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3/27/09 9:59 A

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Wasn't God kind to you all to give the needed rain before and after but to keep it nice while at the zoo? He is so awesome!

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3/27/09 6:35 A

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Wow! Isn't prayer a powerful thing. It rained a little on the way there and back, but no rain at all while we were at the zoo. It was a very pleasant day. Very enjoyable indeed!

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3/25/09 7:20 P

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Way to go on the weight loss! I am so happy for you and proud of you!

The trip to the zoo should be a lot of fun. I pray that you have decent weather. Cloud covering would actually be a blessing. That way nobody gets overheated or burned. Have a great time, and let us know how it went.

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I miss you too. I've checked a couple of times but neither of you had been here so I didn't leave another message. Really haven't been spending much time at all on Sparks just because I'm so busy getting myself and things ready for the cruise. I've actually made it to 91 pounds lost now so even thought I haven't made that 100 pound goal, I'm still moving in the right direction. I'm getting tan too. I like the way it looks.

Tomorrow we are taking our first graders to the zoo. Most of them have never been to the zoo before so it should be fun - except that they are calling for rain most of the day. emoticon

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3/25/09 5:19 P

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Hey there cuties! What have you all been doing besides not being here? I miss you.

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3/12/09 11:27 P

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And I agree, we are not quitters. I'm not even considering quitting as an option.

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Dot - GET OUT!! Out of that danger zone! Don't undo the hard work you have done so far. You are right though...it is hard. I thought after a while it would get easier, but it hasn't. It is hard and stays hard. We can so this together though and we have the strength of a King on our side!

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3/12/09 12:44 P

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Good morning! Well, after going to the pulmonologist on Monday, when he said that I needed to seriously consider bariatric surgery, particularly gastric bypass surgery, I decided to get very aggressive on my weight loss efforts. So I weighed in last Thursday at 332, and today, I weighed in at 319. YAY!

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3/12/09 9:03 A

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Hi again! How are you both doing? This battle has gotten really hard, hasn't it? But, we're NOT quitters! Let's keep on keepin' on!
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Hi! I had to stop by to see how you both are doing. I miss talking to you. Vicky, I can learn a lot from you. You've lost a good amount of weight in the last 12 months. I'm in the emoticon zone. Pounds have been creeping back. I haven't been logging my food or exercising. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! I am trying very hard to turn that around. I've got to get this body moving. It's been so cold in the Northeast this winter that I feel like I've been hibernating. Until these last few days, haven't been able to get warm...even in the house.
Pam, how are you feeling? Any progress yet? I sure hope so...even if just a little bit.
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I'm on my way to court...Have a Blessed Day!
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Boo! I thought maybe it was just a free gift!

I had a Dr. visit yesterday. By her scales, I have lost 90 pounds since last February. I was tempted to reset my tracker to match, but the 87is what I've actually lost by my scales since joining last April. By the way, the 235 must have been a fluke or I read the scales wrong, because I've been eating good and exercising and it has not come down past 237. Seems like I'm kind of stuck there. Tried to change things up a little today and did some other type of exercises. I did elliptical and swam some laps after water aerobics. Hopefully, just the change will make a little difference.

My blood pressure was also great and that is without meds. I came off them a couple of months ago. She also gave me some nausea patches for the cruise - just in case.

Hope you both are doing well. Pam, hope you are feeling a little better...it is nice to see your smiling picture back - although I did think the sad little piggy picture was really cute. Dot, I hope you are surviving your grand jury time okay. Sounds like your schedule has been really, really busy!

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3/10/09 12:48 A

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I got a voice message from his office today saying that they wanted to set up a time to come back, so I will return the call tomorrow.

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3/9/09 11:06 P

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That's very strange Pam. I don't think I'd try too hard to track him down...after all, you have the chair! (Hee, Hee)

Dot, Glad you had time to pop in. Iwas worried about you.

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3/6/09 1:46 P

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No, Dot, I have not even heard from him. I am beginning to wonder if he died or something. Think I will check the obituaries for the past 2 weeks and see if I find him there. I can't imagine why he wouldn't have come back for his chair if there is nothing wrong.

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Hi Girls!
I'll take a minute just to say Hi! emoticon
Gotta get ready to leave the house. Haven't been home much at all. I'm serving on a Grand Jury for the whole month of March! So, right now, my time is far from my own. And, it's very early to bed! All that stress being involved with the legal system is exhausting! Everyone that is serving with me says the same thing...they're all so tired at night and in bed early.
I'll try to come on over the week-end to chat.
I love you both. Vicky, I believe you'll reach your goal before the cruise just like Pam does! And, Pam, I sure hope you like this chair since the guy hasn't come back. What'd he do, fall off the face of the earth? Have you even heard from him? Take care of yourself, girl!
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3/4/09 5:17 P

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YooHooooooooo Dotty! Where are you? I miss you girl!


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Still have the first demo chair. Haven't heard anymore from the guy.

No, pain still here like it had been, except that at least now with the chair I don't have to walk and try to breathe too. My eating has been pretty good. I am going to change it up a little bit, but for the most part, it has been good.

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Thanks Pam!

Even though we were out of school, I had a busy couple of days. It was mostly fun stuff... shopping, tanning, but I managed to cook a couple of meals, and do some laundry and dishes and stuff too. I tried to use the 2 days school was cancelled to get as much ready for the cruise as I could, because I'm sure that it is going to creep up on me really fast now.

I did pretty well with my eating, but still am up a couple of pounds so I'm not quite sure why that happened.

Pam, I hope you have gotten a little relief from your pain. Have you gotten the other chair yet? I know you haven't been able to be active with the pain you have been in, but how has your eating been?

Dot, I'm thinking of you and hope you are doing well.

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3/3/09 10:48 A

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You know, Vicky, I feel in my gut like you are going to hit your goal in time for your cruise. I really think you can do it! I can't wait to hear all about your cruise experience. I am so happy for you and Fancy!

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Pam, I'm sorry you still aren't doing very well. I was really hoping you were feeling better by now. I'm glad you were able to get on long enough to check in today.

Now just 34 days left until the cruise since today is over! I bought a new bathing suit and a new cover up today. I pulled the suitcases out in the extra bedroom and started putting things in so that I could see how I am doing for room in the suitcases. I still want to get a new hanging bag so I need to get it and see how much will fit in it. I shopped for one at WalMart today, but didn't find one I liked. I think I saw one at Target a while back that actually folded and looked like a suitcase with wheels. I guess I'll try to go there tomorrow and see if they still have it.

I've been doing pretty well the last couple weeks with my eating and exercise. This morning I weighed in and was 235. I'm still trying to get to 224 to reach my 100 pound goal by cruise time. I didn't get any real exercise today, although I did walk around Walmart a little. I also started trying to tan a little. It isn't really that I care about having a tan as much as I don't want to burn a lot when we go. This is the first time that I have ever gone to a tanning bed. Very strange feeling when you pull that cover down over you!

Have a great night/day.

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3/1/09 10:37 P

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Hi Vicky! No, I haven't been doing too good. So I haven't been on much. Sorry about that. I miss you too. And I miss Dot, too. 37 days left? Am I right?

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Pam and Dot, Are you okay? I miss you.

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Good evening! I'm trying to type with one hand since the other arm is sore from patting myself on the back, Dot! emoticon It is so good when we can figure out what our triggers are. Evenings are when I have my biggest problem too. With me, I don't know if it is so much being tired, or just being home and slowing down. I'm so busy a lot of the day that I don't have time to be hungry or to snack! So what strategies are you planning to use to stop the problem? Maybe I can try them too.

Pam, hope you are okay. I'm always a little concerned when I don't see you posting since you have been feeling so poorly.

I've got to do a little school work and get to bed. I'm really tired.


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Good Morning!
Vicky, that's a great weight loss! Please give yourself a big pat on the back for relosing those pounds! It counts a lot! Especially if you did all that in one week!? WOW! It's a BIG move back in the right direction. We all know how hard it is to make that turn-around, don't we?
And, Pam....Take it easy! Do you have to do all that in one day? That's more than I do for sure! Seriously, don't push yourself too hard, okay?
It's great having both of you back here with me. I've had a couple of slip-ups these past couple of days, but I'm ok with it. My head is in a good place. The slips have happended when I've been tired and at the end of the day. So, I know how to handle that and put a emoticon to it!

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Hi Friends! I'm really late checking in today and imagine my surprise when I got here and found no one else had been here today! This time I get to be here to greet the two of you for a change! emoticon Hope you both had a great day, and Pam, I hope you aren't in bed sore from all that cleaning you did yesterday!

I have been having a great week. I've actually lost like 8 pounds so far, but it has been one of those weeks when I had weight to relose so I don't really count that. The last couple of weeks when I had so much going on, I didn't reset my tracker either, so I'll have to see Friday if I get to move down at all or have to move it up. I'm resetting it correctly Friday, no matter what. Love you both and I'm praying for you.

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Vicky, your supper plan for tonight sounds like a good plan indeed. Congrats on your water intake.

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Hi both of you! I'm here. Most days I just don't have a chance to check in until after school. Yesterday I just came in really organized and had a quick minute to get on in the morning.

Wow Pam! You have really been busy today. I'm glad you were able to get so many things done with the chair. I think getting the chair will be a fantastic thing for you, as you were certainly able to do so many things.

Dot - Those calories really have a way of sneaking up on us don't they? Well, we have to indulge sometimes and as long as you are counting the calories and adjusting for them, no real harm done.

I've had about 9 glasses of water today and have done really well with my eating. I'm not sure what I will have for dinner, but since I just ate my lunch salad, as long as I get some protein in, I surely won't need a big meal. Maybe I'll just grill a chicken breast on the George Forman and have some veggies with it.

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Hey Dotty! I'm here. I've been trying to do some stuff today. I used the chair and was able to clear and clean the dining room table, swiffer the kitchen and dining room floors and wet jet the two floors. Now I am worn out and in pain. But I proved to myself that the chair will indeed help me in day to day activities. There is no way on earth that I could have done those things without the chair. Now I am waiting for my chicken wings and broccoli normandy to get done baking. Yum Yum!


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Yoooo Whooooo! Where are youuuu?
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Chugging along.
I just had a big (16 oz) 7-Eleven french vanilla capuccino. Didn't realize it was 325 calories!

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Good Morning! Good Morning!
How are you both? I just stopped by quick to say Hi! Will be back later to chat! Feeling really good! Things (food) going really well...for a change. I'm back in the groove!
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2/23/09 6:49 P

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Thank you Vicky! You guys bring out the best in me.

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Yep, I remember that from Hee Haw. Sorry you are in so much pain. And you do have a great sense of humor.

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Thank you Dot! LOL I love you girl!

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All I can say, Pam, is I thank God He blessed you with a sense of humor! You still brighten my day. I miss you and continue to pray for you each day. I wish I could make it better for you.
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Deep dark depression, excessive misery.
If it weren't for bad pain, I'd have no pain at all;
Gloom despair and agony on me.
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Does that remind you of Hee-Haw? LOL I am hurting so bad today. I am going to go back to bed in a little while, but first I wanted to see what you two were doing. In answer to your question, I have not gotten to try a second chair yet. I still have the first one, so I will let you know when I get to try the second one, but it is supposed to be early this week.

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Good morning! Just had a minute this morning while my kids are working on their morning work to say HI! I had a busy but good weekend. Our church did the service at a local nursing home this weekend and they asked me to lead the song service part of it. Boy is that like the blind leading the blind! It was fun though and it is wonderful to see how people who look like they have so many issues still praising the Lord! Did really well with my eating on Sunday, but not quite so good on Friday and Saturday. Have a good day planned today and am planning to see the scales start moving down again this week.

Dot - I don't cook a lot of zuchinni, but I absolutely love those little tender yellow squash. We can't grow them fast enough in the summer for me! Thanks for the good thought.

Pam - Did the man leave you a different chair? Do you like it more or less than the first one? Can't wait till you get your own!

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Hi,
I've got zuchinni cooking on the stove...figured I'd stop by while I cook. How are you both doing this week-end? I'm doing better. Not 100%...but much better than before. I've got a rainy day going on here.
I'll toss a "Thought for Today" your way:
"Give your worries to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will never let good people down."
Ps. 55:22
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Well, Dot I am in a lot of pain right now, but I am doing better with it because of my chair. At least with the chair I am not in pain AND gasping for breath. Thank you Lord for the chair. The man is scheduled to come back today and get the chair. Hopefully he is going to leave me another chair to try out. There were a couple different kinds that he wanted me to try out, so I am hoping that he brings the other one today before he takes this one away. I am doing pretty good navigating now that i took the oxygen tank holder off of the back of the chair.

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Mornin'!
I can't believe I didn't get on here yesterday. Well, my day didn't go as planned anyway. I was supposed to go out to 2 different meetings. Then I was needed to watch first one grandchild..changed my plans...then, 2 grandchildren...changed my plans again...then, depending on what time of the morning it was...would I be watching any grandchildren at all? However, I must say that God had other plans for me in the morning anyway...like some good quality time with Him. Nothing beats some good prayer and study time.
It was a beautiful day here in New York. Temp was 55 degrees! I walked the hills by my daughter's house again. So, I got my exercise in. My food was good too! And, an unexpected invitation to dinner from my husband. All in all, a beautiful day!
Let me throw out a Thought for Today your way:
"Like a hot air balloon, you will soar toward success when you drop the weights of negative self-talk." Steve Simms
Negative Self-Talk -- Kick that beast out the door and barricade it! Don't let it get back in! emoticon emoticon emoticon
There was not even one single negative thought in my day yesterday! Hooray! emoticon
Pam, Vicky...I'm sending my love and prayers your way this day. It is so goooood to have you both back!
Pam, please let us know today how you are feeling?
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Vicky, I didn't mean that as a criticism. I was just trying to encourage you in our love for you, that we would not leave you just because you were busy last week.

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Dot - I loved the dance! Will you teach me? LOL Maybe I can dance away some pounds. I'm glad we help you keep track of your sanity.

Pam - Does this mean no more broken doorways? And yes, I was a little worried that if no one was showing up, others would get discouraged and quit showing up too.

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The chair is going better. I figured out that my biggest problem was the oxygen tank holder on the back of it, so I took it off, and it is working much better for me. I can put it on easily if I am going to be out and about and need the tank holder away from home, but at home or on short trips out I can use my portable liquid oxygen, which I wear around my waist.

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Hey!
It's so good to see both of you back...even if just for today. (but, I hope longer) emoticon emoticon I'm so happy, I'm dancin'!
Maybe my sanity will return to me now! emoticon
I lost it and couldn't find it anywhere while you were gone! LOL!
Seriously, though...may I say WELCOME BACK! I missed you both. Pam, how's that chair going?
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Hi Vicky! It is so good to see you here today. What did you think we were going to do? Just leave you here, abandoned? LOL No, of course not! We miss you, but understand that you have been busy. Just glad to see you today!

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Hi friends! This is your long lost teammate Vicky! I am so sorry that my life has been so chaotic lately. I've just had a lot going on. Not bad things, just things that have kept my time really tied up. Hopefully, things will be back to normal now at least until the cruise. No more weekend trips or all weekend long workshops coming up so things should be much better.

I'm so glad to see the two of you still here and chatting. Dot, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and steadfastness despite being the only one to show up here some days. And Pam, I love and admire you for how you are hanging in here despite all you are going through physically. Thank you my friends for being here when I came back and allowing me to be part of this special, loving group.

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Awww, you are so uplifting. Thank you! Don't worry, Dot - we will always be friends, unless you change your mind. I am now sitting in my trial chair. Oh my goodness, you really have to get used to using this joystick. I started out running into everything because it is very sensitive. You have to go very easy and I am getting the hang of it. He said that it usually takes 3 days for a person to get accustomed to the steering of it. So I think I am doing pretty good. I am used to my scooter and this steers with a joystick where the scooter steers with a handlebar. I have crushed my leg and toe a couple times. He is going to let me keep this chair until Friday to try it out. I may go with a seat that is 2 inches narrower. He said 2 inches makes a huge difference. More difference than you would expect. So, maybe after trying this one out, I will have him put the next size smaller seat on it so I can tell which one I like the most.


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Pam!
Sooo Good to hear from you! Please don't even worry about any weight gain right now...unless, of course, it complicates things for your health. Know that I'm praying for your better health each day. I really miss talking to you and seeing your smiling face! I need you to know that you brighten my day! Truly. You have been an encouragement to me...even now as you suffer with your health, you inspire me.
I am here for you. And, I hope we will always be friends!
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Dot, thank you for not giving up on me on this thread. I appreciate your faithfulness very very much! A man is coming in just a little while to bring me a power chair to try out for a couple days and to take measurements and all. My weight has gone back up about 13 pounds. Don't know why, but I suspect it is water weight.

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Today's Thought/Prayer:
"Lord, take hold of my hand and lead me. Thank you that as I take each step, the light You give me will be all I need."
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Hi Ladies,
Just thought I'd check in.
Vicky, I guess you're away. Hope you're doing well.
Pam, I hope today will be brighter than yesterday...keeping you in prayer.
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Good Morning!
Pam, I hope that everything falls into place as needed for you. I pray that this morning's stress test is going better than expected for you. I pray the doctor's come up with some answers for you. I know the Lord will see you through this.
Vicky, I know you've got a lot going on. May God bless you in all that you do. Stay well...make good choices....give us a note when you can.
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Hi everybody! Just poking my head in for a minute on my way to the bed. I worked today, which was hard. In fact, I worked Sunday morning, all day Monday, and today, and it is really really hard to work, but it did go easier than usual, because I decided to take my scooter there. My scooter is too big to use in my house, but in my clients' house it works fine. That helped a lot and showed me just how much I need a power chair for my house. So I have been talking to the doctor's office and my doctor has approved an order for a power chair. And my insurance, even though I already have a scooter, will cover 85% of the costs of a power chair, as long as the doctor can show medical necessity for it. Do ya think that not being able to breathe when I walk is enough necessity? So, please include me in your prayers that everything will work out smoothly to get the power chair. If everything goes well, I could have it within 2 weeks. It would sure improve my quality of life as far as activities of daily living are concerned.

One more thing....My chemical stress test is at 7:45 am CST tomorrow morning, and I am really kinda apprehensive about it. I have had two in the past, and one of them was absolutely horrible. Then they did it with different chemicals the second time and it went better, so I am nervous about it.

Well, I am really feeling pretty badly right now, so I need to not stay on the computer any longer, but I did want to come in and tell you all to keep on keepin' on, hold onto the Lord's hands. He has a great plan for you, and last but not least...I love you!


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Hi Pam and Dot,
I'm trying to make a couple of quick visits. Pam, we love you and are continuing to pray for you.
Dot, I've almost been back to normal the last couple of days with my eating and exercise. Thanks for the good advice. I try to do that, but it doesn't always work for me. Sometimes the least little break in my routine throws me completely off.

We have a trip planned for the weekend. Two of my brothers and one of my sisters are coming from PA. We will meet them at Myrtle Beach for a weekend of golf (men) and shopping (women). My sister is bringing her Wii Fit for me to try out, so I'm looking forward to trying that! We are leaving very early Friday AM, put I'll try to post before I go. I'll at least weigh and then take my laptop with me. I don't know how my weight will be. It took me so many days to get back on track and I still have a some fluid from so many days of unhealthy eating. My ankles are still a little puffy looking. I weighed yesterday morning since I was trying to get back on track and wanted to see the damage I had done and it was very depressing. Why does it go back on so much faster than it comes off?

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Love you too, Pam
Thanks for posting. Sending prayers your way!
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It's been a rough week,
and I want you to know
That I'm still alive,
So I'm telling you so.

I can't hardly walk
Without gasping for air,
And the pain is so bad,
But I wanted to share.

Don't weep for me, 'cause one day you'll see,
That He really did have a great plan for me.

I don't think I'm done here on earth.
Even tho sometimes I don't feel much worth.
I feel that I still have a job here to do,
To love and encourage each one of you.

So don't give up,
Keep holding His hand.
And know that for you
He has got a great plan!

I LOVE YOU!

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Hi Vicky,
You've really been busy! It's always difficult to stick to any kind of a plan at times like that. I know. Just do the best you can with each choice. And, if you choose to have something you feel you really shouldn't, heck, enjoy it and get it over with! That's better than beating yourself up about it. And, I've learned that if I really want something, I should just have it! Rather than stuffing my face with a thousand other calories instead of what it is I really want...which would be far fewer calories. You know what I mean?
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Hi Dot and Pam! So sorry I have been MIA. I think the little discussion about the cold on the team chat page really applied to me. Last week I couldn't get motivated to do anything except eat. I did walk most days after school, but didn't make it to water aerobics at all. Also was sort of under some time pressure due to the fact that I had a workshop to go to in Charlotte on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and was not at school today due to a grade level planning meeting. Believe me, when you aren't going to be at school for a couple days in a row, it is so hard to get everything ready. It is worse to plan to be out than just being there. The workshop was really good, even though it took my whole weekend. This week will be tough too. I will need to have a sub again on Friday and on Monday. This weekend I will meet three of my siblings at Myrtle Beach for the weekend. Can't wait!

I'm so proud of both of you for the great job you did this week. I'm really having a tough time getting back on track again. Sorry I was a handicap instead of a help in the challenge this past week. I'm not sure yet if I'll be any better this week. I'm off to a bad start. Thanks for carrying me this week.

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Hello!? WooHoo! Remember me?
Where are you guys?
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Hello Teammates!
Barb...please stop by and say Hi!
Pam and Vicky...How are you? We WON this week! WooHoo! RED rocks! I hope you're feeling better Pam. I have to go shopping...just wanted to check in and say Hi emoticon

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Hi Dot! Sorry you are feeling Blah today. That is an unpleasant feeling, I know. Lord, please lift Dot's spirits, filling her with YOUR joy and strength, in Jesus' name!

Hi Vicky! How are you doing today?

I don't know until tomorrow what the weight loss for the week will be, but it should be good. I took a sneak peak this morning, and I had lost 5 pounds, so I hope tomorrow it shows that or even a little more lost. And that is without exercise! I might add, that is without popcorn too.



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Hello...
Today's Thought is from Dr. Phil:
"Control what you can control."
I'm feeling kind of "blah" this morning...really want to go back to bed. Very tired, for some reason.
Otherwise, I'm doing fine...having a good week. I'll check back on both of you later in the day. Sending prayers your way.
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Good Morning!
That quote, Vicky, is a good reminder that we have to stop beating ourselves up, learn our lesson and move on. Thank you.
Pam, thank you for giving us an update. It eases our worry. Keeping you in prayer each day.
For the past 3 days I've been walking, getting my 8 glasses of water in and counting my calories. Struggling with not going over calorie count. Also struggling with eating between meals. If I grab even a piece of fruit, it seems not enough. I have to learn to deal with the hunger.
Wishing you both the BEST today.
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I found this quote that I thought I'd share this morning.

"Forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting what you did to get this way. It doesn't mean you're not responsible for the actions you took to get here. It means you acknowledge that you're not perfect, that you make (and have made) mistakes, and that you choose to love yourself and let them go. Regardless. "

I guess that is a good reminder for me this morning.

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I had a bad eating night again last night. Why do I do that to myself? I was tired, trying to get school work done and I think I kept eating to stay awake. What an excuse. emoticon emoticon emoticon

We are having a 2 hour weather delay this morning. We don't have any snow, but the weather is just bitterly cold and we had some rain yesterday and flurries last night. I think they were worried that any moisture would freeze and buses would have trouble. That's why I had time to check in this morning. I don't usually have time because I'm not really a morning person! emoticon

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I'm not feeling any better yet, but I wanted to give you an update. I did get a call from the doctor's office a little while ago. She said that my B12 level is low and I am to get a B12 injection once a month. My sed rate is high, showing an inflammatory process going on in my body. She is not going to do anything with that yet, until she gets the results of my stress test, and the report back from the radiologist about my chest x-ray. She did get the blood levels back on the test to see if there is any heart damage at this point, and it shows that there is NOT any heart damage, but she said that it does not mean that there is not something going on with the heart now, just no previous damage. She also said that she is going to change my diabetic medicine a little bit. Change it to Avandimet, from Avandia. I am to keep using my insulin as it is. So, that is all the report I have so far. So tomorrow morning, I am going to go get my first B12 injection, then just wait until I get my stress test done on the 12th, and get all the rest of the test results in. I have spent the majority of the day in bed, and it hurts just laying in bed, all over my body and my chest included. I can't seem to get comfortable anywhere that I am. I don't mean to be whining or complaining, because, heck, I have it a lot better than some people. I am thankful for what I do have, and for God's presence in my life. He is awesome and worthy of praise!




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Hi you wonderful ladies! I just love you guys! Just wanted to let you know. I am just stopping in for a minute, and then back to bed. Vicky, that is really awesome to have gone down to your new size. Congratulations. And no, I am not tired of hearing about your upcoming cruise. I am very happy for you!



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Hi Pam and Dot! Pam those were some very funny sayings! Does that count as our quote for today? I'll post this one just in case.

There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Author: Elbert Hubbard

Dot, I'm doing fine. Just really busy right now. Between school and the Y and exercising and all, my time is just gone. I really want to spend more time on here, but just can't seem to find it right now. Plus I'm not going to be at school 4 days in the next 2 weeks for various reasons. Believe me, it is much harder to plan to be out than to just be here. I can do almost anything on the fly if I have to, but I can't leave it that way for a sub coming in.

I've continued to well with my exercise throughout the week, and then I have been giving my knees a rest on the weekend. I've not done quite as well with my eating. I set out for the store on Sunday with a list of healthy things to eat for the superbowl and then bought a huge pizza, chips, and ice cream and ate more than my share of all of it. I do great through the week and mess up on the weekend. I still need to lose 13 pounds to make my goal for the cruise. That is about an average of 1.5 pounds per week. That's a very "doable" amount, but not if I'm eating half a pizza and other junk.

The cruise is April 5th. I still have plenty of time, but I need to quit overeating on the weekend and then having pounds to relose before I can start losing again each week. The good news is that I tried on all my cruise clothes and everything that I bought too small so it would fit by cruise time is fitting. I'll admit, some of it is still a little tighter than I like to wear my clothes, but they fit. When I joined Sparks last April, I was wearing a size 30 and even 32 in some things. My cruise clothes are mostly size 22/24 and my dresses are 18 and 20. What a difference!

Sometimes I just don't talk so much about the cruise because I figure that everyone is getting tired of hearing about it. But it is the biggest think I've ever done.

I saw your web page and figured out that you go to the Dominican Republic as there were pictures from a few different years there. I think that is wonderful. Looks like you have really helped and developed relationships with the children there. Do you and your husband finance the trip yourselves?

Count your blessings!
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* I like long walks, especially when taken by people who annoy me.
* The only reason I would take up walking is to hear heavy breathing again.
* I have to walk early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
* I joined a health club last year for $400. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.
* Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
* If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
* I got a lot of exercise the last few years just getting over the hill.
* We all get heavier as we get older because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it

... and my fav ...

* I do have flabby thighs. Fortunately they're covered by my stomach.


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Morning Girls!
Hey, Vicky...I was glad to see your post.
And, Pam..I thank the Good Lord that you went to the Doc yesterday! Medical attention and some rest ought to do you a whole lot of good.
Vicky, you're absolutely right when you say that we need to speak up for ourselves. Because not only the medical profession...but, we too, tend to blame so much on our weight and not seek help when we should.
Vicky, how are you doing? You haven't said much about what you're going thru! Come on, you're one of us now, right? Join in & share. I know you're getting ready for a cruise this summer, right?
I'm working on getting myself into a size 18 pant by April 4th. That's when my husband and I leave for another trip to the Dominican Republic. We have friends there that are Missionaries. We go once or twice a year to help out.
Let us rejoice! For this is the day the Lord has made!
Lord, I lift up to you this day my friends Pam, Vicky and myself...that you may be with each of us in this day's struggles...especially our sister, Pam, Lord. Bring healing to her body, Lord. Bring the healing breath of Your Spirit to her lungs. Help her to walk across the room today stronger than she was yesterday. Ease her fear, Lord. May your peace fill her heart and her mind.
We thank you for this day, Lord...and for each other.
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Wow! I missed a lot of activity on here today! This is the first time all day I've had a chance to check in. Good going Pam going to see the dr. I'm glad you did that. Even though it is really yucky being sick, isn't it good to know that there is a real physical reason for feeling the way you do? I'm glad your Dr. is being thorough and doing lots of tests.

I was having this conversation with Carol (Kedicat) recently. She had a good friend to pass away. It was one of those situations where the dr. never seemed to look beyond the obvious that she was overweight. We were saying that happens too often. Carol was thinking of writing an article about how we need to stick up for our rights as patients and not just accept that all our health issues are caused by our weight.

Dot, great job with the walking! (And Pam, great job following Dr's orders and going to bed instead of trying to exercise!) And also, Dot, even though I'm being blessed with good health right now...we all need prayers! You can pray for me too! I pray for both of you every day!

Love you!

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WELL DONE, PAM!
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I am so pleased that you went to your doctor. Thank you for letting me know. Get the rest that you need. Please know that I'll be here for you when you need me.
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2/2/09 2:28 P

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Well I just got home from seeing the doctor. She did an EKG, a Chest X-ray, a pulmonary test, and some blood work. It appears that my heart is somewhat enlarged and possibly diminished blood volume to the heart. There is scarring on the lungs, but no large amount of fluid in the lungs. She scheduled me for a chemical stress test for February 12th. Until then, I am not to exercise at all. I feel lousy, so now I am going to go to bed.

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2/2/09 12:09 P

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Red Team's Thought for Today:
"His mercies are new every morning."
(from the book of Lamentations, Old Testament)

Let's choose to live "Not by Bread Alone" today. I will not go over my calorie limit today...I will walk today (as I did yesterday - the dog quit before I did!)...I will read God's Word today...I will drink my water today...I will think of you both today...I will pray for Pam today.
God Bless!
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2/2/09 9:02 A

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Pam,
Call your Doctor! That's an order - given in LOVE!
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Thanks Dot! Right now I am going to go to bed. I worked the overnight last night. I am thankful that all I had to do was sit, and occasionally do room checks, but I am going to sleep for a while, and then maybe be ready to talk. I haven't been to the doc for a while, but I was thinking about calling and making an appointment.

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Pam, I'll be lifting you up in prayer constantly today and this week. I have been worried about you..I know you haven't been yourself. When was the last time you saw your doctor? If you mean you'd really like to "talk", we can do that, too. Please get back to me. I'm leaving this morning at about 9:15 - will be back by about noon. Will look for your post before I go.
I care about you very much Pam.
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Can we talk? I am concerned about something. I try not to mention my health very often, but I feel like my health is deteriorating even more. Just walking across the room is such a chore for me anymore. Doing anything is a chore. I am short of breath no matter what i do, and my chest aches. I wonder how much time I have left.

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Hi! I'm here. But not for long..gotta go. I, too, love the quote. I heard it once before...that's why birds fly in a "V" formation....their load is easier that way. Love you guys!
Talk to you tomorrow.
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Wow! What a good quote! How true it is too! Glad to have you two also!

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Good morning both of by dear friends! I think it is my turn for a thought today, and I was thinking about how much I appreciate having the two of you to chat with. I love the encouragement we give each other, and I wanted to find something that expresses my appreciation of being a part of this team. This is the quote for the day that I found.

"It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone." ~Author Unknown

Thank you both for helping me to fly.


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Make progress or make excuses? Today I choose excuses! Yes, Dot, I feel the prayers and thank you both for them. I am having a very rough day as far as pain and breathing (or lack thereof).

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Good morning! Just a quick note to let both of you know that I am thinking about you and praying for you. Saturdays are usually pretty busy for me so I've got to get ready to go. I didn't want to leave the house without letting you know that you are in my mind and heart today.

Good thought Dot!

Pam, hope this morning finds you with some release from your pain.

Love you both.

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Morning Ladies!
I weighed in and posted this morning. Not good. But, I know my body and kicking my butt into gear in February will get my numbers back down. My daughter has a big dog...a bull mastif...and she lives in a very hilly neighborhood. I've decided that when the temps are up to at least 40 degrees, I'm walking that dog on those hills! He'd make a great walking companion. He's just a big teddy bear. And, on the days it's too cold to walk outside, I WILL be on the treadmill! YES, I WILL! (That's me shouting at myself!)
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Today, let's remember:
"There are only 2 choices...
Make progress or make excuses."
Have a blessed day! Pam...can you feel the prayers coming your way? Can you feel the gentle whisper of angels' wings just over your shoulder? Pay close attention...you're not alone in your struggle. God loves you...and so do I.
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I am only going to say a quick Hi because i am hurting so bad I could cry. I can barely move too. I had CPR training for work today, and while they made accommodations for me, it still took its toll on me. I was barely able to make it into the house from the car when I got home. So I indeed appreciate your prayers for me.

I will weigh tomorrow morning too. I wanted to wait and weigh on the last day of the month and not a day before.

Thanks Dot for the thought for today. That is a good one.

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Hey Girls!
I'm so glad to be teammates again with both of you! It's so good to have friends on Spark! I mean friends who "really care". I'm blessed. Pam, I join Vicky in that prayer for you. I reach out my hand toward you and pray God's healing touch in your physical body.
May both of you, Pam and Vicky, be blessed this day.
I forgot to weigh-in this morning. I'm not looking forward to it. Afraid I blew it this week. I saw on Susie's post that we have until Saturday 5pm to post our weight. So, I'll weigh-in first thing tomorrow morning. I only weigh myself in the very early AM - after peeing...before coffee...and practically naked! There's no other way to get on a scale, is there? emoticon emoticon

I didn't see a thought for today, so I'll toss one your way!
"Each day allows us to take our life...in the direction that we select."
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Good morning Pam and Dot! I can't believe I managed a one pound loss after struggling all week just to maintain! It's better than I hoped for. With only 65 days until the cruise, I need to averagefrom here on out about 1.5 pounds per week to reach my 100 pound goal. That is certainly doable, but I won't dare mess up between now and then.
thank the Lord, I have two wonderful supportive buddies to help me stay on track.!!!

Pam, This poem is beautiful and you know we feel the same way about you. We love you and enjoy visiting with you so much. I'm sorry that you are suffering so, but thankful that you are still praising God through the pain. I pray that our heavenly Father place His healing hand upon you and ease your pain today. Pam, you are a blessing to me and so many other people.

Count your blessings!
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You guys are really so special,
You mean a lot to me.
I'm sorry that I am just not myself,
Don't know who I turned out to be.

The pain that I'm feeling is very intense,
It surely brings tears to my eyes.
I know that my God has a great plan for me
And in faith I will arise!

I know that God is right on His throne,
And I know that He's in control.
And He is deserving of all of my praise,
What a difference He's made to my soul!

The tears that you see are for physical pain;
I'm otherwise just fine you see;
I pray that you're feeling the presence of God;
And the love that He gives you and me.

Thank you for caring, for all of your love,
You all are so special to me.
I always look forward to coming right here;
And enjoying your great company!


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Hi Dot and Pam,
What a great quote to start the new thread with! Pam, I totally understand. I had a 5 pound loss 2 weeks in a row. Then I had a not so great weekend and had to make up for that. So far this week,it looks like just maintain, but my scales could surprise me tomorrow.

Count your blessings!
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Hi Dot and Vicky! Just starting a new thread for us for February. We can start visiting here now if you'd like. Hope you two are doing well. I really don't know if I am going to have lost anything this week after a big loss last week, but I don't think I will have gained any. I sure hope not.

Thought for today:
Man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

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