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5/1/14 9:01 P

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Hey guys! Guess we need a May chat room, but I forget how to do that............ maybe someone can? Anyway, doing pretty good today. Went for a walk and ate really low calorie! Yeah! Now to survive the evening hours without pigging out.,............ Played some games on the computer, that was fun. I love Wild Tangent site. You can play fun games, lots of times for free (I do pay $6 a month for coins, which I share with my sister), but most games I can play for the free play that you can do once for each new game you start. Also, their games are completely virus free - no unintentional programs added to your computer you don't want. Not like Pogo or the rest at all.......... so, safe playing of fun games. Really worth $6 a month, and my sister plays on my account on her computer in NY! Vikings tonight! Yeah! Well, off and running.

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I've been pretty depressed lately, but I'm feeling better today. I went to go see my general doctor and he looked over the x-rays and said there's no fracture, just a bruise. I see a podiatrist on Monday to have him look over them. I got a call from Social Security yesterday about what I do on a typical day. I told her I slept 15 hours last night (true.... didn't get out of bed until 3:30) and I've just been sitting in my chair starting at the walls. I just haven't had the energy to do as much as check my email. I'm feeling a lot better, so I should be around more. *hugs* to the newbies! Great to have you on here :)

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Off to meds provider. Hope she can help w/this overwhelming fatigue (despite Provigil & Concerta).. One hour appt. so lots of time to talk. Love her!
May be all my travel & time changes catching up w/me, but despite leaving on a trip tomorrow & feeling overwhelmed did 40-minute Pilates DVD (abs focus--NEED IT!) & 15 minutes arm w/5 lb. weights.

Have done no exercise since coming home 10 days ago, but did just get out of a "boot" cast, but still did yoga in AZ in boot & personal training. Have my appts. set up for that & Indygirl w/a swoosh in front of her name (Beth) is joining me for a week! Ck. out her SparkPage. Think that is her correct name! She is also on Indiana Rallies or something & has lost 240 lbs. w/no surgery. Lives near me.

She will inspire me for sure. She said she will cook for me!!!!

Got to go!

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well, i see my wish wasn't granted and we still have to uncheck the box so we don't get e-mails when someone posts .. i would rather check back myself than have all those emails .. and it seems it would make more sense to me to check the box if you want emails than to have to uncheck it every time if you don't .. oh well .. just me .. in answer to the question below, i do believe the nice weather causes more mania .. sunshine elevates mood, just like lack of sun in the winter causes depression/SAD in so many, i believe the sun also causes more mania/hypomania .. i am BP II , rapid cycling / mixed state .. which sux ... and i agree that when i am hypomanic, i get muchly (making up my owns words is a habit of mine .. LOL) irritable .. my sister makes me crazy (we don't speak anymore as she refuses to take responsiblity for her own MI issues and spreads it around like a virus) because she says i have an "anger" problem .. now, i am not making excuses, but sometimes it can't be helped that irritibility flashing quickly (but disipating quickly too, which is where control comes in i think) is a normal part of BP mania, both types i think .. especially when you are menopausal and have been for 10 years, having the hot flashes (big time and soooo many times a day still) and other symptoms for so long it makes for lots of depression as a mixed state too .. ah well, as i say, not making excuses, just explanations .. and sometimes, yes, i think some can use BP as an excuse, but i also believe we don't give ourselves enough of a break A LOT of the time either .. what jerks me is when people use my mental illness for their bad behavior because THEY can USE IT as an EXCUSE for their behavior and blame it on us .. we are the 'crazy' ones after all, so it must be us, right .. ya, BULL !! okay , well, this was not a very encouraging post now was it .. ahahahahaha hope you all have a terrific day .. and wow, no more team huddles? or points for huddles?? that sux also because i look forward to the huddles everyday .. they motivate and inspire me quickly when i don't have time to read lots of posts .. sad face emoticon emoticon

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4/30/14 9:38 A

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Good morning---

Yes, Courtney, I agree that I've been using BP as a crutch, only to myself, not in front of other people. So in front of people, I've been acting as if I'm MC Hammer vs BP: can't touch this! That I was stronger than the BP, which I have controlled, but certainly not to the MC Hammer style of control. Then, when I would be at home, I'd be less in control. I feel like maybe I was trying to prove my meds are only barely helping, but it's mostly my will power. Now, I know that it's my meds that allow me to function, so I need to maintain more even additude through the day.

Btw-- congrats on your water!! I tracked all meals yesterday! Going for 2 in a row... Watch out... =D

Something I did yesterday that I hope everyone gets a good chuckle at. I was picking up my daughter after school (she's in Kindergarden), so we are playing after school etc. I end up in a game of FourSquare with a bunch of 3rd graders. Really fun. I was asking about how the rules work now etc. they thought I was old. I laughed in their faces and showed them some sweet moves! Then the sweetest move of all: I go back for a save--- aaaahhhhh!!! I got a cramp in my calf than ran all the way up my thigh. Yikes! Super embarrassing and so painful. I could barely get out of bed this morning. I'm thankful I didn't lose my balance and fall on my tush. That'd been super bad. "Oh crap!!! I pulled my hammy!" Parents and kids would have been dying a horrible death of laughter. As would've i. :)

Anyways, I going to attempt to get in the shower, then head to work.

Happy Wednesday!!
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4/30/14 6:38 A

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Good morning all!

I think your post, Ruthie, pretty much summed up what I was going to say to the ladies. Very well put. Keep posting and blogging, girls, we're here for you! I personally am bipolar mixed with several other old and new diagnoses thrown in. I suffer from depression, borderline personality DO, anxiety...a couple of physical ailments as well. With a cocktail of meds and a great psych and therapy (new to me) i'm pretty stable right now. I agree though that BP can def be used as a crutch and so many of us tend to do that. I did it myself for a long time. I used to love to blame the meds too for my weight gain and failure to lose. Ruthie is right...they do certainly not HELP but if u stick to a healthy lifestyle You Can Do It! I was diagnosed at age 18 but was left untreated until in my late 20s (I'm 39 now). But, I CHOSE to be untreated. I loved the mania and enjoyed living a very unhealthy lifestyle. But, as the years have gone by, I finally realized just how sick I was. I finally got help. And, if it's any help, regarding weight loss on meds, I used to weigh 250lbs. I'm now down to 218. Still have a ways to go to reach my goal, no doubt, but weight loss is possible. Lastly, SP is a GREAT way for you to vent and you guys are totally capable of living healthy productive lives! If there's anything I can do to help, just let me know! emoticon

On another note~~ Julio got a job!! Yay!! Extra money finally coming in! As anyone else on disability knows, we are not flushed with cash. So, this is a huge help!

Busy day today..Have to run my stepson to his appt and then back to school. Going to the thrift store to try to find Julio some work pants, have to crockpot a roast, and pick stepson up from school. Somwhere in there, I will get a walk in.

Day 3 only drinking water!!

Have an awesome day everyone!

Love to you all!

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4/29/14 5:57 P

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Good morning all!

Lot's of familiar faces returning and lots of new faces as well!

I've been mostly depressed for the greater part of the last 6 weeks and tend not to post in the chat thread....when I know it's the better thing to do, it's just easier to cocoon and ignore the world.

Anyway, my doctor put me on Viibryd as an add-on to the Wellbutrin & Abilify which don't seem to be touching the depression. Anyone have any experience with Viibryd? or even know much about it?

I have the day off today and really need to get something accomplished like the dishes and laundry.

Hope everyone has a great day!

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4/29/14 2:30 P

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So glad to see everyone back........ It has been lonely. Courtney - so glad to see you back. Keep up the good work. I went for my 1.75 mile walk today with the dog. She got out of my hands when I was scooping poop and jumped all over another big dog that was walking along......... aghhhhhh! I apologized profusely to the poor walker of the other dog. Geeze! Why does she have to get so aggressive about other dogs when she is walking?

Just 2 – good to “see” you back on. Glad to see your update. Sure wish they could help you with your hands and back. I know what pain is like (I have chronic pain syndrome, bad back and fibromyalgia) but your pain is so much worse than mine ever is. Keep your chin up!

Larissa – hey baby, good to see you........ Roses – good luck with your recovery. Just remember not to over-do it when you start feeling better.

SEATTLEDENMOM - Welcome! Keep on logging in and blogging. You know, my whole life has been a series of disasters of failed relationships. I do pretty good with friends and mostly my family (well, when I was younger I had much more trouble with that, but I have mellowed with age). But love relationships? DISASTER! Now that I have my diagnosis I understand so much better why I just couldn't keep it together with someone. It is just too hard being bipolar and chronic depression my whole life. I can't believe the difference having a good medical team, appropriate medication can make. I wish someone had diagnosed me long ago. My life would have been very different I think. Looking back, I see how my bipolar disorder really negatively affected my life. Sure, I have been in therapy most of my life, and it helped some, but it didn't address the problems of my bipolar disorder. I have also been on anti-depressants and anxiety medication most of my life as well, but never was diagnosed with bipolar disorder until 2008 when I tried a SERIOUS suicide attempt. Thankfully, I survived and I got diagnosed with what was REALLY wrong with me.

Also, it is easy to blame my weight problems on my diagnosis and meds, but it really is that I have been eating too much and not exercising for years....... THAT is why I am so overweight. Yes, the meds make us hungier, and sometimes slow our metabolism down. But I was able to keep my weight down up until I hit 48 years of age. Then BOOM! So what did I do differently? I stopped caring enough about my appearance to eat sensibly, that is what happened. Yes, menopause played a part too, but 2 years ago I lost 40 lbs (have now gained 30 back), so if I was able to loose 40 lbs then, what was different? I stopped overeating and started walking regularly. So, it really is my own fault. Oh, well, we preserver as well as we can, don't we? Enough of my tirade!

Adrianne – Welcome! Stopping by here is a great way to stay motivated. I love spark people because of all the great people on it. You are right, don't let your diagnosis dictate your life. Keep a positive attitude if you can – (SP is good for helping with that).

Have a GREAT day everyone! So happy you have all returned. I was getting very lonely there for a while. Love you all! emoticon

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Hi all! I'm Adrianne, 34, from Michigan, BP2... and I'm just going to jump on in. :) I called in to work yesterday and today, just... in a funk. So yesterday I decided to make the best of it and rejoined SparkPeople and it's helped a LOT. I have a lot to lose and I've let my bipolar diagnosis be a crutch for... well, too long. I'm glad this group is active because sometimes I just want to talk about things but I can't burden my mom with it, and she's the only one who knows about my diagnosis. Anyway.

Amanda - Definitely know what you mean! When I'm in the wrong frame of mind, some innocent comment can make me fall apart. When I get hypomanic, I do tend to get more done but I am WAY irritable and any little thing can set me off. I have zero patience. I get so angry sometimes, it sucks. For me I have a hard time focusing on ANYTHING when I'm hypo manic so I guess be glad you can focus on anything? ;) Sorry I couldn't be more help but yep, totally know what you mean. Hope your meds get back on track for ya soon!

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4/29/14 11:44 A

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Hi All,

I just need to post so I'm held accountable. Not just food, but mood too, as my amazing food poisoning has junked my meds up.

I tracked my breakfast for the first time in AGES! Im also posting because I need to be out of my head - and just posting is a positive step for me. I'm impressed with this part of control I'm using for tracking. And impressed to post to reach out and check in with the universe.

I'm NOT impressed with my quick to upset this morning. I know it's lack of meds and bad sleep, but it's so frustrating.

Why does BP (I'm 1? The crazier one) make me so....... focused on one thing and not something else? How is it that personal interactions have to be so delicate? Ok, that's crazy sounding now. :). Do you know what I mean?

Any feed back is helpful!
Thanks!
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4/29/14 6:11 A

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Hi all~~

Just popped in to say HI and wish everyone a great day!

Larissa~~I plan on sticking around this time. *HUGS* back! I miss you too!

Just2~~so sorry about the pain you have to live with. I have to get corticosteroid shots every 6 weeks into my spine for chronic pain from osteoarthritis. NO FUN! glad you're back posting though.

Roses~~That's great about your back!

As for me... it's a cold dreary day here in MASS. Hoping to get a walk in later. Yesterdeay was day one with NO soda! Only water all day! Yah, me! I'm hovering over the same weight now for awhile so I'm hoping next MON. will show a loss. I also did NOT eat at night. Another small victory. Now, I just have to keep it up. Those are my two focus points right now. I can't focus on anything else at this point or I'll get overwhelmed and set myself up for failure. So slow and steady, right?

Just a quick question for the group...Has anyone else noticed the mania more during the nice weather? i do and I just wanted to see if I was alone with this...

Ok, talk to u all soon!

Love to you all!

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4/28/14 5:38 P

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Just2, I used to have to wash the bathroom ceiling with straight bleach and no gloves. I hated it, and then later on in life my roommates told me you can just get a spray bottle and fill it with bleach and water to spray on the ceiling instead. The things you learn! *hugs*

Ruthie, it's nice to see you around.. I know I've been gone for a bit, but I've been going to doctor after doctor for this and that. I miss you guys... *hugs*

Courtney, I hope you stick around! I've missed you!

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4/28/14 1:06 P

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So great to hear. 2 spine surgeons & 1 neurosurgeon said back surgery would be bad for me as it would speed up the process of my arthritis, substituting one pain for another. My tests show I have a spine of a 90 year old. Doc thinks it is a genetic condition but my mother died too young to know. Severe pain didn't start until I was about 45.Almost 60 now. Hand pain started about 5 years ago.

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4/28/14 11:00 A

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Had back surgery on April 24 and am in no pain.

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4/28/14 10:52 A

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I'm proud of you! I'm so tired from this chronic pain.Set alarm for 7:30; then every 1/2 hour since then & finally awake @ 11:00 but not doing much. Feels terrible to be so tired & even took my morning meds a couple hours ago & still fell back asleep so feel like I have no time for me except a shower (if lucky) as trying to get house ready to move. With hand pain very difficult. Whining over. Great job!

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4/28/14 10:25 A

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Just wanted to share with everyone that it is a beautiful day today and I just got done walking a 1/2 mile. That's good for me considering I've just jumped back into the game. So, I'm pretty proud of myself.. emoticon .....drinking only water. Determined...

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4/28/14 6:23 A

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Hello Just2--nice to see you again!

Didn't sleep much last night. Just couldn't fall asleep. SO...I found a yummy recipe for meatless spaghetti sauce that I'm going to try today. Hoping to get some cleaning done as well now that school vaca is over. Have to run a couple errands and MD appt. tonight and that is it!

Hope everyone has a great day!

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Hi! I, too, have been AWOL from here. Too much traveling (4 flights a month, at least & the time zone changes are starting to play havoc we/my sleeping schedule so I am feeling extremely tired all the time even though I take Concerta & Provigil in the a.m.--both stimulants).

Also the Mayo Clinic (one week there) weren't able to give me any new suggestions to help w/my hand pain. I tried to get the tsa-precheck & they couldn't get any fingerprints off of me. I've been telling the docs my hands feel like I don't have enough skin on them & that is why it hurts so much to touch things. So now I have proof. A few layers of skin have been warn off, probably due to my mother being OCD about cleaning & as children we were on our hands & knees daily cleaning floors, walls, etc. w/our hands in straight bleach, ammonia & Borax cleanser. I guess I could have a career as a bank robber--no need for gloves to hide fingerprints.

So I had to have a background check by the FBI which took 3 mos. but I just found out I passed the clearance. One of the questions is if you have ever been "involuntarily" committed to a mental hospital or psyche ward. Which I haven't, thank goodness. My meds provider wanted to once so we could speed up the trial & error w/the monitoring in the hospital for side effects.

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My meds provider & therapist were amazed my husband got me out of the ER after my last suicide attempt (5 years ago) & they didn't insist I stay in the psyche ward for a 72-hour hold.
But my husband knew the worst thing for me would be to find myself in a mental ward as that would increase my conviction that I was "following in my mother's footsteps."

She was in & out of the mental hospital all of my childhood & attempted suicide so many times that it seemed like an acceptable "coping skill" & she finally succeeded in killing herself when I was 15 (3 mos after my FIRST suicide attempt).

Oh well--no use going down memory lane here. I need to get some sleep & hope I have some more energy tomorrow. I feel so lousy when I am so tired...

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4/27/14 10:43 P

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Hi all! Hope everyone is doing well! Talked with Larissa and felt motivated to check in.
Ruthie--nice to see u again! Miss you!

Not much going on really. Been pretty stable. I'm on Ativan now which helps with the anxiety and they upped my sleeping pill. Tht's about it as far as med changes go. They did eliminate some meds awhile ago and I'm doing fine with that. Still on the basics and things are ok.

Will weigh in tomorrow. Feel motivated to find my "Spark" again..

Can't sleep tonight. Think I'll browse around a bit and look for some good recipes.

Hope to hear from everyone tomorrow!

Love and miss you all,

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4/27/14 9:29 A

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Well, thought I would check in on everyone, but nobody is around............. Things here going well. The kids left for the weekend, so it is just me and the girls (our dogs). Privacy! Yeah!

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Thanks for the advice, Ruthie. *hugs* It's hard to see someone slowly kill themselves, but I'm being hypocritical about it.. Geo is doing the same thing... he didn't get to be 550 pounds by eating right. Yes, 550, not a typo. I love him, but I enable him as well. My stepdad is sick from all the bad food he eats, but with Geo I don't see it that way. I guess I need to be equal and treat my stepdad like I tread Geo.

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Hey Larissa - sorry to hear you are getting down. Hope you got in that walk, you know it will help. As far as your step-father, you are right, he is an adult. I know how frustrating it is seeing people we love hurt themselves, but you had your say and now it is HIS choice. Just like when you overeat and don't exercise, it is YOUR choice. I don't figure you want someone breathing down your neck about it.

My mom did the same thing when she got older. She ate herself to death (literally) and smoked when she should not have been. She had high blood pressure, diabetes, macular degeneration (went blind) and STILL over ate (lots of sweets), and smoked. She died of a massive abdominal aneurysm that burst, which was formed because of her blood pressure and smoking primarily. She was also very depressed. I think this is most of the reason she kept up the bad habits. And she was a nurse, she spent her life taking care of people and knew exactly what she was doing that was wrong........... But we had to let it go....... It was very, very hard. So, yes, I understand just how frustrating it is. But love him, try and understand it is his decision. Keep him in your life. It isn't worth ruining your relationship with him. Hang in there.........

I went for a 2 mile walk today. Yeah! Finally good weather and recovered from my fall. My chest still hurts some where I hit it when I fell, but it is better. I know I just bruised the bone and that takes a while to heal. Nothing drs could do, just spend my money. There is no treatment. Just time to heal. So why spend the time and money to know what I already know?

I went taking pictures of gravestones yesterday for find-a-grave. It was pleasant to be outdoors. I got home and looked the graves up on find-a-grave and ALL of them were already posted except for 2 recent graves. What a waste of time. But I know that over half the cemetery has photos posted of gravestones, so it wasn't a surprise. But I will try again, maybe just wander and shoot any stones that are less then 3 years old. That is probably what needs to be done. Too bad that I can't find the graves that have been requested for photos, but I don't have a plot map so it is too hard to find them.

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Hey all:

I'm sorry I haven't been posting... I'm fighting off depression and tons of doctor's visits. I know I am the leader of this team and that I should be a role model, but I'm just having some down days. I may go to my therapist tomorrow if I can get a walk in. I'm having trouble with my stepfather.. he's been getting on my nerves for a while now. Why do I still call? I don't know. I just can't stand seeing him get sicker and sicker under his actions. He has out of control blood sugar (type 2 diabetes) and he's constantly eating bad food. It hurts me to see that... I need to have a talk with him, but I'm scared. I don't want him saying he wants me out of his life. I care about him and want to be on good terms again. I just don't know how to bring up the issue. I've talked to him about it before, but nothing changed. I know he is a grown adult and able to make his own decisions, even though it hurts him. I just worry he's going to have another stroke. *sigh* sorry for the rant.

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Happy Easter everybody! BTW, where IS everybody? Anyone else here? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Great going Alamay! Keep up the good work. Well, it is a rainy and drizzly day today - no walk. It is supposed to be like this again tomorrow........ so more days off to recuperate from my fall. Am doing well with that. Cuts are healing up and my chest pain is much better. My crochet project is coming along. I finished a washcloth today. Moving on I think to the face cleaning pads and see how they go. The washcloth was a bugger....... Doesn't look like the picture, but it is homemade. Something to be said about that. The instructions certainly aren't easy to follow either. NOT beginners level in my opinion........

Anyway, hope all are doing well. I am down to 195 today emoticon here I come!

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Hello all,
I have been branching out and doing new things as of late. I went out to lunch with a friend for the first time in about 10 years, and then I went to a fellow congregant''s house for a Passover Seder. I had a great time at both. I no longer get anxious going to the doctor anymore,either.

Today, I am actually going to the grocery store for a few items. The grocery store is my number one nemesis. I have more problems going there than anywhere else. When I get this done, I will have proven to myself that I can truly get done whatever I want, and I can go wherever I want to go, with no limitations.

I did arrange a ride to the pain doctor next week instead of driving, but only because it is an hour away,and it will be much easier than trying to drive myself and will be much less anxiety provoking than driving on unfamiliar roadways.

Yes, I have made a lot of progress, and I see a point in the near future when I will be a regular attendant at my place of worship, and will no longer need to get my groceries delivered due to anxiety.

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Hey Larissa - don't let the blue bug get you down! I am feeling better. The chest still hurts some, but is getting better. The bangs and bumps are better too. I plan to walk tomorrow.

I had to change my trip to NY for Sept. My sister had things going on in July. So, no Renaissance fair...... emoticon Well, it would have been a 3 hour drive each way to get there anyway......... and no money for hotel room to spend the night. So, Sept it is!

Working on another crochet project - this time a spa set (washcloth, face cleaning puffs and a soap bag). I plan on making the basket to put it all in too. Wish me luck! Using great spa colors - green shades mixed with beige.

I have too many bills! I can't buy anything for MONTHS. I have to pay off some jewelery I bought on JTV (aghhh), stuff I got a Bealls outlet, the hospital and now my airline tickets....... grrrr Also have to go to the drs 2 times this month (Psych and pulmonary). Oh, well.....

That's about it. I don't dare get on the scales but am trying to be very good........ I did actually get to stock up my pantry now that I have more room in the freezer and pantry I can actually buy some stuff ahead and have extra. Another reason I am so broke.........

Vikings is on tonight! yeah! Go Ragnar! emoticon

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I hope you feel better soon, Ruthie... I hurt my ankle almost a month ago and it's finally almost back to normal. If you think something it broken, then go to the ER. *hugs*

Sorry I've been absent from the group for a bit... my depression gets me at night and I forget to do things like journal. I'm still here, though, and I love you all!

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well, went for my walk today and wasn't paying attention and fell down AGAIN....... I twisted my ankle on the sidewalk and fell on the pavement. arm and hand are all scratched and bruised, pulled a muscle in my chest so it hurts when I breath in. Tore up my leg too..... ouch! Will have to recuperate over the next few days.

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I'm tired, but I went to the gym for the past 2 days and I'm sore. It's the good kind of sore. though. Hopefully I can make the most of my therapist visit tomorrow.

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Overdid a little yesterday so am resting some today.

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I'm glad you have plenty of room now.. All our closets and cabinets are full. Hopefully our stove keeps working... we've had a lot of trouble with it.

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Yeah! lost 2 more lbs. At 196 now and I am feeling MUCH better about that! Now all I have to do is keep it up. Not much else going on, just waiting for my check to come in so I can go to the store and stock up on some provisions.

This is a funny story that happened recently with me......... So, my son's girlfriend (who lives with us) apparently has been complaining she hasn't got enough room for her food, and other things so that my son said we had to have a family meeting about things. Of course, with my psyche, that meant lots of anxiety and getting upset (thankfully my sister is always there to help me deal with those types of feelings). After he said that about the meeting, then he says it will probably be over a week before we can have the "talk". well, that made it extra hard for me! (Tell me we have to have a talk, and then make me wait? aggghhhh!). Okay, so then last Saturday he tells me they have decided I can have the entire kitchen pantry for my stuff (I was restricted to the bottom 2 shelves and it is a very small pantry), and they will use the large hall closet for their things, I just need to move "all" my stuff out of it.

So, I say to myself, "self, how is that going to help things? I only have a small amount of things in the closet?" But, oh well, who am I to say anything? So, I move my 1/2 shelf of stuff from the hall closet (that I guess I was supposedly using too much space in) and move ALL my food, and office type stuff (container that has my papers and such in as well as the medicine cabinet items). (I took the medicine and first aid things out of "their" closet and into "my pantry" just to be nice). Well, lo and behold, I have WAY LOTS of space! More than enough for all my food, office stuff and the household medicines. There is no way Janet is fitting all their food in the hall closet........ I can actually buy more groceries and have some sort of backup stock than I could ever do before. So, I have a win-win!

Now Scott says that we have "sorted" out most of the big things they wanted to talk about, and that we won't be having that talk after all. To funny!

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We went grocery shopping yesterday and got a bunch of meat. I go to cook it, and the oven doesn't go on. Now we have to wait for a new stove. We ate at Taco Bell since we couldn't cook anything. I just hope we get a new stove soon.

And Ruthie, my mom is going to be in WV for 3 months and then back to Jacksonville for a bit.

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Quiet day today. Crocheted another animal bird for my great-niece today. Am having fun crocheting, but it hurts my hands. I am taking extra tylenol and have some lidocaine cream that I apply to my wrists. I have to be careful not to get those joints fired up. I will end up with my wrist splints on again........... now THAT is a pain! But I get so obsessive/compulsive with a new hobby. I just have a lot of trouble reining that tendency in. Now if I could just get obsessive/compulsive about exercise! (that will be the day emoticon ).

Ate pretty good today. Just had cereal for breakfast and toasted cheese sandwich with soup for supper. Will have an apple tonight for my "snack". Did walk today, but had to cut it short because of a dog. Oh, well, at least I tried.

Larissa - glad to hear you got home okay. Hope your mom has a good time in WV. How long will they be there?

Take care all...........

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Am feeling pretty good today. The man came to mow my yard then Momma and I went to town to get some summer shoes.

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I got home from my mom's safely... her husband's last day of work in Jacksonville is today, and they leave on Saturday for West Virginia where he starts work on Monday. it turns out that they will be coming back to Jacksonville when they are done. My mom wants to fly me up there to visit (to WV).

My ankle is getting better finally.. I'm going to try and go to aerobics tomorrow.. I was really lazy at my mom's. I gained about half a pound, but that's not too bad. I know I can lose it.

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Good luck Rosie.....................

I have been doing fairly decently with the old diet - until last night when I broke out a box of butter shortbread cookies and proceeded to eat them all! Arggggggggggggh emoticon

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Will be having back surgery April 24 at Rex in Raleigh.

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Nice to hear you are having a nice time Larissa. So, she IS going to WV? Good luck to her with the move and the disability.

I am so tired and headachy today. I stayed up till 2 am last night watching a netflix show. It was really good. But, I shouldn't stay up like that. Bad, bad, bad.

Made 2 more baby bunnies today - I thought it was 3, but I guess I was wrong because I only have 4 so far. More tomorrow. I want to fill by basket, and send some to my niece for her little kids.

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I'm having fun with my mom... I leave on Tuesday and time is flying by. I just hope that we can have a couple more fun days before she leaves for West Virginia. This is the last time in a while that I can see her.. I don't know when she is going to be coming back to FL. She is going to file for disability for her Parkinson's and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I just worry about her.

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Good Saturday evening!

Weird how all day long I thought it was Sunday. Had two condos to clean and am spending the night in one of them. Not sure how many loads of laundry have been done....let me count...
8 loads and one more to go. Whew! At least it will all be spick-n-span clean again and am ready for those three days off.

Finally got most of March's billing done, just have to gather the receipts for things purchased for the condos to add to the billing. I bill only once a month and it's a pain, but when those checks start rolling in, there's a smile on my face and the checking account is pretty happy, too.

Time to go eat the buffalo chicken salad (nothing fried) I made for dinner now that the shower has been enjoyed.

Have a great Sunday!

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Pictures Larissa!

Walked today - crocheting baby bunnies for Easter emoticon

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*hugs Ruthie* I'm glad you get to see your family... your sister is very nice. Too bad I don't get to see you this time.

I got my hair cut and colored today... Big difference. I went from having 12 inches of hair to under an inch so I could donate it. I also dyed my hair to a black cherry. I really like it.

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Got my Krafty Knitter out and am making a scarf with matching hat for someone for christmas. I put the finishing touches on an afgan I had made 2 years ago and didn't know how to finish it properly. Now that I can crochet I did a beautiful job of cleaning up the edges. It looks beautiful! I am enjoying the yarn thing.

My weight? Well, what a disaster! I am bouncing back up to 200 today. I MUST get this under control. Will walk in a little while with Mo.

Hope all is well with everyone. Still struggling with my budget. It will be a tight couple of weeks. 2 more to go. Bought my tickets to NY for July yesterday. My sister put them on her credit card for me. Now to pay it off! The fare was pretty good - $375 total when it was all said and done. It is so expensive to fly these days. I remember when I could get up there round trip for $150! Take care all

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What a good way to start the morning! Received a message from a SP friend who is on island for the day and we are going to meet up. This will be some fun!

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I'm doing good at my mom's... I am going to go for a walk as soon as I am done checking my email. Tomorrow we are going to the fair and lots of walking will be done :)

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Good Afternoon!

Thanks for the B-Day wishes, Diane! It was a pretty good day with a few hours of work, then some time spent working in the back yard. Lots of FB messages & SP goodies. Spent time on skype with the folks and my best friend, then several phone calls.

Ended up making a new recipe with homemade roasted tomatillo garlic salsa & chicken in the crock pot. All in all a good day.

Headed to see my psychologist today and then who knows.

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I read back through march trying to catch up on what is going on with everyone. Looking forward to making the effort to participate more in April's thread.

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Happy Birthday, Carol!

I managed to do the impossible and lost over 2 pounds overnight! I met my goal at a comfortable 216.2 (I wanted to be under 217)! I'm so happy! This is not an April Fool's joke unless the scale was in on it lol.

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Morning all!

I seem to be playing back and forth with the same few pounds, keeping me out of ONEderland. Arrgh! really need to buckle down and get things back on track...no more late night popcorn either.

Off to work today, two jobs between 9am-3pm....should be able to handle.

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4/1/14 12:30 P

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Well, I vacuumed and went for a walk. I am going to try and start walking twice a day to get off some of this weight. I am at 198 today. Pray for me!

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3/31/14 8:19 P

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yeah... I'm in Jax for now. I'm sorry I can't get to see you, but I know all about trying to keep a budget.

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Larissa - hope the job in WV works out - So I guess you are in Jax? I won't have $ to drive up to see you, sorry about that. I am tapped out this month and have to stay home until the 3rd week in April.......... emoticon

Hope all is well with everyone. Yesterday my dog dragged me down to the ground while I was walking her in the yard. Bent my glasses all out of wack but was luckily able to straighten them out. Gesh! I was just getting over the fall last week. All bruised up again today. Trying to behave eating wise. It isn't easy........... as we all know. No walking today - tomorrow for sure.

Edited by: THEFLORIDAFAIRY at: 3/31/2014 (11:42)
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I made it to my mom's safely. 11 hours on the train... Not as bad as last time, when it was 14 hours. A tree fell on the tracks and they had to wait to get someone to cut it up (that was on my 14 hour day). I don't know how long I'm going to be staying... My mom needs to work it out. I just hope that this job in West Virginia is going to happen. They haven't heard from the guy in a couple of days.. just makes me worry.

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Roses - sorry to hear about your MRI. Did the dr call back yet? What are they going to do for it? Surgery? bummer. I had to have disks removed from my neck, artificial ones inserted and then a "cage" up the back of the spinal cord. It took quite a while to recover from. Lots of PT, and I still have pain even though the surgeon said I wouldn't. I couldn't drive for like 6 weeks. But, the end result is that I can move without fear of paralysis. So, I still have pain, but I don't know how much of that is as a result of not doing the right types of activity? I don't know, but at least I won't become paralyzed if I fall down. That was my biggest fear. With my chronic pain and fibromyalgia I was used to the pain I was in at the time............

Anyway good luck to you.

Larissa - guess you are on your way by now. Have a safe and enjoyable trip. Everyone else - how are you all doing?

I got my lab results back the other day at the drs. Everything came back normal! Yeah! I am always afraid by blood sugar will be high. That is my biggest fear. The kids are gone for the weekend, so I am home alone with the dogs............ Yeah! Some real privacy for a change.

I only have $100 for the rest of the month until mid-April (so that means for 3 weeks). Will be reining in all activities for that time period. Lots of time crocheting and genealogy work which won't cost me any more $.
Take care all......... Have a good weekend. emoticon

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3/28/14 2:42 P

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Heard from the MRI. It is a ruptured disc. Waiting for Duke to call with an appointment.

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I was at 216.8 this morning.. I went to a buffet for lunch and tried not to overeat. I've been drinking a lot of water to get all that salt out. it was nice to go on a date with Geo before I leave to see my mom on Saturday. It's going to be an all day trip, but I will try and log on when I get to her house.

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okay - down to 199 today. I am going to eat lots of celery and maybe a grapefruit to diurese some naturally. I have been taking in a lot of salt, maybe that is the problem...........

Off to the regular dr today. Hopefully my bloodwork came back okay.

I am doing really well with the crocheting thing. I am making my girlfriend in Miami matching potholders!

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*hugs Ruthie* I'm sorry about your knees... I just took a nasty fall last week and I'm still dealing with ankle problems. As for the whole West Virginia thing, my mom's husband got a good job there, and now that my mom is trying for disability, she's not tied to Jacksonville. They are basically going to be nomads.

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