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Hi All, I am back! Great competition weekend, our chorus placed 2nd in the Small Chorus Division! So I have a medal!

I hit the ground running upon return taking care of Mike (foot wrap issues) and my work. Friday is an eye shot, so I will be off the computer again. I hope that my vision has improved this time.

If you want to hear my chorus ... go to http://region17online.org - click on webcast, click on #2 video and go to the 38 minute marker - Battle Creek with snazzy blue outfits #13. You may certainly enjoy all the other choruses and/or quartets.

Hope you are doing well ... and have a good Memorial Weekend. I will be camped out on the couch in a dark room LOL.

Take care, Jackie - Me & my Singing Pal - I'm on the right



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Just wanna wish everyone a great Wednesday and it looks like a beautiful day today..
Stay on track and keep drinking your water.



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Happy Wednesday. After today I'm off for the next 9 days. Hurrah for me!

Jeannie, sorry your sister has fallen again. Darn right it's hard to give up your independence. I can only imagine how difficult it is because I get upset sometimes because it's hard to do some of the things that I used to do so easily. Hope your back is feeling better.

The prediction for today was rain, but so far it doesn't look like it will rain.

Any big plans for Memorial Day? The prediction for rain/storms continues through the weekend. I hope they're wrong.

While I'm off next week my 'big plans' are to finish the declutter of my bedroom. Now if I can get Abby moving in that direction in her room I'll be smiling! Wow. Her room is a wreck. Some of the mothers of her dancing friends were talking about their girls' rooms - sounds like it's an epidemic.

While I'm off I also plan to do some cooking just for me. I want cabbage. Love it. I also bought one of those spiral veggie cutters and I want to make zucchini noodles!! Such little things make me happy and excited.

This rash should be gone next week and I want to get to the gym and do some water walking.

Yesterday my current issue of Dr. Oz' magazine arrived. I just skimmed through but it has a lot of good articles and recipes in it. Some of them just really seem to be exactly what I need. I'll share what I read with you. I started one article this morning. It was on forgiveness. Didn't expect that in his magazine, but as I read it I thought - heck, yes!! It definitely effects our health. I'm living proof. I'm a stubborn German and find forgiveness to be a difficult 'task' for me. I'm working on it. This article has made more sense to me than other articles and books I've read. Possibly it's the timing. Whatever it will be beneficial to me if I can get a grip and just 'get over it!!'

Have a Wonderful Wednesday.

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5/24/16 4:56 P

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Thank you! Jeannie on the pictures.
Having a great Tuesday after noon :)



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Hi, Everyone!! Hope your Tuesday is going well. I think mine is!! LOL...I'll let you know at the end of the day! emoticon

Thanks, Babs. Sis is feeling better, although I got a call from the NH yesterday telling me she had fallen again. No injuries and she didn't call me later, which is usually a good sign. She persists in trying to get up and/or transfer to a wheelchair on her own. I understand, as she says it takes so long for them to come help her, but she just isn't able right now. Hopefully, she'll put her light on as she's told to do all the time. It's hard to give up your independence. I know that.

Daina, gosh...hope your knee is feeling better today. I sometimes think I should be doing all the driving, too, but Richard isn't ready to give that up yet. When his vision becomes worse, there won't be any choice!! Good luck with healing for your hubby's eyes! emoticon

Lois, I've read, bought the books, tried it out and had pretty good success on the low carb/higher fat approach. But, like Mari, I found myself not feeling all that well. Maybe my imagination? Maybe. I just know I didn't have the fortitude to basically give up all my fruit and some of the veggies that are off limits. I could easily increase my fat, though!! Go figure! LOL. Anyway, I'm just so pleased that things are going well for you and that this seems to be the perfect fit for you. You go, girl!!! emoticon

Karen, you and Daina are the knitting queens of this team. You probably remember Patti...she was also a knitter, but we haven't heard from her in ages! Like Babs, I never learned how to knit. It would be fun, but I'd probably never finish a project, since crafts and handiwork has never been my thing. I really admire the skill it takes to make the things you talk about !! (Wish there were some knitting needles emoticons!!)

Bobbi, love your graphics! So fun and pretty, too!

The scholarship presentation last night was really nice. We had to get a new plaque made this year because the original was all filled up with 20 names! The new one is nicer and even a little bigger. We sure miss John, but it's a nice way to recognize his years at his high school. They were amazing! emoticon

Okay, friends...need to get moving and get a few things done yet today. I finished up my reading volunteer gig at the elementary this morning and I have a few errands to run, dinner to think about (already planned) and a book I'm knee deep in. It's a James Patterson mystery! Love them! Hugs and love to all. Jeannie



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Tantalizing Tuesday.

Jeannie, I read yesterday’s ‘Top Story’ too. I agree. Excellent! I hope your sister’s feeling better. I hope last night was a nice evening.

Daina, hope your leg is doing better. Enjoy your knitting. I never learned how to knit. Glad the birthday party was a hit. They’re so much fun. The little ones enjoy them and little for such a short time - as you know.

Hi, Lois. Oh, yes, all of our medical problems are really something. The joys of aging. As mom always said, getting old is not for sissies. Boy, don’t I know it. She was so much smarter than I gave her credit for - until I got old too!! Thank you for keeping us so informed. Love your posts.

Bobbi, beautiful picture you posted with the butterfly.

Karen, hope PT went well. So happy to see a post from you.

Mari, you did have a busy, fun-filled weekend. I work PT. I worked FT until January 1st of this year. I love PT. It’s money + love my work + love the people I work for. $$$ are so important. Got to keep them coming in.

Time to get this horse and buggy show on the road and producing some work!!

Have a fun day - I hope.

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5/24/16 7:27 A

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Thanks Jinlynn. Knee surgery is a long way away. My hubby hasn't driven in 2 years. Maybe next summer when my granddaughter is on summer vacation and my middle daughter is done with her cancer treatment. I am responsible for getting her to and from school so I have to be available.

I am just hoping hubby so eyes come back to where he can read again. He was reading on my Kindle for about 3 weeks before he lost his contact lens. God was watching over him when he lost that lens. We might not have known for another 4 weeks that the cornea was in trouble!

Have a great day!

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Lois, CONGRATULATIONS on losing 60 pounds since November. That is awesome.

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Karen, yes it sure is a small world. My kids delivered the Quincy Sun about 30 years ago. I have it delivered to the house now. Kids don't seem to want those jobs now! Yes, you should check out the Grand View site. You will love Vivian if you get a chance to go to her store. I am so looking forward to seeing her again.

I had a bone density X-ray yesterday and when the nurse turned my right foot, it hurt my knee. I really had problems walking after that. Thank heavens it's better today.

I sure was hoping for a nice day today but it's going to rain. BOO HOO! But on a good note, in the 80's tomorrow! YEAH! It's about time we have spring/summer weather. I am tired of wearing sweaters when I go out!

I think I am back on track. Last week I ate anything I could get my hands on. I do tend to stuff myself when I am stressed out.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday.

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Karen, I work from home as an editor/copywriter for a few different book publishing companies.

Lois-- I agree that low carb/higher fat has been the most successful for me in the past, as well. A couple issues I have, though, are that I just end up not feeling all that well on a low carb diet-- it's like my serotonin level drops, and my emotional state just becomes really flat and listless, and my energy level even lower than normal after about a week of low carb. After reading Dr. Hyman's book, I read The Perfect Health Diet, which talks about how important it is for our gut health that we include resistant starch in our diet. Plus, I think fruit is an important part of healthy eating. So I plan to aim for a balanced diet, with carbs chosen very selectively.

The muffins and candy and such are definitely kicked to the curb now, though. They are my enemies, at least till I get this weight off, and hopefully by the time I do, they won't hold the same power.

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Mari --
I work part time, but have so many interests, that I keep busy full time :) Certainly nothing like when I was forced to go to work every day... however.

3 times since 2000 (including this time) I have lost significant weight because I went low carb - or at least no sugar, no starches. This time, I discovered Dr. Hyman and other experts regarding low carb and "keto" diet. I pick a day with several days following, that is not going to be messed up with events and then eat no high carb foods. After I do that a few days, then it's easy for me to turn down sweets, because I don't have that insatiable hunger any more. This time, I used Ideal Protein (a rather expensive diet) but it is the same principle as other low carb diets. I just ran across "The Diet Doctor" today and he had a simple "formula" of what to eat.... Any protein, vegetables raised above the ground, and good fats. All real food. It is amazing. Now, after 15 years of learning about low carb, I finally realize that I must do this to maintain, so I don't have to yo yo again... Mind set, conviction, determination is about all I can say. So, I'm researching all the info I can on low carb diets and Dr. Hyman has some great info out there. I started Nov 7th, 2015, and have not eaten a sweet thing since then. I feel marvelous. Nothing sweet is worth going back now. I've lost over 60#. I'm going to start walking consistently now. any more questions? Please don't be discouraged. I wallowed in a never ending weigh down, weight up for over 2 years before I got a grip on my eating last November.

I'm a nurse, so I like to research. Right now, I'm drinking some herb tea with 1 tbsp of MCT oil. I also put it in my smoothie today.

Wish you well, with what you plan to do!!


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Mari....I am one of the full time non-retired folks. I love my job and although I plan to leave on 12/31/2020, it remains to be seen if I will really do it!
What do you do for a living? I run a medium sized credit union, $93M in assets. It can be a challenge!
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Lois, how are you liking Dr. Hyman's diet? Are you having success with it, and how are you feeling? I may have mentioned to you earlier, I have his book and saw his PBS special-- one of the many things I spent money on but never started! I also have a bottle of the high octane oil that I got after reading the Bulletproof Diet website! My head is so easily turned from one thing to another, and I need to just make a plan and stick to it. Tisha (Tublady) was nice enough to write me a long note about how she'd lost all her weight a few years back, which I found really helpful.

I did well my first week here on SP, but then last week and this weekend were some big festivities for my daughter's 2nd anniversary and also her husband's 30th birthday. There was a dinner out, a big brunch, and then a party. I gained back all I'd lost the first week and am back to square one.

Hi and hugs to everyone, and hopefully I'll have better weight loss news to report soon. I wish everyone well with both weight issues and health issues, and hope you're getting some nice spring weather.

How many of the members here still work full time, I wonder? I do... no retirement in sight, unfortunately, much as I'd love it.

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I think somebody on here asked about my "brain octane oil" which is MCT oil -- here is a message from Dr. Hyman.

MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides . They are a type of fatty acid that is derived from coconut oil. Consider MCT oil as a super fuel for your cells, because it boosts fat burning and increases mental clarity.

MCT can also help you lose weight because it is quickly burned and metabolized. It gets absorbed directly from the gut into the liver and doesn’t get stored as fat but rather burned quickly and turned into energy. For many patients, MCT becomes that little nudge to help you drop those last 10 to 15 stubborn pounds that just won’t go away.
Mark Hyman, MD

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Daina! I know Quincy well. My grandparents lived there as well as two sets of uncles and aunts. My cousins all grew up there. My cousin Bobby owns the Quincy Sun newspaper, originally started by my uncle Henry. A fair number of my cousins also still work at the newspaper.
Years ago my husband was the manager of the South Shore Bank branch down in Quincy Square.
What a small world!
I will get out that knitting site you told me about.
Off to PT and then back to the credit union for a board meeting.
Hugs to all,
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My Monday is going well so far and hope the sunshine stays out for awhile.

Wishing all my friends far and near a wonderful Monday.



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Medical problems and getting old UGH!!!!
So sorry for all the problems. Eyes are so precious! Hope they heal well.
Abdominal surgery -- two too many :) -- hope the drainage is nothing bad....
Knees, hips, shoulders, necks!! -- joints can be a "pain" that's for sure.

Thinking of you all.... must get to my to do list.
PS.... CJ... the picture of your GGS made my day!

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Hi Jeannie,

Well last week I had my hubby Butch to the eye doctors, Tues., Wed.,Thurs. and Fri. On Fri. We couldn't see his regular doctor so we saw someone else. This doctor did not want Butch to go the weekend without seeing a cornea specialist so he made an appointment for him to be seen in Sandwich, MA. That's about 60-75 minutes from our house. He came home with more eye drops. The new drops are 4 times a day, the expensive drops he's on are 3 times a day and his regular drops are twice a day. He also has to use resetting drops every 60-90 minutes. Thank heavens for the alarm on my phone. It would do no good to write the times down for him because he couldn't read it. My heart is breaking for him. We see the specialist again this Wed. The drive down was okay but the dive home really bothered my knee. Thank heavens the knee was better the next day. I had to cancel the PT appointment I had for my knee to take him to the specialist. Boy these golden years aren't as good as I thought they would be..

On a good note, Hailee's birthday party on Sat., was great. She had fun. 2 of her cousins were staying the night so she was in all her glory.

Hope you are having a good day.

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Hi Karen,

I have been to WEBS and love it. I live in Quincy MA and WEBS is a 2 hour drive but a few of my knitting friends and I plan road trips to WEBS. I also do order from them on line as well.

This July my knitting friends and I are going to The Grand View Country Store for a knitting weekend. There are 7 double rooms upstairs and the downstairs is a KNITTING STORE! The last time I was there about 8 years ago with another group of knitters and had a blast. I think I had been there 5 or 6 years in a row but the group stopped going. It is on Route 2 in Randolph, NH. Check it out on line. Vivian, the owner is a wonderful lady. She will teach you anything.

I hope your friend will be okay. When I had breast cancer 6 years ago, I had chemo first, surgery, radiation and then a hysterectomy. I will keep her in my prayers.

My left leg is a bit bigger but that's the side I had cancer on. It's noticeable but I don't do anything about it. I am going to PT as well but because my right knee is giving me fits. I have had 2 Cortizone shots but the second one didn't work as well as the first one did. I am trying to stay away from having surgery. I am the driver because my husband doesn't drive any more so as long as I can put off surgery the better.

I also knit daily. Right now I am knitting on fingerless mitts for craft shows I do in the fall. The last time I was at WEBS, (a month ago) I bought yarn to do 2 sweaters and a poncho for my 5 year old granddaughter. What are you knitting on?

I am also a stress eater.

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Short note, but I just wanted to recommend today's Top Story blog on our start pages. It's excellent!

Babs, so glad you're feeling better. Hope this work week goes quickly and you get everything done that you want so you can have a really fun week off!

CJ, another little cutie pie!

Thanks, Bobbi, for your well wishes for Sunday! I know I had a beautiful day. I love this kind of weather.

Theresa it was really good to hear from you!! But, I think I saw on the team wall that you're concerned about some drainage, etc. I know you'll have it checked out. Maybe that drain did come out too soon? Hope not and sending good vibes and get-well wishes to you!

I will get to the Y today at noon and then tonight is the Senior Recognition Night where our son's scholarship (along with many others) will be awarded. John's high school basketball coach does the presentation, but he is in his 80s now, so not sure how much longer that will be possible.

Have a wonderful day! I'm working on doing that, too! Hugs and love, Jeannie
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Getting in here and posting early. Back to work today and it will be busy. I'm taking off Tues/Wed next week. So these 3 days and then I'm off~!!! Happy Days. No big plans. It seemed like an ideal time to lengthen my time off. Joe's step-brothers (twins) are coming Friday and staying until Monday. Good kids. Abby's looking forward to it too. We'll have fun.

Finally no more swelling. The rash on my face is gone, and there's still some lingering spots here and there on my arms. There wasn't much there to begin with. It was the eyes and face that drove me crazy and it was itchy around my eyes. The skin actually felt like it was dead. Thank goodness that nightmare is ending. I haven't had it like that in years - probably 20 years or more.

Still not caught up on the posts and more than likely I'll give up on that. So bear with me if I'm behind on everything.

Have a wonderful week.

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This picture should start your Memorial Day Week off right. My 7 month old GGS, Elijah (Eli).

Everyone HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE WEEK. ENJOY OUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEK.

get ready for June.

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My Sunday went very well I hope everyone had a great Sunday as well.



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Theresa, this is the best note, I'm sorry for your new troubles, but I love your weight gain note, I've used some of them myself, but most of them are new. emoticon But only one lb for clothes, they weigh a lot more than that. So glad you are back down to Jan, and Feb weight. May is about over already, so get ready for June, And Pyne needs a break to, (OUCH) a removed toenail hurts, emoticon Thank you so much for your post, it made my day.

Had a good trip to Coffeyville Kansas for my sons BD, at a new Italian place, it was yummy. But I ate way to much bread and dipping sauce. But they are moving back to Oklahoma in a couple of months, so I'll use the excuse that I won't get to eat there again.

Guess I better get off here and finish dishes, HAVE A GREAT LAST WEEK IN MAY.
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Good Sunday morning everyone! Tried posting yesterday, but lost 2 post, then kindle would not bring up keyboard, so I couldn't post again!
We had pretty steady, and heavy, rain yesterday. Raining again today. But probably a good thing,as it is keeping Pyne from doing any puttering, planting or yard work. He has injured his middle toe, Podiatrist has been treating it, and he has an appointment set for Wednesday. But last Thursday, he was limping around, I looked at the toe and it was more swollen & red. So Friday I made him call Dr.- who said "meet me in my office in 10 min". Dr. did some cutting, took off toenail, put him on Antibiotic, and told him to soak it once a day, and stay off it as much as possible. Not easy for Pyne! So, a flat of petunias, and a few other plants can sit in the yard getting rain watered, and seeing a preview of where they'll eventually be planted!

Saw my Surgeon on Friday, and he (a wee bit reluctantly) took out the last drain. It was still draining a good bit, but the twice re- stitched site where tube came out, was breaking down, had some "Necrosis" (never a good word!) plus, it was 45 days past surgery...too long for my skin !
But this morning I woke at 4am with pelvic pain...thought it was pressure from full bladder, but pain is not going away, plus then, by 6am, there was a lot of drainage and blood from lowest end of incision, (8" away from drain that was pulled!) which was mostly looking healed..now seeping a bit more. emoticon
So maybe this new drainage is what the drain would have collected?! I don't know. Recovery was going pretty good - slow, but progressing. So hope this is not a set back.

Have been back sliding on healthy eating. Want to blame Pyne, as he has had to take on the majority of meal prep. But, I am the one eating all these bread and roll carbs! So this past week I planned the weeks menu, and did better. Just need to rededicate myself. My weight went up, about 40 lbs, around my gallbladder surgery on March 1st through the emergency hernia strangulated bowel repair on April 6th. Which I found incredibly annoying & unfair! I mean they took out over 5 feet of bowel - where was that weight loss!?! Now that I am seeing all the Dr. & Hospital bills come in, I'm thinking of blaming blood transfusions. One was $3,000, next day there was a $2,700 one. (? was there a SALE that day? - or was it lesser quality blood!?!) So at that cost, it had to be really rich blood, that and the 13 days,between 2 Hospitals, that I was on IV solution...Yep! That is what I'm blaming! emoticon
But, now I am almost (2 lbs.difference) back down to Jan.,Feb. weight. I was afraid when it had jumped back up over the 300 lb. mark, when I was in the hospital - weight that I worked so hard, and celebrated, when I got under! Now, I need to stay on track, and pay attention.

Years ago, at a Weight Watchers meeting, one of the speakers, said that if you got on the scale 10 times a day, you would get 10 different weights. As the scale is only giving you your weight at that moment, and your body fluids change constantly. Digesting and processing foods, secreting, voiding, and passing - a never ending change in weight. And the difference can vary, from mere ounces up to 8 -10 lbs! Something to remember when you step on the scale.
I just get on a few times a week, always naked, roughly same time, mid-morning, after voiding, before my shower. Because I have an amazing ability to justify a higher number as "weight of wet hair" - "didn't Go yet" - have even told myself I didn't shave my legs, so that's close to a lb! LOL!! Once, as Nurse at my Dr. said she'd take off a lb. for clothes, I said I have 2 coats of nail polish on too! emoticon
So just step on that scale, and take it's average lightly! It'll be different in a few minutes!

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Just know that I'm here and improving. Thanks for your concern, good vibes and prayers.

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Will SP friends, I made it to 365 days of login and spin on sp, so my next goal is 400. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, we are going to Kansas today and taking my son out to lunch for his 52 birthday.

Babs: POISON IVY, POISON OAK, POISON SUMAC, (YUK,YUK,) I am so sorry, and OMG, not in your face. Lots of prayers and virtual HUGS, HUGS, HUGS, emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jeannie: Having a scholarship recipient to meet sounds like a fun thing to get to do. I just can't even think of how hard it would be to loose a child.

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Karen, my thought exactly about Babs! That has happened to me. I was never allergic to poison ivy until about 10 years ago. Go figure! But, the treatment is exactly what you're doing, Babs, with the prednisone, etc. Such a miserable feeling. I was working in the yard pulling weeds, etc, got a little sweaty, rubbed my forehead and eye are with my hands and before too long, I was a mess. Babs, I hope you feel better soon. (By the way, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac can all cause the same kind of reaction...when I asked the dr if it was a poison ivy rash, he told me it didn't make any difference. Whatever it was, I was allergic to it! Thanks a lot for that, doc!)

Karen, I know that compression stockings can be very uncomfortable when they are too restrictive in all the wrong places. Richard has had trouble with that over the years. I think it's one of the reasons he hates wearing them so much. It may not be ideal, but keeping up with the wraps is a good idea like you've been doing. Really good to hear from you!!

Thanks, Jineane and Babs, for your kind words about DS John. Thinking about him brings a smile to my face. We've all had a chuckle the last few days about how unfair it is that he's the only one of us who never ages anymore. I know...I guess we have a warped sense of humor. We're looking forward to meeting this year's scholarship recipient.

Jineane, you said it is a long holiday weekend in Canada. What is the holiday? Do you have a Memorial Day in the Spring?

Babs, I was beginning to worry about you. Good reason, it turns out. Get well soon!! emoticon

Daina, there's a lot going on at your house, too! Hope your DH recovers quickly. So scary to get an infection of the cornea. Yes...you would definitely need someone to do some driving for you if you have knee surgery. Hope it all works out well.

Mari, you mentioned working different shifts, but also working from home. Do you mind sharing what kind of work you're doing? Sounds challenging to have such varied shift times. You are right...there's a hole in your heart that never quite fills when you lose a child. Several of our teammates know that all too well, I'm afraid. Thanks for your warm thoughts.

Well, my day was to be productive and it turned out to be only partially so. The main thing is that I did get to the pool at the Y. That is always good. I also got Richard's hair cut this morning, which is a chore I absolutely hate/put off. He was looking pretty shaggy, but even worse than his hair, is the hair in his ears and eyebrows!! LOL!! Cave man!! Managed to get a few groceries and "red" up my desk (did any of your mom's grandparents use that term to describe tidying up?? not sure how it was supposed to be spelled or if it was even a word, but I heard it all my growing up years).

Okay, enough already...have a wonderful and restful weekend!! Hugs and love to all! Jeannie
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Jinlyne, what part of Canada do you call home? We are in Ottawa several times a year. Dainals, you and I are the knitters of the group, I think. I knit every single day, a little or a lot. I think I remember that you are fried somewhere in Maine? If you ever get to southern Vermont or the northern Bershires of Massachusetts, I would love to show you my favorite yarn shop. It is in Northampton, MA and is called Webs. You can also order online from them. Check the online site out..you might really like it.
The leg compression drama still continues. I have the leg wraps which I have been wearing day and night. They are not as effective as compression knee highs, but they are better than nothing. Since my lipoedema/lymphedema on each leg stops right at the ankle, the foot is unaffected. I do have knee highs and what happens is that after wearing them for awhile the hole pools right at the bottom where the fat ends and cuts off my circulation. Always something! Back to the PT tomorrow.
The other thing going on is that my best friend, Michele, has breast cancer. What the surgeon originally thought was a fairly small tumor with no lymph node involvement turned out to be much larger than he thought. He removed 15 lymph nodes and 3 were cancerous. He is confident that is is now cancer free. The problem was that the tumor itself was much larger than he thought and has already spread a tiny bit. Instead of just having 6 weeks of radiation like I did, she is going to have chemo first, followed by radiation and more surgery. At the end of it all, she may still have to have a mastectomy but she is trying to avoid that if possible. Her next appointment is on Tuesday morning where she will definitely find out the course of treatment. She has asked that I accompany her and take notes and jump in with questions. The doctor is the same one who took care of me.
Other than that and the fact that my mobility is diminishing quickly, I guess things are good. Work is ridiculous as usual, but I still find it rewarding and enjoyable. Retirement is still almost 5 years away and I plan to keep to that schedule. My office is on the first floor and I don't think we will be rebuilding the main office between then and now, but we would sure like to. F we do, we will have to have an elevator and my office will be in the corner on the four floor facing the CT River.
I was doing well with my eating plan and blew it completely out of the water with stress eating for the past three weeks and partying over the weekend at the convention and annual meeting.
Seriously, I am not a young kid anymore and shouldn't try to keep up with them, lol.
Next month it is the planning session up in Maine. Always a nice time, but always pretty tiring for me. AND.....I don't like lobster. Since the directors love lobster, I end up in mostly seafood/lobster restaurants. Those restaurants make lousy chicken, lol!
Hope you all have a good weekend. Babs, hope your eye is feeling better. I wonder if you managed to get poison ivy in it?
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my shoulder still hurts some so I will have to bare with it ugh.
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Babs - I hope the medication helps with the rash and that it does not bother you all summer. I too enjoy getting out in the yard and garden and would miss not being able to play in the dirt.

Daina - sorry to hear that your knee is bothering you. I have had both my knees replaced and it has made a world of difference. But you do need someone to drive you around so I hope your hubby's eye problems clear up soon and you can have your surgery.

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It is a long holiday weekend here in Canada and this morning is beautiful. I plan to get out into my garden and play in the dirt and if it rains I will tackle my bedroom closet!!

Wishing all a great weekend too!

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Goodness!! I’ve been MIA due to a rash/swollen eye after working in the yard last weekend. It started Tuesday, got worse. Stayed home from work Wednesday. Got worse yesterday and broke down and called the MD. I have Prednisone and Hydroxzyne tablets. My problem is that meds make me tired. I tried with Benedryl. It helped some, but it got worse quickly. There goes working in the yard this summer. I told Joe we can rent a back hoe and plow the stupid thing up and put rock down!!

I admit that I have not read all of the posts. I’m just thankful I can ‘see’ them today!!

I did notice that Jackie’s going on a little trip and that Mike’s feeling better. Fantastic news.

Hugs, Jeannie! I know how hard John's birthday must have been for you. Cherish the memories.

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Good Friday morning everyone.

What a crazy week I have had. My wonderful husband Butch has been fighting a cornea infection since Sept. Well he lost his hard contact lens last Friday. We ordered a new one and it came in on Tuesday. The eye doctor checked Butch's eyes and now the right eye has an infection. Butch does not totally close his eyes when he sleeps so he has to wear Moisture Chamber Goggles when he sleeps. He's only been wearing them for the last 2 months. These help to keep his eyes wet. Well to make a very long story short, he has been back to the eye doctors every day this week. He's going again today and we already have an appointment for Monday. He is so down in the dumps. He does have an appointment with a cornea specialist June 8. Now mind you this is just the optometrist and not the doctor who was taking care of the cornea infection from the start. That doctor said, "use the ointment and eye drops in both eyes twice a day. Get Moisture Chamber Goggles and wear them while you sleep. Come back in 3 months"! Now this is a specialist but not a cornea specialist! The optometrist is taking much better care of Butch than the specialist. Not to wish my life away but I sure wish this was June 8th. If it's at all possible, could you say a prayer or two that his eyes will be alright!

My son's back continues to heal after his back surgery last week. I am amazed that he is doing so well!

Well my knee is giving me total fits. I had to sleep in my recliner last night because I just couldn't get comfortable in bed. I know I need a knee replacement in the future but I can't do it until I get Butch back to the point where he can drive. If it was my left knee it wouldn't be such an issue!

My granddaughter Hailee turned 5 on Wednesday and we are having her birthday party here on Sat. She is so excited and after the party, we are having a sleep over! 2 of my grandsons are sleeping over so Hailee will sleep in the den in her sleeping bag with "the guys" as Hailee calls them!

I have been eating badly again. I tend to eat crap when stressed out. Not being able to walk well or exercise doesn't help! I need to get back on track. Any suggestions?

Due to all the doctors visits, I am getting quite a bit of knitting done. I am working on fingerless mitts for the craft shows I do in the fall. I need to start a pair of socks for myself. I haven't made a pair of socks in years but I already have the yarn in my yarn stash! Maybe knitting the socks will get my mind off of food because some sock patterns are not mindless knitting like the fingerless mitts are!

Well I have ranted long enough. Thank you all for listening.

Have a wonderful day.

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Jeannie... even though it has been many years, my heart goes out to you at having had to live with the loss of your son, because I'm sure that is a hole in your heart that never can be filled.

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Karen, sorry to hear you've got more health issues to deal with (maybe not more, but more of the same, possibly). So challenging!! Think of you often, so I"m happy to see you've stopped by to say hi.

Bobbie, such a nice cheery way to start the day. That is hot!! I don't do hot well, so I sort of hope it stays in California!

Lois, you are quite the seamstress. I can't imagine making all those costumes. Good for you. I still use my sewing machine, but these days it is mostly for patching or easy projects. And to finish it up after an 8+ shift is amazing. That takes a lot of energy. Probably another reason you are making such good progress.

Mari, I'm glad my "book" was useful for something! LOL! You will find your way, I'm sure. I bet there isn't a person on this team who hasn't experienced exactly what you described!

I suppose by now everyone has seen the changes that SP made to our SparkPages. I'm not a fan, but it is what it is, I guess. The discussion threads have had a lot of disgruntled comments, that's for sure.

Today is bittersweet for Richard and I. It's our oldest son, John's birthday. He would have been 50 today. Makes me feel a little old to think about that. He's been gone for 22 years now, so it is a long time. Next Monday we'll award the 21st annual scholarship to a graduating senior at his high school, so that's a really nice way to mark the anniversary. Miss him lots, but we're grateful we had him with us as long as we did. Some families don't have even that.

We're doing a little gardening today. Hopefully the tomatoes will turn out better than they did last year. We have gardened forever and last year we had the worst one ever!! LOL!

Take care, dear friends, and have an awesome and lovely day! Love and hugs, Jeannie
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Well, thought I'd jump in quickly.
Got my 13 Commoners gowns done last night. Nearing the end, found a mistake that I had to rip out and I was so depressed. Went to work 3-11 but stayed until 3 taking care of things (so much to do) and came home wide awake. So I pinned the last facings and ripped out the problem, and it was much easier to fix than I had thought... So I'm DONE.
Today, I see my grandson for lunch. I'm going to look up their menus on line... and see what I can see.
If I had to tell my diet history, it would date back to age 14 or 15 when all I ate all day was 3-4 boiled eggs -- and boy did I lose weight, but had no clue about maintenance. then I lost weight just before I got married and then gained like 25-30 pounds with 3 months of getting married -- I wanted to eat as much as my husband .... and then yo-yoed for years. Did find in the 1960's that not eating sugar and carbs made my hunger go away, but did not understand - because the low fat craze was in and despite the fact that I learned about good omega oils, that information was like an island -- and I just didn't keep up with it. So, I've been on WW, counting cal, Nutri-system, PRISM (a Christian group), and just plain fasting.... until I started Ideal Protein and then started getting educated about low carb, good fats, etc. I don't follow that diet completely because I have determined that my brain (80% fat) needs good fat to be healthy and I want it to be healthy for my remaining years :) So, now I do a mixture of calorie counting, using a few "foods", making sure I have 50% fat in my diet and protein hopefully under 100 and net carbs 20-50 - I eat a lot of veggies. I have a GF grill and I grill EVERYTHING.... Brussel sprouts, cabbage, radishes, daikon radish to name a few! I love salad and put lots of different things in it. And I put my good oils on. I also found zero calorie salad dressing by Walden Farms and some are good, some not as good, but the sesame ginger is to write home about!! :)
So, literally, I'm keeping it simple - but I journal all my food and try to "fill in" or "not eat" if I have met my quota for the day by 8pm. I tend to be a night owl, so I buck the norm and eat my first meal of the day about 12 noon, supper about 5-6pm, and a good "after 8" snack.... Each to his own, eh??
Just noticed the time, be back later......

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I wanna wish everyone a great Thursday and hope everything is going well for you all,
well today is gonna be another Hot and humid day ugh. *95 degrees and thunderstorms.

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Hi Sparkers! I am still around, but have been wicked busy with work and some personal health stuff. Hope you are all doing well!
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No, no, Jeannie, I loved everything you were kind enough to write back to me, even though my rant was kind of "all over the place"!! I appreciate any and all feedback. It's good to know you were similarly sidetracked, and also so wise and true what you said about just keeping it simple, and keeping it maintainable. That's good, good advice.

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Great points, Linda! Thanks.

Jackie, glad you had a chance to stop by. Hope you have a good time with your break this weekend and don't worry too much about Mike. It sounds like he's making good progress now, so that helps. Have fun singing!

Mari, I just have to laugh at me! Of course, you ask a question and I write a book! LOL! Now, to answer your real question: yes, I think a lot of us do exactly what you mentioned. I know I have and more than I needed to or should have. I was making great progress several years ago, but then I read that I should be doing this or that and I started meddling with what was working. In the end, I got myself into a lot of trouble and I"m still trying to dig my way out. One thing I did tell myself and I've pretty well stuck to it is that I was not going to buy a bunch of special foods. I knew it wasn't necessary for me to make get the job done. Anyway, sending good vibes and blessings to you!! Leave it to me to mis-read and give you way more than you were looking for!! emoticon

Have had a pretty good day today as far as getting things done. Finished my list and even worked on planning my day for tomorrow. The weather has been perfect today. Just love the spring weather. I even got to the pool to spend some time water walking with the water talkers...that's what we call ourselves, as we solve all the world's problems, including our own, in that hour we're in the pool! Love it!

Hope you're having a great afternoon/evening! Hugs, Jeannie

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Jackie, so good to see your posts again.
Mari, could not stop myself from saying this:
I'm allergic to chocolate--I break out in fat!!!
Makes as much sense as what that lady said to you.
I am lactose intolerant, don't like to eat a lot of meat, but when I want a burger, I want a burger. I must cut out a lot of other things to have one. But it is not very often. Seems to happen when I am out shopping (which takes forever, because I am handicapped and walk slow and painfully). I end up missing lunch so the calorie intake is ok, just not the best ingredients. I can't follow a set diet because I have the lactose problem, and I find other things upset my stomach probably because of my age. Just look down at the bottom of the food intake sheet and see what you must do to adjust your diet. It might be a combination of 2 or 3 different diets with your own requirements or there might be a diet on this site that you can do. Good luck!!

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Sorry for the long rant last night (although I really enjoyed and appreciated your response, Jeannie!) I had worked the late shift last night and should have just gone to bed! I forgot even having posted it!

I don't really need advice as much as that I was just curious whether others go through any of those same feelings of being bombarded with conflicting ideas. Truthfully, I think it's just time to stop buying magazines and ordering books on Amazon, and, like Jeannie said, focus on eating in a way that can be maintained from here on out. That's excellent advice.

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Dear Friends, just quickly stopping to update. After surgery, ER visits, doctor visits over the past month, Mike has stabilized from his leg/toes surgery but still has a way to go in healing. THe doctor is happy right now with his progress. I am optimistic that he will improve. I've been way too stressed and too tired to do much but take care of him and work when I could.

I am going to the Sweet Adeline's competition in Cleveland this weekend. There will be a webcast if you like acapella barbershop music. We go on approx 2:55 PM on Saturday (give or take 15 minutes but feel free to check out the quartet competition of Friday or any time on SAturday during the broadcasts. http://region17online.org/webcast

Mike can walk now with a cane/shoe boot (yay) and someone will check up on him while I'm gone. I sure pray he doesn't decide to do more now that he's feeling better, but I can't control what is going on with that.

I've not taken good care of myself, and am trying to get back on track, yet once again - the stress eating resulted in a size change to my dismay and I had to buy some clothes for this weekend. I thought I had conquered that bad habit, but apparently, I went down the carbohydrate and fats black hole.

I've packed some water, protein drinks, healthy snacks for the weekend (we're leaving tomorrow) and will watch what I eat w/o counting calories, which is hard to do with hotel food.Then when I return I will start tracking again. That is my commitment to myself.

Thank you for all your support and prayers ... this team is special to me. I will try to be back regularly and catch up with your lives as well.

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Oh, Mari...by the way...if a nutritionist told you that you are allergic to bread and milk because you like them so much...she's sadly mistaken. No doubt we can be allergic to those things, but not because we like them so much. We each seem to have things we love and eat too much of, and bread is definitely one of them!!

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Oh my, Mari...you know how to get us started today!! LOL...you have asked some mighty fine questions and I'm sure you'll hear from several with good ideas and information.

I love your diagnosis of "analysis paralysis" and quite imagine that many of us have faced the same situation. I think of another term I once saw called "sedentary agitation," which means just what it implies: seeing a problem and getting agitated, but not progressing beyond that.

First I'll say this: whatever your final choice is for working on your weight loss, I think most of us will agree that we need to find something we can live with the rest of our lives. A diet is what we eat, regardless of what that might be. Dieting is the process of shedding pounds. A dietary lifestyle change is one in which we make those changes necessary to get healthier and shed the pounds...AND, live with it.

How that looks is up to you. Did you know SP has a plan you can use? I've never done it because I like more personal control, but I think some on the team have. In order to find whatever plan works for you, you'll need to ask certain questions. For example, some plans don't allow many/any fruits, some require large amounts of protein, others are geared to healthier eating patterns and are not concerned with calories, and some are focused more on certain health issues (for reducing hypertension, diabetes, etc.). The question will be, can I live long-term with this plan and succeed in meeting my goals? Does it require a lot of expensive items I'm not prepared to buy? Have I even heard of some of these things?

I like the KISS principle: keep it simple, stupid. Some say it is keep it simple and straightforward. Whatever...it just applies to me, I know. That's why I try to stick with my veggies and fruits, protein, and smaller amounts of carbs. I can fit it into my calorie allotment really well IF I pay attention and make good choices. That's where I get into trouble.

Mari, do you have any diagnoses (don't expect you to answer here, just sayin') that would "push" you in a certain direction. For example, type 1 or 2 diabetes, hypertension, Crohn's disease, etc? If not, then you will have more flexibility. And, even if you don't have diabetes, there is a healthy plan available right here on SP that is easy to use. I've also done some reading recently (and several others, as well), about the D.A.S.H. plan. Check it out, too. They have many similarities.

So sorry to go on and on...each one of your teammates is doing something a little bit different. Remember to start small: maybe start with increasing your water/fluid intake each day (it might help with the fluid retention in your legs, too). I'd also read through a bunch of the stuff here on SP about goal-setting. It's fantastic. And, if you can get your hands on a copy of The Spark (the original one, not the second one that has the cookbook in it), you'll find tons of stuff about both of these things that were huge helps to me when I first started. Chris Downey is the author and he has tons of practical suggestions...not about which "diet" but about how to get started, etc.

Now...we just have to wait for the rest of our teammates to jump in here with their great ideas, too. I think I've said enough...particularly for so early in the morning. You'll find what you need, I'm confident of that!! Wishing you the very best...hugs, Jeannie

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Thanks again to everybody for the WW feedback.

There are SO many different theories about what we should be eating, and each theory has a bunch of promises that come with it. This is a major component of my continuing to gain over the years... analysis paralysis. I came across this again tonight as I was looking up whether any certain kind of diet would help me get rid of these swollen legs. (Ironically, the best thing for my legs would be to stand up and get off the computer!) One site said to eat low carb for water retention; another one said to eat vegan and no meat. And then of course there are all the gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-fat, high-fat, liquid diet, or intermittent fasting schools of thought. I always get sucked into these different eating plans because I hear testimonials of people saying, "It was always so hard for me up until I discovered THIS diet!" I start thinking, well, maybe I just haven't discovered the right diet yet, the one that will cause those quick and dramatic changes in me and feel effortless! The desire for "the right diet" is especially strong because in the last 10 years, I had an emergency gallbladder surgery, and then two cancer diagnoses, breast and uterine, unrelated to one another. I'm fine now, thank God, but I figure, I must have had a hand in causing those things. So aside from just eating fewer calories,what kind of eating plan is healthiest?

Does anyone else here make herself crazy like this? Do any of you follow anything other than the standard balanced diet? How many calories do you aim for?

I have to admit that I FEEL best on just a basic balanced diet, but then, I had a nutritionist told me that the fact that I love milk and bread so much probably means that I'm allergic to them. (Sigh.)

It gives me a headache just thinking about it all, which then makes me crave a candy bar... LOL. Probably if I could just get myself to eat a lot more vegetables, the other foods I ate wouldn't matter as much. I'm not a big vegetable fan, but am working on it. I also love fruit, but just tonight my sister in law sent me something about how certain fruits were watered with runoff from the oil refineries and that makes them highly toxic! I also had to return the last batch of frozen vegetables I got from Trader Joe's because of some recall for a bacterial issue!

Okay, I'm done with all these crazy confusing thoughts. Time to get some sleep. Hopefully I won't dream about dieting.

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Thanks, Linda. I was just ready to sign off for now when I saw your note. I do worry, but not as much as my Mom did! LOL...she was a champion worrier. I know the staff will let me know, but sometimes I just have to see for myself. They truly are good to her and that is sometimes amazing in itself, as she can be difficult (aren't we all)!! emoticon

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Mari, just one more thing about weight watchers. I did find , like several of us, that they would say you need this and that to succeed. I bought some of them, but realized that it was becoming a sale event and not a Linda needs to lose weight event. I have many of the books, book holders, point charts etc.still. There is just so much stuff and no results The cost would be paralyzing now and I really enjoy learning the SP food logging etc at my leisure with no one saying I must do this now. And as Jeannie and others have noted, it is FREE!!.
PS Jeannie, so glad your sis doing better. I know you worry. HUGS!!

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Just back from seeing my sister. I hadn't planned on going up to see her just yet, as it's been just a little over a week since I was there, but she sounded so miserable and in so much pain I decided I'd better check on her. She's been a resident in this nursing home for a little over 3 years and they take really good care of her, but I just couldn't get a sense from her about what is going on. She seemed better today. For our new friends, my Sis is younger than I (69 this summer), but never married and I'm the only close relative she has. She was surprised to see me today and I'm relieved, although she is always one fall, one illness, one "event" from another hospitalization it seems.

Just finished reading over all the posts I've missed. No doubt I'll miss responding to someone, but you all know you're very important regardless, right?? Sure hope so! emoticon

Joanna, good to see you back with us. How were your winter months? Sounds like you are as busy as ever with your horses and family!

Daina, it is sure good to hear your DS is getting along so well from his back surgery. My, haven't the times changed with the short...or non-existent...hospital stays. Hope his progress continues. Sorry about your DH losing his contact. That would be me if I had contacts...losing one and not being able to see AT ALL!!

Theresa, it does my heart good to see you felt up to stopping by and chatting for a bit. I can't imagine trying to write real notes on a Kindle! I know the screen is bigger than my so-called Smart Phone, but on it I have to do one letter at a time. No typing there. Anyway, so glad to hear you are making good progress and recovering from all those surgeries, even if it is slower than you would like. Is Pyne still doing school guard duty? When does his school get out for the summer?

Mari, see you got lots of responses about WW. Hope they help you make a decision. Any luck with your scale?

Lois...mmm...grilled shrimp! I could live on that! Not so sure about the Daikon radish, though. I love radishes, but honestly, I've never seen a Daikon radish in our groceries. In fact, I had to look up to see what they look like. I'd try it, for sure, if I ever saw one!

Bobbi, Trese, Jineane, CJ...I just love that you stop by. I remember that CJ posted another cute little baby/big brother picture and someone else had a new baby to show us. Blame it on brain fog from the colonscopy yesterday, but I can't remember who it was. So sorry. I know it was a precious newborn, so sweet and innocent. emoticon

Survived the procedure, although I wonder if they gave me more anesthetic that usual yesterday. Normally I wake up during the procedure and can even watch some of it on the TV screen next to me, but not yesterday. Didn't wake up until in recovery. Up and out of there fairly quickly and the first stop was for LUNCH! As usual, I was starved and ready to eat, which we did. Two polyps, with one of them a little suspicious, but nothing to worry about at this point. I usually have one or two that are pre-cancerous, so it is always good to get them out of there. The doc told me I might be able to go at least 2 years this next time. Hope so.

Alright...I need to start getting some dinner rounded up for us. It turned into a really nice day, although cool. I can take cool when it is also sunny and NOT windy!

Sending hugs and love to all! Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good Morning folks. I am feeling rather energetic which is not the norm for me. Yesterday I spent some time and purged and organized three of my dresser drawers so that when I tackle my closet I will have some space to put things away!! It is pretty obvious that I have too much stuff, but purging is hard when you attach emotions to things. After all, what does an old sock care if it gets thrown out or not!! I need to remind myself that it is just junk!

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Just wanted to say hello and hope everyone has a great Tuesday emoticon
today is back in the *90 degree weather again for the next few days..

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Mari
I just wanted to chime in re: Weight Watchers. I was unfortunate to not have a good leader. She was a lovely person, but she wasn't able to answer our questions. Other group members often would give an answer, but I didn't know how reliable their responses were. I felt if I was paying for the meetings AND being urged to buy their products that I should have more help.
SparkPeople has been much better for me.

Hi to everyone else,
Another rainy day here, but yesterday was so beautiful. Don't remember a May this cold and/or rainy.
Hugs to all and sending positive vibes to you
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Daina!
Thank you for your comment on my weight loss.

I have been to W.W. years ago and I used their books but then it started getting,
way too much money $$$$....and so I had to quit and that is when I found Sparks,
and been here off and on since 2003....and lost a lot but then had many problems,
and had to quit Sparks for a Lil bit because my internet had to be shut off,
and I was using their older books on my points.

Meetings were awesome but just cost too much to go once a week ugh.


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Thanks for the feedback on the scale and WW, everybody. I think I'll just stick with Sparkpeople. WW doesn't seem worth the money.

Jeannie, hope all went well with the colonoscopy, and that it wasn't too uncomfortable. Also hope that things look up for your sister.

Have a good evening, everybody.

Mari

Edited to add-- Need to buy some Daikon radish at next shopping trip! Thanks, Lois! : )

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I just saw Mari's note....
and I liked the answer from Linda. :)
WW years ago, but I know that I couldn't do their diet and the point system now. I like the nutrition tracker in here much better, I can add my vitamins and look at my calcium and other nutrition intake. I like numbers!
And after posting on this site for awhile, you will get to know the people here in spite of the fact you don't see them in person! :) Awesome team!!
And this is FREE :) I like that!!

For supper I ate Shrimp and GF grilled Daikon radish. I noticed that the fiber was greater than the carb content... That makes it a "negative" food :) Too funny!


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So sorry, friends...I see some wonderful posts here and I promise I will be back to read every one of them. Yesterday I spent prepping for my annual colonoscopy and today was the big day. I am finally feeling half-way normal this evening and, of course, I now am starving!! Tomorrow I will be going to see my Sis who is having a really horrible time with excruciating pain in her hip/leg. I'm hoping to see for myself what might be going on.

Mari, I will mention a couple things for you. WW: I'd probably take a prize int he number of times I've joined WW over the years. Yes, the meetings can be helpful and really worthwhile...IF you get a good leader. I also found that I did much better when I had an earlier morning meeting time on Saturday mornings. Don't know why, but it seemed to make a difference. The down side for me was the cost (although I think there is a break for seniors) and then they were always suggesting different items to buy. Not bad things, but I just didn't need more. Naturally, once I fell off the wagon, I was off. My fault, not Weight Watchers.

Re: your scale, Mari...don't know where you bought yours or where you got it, but they can be variable. Your tile might be part of the issue. Maybe you could find a flat "something" to place under it between it and the floor? Yep, fluid can be an issue, but other things to, if you get my drift. Try to establish a consistent weight pattern: first thing in the morning after you've taken care of whatever business you need to, and personally I am naked when I get on the scale. Don't want anything weighing me down. You can test your scale a little bit by getting on, weighing, getting off and repeating the process. Same reading? It's probably working okay.

More later, my friends...I think I saw that Theresa had posted! emoticon And, I'm certain there are a number of others. Right now, I'm trying to convince myself that I've had plenty to eat today and will try to stay awake until at least 9 or so!! Don't want to wake up in the middle of the night.

Love you all! Hugs, Jeannie

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Mari, I recently have had problems with my scale. I can stand on it 4 times in a row and get 4 different answers. And they are different by 4-5 lbs!!!
Bought a new scale today. Got another Weight Watchers scale but hoping for better results. I had been getting consistent results on the old one up until the last 2 months.
Someone asked about Weight Watchers. I have gone off and on for many years. There are the tiny little waifs that NEED to lose 5 lbs and squawk all over the place for losing 1 lb. There are the people who have lost a lot of weight and complain about the hanging skin. There are the people who are goodie 2 shoes and tell you they are doing everything by the book and poor little them, they have only lost 2 lbs this week. If you can put up with and tune out these. It is alright but I never brought my own cliques with me so maybe I don't feel very included. SP has a place to log truthful amounts, friends to complain to when necessary for mental health etc. Hope that helped a little.
You should try it and judge by the area people there.

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