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  • Hiding From Myself Again

    8/1/2014 12:02:20 AM, by HOT_MAMA_13

    WARNING - NEGATIVITY AHEAD - CAUTION - DO NOT ENTER IF IN GOOD MOOD Yes, you read that correctly. I haven't been on here for a number of reasons - second most is... Read more

  • One hour at a time

    7/31/2014 10:13:51 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am doing fine with my health. I got a great report from my radiologist. I see my medical oncologist on Monday. My yoga class is going super. I feel more relaxed. I am worried about my husband, Bob. He is not responding to his antivert drug. His blood pressure while sitting was 174/81. ... Read more

  • I finally did it...

    7/31/2014 7:26:51 PM, by ANGRITTER

    I finally fell in love with a man that can handle me. ALL of me & doesn't want me to lose a single pound. But since men know diddly about carrying around extra poundages on the degenerating joints, he's been told that I get to lose at least 45 pounds and he can't say a word. And he's finally okay... Read more

  • The Crumpled Paper

    7/31/2014 2:27:52 PM, by _LINDA

    I was rushing off to my evening fitness class when I saw the free weekly Bridges local newspaper had been delivered. I thought to pick one up, but there seemed to be lots there and surely there would be some left by the time I got back. Lo and behold, the stand was empty except for some fly... Read more

  • Being prayerful

    7/30/2014 10:36:25 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am thanking God for strength to work with my husband. I am asking God for guidance and for inner peace. Many of my activities are put aside for now. Bob has vertigo on top of all his other problems. He is not mobile (If he moves, he could fall). So I am at home with him. I'm even putting gol... Read more

  • Another hot humid day. UCLA water loss

    7/29/2014 11:43:40 PM, by XENA1956

    Another hot and humid day here in Anaheim. Got my early morning walk in starting once again at 7:15am. This has been a strange few days around here. On Sunday up in Venice Beach in LA County they had a lightening strike at the beach. Since this is so rare here no one including the lifeguards told... Read more

  • peace

    7/29/2014 10:21:16 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am concerned about world conditions. I pray for understanding and a miracle.... Read more

  • Garden Tour Photos Part 2

    7/29/2014 3:11:23 PM, by _LINDA

    The back yard is huge. They have a 150 foot by 75 foot lot. Lots of ground to cover! Mom enjoyed creating arrangements: Its simply impossible to get an overview of the yard, but here is the best shoe: ... Read more

  • Hysteroscopy today

    7/29/2014 7:23:06 AM, by MUSIC66

    I fans breakfast at three this morning as op was in the afternoon so at 6:30am no food or drink got to hospital at. 8:00pm they put a canular in with guidance for ultra sound got it in right inside part of elbow did the check in up stairs at first they had wrong consent form they had my constant fi... Read more

  • Garden Tour Photos Part 1

    7/28/2014 9:22:27 PM, by _LINDA

    Mom really wanted a pot of thistles for a display, the morning of the tour, so off we went: The front yard had things newly put in so was not yet established, as this whole area had been overgrown by a massive fitzer so that... Read more

  • Ten Minutes

    7/28/2014 8:57:46 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Yesterday I got up my nerve and went to church. I showered the night before so I could rest until 10:00, the time when Ralph would pick me up to go to church. The new recliner was lovely. Silent (unlike the groaning one I have at home) and comfortable ...What a lovely gift! Well I made it ... Read more

  • Hot, tired, pained, frustrated

    7/28/2014 4:30:10 AM, by TAISIAKAT

    I had to stop taking my RA meds and Ibuprofen three days ago because I am going in for a Colonoscopy and can't take those until after the procedure on Wednesday. It makes walking a real PIA (literally and figuratively) I've gotten so tired of being in pain - it is a catch 22. I need to get the we... Read more

  • Grrrrr.....

    7/27/2014 11:30:48 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    The Hubs and I play in an organization that recreates the middle ages. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the death of Bets the First. We have played some 30 years now. Regularly and strongly. Holding offices, planning and executing events, along with all the headaches that goes with said act... Read more

  • Nervous

    7/27/2014 9:59:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have my first mammogram since my cancer on Tuesday morning at 9 am. I am quite nervous about it. I worry that it is too soon since I'm only out of radiation therapy for 3 months. I am also worried about lymphedema. I am exercising properly and eating well.... Read more

  • Heat up and still doing my early morning walks. Metropolis!

    7/27/2014 7:33:59 PM, by XENA1956

    So was out of the house by 7:15 am this morning, and it was pretty nice with a slight breeze. Stopped by CVS to pick up a script near the end of the walk. Then it got very hot again. DVR'd a classic silent movie "Metropolis" on TCM the other day. Started to watch it, got about half way through ... Read more

  • Is this normal???

    7/26/2014 9:15:35 PM, by FUZZYBEEZ

    I've noticed something happening after I exercise. I get to feeling so hungry, like I just can't get enough to fill the hunger inside. After exercising this morning I felt great, I normally do after exercise, but then it changed to this feeling of being hungry. I tried drinking couple glasses of... Read more

  • New things

    7/26/2014 8:11:53 PM, by SBECKER526

    I love to use technology, but recently have more distractions and problems to resolve. Today I had no activities scheduled. I decided to play with technology this weekend. On Friday evening, I used my Sparkpeople apps on my LG Optimus G Pro phone. I was able to do most things. I enjoyed the... Read more

  • getting to another new normal

    7/25/2014 6:55:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    I was overwhelmed this week. My 12 page newsletter is at the printer now. My husband is trying to build up strength. I moved furniture and houseclean my den. Dialysis supplies arrived on Wednesday as the new window treatments were installed!📱I got a new phone. Now for a quiet weekend!!😃... Read more

  • Sick Puppys and Church Attendance

    7/25/2014 3:34:10 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Well my three friends visited last week....and I promised them I would do my best to attend church on Sunday. Then pastor visited and said they'd installed a new electric recliner for me to use in church instead of the one there which every child under 15 had thought was a was one ... Read more

  • Sick Puppys and Church Attendance

    7/25/2014 3:34:09 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    Well my three friends visited last week....and I promised them I would do my best to attend church on Sunday. Then pastor visited and said they'd installed a new electric recliner for me to use in church instead of the one there which every child under 15 had thought was a was one ... Read more

  • Wildflower Walk Photos

    7/25/2014 11:58:54 AM, by _LINDA

    Mom decided to take Daisy out for a quick run and swim and to beat the weather coming in, had Angus drop us off at the start of the trail in the grasslands: Out of the explosion of blue, violet, purple, yellow and white, onl... Read more

  • 07/24/14

    7/24/2014 7:48:19 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I had a day off,love it! I hiked this morning and ran errands all afternoon. ... Read more

  • My 90 day Bikini Mommy Challenge

    7/23/2014 4:50:41 PM, by --MAY--

    Well I did the fitness test! WOW is all I could say So here is day one: 1. Squats 30 2. Hi-knees 49 3. Push-ups 13 on knees and full and only went down a couple inches but I did SOME! 4. Squat Jumps 19 5. Tri-cep Dips 18 6. Burpees 5 NO 7. Alt. Lunges 8 8. Elbow Plank 50 ... Read more

  • FitBit & GI Frustrations..

    7/23/2014 11:57:16 AM, by _LINDA

    Two hours after I went to sleep, I had to run to the bathroom, NEVER had to do that before! It wasn't diarrhea though. I also went again when I finally got out of bed so it would appear things are still moving quickly through me so to speak. Hope I am getting all my nutrients from it at least. ... Read more

  • FitBit Flex and Aria Scale arrived today!

    7/23/2014 12:17:41 AM, by _LINDA

    Woohoo! My new tech toys have arrived! Had no problem setting them up at all! Then was stymied by the manual problem. I struggled for an hour on each hand trying to get the band on. Couldn't do it! But other good news was my leisure card authorization arrived!! So I could g... Read more

  • Warm to hot! Me and Loretta Sanchez

    7/22/2014 7:56:34 PM, by XENA1956

    So it has been pretty warm here and today it went over 95 degrees. For the last couple of days I haven't felt up to par. Yesterday I didn't do much but lay a round because my stomach was giving me problems (a lot of bathroom runs). I did get up and walk today but much shorter than normal, maybe a co... Read more

  • BLC 25 Silver Lining part 2

    7/22/2014 7:50:40 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    3. Make a PLAN for maintaining or losing over the BLC break then post or blog about your plan My plan for the break between rounds (which is extended this time as we wont start again until September, with new contestant sign-ups starting in mid August) is to continue using the CAMO Crew weekly te... Read more

  • BLC 25 Silver Lining Challenge part 1

    7/22/2014 7:09:39 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    This is the final week of round 25. As part of the last challenge we are to do 3 things in a blog. I will tackle the first 2 parts in this blog and then once Ive considered the plan a little more post a second blog with part 3. 1. Post or blog the best thing about your experience with the BL... Read more

  • Watch this video if you want to be inspired.

    7/22/2014 10:42:31 AM, by DANMAR1

    This will give you hope!
    ?v=qX9FSZJu448... Read more

  • wow! Real KEYS!!!

    7/22/2014 8:45:39 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    About two weeks ago my beat up laptop finally expired. :( Then, through the incredible generosity of a friend, I was able to order a new Dell Latitude...which goes retail for $1200 and which I got refurbished for $350. It arrived yesterday and today I've been happily catching up with friends whom... Read more

  • Worst. Day. Ever.

    7/22/2014 1:14:33 AM, by _LINDA

    It started soon after my exercise was done this morning. Bathroom runs. Managed to shower and make it to the club. Another bathroom run. Phone call that my number one helper (the woman who helps out the most at the club) was not coming to bridge today :-( Got lucky there were two qualified peop... Read more

  • Why can't we get dialysis supplies?

    7/21/2014 11:50:00 PM, by SBECKER526

    We have had several months of shortages of my husband's low calcium dialysis solutions. Once again our order is delayed. We know the company will eventually come through, but the stress is overwhelming. I don't understand why the supplies were not released on time.... Read more

  • BLC break plan

    7/21/2014 5:28:29 PM, by --MAY--

    Hey everyone!! Thanx for reading My plan is to workout at least 5 days a week, at least one hour, doing different exercises cuz I get bored easy. I love looking for exercises on The internet and have found lots of free sites, and free apps, so I will be using them, and Sparkpeople's exercise... Read more

  • 07/21/14

    7/21/2014 4:25:05 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Today was fun,had ice cream with a friend this morning after my walk. My daughter and i had lunch at a local state park. Then came home n skipped rope,something fun,lol. ... Read more

  • It's beyond my...

    7/21/2014 3:54:56 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    understanding as to why someone that I have not talked to in 43 years would want to 'look me up' on FaceBook. I remember this gal as being very egocentric. To the point of being mean and hateful. I don't see why she would want to contact me after all these years, since I don't recall us being ... Read more

  • Busy with projects

    7/20/2014 10:28:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am working on the 12 page newsletter for my retiree group. I designed and edited 6 pages today. I also have lists of potential new members to invite. I played with the cat and rested too. Today was a rest day from gym exercise.... Read more

  • 07/20/14

    7/20/2014 3:57:26 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I love Sundays,my day off. I hiked this morning,the weather was great. The cats and I napped this afternoon. I went for a ride on the 4 wheeler with hubby,i love that. ... Read more

  • Reflections on BLC25

    7/20/2014 3:47:45 PM, by BKWERM

    BLC25 ends this Wednesday and I've got to admit that it hasn't been my best round. The good part is that I haven't gained much if any (final weigh-in is on Wednesday). The bad part is that I haven't lost anything either (at least not yet). I was thrown a curve ball in May at my doctor's offic... Read more

  • Rough day today...

    7/20/2014 3:25:32 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Got news that a dear friend of mine has developed Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I am at a loss for words. They think that they caught it early, which is good, but I have another bud that has that and the treatment was a tough go for the first 6 months. She felt bad/sick and simply crappy for days after ... Read more

  • A challenge to me!

    7/20/2014 1:13:02 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    I am on the Starfish team doing an 8 week challenge. The first week I was focused and lost two pounds. The last three weeks, I have done acceptable cardio but no strength training. I have eaten way too much bad sugar! Amazingly, I have stayed the same weight.... Read more

  • Please Support Our Soldiers

    7/19/2014 7:45:10 PM, by HOT_MAMA_13

    To all of my family & friends - of all the things that you will read today *THIS* is really important to me. *PLEASE STOP & TAKE A MOMENT* My friend & former partner, James Kilanski and his brother John-Paul Kilanski both se... Read more

  • Down!

    7/19/2014 12:38:05 PM, by _LINDA

    Its official! Down to 137 from a high of 144! Going to Mom's to help in the garden and to the Taste Of Saskatchewan. I will indulge, but hopefully be able to work it off. May gain a little sodium weight back. I am going unplugged no computer so see you back either late Sunday or Monday... Read more

  • 5 words or less

    7/18/2014 7:45:14 AM, by SBECKER526

    I feel: Hopeful Content Energetic Peaceful Grateful... Read more

  • How things are going here.

    7/17/2014 10:35:37 PM, by XENA1956

    Saw my Rheumy last Thursday and was down another 10 pounds from 195.4 to 185.2. Very happy with that since I was stuck for so long a just above 200 pounds. My pro-times have been perfect for the last couple of months, which means I only have to have the blood work done once a month. Haven't checked... Read more

  • My Day Off

    7/17/2014 7:12:39 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I love my days off :). I walked 4.5 miles in 80 minutes,my time will get better with more walking. I'm still trying to rid the prednisone weight. My stress is work,requests for time off is denied,,that bites. But i'm healthier,now that i'm feeling better and i'm happy. Read more

  • Well, Duh!

    7/17/2014 1:40:33 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Another piece of the puzzle falls into place. If it is not in the house, I can't eat it. Well, duh!... Read more

  • Attempted Break-in! I'm Onyx! Ordered Fitbit Flex!

    7/17/2014 11:57:28 AM, by _LINDA

    I am furious with my Mom :-( She was hiding an attempted break-in from me :-( A few days ago, when they left on one of their frequent shopping trips for the garden, someone tried to jimmy the back garage door, then noticed the back window was open and took the screen off. Darling dog Daisy must h... Read more

  • Some decisions made

    7/16/2014 8:58:34 AM, by SBECKER526

    Bob decided to accept his surgeon's decision to have follow up. Can you believe no doctor ordered thyroid blood tests? Yet Bob had a CT scan, an ultrasound, and a biopsy! He will have the thyroid blood test soon. He will repeat the ultrasound in 6 months and see his surgeon. If his growth ... Read more

  • Good News with Photos

    7/15/2014 9:46:06 AM, by _LINDA

    Yesterday was a great day! Wonderful weigh-in but because I did not weigh in at my usual time, I am discounting it. On Monday and Tuesday I take two evening fitness classes. Even though I keep myself well hydrated, drinking four cups of water before I go to the classes, lots during an... Read more

  • At his limits

    7/14/2014 10:27:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband is really at his limits with respect to tests, procedures, and his many health problems. We will go to the surgeon tomorrow afternoon and listen to his suggestion. We then will go home and ponder what he wants to do. Ultimately he makes the decision about surgery or treatments in gener... Read more

  • Issues...

    7/14/2014 3:55:52 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Again with the issues. This time it's carpel tunnel in the right wrist. No 'puter today. ::eyeroll::... Read more

  • Identify This Plant!

    7/14/2014 8:21:14 AM, by _LINDA

    Mom bought this from a greenhouse and the staff member couldn't tell her what it was: Close up of the flower or whatever it is lol: I am guessing its nor fo... Read more

  • Eating pattern...

    7/13/2014 2:24:22 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Welp, now that I have stopped eating when the hubs gets home after work, the scale is moving south again. Yeah!!! Lesson learned: Don't eat within 4 hours of bed time. Apparently I was dead set on sabotaging myself. Don't know why. However, I guess my current desire to simply feel better... Read more

  • Being Supportive

    7/12/2014 10:21:37 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband faces so many medical challenges. He is showing some weariness with tests and procedures. I am willing to listen and to offer suggestions. I do research on Medline and Web Md for him. I do Health A to Z as well to find out more information. I have questions for the Dialysis Cente... Read more

  • Update...

    7/11/2014 12:12:17 PM, by ECHOJULIET

    Got the update on Tuesday that I didn't have to wear the sling any longer. Yeah! I lost 2 pounds in that week that I was out of commission. Figured out that eating after the Hubs gets off work is a bad thing. Now that I have figured that out, I think I can get back to losing weight again.... Read more

  • Reflecting

    7/10/2014 10:42:59 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband and I face many challenges, yet grow closer with each one. We can express our deepest fears snd joys. We are present to each other. It is as blessing.... Read more

  • 07/10/14

    7/10/2014 5:48:27 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I weighed myself today,i feel i have been gaining,my clothes are tight. I'm up 10 lbs thanks to prednisone. I have to work harder to resolve this,it sucks. ... Read more

  • More medical problems for my husband

    7/9/2014 10:51:43 PM, by SBECKER526

    My husband, Bob, has courage and wants to do the best he can. Recently he had a CAT scan of the chest and a MRI of the thyroid. He then needed to have a biopsy of the one lobe of the thyroid for a large nodule. He got the news that he must see an ENT surgeon and plan to have the thyroid remov... Read more

  • 07/09/14

    7/9/2014 8:41:08 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I got a 30 minute yoga dvd done this morning and a 30 minute walk. Then worked til 7. I'm off tomorrow,not sure what i shall do,a bike ride or rent a kayak. I want to try this stand up paddle boarding.... Read more

  • Tales and Photos From The Gemini Side!

    7/9/2014 9:26:28 AM, by _LINDA

    Sometimes I feel like I am two different people, like my star sign! I seem to swing from highs to lows like the monkeys in the forest trees! I had a nice (but boring) weekend. Two days spending hours in a garage waiting for customers, getting bothered by mosquitoes. A wonderful time when... Read more

  • 07/08/14

    7/8/2014 9:05:23 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I was up at 5 am,did 12 laps at the pool. Went to the mall (1 hour drive),got new nike's,then went to work til 7. I walked my half hour break,was hot out,but felt good. ... Read more

  • 07/07/14

    7/7/2014 5:49:52 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I got a great bike ride in this morning,i seen more baby bunnies then people (my kind of ride. I love my days off. I got a walk in this afternoon. Back to work tomorrow after being out sick all last week. There is about 8 weeks until the Biggest Loser 10k walk i'm signed up for. I cant wait,nervous ... Read more

  • Hope everyone had a safe & sane holiday.

    7/7/2014 1:14:58 PM, by XENA1956

    We had our 29th wedding anniversary on the 29th. lol Jeff had to work and I got another migraine. My daughter Samra and her guy Carl came out from Arizona for the weekend. They have been together 3+ years and Carl said they were thinking about getting married possible next year sometime. They are t... Read more

  • New phone on the way!

    7/6/2014 11:23:35 PM, by SBECKER526

    I soon will pass my Blackberry phone onto my husband. ATT required us to replace his "dumbphone." I will swap the new phone; he'll get mine. I will be in app heaven. I want to download the Sparkpeople app, My Health Chart from my doctors/hospital, my home security system app, and others. I ... Read more

  • 07/05/14

    7/5/2014 5:59:44 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I cleaned house this morning. Then went for a bike ride,it was busy there. Tomorrow am i'm going biking again,early enough while the holiday people are sleeping,lol. I got some reading done. I'm feeling so much better i'm almost bored,time to go back to work :). Read more

  • Mindful eating and social gatherings

    7/5/2014 12:17:38 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am finding that I am in social gatherings more than usual during last week and next week. I am dedicated to entering the foods in my nutrition tracker and to be mindful of the selections that I make. I am keeping my breakfast sensibly focusing on cereal, fat free organic milk, berries or a... Read more

  • Happy Independence Day!

    7/5/2014 12:10:14 AM, by _LINDA

    Wishing everyone a happy, fun safe holiday! Our garage sale was slow today, mostly neighbors and friends, but what you would expect on a working weekday. Hoping for better tomorrow. Poor Mom is tired already, wishing we could put it for on shorter hours. Having our hottest, most humid day... Read more

  • Rescue Cat and Fireworks

    7/4/2014 10:07:09 PM, by SBECKER526

    Snaggles, my rescue cat, has separation anxiety with respect to me. If I am away, he chews his fur off. I am working with him and comforting him. He is also scared of fireworks. So this 4th of July finds me at home. I have Snaggles snuggled at my feet. He is currently purring. We just fin... Read more

  • 07/03/14

    7/3/2014 5:40:58 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I had a better day today,stronger,more time out of bed. I cleaned the house,walked with a daughter a few miles,felt great. I'm hoping to go for a bike ride tomorrow am. Nothing planned for the weekend,but rest for the upcoming week. ... Read more

  • Getting Help For My Bad Knee

    7/3/2014 3:39:51 PM, by SEATTLE58

    I thought that I should let all my buddies know that I've been doctoring with my bad right knee. I was to my doctor last week and x-rays were done and then to the Orthopedic Spec. this morning and when he walked into the room, he said that my knee was shot! And shot he meant too, with how he expla... Read more

  • Easy dessert-great for July 4th!

    7/3/2014 12:07:09 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    Blueberry Squares 1 package angel food mix ( use mix that you just add water, like Duncan Hines) 21 ounce light blueberry pie filling Preheat oven to 350. Combine mix and filling (nothing else). Pour batter into an ungreased 9 x 13 inch baking dish, bake for 30 minutes. Cool and c... Read more

  • issues...

    7/3/2014 12:11:07 AM, by ECHOJULIET

    I have reinjured my left rotator cuff. 'roid injection Muscle relaxer so I can a sleep, the pain is just that bad Sling 24/7, yes, even at night for complete immobilization until I see the doctor on Tuesday of next week. So much for the 4th of July. Totally NOT pleased! Grrrrrrrr.... ... Read more

  • Staycation Treats

    7/2/2014 10:31:29 PM, by SBECKER526

    I decided to claim the month of July as my vacation at home. So I went shopping at the farmer's market and got great items to cook. I planned wellness treats such as manicure, pedicure, and shiatsu treatment. I got my hair style changed up. I purchased a few new outfits to match my decrease in s... Read more

  • Freggies

    7/2/2014 8:11:40 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    I had two refreshing freggies (fruits/vegetables) today---- Tomato slices, string cheese, balsamic vinegar, pepper (when available, I love adding fresh basil) Frozen banana in blender, little milk, splash of honey on top! (recent Spark recipe) Feels like refr... Read more

  • 07/02/2014

    7/2/2014 5:56:31 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I'm feeling slightly better,the dr called n confirmed my blood test,lyme and ra flare-up. I rested a lot,all i feel like doing still. I had breakfast with a friend this morning,that made me feel so much better. We got some bad storms here this afternoon,my one kitty doesn't like them. Read more

  • Busy Times Ahead

    7/2/2014 2:06:52 PM, by _LINDA

    I gave myself a long and invigorating workout this morning as this was the first time in a long time my pain was tolerable. I did 30 minutes on the Elliptical of intervals and then I did a 45 min Zumba Activate DVD and a 20 minute Rush Zumba DVD. Breakfast got sidetracked when the nurse called to ... Read more