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AURLIE, keep in touch re Mike's upcoming surgery. It is scary, but it may be the lesser evil. Good that he has you to support him.
GLORIA, Raxhi found his own lavatories. I was impressed that he immediately found the cat litter boxes, but he may think tiles etc are outdoors. He lived outdoors before. He also uses his litter boxes, frequently. And I clean them. I've just started introducing him to the garden and hope he will get the idea of going outside, but this is not yet happening. Of course, once he has found a place, he returns to it, and has got into the habit as I have only just found the messy truth!
The vet in England made me give my dog the full first vaccination course when I left his revaccination for over the stipulated year. Dogs here are not vaccinated, and many die, so I want to make sure mine are protected. There's a big rabies vaccination for foxes campaign with publicity at the moment. I see that the area where they have recorded rabies is the other end of the country, and I would not be keen to vaccinate the dogs for rabies while Savi is alive with his presumably lowered immunity. If you want to vaccinate for rabies here, you need to do it separately from the regular vaccine, and I have never been offered it. Rabies seems to be carried by foxes, and the boys don't have contact with foxes. I may ask the pharmacist what the latest reports are.
Sounds to me as if it is the drivers, not the area where you live that needs to be more walker and biker friendly...
I hope today has been your LAST work before getting a proper break.
TRICIA, I make my microwave cake mix in bulk and just spoon it out and add yogurt. It has a little bicarb in it to help it rise. Tho now I should be able to bake and freeze most of it.
Great that your husband wants to help with the decluttering!

NICKY. FITNESS. Walking round town as usual. Hope to reach 10k steps before I go to bed.
ATTITUDE. Cholesterol test. Good news is that total is down from 268 to 221, lowest it's ever been since I started testing it. Bad news is HDL is down a lot and LDL down less, so proportion is just 1 point below the danger level of 3:1, worst it's ever been. But I think lack of exercise when I thought the problem was in my leg may be what let the HDL level fall, and I'm now being more active, so hope to get it back up.
I'm feeling my back and some pain in sciatic nerve, which did not improve after physio today. Not sure what's causing it, which is a bit worrying.
2 visits from kids today, one kid coming twice. The first lot were 7 small kids. Then one of them came back with one of the older boys. They chatted for a long time, and told me God put 2 angels to guard the entrance to the garden of Eden after the fall. I thought it was one, so we checked it out. They were right, it was angels in the plural, so teacher learned something from little kids! We then checked out other things in the Bible, which gave them practice at looking up references.
NUTRITION. Within guidelines again, and the scales approve! Breakfast on the hoof, a banana, then capuccino and a slice of cake a visitor brought when I got back. Lunch, salsa chicken and quinoa. Grabbed some pea pods out of the garden and chewed them o the hoof as I went back into town to get my results. Supper, moussaka with a mixture of different coloured rices and carrots, cauliflower and spinach stalks (red).

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Gloria-- another thing I have sometimes done is make a single serving cake in the microwave. I measure 43 g (1/3 C) of mix with 1 egg, some unsweetened applesauce and probably some water... I can't quite remember. It's been a while since I did it. I used to do it a lot but it's kind of a lot of work. There are recipes online for cake in a mug, but usually with a tablespoon of oil instead of applesauce. I'm thinking I do 1/4 cup applesauce and no water? My microwave takes 1:40 but those vary a lot.

Aurlie- good luck on your homework and on the pre op tomorrow! This has been a long haul.

Nicky-- talking/texting while driving has gradually become illegal state by state. Washington D.C. was the first place I knew it to be illegal, and that just barely passed here in Utah. Texting was illegal for teen drivers for several years already. Hands-free phones are still allowed. Some people have talk to text... which I would probably use if I had the ability but I have a really old phone.

Had a fairly nice lazy sunday. My middle schooler spoke in the congregational meeting today, so we were all there at the beginning even though my toddler has a cold. My husband took him home after the talk. I needed to stay for women's auxiliary.

We talked about some rearrangements of our living space and my husband said he'd help me with the clutter, so we'll see how that goes. Tomorrow my goal is to get the toddler's room suitable for him to spend more of his time in. He pulls the books out and sometimes even DVDs in the living room. Part of it is setting up an area where I can study in his room and keep half an eye on him.

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Aurlie, best wishes to you on your assignment! And I will be thinking of you and Mike tomorrow. Hope that all goes well with the pre-op.

Nicky, I wonder what is causing Raxhi to mess in the corners. My cats are naughty at times but I believe it can be attributed to one of two things....a). we are negligent parents and have not adequately cleaned their lavatory (I know your cats go outside, mine are strictly in the house). b). they are elderly and apparently that is something that elderly cats tend to do at times. It frustrates me to no end. Although it is required by law to vaccinate our cats each year, we do not do that as they do not go outside and I am not of the opinion that it is healthy for them to be vaccinated that frequently. They go to the vet once every two or three years for a check up and the vet always vaccinates them at that time.

It is definitely illegal to text and drive in most locales around here, but that does not seem to stop most people. I see so many distracted drivers on my way to work in the mornings...putting on mascara even! It is a wonder that there aren't more accidents! In most neighborhoods around here there are no sidewalks, however, where I was the other day had both sidewalks and designated places for pedestrians to cross - and I was in the crosswalk with the right of way. I really wish that we lived in a place that was more walking/biking friendly.

Again, not much accomplished today. We tried out a local restaurant this evening, very good, though a bit pricey. I had salmon and broccoli and whatever they used to season the broccoli was wonderful. I think it was lemon pepper. I believe that I am well within my calorie range - calories are showing low but I did munch on some trail mix and caramel corn that I didn't track so I am probably not too far off from the low end of my range. However, my food quality today wasn't spectacular. Part of that was from the very high fat breakfast that I cooked with sausage, eggs, potatoes and cheese. Very delicious but not overly healthy - so it appears that I ate too much fat today and maybe not enough carbs and protein. I am thinking it would be good to make my own sausage - then I could control the fat content by using ground turkey breast - but I just don't have time to deal with that right now. I did cook turkey breast today to freeze for my turkey/egg white/spinach breakfast.

Exercise was a three mile run, then a mile walk - not a fast run but much better than yesterday's longer run. I felt that I could have gone another mile but until I resolve my knee issues I am sticking with the training program and not trying to do extra. Knee has been better today.

Got ALMOST eight hours of sleep last night, not quite but still good for me. I've been doing this and that around here today but haven't gotten much done - including my work. I found out that I am going to need to go into the office anyway, at least for a short time, so I am planning to work from home for a couple of hours in the morning and then I will go in and do what I need to - hope not to stay longer than a couple of hours and then come home. I hate to drive all the way to Nashville for that but I've got to pick something up a document and make some changes to it. We've planned a couple of activities to do together later in the week such as bike riding and a hike in a state park. I am hoping that maybe we can get some chores done around the house as well.

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O Gloria! That's scary about being hit by car. I hope you don't have any after-effects. I think conditionare are generally safe for pedestrians, but it only takes one distracted driver to make a tragedy. Mike is always after me to be careful. When I run or walk Lola, I generally go out without wearing my glasses, and often without my wallet or phone. I don't think any of those things would help me if a car happened to take a shortcut across the sidewalk. I just stay as alert as possible.

I'm just taking a moment to Spark and then back to my classwork. I've got my assignment mostly done. I'm just having trouble with the final time-series plot of my data. This project is worth 25% of the course and I need to get as many points as possible.

Tomorrow I'm taking the day off work so I can accompanying Mike to his pre-op doctor's appointments. I not sure what this will entail -- at least blood tests and more xrays. I know Mike is nervous about this whole thing and I think we'll both feel better if we're together.

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TRICIA, I just eat the grapes. Lovely to be able to pick them as and when I want them! I got rid of most of the grapes in the garden. If they didn't go mouldy, they got eaten by wasps before I could get to them. But we have one strain, Italian, we call it here, that needs no attention, doesn't go mouldy, and doesn't even seem to attract the wasps
GLORIA, is speaking on cell phone while driving legal? It's illegal in England. I'm not sure if there is a law against it here, but if there is, that law is disregarded, like the law against smoking in bars and restaurants. Even the visiting policemen smoke...

NICKY. FITNESS. 11k steps, mostly in town. Am feeling my back and foot today. Maybe because I didn't walk yesterday.
ATTITUDE. Slept 6 hours, and I'm sure I was asleep much of the time FB said I was restless. 3 lots of kids came to visit me. I turned the 3rd lot away as I was on my way out to go to church.
Kitten has been messing in corners in the guest room, fortunately on tiles. So I had fun cleaning it up. Shall put some cat repellent on tomorrow. For the moment the door is firmly shut....
I vaccinated their Lordships today. Petri didn't bat an eyelid. Andi had hysterics before I even got started. Had to stick the needle in 3 times before he would keep still enough for me to get the job done. He's never been so stupid before. next time I shall do him first. He's becoming more and more neurotic. I don't want to get anyone to hold him, as that would just add to the tension. Cats don't get vaccinated.. If Savi has AIDS, his immunity will be down, so I don't want even the kitten exuding even weakened germs nearby. I suspect our vaccines are weakened live vaccines. Cat vaccine was not available until recently. Savi has put on weight, just under 4 kilos, despite being a toothless wonder. He's actually quite enjoying playing with Raxhi some of the time.
NUTRITION. Just within guidelines, as far as I can estimate. Breakfast, SP Macmuffin on spinach. Lunch, black rice and zucchini moussaka. Supper, more black rice and a small helping of salsa chicken. A doughnut and capuccino with old friends from years ago meant my cals were borderline and I had to plan supper to keep the cals under control!

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Tricia, good idea about freezing cake, that is something I hadn't thought about doing. I never bake because I know that we can't eat enough of it before it goes bad but freezing it would solve that problem. I've never picked grapes, there must be a lot of grape vines to pick for 2.5 hours, or even longer! That sounds like some good physical activity for sure. We do have a grape vine along the fence between our yard and our neighbor's yard but we have never picked any grapes from it because we don't know what kind of grapes they are. We should find out because I love grapes and eat a lot of them...would be nice to eat our own! The little cut looked like a tiny little scrape, very small and just very surface but I do seem to be a bleeder - when I donate blood it comes out VERY fast! And one time a few years ago at a paper crafting get together in a church, I cut my finger with some scissors and couldn't get it to stop bleeding...blood all over the white bathroom in that church! Mercy.

Nicky, even though I think it is mostly safe here for pedestrians, I think that there are crazy drivers everywhere! And in the past couple of years I have noticed that a lot of people are extremely distracted by cell phones while driving. I used to not worry too much when crossing but these days I need to be more alert because people just aren't paying attention. You have been having quite a crowd of children lately Nicky! Very good, they will learn and it will stay with them. Glad that you are able to sleep better, I hope that you are able to increase your hours too!

Gloria - not a productive day but I am okay with it. I went with the running group this morning, we ran part of the route for the 10K that we are doing next month. We went five miles this morning. It is a slightly hilly route and I am having some trouble with hills right now so I was very slow. In addition to the knee issues I am having pain in my upper thigh and I am wondering if it is sprained. It is worse when I run up hill. Anyway, five miles sure did seem like a lot to me but if I can do five I should be able to do 10K in a month. After that went back to Trader Joe's because when I was there last week I had purchased some pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds and they are just so delicious and wonderful that I wanted more. Well, they are sold out for the season so I will be looking on-line for a recipe. Problem is that pumpkin seeds are hard to come by and I won't be buying a bunch of pumpkins just for the seeds! After that went by my office to get my old running shoes to take to the doctor on Wednesday. Came home and got lunch, was going to try to work this afternoon but frankly I was so exhausted that I took a long nap. By the time I got up it was dinner time! This week my exercise minutes have been way down but my calories have been down too. In the past when I've been stressed I have noticed one or two reactions - either I don't eat at all or if I do eat it is very unhealthy eating, such as McDonald's. I am trying to be sure that I eat more healthy things but still probably not getting enough calories - eating on the go lot makes things difficult too. Two meals on the go today, and had protein bars for both - I do not to like to eat those as a matter of habit, not good nutrition. Also had a salad with grilled chicken, barbecue chicken with green beans and macaroni and cheese. Not enough fruit or veggies today. Had a chai latte. Will eat something more later, maybe some fruit would be a good idea! Just realized we are out of milk, I think that we might go to the store. Will get some eggs too so that we can have breakfast at home tomorrow.

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Gloria! What a crazy day, so glad you weren't hurt worse, but my goodness! And that's so strange your cut wouldn't stop. I wonder if it was due to the stress... pain and clotting interact with prostaglandin molecules. Or maybe it was just deeper than it seemed like it should be.

Nicky, that will be great to freeze more stuff. I got a cake last week that I cut into portions and froze much of.

Aurlie, I bet the upcoming operation has your stress baseline pretty full. I hope taking little breaks is helpful.

This morning we helped my in-laws pick grapes for 2 1/2 hours. I was actually going to be longer than that, so I think we kind of lucked out, but they had a job (they are couriers) so we just did one yard. Didn't get a lot of steps, but it was a lot of upper body work. I got my other cardio and strength in this week, so that's good. I've been doing pretty well with having some fruit or vegetables with each meal, and watching my calorie range.

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GLORIA, thank God you weren't hurt worse! My nephew got hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing in America once. Sort of thing you expect here, but not in a more developed country. You have had a rough day. Hope you at least get the work finished before Monday so have some work free days.

NICKY. FITNESS. Didn't happen and now it's too late. 6k steps and 10 flights of stairs, so could be worse.
ATTITUDE. Slept well tho briefly. 17 kids today, all 15 on the register plus 2 new kids. They were all very excited, but just about under control. The kid I kicked out last week was back, reformed! I told the older boys I shall split them up if they play up. They're a lovely bunch of kids. One is a saint in the making, going through a gangster stage at the moment, but he brings ore other kids along than anyone else!
NUTRITION. Within cal range by cutting out nightcap glass of wine! Breakfast, spinach, beans, egg and sprinkling of cheese. Lunch, salsa chicken with black rice and salad. Supper will be Hawai toast and I need some sort of veg, at least 1/2 portion, to get up to 5.

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Hope that today was better Aurlie. You definitely work way more than I do! And I know that you work at home a lot! I guess I will be joining you in that this weekend - I didn't get everything done that needed to be done and so I will have to work until I get it done and if I don't, I won't be able to take next week off. I am pretty upset by this because if we had been planning a vacation away from home it would have been impossible for me to do that - and I feel like my vacation starts on Friday at the end of the work day, not on Saturday or Sunday.

Nicky, sounds like that doctor is really good and I am so happy to hear that you are finally getting some relief. Great to have a freezer! I enjoy having one - so easy and convenient to fix up batches of food and then you can just take it easy sometimes and not have to worry about cooking - and you are right, if you freeze the leftovers, they won't go bad!

Had a VERY INTERESTING day. Wow, crazy. First, had a two hour meeting. I ended up dialing into it instead of going because I needed to be working. Then had to go to the doctor for an annual exam - had two related appointments for that actual, one with a new doctor as the one I had seen since 1989 - yes, that is correct, 1989, had quit to do a different kind of practice. So I went to this new doctor who was kind and did nothing wrong but I just wasn't too keen on him because he wasn't MY doctor. I want my doctor back! Anyway, on the way over there I kind of got hit by a car! I was at a cross walk and had the right of way but a car turning left was going too fast and took the turn too sharp. He about barreled into me and a car coming from the opposite direction. Had he not stopped when he did I would have been crushed between his car and the car from the other direction. Anyway, he was within about six inches of my legs and my arm did get hit (it made a loud noise when it happened) but I do not seem to have any damage from it - no bruising or anything. However, I WAS very shaken up and I was very wobbly walking the rest of the way to the doctor. I am not a woman who cries much but I did cry a bit as I walked the rest of the way. Later back at the office, got my flu shot. Then work didn't go well - someone enlisted my help for something that I had no knowledge of and didn't know how to help. They acted like I should know it but it was not anything that I was involved in and I had no idea how to help. I wasted over and hour on that. I had to leave to go to the doc for my knee and I didn't get my work done so I will be doing that tomorrow. Went to see the doc for my knee and actually ended up seeing him and the other doc in the practice who wanted to watch me run on their treadmill. Appointment went in a completely different direction than expected. He said my running form isn't too terribly bad but my stride on one foot is much longer than the other so he thought I might have one leg that is longer than the other. They want to see my other running shoes, which are at my office, so I guess I need to go there and get them. I was hoping to do my work from home and not go there. Next week I have another appointment with both of them and they will watch me run again and they are going to put (another) insert into my shoe to see if that helps with the stride. Anyway, while at their office I scraped my knee on something and it started to bleed and wouldn't quit. They gave me a band-aid, which got too bloody and fell off. Goodness, what a strange day this has been!

No exercise other than the short walk to the doctor's office in the morning and then the ten minutes on the treadmill at the other doctor's office. I had meant to exercise but this day just didn't turn out as expected! Food wise, good on calories, no worries. Sleep, terrible. I am sleeping well but not going to bed early enough - too busy this week.

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GLORIA, thanks for your prayers. She's going up to Tirana to visit her niece tomorrow. Her comment was that everyone they know who had breast cancer died of it. Probably a combination of late diagnosis, inadequate treatment and incompetent, uncaring medical staff. They are inhuman in the cancer hospital. Exploit the family's pain to fill their pockets.
I do hope to hear you got the work done today and have been able to take the time off.
AURLIE, I hope your early night helped get things in a happier perspective.
The doctor I avoided for my appendectomy was later imprisoned for corruption. Naturally he was back at work not much later.

NICKY. FITNESS. 22 mins walking and a 10 min JS abs video. 9k steps. I set out with the dogs, but the neighbour's 2 large and ferocious sheepdogs got out and came fast in our direction. My boys were on the lead, but started fighting each other as they couldn't get at their enemies. I let go before they bit me. In fact Petri chased the other dogs off and then made friends with them, while Andi condescended to come with me in the direction of home. Petri later joined up. Somewhat abortive attempt at a walk.... Thank God neither the boys nor I got bitten!
My back was noticeably better after only 2 physio sessions. Sidesteps used to hurt my feet, and grapevine, crossing over behind the front foot, noticeably more so. Yesterday I did both, painlessly, and was relieved to have no pain this morning either. I'm wondering if the time may come when I shall be able to jog and go up the mountain again.... But I'll take the physio's advice. He obviously knows his stuff.
ATTITUDE. Short night, because I was reading till late, but FB records very little wakefulness or restlessness during that period, which is progress.
Very happy about the fast improvement in my back.
I was praying for the older boys, particularly for the one I chucked out last week, who had told Rovena he wasn't coming back. 2 of the boys turned up while I was praying, and told me their friend had said he wasn't coming back because he thought I wouldn't have him back. Then he arrived. Amongst other things we talked about why I had kicked him out. I also pointed out to another boy that he had been the first to play up. I appreciated that I only needed to speak to him once, but if he had not started playing up, his mate might not have continued. I started teaching the boys to find places in the Bible.
Had a visit at lunch time from 5 or 6 little kids, mostly girls.
NUTRITION. I treated myself to a small chest freezer, which we got home lashed to the boot of the car. I can now keep my spare portions of meals I cook in the freezer, and always make spare portions, and keep much of the dog food in the freezer and have more room in the fridge, like enough to find stuff, and just keep what I need often in the freezer compartment. For the moment I've got 3 double portions of moussaka and loads of Greek style beans in the freezer. Can start baking cakes again now that they can be frozen instead of going mouldy in the fridge! And can make double quantities of soup, so should really be able to ring the changes!
Breakfast, on the hoof, capuccino and a banana. Lunch, moussaka with black rice. Supper, salsa chicken with black rice and carrots out of Rovena's garden, and lots of runner beans which are running riot in my garden. Not hungry between or after meals today, for a pleasant change, so am actually just below lower cal guideline. It'll average itself out. Scale was up this morning. Plan to make another creamy spinach zucchini soup. It's very good and I have more spinach and zucchini than I know what to do with.


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Hang in there, Tricia. I'm sure things will keep getting better. I'm impressed by how you persevere through it all.

Nicky, you appendectomy story is frightening. The idea of shopping around for doctors seems overwhelming to me. I have faith in the doctor who will be performing Mike's surgery, but we didn't shop around since Worker's Compensation rules prohibit that.

I can sympathize with your workday, Gloria. Mine aren't usually so long in the office, but I tend to work on either my job or classwork from the time I finish cleaning up after dinner until bedtime.

Right now I'm stuck on both my work and my classwork. I'm frustrated and feeling too stressed to continue with either one. I'm going to make this an early night and see if things look better in the morning.

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Nicky, will pray for your friend and her niece. Sad that breast cancer is fatal over there, so many advances have been made, and it is quite treatable. Is it because of lack of adequate treatment or late diagnosis do you think?

I have my paper-crafting group tonight, looking forward to it, though it has been a difficult week, way too busy. I need to slow down. I have been thinking about that and I have always been this way, just trying to do way too much - I remember it even in high school. Anyway, got a run in today at lunch time, three miles, pretty good run, not my fastest but lots of hills so I am pleased. Food is tracked, I am low on calories but it is likely that we will share some sweet treats tonight with the group so I expect I will come out okay on that. Attitude is good, just so crazy busy at work trying to get all of this done by tomorrow (I still don't see how that is going to happen)!

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TRICIA, Albania is an adventurous place! The sports doctor I was going to gave me a false diagnosis, then wanted to inject me, first in my knee, then in my hip, but from the back xray I then had, even I could see the problem was in my back!!
Congratulations on your rearranging,mine has fallen by the wayside at the moment..
GLORIA, your work day sounds horrifically long!

NICKY. FITNESS. I wasn't going to do any today, till I saw I was 100 cals over, so would have lost a point in the 100 points challenge. My midnight feast of horlicks when I couldn't sleep was more cals than I could afford. So I did a JS walking workout. Found I can now do movements that hurt my foot before, which is great. Though I now have some throbbing/pulsing in the foot, so shall see tomorrow if I overdid it.
ATTITUDE. Another poor night, 5 hours in the end, but slept till nearly 9, which I don't like doing.
5 little kids came for a visit. They had learned last week's story better than the older kids, which says a lot for Rovena's teaching. They walked out this month's memory verse, along a row of footprints. They enjoy it, so the repetition is painless! Had another go at the new song.
Women's group went well. The youngest member of the group told the story, tho she didn't do the questions etc afterwards. One member of the group had told me she would not be there. There has been a death on the extended family, so she needed to be home to receive condolence visits. Also she is very upset as her niece has just had a breast removed, and breast cancer is usually fatal in Albania.
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Tricia, that IS important that your weight is down because it makes you comfortable and happy! Congrats, you work hard and this is a great success. LOL about the runners in the rain. Most runners I know love running in the rain and I am okay with it for the most part - especially if I have a baseball cap to keep the water out of my eyes, but now that it is getting chilly out I am not so sure! And I am also a little nervous about potentially slipping and falling when it is wet - hear it happens a lot! Glad things are looking up.

Nicky, I am all about cooking things that take minimal or no prep work! We are just too busy to spend our time making elaborate meals! Lately I have been so busy that I have been living on cottage cheese and yogurt - not ideal but when in a hurry we do what we need to! Fruit and popcorn (already popped) often rounds out my food because those things are also grab and go.

Gloria - at work three hours late - this equates to getting up for work at 4:15 a.m. and getting home from work at 7:30 p.m. - bedtime is supposed to be at 8:30 but that never happens. Had put a roast and veggies in the crock pot at 5:15 a.m. but it was not done yet at 7:30 p.m. - OH NO! We ended up going to a fast food place where I was able to grab a salad with grilled chicken. Lunch entailed a bit of heated discussion as Jamie wanted to go to the SAME place as we always go and I wanted something a bit more healthy this time. He is usually not too demanding about stuff when I directly request but he insisted we didn't have time for the other place and we had to go to the usual one. Instead of salad I got some soup this time, hopefully not too calorific but I have no way of knowing. Work is very stressful and other than that short lunch break I was pretty much chained to my chair and I got no exercise at all today - I didn't need any really, today is my rest day but I just HATE being so sedentary! I like to at least get up and walk around a bit - not sure if I will get my work done by Friday or not. Meeting tomorrow is canceled but there is a two hour one on Friday that will not help. Food, yogurt, cottage cheese, tortilla soup, grilled chicken salad, pineapple, grapes, popcorn and a small bit of chocolate. Oh, and my egg white turkey bowl in a bed of spinach.


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Nicky, what an adventure with your appendix! Gloria, the other day it was raining and I started telling my daughter how runners run in the rain because they're crazy, but realized the lady with me ran a marathon once, so I said "they consider it a privilege to run in the rain." And really, one reason I work out is because I am grateful that my body is in good working order. Aurlie, my husband had a hernia repair a while back and I was pretty nervous about that. I guess it was 14 years ago! Barb, hang in there. Itching is a special kind of suffering.

Thanks for all the well wishes, Monday was a lot better. My husband was home (but the kids still had school) and then I had a midterm that I feel I did well on. The wheel just keeps turning, though. My older son was sick during the night. But I've gotten my workouts in so far this week. I've been working toward rearranging the kid's rooms and then I can work on the boxes in the solarium.

And most importantly, my weight is back down where it was most of the summer ;) Not really most important, but still helpful.

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GLORIA, I don't call myself lazy for using the slow cooker, but for only making food that requires minimal preparation!
Glad your doc sounds happy. Hope you are too.
BARB.Depends on the medical care you need! Both foreigners and Albanians were amazed that I had my appendix out in the local hospital! I was advised to try to wait overnight as the 2 surgeons on call the day it blew up were not to be recommended. When I got in next day it was about to burst and the doc who did the echo told me I had no time to go elsewhere, not even to Tirana. Only in intensive care did I find a nurse who knew how to insert a needle for a drip that stayed in place longer than 24 hours. I was terrified they'd let me die after they took me out of intensive care, though a friend who was a student nurse stayed with me day and night and made sure I got the right medicines, as I was too dopey to know and the nurses were not exactly organised... You need to find good doctors etc. They exist if you know where to look... The previous doctor I went to about my foot misdiagnosed it and wanted to give me totally unnecessary injections, first in my knee and then in my hip. He did give me some helpful exercises, but wasn't interested in answering questions or giving advice, except to come to his place every day, which I didn't. In the clinic I went to on Sunday, the macedonian orthopaedic specialists only come about once a month. My friend and doctor is good, a GP, but he knows more than many specialists, and is not afraid to say when he doesn't know. Usually a consultation over the phone is all I need. The only problems he's failed to diagnose are things like bursitis. Only twice have I had a problem he couldn't diagnose. And he got me through the hospital system and onto the operating table at record speed when my appendix blew up. And he and sometimes his family members came and visited me afterwards. I also consult him about my dogs on occasion as the vets are hopeless for cats and dogs. Though it's good to be able to buy vaccine and administer it yourself. I got it today, and the dogs will have the happy experience tomorrow. They don't know it's happening till the muzzle goes on, and it's done in about 3 minutes, and costs $4 each! I don't know how good the vaccine is, but that's what we have. We now have a vet who castrates and spays cats and dogs under a general anaesthetic. I used to have to hold them when he did it under tranquilliser, and admonish him to sew the cats up securely so they didn't bleed to death. Now I shan't have to see it at all. I hope the vet is competent. He tried to persuade me to let him operate on a dog's infected bite and was not pleased when I said I'd try antibiotics instead. And when I asked for penicillin powder he gave me something with prednisole, that hindered healing. He should have known that. But I hope he will be competent to castrate the kitten when he's a bit older.
AURLIE, I can understand the stress before Mike's surgery.

NICKY. FITNESS. 30 mins round town. 10k steps. Physio was ultrasound, heat, infrared and massage, an hour's session. I arrived late. First I overslept and left late. Then I landed up behind a large flock of sheep. Having laboriously made my way past them, on the wrong side of the road, the way was blocked by a car who was NOT going to give way, so I had to let all the sheep pass me so I had space to go round him, and then laboriously pass them again!Did some back exercises once. He told me to try to do them 3 times a day. But that was optional. I asked if those exercises were OK, and he said yes, try to do them 3 times a day.
ATTITUDE. Slept 8 hours! Great blessing. 8 small children came for a visit, so I taught them the new song we had not managed to sing on Saturday. Sang lots of other songs, and most of them prayed out loud. A loose donkey came down the road and they decided to chase it. I called them back and asked them if they thought God wanted them to chase the donkey. They decided he didn't, but our great initiator/problem child had forgotten that within 2 minutes! I have great hopes that God will use him even more in the future than he is at the moment. He's the one who brought the others! But his behaviour is challenging, to say the least. So I challenge it!
NUTRITION. Thought I was within cal guidelines till I remembered I had forgotten the potato I used to make crisps! Scales down anyway. Breakfast on the hoof, a banana, then the pharmacist gave me a glass of freshly made apple juice and I suggested she might like SP, for the recipes and nutritional info. She's not into exercise, tho she has back problems. Lunch, salsa chicken with quinoa, mushroom and lots of other veg. Followed by the capuccino I usually drink at breakfast, and a choco banana frappe as I was still hungry. Supper, Greek style beans, crisps, home made, and bread with PB and nutella. Could have skipped the nutella had a I realised I'd forgotten the potato! This was all pretty instant, except the crisps.

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Quick check in while I take a short break - lots of meetings today and not much accomplished so far.

Barb, I know you are probably doing this already - are you icing the swollen parts? I am sorry about the itchiness - that is enough to drive anyone crazy! Keep resting so that you can continue to heal. It sounds like it was a very nasty spill that you took.

Gloria - we had pretty much no rain last month and now we are making up for it - already have received twice as much this month as we normally get in October. Went out for a 3.5 mile walk at lunch time, and it was raining. It is very cool weather, so wore a fleece jacket that kept me dry, a Caterpillar (my employer) baseball cap and pulled the hood up on the jacket so that my hair didn't get wet. Group run is tonight but if for some reason I am unable to do it, I have my fitness in. Calories are tracked and so if I stay the course, I will be fine in that regard.



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Just passing through quickly today. We're very busy at work and my boss is obligated to take some time off because of some changes in her daughter's school schedule. I'll be off next Monday to take Mike to his pre-op doctor's appointments. I don't know which of us seems more nervous about the upcoming surgery.

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Hi, all! Tricia, I'm sorry too about the PA masters thing. Also about the 2008 tax penalty bill. Why is it that when it rains it seems to pour? I'm praying you get some encouragement soon.

I like your comment, Aurlie, that though we have setbacks, they needn't become a trend. I too hear you on the decluttering. Since my fall, I've not been working on my place...ten minutes a day sounds like a good idea.

Nicky, Albania sounds like a good place for a person from Britain to live for medical care, and I'm so glad your back isn't any worse. Sounds like you're getting back on track step wise too. So glad for you!

Gloria, my last few days have been very sedentary as well, since I'm still trying to get the rest of the swelling to leave. It itches a lot now and there is this combination of soreness and itching that's driving me nuts. Had to cut my fingernails down so I don't scratch. I'm looking forward to normal functioning again, or at least what's normal these days. I didn't know what I'd miss till things changed after stroke.

I hope those new exercises help your hips, friend! Remember, every day is new--wouldn't hurt me to remember that as well. More later, guys

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Tricia, sorry to hear about the PA thing. And about the tax penalties. That is never pleasant and you had so much other stuff to deal with so I know that must be rough. Just hang in there, hoping that the new week looks up for you.

Aurlie, I hear you on the decluttering. I have gotten so busy lately that I need to do some too. I keep everything under control for the most part but there are a couple of areas in the house that need some serious work. I know you are terribly busy with work and school, maybe just set aside 10 minutes a day to work on it? That is what I should do too. Maybe I will set a timer so that I know when I have actually worked for the designated time.

Wow Nicky, sounds like AWESOME news about your back! I am so glad to hear that. And look at you and all of those steps today! Way to go! I think that the crock pot is a wonderful thing and I try to use mine at least once a week - I don't call it lazy, I call it efficient! And the food that you eat sounds so wonderful, easy or not!

Gloria - very sedentary day. I am pretty much chained to my desk so that I can get all of my work completed this week so that I may take off next week. I only have 5,000 steps and that just upsets me terribly. I did go to Power Sculpt class today. Probably over on calories because when I got home from work I ate a lot coconut chips (I can NOT buy these anymore) and pumpkin seeds. I feel VERY full. This indulgent eating is starting worry me, I need to get that under control. Nicky, I set my center weight up a couple of pounds for the challenge since I had mysteriously gained those pounds a couple of months back but I would really prefer to be two pounds less and they aren't going to disappear if I eat this crazy stuff!

And, back to the doctor today. He seems to have a new game plan. He actually seemed happy with my progress even though he didn't even have me doing much in the way of exercises. He gave me two new exercise to do which should help strengthen my hips.

We've had strong storms, tornado warnings and such, and I am unclear about this but it does seem that they are indicating even worse weather during the overnight hours. Might be a sleepless night if that is the case.

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AURLIE, I love persimmons, tho I suspect their nutritional value is low.
GLORIA, the 2 xrays were only $10 each. The consultation with the docs was $30. A lot for an Albanian, but dead cheap for me on a British pension. I shall miss jogging and going up the mountain, both because I enjoy them and because they burn lots of cals, enabling me to eat more.
I'm a lazy cook. Three cheers for the crockpot! And I can get lettuce, spinach, runner beans, okra, zucchini, now sugar snap type peas,possibly cucumbers, if the frost doesn't sabotage them, out of the garden.
Despite your concern about overeating, you are still near the top of the maintenance challenge. Congratulations to you and Tricia! I'm very near the bottom of those who are still in! But I'm there!
TRICIA, sickening about the tax bill, and infuriating. Moving boxes is a calorie burning workout!
I take 1000 mg vitamin C most days. Didin't know it was good for disks etc. Docs prescribed vit B complex, on their long list of medications. Pharmacist recommended omega 3 oil, e.g. codliver oil (capsules!!!).

EVERYONE, thanks for your concern about my back. I had a sleepless night worrying about it getting worse, with possibly crippling consequences. So much for being laid back! Today I went to my favourite pharmacist. She told me she has the same problem, and had all the medicines they prescribed, and a corset with metal supports. I said I was worried that the doc here would take offence when I turned up with my xrays. She said don't go back to him, and recommended the physio she goes to. I found him with difficulty and he was free. He inspired my confidence. He listened to me and my questions and explained things and showed me on a chart what's happening to my vertebrae (maybe I could have done without all that graphic detail!). He does 14 sessions at a time, spread out as you choose. If you pay for them all in advance, it's $10 a session, otherwise 15. A lot for an Albanian, but well worth it for me. I plan to go 3 times a week, starting tomorrow. He didn't approve of my low heeled trekking sandals, and said I need good gym shoes. I changed my shoes when I came home, and my foot does feel much easier. If he doesn't like my shoes, he can take me to a shop where I can get good shoes. But I think these will be OK. He agrees that he is not happy for me to jog. But my fear of ending up in a wheelchair is receding! So I am relieved. And I can do squats and lunges, and anything that doesn't cause pain. I feel optimistic. I showed him the back exercises I used to do and he approves, so I need to start again. He'd like me to do them slowly 3 times a day.

NICKY. FITNESS. 45 mins walking round town. 13k steps, 5k clocked up at a funeral.
ATTITUDE. I hate funerals here. People are so scared and without hope. I long for them to discover Jesus' promise of eternal life, beginning now. But they resist, happier to stick to their unhappiness. Albania's big problem.
Feel much more ;positive after thalking to the pharmacist and the physio.
NUTRITION. WITHIN CAL GUIDELINES! Breakfast, greek style beans and toast and taramasalata, and marmite on the other half. Lunch, thai style chicken with quinoa and a big green salad. Supper, slow cooker salsa chicken with added vegs, on quinoa and with a big mushroom sliced over it. These chicken and quinoa dishes are very satisfying, high protein and low cals. Tomorrow I hope to make zucchini spinach soup yet again. All today's meals were instant whole food! Lots of servings of beans and salsa chicken to go. May try doing other things with quinoa.



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It sounds like you've been through a lot lately, Tricia. It's good to remind ourselves that tomorrow is a new day. Setbacks will happen, but they needn't establish a trend.

Mike has been talking about moving. I really need to work on decluttering and simplifying my stuff. Earlier in the year I made good progress just focusing on doing a little each day. I must re-establish that habit.

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Nicky, sorry to hear about your back. You probably take plenty of Vitamin C already, but it's important for connective tissue (which discs are one form of).

It's been a rocky week for me. The reappraisal went through, which I think I mentioned before, but I washed out of consideration for the physician assistant master's program. And then I got a nasty tax bill from 2008 from Maryland. We paid the tax but the interest and penalties are more than the tax was, apparently. This morning was the first time in a long time that I didn't want to get out of bed when I woke up. Once I start feeling bad, my brain comes up with all these other reasons to feel bad. Well, tomorrow is another day.

I had several days of moving boxes end of last week so I didn't work out on top of that, but should get back into it. Bringing the boxes back into the house was a real wakeup call on our hoarding. I guess that was part of the bumpiness of the week.

On nutrition, I've probably gone slightly over the last few days, and quite a bit on Friday which was a church women's auxiliary retreat. But I only had one of most things except salad.

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Aurlie, I am not a fan of persimmons either. I used to call them yucky tomatoes. Tomatoes they are not however. I was not happy with the fresh veggie selection that I found this weekend. And I just got an E-mail from the farm where we get some stuff, they have some things but not a lot. Mostly greens, which I could definitely use some spinach. I am not ready for soups and stews but I have been thinking that it will soon be time for that stuff.

Nicky, wow, that is something about the disk in your back. I am so glad that you now have an answer for that, and you seem so positive about it! I respect that a lot! I would probably be stewing and trying to think of ways to go up the mountain and run, etc.! So good for you. And yes, $50 for your X-ray is amazing! I need to cook like you do Nicky. If only I had more time!

Gloria - got up late, oops. That kind of got me off track for the whole day. Went running first thing, not a good run at all. I run four days a week and lately I have been having two good runs each week and two bad ones. Today was even badder than my usual bad ones! My friend had an Origami Owl party today, which is jewelry, primarily lockets. Buy the locket, the chain and then buy charms to put in the lockets. Pricey, somewhat geared toward younger women, but kind of fun too. It was a long way for me to go, over an hour one way but several of my friends were there and it was nice to get together with them. Also, my friends house is brand new, custom built and this is the first time I had seen it (they just completed construction in August) so that was fun too. Otherwise spent my time getting ready for the next couple of days - preparing food, clothes, etc. Food today has not been fantastic at all. I have no idea how many calories I have eaten though I am pretty sure I am in range. I have tracked about 1,300 calories and I could probably eat 1,800 or more today. But not sure how many went untracked - my friend had some snacks and I ate a bit of each of the three items - pumpkin flavored rice krispy treats, pumpkin bread and no bake peanut butter/oatmeal cookies. Also nibbled on some trail mix at home. Oh, and my husband had some McDonald's french fries and unfortunately I ate a few of those - those were tracked so included in the 1,200 calories. Not a good choice by me, but they sure were tasty!

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I got in a good walk today -- first long walk in about a week. Now I'm spent. I need to find a way to get my energy back.

Nicky, I'm glad you got a clear diagnosis -- and an inexpensive one!

This weekend we managed Costco, Trader Joe's, and the Farmer's Market. The season is changing -- summer fruit is mostly at an end but pomeganates are becoming plentiful. We even found fresh cranberries. I don't care much for persimmons, unfortunately, because these are quite plentiful. Mike is talking about soups and stews for dinner this week. I guess I'll pull out the crockpot.

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AURLIE, hope you enjoyed your quiet evening.
I'm glad you got the video and enjoyed it.
GLORIA, I'm glad you are able to continue running

NICKY. FITNESS. 45 mins walking round town. 10k steps. Alas my jogging days seem to be over! I had a back x-ray in connection with a consultation from 2 visiting docs from Macedonia. Even I could see a sinister curve in my spine, so I have a displaced disk. The good news is that they told me to walk 2 km a day. When I asked if I could do more, they said sure, but they had said 2 km as most of their patients find that a challenge! Bad news is that they said walk on the flat, so walks up the mountain Are over. They told me to show the xray to the sports doctor I go to as he will be better able to advise on exercises than they are. I appreciate that they showed respect for him. Docs often enjoy making rude remarks about bother docs. I shall now have to try to tell the doc without offending him that I have discovered I have a problem with my back! I have to take lots of medicines, a nerve nourisher, vitamin B complex, and aspirin, that for the rest of my life, but it should be good for my heart as well. AT least I am now confident that I know what the problem is, and they explained things to me. I also need to wear a back support, which is a bit of a nusiance. But it could be much worse. The consultation and xrays cost $50, so be jealous!
ATTITUDE. Sleepless night, under 5 hours. Worried about the boy I kicked out. Maybe also about my visit to the docs today. Further rearranging my kitchen to have more workspace.
NUTRITION. About 6 cals over guidelines, so I call that in range! Breakfast, Hawai toast. Lunch, quinoa and thai style chicken. Supper, spinach with poached egg, and toast and taramasalata. Have Greek style beans in the slow cooker, and chicken breasts thawing out for something like salsa chicken tomorrow, when the slow cooker is free again.

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Barb - first of all, I love your attitude, you are so positive and upbeat! Makes me positive and upbeat too! Second, I am feeling jealous of your pizza and crazy bread. I absolutely LOVE crazy bread so very much. I have been eating it now for over 30 years...except for the past two, I can't really have it so much. I had surgery on my lower esophageal sphincter two years ago and now I am not able to eat much bread, so I eat very little in the way of bread - including pizza! But I love those cheap pizzas! And the bread is the best, so when my husband has it, I usually have a tiny bite or two. Hope your trip to the apple orchard was nice. Did you have some cider? I have the hardest time finding REAL apple cider down here, but this year I was able to get some at the local produce store.

Nicky, I am so happy to hear that Raxhi and Savi are cohabiting with some peace! Sorry the young man acted up and I hope that he will find it in his heart to come back.

Aurlie, sounds like you are having a good day! I enjoy some of the other salads at Panera as well. On rare occasions I get soup or pasta but some of their other stuff is quite calorific and I am always considering carbs/protein/fat grams too - not to mention sodium, and I think that their soups have a lot of that. I am pretty careful to check out the nutritional values of stuff before I eat out, if it is available, and Panera's is available. They also have very delicious pastries and cookies, just what I need - fortunately I can't have too much of that either, otherwise I would be eating it all!

Gloria - got nearly eight hours of sleep last night! So happy about that. Group run was this morning and it was cold and damp. I was afraid that I was going to be too cold but it was okay. We went for 2.5 miles on our own and then there was a fun run at the store sponsored by Brooks and we did that too, another two miles. After that we did a 1,000 meter dash and the winners got free Brook's shoes - needless to say, I didn't win, but that was kind of fun, and something very different (and daring) for me! We ran at a different store today that is near Trader Joe's and Whole Foods so I went to both places and got some things. I then had lunch at PANERA! I came home, did some laundry, then went to the regular grocery store to get the rest of the stuff that I need for next week. Happy because I got some fruit and some veggies for salads. House was in good order but somehow today I have managed to tear it up a bit while doing inventory of my winter clothing. Another thing that I desperately need to work on is getting some organization in the food cabinets but that isn't going to happen this weekend, too busy tomorrow.

Also talked to the running coaches about my hip/knee issues, one didn't have much to say but the other was very encouraging and inspiring to me and offered to continue to work with me after this 10K training is over. I need to see what the doctors say about this next week and figure out what I will do and how I will manage but both running coaches do think that I should be able to continue running, which made me very happy. Of course, they did not discount what the doctor said, but said that often these issues can be overcome with a lot of work!

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Aw, Nicky, that video of Savi and Raxhi is cute. I can imagine Earl Grey watching the video -- I saw his picture on your page, Gloria, he's a beauty!

I'm feeling better today. We had a busy day of errands. We finally stopped at our local Panera for lunch today. I had the Chicken Hummus bowl -- very tasty.

Mike will be watching sports on TV tonight while I work on my classwork -- nice quiet evening for us. Hope you're all doing well.

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GLORIA, Savi and Raxhi may indeed be cousins a few times removed, descended from Bardhi, my first cat here, who populated the whole village with mainly white cats! There were very few before he started his exploits! Savi actually gave Raxhi an affectionate lick this evening when R was polishing off the remains of S's dinner!!
Raxhi is much into technology, like setting my computer off printing!! Interesting that Earl Grey was interested.
Ebay have actually said they will contact the seller for me and tho I will have to pay the return postage they will give me a 5 voucher. I need to find out how quickly I would need to use the voucher, as I seldom shop on Ebay. I wrote them a fairly strong mail, that their help was too little too late, the order already dispatched,and NO, I would not be selling it on Ebay! Also told the guy on the chat line that I was not blaming him for his colleagues' tardiness!
I do hope you get your week off, without having killed yourself to get the necessary work finished beforehand.
BARB, sorry Youtube has been uncooperative. Thanks for praying. Today for the first time in ages we had a couple of discipline problems. I sent one lad out, and now pray his mates will work with him so he doesn't take offence and not come back. The flannelgraphs didn't work as well as I had hoped. Attention wandered and they didn't take much in. We repeated it with the kids supposed to be telling the story and bringing the figures and putting them in place. I was still disappointed.We had 13 kids, plus the one I sent out. I took the girls and Sona the boys when we divided the group, as I get the boys visiting 2 or 3 times during the week.

NICKY. FITNESS. Didn't feel like doing anything, but did doc's exercises, 12 mins hula hooping, and a 30 min Jessica S walking workout, adapted to be gentle on my foot. Burned 230 cals, so actually within cal guidelines after exercise!
ATTITUDE. SHort night, 5 hours sleep. But OK. Hectic day getting ready for new session with kids right up to the last minute,having been out of action earlier.
NUTRITION. Had aa sort of brunch, double helping of cream of tomato soup, with bread and taramasalata, and honey, separately! That kept me going till after the children's group, when I finished my smoked tofu, with runner beans and carrots and mustard honey dressing. Supper, trout, with lots of oven baked chips (Potato and carrot). Just inside cal guidelines thanks to exercise. I think I actually burn more cals than SP estimates, but I have a kilo or so to shed...

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Nicky, this is the second time I've tried to pull up a video of yours, and I couldn't. It said utube was too slow in answering, but I'm trying! I'll be praying about the opposition you're getting. Unfortunately, wherever God is working is where the enemy is trying to disrupt His plans. I am glad you're able to begin exercising again. I'm still taking it slow, but am going to an apple orchard today with my son and his family. Shouldn't be too much walking, but I do need to do some if I'm going to get back to where I can go to the gym again.

Aurlie, I'm so glad your life has improved over 10 years ago. Even with what I deal with today, mine has also improved. I was in the middle of my divorce 10 years ago. Got the final papers on Dec. 1st. Such a hard time - laid the papers out before the Lord and gave Him the whole situation again. He's been making good lemonade out of my lemons.

Gloria, no special shoes or arch supports-just good gym shoes that I wear all the time. Before they were popular, I had a very hard time finding shoes that worked. I definitely am going back on the treadmill-I know I can get comfortable with it, since I think the Lord wanted me to join the gym, as I've never wanted to do anything like this in my life. Zero interest until this fall. I still have interest, even after the tumble. Highly unusual, so it must be important! Well, have a good day, everyone. Enjoy the weekend.

Oh, almost forgot. Did well on breakfast, but blew it the rest of the day. Had Little Caesar's pizza and crazy bread. Also had dessert later and a snack! I was a little down...getting back on that horse slowly today...

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Nicky, Raxhi - what a wonderful name! I like that! Raxhi and Savi look as if they could be relatives! I was sitting here watching the video and Earl Grey was most interested. So I watched it over and over again until he finally pounced onto the keyboard of my laptop and messed it up! I was quite amused by his interest! What a mess about eBay but glad it was fairly inexpensive. And glad that you are feeling better!

Barb, do you wear shoes for flat feet or some sort of insoles to help with that? I am certain that you will become comfortable with the treadmill controls. I pray for you to have the confidence to try again and for comfortable and safe travels next time you use the treadmill! I have been told over and over that I have balance issues but have been using a treadmill for years with good success and so just take it slowly and you will become accustomed to it as well.

Aurlie, hope that you are able to find some peace and happiness this weekend, and that the weekend restores you so that you will be able to tackle next week with a clear mind and a relaxed outlook.

Gloria - better mood today, though at work I was very distracted. I did get a lot done, just didn't finish what I really needed to. Five more days to get my work done so that I can take the following week off - I see a couple of late nights in my future, and I have a VERY busy week planned so it will be interesting to see how it all works out.

Food for the day, good on calories, no cardio today (I needed a rest day). I worked through my lunch and my steps are very low - didn't go to Power Sculpt class so I did a 20 minute Jessica Smith arm workout with resistance bands and dumbbells. I'm going to try to get to bed earlier tonight so I can get a good night's sleep before I go running tomorrow.

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AURLIE, BARB, thank you for caring!]

NICKY. FITNESS. Doc's exercises for first time since Saturday.... Walked around town about 40 mins. Foot a bit sore, but what can I expect if I don't/can't do the exercises?? Could have done them yesterday, but disorganised.
ATTITUDE. Short night. Wasted 1 1/2 hours on ebay trying to cancel an order I had made for something ith the wrong specifications. Very pleasant, but promised help to contact the seller never arrived and the thing has now been dispatched. 2 lessons: 1. Avoid ebay even more than I did before. 2 Be careful when ordering things unless I know I can cancel order if nec. only 8.50, so put it down to experience and hope someone else can use it.. But extremely annoyed, with myself and ebay...
6 boys and 2 little girls came for a visit. I tackled one of the boys about his aggressive behaviour and nasty language. Does he think that's what God wants? No. If he asks God to help him reform and means it, God will help him. I pointed out to the other boys that this lad was not the only sinner in the room, and if we prayed for him, God did not need a lecture from us about his sins. Some nasty things had happened. One of their bikes had a slashed tyre after being in the yard during our celebration. They agreed to come without bikes in future, to avoid this problem. And people have been making rude remarks to the boys who took part in the drama, which I put on facebook. Shall need to allow only my friends to view future videos. I knew we would get spiritual opposition at some stage, as God has been blessing us so much. I am only surprised it has not surfaced sooner.
Busy day preparing for the new session of the children's group that starts tomorrow. We are doing the creation flannelgraphs. Even that wants tweaking. Then I needed to make take home sheets and print out team lists and a new memory verse for this session.
I've uploaded Video of Savi and Raxhi playing to Youtube
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Hope that will work, Gloria!
NUTRITION. Have skipped breakfast last 2 days and feel none the worse for it! Lunch, Thai chicken with very few noodles, and a slice of byrek. Supper, trout on toast with some uninspiring fried up baked potato and more inspiring teamed runner beans and carrots.


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Take care, Nicky! I hope you're feeling better.

Thanks for all the support here. Some days I feel quite overwhelmed. I need to remind myself that in many ways my life is better than it was 10 years ago. It's time to concentrate on gratitude.



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Gloria, the eyesight and depth perception issues have nothing to do with the stroke. Sigh--they've been with me for years--same with the flat feet. I am doing quite well since the stroke--but my brain has a harder time thinking things through now, and I hadn't realized I needed to get clearer on working the controls of the treadmill so I can use them almost in my sleep so to speak. Maybe I will have to put it on pause before turning the speed down. That button would be easier to reach even with depth perception problems. Concerning friends with disabilities --I have a 78 year old friend with spinal bifida. She also has one leg and an illeostomy. She has done very well considering, and has inspired me. Whatever I have to work with I will learn to use to the best of my ability, and I will pray about it all!

Nicky, I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well. Glad to see you are beginning to do better. Also glad the women's group went well.

Our weather forecast looks way different from what I said last time - going to be a lot cooler and wetter than I thought. Maybe I was looking at Florida's forecast...

Aurlie, I pray for you and all you have to handle as well. When I get right down to it, life isn't easy, and we are all trying to do our best with what we have. I pray you get some Aurlie time this weekend...

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My last message died before it got sent.
I had a very bad dizzy attack on Sunday till Tuesday and it left me washed out. Doc's not worried. Probably a bug. We get all sorts of peculiar bugs.here.
Beri appeared on a surprise visit and came to the women's group, which went well.
My foot is sore as I have done no exercises since Saturday. Today was lack of organisation. I could have done them.
Eating has been off track and the scale has commented to that effect!
Today I didn't get round to eating much, so low on water, veg, cals, protein, everything.
Chucked a nice Thai style chicken in the slow cooker.
Shall now try to post this, and then to bed, long past my bedtime....

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Quick check in today, I did my three mile run at lunch time. Wore the new shoes, they felt good. Over the next couple of days I will see how the knee does. Thank you for your prayers Barb, I need them because I felt very angry over all of this today. But that is not necessarily bad, it actually kind of motivated me. My mantra this year is BE STRONG. I remembered our very dear family friend who was elderly when I was a child. She was like a godmother to me, and probably she was like a godmother tor my mom as well. She and my grandmother were best friends. She was born with spina bifida in 1907. Back in 1907 her parents were told that she would have severe learning disabilities and that she would never walk. She did walk, she did learn and she got herself a job and supported herself for her whole life - she never married but she had a home that she took care of herself. Now I think to myself, if she can overcome some overwhelming odds, why can't I overcome my minor issues? I CAN! and I WILL. Okay, so it might take me longer, it might be harder for me, but I can do this.

Anyway, so I got my run in, not the best run of my life, but not the worst either. I stopped once and walked for a couple of minutes, which is something that I NEVER do but the street I was running on has a slight incline of nearly a mile and I just felt I needed a minute to recover. Food is on track so far but I don't know what we are having for dinner and I did miss one of my snacks because I am not hungry. Maybe I will have a chai latte later to make up for that. Attitude is grumpy but it is because I have a lot on my mind and I am trying to think all of this through!

Barb, are your eyesight and depth perception issues because of the stroke? I don't know the severity of your situation but you seem to be doing very very well. Interesting about the flat feet, I have heard that can cause some problems. Your mention of the weather made me curious about our forecast so I just checked it - another cold Saturday is being predicted and I see a lot of rain in our future!

Aurlie, peace be with you as you get through anther challenging day at work. You are amazing and I have the utmost respect for you and the way that you handle all of this!

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Just passing through quickly as I start another busy workday. Be well, Everyone!

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Gloria, with what you're doing I also would think the shoes would be great! Enjoy them. Also, I'm praying for your whole body to line up with God's Word. 3 John says He wants us to be in health as our souls prosper [in relationship to Him]. I believe that! I believe that's why I'm not more hurt when I fall off the treadmill, etc. Yes it's very scary, and I believe the fall had to do with my lack of depth perception and eyesight, and because of those things being involved in other things that have happened to me also, along with my extremely flat feet, to me it's a blessing I function as well as I do. I'll start praying (and keep it up) that you be able to function at the best level for you on a regular, ongoing basis.

Aurlie, I like Panera too; we just lost ours-they said we don't have enough business...but we still have our Starbucks. Hope you're doing well even with your busyness.

Tricia, sorry I spelled your name wrong--but the message was right. Also, I have to work more at getting my water in when it's not hot out. But if the weather forecast is right, we will be jumping back into the 80's next week for about 4 days. In 60's this week...

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I thought about the shoes more. I could have gotten this model of shoe two weeks before the new ones came out, which was about two months ago. Then I would have had shoes that could have had a shelf life and no one would have said a word. I looked it up on the Internet and there are different schools of thought on this. My thought is that these are great shoes and I am thrilled to have gotten them for this price! They came today and I will wear them on my run tomorrow. You know what else? I am not running marathons, I am running just three or four miles at a time and I think that these shoes will be great for my runs!

BARB! Oh goodness! 13 mph! Wow! That is so scary!

Tricia, as busy as you are you seem to be doing well. Hope you managed to get your workout in, I know that can be frustrating when you aren't able to do what you planned.

Gloria - feeling frustrated and discouraged today. Since my 20s I have worked out regularly on and off...on for a couple of years, off for a couple of years, usually in sync with my yo-yo weight loss. During all of these times I usually feel pretty wimpy and I just attributed it to my on again off again habits and the fact that I am always quitting and starting over. But I am starting to figure out that there is more to this. Appointment today for my knee and he did an evaluation to see how I am progressing. And I am apparently not progressing as well as I ought to be. I've been going to my strength training classes for about 15 months now and I am still finding some of the exercises to be way too challenging...I shouldn't be having this much trouble after all of this time. Basically my problem is with the structure of my hips. Nothing can really be done about it but the exercises should be making things easier. This is obviously going to take a long time and lots of work because apparently my case is very severe. I don't want to give up but I am pretty disheartened by this. I've always considered myself to be physically pretty tough but right now I feel kind of fragile! One thing he is recommending is dry needling, which he doesn't do, and that kind of freaks me out. It is sort of like acupuncture and I need to research it to see if I can find evidence that it really works.

Otherwise, okay day I guess, not much progress at work which means that I know have just seven days to get it all done so that I can take vacation time, and there are lots of meetings scheduled during that time. Food was okay. Exercise was step aerobics. I was going to take a rest day but I don't often get the opportunity to go to the step class so I went for it. Going to bed soon.

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I agree with Tricia about the possibility of new shoes breaking down. The storage conditions and the length of time would have to be pretty extreme, unless the shoes are made out of specifically biodegradable material (then it would only take 2-5 years).

I hope you're okay, Barb! Treadmill accidents are scary.

My workload is increasing. I'm done with my late lunch, now back to it!





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I've been doing well with my freggies but not drinking enough water, I'm afraid, so my weigh is up. It also could be hormonal, I often see a jump in weight mid month. I ran out of time for cardio yesterday so I'll try and make it up today. That'll teach me not to put it off.

I'm dubious at your friends comment that the shoes break down in storage, Gloria, though I guess it depends on what conditions they are stored under. I hope you're alright, Barb! How scary! Aurlie, Panera used to be my favorite place to eat, but they don't have any here.

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Hi everybody! I've been having a hard time lately since Friday. I'm still getting used to the gym equipment, and I was trying to turn the treadmill speed down from 2.5 mph, and accidentally got it up to 13mph. I couldn't keep up that speed and couldn't turn it down (still learning the controls) so fell off the back. It hurts less today. I am able to do my regular exercises carefully, (they don't involve my thighs or shins) so I am working on upping my walking again too. Will get back to the gym as soon as I can reasonably comfortably do so.

You've got some hot temps, Aurlie. Hope you're getting at least some R & R here and there as well as work and extra projects.

Glad you got good running shoes, Gloria, and hope you can get longer AND better sleep. Also hope you can make vacation time happen.

Glad things are going well with classes, Nicky. Also, you seem to be holding your own food and exercise wise!

Hope you can get in daily workouts, Trish. It's hard to change things up sometimes.

More later, Barb



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A woman with whom I run with told me tonight that I shouldn't buy discontinued running shoes because they have been on the shelf for a year (or however long) and so they might have started to deteriorate. Whatever, I think that anything can degrade but good grief, if they fall apart that fast, then why are they so expensive? I am so happy to have scored these shoes, they are Brooks Ghosts VI. I realized today that about the time that I started having the knee issues was when I retired the old Ghosts and started wearing the New Balance shoes full time...not sure if that has anything to do with the knee issues, maybe not at all, but I am anxious for the Ghosts to arrive so that I can try them out and maybe experiment a bit to see if the knee improves.

I've been thinking a great deal over the past couple of days what I will do when this 10K is over. This 10K is in mid-November and I am thinking about some other races in November and maybe December to help keep me motivated. There are two on Thanksgiving day that look good, if we are in town - I would only do one of them. There is a nighttime Christmas run in early December. I might get involved with the running club in my community and I am already a member of the running team at work (though I have never done any of the races that they do). So there are lots of options. I am also trying to decide if I want to train for the Music City 1/2 marathon that is in late April. Only thing that worries me is that for the first four months of the year I am swamped at work, I need to think about the time involved in training for something like that. But I sort of want to do it!

Day today - 3.5 mile walk at lunch time, 3 mile run tonight with group - I had a good run, maybe the best that I've had. I am really really slow but tonight I kept up pretty well. Pretty good eating today. Mostly stayed focused at work. Even though my sleep time is still too short I have felt that my sleep quality is a little better lately. That makes a huge difference but I still need to work on getting to bed a couple of hours earlier.

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Great news about the discount price on your running shoes, Gloria! I keen trying to find my favorite Brooks at other outlets, but I haven't had much luck -- when I find the right style my size isn't available. Sierra Trading Post is a website that has close-outs of discontinued styles at discount prices. You might try there.

I haven't eaten at Panera yet, but there's one nearby. Thanks for the recommendation on the chicken hummus bowl, Gloria -- I saw that featured on their website and it sounded good. I hope you get a Souplantation in your area, maybe Jamie will enjoy the food there, too!






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I'm getting ready to head to bed, still must do the exercises for my knee/quads/IT band. Fourth business day, had to stay at work almost three hours late and by the time I got home it wasn't far from bedtime...still had to eat and get a few things organized for tomorrow. Went to Power Sculpt class today, he had us do about 500 jumping jacks, no exaggeration! And there sure was a lot of complaining. My knee was good today and I was able to do the jumping jacks - won't do them if it is painful or if my knee is swelled up. No cardio today other than the jumping jacks. Food was okay, lower on calories today and I am all right with that since I did no cardio. I find that I tend to eat lower during the earlier days in the week and it goes up from there. I went to the grocery store this past weekend but didn't do good planning and now I find that I don't have a lot of choices for my multiple meals. Had egg white turkey bowl for breakfast, cottage cheese and almonds, applesauce, grapes, popcorn, Greek yogurt for my snacks. Yogurt and granola for lunch. Had to grab a salad from outside for dinner, with grilled chicken. A small piece of chocolate. Not sure whey I didn't purchase stuff for salads and fruit. I might need to make a midweek trip to the store. Work was okay but I should have stayed more focused during the down times when I was waiting on others. I have a very busy workload this month and I am going to attempt to take a week off for vacation so it is imperative that I don't let myself be distracted by co-workers and the Internet! Oh, speaking of distractions, my older running shoes are discontinued because there is a newer model. I had to retire that pair as far as running goes (but am still wearing them for walking) but I wanted a replacement - found out today that they are on clearance for very cheap from the manufacturer so I ordered some - very excited to get them at this price!

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Tricia, hope you love your FitBit. I love my FitBit One, I have had it for almost two years and I am lost without it. I got my Dad a FitBit Zip and he seems to like it a lot. Good planning on the cardio/circuits to make it so you have a workout everyday. I am not fitting the strength in the way that I ought to be. I am doing it, but not as consistently as I had been.

Aurlie, no Souplantation here yet, but they are getting closer to us and so I hope that soon we will get one! Of course, my luck will be that they will open one on the south side of Nashville because that is pretty much where EVERYTHING is, and we are north where nothing is, including jobs. I am tired of having to drive everywhere to get to the good stuff that I like. I end up going to Panera Bread a lot because I know what few things on the menu are healthy (egg white turkey bowl, chicken hummus bowl - oh, those are on the HIDDEN menu). Anyway, they aren't GMO free or anything but I feel like if I eat those I am at least eating somewhat healthy, and there is one in our community. But Jamie hates Panera.

Gloria - busy day but pretty stress free. Got plenty of sleep last night, feel better today. Food, blech. There is a new donut shop in town, locally owned and Jamie went there and got himself SIX donuts, which he ate most of. I took one bite of four of them (and my bites are very small) but I didn't know how to count that so I just counted it as one full donut. Didn't feel like I ate well today and I am very full feeling. I'm wondering if I forgot to long something in because I feel like I ate a ton of food. Got in a three mile SLOW run. Otherwise doing stuff around the house, laundry and stuff like that. Jamie always wants to decorate for fall/Halloween but I never have the time or energy so when he went to get some weather stripping for our front door today I went with him and got a couple of small pumpkins and some mums to put on the front porch. Hung up our fall wreath so he can have a bit of fall decor. I have a lot still to do but it will have to wait, need to get to bed!

Gloria

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I got a new fitbit (zip) but I have to figure out how to connect it to my account. It also thinks the day ends and begins at around noon but hopefully that straightens out once I'm able to sync it.

This weekend was our church general conference, where we stay home and watch a broadcast instead to going to church. It's generally inspiring. We tend to eat badly. I've been watching my calories but lots of simple carbs, I'm afraid.

For fitness, I got my 4 circuits in last week. I think I will go to 3 circuits and 3 days of cardio now, see how that works. I will still do back/front muscles but trying that thing where you do 2 one week and 1 the next, and vice versa. Does that make sense? Hopefully I can keep track of it. It makes the most sense physiologically, but it's incommodious to my OCD. I just find that when I'm doing 4 circuits a week, I haven't been doing any deliberate cardio. This way, I will have a workout of some kind everyday.



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I hope you find all the right cold-weather gear to wear while running, Gloria. It's really important to wear the right things to be comfortable.

When it comes to eating healthy stuff in restaurants, we end up going to the same place all the time: Souplantation. I can always stay in range and get plenty of veggies there. We occasionally go other places that are more of a challenge, but overall I stick to the same foods most of the time. It's a blessing that Mike and I are on the same page most of the time, at least with food. It may be boring, but at least it's pretty healthy.

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Wow Aurlie, that seems like pretty hot weather for October. Sounds like you are having a decent weekend. Be sure to try to get some R&R time in!

Nicky, I inadvertently left my FitBit at home today too but fortunately we were just out for an errand so I didn't miss many steps. But it did irritate me a bit! However, no harm done I am sure. Sounds like you had a very enjoyable day!

Gloria - Thursday when I ran it was 90 degrees. Today when we did the group run it was around 43 degrees. I thought I was prepared to run in the cold but now I know that I am not really. I didn't know how to dress and I wore capri tights and a long sleeved shirt. I needed a jacket. I did have a jacket with me, just not one that was moisture wicking. I did wear it and I was just right as far as warmth goes so I just need to get a black moisture wicking jacket. I also need some more long sleeved shirts, preferably in white because I do have some other jacket type things that I can wear if I have a shirt to wear under. So this afternoon I went hunting for a jacket and white shirts but didn't find any in my size. I will either look elsewhere or purchase on-line I like the idea of a full zip jacket rather than half zip because I can regulate my temperature easier that way. Anyway, I don't need to be in a big rush to get these things because it is supposed to warm up again next week. Didn't get much done around the house today but the house is in good condition so not much needs to be done. Probably tomorrow I will panic though. I will need to do laundry for sure. I have quite a bit of junk jewelry but it was in a mess so I did work on organizing some of that stuff (not actually finished but I am pleased with what I did) and ran a couple of errands. In the evening Jamie and I went to the bookstore. I don't usually buy but I do make a list of things that I would like to read so that I can either get them from the library or for my Kindle. Run this morning was four miles and my pace wasn't the fastest but I felt very good about it, didn't feel like I was going to die or anything. Food, very frustrating. Jamie keeps wanting to eat out and he picks the most unhealthy places. Tonight he wanted to go to a burger joint and I got a small salad with a piece of grilled chicken. This is a chain restaurant and they publish their nutritional values so I tried to pick the best thing on the menu, but there just isn't anything that is healthy on there. The salad with the chicken sounds good but it is high in fat and VERY high in sodium. He gets fried chicken and fries and I can't imagine how much sodium is in that, and he has high BP (my BP is terribly low so the sodium is probably not the worst thing that I could eat) so he shouldn't be eating that stuff at all. I guess when we go to these places I should just refuse to order but I try to be agreeable most of the time. Otherwise it has been a good day, fairly relaxing for me. I am going to do my exercises from the doctor and then go to bed. I have not gotten much sleep in over a week now, seriously hoping for a good night's rest!

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Nicky, it's great to hear how you've inspired those children. I can understand not giving in to their current desire for more classes, since you already know their pattern.

Gloria, I hope you find a solution for your knee.

We had another day with 100+ temperatures. It's a dry heat this time, though and it does cool into the 70s at night. We ran a lot of errands today so I'm hoping I'll be free for the rest of my household chores tomorrow. October sure is a busy month for me this year. I've gotten involved in a few new projects at work, on top of my regular full-time job. It's a challenge.

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GLORIA, yes, this Id is the one that celebrates Abraham's sacrifice. Had I known earlier that it coincided with our celebration, we could have incoporated it, but I only discovered this week.
I don't much like the halva they make here, with flour and oil and sugar. I'm being very disciplined about putting most of the bakllava in my doggie box, which is getting quite heavy! Gave most of the left over cake from children's celebration to Rovena and Sona. Just kept 3 or 4 pieces.
Hope the weekend gives you the chance to recover from a rough week.

NICKY. FITNESS. 40 mins with dogs, 10 mins doc's exercises. Under the 150 cals I like to burn, but OK. Probably about 9k steps. Left fitbit on charge and forgot it!
ATTITUDE. Happy celebration with the kids. ABout 5 boys came back for a visit later. And 2 of them actually thanked me for the celebration. That's a first! I never expected it, but it was a lovely surprise. We had fewer kids this week than last, when 6 kids came because they thought the celebration was last week. I thought we had 16 kids, but can only find 14 names. Not that it matters. Only one came just for the celebration.
Slept well,but briefly
NUTRITION. Thought I was within cal range, till I remembered a piece of cake and spoonful of halva! But scales are encouraging me. Breakfast, spinach, mushrooms and half a helping of honey mustard chicken, Plus bread and marmite and honey. Lunch double portion of panzanella. Supper, spinach, mushroom and full portion of honey mustard chicken.

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Aurlie, glad to hear from you! Hope all is well.

Nicky, is this Id the one that is about Abraham's sacrifice? I know that halva is supposed to be a wonderful delicacy but I don't like it at all! I must be an oddity in that regard. Now baklava, particularly some good homemade baklava, that would be dangerous for me!

Gloria - it has been a difficult week, I have been discombobulated and work has been stressful. Had another rough day, though I didn't feel quite as exhausted as I did yesterday. Unintentionally did not do cardio today, was going but went to lunch with girlfriends and got off track. Did do the Jessica Smith lower body video and a Coach Nicole upper body video. Had my doctor today for my knee, which was slightly swollen at the time of my appointment. Food wasn't good, not happy about my choices the past couple of days - though I am in range calorie wise. Went out to lunch with friends, had eggs and sausage with tater tots. Breakfast was oatmeal. Snack later was chicken and rice. Dinner, roast and pineapple. Yogurt, grapes, chai latte and popcorn. Where are my veggies? Agh! Attitude has been not the greatest but I try to maintain at least a facade of cheerfulness regardless of how I really feel!

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GLORIA, I am also surprised at low fibre count! I'm not too worried. Some nutrition info may not log fibre.
Andi and Petri are delighted to get out again. So is Nicky!
Your food sounds great!
AURLIE, thanks for looking in!

NICKY. FITNESS. About 15 mins in doc's gym, and 30 mins walking round town. 10 k steps. Don't know where they all came from! Foot is actually a bit sore today, particularly after treatment of knee and hip, where the root of the problem seems to be.
ATTITUDE. Actually slept 7 hours! More kids came to visit when I got back from town, 2 little girls, then 3 older boys. They keep asking if we can have the children's group more than once a week. When I have done that before, they have then lost interest. So I have said they are welcome to come for visits.
NUTRITION. Festival of Id is tomorrow, so I was presented with a serving of halva. I asked for just one spoonful, so she did limit herself to 2! From tomorrow I shall be plied with the baklava everyone is making! Breakfast, spinach zucchini soup and bread and salami. Lunch, double portion of panzanella salad and some tofu as I was low on protein. Supper, small helping of trout and steamed spinach stalks and green beans,

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Just stopping in quickly to read how you're all doing! emoticon

I wish everyone a great weekend!

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Nicky, Petri and Andi must be very happy to be going out on walks again! So wonderful that the children are coming to hear the message! Interesting about the fiber tracker, I keep confusing it and thinking it is protein - I will get used to it. I don't do a great job of getting enough fiber - Nicky, you seem to eat a lot of veggies, I am surprised that you aren't getting enough fiber.

Gloria - quite exhausted today, I shouldn't be this tired as I only have worked two days so far this week. I might be getting a cold or something. I had a sneezing fit earlier, couldn't stop sneezing and my throat seems to be a bit scratchy. I will take zinc and extra vitamin C in the hopes of either preventing or shortening the duration of anything that might be trying to make me ill. That could explain the tiredness, and also I am overdo for a vitamin B12 shot. 88 degrees when I did my run this afternoon, I went quite slowly today as it was hot. It will be extremely cold here on Saturday. Foodwise, I am allegedly low on calories and I could eat some more yogurt to fill the gap but today I am feeling very full and bloated and not interested in eating more. Had barbecue chicken with green beans and macaroni/cheese, salad (with grilled chicken) cottage cheese (with cinnamon and almond slivers), yogurt with granola, a piece of chocolate, popcorn....had some fruit to eat but just couldn't bear to eat anymore. There were treats at work, my co-workers are so nice, they know that I won't eat a whole cookie or a whole bagel so they offer me a bite, which I sometimes accept. Today there were bagels and cookies. Very tired at work today, had to force myself to concentrate as I had too much to do and not enough time to procrastinate!

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