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4/29/16 10:58 A

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Very quick post. I have things to accomplish this morning before we leave. Time sure flies!

There is a new weight loss challenge just waiting for us to begin on Sunday, May 1st. Please join us.

I didn't get to read the posts. I do apologize. Have a Sparkling weekend friends.

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4/28/16 5:56 P

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CJ, so sorry about your sis. Hope your visit went well. I love your toon, my name is Linda Carter and the other Lynda Carter lives here in MD. She and I have talked. I get a kick out of WW toons. Linda

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4/28/16 2:23 A

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Well its barely Thursday, but I can't sleep and I haven't posted to our team chat in a few days. So just wanted to let you know I haven't forgot all of you. emoticon emoticon

My niece called me this evening and said she is moving my sister to a nursing home in Texas where she lives, I know it will be the best thing for sis, but I also know after our visit tomorrow, that will probably be the last time I see her on this earth. She is very sick and has really bad lung problems. But I know its really the best thing for her. I think that's probably why I'm not sleeping. then I have a extended family members funeral on Friday, so just pray for me. Life happens to all of us.

Jeannie: Thanks for all the notes on everyone in your post, Jackie and Mike have had it really ruff.

Was just wondering how Theresa is doing since her surgery.

Guess I had better go and try to get some sleep.

Love you ALL, CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon

PS. Well its now 7:25 am, and I did get about 4hrs of sleep, so I feel some better and ready to start my day with a hair cut and then off to the nursing home to see sis. So everyone HAVE A GREAT DAY. emoticon emoticon emoticon


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4/27/16 8:45 P

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Hello! It feels like winter again! Not liking this cold, wind and rain so much. Sounds like it may stay this way for a few more days.

Glad you stopped by, Jackie. Sorry to hear that things at work are still as hectic as ever. Also sounds like Mike is having some serious issues again. I totally understand how you can feel worn out. Trying to take care of someone who doesn't feel well and needs help, as well as get your work done, etc...it gets to be just too much sometimes. Sending warm thoughts and as much strength as I can get to come your way! Hope it all improves soon for you both.

Trese, that sounds like a miserable situation for your hubby's mother and him, as well. Sure hope it can all be resolved soon. Dealing with families is often one of the most difficult things we have to do. Good luck!!

Babs, how fun for you to go to visit your sister! I hope the weather is good for you and you can get some relaxing time in while there. Enjoy every minute!

Lou, it takes a lot of energy to manage a retreat and keep those ladies happy! Hope it was a good time and that you enjoyed it. Now, get rested up!!

Our new mattress/box spring was delivered this morning, so I'm looking forward to trying it out tonight. Boy, are those things expensive! Guessing it will be the last one we ever buy. Isn't it funny how we get when we "begin" to get older...every time I make a major purchase, I think I will never have to buy another one again! LOL! Went to the pool at noon and just got home from the dress rehearsal that the local HS is putting on this weekend. They did a fantastic job with the Music Man. Very talented kids. Thought of you, Jackie, when the barbershop quartet was doing their numbers. Really, really good.

Will see you all tomorrow. Love and hugs, Jeannie

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4/27/16 1:21 P

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Good day all - been MIA dealing with life ... Mike seeing different docs for opinions on his broken toe implants (still haven't resolved that) - he's in a lot of pain, difficulty walking, sleeping lots. I'm trying to stay positive but some days I'm just worn out.

Glad to read such great posts & activity.

Wow, Karen losing 10# just giving up bread/gluten if I recall - that is awesome. You talked about having more energy ... so I am really going to have to rethink what I'm eating as I'm still stuck in the rut. This is my 3rd day for tracking food, so I'm feeling better about that.

With SA getting ready for competition in Cleveland May 19-21. So excited. My costume is almost completed (they had to make one as there wasn't enough time to order one).

Work front - I still coach which I enjoy - my other job I had to let my assistant go as after a year she just wasn't understanding and making far to many errors for the amount of time she worked. So I'm doing it again, until we can find another person.

Think of everyone often and try to at least read if I don't post. Have a good day.

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Hey Y'all
Sorry I have been MIA.

We have been dealing with family issues with my husband's mother. She is 89 and there are family members who have taken advantage of her. It is very difficult because we live about 3 1/2 hours away so we can't check on her daily. I think there might be a special place in after life for people who would steal from a defenseless older lady like that.

Hopefully things are improving for her since they claim they will move out next week, but she can't evict these people because in our state if you stay in some one's home for over 2 months they are considered a resident of that home. She won't bring charges against them so she needs to evict them. That takes at least 30 days + any appeal they might bring up. Very frustrating. Police can't help since no charges and they are her residents. Hubby is in a difficult position. Praying they will leave!

Sorry for the vent! Thinking of you all. I support all your wonderful efforts. You are a terrific group of people
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4/27/16 12:13 P

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Great posts!

Jeannie, you mentioned vacation. Didn't realize we are that close. We're almost 'neighbors.' You also mentioned tomatoes. I just can't wait for homegrown tomatoes. I get excited thinking about it. Door County sounds like heaven. I haven't been there, but I've heard it's fantastic - especially in the fall.

Lou, you had a busy weekend. I'm sure you're enjoying the 'down time' right now. It never stays that way.

I have a doctor's appointment in the morning. Then I have grocery shopping and Abby has dance class tomorrow night. Friday I get my hair cut. Love that appointment. AND I'm going to visit my sister this weekend. The 3 of us will. I'm looking forward to that.

I plan to get a new WL Challenge posted within a day or so.

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4/27/16 10:43 A

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hi sparker sounds like we are all very busy I went to a Ladies retreat last week end which I was in charge so busy with that Was so much fun help organize a dinner twice and it was Monday night The other person who helps me was busy with her ill husband I just now have come up for air Today I am going to see my friend in the nursing home and then church tonight I have the rest of the week planned also
Jeannie sounds like you are busy too Enjoy every minute of it I agree with you and Lois that health care leaves a lot to be desired I am glad that I am out of it also
:Lois congrats for your wt loss
vacation that is something I will not get to do this year except for visiting my children Hope you all have a great time and share your adventures I love to hear about them I better get going Lou

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You know what? If I don't read each message as it comes up in my email notices, then I don't get any more notices and then I don't remember to come here and say hello. I can't believe that the days fly by as quickly as they do and I'm still not getting much done most days. Well...I guess busy is good most of the time. I can't complain about just sitting around, at least.

Over the weekend we went to 4 baseball games! All for the youngest GS. Our son coaches, and they had 2 games Saturday and 2 on Sunday. They lost the first 2, and we knew that if they lost the first one on Sunday, they'd be done. Well...they won that one. So...another game. By that time, I'm ready to come home and read the paper! We went to church on Saturday night, so we even got that in there. At least it was beautiful weather.

Yesterday was my 6 month checkup. Weight is stable (she doesn't know that it was higher and is back to about the same), cholesterol up a little, but triglycerides are quite low and HDL in a good place. So, I'm trudging along. I know the cholesterol would come down some if I could get into a regular fitness routine. Water walking is fine, but it doesn't really raise my heart rate up.

I hear all of you on the issues with mis-diagnosis, lack of diagnosis, etc. That is the primary reason I switched to a nurse practitioner years ago, and I'll never go back. In fact, Richard is switching to mine in a few weeks. So frustrating when your care providers don't listen and/or have the knowledge to provide good care. Good luck to all who are struggling with this. Like Lois, being in the health care field and knowing this happens is frustrating (and disappointing) to say the least.

Vacation? Did I hear talk about vacations? I guess all of ours will be in the fall or winter. We do want to go to Texas again next winter, but we'll have to wait to see how that works out. In September there is a possibility of a 5 day bus trip to Door County. That sounds fun...neither of us has been there. Then in the later fall I plan to go to Salt Lake City for another genealogy workshop. Nothing much during the summer, I think. Babs, hope you can find some nice state parks that are fairly close, but also have beaches for Abby. We have some nearby if you can't find any, and you know we're only about a 6 hour or so ride away from you!!

Karen...fantastic news on your WL! I hear you on the crackers! But, I have to admit that I have found one cracker that I can have in the house and not overdose on it. It's from Aldi and it's a lot like a tricscuit. Kind of dry, not overly high in calories or carbs, and at least it works for putting cheese or sometimes a little peanut butter on it. Other than that? No way!! LOL!! Congrats on your great progress!!

Lois, we're having a rental garden again this year, although I have my doubts about whether that's such a good idea. My back is still goofy and Richard has various aches and pains. I'm hoping to at least have some nice tomatoes this year. Last year...nada! Hope you soon can go back to having only occasional working assignments. I admire you for sticking with it. I can't say I'm sorry I no longer do any of that sort of thing. You are right...nursing seems to have many openings and lots of room for advancement. The new University of Iowa Childrens Hospital is opening later this summer. They have over 200 openings for every kind of hospital worker you can imagine! Hope they can fill them quickly and with good people.

Today I was at school to read with the kids and then we had some errands to take care of. Tomorrow...drum roll and big day...we get our new mattress and box spring delivered! I hope I still can get to the Y to the pool at noon. Then later in the afternoon, the high school drama department has the dress rehearsal for the Music Man and all volunteers are invited to attend, so we plan to go to that. Thursday we take over the child care duties for the grandsons since their parents are enjoying a week away at a resort in Mexico (free to them as some sort of incentive thing Becky gets from her work). We're tied up until Sunday...ball games all weekend, too. Then next week, we start over with all the regular and usual things! I need a vacation now!!

Have an awesome evening! I hope the rest of your week goes well, too. Catch you all later. Hugs and love, Jeannie
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How exciting for you Karen!!
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I also had some GI problems that TOTALLY disappeared when I left out carbs (which meant leaving out gluten and sugar. I know.... I get carbs in the veggies I eat.

Vacation.....
The only one on the docket so far is Florida in August (I know not the brightest idea) but it's my grandson's graduation from Word of Life Bible School. He's had a wonderful year working on the drama team, and I'm sure learning about being an adult :)

I LOVE the beach, but have other goals to accomplish this year! I don't want to go on vacation with worries about things undone.

on to today's project,,, getting garden area cleaned and tomato plants in the ground!

CRUM, they just called desperate for somebody to work.... It never changes, does it Jeannie... Man if somebody is unemployed and want a job... go into nursing! That's all I got to say... I said years ago, that my degree was my unemployment insurance, and it certainly has been... Well, lunch done,,, now to the garden, at least for awhile!

Edited by: RETURNTOTHIN at: 4/25/2016 (12:40)
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4/25/16 11:12 A

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Karen, congratulations on the weight loss!! 10# in 2 weeks is awesome. I need to try your smoothie recipe too.

Vacation. I keep thinking I'd like to get away for awhile this summer too. It would have to be 'kid friendly' wherever or whatever I do. My Abby is my sidekick! With her - she'll want a beach. She's a swimmer and a water baby. But she has enrolled in an acro class where she takes dance. Acro is slightly different than gymnastics because it concentrates on 'whatever' is incorporated in dance. Don't ask me. I don't know squat. I just pay the bills and watch. It will only be for 6 weeks, once a week. Sigh...........

Beautiful weekend. I broke down and turned the AC on yesterday. It wasn't so 'hot' that I needed to but the darn pollen has been driving my sinuses crazy. I get up and cough, cough, cough, sneeze, etc. You'd swear I still smoke. Haven't done that since I was 31. Well, it's been many years since I've seen 31!!

Have a great week.

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Hi Sparkers! Again posting so the recent posts by others will show up. I have enjoyed my four days off. Jim and I spent a little time planning our summer vacations. He is off for the summer, but I am not quite as available. Anyway, we set on an extended weekend in July in Quebec City. I have never been there, and Jim was only there about 46 years ago before we had even started dating. We will take another extended weekend in August and go someplace in coastal Maine. We have weekends away already planned for May and June which are actually work for me (not all the time, though), and just plain vacation for Jim. He will bring his golf clubs and play golf with Jeff's wife, while Jeff and I meet with the board for our planning session. In October we always take a long weekend to Ottawa for a hockey game. I take the Friday after US Thanksgiving off and I take the entire week between Christmas Eve and the day after New Year's off. Nice to have it straightened out in our minds and on our calendars.
I have started losing weight again. Basically I got rid of bread and gluten (my tummy feels a heck of a lot better), no red meat--not a sacrifice as I didn't eat it anyway, no sweets, just veggies, fruits, some restricted fats, fish and chicken. I eat potatoes and starchy veggies but very sparingly. I do still eat dairy but I really am mindful of portion size. No crackers, Jeannie! I just can't have them around. This seems to work as in the past two weeks I have lost close to 10 pounds and I feel great. I have much more energy and the pain in my legs has diminished significantly. The premise is to eat food as close to its natural state as you can get it.
If any of you have a super duper blender at home, this is a really good recipe. Use 8oz oj, does not have to be freshly squeezed. I use Florida's Natural, but have used others in the past. They all seem good. I add two or three pineapple rings. I have been using fresh, but in the past I have also used frozen. I also add two scoops of Aria which is a protein powder. You can make it without as well like I did this morning when I forgot it. The secret ingredient? Two tablespoons of heavy cream. Yup, heavy cream. It gives the smoothie just that little creaminess and indulgence and is delicious. Depending on the fruit I have, I have made this also with Simply Smart and a dab of cream. That is better with non citrus fruits.
Jim is out golfing and I am doing laundry. I may go grocery shopping in a bit or I may throw some more clothes in and we can both grocery shop when he gets home. He is on a quest to break 100. He started this season with a score of 142. On Friday he had it down to 107. Thank goodness he has a membership at the course...the course fees would put us on the poor house. He more than breaks even because for most of the summer he golfs 5-6 times a week.
Now, I will go back and read some of the earlier posts and see what has been going on. Hopefully everyone is doing well.
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4/22/16 1:48 P

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I just lost my post!! emoticon I hate when that happens. I was just writing away and poof! Gone. Well I'm not going to rewrite it.

I agree with Lois. This is such an awesome team. Yep, we're an "A" Team for sure.

We've had a lot of chatting, a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of determination/dedication and Success!! I love it.

I had a very busy morning - lab work, a little grocery shopping (very little), post office to mail something for work Certified, etc. I could use a nap but I have more things to get done around here.

Fantastic Friday!

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WOW emoticon to all the great notes and summaries! What an awesome team. I was being consistent and trudging a long emoticon and all of a sudden had 3 overwhelming days - for no particularly reason!! Lost control (thankful that didn't mean sweets) about amount of food.... So the scale after being kind, I'm sure won't be too kind tomorrow!
Thank you all who wrote.... a busy "old" team we have here, but what I see most of all is the determination! LOVE IT!!
I can't remember all I read, but "busy" stands out to me! One busy group of women here!!
And what a positive group dealing with health problems. I'm in the medical field AND I get SO frustrated with incompetence in doctors and the people who have to suffer at their lack of doing things right.... Grrrrr.....
Work is interesting, a new DON, and new Head Nurse, nurses quitting, new nurses coming,,,, I'm SO glad that I'm at the end of this journey, and I don't have to own all the tragedies anymore!! Worked 2 hours last night -- now that's my kind of shift :) But more coming up! :) and they won't be nice and short like that one.

Well,,,, late, so will run, Hope all the ailments improve, the scale shows lower numbers, the sun shines, the cars run wonderfully.... Have a wonderful week!

Edited by: RETURNTOTHIN at: 4/21/2016 (21:49)
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Pam, I have used Turbo tax for about 15 years. It does not let you forget anything and has people to answer your questions if you have them. This year is the first time I have ever had a problem with taxes and it had nothing to do with Turbo.IRS decided that they could hold my refund because they were the IRS. I'm still doing battle.

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Feralauntie(Linda): Your photo of your cat is so sweet. I miss having cats but I read in AARP that there are two reasons why older people fall, 1) cats (we all know how they love to hang around our ankles) and 2) clutter. I don't have one but I do have the other (the clutter which I am working on).

I have had ezcema since I was a child. I will definitely have to look into the Aveeno line of products. I see their advertisements.

IowaGramma(Jeannie): Well, I discovered a credit that we could use that saved us $926 in additional taxes we would have owed. I agree with you. I did work for HRB one season. Although I enjoyed using the opportunity to 'educate and inform' clients on what else they could do I did not like that they had no breaks except if you needed to use the restroom. Their explanation was because it is such a short season and we needed to keep moving those clients through. I did do family members the following year but when I insisted that my niece document one of her very generous tax credits she balked. Her then boyfriend stepped in and took over (he is no longer with her). I just like saving us the money and headache. I will keep it at that for now.

I appreciate your honesty about how our weight (wherever it is on our body) does limit our ability to do this and even feel better. When I was 60 lbs. heavier I remember what an awful job I did of clipping my toenails. One of my first NSV was having a toenail that was even across. LOL. I just am able to do a lot of the little things that I couldn't do 'back then'. It is a good reminder of yet another 'reason' why losing the weight is so important.

I hope your doctor appts. ended up the way you were hoping. I have worn a foot brace in years past. I had one that was so complicated to put on I was given a video to watch at home. Really? Nothing should be that hard to do.

VtMaid: Hives are something that can be hard to pinpoint. I did have that scratch test (on my back) many years ago from a university clinic allergist. Here I had 6 cats at the time and that was my third strongest allergen. Right under my nose. I was exposing myself daily. LOL. I kept them until they died but to this day I do pause when I see a kitten and want to take it home.

That experience with your friend's voice is downright frightening. I too wonder about a lot of these kinds of misdiagnosis. I would feel very frustrated if I were her. Hopefully, the speech therapy will work and she will be able to move on. It would make me very cautious as well.

Masterpiece(Babs): I do weigh myself but not to 'allow' myself something to eat. I don't associate one with the other although I do understand what you mean. I simply do it so I can judge how the previous day's efforts impacted my weight loss. If there is a downward trend then I am happy but if I see it creep up over several days and I can't find a reason why then I know I need to look further. I do my best to stay within my calorie range. It does mean that I have some choices I have to make and stick with if I am going to do that. I don't allow any sweets or junk food in my home. Yes, when I am craving something sweet it does make it hard but I try to have some fruit first and that will usually do the trick.

However, that doesn't mean that I don't have days that I also allow myself one of my favorites (delivery pizza) as I did this past week. I have tried the crustless pizza and the flatbread crust pizza and it just doesn't do it for me. So, once in a while I just have the 'real thing' (minus the salty meats) and move on. This past week we started up a weekly Bible study and of course there is lots of food there. I am so glad that many other people are bringing fresh fruit, crackers and dips and not just desserts. I make sure that I have enough calories left in the day so I can have a piece of cake (it was someone's birthday the first night) and be able to know I can enjoy the moment as well as know that I haven't over indulged. Plus, since I don't have more at home I don't have that 'proximity visual cues' that can be my ruination. LOL.

I am still doing quite a big 'overhaul' with spring housecleaning. I am completely redoing our bedroom. I have deeper autumnal colors in there and I am going to switch to a lighter blue and greens. So, I am going to have to do a white primer on the walls first before I can paint it blue or the underlying color will impact its 'trueness'. So, I am trying to check in about twice a week at this time.

I didn't stay as on plan last week as I would have liked and that impacted my overall weight loss. I did track everything I ate so I am still sticking with that personal goal.

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Current Weight: 242.2 lbs. FIRST TIME I HAVE WEIGHED THIS WEIGHT SINCE OCT. 1991. (25 YEARS AGO!)

Start Weight: 259.2 lbs. 1/4/16
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Jeannie, hope the lab work went smoothly and the dental appts. weren't too painful. It's so nice that you get to visit your GGC fairly often. They are darling. I've seen the pictures on FB and they certainly look healthy and happy. So does your GD, pretty young lady.

Karen, glad things are beginning to work out for you with your leg problems. It's been months and it does seem odd that it drug on so long and then they couldn't even do it. However, now it seems to be working for you. Good news. What a horrible story about your friend and her voice. I've never heard anything like that. Awful.

On with my day of some work around here, some errands and later this evening dance class. This is almost over. The recital is 5/22.

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Hi Sparkers! I am taking today and tomorrow off from work. I brought my car to the dealership for its first check up and inspection sticker. Jim dropped me off back home, and now he is off to golf. He will be back at school on Monday, and he has certainly been enjoying a week without students.
Finally, I have had success with a fitter for leg wraps and compression knee highs. In fact, my appointment was yesterday and I actually left with the wraps. I am wearing them right now. The hosiery is on order but should be in next week. I would love to know why the other place took three and a half months (before I canceled everything with them), and couldn't manage to fill the prescription. This new place was like day and night. The wraps actually feel ok and I think my legs feel a little better. Good thing I am home....this is one whacky looking outfit!
I am glad to see that Theresa is back home. She has been posting a bit on FB and sounds like her old spunky self.
Jeannie...I hope Richard doesn't have to go through a lot with that broken tooth. Ugh....
Jackie, I think you and Mike win the "prize" for the most issues these past few few years. I hope your eyes continue to improve and that Mike's foot problems can be resolved.
I have a coworker who lost her voice about 6 weeks ago. Her doctor told her she just had a cold and that it would come back and not to force the issue. Come to find out, it wasn't a cold, it was a very severe throat infection which damaged her vocal cords. She now has to go speech therapy! Can you imagine? She can speak, but not if she moves her lips, teeth, etc. Basically she can talk with her mouth open and teeth clenched. The frustrating thing is the specialist told her this could have been avoided had the original doctor gotten it right the first time. I swear the more I hear about physicians the less I trust them!
Babs...hope you are less tired today!
Linda, has your daughter had any relief from the hives yet?
Hello to the new members! It takes me a long time to figure out who is who.
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Babs, I hope your day wasn't too stressed by being tired. I had the same experience just last night. Don't know why it's like that sometimes. At least I don't have to be somewhere early this morning.

We had a great time visiting the kids the other day. There are some advantages to being the GGrandma. Although we get called on from time to time to watch the kids, it is usually for just a few hours, but most of the time we just can visit for a few hours and then go home. Alexa's relationship with her mother is somewhat strained, so I think it makes her feel good to know she has someone she can call on if need be. Those kids are growing and doing so well. She's a good mom.

Hockey...I know nothing at all about hockey and didn't even know St. Louis had a hockey team, but I do like the name of the St. Louis team. After all, could the St. Louis Blues be any more appropriate? I love that!!

Lou, you did great with your WL this week. Good for you!! No, it isn't any closer when Sis is not in the hospital...she still lives that far from me. She's pretty good about not putting any pressure on me to come up all the time. When Mom was alive, she liked to make me feel a little guilty because I didn't come oftener than every 10 days or so. That's because a friend of hers had a daughter who came EVERY week and drove quite a distance to get there...further than I had to drive. LOL. I just couldn't get there that often.

Today is lab work for Richard and dental appointments for both of us this afternoon. He broke a tooth a few weeks ago, so I know he's anxious to hear what the dentist says about that. Then tomorrow I will meet a good friend for lunch. Haven't seen her this winter so we have a lot of catching up to do.

Take care friends, and have an awesome day!! Love and hugs, Jeannie
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I don't feel like I slept last night at all. I'm not sure why because I definitely did sleep and I slept well. Must need more. No nap today though.

We have rain moving in the area. Storms are predicted.

Jeannie, have fun with the little ones. 3 years old and 3 months - goodness.

I don't follow hockey like Karen does. However, I can't live here and not know the Blues were in the playoffs. It was exciting. I'm glad I wasn't downtown STL last night - Cardinals game, Blues game on the 'Outpark' screen at Ballpark Village and Justin Biever was in concert. Whew!! Would have been nuts.

Have a Wacky, Wonderful, Wild Wednesday.

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Hi every one getting ready for bed Had a great bible study tonight It is the last one till fall I lost 3 of the 4 pounds that I lost last week Next week will be the test to see if I get off the see saw I usually gain the second week
Linda I hope you will be able to find out what is causing your DD hives and they so away
Jeannie that is a long trip to see your sister Is it closer when she is home
Babs all that activity would have made me tired too
Jackie HOping that your shots can be decreased to ever 6 months
CJ love the tulips
Karen that is a long time to wait on compression socks Sorry about your GC
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Kind of a busy day. Had "school" this morning with the little ones. I read on Tuesday mornings with a 4th grader and then with some kiddos in the blended Kindergarten room, and it is always a fun time. We have 5 Tuesdays left for me, and 6 until school is out.

Ran a few errands, got some groceries and then we went to our GD's to visit her and her two babies. They are sure growing. McKenzie will be 2 next week and Carson will be 3 months on Monday. It's so fun to see them, and they are such good little kiddos, but of course, I'm kind of prejudiced. emoticon

Babs, thanks for the info about the Blues. I don't follow hockey (as you can probably tell). Maybe Karen knows about it, though??? Heard the Cubbies had a good showing against the Cards last night...at least they've won a few games this year. Almost every year, I hear the guys here saying, well...wait until next year!! LOL!

We keep getting teased with a few rain drops now and then, but nothing significant. Maybe tomorrow? Hope everyone has a good evening and great Wednesday. Hugs, Jeannie

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Linda5, I have a rash that now comes and slightly goes on my hands. I thought the same thing that it was hives. My doc said she thought my eczema was spreading to my hands. Usually just on my face and eyes. I use eczema cream, both Aveeno and prescription. It works. I prefer the Aveeno (got a big bottle for this) because I don't want my kitties getting it on them when we get together.

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Jackie, sorry Mikeís problems continue. Enough said if heís seeing an attorney. Good!! I understand that thereís to be no more discussing it. I hope your eyes improve quickly and the shots are cut back to every 6 months as you hope.

Pam, again such a lovely post from you. You say you weigh daily. Many of our members do. Iíve tried both ways. I have found that daily Ďsometimesí works because I stay on top of things. Yet, there are those times I get cocky and decide to Ďallowí myself something because Iím doing so well. Guess what. It doesnít stay that way. Others, like you, say they must weigh daily. I think (not sure) that Lois has said she weighs daily. You are doing so well. Donít stop whatever youríre doing!

Linda, Iím happy to see that you seem to be improving. You know. I believe you/agree with you. Iím confident most of us suffer from depression at different times. There are reasons we gained this weight. Maybe I really need to do some digging on myself here and figure out exactly what it is - or how many different things are causing this. That is - besides eating what I know is not good for me.

Jeannie, the Blues is the St. Louis hockey team. I should have included that. You donít live here. How would anyone know - unless theyíre the opposing team! So glad you mentioned lab work. I have an MD appointment next week, Friday the 29th. Itís time for me to get bloodwork too. Glad the brace seems to be working for your foot. Great news that Marilyn is doing better.

Linda5, hope your DD's hives improve soon. That is horrible. I've had hives numerous times and they can drive you crazy with all that itching! So sorry.

Time to get cracking here at work. Have a Terrific Tuesday.

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It started about 3 weeks ago on a road trip,she stopped at McDonalds a few hours later she broke out in hives,she thought it was the soap from when she washed her hands.Then a few days later it happened on the way to work.Then last week she had a flare up at work.Even tonight she felt a little itchy.I hope the allergy test find something.

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Wow...really nice day today, but it is clouding up and we may get a little rain. We could use it, as we haven't had much this spring so far. We'll take what we get, though, just like everyone else! LOL!

Linda, I don't know if we wear out these scales or what, but mine used to do that, too. It was awful...never knew what my weight really was. I finally gave in and bought a new one. It seems to be working much better...to my dismay sometimes!! Go figure!! Is that picture of your Mickey Mouse? What a sweetheart!!

Pam, as usual, you did a fantastic job of summarizing. Thank you!! I've wondered about doing the HRB taxes for them once in a while. I do ours and have for years, but when it comes to doing someone else's...maybe I wouldn't like that so much. Helping my DS with his is probably enough.

Jackie, I'm so terribly sorry you have such a time with the eye injections. That is miserable for you. Glad you found a way to spend some time with Christopher, however. I know how much you treasure your time with him.

Babs, it sounds like you had so much fun, but your body seems to be paying for it today! Hope the swelling goes down quickly. Sometimes it is so worth it to have such a good time. You mentioned the Blues. Who are the Blues? Are they one of the Cards' farm teams? I think I missed something! LOL!

CJ, lovely tulips. We have some this year. I planted them along the front sidewalk and they just opened up today. So pretty!

Had lab work this morning and my appt next Monday. Grrr...hate having appts all the time. I also see the foot dr. next Monday to see how this "brace" is working on my foot. I think it is doing a good job, but I can't put it on by myself. If I didn't have such a big middle and I was more flexible, maybe I could do it. Hmmm...another reason to get more serious with this weight loss.

Sis went home from the hospital today, so I hope and pray she stays well for a longer time this time. I feel bad for her, but she is obviously more susceptible to these infections. I also suspect that many of her problems are related to her obesity, as well. She's much heavier than I am, so I'm sure that has an effect.

Well, friends, have a good evening and an even better week. Stay strong, be kind to yourself and let's all try to be a blessing to someone. Love and hugs, Jeannie

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Pam, I think most of us with a weight problem have some form of depression. I am just now climbing out of a little hole I have been n for quite a while.
I am sure my scale broke because I went over a certain weight. I get on it, check the weight and then hop right back on and it can be a couple of lbs either way.
Karen, please tell your DD that I know how she feels. When my sweet Mickey Mouse died I thought I would lose it. He was my little soul mate.
I have 2 grand kitties and 1 grand dog. Last year I babysat for them for a week. That put 4 cats and 1 dog in a small 2 bedroom condo. LOL!! Your DD's cat was beautiful. Had a cute twinkle in his eye. Garfy has that, he is a hoot.
I have eye problems that are making it really hard to go out, so I have been opening my porch door, leaving the screen closed and putting Garfy's cat tree in the door way. I know he wants to go out, but on top of having Cataract implants and now Glaucoma, I now have an eye that waters constantly. Doc said it is a blocked tear duct and she could operate. I said at 69 I really don't want any operation that is not an emergency. It is very uncomfortable in the sun.
Jeannie, you are so sweet to travel so much to see your sister. I know she appreciates it. Hugs to everyone, Linda

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LittleLouie: So sorry to hear about caregiving with your parents. My sister was the primary caregiver with my Dad the last two years of his life and she was also watching two grandchildren under the age of 5 at the time. She went through some really tough times. Now, that Dad has passed (last fall) she is taking care of the grandkids full time. She has basically raised them since they were babies. Their single Mom is a R.N. but works 40 miles one way away and works 12 hour shifts. Even though she makes a good wage she can't afford daycare for two. This is not uncommon. I wish the politicians would address the working parent situation in this country better than they have. The tax incentives aren't enough to cover 12 months of off site care for either the elderly or for pre-schoolers.

I weigh myself every day. I record it. I also track everything that I eat every day as well. I like to keep a close eye on what is happening but a blip here and there I don't worry about. As long as there is a downward trend then I know I am doing all that I can do. Although I don't fool myself into thinking that having had a couple of meals out won't impact my weight in the wrong direction. Instead, I focus more on changing my food behaviors. Am I eating more fruits and vegetables? Am I eating mindfully and not grazing when bored? These behaviors go a lot longer in changing the scales than anything else.

VtMaid: Hope you find a compression sock that works. I really love them but with our warmer weather just around the corner I opt not to wear them during our 'hot times'. I just feel like they allow me to stand easier. I suspect it is more of a vein issue than anything else.
The cat is beautiful. It reminds me of two I used to have. I decided no more pets after I lost several. It is just too hard.

Regretful: I keep getting these offers for a pre-approved car loans but I too think that once the newness wears off then there we are with yet another car payment which we haven't had since 2009. I find that if I have something to sip on next to me throughout the day and night I am more inclined to drink it. I have both a Pur water pitcher in my refrigerator as well as a couple of bottled water to grab. I also like to add some Crystal Light mix to my bottled water. I recently got some raspberry green tea that is really refreshing.

I understand about depression. I have had on again off again depression since I was 8 years old. Right now, I am in a very good place. How long it will last is hard to tell so I am just enjoying the ride. I have been both on and off medication. I know that some of it has been PTSS, grieving losses and then organic; most recently learning to deal with disability and then of course menopause. I have learned a lot about this disease and how it affects me and that has helped me in dealing with. I hope you can find out what works for you.

Babs: Wow! Super busy you are! I know why I didn't lose this past week. I ate four meals out. Although I only went over my calories on one of those days I still had a lot more sodium and not enough (is there?) water to flush it all out. I decided to put my nose to the grindstone this week and not be tempted by dining out. My hubby and I just started a new Bible study on Wednesday nights. We have been in these before in the past. I was looking forward to getting out of the house one more day but again all of that exposure to food. The teacher said "If the spirit moves us, bring something." My gosh, there was a banquet table set up the first night. I told hubby that since it seems this is a group that likes to bring food I am going to hold back. I used to bring frosted brownies from scratch in the past but I think this time I am going to bring fruit and crackers. A lot easier when they are leftovers.

Have a super birthday if I don't get a chance to wish you one on the actual day. Many happy more! emoticon

Jeannie: Wow! That is quite a distance. It is a good thing though that the weather and roads are now in your favor. That would be tough if it were in the dead of winter.

CJ: Love the tulips picture. I hope next weekend to go out and buying some hanging plants for my porch. I think we are past the real dips in temps. (we have some swings in the past couple of weeks). I have already been out there to sweep any residual leaves. It was power washed this morning. Looking good. Now, some new chairs. My other porch furniture is too low for me and hard to get up from. I just bought that about 10 years ago. Things change, huh?

Jackie O: I am so sorry that you are dealing with these shots. I take it you are getting these for some eye disease. My Dad had macular degeneration (it is hereditary) and he had shots. I hope you can get out and enjoy more of the nice spring weather. Take care. I value my eyesight above any of my other senses. I was on the verge of losing mine when I found out I was diabetic. I especially look around at everything when I am outdoors. I remind myself that maybe someday I may not be that fortunate.

I did not lose any weight since last Monday but we ate out four meals so what can I expect? I will do my best to only eat out once. It seems that the more often I get out of the house the more rushed I am with meals and it just seems too easy to eat out. At least, that is what I tell myself. I feel I make good choices (all things considering ) but I do know that they use more fat and sodium than I would at home.

I got out both days this past weekend. I did our small businesses taxes yesterday afternoon and they are in the mail. I am one of the few people who still do it by hand. In pencil. LOL. I take the H&R Block tax course every 3 years to stay up on top of things and I figure I save us about $500-600 by doing it myself. I did work for HRB one year but I didn't like some of their break policies (as in none) and I found that with my diabetes I needed to make sure my blood sugar was more stable. Still, I haven't written them off. It is a nice part time job for a few months and I might look into it in the future.

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Good day all - I see some really enjoyed the great weather we had this weekend. I was in the house for most as I had a shot. in my eye. Bright lights are unbearable - plus I weep for 2-3 days afterwards. I did see my son for several hours on Sunday as he was in town briefly. I wore double sunglasses and we went out for breakfast and and afternoon snack. That was pleasant.

Mike still dealing with issues on his feet. Can't talk much about that as he's hired a lawyer to help get some justice/relief from improper replacement and/or procedure.

Going to SA tonite for coaching.

My eyes still remain the same, which is good, but I sure pray for some vision improvement and perhaps shots every 6 months ....

Have a good day all.

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My goodness I'm tired today. Had so much fun yesterday but I am pooped. We didn't get home until 7 and we left home at 10. Ballpark Village, the 'Outpark', the stadium, etc. are all awesome. The Outpark has a huge, huge, gigantic screen right across from Busch Stadium. That's where they were showing the Blues game. There was a band there too. It's the 'happening place.' It was hot. My fingers/hands/feet were swollen last night and somewhat swollen today. I have a sunburn too. But we had a ball. Blues won and the Cards won.

I have to get busy, but wanted to make sure I checked in with my friends.

Let's make this a great week.

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This is the time of year for Tulips, I love them, but they just don't last long enough. I like roses too, but Tulips are my favorite.

I haven't been on the team chat in a few days, I am doing better and over most of the problems from the fall. My foot Doctor seems to think a lot of the problem is the fluid retention in my feet and legs, keeping me off balance. Whatever, I don't need any more falls. emoticon emoticon

KarenVT: Grand cats emoticon and Grand Dogs emoticon are great too, I have one Grand Cat and 7 Grand dogs. The one that lives in North Carolina remembers us from year to year, we only see him once a year, they are the ones who use to live in Florida. The rest of them are fairly close. I'm not much of a animal person, but as long as there at someone else house. I can love on them and then leave. my GC and GGC love their pets. Some of them have birds and horses. Glad your DH like golfing, my DH loves it too.

Jeannie: Glad your Sis is doing better, 180 miles round trip is a long way to drive to often. My sister in the NH is just about 35 miles from me. so not far at all.

Babs HAVE A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEDNESDAY: emoticon emoticon

Theresa: You and your DH HAVE A VERY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, emoticon emoticon

Guess I better get ready to go back to Sunday night Church.
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Having a lazy day, sort of. I did vacuum the entire house and moved furniture. I bought a cordless vacuum cleaner and so far I like it. Better than dragging my upright around.
I have been trying to change my eating habits drastically and am eating many more fruits and vegetables. Tonight's dinner will be a 4oz piece of salmon, asparagus spears, lemon, garden salad and a bit of quinoa. So far, so good. I have nuts, seeds and fruits to snack on later if I want. I have also tried something new--unsweetened plain kefir. I actually like it!
Linda, just curious, did your daughter's hives show up out of the blue? And you can't figure out a source? That happened to me probably ten years ago. Never did find the source, but if I take loratidine once daily, I am just fine. Since I also have allergies, it is a two-fer. Right now my boss and close friend, Jeff, is going through the same thing. As soon as he stops the prednisone the hives start back up. Weird!
It is a nice sunny warm day. Jim spent the first half of the day on the golf course. He is in school vacation this week, so any sunny day he will be on the course. It is good. He needs a break from his students!
Jeannie, hope your sister continues to improve.
We lost one of the grand cats today. Erika finally had to make the tough decision with her cat Tom. I will post a picture of him.
He was a real sweetheart and she is devastated. She lives in Texas and it is very hard to be that far apart when all you want to do is hug her.
For my husband and I, the grand cats and grand dogs is as close as we will get to grandchildren.
Anyway, have a wonderful day. It is the only one we have!
Hugs,
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Day 2 of walking,did another 1/2 mile.It is so nice where i walk its called the stadium and it is 2 consecutive circles that are joined together.Each circle is 1/2 a mile and its all paved.It also has baseball fields,children area,tennis courts.The back of it faces the Merrimack river so that part of walking is special seeing the boats and wild life.


65 here today so nice day to be out.

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Hi, All! Having a lovely Saturday here in eastern Iowa. It's 80 and sunny...no humidity. I'd like it to be about 70, but hey...I'm not complaining at all. We just got home from church and I have dinner in the oven. We don't usually eat this late, but since I didn't have it in the crock pot and ready to eat when we walked in the door, it will be late!!

Linda5, sure sorry to hear about your DD. Hope she has some relief soon. Good for you for taking that walk today!!

Lou, some people do have issues with the SCALES!! Personally, I think it helps me to stay on track by weighing every day, but many do it once a week or even less. When doing it once a week, I always found that I slacked up through the week and then starved myself the day before my WI. Everybody seems to deal with it differently and we have to find what works best for ourselves.

Thanks, Lou, for asking about my sister. She is doing better, but still in the hospital. I'm going up to see her tomorrow. It's about 90 minutes each way from here, so I can't go as often as I probably should. She sounded better when I talked to her tonight.

Babs, great goals for this week. You'll take care of that "found" # this coming week, I bet. I hear you on how busy you can be. The DGSs always ask what we do all day. Sometimes I wonder myself!! LOL!!

KarenVT...great to hear what your kids are up to. Sure sorry to hear about your DD losing her cat to cancer. How sad for her. Good on your friend for going on vacation and dealing with her health issues when she returns. I hope she can enjoy her trip. Still no compression garments for you? That's so frustrating!! Hope it resolves soon.

The other Karen: if I worked 12 hour shifts like you do, my life would never be "normal"!! I know I'd be tired all the time, and particularly with night shifts. I feel for you, girl! Hope you get some good rest and work goes well for you.

Trese, hope your back issues are beginning to be some better, too. Today is the first since January that I felt like mine might be getting some better. So hard to get anything done when it hurts. You are so right to remind yourself...50 pounds in 16 months! That is awesome work!!

Hi, Pam. Thanks for the prayers for my sister. It's challenging and I know she gets discouraged. I think she actually gets pretty good rest when in hospital. I, on the other hand, rarely sleep when I'm there. Of course, I'm rarely there, so maybe that doesn't count??

I've worked my way back to my last post, so I think I'd better stop now. Dinner is ready and who wants to miss a meal? Not me!! LOL!

Have a great evening, friends, and may your Sunday be filled with blessings and love! Hugs and love from me, too. xoxo Jeannie


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Daughter still having problems with hives now has to have the allergy testing after she is off the steroids.Even with being on steroids she had a flare up the other day.Scary glad she has an epi pen now.

Went for a 1/2 mile walk today and thought i would die,i am so out of shape.But going to do it again tomorrow.

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Hi everyone I am beginning to think that the scales fluctuate more than we think It is what we do when they move do we relax if they show a loss or do we try to do more when we gain Are the scales guiding our life I do not want that I want to learn to do better so I can have a habit and not think about it I hope that is possible
Therse I am glad that you are home and doing better Jeannie hope your sister is doing better and every one else is doing good The sunshine that we are having is great Here is Indy we are to have 3 more days of sunshine a little rain then it comes back Have a great week end Lou emoticon

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The scales are up a pound this week. I am an unhappy Sparkie. BUT I'll figure out what it was and work on it.

My focuses/goals for this WL challenge have been: Water, water, water (since we started in much cooler/colder weather); tracking; and, more steps/exercise. I 'know' that every step counts. So what I need to begin focusing on is - OK. Add 1 minute add 2 minutes . . . whatever I can do. I've had knee problems, but that's just an 'excuse.' There is my stretch band. I 'could' do that in the evenings if I'm tired, or focusing on something else. I CAN and I WILL do this.

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I skimmed the messages but definitely do not remember everything.

Karen, I do remember that your friend has cancer. So very sorry. Your kids are busy.

I don't know about these days off. They are so busy. They seem to get filled with things I had to fit in on the weekends before.

Thursdays are the worst as far as being exhausting. Laundry. A little cleaning. A little shopping - always need fruit and veggies. Pick Abby up from school. Dance from 6:30 - 8:15. Wipes me out. But putting more on that day 'usually' makes Fridays easier. However, Abby brought home a flyer from school reminding us that tonight is the dinner/dance at school. She loves it. That means take 2 dishes. Holy cow. Back to the store today. I cut up fruit, and bought some cut up. I'm making ravioli. Kids love it. I won't eat. No more heartburn for me this week!

Tomorrow will be a slower day. Sunday is baseball!! I love it.

Weigh in tomorrow. Hope I do well. I've worked hard but doesn't mean the scale will be kind.

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having trouble getting going today...totally exhausted. Got a new car yesterday.Now i have to pay for it! What was i thinking???
been dealing with depression for a looooong time and many days i dont leave the house....today is one of those days but i need to get some things done....guess they will keep for another day or two. Start my regular shifts again on sunday so i will need some fresh veggies.....guess i will do that tomorrow
how is your water intake today??

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Hi Sparkers! I have a lot of catch up reading to do. Just wanted to let you know that my best friend does have breast cancer. She is leaving on vacation to the Dominican Republic Monday and will deal with the dx when she gets back in 10 days. She has opted to use the same Doctor I have for the surgery, and I am glad that she likes him. That is a help.
Daughter #1 is back from the GalŠpagos Islands. Daughter #2 is going to lose her cat to cancer in the very near future. Son is on the road and at home with the Red Sox for the duration of the season. I am still trying to get compression garments that fit! Grr....
Hope everyone is doing ok. I saw on FB that Theresa is back home. Hope she recovers soon and can get back to posting.
Now for the reading....
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emoticon Hi every one I am still on the see saw I want off I gained 5 pounds this week after losing 3 last week This is crazy I am getting more activity but enough I love this weather so that will help I am going out in the yard tomorrow to work in the yard and garden I have so much to do that it is overwhelming I need to cut it down into bit size pieces Jeannie HOpe you sister continues to get better and all the other who are sick I am trying to what what I eat and get more activity into my life it sure is hard I have to and let the parents into day care now Have a great day and week Lou emoticon
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Trese. congrats on your loss. Not easy to do. You are giving yourself a little room to stay at that level because of the stress. That is smart. Don't be down on yourself for it. You have come so far.

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Hey You All,

Babs and Regretful, I admit I am addicted to reading. I also check out library books for my Kindle. I just finished Tess Gerritsen's Playing with Fire. I am usually reading a self help or inspirational book + a mystery or other drama/literature.

Haven't been able to exercise much, lower back issues. I believe it is tension related to family issues with my hubby's family. Without the much needed exercise my weight loss is not what I want. I am reminding myself that at least I am not gaining and I have lost 50 pounds since January of 2015.

Have a great day
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Babs- i am also addicted to reading and go through 2-3 books a week! thank goodness i can get library books on my kobo!
got talked into working overtime tonight. At double time for the first 4 hours then triple time for the next 8 i can go in. Lol. I will certainly get my walking done tonight!
going to look at a new vehicle tomorrow. I currently have a dodge caravan that is 10 years old and dying. Not worth it to fix anything and it has served me well. After going through a second winter with no heat i am done with it. Then it overheated as it was out of water when i was on the freeway a few weeks ago. Thank goodness i had some diluted antifreeze/water in the car with me!

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Jeannie, glad Marilyn seems to be doing well. emoticon continue. Isn't it fun when the beautiful colors start popping up all over the yard? I love it. Our very own canvas right at home.

Pam, good idea about the pictures. I should start digging some out. They will also inspire me to never, ever get back to that again. I'm down 60# like you, but every pound off is one that I want to 'stay off.'

Actually I'm considering digging out 'The Spark' again. It's one of those books I can read while I read another book. I'm hopelessly addicted to reading!! emoticon

Have a beautiful day. I love this weather.

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Babs: Actually, the clerk hinted at my roundish face. I thought I wonder what you would say if you saw my photo at my heaviest. I will post that when I lose 100 lbs. just to show what a difference it makes. 41 more to go before then.

Jeannie: Prayers going out to your sister, Marilyn. I found that hospitals are so blasted busy that you need to go home to sleep. Too bad a person couldn't check out at night and then come back the next morning. LOL.

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Hi guys! Just a quick one...didn't want you to think I'd forgotten you!! I'd never do that!!

Marilyn is holding her own and doing fairly well. Hopefully this will clear quickly. She doesn't seem to mind being in the hospital. Actually she probably gets more one on one care at the hospital simply because they are so busy at the NH.

Nicer weatocoming this weekend I think. Finally!! My tulips are about to pop open. Yay!! Spring flowers!! Awesome.

Will check in with you all again soon. Love and hugs!! Jeannie

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Karen, that's motivation!! I don't recall ever turning down pizza. Absolutely love it. emoticon + cookies!! Wow. That's amazing, but you are on a roll and determined. Way to go.

Pam, thanks for helping Karen out with goodies. It takes time to learn how to do things here, but there is always help. All you have to do is ask. Right? Too funny that you have 3 pair of shoes that are too big. I lose weight in my face. Didn't realize I was such a fat head! emoticon

Work day again. Busy times.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

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Since I am also doing the "Zing into Spring" challenge I don't always come here to post but I am trying to get into the habit of both since there are different people in each thread.

Regretful(Karen): You need to click on the My Spark Page on a person's name and that will bring you to their Spark Page and then you scroll to about the lower third and it will say in bold print Give a Goodie. You click on that link and then you choose what you want to give them.

Also, there is a Blue Help to the left of your username in the upper right hand corner of your screen. You can find very detailed instructions on a lot of the more 'techie' stuff to do here on SP. You put in the empty address bar what you want to do and it will direct you to that.

CJ: Thanks for the photo of your new wee one. He is adorable. I also noticed your streak when I was visiting your Spark Page. It sure becomes an incentive to keep going, doesn't it? A major emoticon going your way.

Tomorrow will be my 100th consecutive day tracking everything that I eat, drink and activity that I do here on SP. I started this streak on January 4th. I bought myself a non-food reward that I will share a photo of then. My biggest fear is I lose electricity then I will lose the internet and SP just automatically starts it over if you miss a day. Talk about pressure. LOL. emoticon If it happens to me when we start having summer storms, I hope I can be as amused as I hope to be. emoticon

My next sub-goal is 200 consecutive days. We'll see.....

Here is a NSV that I never gave much thought to. I have recently had to return three pairs of summer shoes because they were too big on me. I went down one half size. I told the shoe sales clerk: now, if I could lose in my butt like I do my feet that would be great. We lose where we lose, right? It is just the way it is. emoticon

Take care all, Pam emoticon

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ok, just one more question....somehow i found the goodies page. Not sure this makes sense to me. How do i send one to someone?
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CJ- Congratulations on your long streak emoticon Keep it going!! I agree that you have an adorable GGS. New babies just make your heart warm. I love the Arthur Ash quote. I have had it posted on my computer for a while.

Vacation? Vacation ? Did someone mention vacation??? i sure could use one right now!!!
First night done....was working in the pediatric area...busy all night long....And one of the very generous doctors bought PIZZA and someone else bought Donuts!!!! So hard to resist especially at 3 am but i did it!!!! Went to a different area and just kept thinking of my weight loss so far and that helped me keep on track but it was sure hard!! Have already noticed that my arthritic hip is not so sore with even just this little bit of loss. Go figure!!
Showered, got bread started in the bread machine, made steel cut oats and cleaned the kitchen so i will relax and read for a bit then off to bed to do it all again tonight. emoticon
have a successful day!!!
ps thanks for the info on the points
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All right. Enough of this rain. It rained so hard last night I woke up hearing it pounding on windows. I know itís April, but Iím tired of it. emoticon

Jackie, so happy to see that Mike is doing better. Every little bit counts and helps. Going to Starbucks emoticon would be an incentive to get out and about for me!! Love it.

Lois, I donít know how you put all those hours in!! My daughter is a CNA at a nursing home. She works nights. She started with nights and just stayed with them. It was easier for her when Joe was little. That way sheíd be at work and heíd be home with his dad. Worked for them. Of course, she made a little more working nights too. She said some comments were made once about nights being such an Ďeasy shift.í No dealing with visitors, meals, showers, etc. She said it took everything she had not to get angry and reply. Night shift also cleans wheelchairs, gets residents up for bathroom time when they canít get up themselves, changes adult diapers, cleans up whatever is needed in the room, sits with them when they are ready to pass, and she has even curled hair, put on make-up and painted nails while waiting for loved ones to arrive. Night shift is hard.

Jeannie, sorry about Marilynís return to the hospital. Yes, it does seem like her bouts with cellulitis are more frequent. Itís a worry for you and itís so painful for her. emoticon

Ellen, did I see ĎBraves???í Another baseball fan!! Iím a Cardinals fan. I watched Saturday and Sundayís games with the Braves. Happy to know thereís another one on the team.

CJ, how wonderful that youíre on a Streak of logging in. I go like gangbusters and then something happens and I donít log in. Way to go!

Lou, it is so darn frustrating to lose a post. Most of the time I don't know why. I lose them at home more often. Must have something to do with my using the laptop there vs. the 'big guns' here at work. Glad you made it finally. It's always good to hear from everyone.

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good morning This is the 3rd try to day I have bee reading post but not posting and then having trouble losing them
Cj what a wonderful goal 365 I have trouble because there are some days I don't check in until after midnight and then I lose my streak most I have done is 30 and that was hard What a cute little baby love all your pictures congrats to all who have lost wt
the weather is suppose to be better this week so maybe we will all feel better Have a great week I am going to try not to lose this one Lou

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Yesterday was my 325th day to login in and spin the bonus wheel, I'm really working on that 365th day, It will be sometime in May, I remember it been since our last years trip to Florida, which was in May. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank you for everyone's comments on my new GGS, They are ALL precious to us.

So here we go Monday again, going to make this a great week, I am doing ok since my last fall, still a little bruised and sore. but getting there. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jeannie: So sorry to hear about your Sis, those cellulitis infections are hard to get rid of, will be praying for her.

Ellen: What a day you had, my feet and leg would be yelling at me too, some days I think I push myself to hard and others not enough, Just glad you can still do some extra walking, good to see you back posting again.

Jackie: good to see Mike doing a little better, will continue to pray for you and him both.

Well all the Monday stuff is looking at me again, and since its only 4:30am I'm going back to bed and see if maybe I can get a little more sleep.

Love you ALL: CJ from OK emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

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What a little cutie CJ congrats.
This is definately a down day for me. Really overdid it last night went to Braves game and lots of extra walking. My legs and feet have been fussing at me all day.
I am starting to get active on this site again. Have been logging food and exercise for awhile but having been posting much on team pages.


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Lois and Jackie, thanks for answering Karen's questions about the points.

CJ, such a cute picture and you've finally gotten to get your hands on that baby! Hope there aren't any ill effects from your fall.

Linda, thanks for stopping by. A quick hello now and then is all we need to know you're okay! :)

Sorry...quick post tonight. The day has gotten away from me, I'm afraid. I did get a call from Sis's nursing home. They were sending her to the hospital with cellulitis again. Seems like the bouts with cellulitis are coming more frequently. She is certainly susceptible!

Good night friends! Have a wonderful week and take at least one or two baby steps to keep you moving along on this journey. Some days a baby step is all I can manage! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Karen, on the top there is a list of things -- My Trackers, Articles & Videos, Community, etc. Click on "my trackers" and in the drop down near the bottom, there is a "my Spark Points" With each team, there are also "team goals" near the bottom of the page, that you can join. Anyway on the "my spark points, just click on each one and it will tell you how to earn points. If you earn 25 points in a day then you get a bonus spin to earn more points. It's fun to collect points so I can give away "goodies" to others!

CJ -- what a GREAT picture and SO GLAD that you are feeling better. Whew... get sickness behind us, is what I say.

I love the "recaps" as well as the posts. 12 hour shifts... i can't do them any more,,,, good for you Karen that you still can... They are a killer, days not so bad, but nights, whew,,, I'm lucky if I can endure 4 hour shifts anymore :) And to think, I used to do 16 hours and double back in the past and didn't think much of it.... Emergency Room...I'll bet you don't have time to get bored at work :)

Gotta run, be back later! gotta keep up with the "news."


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Good day Sunday, everyone. Thanks for the long recap Babs! I have an appreciation for anyone who sews or mends costumes or clothes, since I have absolutely no talent in that arena! I am fortunate is that my new chorus has people who will do things for you, if needed. One of the ladies made my new competition outfit last Sunday for me!

Karen - you get points for tracking, posting, reading articles, etc. Sometimes you have to click on a button, other times, it's automatic. You may use your points to buy 'goodies' for friends or for yourself - if you have a Spark Page.

Mike felt a little like getting out yesterday, so we went to pick up a new landline phone set on sale and then have a coffee at Starbucks. Today, it is too cold and snowing to do anything. I just want to hibernate by the wood stove.

Babs - good on losing! Yay!

I am still not getting back on track - consistently enough. Will start again today.

Well, going to practice some tunes, throw away/straighten up my office.

Have a good day all.

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After the long post yesterday, I'm 'all talked out.'

Glad your sister is doing well, Jeannie, but sorry about her hip. As long as she is being taken care of, and apparently very well, I think you're wise to step back and let them 'do their thing.'

Shoot. Today I didn't take notes and my 'rememberer' is on the fritz. Let's see. "Regretful" is really another Karen. Nice to meet you. 2 - 12 hr shifts in Emergency. Holy cow. That has got to be exhausting. We have other nurses here too. Jeannie is a nurse and so is Lois. Good for you for showing support for your co-worker.

Linda, great to see a post from you. It's OK to read and not post. It's OK to read and say 'Hi.' We're just happy to have you with us.

CJ, you look great and so does your newest baby. How wonderful. Healthy and Happy - that says it all.

Have a wonderful, Sparkling Sunday.

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4/10/16 9:09 A

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My DH and I finally got well enough to see my new GGS, My 9th so far, he is two weeks old already, but he's a keeper. We are so blessed, God is good.

I must go for now and get ready for Church, I will post more tomorrow.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND: CJ from OK.

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4/10/16 12:22 A

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my real name is karen
can someone explain how you add the points?? i have added a few things to keep track of, but not sure what the points thing is
so glad to have my 2 12 hour days done. I work in a very busy emergency department and am very tired by the time i get home but last night i managed to get half the back lawn cut. it is taking a very long time as it is the first cut of the year and is so heavy and thick!. tomorrow i am starting 2 12 hour nights- that sounds like a lot of fun right? not.
tuesday morning after i get off i am going to shower then go to court to support one of our nurses who was assaulted last year and has been unable to return to work due to PTSD. the jerk that punched him pleaded not guilty. not sure how he thinks he can get away with that.
better go to bed now. managed 7 days of logging in and tracking....one day at a time....
stay well

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4/9/16 6:34 P

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Went to my orientation this morning have to go to another one Tuesday night,Todays one is by the park and the second one is by my employer for the food part.So as soon as i do both i can start working when the park opens april 30th.

Lind of cool today tomorrow my daughter and i are heading to Freeport ,me for some shopping at the outlets.

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4/9/16 12:28 P

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I read all posts daily. Sometimes I have nothing to say related to conversation, but I am here. Love the story about shoes. I have done it with socks and wore my shirt inside out when rushing for work after a time change I hadn't thought about.

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Oh, thank you, Babs!!! What an awesome recap. I was so happy to see that I could slip in here on the back end of your message. I second everything you said!! Am I lazy or what?

Have had a somewhat busy morning for a Saturday. Had to get to the post office, make a few phone calls, cut Richard's hair (I positively hate doing that, but when I think about the money we save, I know it is worth it, but...) and pretty soon I'll head off to the Y to the pool, too.

I visited my sister yesterday. She continues to do fairly well. Her hip is bothering her. The staff thinks it is bursitis. They are doing some kind of "treatments" in PT. I try to not get too involved in some of that stuff, as I don't think they need someone to be micromanaging every step they take. I can tell she is well cared for, and certainly well fed. We went to eat at a restaurant we'd never tried before and met a friend for lunch...she was a good friend of Mom's, but also is ours. Good to see her.

We have sunshine! Of course, it was very, very cold this morning and most of the fruit trees that were blooming will lose their crops. The silly things were blooming earlier than usual and this is what happens!

Take care, friends, and do at least one thing that is good for you and gets you a step up on that road to success. For me, it is a long and wiggly path, but I think I'm at least continuing in a forward motion. I hope you are, too. Hugs and love, Jeannie

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4/9/16 10:03 A

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I believe I missed a day. No!!! Make that 2 days. I didnít mean for that to happen, but Iím getting old. Thatís my excuse and itís true!

I lost 0.6# last week. I had 2 hungry days again. Not whole days, but like evenings. I had stopped the evening grazing a long time ago. No idea why that happened last week. BUT by golly Iím determined not to let it happen this week!! Iíll take my loss with a smile.

Iím alone today. My plan is to get to the gym for some pool time. Love my water walking and I can do it alone, in my own time, and sit in the whirlpool too. Weíve had rain this past week and itís been heck on the old knees. So the pool time will help. Iím going to take Jasmine for her walk too. Itís cold Ė 30 Ė but we Ďgirlsí need our fresh air.

Linda, my kids played soccer on travel teams too. They played rec and travel Ė which meant a lot of games. My son played basketball too until his senior year of HS. He decided he didnít like the coach and switched to football Ė much to my dismay and horror. He told me he should have been playing football all along. Terrifies me!!

Pam, I totally agree with your statement. ďOne thing that I have discovered both with having diabetes and aging is that what I want or wanted in the past is counter productive to what I really want now: weight loss and improved health.Ē I am so glad you posted that. I think it might become a mantra for me. Hope you and hubby are feeling better. Funny jean story.

Lois, hilarious story about your shoes at WI!! Itís OK. Iím sure you needed, or at least Ďdeserved,í a new pair. Congratulations on the 4# loss. Awesome.

Jackie, Iím so sorry to hear that Mike is sick again. Good thoughts, positive vibes and prayers for both of you.

Jeannie, a sweater inside out - now thatís funny. A couple of years ago I went to a meeting at our St. Louis office. It was with brokers for our medical plan. I wore a new sweater Ė price tag and all!! Thank God one of my friends noticed it BEFORE everyone came to the meeting. How embarrassing. Windy and chilly here too. Tired of it! Hope Marilynís feeling better.

Yes, poor Theresa has had a rough time of it for quite sometime. I did see a positive post from her daughters that she was resting and doing well after surgery. Iím not sure what the problem was this time, but sheís had serious health problems since last fall when she was taken to the hospital and spent time in ICU. Several surgeries followed that stay. She thought she was through the worst of it. Please do include her and her family in your prayers.

Abby Ė thanks for the kind words. She absolutely loves her dance. She has 4 costumes. She takes 4 different classes: ballet; hip hop; tap; and, jazz. Different costume for each class/dance. They are expensive!! She absolutely loves it. She has 4 classes, but I only pay for 2. She gets 2 free ones. Iím surprised that tap is her least favorite and ballet her favorite. Itís a healthy passion. She dances at home every day. They practice at class weekly for the recital. There will be a dance recital rehearsal the week prior to the actual recital, on stage, in costume. It was wild last week with parents and costumes all over the place. We saw them dance, and in their costumes. She was so wound up. Nightmare!!

Karen, you crack me up! Navy blue and tan shoe? A Trailblazer vs a truck? Now thatís funny. I will include your friend in my prayers.

Oh, CJ, I am so sorry about your fall. Thank God nothing is broken. Youíve had some bad luck lately. Iíll add you to my list of people to pray for.

Linda, congratulations on the weight loss!! That's awesome. Wonder what the woman wanted all those pantyhose for. Funny.

I think I just might be 'caught up.' Probably not but as close as I can get.

Have a Super Sparkling Saturday/Sunday.

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4/7/16 9:46 P

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Prayers for every one not feeling well or getting test results.

When i had the flu all of us got it really bad for 12 hours then just tired and not very hungry. for a few days.

Went to my TOPS and by their scale i lost 1.6 pounds this week,so far i have lost 5.4 since starting with them.

When i worked at a bank a lady walked in in the winter a lot of people where looking at her funny,she had been dragging panty hose out of her pants.She grabbed them and stuck them in her purse. LOL

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5Eregon: My hubby and I are wondering if it was food poisoning but just not sure where to point the finger. Two days later and all he had yesterday (and he worked a 12 hour day) was a chocolate shake at McDonald's and a small bowl of chicken noodle soup at home. I did a little better and had toast, an orange and some iced tea. I think tonight we will have our first 'real meal'. I think.

I went to work with a new pair of jeans on and that long stickie piece that says the inseam was still on the outside of the leg. I had a co-worker ask me if I was wearing new jeans and I smiled, "Why yes". Then he smiled and I looked down. Where is your Mom when you need to get dressed in the morning? LOL

ReturntoThin(Lois): Congrats on the new shoes as well as the 4 lbs. 'kicked to the curb'. emoticon I'll have to share one of my favorite weight loss 'stories' from my history. I was walking along the busiest street in a large metro city that I lived in (Mpls.) in a dress and wearing a half slip at that time. I was crossing a very busy intersection at the time (carrying some work from one of our offices to another--volunteered because it was one of those rare Midwest spring days we ached for) and I felt something start sliding down my calves. It was my slip. I stopped in the middle of the intersection and picked it up then stuffed it in my work 'brief' and kept walking. I think that was on one of my 'thinner' days. LOL. To this day, I have never worn another half slip.

I know all of those places you mentioned. I went to Hamline as an art major then transferred to the U. of MN where I graduated. I am sorry that I don't know your friend but Nelson is a pretty 'common' name in Minnie soda. ;)

Regretful: welcome. emoticon Glad to have you aboard. Congrats on the weight loss. Keep up the great work. emoticon

IowaGramma: Thanks for the heads up. I hope and pray that I will be in my 70s and rockin it. I did pray for Teresa (PYNETREE) I hope she returns and lets everyone know how she is doing. Worry just makes old or eat and we don't want either, right?

VTMAID: Well, speaking of cars I couldn't find mine at the Mall of America and so I asked one of their patrolling cops to give me a lift and drive me around. This is a huge huge lot too. Only in MN would they do that and not be mad at you. LOL. I did thank him profusely but mine was a silver Buick Century like a hundred other ones so it was only half my fault. LOL.

CJMOK: Well, " I have the wisdom of a 20 yr old, the body of a 90 year old and the energy of a 3 yr old." I start off in all directions but I don't know why or where. LOL. Love that quote. I have had tough tumbles like that myself. Take care. In February, I broke two toes running into the vacuum cleaner and my whole side and bottom of my left foot was black. I finally could wear closed toes shoes 6 weeks later in time for Easter. emoticon

I have included everyone mentioned in my nightly prayers. As I told my hubby, there is so much need in this world that I swear a person could pray 8 hours a day and it still wouldn't cover everyone.

Take care all Pam emoticon




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Highest Starting Weight: 301.8 lbs. 6/5/10
42.6 lbs. loss maintained for 5 1/2 years!

Current Weight: 242.2 lbs. FIRST TIME I HAVE WEIGHED THIS WEIGHT SINCE OCT. 1991. (25 YEARS AGO!)

Start Weight: 259.2 lbs. 1/4/16
4/4/16: 15 lbs.,14.75 inches Down One Dress Size!

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