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3/2/15 6:57 P

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Hi all - am at work so able to pop in and say HI emoticon am really hating not having the internet on emoticon Should be all up and running by start of April - as long as Chorus are good with what Spark have said/done

I had a very productive weekend cleaning/organising etc and got an email today advising of a house inspection April 7th (Which will be 3mths since new landlord took over) so guess I'm on track to not have to stress that week LOL



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3/2/15 4:31 P

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Good cloudy morning :-)

Everyone have a wonderful day...

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2/27/15 12:28 A

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Hi Declare

Awesome news, lets hope you have many more days like this :)

Enjoy your weekend

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2/26/15 10:17 P

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Made it 13 hours without pain meds today - record for me this year :-)

TGIF everyone - HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND x


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2/25/15 11:28 P

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Hiya

yep the weather forecast doesn't seem to get it right very often hehe as I am typing this we are just having a shower cloud pass over us but today I walked back from dropping the car off then walked into town and then had to walk to pick the car up so I was lucky hehe

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2/25/15 10:05 P

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Was all grey here this morning WC and my phone said rain for today so the 3 loads of washing from last night were left in the basket in the laundry and by 11am it was blue skies and a great breeze - so gutted none of my washing will be dry and it would have been

Note to self - ignore weather predictions and just hang it out

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Morning all :-)

It is another great sunny day in paradise.

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Hi all - well its been 14 days without internet, 16 days since I asked to get installed. I sent an email of complaint this morning and if I have no reply will ring this afternoon.

I am doing okay with medications (back down to half a dozen a day) and am hoping to try the gym this weekend - think I may have said that already

Miss 16 got a job YAY and is doing well at her ECE course but is much younger than all her classmates

Master 18 had two interviews this week and has another on Tuesday - so fingers crossed he is finally making progress

Hope you are all well and happy


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Hi All

Well stayed in all day as told to by Vodafone and its almost 4pm and haven't had anyone turn up or call. On the phone to them atm, a bit rude to have me waiting at home all day and not turn up, just as well I wasn't working and taken time off. Just got the answer, Vodafone understood it was happening today, but the company that will be doing it claimed it was an estimated date which isn't true, so once again it has been escalated.

I talked with the council this morning about the lack of response to my noise complaint, and the head of the security company had the nerve to ring me and accuse me of all sorts of things, I wasn't in the mood so I ended up hanging up on him. I rang the council again and told them about the call and they're going to investigate it and go over all the recordings etc.

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Hiya

I haven't heard from Vodafone yet, but expecting a call before they arrive whenever that maybe, no idea if it will be afternoon or morning.

Well another night from hell, the so called better neighbour had loud music and partying outside all night and noise control failed to respond, they're supposed to respond within 15 minutes 2.5hrs later after multiple calls and being 2.30am finally I got some peace.

I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror before and in the last month my hair has gone grey! not surprising with the lack of sleep and stress I have endured here.

I've been out this morning and applied the 2nd coat of paint to the front of the garage, it's look so much better now. Yes I made as much noise as I could and the buggers next door are still in bed. I can't do anymore today as my hands sore from holding the brush.

Hope everyone has a good day

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2/24/15 4:05 P

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I'm not wishing anyone dead but isn't it a shame it was the good neighbor not one of the bad ones

I am giving them till tomorrow night and if no contact I am just going to get ADSL put back in (what Miss 19 had here) just peeves me off as it will be "old technology" and more expensive than what the fibre was going to be per month


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Hiya

I'm on Fibre Optic was put on just over a week ago, but my TV wasn't switched over which is being done this Wednesday.

Turns out it was my neighbour across the road that has the lovely garden that was hit by a truck and killed. So all the extended family have been at the house. Its sad, he was one of the decent ppl here and loved his garden, he asked our agent to make sure she sold this place to someone decent hehe

I drove down to Marton to see my friend, got stuck at road works just south of Taihape for a good 20 minutes engine off. Just before that, for the 2nd time my car computer crashed and rebooted, they couldn't find anything wrong last time, I also noted that the service centre here that's just done the first service hasn't reset the computer for the servicing so guess where I'll be tomorrow morning.

I got the quote to fix the bath and died of fright, there goes my kitchen refit for now anyway.

I might try and get some sleep, while things seem quiet.

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2/22/15 2:57 P

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Angelique - never boring in your neck of the woods - bet you are praying for some boring quiet times x

Well I am still being mucked around over getting an internet connection - I am just about ready to give up on getting an ultrafibre connection and get an old school ADSL one - If I haven't heard anything by this Thursday (Another week since my third call, and my new job got logged - apparently they mucked up the first job and couldn't correct it wtf?)

I really miss having the internet I use it sooooo much

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE X

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Hi All

Last night was forced quiet as the Police had the road cordoned off and taped off all night until the early hours, they were right outside mine where there was a small truck, I think there was a fatal crash involving the truck just a little way down the road, there was a floodlight just a few houses down. I had heard a car horn going continuously and the Police and Fire were there and paying a lot of attention to the truck and looking at it, then the Police photographer turned up at 1am, gosh I almost opened the window and screamed at the guy he opened and slammed his doors over and over, at that time in the morning there was no need for him to slam the doors on his flash new car.

Yesterday I got the lawns mowed and made a start prepping the garage for painting which I wanted to continue with today but my back is telling me I shouldn't :(

So I will see how I go. I am going to drive all the way down to Marton on Monday to visit a friend, he is such a trooper he is very disabled and in unimaginable pain barely able to move in fact day before last he wasn't able to get out of bed and eventually put things on the floor so he could fall out of bed, the poor guy. He's only my age and has dealt with this since he was a teen. He's a reminder to me that despite everything, my life isn't as bad as it feels. His body might be failing him but he has the most amazing brain and humour.

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Hello all :-)

I see that you are all having a very busy week.

Deb: please do not over do it..

Pearl: It is a 'ME, ME, ME....' generation growing up now.. it is all about them and no one else..!!!!

Angel: Buy one of those long water guns... when the neighbour goes out and the dog starts yelping/barking then squirt the dog and that should stop him barking or yelping... of get a Canon Bone and throw it over... that will keep the dog quiet for ages.. if asked you have no idea where it came from... lol
If you also have a dog control in your area... you can also ring them... just write down when it starts and when it stops... even if it stops for 10 seconds.. and starts up you write it all down as they need a precise time of it barking...
I bet others in the area are sick of it barking too..

TF: Glad that you are enjoying the new job.
It can be very rewarding but also hard work too..

I hope you are all going to have a wonderful weekend.

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hi everyone

hope you all having a good week and sticking to your plans. ive kept up my water intake and I think I might have to add up all the walks to the toilet as my exercise hee hee :) anyway having a good week so far - and yes deb it does feel like that at the moment, its early days and lets hope it continues and its not just all talk.... we will watch this space hahahahaha.

enjoy your weekend :O)


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W/C Oct/Nov is very busy. 9 months after Christmas/new years/ 50 shades of Grey! I'm almost full for October. Plan to take Jan off as my sister is coming out from UK.

Deb, hope the medication works out well.

What is it with this younger generation? My friends daughter only wants to work in certain places. Was at home & unemployed for weeks, not contributing in any way, didn't even register for the dole.

I know it's a while ago, but I did waitressing through my nursing to pay the way. No one else was going to help me. Miss 19 is moving to Rotorua next week to do accounting. We have paid 1/2 her fees & she has saved for the other 1/2. She has to get a job to pay her way from here. We can't just keep giving hand outs. Get off yr butt GF!

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Hi Declare

hehe I got myself out of the house this afternoon and drove down to Taupo and stopped in at Huka Falls and took some nice photos.

My boys have been fortunate, they've both been employed in good jobs since leaving school, they even worked before they left. They both seem to enjoy working which is really good. My youngest was off work for 10 mths as he needed back surgery but went back to work earlier than most after that type of op, he was doing really well and even went back into a physical job his doctor said he couldn't do and had to beg for clearance to return to work at first part time casual and built himself up. Though he's coming up due for an MRI to see if the bone graft has worked and all the metal is still in place. When my older son starts on dialysis that could be a different story too. It's been a beautiful fine day.

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So you'll be babysitting Angelique emoticon
Lots of nursery rhymes and children's music pumped through your speakers with the opera then hehe

I had my first "gain" in 8 weeks this week which was very disheartening but I hope it will be the last for a while

My youngest has the first day of a 3 day job trial today 4pm to 9pm so I really hope it goes well, she needs the money and the confidence boost

My son is still unemployed (Since October!) and although I know the job market is tough he is doing diddly-squat to help himself with all his "I don't want to do that" "I won't work there" "I was getting paid ... at my last job" comments I know he wants to be a mechanic but he may have to do something else right now. And yes he was on a good pay rate at his last job but it was as a casual and the job didn't last. Grrrrr rant over - and yes I have ranted the same at him at least once a week since November

Miss 19 is all settled in in Welly (Miramar) and had her first work shift yesterday in Crofton Downs Countdown (who she has worked for for 5years already) although public transport is in great supply down there it appears its a bit of a mission and involves a bus, a walk and a train to get there and will cost quite a bit each week OUCH - nothing like Mum's old free taxi service anywhere between 4.30am starts here and 2am finishes, most of the time was finished by 10.30pm luckily

I have been very busy with my BLC team and for the last two weeks have become their resident foodie - so that is a big commitment but fun




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Hi All

Sorry I haven't been contributing. Between being busy I haven't been upto to talking really. Although I do have a staff member of Progress to Health ringing me twice a week. I have packed on over 14kg over the last couple of months overeating. I need to curve my emotional/stress eating somehow.
Last night was another sleepless one thanks to the neighbours staying out all night and leaving their dog out yelping and whining all night. This is not a good neighbourhood I've ended up in. Once I start getting out and about I wont be here so much to hear it.

I must venture out and meet up if anyone is interested in having a coffee sometime soon.

I just posted a photo of my latest reborn doll, I made Ryan for my sister in AU. Though I'll have him here until she comes over next year.

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Hi TF - sounds like you have struck gold, a job that is rewarding, is supportive and works with you.

I have failed big time this week - I WILL do better next week

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hi everyone

ive had a busy week with work, now onto lots of training aswell, that's a little scary all that paperwork it will feel like being back in school.

so far the bosses are really understanding about fibro and one of the bosses has had fibro for about 10 years so I think im really lucky to have that understanding around me, as she is often telling me to slow down and to take things at my pace and to look after myself, so it feels alien that bosses are helping me instead of firing me like my last one 20 years ago. so yep onwards and upwards for me.

hope everyone is doing well and sticking your targets for the week. I haven't done exercise yet, but have started back up with green smoothie for breakfast and uped my vege intake and lessened my crap food. little amendments here and there will expand into a healthier lifestyle.



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2/15/15 3:00 P

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Morning Everyone

Hope you all have a fantastic week - I only have to work 5 days this week so that is a blessing - I do however have about a months worth of jobs to catch up on at home so will have to start trying to do at least 15mins a day or something

I am trying a new pain medication today - so far no allergic reaction so that is great - but not much pain relief either so will see how it goes as it is a slow release one and it has only been 1.5hours



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Oh it is so going to be another glorious hot summer's day.

TF: Welcome back and great news re your new job.

Angelquinz: Well done on your painting... shame about your neighbours tho... fancy them being up at 5.20am and bouncing a ball and playing loud music...
Maybe when you know they are sound asleep, then you put on a opera song with a high pitch singer and play it over and over loudly.... oh and you wear earplugs.... lol

Pearl: I am picking your busiest season is October & November.. lol

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend :-)

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I still think even though your probably feeling tired Pearl - your job would be one of the most rewarding in the world :-)

Happy Palentines Day everyone, I stole that from a friend lol





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I soooo feel for those of you with Fibro.I have no idea how it must be for you. The worst pain I've ever had was from the degenerative disk disease I have in my lumber spine. It has had times where it's been nasty as, but mostly it's fine. Must be hell living like this. I really hope you keep yr job Deb.

I haven't had a particularly good week with food. Not that I have been binge eating, just not counting & prob eating a few things I shouldn't. Still exercising well, so that is good.

I think too I had all my Feb babies all at once, 3 in 10 days. I had a very quiet January, but that was nice in many ways. Midwifery can be quite stressful. I am getting bookings for October now. It's crazy to be thinking about babyz coming in the spring when it's hardly the end of summer.

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TF - I knew a little of what you were up to thanks to FB but it is so lovely to have you back xx

Angelique - SO often the real estate agents lie - I don't know why anyone trusts one these days my hubby has been stung big time with a lease of a commercial building and extra costs - luckily he had most of it in writing so they sorted some of it but it is still rubbish and of course they apologise or whatever but he is still stuck with about $5k etc a year costs on his 2 year contract
As to the neighbours and their noise it is annoying but I prefer to hear about the noise than the throwing things at your house and scaring you etc so maybe that is a little improvement?


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Morning all

Hope you all have the best day you can.
Mine started early, with my noisy neighbour starting up loud music at 5.20am along with bouncing a ball outside. Things had been better but I still get woken up early every morning but this morning was much earlier so bugger it I rang noise control, but I think the very loud episode of loud music I just endured was a msg to me. Our real estate agent told me the neighbours were owner occupied yet that same agency manage the property as a rental, just another untruth she told us. When I finally got back to sleep I had a bad dream involving the neighbours and my estranged family members, so that's not good.

Anyway onwards and upwards, I am on the last round painting my next reborn, well I actually stripped this one I had done last year but wasn't happy with his colour, it's for my sister so I took him right back to a bare kit and started again. So I'm up to micro rooting his hair which is a blonde.

I have nearly finished the house painting, I'm on the last wall but the weather has been a bit dodgy otherwise it would be finished and it's been hard on my back an old injury from a train accident.

The plumber is coming next Wednesday to do some work on my bathroom and make it look and function better. I also have joiners coming next week to look at the kitchen.

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good morning everyone :)

Thanks for posting on my facebook page deb, it was nice to hear from you.

Ive got a job after 21 years of having fibro. I was so nervous about going for the interview but I felt strong enough within myself that this job is what I wanted to do. My boys are now 20 and 18 and are leaving home soon, and I know that if I didn't change something in my life I could easily get trapped in my depression again - I saw a advert for IDEA services, its is the organisation that cares for the IHC and elderly people with all sorts of disabilities. I took the plunge and I was awarded the position, I was so estatic,,, :0 the feeling of achievement was so healing.

im working part time as a casual care worker so I can ease myself back into the work force and I have to say im loving every minute of it. I love being back into the community and the people I am caring for are reminding me of how we all have good and bad days, no matter what disability we have we are all the same.

Anyway along with the new job and debs little reminder about my spark friends, I am going to try and balance my life out again. I got lost there for a little time as is a downfall in my personality at times when I forget to look after myself.

So as I have started a new chapter in my life I will commit to spark and enjoy your encouragement and give encouragement along the way and I will attempt to find my balance.

I still struggle with what I put into my mouth, and know that I am a emotional eater, and I haven't done exercise for over a year - due to illness and injuries, so I will slowly build myself back up again, and I know that the last time I committed myself to looking after me, I achieved a great deal of self respect and found strength within this forum.

looking forward to getting on track again. :)

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Morning all

Well Happy Thursday Everyone



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I wouldn't wish pain or illness on anyone but I would love my family and co-workers etc to live my life for a day just so they had a better understanding



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Of course we will keep you in mind and send out hugs Declare. I'm not going to insult you or Angelique by pretending to understand the situation you are in due to illness or to the desperation you both have felt. It opens my eyes. I'm sorry I can't do more except send support and love through words. Both of you are amazing women and don't forget that.

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Declare I'm so sorry to hear that. I walked out on my last job over 3 years ago now, I was already suffering from PTSD and anxiety, they were abusive and I ended up extremely distressed, I had a racing heart and chest pain throughout the last week I was there and unable to eat or sleep, that's how my selective mutism came about. I walked out without any notice, I had a large mortgage and lived alone, sickness benefit only covered the house bills, leaving no money for food, phone or to run my car and I even got stuck unable to get to or contact a foodbank, I found out how painful it is going for days on end without food, your stomach feels like it's eating itself, once a week I went down to the Community house where they distributed bread and vege, one day they opened early I arrived right on time and no food left, I still remember the desperation I felt, I hadn't eaten for days and still no food, I raided my neighbours grapefruit and lemon tree and I ate that. All that was still worth walking out on my job, I would have ended my life if I had stayed any longer. Through all that, I kept my house until I sold it, to move on.

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Angelique - I'm not brave, just desperate. The gave me a final warning despite medical certificates and an ambulance from work to hospital last time - there is nothing in NZ to protect me from losing my job as being unwell yourself is different from having to care for someone else (which is covered by regulations) and a condition with no "fix" has no empathy. On top of that I don't qualify for any help if I do lose my job to cover my debts - and do not wish to ever be in the situation of declaring bankruptcy


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Declare, of course you're in my thoughts and *big hugs* how brave are you. Good on you and well done to be at work and do your best. Trusting your employer will see your loyality and value.

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Hi all, I have had a couple of days in bed with my fibro emoticon but am back to work today - operating at about 20%

PLease keep me in your thoughts and prayers I cannot afford to lose my job for at least 2 years and most of you know I nearly got fired when I got ill last time

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Morning everyone :-)

Have a wonderful day :-)

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Good morning all...

I do hope you all had a great weekend... :-)
Cloudy to start our Monday off...

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Good morning all.

I used to go swimming and water-water in togs... no one is actually looking.... the bigger people got in the water in togs... sometimes wearing a t-shirt over the top at the start for me... but I soon gave that away.

Pearl: So how many babies for you so far is it this year?

Declare: It is better to lose a little at a time, than loosing too much too fast... so I am told.

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Hahaha Pearl. I am definitely not slim nor brave! I wear beach shorts and togs....plus a rash shirt over the top. I wouldn't be caught dead in just togs too. Not only because of my size but also culturally. Even when I have been slim (such an old memory now), I wore the same thing...

Umm what do you mean you had a baby...the way you wrote it, I thought you gave birth to a baby yesterday! I had to read it several times to realise you meant you had a baby with you.

I had dinner with my friends from Korea last night. The last time I saw them was in Korea 12 years ago...

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Hi Lisa! And everyone else!!
Hope y'all had a good Waitangi day come w/e.
I had a baby yesterday, so inside most of it. Went out for dinner with friends after which was really nice.

What I love about where I am on my journey is that I can have days where I prob ate a little more, or chose things that were prob higher in cals than what I should have...but wait, there's more...I just say, well, so what. Now what? Now nothing. So, you had one day. How we think does have so much power.

deb,500g is a safe amount to loose. It's a hard expectation to live up to 1kg a week. I'm finally loosing weigh, but man, the scales didn't move for ages. It was really hard. You are doing so well to be working still. This must be such a hard disorder to live with.

Gillianne, I wouldn't be caught dead in swimming togs! You are either slim or brave!


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Awesome observation Declare! I will keep it in mind. In my eyes losing 500grams is still a healthy loss and like you say it's better than gaining 500grams. Personally it's the psychological part that's the hardest. I tend to be all or nothing (not good) so for me your attitude towards this despite the circumstances and surroundings is marvellous. Maybe in the past you would have thrown in the towel but not this time ay.☺️

Went swimming. Honestly that's the best form of exercise. Easy on the joints, feel of water feels relaxing, no sweating, no weightbearing. It's especially great during the unbearable heat.

I'm trying to remember the non scale victories to put off this all or nothing attitude that is endangering my health journey. Coming on here reminds me of that. I must break this pattern because this is why I yo yo over the years.

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emoticon Gillianne

Okay so I am about to go and post a blog but thought I'd share something which is so simple yet hadn't really occurred to me until just recently

The fact I'm only losing half a kilo a week was a little disappointing as I was and had hoped to maintain a loss of around a kilo a week but I was trying to stay positive and thought "losing 500gms is better than gaining 500gms" which is true, and quite motivating, but then someone said to me 500gms a week till the end of the year is over 20kgs and you know what IT IS it is 23kgs!!! And think how much better that will feel!!! So yeah I am not going to be even close to my goal weight at the end of the year if things continue at this slower fibro pace but I WILL BE CLOSER THAN I AM RIGHT NOW

so maybe you can all keep that in mind too xx


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Congratulations Declare on losing weight despite certain situations that can easily set you back! This is inspirational! The other inspirational person is Angelique. I admire how you've taken the bull by the horns. Your house is going to look fabulous. Your spirits and strength is shining through.

I've hit a snag in the road so seeing how you two are not letting the situation get better of you, encourages me to be the same. I know it's not easy and there's ups and downs but it's clear that you are there 'fighting'.
I must emulate the same! Thank you guys. I needed the boost.

The weather is cooler - thank goodness! I couldn't sleep during those hot hot nights. Maybe I'm having hot flushes...

Pearl i was envious of your surroundings. Whakatane and Ohope I visited many years ago and I just remember how picturesque it was so when you talk about your bush walks, I get so jealous!

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Good morning all.
It is another great day in paradise (NZ)

Lisa_Caroline: Good to see you back... hope all is well down your way in the South Island.


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The sun is shining here in Canterbury for Waitangi Day! emoticon

I have put a patriotic game in the Fun and Games Forum. emoticon

Enjoy your National Day fellow kiwis. emoticon

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Hi All

Suns shining here, blue skies out the West side but cloudy over the East side.

Enjoy Waitangi Day

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Waitangi Day 2015.

Rain go away....

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Hi All

Yep Westchick, I have my washing out and already painted the first coat on about 1/4 of the back of the house, just come inside for something to drink and eat before heading back out again.

Hope everyone has the best day they can
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Hey all :-)

Looks like another humid day ahead... with the sun popping its head out amongst the clouds.

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I am still keeping moving and doing similar strength training as to when I was unable to move much. I am also increasing my daily activity by walking instead of driving etc

I do hope to be back at the gym ASAP but although I am on a contract, if I go a month without being able to attend I can get a medical cert to cancel it - I would rather not be in this phase

In good news I am still losing - weigh in yesterday another 700gms down this week

Good news is Mumsey has just returned to SP after a year off so go and say hi to her if you have a chance and encourage her to pop in :-)

TF - I know you have a lot on but come fill us in :-)



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Man it was hot yesterday wasn't it? We were in the low 30s here in Whakatane. Went for a walk with a friend in the evening through the bush, it was divine. Lovely to be a bit cooler today & even have a bit of rain. Walked on my own today, it was so nice hearing the cicada's sharping, they are so loud.

Deb, that sucks you are paying the gym & not being able to use it. I suppose it's under contract too? Hope things are looking up for you soon.

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Hi all

Westchick, exactly where did the sun go, what did you do with it hehe

I've been outside already and put the first coat of paint on the other half of the front of the place, it was funny to see the surprise on the elderly ladies face who delivers the junk mail.

If the weather is going to be dodgy, I may not get to do the back of the house today as planned.

Everyone have the best day you can
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Morning all :-)

Hmmm where has the sun gone too?

Hope everyone has a great day :-)

Declare: One day at a time.... no matter what... look for a positive... exercise, lifting a few full cans up and down whilst watching telly is still exercise for your arm muscles. Or put them into a bag and hang the bag off your feet and left them up and down will also help the leg muscles until you can get back into the gym.
Or maybe go back to how you started out... the walk up and down your driveway a few times.

Angelique: Well done on getting a lot of your house painted...

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Hi Declare

Sorry to hear your still not well, hope things improve for you soon. I'm not being good on exercise or food. Though I did spend the day painting the house and completed 1 and 1/2 sides of the house hehe

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Hl all,

Well still not good and I am getting frustrated that I am paying for a gym membership I cannot use and probably my muscle is disintegrating as we speak.

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Westchick right on, yep I'm about to head outside to work on the house and hopefully get that painted soon. It makes a difference seeing the sun out.

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Good morning all :-)

Yay the weather has improved... the sun is back :-)

School's are back.... soon it will be safe to walk in the malls again, without having to weave our way thru all the kids hehehehe

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Hello everyone!

Angelique, your house sounds like it's coming along fine. With all that work, you must surely be able to 'afford' to eat those naughty snacks as you call it:). I chuckled at WestChicks suggestion about the fruit and stuff. Reminded me about my situation. We have a shared driveway and while we own the home in front, the back house is rented so we see so many different tenants over the year but our one pet peeve they always do, is they and relatives will block our cars in because they are too lazy to park on road and walk down. Anyway there was one tenant who was extremely bad and it was creating real angst as we kept going over to tell them to stop blocking our cars. It wasn't working and making it uncomfortable and awkward. It's awful when you don't get along with neighbours. Anyway I decided to let the issue go because it wasn't worth me getting stressed over. We would get ourselves worked up each time car was clocked in. Then I decided to bake a cake and took it over. They were surprised. Then we got to talking on nice level. I started to learn about them. The funny thing was that suddenly our cars were not being blocked in. It was as if they told relatives and friends that we were good neighbours and please don't block them in! Anyway WestChicks suggestion and Pearl's "killing them with kindness" is worth a gander. I love how you are now considering venturing out as well as working on your reborn baby.

Declare- I was alarmed to read about your pain. All that medication doesn't sound pleasant either but if it's helping...I do pray that you get better. I suppose you are losing weight but would rather have you healthy again and lose it in healthy manner. Oops stating the obvious and that's what you want too. Your 'baby' will always be your baby no matter what age...for Samoans we can live with our parents till whenever so it's not unusual for us to be with our parents way past our 20s and 30s. It has it's plus and minuses. It did crack me up when you said you thought you would be free from 'supporting'. I know you have your financial goals you are aiming for.

Oops run out of time. Little one is reminding me this is her first day for kindy so must go. Let's all have a great week and be kind to ourselves.

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Hi Declare and all

It's so much better now the temperature has dropped, can understand your difficulty in sleeping. I've been sleeping on top of my bed though I haven't needed to put the heatpump on yesterday or as yet today.

I've been working on my reborn doll and have finished micro rooting the hair, so when I get some more time and in the right mood I will get out my paints as I need to paint his eyebrows on and probably put some medium on him to finish him. Once all that is done I can start putting the little man together.

I'm going to buy some paint tomorrow for the house and I'm hoping I will be able to get the house painted for my son's arrival, though that depends on the weather which isn't looking too flash atm.

yesterday I was feeling like I wanted to get in the car and drive and I was really naughty last night feeling lonely I bought some naughty snacks and sat here eating them. Not doing myself any favours there comfort eating.

Depending on how the house painting goes this week, I'm thinking of venturing over to Tauranga, I was checking the route out on Google.

Hope you're all making the most of your weekend.
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Morning everyone :-)

Gosh another day of drizzling rain...
I hope the farmers are happy with the rain that they are getting and hopefully their water-tanks are filling up :-)

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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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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 :)

Hope you all have a good day.
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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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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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