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  • At least it's cooled off

    6/25/2017 1:11:48 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    And of course, roomie is complaining that she's cold. The CNA got her a blanket, which solved the problem at least for the minute. Sacha is coming to visit me and bringing lunch today (Yay! No hospital food!). She's also printed out the patterns I need to start my Christmas knitting. Several pe... Read more

  • Good and Bad News, Sparks, and School

    6/25/2017 12:21:22 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well I got good news as far as neuropathy; I was told I do not have it. The neurologist thinks a nerve is being pinched behind my knee when I sit down that is causing the numbness. He suggests just getting up and moving when I feel it. Bad part about it is I am stuck with the condition. I cann... Read more

  • Maybe I'm just getting old

    6/24/2017 10:34:38 AM, by LADYIRISH317

    The CNA who worked the overnight shift complains constantly. Her ex, her kids, her job, the traffic, you name it. Most of the time I just nod sympathetically and say nothing, but this morning she took it to a whole new level when she pulled up her top to show me the rash on her stomach and breasts! ... Read more

  • Breathe...breathe...

    6/23/2017 5:41:36 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Yesterday I blew a gasket but good. I've been begging for four months to get the previous style of bed back, and to get a wheelchair that fits (they used to have one but nobody can find it). For all that time I kept hearing that they didn't have it, they'd let me know, blah blah blah. Yesterday I ju... Read more

  • How Come Time Goes By Faster Each Year?

    6/23/2017 2:33:58 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I remember as a kid that summers seemed to last forever. Then it took forever for Christmas to come. I grew up, graduated, married and had 2 babies. Time from that point on seemed to go faster and faster. I thought that when my girls graduated from high school (or even college) time would slow b... Read more

  • jokes and motivation

    6/22/2017 8:33:11 PM, by CANDOK1260

    I been missing giving my teammates motivational quotes so I thought I would give some in this blog. 1 “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer 2. “One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.” ~John Wanamake 3. “Whether you... Read more

  • Been a long time..

    6/22/2017 3:25:02 PM, by NANAKNIITER49

    i wanted to give up. I wanted to give up my life. Feb 26th I went to work. The next day I had a knee replacement. Out of surgery I had searing pain down the side of my leg, and my toes felt like they were on fire. I kept telling the nurse but they just gave me strange looks, I was on heavy pain meds... Read more

  • I'd say happy summer...

    6/22/2017 12:35:49 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    ...but it's been summer here for weeks. I think we went straight from winter to summer and skipped spring. One of the occupational therapists here told me yesterday that she has A LOT of yarn, in all kinds of fibers and colors, that she has no use for and wants to give to me! Between that and a... Read more

  • On self-confidence and respect for others

    6/22/2017 9:22:03 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Yesterday’s blog on embracing failure while on a path to success left out a discussion of obtaining self -confidence which is the main subject of today’s blog. My parents took pains to teach me self-confidence. Even so, for many reasons, I became an introvert and lacked the self-confidence necessa... Read more

  • Embrace Failure and Succeed

    6/21/2017 11:22:09 AM, by OLDEROWL

    You might be second-guessing this advice right now, that’s because many of you have been led to consider that failure is something to cringe at, to avoid and to be ashamed of. However Truman Capote said “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” Nothing is more satisfying then turnin... Read more

  • Humor time

    6/21/2017 12:13:53 AM, by LADYIRISH317

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  • jokes and today success

    6/20/2017 7:26:25 PM, by CANDOK1260

    Today I finally did a video from you tube. I did Leslie Sansone mile walk. But in my version I run around the house when she walk in place. I been trying to do a you tube video for awhile but something such as mom always got in the way,. Jokes It was her first night at her diet meeti... Read more

  • Good News No Lymes Disease and New Class and Phone Calls

    6/19/2017 3:52:47 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well the good news is that I seen the doctor last week and she said it was just an insect bite and almost gone. Only a little bit red but no bulls eye. I have had to take stuff in the past when I had ta tick on me. I am in a new class this week called Social Psychology. Interesting how they thin... Read more

  • Melting...

    6/19/2017 12:08:56 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Holy Hannah, it's hot here! We went straight from winter to summer with no stop for spring in between. But of course, it's time to do the holiday knitting. Luckily they're all small and lightweight. I'm knitting a bright green scarf for a friend's birthday in September. Her favorite color is gr... Read more


    6/19/2017 7:53:51 AM, by SMIDGON

    It's been awhile. The family has been through so much. After Johns passing. Hubby and I still haven't come to terms with it. Some bittersweet memory can strike and I'll have a melt down. The 5th of June marked 8 mos.. About a month ago, I lost my 30+ yr. BFF . She had a palsy that ... Read more

  • joke and this week in review

    6/18/2017 8:46:00 PM, by CANDOK1260

    this week in review good things 1 I I ate healthier 2 great Amish vacation 3 got in a swimming pool 3 times last week 4 I got more walks in 5 I on my 10th day of a exercise with a friend 6 got to see my family alot bad things 1 work was hard 2 weather was too high in the 90 to w... Read more

  • Father's Day

    6/18/2017 9:25:35 AM, by LADYIRISH317

    Today is the day to honor fathers everywhere. Tell me how I'm supposed to honor the man who beat me bloody every chance he got. Who constantly called me stupid, ugly and worthless. Who cracked sexual jokes about me to his buddies. Who even casually discussed murdering me and what he'd tell the ... Read more

  • Friday funk

    6/16/2017 12:35:01 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I'm SO glad I'm knitting a narrow, light scarf right now. It's so hot and humid here that anything larger and/or heavier would probably melt me. I've been awake since 3:30 this morning. My roommate needed the commode and she isn't exactly quiet about it, even at that hour. Second night in a row... Read more

  • Hot sleepy morning

    6/15/2017 12:57:39 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Last night I had two bad dreams (and very little sleep). In the first I dreamed I was in Ireland (my dearest wish). I tearfully told someone there I didn't want to leave and she said, "well, you have to." The second was a variation of a nightmare I've had off and on all my life. I was at a big party... Read more

  • Sore back and Possible Tick Bite

    6/15/2017 12:01:57 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I have a sore back tonight it aches; other times I have been getting spasm s in it. I wonder if it is from Lymes Disease. I looked it up and pain in the back is part of it. The other night my whole body was getting pins and needles sensations from my head down. I will know tomorrow when i see my pri... Read more

  • Improvements are Slow but Sure

    6/14/2017 2:14:57 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    I'm making improvements. Granted, sometimes I feel like the tortoise, but didn't he win the race? I've gotten up early each morning this week and did something healthy for myself. I tried a few new things. I worried about less. I loved more and played more. Life is food. Now, if I could... Read more

  • Time to laugh

    6/14/2017 9:56:27 AM, by LADYIRISH317

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  • Caution-Bathing Suit Pictures

    6/13/2017 11:01:57 AM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    I'm getting ready to go to the pool for some water aerobics and took some pictures to use as before pics. Here we go: I didn't take any pics before I started this journey so these are 37 pounds down from my start weight. As you can see I have a long way to go. My goal is to... Read more

  • My top 10 reasons for losing weight as of 6/12/17

    6/12/2017 4:20:52 PM, by KHUFSTETLER

    SparkTeam 2017 Summer 5% Challenge Community Today's assignment is to list 10 reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things... Read more

  • Okay, so...

    6/12/2017 12:43:30 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I've sold (well, practically given) my car to my best friend's teenage nephew (he cleaned it out -- he has more than earned it!). It's 23 years old and has a LOT of problems (I told him all about them). I haven't driven in more than a year and don't know when/if I will again, and the car is on its l... Read more

  • Where is the Money?

    6/12/2017 12:29:11 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I got a letter from the place that loans money for college this week. I have not opened it yet to see the damage. I do not know how in the world I am going to pay it off without a job. As it is I have two credit things to pay off. One form Shopko and the other from Paypal. Now my neighbor is telling... Read more

  • joke and this week in review

    6/11/2017 9:25:28 PM, by CANDOK1260

    this week in review good things 1 I I ate healthier 2 I my sis gave me some hand me down pants for summer 3 Saturday was busy but 'i didn't get anxious 4 I got some good walks in 5 I started a new exercise streak with a spark friend bad things 1 work was hard 2 I broke my exerci... Read more

  • Sunday

    6/11/2017 1:32:11 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    Last I dreamed that my fantasy sweetheart Ted Allen gave me a BIG hug. Oh, if only that could happen in real life! I know from seeing him so many times on TV that he's a serious hugger. (Yes, Spellcheck, "hugger" is a word!) I caved in to a couple of sales yesterday, but I feel good about them.... Read more

  • Off to a good start!

    6/11/2017 9:37:51 AM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    Today is off to a good start! By 9am I did a 15 minute kettlebell routine and drank 4 glasses of water. I'm energized and ready for the day! It's supposed to be close to 90 degrees today so once it warms up a bit I'm off to the pool for some water aerobics!... Read more

  • Know It Alls, and Culvers

    6/9/2017 3:00:22 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I hate people who think they know it all. I have two people on the van like that. One is that bossy woman who kept insisting that J.C. Penny;s does not really have any sales or discounts in the store and I know that is not so cause I got a coat there that was over half off there. It was over 100 dol... Read more

  • jokes : Review/Goals for May/June

    6/8/2017 8:49:51 PM, by CANDOK1260

    jokes : Review/Goals May goal 1 Review my goals weekly and plan my week to meet those goals- 2 eat less bread 3 tried to eat 5 freggie a day 4 try to track food on day I am not working 5 try to drink 8 cups of water when I am not working 6 try 2 fitness video a week - 7 take... Read more

  • Roadblocks

    6/8/2017 1:47:51 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I left college many years ago and never finished my degree, which has always kind of hung over me. Yesterday I contacted a well-known online college about their degree programs. They say they're non-profit, so I was completely blown away when I talked to an admissions officer today. They are EXPENSI... Read more

  • Bills and More Bills and Books

    6/8/2017 11:59:24 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well I need a miracle in order to pay the bills now. Especially next month when the water and taxes come due.Now I have some money left in IRA's but after that I will have to scrimp and save just to pay the taxes. I am not giving half of my check away for taxes. then what the heck I am supposed to d... Read more

  • Work

    6/7/2017 11:46:01 PM, by IAMJUSTME79

    I am starting to really go over board with my job, it's turned into a obcession, it's all I talk about it all I do beside exercising, with the occasional trip to the grocery store, my family are complaining now that it's always work work work, shew I don't know how to fix it.... Read more

  • Hassle With Department of Motor Vehicles

    6/7/2017 4:58:44 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    What a hassle and pain in the butt! They are the ones who sent it but I never received my new ID card. I paid for mine and my DD's and she only got hers a while back. Now they tell me I have to shell out some more money for a replacement when it is their fault. Or I can apply for for a voter ID but ... Read more

  • Pumped up!

    6/7/2017 8:13:13 AM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    I'm so pumped up and ready for the BLC! Can't believe start day is finally here. I woke up as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. The present to be unwrapped is me! I look forward to meeting my goals for this challenge and making new ones. The team spirit is incredible! It makes me want... Read more

  • Silliness time

    6/7/2017 12:50:34 AM, by LADYIRISH317

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  • New Exercise DVD Tonight and Low in Calories Again, and DD Colonoscopy and Diet

    6/5/2017 11:14:52 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    I got 7 DVD's from the library today. The one I did tonight had weights along with a stability ball. It was very intense. I did arm exercises, legs, pelvic, and buttocks, along with core using weights and the ball. it was about 49 minutes long. I felt it too and I had trouble doing some of the exerc... Read more

  • Decisions, decisions

    6/4/2017 6:29:46 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    I've had a lot of time to think in here (a LOT of time). And I've reached a few decisions. Since I'm not paying rent, utilities, etc., my disability/retirement checks have amounted to quite a bit of money in the bank. So tomorrow I'm asking what it would cost to pay for physical therapy myself.... Read more

  • joke and week in review

    6/3/2017 10:48:03 PM, by CANDOK1260

    This week in review good things 1 I didn't gain any weight 2 I got my new computer 3 I got my new tv 4 I got some good walks in I am eating less bread bad things 1 I didn't lose any weight 2 one of my family best friend husband drop dead while jogging 3 work was hard next week ... Read more

  • Cool Saturday morning

    6/3/2017 2:13:55 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    It's overcast and a LOT cooler, for which I'm extremely grateful. I'm watching Chopped Junior (LOVE the kids!), drinking coffee and knitting -- when I'm not online, of course. This picture is the edging I'm knitting for this blankie. If I'd known ahead of time that the edging is knitted separately a... Read more

  • Betty is ours

    6/2/2017 6:46:04 PM, by ONEAGLESWINGS19

    Today officially mom and I adopted another dog named Betty. She is a hound. I have been chosen by her.... Read more

  • The Friday Follies

    6/2/2017 12:40:28 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    My new roommate prefers shouting for the nurse to using her call button. Or she asks me to press mine for her because she can't find hers. Oh, well -- I suppose I should be grateful she doesn't burst into sobs every five minutes. I'm getting close to finishing the two baby blankies for my niece... Read more

  • Getting Another Dog Tomorrow and Short on Food Again

    6/1/2017 9:57:54 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well good news, we are getting another dog tomorrow. Her name is Betty and she is a hound. Finally we will be able to heal from losing Leah. It is 9 weeks since she died and my daughter still hurts from it. We are hoping that Betty is in better shape than Leah was. Once more we are short on fo... Read more

  • Laugh time

    5/31/2017 9:51:32 AM, by LADYIRISH317

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  • June Goals-Time to re-evaluate

    5/30/2017 12:00:54 PM, by RSCHWARTZ2

    A new month, new goals. I'm now two months into this journey and it's time to evaluate what I've been doing and make the necessary changes. First I need to pay more attention to my body and make a doctor's appointment. I've never been diagnosed with diabetes, just prediabetes. However over t... Read more

  • BLC34, Pain Issues, Recurring IBS Yet, and Depression

    5/30/2017 12:31:51 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well another round of BLC is starting up on the 7th. It will help keep me on track and motivated. Some old member s are returning and a new one as well. Always interesting to meet new people and see where they come from. I had knee trouble before and now I had back and leg issues today which ... Read more

  • jokes and Week 4 Blog for Aspire to Inspire

    5/29/2017 8:11:12 PM, by CANDOK1260

    This week’s assignment for the Aspire and Inspire team is to write about our summer.. What do you hope to achieve for summer-whether it is about social, personal? I hope to lose more weight this summer. What do you have to look forward to this summer? I have a wedding I am going to July 8. The b... Read more

  • Stuff and nonsense

    5/29/2017 6:13:47 PM, by LADYIRISH317

    The pestiferous roommate went home last Monday. They told me they were keeping the bed open for five days in case she wanted to return (!). Luckily for me, she didn't. The room next door has a bed that's been vacant for almost a month, I hope I get that lucky. The other day one of the CNAs admi... Read more

  • Houston...We Have a Problem

    5/28/2017 12:32:22 PM, by PATTYKLAVER

    Right here and right now I have to change my mindset a bit. My girls went on a 4-day weekend to a friend's house. No daughter or granddaughter to clean up after, etc. So...what did I do the 1st 2 days? Mostly housework. Granted, it was nice to get it done with no interruptions. I was able to g... Read more

  • Lawn Mower Fixed and Knee Problems

    5/27/2017 10:58:40 PM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    Well my brother fixed the lawn mower for us so I could cut the grass today. Boy was it long and it took twice as long almost to cut it too. Only problem is the guard they put on it is not very good. The screws came off of it when I was mowing. I only got parts for one side of it not the other. It wi... Read more