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Jineane, thanks for posting the link to that article. It's great! One of the really good ones I've read recently. I thought I'd read it before, but I don't think I have. Good info!!

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Hello folks - just me finally checking in. Things have been a bit hectic due to family circumstances with my 96 year old mother. She is slowly recovering from the cold/flu thing she caught just after Christmas. Both my sisters came as at one point it looked like she would not make it. But she is a tough lady and is holding her own. This has been stressful for me and I have been feeling fatigued and overwhelmed and haven't been doing much sparking. I am concentrating on getting refocused and finding creative ways to work my plan. Every year/month/week/day brings its special challenges. This is what helps us grow.

Anyways, this was a helpful article from today's list - Analysis Paralysis: 7 Ways to Prevent Decision Fatigue

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Good morning...at least it's still morning in the middle part of the US. We're having a nice day without so much wind...finally. It has been bad for a week or so. At least it isn't Midwest cold temps on top of the wind, but still makes it unpleasant to be out and about.

Babs, I've been thinking about getting another pedometer. I hesitate because I've spent so much money on them over the years. Two fitbits (one that I lost and the other that just stopped working just after the 1 year warranty), one of the SP activity trackers (same thing...stopped working and now they don't have them anyway), and everal others I've purchased in years past. So, I'm just leery of spending more money, but do miss having one.

Having a bit of car trouble this last week. It just "dies" off an on...usually when we're sitting at a light or in a driveway waiting to pull into traffic. Richard called our mechanic at home and got a couple ideas from him, so I imagine this afternoon he'll be trying to find someone to check out the possible problems. Hope so...I refuse to drive it anywhere by myself with it doing this.

Still haven't done anything about a bicycle either. That's one thing I really want to do soon. I checked out the recumbent bike in the exercise room, but it doesn't really fit me and I hate being cooped up in a little room when I could be out riding in the nice weather. At least I found out it doesn't hurt my back to use it. That's the good thing!

Hope you all are doing okay and that you haven't been hit by the ice storm moving across much of the Midwest. Stay safe and warm, everyone! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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-63F!!!! Sounds like Antarctica. Your poor daughter, Karen. Her eye froze shut. My guess is she gets this love of adventure from you unless Jim is like you. I hate being hot but that's ridiculous. Sorry the cold is paying you another visit. Horrible.

Jeannie, sounds like you had fun visiting with some of your park friends. There's a lot of fun activities there too. Fun times.

Warmer today. Very foggy. Rainy and gloomy.

I bought a Fitbit Charge 2 yesterday. One of my bosses gave me a gift card to Target. The Charge 2 was on sale, $30 off. Not bad. So I bought it and still have plenty left. It wants me to 'take a stroll' right now. It should help me to move more. I like it. Plus it's a watch and it monitors my heart rate. That's good for me since I'm getting ancient.

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1/14/17 8:20 P

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Good evening! Hope you all are staying warm and safe!!

Karen, sure hope you don't come down with that cold again...maybe a false alarm? Always a bummer anytime, but especially when it interferes with our plans.

We've had a strange day. Warm enough (74), but we had rain showers 3-4 different times. I started out for a walk twice and got rained on both times. And that is me with my very short walks. Still trying to build up my stamina/strength. It's not going well!

Went to some friends to visit awhile this later afternoon and got caught up on all the park gossip/goings on. Nice people and always a fun visit. Richard watched one of the basketball games that was on at the same time in between visiting.

Be well, everyone...hard to believe we're nearly halfway through the month! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Hi Sparkers! Welcome to the new members. I have been AWOL again, lol. I don't know he days is by me, but they do. I think my job might have something to do with that!
Babs, I was thinking of you last night when I saw a video of the ice storm. Eeek! I would not like to drive in that. I have in the past, but unlike driving in snow, I do not like driving on ice.
Somehow I managed to catch the cold again that I had the week before Christmas. Grrrr...not pleased about that one bit. We have tickets to see a group perform at a local church. It is so cold out and I feel yucky enough that we might stay home. However, we wearing eat out as well, and I don't really have anything in the house I wish to prepare. Maybe we will just go out to dinner and then come home and watch the Patriots game later on and then a hockey game.
I was tinkering around with the new sewing machine earlier. Either I have become very stupid or the directions are not well written. I prefer the latter! Anyway, I think I have finally figured out threading the darned thing and filling the bobbin. I just have to bite the bullet and start a project. A small project, lol. I bought fabric last weekend for the first of the three quilts I want to complete for next Christmas, but I think on a new machine a smaller project is a good place to start. I have a co-worker having a baby in the summer, so I think I might start a simple crib quilt for her. She doesn't want to know if it is a boy or girl, but I do have some fabric in shades of green which I could use with some white on off white fabric and make a log cabin type quilt.
It is frigid here again today. One day this past week the temp rose to 61F. Crazy! The Friday before Christmas the daughter who works on Ski Patrol up north said the windchill was -63F and her eye froze completely shut, even though she was wearing her goggles and the rest of her face was completely covered. She is far more adventuresome than I.
I can't remember what anyone posted. I should just take notes, and then post!
Hope you all have a warm and safe Saturday!
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Stay warm Babs. Weather here is so nice 73 outside. Hard to believe last Saturday we were iced in.
But that is the crazy type weather we have here.
I should be outside but here I am inside doing stuff around the house. Heading down to clean the exercise room and set up stereo that took down there yesterday. Got tired of waiting on hubby to do it.

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Good morning friends. Sparkling Saturday to you. It's sparkling here. We have ice, but it isn't as bad as the forecast.

I'm up a pound again this week. That means: Work harder, Babs. Pay attention to what you put in your mouth (meaning less salt!!) and drink more water and less coffee. MOVE IT.

Got that down pat. Now I'll begin working on it.

Welcome again to all new members. It's always wonderful for us to have new members. New ideas. Enthusiasm. New outlooks. Welcome!

Let's make it a fun weekend.

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Good Morning to ALL, well we in Oklahoma are having some winter weather, freezing rain and cold, last Tuesday and Wednesday it was in the 70's, yesterday and today its in the low 20's, tomorrow its suppose to be in the high 50's and the rest of next week in the 60's. Gee's a lou, no wonder everybody's bodies are wondering whats going on. I hear it raining really hard right now. hope the temp is above freezing. (YIKES).

It will be a great Saturday to stay in and yes Jeannie I will probably get my ironing done, I have a bunch.

My sister is doing better, her leg that was amputated is healing really well, she still has to wear the wound vac for a few more weeks. hopefully then she will be able to get her new leg and start learning how to use it. She still is not able to eat very well because all her taste buds are gone from all the acid reflux and thrust in her mouth, Dr says they will grow back, but it will take a while.

Got to go my friends: HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Check-in time!! I don't know how I manage to fritter my days away, but seems to happen on a regular basis!

Nola, hope it doesn't get too cold for you. Keeping you in my prayers and hoping that things improve for you soon, too!

Pam, water is always a good thing for us...well, unless you get too much, which isn't good, but seldom happens. You mentioned drinking it ice cold. I'm almost the opposite. I'd much rather have water at room temperature. I want cold iced tea, cold milk, cold everything else, but I have so much trouble drinking much if it's ice cold. Isn't it interesting how we're all so different...which is also a good thing, right?

Lois...here's a shoutout to you...wondering how the foot surgery went and if you made it all the way to Florida so soon after. Hope your hip is feeling better by now.

Babs, are you caught up at work? It's a shame when we have to "pay the price" for taking earned days off, but that's usually the way it is. I suppose it will be time for audits again soon.

The highlight of our morning was getting our car washed. LOL...doesn't take much to make my day! Looks so much better. Then we made a stop at Costco and laid in a supply. We're at the half way mark for our winter stay, so I really don't want to stock up on too much and instead we'll begin using up what we have. Tomorrow, Richard will play shuffleboard and this weekend I think we're both recovered enough to go to church. I may try to go down to the craft/sewing building to see if I can make my sister another bib to use in the dining room. Simple to make, but I have to get motivated. I've done one for her and bought a really cute on. She has quite a tremor, so it works better to have her covered during meals. I should make myself one...some days I'm as bad or worse!

Take care, friends...we'll talk again soon! Hugs and love, Jeannie

CJ, congrats on getting that A1C down!! How wonderful! Keep after it and you will be amazed! Hope your sis is continuing to do well.

Ellen, interesting info about shivering. I do shiver from time to time, but I'm pretty sure I don't do it long enough to burn any/many calories! LOL...I'm all about being comfortable, so I avoid it. Maybe I shouldn't??

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The temps have dropped again. The cold is back!

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Nola, so sorry your problems continue. emoticon Acceptance of difficult issues is definitely not easy to accept.

Dreary again today. We have bad weather in the forecast. I hope it misses us - more ice and snow.

I need to get busy again. I am making progress here!

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Still dealing with so much fatigue and breathing issues. I hope that I get some answers soon but I know that many of my issues are not curable or even have ways to make them easier to deal with. I am trying to get to the point of acceptance but it is very hard to accept how much my world changes each year.

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Hello Sparkies. I'm still plowing through mail on my desk. What a nightmare!! I'll make more progress tomorrow. Yesterday was emails, phone calls, people in/out of my office, payroll . . . . . . . I'll get there. It was wonderful to have 2 weeks off.

Gloomy day here. Dark, dreary and rainy. Warming up. Then by the weekend cold, ice and snow. Crazy winter!

Glad everyone seems to be feeling better.

I'm definitely ready to get back into high gear for some healthy 'fitness' moves and weight loss.

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Jeannie: I hear you about husbands. Paul forgets to clip his toenails and yesterday he stubbed the little on with a longer than 'should be' nail and he will definitely lose it. LOL I could say 'told you so' but I didn't. LOL. He can barely wear his tie shoes for work so he is wincing a lot and looking for sympathy which I give LOL. Poor babies. LOL

Ellen: Yes, I had heard that about burning calories. Also, if you drink really cold water (and quite a bit of it) you can create the same effect. So, drinking really cold water can also help your body burn calories. I had read an article a while back on that.

CJ: emoticon that you brought your A1C down from 7-6. Keep up the good work!

Well, like others here we are also going to have a warm up for a couple of days so I am going to get out after Paul comes home from work and do some errands tonight in the balmy mid 40s temps. We usually stop by Wendy's since it is mid point to Wal-mart. I have to pick up my prescription before 9 p.m.

Speaking of water, I have been trying to increase my water consumption but it is hard to do during the winter. I am waiting on a glass tea kettle that I can use in the microwave. I ordered it from a favorite catalog for seniors called "Gold Violin" but it is on back order. That way I can make smaller amounts of hot water. Then, I will switch to tea at night.

Stay warm all, Pam

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Good Morning my SP friends, I'm looking forward to today and tomorrow, suppose to be in the 60's today and 70's tomorrow and then back to cold. Today I get to go to lunch at one of my favorite places with a friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon , I haven't been able to go see her for about 3 months now, since my sisters have been sick. So looking forward to having a fun me day.

Ellen: Thank you for your note on Shivering and Calories, sounds like all of us have been burning up some calories lately, been in the deep freeze around here the past few weeks.

Jeannie: I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better, hopefully Richard will do the same. emoticon

I did go to doctor last week and had all my labs done, My A1c was down from 8 to 7 so I'm working on it being down from 7 to 6 in the next 6 months. A great NSV, but it sure will take me staying out of the cookie jar and very few mashed potatoes. emoticon emoticon emoticon , also have a new 2017 goal of loosing 17 lbs the next 3 months, that's 5.6 lbs a month or 1.4 lbs a week, very doable. again if I stay out of the cookie jar and the Mac and Cheese pot. emoticon So my new word is WHOLE FOODS, and leave the sauces behind. emoticon emoticon
Guess I better get off here for now, and get some work done before I leave.

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hope everyone is staying warm. Had our first really cold weather this week end. Hope everyone is staying warm. I'm doing my best but the temps will be going back up this week. Love this everchanging GA weather.

Shivering and Calories
Shivering in extremely cold weather works to prevent your body temperature from dropping dangerously low. Through muscle action, more heat is generated than your body could create without shivering. Just as when your muscles are used for exercise, shivering burns calories. Being shivering cold definitely burns more calories than being just a little cold. Shivering can burn around 100 calories in 15 minutes. The muscles secrete a hormone called irisin that stimulates heat production from white and brown fat cells stored in the body. Thus, when you shiver, not only do your muscles burn calories, using glycogen stores, but also your fat stores burn calories healthyeating.sfgate.com/calories-bu
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guess that's how I lost the weight this week. emoticon Didn't exercise was hurting thought I had hurt myself other day but now thinking this cold weather aggravated arthritis in my hip. Feels better today so far, so going to get back to grind today.

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Good morning! I truly am feeling better every day...hooray! So happy. Richard has been feeling pretty crummy, but I expected that. He's a good helper for me when I'm not feeling well, but he's a lousy patient. LOL...he's better today, too.

A while ago Pam asked if we have someone watching our house while we're gone. I don't think I ever answered. We do. Our next door neighbor (as in the same building...there are 3 condo units in our building) is taking care of everything in exchange for being able to park his second car in our garage. His wife is the one in a power wheelchair due to a spinal injury many years ago and their garage is kind of small for a lift van, plus a car. It makes it so much nicer for her to be able to wheel herself into their garage and then right into the van without going outside or having him move one car and then the other. It works well for us, too, as they are steps away. He's watering my 2 plants, too, although I'm concerned they are getting more water than they need. Normally they thrive on neglect, but with too much water the roots will start to rot away. Oh well...small price to pay.

Today we're just doing a little laundry, probably get a few groceries, and then the big football game tonight...which I won't watch much of, but will have no choice but to listen to. That's okay...this is the last of the 40+ college bowl games. Amazing how many there have been.

Pam, our "winter" in the Rio Grande Valley seems to be over for now. It's to be low 70s this afternoon and in the mid 80s by later this week. What a turnaround!

See you all later. Hugs and love! Jeannie

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emoticon all new comers. I haven't gotten your names down yet but I will. Give me time. Until then, make yourself 'to home' and pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee emoticon and share a little bit about yourself.

In the meantime, since everyone everywhere is cold, try to stay warm!


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hi everyone hope that every one is staying warm in this very cold weather maybe we will lose an ounce or two because on body in straying to stay warm lol I am not liking to be in the house all the time Went to church this morning and had to come home because the cold weather made it hard for me to breathe Where is spring emoticon

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Good day all - Jeannie, glad you're better, sorry to hear that RIchard is coming down with it.

It is way too cold - I agree. And something's wrong with the wood stove - just won't fire up with a good draft. Had the chimney and stovepipe cleaned, but still an issue. Mike is going to call someone Monday. So, the gas log is on with the electric heater and heating pad. I keep saying this is the last winter in this home, that I'm going somewhere warm, then Spring comes.

Have SA sectional practice with a coach in a couple of hours, that will be beneficial. Then she is coaching the whole chorus tomorrow. Gotta get my vocals warmed up too.

Stay safe, warm, and healthy all.

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Good morning! Yes...I'm still alive and I'm actually feeling half way decent. Wow, did that head cold knock me for a loop. Glad I don't get them often. I'm too old to lose a week of my life like that!! LOL!

Richard is coming down with it, but it doesn't seem so bad, yet. Maybe it's a virus he met before and has a little resistance to it. Did you know that every head cold (virus) you get is caused by a different one? Useless fact, but interesting. Anyway, I hope he doesn't get too sick, as you know what guys can be like. Right, Tom? If you're reading! LOL

Today will be a quiet day at home. The sun is shining, but it was very cold for this area. I know it doesn't sound like much to the Northerners (including me), but it got down to 31 early this morning with lots of freeze warnings and shelter openings. This area just does not get that kind of weather and people are not prepared for it. Unfortunately, there are usually house fires and fatalities b/c people try to warm their houses with space heaters used incorrectly. Many homes are not heated and dressing in layers is a concept they don't understand. It's to warm back into the 80s by mid-week.

We have a few things on the agenda for this week, but we have to wait and see how Richard is feeling...okay, I hope. It's never fun to be confined to the house because you're sick.

Babs, what a great break you've had. Hope you're not too overwhelmed when you get back to work.

Hi to everyone else. I didn't read very far down the chats before I started posting. I'll try hard to get caught up with everyone this coming week. Hugs (from a distance) to all!! xoxox Jeannie

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Sparkling Saturday everyone.

Welcome to our new members. Please jump right in, post and share. It's motivating to hear from everyone.

Very cold here this morning. 3 degrees. It's also pretty out with 1/2" of snow on the ground and the sun shining.

Abby had a friend spend the night. I'll take them skating this afternoon.

It's back to work for me on Monday. It's been nice having time off.

I hope that everyone is feeling better today. Have a Sparkling Weekend.

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Good morning everyone. It's bitter cold here. 10 but that's up from when I checked early this morning and it was 6.

I've got laundry going. Did some extra kitchen cleaning. Now I need to decide what to do about dinner. I may have to 'nap' on that!

Back to work on Monday. It's been nice.

Jeannie, glad you're feeling better.

Pam, thanks. Enjoy your NYE dinner.

Today feels like a 'lazy' day for me. I may give in and take a nap. See how I can convince myself!

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I think the reason why we who are here in the south are catching all of these colds and viruses is because the weather is up and down like a slide trombone. We have had as high as the 70s and t-storms and now we are supposed to have freezing rain and possibly snow tomorrow night. I have both had the furnace on with the heat and the windows opened at night in the past 10 days. My body doesn't know what is up.

Jeannie: Hope you are feeling better soon. I have recovered pretty much.

Jeannie: Did you say you have a neighbor who is checking on your home back in IA? I hope so. My sister needs to close our parents' house by March 1st. She has been working on going through the mountain of papers (1965 tax returns?) as well as making 'piles' of stuff per request within our family in terms of sentimental things. Well, since it has been both icy and lots of snow she missed a few days checking on the house and when she did two days ago the 10 year old furnace's thermostat has malfunctioned and it registered 99 degrees in the house. Paula told me the walls were even hot to touch! She called the utilities and they came out immediately and opened every window and vent to cool down the house. With all of those old papers on the dining room table and such it is a miracle that the house didn't go up in flames. It even melted down the smoke alarm in the upstairs hallway. An electrician came yesterday and put in a new thermostat so things are back to 'normal' but she had one heck of a stressful 24 hours.


Babs; I apologize that I didn't send you a goodie. I always read the newsletter so call it a 'senior moment'. emoticon emoticon

Well, I am making some progress with some cleaning but I have had to bundle up when I went out to sweep the dead leaves off of the front porch. The air was about low 40s and I was wearing a sweatshirt. Still, the sun was bright and it was a nice change of pace. Nice to get some rosy cheeks out of the deal.

We are now going to go out for our belated NYE dinner. We were going to wait until the weekend but with the possibility of a serious mix of ice and freezing rain we might be benched at home. If that happens I am going to use the time to start repainting our bedroom. We are going from a tomato red and burnished gold to white and soft light blue. Yes, I love the former but I promised that I would switch it over to my hubby's favorite colors now that it has been about 5 years. I have all new bedding to match. I told him to pick up a small step ladder on the way home so he can do the top while I do the bottom. Team work! emoticon

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Well...I'm alive but barely! Think I've turned the corner on it, but still have quite a cough and "wrung out" but feeling a bit better. Just wanted to check in and say hi. See you soon.

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Good morning friends. Bitter cold - 15 right now. Snowing but it isn't really suppose to accumulate to much.

The kids returned to school today. Abby was not ready!!

Osteopenia: No I wasn't told much about what to do other than watch my diet (meaning lose weight) and exercise. My doctor is a huge fan of water walking. I believe that's because it's something I enjoy. Also, the ortho MD told me the same thing. It's not hard your joints. It's an excellent form of exercise. Of course, we have to do what we enjoy. If not, we all know what happens. In other words, don't tell me to jog. It ain't gonna happen??!!

Jeannie, so sorry you're sick. We've had so much of that on our team. You must have missed the memo that 2017 is a year of good health for us! emoticon

Today is hair cut day. I love getting it cut. I think I'm going to tell him 'shorter.' I know it's winter but it grows so darn fast.

Thank you everyone for the good wishes/goodies for my 6th Sparkversary. Hard to believe it's been 6 years.

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karen I have a large stash also I have been giving some of it away to my GD she does a lot of sewing and knitting I can not do that type of craft any more because my hands hurt too bad I saw a cotton quilt made with surge it was really cool Have fun with your machine This summer when my GD visited I help myGGK make quilted wall hangings (ages 3 8 11) It was alot of fun and they really enjoyed being creative They picked material out of my stash I did the cutting for the 3 year old and he did the design and the sewing The other two did it all with supervision GM had a great time pam sounds like you are set for the new year Babs you sound good Jeannie hope you will be feeling bett going to bed good night Lou emoticon




















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Sorry I can't respond to you all...I have the worst head cold ever. It's been 2 years and why now, I wonder? I think I'm just meeting up with germs here in Texas that I haven't met before. Hopefully, I'll be feeling better tomorrow. You know I'm not feeling well when I have NO appetite! Be well and take care of yourselves...love and hugs! xoxo Jeannie

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Pam! Congratulations on your awesome streak!
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CJ: That must be a popular name right now for little boys. The latest addition to my side of the family now has a Corbin. Yours is adorable. I love that age although I am afraid I would be the one taking the afternoon naps. LOL. While they are up into mischief, right?

Nola: I am so sorry that your fitbit isn't working. I have heard so many pros and cons about this that for the cost of it you would think it work the first time all the time. I guess I have too high of expectations of things I buy. LOL I don't know.

Jeannie: Wise words indeed. In fact, I totally agree with you that our bodies have a memory (I actually read somewhere where our cells carry a smaller memory cell within it--I probably say that in PBS) and every single fall, fracture, bump and bruise is remembered when we age. LOL. Makes sense to me. 8 mins. is better than no mins. so I think that is good.

Babs: I also have osteopenia and I was never told what to do about it. Fortunately, I love all things dairy and so I just have been making sure every day I have dairy. Were you ever told to do anything about that? My understanding is that is thinning of your bones. I also don't like falling and yes I too have broken and fractured lots of bones in the past. I would have a hard time living now in the winter climates because we have had a lot of rain in the past couple of days and I can tell you I don't even like walking on slippery wet pavement. I think now I would hurt more than the smaller bones in my body. I am afraid of breaking a hip or my back.

Yes, thanks for reminding us we are old. LOL. I am 63 1/2 young btw. Yea, right. LOL

My NSV today is that today marks 365 consecutive days that I tracked here on Sparkpeople. The first 30 days were the hardest. It gets easier. I hope that this coming year I can now use this habit to help track my weight loss progress and eventually move down the scales more than I have.



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Day 3 of 2017. It's still dark, rainy, gloomy - an altogether pathetic morning outdoors! I'll just have to make it 'shine' in here. emoticon

Pam, great thought provoking questions for journaling. Thanks for sharing.

Jeannie, thanks for reminding us that we're over 60. Be careful! As a rule I am careful because I have a fear of falling. That is the result of breaking my ankle (same one/same place) twice. No way do I want to do that. Now I'm not 'so fast' (as if I ever was, he he) and I am not flexible at all. So I am very cautious.

That flexibility issue is something I'm working on. I honestly think I'm lazy. I have granted myself 'rest and relaxation' during my vacation time. As a result, I'm even less flexible! I decided last night to get it moving. I do have a slight back issue. Mom had osteoporosis. I have osteopenia. (Did I spell that right?) So I understand back issues. The rest was nice as far as getting a little sleep, but it didn't help me in other ways.

So today's goal is to move it, move it, move it.

You are all so wonderful. So supportive. So caring. So willing to share. Let's make 2017 'our year.'

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Here he is for those of you who remember my little Corbin, He will be 5 years old in March of this new year. He is little, but OH what a live wire. It was really good to get to see them, its been a little over a year.

Getting ready for this Artic cold to come in later today, not looking forward to a cold week, but it is January and cold is what we get.

Got to get busy for now, I try and be back later: CJ from OK.

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Tried to start the New Year out right and my Fitbit didn't track after I charged it last week. Recharged and it is doing fine now so better luck tomorrow. I was able to eat a little more today so that seems to have helped my energy level.
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Pam, today feels like a second Sunday to me. Probably to a lot of people, I suppose. I think my hands would be a lot farther apart than 8*!!! LOL

Watching the Hawks play in the Outback Bowl. Hope they get some scoring going soon.

When we came to Texas in early December I had a goal of walking 10 minutes each day. Lots of things got in the way of that, but especially my back pain. Many days I could have gone out to do "something" but didn't because I didn't think I'd last for 10 minutes. Well...over the weekend I had sort of an epiphany (after reading some SP articles). If I can't do 10 minutes, I can do something...maybe 5 minutes, maybe more, maybe less. So today I did it. Just got back from an 8 minute walk.

By the way, ladies...here's a little lecture about backs and muscles, etc. You know I got myself into this mess all by myself by not being careful. I tripped and fell down some steps at home and fractured 3 vertebra, although I didn't know it at the time. That happened because I wasn't paying attention!!! This was 7 years ago and about 3-4 years ago I started having a lot of trouble with my back. So, part of the trouble are those old fractures, some spinal stenosis, arthritis and compression issues. I'm 2 inches shorter than I used to be. This is a long story, but I want to plead with you to be very careful for yourself!!! Take care to not fall, get those throw rugs up and put away, use the grab bars, stay off the ice, etc. etc!! It really can happen to you (me)!!

Okay...off my soap box. Here's to 2017 and a fantastic year for all of us. I know that getting these pesky pounds off will only help my back so very much!

Hugs and love to all!! xoxo Jeannie
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I made a decision to not get on SP over the weekend except to track my food (363 consecutive days----). It doesn't feel like a Monday because Paul has the day off from his demanding on the road job.

The whole weekend has been rainy, cold and chilling me to the bone. I had the furnace on to get the chill out of the air.

I nixed eating out as we had planned because my RA does not like being out in temps under 55 degrees (I kid you not!) so we will do that meal this coming Friday.

I will admit that I had dessert each day over the weekend but otherwise I had a lot of Lean Cuisines. So, I was kind of surprised that I regained 2.4 lbs. I am too tired to care at this moment. I hate to admit that.

I bought a new sewing machine although I bought it more to alter my clothes rather than make new ones. I am not sure if I could make much but I agree that when you sew your own you can have them be exactly as you want.

I have to share something (I am an apple shape body and it sounds you all are pears) --well, this morning Paul and I were doing the qi gong program that is on our local cable t.v. station. This one was focusing on your hips, lower back and legs. Well, I am an apple and I had to laugh when the instructor (whom I really like) showed that one exercise is crossing your hands where each hand lands on your hips. I have a pot belly and needless to say they were about 8" away from each hip. LOL. Oh, well, but I could do the rest of it.



Jeannie there was one exercise that opens up your sciatic nerve that works amazingly. I just wish I was there to show you. Now, if a person could hold that position all day. LOL

I listened to the fireworks still going strong at 1:30 a.m.!! We live about 7 miles north of downtown where the Big Peach is dropped. I am too old for all that crowd stuff. I don't like smoky bars and one drink is too much for me. I am a lightweight. LOL. So, instead I watched a lot of old movies---Alfred Hitchcock marathon--which was good.

Glad to see a new year start and new start for all of my/our health and weight loss goals.

Here is a questionnaire that someone (my SP Avon Lady) sent me in my spark mail. It was kind of fun to fill out. You might find it fun.

This is a New Year's Challenge

Take a notebook or Journal and ask yourself a few questions to close out 2016 and get ready to rock 2017......

1) What were 3 things you did exceptionally well in 2016?

2) What were 3 things that could have been done with more.... passion?

3) If you made some mistakes in 2016, what did you take away and learn from them?

4) What are some Specific Goals or SMART goals for 2017?

5)Name 3 adjectives that best describe yourself...

6) What is 1 thing you would like to accomplish in 2017?

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I love adult coloring books. But that probably doesn't surprise any of you.

Karen, how nice that someone will be able to make use of your old machine. I am not talented as far as sewing goes. Mom sewed. She loved it.

The Christmas decorations are down and put away. As much as I love them I'm glad they are gone now. The living room seems huge now!!

It is so ugly and dreary here today. Very dark. Rainy and at times raining very heavy. Yuck. The forecast is for much colder temps to move in mid-week. Winter again.

I'm still off work this week. Maybe this week will be more productive.

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Good morning, Sparkers! Like many of you, I too am starting over. I have never, ever weighed this much and I know this cannot be helping the condition I have with my legs.
My doctor suggested awhile back that I consider injecting some hormone based therapy daily for 40 days and also adhere to a 500 calorie eating plan. I did check with others in the online support group for my particular condition to see what others might have had for experiences with it. Hands down, the comments were in the negative, even to the extent of saying the shots exacerbated the condition. Needless to say, I will not be following that path! I have yet to see the doctor again. I need to get over to the office and have them draw some blood to determine if I have any food allergies. That would be helpful to know.
So, since the shots are out, I have decided to go with a low carb, high fat and protein program. I have tried it off and on during the last month, and I know that sticking to it would not be as hard as I had feared. The fact that high fat foods such as full fat cheese are ok to eat, seems to fill the void for me as far as satiety. I think it will work.
I also need to retrain myself so that if I am hungry, or in a nibbly mood, that I first have a glass of water or tea. And....my other ploy is to pick up my knitting, etc. I can't be stuffing my mouth if my hands are otherwise employed, lol!
Lou, I think it was you who asked if I own a serger. I do not, just a super duper sewing machine. My sewing tends to be quilts, crafts and some clothing. I don't work on enough knits to make owning a server worth the cost, but I do know they are really handy machines to have. I am curious to see how much of my quilting skills still remain, lol. I have to admit right now I feel like a complete novice. I have been online looking for basic kits on sale, and will order one to refresh my skills. Today I plan to actually thread the new machine and maybe do something really simple with fabrics from my stash. Needless to say, I have a whole bunch of fabric squirreled away! I swear, fabric and yarn buying is a sickness for me. You can never have too much!
BTW, the first three pair of socks for Christmas 2017 are already knitted.
Babs, I hope you like your bread machine. I found a good hint the other day. I don't particularly like to have the hole in the bread where the paddle was. So...I learned that you could gently lift out the risen dough right before baking and remove the paddles. The bread then bakes without the paddle indentation. It still would have the hole from the post, but it is still less of a hole.
Tomorrow I go back to the craziness of work. The food drive is wrapping up, and folks will need to know how much money was collected. I guess tomorrow morning after I run my monthly reports for the board of directors, I will be counting a depositing a lot of money which the tellers are holding for me in the vault. Hopefully there is a lot and hopefully my mail from the past week or so will also hold a lot of checks for deposit. That would be wonderful news!
Jeannie, I hope you can stay warm down in TX. I just heard on the national news that it was going to drop into the 20s there! We have sleet and freezing rain coming in for overnight tonight into tomorrow. Looking forward to the three day MLK weekend already, lol. Maybe I am really getting into retirement mode mentally!
Jackie, it sounds like you had warmer than usual weather the other day. That is really nice! I hope 2017 proves to be a better health year for both you and Mike!
I know I have missed saying hello to some...it isn't because I want to ignore you, I just don't remember what everyone said!
Have a great Monday.
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morning going to start today adventure CJ I am with you on moving more and this is the year to move and feel better Have an awesome day everyone Lou emoticon

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My peaceful picture of the golf course, always a faithful friend, and I don't even play golf, but I love to go and just enjoy the course.

Lou: Thank you for the adult coloring book suggestions for getting away from mindless eating, a friend got my sister a whole case of colored pencils and markers and a few of the coloring books while she was in the hospital, it did her a world of good and passed the time she loved them, I may try them, I'm not very good at setting still long enough to color. But I'm determined to do things different in 2017 and get some of this weight off and be able to move more. I'm really tired of hurting and not being able to walk more than a few feet without struggling for my air. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
So emoticon again for all suggestions.

I read all the posts on our challenge chat, I didn't have a good week as far as weight loss or should I say weight gain, but all the post helped get me going again.
So this second day of 2017 I will start off right and continue on the rest of the year.

Guess I better get off here for now, EVERYONE HAVE A GREAT DAY: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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first day of the new year thank you for the goooies every one I am startiing new today and get more serious about getting healthy I am going to lose more wt tuis year than last Karen enjoy your new machine do you have a surger I have been thinking about one I have not sewn for awhile but like to start again CJ how about some adult coloring books lots of my friends like them a lot Well I berrer bet to bed I have done ok with my food today Lou

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Just a quick note at the end of this great New Years day.Hope you had a good one too.

Karen: Your new sewing machine sounds great, and making your own clothes sounds even better, I wish you were closer, I would have you make mine. Nothing from the stores fit, If I get them big enough to fit across my waist and mid hip the neck is so big I have to wear a undershirt to keep from showing things that don't need to be seen. emoticon if the bottom part fits my hips the legs are to big. Enough of that complaining, at least I have two legs and my sis doesn't. I bet your snow is really pretty.
I didn't stay up last night, I went to bed at 9:30pm and this new year got here right on time.
I have been trying to thinking of some things to do to keep me from this mindless eating. I just really need to find some things to do to keep myself busy, since my sis left the hospital I'm back to not having much to do some days. (not complaining for sure) I'm so glad she got to go to her daughters

Guess I better go and visit with hubby: CJ from OK.

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Happy New Year's to my Spark Friends!! Here's to an invigorating 2017!


Karen - glad you got the snow you've wanted. I'm happy ours is melting with the 40 degree temps! Kudos to you for being able to sew. Comes in handy.

Quiet day - last day of my hibernation - back to data work tomorrow and renewed efforts on my Spark Plan - I was not careful New Year's Eve. SO, it is a NEW YEAR WQO HOO!

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Happy New Year, dear Sparkers! We spent a very quiet evening last night. Jim went to bed at 10:30 and I went to bed at 11:30. We got more snow overnight! When we woke up this morning, it looked like everything was coated with white fluffy frosting.
Today is a laundry day, and I am also working in my sewing room. I purchased a new sewing machine which does everything except make my tea for me! It is still in the box because I need to clean up the sewing area, do some organizing and pack up the old sewing machine. There is a Swap Shop on the high school's website for employees, and Jim will list it there. I dint need to be paid for it, I just need it to be gone. I really want to make three quilts this year for a Christmas presents for each of my kids. I also want to try to make my own clothes again. Because the size of my legs are so large, it makes sense for me to make my own pants and tailor the legs the way I need them. Looking forward to being more creative. I have a rechargeable vacuum cleaner and I am letting it charge a second time so I can finish vacuuming in there. Can't wait to see what I have in the sewing desk in there. I used to run a quilting and craft business years ago and I know I have a lot of stuff put away as far as notions, etc. This is going to be fun.
Babs and Lou....congrats on your sparkversaries!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR, each and every one!!

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Happy New Year dear Spark Friends!!

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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon HAPPY NEW YEAR.

A NEW DAY, ANEW WEEK AND A NEW YEAR. HAVE A GREAT WEEK TO EVERYONE.
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Looking forward to working on some new goals and keeping some of the old ones I still need to work on and meet.

EVERYONE HAVE A BLESSED DAY: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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happy new year I hope everyone meets their goals in the coming year Jackie that bat had to be scary They always scare me Have a great day tomorrow Lou

Edited by: LITTLELOUIE71 at: 12/31/2016 (20:12)
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Wow!! That's enough to make you 'batty', Jackie. emoticon

Seriously, would be terrified and run to another room too. They can get in though. Glad Mike came to the rescue.

Karen, your dinner sounds very good. I plan to make some bread too. I'm not sure which one yet. I bought the small bread machine, 1#. I don't know why, but I am the one who eats more of the homemade bread than anyone else in the house. So to me it made sense to buy the 1# machine. Why would anyone want store bought, gummy white bread??? Yuck!

No big plans here for tonight. Had fun at the party and then yesterday my brother/SiL, sister/BiL and a few grands were here for coffee, donuts, bagels/cream cheese, fresh fruit, smoked bacon and sausage. YUM!! I honestly didn't eat that much. I had so much fun with my family.

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Hello, all one day til New Year's Eve!

Jeannie - you asked about the Potato Bar. My friend made some chili and had these assorted toppings: Cheese, green onion, bacon, broccoli, sour cream, and another veggie I can't remember. Was nice for a winter's day.

I'm trying to organize a little. Spectrum changed the phone system and I didn't know my line didn't work until someone emailed me and said they're receiving a disconnected voice message! Well, the new system had to have the modem reset and features are now managed online. Can we get any more technical. I keep the landline for the business and the free long distance to Canada.

Don't know if I wrote everyone that we had a BAT fly in the house Xmas Eve!! I ran to my office with the cats and dog and yelled for Mike to do something, LOL. Well, he swatted it with a broom, knocked it out and then took it outside on a piece of cardboard. How weird!! Must have flown in when we were getting wood.

With that image, have a happy day all!

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Good Morning to ALL, Getting ready for a great new year,

Karen: I'm so glad you like snow because it sounds like you are going to get snowed in for a few days. All the food you have been making sounds really good, so enjoy and stay warm and safe.

update on my sister, I talked to her last night, she is doing a little better each day and she sounds so much better and is able to eat a little more each day. I think she is up to a 60 lb weight loss in the last two months. Really not a good way to loose it. But she's doing well, Thank you again for all the prayers.

Going to get to see my Grandson and two Great Grand children from Ohio today, for those of you who remember little Corbin he is now almost 5 yrs old and doing great. Hope I can get some new pictures for you to see. He's come a long way from 2 lb 3 oz birth weight.

Jeannie: Good to hear your having some nice weather and enjoying your vacation. I think we are suppose to get some really cold weather in Oklahoma next week. (YUK).I'm still thinking SPRING.

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Good morning!

Karen, good news about the snow coming your way. You live in such a beautiful part of the country and when it is covered with snow, it must be even more gorgeous. The photos I've seen sure are amazing. Stay warm and safe, and if I could, I'd be over for dinner! LOL

Babs, glad the party was fun for your sister. You are definitely working on your plan for the new year. I'm doing the same. I imagine most of us are doing the same thing.

Tom, good for you. Eating out twice and still staying where you need to be with your plan is awesome!

Jackie, a potato bar sounds like fun! Just out of curiosity, what kind of toppings did you have for them? Fun way to have the same thing for everyone, but to allow them to make their own choices.

Today is a quiet day. It's cooler than it has been, which is welcome for us. Mid 80s and humid is not fun for us. The trees are losing their leaves and lots of guys are out with leaf blowers and rakes. Not us!! LOL! If you rake to the side of the yards/street, the park employees come around with little wagons and pick it up. Guess that would be some exercise for me, but probably guaranteed to wreck my back!! Ha...don't need any of that!

Have a great day, dear friends! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Hi Sparkers! We are expecting 12-20" of snow this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon. Have a chicken, salsa verde, white bean chili in the crockpot and will make a cornbread casserole later on to go with it. I got both of the recipes from my daughter from TX. She opted to move her flight from an 11am flight with a stop in St. Louis to a 9am non stop into Austin. That is good...she was flying out of Logan. Her flight took off right on time. That's good. Tomorrow she has to drive to Houston to meet up with her partner Rachel and Rachel's twin sister and her parents.
Us? Nope, not going anywhere. Just staying home and I am doing laundry and knitting. I have purchased a new sewing machine, but it will not be delivered until next Tuesday when I go back to work. I am really looking forward making quilts for the kids for next Christmas, among other things.
I baked bread yesterday and today I may try my hand at cinnamon rolls or English muffins, just for the heck of it.
Glad that CJs sister is home and that Babs will have fun with her sister at the surprise party. I hear you, Jeannie, about the tv and your husband's choice of shows. For us it is either the news or hockey or other sports. I actually love sports, but not a steady diet of them on tv.
Jackie, I hope that you and Mike have a healthier 2017. This past year has been really hard on you.
George, it sounds like you are really doing well with your eating. I hope you hear good news about the new home soon. Waiting is so hard!
Hope everyone has a good day!
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Karen

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