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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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A little boy opened the big family Bible.
He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages.
Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible..
He picked up the object and looked at it.
What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.

'Mama, look what I found, ' the boy called out. 'What have you got there, dear?'

With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered, 'I think it's Adam's underwear!'

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It's a foggy, mild morning --- should see some sun later in the day --- good work out at the gym yesterday --- looking forward to the day!
Dale, yes, reframe and go forward. Set small goals to meet and then set another and another.
Think Healthy eating and not dieting. Replace some of your favorite foods that you aren't supposed to have with a better version that you can have occasionally. It took a long time to convince my hubby not to eat cookies and potato chips everyday -- finally, we don't buy cookies anymore and we found chips with less salt and less calories that taste better. He also has a piece of dark chocolate in the evening instead of a hand full of cookies. All the little changes do add up and the more you read the labels, the more you read labels. I can't tell you how many things I've put back on the shelf that I used to buy, but after I read the labels, no way am I eating that anymore --

Have a great day Sparklers --- Blessings, Sammi

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PAMELA

Such good news about Andrea. Very exciting. You are doing so well, and I know you will be excited when looking for your dress! Yea!

DALE

You are right to reassess what you are doing, that way you won't feel badly and want to eat everything!

KATHY

Hope your weekend is great, and you get lots of sleep.

I know that I had been working too hard at the gym, so when I had this little infection last week, it was a setback, but it did remind me that I also can get way to enthusiastic and sabotage myself.

This week, have been going back into the pool for my exercises, and taking it a bit easier. So little time, so many bad habits to break!

Doing better now.

Sorry I have been absent, I had to work two 6:00am mornings yesterday and today. Today, however, I just dropped Brielle off at preschool, and Ronnie picked her up. So, I was able to go to the pool, and then to have a massage. Still tired, but it was a good day. Especially since the sun was shining all day!

Have a great weekend my friends. Must get up from this computer now.

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Kathy,
Do you go to Rehobeth by chance? My cousins own there and refuse to keep the house open after Thanksgiving until mid April. I loved going in the winter and now have no opportunities.

Pamela,
You have officially joined me to prepare for a black tie affair in May! You are not alone. It's really different with a deadline like this, this time. I'm being so strict in order to burn fat on my body that I feel deprived. That mind talk will get me nowhere good, so I must reframe my thinking. Ah, what a challenge the whole experience amounts to. If I'm successful, I'll be high as a kite with pleasure and self respect.

Dale

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Wow, it's been a crazy week. We're merging with another company and packing is killing me! Hoping to run some of this off this afternoon...wish me luck! :-)

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Good morning everyone! YAY - the sun finally made an appearance here today! I do so much better when the sun is shining and was starting to get a bit melancholy. Today, though, I have energy and am ready to set the world on fire :)


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Good Morning Sparklers --- Maci, I've been to Idyllwild -- have you ever been to Living Free -- it is the most fabulous dog and cat Sanctuary --- went there years ago when I was doing rescue to see this place I'd heard so much about --- hope your hubs is feeling better today.

It's rainy and foggy here, but it's warm and I like a good rainy day. Going to the gym today and then errands --- have a great day everyone!

Blessing, Sammi



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Wow Pam that is great news! How exciting for both of you!
A beach house for the wkend sounds wonderful, It snowed in the local mtns this week, and my DD and her family are all going to mom's cabin in Idillwild. The only problem is that now hubs has the flu, so we may not be able to go up there w/them grrrr. I want to go anyways but don't have the heart to say so. So it looks like I am stuck home w/mr sicko. He is so grouchy! Oh well, I guess if I was exploding from all ends I would be too!

Today I played a league match we lost 3/6, 3/6 but it was a beautiful drive there and home, I took the coast all the way home and the ocean was breathtaking. The girls were really nice we played against too. This has been my worst losing league season ever. Usually I win at least 1/2 my matches, this yr it's gonna be more like 1/4th. I just need to keep remembering that my partner and I have gone through some tough changes this yr and maybe it's effecting our play, or maybe we are just playing higher than our level. Whichever, doesn't matter to me, I love playing tennis and getting the exercise. I wish my partner had the same thoughts. Oh well, it's hard to find others who are competitive and don't get upset when they lose.

Made good food choices B&L but snacked through the early afternoon and when I put in my cals, I was at limit, so that was my official dinner. Popcorn, gbars, and chz and crackers. My limit is 1500 a day. Time to go get my gson Blake and watch a show w/him, he had been w/his friend on the XBox all day. We like to watch Malcome in the Middle reruns and Modern Family. Happy Thurs all!




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How beautiful and I bet your so proud.... emoticon


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
I live in El Paso, TX


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Good evening! I certainly am motivated to get this weight off now - well by May! Just found out that my very talented daughter auditioned last week for Cleveland's Fashion Week. She found out today that she has been selected to show her designs on the runway in May. I could not be any more proud of her. But now I have to buy something suitable to wear for the black tie event. So, it is being faithful to my diet and exercise!


Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you can�t get them back. So I�m gonna tie you to my heart so I never lose you.


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Trying to keep up and stay in touch...been having sleep difficulties this week and have been soo tired the last couple of days. We are going to the family beach house tomorrow for the long weekend. I'll be in touch!

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Maci, you are a very special grandmother. In reading you posts you have more than your share to deal with.

Right now I am feeling burned out and going to take some time to regroup. Just trying to do too much and letting other things slide so for now take care and I'll drop in now and then.

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Indian Proverb - When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.

The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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MACI

So sorry your baby was so sick. I know she is glad she had you to take care of her. It is so difficult when they are hurting and you can't do anything but make them comfortable.

One of my great nieces had the flu on Monday, and her mom had it on Tuesday. Hoping that Ellee and Grisson, and the rest of the kids etc, and ME don't get it as well.

Hope she is better today.

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.



"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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Maci,
I have been that sick. It IS awful. How wonderful that it was you to get her through the night.
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Thanks Ladies for all the kind words. AFter I wrote I went to Addies softball practice, that was the perfect thing to do, It was so fun watching her, it is her first yr. To cute. I don't know if it was the Freezing air brrrrr. or just watching the kids that helped me forget about it all for awhile, either one I am thankful! Last night I had Addie (my gdaug.) her mom and boyfriend went out for a special dinner. (Mandi's first ever VD dinner) and Addie was sick all night, I mean that girl had the dry heaves at least 70 times if not more. She slept from episode to episode. In all my 50 yrs I have never seen anyone so sick, so long. From 10 last night until 4am. I had her sleep w/me and just kept a bowl in bed w/us and rubbed her back and redid her clothes everytime she made a mess. I just kept putting her in my T-shirts. Poor baby. For now it's stopped. woohoo.

Today is a new day. Tennis practice at 8:30. Than to lunch w/tennis friends. Hubs is taking my car to the shop later. Good news there is no more chocolates to tempt me, and I didn't go over my blow it cals 2000, I literally had 1999 cals yesterday. Logged in! Talk about making the most of it. teehee.

I would love if she could leave town, that's not how it goes anymore, they both have 50% custody. And neither one of them is allowed to make any changes w/o permission from the other. So this means We all get to live around each other. Neither one is gonna move away from the kids. and so it goes, it does work really nice for the kids to have us all around, if we could all just get along.

Happy Weds all!

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Maci, wow, what a day --- if I were your daughter I would take the kids and leave town -- it's all too crazy -- if she's not there to pay for his stuff what ever will he do --- really, she should just
go, why put herself and the children through this. Sometimes the laws and the courts get in their own way. What ever happened to common sense!

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LYNN

Glad to know you had family stuff to do today. The little ones can make us feel so loved and valued. God Bless my friend.

MACI

I can't blame you for feeling as you do. It is a shame that the courts don't actually take into consideration of the children when dealing with a crazy person. God Bless and keep all of you safe and well.

BRENDA

Sure wish we lived closer, I would love to take home food you had prepared! I'd have you cooking for me every day! Glad you had a good day.

Hope all of you had a great day. Have a great tomorrow as well.

On my way to bed to watch a bit of tv now.

Bonnie

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Hi All,

This is my first Valentine's without my dh. I went to the elementary school to watch my 2 grandsons at their sock hop. My daughter and I went with my 3 yr old grand daughter. I even danced a little. It was fun. Then I went to Stitch and Bi%$#. It is part of a women's group and we made Valentines. Tonight I will finish reading my book and call it a day. I survived and that is all that counts. I am sure next year will be better. I hope you all had a great day, Lynn

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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I had the most wonderful VD, Last night: roses, chocolates, a crazy card, today hubs went to TJ max w/me to buy our girls a VD present, than we went and got foot massages, reflexoligy, than off to sizzler for lunch. How could this day be more wonderful! My DD court came out great in the most important issue. Their right of refusal was extended to 24 hrs, and now they share everyother wkend and each get 2 wkdays each. They were 3.5 days a wk each. Mike her hubs was court ordered to seek a mental health care theripist until the theripist deems him suitable to stop going, and attend anger mgmt and high conflict parenting classes. (again) My DD feels like she was heard and was satisified. The things that don't sit well w/me are: this everyother wkend arrangement makes it 5 on 2 off, for each. which means her daughter who cries hysterically when she has to go now cannot know exactly when she comes back, it was always easy to let her know she comes back on Weds nad leaves during the wkend. I think this will be hard on her. Oh well, I guess we can all give it a try and hope for the best. Plus there is no openings for us to take them on our yrly vacation we always take them on. we will have to schedule things that are just overnighters instead. Hey I am lucky at least we get to see them 1/2 the time and get to positively influence the craziness they have to live with.

When we got home there was a msg from the lawyer, My DD's ex has requested that she provide every statement, receipt, document paystub, etc form the last 5 yrs. At this pt they have both put in financial records and statements. There are 21 areas for concern for her to provide. It's all so crazy.

He already has her paying spousal supt, child suppt, alimony, his court costs, all the kids medical costs, and activity costs, and he has given most their assets away and is bent on raising all the monies up. All the time he has bought a motor home, a new big screen TV, a new car etc, and my DD is trying to just catch up to the bills the court has made her pay. It is insane, all the while he has all her possessions, most her money, her kids (when he wants them, he just doesnt' let them come over against court order when he doesn't want to) , etc. all because she ran away with her kids from an abusive alcholic. He lives across the street in their home she has to pay for. It is the most insane thing I have ever seen. He is vindictive, cruel, Mean and abusive which was all proven in court. she is a nurse who has always taken care of her family. Where is the justice? the only things way we look at this situation good is that the kids & her are still alive and living here. All his threats where it came to her safety at least havent' come true, his threats of financial retaliation have.(proven in court through his own abusive, obsessive text msgs) Oh I forgot to mention he also slashed tires and corners people in our frount yard! I want to write the press!

On to today, I lived this crap for the last yr. gAined over 24 pds, wrote letters, hired lawyers, cried, prayed, vented, and It didnt' do a bit of good. We are all helpless here and the courts arn't helping. Today is valentines day, she is happier than when she was married to him, she says paying to not be with him is a great deal! , if she was with him, instead of giving him 1/3 of her pay she would be having to give it all to him and live w/him too. he is fighting for over 1/2 of her pay. He might just get it if things keep going like they have in the last yr. All the while she has her children exactly 1/2 the time and pays for everything they do. Plus his bills, I know I am on a roll, but it is court day and these always floor me, the courts seem to notice how vindictive he is, and keep saying "Mike you need counceling, anger control, parenting class for high conflict, therepy " so, please get those, and by the way here is another chance to ream your ex. for all you can. We will help pay for you to go to these kinds of things and become a better parent. Here Kacie pay! what? This is my last msg like this , until the next court date, thanks for listening! I will try not to blow up the posting again, for today is court day and it is always harder.

Edited by: MACILINN at: 2/14/2012 (19:25)
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Hi all! Happy Valentines to all! i have so much to say to you all, so here goes:
*Sammi- thanks for the grn light about my choices. I ended up having a pc of valentine cake the other night at my scout mtg, one of my scouts brought a cake, but sent the rest home w/her and dutily logged it in. Plus had my 9 chocs for VD. I actually only had 8.5 , I shared one, hubs stood in line and got me my 9 fav ones. I feel great, don't hve many cals left for today, but hey salad for dinner never hurt anyone!
*Bonnie- No wonder you are hungry, YOu have to many pissers in your life to feel at ease. That is the same kind of hunger I feel, when pist I am super hungry. The only thing I know to do is count the blessings. The other day chewing gum, listening to music and cleaning, really helped.
* Pamela- great idea making a WW dessert, sounded yummy.
*RW- gotta love ya! Always starting the day out right! jokes, coffee, revielle!
*Kathy- GS cookies haunt me! When I see them I have to do all I can to walk by. I have been a leader for about 18yrs and used to gain 10-20 pds each season, plus write huge cks to them for eating all the extra troop boxes every yr. Do you like your treadmill or elipital better? Will write about the court in my next posting.
*Eliza- OMG that sounds so scary smelling the fridge like that. Did you worry it was on fire? Thank god Mom lives so close.
*Dale- Grrrrr that is tough when our friends disappoint or piss us off, IF you start to feel to hungry just know it is emotional hunger that is knawing at you.
*Brenda- aka Kendle confused! All the electronic stuff is a mystery to me, and so frustrating, I just got a smart phone, and am very aware it is smarter than me! The Beer drinking songs sound fun!
*KSD- 1,000 and size 10! wooohooo! Perfect valentines day for you!
*Passion- $300 Ouch! Hey all these kinds of things always say "try us,and if you arn't completly satified get a money back guarantee, exclud handing" ck it out, maybe your cardboard food has that guarantee?

Happy Valentines all!

Edited by: MACILINN at: 2/14/2012 (18:48)
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Dale, can you send back the box of snack foods? $300 is a lot in my book. I hope you had a great Valentine's date.

Bonnie. Snow? I thought it was about over, however, when I woke up this morning I heard the DJ on the radio (I have it on low all night) yakking about snow so I jumped out of bed and looked out the window but it was only raining so I don't know what he was talking about. I will find out more about the weather when the evening news comes on. Good for you getting money back on your issues with service. Too bad it takes so much time and energy to get things taken care of. I with you, I won't stop until I get what is right.

I'm still playing around figuring out my kindle fire. I was trying to show Joice a picture of our friend's new baby puppy but the message on the screen kept telling me to turn on my cookies. I finally figured out how to do it and and was able to show her the picture. The puppie is just bigger than a can of pop, 7 1/2 months old.. a Chawawa (I don't know how to spell it and spell check doesn't either.

I made Joice and I chicken salad sandwiches on skinny ww low calorie bread, Chef Megs Deviled Eggs, fruit salad with Greek yogurt dressing, pickle slices and olives while everyone else ate their Skipper's Fish and Chips. Yuk. This was our Valentine's lunch. Then an old cowboy came with his guitar and sang us some old beer drinkin' songs. He was pretty good. I sent most of the leftover's home with Joice as she is wheelchair bound and appreciates prepared food that she can have for dinner.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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getting ready for my V-day date; just have a second here.

the diet food boxes came yesterday but I haven't had time yet to call the coach as directed;
what I did do was try 3 of the items so far today and they are not particularly up my alley; that means I think I WASTED $300.

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Oh yeah I won the 1,000 min trophy yesterday and I fit into my size 10 dress - woo hoo!

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Ok, back for just a minute.

DALE

Congrats on doing so well. Woo Hoo

Pamela,

You cake sounds great. Let us know how everyone liked it.

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Thanks all for the support. I know I will be ok. Think I am having my spell of winter blahs from not enough sun. The good news it is very late in coming this winter, so it will be gone much sooner.

We had snow last night, and I guess the roads are pretty bad. Kids don't have school today, neither does Angie, so I am not going to babysit today. Cancelled my eye appointment. If I don't have to babysit, there is no point in going out and taking a chance on falling.

Actually, the roads are probably much better by now. But, I have been busy lately and I can use a day at home. It may improve my disposition.

Have had an ongoing problem for the last month or more with my mail order drug company. They have not done anything right, and I have not gotten my prescriptions properly. Have complained so many times, I think they have it straightened out now, that I have threatened to pay more and just go to the drugstore if they can't fix things. So, yesterday, I had hopefully my last conversation with them. The Customer Service rep, read all of the notes from the problems, and gave me a $30.00 credit. So, that helps.

I have also been having an issue with the gas company for my natural gas for about a week and 1/2. Finally think that is straightened out as well. The Customer Service rep there noticed all of the notes on the account and heard all of my complaints, and she this morning she gave me a $50.00 credit. I am feeling a bit better about all of the hassles, but it can be frustrating.

I was a Customer Service Clerk for over 30 years. I know that there is always a way to fix a problem if you really want to, and the customer does not have to make numerous calls etc. So, I have a tendency to be quite insistent that I receive good service. Guess that is my stubborn streak, don't ya' know!

Eliza, Sorry about the issue with the refrigerator, you are right that is an inconvenience for sure. Hope they get it fixed for you very soon.

Well, Have sat at the computer long enough for now. Have to get up and move around.

Have a great day my friends.

Bonnie

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ELIZA,

I'm sorry to hear about your refrigerator but at least it is still under warranty. They just don't make things as good as they used to. You are lucky to have your mom so close to put the food in her refrigerator.

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Founder,
I've spent plenty of time where you are right now. The only good news is that this is just for right now. Deep breathe and get some fresh air!

Kathy,
I will go for a walk today; I agree the weather is 'good enough' to make it and I will feel better. Hopefully I'll do Centennial since I have all this frustration to burn off regarding my rejecting friend's phone call yesterday. It's got me mad and hurt because her reaction is so far reaching. She severed the friendship altogether.
At least for now, but it feels permanent.

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to EVERYONE!
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Even if you have nothing planned, love yourself with extra care today. Be sweet on yourself. Write yourself a love letter!!!!! Trust me, it is really a cool thing to do.

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Morning! emoticon My fridge made funny noises yesterday and, then it popped from behind, smelled burned or something burning, so it then did burn up and smoke was awful, smells bad. I packed up the food except the milk and coffee mate,which I put on ice in a small cooler and, took it to Moms, she just turned 90 years old. She is in perfect health, thank God. I am blessed I have her, so she has groceries because the Warranty on my fridge is still in force, but
the tech. cannot come till this afternoon, you know we get used to getting up and opening up the fridge......we have a habit that we like to eat..... LOL.. I opened it and it is completely empty!! Valentines day 2012. Enjoying coffee.. emoticon


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Good morning, and Happy Valentines Day, everyone!

Maggie-I had to work so hard NOT to order any GS cookies this year!! However, it will be difficult when I see Girl Scouts selling them outside of Target or the grocery store soon! Ill just have to make sure I have NO cash on hand-lol. When my treadmill gave up the ghost about this time last year, I bought an elliptical in its place. It is wonderful to have, but I really do miss my treadmill!

Sammi- Small world, eh?? And now you live in a much warmer place-lucky you. It has been a very mild winter for us, so I wont complain. Im actually thinking about running outside this morning. It will be about 40 degrees when I am outside. Going to the gym first for STCongrats on being so close to your second goal!! :-)

Bonnie-Thanks for the seasoned salt idea to use on my popcorn! Ill definitely keep that in mind. Im pretty sure I have somesomewhere..

Brenda-Dont you hate it when you wake up from being hot and then cant get back to sleep?? 75 at night? Oh my goodnessId die if I were in your shoes. I keep it on 67 at night and still get those darn flashes sometimes!

Dale-WTG on the lost pound! :-) Im fromerr..the South. I have no roots-seriously. Was born in Richmond, VA and we moved two weeks later; my dad was a Presbyterian minister. We moved 4 times while I was growing up: VA 3X and then to NC. After that, I got married and moved to SC.

{{{{Maci}}}-Im so sorry to hear about all the stress going on in your life. Let us know how court goes today.

RW-Thanks for always being the upbeat, positive person that you are! :-)

Happy Day, everyone!

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Rise and Shine !!
Reveille !!

let's all have a good day, stay away from temptations and get moving
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Bonnie, it is a bummer when it's cold and you feel tired and don't feel as good as you'd like --
as you said --- this too shall pass --- it's then time to count your blessings and just let the day end and start fresh tomorrow --- I hope you have a better day.

Blessings, Sammi

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I am having my book club for dinner tomorrow night. Nothing fancy, just chili. But I did make a dessert. Strawberry-kiwi trifle. It is just angel food cake cut into chunks layered with low-fat strawberry yogurt and fat free cool whip. Slices of Kiwi line the sides of the dish. The slices of strawberries line the top. Finish with cool whip and garnish with kiwi and strawberry. Chill for at least two hours. I am following weight watchers and a generous serving is only 3 points.


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I am listening to you too Sammi.

I feel like you right now Maci.

Having a very tough time with food. Last week, I know it was because I was so tired. Guess I must have done too much yesterday, so today my back hurts and I am tired again.

I am so glad this has been an easy winter, but it is still winter and just not enough sunshine to chase my blues completely away.

Just keep telling myself, this too shall pass, but it is a pain in the butt until it does.

Have a good week my friends.

Bonnie

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Maci, I hope you get everything ready without going overboard on your cals --- but if you do the world won't end --- sometimes if you try and deny yourself when you want something you will end up eating too much of everything else -- eat what you want and satisfy your craving --
then tomorrow be good. Surround yourself with happy music and happy people.

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Hi all, I am so hungry right now. I just can't seem to satisfy it, so instead of walking around trying to deny it, I thought I would just spark instead. I have already had 1300 cals today, that only leaves me 200 for dinner, and I am putting on a g.scout pizza valentine party tonight. I should just make a big salad before they get here, and eat that! grrrr. I have eaten good today just high cal. cheese & crackers , yogurt, granola etc. I know it is emotional stress that is making me feel so hungry because I am walking around thinking about all kinds of neg things. I just got home, am putting on the party in1 hr 10 min.and the beds aren't even made yet. Plus I have piles of things everywhere. So my next project will be to clean this house as quick as possible. Today I lost my league match pretty bad 4/6, 1/6. My partner was clearly frustrated, It started raining just as our team was getting done w/their matches. My partner is the one who was just left by her hubs of 25 yrs w/o notice less than a month ago. I don't know if her frustations are at me , her or just life in general. My DD has her family court date tomm and is clearly not ready and stands to lose so much. she already has and it made my life so awful last yr that I gained all my wt lost back. All that hard work to do all over again. Well, hope this curbs the appetite, I think I will turn on some music, chew some gum, and get cleaning. Hope you all are having a great day. ~Maci~

You all sound so cold. brrrrrrr... I am cold today too! I bought myself a virtual warm vacation today on my spage. It looked to good! Happy Valentines all!

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YAY! My set point dropped a couple more pounds. But since tomorrow night I eat out for valentine's day, I'm being extra careful all around it.

So far the 5&1 foods have not arrived; that means I take total credit for the 2.5 lb drop.

I'm supposed to take a full photo of me before. How to do that? Maybe someone at the water jogging class can do it for me tonight.


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I've called all the changes in my life since being alone the last 5 1/2 years, a new adventure, some being better than others. But I guess they do layer one upon the other.

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Pamela, thanks for keeping me updated. If it does not get any worse than we have had so far,i can make it,

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Bonnie - 36 days til spring! And that is still too many :)


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Good morning to the rest of you as well. I found myself taken by Dale's phrasing, and forgot to say good morning.

Glad to see all of you here.

It is 30 degrees here by almost noon, and sunny.

I am loving that. How many days until Spring? Pamela usually keeps me updated on that. Pamela, how many days left?



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Dale

Congrats on getting yourself on track and losing. Enjoy it!

I love the phrase, "live in layers of reality". It is funny, but I always say that my life is in different time frames, determined by the particular events in my life. I live your way of putting it so much better!

Thanks

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Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.



"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

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Yeah, the scale moved down a notch! Wish I could report being near goal now, too but I'm in the beginning legs of losing the weight all over again. Pretty determined (with my eyes on the prize of the Memorial Day wedding).

One obvious thing about being mindful for real: my self esteem is higher. Last night I could have gone to a pot luck and I passed it by (stepping into the doorway of the place but leaving) so I could come home and eat some homemade soup.

The scale nodded approval.
169.0 lbs

Sammi,
I am mostly a mix of NY and Maryland. I was living in Manhattan just before moving down here. That serenity you talk about exists at times inside me now, which is a very good thing. At other times I worry about things.

Remember the horse farm by the side of the road? We'd always stop to feed a horse because I'd get car sick if I was riding for a whole hour, so we had to break it up. My father was a smoker big time. When I moved here as an adult later in life the horse farm was still around for a number of years. I miss it still, but townhouses lie on that land. The funny thing about getting old is that we can live in layers of reality. Sorta neat, like a personal movie library.



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scale set point has moved
168 yesterday, 169 today = right direction, albeit slow to go

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Happy Monday! Up at 5 this morning because it was too hot and couldn't sleep anymore. I kept throwing the covers off and tossing and turning. It's 39` outside, 75` in here. Living on the third floor, I don't have to turn on my heat very much because the ladies crank the heat up. The thermostat is on the first floor across from the lobby door so it is colder downstairs. The heat all comes up here. I'm not complaining because it keeps my light bill low.

I'll check back in later.

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stopping by to say hello to everyone.........................

hearing about that cold weather in florida...................... i will be in that sw area of florida in march --- hoping for some warm weather by then because I dont want to miss the beach.

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