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  • UPDATE!

    6/18/2018 7:19:10 AM, by SMIDGON

    This past Saturday before daylight Larry was taken back to the hospital! Numerous tests were runned. I'll just give you the highlights. His heart was functioning at 25% Now it has decreased. His kidneys were Stage 4. Now they are Stage 5. Which indicates shutdown. He declined dial... Read more

  • Following the chi again

    6/17/2018 5:28:45 PM, by TIZSLIM

    When it comes to de cluttering, some people advocate dealing with categories. Gathering together all the clothes and dealing with them. All the books then dealing with them. And so on. Of course, you need to have both the time and space to do that. Some suggest sorting out a room at a time. Bu... Read more

  • Vacation and Test Results

    6/17/2018 1:17:01 PM, by ICANINSIGHT

    Before I went on vacation, I came down with a UTI and then had a reaction to the antibiotics. I don't do well with antibiotics and had not taken them in years. I forgot to take probiotics with them. The horrible side effect I had from antibiotics caused me to have another horrible lab test. I wa... Read more

  • Shocking

    6/17/2018 9:52:33 AM, by MAUITN

    I had a shocking experience yesterday. I saw a picture of myself with my niece and great niece and I couldn't believe how old and out of shape I looked. Granted I have known I was over weight and that my white skin and grey hair tend to make me disappear. I hate having to wear too much make up es... Read more

  • Big 7tea - 2 weeks to go

    6/16/2018 6:59:40 PM, by TIZSLIM

    This would be so much easier if I wasn't having to deal with various peoples ego's. Not to mention sadly fractured friendships and their determination to turn this event into a competition. Still, never mind. It will happen. It will be good. It will raise funds for the cause. Sod the she... Read more

  • Commitment

    6/16/2018 8:57:02 AM, by MAUITN

    Here are the commitments I am making for the Summer 5% Challenge. Diet - Basic Calorie Counting/Danette May (all in calorie range – limit gluten, sugar, & alcohol) 8 cups water (lemon, etc.) Exercise - Jump in with both feet - Join in the games - Have fun! Walk 3 to 5 miles daily ... Read more

  • Summer 5% Challenge

    6/15/2018 8:21:35 AM, by MAUITN

    The Summer 5% Challenge is beginning soon. Please come join us on a fun journey to a healthy body! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/gr
    oups_i nd ividual.asp?gid=69883 ... Read more

  • The Bunch Brunch

    6/14/2018 6:00:29 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Another get together of the Birthday Brunch Bunch today. We were somewhat belatedly celebrating Dorothy's birthday. Somewhat belatedly? Her birthday is actually at the end of March! Never mind, we have caught up now. Just in time as Sally's birthday is fast approaching. ... Read more

  • Poison plane is flying

    6/14/2018 7:51:10 AM, by WINACHST

    UGH!!! I live in the country where there are corn fields. This morning I am hearing the poison plane (crop duster) flying. I was going to go running with my granddaughter. This time of year is a bummer for running outdoors. Now I have to get in the car and run where there are no fields.... Read more

  • Breeding

    6/13/2018 5:09:59 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The de cluttering and reorganising continues. Still focusing mainly on my bedroom today. On the upside, I have looked through everything and removed almost all the junk that doesn't belong in there. Sure hope that at least some of my 'junk' turns out to be someone else's treasure. On the dow... Read more

  • Fashionista Queen

    6/12/2018 5:17:16 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I'm still sorting out my 'stuff' - particularly all the things that were in storage. I have a triple wardrobe with drawers at the bottom, a double wardrobe with drawers at the bottom and a shelf at the top, a dressing table with six small drawers, and a mirror unit with two further tiny drawers, pl... Read more

  • Trivia game...wanna play?

    6/12/2018 1:16:57 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Anyone want to join me for some fun trivia about yourself? Okay! I’ll play! 😉 ▪️First Job - secretary/bookkeeper in an insurance office Summer before my senior year in high school (long before copy machines!) ▪️Dream Job - Artist - finally able to do this, now that I'm retired ▪️A... Read more

  • Do those PLU stickers identify GMO items?

    6/12/2018 8:06:18 AM, by WINACHST

    Have you ever noticed those little stickers on fresh produce? What do they mean? They are placed there to identify bulk produce and will help make checkout and inventory control easier. The PLU codes are usually 4- or 5- digits, with the organically grown itens having a 9 placed before the 3000... Read more

  • UPDATE TO OUR LIFE

    6/12/2018 7:39:34 AM, by SMIDGON

    I brought hubby home on the 5th. It's been a roller-coaster ever since. I'm seeing my work at getting our home looking decent going by the way side. Ex: my clean sink, splatter. Not too bad, but that's not the worst. The living room turned into comb. Living room plus bedroom. With bedr... Read more

  • A different approach

    6/11/2018 6:39:07 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Weigh in today. I'd lost fractionally under 5lbs. Most of it though has been in the last few days while I've been doing the LASIAW plan. How do I know? Because I've been doing something that is unheard of for me. I've been weighing myself daily. Normally I'm a once a week weigh in at most type... Read more

  • Rainy day, treadmill run

    6/11/2018 11:56:25 AM, by WINACHST

    Whew! I heard thunder in the distance, so decided it was a treadmill run kind of day. And another episode of the Zombies, Run! app. My warmup was level 1 of the 30 Day Shred routine. (Jillian Michaels) I decided to do a 2 miler, but forgot to check the distance/time in the Zombies Run app and... Read more

  • MORE LATER

    6/11/2018 9:04:10 AM, by SMIDGON

    Hereeee's the Grand doggie BLESSINGS, JANET... Read more

  • Onset Delay Bloat?

    6/11/2018 8:00:02 AM, by WINACHST

    Ugh! I was doing so well and this morning I am bloated. When I exercise I get the muscle soreness about 48 hours after the workout. It seems like I have 48 hour delay onset bloat. The other day I air fried some spring rolls, way too many of them and this morning I am bloated, I know it is not from w... Read more

  • Quick quick think!

    6/10/2018 6:05:49 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The evening went well last night although it wasn't well organised. Our 'spot' was meant to be while the band had a break. Except the Landlord didn't announce it until the band's break was almost over. Leaving us about ten to fifteen minutes to work the room, selling raffle tickets etc. My... Read more

  • Race results and about goals

    6/10/2018 9:39:38 AM, by WINACHST

    I have to brag about my race time 6. 55 miles on a challenging course (different terrain and hills, lots of hills). When I left the house, I announced to hubby my goal times: good - 1:22:00 better - 1:20:00 best - 1:18:00 I came around the corner, saw the clock, got a big grin on m... Read more

  • Two down - one to go

    6/9/2018 3:42:32 PM, by TIZSLIM

    French Open Finals Weekend. Don't worry, I'm not going to give any results just in case anyone reading plans to watch on catch up. Suffice to say the player I was rooting for all week, won the Women's Singles Final, as did the pair I was rooting for in the Men's Doubles Final. Happy dancing feet!... Read more

  • Big 7tea - 3 weeks to go

    6/8/2018 5:19:08 PM, by TIZSLIM

    When I first had the idea for this event, I immediately rang a friend of mine who has been very instrumental in fund raising for Nascot Lawn. She said she loved the idea so I asked if she would get in touch with other people who've been involved and ask them to have stalls etc. Or alternatively, t... Read more

  • Day two of the LASIAW 'diet'.

    6/7/2018 5:51:07 PM, by TIZSLIM

    As I mentioned yesterday, my last three slices of bread had gone off. Had a look in the freezer and found a couple of rolls so I took one out to defrost overnight. Breakfast was meant to be grapefruit and a boiled egg. Lunch - chicken, tomatoes, and toast [odd combination imo]. I had half a grap... Read more

  • Gee, If It's Not One Thing...

    6/7/2018 11:43:44 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I don't like to complain, no one likes a complainer. Here is what happened. I was in physical therapy last month for my lower back. It did not really help. I was going to continue on my own in a pool, like we were doing. THEN one day suddenly, I had a UTI. I went to doctor, they took... Read more

  • Dealing with stress eating

    6/7/2018 9:21:51 AM, by WINACHST

    I did well with my eating yesterday, for the most part. Then came the stress. My reaction: I found my hubby's stash of cookies and stuffed my face. Seriously? Eating cookies is going to relieve stress? No way! I just ended up feeling YUCK! Why do we do that when we have moments of discomfort? E... Read more

  • Not a perfect start

    6/6/2018 6:03:45 PM, by TIZSLIM

    A couple of days ago I decided I would start the 'lose a stone in a week' diet, today. First though I made sure I had all the foods on the plan. I happened to have 3 slices of bread left which was just perfect because I'll need two for the plan. Breakfast this morning was meant to be dry toast an... Read more

  • My Change in BMI ...Wow!

    6/6/2018 1:39:33 PM, by BECCABOO127

    I figured out that I started at a 47 BMI, and am presently at a 31! That is a wow! 386 381 252... Read more

  • Summer Challenges

    6/6/2018 2:15:20 AM, by JADEROSE1234

    The 5% Summer Challenge is kicking off soon!! If you are interested in accountability, a challenge to exercise and motivation to pick up some new healthy habits ... Come Join the Team. Follow this Link https://www.sparkpeople.com/
    myspark/groups_individual.
    asp?gid=69883 C... Read more

  • Luxury

    6/5/2018 6:06:20 PM, by TIZSLIM

    On a recent visit, The Worker Friend, lent me some [more] money. In fact he lent me what for me at the moment is quite a substantial sum. We've always helped each other out in this way though never quite to this extent. Thing is, he knows as soon as my house is sold, I'll pay him back. He's in a... Read more

  • Holding a 5 pound weight loss despite a bad love affair

    6/5/2018 10:18:46 AM, by WINACHST

    Well, I went to our cabin for the first time this year. I hopped on the scale and saw my last saved numbers. I was surprised to see that I am holding a 5 pound weight loss since last fall. And now, when I come back home, I am still holding despite my love affair that I had with Lay's Potato chips. ... Read more

  • Negative confirmation

    6/4/2018 5:39:23 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I wasn't able to weigh in last week due to the batteries running low in my scales. I wanted to continue with the focus on protein and reduced carbs/fat but I was eating out of my 'stores' so that didn't quite work out. Weigh in today and I've regained 2lb. Frustrating but hey, there's something t... Read more

  • Big 7tea - 4 weeks to go

    6/3/2018 5:32:56 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Last night I had another long chat with The Hostess. Both of us are feeling somewhat frustrated. She is reluctant to downscale things because she really liked the idea and was keen to host the event. Ultimately though, we agreed that we aren't prepared to organise the 'fete' aspect of the event w... Read more

  • WHAT I knew about HOSPICE

    6/2/2018 1:29:43 PM, by SMIDGON

    As many of you already know, we lost our son, John almost 20mos. Ago. I don't know if they are all ran the same way or not. And I once was a Volunteer with Hospice. Anyway, they were much the same. There had to be an estimated life time left. And that was 6mos.. You had to be hom... Read more

  • Don't Worry, Be Happy

    6/1/2018 11:33:03 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    There is enough to worry about, right? What does it get us? One side effect is poor health. Choose to be happy. My favorite and... ... Read more

  • AN ODD REQUEST

    6/1/2018 8:23:01 AM, by SMIDGON

    FIRST, let me say, Celeste was released from the hospital. I am not quite sure what they actually found! Hubby to be released from nursing faculty on tuesday. . But, he is to listen to me! RIGHT! He has resigned himself thar this is it. He is ready. He just wants to be comfortable. He... Read more

  • Stop the merry go round!!!!

    5/31/2018 9:33:17 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    CT went okay this morning. No panic attack. 👍 Just got a voicemail from my primary care physician telling me that I have an abscess in #1 molar That’s the same one that I had five dentists work on three years ago, and also the first of three root canal‘s to take care of the pain in that area. S... Read more

  • E's Story

    5/31/2018 1:54:27 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I first saw E when I was in 9th grade. In those days, we still had junior high school. Her junior high was part of the high school I would attend the following year. There was a program to bring children from that school to ours for a sort of orientation. E had this very distinctive face; what t... Read more

  • More than 'Something'

    5/30/2018 6:25:20 PM, by TIZSLIM

    "Just DO Something" I kept telling myself. Not only did I keep telling myself to "Just DO Something", I actually did keep just doing something. Until yesterday. The reason I was telling myself to "Just Do Something" was because I was struggling to know where to start. What to get on with first. ... Read more

  • Challenges this week

    5/30/2018 1:31:55 AM, by JADEROSE1234

    My challenge this week has been binge eating and eating too many desserts on the road. I joined the Summer Challenge, hoping to keep up with the Weight Warriors www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/te
    am_messageboard_thread.asp
    ?board=33426x69883R>x69110420 ... Read more

  • A jolt to the system

    5/29/2018 6:19:40 PM, by TIZSLIM

    As well as having the rather splendid Theatre about 8-10 minutes walk from my home, we also have The Colosseum maybe 10 - 15 minutes walk away. The acoustics at The Colosseum are pretty amazing. In fact many a classical piece has been recorded there for that very reason. A few years ago, I ... Read more

  • Your Burger tastes weird

    5/29/2018 7:28:33 AM, by WINACHST

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=xQmKwFKT8RI I made some chickpea burgers yesterday. I gave one to our 7 year old grandson and I think all he heard was "burger" because he takes a big bite and says, "Your burger tastes weird." I told him that was because it was a chickpea burger and it was ... Read more

  • MINDBLOWING!

    5/29/2018 6:51:53 AM, by SMIDGON

    I WOKE up yesterday morning, could barely believe that it was Memorial day. Got some things hubby wanted me to bring to the nursing faculty. It's run, run, run. Spent time with him. Went home and then the telephone calls. Me taking notes on what he wanted. Heaven forget if I forget someth... Read more

  • Realizations and Gardens

    5/28/2018 9:27:35 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I am struggling with the disability designation. I knew it was coming. I know on all kinds of levels I need it. However, this means I need to come up with Plan B. So much of the last two and a half years have been spent looking for work, sorting out health insurance, taxes and legal bits. Now,... Read more

  • Scowling at the Scales

    5/28/2018 6:31:13 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Over the last couple of months, I've frequently forgotten to 'weigh in' on a Monday morning. Probably in part due to my switching back from Friday's to Monday's after The Wedding of The Century. This morning however I did remember and in fact was quite keen to jump on the scale. Not because I exp... Read more

  • May 28 update

    5/28/2018 4:50:05 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Seems like forever since I have added a blog. So much has happened. First of all I’ve been sick for the last three weeks with this creepy crud, coughing my head off. I feel like I have been in hibernation because I have slept most of the time. This bug is really hard on the old bod. Today’s the fir... Read more

  • What A Fellow Sparker Did To Lose

    5/28/2018 10:56:45 AM, by ICANINSIGHT

    This woman is over 60 and lost 50 pounds over the age of 60. Her motivation was that she saw herself in photos. I assume she was otherwise healthy. I am copying her eating pattern, to keep. Here it is. I hope she does not mind. "Breakfast is usually two slices of peanut butter toast w... Read more

  • More Somethings

    5/27/2018 6:08:30 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The French Open started 'proper' today. Sit down and take a deep breath before you read the next bit 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 instead of streaming it and tracking every ball in every match I could, I got on with 'Just Doing Something'. What do you know - suddenly... Read more

  • 5% spring challenge

    5/27/2018 8:02:27 AM, by WINACHST

    I joined the 5% challenge this past winter and then again in the spring. The challenges have been helpful to me by keeping me accountable, not just to myself but to my team mates. My biggest challenge is being consistent with the daily postings. In doing so, this has helped me keep my focus not onl... Read more

  • WHAT S YOUR WEEKEND LIKE?

    5/26/2018 9:08:14 PM, by SMIDGON

    Yesterday I went to the 3 cementarys decorated for Memorial Day. At Larry's parents I was the only one so far. As an only child, I am the only one to decorate my parents And for John, his two sisters live in In.. So it's just us! And, this year with hubby being in a Nursing facility, o... Read more

  • Still Just Doing Something

    5/26/2018 5:56:20 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Sometimes when you're facing a huge job, it seems so overwhelming that you don't know where to start. You find yourself frozen and unable to act. I have felt like that with this house. So much mess and muddle it's hard to know what to do first. The answer I think is 'just do something' as I said ... Read more

  • Big 7tea - 5 weeks to go

    5/25/2018 6:42:02 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Hostess still isn't well. She has an awful cold at the moment. On top of all the other trials and tribulations she's suffered - which include a couple of very nasty falls, she's now been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes so will need surgery. Now my land line is working again I was able t... Read more

  • Ideal Weight Calculator

    5/25/2018 10:45:46 AM, by WINACHST

    www.calculator.net/ideal-weigh
    t-calculator.html I discovered this back in October and was curious to see If I could get down to my "ideal weight" I have already reached 2 of the four and averaged out the numbers and I guess I can say now that I am at my "ideal weight".... Read more

  • Just 'DO SOMETHING'.

    5/24/2018 5:58:22 PM, by TIZSLIM

    The Worker Friend arrived back here late morning and left a couple of hours later. As ever I felt kind of restless but wasn't sure what to get on with. I kind of fiddled about without seeming to achieve anything. I simply wasn't focused. "Just DO SOMETHING" I told myself. I washed some dishes, ... Read more

  • MAKING PRogress

    5/23/2018 8:49:46 PM, by SMIDGON

    A day of blood work, and various testing. He agreed to things he always said never to. They got him to using a walker. And he is letting them help him for his own safety. And most outstanding, he agreed to rehab in a local nursing faculty. He realizes I cannot handle him myse... Read more

  • When is a vegetable lasagne

    5/23/2018 5:56:02 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Not vegetarian? Read on and all will be revealed. I was so busy focusing on the Court Monday that I forgot to mention about my weigh in Monday morning. I'd lost 2lb 2oz. Hurrah! Maybe the low [ish] carb/fat approach is having an impact. I'm continuing with it this week to test it further. ... Read more

  • GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

    5/22/2018 8:36:27 PM, by SMIDGON

    I want to share with you all a pic of my 'Baby' Larry decided this morning he wanted to go to the ER. He said he was tired of not being able to walk, do anything or not keeping from falling. He knows that it is getting harder for me to take care of him. THIS way he would get a s... Read more

  • HERE WE GO AGAIN!

    5/21/2018 9:53:41 PM, by SMIDGON

    Fri morning, hubby went outside to check our drain. I checked on him and he was holding on to the evergreen. Tilted forward. He swayed backwards and 'thunk' he went backwards. Flat on his back. Fast forward, I had to call our neighbor. He came over and after some maneuvering He got him up i... Read more

  • Never give in

    5/21/2018 5:46:35 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Firstly, thank you for the good wishes and supportive messages. What happened? Well... I arrived at The Court 20 minutes before the hearing time. As ever, I went up to the third floor to check the listings, expecting to then have to go on to the fourth floor as usual. But no - it had been a... Read more

  • Vice Presidential Aspirations and Disability

    5/21/2018 2:06:39 PM, by TRESSWANN

    What did you want to be when you grew up? I was about ten and I sent away for career brochures. I think it was from an insurance company. I thought lawyer looked interesting and different. Girls just didn't become lawyers then. I also really, really wanted to become an actress. Also, write book... Read more

  • its SIMPLY MARVELous

    5/21/2018 9:16:01 AM, by --DEBY--

    214 582214 311 312 214 582214 311 ~ Waving Hello ~ & ~Wishing Everyone ~ ~ a MARVELous Moonday ~&~ a WONDERfilled Week ~ ~ BLESSings ~ ALLways ~Deby~ 214 582214 311 312 214 582214 "Even with all of the things that are so awful, if you walk into yo... Read more

  • Distractions

    5/20/2018 6:57:18 PM, by TIZSLIM

    I have been trying to keep myself distracted over the weekend. I was able to stream the Italian Open over the last few days - the final was today. That helped! I'd planned on taking one of the packs of minced beef out of the freezer and having a bit of cook fest but I realised I had various other... Read more

  • Comfortable in Your Skin?

    5/20/2018 3:14:25 PM, by ICANINSIGHT

    I am not. I just came up with this sentence and I like it. "The weight does not sit comfortably on my body." I have a bad metabolism. It is a real thing to many people. Recently I discovered a high starch diet is not my answer. Have you read The Starch Solution? It says you can ... Read more

  • Cheating

    5/20/2018 10:38:37 AM, by WINACHST

    Everyone gets tempted to cheat on their “diet”. What are the consequences to cheating on your diet? It is not like cheating on a test at school where you get a failing grade. If you “cheat” and eat what is not on your eating plan, you just have to answer to yourself. Many view “cheating” as a ... Read more

  • Serendipity

    5/19/2018 5:03:30 PM, by TIZSLIM

    Recently I received a letter addressed to 'The Occupier'. Upon opening it, I found it was from an Estate Agent. Basically saying they had a buyer who was looking for property in this area, had funds in place, and because said buyer had commissioned the Estate Agent, I wouldn't have to pay selling ... Read more