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Monday, January 27, 2014

The baby's mom is going to frame it and put it on his bedroom wall.

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IMEMINE1 2/2/2014 9:25PM


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SLIMMERJESSE 2/2/2014 11:23AM

    This is beautiful. What a lovely poem to frame and hang.

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JCOHEN267 1/31/2014 5:41AM

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KITT52 1/29/2014 10:28AM

    that was just beautiful....

what a cutey as well

thanks for sharing

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HEALTHY4ME 1/29/2014 9:41AM

    OH Dottie that is so beautiful and I agree it belongs in a frame on a wall. So pretty and something they can keep for ever. Congrats. on baby Patrick!

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SAISHA100CJ 1/29/2014 7:23AM

    What a sweet, beautiful poem, Dottee. Little Patrick is such a blessing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 1/28/2014 1:25PM

    Love your poem! Your grandson is a special blessing!

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AJDOVER1 1/28/2014 1:08PM

    how sweet! Such a blessing....

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CINDHOLM 1/28/2014 1:06PM

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MADEIT3 1/28/2014 9:51AM



And emoticon to baby Patrick!

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JACKIE542 1/28/2014 1:33AM

    Love this emoticon

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RENEEAQUA 1/28/2014 12:49AM


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2013 vs 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2013 was a kind of neutral year for me. Or maybe it just felt that way because it was the beginning of my fourth year without my man. I think of him daily and miss his cheerful smile and uplifting attitude. It doesn’t get any easier as the years go by. He was always there to cheer me on, encourage me to try new things, and lift my spirits when I was down. other words, my rock. Now I have to do all that for myself and I’m not always ready to do so.

In winter, I started working on the first in a new series of books, Town of Paris Twins.

I bought my first Activity tracker from Spark People and got into the habit of walking 6,000 a day and this has become a habit now! Yay!

Weight was up and down due to the many snacks left by my housemates who have since taken their own apartment.

Published my new book and make a Facebook page for it. Had several book signings and made some new author friends.

Vacationed in Hampton Beach with most of my family in July.

Started praying a rosary a day, reading a bible meditation each morning before I get started, and praying daily for family and friends.

Being somewhat of an introvert, I enjoyed spending time alone to read, write, check out Facebook (my entertainment and at times my company).

Bought myself a new iPad for Christmas. It takes wonderful pictures and I’m learning how to use it.

I start my year alone in the house.

Hope to:
Blog at least once a week.

Spend more time with my family who are my loves and support in this world.

Do more work for the historical society. (Town of Paris)

Purge the house of unnecessary items. Live a simpler life.

Write the next book in the new Town of Paris Twins. Attempt some miscellaneous types of writing: articles, short stories, etc.

Lose 10 lbs. ‘nuff said, by eating healthier.

Do something wild and crazy once a week.

Do an unexpected kindness once a week anonymously.


And most importantly, LIVE, LAUGH, and LOVE more.

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IMEMINE1 2/2/2014 9:27PM

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KITT52 1/1/2014 11:43AM

    Happy New Year

we will have a healthy year and reach our goals

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AJDOVER1 1/1/2014 11:14AM

    Live, Love and Laugh more! I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you in 2014.

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SAISHA100CJ 1/1/2014 8:57AM

    Happy New Year! Wonderful list for 2014. emoticon & have fun along the way! I know you are going to have a successful year!! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 1/1/2014 7:34AM

    Happy New year and I wish for you health, happiness and success! HUGS

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GRANJERRY1 1/1/2014 7:20AM

    Happy New Year!!!

May The Lord help you in your endeavor for 2014..,,

Health & Happiness to you


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ANGELCITYGAL 1/1/2014 1:25AM

    Happy New Year. May 2014 bring you all you dream of and more.

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LOSE4LIFE47 1/1/2014 1:19AM


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Happy New Year!

Friday, November 15, 2013

If you are wondering why I titled this the way I did, it's because this year I'm starting my New Year early. NOW. I'm not going to wait for January.

I plan to be crazy for a year...not the mental crazy but fun crazy.

I've been working too hard and after a lot of thought and meditation, and while on a walk, the following things were given to me as a plan.

I quickly jotted them down so I wouldn't forget them. This is what I'm going to do for a whole year:

1. Take a BREAK.
2. Take two years to write my next book (instead of rushing to do it in one year.)
3. Start doing some crocheting and/or knitting or cross stitch.
4. Write in a blog once a week to keep my writing skills up to date.
5. Go to Christian Women's Club luncheons every month, if I can.
6. Go to church more often.
7. Go to the library more often and Barnes and Noble. (read more books)
8. Gradually increase my walking time by 500 steps every couple of months.
9. Focus on a healthier diet and don't pay so much attention to the scale.
10. Do something nice for someone with no return looked for..

I really feel this will help to relieve the stress I feel under right now.

So A year from now I will let you know if it did the trick. I feel better already just having decided these things.


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IMEMINE1 12/7/2013 8:03AM

    Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon I feel the same way every morning. Here's to us both. emoticon emoticon

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YIDDLE 11/20/2013 3:15PM

    Yes! I think you can do it. It's time to back pedal and find your joy once more. Blessings wished for you.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/17/2013 10:47AM

    I like your new plan and love that you are starting it now and NOT waiting till January

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AJDOVER1 11/17/2013 1:45AM

    Happy New Year! Your plan sounds great. I wish you all the best.

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BABYBARNEY 11/16/2013 3:16PM

    Sounds like a great stress reliever to me...Smart thinkin to move up your new year goal...why put off tomorrow when you have today!!!

Great plan & 3 cheers for sharing a great idea with us sparkers,

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SAISHA100CJ 11/16/2013 2:07PM

    Happy New Year, Dottee! I love your new plan. You are a smart lady! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THEADMIRAL 11/16/2013 1:34PM

    emoticon emoticon I LOVE this! Go, Dottee, GO!

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KITT52 11/16/2013 10:10AM

    what a great plan...sounds healthy and sound, I wish you the best of luck..
I know you can do it....


please let us know how you are doing

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HELEN_BRU 11/15/2013 5:26PM

    Sounds like a plan! Good for you. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 11/15/2013 5:21PM

    YAYA a year for you!!! good idea! HUGS

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Monday, November 04, 2013

Excuse me if I complain today, but I just have to get it out of my system. I've been feeling down today. Things just don't seem to be going my way.

Sure I still LOVE my activity tracker, and I use it every day, and I get my 6,000 steps in all the time. It's wonderful to get the glow getters awards, the silver medals, the trophies. But sometimes I wonder if I should even be getting these since my weight is not going down and has even gone up a little.

I'm also on a maintenance team. Sometimes I wonder if I should even be on that team since I'm not at goal and I'm not maintaining.

I know most of it is due to overeating. I eat mostly healthy things but now and then some unhealthy things too. I tried to track my food and start out with good intentions in the morning but by afternoon I'm not tracking again.

Every year my I decide that this is the year I will reach goal. And every year I end up gaining a couple of lbs. And now it's getting scary. This morning I hit the limit on the scale. limit, I mean, as to what a little gain was that I thought was acceptable.

What is one to do? I don't know what is happening and why all this walking doesn't seem to be helping. When I lost the weight at the beginning, I never did any exercise at all and I dropped 13 to 15 lbs. in the first 6 months.

Then I decided that I would never eat again. LOL Well, I know that is not going to happen. So today I tried to eat much less and now I feel miserable because I'm hungry.

I'm afraid I will get back to that weight I was when I started and I sure don't want that, and I don't want my blood pressure to go back up, and to have to take another pill for that.

Thanks for listening! I needed to get that out.

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IMEMINE1 12/7/2013 8:00AM

    Hi, are you drinking your water? It is said sometimes we shovel food or (junk) into our mouth when we should drink a big (or little) glass of water instead.
I hope this helps. emoticon emoticon

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BABYBARNEY 11/16/2013 3:25PM

    Hey, give yourself a break...if you are moving, making good food choices & watching your portions, maybe your nutrients are out of balance...tracking is DEFINITELY a sparkers best friend.

Here's something interesting...I have been training all month (2 full days a week & a few 30 minute practice sessions & had my WI at Curves last Fri.) I gained 1 lb. over the month but lost 4% of body fat...For me, I would HAPPILY accept a SMALL weight gain as long as my MUSCLE is increasing & FAT decreasing...

Just sayin,

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ROSEBB 11/11/2013 2:36PM

    I went through that a couple of years ago & finally decided I had to "own" the process & do something different. I was stuck at a plateau. I finally joined Weight Watchers & stuck with it & it has made all the difference. I finally reached my goal last March & now am in the maintenance challenge. I would like to lose a couple more pounds & know I must get back to tracking everything again. I found that looking at things (exercise, portion control, choices, etc.) a week at a time allowed more flexibility in the process while still keeping me focused on my goal. I hope some of these suggestions help you. We each have our own unique challenges ---- I know you can do it! Keep up the good challenge -- we are all in this together. emoticon emoticon emoticon Another thing is to consider the process as "practice" for when you are finally in maintenance mode...... the challenge will continue to be there. Know that I am here cheering you on! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 11/8/2013 10:51AM

    I don't have any advice - just sympathy! Boy, can I relate!! I still think we have to find what is right for us - each of us is an individual. I'm tired of trying to follow all these diet books and good advice. They need to step into MY shoes. LOL Sorry I am of no help! But I support you in your endeavour. emoticon

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KMICHA 11/6/2013 6:34AM

    Dottee emoticon

All great advice, I really don't have anything to add. I know I've slipped off the "wagon" myself a bit. For me, I need to to weigh and measure and really make wise choices. The summer time is easier for me with all of the fresh fruits and veggies . . . with fall comes the sou[s, stews, pastas, breads . . . . We're in this together and we can do it!!! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/5/2013 8:59PM

    Dottee, I know this doesn't help much but believe me you are not alone in this concern.

I think walking is wonderful but just getting in steps by zooming in and out of stores, trips to the garage etc. just doesn't cut it. The bottom line is that you need to get your heart rate up and stay up during the workout in order to lose weight at....ahhh...our age (sorry).

Make deals with yourself, if you are going to record your food, do it only at the evening meal and snacks at night. You don't have to count the calories, this is really an exercise in looking at what you are really eating and the amount. It also starts to build a habit. From there add lunch times.

Another option is weigh and measure, portion control is always a challenge.

Speaking of challenge, sign up for the next round of 5% challenge or any other challenge where you will be encouraged to lose lbs.

As they say "simple NOT easy"

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AJDOVER1 11/5/2013 4:42PM

    I can feel your frustration! Vent away!

If you think it's due to overeating, then that's the place to attack. I got into the habit of tracking my nutrition at the end of the day. If I couldn't remember exactly, I'd just estimate. It took a while for it to become a habit, but tracking food does get easier with practice.


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KITT52 11/5/2013 3:21PM


I know how you feel..I've been there too

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MTNGRL 11/5/2013 6:50AM

    emoticon emoticon Dottee, I can so understand what you are saying. Even doing everything right the scale is just stuck. So frustrating for sure. This is the time I'd give up, drop off of Sparks and promptly gain another 5 pounds. So, just keep on keeping on and don't give up. I am on this same path and while this plateau is enough to drive a person crazy, I won't let it deter me from doing all the right things for health and wellbeing.

Did you track in the beginning when you lost weight? If you did and could go back and see what you where eating then compared to now that may have some insight.
Just don't give up.

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SAISHA100CJ 11/5/2013 4:50AM

    Dottee, I know it can be discouraging, especially when you feel you are doing all the right things, but, do not be hard on yourself. You are trying really hard & I give you a pat on the back.
I know you are tracking your food, correct portion sizes etc. , so, you are doing a wonderful job. Maybe it is salt. Perhaps you are already doing this, but try tracking your sodium.
Great job with your walking! Keep up the good work.... it will all work out.
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My SP Activity Tracker Came Today!

Friday, October 04, 2013

When I got the mail today the first thing I saw was a thick white padded envelope from SparkPeople. I tore it open and there it was:
I did not set it up yet because today was a very busy day but I can't wait to get at it tomorrow. I really feel this will be a great help in keeping me on track. Up to now I've been using a pedometer and started averaging 6,500 steps a day. Now I am up to about 10,000 to 11,000 steps a day.

I noticed on the days I forget to wear the pedometer, I am less motivated to keep doing things to add steps. But when I have it on I am determined to add a little here and there to bring the total steps up. At first I was happy to get to 7,000 steps and now I just want to keep adding more and more steps.

Now if I could only get my eating on track, I'd be really happy.

Has anyone tried out the new SP Activity tracker? How do you like it? And how is it working for you?

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IMEMINE1 12/7/2013 8:07AM

    I have a Fitbit that I love but would love to get the tracker. I just have to wait a bit on it. I wish you good luck! emoticon

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SERENE-BEAN 10/13/2013 5:18PM

    How are you liking it? I love mine!

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REBELBLITZ 10/12/2013 11:24AM

    Give us an update next week on how you like your new tracker.

Keep those feet moving. Hugs, Cheryl.

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AJDOVER1 10/6/2013 4:14PM

    I'm a huge fan of fitness trackers! I use a FitBit and it really keeps me moving. Best wishes to you, Dottee!

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KITT52 10/6/2013 6:06AM

    I have not gotten one....I use a pedometer everyday..and I love you if I notice I don't near my steps I get up and start helps me to keep taking those steps....

let us know how you like yours

have a healthy week

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DENALYN1 10/5/2013 10:35AM

    Dottee, I'm wishing you success with your new spark tracker, and hope that once you see the numbers adding up it will motivate you to watch and keep track of the number of calories in what you eat.
Good Luck Dottee. You KNOW that you CAN do this.
Joni emoticon

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