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4/13/11 10:09 P

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Hello All. Kinda new around here, just checking in.

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I got an email today inviting me to the SparkPeople Boot Camp Challenge. I thought I'd take it on. New Year's Day is a great day to renew commitment. One day at a time - that's all we can do. I am doing well. Hope the same is true for you all.

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12/1/10 11:59 A

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With me I am doing OKish. I still need to work with my portion control and picking the right things to eat. Im also still trying to get use to my plan. Its basically just a list of chores and when to do them throughout the week. I also have an exercise plan wrote up in stages and I cant even start stage one yet lol. My DVD for the resistance cords wont work on my lap top and I need to get a winter sweater for my lil dog so we can go on a walk each morning. Since today is the 1st of the month I want to do as much as I can. I need to kick myself and get serious about all of this.

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5/29/10 10:28 P

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I was fretting that I would not get in my exercise today and spoil a 5 week streak. It was late, but I finished a 25 min. walk tonight in time to make it a 6 week streak. WooHoo.
Lots of walking planned for the weekend. A trip to the zoo and a state park to hit a walking trail. Have only done that a couple of times over the years. Looking forward to it.
Bee

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . . For when I am weak, then I am made strong. 2 Cor. 12:9 & 10

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5/20/10 11:45 P

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The day was gorgeous and I got in 2 hrs. of walking.
Wanted to bike ride at the park but I have not used their trail yet and the park was full of people for mutiple softball games. Chickened out and walked instead.

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . . For when I am weak, then I am made strong. 2 Cor. 12:9 & 10

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5/17/10 7:50 P

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Another rainy start to the week. The poor farmers will never get the last of their crops in. I spent a large portion of the day painting the walls of an activity building our church recently purchased. That was my exercise for today. Will be doing more tomorrow.
Bee

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . . For when I am weak, then I am made strong. 2 Cor. 12:9 & 10

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5/13/10 4:24 P

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Got in a 40 min. ride this afternoon between rain and storms. Yay! No falls, but I did have to walk the bike twice on a couple of inclines. I'm weak and they really are getting me on the gravel. I know I can get stronger so I'm going to stay at it.
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My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . . For when I am weak, then I am made strong. 2 Cor. 12:9 & 10

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5/12/10 11:20 P

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It's been a tough few days waiting for the weather to change around here. It's been cool and rainy since Monday. Tomorrow will be warm but with rain and storms all day. I got a bike for Mother's Day and I'm anxious to get to ride it. Rode it Sunday, enough to know that after 25 yrs. I'm going to need some time and practice. We live on gravel roads, so it is not easy.
Hope someone checks in soon. I'm feeling lonely. SGRENNEK, I'm weighing in on 2 others teams so it's ok. Looking forward to a nice weekend.
Bee

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . . For when I am weak, then I am made strong. 2 Cor. 12:9 & 10

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5/10/10 2:42 A

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I meet with a group of ladies once a week and we report our weigh in then. It's informal, but great accountability!

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5/5/10 3:26 P

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It's been a bit quiet around the team. I'm just trying to check in on some of my teams. Watching grandbabies this afternoon. Thank the good Lord for naps! Do you guys do any kind of accountability with regular weigh-ins? Let me know.
Bee

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . . For when I am weak, then I am made strong. 2 Cor. 12:9 & 10

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4/27/10 10:35 P

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Hi Micky, Sorry for the way you are feeling right now. Please don't give up. If you are doing the right things, the weight will come off. Sometimes if you mix up your exercise routine just a bit and juggle your calorie intake up and down, within range, that can cause things to happen. I know for me, exercise is the answer. It has been something very hard for me to do consistently. I'm doing pretty good for right now, but I'm not going sing my praises to loudly 'cause something will come along to change it all.
Welcome SGRENNEK. I have to get acquainted around here too. I sort of dissappeared from Sparks for quite a while. Hoping to make a long term comeback.
Have a good night all.
Bee

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . . For when I am weak, then I am made strong. 2 Cor. 12:9 & 10

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4/27/10 2:55 A

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Hey everyone, I just joined the team recently. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!

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4/26/10 9:30 A

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Hello everyone. Im not sure I have ever posted here. I joined a long time ago. So I thought I would stop in to say HELLO!!! I am a big pleatu right now. I feel like giving up. I dont think I will ever see a normal weight. Not even a weight I would be ok with. Micky emoticon



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4/25/10 6:38 A

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I've been lurking the last couple of weeks around this site but haven't posted I don't think until today. I remember when I was active here back in '07 how I liked this team because it so fit me. So I'm looking forward to getting reaquainted and start losing again. I'd like to be under 300 when I next have to see my Dr.
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My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. . . . For when I am weak, then I am made strong. 2 Cor. 12:9 & 10

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Hey folks,
I got a SparkMail from someone on the team and it reminded me I am still connected here, even though I haven't made an appearance for quite some time. Still hanging in at about the same weight. It's gonna take effort to get the rest off. Leigh! Congrats on the weight loss. You've lost about 15 pounds since I last checked in!
Snowstorm today in the high rockies and we have about a foot and a half of new snow. It's been an inside day. Thinking of all of you, especially Leigh and Chris. Chris I hope you are doing well. You are one tough cookie emoticon . Take care everyone.
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3/3/10 11:42 A

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I've been lazy...as far as exercise.

I've gotten some stuff around the house done.. organizing and re-organizing trying to get rid of some clutter. I've down-sized the CD collection and movies.

I haven't gained any weight...just maintained. Would like to drop another pound or two before mid-month when I see the Dr. but if not, it's okay. I know I've dropped some since I last saw her.

It's cold here, again. More snow but nothing major for eastern NC. Hopefully this is the last of it for the season. I'm ready for some warmer weather and putting the top down on my car.

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2/15/10 8:28 A

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Going for it today - it was a little tough this morning, my head was telling me no...but my hear said yes and I did get my cardio in right away this morning!



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I hear ya! I'm in the same mood.

I NEED to exercise, but I don't WANT to exercise.

It's too cold to go for a walk and too many distractions here at home to do my DVD's....oh the agony?!
hmmm...if I go to Wal-Mart I can walk around and around the store....down-side...will spend money I don't have to spend...hmmm...nope..can't do that either!!

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Trying to convince myself to exercise. emoticon

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Thank you. It's been nice not having to work this past weekend considering the past 3 weeks. I lazed around and re-grouped. We are slowly getting back to normal and moving on.

Have a great week, everyone!!
Leigh

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Leigh,

I'm really sorry for your loss. Getting back into a routine will probably feel really nice for you, hang in there!



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1/26/10 12:36 P

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It's been a hectic three weeks.
starting New Year's Eve and continuing until this past Saturday.

I have spent the last 3 weeks back and forth between 2 hospitals. One for my grandson and one for my brother in law.
Unfortunately, we lost my brother-in-law to cancer last Tues.

My grandson is doing well after a staph infection and surgery to drain and remove the core.

My eating habits have sucked...grab what you can and keep going. No exercise other than walking the halls at the hospitals.

time to get back into a semi-normal routine for exercise and watch my eating habits now that I can be home to cook.

~~Cindy~~


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1/18/10 9:50 A

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I find it is way to easy to get out of your normal routine. If and when I keep keeping on, I can do it. But when I find a new reason not to exercise then its a new ball game! I gained 2 pounds back but thinking this day or that day doesn't matter. I know that's not much but that is how I got to where I was.So I need to keep up my motivation and keep on keeping on! emoticon



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1/17/10 11:36 A

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When I find myself heading toward a slippery slope, it seems like it take a calm few mments of quiet to hold the negative thinking and re-assess what's truly important and break it out into a practical plan of action. For the day in front of...no matter what I'm gonna stick to the plan and build on this day and work my way right back into feeling good/

It's seems like a cycle that most of us get into and I'm sure we all have to develop our own personal tools/tricks to get ourselves back into a healthy routine. I think the first change is for us to stop beating up ourselves...that'll just keep us stuck. We gotta be form with ourselves no doubt...but no more wasting time thinking and feeling even worse.



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1/16/10 10:09 P

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routines are key for me as well...but also my downfall. I get out of whack with working a swing shift. 2 weeks of days and then 2 weeks of nights. I try to exercise on my days off but then I end up not getting it done due to running after kids, paying bills, grocery shopping, etc.

I have to become more disciplined...MAKE myself stick to a set time/day and GET IT DONE.

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I see more and more clearly that routines are the key for me - and since I am selfemploed wothout a schedule from others I have to make my own and discipline myself to it - that IS hard!

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1/10/10 4:22 P

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Falling off the wagon is beginning to be my trademark it seems.

I haven't exercised in almost 3 weeks! Love the holidays and all that it brings but I'm glad it's time to get back to normal schedules.

I don't normally make New Year's resolutions so I promised myself to get into a better exercise regime and keep it steady.

~~Cindy~~


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1/2/10 2:16 P

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I hear you. Although I'm dreading going back to work on Monday, I am really looking forward to getting back into a good routine again. I do so much better with structure in my life. The one thing that the long weekend has been good for is catching up on some sleep. I haven't had a Monster or Red Bull in three days now.

Don't beat yourself up about falling off the wagon. Just get back in the routine as quickly as you can.

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I am really trying to find some sort of balance after christmas when the thump of me falling of the wagon was loud and clear... routines, routines and asking for help are my best tools!

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12/13/09 5:18 P

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Thanks! and I agree...it's been a long weekend but a VERY long Sunday here at work and it's dreary, gray outside with misty rain.
Can't wait till 6pm so I can head home and see the grandkids. We're babysitting tonight while my son-in-law takes daughter out for her 25th birthday.

~~Cindy~~


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12/12/09 6:31 A

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BTW, I noticed your weight ticker - Congrats! That is awesome.

I'm so glad it's the weekend. I'm wiped out. What an ungodly long week.

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12/10/09 8:44 P

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it is a lot of fun. I'm going to take it to work with me in the morning so I can get some 'play' time in before everyone else clocks in. Then after 5pm when they all leave...I can play more till it's time for me to leave at 6pm.

~~Cindy~~


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12/10/09 8:33 A

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That's funny.

I've been trying to get my kids (5 1/2 and 4) more active. We've been playing on one of those little exercise trampolines. We come up with silly songs to sing and jump to. I think my hubby thinks I'm totally wacked, but hey, it's got us all up off the couch and they're getting exercise w/o even realizing it.

I'll have to pull out that jumping toy again and see if my oldest can do it yet. Last time she tried, she couldn't.

I got the oldest a pogo stick for Christmas, which I can't wait to play with!!

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12/6/09 7:08 P

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u know, that ball is attached to a rope and the rope attached to a loop that goes around your ankle...for a kids toy I think it's hilarious that I can skip over it for 15 minutes at 230 lbs (and 45 yrs old) but my daughter can't (she's 160 lbs and 24 yrs old!)

I believe her problem is mainly coordination! It's a lot of fun and I can't wait for my granddaughter to get a little older (she's almost 4) so we can compete for fun.

My 20 yr old son came in one day while I was 'playing' with my toy and he busted out laughing...I told him to shut up and put up... he tried it and managed about 10 skips before the loop came flying off his ankle! We all laughed and had a great time after that to see who could go the longest. (I won..I've been playing longer!) emoticon

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12/6/09 5:51 P

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I love those things! I steal my kids! The other thing I do just to be goofy and active is scootering (like with a Razor) and playing on the jungle gyms at the park with them.

We were killing time before my kids' dance class one day and my oldest and I were playing on some rocks. A guy rode by on his bike and busted out laughing - he said he thought it was two kids (I'm short) playing.

Being goofy and having little kids is good for you.

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I do about the same thing. If I find myself getting out of my routine or feeling lazy...Just a quick 5 minute jog in place or walk. 50 steps on the step aerobics; I have a toy that I found from my teen years. the ball you loop around your ankle and jump over it as it spins around and around...fun and better than jumping rope.

~~Cindy~~


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I think most people are lazy at heart. I know I am. You can reprogram your habits and your thinking will follow - the problem is that it takes a while and it's easy to give up before that happens. I think the trick is to keep dangling the carrot in front of yourself - you know that if you stick with even the easiest exercise program, you will start to feel better down the road.

If I'm feeling really lazy, I'll bribe myself into exercise by doing something easy on the bike or elliptical so that I can read a good bike while I'm doing it. It might not be a hard workout, but it's better than nothing. and often, once I get going, I feel like doing more. And I like machines that count my calories. If I work from home, I'll often jump on the elliptical for just 5 minutes to get away from the computer - I like seeing those 5 minutes add up to 100 calories.

Some heart rate monitors and pedometers estimate calories burned, so you can see the same thing with a frequent walk around the block or lap around your work building.

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Laziness is something we can overcome. We just have to be willing to work it out and get over it, right?
and I do mean 'we' because I know I'm lazy most of the time. If there's no reward at the end, then why bother???

I would rather sit and read or cross-stitch than get on an exercise bike or treadmill.
My biggest problem ... I HATE to sweat. I don't like that icky, sticky feeling and never have. That's why my siblings were the athletic ones growing up...I stayed inside and read or cooked or did housework.

Anyway...things are changing. I'm more active than I ever have been and am SLOWLY losing this weight.
Going from my highest known weight of 288 lbs to 231 lbs is a major accomplishment for me. I believe there was a time I weighed more than that...but avoided the scale like the plague!

I hope all is going well with everyone and wish the best for the upcoming holidays!

~~Cindy~~


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Yes, I'm still here. Weight loss has slowed dramatically, but still going. My life has definitely slowed down. Patience is the hardest thing for me. We've been waiting for our wind generator for four months. It's less than 75 miles away but we can't seem to get it delivered. Arrghh! I find even after surgery, I still come up with the same issues - nighttime eating, boredom eating, lack of exercise. I wonder if some of these things are inherent to never ever being a normal weight. It seems like I am just programmed differently. If that's so, can programming be changed? Probably, but the other factor is, I am just lazy. (Sigh)

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It's been almost a month and we finally have things semi-organized. The new house is wonderful and we're loving it! Even my 20-yr old is adjusting well to living ACROSS THE STREET from his grandmother. Not something he was looking forward to but...it's going really well!!

Work is the same and weight loss is slow but I'm still plugging on...
We have Wellness At Work and with that extra motivation to move and workout, I'm slowly working on a routine again. I've skipped a few days but that's to be expected, I guess.

Hope all is well with everyone else.
Leigh

~~Cindy~~


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Glad to hear from everyone.

I'm back online after almost a week. We're moved into the new house and have turned in the keys to the rental. (8 1/2 hours of cleaning that &^&^&^ place!!)
5 trips with a 10' U-Haul and all our belongings are here. Cable/internet was connected late this afternoon so I'm trying to catch up!

I was at 241 when we started moving Friday and as of yesterday I was at 234.4 lbs. WooHOo!!!!

~~Cindy~~


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I had a long weekend. Took the kids, along with a friend and her daughter, to Six Flags theme park. We split up, she took the two 8-year olds and I took my 6-year old, Saturday evening and Sunday at the park.

While it was good overall, it was stressful driving the 4 hours each way, especially with different parenting styles and no DVD player in the car. Yes, I know, but a DVD player makes life SO much easier on long car trips.

She's also going with us to Mexico in February, but there won't be 24 hour togetherness on that trip. They'll have their own room and be doing their own thing for a good part of the day. Plus I'll have my sister along with us to help dilute things.

Kids are out of school next week. I am not going anywhere or doing anything much since I'm still working that week. We could use some at-home decompress time anyway.

Today is school board meeting. Only a few more meetings as president before my resignation kicks in. I've already replaced this work, I'm going to be the online county coordinator for the cancer society's Relay for Life 2010 campaign. We'll see how that goes.

Anyway, I need to slow down, I know.

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Hi all, I had a lousy yesterday and didn´t eat on it so I guess it was good then. Through a challenge in a team I managed to change my profile picture, I am now Rita Hayworth but that wasn´t really my meaning, I was going for Melody Gardot. Anyway, that challenge made me try to figure out how to import a picture from the net and use it and it took a while, trial and errors, but I made it, and that opens new opportunitys for me. Have a nice day!

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Leigh, emoticon on 25,000 points! You are a mover and a shaker. Chris, hang in there. Life is a lifelong adjustment, no matter who you are. I tell people (as a counselor) that the best relationship you can develop is the one with yourself. Even in really great relationships, the other person is never there for you 100%. The one person we live with 24/7 is ourselves. That is the primary relationship. I am glad to hear you are not hesitant to ask people for help.

As for me, I have my own struggles with depression. When I am depresses I am actually a very, very crabby person. EVERYTHING irritates me. DH has taken the brunt of that, very patiently. I no longer have health insurance, so to see a doctor it's $140! I have been taking St. John's Wort and it helps.

Chris, I can relate to the NOW stuff. That's me. As a result, I have a lot of stuff I've used once, and it gathers dust. I have so many craft projects, so with all the materials but never begun, that it isn't funny.

I finally got up a website for people who have asked about where we live. If you are interested it is www.select-stones.com/our_life.html

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being whiney's okay... you have to let it out otherwise it builds up/stresses you out/etc.

Putting something down that your grateful full is a good idea...keeps a positive energy flow; not a bad idea Chris.

1. I'm grateful we were able to finally buy a place of our own.
2. I'm grateful for 2 (practically) full grown sons to help with the heavy lifting.
3. I'm grateful to have a great support system here on Spark and at home to help with my journey.
4. I'm very grateful for a mother like mine to have helped in all the ways she has these past 3 weeks to get the house ready for move-in!

Toodles for now!

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Good luck with the move this weekend - I don't envy you!

I ran to Costco yesterday (1 hr drive each way!) and picked up a nice double bookcase. Unloaded it from the garage to upstairs one piece at a time and put it together last night. It looks gorgeous, so nice to have bookspace again.

My weight dropped slightly today, but I have a ways to go to get back to where I want to be. But one pound at a time. I'll get in a workout today then just plan on healthy meals.

I think I should start logging things I'm grateful for. I tend to be a bit of a Pollyanna but lately I'm having trouble seeing the silver lining of things. Feeling a bit whiney. OK, yes, I know, losing one's husband entitles one to feel whiney, but it's the little things that are irritating me. So here's a few:

* I'm grateful that I put together the lovely bookcase yesterday.
* I'm happy I can unpack some of my books and put them on that lovely bookshelf.
* I'm grateful that Harrison has his big homework packet done and all we have to deal with afterschool each day is math and reading - makes the days so much happier.
* I'm grateful that Friday the 41-day motor vehicle time limit will have passed and I can go to the DMV and have the cars put in my name. Time to sell the Jeep once I get the key.
* I'm grateful I haven't had breakfast yet and can look forward to eating it - I'm hungry!

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Same day different stuff here. Still packing and trying to get moved. The truck is reserved for Fri so we'll pick it up at 5pm then start loaded the packed boxes that night. Saturday will be very BUSY!
Finish loading the truck with the furniture and take the 1st load to new house.

Won't be on the computer much this weekend at all (I wonder why??) but will try to check in as much as possible.

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I actually got in a good workout yesterday. Ate ok until the evening, but overall probably still fine.

Today I'm running to the city to pick up a bookcase for my bedroom. I'm the kind of person who, when I want something, wants it NOW. The bookcase I'm getting is really heavy, so I'll have them help me load it in the minivan, then I'll unbox it in the garage and carry it upstairs one piece at a time. Somethings are a lot easier when there's two of you!

I need to switch out the pool covers - summer to winter. Also a two-person job. I have a group of friends who meets at my house every Tuesday, think I'll put them into service to help me with that. The covers aren't heavy, just awkward.

I'm looking into dealing with the funeral home, they need to make this right. Yesterday it dawned on me that Rich was also still wearing his wedding ring when they took him away - are they going to claim they didn't bother to look on his finger too? Sigh.

I had a healthy breakfast this morning - dry cooked eggs on a piece of double fiber bread plus some grapes. Working on good habits.

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Still hanging in there even with the fluxuations and not being able to get below 235 at the moment.

You would think with all the scrubbing, painting, etc. we've been doing that it would help... NOT!!

I got on the scale yesterday and was back up to 241!!
AAAARGGGHH!!

This too shall pass, right?
I will be successful...just not right now.

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Chris, sounds like the funeral home has some liability to replace the keys. You would think they were professional enough to look or at least ASK.

First snow of the high rockies. Sticking in the high mountains, with flurries and cold wind where we live. Man the seasons are shot, but I love it. I go walking with my son at night under a blanket of gorgeous stars and coyotes howling. I'm still losing,but it's slowed down a lot. I'm glad to see Chris and Leigh still hang out here. I do show up once in awhile emoticon
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Chris,
we watch the Biggest Loser every week and love it as well.
As far as the drama...we (room-mate and I) talk back to the TV when they start all the drama! LOL...

Anyway...keep watching the portions and congrats on getting the rowing machine in gear! Wish I had more room for exercise equipment but hopefully with buying the new house I can make room for a treadmill or something to keep me motivated.

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Well, I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, but at least I didn't have to clean up other people's mess! (Except for my kids' mess, that is.)

I got through a heck of a weekend, what with my husband's memorial service, his siblings and son coming from all over the county, and such. Then as that was winding down, both of my boys came down with a bad case of the flu and are still suffering from high fevers and coughing four days later. And now no dad to take care of them while I work. Sigh.

But this too will pass. I don't have a lot of things hanging over my head right now. More paperwork, seasonal stuff (closing down the pool, swamp cooler, etc.). A zillion thank-you notes to write.

But I've been trying to exercise a little more regularly and even hit my rowing machine for the first time ever (bought it a few months ago and got it set up finally in my room). Still not eating great but watching my portions.

I did crunch some numbers and figured that if I dropped the weight I needed to, I could have the plastic surgery I want to have later on in 2010 to address loose skin issues that have made me uphappy for awhile now. That would be a good thing.

Anyway, hope everyone's doing ok. Anyone a fan of The Biggest Loser? I watch it and enjoy most of the show (and ignore some of the drama and commercialism) - glad it's back on.

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Oh Chris! That is aggravating! I would probably be furious.
Good luck with replacing the keys. I hope it turns out well for you.

We've been so busy since last Friday. Clearing, painting and cleaning the house we're buying. The bad part of buying a house that was just vacated by a renter - mom was the person managing it - and the renter didn't even try to clean a THING!
The oven is horrendous along with ALL the kitchen cabinets..I've spent two days stripping out shelf paper and scrubbing (literally with a scour pad) all the cabinets and doors.

The window sills are disgustingly filthy!! She lived there 2 years and I swear it looks like she never wiped down a thing!

But...the good news is... We're almost done -- a few minor details and then shampoo the carpets and we'll be ready to move in as soon as we sign the closing papers! Woohoo!!

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What's going on? I'm aggravated! The funeral home cremated Rich with his personal effects. They claim they didn't take out his driver's license, credit cards, cash, etc. and his keys.

So now I have a Jeep Cherokee in the front driveway with, you guessed it, no keys. Can't move it, can't run the engine to keep it going. ARGGH!!!!

I'm going to set the brothers-in-law on the task - maybe I didn't try the keys correctly, but still. Hope this isn't going to cost a fortune to get a new one.

Anyway, two of my brothers-in-law are flying in today and another brother-in-law, the sister-in-law and stepson flying in tomorrow. Service is Saturday. I'm hoping we go out to dinner at Rich's old restaurant Saturday night and then Sunday we'll drive down to show them our restaurant/bar that never officially opened.

Monday most of them leave. WHEW. Am I making good food choices? Not always, but I'm not eating big portions, so I'm not gaining. Haven't gotten into a good groove exercise-wise, but again, life has been crazy and unpredictable. Planning to start Tuesday on regular routines again.

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I need to clean house period! I always seem to be busy running somehwere, doing something and all kinds of stuff gets pushed to the back burner. A big one for me is EXERCISE!

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That sounds great!

I'm going to be doing the same thing soon.
We should be going to closing on the house we're buying in a few weeks (hopefully sooner!) and when we move...Nothing unhealthy will be brought into the new house from the old.

All the "junk" will be gone with the trash as we are now starting to pack and store for moving.



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I called the local food bank and made an appointment for them to come by today at 1 pm to take food and pick grapes (we have LOTS). I just did a huge clean sweep of all our non-refrigerated food - cabinets, drawers, everywhere and accumulated 10 boxes to go!

It feels good to start fresh. We still have plenty of food, but the stuff that we won't eat or shouldn't eat is gone. This feels good.

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Today is going to be a little busy.

Birthday party for my grandson (he's a year old tomorrow)
Then getting things together to go stay in Hatteras tonight since TS Danny is off the coast; that way we're on the beach already to clean the 5 houses we have to do tomorrow.
Lots of stairs tomorrow to climb to get into the beach houses; not to mention the stairs to get to the upper floors! LOL

Won't be online tomorrow at all so will post on Sunday.

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I didn't get cardio in today but I did pick up a footlong Subway sandwich for dinner for the boys and I. Split three ways, no mayo, no cheese, no oil, and served with some cantalope on the side, it's a good, healthy option for our dinner.



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Sounds good. Good thing we're doing this, as I didn't get it done this morning and the temptation is to let it go emoticon

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Chris, you and the boys are in my prayers! Let us know if there is anything at all we can do for you.

My heart goes out to the boys, I can relate to losing a father at a young age.



Liz,
Personal Challenge for a new thread sounds good. I'll commit to 30 minutes 4x a week to get a jump start back into a routine.


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Thank you so much, Liz.

On a lighter note, OMG you look wonderful! It's been awhile since I've seen you and it's obvious you're doing beautifully! I hope you're feeling healthy and things are going well.

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Dear, dear Chris. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. What a terrible tragedy for you and your family. I am sure not only are you grieving but you must be in shock. My prayers go out to you and your children.
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Hi, everyone. I've been MIA myself and things are hectic enough that I know I won't be posting much, but I wanted to check in.

I've hard a rough time of it lately. Just 5 days before our restaurant/bar was due to open (food/alcohol/soda, etc. all in), my husband died suddenly in the night (8/14).

So I've been keeping it together, doing the 1000 and 1 things you gotta do - closing the business down, taking care of arrangements, paperwork, keeping up with the house/landscaping/pool, being there for our two sons (8 and 6), and you know, grieving.

Yesterday, though, I got out and took a good walk and did the same today. I exercised in the pool last night. I'm eating not so great (lots of casseroles from loving friends!) and having a glass of wine in the evenings, but that's coming to an end. Keeping healthy and strong for myself and the kids is one of my top priorities.

Anyway, that's the update - not fun, but part of life.

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I am committed to doing 30 minutes a day on the Wii - 20 of yoga and 10 of aerobics. I would say make a committment and then lets decided the accountability. For me to report here every three days would work. I would say to create a new thread for reporting - like called personal challenge or something.
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Okay! Let's do it...

We've both got to get back in the swing of things...

Starting small OR jumping right in???
And if any other team members want to join in...the more the merrier!

How do you want to do this, Liz??

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I've hit the point where I need to exercise more. I keep telling myself that but I don't do anything about it. Same old same old. Oh well. I keep saying when things settle down... but they never do. Of course! Maybe you and I should challenge each other - like the old days. Whadya say?
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Liz, if only I was that ACTIVE off of Spark...but things are looking up. My energy level is back and I've been doing more than I have in the last 6 months.

I rake my yard each week, I walk more than drive (meaning I park farther away from store entrances); now if I can just get back into the walking and exercise routine that I lost.

Blood work came back and sodium/potassium levels are fine since switching to new meds but my sugar was a little high that day so I have to go back, again, and talk with doc about that.

I've got a glucose meter here so I'll be checking it daily between now and Monday so she can see it's not out of whack like she thinks.

Stress level lately has been slightly higher but that comes with trying to buy a house and deal with all that legwork and paperwork the bank needs!

Otherwise...all is good and gravy here! LOL

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Leigh, I gotta say I am impressed with how active you are on SparkPeople. Glad to hear all is well.

My life of mishaps continues. We took our son to the Denver airport on Sunday. There are only two ways to Denver from where we live. So first, there was a big accident on 285. We turned around and took agravel road to save us 10 minutes. This knocked out the shock absorber mounting on the car. Got to I-70 and it was literally backed up almost to the pass. We got to the airport in time to see his flight taking off. We waved as it flew overhead. Had to stay overnight in Denver and it cost my son and extra $200 for another flight home. Today my husband finds our wind generator blade assembly on the ground. This knocks out 1/4 of our power production (free) which means we have to rely more on the propane generator. It's just the life of adventure :-)

School has started and I teach 2 grad courses online. We can only get dial up internet, so what should take me an hour to get done for classes, takes 5 or more hours. These are the trade offs for living the good life (lol). DH says get used to the life of the Slowskys.
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Doctor's appt went fine! Everything is working like it's supposed to and will receive results of bloodwork on potassium levels in about a week.

Work has been steady and pretty mild the last week or so...which is great after the 3 1/2 weeks of storms and non-stop calls/emergencies we had to deal with because of them.

Home life is great. We're in the beginning process of trying to buy a house and the waiting is the worst part!

Otherwise -- all is right in my world right now emoticon

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I'm actually doing pretty fabulously! Although I'm close to when I was at my heaviest I'm determined to stay on track as much as possible without being a slave driver (to myself). I like my job, I love my roomate/best friend, I love myself inside, I'm just working on loving whats on the outside...

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Back after an extended vacation to Oregon and Utah. Saw family and did some rock hounding. It was also great fun with several disasters, including another rogue wind (remember, the first took out my greenhouse) that destroyed the awning to our camper. A flat tire and a near disaster on the highway when the pop-up camper roof popped up at 70 mph on the highway. But, on the other side, I also found a 66 ct. sunstone, which is a great find. Now I am settling back to work after an extended summer vacation. (Sigh) I was at a plateau for awhile, but still losing. Yeah! I am glad to see the posts picking up on the site. It's wonderful how we can support each other. Hope you all had a great summer.
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it's been a relaxing weekend so far. I've gotten quite a bit accomplished here at work and am actually looking forward to seeing the doctor on Tues. morning. Just a quick checkup to see if new BP medicine is working like it's supposed to. As far as I can tell, it's working fine!!

Have a great week, everyone!

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I hope everyone had a great day!

Edited by: SUCCESSFUL-GALE at: 8/9/2009 (00:20)
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slow week and enjoying it. I've been working on a cross stitch project and that's just moving right along.

back to work tomorrow night and will be on night shift thru next thur night. Hope to get a lot accomplished ... we'll see.

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Things are pretty slow for me. Nothing interesting at all happening. I am trying to decide whether I want to buy the gowear fit thing. It's just so intriguing to me but I'm so cheap.


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things are going well. I'm finally settling into the Paleo diet. It's not so hard to made brekfasts and lunches for myself and my husband anymore. At first, i was getting so stressed out cuz it took sooo long.

Not too much progress weight-wise, but I do feel a lot of muscle forming in my arms and legs!

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last reported on 7/22

well...on 7/23 went to the doctor and we agreed to switch from one B/P med to another. Started the new med on 7/24 and by 7/28 I was in a mess!!
Almost every side effect listed for that medication...I had!
I gained 12 pounds in 5 days! headaches, dizziness, leg cramps, fatigue, nausea...what a mess!

Back to the doc on 7/28 and taken off that med and put onto another... I began that med on 7/29 and today... whew!!! Much, much better!!!!
All adverse side effects are gone and the 12 pounds have gone -- water retention and bloating! very uncomfortable.

Good thing I didn't go back to the beach... me, bathing suit, beach... just asking for someone to throw a Harpoon! I was THAT bloated!

Just goes to show that one med may work for a bunch of people and one person can just NOT take it at all!

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I hope everyone has a great week! I've got water aerobics scheduled for two nights this week, and I've joined a book club and am going to that one night.

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1st - What an great profile pic!! You look wonderful!

2nd - How terrible for you and Dean! All that hard work gone in seconds. Pictures would have been amazing, I'm sure, but just imagining what happened the way you describe it...whew!


Things here have been a little harried and hectic this past weekend, so I've been MIA all weekend.
As you note the time...I'm having trouble getting to sleep.
More later but all is fine here so far in eastern NC.

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Okay, here's a story for you. I bought a 480 sq. ft. greenouse called a hoop house. $1600+ dollars. Dean and I spent two solid days putting it up. We get a lot of wind up here. The other day we had significant wind. A big gust came along and we heard what sounded like an explosion. The entire greenhouse had lifted off of 26 two-foot anchoring spikes, blew apart, and landed against our fence. Completely destroyed. So, the lesson we learned is that 1" hollow metal rods are not enough weight to keep down a greenhouse that- wood, metal, and plastic covering- had to have weighed more than 500 pounds. While not quite the destuction that some have experienced (like losing a home), I know what it feels like to see something you care about completely destoyed. We will rebuild, but differently! I now wish I had a before and after picture. It was incredible.

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Chickens, Liz???

Extra crispy or original recipe?? LOL

Bet you gonna luv those fresh eggs everyday now!

The sunburn is better; well... peeling all over now like a snake but it was worth it...tan is evening out now and getting a few compliments from people about how nice I look these days!

~~Cindy~~


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I hear you on the sunburn Leigh. I was wearing short yesterday (for the first time in a century :-) I was warned about getting burned - yeah, okay. Well, now I am paying the price. Lots of fun. TXTilly - I got my license about three weeks ago and was honest on the weight. Now I am ten pounds lighter and still losing. That's why it's so dumb to include weight. It goes up; it goes down. People lie. Is it ever accurate??? Then people think you are using someone else's ID (lol, like your experience). Oh well. More work on the "farm" today. We are building a chicken coop. Lots of dirty work (working with mud) and lots of fun! ;-)
Liz

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TXTilly... that's funny!! I bet he was a little baffled!

Way to go!

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"And if they rely on your word, I would wager that 70% of the licenses have an inaccurate weight. lol "

Yep, Dr. Liz, I am sure you are right. For the first time EVER, my DL has the wrong weight in the OTHER direction LOL. True story...went out with some friends to a club where they check ALL ID's at the door and the dude kept looking back and forth between my DL and me. I was starting to get mad like did he REALLY think I had a fake ID or could he just not do math??? When he handed it back I saw what the problem was. I look NOTHING like my pic on my DL anymore!

Edited by: TXTILLY at: 7/10/2009 (16:48)
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