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Oh! Fathin, I'm soooo sorry I've left you so alone here!! Things get soooo busy and I forget to come by here! I see you on facebook, which is nice but this is good too! I have been working on my weight and I've been following the Hormone Diet, basically it is a low-glycemic/mediterranian type diet and I love it and I've lost 9.5lbs!! and going strong! Sorry to hear about your cat... so sad! Take care!




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7/31/15 12:47 P

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I'm so tired of being myself; no one is ready yo accept my quirkiness, my overflow attitude. I guess I'm too much to handle.

How's everyone?

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So sorry Fathin.

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Thanks, Jess. Sadly, she passed away around midnight and Dad buried her at our front yard. My dad confessed that he had accidentally hit her with his car (didn't know when but I didn't want to press for more details) so maybe there was injury inside her that caused her unknown illness. Her death is probably the best thing for her but I'm still so sad. No more listening to her kitten voice (even though she's nearly 2 years), no more snuggling with her (even though she's more bony than meaty).

Now I have only one cat and I feel awful because he doesn't have any companion anymore. Maybe I should get him a girlfriend, haha.

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7/2/15 11:03 A

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Fathin, I hope the kitty will be okay. Good luck!

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I think one of my cats will die tonight. She had diarrhea seemingly non-stop and at my area, we don't have emergency nor 24 hrs vet. I can only hope she still survive this long night until we can bring her to the vet open in another 11 hrs. If she can't make, it will only her brother in same litter left after many generations of cats.

Maybe I'm not s good human for my cats.

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This fitbit gadget sounds interesting. I wonder if it's available in Malaysia or I have to get international shipping. I like the features checking sleep and the heart beat monitor.

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Jess! I have a fitbit One and I love it! I clip it to my bra all day and I wear a wrist band with it at night. I love doing the challenges to keep me motivated yet I can forget I even have it on. It tells me how well I'm sleeping (or not) so I can try to plan a better night... I prefer the One over the others because I don't like to wear anything on my wrist during the day. But I would consider the one that measures heart rate...but don't know if I would want to change. If you get one, let me know and you can be a fitbit friend!!

Fathin, good that you had time and space...I hope you have fallen in love with yourself! It's so much easier to love life and those around you, if you love yourself first.

Busy busy time for me...I've got a lot to do before I go to work! Have a great day everyone!!



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Jess, how about you try google the device, should have reviews. That's what I always do when I'm still deciding whether to buy a new product or not.

I'm caught up with so many things, I forgot when was the last time I was here, haha. I just had my vacation (more like a travel assistant to my mom most of the time LOL). Almost fortnight away from home and work gave me lots of time and space to think about my relationship to my family, especially with my dad. My work status, especially about my supervisor and team lead. And about myself, how exactly I look at myself and how do I make myself fall in love to life.


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Everything is so quiet here. I'm sorry I have been away so long! I took a new job that has me very busy. Hopefully you are all well and good. Just wanted to say hi to everyone. I'm thinking of getting a fitb it since I lost my spark activity tracker. Does anyone know how well they work?

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I agree, you need to do what is best for you. Stay social, be active, find happiness and maybe that special someone...and reading is exercise for the mind. Have a peaceful day.



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Thanks, Cherie :) I wish I can do this talk with my family but I tried that last time and mostly, they scoff and thought I did too slow to improve myself. When I asked my mom to come along to see our GP doctor (this was before I had a therapist), she didn't want to go because she thought I said bad things about her so she was embarrased to see the doctor. My dad seemed to be supporting but lately, even he has no more patience for me. And my big bro, I think he's the extremist; he wanted me to completely change myself, no more reading my romance books because God forbid, I'll start imagine stuff, unfriend one friend (he said one name but luckily not the confidante friend) coz my my friend gave bad influence. I hate that they don't trust me to make my own decisions but when I leave them to decide for me coz apparently I can't be trusted, they said I need to decide because I'm
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I like joining the group workout and hang out afterward for meal because I desperately need social contact who not going to judge me nor keep asking when I will get married. I swear, if a get a dollar for one question related to my marriage, I'll be a billionaire LOL And the workout help loosen my stress and make me feel better. BUT my dad always become angry whenever I join a social group even though there's no sex, drug or alcohol involve. My workout group are mostly non-Muslim but they respect my need to take pause for my prayer and they even find halal restaurants for our hang out so that I can join them. And the guys don't treat me bad or touch me inappropriately. My mom starts to understand that this workout group is fine as I gave her tidbits info day after day so that she can accept.

But my dad, who is more conservative, who I think prefer women stay at home, probably getting fatter and lacking endurance, seemed hard to breach. My dad grew up in a family where the women cooks and do housework activities and as far as I can tell, serve their family. But so far, I've seen these women became obese, hard to travel, get genetic sickness and their only concerns are get their family feed and get their children married. I don't think I'm fit into that category and I really, really need to do some activities to calm myself.

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Fathin, my heart goes out to you! You sound like you are feeling very alone yet not even comfortable with yourself. Guess what...everyone is weird!!! We are all unique in some way that may seem weird to someone else! We are all a bit different! I love to sing loud in the car! I have to say you do sound very lovable! I am glad you have one good friend you can confide in. Getting out and staying active will get your happy hormones working, endorphins! That can help depression. Be kind to yourself. You have been created for a purpose, sometimes it takes a while to find that but be patient and it will all come together. Find the rose in your day but understand there will always be some thorns to go with them. It is the balance that is necessary in life. Oh boy, I sound so wise and full of metaphors!! I hope you find some happiness each day.



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this week, my body is on fire! first, running on Tuesday then Frisbee on Wednesday (sprinting a lot), Friday and today were Frisbee drills which is more intense compare to Wednesday. I did scalp treatment on Friday and was advised not to do anything sweaty but I thought, the h*ll with it, I want to release my stress with throwing or I would explode.

Sorry about the language, haha.

I had another breakdown episode yesterday. I had to ask my supervisor to get out for a while as I couldn't stop crying, I just wanted to do something harmful to myself. I'm not sure how to explain to my supervisor that I've been facing with medium level of depression (cross between mild and severe).

Usually I texted to a friend and by talking to him, I could release some of my issues. I don't know how much longer my friend can last with me but I still appreciate that I have one friend I can count on.

My therapist said I need to build up my self-esteem but man, that's so hard. What I really need yesterday was someone who really likes me no matter how weird I am to give me tightest, warmest hug. My family is never big with hugs so I miss that always.

I always thought people are just fake; they just treat me so nice; they just want to hear my jokes; but I can't trust people anymore, being around people are making hate myself.

I hate that guys are so nice and friendly towards me but no one ever like me. I hate that in a group of guys and girls, my height and size are more to the guys as girls here are usually shorter and/or tinier. I hate that I've found no more joys in things that I enjoy like reading my fictions or play with my cats or singing loud in my car. I hate that I'm weird. Most of all, I hate that I have nothing loveable about me.

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My boys did archery for a while when we first moved here 10 years ago but it was so far out of town and our work schedules made it very hard to get them there every week. So they changes to other types of sports instead. I never tried it myself. When I said, explore this, I just mean to keep your eyes open to the possibilities and I think you are doing just that.

I've been painting my deck today and my back is very sore. I think I will just go to bed and rest it and read on my kobo. Ben is gone on his school band trip to New York!! OMG I'm sooo freaking out! I have imagined such silly things and although I can text with him, he doesn't seem to be answering very much! I guess I should stop being a helicopter parent and let him be... I guess he'll survive, even if he forgets to take his ADD medicine and all the other things that I remind him to do everyday...I think I'll be glad when he's home...my goodness! What am I saying!!! I should be jumping for joy!!! lol (just keep breathing!!)

Jess, I'm glad things are going well for you and your hubby.

Have a great long weekend!



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tried archery yesterday. my left side of body is so sore, i hope I didn't actually torn anything. the pain at my left upper arm is similar sensation like when I had my shin splints last time.

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Jess,that is a good news for both you and hubby and hopefully you don't have to go to surgery.

I think I've said this earlier but as I have move on from one guy who seems not interested in me, I think my eyes and mind are opened again for other guys. This time it was the guy who accompany me buying new shoes for Frisbee games. I was instantly attracted to him, at least by his physical look; I always like far east asian look (chinese,korean,japanese) and he's quite tall and big, making me feel nicely small and not a giant (usually with those lean or slim guys, i always feel so chubby LOL) But he's very popular and probably lots of girls like him and he probably already interested in another girl. But I have so many regrets in my life of not doing things so this time, I don't want to waste my time pinning at a guy. I've been playing this ideas of either straight forward confess to him and ask him to not give me any response but just listen. Or I can try more subtle way of giving hints to him that I like him and see if he might show more signs that he like me back and then I can confess. I think I'm more of a pursuer than getting pursued but in more hidden way.

And this is the first guy makes me start to want to have my own kids, my therapist said it's chemistry reaction, i guess reaction to procreate, hehe. I like how he's around kids which probably bring that procreate feeling :D

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5/9/15 1:20 A

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Fathin- I hope you get to spend more time with your male friends. I'm glad you're having fun!

Cheri- I always do better tracking my food. I struggle with that though because it can be time consuming. Good luck!

Mich- I hope everything's going better for your mom and you. Sending prayers.

Husband is home and recovering. My therapy is doing well so I may be able to avoid surgery😊
We've been really busy with doctors appointments this week and the next. Hope everyone has a great mothers day. We are having my mom over for BBQ! Happy weekend!

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my mom once saw him last year and she said he seemed like good guy. But the first time I saw him when he wore sleeveless shirt, looking so huge compare to my petite frame and I could see his tribal tattoos, I thought this is a good model as bad boy to shock my mom LOL

so, what did you mean by "explore this"?

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As I said, let things happen as it is intended. Maybe this is opportunity knocking!!! Fathin, maybe you should explore this and see where it will take you! emoticon



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i'm moving on from the guy in my department as after couple of times failed attempts asking him out. i think he's just been friendly to me but not interested in me. However, when another guy offered to accompany me to buy new sport shoes for Frisbee, I smelled sweet trouble. I did like him, at least physical attracted when I first saw him when I joined Frisbee. Then I just push away that feeling because I think he was out of my league.

Then he helped me with buying shoes (I don't like buying shoes because hard to find what can fit) and the whole experience was more fun with his guide. I even did little running - I was wearing flowy long skirt at that time LOL - to try my shoes in the shop. And being alone with him shown him in different light compare to being with in a group.

Is this a rebound liking someone? Why do I keep like someone nice to me, haha. Though he called me naughty few times and teased me LOL I think guys like to tease me because my reactions - either I tease them back or something with my expressions, haha

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Exercise gets the happy feelings growing! Endorphins! Seratonin! Keep moving! lol Let the rest happen as it is intended. No pressure.



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Two people referred to Edward. oh no no no, this means I'm really in trouble. Reading about this is ok but experience something similar, I'm not sure my heart and mind can survive. Though it's really feel good when in middle of last game, he spoke to me few times and those few times,he changed my mood from sporty to oh la la LOL

I think I'm getting bigger and taller whenever I start active in workouts and appetite get better. Not that I feel fat but maybe people around me getting shorter and smaller, haha. I still have some depression moments and the need to disappear but being active plus liking someone lift up my spirit :D

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Fathin, I agree with Mich about how it is like the feelings between Edward and Bella!

I have been tracking my food and I think it may be the best thing to help me get my eating and weight under control. I workout regularly but maybe I need to switch it up a bit.



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Mich, hang on there! I don't know how you feel now but I know that supporting our parents are most rewarding as long as not related to anything bad :)

I woke up to the sound of heavy rain. If this continues till afternoon, I have to hold my plan to watch The Avengers; I'm not going to drive in this weather just for some movie even if I really,really want to watch it, hehe.

3 days since last I saw the guy. I think I'm almost back to normal, maybe seeing and hearing him daily didn't help curing the heart problem LOL Right now, thinking of him only gives me mild pain and smiles :)

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Hi Ladies - sitting by the window having a healthy breakfast and coffee before I start my day. I saw the new Avengers movie last night. Really liked it.

Mom is at a skilled nursing facility and has been seen Wednesday. She doesn't seem to be doing as well as I had hoped. I will be spending part of my day there. I think in the last 8 weeks she has spent about 6 in a facility and my life has just been crazy.

I'm almost over the cold/flu - whatever I had. My daughter is home today and will be helping catch up around the house. Flying to Austin for work on Monday.

Fathin enjoy the heart felt feelings - reminds me of Edward's voice in Twilight! Cherie I would not enjoy the snow this time of year!

You ladies take care and have a very blessed day!



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This guy is driving me crazy! First, hearing his voice made my chest hurts. When he actually speaks to me, I feel like my heart stops a beat or two. Then when he says something nice or sweet, my heart melts and reform. To sum it, whenever I hear him speaks, it's so hard to concentrate with anything else so I always end up cranking the volume in my headset to Adam Levine's voice to drown HIS voice.

And that just from his voice only.

I think I will have to ask him to reject me soon. Yes, I'll cry because of the rejection but at least, I will heal soon from whatever this madness just from his voice only and he also has other attributes to drive me nuts.

The question is how to ask him to reject me politely and calmly and without telling him that his voice alone makes me hard to focus on work, problem with falling asleep and ridiculously happy when I see him looking at me.

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LOL I shoveled snow on Saturday and today I turned on the air conditioner!! Our weather is very unpredictable and "moody"

Good job doing the running, Fathin! I did a couch to 5K running program a few years ago but came to the conclusion that I really don't like running/jogging! lol I will do a lot of Leslie Sansone walking DVD's though! I know it will take me longer to ge in the same amount of steps but that's ok with me.





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Cherie, wow, it's nearly May and you still have snow! We went for holiday at a snow-covered country and mom tried shovelling snow, hehe.

Yesterday, I did running workout. Funny thing, some friends recognized me but I was too deep in Maroon 5 songs that I didn't notice them nor hear them calling my names LOL It was when I heading back to my car that I saw them waving at me wildly, hehe. They are more softer core runners (that what they said) compare to my colleague who organizes hardcore running (again,that what they said, hehe) so I think I may have new running group :D

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Going slow is always a good thing...take lots of time.



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Sadly, he has seen the movie so I'm out of excuse to get him hang out with me, haha. Maybe I can try archery but I might accidentally hit him LOL Anyhow, I think things goes too fast, I think fall into him too fast so I need to back off. And maybe because he's my colleague, it's probably a false feeling because seeing him 5 days a week plus in our Fresbie session.

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Well! It looks like everyone has soooo much going on!!! Just breathe! It'll all work out!

I will mix up my workouts...and it's the eating that gets me! Snacking in the evening...baaaad!!! We had a dump of snow over the weekend! Ya, I know...it IS supposed to be spring but that is how it goes around here...you just never know. So, I shoveled snow on Saturday. That was quite the workout. It was sooo heavy and slushy....yuck. Today I think I'll do a hip hop abs workout before I get ready for work.

Michelene, how are you...and your mom? Sending good vibes for you to all get better!!

Jess, hope your hubby feels better quick.

Fathin, I think it would be good for you to get to know him better. I think you should invite him to the movie!!

Val, wow, you ARE busy! Hope things go smoothly for hubby now. Sending good thoughts your way!

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope y'all have a good week!



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Hi ladies,

I have been trying to stop by for a while now. Things have been so busy that every time I think I have a minute, there's 10 different things that need to be done, or I will literally just fall asleep! I am not much of a nap person and twice last week I ended up napping with the munchkin at nap time! Lol.

Surgery went well. 10 hours! The first week and a half doctors were amazed at Alan's progress and recovery. Then we started hitting small little hiccups. Nothing major, but just enough to where we weren't able to go home. We ended up being in the hospital 18 days! Wh have been home now just a little over a week now. Alan is doing well, and getting around pretty good (had to take bone from his leg to rebuild his part of his jaw bone). We go May 6 for post op follow up appointment. Hopefully then he'll be able to get rid of the feeding tube!

It's almost time for him to eat again, so I will read through the chat thread and try to catch up with you all soon. Thank you all for the support and prayers.Have a great day ladies.

Jess-sending prayers that your hubby will soon be feeling better and back home.

Mich-still praying for you mom

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Fathin- I think asking him about the cinema is a good thing. Good luck!

Cheri- maybe mix things up a bit to break the plateau? I feel for you. Just don't give up.

Mich- hopefully your mom is doing better and you are feeling better soon.

My husband has been in the hospital since Friday night. He has RSV that caused acute bronchitis which then exacerbated his asthma so badly that his inhalers were no longer working. So far he is in good spirits but he won't be home for at least a couple of days. Now I seem to be getting sick right when I have extra to do with him being gone. Hoping I don't get any worse. Still no sodas!!!!! PT for my health issues tomorrow.
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Jess, I don't really know about hysterectomy but if that's the best option, I hope everything goes well for you :D

Mich, I wish your mom feels much better. Her condition kinda reminds me of my grandma's couple months ago.

Cherie, I think it's the beginning stage where everything feels like crawling up (my weight for this week turn to be higher than last week even though I'm getting more active!). Other than body weight and fat %, have you noticed if your clothes getting looser or tighter? I much prefer clothes measurements to see if my body is getting slimmer :D

I feel like an awkward teenage girl again, uhuh. I'm in my early 30s and yet, people keep guessing my age at early 20s (it's a blessing and curse together LOL), apparently my dad commented that it's my immature behaviour. Then it's the guy who I have crush on and right now, I think I started to feel more than a simple crush and starting to fall harder. The feeling makes me feel like a school girl having her first time liking a guy and it's about 5, 6 years since I feel like this. And this guy seems to appears around more and whatever he's doing is making it's harder for me not to like him more. Like he wait for me to get out from my car even though I was having problem changing my footwear (I use slippers when I drive so I have to change my shoes). Or when he pointed out pretty small flowers and he said those looks so nice (he even bend down to touch the flowers!). Or just simply hearing his deep voice make my resolve (to not like him too much) gets weaker. I just recently registered as a member to a local cinema and I got two free tickets. I have this crazy idea to ask him out, not as date, but to get him out from our common environment (work place and the game field), so that I can get know him better and to check whether I like him because he's always around.

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Fathin, good stretching will help with the shin splints. and the 2nd day after big workouts will hurt the most, then it will subside. Keep working out! and keep stretching!!

Jess, I have also had a hysterectomy and although they tried a uterine ablation first, it was unsuccessful. The hysterectomy has been the best thing for me, too.

Mich, so does that mean you don't get to sleep at home yet? No wonder you are getting run down and coming down with a cold. Take care of yourself, too!

I've just been holding my own. Why is it that I seem to be active and getting my steps in and the scale just keeps climbing and my body fat % is also going up!!! Help!!! How do I get this fixed??!!



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Fathin - shin splints do hurt! You need to make sure and do stretches before and after you run to try and prevent those. Good job working out.

Jess - hope you feel better. Hysterectomy was the best thing ever for me. So grateful I don't have to deal with that anymore.

Mom is still in the hospital. We have to get her off of TPN in order to transfer her to a skilled facility for 2-3 weeks of rehab. She isn't eating enough and that is an issue.

I got in more than my goal of steps this month, and just registered for May and set my goal at 85 miles.



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Fathin- Great job on the running!

Cheri- way to do those classes!

Mich- I think I'm getting a cold too. Son and husband have it. Glad your mom is recovering.

I need to be more active. Still doing therapy until beginning of June. Missed this week because of heavy time of month. If I do need surgery I will ask about a hysterectomy as well. Very busy week with extra work shifts and sons activities. Still no sodas!!!!

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Yesterday, I didn't run too much in a Frisbee game. My legs still felt so sore from Monday's run, I think also have cramp sensation like when you have period (though, I don't have mine yet, hehe). When I touch the front part of my calves, the bony feeling area, it hurt, uhuh. I asked the guy who's my unofficial running coach and he said I might have shin splint (well, sometimes sounds like that, I've never heard the term before). He and another guy told me to do calves stretches, that will help lessen the aches. They also adviced to not stop completely my training but do slower pace, less intensity.

So, today, let's try again!

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Hi Ladies:

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. My mom is recovering but it's a slow go. She is supposed to be discharged maybe on Monday and go to either a rehab facility or a skilled nursing facility depending on her capability.

It's been a stressful and frustrating few days with my brother here from out of town. He was really no help at all.

I woke up this morning wondering if I was catching a cold. Hopefully it's just sinus stuff and will clear up later today. I have tomorrow and Friday off from work and will be getting new glasses and a new drivers license and going at a slower pace. Maybe that will help my body catch up. Things should be easier once mom is transferred. I end up sleeping on the couch in her room at the hospital and I can't do that at the new place. It gives me the freedom to sleep at home.

Hope you ladies are well and I'll try and catch up on reading the thread here while I'm at the hospital this weekend.



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Mich, how are your mom and yourself? I hope everything goes well :)

Jess, how's your surgery - do you able to avoid it via the therapy session?

Cherie, I think same with me - during my run yesterday, I also woke up some sleeping muscles LOL

Whole body, especially my legs, ache today. So, I switched to flat footwear instead of high heels, hehe. And to reward myself for my return to running yesterday, I chose to wear one-size-down jeans today - mix with few weeks of Ultimate Frisbee, I think my legs are slimmer :D

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Fathin, sounds like you are doing great!! Don't stop!!

Mich, how is your mom doing?

Jess, keep at it! Good job, turning down the soda.

Can't believe it has been a week since I was here!! Time flies and I'm not sure what I was doing but it was my busy week at work so now I hope to get a small break although they are already looking for someone to work this evening... sigh... I have company this week! My sister in law (from my first marriage) is in town for a course so is staying with us. Should be an interesting week and she is quite a character...I'm going to a zumba class tonight and I still hurt from the Ultimate Fitness class I went to last Thursday...wow that was brutal... I sure woke up a few sleeping muscles!! lol

Well, let's make this a great week!! WooHoo!!




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Did 45-min, 3.9 km walk/run today, after work. A colleague planned to have a running session but I asked him first if I should join as I'm still a slow runner. Apparently, people who would join his session were known fast, strong runner *gasp. So, he suggested I did my own plan and he showed me how to do good running form - with diagrams he Googled and with his fingers movement. I did same distance previously but with less intensity so what I did today, I push myself even more, I got more sweatier, my thighs burn more! I also learned that: I need to do either longer warm up or more proper warm up; better running form (I think I over stride); shorter distance/time when I do running.

Next running session, I will try again applying things I have learned today :D

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Did 10-min jump rope and it also my first time plug in earphones while jumping. The earphones didn't fall out while I was bouncing up and down but my MP3 player kept falling. I tried to keep in my sport bra but it slipped down and couple of time, unplug from the earphones LOL
Lesson learned: next time wear either something to strap the device securely or wear pants with pockets, hehe.

Lots of laundry to do today so it became my excuse why I was too tired to start cleanup my junks in my bedroom. Honestly, I don't want to part with anything so it's hard to decide which to throw or keep, haha.

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Tomorrow, Sunday, I definitely need to start throwing junks from my bedroom. The problem is, when I start cleanup and found a book, I always end up reading then just lost my motivation. So, this time, I need to quickly remove any books in my bedroom so that I can focus!

Today, I attended a wedding. I would much prefer to join our Frisbee session but duty call: I need to accompany my mom to the wedding and I end up eating so much food LOL There were two more events to go but happily, I was so tired from sleepless last night so I took a nap and my mom saw me and decided not to go for the second event and for third event, we fetch dad from airport so couldn't go.

I know I need to socialize more with relatives and neighbours but I hate it when 99.99% questions in events especially in weddings, they will ask, "when are you going to get married?"

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Mich-I hope that your mom is coming through here surgery well. Sending hugs and prayers to keep you all going.

Fathin- your outdoor activities sound fun! New crushes are fun too!

Cheri- we've been trying to get a lot done around here too both indoors and outdoors but lots of rain.

Val- been seeing you update on Facebook, hope all is doing well with your husband.

Had my first therapy session this week to see if surgery can be at least delayed. All I can say is awkward and just leave it at that. Have some home exercises to do but they are things I have always done so we will see how things go. My son did great at his first track meet this week! My accomplishment was continuing to turn down sodas even when I went out with grandma to lunch and later at her home when she kept offering them! My next goal is to get me and husband exercising and walking consistently. We've been more active but not consistently walking.

Hope you are all well, staying strong and generally happy!

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Your poor mom, I hope the medical team could finally help her return to better health. I'll include her in my prayers, I pray that she will get the best option for her life.

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Hi Ladies - sorry to be off for awhile. My mom was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning after a very bad Monday night. I posted a short blog entry today.

She had a scope today and they helped her with pain reduction but basically she has to have a risky surgery on Friday. My options today were schedule the surgery knowing the risks, or make an end of life plan. Those aren't options you want to hear the doctor talk about.

Basically she has had a very bad hernia for decades that was never fixed. A large part of her stomach is actually in her chest cavity. it twisted more recently and trapped a bunch of food in there and her stomach was blown up so much he said it was close to bursting. They pumped about 1000 ml out and got a lot of air out.

The surgery will pull the stomach down to where it belongs and tighten everything up so it can go back up again. She also has to have a camera inserted into her bladder to find out why she has blood in her urine.

It's been a long day of trying to work and manage all the staff that has been in and out of here. Going to the office for a while tomorrow and my brother should be in from out of town to spend the night here.

Hope you are all well and I'll catch up when I can.



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Jess, Cherie, on Sunday, I saw that I had bruises on my left hand, must be when the disk hit my hand so hard when I caught it. But that's ok because I'm easily get bruised but also the bruises usually very fast to disappear, haha. After the game, we had breakfast/brunch together at nearby north indian or maybe it was pakistan restaurant. I had nan bread with curry but I barely touched the curry as I prefer to eat nan bread without anything else, hehe. I also had an isotonic drink but it was because I saw others got that drink, too, thinking maybe it was better to get that drink after a long workout, though I prefer to get a mango lassi drink.

Can't wait for next game on Wednesday!

I have a new crush, it was one of my colleagues LOL. He was younger than me, maybe about 7 - 8 years younger but that's ok because that's fun about crushes - you can do to anyone regardless their age as long as they already hit puberty, haha. Anyhow, what i like about this guy; he has one-liner sense of humour, he has nice deep voice (natural voice, not because damaged by smoking because he's not a smoker) and he has such a nice height (I love tall guys because I have phobia on short guys who so far always break my heart, haha).

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Fathin, I'm happy you had a good time. It is good to be active and do things you enjoy. Keep it up! Laughter is the best medicine!

Jess, way to go passing up the soda. That is a good choice. Hope hubby's ankle starts to feel better!

Michelene, how's your mom? You must be very busy! Stop by here soon! :)

It was very windy here all weekend so I didn't try to spend too much time outside. I did do some cleaning and felt productive this weekend. Now for a busy week...

Happy Monday everyone!



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Fathin- way to go! Glad you had fun!

Cheri- hopefully that clears up soon

We're going to be doing lots of yard work this weekend and grilling some food. Passed soda up again! Husband's ankle bothering him so no walk tonight. No worries though, we will be plenty busy tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

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just returned from frisbee, nearly 3 hrs played :D it was much fun than wednesday; we did drills, pass-block and finally the game.

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Yesterday I decided to go to the doctor and see what I can do to fix any or all of my issues! lol My head is still throbbing and my mouth hurts. So I called to see if I could make an appt with my Dr but he is on holidays and when he comes back in 2 weeks he is booked solid until May 1st! lol Ok, so I needed an alternative so I ended up going to the walk-in clinic only to find out that the sore in my mouth is the herpes simplex virus...a cold sore...but it is probably causing some of the fluid to build up in my ears which probably caused the vertigo and the headache. And result...it is a virus and will have to run its course. UGH....

Fathin, take that opportunity and get out there and play some frisbee!!

Jess, way to go! Staying away from soda is a big success!

I want to go to the movie today. The Longest Ride starts today and I love all things Nicholas Sparks but I'm hoping to get rid of the pounding in my head first....now I will try an ice pack to the back of my head...



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Cherie, thanks :D

Jess, congrats on the soda success :D

Saturday morning, there's another Fresbie session but it will be tougher, will learn drills and strategies. I'm still deciding whether want to join or do my hercules ironing (a small hill of clothes!) or just sleep the morning off, haha. I told a colleague, who a frequent player of the game, that I want to sleep instead of joining the game. He scoffed, saying how much sleep do I need LOL

Hmm, he had a good point.

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Cheri- I hope you are feeling better. I wish we could go to a farm!

Fathin- Your day at ultimate frisbee sounds like a lot of fun. You had me smiling just picturing you playing! I am glad to hear your able to text and communicate with your dad.

I am happy to say that I am trying some alternative therapies to see if I can possibly avoid surgery. We are trying some alternatives for the next 8 weeks then I will follow up again with the surgeon to see if surgery is still needed. Hoping it works out. Still need to follow-up on the blood work but will wait until then to save money. Still, I am relieved to have some answers. Now that I have a better idea what health issues I am having I can relax some and move forward.
Husband and I have been building up his ankle to walk more and getting our eating habits on target more. I also haven't had any sodas but 1 in the past two weeks!!!! That's a big thing for me! I even passed one up today :)! Yeah me!
I hope everyone is doing well!

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Fathin, I am very happy for you! Have a great day!



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Cherie, I think you're right! What I'm going to tell is why I agree on what you said.
Today, I still felt so down though I had better night rest last night, probably thanks to I finally took the prescribed sleeping pill - deep sleep, no more waking up middle of sleep nor weird dream :D Sometimes nearly 5:30 pm, when I couldn't continue anymore with my work, I decided to turn off my computer and head home. But then I saw a colleague also preparing to leave so I told him how about we just drop by to see an Ultimate Frisbee game, he might wanted to join.

So, off we went - him with shirt and pants, me with my Baju Kurung (a traditional Malay women attire, the top looks like long-sleeve, knee-length blouse and bottom looks like a long skirt). The captain was happy to see a new face (my colleague) and teased me when I said I just came along to show him the game, not too play because I didn't wear the right clothes. But I still able to throw and accept the disks when I paired with another woman who still not quite familiar with the technique.

And because apparently I looked like I could play despite what I wore, the captain counted me in into the game! Me, while still wearing my Baju Kurung with flat-heel sandals, playing the Ultimate Frisbee game where players usually need to run, jump and block.

Crazy captain, still wanted me in the game LOL

So, I ran along, hitching my skirt like I'm this Victorian heroine, the skirt kept stuck at my legs and I was half-afraid of those guys could see my bra because with my headscarf tucked into the blouse and with getting sweaty, haha. It was insane! I tripped/felt three times, luckily my skirt didn't dragged above my knees. I didn't use my deodorant today so I think I was even smellier than usual, haha. I think I managed to block few times of my opponents, even accidentally drag one player to the ground with me, hehe.

At the start of the game, other than the captain and the girl I paired with during warm up, others was surprised to see me playing in my Baju Kurung. With false cocky aura, I told them, I might played even better compare to them with their sport attire, hehe.

And like what you said, Cherie, because I start again doing something active, even though didn't plan to, I felt much better, the ball already started to roll towards restart again my taking care of myself properly :D

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Fathin, I know all too well from experience that it is easy to avoid exercise but I also know that I have never done exercise then regretted it! Once you get moving, it feels good! yet I'm in a situation where moving around is a little precarious. I woke up yesterday and jumped outa bed...only to find the room spinning! Darn! Head is stuffed up and I can"t tell if it is allergies or cold symptoms but I just want it to go away!!! I stayed home yesterday while everyone went to my mother in laws farm for the day...I kinda wish I had been nauseous with it so I wouldn't have eaten all the unsupervised chocolate!!! So now I feel doubly bad...I feel like my head will explode and I feel bloated and puffy all over....I guess I better make some better choices this week...



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Two weeks since I last did something active, NOOOOOOO. I felt so depressed lately, I even deleted all my Whatsapp groups, uhuh. Lots of things happen but I think my texting with Dad (even though we live in same house LOL) helped me going through life. It's funny that Dad and I never talk heart-to-heart when face to face but we usually do in texts. I guess maybe because we are so much alike, for example, it's much easier to talk about our feelings in writing than actually speaking. Honestly, I think it's easier to talk to Dad compare to Mom even though we don't talk in person too much but when we do talk a lot, it will be in texting. Compare to Mom and Brother, even when I did try to start my heartfelt talk, it's so hard to get through with them.

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Hi! It has been a few days! I will need to catch up! I hope everyone is doing good!

Fathin, sounds like your road trip was good!

Michelene, I sure hope your fitbit shows up! I hope your mom is doing ok

Jess, good luck on Monday at the specialist appt!

Val, how's it going?

I just finished a couple night shifts...I'll need a day or two to regroup...

Happy Easter everyone!!



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Today, while on road trip with bro to fetch mom from grandma's house, he made me to listen to a motivation talk series - the topics were mainly about your life target and how you should make your life better, incorporate our religion simple belief into life. The speaker was interesting, he didn't sound so orthodox and narrow minded compare to some religious teachers who preach about you only have to do things in life in limited options. This guy gave simple teachings yet making you think deeper on what he said. He also sounds like making quite vast research though he always modest about his knowledge.

What I'm trying to say is I also started to think what exactly is my life about - I don't want to run my life like some of his examples (farm animals who do things based on basic needs only, predators who will squash those weaker, those who aim to be famous even if risking their lives/illegal ways/strip away any honours/modesty). But when my bro and mom (joined us listening later on return trip) made their comments and seemed to have good interests in my well being, rather than further motivating me, I felt like they still treated me like little kid and made even want to do things against their wishes.

I do want to be a good Muslim which mean I want to be a good servant to God and have good relationship with God's creatures but whenever mom and bro team together to advice me, I always feel like get cornered and not given any chance to say my mind. If they want me to change to a better person, why do I always have this feeling that they want me to change drastically overnight and no matter what I do, they will expect me to do better?

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3/28/15 1:17 A

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Sorry I have been MIA- been very busy this week and trying to learn to slow down a bit. I am also busy at work today so I will be quick here. I will be having surgery soon. I see a specialist April 6th and should know more then. My kidneys and bladder look good though still not sure why there's bleeding so I will be watching that closely. Once I see the specialist I will ask for a follow-up with the primary to discuss my blood work in detail. Cutting soda and some other things out again, and asking family for help more often. Husband and I have been walking every couple of days together though it is slow while his ankle recovers.

Fathin-enjoy your trip!

Cheri- your work complaints are one of the reasons I went to home health. I hated feeling like I am not doing all I can for my patients.

Mich- glad your mom is doing better and back home. Be sure to check out the knee soon. I regained all the weight I had lost when caring for my grandma and I know what you are saying about the food. Hang in there. You did this before and can do it again!

Val- keeping you and your husband in my thoughts. Glad to hear that the tests are coming back ok. Praying for you!

Jess


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3/27/15 9:12 P

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Happy Friday - thought about you ladies today so I'm logging on just to say hi!

Busy times with mom and work so I feel asleep in the chair tonight! I did get up and walk and do light weights for 15 minutes. The Fitbit is certainly making me want to walk more. I seriously need to take a day to go to the doctor myself and see why my knee keeps swelling and being sore.

Mom had to go to the doctor yesterday - I think she came home from the rehab facility with a UTI. She had PT and nurse today. The occupational therapist never showed up or called. Frustrating trying to keep all the appointments straight and someone doesn't even show up.

I surpassed my goal of 40 miles logged this month and the Fit Bit is showing me that I really underestimated how much I was doing. I think I'm going to set my April goal at 60 miles. Are you all setting goals for next month?

We've had way to many cheat meals lately - fatigue, not good groceries in the house. I'm going to turn that around this weekend. Any ideas on good lunches?

Hope you all have a good week!



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