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1/30/15 5:32 P

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Morning, I was up at 6am and was happy to have the rain. My room has been around 22degrees during the night even running a pedastool fan almost continually - I am delighted to see some rain and hope it drops that night time temperature for me, so I can sleep better.

I am taking less tramadol/paracetamol now as I am worried about taking so much and especially for a long period - so far I am coping okay so will try to stick to the lower dosage.

Pearl you are right tricyclics (sp) are the most common starting point

Angelique - sounds like your son visiting may be a good thing to look forward to this week

Ros - Hope you do well with WEC this weekend - I'm aiming for a blackout

Gillianne - even my "baby" has finished school now, but she starts polytech in a couple of weeks and her loan only covers so much so I will have to fork out there too - and here I thought it was going to be my first year without all that cost LOL


Hope we all have a good week this week

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Good morning all.

Goodness me, I woke up to some drizzling rain... and a lower temp..
I am sure all the grass and weeds will love that fine drizzle today.

Hope you all are having a nice weekend so far :-)

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1/30/15 1:31 A

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Hi All


My son's coming up next Friday with being a long weekend.

I finished painting the barge board and almost ready to start on the house cladding. Amazing how good things look when they are freshly painted. it's a bugger I can't get to the side barge boards, as they are in a really bad way but I can't reach them and will have to get someone in at a later date to do them from the roof. Then later, I got sick of looking at the filthy light shades in the lounge and got on my step ladder and cleaned those, gosh they were dirty and look great now.
In between working on the house, I've been micro rooting my reborn doll. So I'm not far off finished with that, he has long wavy hair atm.

After all that, I felt exhausted.

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Good one Westchick!! emoticon usually when you are nice to people they are nice back. Nice-ness disolves anger. Making jam will certainly be a good responce.

That is a lot of medication Deb. Far out, I feel for you. We take our health for granted aye. I heard that tricyclics help with neuropathic pain disorders such as fibro.

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Good evening all :-) Hope you all have a great weekend :-)
Yeah I know I keep forgetting to look in here.

Had a quick read of all posts and so much is happening.

Declare: I hope you can get back off all them meds again real soon. As you were doing great.

Pearl: Hope all injuries are healing up ok :-)

Ros: Hope you are having great weather over there in Vietnam... NZ is hot :-)

Mumsey: How are you doing? :-)

TF: Hope you are also doing great :-)

Gillianne31: Well done on your exercise... keep up the good work... yep school uniforms and school stuff is not cheap...

Angeliquenz: Hmmmm thought about your situation.
The house your son brought for you, was it a mortgagee sale... and the neighbours are peeved off because their friends lost their home? Maybe they are hurting with their friends forced out. So they are trying to drive you away?
If so maybe is it worth it to invite them over for morning tea and then let them get to know you as a person an neighbour.
If this is not the case.... and the neighbours are just being twats with their loud music... then put on some OPERA music and play it loud.... over and over the same song... lol.
But do keep on doing your home up... and show them that you can do it...
Oh and when they pop outside... tell them THANKS for the fruit... much appreciated as it was so yummy and it also makes great jam too...
Watch their faces when you say it.. that should stop them chucking it over the fences at your clean home.

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Hey Pearl - yeah looks like I am in line for a few rough patches again
Stress is a huge factor for me
They gave me a shot which had little to no effect and we waited it out, and I am now on 100mg tramadol and 1000mg paracetamol every 4hrs, back on nortriptyline (6 tablets a night 150mgs) yep that is back to 22 tablets a day - hope to be off the tramadol by the end of week but not back at gym yet as still in pain and have limited mobility emoticon

In more positive news I am still losing weight - hopefully not the little muscle I had built up



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Angelique, you sound like your in a better place.

Deb, that sounds really bad. Part of your fibro? Goodness, worse than a 10Lb baby...that sounds awful. How did they treat it?

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Hi All

thanks for your support, I had that call this morning and she emailed some forms for me to fill in. I didn't rest up afterall, instead I scraped and sanded about 3/4 of the barge board along the back of the house, had to come in and shower and went to Bunnings and purchased a scaffold plank which will be delivered shortly, I just couldn't keep going up and down the ladder. I just finished off the last of the sealing around the door and that's that job done.

I was naughty, I stopped into McDonalds and had a wrap and special coffee.

We've had a couple of showers here, so forced rest :)

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Pearl. Gillianne I love your tips for Angelique and may borrow a few of them in the future

Angelique emoticon but woohoo Girl go you for not getting discouraged enough to throw in the towel, keep up the good work around the house and in your eating and wellbeing

I am doing well my BLC team won the first week of our challenge - sadly I was only a small cog not a main player in the success but I aim to keep being an essential part of the machine - this week was another loss so I guess I am on target with that emoticon

I spent Friday/Saturday in hospital - Friday I was like the screamers in a childbirth movie except it was due to pain in my arms, I even suggested they chop them off. It started Thursday night in the back of my hands and got stronger and spread as Friday progressed - it was the worst pain I have ever had. Worse than a 10lb baby, worse than a nail through the foot, worse than anything I remember - and nothing could take it away

Luckily by Saturday afternoon I was back to usual pain levels and able to function

Sunday I went to the Jet Sprints - it was good, but next year I want to be feeling 100%

Today I am back at work after 9 days off - shame really

But oh well hehehehe




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Hi All

Hope everyone is doing well?

This morning a person from the community organization called progress to Health is going to ring me. I've been keeping myself busy doing the house up and yesterday waterblasted the house in preparation to painting, which wasn't easy as I have a back injury so this morning I'm in pain only to find the neighbor has been throwing fruit at the house last night, I heard noises last night and there is fruit on the deck and on what was the clean cladding. Nice. I'll keep going but will rest my body this morning maybe do some micro rooting on my doll.

I've been eating healthy since I've moved here, I haven't had any sugar, bad fats or carbs. The work being done on the house and property is my exercise for now.

Hope everyone has a good day

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Gillianne, good advice emoticon

I would suggest you look for a support group where you can make some friends. friends make all the difference to life & all it's struggles. Tokaroa is a small town, so I can imagine this could be quite a challenge. Maybe the newspaper will have some ideas of a group you can join. Volunteer work is another option. It's amazing how good it makes you feel.
Take a break from the neighbors. Try not to ruminate on the bad things, it's messing with you.
Have an attitude of gratitude. This is tricky when your feeling low, but get a pen & paper out & think of every good thing in your life. EG: Your son has ??bought this house for you. You do have a roof over your head. Maybe your health?When you find the positives, keep the list on your fridge or somewhere you can see it.
Lastly, laughter. A funny movie, book, or jokes. Anything that will make you laugh. I love being silly around my friends. I love laughter, makes you feel so good. If there is no way of finding laughter in this difficult place, can I suggest something you may find really strange?
Put a pencil between your teeth & don't let your lips touch. This is mirroring a smile & your brain thinks you are & you will release happy hormones!!! I have done it myself,so I know it works.
I hope this helps

I haven't been on here much. Been watching my food, but not counting much. Not getting much exercise as my leg has been sore. I went for a walk on the beach with a friend this evening & it was fine. Yes Westchick, I feel a bit like I have been in the wars with injuries this summer. Slowed me down ++. Usually by now I have done heaps of exercise & lost heaps of weight. I'm not stressing about it. It is what it is.

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everyone

I've been missing in action but mainly having outings that involve family, friends and exercising. But now time for kids to get ready for school - its not cheap.

Angelique, there's not much to be said about your situation since you've painted it doom and gloom. All I can say is that I can feel the anguish but you need to get out of that rut. I feel sorry for you and your son. Your son sounds like a wonderful man who cares for his Mum. This would be distressing for him knowing that his Mum is so stressed. Surely there is a silver lining somewhere. In any case, I pray that things will begin to look up. Everyone here can only say so much because the rest is up to you but the support is here. We can give our little ten cents worth of advice, but whether you choose to do it or not is up to you. You do sound like you need some advice from those who have experienced what you are experiencing or from professionals. I know the rest of us do want you to feel better but I for one can say I'm not a counsellor. I'm only someone who can try to give words of comfort support and encouragement...as much as a person who is online and doesn't know you very well, can.

My health journey is going well so far because my mind is in the right space. Its all in the head, don't you think. When I decide I'm too tired to do anything, then that's what I feel. Yet today, I felt tired but made myself start a walk in the park. By the end of it I felt invigorated. So yes we can get over that hurdle when we put our minds to it. I did a boxing class yesterday and I thought it was a killer! I just wanted the whole thing to end. I believe you've got to find something you enjoy when it comes to exercise. Boxing is not really my thing...

Hope everyone else is getting on well with the health journey. Keep plugging folks.



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Hi All

I'm struggling to keep it together, I just keep crying. I don't want to be here. Neighbours on both sides play music so loud I struggle to hear my TV. It's starts at 7am in the morning. There was loud music last night until after 3am, then another neighbour beside me started up before 8am this morning. I can't handle this, this isn't a place I wont to be in. My son thinks he's done me a favour by giving me my own place, but I feel so upset and scared

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Good morning all :-)

Another sunny day in paradise :-)

Pearl: Goodness me you have been in the wars over the past few months...
Hope your injury with the fall won't take too long to heal.

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Thanx Deb! Gunna need that.
I face planted b/c I tripped on something & lost my footing. I whacked my head on a rock. My instant thought was that I would have a concussion..but not even a bruise. Thank God.
Need my brain!!
I have a multitude of purple bruises on my knees & R arm. Certainly been in the wars lately. I laugh it off b/c I guess that's my character. I have a fun time telling ppl my friend pushed me in...makes for a good story emoticon
Luckily I am a nurse, so I have been changing my own dressings. Looking better today, but still weeping a bit. After the dog bite,I had to have 3 lots of antibiotics. It was a severe bite & nasty infection. I am scared of dogs now too.

Those neighbors sound dodgy. I hope you haven't bought into a bad area. Glad your keeping busy with doing things around the house.

I had chocolate yesterday, 1st time since beginning of the year. I'm proud of myself that I had some & didn't fall off the wagon. Sometimes when things like this happen I thing...well, I obviously messed up,I may as well just keep on eating.
Non scale victory right there!!

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Hey all.
Yep missing in action yet again... lol

Hey you all have a wonderful weekend :-)

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Hi all,

Declare- Congratulations! Off to a roaring start with BCL 27 me too, I only have 4 lbs to go before I am back at my pre-Christmas weight! I can do this!!! Zoo idea sounds great. It is decades since I have been to a zoo in NZ and it would be hard to beat the Singapore Zoo where all the enclosures feel so natural. Let me know when you are down in Wellington just in case we are there at the same time. Glad to hear that your daughter has found a place to stay though.

Helen, wow you got a bit more than you bargained for on your walk but so glad to hear you didn't bash your head. I trust the wounds will heal quickly.

Wow Angelique what an adventure you are having with your move. Sounds a bit frightening really so I am glad you have an alarm and are willing to dial 111. It might be a good idea when your son is there to go and introduce yourself to your neighbours to kind of break the ice a bit.
Glad you were able to retrieve your cat though as that could be a worry. Still soon it will be home for him and you won't have to worry so much about him getting out. But please keep safe. It sounds like you are being very proactive and making some steps to put things right in the house and make it home. I will continue to lift you up. That you will know grace and peace.

Gillianne sounds like you are really on track too. Congratulations!!

Today I was out in the countryside to the opening of a library at a lower secondary school. It was fun and everyone wanted their picture taken with me. I am really happy with the way they have organised the library and are promoting reading.


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Sorry I have been AWOL

WoW Angelique, hopefully word will spread you're the new owner and your problems will stop as it seems the intruder etc all may be connected to the previous resident. Maybe that is why the corrections person "announced" it.

Pearl - I'll add you to my prayer list for quick healing

Ros - I'm doing well with BLC and have lost this week even with TTOM so am delighted

My Nana had a small heart attack during her surgery and due to a few complications was kept in hospital for two days but is now home and recovering well - I had a lot of people praying for her so I am sure that helped.

I am on holidays till next week so am off to Hamilton tomorrow to see Nana, and plan to go to the zoo. I haven't been to Hamilton Zoo for 15 years! I love Auckland Zoo I go at least once a year. I was hoping to have my first visit to Wellington Zoo this week as it was meant to be the week my daughter moved, however they got declined on the first couple of houses and the one they got accepted for is not available till Valentines Day, and I guess she will now be moving on her own. This place is half the size, further from her work and the University and yet its a little more expensive, but she is relieved they have a place.

On a positive note when I do go to visit they'll be all settled and we can hopefully just enjoy a visit and some of Wellington, which I've not really experienced at all, other than the ferry terminal lol.



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Hi All

Thank you all for the advice and prayers.

Looks like I had an intruder at 1am, I ended up ringing Police. I set up an alarm on the outside that has a receiver inside, I placed it on the top railing of the veranda so that it couldn't be triggered by cats on the driveway, it's at the side of the house, a couple of houses down seem to be noisy since the afternoon and their music was still going but not loud enough at mine to bother me but then my alarm went off, I lept out of bed grabbed my torch and shone it through the windows around the yard but couldn't see anything, but I heard the odd noise outside, I went from looking in the back to the front but couldn't see anything, then while looking out the front window I spot a Police car race into the house a couple of door down, a police officer jumps out of the car quickly talks to someone there and then leaps back in and races off, a couple minutes later my alarm goes off again. Dogs went nuts barking, I look outside again, and while looking outside see someone from the other house down the road outside on the footpath and it looked like they were holding a fence paling or something, heading this way, I wasn't feeling safe at that point so rang 111.

Yesterday, I had a woman come to the front ranchslider and she actually tried to force it open, she was yelling out "anyone home" and knocking madly, she attracted the attention of the neighbour that's been noisy and she spoke with them, she said looks like someone lives here its open but locked, I went to the door and she was from Corrections Dept, she asked if I was connected to Larson, so shook my head, I pointed to the sale sign on the fence but then the cheeky woman, turned to the neighbour and said she's bought the place. What right has she to tell someone my business?

Then I accidently left the kitchen window open when I used the oven being so hot n all, and I forgot to close it, later when I went outside to close the gate I spotted and found Tigger had escaped out of it, well panic set in, luckily he came when I called him though he then ran off and I had to chase after him and catch him.

So it was a nerve racking day and evening though yesterday morning I went out to Bunnings and got some gap filler and made a start on sealing the outside windows of the house as it's never been done. Despite the heat, being up my ladder and doing something like that felt good. I ordered a lawn mower so when I finally get that and mow these long lawns the place will look better, I also selected some paint colour charts for the house.
The company that was supposed to do my carpets and clearly didn't are coming back this morning, which I'm not looking forward to but the problem is they can't do all the carpets as there's no way the furniture can be moved in the bedrooms and no where to put it which is why I wanted them done before I moved in. So when he comes, I'll advise him just to do the lounge and I'll tackle the bedrooms at a later date with my own machine. At least the lounge should look a bit better despite all the stains.
A joinery company emailed to say they'll be in touch with me today, I just hope we can fix things up on our limited budget.

Wishing you all a good day
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Angelique, I hope things are better as you tackle things day by day. Pearl is right, do vent and express yourself but you can't let it consume you to point of breakdown. Her advice of talking to yourself with a kind mantra is certainly a step in the right direction.

Pearl! I read that you enjoyed your walk with friend and then in the next sentence you say you fell in the water and gashed yourself!! Honestly, what was the enjoyable part? Thank goodness your friend was on hand to help you. Sounds gruesome when you say weepy. Is this going to hinder your health journey? Dog bites...I'm scared of dogs for that reason. I understand about healing slowly. As we get older, healing does take longer. I still have an obvious scar on my knee that's never left when I fell down my brothers steep driveway. That was two years ago. Well this is one of those tests again. I'm sure these things happen to test our resolve, our patience etc. what's that saying? It's not the problem that is the issue, it's the way we respond that is the key -- or something like that. You will just have to pick yourself up again. I hope it's not too debilitating. Get better soon.

I have been eating and exercising well. I meet up with friends at 5.30 am to exercise but I'm getting tired from lack of sleep being the insomniac that I am. Think I will take a rest. I have a little one of 2 years that runs me ragged too. Must head off as she's pulling at me while typing!

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Angelique, moving house is a major life event. It may seem exciting etc to start in a new town & a new house, but it's also one of the biggest stressful things you will ever do. Take some time to express your emotions, don't keep it in b/c then it festers like a breaking down wound. remember this is normal & this too shall pass. Just don't stay there for a long time...there is no set time where you will adjust, but be kind to yourself while you are there. tell yourself kind things..." I'm ok, this is just change, this will pass, this is a normal reaction, everyone has some sort of reaction when change happens, even good change. I'm going to be kind to myself during this time". It does sound hard that your neighbors are loud. I also pray that settles. AC sounds like a fantastic option! Does the shower not work or is there no shower?

Gillianne, I really enjoyed my walk in the bush last night. My friend & myself walked down to a stream (off the bridge) & I fell in the water. It was only 5cm deep but I did a face plant & gashed my leg. Luckily I didn't crack my head open on a rock, it got the side of my face though. It's quite weepy this morning, but I have dressed it again & I think it will be ok. I had a dog bite about 3 months ago that took ages to heal. I had to have a special wound nurse come & do the dressings, took so long to heal. Now I have matching puncture wounds. that will stop my legs from arguing who is getting the most attention!!!

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Hello everyone

Angelique, I really felt your pain and must agree with RosinV that you are too hard on yourself. It is early days and being in that heat could not have helped your mood. I'm glad you rang Lifeline when you needed to. Just knowing someone is there on call is good. That was yesterday, today is a new day. Purpose to not let everything upset you. You are setting up for long term and it takes time to settle. Once your Home feels like a Home, you will be better off. For now you must work towards making it a home. I too will keep you in prayer. You are a fighter judging from times you've overcome past decisions but don't let the past affect you today.

RosinV, thanks for words of advice. I never get sick of hearing that this has to be a lifestyle change. It's good to be reminded. I found it funny to read about the fat cells holding on. No one has described it to me like that before😄.

I must head off to pools now. Family event so lots of planning and packing.

Remember Angelique, be strong. Take deep breaths when it seems to become overwhelming. Maybe even walking or doing a favourite pastime will take your mind off things. Kia Kaha.



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Hi there to you all,

Angelique, Sorry to hear of your struggles. Moving is very stressful, so be kind on yourself and remember we are all here. So glad to hear you are back on line.
Sorry to hear about the heat, but glad you were able to have some cold baths to cool down some. Mum has a two way heat pump in her house and it is wonderful, so would heartily recommend it both for the heat and the cool. Just give it time to settle in and I will be praying for you.

less that two weeks to go before I am on that aeroplane!!

Hi Gillianne great to see you on the thread and yes slow and steady wins the race. Its making small changes and keeping those changes that will make the difference in the long run and the NSV's are key as the scale is so deceptive. I found that my weight loss was not linear at all and I understand the sometimes the body tries to hold on to fat cells by filling them with water before they are finally released so the key is to hang in there. Remember it is not diet but lifestyle change that we are after.

Declare how are you doing with the WEC? just wondering, as we are really into the BLC first week now. Wow you really have come a long way since first starting eh! Congratulations, it is great to look back and see how far you have come, and if you hadn't made the decision to move forward you would still be back there in that wheel chair and maybe worse! So congrats emoticon Sorry to hear about your Nana's surgery I trust it will fix the problems and reduce her pain.

Pearl one of the things I love doing when home is walking in the bush, so feeling a little bit envious of you.

WC hey maybe when I am in Auckland we can meet up. Just need to figure out my schedule!



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Hi All

I am finally back online after being messed around by Vodafone again. I'm not good. This house is so hot and with 2 indoor only cats I can't open it up so today enquired about getting a heatpump in. The house is a lot worse than I thought, there's so much needing to be done and I can't even have a shower, but I've been so hot I've been having cold baths. I rang a company today to get a builder here to look at the bathroom and kitchen, but there's just so much work needed to fix this up and my son has ended up with a lot less money to do it up than we had planned. So I'm going to have to get out a personal loan and even then it's not going to be much to get the basics done.
I have neighbours on both sides that play really loud music outside. I was left alone to unpack the house and garage and sort everything. I have been so overwhelmed and so overheated I just keep crying, I wish I was back home. I don't know if I could ever settle here. I have made some huge mistakes in my life and I just keep allowing them to happen and each one is worse than the one before.
I rang lifeline desperate and in tears unable to talk as I was so distressed.
My cats are suffering from the heat too, they just lying around all the time and one has been sick a few times. They not going to the toilet much I think they're dehydrated. I've left extra water bowls around for them.

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Hi Pearl, that sounds like a great plan for tonight - to go for long walk and do bursts. What do they call that - intermittent training. But unlike you I'm not one who relishes hills at all! I have gone for hilly walks but usually at someone's insistence, never voluntarily! You really are quite active. Some of us here are at different levels. I'm in a good space right now but I know there will be fluctuations in motivation and it will be these moments, that encouragement will make the difference.

Hey I'm going to use that term NSV non scale victories. I love it! I listed my NSV before in this thread. So that like you, I would not be discouraged by that number on the scale. Nevertheless I can imagine how it's like a thorn in your side. I personally love going by loose clothing.

Oh most definitely I'll be Walking Round the Bay's - I am no where near running stage!
I would love to cycle like you do., I'm envious when I see how relaxed people are in cycling..except I don't know how to ride a bike. Probably more important than that, I have a mental block against cycling since an old boyfriend died in car/ bike accident. Nonetheless I'm always admiring people who cycle long distances. My stepdad cycles everyday to work.

I better get back to my de cluttering job. I think I'm procrastinating by always jumping on Internet...I don't know how many times I de clutter but it just feels like I've made no dent ( big sigh).

Gosh West Chick, I'm also in West auckland. I thought you were in the West Coast of South Island!

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She's in west Akd.

Gillianne, I don't think of you as a know it all...at all! I'm aware of same exercise plateaus. I do try to mix it up a bit. I'm planning on going for a long walk this evening when it cools down a bit. There is a really nice bush walk (uphill mostly) that I really enjoy. I sometimes cycle to my friends house & we walk together from there, adding another 10-15min. From what I have read/watched, slow long walks with small 20mn burst of intensity works for the preimenopausal (not quite at menopause). youtu.be/r429JkrYshw
I try to follow this, but sometimes I do have more of the fruit he doesn't recommend. I have a few smoothies esp in summer. That is still low fat, but a bit higher in carbs than what he recommends. But mostly I focus on high protein.
My scales say I'm still about 90kg but I can see NSV (non scale victories) such as my clothing being looser & how I look in them. Annoys me the NUMBER doesn't please me, but it's also about focusing on NSVs.

Around the bays sounds great. I wish I could do that. Presume you would be walking it?



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Hi everyone, it's so hard to sleep in this excessive heat...but we always complain about weather...a favourite pastime of mine. I usually use weather as an excuse not to do things. Oh it's too hot to exercise and yet there's always the pool. Or it's too cold to exercise and yet we heat up during exercise and we can add layers. I've seen people run in the rain and that challenges me.

Pearl, I'm not too far behind you. I'm 47 years old this year. You mean it's going to get even harder to lose grams boohoo hoo ( just jiving). Gosh it's impressive that bike ride you do. I'm even more impressed that being on 90 since October, you are not letting that stop you continuing on the health journey. It shows real stamina and determination. There are articles on here that make suggestions if you plateau. I think one thing I'm conscious of is that our bodies do get use to the same exercise so every now and then we have to change it, either by increasing the intensity or adding other types of exercise to current repertoire. I haven't done that. I hope I dont come across like miss know it all. As far as I'm concerned WE ALL KNOW what to do. It's the APPLYING and LIVING IT! I hope this lets people know that I welcome advice.

Im considering doing the Round the Bay's. I've done this before years ago but I'm thinking about doing it with my kids.

WestChick, where are you in NZ since you speak of meeting up North. I'm relatively new and still trying to get my bearings as to where everyone is from. I love how you write 'in paradise'. It's a reminder of how good we have it.

Ok it's Monday - better living everyone😄

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Gosh it's another hot sunny day in paradise :-)
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend..
Yep if any come further up north and wanna meet up :-)

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Been dropping in to load food/ex up but that's all the last 2 days. Been busy with work & work related stuff. Uz fullas have been chatty!! Wouldn't it be interesting if we could all get together!!

Gillianne, yip I think having JUST turned 48, my body is holding onto every gram of fat. I honestly don't know what is happening as most of the time I am within spark calorie range & I exersise almost everyday. That's usually a 90min bike ride. So i sit on 90kg. The heaviest I think I have ever been in summer. Usually I am so active I loose a good 10kg. I was 90 in October & I'm still 90...grrrr

Deb, that's good how far you have come. Taking it slow is always good. When ppl wizz past me on their bikes I tell myself that is ok, this is not a race. You would think your hubbie's friend would know he hadn't run in ages. Good luck with the family drama. I separated from my husband a little over a year ago. One less drama...his family!

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Awesome work Declare on your food and exercise. Its a major triumph when one can do this while drama is on. We can't let family dramas get in the way of our health journey. If anything, we need the right foods and exercise more during these times. Well done. Yes we newbies do sense that you have your mojo back (big grin).

I hear you loud and clear about the difference between 'I am a runner' to 'I use to be a runner'.

Gosh that's huge news about your grandmother. I will pray that this operation will be the panacea to all the problems she's been experiencing.

I'm in a good place at the moment in terms of my food. My portion sizes are smaller and I get fuller quicker. Proof maybe that finally my stomach has shrunk, ie, the internal stomach because the outside stomach is hanging as ugly as ever! That's my number one problem area since I'm apple shaped. I have such a strong desire to get rid of it. As for the exercise part, I'm doing it BUT I need to be pushed.

Well this health journey is a day by day thing where we encourage ourselves and other times forgive ourselves for slipping up but still trying to plug at it regardless. Ooh its hit 1.13am, my insomnia is a problem but I'm meeting someone at 7am for exercising...if it wasn't for meeting them, I could just sleep in...

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Ros - I am actually pleased with myself today - was good with food and exercise even with everything going on.
My 87 year old Nana had surgery today we were very nervous, but although she was in theatre twice as long as we were told she would be she seems to be doing well and will hopefully have a good recovery. She had her gall bladder removed as it is thought her kidney problems and resulting inflammation that was so bad it caused a lump in her back will be eased by the removal - not being up on medicine and with how often my own medical teams have been wrong I am just hopeful this works for her as she has been struggling to breath, passing out and in pain

Gillianne - when I first got involved with SP properly way back when I was needing a wheelchair for anything further than about 10metres - when your body demands you pay attention and you learn by trial and error the damage trying to "jump in" causes you soon learn to ease into it. Your hubby has a typical male approach and often people get away with it but there is a big difference between "I was a runner" and "I am a runner" and there is a big difference between a walk around the block and a 3 hour hike

As to so much happening in here at the moment I LOVE IT - this is what it used to always be like - I think us oldies have our mojo back and the newbies sense it :-)

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Oh goodness, in just a few days away, so much has happened! Fast and furious on this thread:). I've been queasy this week, but I'm still eating well and today was the only day I rested from exercise. This heat is intolerable though!

All the best Angelique with the move to Tokoroa. I've stayed only one night there when hubby had a conference there. I found the locals really friendly. Good thing about social media is that you are never alone. So while you are on your own in Tokoroa then this thread will keep you company:)

Rosinv - you must be delighted to come to NZ and get the chance to see family and friends. You have such a busy schedule and the 6 week course sounds interesting. It would be so lovely to hear you meet up with some of the people on this thread you've communicated with for so long. Would love a photo posted when you do:)

Declare- that fluid retention doesn't sound good and I'm not impressed with your doctor if he ignores it. I was admiring your post describing how you started off small in exercise then built your way up. Nice and gradual. I've chastised my hubby about plunging in. He hadn't run for two years and then he decides to go for a run with his friend who is super fit. But because of his competitive manly pride, he ran at the pace of his friend. There was no surprise when he pulled a muscle and partially ruptured his Achilles! I say gradual is the way to go and you have set a good example for us all.

Pearl - is it you who is trying to break the 90 kg mark? Well that's me, I feel I'm stuck on this number and am trying to get below it. But then I remind myself of other benefits so far.

WestChick - how are you faring on this health journey so far?

I'll sign off here. Hate typing on iPad. I have to attend to my three little monkeys now, make that four, with hubby hahaha


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Pearl I will be in NZ for 10 weeks, the first two in Petone and the Wairarapa then I will head up for a few days in Hamilton visiting my sister and then going to a leadership development course in Crystal Springs in Matamata. The course is for 6 weeks and apparently we get the weekends off, So I hope to make at least one trip to Auckland and one to Tauranga during that time. Then it will be most likely back down to the Wairarapa and Petone for the last bit before flying out of Wellington.

I am not sure yet about what transportation options I will have available to me during this time yet so it will all need to be worked out.

anyway it would be great to meet some of you face to face as we have been on this chat thread together now for years!!!


All the best for the move Angelique.

Sorry declare that you are having to deal with family dramas- they can be draining. I am trying to focus on the positive and letting go of the guilt when I blow it. It seems to be working at the moment and I have had three really good days since the start of BCL27

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Hi WC - hoping for a trip up to the Zoo before the end of Feb - was hoping for next week as I am holidays but some family drama means it is on hold - yep always family drama LOL

Anyway if I am coming up I will message you with a few days notice and see if we can have a "date"


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Morning all :-)
Another great sunny day is to be had, so loving the summer weather.
Wowee, I really must get on here a lot more often.. so much chit chat to catch up on.

Angeliquenz: Good luck with the move today. Tokaroa... small timber town... enjoy getting to know all the locals.

Pearl & Declare: Fibro does sound really awful.... and I hope you all cope ok with the heat and humidity at the moment.

Ros: Hope all is well for you over in Vietnam.


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I'm a Waikato born girl - its not that bad emoticon

I moved to Tauranga 11 years ago
Pearl -
Exercise in moderation is recommended for fibro by most specialists - its about finding a balance point and then being consistent - everyone is different but for me I can only build on my routine very gradually and if I take longer than a week off I pretty much have to start from scratch again
In the beginning I couldn't walk to the end of my drive and back 50metres
Two months later I could finally go to the end of the road and back 2kms
It was about 6months before I got up to a decent amount of cardio and now I am up to an hour a day usually, but due to health issues before Christmas the doc has put me back to 50% after a few weeks off the gym


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Deb, does exercise mess with yr fibro? It's hard getting into that space where you can get through several days without messing up. I find 3 is a majic number.If I can do 3days, I can do 4 & so on. GETTING to 3 is a mish!!

Angelique, all the best for the move. When do you start this pigramage? Your only 30+ min from Hamilton & similar to Rotorua. I used to live in Rotorua (AKA Vegas) & travelled to Tok sometimes. Rot & Hamilton are very cold. Have you got a fire in this new house?I find a fire makes a huge difference.I'd never live in Rotorua again without a good fire

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Same, I've never stopped at Tokoroa only passed on by it until we looked at this house.

I hoping to do the same, we sound very similar Declare

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I don't think I have ever stopped in Tokoroa - only driven through it - and that was a long time ago, but I'm sure it won't be too bad in winter and you'll adjust quickly

I am feeling mixed about myself at moment I have a couple of great days then am a bit naughty and feel guilty but at the same time know I cannot aim for that "perfection" we all crash and burn trying to achieve.

I had a great gym session yesterday and wanted to go straight after work today but now am busy so plan to go later tonight .... but I know that is likely to fall over as I hardly ever make it "later" trying to juggle what we want and what we need and what everyone else wants from us is a real mission some times

In my goals for the next 12weeks I am limiting bread etc - but today though I'm permitting myself bread I had a donut - not the high fibre grain roll or whatever that my mind accepts as ok - it tasted yum but the guilt isn't worth it so no more donuts for the foreseeable future


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Hi Pearl

No I don't like cold, I saw a comment where a woman in Tokoroa was asking advice about planting spring onions and said there was still frosts until early December. I'm scared of ice argh... but I just checked out what the average temperatures were and it wasn't that low it showed July and August low at 7. I hate frosts and over the last couple of years here we've only had a couple of light morning frosts yet ppl complain Upper Hutt is cold.

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I'm in too!

Your dools look cute! Well, are you prepared for the cold? Tokaroa is freezing.
You can talk to us if your down. We are here for you.

Are you on FB?I find it a good place to keep in contact with ppl & ask friends for help etc

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Ros, I am very keen on that - let me know a couple of dates and hopefully we can see if Pearl and Angelique will make the trip too and anyone else of course :-)



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Hi Pearl,

It was my son's idea, he just seemed determined to have me in my own place again. I sold my house back in early 2013 and as a temporary measure while I looked for a house I lived with my son at the time, there's a big story but son's situation changed dramatically and he had to move and suggested I put my money into a house for him and I live with him. So that's what I did, and we've been living here since July 2013. He's been set on buying another place, the only place he could afford to buy a home was in Tokoroa hence my move to Tokoroa. I spoke with my OT yesterday as I am concerned how I will cope, more because if I'm not well or anything I have no one around that I know who can help me. Also I have to arrange a new doctor, counsellor and OT when I settle in.
On the up side, I am looking forward to seeing the central north island and taking lots of photos as I like photography, I'm no pro but do I like taking photos. I also have my hobby of reborning dolls.

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Ros, how long will you be home for? Sucks having to share old yella emoticon but it was a very slow leed up to summer, so I'm enjoying it. Humidity is a bit sucky.

Angelique, can I ask why you are moving? Anxiety sucks aye. I've had issues with it too. I'm better now, but sometimes it can come back. It's no where to the point of insomnia etc that I used to have. Thank God. It was hidious emoticon

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Hi all,

Yep I am in Vietnam- in the North so yes we do have winter! It gets really cold, further north in Sapa it snows but here we just have this miserable drizzly rain. It gets to about 10 C which isn't so cold in NZ but humidity is so high here that the cold just seems to go straight to the bones. the houses are brick and concrete which means that they hold the heat/cold (what ever it is you dont want) and the windows/doors are very ill-fitting which means we have lots of cold draughts. I have an electric blanket- which is wonderful and last time I was home I brought a pair of sheepskin slippers which help a lot. And then I layer my clothes. Lots of lovely merinos from home and a great polar fleece, so I probably look like a snow man but never mind.

Today though we have sunshine!!! emoticon which I am loving even though it is cold.

Angelique- all the best for the move. Moving can be stressful so be kind on yourself. I want to encourage you to reach out to your neighbours and join groups that interest you so you can quickly build that support network around yourself. We all need that! Where are you from in the Hutt Valley? My home Church and support network are in Petone so I will be spending some time there when I am home as I need to catch everyone up on what is happening in Vietnam.

Hey while I am home maybe we could plan a coffee /walk in Tauranga/ The mount one weekend. Apparently I have weekends off from my course and I have a neice and lots of friends in Tauranga so I will like to try and get over there sometime while I am at home.

Declare- the heat could really be adding to the fluid retention as that used to happen to me. So if you are doing all the right things don't worry so much about what the scale says an for sure keep moving as sitting I found didn't help at all. especially the puffy feet ankle thing. Yep BLC starts tomorrow and I am looking forward to the discipline of it all. I really need to get the food thing under control.

But I also decided to focus on what I am doing right. I am not blowing it food wise all the time. Today I had a great breakfast and lunch. I went to the gym and I had enough sleep. I will rejoice in those victories and not just focus on what I ate after I got home from the gym.



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BTW I move to Tokoroa this Friday 16th January.

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Hi

I'm currently in the Hutt Valley moving to Tokoroa, I have a friend that is moving to Tauranga end of March so I will be visiting her then but in the meantime I will be all alone in Tokoroa, I'm glad it is so central. Whakatane is less than 2 hours away, so I don't have a prob driving that far. I'm planning to continue to visit my friend in Marton and that's a 6 hour round trip :)
I've lived in the Hutt Valley all my life so it's a big move, especially with my anxiety etc.

Thank you all for your thoughts and responding with me, it really helps to have people out there I can communicate with.

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PEARL - Angelique is moving to Tokoroa - but with a friend moving to Tauranga at roughly the same time, at least I think thats it emoticon
as to fluid retention - don't think its a cycle thing as I never had it till last year - I put it down to how overweight I am ... doctor seems totally uninterested in it ... its not pleasant - I tried some celery tablets last year which were meant to help - nope - I also heard drinking more water helps - I would have thought 3-4litres a day was enough LOL



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ANGEL, Trying to work out are you moving to Tok or Tauranga? I really hope it's Tauranga!!! I'm an hour south of Tauranga in Whakatane. moving is a big event in your life, be kind to yourself emoticon

Deb, that fluid retention sucks. Is it related to fibro or your cycle?



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Pearl he owns 4 acres right on the water front - it is basically two houses, some native bush, garden and a few fruit trees/chooks

Angelique - oooh that is definitely close enough for a visit especially if you have other people you know here in Tauranga :-)

My weight is still climbing but with how swollen I am I am not suprised I can barely fit any of my shoes due to fluid retention :-(

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Hi All

I too ended 2014 heavier than anytime over the year, I had lost a lot of weight first time because of my illness but then the medication put it back on and I've been battling that, but when I started the healthy eating I lost some but I haven't been doing that for a couple of months now and no exercise which I had done daily but it's been a stressful time with house buying and organizing the shift.

I am only a couple of days away now, almost everything packed up. I'm starting to feel a bit nervous now, part of me is excited about being in that lovely part of the country so central to everywhere. I'll be living up there alone and all my friends and family are down here in Welly. In the past if I became ill or anything was wrong, son wasn't far away to help but that won't be the case hereon in. I will have plenty to do once there, fixing up the house and property and making it mine, then I have my reborn dolls, I still have one to complete.

My furniture etc is being picked up Thursday morning, my son is going up Thursday night so he can do the final inspection on the house Friday morning and I drive up early Friday. The furniture is supposed to turn up late morning to lunchtime.

I'll only be an hour away from Tauranga, and I have a friend moving there end of March so I plan to go see her regularly. Anyone else that lives within an hour of Tokoroa and would like to meet up let me know.

Take care
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It's a small world! Is it A farm?

Had such a nice ride over but man it was hot work. I didn't leave home till just after 5pm & it was 27c according to my temp guage on my bike. It was worth it to wizz down Ohope hill as fast as I could. Never guess I've had issues with anxiety would ya!!

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Pearl - Ohiwa Harbour is where my husbands property is - it is lovely - especially if you are lucky enough to see the Orca

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Gillian, Ros is in Vietnam. I didn't realize it got cold there, I thought it was a hot country. I guess we are quite isolated down here & don't think much about these things.

Ros, I'm glad you feel better.

Decalare, I used to have the most wicked insomnia. Hidious few years. There were times it was a bit better, but mostly it sucked. Don't have that anymore..yaaa

Listening to y'all talk about having one slice of cake, blow it & pig out...whew...done that for years. I pigged out over Christmas, then it was my birthday, then it was new years.."Can the food just STOP please'. I am back to pre Christmas weight now. I'm trying to hit that majical 89kg mark. I haven't lost any of my winter weight yet.

Lisa...jelly..much..I'd love to loose 17kg..sigh. I can only hope. Difficult journey thinking that I may be over weight, but I'm an ok person.

I'm waiting for the day to cool a bit, then I'm going for a bike ride over to the beach. Went with friends to Ohewa harbour, the other side of Ohope beach for a BBQ last night. we were there till 8.30 & it only just started to cool a bit then. Lovely.

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Oh yeah that perfectionist beast. I call it 'the all or nothing' mentality. It's the reason why I have failed in the past. I use to work hard, jump on scales, see no change then give up or I ate one piece of cake then would pig out because I would think 'I've stuffed up I might as well eat like a pig' This year, I refuse to let the scales dictate to me or have those negative voices speak to me. I wrote down a list of measures other than the scales. I will write them here in the hope it might help others.

Change of thinking - being more aware of my eating and things like that
Change of habits - even if only one thing eg have cut down number of fizzles I drink
Feeling in control - I ate that I piece of cake because I wanted to, enjoyed it but not feel guilty, then continue eating well
More energy
Clothes fit looser
Skin feeling smoother
The glow - healthy glow on face
Change in shape even if only a little

Gosh it's so hot here that it was hard for me to imagine Pearl that you are in the thick of the cold. Declare, I'm really feeling your positivity for this year - it's infectious.. Rosinv - glad you are feeling better. I have every confidence you will lose those 2kg you mention because you have already lost the one:). Lisa I'm with you all the way with your goal. I need to lose between 20-25. Sorry if missed someone out. I can't see the thread when I'm on the iPad. Anyway ladies, it's so good to declare things here to help our resolve. Enjoy your day today and I look forward to hearing more about the little triumphs in each day.

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Morning all :-)

Hope you are all having a great day :-)

Wow so much has been happening since I last posted.... must get on here more often to keep up with you all :-)

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Woohoo Lisa that is awesome

This year I am hoping to do well I finished 2014 heavier than I started it :-(

I'm aiming for that 99kg goal - a long long way to go

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2015

I hope 2015 has started out well for everyone.
In 2014 I lost 17kgs so I am hoping for 20 this year.
If I keep to healthy food and exercise regularly emoticon



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Morning Ladies

Well I have a big week ahead with having to have everything at work ship-shape before 9 lovely days off :-) the official start of BLC 27 (we have had a soft start this week)
Miss 19 is currently in Wellington looking for a place to live with her BF they have 3 days down there to hopefully get something signed up so they can move in the next two weeks :-)

Seems a few of us struggle with the same things - insomnia is bad for me and the heat is making it even worse



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Hi all,

Great to see more activity on this chat. Pearl, the perfectionism thing is a big one with me too. I struggled a bit this weekend with it as I had such a blowout weekend and as I am still trying to deal with the Christmas weight gain I felt like a failure, and that lead to feelings of hopelessness etc, I have come to recognise this as a big fat lie as one blow out weekend or 3kg over Christmas doesn't mean all the weight will go back on. I just have to speak the truth to myself, I blew it for sure, but I don't keep having to, I can get back on track at the next meal and tomorrow and I don't just have to give into the downward trend.

So I am going to try a new activity tomorrow, I am going to cook something on plan such as Salmon that will be delicious and that I can look forward too and I can enjoy that good feeling of being back in control.

Gillianne, great hearing from you too! great to hear about your friend conquering her debt. It is such an achievement.

Well tomorrow is a new week and so all the best to you all for this week of good decisions that is ahead of us!

Oh by the way i am feeling much better today but the weather here is freezing and it has been raining most of the day, so I have just put on the electric blanket and will be snuggling in soon


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Roslin, sinus sucks. I bet it hurts like mad.I've only ever had it once or twice. He's to good health emoticon

GILLIANNE& ROS, glad you like those you tube clips. I watch as many as I can. I love the one about perfectionisim. OMG..I have come to realize I am such a perfectionist, something to try grab control of I guess. youtu.be/kvw3ZaGpVrA I am food, body & weight perfectionist!!

I'm a week since I started making better choices with food. Think I lost about 1kg, need to loose another 2 to get to pre Christmas weight. Can't believe I gained 3 kg in 10ish days. I know I ate 5billion cals a day...but 3kg seems excessive!

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Oops I forgot to mention Pearl, that I too struggle with the insomnia and I will be tackling this too. I love your description of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - so vivid and it explains it so well!

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Hello everyone, I so enjoy reading what everyone has to say. I'm not on here a lot but sometimes I check in without even posting a thing and I take away the gems of advice I read here plus the moral support.

I love the goal where not only do we deal with our physical health but other things like mental health, financial health, relationship health etc. You women are so inspiring!

I have been on track with my eating and exercising. Having the Sparkpeople App on my phone is wonderful for keeping me accountable. I've never been one to track calories but this app does the trick for me.

Declare - my girlfriend has just finished paying all her debt. Something she thought would never happen but she persevered and it has been her greatest triumph. Keep eyes on the prize and it will be well worth it!

RosinV - I hope the sinus problem clears up soon. sounds like the madness of 2015 has started in your place. congratulations for losing the 1kg already.

Pearl - I too enjoy the resources you put up to strengthen our resolve.

Accountability I have found is the key for me to continue this health journey of ours:) Here's to a good week everyone.

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