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7/27/15 8:05 P

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Hi all, sorry I haven't been around much. I've had a bad time lately. We have taken in another teenager with issues. I got sick. I got better I went to Auckland and had a lovely weekend and then Sunday got the call from the hospital to advise my daughter had attempted suicide again (you will remember she tried May last year) so life has just got tricky and horrid again.

Well done on the loss Angela, keep up the good work, I'll try not to gain what you are losing but weight loss will be on the back burner for me at the moment

Westchick I was in Auckland but pretty busy or I would have tried to catch up - big work event and I worked Saturday morning so it was rush rush


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Thanks Westchick and you have a good weekend too. This afternoon I'm driving up to Cambridge to have tea with my son. He finally got around to buying me my mothers day pressy so will receive that tonight hehe His house is all sold and settled and he's not renting in Cambridge atm.

I've managed to lose a couple of kilo, just have to keep it up.

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Afternoon everyone :-)

Have a great weekend...

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Hi all
Well I have to do something about my weight, I'm 2kg heavier than I have ever been in my life and I'm sore and uncomfortable.
On top of that an ultrasound yesterday showed something up and I have to have a biopsy :( Not sure how that's going to pan out with me having to drive up from Toks and back.

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Hi Declare

Yeah I'm no good around ppl or new places. I also suffer from selective mutism so I can't just talk with ppl unless I am comfortable.

Yeah a few years ago, I was under the CRISIS team they were good saw me for quite a while then referred me to CMH but over a year later and I still hadn't seen anyone, yet I was referred as they felt I would be offered better service. I called and called and eventually a pysc agreed to see me, but it went badly, despite her qualification she didn't understand my selective mutism and demanded I talk or she couldn't treat me. She repeated this over and over to me, then lied and said I could talk because I had spoken with an assessor there which was not true and with that I walked out and she put me into a really bad place, an advocate at the time, understood and contacted CMH and explained to the Manager etc. and they still didn't get it much to the frustration of the advocate as well as myself.
My selective mutism has lead to professionals including therapists and doctors refusing to treat me for physical injury and sickness too.

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Aghhhh Mental Healthcare in NZ is a joke, Miss 17 is still having regular panic attacks, not sleeping and is struggling daily but because she told them she no longer wants to kill herself she no longer gets any support at all and has been waiting 7 months for an appointment with the counselling service the crisis team and CAMHS refered her to. She has pretty much given up hope after numerous calls

I have little to offer in the way of suggestions but maybe start with basics - and keep leaving phone messages for her/him while you try to do your best.

What do you feel comfortable enough to do - could you join a church group? That is pretty big for me as I am always anxious meeting "new" people but it seems friendship and support are your big needs in a new place. Or maybe volunteer a little at a hospice or Salvation Army shop etc? If that is too much right now could you just focus on you and your health for now, a twenty minute walk every day ? I feel a bit useless to be honest as this is so far out of my knowledge area - but know I pray for you and think of you x


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Hi Declare

No I understand what you're saying.

Well I am obligated by ACC to find a counselor, yet I have tried. One agreed to take me on and supposedly matched me up with the best counselor who is a senior Counsellor but her method of contact didn't meet my needs, but we agreed on a method even though it wasn't really suitable for me. The reason being supposedly she had over 100 clients, worked in a dairy as well and rang her clients from various sites. However, that agreement was agreed to over 6 weeks ago and I've had no phone call.
How professional is that? and she's a senior Counsellor? I am in a new town alone, having issues with my neighbours, have no family or friends around and have severe anxiety and PTSD and this is how I am treated by professionals.

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Hi Angelique - you really need to get onto why you have the pain, there is nothing worse than suffering and locking yourself away will only add to your suffering. I know you love your reborns but love yourself enough to take care of yourself first xx Please take my words the right way it is hard sometimes to not think "what a cow" when you see a typed paragraph but I do not mean to offend only support and encourage you to find and ease the cause of your pain and embrace all life has to offer you xx



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Hi all

The weathers the opposite of yesterday but at least the temperatures have been mild recently.

I still haven't managed to get my A into G to lose my weight. It's the heaviest I have ever been and making me feel yuk and sore. You'd think that in itself would be enough for me to do something but I've been feeling really down over the last week, been hiding away at home and haven't visited or contacted my friends. I've been in pain the last 4 weeks with pain in my left elbow, I'm right handed but I can't use my arm. I need to do something about it soon.

I have a special reborn kit on it's way, I just hope my arm allows me to do it.

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How is everyone going??

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WC it is the one in Wellington, the other school in Auckland is not linked to the Wellington one and they offer slightly different things

Angelique - yes I couldn't resist sharing her highlights reel on FB :-) Some of her work is of course better than others but with little budget/equipment and very little training she has already had some recognition filming for the Tactix netball team (so they could review their game/techniques and the opposition's) and coming second in a national competition for her drink driving commercial (with a cameo by Greg Murphy)

I am trying to get back on track with my weightloss/fitness and also at home - it is proving to be a challenge finding and keeping the balance

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Hiya Westchick

Reborning is big around the world and NZ is picking up. The only thing is there's a lot of ppl who are not good and think they can make a lot of money out of it, or ppl using inferior supplies and knocking em off for too much money. Then there's all the scamming going on which is affecting the selling of them. Not so much here in NZ fortunately.

It's been an awesome sunny warm weekend here, I just returned after a walk around the local lake and I'm glowing hehe

Hope everyone else is having a good weekend.

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Good afternoon all :-)

Sun and rain again today... and I hope everyone is having a great weekend no matter what the weather :-)

Declare: That is awesome news re your daughter getting into Film school. Is that in Wellington or Auckland or somewhere else within NZ?

Angeliquenz: I believe that having baby dolls is quite popular and being made by lots of people around the world..

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Hi Declare

That's awesome news about your daughter. I thought her work was impressive :)

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Hi all, a very happy and proud Mum reporting in - Miss 20 has been accepted to film school!! She starts July 13th

I am doing okay - need to do better - down on the scale again this week but still not shrinking my waistline - need to get into more exercise

Ros - you can keep your bootcamps lol - I couldn't do one at my best and here they are all early starts - sooooo not me LOL

Angelique - We have been blessed with good weather here really, has taken a major drop in temperature but for winter it is still pretty good - I couldn't cope in the South Island I don't think - I am getting softer each year hehehe


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Hi Westchick

It was a lovely day to end the weekend and we were fortunate up here not to have had the storm reach us.

I currently have 5 full sized and 1 9", one is my sisters and I have a kit on pre order, that I'm looking forward to getting as it kind of reminds me of my families bubs when they were born.
Here's a photo of them, I bought a cabinet to keep them in. I have sold some and have them throughout the country and even over in the States.


Here's the last 3 I have made


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Hi di hi.....
Top of the morning to ye all.
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far and the rest of it will be great too.

Ros: Boot camp..... good on you for giving it a go.. hope the pain goes away soon.

Declare: Stand up desk.... sounds interesting... lol

Angeliquene: How many baby dolls have you got...

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Hey Ros, I am blushing as I write I have not utilized my standup desk anywhere near as much as I hoped - but I have had a fibro flare since Autumn and balance/standing and I are not getting on too well - but I have been on the new drug 4 days now and I am seeing major change - so now I need to get back to where I was and build from there

I managed miraculously to show a loss this week - it was only 100gms but with the climb on the scales earlier in the week I am going to hold on to it and do better next week

My BLC team is keeping me busy on here and in exercise but I am not pushing myself as I should

Hi everyone else xx Hope you are all doing well

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Hi everyone,

Sorry I have been AWOL, I have been mainly concentrating on BLC and just surviving. My weight is up a bit so I need to get my head into the right space and take care of t before it gets out of control.

Glad to hear you started the new drug trial Deb, I trust it goes well for you and you see major benefits. How is the standing desk going?

I am struggling with back ache at the moment. My gym had a boot camp competition last sat. I have never done anything like that so thought I would give it a go and I guess in my haste my form wasnt great with the kettle balls and so.... ugh. I hope it rights it self quickly as I need to get back into the gym. I am trying to walk as I hear that is the best thing for backs- to keep moving.

I need to catch up with all the posts I missed but Hi to everyone else.

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Angela - I had two good weeks on the scale but I think this week is kicking my butt - It has been a big week - My week ends Wednesday so I still hope I may be able to turn it around before weigh in day - I find motivation is something I always am short on - especially if the scales aren't being friendly small long term changes are my only hope

Sorry I haven't been in much - I started my new drug trial this week - so far so good. I found a home for the dog my son rescued today - thankfully. I have been going through the house doing some major housework and trying to get things on track at home

I have a big week ahead of me with some of my work team away it is full on during the day and I am trying hard to get in exercise in the evenings - Will try to get in here more in the next week though x

Hope you all had good weekends and have a great week x

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Hi All

Thanks Westchick, yes it's a mixed bag weather wise. Son usually visits me on a Sunday so looking forward to that.
Had a doctors appt with a new doctor which was real tuff for me, very anxious and I shed a few tears.

My weight is real bad, never been as heavy in my life and I have no motivation at all.

I'm busy micro rooting my next reborns hair which will take me a few days, this one is open eyed and she a real cute chubby bub. my last reborn turned out lovely, the kit was a 3D print of an actual baby born a month early.


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Good morning everyone:

Overcast weather today...

All quiet on the western front.... so hoping all is well with you all :-)
Have a wonderful weekend.....

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Hi all, Westchick I have been busy but also a bit naughty - so I am recommitting to myself at present and luckily BLC28 is helping me get my focus back on weight loss and fitness/health

Other than that not much news to report - trying to find a home for a dog my son rescued which we are not allowed to keep (she is lovely but landlord and this mum said no) had two boarders move out this week so money is taking a hit but home life should improve with less drama within the house, work is keeping me busy and the drug trial I am on for my Fibro has me feeling hopeful

SO all in all pretty good week

Have a great weekend everyone - catch you all soon

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Good morning everyone :-)
Gosh you must be all so busy.... :-)

Everyone have a wonderful weekend :-)

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Hey everyone :-)

I hope everyone is going to be having a great weekend :-)

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Morning all, have a great long weekend if you get one x


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Declare - Well done :) I'm not on the right track yet

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emoticon Tooting my own horn - down 2.5ks this week emoticon

Now to keep up the momentum

Hope everyone is well and happy xx

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Hi Westchick

Yes thankfully one of the neighbours is going to keep an eye on it. They had an open home today, there is a couple interested so hoping they come through with a contract.

He visited this morning while his gf was at work and I can see him every weekend so that's cool.

Unfortunately, yesterday my Mum ended up in hospital and is having a hip operation on Wednesday. My sisters that live down there seem to be taking care of things so that's good.

The day started out lovely and sunny but is now clouding over and there's a wind. I was going to go for a drive, but being Sunday not much is open so might leave it and if it's fine during the week I might venture further a field :)

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Good afternoon everyone :-)

Angeliquenz: I hope your son has good former neighbours to be keeping an eye out on his home to make sure no one breaks in and destroys it.
Hope the sale happens real quick for him too :-)

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Hi Westchick

All ok, he only had a car load, he's left all the big stuff and furniture back at the house until it sells. He's moved in with his new girlfriend so he doesn't need the other stuff yet. I'm just hoping the house sells soon, I just hate the thought of it sitting in case it gets broken into and damaged, plus he's paying the mortgage on it. I have an interest in it as I invested $100,000 into it.

He has an indoor cat, so she's roaming her new territory hehe

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Good morning :-)

Angeliquenz: Ohhhhh no.... such a shame that the weather turned bad for your son on his moving day. I hope they get a break in the weather when they unload the truck full of furniture.

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Hi all

Shame about the weather as my son has just driven up the island moving from Wellington to Cambridge. He should be at his new home now. He said it was fine down in Welly when he left but that was 4am this morning. This is the Waikato so he can expect more of it hehe
I just hope now with the Wellington house unoccupied that it sells quickly.

Well I'm going to turn the heatpump up a degree, then have a shower get dressed and do some more work on my reborn doll.

Enjoy your weekend
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Good evening everyone.

Well its the weekend again... and the weather, it seems is so not going to play fair...
Oh well time to catch up on some videos of live streaming or recorded stuff... and maybe some good sleep in's...
So everyone have a wonderful weekend... whether you be out and about or just cruising at home :-)

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LOL Ros, no I'm not blending everything just once or twice a day to get much needed nutrition instead of convenience foods.

Example
spinach, pineapple and banana smoothie for breakfast

Omelette for lunch

Bran & blueberry muffin for afternoon tea

Carrot, Apple, celery, ginger "juice" for dinner
- although this was far too thick in my bullet, I used to love it in my old juicer but will try again with less ingredients and more water

Or

Watermelon, silverbeet, frozen berries for breakfast

Lettuce, cucumber, lime, kiwi fruit smoothie for lunch

Home made chicken burger for dinner - thanks to my son

It's the kitchen and bathroom that are hard but make the house ... I am sure you will get there x



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Thanks Rosinvn, I still have the kitchen that needs remodeling it's a shocking bad DIY job and a really old oven but when the house sells down in Wellington, we should have money left to get new units and an oven done in this house.

Thanks Declare, I will contact you when I do plan to come up hopefully that will be soon.

I had a phone call from my new counsellor, it went well. I was able to talk with her ok so that was good and she's ringing me back on Monday.

I finished my wee Brayden reborn doll, he is so cute and everyone that has seen him so far has asked how old he is, which is a good sign for me as it means I have done a good job on him if ppl think he's real. I am about to start my next kit, which is actually a 3D print of an actual baby born a month early. So it will be interesting to see how he looks when he's finished.

Misty and foggy here this morning.

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Hi Everyone,

Deb great to see you are in the BLC 28 again. I am also rearing to got and trying to loose - again the 3kg I have gained since going home. Hopefully the BLC will really help me get there. I am back in the Powerful Prism Panther's team trying to learn how to be a Master of Maintenance! What a battle that is proving to be. Still I will not give up as that would lead to nowhere good. So... Here I go once again.

Wow you are blending everything! is that satisfying ? I find I need the texture etc otherwise I feel like I haven't eaten. Let me know how you go. all the best for the up coming trial.

Angelique congrats on finishing your house. I am sure that really helps the settling in process- having things as you want them etc.

TF great to see you on here and glad that you are so loving your job- Congrats on the weight loss. I am interested in your experience with the psychologist as I know the issues I battle with are in my head and not on my plate so to speak so would love to hear what truths are sinking in for you. By the way summer is on us already today it is 35 C with a heat index of 41 and it is only going to get worse!! ugh.

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Hi Angelique - when you come to Tauranga make sure you let me know. I am also on Facebook Debbie Dunn Tauranga if you want a quicker way to communicate as it goes straight to my phone emoticon

My first nutribullet day today - breakfast was very tropical island LOL spinach, pineapple, banana and spirulina - tasted GREAT - I'm having lamb casserole for lunch and then tonight I'm having carrot, apple, celery and ginger in my bullet for dinner

It is day one of BLC 28 for me and Ros - so I am all ready to go into battle and have been doing a lot of planning the last few weeks. My team are doing a virtual trip and mapping our journey for the round. So during the next 12 weeks I am walking to Napier - somewhere I have always wanted to go but haven't made it yet - I plan to achieve it this summer.

Weighed in this morning and very sad to see I have gained 3 kgs in the last month - but not surprised.

I am all enrolled for the drug trial I am on and will be starting actual "drugs" on 30th - of course there is a 1 in 4 chance I will get the placebo but I am hopeful.




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Hi all

Thanks everyone :) I'm driving down to Taupo this afternoon to meet up with a friend that's just travelling up from Welly. I've been busy working on my latest reborn doll.

It's time for me to get out and about now the house is finished. Yesterday I put up my last picture frame on the main wall in the lounge. I had a large frame I rescued when I left me ex years ago but the print inside was old and faded, so I made up a new print using a night shot I took of Christchurch Cathedral, it looks awesome bald and beautiful in the lounge.

I want to head up to Tauranga soon, I'm meeting up with a friend there next month but if anyone wants to meet up, just let me know and I will drive up.

My son is busy packaging up his stuff atm, though the house isn't yet sold.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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Good morning everyone :-)
The weekend is upon us all again... doesn't the weeks go by real fast.

TF: Life does get busy at times and then all of a sudden days if not weeks have quickly gone by. :-)

Angeliquenz: All the best for your son selling his house in Wellington.
Up in Auckland houses are selling real fast at the moment. :-)

Declare: Oh let us know how the Nutribullet (as seen on tv) works out for you... :-)

Ros: I sure hope the weather over in your area of Vietnam is ok... :-)
NZ is having a bad spell... I sure hope it won't be a bad winter here.

Pearl: I hope you are doing ok :-)

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Hi TF keep us posted on any tricks the psychologist shares in better "self talk" etc

Ordered my nutribullet - now impatiently waiting for delivery apparently late next week

Ros are you happy with your BLC placement - did you go to the same team or have a change? I am looking forward to the round

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good morning everyone, I know I don't get on here very often these days, im getting told by a lot of my friends,,,,, where are you..... and im so pleased to say "at work & loving every minute of it" when I come home I forget to get on the internet and have a catch up,( deb you will understand as the fibro needs kick in first and after ive had my spa I sort of forget) so please know that my thoughts and encouragement are still within my heart for all of us here with spark..... you are all in my thoughts often,
I have lost another .600 grams so im up to total loss of 4.1kg now and im slowly going down, so im really happy with that. as long as its moving I don't care anymore of the actual amount anymore a loss is a loss and just as significant as each one.

Ive been seeing a pyscologist in regards to my mental attitude towards weightloss and I really think its starting to sink in.... hee hee. im learning to be a lot kinder to myself. :)

have a great day everyone. and keep up the awesome work you are all doing.

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Hi Declare

Thanks, btw my son has his house in Welly on the market with the intention of moving up to Cambridge so he'll be much closer to me. He's met a new girlfriend up here and would like to live up this way so all depends on whether the house sells.

Have a great day. I have housework to do and a new reborn kit to start.


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Well done Angelique - yes it is my first year not sharing my daughter's birthday with her, or mothers day, in July she won't be around for my birthday - it is different and makes the day lose a bit of its shine but at least I know she is well and happy, it could be much worse.



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Hi All

I have good news, Yay I have finished the work on the house at last. I finished painting the lounge walls today so I can rest up at last. The kitchen still needs remodeling but it's painted and it's not something I can do until we can afford the units.

Tomorrow will be the first Mothers Day I will not see my son, it will be a day alone :(

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Hi Declare

I'm so sorry to read your message of your suffering, you're a brave lady, my heart goes out to you in times of such distress and I hope you're feeling better today and have a lovely mothers day.

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WC I like that movie - I was editing my post a you made yours emoticon

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Good morning to you all :-)

Angelique: ACC should be paying for travel expenses since there is no one on their books near you.

Declare: Movie with Angel wings - John Travolta in the movie "Michael"
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I have been sick and stressed and it has sent me into a major fibro flare.
I made it through 4 hours at work yesterday before going home to whimper in my bed. Today I work a half day then will probably rinse and repeat. I am waiting for my angel wings to grow ... I have had this weird pain muscle spasm thing in my back shoulder blade area - either aliens are about to emerge or wings are - I am really hoping for wings - in no movie I have seen have the aliens that burst from bodies ever been cute and friendly. Sadly the pain throughout my whole body and the constant shaking don't fill me with the sense this is a "heavenly" situation.
Not sure if any of you will remember the way I describe my Fibro look - it is a combo of drunk old woman with Parkinsons with an uncoordinated over tired toddler - yeah I'm useless, moody and look ridiculous. I can't sit or stand without shaking and tearing up. My balance and distance judgement is a joke. I will leave all the negative stuff out of this description just wanted to give you a mental image.

Angelique - all the best with getting a good counsellor, I know how much of a difference it can make. Hope the travel isn't too far.

WC I only have a wee laptop - I am sooooo jealous of your big movie screen - I am thinking my laptop will be replaced to a desktop again as I never "travel" with my laptop it is 7 years old, can only be used plugged in now and has big failure messages come up every time i plug it in. But it still works. My phone does all I need it to out and about email etc.

speaking of purchases next week I am buying GULP the super expensive nutribullet - I have been debating it with myself for about a year - time to take the plunge. Anybody have one? I looked at some other brands that were a bit cheaper but even consumer magazine said they were poor substitutes for the real thing. I was planning to do a detox which is juice based and delivered to your door it is $189 so I thought that is daft its over half the price of the damn machine and then I can do my own detoxy juicing thing and still have the machine afterward to have juicing instead of crap convenience foods when I am in a fibro flare and cannot function well enough to "cook" or "shop" or any of those normal things I used to love and take for granted.



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Hi Declare

Yes we are very lucky I just put up some lovely photo's of the area on the Shutterbugs team as this weeks assignment was streams and rivers, so I put up Owharoa Falls, Okere Falls, Huka Falls and others hehe All within 40 minutes of home.

Yes I managed to finish the lounge ceiling yesterday but I was totally buggered at the end of it. I still have tiny white splatters on my arms, so much for low splatter hehe Didn't even wash off in the shower. I just have the bedroom ceilings to do now and then a wall in the lounge. Then that's it yay.

I hope you get the test drug too, good luck. I have to find a counsellor soon, the website ACC gave me doesn't have any locally so when I meet up there will be travel involved.

Hope you have a good day, its been cloudy the last few days.

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Angelique - I love that area, we walk there at least once a year but would like to do it more often - we are so blessed with how many options there are around us. Great news about your son moving closer. Congrats on getting more of the house done.

WC - you so need to do it - it is well worth the bike trip. When I drove by recently they were doing some repair/maintenance work but I have to say I would make the most of the area now as with mining now back in action I am unsure how long this lovely resource will be available to us.

I have just applied to take part in a fibro drug trial - will keep you posted if I get accepted and then it will be fingers crossed I don't get the "placebo"




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Hello everyone.

May the Fourth be with you :-)

This morning I turned on my computer and my monitor only had a white screen... EEK.
So off to buy a new monitor... gone from a Benq 14" monitor to a LG 27" IPS Cinema screen monitor... which is ideal for photographs and watching shows & movies etc...
So I have it up an running now... and what a difference to look at a bigger screen lol

Angeliquenz: Oh that is a place that I so want to go an photograph... :-)

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Hi all

How are you? Sorry I haven't been around again. I have completed my dining room and hung new curtains and finally on the home stretch with the redecorating etc.

I finally got to the point where I am at my heaviest and am very uncomfortable and need to get back on track, so for the first time this year I got on my rowing machine this morning and I also walked around the lake this afternoon. I put my exercise on here for the first time this year. It does feel good even though it's just my first day back on the right side hehe

Good news too for my son, he's got a new lovely girlfriend who lives in Cambridge and he's looking at selling up down in Welly and moving up to Waikato.

Friday I drove to Karangahake Gorge and took photos of Owharoa Falls and walked along the track from the main carpark to the rail bridge and tunnel. It was a lovely sunny day too. There's some beautiful countryside in the region, it was a lovely drive and to think last year when I visited there, I was on holiday and now it's just a short drive away. I'm wanting to be able to go soak in the hot pools so I need to lose weight to feel better about getting into more skimpy clothing. Most importantly, I want to feel more comfortable, energetic and I don't want to end up with diabetes.

Hope everyones having a good weekend
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WC - Thanks for sharing that. Yes today is certainly a day to reflect. I always think of all our servicemen today, including my Uncles and Grandfathers in the Navy and Army. Men and women that fought and served here and abroad. It is a good thing to remember how much these times effected them and all those that loved them.

TF - 3.5kgs in 3weeks is not a little loss - CONGRATULATIONS. And even bigger news that you and your body are still happy and pursuing a life of wellness and positivity x



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ANZAC Day in New Zealand & Australia.
100 years since Gallipoli campaign of The Great War (World War I)

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we Forget.

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The Ode:

They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning
We will remember them.

The Ode came from 'For the Fallen', a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems on the Great War in 1914. The verse which became the League Ode was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921.

For the Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flash of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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hi guys

sorry its been so long again inbetween posts, I have been really busy at my new job and im loving every second of it. im active and helping others and oh im so happy, yes my body hurts from the hours of standing and moving around, but oh so rewarding that I can handle the pain, hee hee :)

ive lost a little amount of weight 3.5kgs over the last 3 weeks so im really happy about that, and ive done that just by working and trying to eat well. nothing too major I think the main component is that im happy and im busy and not feeling sorry for myself sitting at home..... :(

I haven't had a chance to read all the posts since I was last on, so im hoping everyone is well and keeping - keeping on the journey with positivity and optimism :)

life is good :)

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Okays so I was commenting about how I am trying to change the way I thin about the struggles and tough times in my life in another group I am in. Trying to focus on the following

- Each time I persevere I come out stronger and more aware of myself and those around me.
- Each time I achieve something hard fought the satisfaction is a gazillion times more than the easy stuff
- Each time I feel I have "failed" I still get a lesson, and sometimes in hindsight the "goal" was wrong or for the wrong reason
- The struggle and fight is the "tool" that will remind me not to go backwards, the "tool" that will give me more gratitude for the good in my life, the "tool" that will make me forever move forward, aim to do better, be better.

So I posted a post similar to this and someone posted a story and I thought I would share it ...





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Its a bit hard to see in photo Ros but a wind up handle takes the height from about 65cms to about 130cms (different brands do different heights) so you can have it to the right height for sitting or pop it up to stand they aren't cheap though - the boss got a good deal on these ones and they still cost about $750 each - the electric ones are over double that.

I am tall as you know 5ft11 so even my old sitting desk was too low for me so even on my chair I am finding it so much more comfortable, and my posture is better.

Today I only managed to stand about 3 hours but that was due to sore feet - I had on jandal type shoes and we haven't got fatigue mats yet.

Well done on the weight - I am still exactly the same as final weigh in from BLC but I had hoped to wow them at the start of BLC 28 - still time to rock up to the starting blocks lighter than last weigh in though ... this round I started with a gain - I won't do that again - fingers and toes crossed and my willpower reinforced.

Mumsey are you out there?

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Declare I would love to see your desk can you take a photo of it as I am curious as to how it works. Might be something for me to look into as well as I am having a few back problems and sitting definitely doesnt help much. Well weighed in this week and the NZ weight is beginning to move again for which I am very grateful. Just need to keep consistent and no treats for my success emoticon



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Ros - I hope I get to stay in my team, apparently BLC teams let you stay in same one unless team folds or if you ask for a change, but I would be really sad if something happened and I had to go to another team ... though I'm sure they are all lovely I feel bonded with mine.

I got my new sit/stand desk at work today - I can't wait to get up to at least half a day vertical instead of sitting all day - think it is going to be the next step to my longterm goal of health & wellness.

WC Not much room for development where I live so no building etc at home but boy we have a new commercial building going in next to work and it has been a nightmare for months - noise and vibrations. It is due to be ready for business August - I can't wait for the racket to end





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Hi everyone,

Well really now I am back and getting into a better head space about it. I put on about 3kg while home so added to the one I was up from Christmas the goal is to get those 4kg off!!! I headed to the gym and did a work out with the personal trainer Sat and happy to report I have not lost much ground so I am happy about that but... Had a combined birthday party for friends Sat and ate way to much of all the wrong things. So need to find the self control button and fast.

Glad to hear the internet is up and running at last Deb and that the electrician found the other problems too.

WC It seems that here people are continually rebuilding or renovating houses, it is just a fact of life and because the houses are all joined and extremely close together the noise just travels...

Anyway now I am sleeping better the other stuff is easier to handle. Have a great new week everyone.

ps: Deb I just signed up for BLC28 as I want that help to deal with those 4kgs.


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Morning all.

Been raining over night and its still raining... good for the weeds to grow.... lol

Declare: Wow busy at yours.... glad you are finally back online at home again..

Ros: Goodness me.... you need to come on back to NZ to get away from the noise...
Pity they didn't organise the renovations whilst you were away... lol

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Wow the house has been so busy today, Internet installer arrived at 7.30am, left at 11am and .... I am here 11.08am and already on the internet hehehe. Electrician organised by landlord arrived about 9am and just left all new bathroom fan/light/heat lamp system fitted to replace faulty one and lucky they were here as two fire hazard "jimmied" fuses were found and replaced ... we have unknowingly had them the whole time we have lived here - nearly five years.

Ros - I am sure you will be feeling back at home in no time but it was lovely to have you back here for a while and I'm sure you squeezed in a lot. It was a shame you didn't make it to meet up with everyone but that would have been a mission in one trip home, maybe you'll catch some of the others next time.



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Hi all,

Back once more in Vietnam. It was great meeting up with you Deb and sorry it never worked out with you WC or Angelique maybe next time.

I arrived home late Monday night and even though I was exhausted didnt sleep much so woke with a headache. Last night was much better but two neighbours on either side of the house are obviously doing a rebuild and so we have pneumatic drills starting up at 6am. Makes me long for the quiet of Matamata. Still I have some lovely memories of my visit to NZ though it is always hard to say goodbye.

We had a big family do on Sat night at my sisters house which was great and then I had my last speaking engagement Sun morning at the Masterton Community Church before rushing home to pack... Oh why do I seem to leave this to the last minute!!! My brother took me over the hill and I stayed with friends in Petone who were gracious enough to take me to the airport at 4am.

But now it is time to get serious and lose the kgs I gained while in NZ before it gets to be any more.


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4/13/15 7:48 P

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WC - good to see you
Yes definitely feeling the cold today - as long as it is only a "snap" and not the start of a long cold winter

I am going out tonight for a date with Miss 19 - I have had no one on one time with her yet since she came "home" and she flies out again in the weekend. She has plans tomorrow and we have a family dinner on Thursday for Miss 16s 17th Birthday so if I don't do something tonight we will not get a chance at this rate.

Have been really battling nausea lately so other than ginger which is not working if you have any natural tips/remedies please share them



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4/13/15 6:40 P

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Hey good morning everyone.

Sorry been MIA for a while again...

Hope everyone is doing okay and not getting too cold or too wet form the overnight change in weather.... the cold snap that struck!

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4/12/15 11:35 P

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Hi Declare

It is lovely to have someone appreciate your effort etc.

Yes that's an idea, I haven't been over the roading between here and there before all new to me :) I have another friend that I will be meeting up with for coffee at the Mt at some stage, I have another friend who has recently moved up to the Avenues as well so looking forward to meeting up with her once she's settled in.

With this wet day, I have concentrated on my tiny 9" reborn doll micro rooting her little head, gosh it maybe only like 3 to 4cm's but it was much harder to do than a full size reborn doll, it's so hard trying to hold/balance a head the size of a golf ball and hold small pieces of hair and push a needle in with the other hand. I just have to wait for the glue to dry inside the head, fill and weight her head and limbs then put her together. I can't wait to see her together.

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4/12/15 6:28 P

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They say laughter is the best medicine - I think appreciation must be a close second - having someone appreciate your effort or presence in their life and what you are doing in your life can brighten your whole day. So I think I will be setting myself a goal to show appreciation to at least one person in my life each day.


Angelique - I would love to meet up - I would wait till this nasty rain we are having clears though, that road over the range isn't too pleasant in this.



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Hi Declare

Glad to hear you're feeling better.

For some reason my mother seemed to enjoy the idea of being 80 even though she wasn't.

Luckily my younger son, makes up for his bro and loves and cares for his mum :)

We must catch up sometime soon. I should venture across to Tauranga for a day :)

Take care enjoy your evening, boy the heavens opened up here. Apparently they had heavy rain down in Welly my son was saying before.

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Oh dear not so bad making people younger but you need to watch making them older hehehe
Sorry your son has hurt you like that. Being a mum is so much joy and so much pain at the same time isn't it

I am much better thanks.


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Hi Declare

How are you? It turned out it was my Mum's 79th not 80th hehe everyone seemed to have gotten it wrong, probably we're getting confused as its their 60th wedding anniversary this year so there is a special event. Anyway I surprised her with my visit and she loved her present. It was lovely catching up some friends and some family, but yet again my oldest son upset me and said some untrue and hurtful things to me via facebook and txt. Ruined the end of my holiday.
Somehow, I felt so much better as I drove up the Island by the time I had gotten to Levin I started to feel the relief.

Since arriving home, I have made a start on my Laundry. My bathroom renovation and remodeling is complete. I only have a couple of coats of paint left and the laundry will be finished too. The last 2 days, I have also made a start on a tiny mini reborn doll kit, it has the same detail but will be only 9" long. So I'm having to use fine brushes and do tiny detailing.

It's just started raining argh

Enjoy your evening
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Angelique how was your Mum's 80th?

Looks a bit gloomy outside for the weekend here but I am going to try to enjoy it anyway. I only have to work a half day on Saturday and Miss 19 is home for 10 days from Wellington so we are spending the day together Sunday.

I have just completed BLC27 and in 12weeks lost 4.5kgs so I am pretty happy with that considering ups & downs. BLC 28 starts in a few weeks so my goal between is to get my mojo fortified and strengthened so I can aim for 6kgs in that round.

Hope everyone is well and happy xx
Deb

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Hi All

Hope everyone has a great Easter, I'm down in Welly with my son. It's my mother's 80th tomorrow so I'm giving her a surprise visit.

Windy down here atm and dirty clouds

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WC - We may have clocked up an extra mile with the lack of using the map LOL - I'll just say it was part of my intentional fitness plan hehe

I have been sick so today is my first day back at work since 25 March - couldn't remember any of my passwords etc hehehe

Hope you all have a happy and healthy Easter - stay Safe xx



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Good Friday - Easter weekend.

The weather is going to play nice for us this long weekend and be sunny YAY...

Everyone have a wonderful Easter.... :-)

NZ time 9.35am Friday 3 April 2015
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Good morning everyone.

Meeting Declare yesterday at the Zoo was wonderful. She is a lovely lady.... and yep we walked around the zoo checking it all out.... but I reckon we may have walked around it a few times.... lol.

Ros: Sorry I didn't get to meet you after all.. Not sure how long you are still hanging about in Auckland.

Angelique: I am so pleased that you have meet a nice couple and went out together to see all the hot air ballons... that would have been a wonderful day out.

NZ time 10.15am Sunday 29 March 2015
Day 2075 = 5 year 7 month 25 day

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Well done on the bathroom Angelique. it is good you found out you were over medicated.
And woohoo on making some friends.
It is nice to have you back, so try to squeeze us in

WC and I had a great meet up and say at the zoo ... She let me take a pic even though she doesn't do pics, alas I will not be sharing it - it is for me only

Hope the rest of you are well and happy x

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Hi All

Sorry I've been off the radar, my bathroom has been remodeled over the last week, and I'm having to finish the job with some filling, sanding and painting. I had made a good start on the laundry and kitchen by painting the ceilings and stripping the wallpaper but that's when the builders and plumbers decided to come and do the job. It's cost more as usual things are discovered when you pull things apart.

I have continued with my reborn dolls, and made an opened eye girl and my last an sleeping girl but have made the decision to stop and only make a couple of special ones for myself. Tommy just sold and is heading down to Christchurch to his new Mummy. He had sold on Trade Me a couple of weeks back for more but that buyer let me down and didn't follow through with the sale.

I met a nice couple here, and we had the hot air balloons on Friday night, so we went along together she asked me to bring a couple of my dolls and she had friends turn up that wanted to see them. I'll put up a couple of pics of the balloons.

It wasn't just the bad food and lack of exercise that was causing me to pile on weight, turns out I was overmedicating my hyperthyroidism so I was the opposite, my medication has been reduced.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Rain here at last today.

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Ros: Look for a black an white motorbike out to the left of the main entrance...
If you spot it then I am close by... with a large camera back on my back or beside me..

Just come on up and ask if I am 'Westchick..'

I will be by 12 noon.... if not sooner.... riding in between the showers of drizzle and rain... lol

Edited by: WESTCHICK at: 3/27/2015 (18:34)
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My daughter bailed on me, but I am still coming. Plan to be at Zoo by midday ... Will happily meet anyone keen there. Msg or Facebook xx

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