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to be honest i still have a hard time actually "reading" a ll the postings as there is so much info in them.

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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So much interesting conversation going on concerning food. I must admit that I HATE plastic and my DH loves it. I never had any in my kitchen until I married him. I always use to cook everything from "scratch" but since I really don't like to cook, I let my DH take over that. He uses prepared pasta sauce but otherwise tends to cook from scratch often.

We ran errands this morning and then worked in the yard this afternoon. Tomorrow I get my stitches out of my forehead. I am happy about that.

- Ellen

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I've been reading with interest the discussion on whether or not nutritious information is accurate. I do rely on that information; it's all I have.

However, I also try to eat things that only have ONE ingredient. Beef. Chicken. Green beans. Garlic. You can cook many meals without anything that has to have listed ingredients, and they're all better for us than processed foods. I think I mentioned here some muffins my husband bought at the grocery store. It had 17 ingredients. In my cookbook, that same muffin had 7 (if I remember right) ingredients. We all know this information, but we've gotten so accustomed to instant meals that we don't want to cook any more, and it really isn't that hard. Food has gotten so complicated, and it doesn't have to be like that. Grilled meat, two delicious fresh vegetables (with herbs!!), a piece of fruit for dessert, and your body is satisfied.

Okay, here's my disclaimer, to prevent a "holier than thou" appearance. I wrote the above while eating a piece of See's candy our son gave me. My goal now is to keep that bit of wonderfulness from triggering any binges. So far, my DASH diet seems to be working to prevent cravings that are irresistible.

I'm feeling good today... walked a long with the walking club through Fort Worth Botanical garden. What a nice walk, but my legs are very tired.

Saw some beautiful Swiss chard growing today at the gardens. They were being used as a decorative plant, and I was so tempted to cut them and eat them for supper tonight.

Yvonne

P.S. I realized after I wrote the above that we also need the nutritional info on "real" food like meats and vegetables, I just have a feeling, though, that it's not those plain foods that gets us in trouble, but sauces and complex purchased food that don't really satisfy what our body is hungry for.

Edited by: LADYBUG1943 at: 4/22/2014 (22:35)

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Good Evening, Team Sisters.

It's 72­° outside but has been raining off and on since about 1PM. Before that it was lovely with bright sun. I sat outside for awhile & watched the birds, rabbit and squirrels. Those SQUIRRELS are not making me very happy with them. I planted a bunch of tulips around the yard & the squirrels have decided to "sample" them. They bite off the flowers--too close to put in water. I have a few of them in a very low dish of water. They are pretty but they are supposed to be pretty "outside". I can't say much since I have invited the squirrels into my yard by putting out peanuts.

I had a nice ride on Mystery yesterday. I rode for quite awhile before I realized that my back wasn't hurting!! It did start hurting about 10min. before I was done but I'd already ridden for about 40 min. Hopefully this means that I'm doing all the right things in getting my back in shape again.

A friend emailed me (and others) about an Arabian stallion that her neighbor had for sale. She included a pic of his pedigree. When I was looking at it I realized that this horse shares the same maternal grandsire as Mystery. I knew that my friend recently moved to Sykesville, MD & the man I bought Mystery from was also from Sykesville. I replied to my friend and told her if she knew a John or James Hess (I had forgotten his first name). She said he was her neighbor, the man who had the stallion & he sold her the house she bought. I had only met him a short time at the auction where I had bought Mystery 17 years ago but had thought of him from time to time. I told her to please tell him that Mystery was doing well & enclosed a pic of him for her to show. She said she knows he will be pleased to hear about Mystery.
I feel so GOOD for finding him again--can't exactly explain it. I guess it's because he really wanted me to win the bid on Mystery & then he never knew how things turned out.

A little more info on the beavers--there were only 3 beavers in our Lake. 2 who were mates and one of their offspring. When there were only 2, "those in the know" said that the Lake trees could support them. Usually the offspring are sent away and leave their parent's "territory" but for some reason one of this group's offspring stayed near the parents. That put more strain on the trees around the Lake. So, now there is only ONE! The MD law is in effect because relocating wild animals to another area invades another animal's territory & then that area gets overrun. I can see the logic but the only other alternative (besides just leaving well enough alone!) is to kill them. I'm anxious to see what our weekly newspaper says about this. @Marlene - The trees were recently encircled with wire & a group was going to plant new trees this week-end to make up for the ones that were felled.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable day.
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Good afternoon everyone,

Shirley, congratulations on your weight loss. That is great. emoticon Thanks for giving me the information regarding the abbreviations that are being used by team members.

I got up early this morning and drove to the garage to get my car serviced. On the way I stopped at McDonalds and I was thinking of ordering something. I looked at their menu and saw the calorie count for some of their food and I left. I carry health snacks with me so I went to the car and ate some of those instead. I am so glad the public forced McDonalds to show how many calories are in a lot of their food.

I spoke to a good friend of mine last night and she is going to go with me to West Virginia. She will help with the driving and we will stop often so it won't too hard on either of us.

I was sitting out in the sun but it is going to rain so I had to come in. My flowers look great and it is so nice to see some color outside for a change.

I hope everyone has a good evening. Allie emoticon





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Hi All, Grey and looks like rain. Just reading today

oh my... well I can't stick up for this lady but... I know that she is the woman who created and set up all the diets for all the astronauts who have gone into space. She also gave a talk on how it was because of her finding that they stopped the idea of going to Mars which would have the space men living there for five years and bottom line is nobody can live healthy on microwave food.

Now I do not think that that the Eckerd College would have her speaking to their students which she did for the class I was in.. for a few years she gave her talk... unless she was a somebody... as to her part in creating Tang could be that what they used was the basic Tang and added to it for the astronauts... well again wasn't that important to me know all of what she said, but I do not think she would be making such a statement unless their was truth to it...

I am sorry I do not have her full name and credentials for you. There is no doubt in my mind she was all she and the college said she was, and all were impressed to have been able to be as close and hear her speak on so many topics.

((She also said NEVER but never use your microwave for anything except boiling water.. not even warming food.. She also said to Only use stainless steel pans to cook in.. nothing with a coating.. and store Only in glass never plastic))

as to the calorie count and nutrition counts being right or wrong on labels... if you Google you will find there are pages and pages of articles by so many Other...different groups who have been checking this out. I never knew how far off counts could be... Never knew the gov. said those totals could be off by 20 percent and still be listed as they are nor that the totals are over or under that 20 percent leeway given.

***Whether we like what she said or not...it is making us look further

...Glad we can checking this out because it sure will make me look at how I count calories now. Seems that it would be better now to add the 20 percent difference, so if I want to eat a 1200 calorie diet I really want to eat a 1200 Minus 20 percent or minus 240 calories or really 960 calories per day.... ((this makes more sense to me... I always lost more at around 1000 than I ever did going higher..

plus someone 5 ft tall is not going to lose the same as someone say 5 ft 5 in tall which always meant to me that a short person has to eat even less calories to lose))

Plus, I always thought it odd.. yes they say eat 1200 at least to get what our bodies need.. but that was always assuming that we ate right in the first place... which most of us don't anyway... so eating less and then probably eating better probably would be healthier... but if we don't get enough of what we need then that is why people take vitamin supplements.

Bottom Line... Any information we hear from anywhere is ..Food for Thought... process it as you choose.

Back to reading,
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Good morning team! I'm not suppose to be on here since I have tons of things I should be doing right now,but no where NEAR all the stuff that Yvonne has to do to get ready for her really big move!
But I just have to give my 2 cents worth on the Tang "inventor" who claims that the nutrition labels are inaccurate. According to several websites, on Google, the inventor of Tang was chemist William Mitchell and it was not invented for NASA but they started using it a few years after it was invented. If that women claimed to be the "inventor" of Tang but isn't, I wouldn't believe anything that she said after that. I am very interested in the topic of nutrition and inaccurate food labels and will be checking out the websites that Slimmer recommended. I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few inconsistencies. The most important thing to remember is to consider the source and take into consideration who is funding the research. I do consider CSPI or Consumer Report good places to start but I will be doing my homework on this topic, after I get settled in CT.

Thank you to Shirley and Slimmer for bringing up this provocative subject ! emoticon

Now I'm back to work!


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Good Morning Everyone -

Yesterday was gloomy, today the sun is out and it is just 52 degrees.

Yvonne - as my mother-in-law used to say often, and she was much younger than I am now then, "my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went." I've become the queen of procrastinators in my old age, just the opposite of what I was the majority of my life. *I caught the "s" on attics and was going to ask about that. Now if your attics are like my basement, you have quite a task ahead of you. Moving is a really hard job, there is no two ways about that, and to have health issues on top of it has really got to complicate things. *About your son, marriage just isn't for everyone. I criticize so much about the lifestyle of today's culture/society, but you know what it has freed our children (male and female) not to rush into relationships because they think that they "must" get married. However, I too hope he finds someone one of these days too. As for him sleeping on the couch - sometimes that is where I get my best sleep - smile.

Joan - my weight was down a pound this morning, but considering my track record in my later years, that pound could return next week. Good for you showing no gain. That's a winner in my book.

Marlene - what a lovely Easter Day you and Walt had. Growing up it was considered bad manners to take food home from a restaurant. I bring home food most every time I go out to eat, and don't feel a bit ashamed or embarrassed about doing so. *I bought me one of those kneelers for gardening (like yours) years ago, and it kept me gardening for years. However, my knees will no longer allow me to kneel on them and my legs make it Very difficult to get up from low benches. I have one of those plastic chairs with arms that helps sometimes, but I just can't bend over for long periods of times. That kneeler was just perfect for weeding and other gardening.

Slimmer - the reason I measure or weigh every mouthful of food when I'm seriously trying to get my weight down is that a person can't really know how much they are eating unless they do. I learned this long ago with other things other than food. The people who work with overweight people and do studies have found that people tend to underestimate the amount they are eating not over estimate. Most of the information I give here I've obtained from more than one source. If it comes from only one source I will say. Sometime you might look into the work that CSPI has done and you may even want to subscribe to their newsletter. It pretty much polices restaurants, the packaged food industry, etc. I don't always agree with them, but that is rare. They did an article (just one) on The Zone years back (this is when the Pyramid diet was all the rage), and the woman writing the article, it was obvious, hadn't read the book carefully and her article was off base. Unfortunately lots of dieticians back then thought very much as she did and were proven wrong. The editor of the newsletter is a vegetarian and sometimes (like in this instance) his bias is apparent. *I don't think I mentioned a government agency doing "a fantastic job." My view of our government now days isn't a positive one, so I don't think you will hear such coming from me often. You seem to be satisfied with the information that you have, so what more can I say. For me, I will keep reading and learning as researchers are always learning new things, and sharing whenever I think it will help someone.

Make today a happy and healthy one everyone -

Shirley

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SHIRLEY - I could so relate with you "shaming" yourself for not getting out and working when the weather seemed perfect. Zig Ziglar used to call it "cooked in the squat." We know we should do something, and we get ready to do it, and we just stay in that preparatory mode. In my case, I just have "one thing to do" before I go outside, and suddenly it's dark!
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We should be up in Missouri in the beginning of May. Packing seems to be coming together down here, but we haven't even started on the attics yet. That is "attics" - plural - because we have three attics due to the way our roof is shaped. And we have junk in all three.

I have some tests coming up, a result of my last checkup. I need some further tests on my parathyroid gland; don't know if I've mentioned that already. And we're having some work done on this house. Things are getting complicated.

Good news is... our son is here to visit us for about a week. It's always so wonderful to have him around. He's not married, so we're still his primary family. Though I'd love for him to have a life's companion, this relationship is nice too. He's had two long relationships with women that he decided weren't the best people to be married to, a wise decision, I think. We no longer have a guest room bed, so he's sleeping on the couch.

Have a wonderful sleep, team sisters.

Yvonne

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Hello Sparks

Hope everyone survived Easter without a weight gain. I did.
No loss but no gain. And the candy is all gone already. I didn't buy very much this year.

Pleasant dreams

Joan

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Good Evening Team Sisters. Happy to read that everyone had a pleasant Easter day. We went out for dinner. It is a very popular diner and their food is delicious, and good portions. DH & I both ordered ham steak with pineapple/raisin sauce with Harvard beets and a green salad. The ham was a full sized steak. Needless to say neither one of us could eat it all so I asked for a carry away box. We rarely take food home but it was too much to let go to waste. When we left there we drove to a nearby county park and walked the two mile paved trail. We left our sweaters in the car and were a little cool by the time we completed the loop but it was a beautiful day.

Today we worked about five hours in the yard. DH filled some bad holes made when the fallen tree was cut up. I cleared leaves and weeds from the flower beds and put up a short wire fence around the peony bushes and two other spreading/flowering plants. Hopefully, it will keep them from spreading over onto the lawn. DH usually hits them with the mower. I use a garden bench but my neck and back still got sore. I recommend this bench it is a metal frame with a seat and if you turn it over you can kneel on it and you use the U shaped legs to get back on your feet. I also have one on wheels but I have a hard time getting up because it is difficult to hold onto it without it moving.

Peggy, you certainly had your share of visitors and I don't blame you for "not being home" for an additional visit.

Cecile, it is too bad that Andre discharge from the hospital is still undetermined. I hope they are walking him lying in bed will only keep him weak.

Grace, guess you are about packed and have your FL home "summarized." Have a safe drive back to CT.

Bonnie, what a horrific thing someone did to the beavers. I hope they are found and punished. Beavers are interesting to watch. Wire can be put around trees to protect them from animals. They do that in the Gettysburg Battlefield because of the deer.

Guess that is all for now. Marlene emoticon emoticon

Edited by: MMARLENE1 at: 4/21/2014 (20:07)
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HI All, Just remembered to run to school to pick up my painting at 5pm cut off just now at 5 to do pick up.... good thing I live a couple of minutes away. Whewwwwwwwww...

Shirley... the lady I am talking about I would love to give you her name she does have a web site, but I don't remember it and too many crashed computers later my bookmark is gone.

She is the ... Scientist/Head Nutritionist for NASA for all the space programs and she is the inventor of Tang

as she gave a talk to our college class which was like 10 yrs ago now ... but the part of the labels not being accurate was given as more of a ... little secrete... like by the way do you think they are right?... well they are not.

She said, the testing of most of the ingredients were done like even 10 yrs before and she she said they ..do not repeat.. testings on items once found. So if someone puts a recipe together they go to what has already been tested and use what someone else found and apply it to their group of food.

that.. Testing again for each company was wayyyyyy to expensive to do. So, labeling was ..Done ..to satisfy the labeling, cause the gov. said to have it on packages, but that never meant that what was on there was... absolutely correct... just meant a label was now on the box and the companies showed where they gathered their information and as time went on and foods were passed as labeled ok.. and others used their testing/parts then their labeling was marked ok..etc. but... She said ...it is good that they are a guideline to use...but they were not exact.

Hmmm could this be why some people measure every mouthful of food and still gain weight?

Go to Google and put in... nutrition labeling inaccuracies ....and you will get pages and pages of places of articles about Inaccurate labeling.

I liked one that said they used 100 yr old measuring tests to use on our labels... You can find all kinds of TV stations that did reports to prove the labeling wrong like

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Consumer/story?id=4603127
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/special-reports/special-food-labels/nXsJZ/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2273331/Calorie-counts-food-labels-inaccurate-50per-cent-rely-100-year-old-calculation-method.html#ixzz2zYmGpRRE

above 3 for a couple of sites to copy and paste to go look at... Even I did not know all of these were out there to look at.

As to a gov. agency saying they are doing a fantastic job at what they do... hmmm first I think it is, a part of our gov, that yes we need.... but a lot of people are paid a lot of money to have the job... and do I really trust what they are saying? The info is not life threatening to me so I do take reading what I see on the labels into consideration. but I also think they might be either be high or low...

((After the gov. saving that taking all the cocktail shots babies take is ok.. but Now it is 1 out of 67 kids that have autism... something just might be wrong somewhere))

..from one article in case you don't go google..

We're all familiar with the standard Nutrition Facts label that appears on all packaged foods sold in this country. The label is mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in accordance with the 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) and requires that values for specific nutrients be reported in a standardized format. This law was intended to provide clearer, more transparent information to consumers, and enable them to better compare the nutritional merits of products.

Unfortunately, Nutrition Facts labels are not always factual. For starters, the law allows a pretty lax margin of error—up to 20 percent—for the stated value versus actual value of nutrients. In reality, that means a 100-calorie pack could, theoretically, contain up to 120 calories and still not be violating the law. The same margin of error goes for other nutrients as well, which doesn't bode well for diabetic carb counters, folks with high blood pressure who are watching sodium intake, or moms looking to boost the iron content of their babies' diets. The FDA has never established a systematic, random label-auditing process, and compliance with the law is expected to be self-enforced by food manufacturers.

A 2008 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that, within a small sample of 300 Nutrition Facts labels that were randomly audited in the mid-1990s, values for the vast majority (roughly 90 percent) of nutrients reported fell within the acceptable 20 percent variance to actual Levels
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They showed with this 20 percent inaccuracy that just eating 3 of one of their Checked items that was 80 calories off of not being high enough .. that one would be actually eating 240 calories MORE a day.....and that is just one item.. I like the article where they talked about the carb count being off for Diabetics... just might be why some foods they say I should not go high with.. that I actually go higher because the item IS higher and just not labeled right.

anyway... Everyone Google ...Nutrition labels inaccuracies... it is interesting

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Allie - re DH - dear husband - etc. Go to our team home page and you will find a topic under "Miscellaneous Forum" called "Abbreviations Used In Spark People." Grace created this since many of us have gotten confused over the years about these abbreviations and acronyms. It should help you.

Have a good evening everyone. Rest Well.

Shirley

Edited by: ARTY1934 at: 4/21/2014 (18:20)
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Hello team, I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter,

Welcome Ktys, You will enjoy this team and you will see how very supportive everyone is.

Grace, I am excited for you going back to CT. I loved living in CT.

Bonnie - I can't believe anyone would kill beavers. The beavers are only doing what they do by nature, I guess. I hope someone finds a better solution for the situation before anymore beavers are harmed. You said you were going to the farm, I hope you were able to ride Mystery.

Ellen, thanks for sharing what DH stands for. I get confused by some of these abbreviation

I had a wonderful Easter with my family. My grandsons loved the Easter egg hunt and their baskets. The parents were surprised, because I made them baskets too. The boys brought me drawings they made, eggs they decorated and flowers. I felt so spoiled. We went out to dinner and everyone was careful about not ordering anything too expensive. It was my treat.

I planted flowers and my yard looks so nice, after the terrible winter we had.

I spoke to my sister this morning. She thought they might send her home today. I am seriously considering paying her a visit. It is going to take some planning because the only decent way to get there is by car. I can't drive very long, so I will have to give it some thought. I am taking the car in to be checked out to make sure it is in good shape before I hit the road.

I worked out today and it wasn't that hard because I had not been to the Y since last Friday. I wore my new swim cap but my hair still got wet. I have to look for one with a chin strap next.

I hope everyone has a good evening.





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Slimmer - I agree, there are tests and there are tests. I would have to hear more about what that one woman's opinion about such was that you heard speak (I think you said). Not saying she isn't correct, but it has been my understanding that through the CSPI's (Center For Science In the Public Interest) efforts that the manufacturers are subject to some pretty stringent requirements for keeping those food labels correct or as correct as possible. The guidelines are good enough for me. I remember well the days before them, and they were a real eye opener for me. As far as I've been able to tell, and I've known about the glycemic index since the mid-90s, and it was developed before then, it is a recognized study. Not just someone's opinion. As with anything, I'm only trying to help all of us to stay healthy and become healthier, and what I advise here isn't usually something I'm not pretty confident of the facts. Anyone that questions what I say can always check it out on the internet. But where I can agree with you is that where all our bodies can respond to foods differently, most of the time they respond similarly - if they didn't I have no idea how doctors would be able to diagnose any of us. I have no medical or nutrition degree, but I have spent a lot of time learning about diets and nutrition, and I continue on that quest learning more just about every day. You for one have enlightened me a great deal about dealing with diabetes, and peaked my interest in areas where I've researched what you've said to learn more.

Ellen - I should be outside getting rid of weeds, but can't seem to get myself out the door. It is 72 degrees and overcast - perfect day to do this work. Shame, Shame on me.

Bonnie - you have just cause to be upset about those beavers. Such displeases me too. I don't understand why the State won't allow them to be relocated if they become too many for an area. I like that idea so much better that killing them, and especially the way those were killed.

Grace - thanks for checking in. Please know I consider myself and the team very, Very fortunate to have you as a co-leader. Your words are most kind, but you deserve half the praise.

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Hi All, Just a quick post... bright and sunny here

Sugar this AM 118

As to yesterdays meal...

I ONLY mentioned what was bad that was served at the meal...

We had a slice of ham and green beans and a salad of greens and nuts.

...as to using the List... would not have made a difference... that was all there was served to eat.

as to using the list at home... I eat the same things all the time... it is not like I choose different food... I just don't buy the bad things to begin with... and when being bad and do eat the bad things they just do what they are going to do.

It is not like fixing for a family a meal and always needing to change up what is being served and one would have to watch what might be served.

Also even foods on the Gly... List... the way they are listed are what they have found them to do... but ..what they actually do to each individual as to their sugar is different.

Like they say one can eat Oatmeal... and it is supposed to be pretty good. It sends my sugar sailing with only a quarter cup... Everyone is different.

Just like the labeling for the breakdown on packages... the lady that did those testings said they were were done long ago and are not tested for each food... those figures are only Ballpark calorie, fat, carb, vitamin... etc etc... We can use it for some type of guide.. but we have to be aware how it really affects each one of us.

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It is a cloudy, cool day here in the KC Metro. I thought we were going to get rain last night and today, but so far- nothing. I told my DH that I am thinking this may be a dry year since we get most of our rain in April.

Yesterday was fun. My son came over for lunch and we just enjoyed talking. He is the single son and lives only about 8 miles from us. I told my DH that we need to invite him over more often. He is trying to lose weight and would not take home any of the Pineapple Upside Down cake that I made so now it is up to my DH to finish it.

Slimmer – I agree with Shirley; when I read your post, my first thought was something a doctor told my mother who is diabetic – have some protein with every meal.

Krys – Welcome to our team! You have picked the best team ever! I think we ALL probably had a setback yesterday! I was on maintenance last spring, but I gained some pounds while recovering from knee surgery, so now I am trying to drop them. We have a monthly challenge that really helps me stay focus. Also, DH stands for Dear Husband in case you see this term. And don’t worry about trying to reply to everyone. I read the posts and if I have something to say, I do.

Bonnie – I can understand you being upset about the beavers. They have a right to live in this world also. We humans seem to think it is all about us.

Yvonne – your Easter dinner sounded like fun! I like tradition, but sometimes it is good to do something very different! I am so into living life with new experiences right now!

I must close and do some more laundry and work some more on my quilt. I am also thinking about calling my sister.

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Good Morning, Team Sisters.

I'm really angry & upset right now. A friend of mine posted on FaceBook that 2 beavers were found dead at the mulch pile with their heads bashed in!! What deranged person would do this? There has been a problem with the beavers at the Lake as they have been felling many of the trees. Some of the residents around the Lake have had trees in their yards chewed on by the beavers. Petitions were posted around the Lake as to what to do about the beaver problem. Some did write on it-Kill them. They can't be trapped and relocated as that is against the law in Maryland. The solution was for wire to be placed around the trunks of trees and a group of people were going to plant new trees this week-end to make up for the ones that were gone. But, I guess someone thought they had a SOLUTION to the problem. I'm hoping it is considered a crime and the person will be found. Someone who would do this would probably "boast" about it & figure they were the town "Hero". It is so digusting.

Sorry to go on about this but you ladies know how I am about animals. It just breaks my heart.

@Krys emoticon Welcome to the team. Sorry to start out with a "downer" post. But these ladies on this team are like "friends" and we congratulate, praise, give helpful advice and listen to "venting". I know you will enjoy being a member of the team. My name is Bonnie & my husband & I live in MD, close to DC. I don't have any human children but my "children" are 2 cats and a horse. I'm 66 and retired 5 years ago as a medical transcriptionist in the Radiology Dept. of the local hospital.

@Cecile - Sorry to hear that André isn't going to come home for some time. What is going on with his legs? I hope being in bed so long hasn't contributed to circulation problems. I remember the day after I had a hysterectomy I was told that I would be getting up and walking down the hall. I said "You have to be kidding". They weren't!!

We didn't do much for Easter yesterday. Tried to sit outside in the sun for awhile but the temp didn't get up as high as the forecasters said & there was wind. So it turned out to be quite cold. I bought a large slice of ham to warm up with a sauce that DH has bought last Spring. It was very tasty. DH wanted me to get another slice today & have it again but I said "with my salt restrictions that isn't a good idea". We'll have it again in a couple weeks.

DH did help me remove an old rose bush that I wanted dug up. It is a "wild" rose & has been in our front yard for over 40 years. It sends out branches with thorns everywhere & every year I am constantly cutting off the branches to "tame" it. The flowers aren't much to look at anymore so I thought "why bother". It was a "bear" to get out of the ground but we did & DH insisted that we replant it in another spot. If it dies I won't be too sad. I plan to plant a hydrangea in it's place.

Well it's 59° now & supposed to make it up to 68° (fingers crossed). I'm on my way to the Farm.

Everyone have a wonderful day.
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Good morning team! Just a quick post to remind you that I'm reading but not writing posts for the next couple of weeks, since I'm very busy packing, cleaning & gardening - getting ready to move back to CT for the summer, in 11 days!

KRYS , emoticon to the team. Please post often so we can get to know you! Shirley is an excellent team leader and will take good care of you!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Krys - A big WELCOME emoticon to you. You indeed posted just fine, and on the right thread - smile. Next time tell us a little about yourself and sign your post as to what you like to be called - I'm assuming it is Krys. We are delighted you have joined us. Post often and in no time this friendly group of women will have you feeling very much at home. Know we will do all we can to help you break your yo-yo cycle.

Yesterday was a beautiful day. Not too hot not too cold. I had a fun afternoon and enjoyed a delicious dinner at our kids house. My husband has joined the ranks of the sick. It started with a headache all day on Saturday to feeling rotten on Sunday. He didn't want to spread what he had, neither did he feel like going to our son's for Easter either. Today is a gloomy, cloudy day. I do hope that everyone had most enjoyable Easter Sunday.

Irene - it sounds like you had a nice Easter too. I don't think I've ever heard before of businesses, schools or whatever observing Easter the day after. Of course the Season of Easter lasts for 50 days and won't be over until Pentecost on June 8th. *I don't know why Sunday School teachers would teach such to small children. I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church, which is strong on "hell, fire and damnation" preaching, although I learned from an early age if I wasn't good I would end up in hell, it was never done in such a way to scare me as you were scared. Let's face it, some people should not be allowed to teach, especially in Sunday Schools. *I do hope you are feeling better today.

Cecile - thanks for the update on Andre, but I'm so sorry to hear that he still isn't well enough to come home. I do so hope that they are getting him up and forcing him to walk, because the longer he stays in bed the harder it is going to be for him to do so. I know that he was very happy that you were finally able to visit him.

Slimmer - I've said this to you before, I think printing you off a copy of glycemic index foods and their ranking would help you immensely, or at least checking foods on the glycemic index on the internet would help you immensely. Eventually you will recognize instantly high glycemic foods and those that aren't. However, having said this, I've heard what you've had to say about what you know about foods to know that without reading a list of glycemic ranked foods, that you realize which foods are high and which aren't. The foods you've listed here are all moderate - high glycemic foods, most of what you ate being high. You are right, it doesn't take many of those kinds of foods to raise our insulin levels. If memory serves me correctly, eating some lean protein or healthy fats such as nuts could somewhat balance this.

Peggy - you must be so tired after all that company. I don't usually condone lying, but you know what... I think you did the right thing nicely telling your niece that you weren't going to be home for a second visit so soon.

Yvonne - a special hello to you this morning.

Wishing for us all a very good day and an equally good week.

Shirley

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Hi, I am new to chatting so hope I get this right. I have been on sparkpeople for about a year and have been yoyo dieting for many many years and I know I am finally on track and my mind is really into this. I did have a set back yesterday but I don't feel guilty about it like I use to. Anyway I hope to make some friends here and I wish us all good luck an our journey.


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Easter Monday now it's still a holiday here I don't knowing everyone has the Monday too as part of easter . I felt a bit better yesterday so went to join in the family lunch , I don't eat a lot but enjoyed company and chat. Fun too watching the children on an Easter egg hunt on the garden area,
I was happy to come home too . I think I overestimated my recovery, I was not as fit as I thought , I am still coughing but it's looser now, I have no energy at all so it looks like an easy day for me , I am glad I have my e friends to chat to.
I enjoyed reading of your weekend too,.Cecile that would help you visiting A in hospital , sorry he's still weak and unable to come home
I can share a tale of being frightened at Sunday school . The teacher mainly taught us of death and hell and we said the prayer ,if i should die before I wake.. I was terrified of going to sleep in case i didn't wake! Here I am many years later enjoying sleep! have a good day . Irene

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Slimmer, I had to laugh when you talked about the lady running in saying "He lives!" and it scared you. Sometimes we do things that scare children, and they don't ever tell us.

Sounds like everyone had a good Easter. We ate at an Indian restaurant, thinking it would be less crowded and we were right! The food was superb. We both came home and took 2 hour naps. Not too eventful, but nice and peaceful. We needed the rest.

Have a good week, everyone!

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Irene,

I am sorry to hear that you are ill. I will pray for you tonight. Get well soon.

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Happy Easter everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I went to the hospital to visit my André finally. He was sleeping when I arrived but being klutsy I woke him up. Boy, was he happy to see me. I had him sign his papers for the income tax both federal and provincial and two cheques that we received by mail. That was a big load off both our shoulders. My husband asked the nurse if there was a mailbox around the hospital. Before the renovations there used to be one in the front of the building. The nurse took the two letters and told us she would ask at the desk. She came back saying that they would see to it that they were dropped in the mailbox. Isn't that service?

I had arranged with Val to pick me up at a certain time. André started to say if I wanted to leave to feel free. At first I didn't want to leave but after about 10 minutes I saw that he was fighting to stay awake. I called Val at that point. It was so nice that I waited outside. It somehow seemed that in no time she arrived. The time went much faster than when I had to wait inside the building due to weather.

I don't think he will be coming home anytime soon. He is still very weak and can't get up. His legs won't carry him. We shall see what the future brings.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels keep watch over us. emoticon


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emoticon Hi All, Back from Easter Dinner...

I ate 2 1 inch dinner rolls, 1.5 inch piece of sweet potato, 4 half inch pieces of cantaloupe and 1 snicker doodle cookie and one peanutbutter chocolate no bake oatmeal cookie


My sugar is right now............. 222... don't know if going up still or down... that is not much food at all to go that high.

hmmm

Drinking water right now...
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emoticon emoticon emoticon HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Whew, we are finally finished with company. On April 8th, Tom's daughter Kelly came to visit with her 2 daughters, Kalyn & Kendall and with her DH Matt and his daughters, Kaitlin & Kylie. Took them to the airport on the morning of 4/11 in the early morning. Went back to the airport that afternoon to pick up my girlfriend Marsha. Took her back to the airport on 4/15 and back to pick up my niece Genelle & her daughter Keira on 4/16. (Now a little venting.) Keira is 7 going on 4, spoiled rotten and drove us both crazy. Genelle said she might visit again before flying back to VA but I told her we would not be in town. Liar, liar pants on fire.

Will catch up later with everyone.

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emoticon emoticon HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! emoticon emoticon

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Hi All, HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!!!

Oh, I remember the days of chomping off the ears of a chocolate rabbit... also remember that that chocolate really didn't taste too good, but had to have it!

I also remember in church at Sunday school in 5th grade that while we had our group assembly a lady came Running in...kind of yelling..."He Lives.. He Lives"... and then we all sang... I thought we were all going to heaven then and I was not going to see my parents again... it was Really scary!!!!!!!!! Like it was ok to be going but I didn't know what all was going to happen.

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just to say hi

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Hi on Easter Sunday
Ellen I am happy for you that your eye is improving , it is frustrating to see jobs that need doing such as plants to split , nature usually looks after itself , you can have a natural look!
I am not too bad still chesty, bronchial so having an easy day . Hope you all have the sort of day you want, Irene

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My eye is so much better today. Hopefully by tomorrow the swelling will be totally gone. I do not plan to tell my son about my skin cancer since his dad died of cancer. I don't want him worrying about me. But I see so much gardening that needs to be done that it is upsetting. The yard would look so better with just a little TLC and I can see plants that need to be split up.

Everyone have a wonderful week-end.

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emoticon I'm wishing all of you a peaceful and blessed Easter and Passover.


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Iam not leaving you. If I give up any team it won't be this one. I am not making any decision yet, I think ihave started the bronchial infection my husband had recently , i just felt low and had no energy early on but now realise what it is. It would be Easter weekend so I can't get antibiotics , we can't buy them over the counter , they have to be prescribed by a doctor. I am just taking it easy and drinking lots and on cough mixture . I think it will be bed early tonight. I will catch up soon. Irene

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Coloring hair: had to chime in on this subject. I've only experimented with some "wash in" color that I didn't like very well. The thought of an ongoing expense keeps me from doing it... that and, as Bonnie referred to... the difficulty with keeping the roots from showing. I have some acquaintances that dye their hair really black, and continually (it seems) have gray showing at the roots. Of course, the ones who keep up with it are not noticeable. Many of the women in my family DO color their hair (my grandmother was a hairdresser). It's just too much maintenance for me, although I really have observed it makes you appear younger. I've been getting "Ma'am" for a long time... emoticon

I walked with the club this morning... a little over 3 miles. My legs are tired, but fine, so maybe I'm "back" as a walker. It was really beautiful outside.

Irene, if you're leaving us for a while, I will miss you. Hope you're getting some stitching done, anyway, and come back when you make those tough decisions and we're still on your list. Hope so...

Yvonne

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Good Afternoon, Team Sisters.

It is 63° out and I sat outside for awhile enjoying the sun. I need to walk down to the store for a few things and then work in my garden for a little while.

@Allie - I'm sorry to hear about your sister's problems. If she isn't eating, it sounds like she needs more supervision. My DH's aunt (who was in her early 80's) had some medical problems & ended up in the hospital a couple years ago. She decided that she didn't want to live any more & stopped eating. This went on for some time & extended her hospital stay & then necessitated additional care at another facility. After she had lost a huge amount of weight, she all of a sudden decided that she did want to live. Well, unfortunately, it was too late. Her organs were already shutting down and she eventually died. Such a shame.

@Irene - We all enjoy hearing from you. Sometimes we do have to "step back" and review how things are going in our lives and what we need to let go of. I hope you stay with Spark.

@Ellen - How nice that your DH bought you a hat!! Sounds like you need to be very careful when you are out in the sun. I had an aunt who had flaming red hair & cream colored skin. She lived in Riverside, CA and had multiple skin cancers removed from her face over the years.

Everyone--Have a great day.
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Hello team,

My grandsons and I decorated Easter eggs and as usual we made quite a mess. I told them I had m and m's for the Easter baskets so of course we had to have some for dessert. The three year old split his up and wrapped them in a kleenex for a surprise for his Mom. I really bought them for her because she loves them.

I have my sun room just the way I want it . I just had to declutter a little and put some picture some frames up.

You know how you hate those last night phone calls. It seems as we all get older and we have family we get more of those kind of calls. My sister is in the hospital and she is going to stay for a few days. Luckily I have a spy - her grand daughter and she tells me what my sister is doing to herself. When I talk to my sister on the phone she doesn't tell me the truth about what is really going on.

It seems my sister had not eaten all day and they had to give her insulin because her sugar was sky high. My sister has told me many times she is pre- diabetic and she has to watch what she eats and she can control it without taking medication. She gets Meals on Wheels so there was no excuse for her not to eat. I am just wondering if she is just giving up. She is 75 years old now.

My sister told the doctors she has Asthma and had been diagnosed with it when she was 10. My grand daughter asked me if she has asthma. Unfortunately my sister has some emotional/mental problems and she really isn't well. The problem is she requires a lot of attention and when she doesn't get it, she says she has other things wrong with her besides what is already wrong with her. If she keeps crying wolf everyone is going to stop listening to her and believe her when she says she is sick.

Thanks for letting me vent. I love my sister but you can't help someone who will not help themselves. She has family and friends around her and they are doing what they can for her. She has a home health aid that comes in 2-3 times a week and she has both her sons and grandson living with her so she is not alone and without help.

I am not exercising for a few days. I might take a short walk around the neighborhood but that is it. I have to remember to eat less but not under 1,200 calories a day and I should be alright for awhile.

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emoticon Happy Passover to all our Jewish friends! emoticon

Good Morning Everyone -

And what a beautiful morning it is here!

Irene - I hope that this post isn't you telling us that you are leaving us. Yes, I read what you said, "I'll be back soon," and I sincerely hope that is so as you will be missed. But... I do think - especially at our age, but at any age really - we need to prioritize. We just can't do it all, and being a full time care giver has got to take its toll on you. Know we will be wishing you well.

Slimmer - so sorry to hear that your art work and your classmate's art work got ruined by some careless maintenance people. Some people just have no appreciation for art (and many times not much else either). *What nice compliments about your age. Such always makes us feel good, don't they? *60 degrees to me is wonderful springtime weather. I know I'm more warm natured than many, but still I find 60 degrees to be a wonderful temp. *How nice you will be having Easter dinner with a friend. *I had to pay $1.44 for my husband's diet Coke yesterday, and I agree that hurt. Walmart has had it for a dollar (2 liter bottles) since Christmas. *If you can sleep through the night, or only get up once or twice you are blessed. I don't eat when I wake up thank goodness.

Ellen - sorry to hear about your eye. What a sweet thing for your husband to do buying you a new straw hat. I'm thinking I should do that. Wonder if I will? - smile. *I saw lots of coverage on the news about that horrific shooting in KC. There are some really evil and messed up people in this world, aren't there?

Bonnie - how thoughtful of the farm manager trying to help Mystery. As we all know who own or have owned animals, when they get it in their heads they don't want to do something or scared, it is very hard to make them do as they should. *I know your feelings about not coloring your hair, I often have the same feeling; however, my 83 year old friend has snow white hair and wouldn't think of coloring it, and another close and long time friend's hair is much grayer (salt and pepper) than mine and she is only 65, but doesn't show any signs of coloring her hair either Many of my friends have been coloring their hair for one reason or the other as long as I've known them, and it has nothing to do with age. I think I mentioned before that when my hair was very long I went to the beauty college to have quite a bit cut off, and they asked if they could have the hair they cut off to use in teaching their students to color hair. I didn't care, of course, but was curious why they were so interested in my hair. The head person explained that I had "virgin hair" since I've never used any chemicals on it other than hair spray of course. But when I wore my hair so long, I didn't even use hair spray.

Allie - I agree that Aleve works wonders on pain, but it is very, Very hard on the stomach. Try using Tylenol extra strength rapid release (it lasts 4 hours) or Tylenol Arthritis (it lasts 8 hours). When I could take NSAIDS - Aleve is in this family, I swore by Advil and had no problems with my stomach taking it. I take Celebrex now for arthritis, so that's the reason I can't take NSAIDS. I think whether to lie down or keep moving when in pain is a balancing act. Moving seems to help my arthritis or restless legs, but hurting, as you know, saps our strength, so keeping moving for very long just can't be done. I hope you are feeling better today.

Grace - I think your snow-birding is great - living in a warm climate in the winter and a cooler climate in the summer, but I definitely don't envy you keeping two homes up, plus having to move every 6 months. Try to pace yourself - that is really a lot of hard work. Post when you can. Know we will miss having your around during this transition/move.

Have a good day and a wonderful Easter/Passover weekend everyone.
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happy passover to all.

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Hi on Easter Saturday , no major plans for the weekend really . But I do want to review my situation . Life changes we have to accept that , I am still trying to do all I ever did and more. My body is rebelling . So it's time to take a step back regroup as they say and work out what I want to do and what has to be done. I am thinking aloud here really , I like to chat to people in my own age group as we all have similar problems . I will be back soon. Have a blessed Easter , Irene

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Hi All, Been raining for hours now.. everything is getting damp in the house.

Bon... yes her piece was close to being finished and when I saw it ..it looked like someone had actually flattened and torn it apart. We have huge shelving that is like 2 ft tall and 3 ft deep and 3 sections tall... Right where here spot is... there are a lot of boxes that work men could have been looking at and elbowed it really bad... another girl had work gloves thrown on hers. I suggested to put out a note ... If you would like your work gloves back please see the Professor... which the teacher said she was doing ... hoping that who ever left the gloves knows about the smashed piece... The piece was in the almost done and on the way to starting to dry... She just had to start all over.

I ate a box steamer Healthy choice again it had rice.. said 47 carbs... when I started I was 97 sugar and 2 hr later was 147... not bad... and that meal was terrible too!

I don't color my hair and all grey around the bangs and sides but since it is real long I still have my dirty blonde showing.... I'd like some stripeing of some blonde color but I am too cheap to keep it up and I hate seeing the color lines.. plus anything to lighten usually has peroxide in it and that takes the color out of my skin.. don't want that falling on my face!

Talking about age... funny but while I worked yesterday another girl was in the room and she finally said... Like how old are you anyway!!!??? I told her almost 65 and she said "No Wayyyy!!!" and just could not believe it... then even better later the cleaning lady came in older lady or looks old... she was talking about my pieces then wonders if I went to school there or what... and she also said well how old are you??? I told her and she said "No Way.. just no way you don't look it at all..... and the other girl chimed in again.. they just could not believe... I told them... Keep it Up!!!... and I didn't even have my makeup on and that really helps! It helps to hear this...

Allie... I think it was you... losing 2 inches in your waste!!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good going!

Mom always used to say... It is not What you weight, but What you look like you weigh.

Cecile... hope you had a good visit today...

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Hi everyone. I was having a lovely lunch out with my DH after spending the morning cleaning the house. I looked in the mirror to put on my lipstick and notice my upper eyelid was swelling. We had one stop at a Garden Shop and my DH bought me the most beautiful straw hat. By the time we got home, my right eye looked terrible. The nurses warned me that this oftens happen after the surgery I had, but I thought that happened to other people. emoticon

Grace- we will miss your posts and hope your journey is safe and fun.

Slimmer- you are amazing with your healthy trip to controlling your sugar level.

Bonnie - it was nice that the man tried to put the blanket on Mystery.

Allie - I forgot what is causing your pain, but I admire you for staying busy to distract yourself.

The funeral for the grandfather and his grandson that were killed by the White Supremist at the Jewish center was held this afternoon at our church. I did not know them, but the news said thousands were there. It is sad that hate and evil cause so much pain.

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Good afternoon, Team sisters.

It's 54° out and partially sunny. Our house feels so cold and I'm trying not to turn the heat back on. The house is made of masonry and feels good when it's really hot outside but stays cold when it's "marginal" outside.

Sergio, The Farm manager, told me yesterday that on Tues. when it was raining "sheets" & really windy he tried to put Mystery's blanket on him. He said he tried for about an hour but Mystery wasn't having any of it. Wind really freaks Mystery out. I told him I really appreciated him thinking about Mystery but told him not to worry about not being able to blanket him. It would have been a "free bee" since I didn't pay for blanketing this month.

@Slimmer - Are you saying that someone may have smashed your classmate's project? That is very very bad.

@Grace - We'll miss your postings but we all know that you will be very busy getting ready to leave and travel back to CT. Take care of yourself.

About coloring hair--I often think I'm the only one who doesn't color their hair!! I never have. DH has said that he doesn't want me to do it because it will make him look like an old man!! If I truly wanted to, I'm sure he couldn't stop me but, being the lazy person that I am, I really don't want to get into that situation of having to color it. Not to offend anybody but I really don't like it when older women don't keep up with the coloring and there is a spot in the back or in the part where the gray is coming back. My mother's hair was very dark brown, almost black, & when she started to gray she had a gray streak across the front. My father was 5 years younger than her & his hair didn't start turning gray (and then not the whole thing) until he was in his 60's. My mother started coloring her hair black so she wouldn't look so much older than him!! I have the same "streak" in my hair but so far it's still blonde. For those of you who do color your hair & it makes you feel better, then by all means go for it.

I hope everyone is having a great day.
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Hello team,

I am putting pictures up on all the walls and I had pictures developed of my grandsons. I am going to put them in frames and put them on the wall on the sun porch.

I went to the Y and did some exercises. I had to take it easy because I have been in pain since yesterday and I am unable to take anything for it. I took an Aleve the other day and it made me sick. When I first became disabled the doctors were prescribing all kinds of narcotics for me. My system can not handle them at all.

It is gradually getting warmer here. I need to take a short walk outside and then I can work on my projects. I used to lie down when I was in pain but sometimes if I just keep moving it distracts me and keeps my mind off of the pain. I have learned to live with it and I know there are others that are a lot worse off then I am.

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Hi All, Burrrr windy and cold 60 degrees out... not comfortable at all out there!

School today.. I just cleaned up my last project,,, it is done... THEN I broke off the top.. but ok, she said it was fine if I just glue it on After the firings. got back the last project out of the kiln and it looks good.. just have to put it together.

But, one girl in class found her project totally smashed up today.. a workman left gloves nearby.. and who know what he did but it was totally ruined... now that was bad!

Bought cookies to take to Easter dinner the lady I used to paint with has had me over the past 3 years with her family... she likes cookies.

Diet Dr Pepper is also on sale at WalMart for $1.00.. no way am I paying $1.44 or higher for a soda bottle.. actually the .84 cent stuff is as good!!!

Grace.. have not looked for a reset button on Treadmill.. it is a cold room and too much stuff around it.. and Gee, I would have to bend over to do that... not into it.

Sugar 107 this AM... not sure why it is fluxuating... When I first got labeled diabetic... it took me MONTHS to get it even under 140... so I should be patient it is as low as it is now...... was 89 the other afternoon...

I should normally never go lower than say 70 and don't think I ever saw say 83 on my meter.. .. if I would ever even get down that low. My pancreas and liver are running normal and they would kick in if I needed the insulin ...

It is when people who have damaged livers and pancreases that cannot kick in which would make them go lower and especially if they take any pills or insulin shots that lower their sugar... then they would be in big trouble.

As to my Sleep Award Program on Spark... missed so far Bedtime.. by like 20 min. two times and only one time did I get up in the night.. we had a big storm going on. Otherwise I am pretty much going to bed on time and Staying there!.. Some nights I am almost sleeping all the way through!!! (no getting up and eating!)

I think next to getting my Sugar where it should be for a Goal.. that Getting my Sleep like it should be is a good next Goal..... Working on it!

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Good morning team! We are leaving FL in 2 weeks, so I will be on "hiatus" from posting during this time. I've GOT to get serious about packing and cleaning. I'll still be reading the posts and doing my fitness minutes etc. and will check in very briefly now and then. We will be arrive in CT on May 5th and then take a few days to get partly settled in. Then I can start "Sparking" again.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - oh my how times does fly by fast, doesn't it? * Alzheimer's - I heard a report on the news this week that said a large percentage of us would get this awful disease before we die. They gave the percentage, but I'm not remembering that right now. This wasn't something any of us wants to hear. It wasn't too many years back that we even had heard of Alzheimer's. *I know you are looking forward to your son's (who lives in Switzerland) visits this summer. *About the class Joan's granddaughter is taking - if I read her posts correctly that class is coed.

Gwynlee - my mother liked to use sayings a lot, as most who've been on this team for a long time know reading my posts. One she used a lot was, "it is always darkest before the dawn." I don't know if this will help you to remember this, but it sure has helped me get through some trying times in the past.

Joan - that sounded like a typical breakfast casserole to me that you had at church, and when we had church brunches there was always at least one of these. Have you tried Lactaid? Perhaps popping one or two of those before a church brunch would be good policy. My lactose intolerance problem isn't as bad as yours, but one place I have to be really careful is eating ice cream. I don't usually get into trouble with only one scoop, but I do if I go much past that. *I really, Really like what Nikki's school is teaching those kids. I hope these classes aren't just electives but required.

Cecile - I have my fingers crossed that you will get to visit André today. I'm sure seeing you will brighten his spirits immensely.

Grace - my mother had a thing about age and getting old. She used to color her hair dark auburn. Once she came to visit long before she died, my youngest was just a toddler. Mother grayed early. She'd let her hair grow out natural and it was the most beautiful salt and pepper. She looked 10 years younger, believe it or not. I praised her and so did my husband and told her how much younger she looked with the lighter colored hair. You guessed it, the next time we saw her she had the dark auburn hair, and she kept it that way until she died. I have a friend that her hair turned white when she gave birth to her only child (obviously a very difficult birth). I think she was in her 30s. She is such a pretty woman, and her hair has never made her look old in my eyes, since her face was young. She's my age, so now like me, I'm sure she doesn't still have the young face to go with her beautiful white hair. I've got my dad's hair genes, and if I'm like him, his hair didn't turn totally white until his 90s. *The two neighbors I mentioned dressing nicely, didn't overdo as your CT neighbor does, but I was always amazed at the one that used to live next door here, wearing ironed shirts and jeans to work in the yard, and she was out there daily for hours, and she never seemed to get dirty or rumpled. I'm not sloppy or a klutz most of the time, but when I paint pictures or walls I know to expect to get paint on me; no matter what I do in the yard I come in a mess. Thus around the house I wear knit pants and t-shirts and no make-up, and this way I don't have to worry about ruining clothes or make-up (when sweating which I can do doing practically nothing) running into my eyes and burning like heck. If I'm going out to eat or a function at the kids or wherever, I dress nicer and wear make-up. In the summer I try to look nice when I go shopping, but seldom wear make-up because of sweating. Speaking of your CT neighbor - a close friend is always so conscious of her appearance. She went to play tennis with her son once when he was in high school, wanting to look sharp she wore this beautiful high end sweat suit. My friend does not sweat and the day was too warm for a sweat suit to begin with. It didn't take long before she became faint from the heat, and they had to come home. Why on earth do people do this to themselves? I'm just not vain enough to put myself through such. I agree with what you said, " I guess what I’m trying to say is we should try to strike a balance between over doing it and under doing it."

Jonesie - good to see your post. You didn't check in on the Challenge and hadn't posted so I was afraid we'd lost you. I'm so glad to be wrong. *My daughter-in-law is very strict with our little one, and we aren't allowed to give him any sweets, and yes this is hard but we comply. She thinks sugar effects his behavior. He does get some sweets but they are very limited. On Easter when the grandparents come for Easter dinner, Dmitri (age 6) gets to hunt for eggs. They are plastic and have either coins or tiny toys in them - no candy. He loves getting the money, and goes and gets his bank so we can all see him put the money in it. If there are bills, Mommy gets those to go into his account.

Bonnie - Ah-h your walk around your lake. Wish I could have joined you, as those walks always sound so nice. *You are so right in your response to Gwynlee - stress is most often at the root of any of us overeating. Many good weight loss plans - The Zone being one - encourages meditating on a daily basis. Walking and yoga are two other good stress relievers. As said often, we can't exercise ourselves thin - exercise makes our bodies more fit and thus helps the process along. It all comes back to what we are putting in our mouths that makes or keeps us fat or thin.

Ellen - I've never quilted, but from what I've observed from others is that quilting is a long term project, not one that one does quickly. *I have never knitted, but if I'm remembering correctly we've got several knitters on the team, or did at one time. *In my fitness walking days I usually walked right as the sun was coming up so no hat needed, but on occasion I did walk when the sun was high, and then I would wear a ball cap. Grace's idea of sunscreen is a good one too - perhaps wearing sunscreen and wearing a cap too wouldn't be a bad idea. Florida sun, however, is a lots more lethal than is Missouri/Kansas sun. *As for hair thinning, I'm sure chemicals don't help the hair to be healthy and thick, but I think that hair thinning is more in the genes and aging than anything else. *Thank you as always for your kind words and support.

Allie - I think it is marvelous that you are in such good spirits. Losing weight can do that for us - not always, but definitely sometimes, as I've had it to happen to me. As said earlier in this post I have no problem with gray or white hair, but if dying your hair has lifted your spirits and made you feel more youthful then I'm glad you had it done. *Last but certainly not least, CONGRATULATIONS on the 2" loss. All that exercising is really paying off.

Wishing us all a very good day -
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Hi on Good Friday Gynlee it's been a strange year for me too . My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last May , a lot if adjustments of life style had to be made.
Joan. I too think it's all to the good if school girls learn what it's like in the real world, but do boys get the same experiences . They should do!
We have no plans for Easter. I don't mind a few quiet day. This morning our youngest son who lives in Switzerland phoned , we had a good chat. He and his wife and three children are planning two trips to UK this year, a vacation for them but he wants to see is too. The first one is end of May. I am looking forward to it and time flies by now.
Happy Easter to all. Irene

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thanks Arty. this has been a really strange year for me. it will get better

it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Hello Sparks

Went to church this Maundy Thursday, followed by a brunch.

I was fortunate enough to win a pot of tulips. Unfortunately the meal was the last thing a person with lactose intolerance should eat. I have had a miserable afternoon. I think I am finally OK. The casserole had eggs, cheese and I think something like sour cream. There was a roll which I ate without butter, and dessert was pistachio pudding with whipped cream. I debated a while before eating, took an Immodium AD and hoped for the best. Next time I'll know better.

Grocery shopping tomorrow.

Nikki's class with the flour child is different from a class she had last year, but similar. Last year in Economics Class they were given a scenario to work with. Nikki did not have a husband but was pregnant with twins. She was given a budget and was told to work it out. Nikki's conclusion was that she had to go on welfare because she didn't have enough money to finish school, get an apartment, a car and a job on the budget she had. These two classes together showed her just how much money you need to survive in this world. It opened her eyes. This year wasn't so much about money as it was about frustration with a baby that doesn't always behave the way you want it to. I think they are a good idea.

Hope everyone has a good night.

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CECILE, I hope you have a wonderful "reunion" with Andre tomorrow! emoticon


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I'm still here. I have been getting a lot of rest and feel much better. If all goes well I'm visiting hubby tomorrow. I'll have more to say tomorrow evening.

Good night and sweet dreams. God bless and keep us safe. May His angels watch over us during the night. emoticon

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