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I hope all is well with your daughter, Tricia. I remember my freshman year was problematic, even without Facebook! I managed to find my way to a degree within four years anyway.

Gloria, I can't imagine how busy you are! I sometimes regret that we don't do more for the holidays, but then I don't know where I would find additional time to invest. I only have one more week of work this year! I'm looking forward to the time off, even though we don't any any plans.

I hope you're feeling well, Nicky. You touch many lives and I feel you're personally making the world a better place.

I have internet access at home and I'm grateful for that! I also found my lost FitBit One between the front seats in my car (precisely where I had searched the day before and not found it). I intend to make this final week before break as productive as possible. I'm still working to instill new and better working habits, both at home and at the office.

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Tricia, hope that your head gets to feeling better (without the Ibuprofen). I used to be addicted to Ibuprofen but after I had surgery on my esophagus I was advised not to take it anymore. Then I found out that there is a possible link between Ibuprofen and the type of colitis that I have. Nothing has been proven as far as the relationship goes other than the fact that they know there is some sort of relationship, but I just decided I would have to suffer through headaches. Fortunately I don't seem to get as many as I used to. Are yours sinus related, or perhaps weather related? I use peppermint oil rubbed on my temples and neck. It doesn't cure it but it offers a bit of relief.

Wow, 2,000 miles is so far, no wonder you are worried about your daughter. I hope that she succeeds in college. It is good that you are letting her grow and maybe she will find her way and do just fine.

Gloria - exercise today was only a short walk to the Fed Ex store to ship a box to my parents. Then a short walk at lunch, but I will be lucky to end up with 6,000 steps today. I wanted to do more but time does not permit. Lunch was with my husband, very calorific and not much exercise, and I don't like that. Have had turkey chili today, chicken and beef fajitas with rice, cottage cheese and bacon and sausage for breakfast. Two chocolates today. No dinner yet as I am still waiting on Jamie to get home from work. I have no dinner planned and maybe he can have a sandwich and I will have yogurt or something similar. Found out last night we didn't have a box to ship stuff for my parents so I ended up being up very late dealing with that. Tonight I am taking the same approach, just relax and not get stressed - I am preparing some gift bags for work tomorrow and then I will work on Christmas cards. I would love to have everything done by Friday so that I can rest and relax until Christmas but I am not sure if that will happen - still way too much to do. I am supposed to be doing a 5k Saturday morning but I just found out that my friend's memorial service is Saturday morning and I want to go to that so the race might be out.

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(((Nicky))) Second thoughts are hard.
Aurlie: Good luck with the fitbit. Which kind was it? I lost my zip while on vacation, so no chance of it showing up weeks later like it had twice before.
Gloria: I can't believe Christmas eve is in a week. I hope your plan to decompress worked.

Me: We finally had a tech come to look at our internet, which involved panic-cleaning our room, but I think a lot of good came of it. The cable had gotten burned or gnawed down to a thread, it's kind of amazing it worked at all. Like, it worked better when it was cold because the metal contracted enough for there to be contact. That's weak.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to take some ibuprofen for my head. I hate to take it but otherwise I don't think I'll be able to work out.

I've been worried a lot about my daughter who is 2,000 miles away at college, going through finals. I wanted her to be able to spread her wings and fly, but she is so addicted to facebook. And there's nothing I can do to keep her from sabotaging herself. So that's been on my mind a lot.

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Nicky, I can tell you feel very badly about Raxhi but I think that you did your best. You gave him a much better life than he would have had if you hadn't taken him in and as soon as you realized he was ill, you tended to him. I don't think that you could have done more, nor do I think you did anything wrong. God brought him into your life and he enhanced your life for a short time and you made his life much better. I think that both of you were blessed to be brought together. It is difficult not to second guess ourselves in these sort of situations but please forgive yourself for you are not guilty of anything. He loved you and you him and that is all that matters now. And I think it is lovely that you have flowers planted for Jani and Raxhi.

Gloria - wanting to work on speed and endurance, someone suggested that I try intervals for some of my runs. Did five/ones today, five minutes running, one minute walking. Three miles. Interestingly, my last mile was VERY fast, closer to my race pace. I will try to do intervals at least once a week, maybe twice. Last night was going to wrap my family's gifts, was out of tape and tissue paper, and gift boxes. Texted my husband and asked him to get those things for me on his way home but he didn't see my message. When he got home he insisted that he must help me and go get the items I needed. He went to four stores and didn't find the appropriate sized boxes. I wanted to go to sleep but waited for him to arrive home, so to bed late again, and then my stress and anxiety got the best of me and I had a terrible time getting to sleep. Work today was good, very stress free. After work went in search of some gift boxes, three stores, no boxes. Bought a piece of heavy duty card stock and made a box. Decided that tonight was going to be relaxing and stress free. Listened to Christmas music and wrapped my family's gifts. Food, I guess I need to start tracking all of these nuts I have been eating because I don't really know how much I am eating. Had an egg white turkey bowl on spinach this morning, yogurt with granola, chicken, mandarin, salad with grilled chicken, chai latte, vanilla latte, a piece of chocolate. Need to get food ready for tomorrow and get clothing ready too.

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GLORIA,
Raxhi is next door to Jani,my dog, whose death was more traumatic. Jani has daffodils and a rosebush.
I'm glad the fitbit charger info is useful.
I'm hectic, rather than busy. One thing going wrong after another, so not getting much work done. I'm very stressed about Raxhi. Maybe it wasn't a virus. Maybe I could have done more. Maybe I caused the problem by giving him food with a sharp bone in it, tho I tried to be careful and only give them soft bones, much cooked. But I had to get to see my sister. She had to take precedence over my kitten. My neighbour didn't know Raxhi well enough to realise he wasn't right if he wasn't ravenously hungry. And anyway we didn't yet know the vet I took him to. The other vets are hopeless. Still, it's happened now and there's nothing more I can do for him.
I hope you do manage to take next week off and get back into exercise, catch up, etc.
AURLIE, thank you for loving Raxhi.
Do you have the Find my Fitbit app? That locates it. But I don't know if it works other than on iphone etc. I was desperate for half a day when I thought I'd lost my fitbit. The app had not yet appeared. So I sympathise.
I do hope the internet installation goes punctually and smoothly.

NICKY. Shattered. Only 3k steps. No energy.
NUTRITION. Seem to be within cal range, and slightly down on last weigh in. Breakfast, capuccino and cream of tomato soup. Lunch, beef keema on a generous bed of spinach. Then given a large helping of fried sardine type fish on a visit. Supper, all bran, kiwi and persimmon parfait with semifrozen sauce of banana and milk and kiwi skins.


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Nicky, thanks for sharing Raxhi with us during his short life. He was loved and made an impact on us. His printer antics made me smile.

Gloria, your running is very inspiring. I'm sure whatever happens about the job will be for the best. I'm glad the interview went well and you got new clothes for the occasion.

Tricia, you continue to inspire me.

My home internet installation is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. I'm taking a few moments now to Spark from work. I find it difficult to do much from my phone, but I'm trying to at least keep tracking. I can't find my FitBit now. I had it when I walked Lola this morning, but it was gone when I arrived at the office. I'm hoping to find it because I don't want to spend money on a new one. It served me well for a year and a half -- maybe it was just a crutch.

I'm beginning to think my low energy is just depression and I need to step up my exercise. We're anticipating rain tonight/tomorrow so that will make things more challenging. I know there are solutions, I just need to make them work.

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Oh, how very nice to have flowers for Raxhi. I like that. I have a bunny, a chinchilla and a kitty buried at my in-laws home. Then my husband has ashes for two cats here, in urns.

Wow, so very interesting about the fitbit charger, I saved the link for future emergencies! Last time I lost mine I went ahead and ordered one from Amazon. I found my old one and so now I keep one at work and one at home.

You sound so busy Nicky, hope that things aren't too stressful for you.

I was going to go running with one of the running groups this evening but I just have too much to do so I came home. Traffic was once again a terrible mess and it took about an hour and a half to get here. Work was good today, I am still on track and see no reason why I won't be able to take next week off. Since I had planned to run, I got very little exercise today. I took a short walk at lunch time to the bookstore near my office, looking for some small Christmas gifts. Didn't find what I wanted so I might end up going out to the one on the other side of town. Came home and will wrap my family's gifts so that the can be shipped. Not happy about the lack of exercise because that means that today is my rest day and I prefer that to be on Wednesday when I go to lunch with my husband. I need to do some adjustments to my nutrition tracker - I didn't have chai like I planned so I probably have a few extra calories to use up - even without the exercise.

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GLORIA, well done about the running, and getting 9 hours sleep!
TRICIA, well done on your fitness. The cals will go haywire sometimes, but we maintain to live, and don't live to maintain!

NICKY. Very sedentary day. Hope to reach 3k steps..
ATTITUDE. My sister now has a room in a hospice and is happy and peaceful. We don't know whether she will celebrate Christmas here or in Heaven, but celebrate it she will!
Big panic, couldn't find my fitbit charger and needed it urgently! Try this:
http://irisclasson.com/2014/03/08/making
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It worked!
Rovena planted some flowers on Raxhi's grave, which feels good. He's the only one of my cats for whom I have a grave. Usually they just disappear and I am left in suspense. Only in Savi's case did the disappearance have a happy ending in a reappearance. Savi is staying very close to me. I think he was quite fond of Raxhi by the end, despite frequent irritation.
NUTRITION. Scales have fluctuated up,but not disastrously. Hectic day. The morning passed without even a cup of soup for breakfast. Then an enormous lunch, cream of tomato soup, then sticky chicken leg with lots of potato and others vegs, followed by 3 mandarins and a banana. Supper was more modest, creamy brocolli and cheese soup, followed by bread and emmental and brie, and a toffee biscuit. Just over 100 cals over by my estimation. Kitchen scales need a new battery, which I forgot to get yesterday,

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Nicky: I'm glad you are comforted with Raxhi.

Gloria: I was driving the other day and remembered you mentioned Apollo Burger. I have been there once, but my husband goes because it's near his work. They have a lot of flavors of shakes and also some greek food besides burgers. Greek restaurants are pretty common here due to a generation of immigrants that came to work in the mining industries. If you've heard of the Great Brain stories (written by a Catholic boy who grew up in a Utah mining town) it mentions them (the miners, not the restaurants).

I've been pretty faithful with my fitness, but I went over my calories the last few days. Friday was that open house, Saturday I had a celebratory lunch with my husband for my testing being over, and last night I had a turkey dinner at my mom's because she spent thanksgiving back east after an unplanned surgery for colon cancer.

It turns out there was a hormonal cause for my lapses in good judgment, a couple days earlier than expected. So, more data points for the ongoing experiment.

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Good job on the walking today Nicky, I hope that your back doesn't ail you from the activity. I know what you mean about the books Nicky. I've found that some books are just not worth reading for the added sex that is not necessary or does not enhance the story in any way. If it fits with the story and isn't obnoxious, fine, but so often it is just overboard.

I am happy with the running. After I thought about it, I realized how well yesterday's run went. I was with three others who are much faster than I am. That makes me go faster and challenges and pushes me, which is a good thing. I did get tired faster and then wavered on the last mile but given that my pace was quite fast for the beginning of the run, I think that I did well and am quite pleased. I do need to work on speed and endurance and that will come as I continue to run. Funny that I started running before two of these women and they are now faster than I am, but as the doctor told me, things will be harder for me and I just will have to work for it - and if I want it badly enough, I will.

Haven't gotten my food tracked yet but I am sure that I am within calorie range. I need to get the tracking done to determine if I need a snack, or more, before bed. Got about nine hours of much needed sleep tonight, I will hope for seven tonight. Got in a nice long walk, I can't remember but I think it was five miles. Got most of the Christmas shopping done for my husband's family, still lacking a couple of items. I am falling more and more behind on my household stuff - still need to wrap my family's items so that I can mail them - need to mail them tomorrow, looks like that isn't going to happen. I am overwhelmed with all that I must do around here. Jamie is helping me with things around the house but it is still just too much for me. I keep putting stuff off so that I can get sleep and exercise but then I just get more and more behind. Today we spent a good part of the day looking for his family's Christmas gifts, then we went to the grocery store. Did some laundry, then we went back out and got air in the tires of his car and got some dinner. I thought that we would come back home right after that but he decided to go to the bookstore. He just loves the bookstore and he really doesn't go to any other shops for himself, so despite my time constraints, I didn't feel compelled to argue about it. Have a lot more to do tonight but want to get to bed in about an hour so we will see!

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GLORIA, Raxhi did suffer terribly at times during the last day and a half. But the vet was so good about letting me bring him back. But it still took time to get him there, about 20 mins. It was good that I could keep him unconscious at the end. Though I would still have preferred for him to fall quietly asleep in my hands and just never wake up. Anyway, he knew I loved him. Albanians turn their sick animals out as they "can't bear to watch them suffering". There is also a fear that an animal will curse you if you kill it. AT the end he didn't suffer any more as I kept him asleep. And he did have a very happy life till the last few days. He was so full of fun and used to find all sorts of toy for himself, including my laptop and printer on one occasion!! I'm the richer for the short time we had together.
I wouldn't have spent the money on a rockcrok for myself, but am grateful to Mim for presenting me with one! It's non-stick so easy to clean, and delicate with it. I like being able to cook things from frozen in it.
Your running seems to be going well.
I have discovered the Brother Cadfael books, mediaeval murders and not full of sex(!). I get so fed up when they ruin a really good story by filling it out with gratuitous sex.

NICKY. FITNESS. Half hour walking round town and 12 min JS intensive walking workout. See what my back says about that tomorrow. 9k steps.
ATTITUDE. Slept better, tho don't think I got the 7 hours FB estimated.
Plumber came back, so now my sink is not leaking, the loo is flushing, and he put a hinge on the cover of the second of 2 drawers I have made into a spare bed. Told me to give him what I wanted for the work and was very happy with $10!! My neighbour agreed that that was a fair price.
NUTRITION. Weight seems to be staying down. About 180 cals over as I forgot to log an orange and a persimmon, or I might have eaten one less slice of bread and cheese at supper. Breakfast, cream of tomato soup. Lunch, chicken thigh and vegs. Then about 1.5 cups of Gigantes, Greek style butter beans, when visiting the neighbours. Supper, brocolli and cheese soup and bread and emmental and brie. I think the soupmaker will help me keep the weight off. I now have 4 helping each of veggie,cream of tomato and brocolli and cheese soup in the freezer for instant wholefood in the future. I did put the cream of tomato in the liquidiser after it was cooked as I couldn't work out how to do extra liquidising in the soupmaker, but I think I've worked that out now.


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Nicky, I offer heartfelt condolences for the loss of Raxhi. When I read your post I got teary but you are so right, he must have been sick when you got him and you blessed the poor dear with a good life for a couple of months. And I think that he didn't suffer even at the end as you took him to the vet and got the tranquilizer which allowed him to sleep and pass away in peace.

I am so fascinated by the Rockcrok Nicky. Maybe I will save up to buy one. One of my close friends had a Pampered Chef party last month and got one but has yet to use it. I keep asking her to use it so that she can tel me how she likes it! Unless everyone really loves it, I will not be willing to spend that sort of money on one. It has to be very easy to use and save plenty of time, and make delicious food for it to be worth it.

Went this morning and ran six miles with my friends. Very good run but even though I have been running this distance for a while now, I still struggle with the last mile or so. I spoke with one of the women who has been running a long time and runs half marathons regularly and she suggested running intervals once or twice a week to help me build endurance and to possibly do some speed work to compliment the half marathon training that I will be doing. I am a little intimidated by trying speed work but I am going to talk to one of the two running coaches that I was working with and get their recommendation. Otherwise I have been doing things around the house, laundry and such. I've got a TON to do this weekend and it is already half over, good gracious! I can't seem to keep up. Got about 7.5 hours of sleep last night, better than usual, but I went to bed earlier, which is what I should do every night. Food is MUCH better today than it was the past two days. I still have plenty of calories and will soon have an evening chai and then I will have a snack too. I will try to go to bed early and read for a bit. I managed to get the newest John Grisham book relatively cheap for my Kindle. I love to read but seems like I hardly ever have time so I have really been enjoying this book.

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Thank you both for your kind thoughts about Raxhi He woke up for the last time at 2 a.m. I gave him a jab then and another at lunchtime, so I knew he would not wake up and suffer when I was with the children. After the children's group, he was gone. I buried him by Jani, my dog who got gangrene. I wasn't so chewed up about Raxhi. I now realise he was ill when I got him, and couldn't have been saved. He had a great life for couple of months and only really suffered the last few days. And the vet was very caring, and says he doesn't want any money as he couldn't save him. I shall give him some at some stage, and tell him to give it to someone in need, or treat a needy person's animal for free if he doesn't want to keep it.
GLORIA, have a good break!
TRICIA, I hope you get into the nursing school you want.

NICKY. FITNESS. Another day it didn't happen. Didn't even have time for lunch. I parked a long way from the vet's when I went to get the last injections, so got maybe 2k extra paces that way. 6k altogether.
ATTITUDE. Hectic, ratty, disturbed night.
Only 8 kids today. Though this time last year 8 would have seemed a lot. None of the older boys turned up, nor any of the little ones, come to that....
A leak from the tap in my sink. We are blessed with a plumber who has great respect for me and comes at once if I have a problem, and takes very little money. I left him and the neighbours to get o with attacking the problem. He's coming back tomorrow with a new tap and to do some more work. God does look after me!
NUTRITION. No time for lunch today, nor even for the coffee I had brewed.... Breakfast, soup. Supper, my first attempt at roasting chicken in the rockcrok and microwave. Not exactly roast, but very tasty, cooked with potatoes, artichokes and mushrooms. Followed by bread and PB/nutella, and Tahini and honey. Followed by a snickers type bar and a couple of chocolate caramel biscuits. Just reached protein recommendation, within cal range, and 4 vegs. Low on water. Weight down again this morning

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Aw, Nicky. Sleep was sometimes healing books I read as a girl, but either way I hope Raxhi has peace.

Aurlie, you are someone I've looked up to and appreciated for so long.

Gloria, that's all you can do sometimes. I went to an open house for my cousin's business tonight and kept myself to one little plate. One layer. ;)

I did my strength workout while waiting for a phone tech that never showed... I may have missed them while picking up kids from school, but they didn't take the note that had my cell number.

At least I got to study free of distraction. I am taking a standardized test for one of the nursing schools I've applied to. It's pretty basic stuff but it's been a long time since I had physics in high school.

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Oh, I am so sad to hear about Raxhi but glad to hear that he has a tranquilizer to help him sleep. Poor little guy.

Gloria - went to my stampin' group last night, exchanged inexpensive but nice gifts, had a nice meal and made some small gift tags. It was fun. No way to count the calories so I just estimated 1,000. Could have been more, could have been less. Then found out that there was a major car accident on the way home so left immediately - what should have taken an hour took about 1.5 hours and I was lucky it wasn't worse. Very tired, slept very late today and was late for work. It's been a rough week. Today, potluck at work. I don't usually participate but decided to this time. Again, no way to track calories so I'll be guessing. Went for a very short walk with a co-worker after lunch. My weight is quite low right now but today seems higher. Don't think that I gained that much, must be water weight or something. Will give it a week and then make adjustments if needed - but as I said, no need to worry, I have been planning this and my weight is down so a gain of a couple of pounds, if it should happen, is not a big deal - as long as it doesn't become a continuing trend - I have to be careful about that because a few years ago I decided to indulge at Christmas and that indulgence turned into a majorly huge weight gain. At our lunch we played some funny games, I was laughing so hard. Brought some leftover turkey and macaroni & cheese home for our dinner. Worked late tonight, and there was another accident causing the Interstate to be closed (two days in a row....really?) and so I feared a long commute but I made it home in good time given the circumstances. Work is going well. I am on track to complete everything by next Friday, which will allow me to be off until January 2nd.

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GLORIA, I'm sorry about your friend. My sister is waiting for place in a hospice.
I'm glad the interview went well. Sounds as if you are in a win-win situation!
Raxhi had a bad day today. Again this evening I took him back to the vet after the afternoon visit. He said he's dying, but he has conscientious objections to euthanasia of animals, feeling that is a sin. I respect that and told him so. He gave Raxhi a strong tranquilliser that sent him to sleep, and gave me another dose I can inject. He would eventually be prepared to give me a fatal dose of something that I or my doctor could inject, but would prefer not to have to do even that. He also refused my request to settle accounts. Said he doesn't want any money as he has not been able to save Raxhi. I shall give him some later as it's not his fault that his efforts didn't work. Raxhi is making some noises, but doesn't sound to be in pain. I still have a faint hope that sending him to sleep might enable him to rest and heal, but I know this is not realistic. Even Savi has been licking him concernedly. I reckon if Savi is going to be infected, it will have happened by now.

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ATTITUDE. Awake during the night, then overslept.
Some children visited and we practised some Christmas carols.
NUTRITION. Weight down this morning. Hope it stays there! 200 cals over guidelines.
Breakfast, capuccino and chowder. Morning stopgap while shopping: bread and brie. Lunch, allbran and fruit parfait. Visit, small slice of birthday cake, apple at another visit. Supper, Macmuffin makeover, bread and brie and smoked salmon, and lidl choc dessert...


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Oh, poor Raxhi, yes, he will be in my prayers. Glad that he is not in agony for now, hope that he continues to heal and recover from this.

Had the interview, it went well. The great grand boss is who asked me to apply. The interview was with the boss and grand boss. I am mixed about the position. I will take it if offered, if not, I am happy where I am. I am ambivalent about starting something new right now since I will be training for a half marathon and I need to start getting some sleep - won't happen if I get a new position.

Found out today that a friend who I had not seen in a while passed away last night. She had lymphoma and had entered hospice two weeks ago. She was young, in her early 60s. I felt rather distraught when I heard.

Low on sleep, very little sleep this week and that is not good. I didn't want to run today and I think it was because I am too tired. Finally ran this afternoon, and it was a slow run, but it was a good one nonetheless, three miles. Felt good after and was glad that I did it. Stamping group is tonight. We typically meet in a public venue but for our Christmas gathering we meet at the home of one of the women, and we all bring food and gifts to exchange that only cost $1. I had to bake last night for that. It will be a late night for me as we usually go until at least 9:00 p.m. and it is an hour away from my home. I should be to bed by 8:30 or 9:00 but this will be ANOTHER late night for me - no surprise there. I've been careful this week with my food so I will be able to indulge this evening.

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GLORIA, car is fine, mended for $100. Raxhi is not well. The vet is worried he has one of the diseases they vaccinate against, suspects poor liver function. Blockage seems to have shifted, butnhe gets painful spasms, ismoff his food, and staggers on his back legs. He even bit me today, which he has never done. We went back to the vet a second time this evening. We may or may not be able to save him. But he had a very happy couple of months before this hit him, and wouldnt have been as happy if I hadnt taken him in. I onlynhope, if it is a serious disease that it wont infect Savi, who I think has AIDS and therefore lowered immunity. So your prayers are much needed. Poor little kittens like a pincushion. He's had 5 injections today, no 6, as I gave him one myself this morning. He's purring happily now when I stroke him, and no longer wailing in agony.
I hope the interview goes well tomorrow. Sounds like you have been headhunted.

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Womens group thin on the ground, but lively.
Predictably I am preoccupied with Raxhi.
My laptop seems to have frozen configuring updates....
NUTRIITION. Actually within cal limit! Low on water. Breakfast, soup. Lunch, breakfast casserole and lettuce with honey mustard dressing.afternoon snack, tiramisu! Supper, smoked salmon fillet, lettuce and dressing, and a cheese and ham croissant

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Oh no Nicky so sorry to hear that you lost your money. But glad you didn't lose your bank card! The restaurant with the raw burger, from what we hear, there have been a lot of problems with this place. They have only been opened for a couple of weeks. I think that maybe they are based out of Utah, so maybe Tricia has heard of them - Apollo Burger. Seems like a good concept but this is the first one that has opened in our area and they are not doing a good job. Sometimes I am inclined to complain, other times I am just resigned. It is not the type of place I would go to much anyway so if Jamie wants to go again we will, but if there are issues the next time, that is it, we won't be going back.

You came back to some difficulties Nicky - hope that nothing serious is wrong with your auto. Feeling some concern for Raxhi, hope that the blockage is cleared without doing anything invasive. Will pray for the poor little kitten.

Two week anniversary Tricia, that is AWESOME! You are an inspiration with all that you do and yet you are still maintaining. I hope that all of the school stuff works out for you. When will you find out?

Aurlie, that is a real bummer that you have to drop the class but I am glad that you will be able to take it over.

Gloria - didn't get to bed as early as I should have last night and tonight just too busy. I have a party to go to tomorrow night, I had to bake for it, but first I had to go to the store to get the ingredients. Oh, and I have an interview for that position tomorrow. Even though it is for a job within the company and even though I already know all of the managers and employees, I still must interview. Even though I actually worked on that team before....anyway, the interview is tomorrow and oh, by the way, I don't have any interview clothing. Everything is too big. Oops, hadn't given that much thought. So I had to go shopping to get something appropriate. Didn't have time to go to a lot of places so I picked one and had to get what they had, not cheap, but it looks good and it fits - it is just a dressy jacket to wear with black slacks so I will look professional (our office is business casual but a skirt or at bare minimum, a jacket, is recommended even for internal interviews). Then got the groceries, baked four dozen cookies and a cake. Exercise today was step aerobics. Food, steel cut oats, cottage cheese, a salad with grilled chicken, yogurt, cookies, popcorn. Not the greatest day nutritionally and I feel like I ate a horse.


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GLORIA, thanks for wishes for voyage. It was safe, but not uneventful - I managed to lose my purse with 100 Euros in it. Shouldn't have been more than 50 there at a time, but at least I decided not to keep my bank card there, just in case! So I am blessed. As well as expensively careless...
Good idea taking your own salad dressing too the fast food place!
Tough about the raw burger. Next time you can be prepared to be politely assertive!
AURLIE, thanks for your prayers. Tough about being without internet. Particularly about having to drop your class. Good that you can take it next month. Hope the new installation works well. We shall be grateful for the contact when you are able to drop in.
TRICIA, happy maintenance anniversary. And may the anniversary of your son's death gradually become less painful. Did he die as a baby? Or later? Anyway that's an awful pain that I can't fully enter into, not having children of my own, let alone a child that died. But I can be aware that you are in a pain beyond my own experience.

NICKY. FITNESS. Didn't happen today, but lots of walking yesterday. Today just 6k steps.
ATTITUDE. Got home just after midnight, so coming to after being away.
My sister is waiting for a place in a hospice, when one becomes free. She's happy with this. And she's been accepted by the hospice she wanted, near her family, although she has actually been living outside their catchment area. The children who came today, who had prayed for her healing, were very sad when I told them that God is not going to heal her body, but that he had given her a different kind of healing, enabling her to let go of the bitterness that had made her unhappy for years, and that, as a Believer, she's not afraid to die.
Raxhi is very unwell. I've found a vet in whom I have confidence. He thinks his problem is a very blocked up tummy, so we are trying to unblock it, but he can operate if other methods don't work. He gave him a tranquilliser to keep the pain under control, so Raxhi perked up, but he's not eating at the moment. I don't know if he doesn't like the food, or if he can't.
Difficult visit to the family of 2 of the banned boys. They are not actually banned, but will have to meet in a group with their own contemporaries. One of them, and his friend, seems to be on strike and not prepared to come with his own age group. Without them, they will only be 3. But they knew the condition of them coming with the others, and they know I don't make empty threats. The family were blaming Rovena for not accepting little darling. I told them she was doing that on my instructions, and Sir has only himself to blame. I gather the boys had also been blaming Rovena for telling me who the thieves were. This rather reinforces the conclusion the 3 of us had come to independently, before I talked to the others, about who the thieves were.... I talked about my thoughts about the theft in the hearing of a glowering boy, who his parents insisted would never steal anything. I didn't comment, but said I would talk about my doubts if I get the chance to talk alone to those I suspect, without anyone else hearing. I suspect a couple of lads will avoid me like the plague! Naturally none of us has mentioned our doubts to anyone else, so it;s interesting to hear the very names mentioned about whom we have doubts.... Please pray that we shall have wisdom and tact to deal with this situation helpfully and positively.
Altogether a stressful day. My car is also immobilised, but my neighbour, who looks after such problems, has arranged for our excellent mechanic to come tomorrow and tow it to his workshop. That's the least of my problems. His son very kindly took Raxhi and me to the vet as that couldn't wait.
NUTRITION. I need to shed about a kilo to stay in the running for the maintenance challenge. I've hardly drunk any water today, though I had about 2 cups of soup for lunch. First attempt with the soup machine was a great success. A sort of chowder, though I forgot the milk this time. Potato, onion, leek, corn and Jerusalem artichokes. Another 2 or 3 helpings in the fridge. That was lunch, at tea time, after the difficult visit and the trip to the vet,, Breakfast was a capuccino and a baked potato I was given on a visit. But I had a midnight feat when I got home, a ham and cheese croissant I brought back from Greece.. Everything's a bit upside down... Supper was half a smoked salmon fillet with ready made salad from a packet I got in Greece, and the rest of my honey-mustard dressing, and a slice of bread and a hunk of brie. All would have been well but for the deep fried batter ?pancake they gave me on the difficult visit. And I had a couple of snickers bar type chocolate misfits I brought back from England. And a large persimmon. I estimate that I'm about 300 cals over. Tomorrow should be better....


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I wish you all the best in getting through this tough season, Tricia. Congratulations on reaching your 2-year Anniversary. Your success has been a big help to me. Thanks for sharing it.

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(((Nicky))) It's good she's not in pain. I pray you will be comforted.
Gloria, good job keeping up the running.
Aurlie, it's amazing how much we rely on technology. Mine cuts in and out sometimes. Yesterday it was acting up so I did some stuff I was putting off that didn't require it.

Sunday was hard (the anniversary of my son's death) and then I took my microbiology final yesterday and I'm done for the term. I'm not sure what's happening next term. I am registered for community college but there's a chance I start at Western Governor's, which is an Online nursing program that has clinicals in the next valley. It will be a long drive, but I don't have to go as often.

But their prerequisites list an English presentation core, which I would not be surprised if they make me wait on. It could get interesting at that point since I'd have to add that to my schedule as well as probably take pathophysiology which is needed for plan B, nursing at the University of Utah. It doesn't just sound confusing to read about, it really is a confusing and uncomfortably unstable situation I find myself in.

But my eating and fitness have been good. And my two year anniversary of maintaining my goal weight is on Friday.


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Gloria it sounds like your running is going so well -- take care not to overdo it.

Prayers for your sister, Nicky.

I wish you peace, Tricia.

I don't have home internet now, so I'm just checking in quickly before leaving the office. The new provider has scheduled our installation for the middle of next week. That means I'm going to be hurting a bit financially since I won't be able to work overtime from home -- I'm spending more hours in the office to try to make up for the loss. I'll be forced to drop my current class and retake it next month. It's clear that having home internet is a huge convenience and financial benefit to me. I won't be sparking much.

Be well everyone!

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I went to that run last night, and I had a good time. There was a woman who was here on business from Pasadena and she runs my pace so we ran together. If I go again, she won't be there but there is another woman who runs at about my pace so maybe I can run with her. Today it is cold and very windy. I took a long walk at lunch time. I'm trying to be productive at work, I am getting some things done. Sleep, not much but tonight should be better.

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Trying to do this on my phone, which is awkward. Went for a walk at lunch time with two coworkers. They don't go long enough for me...I like to do 45 minutes to an hour and they only did 30 minutes. One of the local shoe stores has a running group on Mondays that just started a month or so ago. Going way way way out of my comfort zone and going to try to run with them tonight. Calories in track, I need to be sure to get some protein in for dinner after my run. Sleep, not enough. Work, a little procrastination but got one major task completed and I am very happy about that.

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Jamie wanted to try a new burger joint that opened. I agreed because I know he would continue to want to go there forever. I ordered a burger wrapped in lettuce. What a disappointment. I couldn't even eat the burger because it looked raw and I am too fearful of being sick with my esophagus the way it is to even attempt it. I guess I should have taken it back and asked for it to be properly cooked but I ended up going elsewhere and getting a salad instead. Low on calories, will probably have a chai or Horlicks soon and a snack to get my calories up. Got plenty of sleep last night. Today did laundry, went to the store, and I am still working on some organizing things around here. Didn't plan well for the store, I will probably need to go back mid-week. Exercise was a walk this afternoon. Last night I finished making the Christmas cards and now I just need to get the envelopes addressed and get them mailed. I also have the Christmas gifts for my family done, need to wrap the stuff and mail it. Now I need to get Jamie to focus on the gifts for his family. It is going to be a crazy busy week and I don't feel like I am well organized.

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Tricia, good job on the exercise. I hope that next week brings you peace.

Nicky, what a wonderful thing to take communion with her sister on your last visit with her. Best wishes to you for a safe and uneventful voyage back to Albania.

Gloria - pretty worn out. I try not to run two days in a row, and I especially try not to do hard runs one right after the other, but that is what I have done today so no wonder. I did the 5K last night which was a race so that was a hard run. Then I did a distance run with two women from my former training group early this morning. We went about 10K. It was cold and windy and damp. I hope to be training with them for a 15K for the next few weeks. Afterwards to a coffee shop with one of the woman where we chatted for a couple of hours. Very enjoyable. Then home and to lunch with my husband, who wanted fast food again. I had a salad with grilled chicken and I took my own salad dressing. Later I went out and did some shopping. Got my two nephews some gloves for Christmas. Went to two craft and hobby stores and ended up forgetting to purchase the thing that I really needed from either one of them. I feel like I haven't been home most of the day and I am too tired to get anything done around the house. I was in bed for about 7.5 hours last night but FitBit says less than seven hours of sleep. I will go to bed earlier tonight. I've got a really busy week ahead and I need to be organized so tomorrow I need to be on top of things.

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Thanks for prayers everyone! I said my final goodbye to Penny today. Her ex husband, Harold, was there at her request and anointed her and gave her communion, and me when I arrived. It was good to share communion at this last visit. In fact her son, Peter, connectd with her on facetime during the family pre Christmas get together, so we all greeted her over the internet, which as good. She is full of morphine, so reasonably,painfree, but very weak, tires easily, and her brain is not working overtime. Hardly surprising.

NICKY.FITNESS. 11k steps, walkd back from town after last minute shopping.
ATTITUDE. Awake till about 4 a.m. Partly pre travel, partly stress re Penny. Stayed a couple of days wuth friends who go back to college days over 50 years ago. Great blessing all round.
NUTRITION. calorific! chicken something latin american for lunch, delicious and very calorific. Then family get together. Ate far too many nibbles and food was loaded with cheese, tho salad was good. Drank water and low cal ginger ale. Did limit myself to tiny portions of all the cakes!

Tomorrow i take train to friends near the airport and spend the evening with them before going on to the airport to flymto Greece Monday and bus to Albania Tuesday night. It will be good to get back.

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Gloria, the new job sounds like an exciting opportunity.
Barb, way to go on fitness.
Nicky, hang in there.
Aurlie, that's interesting about the social phobia. I think I used to be less socially phobic but have become moreso. Maybe it's just this time of year.

I decided it was time to cut my calories back a little in addition to exercising more, but I did my math wrong and cut 400 calories instead of 200. No wonder I was so hungry! But the exercise has been going well. I've been walking on my treadmill a lot, and figuring out my strength training program a bit.

Between the anniversary of my son's death (22 years ago) and finals week, I'm definitely feeling like I'm working hard to keep it together. But so far succeeding, feels like.

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Wow Barb, you are doing a wonderful job on the exercise, I am inspired by you as you have gotten back to it after the tumble you took on the treadmill, and you do different things, which I think is really a great thing.

Barb, I can't imagine you being defiant or rebellious either! When I was very small I was a very easy child. I caused my mom no trouble at all and I was very quiet and docile. I would just sit quietly and play by myself and I was never disobedient at all. When I started school at age five, I started talking too much and became a huge smarty pants. It got worse as I got into high school and then I started doing things that high school girls shouldn't be doing and I am lucky that I didn't get in a lot of trouble or much worse. My parents didn't know (because I was careful to continue to do well in school so as not to raise their suspicions) but my sister did and I was always having to pay her off to keep her mouth shut! By the time I got out of college at about 22 I settled down a lot but I still have a wild streak and I still must pray for God to put the right words into my mouth because it will still get me into trouble!

Tonight for the Rudolph's Red Nose 5K it was raining. So not only did we run in the dark, but we ran in the rain. I don't mind running in the dark, I will run in the rain even though I am not so keen on it (because I am afraid I will slip and fall). But running in the dark and the rain, I am not too excited about it. But it went well. I thought I ran quite fast but in the end my time wasn't so great, which really surprised me. Still okay though. Had lunch with some of the girls from my work team today, lots and lots of food it seems like, though if I tracked it all correctly, I am still low on calories. I felt like I ate a ton. We went to a burrito place and I got a junior size burrito with no tortilla, and with tofu and black beans and it was a ton of food despite being the junior size. I only ate part of it. Had some cottage cheese, tomato soup, oatmeal, popcorn, a protein bar, a piece of dark chocolate, coconut water. Not happy with my protein, I like to get more in after a run but I needed to balance that carefully since I am running again in the morning and I needed to make sure to get some carbs in. Sleep last night - I actually ended up being in bed for 7 hours and 15 minutes but FitBit says I slept only 6 hours and 36 minutes. I had a good day at work. I did get some stuff done, should have gotten more done than I did but overall it was an enjoyable day. Oh, I didn't stay for the Christmas parade after the race because of the rain but I did see the fireworks! Very pretty.

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I'm glad you're doing quite well on your trip, Nicky. Maybe sleep is harder because you've been away from home and focusing on why you're visiting. It's not easy. Praying for you and Penny.

Gloria, glad you applied for the opening at work. I am believing you'll get it if it's in God's plan for you. By the way, I would never have imagined either of you were difficult children. I was reasonably compliant till I was a junior in high school, then started getting defiant when my mom went in the hospital and almost died of peritonitis. This was after a doctor had misdiagnosed her. I was rebellious for about five years then, but began settling down after I received Jesus in 1973 at 22 years old, though I still can be stubborn at times.

This week I've been to the gym three times, doing the treadmill and recumbent bike, and going in the pool twice. I think I 'll wait to do water aerobics till January - I enjoy just getting in and doing my own thing without a lot of people.

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4th business day so at the office late. Did manage to work a long walk in early. It was a bit drizzly but I have a new coat that is water resistant and it seemed to do the trick, although it is not a very warm coat so it probably won't do for very cold days. Food should be on target. Got nearly seven hours of sleep last night, not quite but close, and that is much better than I typically do so I am pleased. I need to keep working on it. I should be on target for food, but I still need to put my dinner in the tracker. Egg white turkey bowl with roasted red peppers and pesto on spinach, grapes, popcorn, dried fruit and nuts, cottage cheese with almonds and cinnamon, baked sweet potato. Chicken, macaroni and cheese and green beans.

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Nicky, I did apply for the position, though that is not a guarantee that I will get the job. However, my current manager thinks it is likely that I will as the other manager did seek me out. My current manager sought me out as well and I have been working for her for about four years now. The great grand boss for the job for which I have applied, she was my previous great grand boss. My previous position involved a great deal of travel and she frequently traveled with me. We also have had some social interactions outside of work, so she and I get along well. Job changes at my company are very stressful because one is learning their new job for a few months and training a new person for the old job for a few months, so basically working two jobs, and the hours are usually very long and it is tiring. When I went to the current job, it was at the beginning of the year and it was time for the annual regulatory filing for our foreign branch. There was no one to train me and it was an arduous task, and I was training the replacement for my old job. When I go to a new job I will be training a person on how to do the annual regulatory filing, which will entail long hours and I will be working long hours training for my new job. The advantage of the new job is that I have already done some of the work in my previous position so not all of it will require a lot of training, probably just some refresher. There will be some new responsibilities that will be a challenge but given time I will figure it all out. The other thing is that I am going to be doing half marathon training from January to April so regardless of what happens, I am going to be very busy. When I was learning the current job, I gained weight because I didn't have time to exercise and I ate fast food nearly every day because I was working so much that I didn't have time to go to the store to buy food. I am already formulating a plan in my mind on how to keep exercising and how to eat better in the likely event that I do get this new job.

NIcky, I am so sorry to hear that Penny isn't doing well, but glad to hear that she is still very positive. And I am happy to hear that your weight is back to where you need it to be.

Didn't exercise Monday, didn't exercise today. Not happy about that. Was going to run with someone tonight but both of us ended up having to stay at work late so no running. Very frustrating. My exercise was down last week and it seems like it will be down again this week. Even though I am getting to bed earlier, it is still not early enough - I have been getting about 6.5 hours of sleep - I need to continue to work on this. Your food sounds delicious today Nicky.

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GLORIA, if the big boss wants you, I hope you will apply. That should help you see yourself more positively! Well done! Was the last job change good stress or bad stress? I don't think a positive change should cause you to gain weight..
I used to be a brat too, and still feel bad about how insensitive I was in My youth.

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ATTITUDE. Slept very badly.
Penny is not too good physically, but is very positive. I think she will be in hospital over the weekend. Shall try to visit tomorrow. And or Saturday. That will be Goodbye.
Spent hours trying to add a bag to my flight booking. Did it in The end.
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Breakfast, yogurt and bread and ham. Biscuits on visits and nibbles from Mim. Lunch, large hunk of banoffee cake! Supper chorizo and chicken stew and baked potato and lots of vegs. Could have been worse..



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Oh my goodness, it is late and I am so tired! I had a headache again today, maybe not as bad as yesterday! I still think it is weather related. I went for a three mile run at lunch time and that didn't cure it but I did feel better after that. Food is on target, I should try to eat one more time but don't really want to this close to bedtime. Not sure how much sleep I got last night, FitBit says almost seven hours but the FitBit fell off in the night and so I don't know if it calculated the restless moments correctly. Work was very busy but not too stressful. Road to work with Jamie today. We got his car back this afternoon but we aren't sure if it is fixed. I think that it is not.

NIcky, you can do it, I know you can, just get some walking in if you are able and be careful on the treats!

The vibes I am putting out, not sure. First off, I am an extreme introvert. EXTREME. Most of my friends are friends from long long ago and the relationships have been cultivated over years and years. Also, I was a rotten child, very self absorbed and arrogant, very demanding and quite proud of myself. I was a brat. Even up to my 20's I think that I had this kind of attitude. I don't when I did the turn around but I do know that during the time I worked for the lawyers they certainly put me in my place and let me know that (at least in their eyes) I was not worth beans. That certainly was very humbling. Also, at an earlier time in my life, I had a strange work related incident and that took me down a notch or two as well. I also think that having the mid-life major career change didn't help me because I struggle with the work so much more than the 20 somethings who are my co-workers. But anyway, as far as the vibes go, I don't know, here is an example. In the Power Sculpt class which I really enjoyed, but have quit going to, I would go in and do the class. But I noticed that whatever side of the room I stood on, the majority of the people in the class would stand on the OPPOSITE side of the room. I am now quite thin and I have a lot of loose skin, so I wonder if they didn't like that, or do I smell, or whatever. This isn't a matter of going in and trying to be friends with these people or chatting with them or whatever. It is a workout class and these people are my co-workers though not necessarily my friends and we were all there to work out, not to visit. I don't know the answers.

Oh, here is one other thing. There is a possibility that I will take on another position at my office. I am undecided as of yet as to whether or not I should apply. The great grand boss asked for me. She was my great grand boss several years ago and we worked together on several things and apparently she likes me work. There is no guarantee that I will get the job if I apply but I think that the chances are fairly good since she specifically asked for me. Transitions at my office are very difficult and there are some other concerns as well but I am strongly considering it. Last time I transitioned I gained about 70 pounds so I have to think about this carefully.

Nicky, I hope that Penny pain has been relieved after the adjustment to the apparatus.

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GLORIA, I wonder whether people dont approach you because you are sending out vibes that say I am not worth getting to know. You seem to feel that sort of way about yourself sometimes, and may be communicating that message to others through unconscious body language. I do it sometimes too.
AURLIE, I hate making appointments over the phone too.
TRICIA, your blog project sounds interesting.

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ATTITUDE. Sister had more pain. Back in hospital overnight for an adjustment to apparatus. Sounds as if she's cheerful.
Mim is babysitting for grandchildren, so we're there. Have basically packed as not going back to Mims before I fly back.
Tired.
NUTRITION. Just over 3% limit on maintainance challenge. Hope I can get it down before the end of the week so as not to lose motivation. It's certainly a wake up call. Normally I record my weight on Tuesday except in exceptional circumstances, but I call the need to hang on to my motivation exceptional circumstances! Read today of a study that said that brief periods of overeating and weight gain can have ill effects for years afterwards. I do notice that it takes much longer to shed the extra weight than it did to put it on! My will power is low, and it's a stressful time. Mim keeps offering me calorific treats and I fail to resist...





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Aurlie, I have been going to most of my doctors for years....some for as many as 25 years; my dentist and ophthalmologist I have been seeing for around 16 years I guess. So I don't feel too bad about going to them...but recently I had to change one as he more or less "retired" and that was kind of stressful. And now I am seeing this guy about my knee and that is causing me terrible anxiety. My worst problem is setting the appointments in the first place. If I could make the appointments via text or E-mail I would be okay but I have a TERRIBLE fear of talking on the telephone so I procrastinate a lot when I need to set appointments.

Tricia, I hope that drinking the water helps. Perhaps the time of the month too?

Gloria - bad headache today, not sure why. Work was extremely busy but not stressful. It was raining hard and I didn't want to run when it was raining that hard because then it would be really difficult to get myself dried and presentable to go back to work. Worked through lunch so that I could leave early. And didn't leave early. So no exercise today and of course that frustrates me. Also, more car troubles for my husband. His was giving him trouble and he should have taken it to be repaired but instead he just started driving my old car around. That was fine except this morning he was on his way to work and the engine light came on. He came home and tried to start his car so that he could take it to be fixed but it wouldn't start. He had to have it towed. When they got it there, it started right up and they can't find anything wrong with it. This has happened at least three times now and no one can figure out what is wrong with it. They still have his car. I had a doctor's appointment for my knee and he had somewhere to be too, and so I was rushing around trying to get home from that so that he could go...it all worked out. Food - very good today as far as macronutrients, saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium. Might eat a small snack later but not too inclined to eat a lot today since I didn't exercise, and I am not too hungry...did have some nuts that aren't on my tracker so maybe calories are in range. Went to the doctor for my knee. I am honestly not sure what to think. The swelling in my knee is better. The pulled muscle is better. The pain in my knees that I have had my whole life is not better. Doctor seems to not want to deal with it. He is sending me to have a scan done on both knees (I think that he said ultrasound, not MRI). It's too complex to get into the whole vibe thing that I am getting from him but I guess I am done seeing him for now, and maybe for good.

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Nicky, your trip sounds fascinating. I'm glad your hostess took care to get you to the train early enough. Around here it's tremendously difficult to get around without a car -- local people are generally uninformed about public transportation options, even where they do exist. Are you having good weather for your travels? I hope you sister is comfortable at home now.

I appreciate hearing about your writing projects, Tricia. I don't know that I'll ever return to writing, but I love hearing that others are actually doing it.

Gloria, I love learning little things about you. It sounds like you and I are more alike than I realized. Your participation in the running group is even more impressive to me, knowing that it's as difficult for you as it would be for me. The only difference is: You're actually doing it! It's exciting and it gives me hope for myself.

Over the years, I've changed my social panic into social discomfort. I'm acutely aware of the boundaries of my comfort zone and it takes me a lot of time to cross them. My current goal is to get to the eye doctor for an exam before the end of the year. There's no logical reason why I'm so afraid to go. It won't be a crisis if I put it off, but it would be so much better for me to just do it.

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Gloria, too bad about the running. I'm not very extroverted, and I go back and forth on being okay with it.

Nicky, I have been back and forth on my freggies.

Aurlie, good luck on your project. I just have a couple finals now.

Barb, thanks for the kind thoughts!

Yesterday I moved all my sparkblogs for the last 2 years into a chronological document for use with my NaNoWrimo. Read most of them. It was an interesting process.
The scale has stayed high since thanksgiving. Messing with my head. My water intake has been marginal, so that's probably not helping. I know I didn't eat 10,000 calories, this isn't true fat gain. I'll try drinking more water today and tomorrow, watch my sodium.

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Oh Nicky, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! That is all I can say because I am so grateful to have you in my life, you are so uplifting, positve and accepting! I know that I am a bit socially inept and I am sure I probably said something bizarre or off-putting to the woman, but you are so very right, it isn't my issue. I don't have to run with her anymore, but if she wants to again, that is fine too! BTW, you probably WOULD keep up with me, I am so very slow! Though my pace is improving.

Nicky, will you be in England for Christmas? I should think that it would be pretty spectacular to be there during the holidays, especially in London.

Aurlie, you don't get much rain there, hope that it is good rain that does not result in mudslides and stuff - because I know that you can use the rain. I also know how that impedes your getting out and walking so I hope that you are able to work it in. I think that I am going to have the same dilemma this week. I am taking running clothes for tomorrow but right now I am not sure how that is going to turn out - 70% chance of rain.

Barb, I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone lately but it is not easy for me! I do well with people who I know very well but am afraid to talk to people who I don't know. It was a huge thing for me to go to the training group for running and now I am so glad that I did, but same thing there, some people are standoffish with me - I encounter that more than I think is normal so I think that I must smell bad or have a dirty neck or something - I know that I am being paranoid or delusional so I just try to see some humor in it and carry on and live my life anyway! But sometimes it stresses me out a lot.

About 30 minutes to bedtime, have one more MAJOR thing that MUST be done tonight but otherwise, I am ready - clothes are out, workout clothes are ready, lunches are ready. House is clean and organized, Christmas decor is mostly up. There is still a ton of stuff to be done around here but nothing that can't wait! Calories, somewhat low I think. Had a nice salad with grilled chicken early in the day, leftover Thanksgiving food for lunch, salsa chicken for dinner. Some kefir, a piece of chocolate. Before bed (which will be soon, I will have one last piece of pumpkin pie. Exercise was a five mile walk in the afternoon. This week coming up is our busy week at work and I have a few things going on in the evenings but I hope that for the most part it is low key and not too stressful.

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GLORIA, sounds as if the sexond woman might have done better correcting her own style, rather than yours! If she didnt want to run with you, that would be her problem. I wouldnt want to run with you, as I would never keep up, but that would be my problem, and nothing personal. In fact, if anyone doesnt enjoy your company, thats their problem. If everyone avoided you, that might be different. But if its just the occasional person, the,problem is probably with them, not you. Be yourself! We think yiu are great.
AURLIE, you are managing briliantly. Look at what you are achieving, not at what youmdomt manage. Mike is lucky to have your love and support.
BARB, thanks for your prayers and encouragement.

NICKY. FITNESS. didn't happen. 4k steps. Tho I did carry bags from trains to underground etc.
ATTITUDE. Slept badly. Tired. Revisited my home church. Very few people left who were there before I went to Albania, 21 years ago. Many people moved to other churches when we had a change of minister and style a few years ago. But they are still in other churches and the new style seems right for the deprived estate where the church is situated. Today they had lunch in 3 homes and I met lots of people, including our hostess who has been corresponding with me by email. She got me to the station, mercifully early, as the train left 5 mins early..... And I had to meet Mim at another station to travel home together.
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Thanks for your kind words and support, Barb!

It's cool and rainy here -- a rare fall day. We're expecting serious rain later in the week. I anticipate a difficult time getting my cardio. It makes sense for me to put extra effort into my strenght training this week.

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Aurlie, that reminds me of the story of the man who filled a jar with rocks and people thought it was full. Then he added pebbles that fell between the rocks and people thought the jar was really full. Lastly he added sand which fit in the tiny spaces that were left. THEN the jar WAS full. The story was about prioritizing; if I do the most important things first, then I can fit in the other things. But if I spend my life on the unimportant things, there's no room left for the most important stuff. You already do the important things; I will pray you can find where to fit in the rest, and the discernment to see what to let go that is not necessary, and the freedom to joyfully do so.

Gloria, I agree with Aurlie - you go outside your comfort zone more than I ever do in some areas. That makes you brave in my book. Sounds like your run with others was interesting. Also, you're getting a good start on next week already. It is a shame when vacation time ends, but you will be able now to work toward your next one.

You got some good exercise in, Nicky. When I either eat right or exercise, I do better than if I don't do well with either one.

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Gloria, good for you! I think your running experience sounds great. I'm so impressed that you do things I can't imagine myself doing. Even if you weren't a good pace match for one woman, she may mention you to someone who would be a better match. Don't be down on yourself just because you haven't run marathons yet -- you're just in a different place. I'm terribly awkward in social situations and I've never been brave enough to do the things you've done.

I've got a lot of classwork still to do. I've submitted all the work due for this course, but I don't know if I got enough points on the final project to actually pass this one. I still have a lot to learn.

I intend to spend the final month of 2014 practicing being organized. I'm going to set up a calendar of all the things that tend to get away from me. I'm experimenting with different reminder techniques and maybe android apps for my phone. I think I would feel better if I could track and recognize all the stuff I manage to do, so I could learn to fit additional things into my current patterns.



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LOL Aurlie, Mike needs to PACE himself so that he can keep going all day instead of exhausting himself too early but it sounds like he is making great improvements! I commend him for getting out there and moving, I am sure it is helping the healing process!

Tricia, I will be thinking of you in the upcoming days, praying for comfort and peace.

Barb, I do the same thing with turkey, slow cooker and then freeze it in two ounce servings! I am starting to to do the same thing with chicken because that goes well with my salads. Right now I've got turkey in the freezer for another meal for the two of us, another portion with turkey bones so that I can make turkey stock so we can have turkey soup and then I have plenty to last me for my breakfasts/lunches for a while.

Nicky, glad to hear from you. Good on getting that walking in! Enjoy your time in London!

The run went okay this morning I guess. There actually ended up being two women - another asked if she could come along and of course I was happy to have someone else join us. But I tend to have a lot of anxiety in social situations and I am just not sure how it went. Both women have run MARATHONS. I've been running only about 15 months and only about 7 or 8 months of that time has been pretty serious. So I am still really a newbie and I am slow and have a lot of work to do on my form and such. The second woman almost immediately corrected my form when we started down a hill at the beginning of our run. I wasn't offended though it did surprise me. I've been running with Jason the running coach since May and he has NEVER mentioned that. Anyway, we got almost halfway and she wanted to stop and go to the ladies room - this is in a park so probably not the greatest rest room. She told us to go on because she didn't want to hold us up, but we waited. Then we went a while and she said she wanted to walk so we should go on ahead without her. We walked with her. Then she later wanted to walk and we ran on ahead without her. I didn't think about it at the time but later I got all freaked out by this and decided that maybe she didn't like running with me and was trying to ditch me. Anyway, the other woman seemed to enjoy the run and she said that my pace really wasn't all that bad. I thought that we ran pretty hard, got in about 4.5 miles - it seemed hard but didn't seem that far so that is good, I must be getting used to the "longer" distances, and she told me to let her know if I want to go again.

Later went to the grocery store, did another load of laundry. Just doing stuff around the house. Got Jamie's clothing out for next week, mine out for Monday, including work out gear. I have had such a great week off and I have gotten stuff done as well as relaxed, so I hate to go back to work - could use another productive week or two or three!

Speaking of work, I got off my sleeping schedule so these past couple of days I have been trying to get back on schedule but last night I tossed and turned all night - probably anxiety about meeting up with these women to run. I was in bed for eight hours and according to FitBit I did manage to eek out seven hours of sleep, though that seems pretty generous to me! Hoping to get to bed early and sleep well tonight! Food wise, on track for the day. Who knows what Jamie will want to do for dinner though. I don't have anything specific to cook but I will if he wants to - that would be better than going out for some calorific meal again!

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Thank you everyone for thoughts and prayers. My sister went home on Thursday. Mim went to London for the weekend, so I am also staying with friends in London. We go back tomorrow and plan to visit Penelope on Monday.

FITNESS. About 90 mins walking round London. It's no longer possible to buy a bus ticket either on the bus or beforehand. I couldn't get a reduced price travelcard for tomorrow from the machine, the station was unmanned. I eventually walked to another station where I actually found a person in the ticket office! Which added to my exercise today! This country is crazy! Once again we have the sort of problems I would expect in Albania.... Which moves on to attitude. Slept well. Rang neighbours and all seems well. Asked Bido to put more money on my phone as it's run out and my spare phone is broken so I don't have an English card. Have Mims grandsons old phone but that only works for texting.....
NUTRITION. Unashamedly over on cals, under on vegs. Shall try to eat better when back with Mim.

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Gloria, how did your run with the new buddy turn out? I also would find that hard.

I'm glad you could take some time off yesterday afternoon, Aurlie. Filling every moment with productivity becomes unproductive after a certain point. I'm still praying for Mike's recovery - that's as hard in its own way as needing surgery is.

Thinking of and still praying for your time with your sister, Nicky.

And I'll be praying for you and your husband over the upcoming anniversaries, Tricia - I still remember my daughter and son who died as babies, but for the most part, the sting of it has been put to rest, thank You, Jesus!

Settling back into routine after being gone. Got some groceries; then made a turkey breast in my slow cooker, then packed it up into 2 oz serving sizes. Freezing it, because I have some left over turkey soup to finish up now. Enjoying the two days of warmer weather...

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Nicky, I hope your sister is able to be relatively comfortable. My thoughts are with you.
Aurlie, I hope Mike is able to gain more energy in time.
Gloria, I hope the running works out. It is important to have someone with a similar pace.
Grace, good to see you. My mom has just had a colon tumor removed, but she's a tad younger.

We should put together a Christmas letter and do some cards. I'm helping someone move today, so that can be a workout.

I got some sewing I've been putting off done yesterday and I'm watching some review on Khan academy for an admission test for nursing school.

So just putting one foot in front of the other, one day at a time through this next week, which is the anniversaries of my first child being born (on the 2nd) and then dying on the 7th. I think one thing I really like about National novel writing month in November is it keeps me engaged in something productive leading up to that. In a lot of ways I think it's harder on my husband than me these last several years.

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O Gloria, I understand your apprehension! I'm very uncomfortable with uncertainty and I know how important it is to have a compatible pace with an exercise partner. I hope all goes well.

Mike is really pushing himself on his walks now. He does very well in the morning and then is completely exhausted the rest of the day. I didn't mind taking it easy with him this afternoon since I haven't been feeling well (our dry weather is rough on my sinuses). For the rest of the weekend, I've got to plan better so I can be more productive.

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Aurlie, that is so interesting about Mike's weight, just goes to show that the scale is not the end all and be all of measurement!

Grace, happy to hear from you, sounds like you had a really nice week at your son's house! Congrats on your maintenance despite everything, that is so awesome!

Gloria - no exercise today. I planned a walk at around 3:00 and then all of the sudden Jamie decided that we needed to go to buy a string of Christmas lights as one of the ones that he was hanging on the house was burned out. By the time we got home it was too dark. I thought about going to a nearby neighborhood (where I have walked before) to walk because they have lights and sidewalks but I decided it was just not going to work out. Haven't done as much as I would have liked today, did clean out the drawer next to the sofa, did a load of laundry. House is neat and clean but I need to get more organizing done and I need to continue to work on the Christmas cards. Food, not happy about that. Had I exercised, I might feel better about it, at least a little. Jamie wanted to eat breakfast out. He just isn't getting it. They had nothing for me to eat there. I ordered oatmeal, plain. They had oatmeal, but not plain. Poached egg? No, only scrambled or fried. I cannot eat eat anything with bread or that is like bread (like pancakes) so that doesn't leave much. How frustrating. I ended up with a fried egg and a sausage patty, which wasn't healthy at all. Overall eating today, I am in the calorie range but fat grams, way too high, not enough carbs at all. Saturated fat, carbs and cholesterol, all HIGH. I am super full right now too.

So tomorrow early in the morning I am going running with someone who I have NEVER even met. I am a little apprehensive. For one thing, I prefer to run with someone I know because I know their pace and how they are - like that woman I met yesterday, I would totally run with her because I know she runs at about my pace and we had a lot in common to talk about. This woman I am running with tomorrow, I know she has run marathons and stuff, and I know that I am going to be WAY too slow for her. Also, since I only know her through the my community's running club, I really don't know her at all - have never met her in person, only through social media via the running club - I don't think she is a mass murderer or anything, from the conversations I have had with her, I know that she is mom to a high school girl, goes on lots of hikes in the state parks around here, is a realtor in our community....but still, how do I know what to say to her or if we will have anything in common? Anyway, my husband kept telling me to reach out to the running group here in the community and find running buddies because it is just too hard to keep going all the way across town to run with my friends, so that is what I did and this is how I managed to arrange this. So I am hoping for the best. The fact is, I am intimidated by these people who run really fast and long and that is why I like my running group - we are all newbies and slow and we encourage each other. But I guess it is time for me to quit being so shy and afraid and get out there. I have a 5K coming up next Friday night, a fun run the following Monday and today I signed up for an Ugly Sweater 5K and the Hot Chocolate 15k. I also signed up for 1/2 marathon training - that will interesting because that will conflict with the Hot Chocolate training but I should be able to make it work. Goodness, this all seems a bit ambitious of me. Not sure what I am thinking doing all of this!

Oh, slept very long and well last night, very well rested and not much sleepus interruptus, LOL!

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Hi, all!

Glad you're getting time with your sister, Nicky! It's hard with family sickness, I know. Mom's still dealing with colon cancer at 88, and some days are better than others.

Aurlie, glad Mike's getting well. Also glad you had a good holiday.

Happy your run turned out well, Gloria, and hope you have a new running buddy.

I was with my son, his wife and my grandkids from Saturday morning till noon on Thanksgiving. We had a good time, and we went out to eat about three times. Then when they brought me back to Indy, I met up with another son, and he and I ate Thanksgiving dinner at Cracker Barrel and went to the first part of the third Hunger Games movie. It was the best one yet to me. I didn't track this week till today, didn't exercise as much as usual, and had several treats. But stayed at goal, 139 lbs when went to weight watchers this morning. Then went to gym.

Have a good long weekend, friends!

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Congratulations on your run, Gloria! You dinner sounded delicious.

I had a pretty active day yesterday and my food was in range, even with pie for dessert. The funny thing yesterday was that Mike weighed himself first thing in the morning and again at bedtime -- experiencing a 7 pound gain! It was my opportunity to teach him that the number on the scale at any given moment is not as important as the trend over time! Today he was back to yesterday morning's weight again.

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Run Happy is from Brooks - they sell a lot of Run Happy stuff. I have a couple of Run Happy shirts, and a bag that I got from them for free when I did a fun run that they sponsored. I am not one to spend a lot on exercise gear but if it says Run Happy, I am all about it. I don't always feels happy when I am running - first I think that I am torturing myself and I wonder why. Then I get pretty happy once I get settled into running. But after a while I get kind of tired and then I am wondering again why I am doing it. At the end I am thrilled and happy. I decided that I need to think happy thoughts when I am running, thus, I adopted this as my mantra and that is why I love clothes and stuff that says it, to help me remember that. I've read a lot about how successful runners think when they are running and based on this, I try to think happy things.

I am pretty exhausted and I wanted to go to bed sooner but then my husband offered to help me with the Christmas cards and I didn't want to discourage him so I just kept on working on them when he joined me. I got up at 5:00 a.m., got the stuffing made and in the turkey, put the turkey in the oven. Then went to the five mile race. I enjoyed it, met a woman who is my age who runs about my pace. We talked a lot and I gave her my phone number. I don't know if she will call but it would be good to find someone to run with around here. It was very cold and windy again for the run, seems to be the story these days. Came home and took a long hot bath to warm up and then finished the Thanksgiving meal - butternut squash, cranberry fruit salad (with apples, pineapple, grapes), mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey. Pumpkin pie and real whipped cream. I ate a little more than I intended but not so much that I felt too full. I think that I am well within the calorie range and I had plenty of leeway in any case as I had eaten pretty low in calories earlier in the week. After that I spent a long time on clean up. Later started working on making our Christmas cards. Hope that I can get those done soon!

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Happy Thanksgiving! There were many reminders to me today that I am very blessed!

It's good to hear your sister is at peace, Nicky. I hope you can visit her at home.

Tricia, good to hear that you're back to working out.

I love your mantra, Gloria -- Run Happy!

My calories are well within range today and I got my steps in easily. I'll resume strength training tomorrow. I definitely don't participate in "Black Friday" shopping. I'm just glad to have another day off work!

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Tricia, we dont celebrate Thanksgiving. We do have Harvest Festival, sometime in September normally, but thats a church celebration. You give thanks for escaping from English oppression! We have parts of our history of which we are not proud.....

Thanks for prayers for my sister. God is blessing her. She is a different person now, at peace with everyone, and ready to die when the day comes. She came home today, and will be very happy about that. I visited her in hospital twice and hope to visit her at home, maybe on Monday. She has a sort of morphine pump that keeps the pain under control.

Fitness varies, yesterday 6 miles or so. Today only 7k steps.
Nutrition, cals in Stratosphere! Have put on a kilo....

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Happy Thanksgiving! I have been able to get back to working out okay.
Aurlie, I'm glad to hear things are quieter at work. I hope your dinner is a nice one!
Gloria, I wondered what kind of shirt it must have been, but that sounds perfect.
Nicky, do you celebrate Thanksgiving? I know it's an American Holiday. Even Canada has their own on a different day.

Me, I took the kids for free zoo day yesterday and the weather was lovely. We wound up going to a buffet last night and I had double my dinner calories, So trying adjusting that off today. With thanksgiving coming tonight. I was a little stressed about that, but I guess I'll focus on the meaning of the holiday instead. Maybe find me a documentary about Lincoln.

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Hope you didn't have to work late Aurlie. Enjoy your day tomorrow. This is the first year in four or five years that we aren't traveling to see my parents for Thanksgiving. I just needed some time at home but I think that next year we must go because my mom has such a hard time with food prep and my sister doesn't help. Jamie and I will be eating at home and I already have quite a bit of the food prepared. Had a crazy day. Was planning to cook and do some organizing around here. However, I compulsively drove to Nashville to the running store to buy a t-shirt that I saw on their Facebook page - and I loved it and wanted it and knew that it would sell out fast so I had to get it RIGHT NOW! Took an hour to get to the store and then found out that it is a MEN's Shirt so I needed an extra small and they were already sold out of that size. Had to drive to their other location. So basically spent three hours to get a shirt....that was pretty silly of me but the shirt says RUN HAPPY and that is my mantra right now. Got home, got a walk in, about four miles. Calories are very high today, and not a good ratio of macro-nutrients. Jamie wanted fast food for dinner and I said NO, we ate chili at home. I had already eaten too fatty and didn't need the extra junk, especially since I am running a five miler in the morning!

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Just passing through quickly to wish everyone well while I have a chance. My home internet is still giving me trouble with an on-and-off connection. Last night I was able to submit this week's Quiz for my class, which took some of the pressure off my mind. It's a quiet period at work right now. I'm waiting for an urgent job but I have no idea when I'll be able to start my part of it.

Early tomorrow will be a time of service for me. I plan to cook a small Thanksgiving dinner for the two of us as well. I'm not sure if Mike will be feeling up to walking with me. Our weather couldn't be nicer right now, but we're actually looking at rain in the forecast this weekend!



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Nicky, hope that your sister's cheerful demeanor also means that she is not in pain. I guess your friend with breast cancer is trying to live her life as normally as possible by not telling friends of her situation! I think I would not want to tell but probably would since I tend to have a big mouth, LOL! A friend of mine didn't tell me for a long time that she had lymphoma because she was afraid I would be very sensitive about it since that is what my sister in law had.

Aurlie, I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned fatigue and dehydration - I've been so sleepy lately after my runs and that is kind of unusual, and when you said that, I realized that it likely could be from not enough fluids. Hope work is going okay.

Gloria - worked on some cleaning and organizing today. Went back to get the milk that I forgot. Also went to the craft store for some elastic ribbon to make headbands with but didn't find anything to my liking. And I went to a women's clothing shop in search of pants - I need some blue and brown pants but cannot find any suitable for work that fit me right. Every time I find a style or brand that works for me, they are discontinued. Unfortunately I don't think that the pants at this store are going to work for me either. I need something that is dressy enough for work but very easy care and I am just not finding that. Anyway, after I got home I went for my three mile run. I checked weather and thought I had dressed appropriately but I about froze! Once I got home it was quite some time before I felt warm again. Calorie wise, I haven't tracked really. I just read a blog by ONEKIDSMOM about tracking....about how even though one isn't tracking, they might be tracking, just in a different way. And I thought that she was so right. She said if you are eating things that you always eat, in your mind you know you are eating in your target range because you have eaten those foods so many times. And so even though I have yet to officially log my calories, I know that I am where I need to be. I had an egg white omelet earlier with chicken and some tomato, with a side of fruit. I had yogurt and granola, I had a nice salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and about four ounces of salmon. Coconut water and a piece of chocolate. I might have a chai latte later. Later I will eat another meal. Oh, less than six hours of sleep last night - I had been doing so well! I will try again tonight!

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Ow, Tricia! Sorry to hear of your fall! I hope you don't find you're very injured -- sometimes it takes a few days to know.

Nicky, I hope your sister continues to be cheerful. You both are in my prayers.

Enjoy your vacation time, Gloria! I'm working to get enough water lately -- I realized yesterday that part of my fatigue was probably dehydration. Our humidity has been very low and we're having high-wind warnings. I guess it's always something....



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Gloria, thanks for prayers.
Well done re race,
Tricia, wifi on train yesterday was NOT free. I abstained.....
Aurlie, well done getting day off

Nicky. Have gained a. Kilo in the last week......
Low on steps, high on Cals
Have slept well.
My sister seems cheerful, maybe high on morphine.
Had a shock today. Visited a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer in breast and spine, and never said a word till i realised from a phone conversation.

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Quick check in, even though I am on vacation this week I need to do a better job of getting to bed in a timely manner, and it is getting late. Last night only seven hours of sleep. But still, seven is better than my normal. I needed my birth certificate for work and it seems to have been misplaced when we moved five years ago so I had to send for one. Had it sent UPS and I had to sign for it. Since I was never home, they won't deliver it anymore and I had to go to Nashville to to the UPS hub to pick it up. Also had an HVAC repair guy here to fix the humidifier on our heat/air unit. We paid a small fortune for that thing back in the spring and it isn't working. Repair guy said it is fixed but I don't think it is. Very infuriating. Went to the store to pick up the rest of the food that I need to cook our Thanksgiving meal and forgot to buy milk. Rats, I guess I will have to go back because we are very low on milk. Exercise was a four mile walk. Trying to get more water in me today, I've not been doing well with that over the past three or four days. Did a little better today, though maybe still not quite enough, and tried to eat more today too, did a little better on that as well but probably still not enough.

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Aurlie, do enjoy your day off! I know things will be crazy hectic at the office on Tuesday and Wednesday but a two day work week still sounds great. Hope you and Mike are able to do something fun and relaxing.

Tricia, wow, glad that you are okay, that tumble you took sounds pretty bad. Good that you took off for few days to heal up.

Gloria - no exercise today, I didn't really need a rest day yet but it was pouring rain and the thought of getting on the treadmill didn't appeal to me. I am really missing the very nice raincoat that I had that is now about 12 sizes too big, LOL! I have wanted to invest in a new one but I am loathe to spend the money. I guess I need to just do it so that when days like this happen I will be prepared. I might do some light weight training in a while. Calories are low and pretty much in sync with the lack of exercise, though when I just checked my tracker I see that I am probably TOO low. I will be eating at least one more time and I need to think of something that is high in protein and carbs and low in fat. Lately I have been snacking on a lot of trail mix and coconut chips that I don't track so I know I am eating more than I think I am. It doesn't seem to be affecting my weight adversely, and in fact, lately my weight is down, but I need to keep a close eye on that because I don't want a surprise jump in weight like happened a few months ago. I've been kind of lazy today, I've gotten some things done, like some laundry and a little bit of picking up around the house but I should try to be more focused on what I MUST do so that I have time this week to do some of the fun things that I enjoy.

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Way to keep on racing, Gloria. You really inspire me!
Nicky, wifi on the train! What a world we live in.

I took a break this week because the other night I was going down the basement stairs and slipped, and it initally felt like I struck several stairs at once. Though as time wore on, I think I must have landed on my seat first. But I decided it would be best to wait out the swelling and endorphins (which could mask pain). I'm kind of excited to get back at it tomorrow.

Keeping an eye on calories. Maybe I should have cut back while I wasn't able to be active, but I guess it was five days. I have been eating more salad, with just dressing.

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Tricia, I haven't taken an abnormal psychology class, but I do know that commitment laws are different in each state. In my own experience in California many years ago, I faced a manditory 3-day commitment. The administrator gave me the option of signing myself in voluntarily. I did so, and was able to sign myself out about 12-hours later, without ever seeing a doctor.

It is interesting how legal and medical practices differ regionally. Even when Federal rules come into play -- they're administered differently in each State.

I'm taking the day off tomorrow since it's Mike's birthday and since I've got to use some vacation days before I lose them. My boss and I cannot take off at the same time (except for the holidays on Thursday and Friday). She's taking Tuesday and Wednesday off, so I'll need to get all the rest I can on Monday.

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