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4/15/14 12:25 P

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Hello! Yes, I'm still among the living! It's been a busy several days with our DD here visiting, another round of doctor's appts yesterday, and some family time. I apologize for not reading all the way down the page, but I'll try to get a bit better caught up sometime today or tomorrow. I've missed chatting with you.

We're having a really nice visit with Tammie. She is visiting my Mom and Sis today, so I'm not going up this week. That means I won't have to go up until next week sometime. Yesterday she went over to her brother's house and spent time with the boys after school and had dinner with them. Richard and I went to my PT appt. and then he was seen for his second opinion about his ankle. Bottom line: he's having an ankle fusion towards the end of June. I'm not looking forward to this at all. Seems like we just get him healed and good to go from one major surgery (it'll be 2 years in May that he had his shoulder replacement and rotator cuff repair) and then we're looking at another. He's not a great surgical risk b/c of his history with deep vein blood clots in his legs, but he's willing and ready to take the chance, so that means I am, too. Anyway, we do have a little time to get a few more things done around here before that happens. I'm just a little bummed that I'll now have 3 people to take care of...Mom, Sis and DH! Well, I love them all and I'll do whatever is necessary, but it is hard sometimes. So, I've done my whining and now I'm done!!

CJ, I'm so sorry about your BIL. I hope his passing was peaceful and that the family is able to come to terms with the loss. As Babs said, you have had many losses recently, so it has to be very hard for all of you! On the positive side of things, you do have that trip to Florida to look forward to. You'll have a wonderful time!

Babs and Jill...I have not gone to the Y to find out about the pool and other services there yet either. I've been busy and I've just not taken the time, but I still want to do it and I want to do it sooner rather than later. I don't know if my suits fit anymore either, as I've put some pounds back on. So disappointing!

Star, hope you got those taxes done. I try to do mine earlier, too, even if I don't submit until the last minute. I always want to know what is going to have to be paid, if anything. By the way, I did catch your post about your positive rewards and you have some great ideas! How fun for you to be able to enjoy your special treats that don't have a thing to do with food!! Way to go, Girl!!

And, I hope that Mona had a wonderful birthday yesterday!

Okay, I'm stopping here for now and will try my best to get back later. I have some things to take care of before lunch and then a few errands to run this afternoon. Love you all and miss talking with you! Hugs! XOXO Jeannie

PS: Sunny, windy and very, very cold again. We did have snow yesterday, Babs, and lots of rain the day before. 4-7 inches, depending on where you were in the area.

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4/15/14 10:42 A

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Sunny and cold this morning. I had the windows open and ceiling fans going over the weekend. I turned the furnace back on yesterday. Abby and her friend from next door said they Ďfelt and tasted snowí outside yesterday. It was predicted. So I guess they probably did. Make up your mind, Spring!

Tuesday. 2 more days of work and then Iím off for 4 days. This could work out very well for me. The carís in the shop for an oil change and tire rotation. Thereís always something that has to be done.

Jill, get that swimsuit out and find a gym as close as possible, with a pool. I have the swimsuit, and itís in my bag. Weíve gone a couple of times lately, but Iím not getting my moneyís worth for sure. I totally lost interest this winter when it was so cold. Taking my GD was more work. She loves to put her whole head in the water, which means drying her hair before leaving. But thatís really an excuse. Sheís quite capable of doing it. I need to get off my duff and go. Now the yoga stretches are good, but I need to increase that too. Love my ĎYoga Journalí magazine, and every word thatís in it. Now ĎBody, get to it and do it!í That should be my new mantra. Deal? Join me? emoticon

Jackie, ĎWork Ití sound like a great title for a challenge. It is work and we do have to work it. That also brings to mind things like ĎThis just isnít working. And ĎI did that but it didnít work.í Yes, it did. I didnít Ďwork.í Great idea! Returning clothes that are too large - wow!! Way to go.

Starr, since you were out late last night did you see the Blood Moon? Darn it. I fell asleep and missed it. My taxes have been filed for a couple months. I like to get it out of the way.

CJ, Iím so very sorry for your loss. This team has experienced a lot of heartache in the past couple of years. emoticon Safe travels.

Yes, I do feel pretty chipper. I've had a talk with myself. The old 'not happy' bit just doesn't work well for me. For one thing, I'm usually a positive, upbeat person. I don't like myself when I'm in a 'frump.' So how could anyone else? It isn't good for my grandkids either. So I need to 'put on a happy face.'

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Friends, Just a quick goodnight, Sorry I haven't visited much, we have had another death in the family, on Saturday night our Brother-in-law passed away after a long round with heart trouble and COPD, His service will be Friday and then on Monday I'm off to Florida, will try to get some time in before I leave.

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4/14/14 9:25 P

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No time for chatting. I have to finish my taxes. I always love to drop the return off at the post office at midnight. There's a strange community there: postal workers more than happy to give you an April 15 stamp and the rest of us just happy to have it done.
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It's changed since I started filing electronically, but I still don't get it done until five to midnight. I'm glad to pay my taxes because it's a civic duty, but I don't like to do them. Paperwork is not my favorite thing to do, and forget the math, etc.

I just wish they would take it and not make me do anymore.

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Late in the day - been super busy as usual on Mondays. I see the group has been very busy today!

Babs - I love coffee too - but use cinnamon organic creamer (1 tbsp) ... you know coffee helps release the glycogen in the muscles to give us more energy, right?!? Everyone knows to not talk until I've drank my 2 cups of coffee... You sound so cheerful today - Spring flowers will do that eh?! Or is it turning off the computer for the weekend... just sayin!

Jill - as far as slogan -- since Spring is a time for plans and projects - how about "Work It"

After 70 degrees it is now cold, rainy and forecast of snow (2" tonite)! unbelievable!!

Starr - I'm with Jill - I love real Clam Chowder ... reminds me of the clambakes my Grandfather used to host when I was a kid. OOH, and I love the Good Wife as well. Great show. We also like to watch DaVinci Demon's which is on Starz ... the writers there are incredible with fictionalizing fact.

Well - I'm getting a massage, so I better get moving. See you tomorrow. I go to the dentist again then to return some clothes I ordered online that are a bit large (YAY) ... Have a good one all!



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4/14/14 5:36 P

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It's a fresh new Start of the Week!! I'm feeling wonderful today but haven't forgotten my scare last week. So, moving a little more than I have been, and I love those short exercise videos. We have some on our Team page that are great and you just click the thread and can access them. I'm still trying to think of a Catchy Spring Challenge Name so if you have any ideas for it & what would help you in this upcoming WL Challenge please let me know. All ideas are Welcomed and Appreciated. I hope to start it next Monday. . .so gear up now for an exciting new WL Challenge!! emoticon

Babs, in so many ways you remind me of myself. I've been meaning to start an aquatics exercise class for years. I bet I've bought 3-4 new swimsuits for the Red Letter Day. I've given all but 1 of them away as began to tell myself what the heck they need them and they've been setting in my drawer for ages. The one I kept is a size 22 and I remember when I bought it--it fit well so I hope it still does. I'm glad to hear you and your GS will go to your Sisters for Easter. I know you're very close to your Sister and you'll have fun catching up (in person) and enjoying being together. So happy your Neighbor has lost 40#s and his insulin has been lowered. Frankly, Having Diabetes, either type 1 or 2, is a very serious disease and the Dummy I am I didn't change my unhealthy ways 12 years ago when my Doctor first told me I had Pre-Diabetes so now I have to live with it. Losing more weight will help me feel better and be able to move better. "Gone with the Wind" is still a big favorite of mine and I hope one day to read the book "Scarlett" that I bought last year. I have piles of new books to read. I'm also a big Coffee Addict and drink way too much of it. I make the instant coffee now and usually use 1/2 de-caff and 1/2 regular coffee. I also try to stop drinking it no later than 4 pm. It's great that Abby and her friend are becoming more aware of what they put in their bodies does make a difference. I hope your neighbor's DD continues to eat healthy and that will help her in not becoming diabetic like her Dad.

Wyndy, I can't believe how cold your weather still is. Did you grow up there or maybe your DH did? I'd say Yikes also to a muffin with 31 gms. of sugar. I try to eat no more than 10 gms at a time but lots of days that's really difficult for me. I hope Ted feels better soon. That accident had to scare him (& you) so much. He sounds like a terrific guy. I hope the Sun will be out very soon with warmer temps so you can put on your Sunglasses. emoticon emoticon

Karen, Happy to hear you and your BFF had a great time together. We all need to get out with our good friends once in awhile. It does our "Soul" good and I always come home with new ideas and feel energized. I used to be a soap and candle fiend (Lover) but now I use shower Gel most of the time, just because it's easier & also smells great and is less messy. I only use candles at Christmas time. But, I'd be happy with a gift of some Yankee candles as love how pretty and fresh they smell. You have some wonderful upcoming trips you're going to enjoy. A few times ages ago you mentioned you might move to Canada when you retire. Do you still think you might move there? I'm just the curious type. . .

Starr, I also wish I could have joined you for dinner last night as I'm a big Clam Chowder Lover myself. I love to buy canned Clam Chowder to have on hand as it makes for a tasty low calorie lunch or dinner. Put it with a healthy salad and your meal is complete and pretty easy to make, and eat. I'm a noisey Lady but are you still working or retired? Somehow if you mentioned it I must have missed it. I love how well you write as it's so clear and flowing. I bet Utah is Beautiful but the closest I've been to Utah is when I took a wonderful trip with my older Sis to Idaho (about 15 years ago) where they have a beautiful second home. Their house is very close to the Tetons and they have wonderful clear views of them.

To be honest it's a super hot day here as it's 90 but we still have to get out & do some grocery shopping. Thankfully the Grocery Store has AC. The worse part is when I first step outside as my house is comfortable right now. I've been busy all morning paying some bills, it's no fun but I'm blessed to be able to pay them. It seems I barely pay one and a day or two later another new one is delivered. That reminds me of the Old Elvis Song "Return to Sender" I sure loved Elvis. What a young handsome guy whose voice was awesome. Not to mention those unmentionable Hips Moving. How shocked my Mom was when she saw him on TV as that was very risque to her. She'd be so shocked to see how those kind of things have changed, for the worse I think. Hey, now I sound like my Mom as what kind of things performers/singers do today (Miley Cyrus comes to mind) is shocking to me. emoticon

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4/14/14 1:13 P

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Gloomy Monday. Yet, everywhere I look I see beauty. Magnolias, Bradford pears, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths . . . all blooming. Gorgeous. I canít help but smile.

I gained a pound last week and Iím exhausted. Havenít been sleeping well, but this morningís biggest Ďtiredí problem is that I had blood drawn. That meant I was a couple hours late getting my Ďfixí this morning. I should start CDAA, Coffee Dependent Addicts Anonymous. Itís ridiculous. I cannot function without it. Seriously. Iíve tried the Ĺ and Ĺ - forget it. I want it full blown, dark, and straight. Forget the milk/cream, sugar/sweetener. I love the stuff! My but I feel good Ďsharingí that with you. emoticon

MD appointment on Friday. Thus, the blood work this morning. The weekend was just plain busy, and I never turned on the PC.

Iíve decided to go to my sisterís for Easter. Sheís been asking me to come. I havenít been to visit her in over a year. Sheís been here, but I havenít gone there. Abby will be with her other grandparents. My GS is off work, and he said heís coming with me. So the weekend situation is now settled. Iíll take Monday off too. That way if itís real stormy Sunday we can always leave Monday morning. emoticon

I gave myself a goodie this morning. I havenít done that before. I got 500 Spark points on my bonus spin. Soooooooooo I gave myself a personal trainer. I thought that was a very worthwhile goodie, and Iím a worthwhile recipient!! Now youíll notice the changes in me.

Jackie, yahoo! More new cowboy boots. When they arrive, you know your mission is to take a picture and post it right? Canít wait.

Jill, Iím so thankful that you went to your MD the next day. Iím thankful that you seem to be fine AND that you have a new script for the arthritis. Please do check into the pool. Letís make a pact. OK? You begin and Iíll Ďgo back.í Iíve got the membership, but I havenít been faithful. I make all kinds of excuses. Some days theyíre quite valid. Others itís because I donít push myself. Once it becomes habit Iím fine. I honestly thoroughly enjoy it. Deal??? I see you suggested that I visit my sister. 2 great minds!! Glad Mobic is helping you.

Joanna, youíre enroute now. Enjoy your time away. Relax. Soak up some sun. Drink lots of water. Slather lotion on your skin and eat some good fish. Thatís what I think of eating when I think of Florida!

Starr, I have some books that will never leave my home. ďGone with the WindĒ and ďScarletĒ are 2 of them. My favorites! Then thereís ďThe ShackĒ which is excellent. Clam chowder - yum. SF cherry gelatin - yum. I like what you had for dinner.

Karen, I love candles too. I especially like anything with a cinnamon fragrance or citrus. There are a host of other fragrances that I like too. Glad you had a fun day with your BFF.

Hurrah for Lois and the Internet. Glad to have you back.

CJ, our ray of sunshine, good morning to you. Love the Ďwavingí story. I thought I saw you waving. Did you see me wave back?

Jackie, a juicer - Iíve thought about it but never bought one. If it makes you and Mike feel better, AND you like them, wow - why not! Iím with you thought. Iím not so sure Iíd like cleaning it. Itís one of the reasons I donít have smoothies all the time. But now that I have the Bullet I really should use it more. Love them. I think, no, I Ďknow,í Iím lazy!

Hi, Mona. You donít like rushing through your posts - and I didnít even post for the past 2 days. Shame on me!! Youíre busy right now. Donít worry about it. Just do what you can do.

Karen, I heard the ďSĒ word on the forecast here too. Overnight - thereís that possibility. Shoot. I changed the station, but the dreaded ďSĒ word came up on that station too. I just canít seem to escape it. Woe is me!

Wyndy, it was nice that Ted thought of you. I guess the only thing you can do with the muffin is cut it into sixths - thus, 5 grams each. Not a lot of fun, but then neither is all that snow you have again. When will it end? Isn't it time even for your area for this nonsense to be over?

My grandkids are becoming more conscientious about foods. Alleluia. That will make it easier around my house. My GS has really been careful with sweets since his recent teeth problems. He goes Wednesday for the first root canal visit. Yuck! My GD's little friend next door is in the 4th grade. Her dad is diabetic, insulin. He's had diabetes for years and been on insulin for years. I recall times when he passed out at the gym due to diabetes and they've called paramedics. Passed out at home. Been at my house working with my GS on a new swingset and all of a sudden sat down at the picnic table and said "Sorry, Joe. I have to go in right now. I'm having insulin problems." Mazie, my GD's friend is overweight. She told Abby and she told me that she wants to lose some weight because she doesn't want diabetes. She said, "Babs, I know that I have to be careful because of my dad. So I want to lose weight. I'm watching everything I eat and I'm going to the gym with him." Good for her. She eats treats. I see her, and they're healthy. Actually I've fixed popcorn for the girls and given them bottles of water for snacks too. She's a kid, but she is learning. Her dad stopped me the other day and said he's telling everyone what he's accomplished. He's lost 40# since September AND his insulin has been cut way back. I told him how fantastic that is and how happy I am for him. I also told him "You're an inspiration. Thank you!" Now I hear the girls reading labels on their water bottles, talking about fruits, veggies. I don't want it to go to the extreme with kids. But they aren't babies. Abby's also been learning about healthy foods and taking care of your body at school too. Sort of all fits together.

My goodness. It's lunch time and I'm just finishing up here. I haven't been typing the whole time. Believe me. But I do have to work.

Marvelous, Magnificent Monday to you.

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Holy Smokes, it's -19 this morning. This had better be the last hurrah, if you know what I mean!

Ted is back home, very sore and rather nauseated. I think he's still in shock somewhat. He took my car to work this morning. We have total ice on the streets and his rental has those useless all weather tires. He never would have made it out to the dam with that 6 inches of snow we had Saturday. Goodness, it looks like December out there this morning. Oh well, at least we're not flooding. I hate flooding, too much work and I think it's colder than snow.
He brought me home a treat, a blueberry muffin. Well, fortunately I looked at the ingredient list first, there was 31 g of sugar and I'm allowed a total of 5 in each item. So, no muffin for breakfast this morning. I was shocked at the total, I hardly ever have muffins and haven't really bothered to learn the count. Guess I won't be having any more in the future either!

Today is stay home and start my Avon order. Good day for it.

God bless your endeavours
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4/14/14 8:51 A

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Good morning! Star, I actually use the soaps. I used to save all the "good" stuff in my life for later on. Know what? Sometimes "later on" doesn't happen. I wear my best clothes, jewelry, use the special occassion dishes for everyday, use the pretty soaps and even the guest towels. I do, however, do the reward thing you are doing. For me, it was another song downloaded to my ipod. I constantly listen to music, even when I am reading. I love getting new songs. And yes, the reward system really does work.
Today is a regular Monday, which means it will be busy. Meetings, meetings, meetings! That's ok, though, that and love are keeping me a lot younger than my 63 years.
I heard the S word on the weather forecast again! I think Wednesday night we may have snow flurries. Yesterday the temp was in the mide 70s. Overnight tonight and for the next several days we will be lucky to reach 40. I love this weather. It's like being on a roller coaster. What to wear? Summer or winter clothing? Sometimes you can do both, all in the same day!
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4/13/14 6:07 P

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Hello, team. It's a lovely Sunday, and I'm proud of myself for all the cooking I have done. What a good girl I have been.
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Even as we speak I have Manhattan clam chowder, put together from my own kitchen stash, in the crockpot. I have made sugar-free gelatin, cherry-flavored, for that priceless very low calorie treat that I sometimes want.

Furthermore, I have managed to eat 4 cups of baby mixed greens. It's not unusual for me to eat as much as 4 cups of salad for a meal, but it's usually romaine or another dark leaved green more to my liking. I really don't like the baby mixed greens, because so much of the mix is bitter, but it was $1.50 off a big container, after all.
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I have learned 2 things from this lunch:
1. I can hide the bitterness of the salad with very a low fat tuna salad, ialong with cauliflower, carrots, fat-free tuna, fat-free dressing, and a few nuts.
2. Don't ever buy salad, no matter how much it is marked down, if you know beforehand that YOU DON'T LIKE THAT SALAD. What was I thinking? If I'm going to buy something that needs to be eaten soon, I had better make sure I like it first.

Karen, I like yarns, books, and yes, wonderful soaps. What I want to know is if you ever actually use the soaps, or do you save them for ďa special time.Ē I end up using plain old soaps everyday, and that special time seldom comes -- if ever. What IS my ďspecial timeĒ anyway? My soaps are beautiful on display, but at least I think I should define my ďspecial timeĒ so I can someday enjoy them. If it is for my next date, I can forget that. I donít see that happening. emoticon

However, I do have some ideas for that "special time" that needs to be rewarded:
1. When Iíve stayed within calorie range for five days. (Or three, maybe.) emoticon
2. When I huffed and puffed in exercises OVER the minimum amount. That really is a ďspecial time.Ē emoticon
3. When I did something nice for myself that didnít involve food. emoticon
4. When Iíve been hurt by someone or something, including myself, and need a ďspecial treat.Ē (Notice please that my ďspecial treatĒ often a food reward. emoticon Even when Iím conscious of calories, I still want to eat. However, maybe the beautiful, incredibly expensive soap might do it. Worth a try.) emoticon

Have a good Sunday, all. I plan to watch my two of my favorite shows this evening, "The Good Wife" and "Drop Dead Diva." I always forget to turn the TV on until they're over, but I have to find out what is happening with both of them. They're taking such twists. I have learned from "Good Wife" that a series can continue if you keep making the audience a bit uncomfortable, just when the audience thought things were going to work out. emoticon







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It seems like I just rush through my posts. Sorry!!! Once I get moved I am planning on doing much better.

Been tracking my food and after my gain last week really being very careful.

Church this morning and now I am relaxing the rest of the day. Back to packing tomorrow. It seems never ending.

Having dinner with my family on Tuesday for my birthday. More cake............ And cake is my biggest downfall. emoticon My daughter will do Easter dinner and again that will present "no-no" foods but plan to enjoy those two days and then keep right on track.

Karen~~I also love yarn and fabric and fancy soaps and candles. Sounds like you had a fun day. I will see my BFF next month so really looking forward to that!

Thank you dear team for the birthday goodies!! Hugs!

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday

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Happy Sunday to you all!
My friend Michele and I had a good time yesterday with our birthday lunch and shopping at Yankee Candle. I spent far too much, but in my defense I did purchase at least one Christmas gift. I also have to admit that in addition to having a fetish for yarn and fabric, I love fancy soaps and candles. Especially fancy soap!
Not sure what is on the schedule for today, but I hope to do some knitting!
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Good afternoon all ...

emoticon Jill - oh, dear friend. That was so scary ... it's hard to know what to do. I had something like that once and did the same thing - turned out to be the Acid Reflux thing as well. Why are we so afraid of going to the hospital .. For me I think it's about not being foolish and/or spending extra money - but aren't we worth it? Please take care of yourself!

CJ, Starr and you mentioned water aerobics. They are on about that - especially if it is a warm water pool. I've been thinking about doing that again as well now that the snow is gone and it is warmer outside. Trouble is, Like Jill, I really don't like how I look in a suit and the thought of regularly shaving my legs... well I guess I'm a bit lazy, plus it is not as easy to do as it once was. I will have to, though, for my SA costumes and competition.

I'm tired today - had a PM nap yesterday, went to bed early, slept really well - still tired and achy. My Mom would say I need a 'spring tonic.' Remember Geritol? Mom used to give all of us a teaspoon daily in Spring.

CJ - thanks! Sounds as if you've had low Magnesium or know someone who did. I sure hope it helps him. He used to be so active around the house (even after the stroke) and outside, now it seems he just plays solitaire or goes online and blogs about political things.

Hey those of you with Windows XP - did you see Microsoft is no longer supporting with patches/fixes and/or virus issues? They retired that program are only supporting W7 and W8.

Karen - so cool that you and your BFF can celebrate like that. Mine lives in NC and I miss her so much. We used to meet for dinner - have sleep overs at her home, and shop for books together. Have fun!

Well, one of my & Mike's health plans was to get back to juicing so I am going to go make an apple, lettuce, cucumber, honeydew, carrot drink. Love them, hate cleaning the juicer afterwards. LOL

Have a nice evening all...

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Happy Saturday Morning even though it's cold but sun is thankfully out here. For a Saturday or weekend Spark seems busier than usual and that is a good thing. Not much on my agenda but to exercise to some short DVDs soon. I did a 12 minute strength training one last night and it was easy and actually kind of fun. I'm eating healthier and moving more so that is a great start for me. I'm been far too unfocused and lazy doing what I know is best for myself. It's so easy for me to "talk the talk but not walk the walk myself". Unfortunately my darn old arthritis is still very much with me today in spite of the fact I took a Mobic (my first) today and it helped for a few hours so a few minutes ago I took some Ibuprofen and it actually seems to help more by at least taking the edge off my arthritis pain. You don't know how much your nice and encouraging comments means to me. This is why you're all so very special to me. There is no way in the World I'd ever leave this Team. If I got fired they'd have to carry me off here "kicking and screaming". emoticon Knowing all of you and continuing to work on my WL Goals has enriched my life is many ways and I do enjoy my Spark time very much. There is no way in the World I would have lost 70#s without your awesome support and friendship. I'll be Sparking forever until the music "dies".

CJ, It's gearing up time for you to pack those bags and be ready for the warm Florida Sunshine and visit your son and family will be so much fun. Is your DH going with you? What you said about your seemingly "Pseudo" Heart Attack Experience sounds scary and what your Dr. told you about what caused is what I think my Dr. was telling me that happened to me. Thank you making the stomach problems that could cause a scary heart episode much more clear to me than my Dr. did.

Karen, I love those beautiful Scented Yankee Candles. Have a awesome time with your BFF this afternoon. Like Jeannie said it's good for us to re-connect and get together with our friends. Wow, I need to take my own advice on that one.

Lois, I hope with your computer working well you'll come back often. I missed you.

Starr, Lovely Lady, you are very spot on and I'd certainly get lots of benefit and less joint/muscle pain if/when I start to swim in a warm swimming pool. Ideally I hope to find a local indoor swimming pool that has Senior Aquatic's classes or one especially for women who have arthritis. I know I'd love it it's high time I get off my Duff and buy another swimming suit as I gave the last one I bought to my friend's DD, and she loves it! My excuses for not doing it by now are certainly hurting me so a top item on my Today's To-Do List is to find out where a local indoor pool is. I'm so glad you're strong enough about yourself to go to a public pool especially if you see some of your students there. I actually hate the thought of wearing a swimsuit out in public even know I'm very comfortable being in my tiny white string bikini at home. emoticon

Jeannie, Is your DD arriving this weekend? Any fun or interesting things you're planning on doing with her while she's visiting you and her Dad? Wow, you're such a dedicated volunteer at the Swedish Museum as a 75 mile drive sounds like a very long drive to get there. I bet you're the best worker there and I remember how you were the only one who could do much on their computer. I've read doing volunteer work makes us feel good and happy about ourselves. I love how giving you are of your precious time.

Well, I need to return a few phone calls soon, one from my younger Sister and another from a good friend. I keep telling myself I'll have lots of time to read, be on the computer but I've been saying that for days and honestly each day seems to go by faster than the day before.

Take very good care of Yourself, as You're all Special & very Precious Friends to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good Saturday Morning to ALL, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

In case you are wondering why all the Hellos, its part of my exercise, I get to wave at you from North, South, East, and West, you get a great greeting and I get to add some arm and shoulder exercise. This is something our friend SongbirdPaula put me onto, and it has been a real fun time. I can do it as many times a day as I want, and I feel like I'm a little more in tune with all of you.

Lois, I'm so glad you have a good internet service and we all will be able to hear from you more.

Jill: Chest pains like that are really scary, I had a similar thing happen and my Dr. sent me to the hospital in a ambulance. Had the heart stress test and really the only problem was a stomach problem called Gastro Paresis or Delayed Gastric emptying and Acid reflux. I felt kind of silly having to go in a Ambulance but that is one time that the rule better safe than sorry did apply. Will be praying for you, I know you have been under a lot of stress lately and spasms happen a lot of times in those cases too.

Theresa: Glad your computer is working some better, we love hearing from you and Pyne and yes Finch too.

Jackie: Yes, it is good to hear from you, I have missed seeing you on here, Great about your new boots, I love shoes too. Hope Mike is feeling some better, Low (Mag) can make you feel really, (started to write a bad word)so I will just say really Bad.

To All of you I have not mentioned Babs, Mona, Bonnie, Judy, Karen, etc, I do think about all of you and I'm really missing Gail.

Got Work to DO: HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Good morning! Hope your days have started out well and that you are enjoying a great weekend so far. I've been up for awhile and have gotten a couple things done I've been putting off: cutting Richard's hair and getting that temporary curtain for the guest room finished. In a few minutes I need to leave to go back to the museum to work a shift this afternoon. It's the first I've been back since moving. I am hoping to do this 1-2 times a month. We'll see how it goes. It's about 75 miles one way, so I won't be spending nearly the time there that I used to.

Lois, it's wonderful to see you here. So glad to hear your internet is more reliable and available. That is great news. We look forward to having you check in with us and chat when you can.

Karen, I can only imagine how much fun you have with your BFF when you get together for lunch and visiting. It's so important to have those kinds of folks in our lives. Enjoy your time together and the meal, atmosphere, etc. One of the reasons I'm looking forward to going to the museum today is that I'll get to see some good friends while there!

Star, thanks for the warm wishes, and thanks to all of you who sent Goodies and nice messages. I can't tell you how much it means to me. I used to kind of shut down for about a week on this anniversary and now it is mostly a down day. Jill, I think you mentioned somewhere along the line that maybe Richard's "sitting" was part of his way of coping, and I think you are right. Anyway, we are both back on an even keel, remembering the good times and treasuring the memories!

By the way, Star, I'm with you. Can't bring myself to not have a real book in my hand. I don't buy books any more, though. I'm strictly a library kind of gal these days, except for when we're traveling and I don't feel comfortable taking the library's book with me if there's a chance I might misplace it. I'm loving our new library here where we moved. It's bigger and better supplied, but the old one was nice, too.

Joanna, I'm sure your time away will be well worth it to you and your GS. Hope you both enjoy the relaxing sunshine and rest.

Jill...I'm so sad that I didn't know you had such a scary time recently. (((Hugs)))!!

Okay, friends...I have to stop here and say goodbye for now. I'll try to get back later, but if not, probably in the morning. I have a little story to tell about my Mom and her driving!! Hugs and love to all! Jeannie

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YES, I FINALLY got a good internet at my house, so I can start being a regular "attendee" on this forum and get back and stay on trackÖ. No time right now, but had to say, I'm glad that the internet won't be a hindrance anymore! I'll be back later!



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Good morning, Sparkers!
Jill, dear, you have been through a rough time since the first of the year! I hope your visit to the doctor will ease your worry a bit and that you will follow your doctor's orders. I know, I should follow my own advice, and I won't.
Joanne, enjoy your trip. It sounds like fun. I will be getting away for business in both May and July, planning a get away with a friend in July and will be in Ottawa in August and October. I will take a long weekend for Thanksgiving, and time off Christmas week. I will throw a several days off scattered between now and the end of the year, depending on my friend's schedule and whether he is in Seattle or back east visiting.
Today my best friend and I are planning a day out. My birthday is 12/27 and hers is 4/8. We pick a random day to celebrate both birthdays. We are going out to lunch and then to the flagship store for Yankee Candle. The place is huge and we could spend hours and hours there. Besides candles, they have some housewares and some toiletries. The last time I was there they still carried Crabtree & Evelyn products and I hope they still do. I need to refill my supply of Nantucket Briar and Sandalwood scents. I also wanted to purchase some special candles for July, lilac scented as that is my friend's favorite fragrance. Pretty unusual guy!
It is a beautiful day here. The sun is shining, the temperature might get to 70 and the birds are chirping away. I imagine they are trying to find just the right mate. Aren't we all, lol!
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Good weather, health problems with you and your significant others, and a desire to let loose this weekend. I am right there with all of you.

Karen, Iíve still tried NOT to get eBooks, although I know itís time. emoticon I have gone to NYTimes electronically, though. Will soon do that with two of the local papers that I tend to read. BOYS IN THE BOAT sounds interesting. Amazing how books can really hook us and take us to the strangest places.

Babs, I really have a hard time getting the books out of my place. I have given them to people who, no kidding started used book stores with them. (Iíve thought of starting my own used book store, but I doubt if I could ever really part with the ones I love so much. I can imagine refusing to sell a beat-up precious book, only to me, for $500 from someone who just wants it for some reason. That's not how a business is supposed to be run, for heaven's sake. emoticon (It would give me more space in my place, and the storage could be written off.)

Jackie, Iíve tried really hard not to order books, something about paying postage. But Iíve done it, and sometimes the postage was more than the books!

I think we should start a group called Books Anonymous. I donít know what the 12 steps would be, but I'm sure we can find a book out there that would tell us. emoticon

Jill, you will not regret water aerobics. I have arthritis, too, and Iím a very big person. It hurts to do things, and the only thing that helps, even with the Tylenol and other arthritic medications, is movement. Thatís bad when it hurts to move. Alas, water. It is wonderful. I skip around, dance a lot, etc. I am often there way too long (all shriveled), but I donít regret it, and it feels so good to move again without the pain. (I have even found a way to take an MP3 player into the water with me. It involves condoms and I got the idea from the Navy Seals!

By the way, it was really hard for me to get to a public pool, but I did it. It was even a pool where many of my high school students worked or spent time. I just trudged on through. Actually it was because my mom needed her exercise, too, and that was where she wanted to go. I would never have gone there if that hadn't been the case. I still hate going to a public pool, but it looks like Iím going to have to because the private gym "for women only" has closed. If I had the money, which I donít, I would buy that gym and reopen it.

Jill, I have had many of the same problems you described. Iím not saying water aerobics will solve the problem, but youíll feel so good you wonít even care.

To all of you, enjoy the weekend. You deserve the break. I hope your family membersí health concerns improve, and that you can put your mind on other things. (Easier said than done, I know.)

Jeannie, still thinking of you and hoping you made it through the bad time on Thursday.


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Mona, are you excited about the move or anxious? Hope Cooper has as much fun celebrating his BD and you seem to have had.

Jeannie, hope the day is enjoyable with your mother. I know it's a chore but can be a very fun filled day of enjoying each other's company.

Theresa high five girl...your computer is on a roll. I hope it keeps going.

Babs you know as well as I do we cannot do it all no matter how hard we try. I got tied up with my grand children and the horses. That in itself is a full time job. Just today they kept me out shopping for outfits for the upcoming show. It took half a day and a big chunk out of my check book just to get away from them. (hehe) gotta love em though. Then I paint which I enjoy as much as reading if not more and I work full time besides running the farm. Reading is the last thing on my mind by the time I settle down to bed. I do like the ideal of your swapping books through your hairdressers shop. Keeps things affordable and fun.

Jackie, I hope Mike will be ok...just something that can be dealt with without any issues. Keep us informed about his health.


Jill, I can understand why you are having difficulty with all you have been going through. It's hard to have to deal with everything and it not take a toll on us. You need to take care of yourself even if it means forgetting about us here.

As for me I didn't make it on Friday but I am here early this Saturday morning. Actually I am working and taking a break from working. I am doing some revamping of my accounting programs and trying to set up a new system of billing. I spent most of Friday out with my granddaughters shopping. I have a 4_H meeting here at the house this afternoon. I really don't have anything to do with it...my granddaughter took it over as leader but she brings everyone here to my house to hold it each month...and soon it will be weekly. That shouldn't be too back because they will be outside with the horses practicing to get ready for fair in July. But the monthly meetings are always inside because of the weather. They do little projects and hold their meetings. So unfortunately for me I have to clean up the house before and usually after they leave. Sunday I have to put in some time to watch my youngest granddaughter ride a horse she has never been on before. I will keep my fingers crossed that things go well. Then I will be leaving for the airport early Monday morning about 4 in the morning. I have to get out and pick up a new computer case to carry the new computer my son brought to me last month. I will be using the little one that he brought out. The screen is removable and can be used as a tablet. Should be easy enough to take on the plane since its only a little 14 inch screen and I am use to carrying the big 20 inch laptop. So if I don't talk to you this weekend at least know I am thinking of you all.

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It's a wonderful Friday & even though I no longer work outside the house anymore I love Fridays and always look forward to the Upcoming Weekends as it seems my days are more casual and fun than the week days are. . .Thankfully it's cooled down about 10 degrees here so now it's more Spring like here again. Great Weather to take Snoopy for his short walks throughout the day. . .


Okay Team, here's the scoop about me and it's why I haven't been chatting recently. Thursday night very unexpectedly I started having severe chest pains, became sweaty and this scared me so much. I relaxed as much as possible, breathing slowly in & out, praying the pain would go away and asked Brent to quickly get me the bottle of aspirin and then took 5 or 6 of them. It's a lot to take but I read it's the right thing to do. I kept the phone right by my side trying to figure out if I should call 911 or wait it out. . .well, suddenly the pain was gone so I called my son and asked him if he thought I did the right thing and he wasn't sure. . .so I ended up not calling but was very shook up about what had just happened to me. Yesterday I went to my Dr's office as I was so sure I had a slight heart attack. So, he did an EKG and said there wasn't any sign of any kind of heart episode recently according to this test. He said what I experienced was due to so much inflammation in my body. . .then something about how it could come from your stomach, etc. I've never heard of this before but he's the medical expert and I'm not. He didn't even refer me to a Cardiologist like I thought he would. So, I go back in 6 weeks to see him again and get re-checked. He highly recommends I start some swim exercise classes/programs to help with my arthritis inflammation, pain & stress. It's something I've been wanting to do for well over a year now so just need to get off my butt and look into it, then start a class very soon. I also need to eat healthier with less Carbs than I've been eating recently. I also stopped a very bad habit that was certainly making my health only worse. I went this morning to put the RX in for an arthritis pain reliever he prescribed, Mobic, I think it's called. I've been so full of pain recently so I hope this helps. Otherwise & thankfully I'm fine now, and maybe this was really the scare that I needed to "wake me up" & change some unhealthy ways and habits I have. . .

Brent continues to improve and I'm hopefully this will continue.

It's seems we're all Book-Aholics on this Team. I've got way more books than anyone should and guess what I just received a new one today. It's such a good escape for all of us and helps us learn, dream, think, etc. . .

Jackie, You've sure been a Busy Bee. I hope your dental work will be over with soon as you've been such a good sport in helping to send your Dentist to a Dream Trip to Europe. . .I've done that myself several times as almost every tooth in my mouth is either filled or has a Crown. . .I hope the vitamins and/or pills help Mike as he's suffered with poor health it seems the last few years. I know that has to be also difficult for you. I bet your good at keeping his spirits up. You'll have to take a few new pictures of yourself in your new Boots when they arrive. You'll look great in your New Boots & feel like "Annie Oakley" wearing them.

Babs, Like you I'm not sure how I'm going to celebrate Easter Day this year. Emma's 1st Birthday party is the day before Easter so I'll be seeing most of my family there including my 2 sisters, nieces, etc. I think Emma's Dad might have invited too many people so hope the Baby Gym has lots of seating space. The young children under 5 and Babies will have lots of fun. . .I'm still waiting on the gifts I ordered online for Emma to arrive, hopefully in time for her Birthday Party. Babs, You're such a Special Friend and I love you and appreciate the help and support you give me as well as everyone else here. Thank you for helping keep the Chat alive and Healthy. Love your New Team Challenge and need to get my act together to do what I intent to do to be healthier and make Life more fun. . .Babs, it might be a good get-away for you to visit your Sister in the near futures as I remember you are very close & good friends as well as Sisters. If not on Easter maybe when you're able to get away for a long weekend or maybe a whole week visiting her..

Karen, How wonderful you finally have a little "down time" at work. The book you're reading sounds very interesting. My books are usually either a self-help book or an historical novel. I still haven't read the sequel to "Gone with the Wind", it's called "Scarlett" and I probably ordered it a year or two ago. I bet you're looking forward to a weekend off and hope you enjoy every single minute of your time off. How was your Birthday Dinner with your BFF (same Birthday) or is that coming up soon?

Okay, I need to do some exercising. I love doing the back exercises that Jeannie shared with us. I really appreciate learning what back exercises are good for us with back pain or just want to be more limber and agile. Thank you Jeannie, You're the BFF I could ever have asked for. Thank you for sharing the PT you do for your back pain. It's great doing these are helping you feel less pain and more Limber. Your DD will probably arrive there soon. Have a great time with your DD and do some fun and interesting things.

Enjoy Your Friday my Friends and the Upcoming Weekend. I hope to chat more tomorrow and reply back to more friends as I know I didn't reply back to very many people today. I really do love everyone here and I've learned so much from knowing each and every one of You. You're all Very Special!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy Friday All ; Babs is right:" T hey said it was easier going to work every day. They never have extra time, busy every day." Seems to be my life! If it's not phone calls, email - it's upgrading the technology ... Like Karen talked about - never easy! Yesterday my cd player jammed, so I Googled to figure out how to open it - Clue: Turn off, paper clip in tiny whole, pull open and then reboot... LOL And I just finished upgrading/trouble shooting our Cable TV which went to HD and many of the stations didn' t load - that took 40 minutes with Charter. Then my BFF called for help with W7.

Thank you for your kind comments about my mouth ... My dentist is going to Europe in two weeks - I'm sure part of that is from me, LOL.

Well, as you may know I have been a bit down with everything going on. So what does a Gemini do - buy more cowboy boots. Now I have a short black pair (new) to go with my red short ones and mid-calf brown ones. Between that and makeup, I think I'm set until 2020.

Mike's test came back (first round) and found severe magnesium deficiency and high acid (? I think) levels ... so more pills for him. Will be having some x-rays in a couple of weeks for the upper GI issues.

Like Starr, Karen, Babs & others I'm a book-a-holic. I've cut way back, but still order now and then because I like to study esoteric stuff & philosophy. Can't get them at the local library and hard to give away and/or resell. Right now I'm pondering what to do with a box of books I recently cleaned out. I now take my Smithsonians to SAdelines and general mags either to massage or the laundromat.

Jill - when you're done spring cleaning - come on over here. LOL I did a little last week, but have a whole lot more. Tomorrow I need to organize my SA competition makeup/clothes to make sure I have everything.

Well, going back to databases and mailings then will make a late lunch for us. Beautiful here today - 65 degrees!!!

Thinking of all - Theresa, Jill, Jeannie, CJ. Judy, Mona, Joanna - anyone else, I've not mentioned - Have a great Friday!



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Itís FRIDAY!! See me smile.

And itís another beautiful, sunny day here. Next week is Passover and Holy Week. Unbelievable thatís it here already.

I donít know yet what Iíll do for Easter. My GD will be with her other grandparents. Her sister (her dadís daughter) just had a baby boy. That means Abby is already an aunt. She is excited to see her sister and, of course, baby Liam. My DD will be working at night, as usual, and sleeping during the day. My GS is off Saturday/Sunday. Nothing going on at the convention center over the weekend. My sister really wants me to come visit her. I havenít been there in ages. But I know that her 3 daughters and their kids will be there. Thatís great, but Iím not so sure thatís what I want to do. I donít have to decide today. Iíll think about it.

Starr, you have lots of books. I love books. Iím a book addict. No doubt about it. I had so many books and finally gave a lot away to friends and donated to the library. I was overrun with them. Now lucky me - my hairdresser has a book swap in his shop. Itís all free and I donít have to pile up books in my home or buy them.

Karen, youíre right. This is the only Friday this week. Iím enjoying it and I subscribe to the no work outside of work. Too much. Just too darn much. I have other Ďworkí at home, plus I allow myself time for enjoyment.

No major plans this weekend, and that's fine with me. I hope everyone has a terrific weekend and that everyone makes some progress with their health problems.

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Happy Friday to you all! Star....I have the book thing, too. I have finally given up purchasing physical books and now only very rarely do that. I download books constantly on my Nook, though. I am reading a book called "Boys in the Boat", which is about the US Olympic crew team of the 1936 Olympics, their lives leading up to the Olympics and what happened to them beyond. It is excellent and was recommended to me the other day by the architect I am working with.
I have nothing on my schedule for today. I try to do that on Fridays whenever possible. I use the time to catch up on reports and hopefully to spend some time reading trade journals, etc. I also have a week's worth of the Wall Street Journal in my office to go through. I get that on my iPad as well, but I am really trying hard not to work during non-work hours. I am not always successful, but I am doing a lot better than I did a few short years ago. Life is too short to spend constantly working! I have other things to look forward to now........
Have a wonderful Friday, folks! I think it is the only one this week, lol!
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Good morning all. Thursdays are wierd, because there is so much left to do before the weekend comes, but it's still not the drop-dead deadline like Friday is.

Karen, I fight the same thing with yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, patterns. (And thatís not even counting my need to buy every book in a bookstore, because I know Iíll read it and lend it out. A part of one of my storage sheds that Iím cleaning out (and closing in April) includes all that wonderful stuff. No one else understands how important it is to keep that yarn, etc.

Mona, good for you to be back on track. And your little boy is a doll. Sounds way too smart for his own good. Is he the first born?

Jeannie, I will be thinking of you today.

Talk with you all later.






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Aha! I just needed to log in, post and it updated! Now I can find out what everyone is up to today.
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Is it me, or is chat really quiet today?
Karen

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Itís another gorgeous morning. The temps are to remain very nice, 60's and 70's. More rain moving in tomorrow through the weekend though, with heavy/severe t-storms on Sunday. I will not complain. It isnít snow/ice/sleet. I can take it.

I have been getting lax with my eating this past week. That is definitely not good. Doesnít take much for me to gain weight. On the other hand, it certainly does take a LOT for me to lose weight. Knowing thatís how it is youíd think Iíd behave myself. Nope. Nadda. I am working on it though and I am back on track.

Joanna, good luck with your writing again. You gave up reading? I could not do that. I love to read. On the other hand, I should read less when Iím home and exercise more.

Jeannie, you are right. I will have fun deciding where to display my wonderful fire extinguisher. Lucky you - 2 kerosene lamps, and they were your grandmotherís! How special. If you had bookshelves or a desk, it would be perfect. However, you just did move in. I think as time goes on youíll figure out the right place. Grilled cheese and tomato soup - delicious and we love it at my house too.

Jackie, so you made millions on Wall Street. My lands I think weíre both so tremendously successful. You with your millions, me with my bilingual abilities - weíre worth a fortune. Iím so sorry to hear about the problems with your gums. You have had such a time of it with them. You sound like several of my friends who have retired, supposedly totally retired. They said it was easier going to work every day. They never have extra time, busy every day.

Starr, congratulations on having such a successful day yesterday. Yahoo!

Karen, upgrades to computers/systems can cause a great deal of stress for me. What a PIA! Hope things get worked out quickly and Ďsafely.í No audits scheduled here for right now. I know of one that will come up in August. I send a lot of documents via secure email also. The less they have to be here the happier I am. Itís a shame I feel that way. The auditors have been very pleasant, no problems. But thereís always Ďone more documentí they need or itís ĎBabs, I need to ask you about . . .í Iím too used to being on my own. Ahh, old age. Thatís it.

Mona, birthdays with grandkids are the best. It was fine to celebrate. Great picture!

Jeannie, may your pain pass swiftly today and may you be filled with wonderful/fun/loving memories. Hugs. Thinking of you . . .

Theresa, so wonderful to see a post from you. I hope things get under control with that darn computer of yours.

Well I started this earlier this morning and it is now 1:20. Unbelievable. Start. Stop. Get into other software. Come back. Oh, yes, and I ate my tuna too!!

Have a Terrific Thursday almost Friday!

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Well, I hope you are all having as beautiful a day as it is here in PA. Windows open, Birds singing, bright blue cloudless sky and the sun is brilliant! emoticon

Today the computer is behaving..hasn't bumped me..or slammed itself off once..so I'll be short with this post.
Lost one here on Tuesday..after taking lots of personal notes and posting, got right to the end, did Spell Check, and as I was about to hit Post Message ~ BAM! Post was lost!!

So I have kept up with all your post..we are a chatty group! Wish you all a Calm, Beautiful , Spring weekend. Theresa

Jeannie..thinking of you and Richard today.



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Good morning, my dear friends. Joanna, sure hope the swelling is resolved for you soon. Must be uncomfortable! Mona, what a sweet picture of you and Connor. It's amazing how fast those little ones grow up and how smart they are, right?? Karen...no...Richard has not found a place for all his stuff. It's just sitting there, but mostly in the back room, at least. There will be another pickup load of "stuff" (to put it nicely) coming tomorrow, too!!

Okay, my sweet teammates...I admit it. I'm down today. It's nothing permanent, mind you. Just feeling blue as I always do right about now. Today marks the 20th anniversary of our son's passing. Anyway, just wanted to stop by, say hi, and wish you all well today. Tomorrow I'll be fine.

Warm weather today, but so very windy. Lots of dust blowing around here. Richard is in the garage sawing something. I'm not even going out to see what, as I'm just glad he's doing something regardless of what it is. emoticon

I'm going to my Mom's tomorrow for her dr's appt. and to help her with laundry, getting groceries, etc. She has been back in her apt. since Monday--glad to be back and sleeping better, although this bout of pneumonia and COPD has taken its toll, I can tell. Anyway, it may be Saturday before I have a chance to come back and chat.

Love to all of you. Keep your chin up, a smile on your face and together we will get to where we want to be! XOXO Jeannie

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Hi everyone~~I am still here but getting down to just two weeks until the movers arrive. Will have family helping at the end of next week but all this packing is my job.

Did celebrate my sweet Cooper's birthday Saturday and last night. Yesterday was his real birthday. He is so much fun and keeps us all laughing. For only being two he talks like he is five and is in constant motion. Doesn't miss a thing!!

I am sure my scales will not be happy tomorrow but I am right back on track today. Think of you all often and trying to check in as often as possible.

Have a great day everyone!! Hugs!

LOVE the meditations!! Thanks Jill!!

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The weather is warming up here now..finally thank goodness but I am swelling something awful. I would like to think that getting away would help but I am afraid that it wont ..Florida is as humid as Michigan if not worse. I wish there was a way to get this under control. I was swelled up so bad...a couple of months ago...went to Vegas and within two days it was gone and never came back while there. The dry heat I think was the trick not just the heat Anyway it is what it is for now. I will just deal with it, but sometimes it feels like my ankles skin will just bust open.

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Goodness, we are a chatty group! It is hard to keep up!
I think I was MIA yesterday. Things keep getting busy and I keep running out of hours to respond.
Jeannie, you were right (what a memory you have!). My landlord once gave me a fire extinguisher for my kitchen in case I tried to cook again. I am the one who had two firemen rush to my kitchen one Thanksgiving morning dressed in full gear. They literally opened the oven door and blew the fire out!
I have been busy at work with the architect, with doing some reporting to the state which is required by 5/1, some compliance work for an overdraft program we offer, some personnel issues, etc. Gosh, and that was just yesterday, lol! Just kidding.....for some reason I am not able to access reports I need from our computer system. We had an upgrade which seems to have removed access "permissions". Believe me, I really do have access to everything, lol. Hopefully the IT guys can figure out the problem before too long. This will out me way behind in work.
Today is to be a lovely spring day. I am wearing a sleeveless black dress with a little zebra print jacket. I am also trying to see if I can wear high heels today. I am not supposed to, but I do love them. It is the only time I can feel a little tall. With heels, I get all the way up to 5'2ish.
Jill, I am glad Brent is doing better and it is nice that he is helping you out with chores. It sounds as if life might be getting back to near normal for you. That is really good news!
So, Jeannie...did Richard find a place for all his stuff? I am the Richard in my house, but it is all knitting and sewing stuff. Heck, you never know when I just might need that 6" piece of lace I bought in 1972!
Babs...any more audits? I am probably due to have something audited in the next month or so. I will get a request from the auditors for documents and then send them via secure email. It certainly cuts down on the time the auditors have to spend on site. In a way, that is a shame, because I really like the folks we have.
CJ and Joanna....enjoy your trips to Florida. This would be a good time to go before it gets too hot down there. Anything over 75 is way too hot for me.
Theresa, I am glad you are going to a different place this year for vacation. Didn't one of the grand kids last year get hurt? I think I remember a head injury and that the hotel was not exactly helpful?
Butterfly Judy, it was nice to see you chatting again!
I know I didn't mention everyone, but I do this from memory. And let's face it...didn't someone once say the memory is the first thing to go?
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Team, I can't take time to read board today. Still haven't entered nutrition, exercises, etc.

Great day on accomplishments, weight loss, exercising, house hunting, working on money matters.

However, I only have a half hour before the carriage turns into a pumpkin and I won't get any points for today. (Haven't entered nutrition report, exercises, and gone through all those points, things. I do hope I can figure out a way to do this in less time.).

Hope all is well. Can't wait to read your chats.

Have a great Thursday, team.

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Good afternoon busy chatters ... I just can't keep up! Lots of interesting information you are all sharing from bikinis to dreams to writing novels.... What an amazing group you are!

Before I forget ... Poor Butterfly ... sending you healing light. I hope you feel better real soon. I just finished a round of penicillin myself, but not as sick as you've been.

Must have been a night for dreams as I was dreaming about working on Wall Street and making millions of dollars... Maybe I was investing in Bab's Wellness Center... LOL

I've been super busy with work, Mike and getting better myself. I don't know why I say I'm even semi-retired....plus my next round of coaching starts tomorrow night. I do like being busy, but wish I sure had the money to travel ... hence my Wall Street Dreams.

Mike is trying another round of pills, readjusting what he has, starting new ones. They're giving it 3 weeks then will send him to the clinic for a full workup of various tests. Basically BP doesn't stabilize - pain in stomach - the infections, edema etc.

If you're wondering about my meds - you guessed it - more mouth problems. I'm having trouble with my gums. Boy did I retain weight with the antibiotics this time. I am going to have to figure where to start once my body flushes out again.

So, thank you for sharing your lives over the Spark People Fence and I wish you all a wonderful evening... Take care...

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Not much to report today, but I do have to say the sunshine is wonderful and the temps are a bit warmer. Too bad that pesky wind can't find somewhere else to spend some time! LOL! Happy to have the sun, etc., though.

Joanna, it sounds like you did really well with your knees except for that accident and whatever the complication was after the second one. Unfortunately, that is always a possibility. Fortunately, it seems that most people don't have experience it. Glad you are doing okay now.

Babs, what a thoughtful friend you have! Sometimes a fire extinguisher is just what I need in my kitchen. Isn't Karen the one who has problems like that in the past, too? Anyway, I know this one would be decorative and fun to do something with. I bet for you the best part will be figuring out how and where to display it. I could use your help. I have 2 of the old kerosene lamps that belonged to my Grandma. She used them as long as she lived at home. Anyway, I love them, want to display them, but can't for the life of me figure out where to put them. This house is so different from the old one. I have no shelves or tabletops where they'll fit. I'm stumped!

CJ, I can just see the joy in your posts! Looking forward to your trip to Florida and the best part of that will be spending time with your family! Visiting with your friend yesterday! Lots of things. So happy for you!

Well, Star...did you know we have a rule around here that says if you talk about a recipe and it sounds/was good, you have to share it??? We're waiting to hear what you invented. On another thread Star mentioned Ezekial bread, and I found a store that sells it...at least according to the Web site. I'm so curious I just have to go buy some, unless I have to take out a loan to get a loaf, that is. I'll let her tell you about it!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, dear Butterfly Judy! So very sorry to hear you've been hospitalized and still not feeling well. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way!

I know it is very warm in Jill's neck of the woods. Enough that she is talking about getting her bikini out for sun bathing or something. We want pics, friend!! LOL! Hope the early heat wave isn't a sign of more drought conditions coming your way. I know you need rain badly. We could use some, too.

Paul and the grandsons are coming over for dinner tonight since their mom is out of town on a business trip. I asked what they wanted and they asked for grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. How much easier can you get!!!! Seems like I already told you that. If so, I apologize. You know I am much older than all of you, so you have to make allowances for me! LOL!

Have a great evening and I hope that tomorrow is better than ever! Hugs and love, Jeannie

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Starr, I am just the opposite I can't write with a deadline facing me. That right there is what got me into trouble and I stopped writing novels. I started back in the 70's writing short stores and submitting them to readers digest. After winning a few hundred dollars for them and having them published in their monthly subscription I just thought I was the cream of the crop I expanded over to articles and short stories for horses magazine subscriptions. By the time 1990 came around I just thought I could do anything...(too smart for my own britches as my grandmother would say to me) I decided to write a novel....and while doing it my mind worked wonders...and not one but three novels I was writing at the same time. I finished them and sent them in for publishing. I got turned down my several publishing companies before I found one that offered to publish two of them if I let them do the editing. I agreed and saw it published a few months later. Nothing happens over night. I felt a little upset when I realized how much editing they actually did and I could not say anything about it. They agreed to take in a second book based on a sequel to one of the novels ...the other didn't do that well at the sales. Anyway I wrote a second novel to go with the first ...and it paid me rather well and I head on to editing rights this time around. The publishing house gave me an advance to do a third novel and well something happen. I was bored with the story line and could not wrap my mind around it right. After several attempts and a year and a half later...they were threatening to sue me and I was what they called blocked. We came to terms and parted ways and have not spoken since. I gave up reading and writing about the same time. I just started reading again last year which is funny. Why I joined a writing team I have no knowledge but I do enjoy talking to some of them. I have over the years continued to write training articles and horse articles and short stories for the equine field, but a novel...never thought I would ever try again, and now here I sit.


Jill, of course you can always come to Florida with me I will even pay for your ticket. Just give me the word. We could have a blast down there. You know you can always come to Michigan and visit me here for a few days if you would like. I am sending you and open invitation. I have plenty of room and you would love it also in the summer months. We can go for carriage rides to some of the local towns and do some antique shopping. You can go with me to watch the grandkids in competition shows which is always a plus for me I get to brag about them. We can sit around in the early morning and enjoy the sun rise while drinking hot tea off the back deck or in one of the little gathering spots I have around the grounds. I have easy access in and out of the house so it would not be hard on you. I get around on a golf cart most of the time but have scooters we can take up to town. A few country markets we can hit up. Maybe a show from one of the local theatrical groups. I live on a large lake and we can take the boat out if you like boating although I have not been on that boat in a few years. The kids are the only ones that really take it out...from the dock. Hey we can go to Hell together...what more can you ask for.


Jill for another answer to one of your concerns. I had both my knees replaced just a few weeks apart from each other. Left one done in July of 10 and the right one done is September of 2010. I was only in the hospital for three days with each of them. I was walking on them both within hours after the surgery. The only reason they kept me in the hospital was to put me through a quick rehab there where I had to walk up and down a 4 step platform, get in and out of a car..passenger side only, walk with a walker without having it slip out from under me, and to put on socks with a thingy ma jig they gave me. All little gadgets they have there in the hospital to help you with: which I never used once when I got home. I am not going to tell you there was no pain but the pain was 10% of what I was going through trying to walk prior to the surgery. While home they have a visiting nurse and a therapist come to see me twice a week. The nurse to check and make sure my blood was not clogging, the therapist to help me improve my bend of the knee. I had to have it bent 90 degree by the time I reached the follow up appoint came around. I am gun hoe with the left knee in less than two weeks I could bend it almost back to my butt...which is a long way believe me. So I over did what was expected of me. By the time I saw the doctor he was so happy with me that he scheduled my second knee right then, I had the second one completely replaced in September. Unfortunately it was not exactly the same ...I was waling within hours...but something was shooting up to my thigh and lower back. It felt like a stabbing pain and my leg was on fire. I still only spent 3 days doing all the same things. I noticed when I got home the recover was not as simple as the first time but I was determined to get that knee bent to 90 degree. The pain was a little more than I could bare (remember I refused to take pain pills also). I went back to the doctor with about a 78 degree bend telling him I feel like my leg is ripping off from the shooting pain. After several test they discovered I had live nerve damage that needed repair. I was put on a nerve medication and sent to rehabilitation (water therapy). I loved it ...finally I had the leg bent to almost my butt...but still not quite. My problem came two weeks later when I was in a car accident and it set me back in traction and then came a series of problems. But, the knee surgery was great...do it. I would do it 10 times over if I have to.


Today looks awesome out there with lots of sunshine so I am on my way out to enjoy it.


Joanna
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I do love these gorgeous, sunny, beautiful mornings. Whatís not to love about them.

One of my friends here at work brought me a surprise yesterday. He said he thought Iíd like it. I told him Ďno way. I LOVE it!í He knows my penchant for old things. He was at one of our stores that is closed and theyíre cleaning it out. He found an old, brass fire extinguisher. So cool! Unfortunately, the label that should be glued to the front is missing. He said there were several there, and they didnít have them. I donít care. I love it. Iíll have to polish it. I think Iíll find a place to put it in my kitchen. That would be a likely place for it. Heís a great friend.

Jeannie, I wish I could speak as fluently today as I did at the wellness seminar. Iíd be worth a fortune. I donít even know where that dream came from. Iím a fan of wellness programs and always read anything I can get my hands on regarding wellness. But we donít have anything at all going on right now. My mind works in Ďmysterious ways.í Glad your bathroom rugs arrived and you have things all spiffy now. Enjoy your visit with your DD this weekend.

Regarding the Meditations thread - I love it! I signed up for it and itís perfect. You might want to give it a try.

Jill, what color is your bikini? Or do you have more than one? I think Iíll buy a purple one this year. I canít imagine your nice warm temps. Enjoy them.

Judy, our very own butterfly, you definitely do deserve the well wishes. Iím sorry youíve been so sick, in the hospital, and sick again. I will keep you in my prayers. Please donít feel like you donít deserve it. We do not expect you to stop in and post all the time - especially when youíve been so sick. Hugs to you!

Starr, congratulations on getting in your exercise and finding a solution to your cravings. Now those are 2 major achievements!! Iím anxious to see the recipe.

CJ, so glad you and your friend had a lovely visit yesterday. With the weather being nice, it was great that you were able to get her out for a while.

The wellness meeting - believe me my friends - it was strictly a dream. It didnít take place at all. I donítí have a clue where it came from but it came! Out of nowhere actually.

Seems like it takes me longer and longer to get out a message each day. I started this a couple of hours ago.

Hello to everyone I didn't mention.

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emoticon emoticon HUMP DAY, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Well Ladies its hear again HUMP DAY, MAKE IT A GOOD ONE. emoticon

Star: I did have a wonderful day yesterday with my friend, we had lunch and went for a little drive in the country, she just needed to get outside for a while, the red bud trees are all in bloom with their beautiful purple flowers, don't know why they call them red when they are pink or purple. Then she did some sewing for me, she has a good machine and I needed a pair of pants hemmed for my DH. She is a wonderful seamstress and me. (NOT).

Butterfly Judy: So sorry you have been so sick, I know all those drugs can make you feel even worse, sending you a big emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad you were able to chat with us a little bit, rest and get well.

Jill: You are very welcome to come on our trip to Florida with us, we have a trail blazer and plenty of room. Only two more weeks so get packed and we will just visit and snack along the way, sounds good to me. Its so good to hear Brent is feeling better.

Jeanie: A bikini (REALLY), now that's a really funny thought for HUMP DAY, I do take those on all my virtual trips, but since this is a real one, I better take something more, (well lets just say more covering)..

Babs: Your wellness meeting sounds like a lot of fun, bet you learn some really great things, Glad you are finally getting some sunshine and spring like weather.

We are still missing some of our sweet friends, Noel, Bob, Bonnie, Lise, etc. hope they haven't given up on us.

GOT TO GO, I played yesterday, so I have a lot to do today. Like go to the Chiropractor first.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon (no sugar or calories of course)

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Team, I did better today. Got my exercises in because I had to walk so far. Saw a finance guy who gave me good news. And the condo I like is still on the market. The amazing thing? Two other condos nearby are SOLD and for less than the asking price for the one I was looking at. Oh my. I must have very bad taste.

CJ, I hope you had a wonderful time with your friend. What a great plan, she sews and you buy lunch. And all because sheís feeling better after surgery.

Karen, frozen dinners work for me, too. As for the architect, the amazing thing is that most MCPs do not even know they have a problem.

But more about me emoticon . I have been fighting this incredible urge to eat. None of the vegetables, fruits, lean fats and whole grains have satisfied. Iíve just had a huge appetite. And then I thought: ďLetís see, you lost your mom, youíre worried about selling your condo and moving into another one, and you donít know what to do with your money. No wonder youíre hungry.Ē I went into the kitchen and ďsort ofĒ invented a recipe that amounts to the same calories as a piece of bread and peanut butter. Thing is it tastes like chocolate and peanut butter, but itís quite good for me. Iíll tell you about it sometime because you donít cook anything, you just have to chill it. However, it did the trick and I have lost my cravings so far today.

Joanna, I am proud of you. I cannot write unless I have a deadline facing me. Until I had to take care of Mom, I freelanced now and then, but only because I had a deadline on something that needed to be done.

Your book sounds great. I think I know which Spark writer group youíre talking about. I have been a member for years, but in name only.

Babs, I love your story about your Cambodian co-workers. Languages are amazing, arenít they? Sometime you can understand what is being said, but cannot speak it yourself. It sounds like a warm and friendly evening.

Jill, I am glad you have started your spring cleaning. It feels so good when itís done. At least thatís what Iím told. emoticon

Butterfly Judy, I donít know you, Iím new, but Iím sorry to hear how sick youíve been. Iíll bet you feel as if thereís nothing left inside of you. Iím hoping the spring weather will help.







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HI EVERYONE

FIRST I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR ALL THE GOODIES AND COMMENTS ON MY PAGE......I SURE DON'T DESERVE ANY CONSDERING I HAVN'T BEEN HERE IN SO LONG....I HAVE BEEN SICK AND IN HOSPITAL.....NOW I AM SICK AGAIN WITH THE PNEUMONIA AND ON MORE DRUGS......JUST HAVE NOT FELT LIKE DOING ANYTHING
FOR LONG TIME......HAVE LOST MY ENTHSIASM.......
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Well, it's definitely get out my Bikini Day Here, now that wouldn't be a very pretty sight as we all know. . .But, it's already in the 90s here and not yet in the p.m. hours. It's a little too much of a good thing. Brent, Snoopy and I went on several early morning errands while it was still cool outside but the Sunshine was out at 7:45 am was it already very bright and warm.

I need to get my "act" together and start some Spring Cleaning. I had my son change my freshly washed sheets this morning. Brent is a big help once again and is doing so much better. Tomorrow I have an eye screening appointment to make sure my eyes are healthy. This is free for me so I'm taking advantage of it and the Eye Center is just a few miles from my house.

CJ & Joanna, Can I go with one of you on your upcoming Florida Trip? emoticon I promise not to take up too much space or eat too much. . .what are friends for after all. . .just teasing you, silly me.

Starr, Believe me I've done what you did but it's best to learn from it and keep moving on. With the Ups come the downs it seems. I bet you're right back on Track today.

Jeannie, I know you'll enjoy having your DD there with you while she's on Spring break. Hey, I have a Smart Phone myself but I guess I'm a real "Dummy" as I don't use many of the buttons on it & not sure what they all do. I think when it come to phones, computers, gadgets, etc. I'm "Technology Challenged". How the heck did that happen as my Sons & GS are able to easily do things I find very difficult. . .

Babs, Sounds like your bi-lingual to me.. .Your Health Meeting sounds fantastic and very interesting. Was is for all the employees where you work or included other Companies? Your made me laugh and I hope you sleep like a very tired "Baby" tonight.

Karen, Glad to hear your feeling better. I've never tried making homemade bread and highly doubt I ever will as Bread is one of my trigger foods and my glucose levels always go up a lot when I even take a bite of bread. I remember you saying you don't eat much bread so I assume Jim does or do you share it with friends or co-workers? Wishing you a wonderful Birthday Outing with your good friend with the same BD. What type of restaurant are you going to? When is your big day? emoticon

Well, it's almost noon and I need to do some housecleaning and quite a few much needed to-do type things. Sorry not to mention everyone but you're all in my thoughts. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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By the way, Jill put a thread up several days ago about Meditations for Women. You can sign up and get them daily. They are excellent! Short, too the point, but just seem to be right on the mark. I love them and think most of you would, too. Check it out if you haven't already! Thanks you, Jill! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good Tuesday afternoon, Everyone! As long as it is taking me to get this note written, it might be tomorrow before I get it sent! LOL! I just keep finding little things to do here and there and there you have it!

Babs, I'd like to attend that wellness meeting with you in St. Louis. I'd especially like to hear the language the two of you were speaking...must be something "universal" don't you think? Too funny! Glad you are such a multi-talented lady! Will you teach us your skills, please? LOL!

Enjoy your time away, Joanna. It will be a nice break for you and your Grandson will enjoy the warmer weather, too, I'm sure.

Goodness, Karen...look what clean living will do for you! Seriously, I'm glad you're feeling better and that eating better seems to be helping. I didn't write yesterday, but I wondered if you got your bread made...again! I suppose your bread without any yeast must have been a little flat...but probably not as good as real flatbread? I hate when I totally forget an important ingredient!

Isn't it wonderful, CJ, to be able to spend quality time with a good friend like that? Especially since she was so sick and is recovering well. And besides that...she's going to be doing some sewing for you. I bet it is that itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini that you need for your trip to FL, right??

Well, Star...true confessions is good for the soul (or so they say), and you had a rough day. Happens to all of us. Sometimes it happens way, way more than I like or want. But, you had a plan to get to bed and get started again today. Hoping it all worked well for you and that today has been much better. Consider it all a learning experience. Have to learn those hard lessons some way, right? You're doing great, by the way!

Jill, you mentioned that it is supposed to get to 90 soon. Amazing to me. For us, a "warm" day is when it gets into the high 50s and no wind. I'm getting mighty tired of this spring that really isn't a Spring at all. Can I come for a visit? I'd love to soak up some of your great sunshine!

Theresa, I guess you are right that Richard needs his "toys." Even if they are dirty and he doesn't ever use them, at least he has them, right? As soon as he gets them all into the back room and gets some shelves built for things like Christmas decorations, etc, I will be happy to never go back in that area. It's all his! Dust and all! LOL! Indian food: I've had it a couple times, but it tends to be a little too spicy for me. I think it is generally more vegetarian than anything else, so you'll gets lots of different kinds of vegetables and spices. Fun for you to try different kinds of foods. It's pretty bland around our house, I guess! Sure hope you and Pyne are feeling better and he doesn't have any ill effects (other than bruising?) from his falls. That's kinda scary!

I had ordered a couple of new bathroom rugs and they came today, so now I have all the rugs in the bathrooms right where they're supposed to go. Our DD is coming this weekend for her spring break and she will initiate the guest room for us. The potential problem with that is that the lower level, where the bedroom is, seems to be so much chillier than the rest of the house. She'll let us know, though! LOL! While she's here, she'll take me shopping for a smart phone. I'm hope they have smart phones for dummies, as it is not something I'm likely to pick up on the first go-around! We're just looking forward to spending some time with her. She should be o much more relaxed now that she is finished with her classes.

Alrighty, then...have a great afternoon and evening. Enjoy your day! Sending love, hugs and warm hellos to everyone I missed! XOXO Jeannie






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I do believe I see some sun shining away out there. I donít know if itíll stay, but Iíll take whatever I can get.

I feel tired this morning. Itís probably because I worked all night. Seriously. I didnít stop working until I woke up this morning. Are you confused? I sure was!! Hereís what happened.

I went to bed as usual last night. Well, I guess I should begin my story by telling you that the corporation I work for is manufacturing and we have a lot of factory employees who are non-English speaking. In St. Louis there is an International Institute and we definitely get a lot of our employees from there. They are terrific, and we have employees who are still working for us (in the factory mind you) who are late 60's/early 70's. Wonderful people. Some of them, of course, eventually become US Citizens, which means learn to speak English. Others have children who are educated here and help them with communications. We have a couple who translate for us, as well as employees. Makes it nice. There is one of them who I thoroughly enjoy. His name is Nam Le. Funny man. I sat in on a meeting when I was at the St. Louis location. He just cracked me up. Heíd say something, reach over and pat my hand and Iíd start in cackling away. We had a grand time.

Anyway, there I was (last night) at a wellness meeting at our St. Louis location. We had a cardiologist there (What???), bloodwork, dietician, nurses, x-rays - healthy snacks, speakers, medical insurance broker/client rep. It was terrific. All employees seemed to be participating, enjoying themselves, learning something, and it was wonderful. I was talking to one of my friends in Human Resources. Naturally I said something funny and we were laughing. One of the Vietnamese ladies turned around and giggled. I turned to my friend and said ďDo you think Oanh understood me?Ē Well, Oanh replied and laughed again. She not only understood me - I understood her!! It was amazing. I could understand the various languages, and when I spoke in English it was translated to their language. Am I amazing or what? You must understand we have: Vietnamese; Cambodian; Chinese, you name it! Well, then I woke up. So tired from working all night. Isnít that a hoot.

Oh, Starr, you had a bad day yesterday. I do hope today is better for you. Erase the words Ďcall it quitsí from your vocabulary. No, no, no. Youíll be fine. Days like that happen to all of us.

CJ, you give me a good smile every day. Thank you. Enjoy your day with your friend.

And now my second good smile from Karen - sistah! I love it. When will some people get with the program and realize it? Male or female it simply doesnít pay to not play nice. Enjoy your day. Congrats on being back on track . . .

Joanna, enjoy Florida and the sunshine. Things will get done around home and they'll all be just fine. Interesting story about your writing(s).

It is time for work. Coffee drinking time and writing off and on has to stop. So work it is my friends.

Have a Terrific Tuesday.

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Just a few days left before I leave for Florida. I am excited and a little worried regarding the trip. I want to get into the sunshine so bad and will enjoy that part of it but I am leaving so much behind undone. Now that winter is breaking we have so much after winter clean up around the farm. I like to see that its done the way I like it. Rather than have everyone do it twice. Oh well I am sure it can get along without me for a week.


Speaking of Sunshine, today looks beautiful. I am going to get out and soak up some of that warmer weather. I did not say warm, but it is warmer than it has been, so anything about now I will accept as good or better at least.


Did I tell you about my book I am writing? I don't know which team I say what to these days, but a little update. I belong to this great little writers team and they got me going in two directions. First one is to put together a group of short stories dealing with the horses and the events that went and go into rescuing them. I have so many stories about horses. I share them with my writers team since I need some interesting topics to write about in there. After getting feedback and a suggestion of putting them all together into a book similar to Chicken Soup for the horse lover. I haven't started it yet but am thinking quite hard about it. However I have started along another track of writing. I had a dream one night woke in a horrid sweat got up made a short trip to the bathroom, washed my face and hands, then went and got a cold water out of the kitchen. Came back laid in a bed a few minutes before falling back to pick up the same dream and continued to be scared knowing I was all the while dreaming.


I decided to put the dream on paper to share with my writer SPARK friends. Before I knew it when I wanted to tell it right....it became too long. Too much of a story to put on a forum where others might read it. I wanted to put in details so my reader could see what I was seeing in my head......right!!!! I am now in chapter 3 and a little over 40 pages. I have dropped my dream...well included it along with embellishing it to new heights. I have not written anything since 1996 when I finished my 5th novel and left it sitting in a sealed box never sent to the publisher. In fact my publisher has not spoken to me since 1996 and swore never to again because I could not or would not send in my work at the time. Oh my gosh I wonder if they would even take my call after such a long time. All that is another story in itself.

Ok, the bottom line is I think it might turn out to be a pretty interesting story once I get it all down on paper. Funny I say paper...for it in reality will most likely never see paper e-books are the thing these days along with sending in e-files for editing.

Back to reality its beautiful out and I can't wait to get out and about in it today so off here and out to the barn where the real action awaits.


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CJ, that sounds like a really fun day. Today is my best female friend's birthday. She is just four months younger than I am, but the other day she was offered a senior discount and I was not, lol. It is because she has just the prettiest snow white hair. I have been envious for years--she says it started turning when she was in her 30s. We are going out to shop on Saturday and then to lunch. I buy her lunch and she buys mine--we celebrate our birthdays together usually some time between mine and hers. The timing didn't quite work out this year for that, but heck, this Saturday is fine with me!
Star, I know what you mean. It seems if one thing I had on my agenda went wrong or my cooking was off (I am far safer with frozen dinners), then I tend to go off the deep end and eat all sorts of bad things. I was in the same place a few weeks ago and it took me until Sunday to get back on track. So, for me, it is now 2 days where I have eaten the right things and I have to admit I feel so much better.
Today I am out on the road for the afternoon with the architect I am going to use to renovate the building the credit union is purchasing as a site to move one of our branches. It should be a nice afternoon--I have known the architect for some time and he is a very pleasant person.
The last architect we used was a MCP (male chauvinist pig). OMG......not any one of the females involved wanted to work with him again. Jeff agreed--if I felt that strongly about it, then we would not use him again. What he didn't know is that in 3-4 years we will be tearing down our current main office and operations building and building an entirely new four story building. That contract will be for several million. Hmmmmm.....I think it pays to play nice with the ladies. In the end, we have all the power!
That's what I'm talking about, sistah!
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HEY, HEY, HEY, I'm still missing our Bob, but it is Tuesday, so you know who's coming tomorrow, that pesky camel and it will be hump day. So enjoy your Tuesday and tomorrow will take care of itself.

Star: I sure hope you have a really good day today, yesterday is history, So MAKE TODAY A GOOD DAY and don't beat yourself up about history.

I have a fun day planned today, I'm going over to Clarmore OK, and spend the day with my friend that had heart surgery, she is doing well and is going to do some sewing for me and then I'm taking her to lunch, Thank you all so much for your prayers for her.

Got to go hope all of you HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OK, team, this is a confessional: I have eaten all my fruits and vegetables, cooked good recipes (Asian vegetable soup, a kind of "treat" with peanut butter and chocolate fiber one, AND I have blown the whole day.

I did not get up and get going. I got up, swore I had a headache, cancelled an appointment, promised myself I would get going, hated the Asian soup (veggies overcooked), and then I ate CANDY and too many nuts. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have not yet exercised, but I will. Last night I got the exercises done just before bed, but I got them done.

I read all your blogs and it sounds as if it has been a more regular Monday for all of you than for me. If I weren't retired, I would have called in sick today. (Except, of course, that teachers can never call in sick because it takes five times the effort to prepare a sub to do what needs to be done.)

And so, now I still have the headache, but I have a stomach ache as well. Oh my, maybe I should call it quits and get to bed early, right after exercises. (Light exercises.)

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Just a quick post to get my chat to update.

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Lunch time. I have a baggie full of celery, tiny carrots and peppers. A Ďdabí of dill dip, which I love but have learned to limit. Cheese sticks, water and an apple. Plenty of food, healthy and delicious. Oh, I also packed a few pretzels. Love my salt.

I posted 2 new pictures from Friday evening. Abby all ready to go, and one of Abby & Joe ready to go to the dance. Such fun!

Joanna, I havenít checked out the link but I will. Good news on your dog and the meds. Our 4 legged friends become family.

Jackie, how great that you ended up with 2 new pair of shoes! So sorry that Mikeís still having medication problems. Hopefully his trip to the MD this week will give some positive answers and some relief. Wonderful picture of you and Chris!

Jeannie, Iím glad you mentioned your PT exercises. Iíve been meaning to ask if theyíre helping, and Iím guessing they are since you are still doing them. I used to work out in the morning too. I went to the gym and did water walking/exercises early, as 5 AM. It was the best way for me to Ďdo it.í It isnít as easy for me to do that these days. So Iím trying to focus on what I Ďcan doí and Iím doing so yoga stretches. Every little bit helps and counts.

Theresa, Iím sorry to hear that youíve had tummy/slight bleeding issues. Iím even more upset that you donít tell your doctor!! I am definitely not one to run to the doctor, call for a script and so forth. BUT when weíre talking Ďbleedingí there just might be something that he needs to know. OK. Said it. Iím not familiar with Indian cuisine at all, but Iíve heard itís delicious. I Ďthinkí it involves a lot of use of curry. I donít know for sure, but thatís what I believe. Iím with Pyne. Itís so nice to not have a vacant business. It can lead to problems.

Jill, thanks for the kind words about the challenge. Iím just trying to come up with ideas that include everyone and are attainable. For me at least that Ďattainableí aspect is very important. Joe is 21 and Abby is 8. Quite a gap there! Yes, the shower helped her dancing feet/toes. I told her this morning ĎItís back to school today. Too bad we donít have a dance tonight too.í She definitely agreed. Iíll be hanging up my hummingbird feeders this weekend! Mom always said Ďget it out there by April 15th.í Hummingbirds and taxes!

Wyndy, sorry that Tedís also having problems. What a bad year itís been for so many team members and their loved ones. I hope your mouth heals very soon. No more snow I hope.

CJ, so glad you posted. I needed your cheery post on this gloomy day. You are blessed - with a cheerful disposition and a loving family, lots of grandchildren - hey, thatís a lot. Oh, and I canít forget your upcoming Florida trip. Iím happy for you.

Karen, enjoy your day off. Yarn snippets for the birds - I never thought of that. Perfect. Abby would love doing something like that, and so would here little friend. I know I have some yarn in the basement - or I could give them pieces of ribbon - they would have a ball doing it AND watching to see if anything disappears. Iím excited to do this with the kids.

Good grief. Doesn't take much to get me excited; does it? "Snippets of yarn" for the birds and I can't wait to go home and dig it out. OK. I admit it - I'm an odd one!

Have a wonderful day. You are all so important to me and play a major role in my life. I thank you!

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Good morning, Sparkers! No, I have not gone AWOL. In fact, just the opposite. Yesterday and today I have been really concentrating on eating the right kinds of foods. It occurred to me that part of my tummy issues and bleeding might be as the result of too much dairy, or something else that I eat. So....I am back to tracking everything and so far, so good.
I draw the line, though, at giving up my morning 0% fat vanilla Greek yogurt. That is my standard breakfast, usually with a little granola added, or a teaspoon off strawberry preserves.
I had a brainstorm at the grocery store yesterday. I saw these quart containers filled with berries, already sliced and ready to eat. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc. the price was over $10. That is what happens when you live in the northeast. There is nothing native until at least the end of June.
I remembered in my freezer I had bags of frozen berries. I kept buying them with the thought that I would make some smoothies with my super duper blender. I did for a while, and then stopped. I took all of the bags, found myself a nice big airtight container in the cabinet, emptied all the berries into and set it in the fridge. This morning, voila! Berries for my yogurt...and they have far fewer calories than the granola! AND....I didn't waste them!
Today I woke up and had a case of the Mondays. That never happens to me. I usually get cases of the Wednesdays. At any event, I did not go to work today. Jim is at school and I am home alone with the cat and the dog. I slept until 10:30. Yes, I have checked my work emails--I can't help myself, but I plan to spend some time knitting and watching tv, of all things. I never watch tv! I do have do bake another load of bread (I made bread yesterday and forgot to add the yeast--not pretty) and I would like to do another load of laundry.
I have a business trip in May to a lovely inn further north in Vermont, a business trip to Maine in July. Jim will be along for those trips. He and I are going to Ottawa mid August and back again in October. I am also going away for four days later in July, destination to be determined but within reasonable driving distance, and Jim is most definitely not invited! I am looking forward to that trip the most. It will mark one year since my friend and I reconnected.
It is warm enough here that I have some windows open. I stayed in bed much later than planned this morning because I was listening to how happy the birds sounded outside. I will have to go out later and put some small yarn snippets on the shrubs so they can take them for inside their nests.
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Happy Monday Morning:

I just got through reading all the posts and I wasn't going to write much this morning, I'm not feeling up to par, (whatever that means) emoticon but I noticed our beloved Theresa has got her computer back and posting again. emoticon emoticon emoticon ,
so I just had to say WOO HOO, Its good to hear from you again Theresa. I'm not really familiar with Indian food either, but it sounds really good.(haven't had breakfast yet.)

We did have our baby shower on Saturday for our GB that's due in July, It was so much fun and a lot of people to visit with that we haven't seen in a while. So that's 2 showers down and one left to go. My new babies are due on, April 24th, July 4th, Sept 14th. emoticon emoticon emoticon and now I have a trip to Florida in two weeks from today. I am SOoooooooooo BLESSED.

Got to GOoooooo for now: CJ from OK.



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Had a lay around Friday and Saturday. Ted has been ill, he had some things removed from his back and I think the nerves were hurt and caused him to have nausea. They always do for me so I told him that was what it was and to take it easy. He doesn't think it would cause nausea. Chuckle we go through this all the time, this is definitely a he said she said house.

Today I worked on my business accounts and shall take them all in to the accountant in the morning as soon as I check on the mileage for the car. The sun has been shining on the south deck so Dollar has to go out the basement door to the north side to do his business in the snow. He is not happy but I don't want to clean up any mud yet. Mean old mommy. He doesn't like climbing up the steps to the livingroom. Him is LAZY.

My mouth is still sore but not overly so, my jaw bone is what hurts the most but the bruising is going down now. That ear is also plugged still from the freezing I think. The last round of antibiotics and noninflammatory meds are getting the job done. There is still a hole but it is now closing over although it does hurt when I hit it on the edge of the bed but not when I walk any more.


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Good Morning Friends. We're also enjoying the sunshine today. We're in a warming trend and I love the Sun so I'm looking forward to getting my Hummingbird Feeder back up in my big backyard tree. Remember Babs, how much we both enjoyed watching those tiny Hummingbirds? Spring time is in the air for all of us. I'm looking forward to warm weather so I can again sit in my outdoor patio and see God's creations all around me. It makes me happy to hear the Birds sing.

Babs, I love and need the new brilliant Challenge you posted up. You always come up with such wonderful and helpful ideas. I loved reading all about the wonderful time you, Abby & John had at the Dance Friday night. I hope little Abby's hot shower helped her poor little feet hurt less from all the dancing she did. I'm sorry but I forget how old is Abby now and her big brother?

Jackie, I loved seeing the new picture of you and your handsome son. You're looking so happy and beautiful in this picture. Like you, I sometimes wonder if I could have planned my retirement better but then I understand due to my health problem with a broken bone in my spine I felt like I had to retire at age 60. I had planned on working another 5 years and financially I definitely should of. We all live with should haves and regrets but I think it's best to focus on how to make our lives fulfilling now even if it's with limited financially resources, etc.

Theresa, so happy to have you chat. I've missed you. I hate hearing about the medical problems both you and Pyne have had recently. I do think the Sun being out will help or at least won't hurt both of you I think you're going to enjoy your Spring vacation with your family a lot. Those 3 handsome young Grandsons of yours are sure to make you laugh and smile as knowing boys they're always busy and up to some mischief fun. Glad you're staying at a new place as I still remember your experience where you stayed the last time. I hope you'll love this new Hotel/Resort even more!

Jeannie, Good for you for getting your PT exercises done early. If your anything like me I tend to say later, later and then later never happens as far as my exercising goes. Maybe you can share what type of exercises you do to help ease your back pain as that still is an ongoing issue for me and possibly others. . .

Marti, Sounds like you're Dreams have come true. I'm very happy for you. Has your new Book been featured on Guideposts? I've got to check it out on Amazon. Congrats on Losing a pound. Please don't bring it my way as I already have a lot of weight still to lose.

Joanna, I also loved your Huskie story. What a feel good story you shared about your dog. That is a blessing for sure to have him enjoy life without any more seizures. I bet your Spring trip to Florida is going to be wonderful. You've raised a very caring nice young man who loves you so much.

Starr, going house hunting today? Sounds like a few here are more than willing to join you in your search for a comfortable home to love and enjoy. Good Luck in finding a new house.

I did have a really good time yesterday with my friends. The food was good and the company (my old friends) were fun and we laughed and ate a lot of healthy breakfast food. We're already planning on another get together at the same inexpensive restaurant the week after Easter. I've known all these friends for almost 50 years, yikes, am I really that old--LOL.

Our New Year, a New Me Weight Loss Challenge ends on April 19 which is in almost 2 weeks. I'll be the first to admit I lost my focus and haven't lost a pound since my last WI in fact I know I've gained some and I can tell that by how snug again some of my clothes are feeling. Jackie, when I was young I was a shoe person and had various colors all types of styles. Now I almost always wear flats that are comfortable and now I'm down a couple of shoe sizes since I've lost weight.

I will try to post up a New Spring WL Challenge the last week of April. I'm open to new ideas as to what would help motivate you to keep up with it or make it more interesting or fun? Just send me a Spark Message as to how this might work better for you and/or any improvements to it. Thank you..

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Good Sunday Morning Everyone! And the second sunny day in a row. emoticon

Starr - Are you one who enjoys house hunting..or is it nerve racking? emoticon
I think it's kind of fun. I love looking at houses, seeing if it felt like home to me, or what I'd do if I bought it. But would enjoy it more if $ didn't interfere in my dreams. We are thinking we should find something on one floor, easier to take care of, like in a Senior housing community. And that we should do it now..while we still can.

Mona, you have moved a lot. My DH grew up moving a lot..went to 10 schools over 13 yrs! His Dad was Military, then his job relocated him. I have never "moved" - well, into our home after we got married, 3 miles from where I grew up..on the same street my Mom grew up on.
And you have your GS, Cooper's Birthday this weekend too! Big week for Birthdays.

Karen..we have similar sounding bleeding & tummy issues ! I've been self diagnosing mine as kidneys causing the slight bleeding -?! And always blame my diverticulitis getting inflamed from my gastroparisis slow down. That was what Dr.'s figured back in '05. Now I don't even bother to say anything. And I've even had dizzy spells lately..just 3 or 4 times in the last few weeks...I'm blaming my inner ear for that.
And you have conceded Winter really is over. I think so too.

Jeanne, Richard just needs his toys. He'll have them stashed away, or sorted out, soon. And, like Pyne, he has a finely tuned ability to IGNORE you. A necessary talent to a long marriage I think!
Our 40th Wedding Anniversary is this month ~ seems such a long time to me.

Babs, Abby's Spring Dance sounds lovely. Glad it was such a good time! And I'm into the new Challenge! Feeling confident about it, and feeling good and strong about me too! emoticon

Jackie, it is the time of year..I think more people really have a touch of SAD..mine hits around Feb/March ~ every year. I'm blaming that on my 5 lb.jump in weight, my giving in to junk food, and TV watching, grazing with DH, general feelings of malaise.
Hope Mike's Dr. visits ease up, and issues settle down. Pyne too has had several nagging things and several Dr. visits in the last month.
Pyne has also had several falls lately. One last Wednesday night .. he went out at 10pm, just to put boxes on the front steps, for a charity pick-up in the morning ~ and fell backwards down 3 steps. Came in, said he was OK, went to bed, and in the morning huge bruises were showing up, along with a bloody scrape on his forehead, and a badly cut hand. had some hip soreness, elbow scraped and sore. But the funny thing is - his lower back/hamstring pain, that he's been seeing the Dr- chiropractor for has gotten better..he thinks he knocked something back in place. He saw the Dr. Friday and they laughed about it...but Dr. showed him more bruising and swelling above his knee up to his underarm, that he hadn't seen...his whole rear right side.

Wyndy, between your tooth and Dog bite you've really been through a rough time. Hope you're feeling better, and that Spring finally sticks around.

Joanna.. Is clipping horses as bad as clipping dogs?! Geez, I give Finch a clipping every few months, and can't imagine doing a horse! And I'll bet you were feeling awful when you bungled your Florida trip...but, Jacob to the rescue! Hope you really do get to enjoy...and relax, during this trip. Those new window - Simple Fit Custom Cellure Window Shades, sound really neat. Then the price stopped me, from looking them up!
I need to put blinds back up in the two windows in the living room. I tossed the old ones when we got new windows, and put drapes back up ~ but now the sun beats in all afternoon, and I don't like having to close the drapes, but Pyne and I find ourselves closing them, especially if we have the TV on. The blinds were more forgiving.

I need a little break too, hoping our Pocono visit at the end of the month will fit that description. Staying at a new hotel, that we have never stayed at before.

CJ...exciting to have a new Great Grand Baby on the way! And you're getting closer to a FL trip too.

Jill, that seems like a fast year for baby Emma! Hope your breakfast with friends was enjoyable. Old friends are great treasures, and something we need to work at celebrating.

Marti, Wow! Great news about your book, "The Calico Heart". I'm not too big on romance novels, but, I'm going to look it up..kindle edition.

Last night, after Mass, we went to the grand opening of an Indian restaurant, only blocks from our house. Well the lines were out the door and down the block! I knew there was no way I could stand that long..but Pyne did. He brought out a plate of assorted pieces of chicken, some curry, and some ball of spicy yummy something with kale and veggies. So we made rice and shared it for dinner ... not at all familiar with Indian cuisine, not real sure what we sampled, but all tasted great. My problem was how to track it ! But we will go back, probably for take out, they only have 4 tables! It is in a tiny, little store front, that a local African Methodist Church tried to run as a soul food place, well they gave up about 2 yrs in. And it's been empty for 3 yrs. So Pyne was glad to see this place open, and was bound and determined to try it. We wish them luck.

Super sunny, clear blue sky, but still a bit chilly today. Hope everyone has a great week. emoticon Theresa





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Good morning! Hoping to have another great day today...that's what I've planned anyway.

Jackie, finding "new" shoes to wear in your own closet is wonderful! I'm not a shoe person...DD has always been in our family. In fact, she used to hand some of hers to me, but that doesn't happen any more. I only have 5 pair of shoes: one pair of walking shoes, one pair of red shoes I bought years ago on a whim and have only worn a few times, a pair of black ones for dress up, and a couple pair of loafers. The problem is when they start to wear out, I have to go look for others and shoes don't fit my feet well (there's a bunion on one), so I put it off a long, long time. So, finding shoes in ones own closet is perfect! Jackie, it must have been the "right" 10 pounds that made the difference.

Star, I wish I lived closer. I absolutely love to look at houses. Doesn't matter if it is online or in person. There's something about it that just gets me going! LOL! I even like to look at apartments with my DD! So, enjoy the search, but don't forget what has to happen before you can get that move to come together! That's right...packing, etc. etc.! I'm pretty good at that, too, so would be happy to come give you a hand.

Wonder how Mona is coming along with her packing! Well, I hope.

I have to keep this short as I need to get busy with my PT exercises. If I put them off too long it is easy to not do them. That's not a good thing! So, wishing each and every one of you a fantastic, wonderful, relaxing and restful, terrific Sunday! XOXO Jeannie

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Chatty Saturday I see! I tried to stay off the computer yesterday because I was on it so long on Friday working with the databases that my eyes were throbbing. Feel better today. I spent several hours yesterday organizing shoes to donate and trying them on. Found I have a couple of 'new' pairs of shoes to wear this summer due to the weight loss. Interesting that I'm about 10 pounds less than last summer - you wouldn't think it would make a difference. I also now have a SA area in Christopher's old room to keep my costumes and jewelry. I found he also has sweatshirts and t-Shirts from high school stored there. No wonders he's not a pack rat at his apartment. It is all still at home. LOL

Joanna - enjoyed the story about your huskie - glad she's not on medication any longer. That is good news!

Babs said something (or was it Jeannie?) about a 'Rememberer' not working. I know how you feel. Some days, I can't remember something 2 seconds after looking at it.

Marti, that is awesome news about your book ... to jump in awareness like that is a good thing! I'm sure it gives you as sense of fulfillment as well. Oh - congrats on the pound loss!

Thanks to those who stopped by FB and liked SA Mid-Lakes. Also - Jeannie - that was a great recommendation to add SA tp the chorus name. Helps increase keyword recognitions! Thank you for that.

Also Jill/Jeannie - yes I think the SADD is there, though we've had two days of sunshine which certainly helped. Yes, the stress work and SA does keep me a bit keyed up... so the meditation is crucial in my life. I wished I'd planned better for old age in that I'll probably always need to work. I don't mind keeping busy - but some days I just want to not have responsibilities. And Mike's recent illness does wear a bit. Still not doing well, have another doctor's appt. Wed. I think. He had a bad reaction to Bactrim and it doesn't seem to be going away.

Well - all - even if I didn't comment - I do enjoy reading about your busy lives. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Babs and Starr, yep I seem to luck out on my Florida trip. The hardest part was telling my granddaughter yesterday that I was taking a break on her busiest month of the year so far. We are trying to clean up horses and get things ready for horse show season. I thought she would be disappointed but both of them just laughed and said it was time I took a vacation. In fact my granddaughter said she would steal away the weekend and fly down to visit me. So...it worked out. Now on to other things.

Before I get started I think everyone should take a look at this link....it is just remarkable what can be done with the right people in charge. This is for senior eyes only hehehe....
http://gizmodo.com/inside-an-amazing-village-designed-just-for-people-with-1526062373

Ok with that said. I think I over did it yesterday I am so sore today. I have to finish up today but I am so sore it hurts to breath and my rib cage feels strained and bruised. I am sitting here with a foot massager pressed up against my back in a chair and it still feels horrible. I am going to get in the massage chair shortly and see what that can do. On a good note the weather out looks beautiful coming in sunshine through the windows this morning. My lazy dog is still spread across the bed sleeping and its 10 o'clock. My room is he coldest in the house, I keep it on the cold side, not because I like it but because of the dog...being a husky she is drawn to the cold..with all that hair I suppose. I hope she realizes how much I care about her. I could stand this room to be up at least another 10 degree.

Speaking of her, for those of you that do not know. We kind of rescued her in a roundabout way. Another story that I will skip for now. But as a pup we found out that she was epileptic and had several seizures a day. After spending a lot of money the vet decided that she would have to live her life on a medication that would ultimately shorten her live span. The medication does damage to the kidneys. After a year...we tried to take her off it by cutting the dose slowly. Well needless to say it did not work, as soon as she was off it completely for a 24 hour period....she had a total of 4 seizures before we could get her to a vet. Poor thing was so traumatized or maybe I was, but we put her back on the medication as soon as the doctor was seen.

Most people know that Huskies love to run but we could not let her run in fear that she might have a seizure out and well we have wet lands, vas wooded areas, and rivers that run through our property not to mention the surrounding area. She got out a few times and oh my gosh did h=she cause me anxiety with worry. I purchased harnesses ...of the extreme since she was an escape artist. I had a chip put in her that didn't help if she was not found our turned in, I finally had a tracking device put on her collar that requires two appliances since it has to be charged once in a while I could not afford for a MISTAKE to be made and she was without it. So I invested in two of them in fact several; she has a running mate...that if they get out together they are gone. I think the older one did it on purpose ...for she is a dog that can hold her own..(pit bull). She would lead the husky away and then take off and leave her...coming back on her own without the husky. Anyway...over the second year of her life she got loose for one reason or another a hand full of times...we were able to track her using an application and our cell phones (great product in most cases).

Third year she again got out a few times good news the tracker found her or a few of the times she came home on her own. Dirty and muddy but hey she had fun. She was always exhausted when she got home and slept for a couple of days. I felt so sorry for her having to leash her in the yard or cage her when the other dogs are free. We have several dogs and none of them have ever been leashed at home.

Now for the rest of the story as Paul Harvey always said; I was away and she ran out of medication why the hubby did not get it renewed I don't know. He was splitting her pills in half for a few days waiting for me to get home. I extended my stay in Vegas and did not make it and out she was of medication totally gone, nothing in sight. What did he do....nothing.

I got home it had been 6 days she had no medication, six days I said first angry with him...then happy with her...for not having a seizure. I called the vet to get a refill right away and could not get one until she came in to see the vet..and I could not get an appointment for another 4 days. I complained but they defended their case by saying they were just over loaded with clients. I had a choice to go elsewhere but then I would have to run the test and all the rig a ma roll again. I was going to wait...and I notice that she was doing great...she ran, she played, she did everything and showed no signs of having any type of seizure. Well the good news...Bottom line I promise you I am at the end of the story.

It's been 2 months and she has not taken any medication. She appears to be normal. The vet said she might have outgrown the seizures and only time will tell. The good news is the longer I can hold of on the medication the longer we can expand her life. So it's a no brainier for me...I am going to keep a good eye open and my fingers crossed and just wait.

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Just an early morning check-in. I've got several things lined up for today, but just around here and just ME things. My GD is at her other grandparents for the day and my GS is at work until at least 2:30. So it's me and my 4 legged GF Jasmine. I plan to read the Sunday paper with a cup of coffee. Now that's a real treat when I'm alone because I just take my time and thoroughly enjoy it. I also plan to paint my fingernails today, and then 'if there's time left' I plan to draw.

Marti, congratulations on the pound lost and the book sales!! Yahoo for you. emoticon

CJ, congratulations again. Your family just keeps growing.

Jeannie, Richard just can't help himself. He really did need all those things for so many years, but then you had a big home.

Joanna, glad you got your FL plans worked out. It will be fun.

Starr, keep plugging away at that packing and dreaming of your house. What's meant to be will happen.

That's really all I remember. My Rememberer is tired this morning.

Have a Super Sunday.

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It sounds as if Saturday has been a great day for all of you. I probably won't mention you all, but just to recap:

Marti lost a pound!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Which makes anyone's day great. Only to turn around and find out that her book is doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Joanna made a "terrible mistake" and gets to go to Florida early, with her grandson (always a nice thing), stay in a house so there is no hassle with valets, room service, etc., AND she got a flight that was at least reasonable. emoticon emoticon And the weather is nice.

Jeannie's weather is nice.

Babs had a wonderful time at her granddaughter's dinner/dance, which sounds like a really great event. Why didn't my school ever have stuff ike that? Nice, beautiful, and relaxed. emoticon emoticon emoticon

CJ's going to be a great-grandmother in July and gets to party today/ emoticon

I don't think anyone else posted today, but everyone had pretty good weather.

That's a fairly good day. I, on the other hand, have been hunting for houses, which is a nice way to put off things that really need to be done. I have been hungry, but I have stayed on top of the cravings (capitalize the whole word). I haven't exercised yet, but it's only 11:03 p.m., so what's the rush? emoticon

Everyone have a great Sunday. Bask in the wonderful events that started Saturday.



Edited by: STARRBRITE at: 4/7/2014 (00:35)
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Oh, Jeannie you remember the Tattoo. Funny how that is and I could swear he has forgotten all about it. I don't hear a word.

Marti, congratulations on the pound....one week at a time still proves it can be done. Congratulations on the book also. Nice that you got published. That is a heck of a jump in ranking. What house published you, and is it only in eBook or has it been in paper also? I see we both hail from Michigan. I am in the Middle of Michigan just east of Lansing.

CJ, I hope you enjoyed getting together for the baby shower. They are such fun and entertaining in most cases.

Starr, thank you for taking an interest in my pages. I think we are an interesting bunch too but then I am partial . We also have all the ups and down like everyone else but in most cases I can keep everyone in check. I guess it took getting old to get the control I always wanted. Now I would trade it for a little bit of my youth back. So much for the word Matriarch, but if there is one in this family I think I hold the title right now.

I was in the barn for hours today....I really enjoyed the sunshine around here and took advantage of every bit of it. The problem is now I am feeling it. My aches and pains are flaring up and all I want to do is settle them down and get some rest. No working tonight. I am going to take a night off and just watch some tv...right after a hot hot hot shower.

Have a good night everyone and enjoy it...after all its the weekend and Saturday Night.

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Marti, that is awesome news about your book! I can tell you are on Cloud 9! It must give you a lot of incentive to keep writing and having a great time with it, as well! emoticon Of course, losing a pound is like frosting on the cake...so to speak! LOL! Actually, maybe the book is the frosting. Regardless, it is a great day for you!

Joann, hope all your effort to get the Florida vacation details worked out pay off for you by having a great time with your GS. Maybe he'll use the time to talk you into getting that tattoo he wanted a few weeks ago! LOL!

CJ, you are one lucky lady to be GreatGrandma again! Hope the shower was great fun for you and that the new mom got lots of things she needed and some fun things besides. Do you know if it will be a boy or girl? You might have mentioned and I missed it, but as we all know, the important thing is for him/her to be healthy! You're getting closer and closer to that Florida vacation, too! emoticon

Babs, too funny...peace in the household...sort of, anyway! As long as I don't let myself go out in the garage and look at all those guy treasures he has out there! Eek! Most of it looks like more junk than I can imagine and to think most of it is going into our basement. At least it will be in the back where we don't have to look at it. So...stay tuned for progress on what on earth he does with it all. So glad your DGD had a wonderful evening last night. I'll bet it was tremendous fun for them to be "all grown up" for a few hours. You clearly enjoyed it, too, and sounds like your GS was a great sport about dancing, as well. Two great kids there!

Oh, Star...a hot tub in the bedroom? I bet that house doesn't sell as fast as you think it might. I wouldn't be in it anyway, but what do I know. Think how huge the bedroom would be without a hot tub in it! I think I'd drown if I got in a hot tub...either that or shrivel up like a prune b/c I couldn't get out of it. You know how it is...we'd have to call the crane guys in and then they'd have to put a hole in the roof or something weird like that to get to me. Besides, I'd be really embarrassed about being stuck in the tub. No way, honey...if you decide to buy it, make them take the tub out! LOL! Or, on second thought, we can come to your new house to have our next Girls Night Out party (GNO). The long-timers will have to describe that for the newer members!!! It's great fun!

Mona...how's the packing going?
Theresa...is the computer doing better?
Jackie...I friended the SA and loved looking at the pics.
Jill...how was breakfast with your friends? I love that daily meditation you sent the link to!!!
Wyndy...how is your jaw doing?
Karen...are you feeling better?
Joan...the Bradford pears are a long, long way from blooming around here. emoticon
Francie...how are you feeling?
Kathryn...do you feel a year older?
Shirley...where did you disappear to?
Did I get everybody? Hi to everyone I may have missed!

Sun has been out all day! Still a chilly breeze, but it did get to the low 50s, so it was half-way decent at the scrimmage. We will go over to see the boys (and their parents...haha) tomorrow evening for supper. Looking forward to a hot dog on the grill...I hope! I had a horrible WI this morning, so I am counting that as a wake-up call and have really put forth some effort today to get "right with my world." So far so good! I am focused today and planning on another good day tomorrow. Oh yes...I did one of the Leslie Sansone WATP DVDs. Wow...I'm in horrible shape and I've decided that I can't continue to let my aching back and sciatica be an excuse for not keeping active. We'll see how that goes!

Okay...here I am yammering again, so I think I'd better sign off and find something else to do for awhile. Have an awesome Sunday! Stay true to yourself and all things good will come your way! XOXO Jeannie
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Wow! Today is my BEST DAY EVER.

First, I lost a pound this week despite eating out for 5 times for dinner or lunch due to my crazy schedule AND putting in 7 hours of overtime at work (a sit-on-my-butt desk job).

THEN, best of all, eReader News Today featured The Calico Heart (the book I co-wrote with author Patricia Kiyono) on their site yesterday and our Amazon rank went from being ranked 572,246 in Kindle paid sales to being ranked 1,213 overall in Kindle paid sales and #68 Kindle eBooks/women's fiction/romance. I am super, super excited.

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Joanna, your grandson sounds like a wonderful young man. What a blessing! Go and enjoy the sunshine. ((hugs))

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Oh my gosh the sun is shining, no rain in sight, it truly looks like a lovely day out there. I just work up a little while ago, took my meds and am sitting here debating the day. I worked until 6 am this morning so I have accomplished 4.5 hours sleep so far, but with the sunshine I am not feeling that bad so I am going to stay awake and push on with the day. The question is should I take that Oxy pain pill to get through today or not and what should I eat as my first meal of the day. I have to make it easy so I am going to make it ...toast and some oatmeal I think with a nice cup of tea. I can get away with that for now then head out to the barn to finish clipping the two horses that are getting ready to show at the end of the month.

Wanna hear something really stupid that I did. Ok, I planned to go to Florida during the month of May around the second week...the 14th through 21...I searched for flights and found nothing that was not outrageous in cost. Now I was planning on traveling with my daughter also and we both checked our schedules and those were the best days available. I have a time share for three weeks a year down there so I could save cost on housing right. Still no flights. I told the daughter I would keep looking but it looked like we might have to postpone until another time.

Meanwhile last week I got this email from SPIRIT AIRLINES....discounted tickets. I jumped on and wow found the 14th at almost half off. Well with SPIRIT you can be sure you won't get away that cheap but still it was a good price. I texted the daughter she said book...so I booked. Yahoo I said..going to use one of my three weeks. Contacted the timeshare..WESTGATE....they informed me no check in on Mondays only Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I argued with the girl but she can only do her job with idiots like me that buy into these time shares provided her the salary to do. I could not use the time share...so now I went on a whimsy to find a place to stay...AFTER several attempts I found a complete private house to rent with a pool and three bedrooms...1800.00 for the week. Not bad since everything was taken that I wanted. I jumped at that just yesterday morning. I was not going to let it get booked and no where to stay. I found out it was SPRING BREAK and things were being booked as fast as they were listed.

Ok, so housing and flight done, off to the car rental which was another trip in itself finding a car that was bigger than a bread box and I was not paying extremely high prices for. My rental of choice...is Enterprise but they doubled their prices on me for that week even though I had been a member for 18 years now. Not to mention if I wanted to use my bonus points they went from 500 points a day for rental the normal rate to 1400 a day...using all my saved minutes. Forget that I searched more. Any car I wanted to rent above an economy ran 800 or more for that week. To stress over the fact I was going to have to get my big butt in a small compact car was outrageous. I kept searching finally found Hertz...had two cars available at a STANDARD Size...and the cost was only 438.00 for the week if I paid in advance over 500 if i waited until booking time. I took the cheaper of course. Ok, wipe the sweat off my brow...I was all set.

My daughter called last night and we were talking, I mentioned only 10 days left before we leave. She said...what are you talking about...we have 5 weeks. I said, no...the 14th...she said yes of May....I had to sit up and open my eyes...what the hell did I do. I jumped out of the chair...to the computer and checked on the dates to SPIRIT...yep I did just that...I booked for April 14th not May 14th...went to look at the housing contract...did it there too...and the car rental...yeah it was all there in order but the wrong month. My heart sank...she said MOMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm what did you do...what were you thinkingggggggggggggggg. I wanted to cry...everything I booked is not refundable. She said she couldn't go no matter what...she was watching her neighbors little girl over Easter break, and she promised to take my granddaughter her niece on a train trip to Chicago for two of the days..during Easter Break, and she had important Doctor appointments scheduled that she could not change. I sat there thinking...how stupid I felt and was in fact that I did not catch that error at least sooner.

Feeling sorry for myself thinking I was stuck with going alone....I was in the dark just putting my mind through a lot of mental abuse when my grandson popped in and said What's the matter Mom. He calls me mom since I raised him from a baby. I told him and he laughed...I am so sorry it's ok, he said it happens. You must be stressed out. I said Yeahhhh for sure I am going to be sitting in Florida alone, with a dumb ass car that I hate to drive and to think I paid extra for the big seats up front on the flight. He said...I can go with you. I don't want you to go alone. I said you have to work and have so much to do here....He said Mom, I am not going to let you go alone...I will fix things here in 10 days and I will travel with you...just call SPIRIT and see if the ticket can be switched into my name. It could since I had 10 days left before traveling, but there was an additional cost each way of course.

So now I am spending SPRING BREAK in FLORIDA...in a rented house with a rented car with my grandson JACOB who is 18....we have seen everything you could possibly see or do together in Florida over the years...but he is willing to put up with me once again. What a great kid he is!

When I think about it now it's not really funny at all.

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No time this morning except to say GOOD MORNING AND HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, LOVE ALL OF YOU.

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Happy Saturday. It isnít raining, snowing or sleeting. Iím doing a Happy Dance.
Last night was so much fun. I had no idea what to expect of this dinner/dance other than the fact that my GD was so excited and she loves to sing and dance. I knew I had to see to it that she got there. Next year I will have to see to it that I get there! It was terrific. We got to the door and off she went with her friends. They were all laughing, talking, running around, playing coy games with the boys and vice versa. The tables had a flower pot, rocks in the pot, a stem (which was a paint stick with advertisement from various dept. stores) and a placard with the name of a flower on it. ĎSpring Dinner/Danceí Ė quite appropriate. Oh, and there was a balloon attached to the ďstemĒ also. The tables were called to the buffet line by the flowers. There was a DJ there, colored strobe lights. The kids sang their hearts out as they danced and danced. I loved every minute of it. Time to go and she said ĎMy feet hurt.í No kidding. She took a shower, put her pjís on and that was it. I laid there and sort of relived how happy and excited she was about the whole evening. Her brother also danced. The mother of one Abbyís classmates had a couple of classes with him at the college. They danced with the kids. If the mood struck Ė a parent or 2 got up and out there with them. There were always adults out dancing too. Me, well I had the best time watching and listening. Canít wait til next year.
Itís nice that Richard is able to keep some things at the old house and bring them out little by little. I have to laugh Ė he needs them, might use them, Ďwants themí Iím sure is more like it. But thatís OK. It makes him happy. So there is Ďpeaceí within your household.
Joanna, I definitely have a different style and no theme throughout my home. If I like it and can afford it or Ďrepurposeí it, you just might find it in one of the rooms. Itís Ďhomeyí and as my nieces say ĎBabified.í The rooms are a mixture of things and they somehow work. I know what you mean about the picture windows and keeping some of the bright light out in summer. I try to do that too. Iím not sure what Iíll do in the LR. I have a picture window in there too, but when I paint I want something different.
Starr, moving is one of the biggest life changes. Just take your time and youíll be fine. Packing up things is physically difficult, but those Ďthingsí also represent many years of memories. Thatís more difficult. Youíll have your ups and downs. Please donít be so hard on yourself.
I do hope the challenge will work for many of you. Make it your own challenge. Make it your breath of fresh air by deciding what works for You. Thatís what this is all about.
Time to get moving. The dancing girl just woke up.

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To my wonderful team members, thanks for your reassurances about buying the home. Everything you said was stuff I was saying to myself, and yet it feels better when I hear it from all of you.

I also believe that if we work really hard for something, do the best we can, and still donít get what we were after, then there was something else happening that we didnít know about.

All that being said, I also know that I've done very little today. I cancelled an appointment with a mortgage person, overate all day, did the least little bit in exercising. I believe Iím avoiding this possible big move. emoticon How can I get the house if I donít even check with that mortgage person? But enough about me . . .

Jeannie, I know it must drive you nuts to have that stuff moved into your new house. What you said, though, is true. He fully intends to use those old, dusty tools -- and I bet -- to improve your new house. That canít be all bad. emoticon I hope that you will brief us on what youíre reading about the set point and weight loss.

Karen, you have a great approach to life. I love your quote about ďWow, what a ride. I am trying to follow your lead on this and appreciate your advice.

Jill, youíre right, too. You said if the house feels a bit small now, it will feel very small later. Thatís true. Did I tell you that it has a steam room, and that the bathtub -- OK, a hot tub -- is in the master bedroom? The ceilings have wood, and molding is in every room. But those things are not why I like the place, it is that this place will accommodate me all the way to the day I die. I wish Mom's place had been that convenient. The open spaces will work well for me if I ever need a wheelchair. I have got to stop talking about this. Sorry everyone.

Babs, your granddaughterís dance sounds like a big thing and I think itís wonderful that you get to go. I love the challenge you posted, too. Itís just what we need.

Wyndy, youíre on the mend, no matter how awful you feel. emoticon The nice thing about feeling awful is that you will feel better soon. (Donít ask me what I meant with that last sentence: I have no idea.)

Joanna, I looked at your Spark page today and admired your family and horses. Absolutely beautiful. Joanna, I hope you enjoy those two new homes in Arizona and Nevada.



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Babs I know what when you say you like old things. I too enjoy old things and love to antique shop from time to time, but I like to incorporate different styles so I am not set in any one thing. I have a huge front window that is made up of actually three it stretches 12 feet wide and runs 54 inches from top to bottom. As it is a custom window to cover. I had it covered in drapes for a very long time...at a cost of almost 2000 and when I was tired of drapes I removed them and put up custom blinds that ran vertical. I did not like the way they opened and closed after about 10 years so I removed them and left nothing at all. Just a wide open window...which I still enjoy about 80 percent of the time. I removed the old dark color seals and trim and replaced it with nice brand new white bright custom trim. I love the morning light that comes through. However at times it would be nice to close up the room and keep the sun out especially now that summer is coming around again. It will also keep it cooler during the day....so I have been debating on what to put on them. I ran across those shades and think they would be really cool and do the trick...easy to slide up and down and even shade out the sunlight. Plus the price is rather cheap...I figured out that it would only cost me about 1200 to do the entire window having them custom made. Glad you had a good time at lunch.

Wyndy, sorry about the molar I hope you are feeling better soon. You know sooner or later most of us go through that terrible tooth pain and know what you are feeling. A couple of pounds are ok as long as you acknowledged it and you did ..so not to take it off and maybe a little more is only going to be easier. I know you can do it so let's get started I will work with you...and drop a few pounds myself.

Jeannie, Richard sounds a lot like Tom. He left behind a simi...45 ft trailer full of equipment and tools when we moved from our old farm up here. He had the trailer in the back lot when it got stuck as we were moving in November. The new owners were upset that we were trying to move the trailer crying about the back roadway getting ruts n it. And it would have, but they could have used a tractor to smooth it out in the spring, but no Tom agreed to leave the trailer there until spring. Oh I was so angry with that decision, but he wanted to play nice he said. Come spring we had a lot of rain that year and they were never ready for us to come back and pull the trailer out. By the time the weather dried up it was August before we could make it back down there. He went and they complained as soon as he pulled into the driveway with his Simi Tractor. They did not want it back on the field they just planted. Oh my gosh...well it went from bad to worse. Of course we could not get it out without a SIMI and it took a court order to get on the grounds and get it...another 30 days so the beginning of October we were back there to get the trailer. When we went back there we found the locks broken and more than 2/3 of the equipment missing. Of course they claimed then knew nothing, but band saws, table saw, welder, air compressor, and several other large machines for woodworking along with tools and some horse equipment was missing. The trailer itself was not worth that much since it was just for storage and if we were allowed in there and seen what was left we might have walked away from the whole deal. But, they insisted we remove it that it was in their way and they had not the means to move it out of their hay field. It was way back where no one could see it ..I mean really back...but somehow someone found it and was able to get a huge amount of heavy duty equipment off it without being seen. Lets hope that does not turn out the same in your case when and if Richard goes back. Tom and I did not speak for almost three month over that loss, because I knew of course over time he would want to replace it all at a great cost to us. I hope you found your stools.

Starrbrite, I found a couple of houses a few weeks ago and bought them too. I closed on both of them in the last two weeks. I am excited to start some minor work and updates on the Las Vegas one. I want to make it into a retreat to get away to when I need to and see my son since he lives in Las Vegas. I will be decorating it in a very modern design because I promised to share it with my granddaughter and her taste is really modern. I don't mind modern it's not my first choice but I do like nice clean lines. The other is in Arizona and I will have to wait on funds to fix it up but for now it is what it is...and jut needs furniture and it should be pretty nice. Any changes can wait, not like the Vegas home...that will be under construction for a few months. I bought at a good price but I have been told that prices are rising so I suggest that if you see something you really like jump on it.

Karen, you are right it does not seem like its been long enough for EMMA to be a year old. How wonderful is that. Time goes by so quickly, that can work both ways...it can be a treasure or a tragedy depending on how you value the time.

I spent the day out with the Husband..shopping today. Nothing special I had to pick up blades for the clippers so I could clip up the horses that are getting ready to show at the end of the month. While out we stopped at a deli and had some chicken noodle soup and split a sandwich. Watching out for each other right now. We bought a lot of items at Tractor Service Supply, one of his favorite stores. I watched the girls ride their horses and started clipping the horses bodies down. Well I started on one...will finish up and start the other tomorrow early in the morning. It take a lot of time to get it right so they don't come out looking like they were butchered. It rained all day but I tolerated it and over all enjoyed it. I'm going to call it a night so I can get up early.

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Babs, thanks so much for that refreshing new mini challenge. I think I'm going to love it and I can do it! That's what counts! And, by the way...I would choose a hot dog or brat off the grill any day, so we agree on that, too! emoticon

Karen, I'm an hour behind you and for some goofy reason, I was awake at 4:30 and up at 5:00 this morning. I hope I'm not catching everybody else's sleeping habits! I second what Babs said about your health, but you already know we get worried about you and have to be mother hens! Now, behave yourself!!! emoticon Our little devil, Noel, isn't here right now, so I guess you're taking her place??

Jill, you mentioned that you didn't know we still had things at the "old" house. Actually it's Richard's "stuff" or junk or whatever you want to call it and it's all in an old barn there. The buyers don't mind that he left it there to bring back as he can. Unfortunately, I do. It's tools and saws and tons of junk that I am quite positive he will never use...ever! The worst of it is that it's dusty and dirty from sitting around so long, but he thinks he'll use it all and really start doing some nice woodworking. So... emoticon Gotta give him credit for persistence and the ability to ignore me! emoticon

Wyndy, I think you sent all your blustery wind and colder temps down here to us. It is horrible today and so cold, but NO SNOW!! I'm hoping that we'll start to warm up soon, as so many of us do.

We're off to look for bar stools. Our kitchen has a counter top height bar area for eating and I can't find any stools I like or if I do, I can't afford them. We have another place to look this afternoon, so will go and check that place off the list. I'm not holding out much hope.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Stay healthy and get ready for the mini-challenge that starts on Monday! emoticon emoticon Jeannie

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Wyndy, you're having a heat wave! I hope things begin to improve for you now that you've had your tooth problems taken care of. Hopefully you're getting over the dog bite. The couple of pounds will correct itself once you're feeling better.

I just posted a new mini challenge. Extremely easy and simple. Please join.

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Oh joy, it is suppose to be just above zero this weekend. How wonderful is that!
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My jaw hurts as I had to have a molar dug out yesterday plus a hepatitis shot. Fortunately they were both at the hospital in the next town so one trip and 2 jobs done. I have put on a couple of pounds since my dog bite. I know, I was wallowing in pain and disappointment and frustration. Time to get back on the health wagon.
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Lunch yesterday was very enjoyable. Who would think brokers and health insurance people could be so much fun. The last time we met I enjoyed them. This time was just as enjoyable. I also met another one of my contacts - sheís great too. I had a taco salad. It was delicious, and it was Ďjust enough.í Actually I didnít quite finish it. I had a Diet Coke for my Ďtreat.í Then a good/bad thing happened. One of my brokers gave me 4 - yes 4!!! - boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Her daughter is, of course, a Girl Scout. Very nice of her to give them to me. Oh, boy! emoticon

Did not meet my friends for dinner last night. It remained dark, dreary, rainy all day. The predictions were quite accurate. As the day progressed it was thundering, lightening and with that the prediction of hail. I did not want to be out. We decided it was better to try another time.

8:30 last night the tornado sirens went off again. Heavy winds. Hail, but only dime size hail. Itís still gloomy out and rainy, but the worst is over. Spring in the Midwest!! I saw the damage from the tornado that touched down in University City MO - extensive.

So today itís off early. Hair cut at 4:30. Abbyís school Spring Dinner/Dance at 6. She is so excited. She has her dress all picked out. Itís one that her other grandma bought for her. I would not have bought that dress. It just, to me, seems like something youíd wear to a wedding or something more Ďcelebratory.í Is that a word? Glitzy I guess would describe it. But I wonít say a word. She wants to wear it - fine. I donít care. Sheís happy and sheíll be just fine in it. emoticon

Mona, I laughed when I read your post of Ďjust canít stay away.í This team is addictive! Iím so happy that you are now addicted. Youíve been working hard getting all packed. Enjoy your weekend with your family. Sounds like fun.

Jill, enjoy your breakfast tomorrow with your friends. Sounds like fun. Baby Emma is 1 already. My goodness that year flew. Noahís a school boy, and the babyís a year old. Life moves so fast these days. Tight budgets. I know what you mean. Everything is so darn expensive these days. Groceries are out of control. Gas prices are sky high. I bought gas Wednesday at $3.79, which to me is horrible. This morning itís $3.69. When it went to $3.79 earlier this week, it had just been $3.59. Itís outrageous. Always something.

Joanna, I checked out those blinds. Now they are neat. I had never seen them. I love everything old it seems. I see the beauty in new things. I see the beauty in more modern styles of furniture and homes. But for my tastes - itís old. I see Ďcharacterí in it. Iím also sentimental and love the old pieces of furniture I have from my mom. I enjoy magazines that show how to Ďrepurposeí things. Itís just fun for me.

Jackie, whew. You are a busy lady. I hope Mike starts feeling better and healing very soon. Iíll check out and ĎLikeí the SA chapter on FB. Iíll enjoy it.

Goodness, Jeannie, I totally missed the fact that you were selling your AZ place too. Congratulations. Happy Birthday to Isaac. Grilling sounds delicious. Actually one of my favorite meats to grill is hot dogs. Isnít that ridiculous.

Karen, sorry youíre having the tummy/bleeding issues again. Wonder what thatís all about - are you eating enough? Maybe you get so busy that you sometimes forget. Take good care of yourself. I love your short hair in your picture. I honestly wish I could wear mine like that, but I donít think it would work. Iíd look like a peeled onion with glasses! Yuck. Iím getting a hair cut today. I do want it a little shorter. The less I have to do with it the better. I donít primp well.

Starr, if that house is meant to be fore you, then youíll get it. If not, thereís something even better out there for you. You have just started looking. So who knows!! Actually I just looked at the next post and see that Jeannie has given the same pearls of wisdom I offered! Great minds on this team.

Your 7 AM breakfast sounds great, Karen. I have another Karen friend who lives in Springfield IL and she goes to a 7 AM breakfast. It would be great for me. Iím up early enough.

Jill, your friends (including me/us) are lucky to have you for a friend. Enjoy your time together tomorrow.

Happy Friday.

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Happy Friday!! It's going to be a dreary overcast day here. I love the Sunshine and Jackie I know I'd be very unhappy with little daily sunshine. I know I have SAD and it sounds like a good possibility for you also. I've also read that having the right light is important and you best search to see what kind of lamp is best for you. My dear friend you possibility have "too much on your plate" as you've taken on extra responsibility with your SA singing group. I'm not on Facebook and have no plans to be so unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to check out what you posted on there. Sounds like it's a stressful time for you. You're in my positive thoughts for better days ahead very soon.

CJ, when do you leave for your vacation in Florida to visit your son and family. I know you enjoy all the time you can get to be your family. I've never been to Florida but I know many people love it there.

Karen, Happy you have some "play time" at work emoticon You sure had a very early start to your day but getting together with friends for an early breakfast sounds like fun and a good way to keep up with friends. Any play time for you this weekend? Enjoy every minute of your time off work.

Jeannie, Do you feel all settled in your new Home yet? I didn't realize you still have things stored at the Farm House. It's great that you'll help your GS, Isaac, celebrate his 11th Birthday this weekend. emoticon You're a wonderful Grandmother to those 2 handsome boys.

Starr, I know you're just about ready to make one of the most important and expensive purchases of a new home. You mentioned you saw an adorable house and kind of fell in love with it. But, if it feels a little small to you now (if I understood you right) it'll even feel smaller once you move all your furniture and household things, etc. in. So, maybe it's not the one. Sorry to sound negative and I hope time isn't a factor as it's best to be sure.

Babs, TGIF to you and all our still working out of the house friends. Joan, I know your weekend is somewhere during the week.

Theresa, I hope all your computer problems are resolved and you'll be able to chat now and then. I remember you mentioned you're trying not to be on your computer nearly as much as you have been.

Sorry not to mention so many of you. Wishing everyone a wonderful day full of positive thoughts and vibes. I'm hoping everyone enjoys their Weekend & does something good and healthy for yourself. My big Breakfast out with friends is tomorrow. We're all meeting at the Restaurant at 10:45 am as one of them can't get there any earlier than that. Not sure if we're all coming back to my house afterwards. I'm looking forward to seeing and being with all of them. What a Lucky Gal I am to have such caring friends on Spark and also here in "shaker Land". emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Starrbright--I hope that whatever you wish would happen with the house you are interested in comes to fruition. That being said, a house is just a building. What you do with it in terms of family and friends is what makes it at home. I believe things happen for a reason, and sometimes the reason is not clear at all. I hope it turns out the way you wish.
Jeannie--what the heck are you doing up so early? You are two hours different from east coast time, right? Or is it just one hour different?
I am at the office already after having breakfast with our 7am club. We have had the same group continuously having breakfast Friday mornings for the past 15 years or so. The cast of characters has changed through the years, but we still do it. We have only cancelled a few times--usually around Christmas and New Years depending on the day of the week the holiday falls. I think we have only cancelled once for a snowstorm. This past winter (yes, I am concedeing--winter is done in Vermont), we never cancelled.
I am going to take advantage of a day with nothing on my schedule and try to get to some projects or create new ones, lol.
Happy Friday!
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Star, what I've found over the years of selling, buying, moving (too many times to count) is that if it doesn't work out it is because there is something better out there waiting for you. But, I know what it's like to fall in love with something, too. Just be patient and if it is to be, it will be! Trust in that!!

Up way too early this morning to suit me. It's a blustery 38* and we had rain in the night. Not complaining, though, as 'there are so many folks who are now dealing with bad storms and the aftermath. We get tornadoes here, too, but we're not right in tornado alley where it seems to be a constant threat. Prayers for everyone and for safety for all!

Will try to come back later. I have reading I want to do today about set points and weight loss. I think I'm experiencing some of that these past few months.

Love to all! Stay strong and positive and good things will come your way! XOXOXO Jeannie
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Team, I love to write, but really in a hurry tonight.

However, I have to tell you how much I have fallen in love with that house I said I was going to check out.

I'm afraid it will be sold before I feel as if I've really thought it out. It is adorable, has lots of storage, but a bit too small for me. (I need a few more square feet to feel comfortable.)

I will tell you about it someday. It has a steam room. Really. And I can afford it -- just barely. emoticon

Everyone have a great Friday.

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Jill, it does not seem possible that Emma is already a year old! Is it me, or did that time just race by? Hope the shopping trip with Brent, Snoopy and you went well. Brent is such a nice name--what is hs middle name? You will have to let us know how breakfast goes this weekend with your friends!
I have been in the road most of the day--tomorrow I will not be out of the office at all, thank goodness. Maybe I can get caught up on some projects, or come up with some more. nice I am in the zone, there is no telling what I will get I to.
I have had a tough week with some of those tummy and bleeding issues, go figure. I have also been dizzy and nauseous. I was doing so well for a while!
Gosh, now I don't remember any of the posts! That is what happens to me. On my iPad, I can only scroll down as far as reading one post and that is it. If I don't take notes, I have to depend on my memory. You can see where that got me!
I got my hair cut Tuesday evening...it is now even shorter than it was in the photo I recently posted. Yikes!
I hope everyone had a good day today, or at least made the best of the day they were given.
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I cannot figure out where my day goes. I always know where I end up...behind! LOL! But, somehow the day disappears before my eyes. Today is also a birthday for my GS, Isaac, who is 11. He and Emma share a birthday, but 10 years apart. emoticon Happy Birthday Isaac and Emma! We'll go over on Sunday for a little birthday dinner and if it is nice enough, I think they'll be grilling! Wouldn't that be nice?

So, I'm sorry I won't be responding to everyone either, but I have skimmed over the posts and see that you all are staying as busy as I am! Jackie, before you know it, we will be getting sunnier and longer days so the SADD should begin to correct itself. But, it might be a good time to look for one of the special lights that work so well for treatment. If I remember right, it only requires a short daily exposure for good response. Something to think about. I am convinced my Mom has SADD, too. Her depression tendencies are always much worse during the dark and short winter days. I'll just checked out the FB page for your SA group. Actually, SA isn't part of the name, so if anyone searches for it under SA, it's not there. Will that make it harder for you to increase "likes" and followers?

I've had a fairly free day to do my own thing. We did get our winter place in Arizona sold and the money is in the bank, papers signed and on their way to our Canadian buyers. So glad to have that all taken care of and out of the way. Now I'll be on pins and needles just waiting to hear that they received the paperwork. Richard went down to the farm to load up the pickup with "stuff" that I really don't want here, but he thinks he needs. Soon we'll be finished with all that, too. Yea!

Have a good evening! Love and hugs from chilly, drizzly, gray Iowa! Snow tomorrow?? Sounds like it might be. XOXO Jeannie



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Such a chatty group - thank you Babs & Starr for your brilliant recaps! I can't begin to comment on all... I can't keep up. My mind is so racing with the 'part-time' work I do. Now SA needs help with webpages and Facebook - hey, if you do FB, please 'like our page' - Mid-Lakes Chorus Sweet Adelines. After liking, you can hide the feeds, but I'm in charge of also getting our 'likes' up! Thank you Kindly!!

So much to do and I can't pull my energy up. My BFF says she thinks I have SAD from the lack of sun. Maybe I need to find a standup tanning salon.

Mike still dealing with this, that, and the other thing - off to doctor again today.

Jill - I did see that Emma is already ONE YEAR OLD!! My oh my! Where did that time go?

Babs - Wacky weather I see in your neighborhood!

Other than that I'm taking care of Mike, the animals, and trying to get some work done... I'm so behind.

So, know I love you all and hope your lives are more sane than mine at the moment!

Take Care All!

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It's raining here in Michigan today and really puts a damper on things literally and emotionally. My hips and lower back is feeling it. I just got out of a hot shower nothing like that i say to get the cranks out of my old bones.

I saw a couple of new things on a program I WANT THAT on the HGTV station. Blinds that do not need to be installed...just up and a clip holds them in place. They slide from the top down or the bottom up. I never seen blinds that you could bring to the bottom of your window but keep the top portion of the window uncovered. They are called Simplefit Custom Cellular Window Shades. I had to get up and get on my computer to look them up. While there I found a few other very cool ideals for the house. I love the new technology but I also love how people can get creative and use old things to make new things out of them.

I was going to take all my horse blankets to the laundry mat...they need those big carpet washers in order to come clean. I have to put them in one at a time...so if I take them to the laundry mat most shops have 3 or 4 big machines cutting down my time. But with the rain I just don't feel like setting in a booth or on a chair for the next 4 hours.

I think I will grab a cup of tea and read some short stories ...from my book Chicken Noodle Soup for the Horse Lover. Hope you all have a great day.....Friday is almost here you only have a day left for the weekend lovers.

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