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I tried Lamictal twice and both times I got a rash. The second doctor that put me on it (even after I told her I got the rash) insisted that my old psych didn't know what he was doing and put me on it too fast. So she gave me the starter pack and I got the rash again. I hated that psych (the second one). She told me I had to break up with Geo because he is an atheist (I was a Christian at the time... now I'm an atheist LOL) and after that Geo couldn't stand her and wouldn't go into the sessions. I just remember her pressuring me to do so much stuff (you don't need a sleeping pill, drink sleepytime tea!!!!). I switched soon after.

I'm doing okay today.. I woke up early and went to therapy. It went well. We did some activities about communication, assumptions, active listening, and asking questions. It was a bit embarrassing since they were designed for kids and I haven't learned that stuff yet, but it was good. I made a list to remind me and Geo is happy that I'm trying to work on it. I have the problem that when someone is talking to me I don't listen to what they are saying, I'm thinking on how to respond to them. I then went to volunteer but my boss only needed me for an hour, so I went home. I should have gone to the gym, but I pushed myself hard yesterday because I thought I would be volunteering late and not able to go to the gym. So I just stayed home.

I hope you guys don't mind that I kinda use this thread as my blog thread... I don't like to make actual blogs on here. I don't know why. Thanks for letting me talk! *hugs*

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I hope you get the Prozac situation resolved. I remember when I took it I took one pill out of the bottle and I was extremely manic. I was spinning and skipping around the room. Needless to say that one was dcd.

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Here's something for ya to think about. Last week when I got my scripts, the generic brand on my one Prozac was different (I take one 10mg and one 20mg) I've been feeling like crap all week. My brain has been trying to figure out what is so out of whack. My first thought was it was my TOM (and it was my first since having Isis). Well, now that that has passed, I have connected it with the Prozac. The last time I had this brand was when they moved me up to 40mg and I was sick within a week. They switched me back down to the 30mg. Now that the one pill (I can't remember offhand which dosage it is) is back to the same brand that 40mg pill was, I feel like I want to die... not in a suicidal way, but like you feel with a nasty hangover. Keep one foot on the floor so the room stops spinning. I'll have to call the pharmacy tomorrow morning. Tonight I'm only going to take the one that doesn't make me sick.

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I find it interesting how different medications affect individuals. When I took Lamictal I literally lost the surface of my tongue. The inside of my mouth sloughed off. Definitely not the drug for me, but it works well for so many.

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Lamictal has definitely been a lifesaver for me. Nothing kept me stable before that.

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Hi all!
Its been a while, My psych has me off a lot of meds, was doing good until I have a lot of physical health problems going on. Been pretty stable on just 350 of Lamictal, 400 wellbutrin, and 50mg of topapax at nite. went off Lithium in hopes I would lose weight, not happening! Been sippin drinking wine for pain. I also take gabapentin in place of klonipin. She started me on cymbalta for depression and pain but it takes a month for it to work....Been lazy.. was weepy for a while there. I might have to have surgery on my rt. shoulder and I'm rt handed. I'll find out Mon. Been in PT. I feel better today, am able to wash hair and blow dry it!

I hope you all are balanced up.

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While I am on Geodon I also am on both Lithium--which so far has been neutral for me--and Lamictal (lamotrigine) which also has been weight neutral. The stinking Seroquel is most definitely NOT weight neutral, though very helpful for me.

The lamictal I highly encourage, but it is not an atipical antipsychotic. It originally was used for seizures. I can't function without it. Period.

Here is hoping that you find something that works with the smallest amount of side effects.



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I also had a horrible reaction to Geodon and gained weight on the abilify. I have cut the abilify to .25 mg and it has helped. I am extremely sensitive to medications and it takes very little to get a reaction. I am not certain whether I was using it for a mood stabilizer but I remember taking topamax which worked as an appetite suppressant. I have taken a laundry list of meds. Wish I could be of some help. I hope you and your doctor can find a solution that works for you.

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Hi everyone...I'm new here...but not. I just haven't been too active here like I should. I am coming off a rocky month of coming off Abilify and being put on Geodon. I had a horrible reaction to Geodon (I lost 12 lbs in 3 weeks), so I'm being put back on Abilify for at least the next week. I was curious if anyone had found a weight neutral or weight friendly mood stabilizer?

Here's a blog I wrote about it with a link to an article specifically about this. She didn't share what drug she was on, which bummed me out. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I also just spent the wee hours of the morning in the ER on my birthday because of the reactions to Geodon. Otherwise, I actually am in a good mood.

I'm tired of living on the sidelines...I'm ready to get into the race!!!!!

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Glad to hear that your dear Geo has your best interests in mind!

As for my mind, it has been over a week at hypomania and it is turning into full mania so it is time to call the doc. I am waiting to see what they say.

I have gone from being useful to being dangerous. Damn bipolar.
**edit** the just got back to me. Increase geodon by 20mg. Weeha **edit**

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Geo has my moods down like clockwork. He knows when I'm going to be hypomanic, depressed, moody, isolating.. you name it. Right now I'm in "Cult time". For some reason, in the summer I feel more like going back to the cult I was in (International Church of Christ) and the brainwashing comes back. For the past 8 years or so I haven't gone back in the summer, but before that I would go back and start trying to be a part of them again. They throw me out because Geo and I are not officially married (long story) and we live together. Or before they threw me out because I was dating a girl. It didn't matter for a long time how many times they tried to get me to leave, I would go back and back. For the past week or so I've been having nightmares about the cult (the girls making fun of me, stealing my stuff, and embarrassing me, then a couple nights later a nightmare that I went back to them) and then last night I had a dream that a guy who I was in love with in the cult came to me and wanted me to come back to him. At least for now I know to stay away, but it's going to be hard when Geo goes to Oregon and I'm going to be alone. I can stay away, though... My love for Geo will get me through.

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That is truly a gem Audrey!

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I don't know. I guess it's kinda easy with us. It just flows. It's more like, "Oh, look. The kids are occupied at the moment. Let's do this." He's gotten so good at reading me, I think he knows what mood I'm going to be in before I do. I kinda got lucky with him. Sometimes he jokes that I'm his own little psychology project.

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Audrey, my husband and I also have a good marriage but when I am manic I seem to think we need separation or counseling for some reason. So, I picked up this book and realized a lot of things that have actually helped enhance what is already good. The thing we are looking into is the fact that because of my mood swings for so long my hubby has become a little in self-preservation mode since he doesn't know what mood I'll be in from one day to the next. So, he doesn't push the intimacy as much, etc. How do you deal with that? I don't know where to go with that one :-)

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Ha! That sounds like an awesome book! I might need to check that one out, though, we do have a pretty happy marriage right now. Now where was this when we needed marriage counseling and decided it would be a good idea to have a baby to bring us closer together. Thankfully, that crazy idea worked.

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Boundaries: I've gotten a lot better about boundaries lately or it's that I don't feel like dealing with people's BS... don't know but I've been definitely on the path of only including positive people in my life and weeding out those who aren't authentic and who don't truly demonstrate caring for me.

Larissa, how did your shots go? Did you get the Depo like you wanted? How are you doing with

In regards to you and Geo, I hope things start to improve as you are improving upon yourselves. From reading your post, you definitely have the advantage of seeing things in a different light after the fact. I just finished reading this book titled “First, Kill all the Marriage Counselors” by Laura Doyle and it was really helpful. I saw an immediate difference in my marriage within those first 3 days! Giving you hugs as you two figure it out.

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I'm going to be a pincushion this week... today I got my Haldol shot, and if all goes well, then I'm going to get my depo shot tomorrow... so much drama with that... I've been calling for days to get my ride there, to get authorization for the shot, to make sure it's covered by insurance... it's crazy. My appointment is tomorrow around noon, and I have to call and confirm in the morning. Its so frustrating!

As for boundaries, I have a problem with them too. I have a tendency to call a person every day if I get their phone number (take that as a warning!) and I overwhelm people. I don't mean to, it's just that I want to hear someone talking to me (I don't talk much most of the time... if it's a new friendship I talk more, and if it's more mutual. As time goes on I talk less).

Geo and I had a big fight yesterday... I realized that I'm just band-aid-ing the problems we have. We get in a fight, I try and work on the one issue that made him mad this time, and then I do something else and it repeats. I need to work on the core issues- I don't think things through, and I don't listen to him. I don't know how to learn how to think things through... I have just always done what I think is right (even if it's not). An example of that is that we were taking the bus south yesterday. We were on 144th st, and the next stop is 152nd st. Every bus that passed didn't stop at our stop except one. The rest all stopped at 152nd st. So I suggested to Geo that we take that one bus to 152nd st and and catch a bus from there. He just went along with me, not really wanting to do it. Well, the bus turned off the busway at 152nd st and went a bit down another street, so we had to walk back to the busway. Then more buses come, and the one we were supposed to take comes, lets people off, and leaves without letting anyone on. Finally we get on the bus and he is pissed. I didn't remember that the bus we took turned, and he had to walk on his bad feet. The bus we wanted to take never showed up.... until we got off the (other) bus. If I had thought more about it, I would have remembered that that bus didn't stop on the busway and that it turned. But I didn't think things through and he was in more pain because of me. That's the kind of thing we fight over.

Sorry for the long rant... it's just one of those days.

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I have a problem with boundaries. I feel what those around me feel intensely. Sometimes it is difficult to separate my own mood. I have learned that it is necessary to avoid certain individuals or situations because of this. Surrounding myself with as many positive and supportive individuals as I can.

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I think we need to clone mommy. One for Xena, one for Isis, and one to actually get some housework done. We also need my grandfather to stop sanding the lead paint off the house so we could actually go play in the back yard.

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Audrey, my most helpful suggestion is to ask, "What is it that I need right now? What is it that they need right now? How can we make those two needs work together?" In general, kids act out because of an unspoken need not being met. Our role is to help them figure out what it is. We are all doing the best that we can in any given moment and that includes our kids.

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He does help when he's home. I drop him off at work at 3pm and he won't get home till almost 3am. In the mornings they come straight to me for breakfast. I ask them to ask daddy and my youngest will tell me he's in the bathroom despite him being on the couch in the living room. It's very aggravating. And it's not that he wouldn't, just that they won't let him.

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*hugs Audrey* I'm sorry your kids are acting up so much... I sometimes have trouble with keeping authority over kids when I was tutoring a class, or babysitting. I don't know what it is about me, but people think that they can just walk all over me (and a lot of time they can). Can your hubby help? I think that right now they are too much of a burden for you alone and that you could use some back-up. I don't have kids, so this is just mostly rambling, but I hope that you can get it worked out and get some sleep! *hugs*

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Hang in there, Diane! You'll get through it. I can feel it in my bones!

HMATTAX - No worries on the rambling. That tends to be pretty par for the course around here.

So I'm in a difficult spot right now. The kids are being super defiant and just straight up bold. They ripped a shelf off the wall, broke some mementos, and dumped out ALL of their toys. This is on top of them not letting me get any sleep again last night. Not in a good way. As much as I know I need to do something to straighten things out here, I'm forcing myself to just sit here so I don't wind up losing control


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It has been a long time since I was on Spark, but I am back and rolling. This time around I am starting on Nutrisystem for two months to get me back to knowing what real portions are. After that I will be back to complete Spark cooking again. I have too many pounds to lose to go about this half-hearted. Back to lifestyle changes.

I have been hypo-manic for the last week. I have to force myself to eat how I should and I have been walking an hour to two hours a day when I usually would only be around 45 minutes with swimming tossed in there as well. (Okay, swimming has been hard since I live the high desert where I have to take a bath in sunscreen to go to the pool.)

Last night I couldn't sleep without extra meds to make me sleep. The meds left me groggy most of the day, but still mentally bouncing off the walls. I am hoping that tonight I can force myself into sleep without help.

Oh yeah, and I am super talkative...typerative? I need to start a few new short stories to channel this energy.

Anyway, here is a computer hug for those that need it and thanks for putting up with my rambling.



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I feel that since I stepped down as co leader I have been on the computer even less. I'm getting ready emotionally for Geo to be gone for 11 days and it's hard. I'm going to miss him, and my therapist and I are working together to get me through it. My boss says I can come in anytime and spend as much time as I want there (she's so nice to me... I haven't been there in 2 weeks and she hasn't said anything bad about it. It's volunteer, not real work, but I try to stick to a schedule). I don't think I'm stable enough to lead the voter registration thing, but I'm going to try to. I need to make a schedule so I don't get too depressed. My biggest fear is being hospitalized. I'm trying to build a support system with friends... I met a new friend on the bus- We talked one day for a while, then a couple days later I ran into her again and we got off at the same stop and started talking again. She said that sometimes there's a reason that people meet and asked for my phone number. I'm going to call her in a bit, once I'm done with the computer. Maybe that's the good side of the car being broken.

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Great suggestion Audrey!

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I think what you need to do is prioritize. Keep the fluid schedule, but also keep those things in mind so that you do get them done.

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Been doing the fluid schedule thing. Sort of works. It alleviates pressure but I am also finding that it means I'm more into a "feel like mood" instead of a "just do it!" mood. Obviously, leaving it up to "feel like it mood" doesn't seem to be the best option for us bipolar people. I did make myself get out the door on Friday even though I didn't feel like it. It helped. How do you make it fluid but still get your main things done? I've also noticed that being fluid means not much of getting my tasks done so I'm building up on those and am sure I'll become overwhelmed this coming week.

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I can understand the rigid scheduling. I used to make lists of my lists. For now, I just keep a calendar, and satisfy myself that if I stop making lists, and take active steps (even just a small one) things will get accomplished. Additionally, I do many of the things you practice to keep myself as calm as possible. Writing things down, also seems to help.
I hope you level out soon. My doctor watches my cycles and one thing that effects them seems to be the weather.

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As many of you already know I've been dealing with manic and mixed-states for over 2-weeks now. It started to escalate over the weekend and then decreased in intensity for a little bit. We've raised my Risperidone dose as of last night so I am hoping it helps calm things down. I woke up today uber excited even though there wasn't anything I could see to be excited about. My energy is still there so I guess I'm still in that manic phase. I did a lot of self-care yesterday (had writing session with a friend, listened to soothing music all day (Celtic and Native American), read, and watched some comedy), and stayed off of the technology and phone (went on Do Not Disturb mode). It was what I needed but I felt selfish taking the whole day like that to myself. My hubby was pushing me to do it though. I think it helped calm me for being able to get to sleep last night.

One thing my husband discussed with me is my rigidity to a schedule. He says that it is ridiculous and holding me back from many things in regards to my goals. I listened and I know he is right but I was at a loss of how to change it. So, I've tried this new technique. I still have a schedule that lets me know of the event times for things but for things that are fluid (work, gym, solo time, etc.) I have made it so that it still shows on my calendar as a goal but no time element attached to it. I'm trying it today and so far so good. How do you handle the rhythm for yourself?

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Hi everybody,

I really enjoyed that article on hope too. I do not have a hope problem, since I have been fairly stable for the past several years. I sometimes get manic, but I seem to be able to tough those few and far between times out. I am in a manic state right now though and not sleeping very well despite the Trazodone that I take for sleep. My presciber increased my dosage by 25 mgs. I hope that it works or there will be another increase and I hate it when I have to have med adjustments. I am not having any problems with my weight and medications. I am losing, but slowly. I guess that is best, so that I can keep it off once I hit goal weight. We haven't had Warped Tour here yet this year that I know of. My kids usually go to it when it is in town. I haven't heard of that band, but my son and daughter might know of them. I'm glad that you enjoyed your child free day. You deserve to get out of the house as a couple sometimes.

Larissa, I know the Grant's Pass area well. I lived up on the Applegate outside of Medford and just down the road from Grant's Pass. I also worked in Grant's Pass for a mortgage company there. I love that area. It is rural without being too rural. I love to go past the Lama Farms out in the country. The roads are just beautiful up there. I hope that Geo enjoys himself and has a great time.



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My whole body is sore right now, but we went to the Warped Tour yesterday so I was on my feet pretty much all day. At least it was some relaxing child free time... though my ears are still ringing.Have you ever heard of a band called Tonight Alive? My God is her voice loud.

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Hi all!

I'm sitting here, kind of groggy, hip and shoulder sore, need to do my stretches. I will, gonna take 2 advils now. I take b-complex 2x a day, its helps with bi-polar moods, a long with magnesium, it calms the muscles, and Tumeric for inflammation, I take more then what it says on the bottles cause i find that we need more meds than other people.

Have been eating okay, just I think my portions at supper need to be a little smaller and more variety. I'm happy PT has my doing exercises I can do.

Our minds play games with us. My mind goes all the time, but I'm not on Benzos anymore, just Klonipin at nite. I was off them till I started hurting.

Nuff said...I hope you all have a nice day! Cherie

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You have summed it up in a nutshell for me. Different meds, but same patterns. emoticon

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Teresa and Cherie, so glad the Hope post and article were helpful to you. I found it pertinent to me at that moment as well. In regards to weight and medications I've been struggling with that for a LONG time now. I go in and out of exercise due to energy levels and motivation but the exercise is getting a little bit better and I am more motivated to do it. I don't eat as many sweets as I used to do and my appetite has decreased since taking this Risperidone but I haven't seen any significant changes in weight loss even though I am more active than I was ever before. It is frustrating. I am at least thankful that I am no longer gaining but it is disheartening to work this hard and not see any real change.

I have done research and it is par for the course... I guess another challenge with bipolar disorder. I used to wonder if taking the medications with all the side effects was truly worth it. I no longer wonder that since I see a definite difference when I take them. Still wish there was a more holistic approach. I know there is for depression but not for manic.

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Cherie,
I am definitely having difficulty with weight and medications also. I have high inflammation markers, and have been struggling with swelling and retention of fluids. My dr. suggested yoga for me, and so far I have been sticking to the basics. Not high calorie burner, but it is helping me in other ways.
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Hi all!

Anyone having problems with weight and meds? I'm having a hard time losing, and working out. I
'm eating okay, but have had physical problems.
My chiro seems too think, that because some of the inflammation I have going on that is getting worst is being caused by some of the meds I was being weaned off of. Mentally I'm more stable.I don't get the highs to much, but right now I'm not getting low either. Just starting to get upset at all the pain I have on the rt side and my lower back. I'm also in PT. So I'm helping myself naturally.

I too am fortunate that I never lost hope either. The worst time was when I was drinking to much and faced it, that was hard, I cred and cried.

Well, enuff said. I hope everyone has a nice day!

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I have just read the article on hope. emoticon for sending a timely reminder. For me, throughout my life it has always been things will be better "someday". I had no idea there was a chronic problem which had methods to improve how I felt. It was just the way life was. I am fortunate in the fact that I have never really lost hope. Now that I have had various treatments along with the crisis of living with bipolar disorder I realize I have made it through before and will this time, and the next. I embrace the fact that no matter how bad things get they do not last forever.

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DEBTEVELDAHL my only plans for today are going hiking and taking my daughter to Walmart for new sports bra's. Today is my implementation of having one day a week where I have no tasks scheduled to be done. So, I'm excited about trying it out. Tomorrow is gym day and get the house cleaned. Last night was hubby's first day of doing the finances. He did it well but he felt exhausted afterwards I think. It was a relief off of me.

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Deb, he is going to the Grant's Pass area. I have an aunt that lives in a tiny town near there .(O'Brien) and I've been in that area before. I love going to the redwoods... so peaceful.

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Larissa, I hope that Geo really has a great time when he comes to visit our great state of Oregon!! What part of Oregon is he going to visit? I live in the Portland, Or/Vancouver, Wa, part of the State where the Columbia and Willamette rivers are located. I have lived in the southern part of the state too towards the California border. The state has much to offer. I hope that he gets to see some of the sights and that he gets to the Portland area. We are a little bit unique here in Portland. I don't know if you've seen Portlandia on TV, but there is weirdness here and mostly we are proud of it. I think that Portlandia is on cable, but I don't know the station that it airs on. There is plenty of fun to have here no matter what part of the state you go to and it is almost all beautiful and green - except the high desert. At any rate, you will have to write about his trip. I'm sure that he will enjoy himself.

The weekend is almost here. Do any of you have special plans, now that the 4th is over with? My daughter works Saturday, so if we do anything it will be on Sunday this weekend. We might go to the zoo if it doesn't rain. We like the zoo. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend !! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Geo is going to Oregon next month and he's excited. I don't know what I am going to do with myself. Over a week alone. We didn't have the money for both of us to go and he's going to visit an old friend, so I would be a third wheel. I wanted my mom to come down to visit me, but she can't take the train or drive, and flying is too expensive. I have a feeling I'm going to be spending a lot of time at work just so I'm not alone. I really hope he has a good time.

Oh, and he bought me a Kindle Amazon Fire tablet!!!!!!! No reason, just out of nowhere yesterday he brought a box that had just been delivered and I knew he was getting a tablet, then he pulls out another one! He is awesome!

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Warped tour is definitely worth the day in the sun. Last time I went, it hailed. 90 degrees and hail, lol. I'm just not sure if going to the park the day before is worth it. I mean, after all, we can go anytime.

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Hi everybody,

We aren't going anywhere this summer either. At least not some place far away anyway. We may go on some day trips to the Coast or up the Columbia River Gorge for some hiking. I don't know if Jeni has a short trip or two planned for later this summer. Regardless, I am not planning on any extensive traveling this summer. So, toddler travel is moot for me this year. Besides, we are rapidly losing toddlers in my family. I have a 7 year old grandson, a 5 year old grandson and the only toddler left, an 18 month old grandson. As far as I know the only trips that Sam, my son, has planned are also those to the beach, but they stay at their in law's beach house, so the trips are short and sweet. The only family membership we have is the one to the Zoo. We will be going there several times this summer though. About the only things that I am truly looking forward to this summer is the farmer's markets and getting an air conditioner installed in the living room window soon.

Audreye, don't you feel that Warped Tour is worth the stand in the sun? My kids go every year too and they just revel in it. Jeni has a straw hat that she wears so that she won't get too much sun on her head and face. We've just finished going to the Blues Festival here in Portland over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. That was fun, as it is every year here in town. It is the Portland Food Bank's main fundraiser for the food bank here and the main one in Vacouver, Wa, as well. This year is the first year that they charged for an entrance fee. Usually you can gain entrance to the Festival with the donation of two food items at the gate per person, but they haven't raised as much the last couple of years as they have in the past, so they have charged an entrance fee too this year. It was a blast as usual though.

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Sarah,

I have to say that traveling with toddlers isn't as difficult as it may seem. It does take a little extra planning, but mostly because you're going to have less hands than usual. Otherwise, it's pretty much life as usual. Condense your luggage as much as possible. Pick up some of those dreaded baby leashes to prevent runaways.

That said, no real traveling for us this summer, but we have season passes to an amusement park, so there will be lots of trips there. We've already been 4 times. It's been a couple weeks now, but hubby wants to go again on Sunday. I both want to and don't want to at the same time. The library is having an exotic animal presentation and I'd like to go to that. And Monday we're going to the Warped Tour and I don't particularly like the idea of being out in the sun all day 2 days in a row.

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I had a good 4th of July. We went to our local parade (I live in a very small cute town) and then to a carnival a few towns over with my kids (ages 3 and 4) and then went to my Moms for burgers and small fireworks (sparklers and the like). By the end of the day the boys were hot, tired, over stimulated, and hysterical... but it was still fun over all.

Anyone doing any fun traveling this summer? We are taking a long road trip to my husband's family reunion in Virginia... I'm more than a little nervous about traveling with two toddlers!!!

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JustPeachy I see on your weight ticker that you are close to Onderland! I hope next time I see it that you are there! You can do it!

I had a good 4th of July... Today (July 5th) is my little brother in law's birthday, so yesterday we had a party for him. Mostly him playing video games with Geo and in their own world. He is now 14, so that's what he wanted to do. I played with my little sister in law, Grace, who is 6. Our car isn't working, so hopefully today Geo's family will lend us their car so we can grocery shop. His family is really nice. It's hard for me sometimes being far from my family, so it's nice that his family accepts me for the most part.

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Nothing much was planned over here. I had a hike scheduled for Saturday but felt it more important to be home to have some self-reflection, work on my marriage, and be with my daughter. I'm glad I did. The self-reflection helped me realize how much stronger I am mentally than I think I am. The marriage issues were resolved where we both understand each other and I feel so blessed that he allowed that. Of course, spending time with my daughter is always a gift because I only have a finite number of years left before she leaves this nest. So I try to soak it up.

For today, we are all going to a park with trails that I really like. My hubby will mountain bike the trail; my daughter and I will walk it and then just relax afterwards while we wait for him. Nothing planned the rest of they day except to get some work in along with some pleasurable for myself other than the walk.

Monday hubby is off but we haven't set any plans. Maybe we'll all go on a walk or just chill. I'm leaving it up to them to decide. Trying to get used to not always having a plan for the days when hubby is off. It's hard to do that because I know I function better with plans (I understand most bipolar do) but my hubby needs flexibility. So compromise is in order for us. At least he understands my need for the structure and doesn't criticize or make fun of me for it like my family did/does.

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This Portland fireworks sound amazing. We have some decent ones in some neighboring towns around here, but I would love to be able to see what some of our major cities can put on.

We went to a bbq at a friend's house yesterday, and have another planned with neighbors tonight. I love getting to hang out with these 2 groups of people in particular because they never push me to drink. It's nice to know there are people willing (and wanting) to spend time with us without it. I'm truly blessed to have such great people in my life.

This morning we'll be heading to my mom's to build her a new walkway. It feels good to be able to help her. Usually she just barrels through and does what she needs to on her own, but this time I convinced her that she would be better off letting my husband and I do all the physically demanding stuff. She's done so much for my siblings and I over the years, she deserves so much more from us all than she allows to do.

Monday night we'll be taking the kids to watch fireworks.

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I'm sorry that your experience was so tainted. The fireworks from both sides of the river are great! Jeni is lucky. She has a friend who owns a houseboat right on the Columbia and they will watch them with them. It should be great seats for the festivity.

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I was at Portland's fireworks when I was 10. They were wonderful. What was not wonderful was the 6 ft guy that kept blocking me when I was trying to watch.

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Hi all,

I don't have huge plans that call for travel anywhere. We are spending a quiet weekend at home. My daughter is off Sunday and Monday, so we will bbq on Monday and she and her boyfriend will take my grandson, Micah, with them to go watch fireworks at the Port downtown. You can see Portland's and Vancouver's city fireworks from the river. I'm sure that they will have a great time. I am spending the evening at home and will watch the neighborhood fireworks. We are forbidden to have anything at our apartment complex - not even sparklers. So, since I am upstairs I can watch the neighborhood fireworks from my own living room window. I hope that you all have a safe and happy 4th of July!!! Take care and God bless, Deb

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Here we are in July. What do you have going on?

Plans this weekend for me... tomorrow evening we're heading out to visit my Uncle Shane (and aunt Denise). Shane's feeling like the world is against him and needs a pick me up. Sunday evening we're doing our own fireworks show at my father-in-law's. And Monday will be spent BBQing and at the park for the fireworks.

Audrey
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My 5% goal

Current Weight 219
Target Weight 208
By When: March 3, 2018


Winter 5% Challenge Plan
MINIMUM 10 active minutes daily
Full Body strength training 3x a week
Only eat when hungry.
Drink that water!!!

EL for Winter 2018 5% Challenge Weight Warriors

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