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  • Recycling So Much

    5/29/2015 5:54:13 PM, by SBECKER526

    Our house is noticeably downsized with stuff. I feel so good about helping people while I have no RA pain. To date: 1. 26 boxes of books to the store at the homeless shelter 2. Computer towers, cell phones, monitors, printers, microwave and batteries to electronic recycling center 3. Sh... Read more

  • Day 3

    5/29/2015 11:56:45 AM, by DUSTI00

    Beginning day 3...still on track. Starting to see that while my calories are within limits, I am not getting the right percentage of each category. Need to tweak them a bit! :) 306... Read more

  • What is Happening in My Little Corner Of The World

    5/29/2015 1:22:25 AM, by _LINDA

    I enjoyed a Zumba class for breakfast and a cardio & sculpt class and a Step class for my evening delight followed by a wonderful hot tub chaser :-)) My dental appointment was fine if a little more costlier than usual $266 for more X-Rays. The only issue with my teeth was a slight wearing a... Read more

  • Wednesday May 27,2015

    5/27/2015 10:12:04 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I got called in to work a few hours today. I had my laundry done and weeds pulled before the call. Thunder storms came by this evening,my cat kitty hates them. I found this cute pic on pinterest tonight,anyone with ra will understand.... Read more

  • Tired and Depressed

    5/27/2015 2:45:01 PM, by BKWERM

    So, I had a doctor's appointment yesterday afternoon, which I only got into after a half hour wait in the waiting room listening to serious country and western music. I thought I was going to go mad and kill someone maybe even myself! If anyone here likes this type of music, I'm sorry if I'm offen... Read more

  • Special News

    5/26/2015 10:36:16 PM, by _LINDA

    My nephew's (26 years old) girlfriend is expecting! This will be my Mom's first great grandchild! Right now the poor woman has been ordered to bed rest as she has a bladder infection :-( Chase was so shy about this, he gave his Mom a note and told her not to open it until he was gone. My siste... Read more

  • Tuesday May 26,2015

    5/26/2015 8:49:41 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Long day at work,day after a holiday always is. I did a 21 day workout,dirty 30,kicks butt,feels good. Tomorrow is a day off,i think a bike ride or a long walk will be good. Thank you to those who read my blogs and give me encouragement. ... Read more

  • Sparky was giving a sense of entitlement

    5/26/2015 10:56:39 AM, by BECWAL

    So my adventure with SparkPeople began when I hit a two week plateau after a 60 pound weight loss. I had been using a food counter (and nothing else) on Everyday Health and decided I need to change up. When I started SP I was amazed at all of the tools that are available and quickly took advantage... Read more

  • From the Murky Depths....

    5/26/2015 8:32:25 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    As I had reported in my last post, I've been floundering badly. BADLY---as in large soft serve cone with sprinkles....and then eggplant parm on a roll for lunch....an Frosted Flakes for dinner. No folks. It doesn't get much worse than that. And you know what? I'm GLAD. Why? BECAUSE I gave... Read more

  • Surgery Date!

    5/25/2015 7:37:18 PM, by _LINDA

    I got in on a cancellation! My bunionette removal happens June 2nd! Miffed that I can't eat anything after midnight and my surgery is not until 3 pm!! Going to starve!!!! Especially as I will be doing my favorite workouts one last time that morning before I go in. My bridge partner and ... Read more

  • Monday Memorial Day 2015

    5/25/2015 7:41:54 AM, by NYKIMMIE

    I went kayaking with a friend yesterday am,i have been in a double kayak,was fun. Then we hung out at the beach, i've lost 10 inches,but not one pound,i'm thrilled! Then went to a bbq last evening.Over all a great day! Today i'm staying in,going to watch the parade this morning.Hubby n i will co... Read more

  • Daisy & Friends Photos

    5/24/2015 9:56:11 PM, by _LINDA

    So my last hike at Mom's was a very relaxed one, some of it along the beach so Daisy could get water time on this very hot day with a high of 31 C (87.8 F). First up was this very speedy Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever only seven months old: It was hard to get a photo of this greased lighte... Read more

  • Quiet Memorial Day Weekend

    5/23/2015 6:48:20 PM, by SBECKER526

    The last month has been so busy that Bob and I decided to enjoy 3 days at home. We feasted on hot days, watermelon and corn today. Tomorrow we will have a burger and salad. On Monday, I plan to have berries, grilled ham slice, potato salad and sliced tomato. It was fun to spend unhurried time i... Read more

  • Singlemindedness VS mindlessness

    5/23/2015 6:45:25 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    It's been a week of ups and downs. I weighed last week and was at a new low...had lost two more pounds. Then. Well I got cocky....and every single day of the week there was some kind of diversion from the straight and narrow. I did not re-weigh because I know I will just be really discouraged. ... Read more

  • 8.85 Mile Hike

    5/23/2015 4:07:48 PM, by _LINDA

    I started out early this morning in hopes of seeing a beaver. Saw nothing but evidence they had been around: The beaver usually never take pine trees except as a last resort. The river was calm: Saw lots of goose babies: Close up: A classic river view with the city's first hote... Read more

  • Time for reflection.

    5/22/2015 5:53:45 PM, by BECWAL

    I spent the day with my poor Alzheimer's stricken mother. She made me realize how grateful I am that I'm not her, at least for now. If anyone has cared for someone with this dreadful disease, you know how horrible it is. Based on ALZ.org, there are 7 stages and Mom is mostly in stage 6. My grand... Read more

  • Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

    5/22/2015 5:30:43 PM, by DONNA_W

    So today was the day I decided to remove the fallen coconuts from underneath my two coconut trees. Mind you I did not pick the best time of year as it is quite hot in Delray Beach FL right now, but this was a cooler day being around 80-85 while I was gardening. So I filled 8 wheel barrels full of ... Read more

  • Drug Pusher

    5/22/2015 1:02:38 AM, by _LINDA

    My beloved bridge mentor is a drug pusher. Every time I play with her she says I should try medical marijuana. I am totally not interested. Its legal to use for medical purposes in Canada, but the grey area is in obtaining it and the possession of it. Its limited to very few suppliers and of co... Read more

  • Damage Control Inventory Checklist

    5/21/2015 7:38:48 AM, by BECWAL

    WARNING! NOT MY USUAL HAPPY DANCE. Ok, look. If anyone is reading this and you're trying to lose weight, please stop TRYING and let's do it. Please don't wait until you're riddled with diseases and disabled because your body is dying from working overtime. Please don't wait until it's ... Read more

  • DOING IT FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS THIS TIME

    5/20/2015 8:55:28 PM, by ESHARA43

    I am back for good this time, I have been going through some things for the past year and haven;t had time to come in as much as I want but I am back now and nothing will stop me now. I have been so depressed in the past but now I am feeling way better because I have decided not to let people ... Read more

  • Back to work and I get sick

    5/19/2015 6:30:53 PM, by BEACHWEAR

    So I will be working 4 hour days but I came home with the flu yesterday. I spent yesterday afternoon sleeping, miserable, and under 9 blankets. Today I thought I was feeling better but I was wrong. A two hour nap and spending most of my time in the best part of the home (not). Yesterday I had oatme... Read more

  • I've been way to busy

    5/19/2015 12:24:41 AM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    I have been way to busy to be online much at all. In fact I don't get online even for facebook or email. Just to darn busy. Good news is I've stayed within 10 pounds of my weight these many months. I think that's called maintaining. So when I get all the weight off I guess I already know I ... Read more

  • May Vacation

    5/18/2015 3:52:01 PM, by BKWERM

    Good afternoon. It's my last day of vacation before returning to work tomorrow. I feel like I slept for most of it and didn't get everything done that I wanted to. Oh well, there's always my next vacation for some of that in July. It's really hot out today but after sleeping until noon, ... Read more

  • PiYo - Drench

    5/18/2015 1:01:39 PM, by BKWERM

    Doesn't that make you think that this is going to be a hard workout? Well, you'd be right; I definitely sweated more for this workout than I have for any of the others. It's not like it's a high impact workout by any means; it's just really intense. Drench is a longer workout than any of the ... Read more

  • Saturday Smiles Hike Photos

    5/18/2015 9:17:19 AM, by _LINDA

    Mom wanted to take Daisy for a swim and play session down by the river. Some of the beach was being washed away: Daisy was willing to fetch that stick too! We scared this pelican away: And these grebes: But not this mallard as he was staying close to protect a nest -we were ... Read more

  • Zumba-thon

    5/17/2015 9:38:50 PM, by SBECKER526

    My wellness center held a Zumba-thon yesterday for 2 hours. I hesitated going to classes as I felt so tired. I paid my entrance fee and decided to dance. I modified some hip hop moves that my knees could not do. I felt alive and energetic. I almost returned to life before cancer, but not ... Read more

  • Back to work

    5/17/2015 6:47:19 PM, by BEACHWEAR

    After 7 weeks off from back surgery I am having mixed emotions about going back. I'm not sure if I am completely ready. I guess I will have to listen to my body and take my time. Unfortunately everybody takes one look at you and thinks you are able to do everything. Hopefully I don't need a nap tomo... Read more

  • working on my home

    5/16/2015 11:19:33 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am enjoying more time at home as I work to declutter my home. My teen age year bookcases will go to the homeless shelter's store on Thursday. I have 25 cartons of gently used books for them also. Two sets of end tables will leave my home as well. We have much trash with all my husband's d... Read more

  • Thursday Triumph, Friday Fallen

    5/16/2015 1:45:46 AM, by _LINDA

    I started out my Thursday morning with a very high energy, challenging Zumba workout by a instructor so young I thought she was a teen at first lol. All her moves were new to me and it challenged me to keep up. But at the end of the class when everyone was done chatting with her and I was changing... Read more

  • Life is a Series of Baby Steps...

    5/14/2015 7:09:39 PM, by BIJOUX7

    Who knew that joining an on-line community with the hope of loosing the "graduate school" 15 could have such a profound impact on my life. It was here that the lessons learned to reclaim my health became life lessons. We leave in a world where instant results are expected. It was at Spark, where ... Read more

  • PiYo - Month 2

    5/14/2015 2:33:03 PM, by BKWERM

    This morning, I started Month 2 of PiYo with a new workout called Sculpt. Sculpt started with a light warm-up (shallow squats and lunges) and then proceeded into a more intense squats and lunges, which included some bowler lunges: I can't go as low as Chalene but you get the idea (th... Read more

  • Surviving the storm.

    5/14/2015 7:23:07 AM, by BECWAL

    I'm managing not to stress eat and believe me, I'm getting tested. I'm so close to the 200 gate that I just can't give up. Life is pressuring me, but I'm just not going to eat something, then take days to get over it. I just can't allow it. It's not part of the plan. 386... Read more

  • Weekend At Mom's!

    5/13/2015 11:52:41 PM, by _LINDA

    I did 155 minutes of online videos this morning, hoping to perhaps see a movie this afternoon. I had to go to my family Dr. to get my Humira injection as the nurse was away in my building. I decided at the last minute to pack up and go directly to Mom's after the shot. Its the Victoria Holiday L... Read more

  • Surgeon Report, 9 Mile Walk Photos From Last Week

    5/12/2015 8:44:13 PM, by _LINDA

    The trail is still under development from where it started and these steps were new since I had last been there: Its starting to leaf out and green up: Always loved this boardwalk exit/entrance to the park trail: River Landing: This is the only developed, paved part of the trail ... Read more

  • Tuesday May 12

    5/12/2015 8:33:16 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I worked a half day today,was a nice change. Then went to the range,my time,i love it. We watched the storm roll in. I walked after that,made a heathly dinner. The cats and i are relaxing. ... Read more

  • Fun Hike Ends Weekend (Photos)

    5/11/2015 1:20:37 AM, by _LINDA

    The day started out cold, overcast and windy but in the afternoon the sun fully came out and it warmed up a bit. We started out by the water treatment plant going as far as we could until we ran into the mud: Daisy would have been happy to go on in the muddy trail, she was right on my bu... Read more

  • Trail System in my City and Account Hijacked Again!!

    5/9/2015 12:11:48 PM, by _LINDA

    My city is one that sprawls along both sides of a river. Thanks to tightly controlled development, most of it along the river is in its natural state and has some 40 miles of paved trails running along it as well as wooded trails closer to the river (in fact winding up and down the river banks) cr... Read more

  • Long Walk/Hike, Response From Surgeon

    5/9/2015 1:16:13 AM, by _LINDA

    My day started out with a walk with the Probus club. It so happened the place they chose to go was the trail next to the museum where my Globe Walk Gala was. Wonderful choice so convenient! Unfortunately, I was ten minutes late getting there and they always leave on time, so took me 1/3 of the t... Read more

  • Feeling good about donations and changes

    5/8/2015 11:29:35 PM, by SBECKER526

    My home is simpler as we donate items to the homeless shelter and Habitat for humanity. I will be more organized. I'm also testing how well I can do with less. I have a sense that I can be happy in a smaller space. I am finding that simpler ways allows me less things to break with my RA. I ... Read more

  • Great Day Painting

    5/8/2015 9:53:09 PM, by DONNA_W

    I have been working on finishing touches on a few plein air paintings and one studio painting. It has been so relaxing that I almost forgot to make lunch. Lunch is the main meal my husband and I eat together so it is important to me. So I think I need to go on the painting meal plan, get so... Read more

  • Fresh Produce and New Shoes!

    5/8/2015 10:41:01 AM, by BECWAL

    315 324 My husband actually looked at exercise equipment yesterday. He's knows I'm serious or he would have never wasted his time. He even had me try a few pieces out. I can do this without it though. Really I'd rather have a membership at the YMCA. He better look in the mirror. He might ... Read more

  • temptation is a virtue that makes me stonger

    5/7/2015 6:59:35 AM, by BECWAL

    I'm not sure if that sounds right but that's where my head is right now. Today is a big day for me that I haven't had to face since I got serious. We live in a rural community, do business in town and only visit the city a few times a year. For most of our time together a visit to the city was... Read more

  • Visiting Universal Orlando I upped my steps

    5/6/2015 7:40:18 PM, by DONNA_W

    It is always great to have a good time and get some health benefit. My hsband and I went up to Orlando this weekend and took in Universal Orlando. We paced ourselves over three days (read went about 4-5 hours per day and then dragged ourselves back for a nap). But while we were there we did 10,0... Read more

  • Request Denied!

    5/6/2015 7:04:16 PM, by _LINDA

    My request for transfer to another apartment downtown was denied. Reason: too young, the age requirement is 60 unless I was confined to a wheelchair which I am not. I am 52. So yet another health risk on my already battered body. The effects of second hand smoke are as bad or worse than if you s... Read more

  • Cough Update

    5/6/2015 11:01:34 AM, by BKWERM

    I know that all of you have been concerned about me and the length of time I’ve had my cough (since February 27) but my family doctor gave me a requisition for a chest x-ray, which I had done on April 27. I received the results yesterday. So the good news is that my chest x-ray was complete... Read more

  • Learning To Turn It Off

    5/6/2015 12:55:16 AM, by _LINDA

    So I am trying to cut back my exercise. Funny as that sounds as many people struggle just to get it in. The problem is my intensity. When you love something, you can't get enough of it. I am an all or nothing person. I could go until I drop, literally. I used the excuse of being in trainin... Read more

  • Decluttering and having fun

    5/5/2015 11:24:49 PM, by SBECKER526

    278 551 67 We are seriously preparing for an apartment after being in our home for 43 years. The amount of stuff - books, papers, vinyl records and more - take much time to sort. However the sun beamed good rays. Friends played golf and then went out to Beverly Hills Inn. We had fun. Back ... Read more

  • Frustrations,,

    5/4/2015 12:09:00 PM, by _LINDA

    I came home after my wonderful five days at Mom's place, when no sooner then I finished unpacking then my neighbor's cigarette smoke started flooding my apartment. So I opened my one tiny window and cranked up my three fans, but it couldn't stem the tide :-( I did my laundry and vacuumed anyway, t... Read more

  • PiYo - Strength Intervals

    5/3/2015 12:15:25 PM, by BKWERM

    Day 21 is PiYo - Strength Intervals, a new to me workout in the PiYo program. It was quite short and started with a lot of lunges interspersed with some cardio like jogging and speed skaters. Then, you do a series of sumo squats, burpees, lunges, and push-ups and the final part is doing beasts, do... Read more

  • The End! Hike Photos

    5/3/2015 12:48:02 AM, by _LINDA

    I finished my Globe Walk To The Moon challenge with 287.65 miles for April for an average of 9.58 miles per day, less than other months. When I submitted them, my team captain said I had the highest totals of the 54 person team. I will get to meet her and others of my team at the Gala next weekend... Read more

  • Less Worrying...More organization

    5/2/2015 6:30:21 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am not worrying about the future. I worked diligently for years to set aside funds for entrance to a retirement community. I will be able to afford one. I did attempt to consider other alternatives, but resisted as I am concerned about the type of home health worker I could get. There are so m... Read more

  • PiYo - Buns

    5/2/2015 11:20:10 AM, by BKWERM

    Being that it's Saturday, I was going to do two workouts for an hour long session but I slept in until past 10 so since I need to get out and get the shopping done, I only did the one. PiYo - Buns is a new workout to me with lots of squats, lunges for the first half of the workout and the secon... Read more

  • More Nana pictures!

    5/2/2015 9:48:43 AM, by ROCKPORT9

    Being a first time Nana when many of my friends are great grandparents is amazing! Of course, I share pictures of Charlie Robert, named after my husband and his paternal grandfather. First bath! First tummy time! First pacifier! At three weeks old, each mome... Read more

  • What size am I?

    5/2/2015 7:12:24 AM, by BECWAL

    My visit to my regular MD showed me a low A1C, perfect blood pressure and my other numbers coming down. She was quite pleased. She reminded me that as an adult I haven't weighed less, and at my age my body will stop losing when it's ready. That I would have to except that. Is she crazy? 303 ... Read more

  • Learning New "Tricks"

    5/1/2015 4:14:33 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    so I am proud to say that I have evaded every obstacle and every rogue temptation that has come along. I went shopping (twice) and spent WAY too much money. My already high bill was augmented by purchasing the ingredients for a yummy 3 Bean Veggie Chili which I'm making in the slow cooker for a po... Read more

  • Crocus Hike Photos and Surgeon's Report.

    5/1/2015 1:29:49 AM, by _LINDA

    I wanted to see the first flower of the season here, which is the crocus. It grows like a weed in this grassland area, but doesn't last long. Amazingly, our huge snow fall did not kill them! They stood out against the stark landscape: Close up: Daisy met a curious pup: Th... Read more