck the settings. Anyway, we're just really happy to have you with us. It takes a while to learn everything there is on this site...I'm still learning things!

Karen, enjoy! Hope you have a fun weekend, as well as one without any falls, faints or mishaps! Hoping for really good reports for you next month at your checkup.

Joanna, congrats to your GD. I know you're a proud GM and bursting your buttons, as well you should be. Good luck with your sister!

Alice, awfully glad to hear your ulcers are healing. It always seems to take such a long time.

Jackie's on her way!! Enjoy every moment spent with Christopher!

Jeanne, I think I read somewhere that you are attending a retirement seminar today. Hope you got lots of useful information.

Barbara, I keep forgetting to mention this. I, too, love the Maryland crab. Having crabcakes are a must when I'm visiting our kids. That's my favorite way to eat them. Sounds like you're kind of close to DC. I have a DD in Alexandria and a DS and DIL in Loudon County, VA. They live near Lovettsville. It's a beautiful area and I love visiting them, but honestly, guess I'm a farm girl at heart, as the traffic and tons of people get to me really fast. Hope you're still enjoying your 100 day challenge team.

Okey dokey...missed many of you, but I'm thinking about you. I did go this morning to the Y to watch parts of a couple classes (water exercises and another one called Enhance Fitness). I think I"ll do the water stuff. Only problem is it is only 3 days a week. Maybe I can get some other things worked in there, too.

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Wet & Wild Wednesday. At least I’m hoping for wet.

Glad to hear that the wound on your foot is healing, Alice. I hate it when I wake up and then feel hungry. Doesn’t happen often, but when it does I have given in to it too after trying to focus on something else.

Nola, prayers for you. When there is so much sadness in someone's life it's difficult to find the right words to convey what I mean. Please know that I am so sorry and I will pray for you and your family. Possibly they did this to protect you, Nola. They know you're battling health problems - but I know where you're coming from too.

Joanna, congratulations to your GD!! You’re perking and strutting, and I’ll bet she’s bursting at the seams with enthusiasm - just ready to get back and do it again.

Karen, good news on the foot and not having to wear the brace. Prayers and I’ll also keep my fingers crossed for the results of your tests.

Linda, I had things figured out on SparkPeople and then things changed. So I’m working on it once again! I’m just happy that you’re with us. Things will happen/come together in time.

Theresa, you are a busy grammy right now with those twin 8 yr olds of yours! Have fun.

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I will just be here for a bit today. I discovered last night that my 6year old Grand Daughter who is Downs Syndrome has Leukemia. My sister posted a picture thinking I had been told. My daughter has now blocked her for telling me. I am so devastated that my son and his wife's family would not tell me. Please keep them in your prayers. emoticon

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Good Morning all my SPARK Sisters! emoticon

Beautiful day here, but the temps and humidity are climbing. emoticon But glad it is so nice this morning, as Pyne took the boys to a play at Summer Stage, Dr.Dolittle Jr.,with live animals visiting the parking lot, for petting. So Finch and I are enjoying the peace & quiet ~ the boys really are constant energy!
This afternoon, they will go to the pet store, give Finch a bath (which emoticon loves!)
Then late lunch at a great burger place, celebrating, National Hot Dog Day , with a BOGO deal.

Karen..one question ~ Did You Buy New Lingerie for this trip?! 'Fess up! I KNOW you'll have an enjoyable time, no matter what the weather does. So, You're not going to Cape Cod, where are you going?

Jackie, have a wonderful Duluth trip. And I'm sure Chris will be eating healthy, so the vacation shouldn't be disastrous for your weight loss goals. Enjoy, Safe Travels! emoticon

CJ, Kudos on how well you are doing!! Every time I check on Friend feed, I see you've posted some movement! You've got this Girl!

Barbara, I hear you on hoping you didn't bite off more than you can chew. But if you don't challenge yourself, step out into new territory, then you'll stay where you are! And that is not where you want to be! So Go For It! emoticon

Joanna, Congrats to your DGD on Champion Win! emoticon
Glad you didn't suffer any severe injuries from getting slammed from behind. But I know your psyche had flashbacks of the debilitating accident few years back!
And think long and hard on taking your sister back in. You are a kind hearted woman, but don't sacrifice the peace of the whole family, if there might be a solution that you just haven't thought of yet!

Alice I'm loving your blogs!

Jill, you are making forward progress in your life right now! How wonderful is that!

Nola, hoping your med issue works out well.

I am going to try getting off this computer, and do some things while Bumpy and the Boys are out. I have to do laundry..as the boys, came right from a week of Cub Scout Camp, and a little League Championship Game, their team had an Undefeated Season!! But they brought a bag of dirty clothes with them! We laughed at their packing job, 4 pair shorts, 7 underpants, 7 pr of socks, 2 bathing suits each!, only 1 T-shirt, plus the shirts on their backs, NO toothbrushes, but they remembered their rollerblades, football, basketball, mitts & 4 !! baseballs!! So we hit the drugstore last night, for toothbrushes. And Bumpy will go to a big sports outlet store to grab some T-shirts.
The funny thing was, after the drugstore we went to a Rita's Water Ice ~ great treat! And I had one at almost 9pm, after a pasta dinner, which should have had my BG # soaring this morning ~ and it was the lowest BG this month! Go figure!! emoticon Wonder if this is the trick?!

Sorry, lost my little cheat sheet of notes, so just know I'm thinking of you, wishing you well, even if I didn't mention your name! Have a SPARKling end of July! emoticon Theresa

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and barely 25 yrs old!! Plus I taught Brian, the head guy in Nursery School, I'm friends with his Dad too..so, I couldn't oogle very much, felt like I would have to put myself on one of those child offender lists!!

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Jill, I have rescued a lot of feral cats, so am ok with being called feral. There are days I am feral. If my spark page does not show up I apologize. Still navigating the waters here. I guess I thought it meant it would be all over the internet not just spark pages hope it is corrected.

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Goodness, that was a lot of reading! I can't comment on all the posts, mainly because my mind is like a sieve lately!
But...I did want to congratulate Jill on her good news! I am so happy for yul my friend! I have been worried about you!
So, Theresa.....were the driveway guys handsome and shirtless? Yes, Babs, I remember our Jeannie looking at the landscaping guys too.
Be back in a few days,
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I am sorry I have been so MIA. I am fine, as far as I know. I will find out in mid August if I am, or if the cancer has returned. I have swelling under my arm right where several lymph nodes were removed 10 years ago. Crossing my fingers.
The good news is that my foot is healed and I do not have to wear the Frankenboot any longer! That is really nice because I am leaving Thursday morning to spend a long weekend with a special person. I can't wait!
I really, really need this vacation time. My husband will be down in Cape Cod during the same time period. Really funny how things work out.
When I come back to work next week, I will be moving my office. Also on Monday, Jim is having his remaining teeth extracted (thank goodness) and will be having dentures. He should look and feel so much better when that is done.
I still have not figured out who is who among our new members. In any event, it is really nice to meet all of you!
I need to go back and read all the posts. My chat does not update if it remains inactive for very long so I have no idea what anyone has posted.
I will not be on chat from tomorrow through Sunday evening. I will be enjoying my time off and the company I am with.
Hope you have a glorious week!
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Hi everyone, just stopping in to give some updates and see how everyone else is doing. Today it was extremely hot out in the 90's. With Michigan weather that's HOT. I put in a good day of exercising just getting around the farm today. I lifted (12) 50lb bales of hay and put them on the tractor and then got up and down off the tractor as I took them out and put them in the fields for the horses. It Fair week this week and the girls are all up at the FAIR with the horses for 4-H so I decided to chip in and do the outdoor chores for them. I might have second thoughts next year....I forgot just how much strength it takes to do that kind of work. But, minus some sweat and dirt I am doing fine. I took a nice cool shower and am waiting on my hair to dry so I have a few minutes to play on the computer.

GOOD news....my Granddaughter took Grand Champion in her riding at the FAIR this morning. I am perking like a peacock with pride. Good job for all the hard work.

Babs sorry to hear about Joes grandfather. Speaking of theatre I love children's theatre but unfortunately we don't have a lot of it around here until something is put on at the local high school. We do have quite a few playhouse groups though. Abby is back in school in three weeks that is early. Ours are out until September.

Thanks Barbara for the complement, but unfortunately for me it's not my first go around with her. I have been taking her in all her life when things go wrong. The problem is that she is bi-polar and it will only last a few months and she will go crazy and leave on her own. But, we are sisters and so I keep trying. I've got a question for you. What does a walking team talk about if not walking? If you are not able to walk are you wishful thinking or closet dreaming? Maybe there is a mobile walker you can get a hold of that will help you get around. I know I have trouble walking any length of time or distance. I did all my therapy in a pool just to get back on track.

Alice thank you for the complement. I love horses as you can see and have raised a horse crazy family. It's all good though just a lot of hard work but that builds character right? Not to mention responsibility. When it comes to my sister pray for me...I am the one in the middle here that will be needing all the prayers I can muster up to keep it smooth between my sister and my family. They are on me already and she hasn't even come back yet. Ruth (my sister) loves to go to thrift stores and buy things. She goes to the Salvation Army and feels like she is in the shopping mall of the state. So to keep her busy I am thinking of opening a little shop in my local town where she can deal in resell items. I am not sure yet, but maybe some kind of consignment shop for her to dabble in and give her an income so she can be a little independent. Who knows if she does good ...I might even make a little money in the end.

Ok off now to see what is for dinner. Have a great evening everyone.
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It sounds like there is a lot of good news here! emoticon I saw the ENT last week and the left side of my vocal cords are not moving so I have to be sure to stay hydrated and careful not to try to do too much at a time. I am doing my vocal cord exercises and swallowing exercises hoping for some improvement. The weather has an effect so I will see him in the fall unless there is an emergency.
I saw my Primary yesterday and he is concerned about my being on mostly liquids. He does understand about my GP and said nothing about my weight but then I have lost. I managed a soft breakfast this morning and think some of my problem is just being able to swallow the foods. I feel better after talking to both DR.s
Has anyone been on Ridalyn? It has been recommended for the GP but I am very concerned about side effects and just don't think I could handle one more health issue right now.
Wishing everyone a great week! I hope that your weather is comfortable wherever you are. emoticon

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emoticon emoticon I am so glad to hear all the chatting that is going on!!. I usually miss it because I am on early. But not today! emoticon

Jackie - Prayers for you and Mike. I am so glad you can travel again! Looking forward to your 'tales'.

Babs - The 1000 action challenge sounds interesting. maybe....? emoticon

Barbara - Fantastic! You found a walking team to work towards! I know what you about biting off more than you can chew - I think I am guilty! But I love them all!! emoticon

Jeanne - Love to follow you blogs and I try to keep up with your messages!! emoticon

Theresa - Hope you are getting your blood sugars sorted out. Praying for you. emoticon

Jeannie - as always you are so supportive. You find time with all that you do. You are such a hard worker. I get tired just reading about all that you do! emoticon

Jill- So glad about your home modification. It will make it so much easier for you. I received one about four years ago and it make a big difference. emoticon

Linda - Welcome! Welcome!! Looking forward to getting to know you!

Joanna - I was on your spark page and I love the horses! It was one of the things I used to do! My prayers for your sister.

I had my weekly visit with the wound care specialist for my foot ulcer. It is getting better! I had a bad night last night. I got up around 3am and was wanting to eat. I got on SparkPeople thinking it would keep me on track. Well, I was too weak...I had a slice of bread with peanut butter. emoticon I know it was not much but I hiccupped. So today I am back on track with a vengeance. It is hot here and I am sitting by the a/c. After doing my exercises of course!

I hope y'all have a great day and I will chat with you tomorrow!! emoticon

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CJ, I forgot to say 'Congratulations' on completing your 1000 ACTIONS!! emoticon

I posted more today. I'm only through 90. So I have a looonnnggg way to go.

We have our WI challenge going and so many of us are really focusing on that. The summer is a difficult time to 'Spark' interest in mini challenges, but we have the 1000 Actions challenge. It's a personal challenge and I think at least I will benefit from completing it. So if anyone would like to join me, please do. I'll work on mini challenges once we get through the summer and all of the activities of summer.

Since we have quite a few new members, I thought I'd post the basics here in case anyone else is interested. Go to the Forum 'Challenges' and you'll find it.


THIS CHALLENGE WILL NOT HAVE A BEGINNING DATE. YOU DECIDE WHEN YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN, IF YOU WANT TO BEGIN. IT WILL END WHEN YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED YOUR 1000 ACTIONS. The following quotation is from our member, Granpattie.

"I listened to an archived radio program on Hayhouseradio.com by Micheal Neill. It was called 1000 ACTIONS.

The premise of the show was that you can set a goal, and breaking it down into smaller steps you can achieve it by WORKING ON it by TAKING ACTIONS.

The Host said though 1000 seems like a lot, it is really 4 ACTIONS a DAY. 4 actions a day seems very doable. I am going to start today, working toward 1000 small steps to get to my goal.

I am hoping others will also want to take ACTION STEPS to get to where you need to go. You can take as many steps a day as you want, it is your journey.

I will be posting my number every day, counting HIGHER and HIGHER as the days, and months go by. Who can get to 1000? The beauty of this challenge is that you can start at anytime, because it really is an individual journey.

I am also hoping by witnessing some of your actions, it will give me ideas for what I can do."

So then, each day, you make a post that lists 4 things you have done or will do that day. Mine for today were:

1. Started this challenge! Yea me!
2. Am in my first active day with Spark Coach! Yea me!
3. Have tracked my food/water and about to start tracking activity.
4. I feel quite motivated.

That's the end of Pattie's message. I think it's a terrific idea and definitely doable.


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Hi All - thanks for the well wishes on my journey to Duluth! I am excited. One of the goals in losing weight was to be able to travel again. Well, I haven't lost all that I intended, but enough to hopefully fit into an airline seat. I know I've gotten stronger to be able to walk through an airport. Last time I traveled was 2009 in a wheelchair ... so like they say I've come a long way baby! Newer members - I had a double hip replacement, spinal stenosis and some karate injuries. Been a long time coming but I'm glad I'm where I'm at now. Even more resolution to keep tracking and hopefully not gain! My son is such a healthy eater (vegetarian/organic) ... that I will hope to LOSE weight visiting him!

Prayers needed for Mike who is taking care of the dog and cats so that I can travel (though, Mike cannot travel due to health/weight issues) and of course safe journey for me.

I will miss you all and promise when I 'land' next week to regale you with some stories.

Today is packing and Sweet Adelines - we continue to work on Christmas music and our 2014 repertoire. I've been asked to join a quartet...so I'm nervous... this group sure challenges me! Keeps life interesting.

Take care, stay cool and healthy ... newbies I am really going to have to start making a flow chart so I can remember you all. So glad you are here! This group is the greatest for support I've ever found!

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We've had lots of lovely recaps. So I'll just 'chat.'

I'm so happy that we have some new members AND that our newbies are chatting with us. I agree with you. We are the best team. We are a wonderful team. We are a supportive team, caring team. We laugh at ourselves - after all, isn't that part of life? Laughter's a huge part of my life.

I can't believe that 3 weeks from yesterday my little one returns to school. I say 'my' little one, but the new members she's my GD. Her name is Abby and she's in the 3rd grade. It's simply way too early to return to school already.

It's warming up here again. It's actually been such a beautiful summer. We only had heat/humidity a few times. Now at the end of July it's warming up again. It's too dry here though. We desperately need rain.

I bought the most delicious seedless watermelon at a local farm over the weekend. It is so sweet. I bought some of their tomatoes too. I have some on my vines now! I'm so excited. I hope they taste good. I've had tomatoes on my vine and then like magic they disappeared. I'll bet it's the deer. My brother's had problems with them. If that's the case, I won't complain as much as I want my maters. I do love the deer.

I have to get busy my friends. It's time to get back to work on the audit!! Love that audit work.

I hope everyone's feeling well today, suffering less pain.

I'll bet our Jackie is so excited. Tomorrow she leaves to see Christopher!

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Hello,
I joined a walking team today which is kind of ironic since I can hardly walk! emoticon So combine that team with this one (my favorite cause of all of you!) and another team (v. involved with the challenge), I just hope I am not biting off more than I can chew!
CJ, congratulations on the 5 pounds. That is emoticon .
Jill, glad your life has settled down. WoW, that is fantastic that your Home Mod plan was approved. I know that has to be a relief. You certainly deserve this!

Theresa, I am so sorry about the trouble you are having with your blood glucose and the resulting pain that is coming from it. Did you choose to switch your doctor? I don't know where you live, but NIH has clinical trials on all sorts of medical issues and they are really terrific. Sending prayers your way.

Alice, I read one of your other blogs and it was terrific. I cannot wait to read the others.

Linda, welcome and hello to you - congrats on the 2 pound loss!

Babs, your positive nature is infectious. Yep, can't ever forget that crazy perm especially since I was 'tortured' for it...lol

Jackie, wishing you much fun on the Harbor/lake Superior Cruise.

Jeannie, you are such a dynamo!

Joanna, it is v. generous of you to invite your sister in and the cottage seems neat. I live in Maryland (near Washington, DC and Virginia). Where do you live? What do you mean the car is being written off? They won't pay for it? I think yours will be no problem.

Jeanne, I didn't realize that we joined this team right behind each other.

Hope I got everyone since my last post.

take care
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emoticon and emoticon Linda,
You have your page set to private so I'll send you a "welcome" here. It wonderful to have you as a part of our team. This team is so non-judgemental and so supportive. I can hardly wait to log-on and see what's been happening with the team. This morning our ISP was down and it was late morning before I could read all the motivational and inspirational stories the members have to share.

So sorry for the medical problems some of you are experiencing. DH has type 2 diabetes and some days,no matter what he does, his blood sugar just goes bonkers.

Jill~ So happy that your prayers have been answered.

Babs ~ We all need a break!

A big time weight loss ~ a new driveway ~ toxic people (surely, not on our team!). Some of you I am just meeting, others I feel I we are friends, no matter what the status, I love reading what you have written.

Just wanted to say "hello" to everyone and be a part of the chat.

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emoticon Welcome Linda, so sorry earlier today I sent you a goodie & called you Feral, hope you have a good sense of humor. . .I always feel I'm on the late boat here as it's 2 or 3 hours earlier here as I live on the West Coast. I hadn't read the Chat where you told us your name so I'm sorry about my mistake. Glad you set your Spark Page Up & it looks great. Looking forward to getting to know you & all our other new Members. emoticon emoticon emoticon

It's been a very busy but productive day for me. . .the Chat has sure been busy all day & it took me awhile just to read what everyone had to say. Both Babs & Joanna summed it up well as to just about what I would have said to everyone who has chatted today. . .Most of you are eating dinner by now or at least cooking it but it's just 3 pm here & I know what I'm cooking for dinner & don't need to even think about it until around 5 pm as it's a yummy Mexican dish we all love. I've got to watch my portion size as I love it a little too much. emoticon

Jackie O - Enjoy your trip to see Christopher and live it up my beautiful friend. I look forward to hearing all about what you saw & did there. . . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Theresa, I'm having a hard time believing what your new Dr. has advised you to do to uncontrol your good diabetes Fasting Glucose Levels. It seems to be almost the opposite of what my new Endo wants me to do and he just put me on the RX your Dr. just took you off of. If you don't feel well with the higher glucose levels then I'd get a 2nd opinion from a well recommended new Endo. I know how hard it is to feel awful & enjoy things when your not well. . . Do you have a good family Physician you can talk to & ask him/her what they think? I sure hope you feel better really soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Nola, You've got a tough medical problem for you to deal with & my heart & love go out to you my sweet friend. I admire what a strong woman you are and how you keep fighting to be as healthy as possible, WTG. You are Awesome & I continue to pray for better health for you. Staying active certainly helps you as well as all the fun & interesting reading you do, etc. emoticon emoticon emoticon

All the talk about fresh Peaches, Cherries, Watermelon and Iowa fresh Corn has me wanting to buy all 4--lots of them enough to eat, freeze or can. Truthfully produce prices here are still high and that's possibly due to the drought here nothing this Summer has been nearly as inexpensive as it usually is this time of year. I try to buy most of my produce at Sprouts, a kind of TJ but a lot of produce to buy there at better prices & fresher than at my local grocery store. Happy & Healthy Eating & Delicious so enjoy it while it's all in Season!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I've got to get myself prepared for the Debt Counselor's noon call to me tomorrow. I want to have all the facts right before me and look half intelligent to him. This is truly a Dream Come True & My Prayers answered as otherwise I doubt I'd be able to stay in my house the rest of my life, which I hope to be able to do like my dear 86 yo Mom did until she moved onto her next Life in Heaven. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a Wonderful & Healthy (& Relaxing) Evening!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wow! I decided to give myself a break. Hey, I deserve it. emoticon

I tried reading all of the posts. I think it’s impossible right now. You Sparkies were quite chatty this weekend. I love it! I missed it.

Jackie, sorry you’ve been sick. Goodness we’ve had our share of Spark Sickness! How exciting - going to visit Christopher. You really have to get well. I know you’re going to enjoy it.

Joanna, sorry you were involved in an accident but so glad that you ‘seem to be OK.’ How frightening. I can understand why you’re not excited to get behind the wheel right now.

Wyndy, glad to see you posting with us again. I try to avoid ‘toxic people’ but it just isn’t always that easy. Hugs!

Nola, you have really had a rough week! I pray that this one is better for you. Thank goodness your money was returned. Liquid diet - not very appetizing.

Jeannie, I need to get some fresh peaches. I bought a seedless watermelon this weekend and it is so sweet and juicy. One of the best parts of summer is all the fresh, home grown goodies.

Barbara, what a perm story! I can’t imagine getting a perm, walking out and your hair is straight to ‘pop out later.’ Cannot imagine. I definitely know who Bozo the clown is. You poor thing - you had to be mortified!

Linda, hello and welcome to the team. I’m happy to see that you are chatting with us. We love newbies and we learn so much from each other. Old habits are so hard to break. It takes time. Just keep plugging away! I’m glad that today seems a little better.

CJ, WooHoo - 5#. That’s fantastic. So happy for you. Keep up the good work.

Jill, I’m happy to see that positive things are happening in your life. What a lift for you! Noah will be starting school again soon. Is he looking forward to it? Abby’s kind of on the edge. She’s enjoyed her summer but yet she misses her friends.

Theresa, So how does the driveway look? All sealed up? Did Finch behave himself? What about Pyne? Now there’s a hard guy to hold down. You - well, that depends on whether or not they were stud muffins! You may have been peeking out the windows at them just like our Jeannie did at the landscapers. My, my . . . Only having calories in the 800's doesn’t seem like nearly enough to me, Theresa. I tried that before and didn’t lose anything. Plus I was cranky (yep, sure was!) and so darn tired. I hope everything gets worked out quickly for you. I understand that it all takes time, but it’s such a difficult process getting to where it’s regulated.

Joanna, dealing with insurance companies - as you know - is a royal PIA! Just like you said, the problem is you will not get enough to repair it ‘like it was’ and for sure not to replace it. What a nightmare. Thankfully you still seem to be doing OK. You mentioned the play Abby and I went to see - the “Wizard of Oz.” It was wonderful. It was a children’s theater at Southern Illinois University. They have ‘children’s theater’ 3 - 4 times each year, and other plays the rest of the year. A theater group comes in for this. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Someone - was it Jeannie? - asked if Joe’s home now. Yes, he came home yesterday. His grandpa is not doing well at all, as I’ve said already. (For those of you who missed an earlier post - Joe’s grandfather has been dealing with lymphoma for about 4 years and now they have found liver cancer. He has been given 6 months tops. So Joe went to see him and help out for a week last week.) He’s on oxygen, has a feeding tube and is given morphine at times for the pain. It was difficult for Joe to leave. He realizes that he could lose him at any time.

Time to get back to work but I do feel a little more up-to-date with all of my Spark friends.

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Wyndy - I am still waiting to see if they will fix it. My truck also was in perfect condition and I took it to get a estimate on it...well over 10 thousand dollars worth of damage so I guess I will just have to wait and see what the insurance wants to do but April to July and its just being written off...I would have to question my insurance. I expect mine in the shop by the end of the week or I will be screaming at someone. I am excited to see you are going to do two plans at once the 100 days and the 8 week...will be watching for the outcome. Good luck.

Nola you are having a bit of bad luck yourself aren't you. I hope by now things have turned around and are going much better for you. I am glad to see you had a taking care of me day....Good for you.

Jeanne I am doing fine other than feeling a little beat up I am doing ok. We do have some really good cherries here in Michigan in certain areas. The cost of your corn there is really high I see farmers selling it along the road side for 3.00 a dozen. As much as I love sweet corn I try to stay away from it and stick to the greens. Too much weight gain with the corn. It's what I give the horses to keep weight on them.

Barbara, I am not sure where your neck of the woods it but it seems no matter where I go driving is so dangerous. Everyone wants to get there faster than time allows. Not to mention how careless they are going in and out of traffic. I am still at the 55 speed...I just am not in that much of a hurry for anything these days. I want to enjoy the time I have not speed through it.

CJ congratulations on the 5lb loss.

jill I am glad you are feeling chipper and enthusiastic about managing your debts. I know it's hard to do but sometimes we have to take the reins and hang on tight. I am sure you will work all things out for the better. I am happy to hear that you were able to modify your mortgage to better fit your budget. Good luck and God Bless


Theresa 100 feet of drive way is quite a bit but once it is coated it will be a great safety factor. Too bad the insurance won't give you a break for repairing it and refund the cost. That would be asking a bird to cut off its beak though.

Alice I don't really know you but better late than never. So to start things off I big Hello and how's your day going? I haven't read any of your blogs but I am going to go back and take a look since I am hearing so much good about them. Give me a couple of days and I am a talker I will have a lot to say.


Babs, I am happy you enjoyed your weekend to the fullest. Nothing like having everything go perfect without any hitches. I didn't get a chance to see what play you were seeing. What was the name of it and was it local or professional actors. I love the little local playhouses that are around the area. The last play I actually saw with my family was WICKED...which I thought was great...gave me a different perception of the Wizard of Oz.


Jackie - I'm with you I love watching the dancers on so you think you can dance. I tape it so I can watch it when I get a break. Have a great lake date and enjoy your time with Christopher.


As for me. well in a nut shell I am busy as always. The kids are at fair with the horses...4-H and it's been hectic around here getting them there. We got the first cutting of hay in for the horses, but it's always grown and ready for a second cutting. I am hoping to put it off one more week...to get fair out of the way and then tackle it. Another 2500 bales or so to get cut, baled, and stored. Hard work but it's a must to get done. The hubby is still working on my sons game trailer....which I will tell you all about at a later date. I am getting headaches for that project from both the son and hubby. It's not like I have enough on my plate but they both want to complain about what is or is not getting done fast enough. I am contemplating on letting my sister move back in with me. It does not go good for long periods but I keep hoping for a moderate change and that it will last a while longer before her bi-polar personality flairs up and she leaves again. Most of the family is telling me not to do it but well I guess I am all she has left and her kids are not helping her out they don't even talk to her so I feel a little obligated. I can ignore her but others seem to ignite the friction. Where she is at has run its course and she has no money to find a new living arrangement. I have a cottage I build on the lake for my granddaughter as a play house...it's 350 sq feet I am thinking of having her move in there instead of the main house. It will be private but she will still be close for me to keep an eye on her. I just have to convince my granddaughter to give up her space. With her busy schedule and school she will not be spending as much time as in the past out here in the country so it will be a trade off...I am just waiting to see what it will require for me to make this deal. Savanna does not bargain easy she always comes out on top.

Ok ladies I am going to call it a day and get some things done around here. This is the most I have written this year but I felt it was fair to try to catch up on all my spark sisters. I love this team it's my favorite on all of SPARKPEOPLE.

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Ah, Theresa...sounds difficult. If it weren't for the medication change, you might be able to pull it off with a shift in the carbs, it seems like. So sorry it is such a trying time for you. I hope your body works out the kinks soon, but probably not as much as you do. It's no fun to be feeling sick all the time. emoticon

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Well Jennie, my new, very young, Endocrinologist has said that studies show that being in "too tight control" of Diabetes numbers is not beneficial to seniors, some recent studies say it can contribute to an eary death. (Seriously at 65, I think I've passed the "Early" mark!)

I have worked ~ and been successful at keeping my A1c under 6.0, in over 20 years, 4 A1c's a year, it has gone over 6.0 only four times. (always involving being really sick, and long hospitalization.)

Dr. wants my A1c to get up to a 7.0 ! The number I get panicy at!
But since she has taken me off Glipizide , my morning FBG has gone from an average of 83 to an average this month of 135.
Having a hard time adjusting. And do stupid things like one morning it was 140..so I avoided carbs at breakfast. And was going to a baby shower at 1:00pm, so I thought I'd just eat there. But got shakey, sweaty, stupid at 2pm..had only had unsweetened ice tea, had to leave, before they even served lunch, had 1/2 a water ice on the way home - got home tested, and meter just flashed LOW. ate the rest of the water ice and laid down ( was on the verge of passing out, heart beat was fluttery, knew I should have gone to ER..but it was too much of an effort, I just wanted to lay down. Pyne wanted to call 911 - I will NEVER let him do that again) But, got up in an hour or so, took BG again and it had gone to 48, so I ate dinner then, And really didn't feel good even the next day.
And when Ashley was here, we had planned to go out to breakfast, but I woke up with BG at 139, so I didn't go out with them...I knew I'd eat too many carbs, and feel sick all day.
So I am really struggling with these new BG readings. Also doubting that I'll be doing better physically ... already have much blurrier vision, that eye Dr. says has to be my new higher numbers. Also, a dog scratch/cut to my R. heel, taking way too long to heal.
She praised me for having held off all the diabilitating effects that Diabetes brings. Dr. raved about the pulse points in my feet, saying she has never seen someone who has had diabetes over 20 years with such good circulation, and so few problems. But, then telling me to loosen up a bit, let's bring your A1c up. ?!

The last 2 days, I have had only 880, & 834 total calories for the day, and around 1000, for most days....and today my FBG was only 128. OK, except that I don't feel well. I've called Dr. office and left a message about my issue, but her response was "give it time to get regulated", "it takes your body time to adjust to any change ."

I'm afraid I'm undoing years of good control, with diet & meds.




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Jackie, you dropped in while I was writing my missive. Duluth is a beautiful area of MN. It will be great. The lake is beautiful and you'll have a great time just seeing Christopher, that I know!! emoticon

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Okay, Special Spark Sisters (and brothers, if there are any of you lurking about out there)...I've started to write a note about 5 times already this morning and now I am determined to get it done! Whew...trying to get a few household things dibe (domestic goddess activities, as Nola puts it...I think it's Nola). emoticon

Linda, welcome aboard! Glad to have you with us. I think I mentioned this before, but I hope you'll soon feel comfortable enough to make your Spark page public. It's such a great way to make new friends and keep in touch. Wishing you all the best as you join us in this journey we're taking together. emoticon

Alice, I'm so proud of you for the great blogs you've been writing and for being willing to share your story with all of us. It's a great thing you're doing for yourself. I see some of the rest of you are writing blogs, too...that's great. I know Jeanne and Barbara have both been keeping up with you! I write occasionally...when the spirit strikes me, I guess. Keep up the great work, ladies!! emoticon

Babs, so happy you had a busy and sounds like fun weekend. Abby may be a budding actress. We know she already takes after her DGM as far as being creative and talented, so now we can add acting and dance to her list of talents! Great job on the 40% off buys! Did Joe get home? emoticon

Theresa, I'm curious. What is the target for your A1C now that things have been changed up for you? Is there some thinking that less control is better? I'm really out of touch with diabetes treatment, and it never was my specialty area when working. I only understand the basic science, nothing about treatment other than what we all know. I hear you on hiring work done that we always used to do ourselves. Sounds like a good idea to get someone to do it for you. Especially since the cost was about the same. We hired someone to move us last March when we moved to the condo. Well worth the money, but it is the first time we ever, ever hired someone to do that for us. So glad we did! emoticon

Jill, your news is terrific and so encouraging. I know you're on cloud 9!! It makes focusing on your health and healthy activities so much better, doesn't it! emoticon Congrats, my friend!!! I know it wasn't easy to get everything together for them, too! emoticon

CJ, you mentioned the 1000 actions. I never did finish it. In fact, I don't think I made it out of July. Glad it was good for you. 5# is emoticon emoticon

Barbara, Jeanne, Nola...good morning to all of you, too! Hope your days are going well! Now, where are some of you other Sparklers...Starr, we haven't seen you for a long time. And Karen...know you have a big weekend coming up. Hope you're feeling well by now. Everyone else...stay true to yourselves and work hard at something...even if it is just one or two little things, they add up to big things. emoticon

I just finished cleaning the kitchen floor and vacuuming everything else. Now to put everything away and I'll have my work done for the day...well, everything except meals and clean up, and I need to do some lawn watering today, but that's easy stuff. Be well, be happy, see you around the team pages! XOXO Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello all and happy Monday. Just checking in before I hit work. Supposed to be a scorcher for the next 2 days - Ozone Action Alert to boot.

Good for you Babs in taking some time off over the weekend from the computer! Loved hearing about Abby's dance lessons - sounds like so much fun for her! Does she watch "So You Think You Can Dance?" I love watching the dancers & choreography. Lots of sales right now...

Jill - great news on your home/debt modification. Sounds Like it will help put your mind at ease. Isn't CA one the US' thinnest states... maybe that's why! All those movie stars and people trying to look like one...

Welcome new people (more!!) - Linda I think is the newest on the boards. Love your energy!

Jeannie - yes, there is nothing like Iowa Corn, though why is it so expensive? We can get a dozen MI or IN corn for $3 in season! No, never been to Duluth. I'm looking forward to my visit - though they're forecasting rain the whole time. I know Christopher has signed us up for a harbor/Lake Superior Cruise, which sounds fun. And knowing him, we'll shop as well as hike. I'm going to be really tired by the time I get home, but in a good way. Yes, leaving Wed. If airlines go right, I'll be back later Tuesday!

So Sparkers ... have a good start to your week!

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Ladies: I've been on this computer way to long, but I just could not leave without saying GOOD MORNING and HAPPY MONDAY. emoticon emoticon I have read all your posts and I'm enjoying seeing how everyone is doing.

Jill: It is so good to see you back and feeling better about your life, I'm so glad you got your Home Modification approved, GOOD for YOU. Thank you for your comments on my weigh loss this week, and Yes I did do a few jumps and happy dances.

I have really got to GO, I was gone most of the weekend and my house and laundry needs attending to.

HAVE A WONDERFUL LAST WEEK IN JULY, CJ from OK.

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Goodness here it is Marvelous Monday already. I didn't check in even once over the weekend. It just sort of 'got away from me.

Had a wonderful time at the play. Abby loved it and had her picture taken with all of the actors/actresses. She told me she'd like to go again yesterday. I don't think so!!

We went to the dance studio for open house and she's enrolled now in a hip hop class. She went home and 'practiced' with her wii 'Dance 2014.' Whew! That girl has some moves.

Yesterday we went to Mass and went to Kmart. She needs a pair of tennis shoes just for dance to keep the floors nice. The Kmart here in town is closing it's doors. So everything's been on sale for about a month. 30 - 40% off is good. But they're out of anything she likes in her size - shoes that its. She found some clothes on sale. At 40% off I didn't mind buying it for school.

Went home and the day was more than half over with. So I went outside and got in the pool for some exercise!! It was a great weekend, a busy weekend, and now I'm tired.

Hopefully I'll read the posts later.

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Jill, feralauntie is Linda.

I feel more in control today, but that little spree did cost me lbs. So grateful to have found this site. No one I know has this severe weight problem, and it is more easier to talk to people who have had like experiences. Thanks for the encouragement.

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Good Morning y'all!! Theresa - I know what problems you are having with a.m. BG. My endo has done the same thing! Maybe it is in the water!! emoticon I am already on an 1100 - 1200 calorie diet for pete's sake! Now ALL my blood sugars are up! But they are the ones with the degrees, I guess! Hope it works out for you! emoticon emoticon

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Good Monday Morning All my Lovies! emoticon
Really making a strong push to make this last week of July a SPARKling Success. emoticon

Having a bad time with my Blood Glucose, my new Endo has taken me off one of my Diabetes meds, and my Fasting Blood Glucose is High..I'm headachy, I've got an 8 week old cut on my foot that isn't healing, my stomach issues are almost constant daily pain. So I'm just not feeling well. Leaves me kind of depressed, fighting not to slide in too deep. I am struggling to really reduce carbs, and calories, so my BG doesn't get into dangerous levels.

Jill, good to see you're back. And happy for you, that your home modification was approved. I think you'll be happy with the management skills learned from the Debt Counselor. It should put your mind at ease, and let you shake off some stress, and you'll sleep better.

CJ..nice loss! You are really heading for a win on your end of the year goal! As you know, exercise is the key, and like Jill, I too need to start being more consistent in moving every day!

We have a guy coming to reseal the driveway this morning....we have 100' driveway, and his bid was roughly the same as our cost of buying 6 cans of sealer, and we really find it harder to do. Although Pyne has spent a hard, hot, 5 days weeding, trimming around it and getting it ready to be coated. But now, I have to go down and have a good talk with Finch, so he won't be barking maniacally at the sealing guys!

Hope this is a good, healthy, SPARKling week for All!
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Good Afternoon my Wonderful Friends, I had planned on chatting much earlier than now but did enjoy my visit and seeing my son & his family after they got out of Church. It always makes me so happy spending time with them and my two awesome Grandchildren. Just wanted to let you know that my life has finally settled down quite a bit recently as my Home Modification was Approved, that is an answer to my prayers (Thank you God). To quality for this Assistance I agreed to go into a Debt Management Program that will be done via the phone, internet and possibly a few in person visits. I'm more than willing to do that and in fact have already talked once to a very helpful Debt Counselor for almost 2 hours and learned so many good ideas how to better budget & manage my retirement income. I look forward to talking to him again next Tuesday.

emoticon emoticon emoticon CJ, Losing 5 Pounds would have me dancing or at least "Jumping" up & down with Joy. You're obviously doing something right as the scale does Tell us just like it is (like it or not). You're right exercising does help us lose weight. . .and I need to start doing more of those awesome Chair Exercises as I actually kinda enjoy doing them once I'm finished emoticon emoticon

Sorry Barbara to hear about you're upset by something that happened on another Team. Remember no matter what Team you're on there are things & people you might not agree with or they us. . . Just Chalk it up to experience and focus on what you and all of us have to do to lose weight & Be and Feel Healthier. So glad you just joined in the Summer Fall WL Challenge & we all give & get support from others in the WL Challenge Chat.

Jeanne, I love how active you are on SP & our Team. I hope you will join in the Summer/Fall WL Challenge as there are 19 weeks left of it to lose weight. When do you start back Teaching School? Are you looking forward to that or sort of dreading it mainly because you're busier than during your Summer time off? It takes a special resourceful caring person to teach Special Ed. I really admire you for the TLC I know you give and show your students every day. They are indeed Blessed to have such a caring Teacher who also is a great role model for them.

Alice, Thank you for you're saying you missed me that makes me miss you all the more. I'm back now for good and have no plans to even need to take a short break again from here. I love Sparking and all of you too much to be gone very long. But, I sure needed all my time to focus on paperwork, phone calls, etc. But, thankfully it was all worth it but was a very stressful time for me, thank you for understanding. I did love and relate well to your 1st Blog and being I'm behind on SP I plan on reading your next Blog one day early this week ir not sooner. You write very honestly and so many of us have the same type issues as to the whys of being overweight and becoming a healthy weight for us.

Fereal, What is your first name or pick something you want us to call you. . .make it nice my new friend emoticon . Please don't mentally "beat" yourself up because you had a day of overeating, etc. Just move forward again the next day or even your next meal. Believe me, I've done that & worse but my excuse is I've been Sparking for 4 years now and being this is a Healthy Lifestyle not a diet I think most of us do veer off course now and then. I hope you're considering if you would benefit from being in the WL Challenge. The more the Merrier. Check it out & see what you think.

I confess I didn't write down any notes and I can't remember too much about what has been said today so I'll take notes tomorrow before I chat again. . .Enjoy your Evening as most of you already are. I think I'm the only really active person on the Team (Chat) that lives on the West Coast and is on PST, 2 or 3 hrs. earlier here than where most of you live, I find that can of curious as to why but don't know the answer to my own question. . . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Had a little bit of time this afternoon to get on here and chat a minute, My minutes these day don't seem to come around very often. I weighted in a day early this week, and I lost 5 lbs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I think a lot of it was fluid weight, I really don't care ITS 5 LBS. Hope I can continue to see it go down, I think my chair exercise is paying off, I started about 6 weeks ago with a new goal of 15 minutes twice a day and then I raised it two weeks later to 20minutes twice a day and now I am at 25 minutes twice a day, next Monday I will start 30 minutes twice a day. It has been a real challenge, but I feel better and I'm able to walk a few more steps each day as well. My thyroid doctor has my meds working well and my thyroid count is much better.

Babs has said she would like to start working again on the 1000 action challenge that Grandpattie told us about. we started on it 7/8/2013 and I finished it on 3/27/2014. I can tell you ladies it was a wonderful feeling to finish it. So I would like to see all of you finish it as well.

Guess I better go for now. and get ready for Sunday night worship service. Start this new week off with a resolve to stay on track. HOPE ALL OF YOU HAVE A GOOD ONE AND STAY FOCUSED.

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