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7/21/17 3:36 P

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We are at a B&B in Eastport Maine right now, the wifi is awful. I'm stuck here until we arrive at our next destination on Sunday afternoon.

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7/21/17 7:35 A

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When we travel I take snacks with me, especially if it is via car - in a small cooler. Then I know I have something to eat that is healthy and nutritional regardless of the circumstances.

I started cleaning out a cabinet last night, in the master bathroom. I don't know what inspired me to do it but I just decided there was too much junk in there that wasn't being used and it needed to go. So go it did. I'd like to keep up that trend and go through the whole house but work always keeps me from pursuing such things for too long.

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WE're on the road, night 2 of 6. I am finding that my travel gene has died, and I am homesick. No idea what kind of 4g or wifi I'll have for the next few days, which is sort of like jungle travel to me. I am such a wimp! But I am terrified of overeating, so ending up not eating much at all.

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7/20/17 7:55 A

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We've been enjoying the deer visiting our yard. Last night a mama deer came and this morning a mama with twins, and a buck with antlers, were resting in the yard.

Heat and humidity continue to rise...I believe in getting outside a little every day and I will try to walk maybe a mile today but probably it won't be much more with these conditions.

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7/19/17 8:21 A

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I always have a panic attack when I leave for a trip - about the cats. We have a great cat sitter who we have used for years, she comes every day, but it is not the same for them as having us there.

I've been getting to work a little later this week, just too tired. School starts in less than two weeks and then traffic will be horrific again. It's not great right now. I bought a yoga bolster and I am hoping to use it in the evenings to help me relax before bed.

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7/18/17 8:32 A

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We leave tomorrow. The day before a trip is always hectic, I'm so afraid I'll forget something that I tend to overpack. That's fine for auto travel, just a pain to haul it all in to a motel each night. 3 of our stops are in large motels with elevators and trolleys, the other two we'll have to carry. I asked for no stairs, but we'll see. Hubby can't carry anything up or down stairs. And I'll worry about the cats. My son will come over once a day, but the cats are accustomed to two retirees fussing over them all day. I'm sure I'll be fine once we pull out, but it's stressful getting to that point.

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7/18/17 8:03 A

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I would say that a personal trainer is probably somewhat like a hairdresser - I am not 100% committed but don't want to change either - he is working with me on areas that I can't do alone and he is at the office fitness center so that is very convenient - I need to do it on my lunch break.

My great-grandmother lived to be 108 and she lived in so many places. She loved to move and did so often. I apparently inherited that gene but we don't move often since my husband doesn't like to. We've been in this house for eight years and we were in the one before it for I think 12.

Do you leave for your trip tomorrow Nell? Have a great time!

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7/17/17 8:19 A

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We moved into this house 32 years ago today. 32 years from now I'd be 100, I doubt I'll live that long, and who will be living here then? The idea of someone else living in this house makes my blood run cold.

Gloria, is a personal trainer like a hairdresser, where you bend your schedule to ensure the same person?

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7/17/17 7:50 A

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I passed a mail delivery truck in my neighborhood today and I could see that his truck was full of AMAZON packages. It is really fascinating how Amazon has taken over and really changed the way that we shop. There used to be a joke about the only two corporations would be WalMart and Taco Bell. Now I think it will be Amazon Amazon Amazon.

My personal trainer can't do Mondays and Wednesdays anymore, wants to change to Tuesdays and Thursdays. That is the day that they have yoga in the fitness center - he is also in the fitness center and I work out at lunch time...can't do both. I am not sure what to do about this.

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Sometimes the problem isn't with the shipper. I ordered some trousers for Mom last Tuesday from Lands End, and paid for two day delivery so I could get them to her before I left on my trip. I got an email Friday saying they had been shipped. It took them 3 days to get them out?? I am so used to Amazon Prime, I can't believe the time lag. No wonder companies are all chasing Amazon.

A home inspector has been at the house across the street with the prospective buyers for the last 3 hours. I sure hope nothing screws up that sale. I can't wait for those people to be gone.

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7/16/17 11:28 A

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Oh goodness, what a hassle to get your package. Ours wasn't time sensitive but it was an annoyance and took time to sort out the issues. I've lost faith in UPS and USPS, and I am not sure about FedEx but they still seem to be okay.

It's a bit less humid today but still very hot. I am enjoying it. Got out for a run this morning and now I am sitting outside for a while. DH didn't want to go out to breakfast this morning. We ALWAYS go to breakfast on Sunday so I am not sure what to make of this.

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7/15/17 4:02 P

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Gloria, I hope it wasn't something time sensitive. I don't think a human ever looks at anything, it's all computer read. You think it would be easy to program a computer to correct a zip code. There is a government database for them.

I went to UPS (25 mins) and they couldn't give it to me. I had a choice: have it delivered on Monday and hang around the house until it arrived so I could sign for it, or go back to UPS and pick it up. I'll go back. I have too much to do to be locked up at home for a day.

I think this is our last trip of more than a couple of days. Getting hubby's medication straight is too hard. So much of it is temperature sensitive, and I hate the risk of having it get out of safe temp range in the car when we are eating or something. Ice packs can only do so much good over the course of a day.

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It's maybe a few degrees cooler here today but humidity is 80% so it doesn't feel too great. We did have a storm this morning, I was out running and got caught in the deluge, and there was a lot of flooding in my neighborhood - it was totally unexpected. When I left for Nashville to run at 5:00 a.m. there wasn't any rain on radar and it wasn't supposed to rain until later in the morning - fortunately at the last minute I grabbed a Ziplock for my phone and key fob and a baseball cap to keep rain out of my eyes - I definitely needed those things.

Nell, my husband ordered something from overseas and it was sent via UPS - it didn't arrive when it should have and come to find out, although it had the correct address on it, it did not have the right zip code. UPS employees can apparently understand zip codes but cannot read an address. A zip code for Florida does not go with an address in Tennesse, so the package was in Florida For a few days. They couldn't figure that out so they contacted the vendor in Great Britain - if they would have just read the address label, they could have figured it out but that is apparently above and beyond them. The package finally arrived yesterday - only a week late.

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7/15/17 7:09 A

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What a storm that came through last night!! Today won't be as hot.

I was supposed to get a UPS package that required a signature yesterday, I made sure one of us was home all day to sign for it. It didn't come. My car is at the shop for an (overdue) oil change, so hubby will have to skip his Saturday old guy breakfast so I can take his car to UPS to see if I can pick it up there. We leave on Wednesday for a week, I am feeling the pressure to get everything done by then.

On a positive note, a newly released book I have been waiting for popped up on my kindle this morning. I LOVE it!!

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7/14/17 9:16 A

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Good morning. I have a haircut this afternoon, and I have to get to the grocery store. I am expecting a delivery for Mom that requires a signature, so one of us has to be here all day. Hubby's at the gym now, I'll wait until he's back before I leave for errands. I just noticed that my car is 500 miles overdue for an oil change, so that's something else to fit in before we leave next Wednesday. All this running around shopping for Mom has really put miles on my car!

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7/14/17 7:47 A

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I have the advantage of being teeny tiny on top, braless is not a problem for me though I have never gone braless - I will say though that even the tiniest women can have sag, just doesn't seem fair!

I don't usually bring workout clothes on Friday but with this heat and humidity I won't go for a walk in jeans (we only wear jeans to work on Fridays) so I brought shorts and a shirt to change in to.

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Mom is now complaining that the new bras are too tight, so it's back to finding the one style she likes in white. She may be 90, but her breasts sag almost to her waist, an indication of too many years in too little support. I guess "comfortable bra" 40-50 years ago meant too big. I hate to think what other women of my generation are going through, all those women who went braless as a political statement. Thank goodness I never did that!

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7/13/17 8:18 A

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I do think I bruised my shoulder and maybe pulled a muscle around my waist. But I am fine. I got up late today and traffic..there were two accidents. But I got here okay and got a great parking spot so it's not bad.

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I'm glad you weren't hurt, Gloria, except maybe your pride. That heals faster than bones.

Mom is back on the pantyhose thing. She said her favorite pantyhose had gone out of manufacture (I have no idea where she got that idea) and there is a new and improved model and she is going to buy them. I'll have to go out there and take them away again. Sigh.

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Nell, did you get your mom all settled with her bras? I seriously dislike the buying and fitting process for those and it certainly has to be a pain to buy them for someone whose size you don't even know.

I fell yesterday as I was walking - I was in a construction area crossing a street and there was some kind of thing that was sticking out in the road that I kind of tripped on. I went flying, literally, but am surprisingly unscathed....dirty knees (was wearing a skirt), the back of one shoulder on my shirt was filthy, a bruised elbow and slightly scraped hands, but nothing to fret over. I got right back up and carried on. Went to yoga at lunch time and then ran six miles in the evening.

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7/11/17 8:20 A

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Good morning. The cleaners are here, they'll run me out of this room soon. Over to Mom's again later this morning.

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7/11/17 7:38 A

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I haven't gone to meet our new neighbors yet but I saw an older gentleman pulling out of the driveway - not sure if he was one of the residents. They have yard furniture out back already.

Yesterday did prove to be stressful but I made the most of it, got up and walked the stairs a couple of times and went to the personal trainer at lunch time, so not too bad. I was here late and traffic was bad but when I got home I went for a walk so that was nice.

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7/10/17 8:54 A

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The people across the street bought that house in 2003 for $505,000, and did a LOT of renovations. I saw the paperwork yesterday, they spent over $250,000 updating the house, and it's listed at $725, so they'll be losing money. The reno papers they had out were to ensure that people knew they were all done professionally and to code. Frankly, I don't like those people much, I'll be glad to see them gone. I hope it sells quickly.

Lots of errands today. I can't get to Mom's, I'll do that tomorrow.

Breathe that stress out, Gloria!

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7/10/17 7:31 A

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I can already tell work is going to be interesting today. I am trying to stay positive and happy and not let the stress get to me.

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7/9/17 7:23 P

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Glad to hear your recovery is going well Nell, great news! The house next to us just sold and the new people just moved in. We should introduce ourselves. The housing market here has gotten absurd like it is there. I am kind of appalled about what is happening here and it is making me not love Nashville the way that I used to.

Weather here today was very pleasant, very hot this afternoon but lower humidity. I enjoyed some pool time but also got the linens washed and groceries purchased. I went out and ran early in the morning when it was still relatively cool.

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Got a good report from the doc, he was amused by how well I have recovered. I still have muscle spasms from the elongation in my neck, but they will pass.

I have to get back to Macy's later this morning to return bras that Mom didn't like, and buy more and different brands for her to try. Then the house across the street just went on the market and will be open this afternoon. The listing agent is a woman who was in my office when I sold real estate 30 years ago, so it will be good to catch up.

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How's your neck Nell, did the doctor give you a good prognosis?

I had to work really late again yesterday and I am tired but I got up and went to one of the big city parks to run, very hilly, very humid and warm out. Afterwards we had some errands to run...had to go to the pool store, return some things to the store. I'm doing laundry but also relaxing.

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It's still raining here, after 2 1/2 inches yesterday. We needed rain, but enough is enough.

I have my post surg doc appt this afternoon. And I have to return the bras I got Mom and try a different size.

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7/7/17 8:01 A

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Worked through my lunch yesterday and then stayed about three hours late. Today will be a similar day, could be worse actually but I am hoping for the best.

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This is NOT a good morning. It's raining, I got a call from the condo that two trees are down, one on top of 3 cars. And the hot water is out again. And our office manager is out for the week. I have to leave for Mom's in a couple of hours, another opportunity to talk to a wall.

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7/6/17 7:56 A

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Your poor mom Nell, she sounds like she is just clueless. It reminds me of my grandma, my mom told me (and this was probably in the 70s) that she was wearing these gigantic panties, not that she needed that size but that was just what she had always worn. My mom laughed and laughed and just couldn't imagine how she kept those on with her dresses. Now my grandma didn't have dementia at all, that is just what they wore then I guess!

It's terribly humid here, and we have had a lot of rain and a lot of storms...it rained a lot yesterday around lunch time and then more storms came in last night. Work is very very busy as it is quarter end and we are short one person on my team.

I don't think I am getting enough protein lately so I might supplement my breakfast with a hard boiled egg from the cafeteria. I am also having a colitis flare up, probably triggered by something that I shouldn't have eaten...I am struggling to get that under control on my own because I don't want more steroids.

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7/5/17 8:33 A

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I'm off today to buy new bras for Mom. Just like her failure to see that her feet will do better with modern shoes, she is still wearing the same size bra she wore 60 years ago....and her 90 year old breasts just don't fill that bra anymore. That has to be terribly uncomfortable, so I'll update her style to "tshirt" type bras, smooth, and better fitting. She doesn't like lace (can you imagine!) but who can debate fit? I never realized that she was proud of her large breasts, not something a mother would ever discuss with a daughter. It's a gray, drizzly day today, a good day to be indoors at the mall.

Have a great back to normal day!

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Back to work I go. I actually worked for a while yesterday but it is much more relaxed and easier to work from home and not deal with traffic. Actually traffic wasn't horrible today - not the best but not the worst by a long shot.

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Ah, your poor mom, if only she understood the huge fandom of running shoes. I have so many and every pair are lace up! I bought some new ones just about three weeks ago and I just got a new pair a couple of days ago! Wish I could wear them to work!

We went to a July 4th party last night but I didn't eat the food. Honestly most of the food had gluten and I am having a colitis flare up and gluten is a trigger so I need to be extra careful. This couple lives next to the park where the city fireworks are at so we walked over there for the fireworks.

Yesterday I did the sculpt class at work and then today I went for a walk with my friends (and then coffee) early in the morning. I hope to run later but it might be on the treadmill. I need to work for a few hours.

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Tricia, good to hear from you. That's a lot of pressure, I hope you can make arrangements to protect your father.

I have to go to Mom's this afternoon to give her yet another pair of lace up shoes. She hates them, thinks they're ugly, says no one wears them (though everyone I can see there is wearing running shoes), but dementia causes her to make no sense. It's hard to deal with someone for whom reason is meaningless anymore.

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Tricia, oh goodness, I am glad to hear from you - was a little worried. Glad you are okay but wow, your dad! Glad he was found and is safe now. So your sister is near you now? That is so nice! I wish I had family closer by.

I am at work, we are not allowed to take off at the beginning of the month, even if it is a holiday for most. It will probably be a long day and my husband has accepted an invitation to some friends for this evening. I might not go - just depends on when I get home and how tired I am. I am off tomorrow but will most likely have to work a little bit.

It's been extremely humid. Yesterday we had some strong storms and flooding and this morning very dense fog. I went to Fleet Feet yesterday and got more running shoes.

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Hi! I'm sorry I have been away so long. My Dad who had been living in Virginia, was rescued in Arizona where he'd been driving back and forth looking for an address from the Ghanian scammers for 12 hours. We're working on Guardianship.

I had an epiphany about weight and self care this morning. I'll probably do it as a blog. I continue to worry about my middle child and my husband's health.

My sister finally moved from New York. I have 5 sisters but this one is kind of my Irish Twin.

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Humidity here is stifling. I am not where I need to be this weekend with everything that needs to be done. I really need some time off. I am taking a day off later in July but one day isn't going to get me ahead of the game.

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My weight is up over 102 at last! I'm trying to do it slowly so it doesn't jump.

My phone buzzed in church this morning, very unusual. It was Mom's caregiver, Mom wasn't there when the caregiver arrived. I found her, she told me she was so impressed with the news this morning (??) that she had to go down to the receptionist to share her "opinions". Mom gets crazier and crazier. They did hook up, all is well.

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Ah, the Kindle, I do love my Kindle. I have way too many books on there...probably more than I can ever read.

I forgot I had a 5k this morning...I thought the race was on Tuesday morning. It was miserably hot and humid. A few friends were there and then I had coffee with one friend afterwards, which was very nice. I am not on track with eating...haven't had much to eat at all today and it is already 3 pm.

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Gloria, I'm with you, though half a burrito would be enough for me. I am offended by restaurant portions, so I stay away from restaurants.

I woke up to a new book on my kindle. I had forgotten I'd pre-ordered it a few months ago, and at 12:01am, there is was! There ARE some ways you can get instant gratification!

I take Mom to the doc this afternoon. She has forgotten why she can't wear pantyhose, so I have to take her to yet ANOTHER doctor to explain it. And we wonder why Medicare is going broke.

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Glad you were able to sleep Nell.

I am glad it is Friday, though it will be a busy day and I will need to work a little this weekend. Lunch today with DH, I told him that we cannot go to the Mexican place again. The lunch that I get is two large veggie burritos and so I eat one and save one for later. We ate there two weeks in a row. Four burritos in two weeks is enough for me, I want a break. We will be going to a place that serves brunch - so I can get breakfast and he can get a burger or whatever.

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Good afternoon. I'm still sore, at least I was able to sleep most of last night. One of the things about recovery is that it's boring. Having hubby take me to Costco was the highlight of the day.

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I had a nice lunch with my friend yesterday, steamed veggies with tofu. I walked there and back and then last night I ran with the local crew. I am pretty tired and this morning didn't wake up like I typically do. Lots of traffic today, not sure why. I leave the house around 5:30 a.m. (and hopefully more like 5:20) but there were several incidents on the way and traffic was at a crawl for a while.

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I have to go to Kohl's to buy knee socks for Mom, then head over to her place and take away all her pantyhose. The doc told her to stop wearing nylons. He told her last month, but thought maybe wearing socks over the nylons would be OK, evidently it isn't. She is going to have conniptions, she thinks that since she is on a walker she HAS to wear pantyhose. I called to make an appointment with her regular doc for Friday, and they said Mom goes to the medical center every day to complain about foot pain, yet she will NOT follow directions. I am at my wits end.

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I'm having lunch with a friend today, Chinese food. I will order veggies but I am always leery of sodium in places like that. They do publish their nutritional information so I can at least get an idea. I will walk down there - it's a half a mile away, and back. It's another great day but humidity is starting to creep back up.

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Right now I am having to schedule around my mother's bizarre needs. Hubby will have to drive us to Mom's podiatrist again this afternoon, I can't lift her walker now. I cannot imagine what has happened to her toe in 4 weeks. She is having a problem with sending email again, the problem is her not her computer but she just KNOWS it's a computer problem. She has has a working IQ of about 10, it's so hard to deal with.

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Sounds like you are well organized for your trip Nell. When we bought our current house in 2009 my husband said we would never go on a vacation again because we had everything we needed there (pool included). He has been true to his word....the only trips we have taken have been long weekends or trips to visit family. I've done a couple of running vacations but they have also been long weekends. Twice I have planned Florida vacations and twice that has fallen through. This year I am planning to do the Marine Corp Marathon but right now I am wondering if that will happen due to scheduling issues.

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Early recovery is about a month, full recovery is 4-6 months. It hasn't been a week yet, I need to work on patience. We leave for a one week trip in 3 weeks, the first time away in two years. I have the routes planned for the GPS, the books ready for the iPod, the reservations all made. It is a mere shadow of the month long trips I used to plan for motorcycle travel, but it's been so long since I've done it. Hubby used to help me back then, he can't do that anymore.

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Another really nice day ahead, and back to work for me, with a busy day scheduled. I am going to try to get outdoors for something, either a walk or a run or something.

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How long does it take for recovery from this surgery Nell? Any word yet on whether or not you will need further surgery?

Glorious weather here, can't ask for better for late June!

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I'm having a hard time getting back into Spark mood, I just feel so punk. It's to be expected, but I feel like the world is moving in slow motion. It's so easy to overdo. My weight was under 100 pounds this morning, all water loss from not drinking enough, I guess, but it's just so darn hard to swallow.

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Ran with my friends this morning, the storm is gone and so is the humidity. It was beautiful out today. After the run we had breakfast and coffee outdoors and it was so nice.

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I walked about a mile yesterday in the rain, I did not meet my step goal though. I also went to yoga - yoga, twice in one week, yay me!

I've been trying to be more meatless, only eating meat once or twice a week. It seems to be going okay...also not tracking my food so much. I've done some general tracking but not diligently and my weight is staying pretty steady. I am worried that I will go off the deep end and suddenly gain a lot and I worry that I am not getting enough macro-nutrients, especially protein, but so far I have been feeling good and sleeping better.

Today is lunch out with DH. Not sure if I will just go with the vegetarian taco like last time...that did seem to work for me but I think was high in sodium.

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I had a nice day off yesterday, very busy and productive but in a relaxed sort of way. I was able to hang around in the pool and read for a while and went running with the group last night. I could definitely use more time off like that!

The outer bands of the tropical storm are here this morning, I had to change my clothes because despite the humidity, it won't get too hot today and the office will be chilly so I wore something a bit warmer. I don't think I will be able to get outside because of the rain - if I can I will, for at least a walk. I might go to yoga at lunch time or I might go to the YMCA this evening - they have a lot of options for classes. I'll play it by ear, it would be nice to get home early.

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First day of summer, one of my favorite days of the year, though I find it weird because then the amount of daylight starts to decrease and it is only three months until autumn...wish summer was longer. I took today off to celebrate the day and I've got the freshly washed beach towels on the clothes line. I've taken the car for emissions testing and treated myself to breakfast out - egg white omelet with a side of fresh mixed fruit and a bed of mixed greens. I've got some important paperwork to take care of, then I will enjoy the pool.

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My personal trainer was canceled yesterday so I went to the Y and did a sculpt class and then I stayed for yoga. I was reminded of how much I enjoy yoga and how much I need it - for flexibility, relaxation and strength. Somehow I need to find a way to incorporate that into my schedule.

Today I have an errand to do and that means driving in heavy Nashville traffic either on my lunch break or after work. I have yet to decide which...and I would like to go for a run today.

It is gorgeous weather this morning, cool and sunny. Wish I could have gotten out and enjoyed it...being at work at 6:00 a.m. is not necessarily my favorite thing but it helps to avoid morning traffic (afternoon, not so much).

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Best wishes to you Nell, you will be in my thoughts.

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Tomorrow is the day. So much to do today!

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Today I thought I'd get a new set of acrylic nails. I've been doing my own acrylics for about 5 years, but I thought I'd treat myself to someone else doing them. She did such a bad job, I threw $20 at her and came home and finished them myself. The woman didn't know what an oval was, I even drew a picture but she said she had never seen that shape. And she is the new owner of the salon. Lesson learned, I will never pay anyone to do my nails again, hands or feet. Last year I tried to get a massage, but that spa said that they wouldn't do massages on anyone who has had any surgery in the last year without a doctor's approval. The personal service industry won't be getting any more money from me.

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I imagine it must be so difficult not knowing what to plan for as far as duration of hospital stay and all of that. You are so well organized and have planned well so I know that it will work out for you Nell.

The race yesterday was good. It was not as warm as they predicted but it was certainly humid. It was about 70 at the start and humidity was about 95%. By the time I was done it was around 80 and humidity was about 75%. So even though it wasn't quite as warm, it was still not nice. When it's like that I just take my time and walk when I have to. I got to one big hill and walked and I almost wondered if I would be able to get up there just walking. It wasn't the hugest hill in the world either. But it was fun. There is a nice arts/crafts fair afterwards and we walked around there for a while. My weight is up a little bit and I hope it is water retention from sodium - I increase sodium intake before and during a race when the weather is like this. It's so hard to keep the electrolytes balanced and not get dehydrated.

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Stay safe on your run today, Gloria. I cannot imagine spending much time out in this humidity, let alone running in it.

Three more days to surgery. Today I make soup and freeze it in small containers in preparation for my return home. I just wish I knew if I will have one surgery or two, one day or two in the hospital. I can plan for the known, it's the unknown unknowns as Donald Rumsfield said.

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Oh, happy birthday Nell! I hope you have a nice day! I know you are busy prepping for the surgery but please take some time for yourself and enjoy!

I decided at the last minute that I will do a race tomorrow. It is supposed to be extremely hot and humid but I will be hydrating well today - the electrolytes will probably cause a temporary weight gain but it's just dangerous not to get plenty of sodium, magnesium and potassium in this kind of weather. The race is 10 miles, in a tiny town of 450 people. About a 1,000 people will be racing on hilly country roads. Then there is a cute tiny parade through the town and a big craft/arts fair, very nice. I'll be going with three friends, we will have a lot of fun.

I have been so busy this week, have gotten to bed late EVERY night. I decided to sleep in about 30 minutes this morning. I needed that 30 minutes.

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Today is my birthday, I'm 68. 4 more days until surgery, lots to get done. My birthday gift this year is the surgery, even with insurance it's really expensive.

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That's great about the cart Nell! Sounds like it will really help you. I get up at 4:30 every day, wish I could sleep later. Even when I don't have to go anywhere I wake up automatically. I am not a morning person at all, I've just gotten accustomed to this schedule.

Today is my co-workers last day. She and her husband are relocating. I am going to miss her so much.

I woke up hungry. That doesn't happen much and isn't a good thing. Since I am not training for a marathon right now I've been able to get rid of a couple of extra pounds I put on (oddly enough, for many people, running causes weight gain, not loss) and don't want to put it back on. Next round of marathon training starts a couple of weeks, I'd like to get another pound off before then because once my mileage increases, my weight might too.

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I can't believe I woke up at 4:30. I had to stop taking ibuprofen in anticipation of my surgery next Tuesday, and my neck really hurts.

I got the cart assembled, and it fits in the garage exactly as I'd hoped.

Nell
Reston, Virginia (DC suburbs)

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


 current weight: -2.3  under
 
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