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Happy, happy news!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our dear son and daughter in law are expecting first baby in January!!! They are over the moon and so are we! There were many reasons we were afraid this wouldn't happen for them but it seems it was easy-peasy!!! (TMI?) They will be amazing parents!!!

  
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TENNESSEEWALKER 7/17/2014 7:51PM

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing it with us!
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LESLIESENIOR 7/17/2014 2:06AM

    Hallelujah! That is wonderful on so many levels!!!!!! I am so happy for them and for you and your husband!!!!! Congratulations!

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NORASPAT 7/16/2014 10:04PM

    Oh BETH you will have another wonderful baby to look forward to. GREAT for the family. HUGS and much love. GREAT NEWS!!!!

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MEADSBAY 7/16/2014 11:53AM

    Happy, happy news, indeed!
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HMBROWN1 7/16/2014 8:52AM

    Congrats on being a grandparent!

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  emoticon you will love being a grandparent!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/16/2014 8:38AM

    Congratulations!!! This is wonderful news!!

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DEW1960 7/16/2014 8:18AM

    Congratulations!

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WARNING: London Travel Pictures!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

I finally have some of my London/Ireland pix downloaded to computer so I'll give you a sample of what I've got. They are pretty standard point and shoot travel pictures. I'm not a very good photographer. So, with all those caveats; here goes:

Tower of London

London Street sign

Thames River

London Eye (did not ride--don't like heights)

Side street in London

A guard (of course!) It may be illegal to go to London without a picture like this.

Windblown lovers on Tower of London wall with Tower Bridge in background

St. Paul's Cathedral (this picture is for my granddaughter--where they filmed the "feed the birds" scene in Mary Poppins

Beginning of changing of the guards ceremony--I'd already been waiting an hour and a half

Band during changing of the guards

Changing of the guards (again! I know, enough already! I just love this ceremonial stuff)

Line of cabs---Aren't they cute? Love them! Great to ride in, too.

Irish countryside, this doesn't do it justice. Breathtaking!

City center Galway

Restaurant in Galway

Hubby and me eating lunch in small pub in Galway

Abbey Road Studios The only reason my hubby wanted to go on this trip!

Hubby crossing Abbey Road. He refused to do the walking pose (he's no fun!!) But lots of people do.

Need I explain?

Under the bridge on Thames cruise

Big Ben with the top chopped off. Sorry. I have a better pic but couldn't find it. You've all seen pix of this anyway. :)

Tower Bridge from our boat

Took this for the grandkids--who doesn't love Paddington Bear. (His family found him here, in case you're not familiar)

That's it, folks. Pretty typical tourist pictures. I know they mean a lot more to me than to you. It was a wonderful, fun trip and we have so many great memories from each of these pictures!!!
Thanks for looking!


  
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BESSHAILE 7/3/2014 8:28AM

    It's been 11 years since I was in London = and your photos took me back there again. Sigh. Thank you. hugs!

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ANIHAKA 6/27/2014 9:21AM

    I love London my home for 27 years. Beautiful photos and backdrop thank yo.


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NASFKAB 6/27/2014 3:06AM

  thanks for sharing brought back many happy memories

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NORASPAT 6/26/2014 11:40PM

    You both look like you are having a ball and I am sure you did. EXCELLENT!

You also took me back to our last visit. The changing of the guards was a fiasco. We too went early and stood looking at the gate. Minutes before on cue a Chinese bus load was dropped in the street and they all stood in front of the crowd.

They elbowed their way through. YUK! such bad manners.
I had three rolls of film that were not processed properly so we had no pictures and I honestly cried. I had a photo of me and my brother after not seeing him for almost a quarter century. I still love him a lot despite very few contacts from him.
I Love the photos Many thanks for bringing back those memories. Thanks my good friend Pat in Maine.

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SHARIBEAR2 6/24/2014 1:46PM

    Love your captions. You and hubby look relaxed and happy!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/23/2014 2:28PM

    Liked your title and loved the pictures. I sing "Feed the Birds" when I'm filling my birdfeeders. What do you mean, your DH wouldn't take off his shoes to do the pose on Abbey Road!

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MOM2ACAT 6/23/2014 12:56PM

    I think your pictures are great!

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TIME4CARRI 6/22/2014 11:36PM

    Great pics!!
Windblown lovers, how perfect! Yes, tuppins a bag! so cool. Thanks for sharing:)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/22/2014 9:25PM

    I loved them!! I'm sure this will be my only trip to London and Ireland. LOL. The Thames is a very impressive river. And you covered all the things I would like to see! You look very relaxed and beautiful!!!

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VEENAS1 6/22/2014 7:02PM

    Wonderful pictures. Brings back a lot of memories of my trip to London.

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MEADSBAY 6/22/2014 5:22PM

    Oh my goodness, don't be so self-critical!
These are great pics-
you two look so happy!
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The inside story (still no pictures)......

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

That blog sounded like a boring travelogue. Let me give you some of the inside dirt. Leaving Dulles my husband was told his carry on was too big. It wasn't. The guy was just giving us grief and being "tough". He said he'd let it go this time (it fit in the measure thing!). Nobody else on the entire trip made a peep about the size of that bag and we saw at least one carryon that was almost twice that size.
I got stopped a Dulles security. They had 3 different people come up to look at xray of my bag. My husband does our packing (he has better visual spatial) so I'm standing there thinking "what the heck!" (or something similar). They open my bag (after they dusted it; why, thank you very much), TSA guy digs around through my underwear and pulls out a CPap machine. Yeah, so what? Well, under the cpap was a boatload of extension cords. The guy smiles at me and says "a box sitting on numerous wires sends up all sorts of red flags. Have a nice day." My husband is surprised--never thought of that. emoticon
We stop for a quick breakfast--yummy egg sandwich--and get to our gate. The rest of the flight is fairly uneventful. Reading, sleeping, legs cramping, using the nasty bathroom (I managed to keep it to one time!) emoticon Had some yummy plane food--remember when they used to feed you all the time??? Well, you're so hungry it seems like 5 star restaurant fare.
Land in London--ya da, ya da, ya da. Filled you in on the sightseeing events. Hubby walks twice as fast as I so I'm like the toddler always trailing behind. Occasionally, he will pause to make sure I haven't gotten lost or kidnapped. He also has a hearing problem so to get his attention, everyone for a square block turns to look at me--well, except him. Actually, the days in London were pretty routine sightseeing, eating, etc.
Saturday we're up and at 'em to head to Dublin. Cab to train, train to airport. Heathrow loves to make you think you're gate is right around the corner--WRONG. It's long hallway after long hallway like you're in a maze. Very discouraging as a traveler. Got into Dublin--here's where it gets interesting. My dear hubby has always thought he could do anything--drywall? not a problem; fix a car? not a problem, fix the septic? not a problem. I will not comment on his success. So he had decided we would rent a car and drive from Dublin to Galway ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!!! His friends told him he was crazy but his response "how hard can it be?" Well, he discovered it is much harder than you would think! Most of that trip was on 4 lane freeway so it wasn't so bad. Oh, yeah--our first meal in Ireland? Burger King! We don't eat there at home. Hubby tried to convince me it was Burger O'King. I wasn't buying it.
Ok, driving into Galway now and it's getting a little dicey. They have numerous round abouts and it is difficult to stay on the wrong side of the road going in a circle looking for your road. Geez! Understatement to say it was stressful. By this time my sweet husband has figured out he made a terrible mistake thinking he could drive in a foreign country on the left side of the road so he's getting somewhat tense. We find our hotel, park the car and haul luggage to the room.
OK, so what does the dear man want to do for the evening? Well, of course, he wants to DRIVE us into Galway city center. Does he know where that would be? Well, no but it can't be hard to find. Like a fool I got in the car with him--I was afraid for him to head off alone. First of all, he kept wanting to be on the very, very left side of the road. Hence, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride---tires rubbing the curb, on the sidewalk. Holy Moly just get me out of this car. Of course, he's getting more and more stressed. To add to the fun, they do not mark their streets so you have no idea where the heck you are! We made the "difficult" decision to try to get back to the hotel in one piece. We were successful and had a great dinner in their restaurant!!
Sunday, we get a cab to take us to city center. He laughed and laughed at these 2 Americans thinking they could drive in Galway!! More sightseeing, shopping, lunch. Fun!
Get a cab back to the hotel and now we have to drive back to Dublin to spend the night for early morning flight back to London. Load up the car--head out. Cocky couple are sure we got off on the right road on the round about. It's raining--hard to heavy. On the road. Uh oh, not surprising that we believe we're on the wrong road to Dublin. Hubby decides he needs to pull over to look at a map and mull things over. A couple of convenient places pass us by and I can tell he's getting stressed and upset. He sees a ????. Not sure what it was--an old building behind a fence with a gravel lot. He has to turn across lanes of traffic. He's nervous--too much acceleration and, well, yes, we did run into a stack of wooden pallets. Many small/ medium Irish children come running and on bikes. They are screaming "he crashed, he crashed!" This was not soothing to either of us. Punctured tire and lost part of bumper. Hubby pulls back into what seemed like a parking lot. Surrounding this concrete were a number of RVs and small motor homes. It was a community! A couple of young, brutish Irishmen came to make sure we were OK. They then left the 63 year old on the verge of a nervous breakdown to change the tire by himself in the pouring rain! Luckily, those kids hung with us the whole time--"why did he hit those?", "is he a bad driver?", "where are you from?", etc. Neither of us were in the mood to be friendly to these young children, let alone polite. Finally, some older gent (our age?) came out and offered to help since it seemed the old American guy had no clue. (Actually, hubby is very good at changing tires, just not in pouring rain, in strange place with a bunch of kids yelling at him!) So, hubby is soaked but they finally get it changed. We tried to give this angel some money and, of course, he refused. He was just happy he could help us. I'm sure we gave those kids and that community something to laugh about all week!
We FINALLY get to the airport. Turn in the damaged car and the Avis man seemed almost giddy that we had wrecked. We had the full insurance so he was delighted to repeatedly tell us that there would be no charge!
Many delays with the flight. It took us until evening to fly the short distance from Dublin to London. ARGH!
Rest of trip was pretty uneventful. (thank goodness!).
One more thing about that Heathrow airport. They don't post your gate until maybe 10-15 minutes before you board. That's fun. So we're EARLY for our flight. Have a great leisurely breakfast. I decide I should use the bathroom by the restaurant. Hubby recommends we get closer to what we think is our gate. I'm not happy but agree. We turn the corner thinking we were about at the gate and the sign told us it was a 15 minute walk from where we were to the gate. Are you kidding? We are bookin' it to the gate. Luckily the flight was a little delayed so I could use the bathroom, hubby got more coffee and we could get on the plane!!
Now, was that better than the boring travelogue????

  
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JANEDOE12345 6/29/2014 9:36AM

    This post is WAY better than the first one. In this one we have frail humans loose in a strange bizarro world of wrong-way drivers, soaking wet children (accents probably thick), and a lot of stress tempered by humor.

Sounds like a great time!

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TIME4CARRI 6/21/2014 11:19PM

    LOl! What a great blog Beth.

What an adventure you both had. Oh my goodness, it made me grateful to be home and in my bed. It sounds like a wonderful time in spite of it all and I can tell by your great sense of humor that you really did have fun. Thank you for sharing with us, it's always a treat to see a blog from you:)

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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/19/2014 2:35PM

    Welcome back! Great blog. Waiting for those pictures!

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SHARIBEAR2 6/17/2014 11:58PM

    Boy did I enjoy this post. You brought back memories of our trip to Dublin, Ireland in 2009. My hubby also thought he could drive everywhere, but thankfully on the cab ride to the hotel I asked the driver what he thought and he recommended just renting a car for one day. It took some doing but I convinced my husband we should follow that advice. So we drove down to Kilkenny and the drive there was as stressful as you describe. Our first left out of the hotel parking lot landed us in oncoming traffic...thankfully at a stop light. Could have been serious! At some points, you could have fit a piece of paper between my side and the bus or vehicle next to us. Alas we made it and had a great day there, but when we returned to Dublin we were happy to turn in the keys and use the metro! So glad you enjoyed your trip. Thanks for sharing it.

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MEADSBAY 6/17/2014 10:29PM

    Omg...I'm sorry but I had to go change my pad...ypu made me laugh out loud!
I would wait a looooooong time before planning another trip abroad.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/17/2014 8:55PM

    I figured you would end up the one stopped going through customs. You look like such a terrorist. LOL. They said on T.V. this week that they are cracking down on bag size. They showed some people on T.V. that were practically wheeling in coffins with handles.

I was okay until you got to the underwear search and the nasty bathroom. LOL. I have a phobia regarding both. LOL!! I would make a poor traveler. I often enter a bathroom, and do a pirouette right back out if it is not up to par. And the thought of some stranger touching my underwear - eek!!!

I've never had airline food. I've only flown twice and and they only served booze.

Ohare is like Heathrow. You walk 45 miles to get on the plane. LOL. I was convinced I was lost and asked someone and they were like, "You have quite a ways to go."

Burger O'King? OMG!! LOL!!!!

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NORASPAT 6/17/2014 7:38PM

    Oh My we avoid Heathrow if we can. I too had a nightmare. A lady gave me a birthday gift to take to her DIL who still lives here in Maine so it was no problem. They opened my case, they rummaged through and found the gift. Of course it had to be opened there were odds and Bobs and I had explained it was a gift from her MIL. She did not tell me there were seeds in it, What a red flag. I was about in tears I was carrying our 14 month BIg firstborn son.
The guy saw my Dilemma and he shut and tried to Zip it for me and he broke The zipper !!!!!
It was very hard to carry so we had to pay for a buggy to get to ore gate and explained to the person who checked us in. They Duct taped it totally someone had afield day.. That was when we decided to stay in the states.
You have m memories and stories to tell. I hope you had fun. Pat in Maine

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Some info about trip but no pictures....

Monday, June 16, 2014

We had a wonderful time in London and Ireland! I'm an OK traveler but I do not like the airport stress!! And, flying international seems to add to the stress for me. Anyway, we were plenty early for our flight but still had little wait time by the time we stood in all of the lines.
Arrived at Heathrow 5:30 pm our time (10:30 pm England time). Took the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station; caught a cab to hotel. We were exhausted. Had a nice room; got unpacked and collapsed into bed. Did not get up until noon!! Had lunch in the hotel and headed out. We had planned on doing the open top tour bus on our first day to get a feel for the city. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for long. We had about 15 minutes and then the wind whipped up and here came the rain!! Had to run downstairs and had the rest of the tour in the enclosed portion of the bus. It was OK but more difficult to see the sights. I was a bit disappointed but it was OK, I guess. We ate fish and chips at a pub around the corner from our hotel and I tried a local cider! (I only drink wine but was determined to try local!). Yummy stuff!!
Had a traditional English breakfast the next morning. Yeah, not impressed. Runny egg, "baked" beans and hash brown "squares". Sausage and bacon were included as was toast. My first and last traditional breakfast. Do not like beans for breakfast or runny eggs! Tower of London day. Fascinating, beautiful, impressive. Had a fun time wandering around. Saw the crown jewels! Unbelievable! They look fake they are so big!
St. Paul's Cathedral in the afternoon. Fascinating, beautiful, impressive. (see a theme?). Wandered around with the tour headphones. Amazing! Light dinner and off to bed.
Buckingham Palace and changing of the guards on this day. Got to the palace about an hour and a half before ceremonies began so we had a great spot to watch. We waited and waited. The weather was beautiful--cool breeze and warm sun. Hubby is not a fan of the pomp and circumstance so he left me to go get a coffee and people watch. I lasted till the bitter end of the ceremony at the palace. (about an hour and a half). I enjoyed every minute. The respect, dignity and pageantry fascinate me. I can't think of anything like that in the states.
We went to Harrod's in the afternoon--bought nothing. What a massive, confusing store. Way too "stuffy" and "uppity" for me although we did eat in one of the small restaurants there and had delicious pizza! emoticon
Then off to spend a couple of hours at the Victoria & Albert museum. Dinner at a different local pub. Broccoli/cauliflower/cheese pie. YUM!!
Saturday we were off to Dublin, Ireland. We rented a car and drove to Galway. Driving on the "wrong" side of the road proved more challenging than my hubby had thought. Riding with him in Ireland was very similar to "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" at Disneyland. emoticon
We poked around a bit and had dinner at the hotel.
Sunday we took a cab to Galway city center and did some sightseeing and shopping. Weather was rainy/cloudy but it was still a wonderful time. Loved it. Drove back to Dublin; spent the night and flew back to London on Monday.
Tuesday was hubby's big day! Abbey Road and Beatles. Fun! Saw the crosswalk, the studio and a home that one of the travel sites claims Paul still owns. Who knows? We ate lunch at Victoria Station and went on Thames cruise. Glorious weather. Great time.
Back to hotel to pack. UGH!
Up bright and early on Wednesday to catch our flight home.
I'm sorry I haven't gotten to my pictures yet. But we did have a great time. The trip was all I had hoped for. And, my foot held up fine!
Went to the nutritionist today. that will probably be my next blog! emoticon


  
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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/18/2014 10:45AM

    What a great trip! At the Tower of London, did they list all the people who have met untimely ends there? Did you see the ravens?

Did you pick up some different words for things?

Welcome home!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/17/2014 3:42PM

    Ewww!! I hate runny eggs and do not want beans for breakfast either. The rest of the food sounded great. And the site seeing sounded fantastic too. I would have have loved to have seen the same - especially the crown jewels. My hubby would have been into that too!! LOL. Can't wait for the pictures.

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VEENAS1 6/17/2014 8:29AM

    Glad you had a good time. The sites you mentioned in London I saw and loved it. Did you take the "tube" at all? That was fun. I wish I had seen more of England than just London. Maybe next time. I am looking forward to seeing your pictures.

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LESLIESENIOR 6/17/2014 1:03AM

    Thank you for taking the time to share your fabulous trip with us. I will probably never make a trip like that, so it is really fun to enjoy it vicariously. I got such a laugh over your "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" description in Ireland. What a whimsical memory!!!!
I'm glad you are home safely and had a wonderful time!!!!

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MEADSBAY 6/16/2014 10:11PM

    Sounds AMAZING!!!
We have found that the longer the trip the better because of the jet lag and there is just so much to see and do and learn over there.
I have never been to England or Ireland.
We are wicked foodies and heard the food isn't that great so...
We might go to Prague next,
Or Chile,
Or Argentina,
Or Australia...
It's a big world out there!
I'm so glad to hear your foot held up.
My BFF actually borrowed my shoes to go to France for 10 days-
she just got home last night and they had a fabulous trip, too.
Her (awful) mother is French and she use to go for a month every summer as a child but had not been back in many years and had never been to Europe with her hubby of nearly 30 years so they were very excited to finally go.
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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/16/2014 9:01PM

    What a wonderful vacation Beth! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you get some pics up but even if you don't I enjoyed reading about your international adventure!

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I'm still here

Monday, May 19, 2014

Well, it's been awhile but I've been busy! We got the boat down to the lake. That is also known as the trip from hell or Black Thursday!! Very convoluted story--it's funny in retrospect (well, my husband still won't laugh). 4-5 hour trip took us 11 hours (yes, with the dog!) Long story short, bad tires on the trailer (at different times on the trip). Not good. I spent about 3 hours at a Walmart in Orange County. emoticon Never been so happy to unhook a trailer/boat in my life. The rest of the trip was wonderful. Beautiful weather, the dog was good, and we had a great time.
I did my monthly weigh and measure a couple weeks ago. I think I lost 2 pounds. I never like to claim it because my weight fluctuates a lot. I was happy with that. But, I gained an inch on my hips and thighs. What's up with that? Food is good; fairly good portion control but the exercise has been erratic (as usual). We have 2 weeks til we leave for England so I had planned on a lot of walking these last 2 weeks to get ready for the trip. However, I've been having some recurring pain on the top of my left foot--right where I had a stress fracture in 2010. I got in to podiatrist today and he thinks it may be precursor to another stress fracture. Are you kidding me???? When we're going to England???? AARRGGG! He put me back in the boot until the day we leave. He's hoping we caught it early enough that 2 weeks of rest should take care of it. Hope so! It wasn't constant pain and it wasn't severe pain so I'm optimistic.
Of course, I'm pretty sure the reason for this is my weight gain. The original stress was from using stretchy band during exercise. I asked dr. if weight could be the cause and he would not give me a straight answer. So, again I'm thinking more about my weight and losing some of it. I had seen some pictures of me with grandkids and my reaction was "whoa, momma!". I'm more than chubby, I've moved into heavy (but she has such a pretty face!). Gotta do something and now my exercise is so limited for the next 2 weeks.
I emailed my PCP today. We belong to Kaiser and I may have access to nutritional services. I also looked online for nutritionists but not many listed and many of those are pushing special diets, supplements, or acupuncture. Not opposed to any of those but very skeptical of all but acupuncture and I'm not sure that works for weight loss. Any one have any info? What I'm looking for is more of a counselor. I NEED a live person who I am accountable to. Someone to be my cheerleader and keep me pumped and on track. I love SP and it's great but none of you can see me. I don't have to look any of you in the eye. You are all so encouraging and supportive and, sometimes, I think that allows me to excuse myself and my actions or lack thereof. Having a counselor to see may be one of the reasons Jenny Craig worked for me. That, and you eat all of their food. Just not in a position to afford that anymore. Has anyone used a counselor/nutritionist? I don't know--the cost of that may be prohibitive, too.
I'm not feeling down (except for this foot and possible impact on England) but I think I'd feel better if I could just lose even 5 pounds.

  
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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/4/2014 1:24PM

    Nutritionists are great to work with!

Sounds like a terrible trip home, glad you finally made it safely though! Good job on the weight loss.

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BESSHAILE 5/25/2014 8:06AM

    Ouch!

I'm so sorry to hear your foot is troubling you. I will chant up the good juju that helped me when I sprained my ankle 2 weeks before we left for England. And oh please get yourself some uber super good shoes to wear while you're there. That is the walkingest country

Is it your first trip? A return journey?

And honey - I hope you can find what you need in the way of a counselor. In the end we all know that the only real discipline comes from within, but helping hands along the way can really make a difference. For me it was a really sympathetic Weight Watcher team. For others it will be the folks at Jenny Craig who selectively limit their food options. For still others it can be a one-on-one thing. But most of the very good people here at spark people are too kind to kick us in the pants when that's what we need. they can't bear to think they've hurt someone who's already hurting with a pain they know so well themselves.

But truth is? You know what you need to do and you have all the power in the world to actually do it. And your body is crying out for you to do it. If you can't find a counselor, or if insurance won't pay for it, let your body be your counselor. Do what it takes to make that foot stop hurting. One day at a time. Only a single day. Only this one meal. Make the right choices.

Hugs and more hugs to you.

(There are times when I really HATE boats. )

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VEENAS1 5/22/2014 5:47PM

    Hope the foot is getting better. I have been to London an.d loved it. I wish I could have seen more. I /hope I can go back. Have a great trip!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/22/2014 12:48AM

    Sounds like you are in the throes of some exciting adventures.

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TIME4CARRI 5/22/2014 12:24AM

    Yay Beth!!
At first I was like Walmart in Orange County??!!! What? You must be next to me but then I realized Virginia is still more than 11 hours from California emoticon

We continue on don't we? Where we are is ..........where we are. We never give up, just keep living emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/20/2014 9:31PM

    I have a crappy health insurance plan but it covers sessions with a registered dietician if your doctor recommends it.
My personal experience was not good but that could have been the luck of the draw.
I felt like I knew more than this young lady...I just couldn't lose weight.
I might just try it again one of these days.
I'm so sorry about your foot.
I did not get to 'train' for my trip to Europe in April because of my heel surgery but, with the help of some great shoes and doubling up my socks, I was able to log up to ten (slow) miles a day.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/20/2014 3:54PM

    Total freak out on the stress fracture!! That is scary. Thank God you caught it before you got to England. What is with all the stress fractures? Maybe your doctor didn't say it was the weight induced because he doesn't think it is. You have been tested a lot for lupus. Maybe there is something else going on they are missing.

If I had money/insurance I would explore all kinds of options for weight loss. Our new insurance doesn't pay for anything. What can it hurt to find out if they will pay for it. You may stumble upon a great solution. As far as nutritionists go, I think they suck. I've not known anyone who went to them who was successful permanently.

The bottom line is that your foot will be healed before you go to England and you will have a great time.

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TENNESSEEWALKER 5/20/2014 11:30AM

    Hi, Beth. Sorry to hear about your foot cracking up again. But dead chuffed I am that you're going to England! Have a great trip, and share some photos!

You're right about Spark, we can't sit at the table with you, much as we would like to. Because we care about you and we know that you understand what we're all going through and you support us.

The solution lies within you. I believe it. I just hope Spark is a part of it. emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 5/20/2014 6:35AM

    Instead of looking for a weight counselor, look for a therapist who deals with weight issues. An LCW should be able to help you with talk therapy, just find one that is ok to discuss details like exact pounds. Your insurance is more likely to pay for therapy than for weight loss methods (nutty, huh?) . You sound like you are not looking for a sergeant with a scale, but for a person to communicate with on a personal level, and I have had good help from dealing with weight as a depression symptom. Perhaps there is a therapist who will be willing to help out but not psychoanalyze you too too much.

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I understand your point about SP. It is too distant and too easy to go easy on myself. I love my buddies here but as you said, you don't SEE me and I can just fib about anything I want to, and then get away with more weight creeping up, and then complain about it. But still end up fat, not slender. And it's no one's fault but mine!

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LESLIESENIOR 5/20/2014 12:16AM

    Wow, England, that's so AWESOME!
I think using a counselor or nutritionist is a great idea. It reminds me of the need in AA for face to face interaction with a sponsor and honest feedback and self evaluation.
I hope your foot heals completely and you are ready for your wonderful trip!

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NORASPAT 5/19/2014 9:25PM

    Beth do tell me where in England please I can imagine what you are looking at.
Your boat travel must have been fun in places but things always look different when you look back.

I still have not heard from the family hopefully no news is good news. Thanks for all of the support. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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