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DAY 192 of 2014: I'm still here!

Friday, July 11, 2014

I am missing my Spark friend interaction. I have been so busy with the kids, and now my son has moved in too, and just no time at all for getting on or even keeping track of my food. I am leaving for a week vacation at the beach in the morning with the kids in tow. My daughter Leslie is coming into town from Saudi Arabia with her friend and then we are heading down to Panama City Beach. Oh, and if you recall I was concerned I might have been scammed by someone... and come to find out, yes, I was scammed out of $580 by someone as a downpayment on a non-existent condo. Sigh. I have to just move forward. I did report it to the police and they are investigating it. Will be back from the beach on the 19th. Then the kids mother will come to visit on the 23rd for the oldest one's birthday for 4 days. She is taking only the 2 yr old with her to the motel she is staying in (the boys will be so sad), but it will give me a much needed break. Then August 3rd, she is returning to pick up the two year old and deliver her to my oldest daughter's house and she will be staying there until ??? My oldest daughter has a 4 year old and also a 2 yr old, soon to be 3, one week older than the girl I have, so it will be a better situation for the little girl and for me. I just can't handle the stress of a 2 year old 24/7 more than a week at my age. lol. Anyway, hope all of you are well. Continue to keep me in my prayers for continued patience and for things to work my way. Will try to get on and let you know how my beach trip is going, if not, will talk with you next week.

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QUEENIEBELLE 7/11/2014 11:48PM

    Glad I checked in on you today! I have my friend feed turned off for another week until our house is listed. I come on when I can and catch up with what I can here. SO glad you're able to get away for a beach vacation and sounds like there will be some family help with the kids. That condo scam is just terrible- hope the police actually do something about it and not just shrug! Seems like so many scam artists just continue on their merry way. So good to see you here today. Hope you'll keep us posted as you're able. Miss you! HUGS.

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PEZMOM1 7/11/2014 6:12PM

    emoticon have fun.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/11/2014 3:23PM

    Panama beaches are awesome - I hope you all have a great time. It is good to hear from you. We'll be gone from the 15th through about the 25th - going to meet our daughter and grand daughter at Niagara Falls.

Maybe we can get together when school starts and you don't feel so stressful, I don't know how you are managing with a two year old at all. Way more than I could do at this point in my life.

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NHES220 7/11/2014 2:56PM

    So sorry you were scammed. There are some lousy people in the world. I hope you enjoy your week and then your break from the 2 year old!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/11/2014 2:41PM

    Well, I hope you enjoy your break. You need it! I would too!!!

That is despicable that you were scammed for that condo money. I hope the police can help you get the $$$ back. **SIGH**

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MSHEL7 7/11/2014 2:14PM

    Have a nice trip. We've been missing you too!!

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DAY 185 of 2014: Half way through the year

Friday, July 04, 2014

I just realized that half way through the year is 183 days, and I missed that fact. But I have not missed the fact that I have not accomplished one single step towards my weight loss or exercise goal this year. You cannot imagine how depressed that has made me. I lost half of the weight I wanted to, and then the holidays came and the winter and I have become a failure to the rest of my weight loss. Not giving up though. Even though I have gained 5 pounds since the kids have been here, I will NOT gain any more. I made good decisions for lunch and had rotisserie chicken and a spinach salad today, and will have mostly broccoli and a little bit of steak and potatoes for dinner, and will keep my calorie intake to 1200 calories. I did walk a little ways with the dogs today, which is better than nothing with the dogs. I wish I could get up early, like at 5:30 or 6 am and walk them, but because the 2 yr old is sleeping in the bed with me, I can't set an alarm without waking her up. And if she wakes up it will be impossible to walk with her and two Jack Russell terriers in the mountainous terrain. After lunch, when she takes her nap, it's too warm to walk. Things will change though and I will be able to walk once we move or once she leaves in August, whichever comes first. I just need to control my eating better in the mean time.

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MSHEL7 7/7/2014 8:51PM

    I totally agree with NHES, you're doing great!!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/5/2014 5:26PM

    Good plan!


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NHES220 7/5/2014 3:09PM

    You have had a huge life change recently and the fact that you have not spiralled out of control is a big accomplishment. You will get a handle on it - I know you will.

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LINTPICKER 7/5/2014 8:47AM

    I have been on spark for 4 years. In that time I have lost and kept off only 30 pounds. But, I stay on because it makes me think about eating healthier and exercising. Believe me, the weight wants to stay put. It is a very difficult battle, especially with stress in your life! And I believe you have some stress right now. Our prayers are with you.

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AVANELL 7/5/2014 8:41AM

    Keep making those healthy choices in your eating habits and you will see lifestyle changes, not just the results of dieting. Healthy living is more than a diet.

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WAY2GOCAT 7/5/2014 6:39AM

    NEVER call yourself a failure! You are especially made and blessed by God Almighty! You are a Princess of the King! NEVER forget that! Your resolve to do better is 90% of the battle. Believing in God's continued help to make it happen! emoticon

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QUEENIEBELLE 7/4/2014 5:55PM

    You've done well to keep most of the weight off! That's a great accomplishment. Sounds like things will be simmering down a bit and become more manageable. If you don't see me here for awhile I'm going to be mostly off the computer for two weeks but I'll catch up with you when I can during that two weeks, and afterwards for sure. Life brings many twists and turns doesn't it. Take care and I'll be thinking of you and yours. emoticon emoticon Take care.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/4/2014 4:51PM

    HUGS -- Hang in there. It's tough!

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DAY 184 of 2014: More blessings in sight?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

So happy that my son came yesterday to live here. Having not raised him, and never having children himself, he is eerily similar to me in his ideas of discipline and what is wrong and right, which makes things go much smoother than I anticipated. Having raised four daughters, I became a loving 'taskmaster', something necessary since my husband traveled a lot and it has trickled down to my grandchildren, now that I have them to raise. I have noticed a trend toward a no discipline generation, and if you have ever worked in a school, you will understand what problems that creates. At any rate, there are now 5 of us living in this 650 sq. ft. cabin with one bathroom. Knowing this, I have fretted over what I am going to do, because I could add on a bedroom/bathroom, but don't really have the cash to do that. The best thing overall is to let Adam buy this house from me (which he offered) and get a new house closer into town. But living on retirement, I can't get two house loans in my name, even though I have a sizeable retirement. So the other day, I turned it all over to God and asked him for his help. I listened to a short Joyce Meyer talk on the radio while driving the other day, and while I don't always agree with this statement, I feel like it was maybe a message God wanted me to hear that related to my situation. She said "you just need to make a decision, and then tell God that you are leaving him in control to work it all out the way he wants it to work out". So that is what I did. And when my son came yesterday, I spoke with him about needing to move closer into town with the boys and asked, because he has a salary and I don't, if he would cosign on a house for me (because I have excellent credit). The problem is with the cash I have on hand, I would only be able to put down 5%. But he offered another solution: having been in the Army for 8 years, he qualifies for a 0 down Veteran's Loan (with lower interest too) and wants to put the house in his name with me as cosigner. What a blessing this will be as now I know I can get out of the cabin and into a house where the boys can have a neighborhood to ride bikes in and I don't have to worry about bears. Plus have neighbors if there are any emergencies with me or the boys. Praising God for this wonderful blessing. Now for all the red tape and realtors, et al!!! Hopefully I will be in a new house before school starts.

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MSHEL7 7/7/2014 8:49PM

    A great way to solve the problem!!

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LINTPICKER 7/3/2014 2:01PM

    WOW! the way things work out! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 7/3/2014 12:00PM

    Things just have a way of working out, don't they?

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QUEENIEBELLE 7/3/2014 11:40AM

    emoticon The wheels are already in motion..... emoticon Best to all of you. I grew up in a home with 7 of us and 1 bathroom so that part is no big deal to me! We were quick LOL.

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NHES220 7/3/2014 11:19AM

    Sounds like a perfect solution!

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DAY 183 of 2014: Need to get REAL exercise...somehow

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Since I've had the kids, I haven't been able to go out and walk, plus no time to exercise. Living in such a small place, there is no room inside to exercise and since I live 20 miles to any exercise facility, it is not financially effective to go to a gym (gas prices are killing me!). My son is coming to live with us beginning this afternoon, so once I get the little one down for her nap, if Adam has arrived by then, which I don't think he will have (he said late afternoon), I will start walking again. If not it will be tomorrow. I wish I had a stationary bicycle or preferably an elliptical machine and I could put it on the bottom deck and exercise there too. Maybe now that Adam will be here, he can help me get one here because he can use it too (he is a big man, 6 ft. tall and almost 300 lbs. and trying to get in shape too). I did buy the kids some nice jump ropes from IKEA (they had them for 1.99), I think I might try using them. I haven't jump roped in a long time, and not sure what jumping rope at 160 lbs. will do to my knees or back, but I'll find out I guess. Hope you have a great day today!

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WAY2GOCAT 7/2/2014 10:08PM

    I'm hoping you can find the time and ability to walk again with Baby! I remember how it was difficult to do anything with a new baby. Do you have a stroller so Baby can come too? I, like you, have a very small house, but i have an office/gym where I can do Spark videos. I only need about a space of 8 ft by 8 ft to do a cardio video with Coach Nicole. Do you have that much room? Then, you can do it too. Also, Walk it Out videos on Youtube with Leslie Sansone. She marches in place with a little bit of back and forth, side to side moves that don't cover a lot of space. I have a TV and computer in my office/gym to do these! emoticon


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DONNABRIGHT 7/2/2014 2:52PM

    Do we have a local IKEA that I don't know about or did you order online???

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1CRAZYDOG 7/2/2014 11:08AM

    I like the exercise mat idea, because that doesn't take up space and can do a lot with it.

What about a resistance band too? Lots to be done with that. DO give the jump rope a chance. It's good CV.

Glad that your Adam will be with you for a little back-up!


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LINTPICKER 7/2/2014 11:04AM

    I bet the kids would love to go for a walk with you! You could point out all the different kinds of plants,bugs and animals. My dad use to take me on walks though the woods and we would pick the wild blackberries and eat them. I loved those moments.

I hope your son can give you some break in the routine of your day. I am praying for you.

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MSHEL7 7/2/2014 10:40AM

    I bought a good dvd and honestly, I don't need much room to do the exercises in it. About 5 feet, maybe. I'm really enjoying it. I hope you find something that works for you.

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QUEENIEBELLE 7/2/2014 9:22AM

    So glad Adam will be there to lend some support. You'll be able to fit in the real exercise in one way or another. A good mat helps for floor exercise even in a small space. Doing the old-fashioned stuff on the mat (bicycle, sit-ups, crunches etc) has been helping me get started again. The kids and the dogs might think you're down on the floor to play with them though lol. Do what you can! emoticon

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AUNTRENEE 7/2/2014 9:03AM

    I hope that you can get some more exercises in when Adam gets there. Plus the two of you can help each other. We have a hospital about 20 miles away and we get to use the cardiac rehab area to do our exercises. My dad has to go there anyway and it's $25.00 a month for him and its $12.00 a month for me. Why is it that much cheaper for me? He is doing it under a doctor's order and I'm just doing it for conditioning. I quit doing about 2 years ago and just started back up a week ago this past Monday. I've lost 5 pounds since going back.

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DAY 182 of 2014: Oh that darn Spark Tracker!!!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

My Spark tracker has a mind of its own, it grows legs and walks away. However, the one time it needs to think for itself, it decides to act like an inanimate object and jump in the washing machine along with my shorts. Good thing is, it survived a dip in the washing machine! So happy that it did! So just letting you know, in case you have one, it must have some type of waterproofing! YAY!!!!

It will get more interesting beginning tomorrow when my son moves up here with us. This was planned a few months ago, before the kids were supposed to come. The boys will sleep on the sleeper sofa. I think we will have interesting bathroom issues with one bathroom, however, many older houses only have one bathroom, and they can do it. So we can too! We will figure out a permanent plan after he gets here.

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LINTPICKER 7/2/2014 11:32AM

    You need to put it on a leash!

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/2/2014 12:54AM

  You'll probably be glad to see your son for awhile anyhow.

By the way Coach Denise said, to use a small girls stretchy band to secure our Spark tracker. I also put the laces under and over also.

I've had mine for several days.

Two days, I didn't get in my steps, three or I did.

I don't get why the green lights seem as if they only do their thing when I get most of my steps. I'm also thinking one also has to be a certain spot in the living room.

I'm so pleased the washer didn't mess it up. That is so good.

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MSHEL7 7/1/2014 9:08PM

    You sure have a lot going on and yes, it all makes life interesting.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/1/2014 8:28PM

    It definitely sounds like it will be interesting!

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QUEENIEBELLE 7/1/2014 8:20PM

    Great attitude- you will make a way. emoticon emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 7/1/2014 8:11PM

    Good luck with the full house!

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