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2/26/15 5:37 P

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Hello all! Today is my late day at my internship, so it's a late check-in on SP for me too. I've been on the run since 9am, so I'm pretty tired tonight. Last night was a little rough, but I had a good morning today. Got my laundry done, baked some turtle cheesecake brownies for my boyfriend (and did NOT leave any at home for me!), and got to spend the day home alone. Tonight will be good as well. I spent the first part of my afternoon in a meeting with my supervisor, and he said I've been doing a great job for only being here a month and a half so far. In a little while I'll be running group, which should go well. Then it's off to spend time with my BF before I head home and to bed.

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2/26/15 12:22 P

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Hi everyone,

Hi LADY_EVAINE, congratulations on making your 10,000 steps yesterday. One candy bar isn't going to sabotage your efforts too badly. You have my respect for being able to conduct a meeting and talking for four hours. That must have been a challenge.

Hi CAROLSTRONG, I hope that your run was a success!

I got the car fixed yesterday. My mechanic, Bruce, was able to complete the repairs very fast and for nothing. He charged me nothing to tear apart the gear shift, clean it and oil the pieces and reassemble it. I love my mechanic. So, today it is back to the gym at noon. It is the last day that I can go until next week. My daughter is working all weekend again, so I highly doubt that I will get the opportunity to go again until Monday. Well, we'll make this visit count. I need to reschedule with the personal trainer anyway. I hope that everyone is surviving the weather and that you are all safe. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon



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2/25/15 7:32 P

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Tomorrow will run. That will make it all better

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2/25/15 5:20 P

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Hello!

DEBTEVELDAHL, sorry to hear about your car troubles. That can definitely de-rail your plans pretty fast. Hope you can get it fixed soon!

I'm 4 days into my re-boot on SparkPeople and I'm doing really well. Today was a bit challenging as I was running an education session for about 20 staff at work and had to talk for about 4 hours straight. As a result, I didn't get to snack mid-morning and lunch was only at 1:30. I've been hungry all afternoon as a result and indulged in a chocolate bar. Not the end of the world, but not my plan for the day either. I'm doing pretty good besides that, nutrition-wise. For exercise, I'm almost at my 10 000 steps for the day on my FitBit. I'm planning to spend the evening relaxing.

I hope you all have a great evening!

Chris~

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2/25/15 12:12 P

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Hi everybody,

NITROUS87, congratulations on your weight loss. What a positive way for your week to progress. Good job on the exercise too! Every little bit helps. We just do what we can do.


JWHEELER05, I hope that you have a good day at the gym. I was going to have my first personal training session that is an actual session today, but I have to cancel. My car is on the fritz. It does not want to come out of park to go into gear. It happens periodically, but until my mechanic can look at it and figure out what is going on, I am without wheels. I only want to drive it if it's completely necessary, since I never know if it is going to go into gear or not.

Well, I did get the car to go into gear this morning and was able to get Micah to Headstart. I am nervous about being able to go pick him up as well without the whole gear thing sticking again. I had this happen in my Geo Metro and it was the neutral safety switch that was messing up. Since this is not happening every time that I go to use the car it is scary to try to go anywhere, because I never know when I can or cannot get it to go into gear.I don't have triple A or any other roadside service, so I guess that I will see what it costs to add it to my insurance. I sure as heck don't want to get stuck somewhere like the school or Jeni's work and have it freeze up on me there, so that I can't get it out. I will take it to Bruce, my mechanic, this morning and have him take a look at the gear shift. I have a feeling that we are in for another major repair. We just got the Volvo back from having the radiator replaced. Bruce is getting a lot of work from me lately. I'm sure that before I can have it fixed we will have to wait for Jeni's tax return to come through. She filed her taxes at the beginning of the month, so they should be coming through any day. If it isn't one thing then it's another. Oh well, nothing to be done, but fix it as soon as possible. I am not going to let this ruin my day though. I may not be able to get to the gym, but I will walk the neighborhood just to keep my walking streak going. I have to go to the library anyway and that is at least a 30 minute walk up and back and I have a neighborhood route for the other 30 minutes. I hope that you all are having a great day and that the weather is cooperating for those of you experiencing snow. It's terrible how much snow is covering the country right now. Be safe and be careful to all in snow bound areas. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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2/25/15 10:41 A

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Good morning! So far my day is starting out pretty well! I lost about 3-4 lbs this week (hard to gauge since last week I was on my period and bloated), so that was a great way to start! My mom is home from work sick, so she bought me coffee from McDonald's before I came to work at my internship. I'm feeling really good physically today, even after going shopping last night with my boyfriend and his friend. We had to walk about 2 blocks from the car to the store, which is quite a ways for me these days. But I did good, even took my cane with me so I could keep up with the boys easier!

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2/25/15 9:01 A

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thanks Deb!

After work, I'm starting day 1 at the gym today... it's been a while (um 2013) since I've been to my gym.

I've lost count of how many personal trainers I've had throughout the years - at least 6. I know what exercises to do, I know the proper form - as to not hurt myself, I know how to use the machines, I know which cardio works best with my arthritis (elliptical, rowing machine)... But I just don't do it...

One of my old trainers (he was a marine) used to say that "Pain is weakness leaving the body".

We are not weak - but we are creating our stronger/thinner/healthier selves!

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2/24/15 1:19 P

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Hi everyone,

Well, today is going to be day two of my new resolution to get to the gym four days a week now. I have an appointment with a complimentary visit with a personal trainer, so that I can learn how to use the machines - or at least a few of them. They have a special going on now for 3 personal training sessions for 99.00. I think that I will take advantage of that and have a personal trainer design my strength training program for me. That would give me a couple of sessions to go through the routine with the trainer, so that I would be okay on my own after that until it's time to change the routine up. By that time, hopefully I will know how to use the machines and can do the change up myself. I walked on the treadmill yesterday for an hour and five minutes. I am going to use the treadmill and the elliptical for my cardio at the present point in time. I might go for the recumbent bike too. I have heard good things about the bikes from people here on site. I hope that you are all having a great day. Congratulations to JWHEELER05 for the six pound loss and the inches that went along with it!! Make it a productive week. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them! Take care and God bless, Deb

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2/24/15 7:20 A

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Good morning!!!!!!!!!

Another cold day!!!!!!! Today I have a doctor's appointment so I may not be able to post later.

Deb- emoticon !!!!! I'll be OK-It's just that sometimes it gets to me!!!!!!!

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Moderation is the key.

It WILL happen!!!!!!!


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2/23/15 10:18 P

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I am doing ok today. The day was not bad and despite the cold I got out and walked for 20 minutes so that made me feel a little better.

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2/23/15 12:45 P

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Today my coworker asked how much weight I lost, which isn't too much as I've just started but she said it was noticeable! I told her 6 pounds and she said no, it has to be more than that. I told her that I'm not calling what I'm doing a "diet" (bad 4 letter word). I'm just being more conscientious of what I'm eating.

Regardless of what the scale says - there are other great measurements! Not to mention, it's a great feeling to be complemented!!!

One meal at a time, one day at a time!

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Hi All,

Oops, I seem to have missed a couple of days. The weekend was okay. I was happy because my daughter, who works just about 24/7 in order to make ends meet, didn't have to go into work as early as her regular schedule and she got to spend some quality time with her son. I feel badly for Jeni, because her hours at work are 3:30 pm to 1:30 am. That puts her at work during the time that Micah is home from school, so she doesn't often get to spend much awake time with him. She is waiting on her tax return anxiously, so that she can afford to take a weekend off. As a single, working parent she doesn't get to spend as much time with him as she would like. This week I start back at the gym. I have been doing some walking around the neighborhood, but I need to get back to strength training on a regular basis. I have been thinking of buying a personal trainer for a few sessions to help me get back into a good routine and for help with the machines. With Micah in school all day, I definitely have the time to take care of me.

Hi Elise, I hope that you are feeling better by now. It is sad for those of us who are alone in this world. I don't know what I would do without my kids and grand kids, but sometimes it would be nice to have someone just for me to share my life with.

I hope that everyone has a great week ahead with plenty of productivity. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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2/21/15 1:40 P

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SPORTSPHOTOMAMA- emoticon !!!!!!!! It is nice to have a friendly word from a friend.

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Elise, I hope that you are having a better day today. It is nice to have groups like this who understand what you're going through. Sometimes reading helps me because it helps me to forget what I'm feeling for a while. (I do have to make sure that I don't read anything related to my obsession at the time. In that case, it doesn't help.) Of course, you have to like to read to begin with. Just know that you are not alone in your feelings.
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2/21/15 7:55 A

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Good morning!!!!!!

Cold & snow--It doesn't help when you are depressed!!!!!!!

Today is cleaning day--I'm doing a thorough one with some breaks in between.

MILLERIS HEALTHY- emoticon so much for your kind words-I really need to hear them!!!!!!!!

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2/20/15 3:12 P

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Hi Elise, I'm sorry you're feeling lonely and depressed. I wish everyone in the world could have someone to love and to be loved by, including you. Everyone needs to feel needed and to be loved.

I think it's even harder for those of us who struggle with depression. I know for myself - that I can be in a room full of people, or even sitting on the other end of the sofa from my husband, and still feel terribly lonely. Sometimes it's because I don't feel understood or really known and loved for just being me.

My sister is divorced and sometimes I think she feels lonely and misses having someone special in her life, but she has two dogs and she loves them so much. She gives them a good loving home and they give her unconditional love and acceptance. I don't know if you have any pets, but they can be wonderful companions.

I hope that you can find someone who loves you that you can love in return. I was just praying about this earlier today for my daughter's future. I want her to have someone special in her life and someone to care about her when I'm gone. The prospects right now look very slim, but you never know what the future will bring.

Maybe you could try doing more social activities where you could meet someone? In any case, I'm sending you lots of hugs and good wishes for all the best life can offer!!!

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PS - If it helps, I think there are some Spark teams devoted to feeling alone or loneliness. I was actually thinking of joining one myself the other day.

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I haven't posted for a little while but a need a little support!!!!!! I figured out that I think I need to be loved & to love someone in my life. Sometimes it doesn't feel like that happens so I feel very lonely & depressed. I can use some comforting words & understanding!!!!!

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Thank you Deb. I appreciate all the warmth and compassion of this group. You all are great!

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Hi MYAGRAVES, so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I lost my father just about a year ago and that was one of the hardest times I have ever gone through. It's still not over. Sending you positive energy and hugs. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thank you MillerIsHealthy. :-) I appreciate your kind words

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MYAGRAVES, I'm so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing - you have my sincere condolences. I wish you comfort and peace through the days and weeks ahead. Take care.
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Hi all. I was sick for about a week and a half. And then my mother passed away this past weekend. Needless to say, it's been hard to do what I need to take care of myself right now. But thankfully I have many friends offering support. And I know in a few weeks, maybe even a few days, I'll be back to tracking. I'm still making an effort to get in at least 10 minutes of exercise a day so that's something. Thank you all for being here. :-)

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Thank you, Deb and Sue.

I have time to check-in today, as we are house-bound due to snow & ice storm last night.

Hope everyone has a good week.

"The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future. - Ziggy

"The groundwork of all happiness is health."
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"Comparison is the thief of joy."
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Millerishealthy - sending positive energy and thoughts your way. I hope you have time to check in once in while and let us know how you are doing.

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2/17/15 11:41 A

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Miller I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending you positive energy and hugs! I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thank you very much, DWICK44 and SANTEEME.




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Miller, sorry to hear about your troubles. Anyone would feel overwhelmed! Meditation is good. So is prayer. Hang in there.

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Hi Maul,

do you live in new England? Nice to meet you! I'm ready for spring

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Miller sorry to hear this. Be praying for you! keep strong!!

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Good advice - thank you very much.

"The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future. - Ziggy

"The groundwork of all happiness is health."
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"Comparison is the thief of joy."
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Whatever you call it, prayer or meditation, go to that place - often. Wishing you courage, humor and grace.....

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My husband's step-father passed away this afternoon. He had heart surgery last week, but we thought he was recovering. Also, my husband's retina detached again and he'll need more surgery and another 8 week recovery while still trying to drive to and from his job - an hour each way. He had to have an emergency root canal this morning. His mother is 86 and will need a huge amount of help and support, which is challenging because of her poor decisions and difficulty in handling finances. Feeling overwhelmed right now. May not be around much for a while - I guess I'll see how it goes.

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MAUL7436, Hi - I'm glad you checked in. I'm sorry you're feeling a bit blue today, but good job on trying to see the positives!! This has been a long hard winter, especially for you folks who have lots and lots of snow. I hope things soon get better and brighter for you in every way. Spring has to come sometime - I'm counting the days!!!

Keep in touch!

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LINDAM, I can understand how it could be hard to sell yourself for job interviews, etc. when you don't have a lot of confidence (I struggle with low self-esteem, too) but I'm sure you have lots of good things to offer an potential employer.

Someone suggested to me that I should write down 5 things I like about myself every day (that was something their therapist had suggested they do). That might be something you could try doing, too.

I wish you all the luck in the world in finding new employment. There are several members on the team who are searching, too, so you're not alone. Hang in there!!
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Hi everybody just wanted to say hi,
Feeling a little blue today, but trying to see the positives. It does not help that we have enough snow to last until next winter. But the sun is out and that is nice to see.

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Selling your self when you do not believe in you to get a job is not good for me.

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Hi, DISCOVERLLH. I'm sorry to hear you're feeling blue today. I agree that holidays can be hard - there seems to be so much pressure for things to be great and if they aren't, then it feels like something is missing.

I'm trying to spend this Valentine's Day learning to love myself a bit more and be kinder to myself. I did buy my daughter, my husband, and myself a treat for Valentines, but other than that it will be a low-key day for us. My husband has to work and my daughter is in her room doing homework.

I think you're onto something with the nice hot shower and tea - that's a great way for you to be kind and loving to yourself, especially on a cold and windy day. Take care, stay warm, and be good to yourself today. Sending you hugs for your blues!

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Hi, everyone. Just checking in and wishing everyone a good day. Sometimes holidays can be hard. I'm feeling a bit blue today...not sure why. Just very unfocused. It is freezing cold with gusty wind, which isn't helping. Maybe a nice hot shower and some tea will help. Thinking of you all and wishing you a compliant day, no matter what your circumstances are.

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Hi DIANAS17, I'm sorry that you're "not feeling it" today. I stopped by your page and read your blog and see that you are doing the "Insanity" program. I hope that you have great success with that. I think that starting the day with a gratitude list was great! I hope that by blogging and posting you have found your "spark" for the day. You are doing great with your program! Keep up the good work.

Today is going to be sunny and Micah is home from Headstart today, so we will go to the park later on once the fog burns off. We've already taken Blaine to Kindergarten today, so we've been up since very early this morning. We just finished breakfast and now Grandma has to clean up the mess of toys from last night, so we can start in again today. I hope that you are all having a pleasant Friday and that it is a great start to a really terrific weekend. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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I used to have issues with disordered eating and I'm a little worried I'm slipping back into a bad way of thinking. It should not feel "accomplished" to be hungry. But I'm aware of it and my fiance is aware of it so I will do my best to keep it under control.

It's Friday and guys, I'm not feeling it today. I want to go back to bed!

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I'm having a haphazard scattered day today. Not getting much done. Can't really think straight.

Starr -- that's great about your counselor! As for your grief, a year is not a long time when you lose your husband. How long you grieve depends on a lot of different factors. I was not really right for YEARS after I lost my husband, and we were only together for two years before he was killed. He died on Feb. 18, 29 years ago, and I still get sad this time of year. He was so young, and I know he would have been o.k. eventually had he just lived. We had a son together and he is my shining star. Some days, he is the only thing that keeps me alive.

As for self-esteem, if you have none now, you had none then either. You can't depend on anyone else for your self-esteem, sweetie. I have very little, so I just said one day that I wasn't going to care what people thought of me. I've been a lot happier since then.

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Went to see my psychologist today. I have some emotional issues. She said that I should see my therapist more often. I'll see how it goes!!!!!!

Starr-I know what you went through!!!! When I was only on Medicaid, I had trouble finding doctors. emoticon

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Hi Starr, that is great news about your therapist! I'm sure that you will feel so much better once you start your treatment. I've been wondering how you and your DD's are faring, since Alan has passed. I know that you miss him each and every day. I will say a prayer for you and the kids. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!! emoticon

Hi ABETTERME2015, glad to hear that your vision appointment went well. I hope that your doctor's appointment went as well yesterday.

Hi FLORADEB, It sounds like you have a plan that you are sticking to. Baby steps are the way to go. Not biting off more than you can chew is part of a good plan. I hope that you have many more good days than you do bad ones. I know that you work hard and I hope that you are successful in making the money that you need for your move.

Hi Miller, As usual it is nice to see you here. I see that you are sticking to your biking routine and are doing well. Kudos!! I thought that I saw on the threads that you had a less than great evening. I hope that things are better today.

Today I have to go out and buy Valentines and goodies for Micah's Valentine Day party at school tomorrow. I have a list of all the kids' names, so that we don't miss anyone. I am going over and snuggling with baby Hayden today too. Grandma hasn't been over in a few days and I miss my hugs. Allie, Mom, has plans todayso maybe I can talk her into leaving the baby with me this morning. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them! I hope that the week is progressing well. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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Starr, I said a prayer for you - hope all goes well.
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emoticon everyone.

After 11 months of searching, I have finally found a counselor who will accept my health insurance and/or does not have a waiting list that is 10 miles long. My first appointment is today. I am praying she & I will "click". Just over 11 months ago my sweet husband passed away, and I am still grieving as I was the week after he passed. And I still have no self-esteem, which I have been working on since child hood. Since my Alan passed away I no longer have any desire to do anything. I know that has GOT to change~some how.

Say a prayer for me everyone, please.

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HAPPY 2015. This year WILL be better then 2014 was!!!

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Yesterday went well. I go back next month for a test. Have another doctor's appointment today.


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Today I have a 9AM eye doctor appointment & I'm usually there for a few hours so I may not be able to post later.

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My thoughts and prayers are with each of you who is looking for a job. There are few things that are more stressful than being out of work and worried about having enough to live on.

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That sounds great, FLORADEB. You have to do what is best for you and it sounds like you've got a good sound plan. The team is here for you.
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Great day yesterday, not so good today. I decided today that I will not stress myself out trying to be fit and healthy. I have too much to deal with right now to add one more stressor. I eat well, and I get more exercise than some, less than others. Having to stick to any kind of routine right now is going to stress me even more.

Today I had a headache, so I did a little to earn a little money, ate lots of raw fruits and veggies, and did not worry about exercise or diet or any of that. My first priority right now has to be making money to move in 6 months. I don't make a lot of money on my best days, so I have to concentrate on that, and can't take time out to work on my body.

I had to choose, so I chose the eating healthy and getting the exercise that I have to get (like walking and riding my bike to places I need to go). That's all I can do for now. I'm happy with that decision.

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Deb-Trying to keep busy & not get cabin fever!!!!!

BMCGUIRE68-Keep your chin up!!!!!!Things will get better soon!!!!

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ABETTERME, I'm sorry about the ice - this winter seems endless, but I know that spring will come. Hang in there!


DEB, sounds like you'll be getting in lots of great fitness minutes by vacuuming and picking up today - I need to do some of that myself! I hope it drys up so you can get outside today.


BMCGUIRE, it's good to see you on the Daily Check-in thread. I'm very sorry to hear that you lost your job and I hope you'll be able to get one soon. When my husband lost his job in 2004, he didn't have much luck by just sending out resumes. He ended up finding his current job by contacting people he had worked with in the past. One of his old friends told him about an opening where he was working. It's hasn't been an ideal environment, but the salary and benefits are good so we're very thankful for that. You always hear about "networking" and in his case it really did help - maybe it would help you, too. Best wishes on your job search!
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emoticon Doing my first check in. I too loss my job on Jan 22, still haven't found one and that is not helping the depression. emoticon

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This morning I have mega toys and crumbs to clean up since the weekend is now over. Having a three year old in the house creates all kinds of work. So, I will be picking up and vacuuming most of the morning to get the house straightened around from the weekend. I hope that it will dry out sometime today, so that I can go walking. We've had rain all weekend and I've had Micah to take care of, so I haven't been able to walk outside. My daughter worked all weekend long, so there was no getting out of the house. I

Linda, making people smile is an excellent skill and should prove very useful in your job hunt. I wish you great luck with finding a job. I am sending you positive energy for your job hunt.

ABETTERME2015, I'm sorry to hear of the ice. I think that the ice is worse than the snow or whatever else comes with it. I hope that you have a productive day at home.

Hi Miller, it's nice to see you.

Sending out hugs to everyone that needs one today. I hope that you all have a great week. Take care and God bless, Deb



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Good morning!!!!!!!!

Today will be a miserable day--ice, ice, ice!!!!!!! I guess I'll stay home again & do a few things around the house(I'm getting bored!!!!!!!!!!!

Linda-Sorry that you're having trouble getting a job!!!!!!! Don't worry something will come up!!! You know what they say "Good things come to those who wait."

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Linda, I hope you will be able to find a job soon. I know it can sometimes take a while these days, but hopefully the right job will soon come your way. Being able to make others smile is a big plus!
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I am having trouble being proud of me enough to get a job. I can make people smile !

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Deb-I don't have a DVD player. Maybe later on I'll get one.

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Hi ABETTERME2015 as long as we do the best we can we have everything to be proud of . Have you ever tried a Leslie Sansone indoor walking exercise? You can find one on Youtube if you type Leslie Sansone into your browser. It will take you right to one or you can buy one of her DVD's on Amazon. I also know that they have them at Walmart. They are quite good for when the weather outside is bad.

I will be enjoying a relaxing Sunday with my daughter and my Grandson Micah. I am reading a great book that I hope to finish before the day is out. Micah is already up and raring to go even though it is only 6:43 am here. He is trying to make baskets with his ball. I have to go make him breakfast shortly. Oatmeal and brown sugar is his favorite. His appetite's been off lately because of the cold that he has, but at least he is not running a fever anymore. He should be able to return to school tomorrow. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. I hope that you all have a relaxing Sunday too and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon

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Good morning!!!!!!

Overcast today in the 40's(maybe I can take a walk). Rain & ice tonight & tomorrow. Sometimes I get bored(usually because of the weather & I don't have a car). Any ideas?

Deb- emoticon !!!!!! Things don't always come so easy but I do the best I can.

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Hi Everyone,

I hope that the weekend has started out to be a good one for all. I had to go pick up my grandson Micah from school yesterday, because he was running a temperature. It may be that he has an ear infection. He does have a slight cough, but nothing serious so I think that it may be the ears that are giving him trouble. I haven't noticed him tugging at them though. Three week old Baby Hayden was over here the other night. I sure hope that he hasn't been exposed to something dire from preschool. Micah is not running a fever this morning, so maybe it is just a passing bug. I am going to spend my day watching Micah and reading. His mother is working all weekend, so we are home alone. If he doesn't have a fever later this morning we may go over to the store to get a few things that we need for the household. If he does, then I will give him some Tylenol to get it down and just have him rest as much as you can have a three year old rest. We won't go anywhere if he does, since it is really raining outside and getting wet would be a bad idea. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them!

ABETTERME2015, it sounds as if you have your Saturday is all well planned. You're right it isn't always possible to make those healthy choices, but if we make more healthy choices than unhealthy ones we are still ahead of the game. I hope that you enjoy your day.

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Good morning!!!!!!!

Today it's supposed to be in the 30's. I plan to do some chores, read & crochet(an afghan). I try to keep as busy as possible but then sometimes I don't feel like doing anything!!!!!

Deb- emoticon for the warm emoticon !!!!!!! I tried to make healthy choices. Sometimes it's not always possible.

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Hi Miller, I see that you are really going to town on that recumbent bike!! Kudos to you for not giving up despite the over exertion a few days back. Thanks for pointing out that our message that everyone should use the Team Wall for short notes and check in's rather than to try to post there was down. Pam is going to include the information that everyone should use the Team Forums for posting in depth discussions in the team letter. Maybe that will encourage more users to try to post topics for discussion in the Forums. I will try to double check that the reminder message is reposted at the top of the Team Wall every 48 hours. I can help Pam monitor that and I hope that you will bring it up again if we miss it! emoticon

Hi FLORADEB, and welcome to posting on the Daily Check In Thread. I see that you are another bike rider. I ride my daughter's bike around the neighborhood too. I hadn't ridden in years either, when I decided to change up my exercise and replace walking with the bike riding recently. I do still walk, but I enjoy the bike better. This summer I will ride with my Grandson Blaine. He turns six tomorrow. It will be a fun activity that we can do together when he is over at his father's house. They have a lovely neighborhood for riding. I'm looking forward to better weather this spring and summer.

Hi ABETTERME2015, and welcome to you too!! I used to monitor the "Help I'm Having A Bad Day" thread, but I haven't been there in a while. I hope that you like this Forum. It is a handy place to check in. I hope that your trip to the market was successful and that you are satisfied with your healthy choices.

Hi IVYLIBRA, I hope that your trip to the doctor nets you the results that you want. I've heard around that it is possible for your antidepressant to stop working correctly and necessitate a change. I am no doctor or professional, but I have read posts on the threads that this has happened to other people. I think you are wise to check in with your doctor for a medication review. Sending you positive energy and hugs.

Today I have to take the car back to the mechanic. When they changed the radiator, they disconnected my battery which in turn disconnected the radio. They have to put a code back in the radio for it to work and that code has to come from the manufacturer. I'm sure that it is no big deal and that it will only take a minute to do. If it isn't one thing it's another. Oh well, the mechanic is just across the street, so it is no problem getting over there. I babysat Hayden, my newest Grandson, for the first time alone last night. Sam and Allie brought him over, so that they could go have a leisurely dinner. It is the first time in over three weeks that they have been able to get out of the house. It was really fun having all three grand kids with me last night. I was worried that perhaps three year old Micah would be jealous, but that did not happen. I had a blast and so did the kids.

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Frustrated! I know I need to give it time, but I've been doing ok for 2 weeks and I weigh more now! I'm going to the Dr. today for a checkup, and I'm going to see if he can't give me a sample diet sheet. Maybe I need to check into SP's menu choices. I've been staying within my calorie range most of the time. I go below (by less than 100 cal.) more than I go over.

I'll also be visiting with my Dr. about my antidepressant. I'm wondering if I haven't been on Lexapro too long. Can you become immune to the stuff? Anyway, I'm hoping we can get something else going. Then I think that maybe the way I feel is the same way everyone else feels. I mean, look around! I want to be a smiling face in the crowd of frowns, but maybe life really is this miserable! Most people seem to look like it is. Ah, ramblings from a wandering mind.

Well, I need to get dressed to see the man! I'll check back soon!


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I'm new to this particular forum--I've been posting on the "bad day" forum but sometimes I don't feel that depressed so I'll post here for awhile!!!!!

Today is my day at the market. I'm going to try & make healthy choices.

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I made it through the day, got some stuff done that needed doing, and I feel pretty good about that considering all I wanted to do was go back to bed. Tomorrow's another day.

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MILLERSHEALTHY - I thought the same thing. I was terrified the first time I got on and tried to ride it, but now I love it. I'm still afraid of falling, though.

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Hi FLORADEB, I admire you for riding a real bike! I haven't done that in years and doubt seriously that I could get very far on one (especially uphill). My knees just aren't what they used to be. I remember when I was young that I practically lived on my bike. Now, I probably would break something if I tried it! It sure is a wonderful way to get exercise!!
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MILLERISHEALTHY - glad you figured out the problem with the bike. I just started riding my real bike again and it's a strange feeling after 20 years off of one. It's nice to ride it down to the store only a mile away to get a bag of groceries. I'm looking for baskets for the back so I can haul more, but I have to get stronger first, as the trip home is slightly uphill. I figure first I'll get to where this trip is easy, then I'll add more weight and see what happens. I have to say it's a very free feeling riding the bike, but I'm always scared I'm going to fall and break something.

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Mommy_RX, I really hope you feel better soon. I hate those days when you have all these plans and then the pain hits, or more likely in my case, brain fog and exhaustion. I'll add you to the list of people to bless when I light my healing candles tonight. :)

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I'm hanging in there today. My landlord is coming tomorrow to do repairs, so I have to get the house spotless, because he's very picky. Was hoping to get more work done today, but this happened, so I have to change my plans. I'm determined not to let it throw me, though. I took a shower, put on some nice clean clothes and I'm going to clean in a minute.

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MOMMY RX, I hope your pain subsides soon. It sometimes helps my pain to take a hot shower - don't know if that would work for you. Gentle hugs!!


DEB, the bike is much better now - I'm able to ride it every day!
I'm sorry to hear about Micah being sick. I hope he just has a cold and will get well very soon. I agree it's best to be careful with kids, especially when they have high fevers (high fevers always scare me). I hope you're able to coordinate all the pick-ups along with the car repairs, etc. Hugs to you, as well!



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Hi MOMMY_RX, sorry that you are once again having such a hard time. You are the most strong, resilient woman that I know. Your attitude rarely veers from the positive despite your problems and I admire that greatly. You are truly an inspiration and I gain motivation through your strength. Praying that you will be relieved of your pain.

Miller, how is the bike now that you have cut back on the intensity and the workout time?

Today Micah is staying home with Grandma. He is sick and is running a high fever. I've got him on Tylenol. We have to go pick his Mom up from work at 8:00 am this morning. I may have to take him to the doctor if his temperature doesn't improve. He seems to just have a cold, but you can never be too careful when you're dealing with kids. He may have an ear infection that goes along with the cold. We'll see what his Mom says when she gets home. The doctor visit could get complicated because I have to drop the car off at the shop at 9:00 am. I hope that it doesn't take all day to fix. My mechanic is aware that we can have it back no later than 3:00 pm so that I can get my daughter to work on time at 3:30 pm Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon

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Hi all been offline for a few days. Struggling with some pain today.

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger right?! God must have thought I was cut out to be the next Atlas or Hercules. Cause the tests just keep on coming. Oy.

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My daughter pointed out to me this morning that my pain from using the recumbent bike may be because I not only increased the intensity but also extended my workout time. She said making both those changes at once is probably what caused all the pain. Don't know why I didn't think of that!! I will go back to a shorter time with no added intensity and very gradually make changes this time. That gives me hope that I can do this!!!
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Speaking of my daughter, she's sick and is having to miss some of her college classes - I hope she doesn't have the flu. A student at her college died from flu complications in December. I'm really looking forward to spring and the end of cold & flu season!!

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PROFRLJ2, I'm sorry about your new diabetes diagnosis - I can imagine how overwhelming it must be along with your other challenges. It's so great to hear that your blood sugar is normal now without insulin or meds - that's awesome and worth so much!!! What a fantastic victory!!!
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I am happy to say that although I haven't seen lots of weight loss in the last two weeks; my blood sugar is normal without insulin or meds! I have to say the new diabetes diagnosis was making my depression much worse and the anxiety was terrible too. I don't know how it went from 500 fasting to 101 fasting in three weeks but I am grateful that it did. I felt so overwhelmed adding that to my depression/bipolar, insomnia, asthma, etc mix. I am sleeping a little better too. I am taking one and a half 5 mg melatonin dissolvable tabs which is helping along with an antihistamine that is used sometimes for anxiety and insomnia. I can't take any anti-anxietals because they make me cry out of the blue. I don't even know I am crying until I feel the wetness on my face. Anyway, in general things are better and I am happy to be on SP and part of this team!

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DEB, I'm glad Micah was well enough to go to school today and that you had time with Hayden. I smiled when I read that you love the feeling of a baby nuzzling in the crook of your neck - it is wonderful, isn't it? Babies are so sweet and they smell so good! :)

I wish I could tell you that I'm back on my bike. Unfortunately, my chronic knee pain is worse than ever and I'm unsure of why. I thought by buying a recumbent bike, I was avoiding all the pain from pressure being put on my knees. I can only surmise that the cartilage may be worn down so much that even the repetitive cycling motion is enough to cause inflammation and swelling. I did increase the resistance my last few sessions, but not by much. At any rate, the pain has lessened a bit today, so perhaps tomorrow I can ride again and try not to push it too hard.

QWESTING, I understand what you mean about the medication roller coaster. I've tried almost everything there is and can never get up to a good therapeutic dosage because of my extreme sensitivity to side effects. I've (almost) gotten to the place where I'm about to give up on trying anything new in the way of meds and just try to do what I can to help myself.


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Hi QWESTING, I'm glad that you are off the roller coaster too. There is really nothing worse than negative side effects that just compound the problems. Good luck to you finding a job. I think that things are improving marginally nationally when it comes to work, but it is hard times no matter what. Dinner sounds great!! Do you want company for left overs? I'm available. Lol. I'm making a tuna casserole for tonight and that is more comfort food.

Hi MOMMY-RX, I know that when I was raising my two kids and their masses of friends, I used the food bank quite a bit. I made too much money to qualify for food stamps, so the food banks were my best bet. I wish you luck on the employment end too. It's tough times out there. I hope that you did get your problem with the online store fixed. I think that it's awesome that you are so diligent about your exercise. I am revamping my exercise program because I need to change things up. I also need to start charting my exercise again. I've gotten sloppy with my record keeping and I take a hit motivation wise that way. Your determination and your motivation are wonderful qualities.

Hi MILLER, Thanks for the hugs and the well wishing. He went back to school today,so he is feeling much better now. It has been a bad winter for illness. I hope that you are back on the bike these days.

Hi ORANGECREAM2412, Congratulations on the weight loss. That is fabulous! I hope that your side effect from the anti depressant is temporary. Sleepless nights are no fun. As a bipolar I can relate to sleep deprivation and it is a pain. Your exercise plans sound great! I strength train Mon, Wed, and Fri's. I try to do cardio at least 5 days a week, but lately I have fallen off the wagon, hence my exercise reconfiguration.

As stated, I was able to get Micah back to school today and I managed to get three hours of new baby time with Hayden. I love the feeling of a baby nuzzling in the crook of my neck. I so enjoy newborns. I've been walking a lot lately and just started doing my Fit, Firm and Fired Up DVD with weights again, so I am very sore. It's part of my new activity plan. I will rest every other day for awhile to keep the discomfort at a minimum. Sending positive energy and hugs to all that need them. Wishing everyone a productive and happy week. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon



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Thanks, Deb. Been through both pdoc and gp in the last year, so sadly, I think the advice I got was pretty thorough, and frankly, it's nice to be off the roller coaster of side effects and false hope.

Mommy Rx, thanks for that welcome! Did some yoga, chatted with a friend and made a lovely (healthy) stew, so lots of soul soothing. And I've just started looking for work, so in a similar boat to you - good luck with the search!

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DEB, I hope your grandson gets well soon - this has been a bad winter for illness. Hugs to him.


ORANGECREAM, Congratulations on your weight loss - wow - 7 lbs!!! I'm sorry you're having trouble sleeping - I've had that side effect before and it's hard. I'm glad it doesn't happen often. Hope you have a great day, too!

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Hello everyone. I'm happy to say that I got on the scale this morning and I've lost 7 lbs. emoticon I was going to start back exercising, but I was only able to sleep 2 hours last night. My doctor has me on a anti-depressant and it can cause insomnia. It doesn't happen often, but it's horrible when it does. I haven't been able to exercise because I had hernia surgery last month 12/12/14. Before that I did it off and on, but now I'm ready to workout more. I plan on working out Mon, Wed and Fri in the am and then going to the gym in the afternoon. Thank you all. I hope everyone has a beautiful day. emoticon emoticon




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Deb-Thank you. The family is doing great! (Healthwise anyway.) Still no washing machine. Got our food stamp car today. They only 'awarded' us $12 a month lmbo!!! The irony is ridiculous. That will by 1 gallon of milk per week! I have 2 teens and a diabetic. HOW does one work $12?! All of our income is tied up in utilities and rent.

I am looking for work fervently. And do everything I can to fix a major issue that has occurred in our online store.

I LOVE keeping track of my fitness minutes. Right now I have my tracker set to my weight loss goal but I like to switch it to my fitness minute goal each month. I love seeing myself meet and achieve that goal! Keep doing what your doing!

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Hi QWESTING!! Thank you for the good thoughts regarding my grandson. I'm sure it's just a touch of the flu, so he should be over it soon. This is exactly the place to come to post especially if you like to post daily. I'm sorry to hear that you are medication resistant. Do you have a psychiatrist or are you getting your medication from your general practitioner? Sometimes that makes a difference when prescribing effective meds. However, I do know a lot of people on this team have the same resistance problem. I'm glad that you have gone to trauma counseling and completed it successfully. It sounds as if you've had a pretty rough time of it lately. MOMMY_RX has done a wonderful job of describing your attitude. I'm glad that you are using your activity and diet to help control your depression. They do help in a major way. We appreciate you too and love to learn of your progress so please keep posting. Keep up the superior attitude. You are doing a great job of standing on your own two feet!

Hi MOMMY_RX, it's nice to see you here. Thank you for your comments about my Sparkpoints today. Now all I need to do is begin to chart my exercise again for an accurate count of my fitness minutes. I have gotten sloppy lately and I really can't afford to do so. I hope that all is well with you and your family. You are a powerhouse and have a great spirit.

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Qwesting- YOU ARE SO STRONG! Your depression may seem like this huge cross to bear, but really its a badge of honor for you! Just LOOK at all your spirit has endured and all you continue to go through! You are a beacon of strength and we are all so BLESSED to know you. What can you do to nurture your soul today? To show yourself that you do matter? To thank yourself for being so strong?

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Hi, Deb,

Sorry to hear about your grandchild - hope he feels better soon.

I'm feeling a little odd. Went for a check up with my gp, after having come off antidepressants that were simply not working. All is good with that, no withdrawal problems, no change in mood, so we have concluded that I really am one of those people with med resistant depression.

But concluding that that's not the way forward has left me at a loose end. Just finished trauma counselling, which is what started the depression in the first place, and last month had to deal with a (benign it turned out) breast lump and having our house burgled with everything valuable taken. Oh, and Christmas. Bit exhausted, and while I'm mostly excited at standing on my own two feet, I'll admit I'm a bit nervous, too.

Hope it's okay to check in here - I've found that exercise and yoga, and better nutrition are really helpful, ad really appreciate this community.

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I don't have much to say today except that I admire the strength, versatility and persistence of this team!

We are STRONG because we have been weak!

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Hi Everyone,

Sassy, reducing your work load and taking a partial disability stance at work sounds like a good idea, since the fibro is so debilitating. I'm glad that you have a good and effective doctor you can rely on. It is important that he/she listen to you and yours obviously does. I hope that you can implement your plan soon and get some relief.

Pag2809, I'm so sorry to hear of all the medical problems your mother and her sister's have had recently. Falls are the worst when it comes to the very elderly. I am so happy to hear that all the sisters are recuperating, especially your Mom who seems to have been hurt the worst. I know all too well about sitting by the phone waiting for news and visiting hospital waiting rooms as your loved one struggles to heal. I'm glad that you have a close family and you are all able to draw strength from one another. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that your Mom's living arrangements will be easy to figure out when the time comes for her to leave rehab. Be careful when you are traveling.

I have a sick grand child today. Micah must have the flu because he threw up all last evening. I wonder if he's picked up a bug at school. It is the flu time of year. It makes me feel so badly for the little ones when these things happen, because they are too young to understand fully what is happening to them. Micah is only three, so throwing up is a big deal. I hope that he is better by later this morning and that this is just a passing thing. I have lots of errands to run today, so I am glad that Micah's Mom is home this morning to take care of him while I get my stuff done. He needs his Mom anyway, if he is still feeling ill. He did sleep through the night, so it's possible that the flu has flown. I doubt if he will go to school today. Sending out positive energy and hugs to those that need them. Take care and God bless, Deb

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Hey Gang, I started to share about this a few days ago, but at that point I was so stressed and overwhelmed that I couldn't even put together the thoughts. Last Sunday morning my 90-yr old mother fell on ice. My brother took her to the local hospital, and they sent her into Philadelphia. She has a skull fracture and she had some bleeding in her brain. We went through a day or two of absolute terror, and then a day or two of being only somewhat less frightened, once they told us that she wasn't bleeding anymore but we were seeing some serious cognitive issues. By Friday she was well enough - and coming back cognitively - to transfer her from the hospital in Philadelphia to a rehab hospital that is closer to her home. They evaluated Saturday and I don't really have a solid idea of what they decided out of that yet. To add to the general freak out, my sister and I put off driving up from Virginia once we knew she wasn't in immediate danger because we just would have been in the way and now winter is hitting, so at this point it may be Wednesday before we can make the drive. Oh, and her 95 yr old sister fell on the 3rd (her birthday, no less) and broke her arm and her 93 yr old sister fell about that time and fractured a patella. The middle on is getting off pretty easy - exercises for now, maybe some pt down the road. The eldest has a big honking cast on her arm, and if all goes well my mom should spend 3-4 weeks in the rehab hospital and we're not sure that she's going to be able to go home to her 3-story 200+ yr old house when she is discharged. This is the first day in a week I haven't talked to my brother at least once, I've talked to one sister every day, and I've exchanged emails with the other sister most days. I've also spoken to the eldest sister 1/2 dozen times, emailed all of my cousins on that side a couple of times, contacted the Quaker Meeting my mother belongs to to let them know what was going on, and posted on Facebook at least once a day so that assorted family members and former neighbors would know what was happening. Thanks, I just needed to vent some stress. I've gotten a couple of walks in, a few errands, and otherwise I've spent a lot of time waiting for the phone to ring...

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Waiting for more snow. Feeling good today despite the colder weather.

Boog- Hope your grandson feels better

Deb- I hope things go well for my appointment too. I will be talking to my doc about going out on partial disability and her reducing my work hours. My employer is really trying to get me to work more hours than my body can handle with battling fibro and depression.

Have a good one

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Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry Sassy that you have been having such troubles with your fibro. Hopefully you and your doctor can come up with a viable plan that will help with the Cymbalta dosage.

Hi Boogasnana, I have been helping out with my grandsons too. I'm hopeful that your grandson begins to feel better after his immunizations. Reactions can be so uncomfortable for the little ones. How fun to be able to enjoy your Booga for the entire weekend. It sounds as if you all have a great time when he is with you.

Miller, I'm so very sorry about your ex brother in law. It is so hard to lose someone we have known for so long and who was a member of the family at one time. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Your septic problems sound as if they were very serious. I hope that the problem is solved now and your landscaping is finished. It sounds as if you've had a very challenging week. I hope that this next one is much better.

I've had a fairly good week. I've played with and taken care of all three grandsons at one time or another. The new baby's parents are home on the week end, so Grandma has been occupied only with Micah. His Mom has to work, so he is the only one here. I am getting quite a good dose of love and hugs from all of my grand babies, so I am content and happy. Sending out positive energy and hugs to all that need them. I hope that you all enjoy the coming week. Take care and God bless, Deb





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Not boring at all - I hope your grandson feels better soon!
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Hello all, I haven't been here in quite some time. Feeling pretty well this weekend, I have my 1 y/o grandson (Booga butt) this weekend and he's not feeling so good after having immunizations on Friday. Getting some me time has been hard this weekend especially with a needy little one, he thinks nana should be holding him or playing with him 24 hrs a day. I even have to sleep with him right now. But I love having him and we have him every weekend, well normally on Saturdays then he goes home on Sunday but this week, we have him Friday, Saturday and Sunday and he's going home on Monday. Just thought I'd check in, sorry this is so long and boring.

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DREAMED, I'm glad you were able to get distracted from the depression - looking for little victories sounds like great advice. DEB, so happy everything is going well with your new grandbaby! SALAM, hope you can get some good rest this weekend. MYAGRAVES, way to go on the self-care! SANDY, I hope your medicine issues get worked out.

My ex-BIL passed away on Tuesday (he was part of my life for 30 yrs.) so much of my week was spent talking to family about that and going to the visitation and funeral. We also had major landscaping done (with workmen coming & going for two days) because having the entire septic system replaced damaged our yard so badly. I haven't ridden my recumbent bike in several days - I need to get back into the "intentional exercise" groove. Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
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