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Weigh-In -- 14Sep2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Water heater is still working well, not so much the furnace. Today I got the pilot light lit and let the thermostat do its thing, but no blower... Later in the week after it dries out some more, I will see about pulling the blower and motor and try to get it to work. The problem may be in the control box that was under water. In the meantime my temporary heat is working fairly well. Since it warmed up outside, it has even been comfortable downstairs. Upstairs has been pretty nice, a bit too warm at times, even.

My weight held even this week. My eating habits are slowly improving. I am still getting in my water with no problem, and am on Day 621 of the exercise streak.

My sleep has been better, I have been getting to bed somewhat earlier (tv had been on the blink). I will continue to work in that this week.

Have a good week everyone!!


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    I certainly hope it will work. you are very handy!

I am finally doing better with exercise and am working on the diet some too.

We have had a lot of T.V. trouble lately too and have gone through 2 recently.

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CHOKOBOYSMOM 9/15/2014 11:24AM

    Sounds like you're doing very well! Keep up the great work! YOU'VE GOT THIS!!!

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LYNNWANNABE 9/15/2014 2:34AM

    I hear it's suppose to be heating up this week.. in the 80's! I happened to see a program on TV the other night [that said, a room set at 65 helps a person sleep better at night] which turns out to be true; however, the chilly weather we've been having tells me I'm not ready for Winter.. how about you? Hope you get that furnace fixed.. we sprung a leak [again] and are trying to figure it out still [under the kitchen sink which is not easy to get too] ugh! (Guess there's never a good time for these things to happen to us though, right?!)
Sounds like your doing well on your exercise.. I have faltered the past 3 weeks on that too.. I ran into snakes on my path and somehow that became my excuse.. emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 9/14/2014 11:51PM

    Great job on getting in your water and awesome job on your exercise streak. Congratulations on getting into a better sleep schedule as well.

Have a great week.


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Weigh-In -- 7Sep2014

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Still hanging in there at the same weight.

Cardio streak still going, as is water streak.

Good nutrition habits seemed to have gotten drowned in the basement...

Trying to get back on track with taking good lunches to work. Beef jerky and Cheetos just don't seem to be excellent choices even if the calories fit in.

Water update --

The big news around here was the 7 or so inches of rain we got two weeks ago. The flooding on the creek is finally going down.

The basement was starting to dry out and we got a thundershower that was really windy and rain and hail that was so bad that I couldn't see my car parked about 20 feet away. I had water coming in around windows and doors in places I'd never seen water before. So, again I had water in the basement, but not as deep as before...

Because this has been a weird summer, we then got about a week of fall like weather, with highs in the low sixties, but fortunately no frost yet. The past few days have been warm, which is great for trying to get the basement to dry out. Windows open and fans going...

Today I managed to get the hot water heater back into commission. Next on the agenda will be restoring or replacing the furnace, but not until things dry out some more. My electric oven has been pressed into service to heat the main floor some, and I have an electric wall heater in the bathroom upstairs, although the upstairs is usually fairly warm. It's a good thing I insulated well when I remodeled.

And of course, the weather prediction is for cooler and rainy from Tuesday until the weekend...

As with everything, this too shall pass. I just need to get heat going before winter...

Having hot water is a good incentive to get more of the mess cleaned up -- I swear there is mud everywhere...

Have a good week everyone!!


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    I'm freaked out just reading about everything you have to deal with. You are one tough bird. I hope you get a break soon. Enough of this business!

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USMAWIFE 9/8/2014 12:21AM

    Hope things get back to normal soon and you have no more flooding

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Water status report - 25Aug2013

Monday, August 25, 2014

Well, the town's sewer system has pretty much caught up to the water. My basement has drained and my yard pretty much, too. There is lots of mud in the basement, (it has a gumbo dirt floor) so I need to get it dried out. I also need to get a solid path to the furnace and hot water heater to check them out and relight as needed. The furnace should be okay, its burner is fairly high off the floor, but the water heater pilot is out. I now live in a cold water flat...

The rain has stopped, at least for the moment, but it is still cloudy and gloomy and looks like it could start again any moment.

Time to get ready to go to work. Will have to deal with the mud some this evening.

Have a good day.


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    I certainly wish you didn't have to deal with this. It sounds like a huge mess!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/25/2014 9:25AM

    I can't believe this rain in August! Springtime or Fall but in August? Feels more like October. We had a little water in our basement too. But not near as bad as you do! I hope you have hot water today. That is the worst especially with it being so cool outside. I haven't turned the heat on yet, but I did put the heating blanket on the bed last night. (fortunately it has dual controls so DH was warm. I guess with menopause I have "natural warmth" LOL!

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USMAWIFE 8/25/2014 9:18AM

    glad the water is gone.. be careful with mold forming

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Weigh-In -- 24Aug2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What a day it has been!!

Today marks five years I have been a member of Spark. I joined on that day, but did not really get to Sparking until 4Oct2009. That is when I will celebrate the anniversary.


It's been raining in this area since Friday afternoon and there really is no place for the water to run off.

I woke up this morning to a yard that looked like this ---

I decided that I had better check my basement and found about 6 inches of water down there and water pouring through a crack in one corner. So I got out the sump pump and some hose and started draining the area the water was coming from. However a quick look showed that it was filling faster than I could pump it, so I started shoveling mud into a dam formation around the entry area. I finally got it slowed to a trickle and went back to check the basement just to see that the water was backing up from the town sewer system. Too many people were trying to drain their yards... (and probably basements, too)

There wasn't much I could do as the water rose to about two feet deep. It is now slowly going down, about 8-9 inches so far. Luckily I didn't have much of value down there, mostly pieces of lumber. Hopefully by morning it will have mostly drained.

It didn't help that our high temp today was about 50F. I decided that it was too risky to try to run the furnace, so the oven has been going most of the day. It has finally gotten up to 72F in here (from about 62F), so it is not too bad.


Back to the Spark stuff --

The pound I was down last week found its way back.

The rest is pretty much the same.

I think I will head for bed now, tomorrow may be another long day.

Have a good week everyone!


It's really wet out there, over 4 inches so far. This storm was supposed to move out this afternoon, now it looks like we'll be lucky to have it moved out tomorrow morning.

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    Oh my!! The yard and your basement are a quite a mess. I've always wanted basement and have never had one but I would want a dry one. LOL.

I need to weigh. I dread it.

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USMAWIFE 8/25/2014 7:31AM

    emoticon on being with SP for five years. emoticon emoticon

so sorry about your basement. Praying the rain stops and the water in your basement goes away quickly


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YMWONG22 8/25/2014 12:14AM

  Sorry to hear about your basement. Hope it will be OK this week.
Keep working on your healthy lifestyle and the weight will literally melt away.
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Weigh-In -- 17Aug2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Oooops!! I see that it has been a couple weeks since my last blog.

Am down one pound since then.

The good things I've been doing -- emoticon

Drink my water -- haven't missed a day for over a year and a half.

At least 10 minutes of cardio a day -- the streak is at 593 days today, mostly WATP.

Situps and a plank most mornings and some upper body work on Tues, Thurs and Sun. At work I've been doing counter pushups (30) whenever I do a bathroom break.

Things I need to improve -- emoticon

Food tracking -- Pretty hit or miss this week. I usually start out great and then fizzle out.

Getting good lunches ready the evening before -- I have three all ready to go for this week.

Better food choices especially for supper -- need lots of work here.

Get to bed earlier -- this one needs the most work - I have been getting a bit more sleep, but it is because I'm getting up later, not because I'm turning in earlier.

Blogging -- aim for at least one a week.

Steps -- my goal is to get at least 5000 every day. My days off work (Thursday and Sunday) are usually lacking. -- It was more like 4000 this week. Need to increase my WATP time...

Finish my cardio (at least 10 minutes) by 9 p.m. I think this would help with the bedtime issue - when I exercise later, I don't want to go to bed at a decent hour.

That's enough to keep me on my toes for this week.

Have a good week, everyone!


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BLESSED2BEME 8/22/2014 1:07PM

    emoticon Congrats on a pound down, drinking your water and your exercise streak. All amazing accomplishments!

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    Good job on the pound lost!! You have some great streaks going! emoticon

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USMAWIFE 8/17/2014 10:54PM

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