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7/30/19 9:54 P

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Hey, MEís!!

How can it be the last day of our challenge is already here?! I will total my points tomorrow sometime, but Iím afraid I will be low again-worries about Sophie and getting ready for our trip preoccupied my mind and I did not spark or exercise as much as usual. I also just didnít do the blog since the topics werenít ones I had much I could talk about.

Yay, today was a good one for Sophie (besides her poop!) Hope tomorrow is another one! I took her for a half hour walk, and then did water exercises at the pool with my friend, Mary. Dave and I went out to run errands for last minute things for our trip and went out to lunch for soup and salad. Back at home, I spent time packing (will finish tomorrow,) read, and was on the phone with my sister for over an hour.

Amanda, you must be so tired of feeling crummy! I hope youíll be done milking for awhile! Glad it will be cooler for you there for the rest of the week. You impress me with how well you continue to do with your exercise, eating and water! Great job! Last night I succumbed to overeating snacks after Dave went to bed-i havenít done that in ages! I guess it was the stress of what is going on with Sophie getting to me. Thanks so much for your wishes for my trip and Sophie!

Michele, good for you doing the blog! I havenít been to a waterpark in ages. Maybe one day in the future if I ever have grandkids! It was great being on a team with you this month. I didnít sign up for August since we will be away till the 19th, but I will definitely write a blog about our Alaska trip when we get back (and hopefully have good news about Sophie being good while we are away!)

Barbie, sorry I missed your post last night! Sounds like the memorial and run/walk for Bobís son went well. Iím sure it was very emotional! You had a productive day yesterday. I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip to see visit your daughter and Harley! Enjoy every minute and have fun celebrating her birthday! I canít believe a year has already passed since she was born! I am sure I will worry about Sophie while we are away, but hopefully we will have such a good time, that my mind will not dwell on it. Iím mostly hoping I can sleep ok.

Have a wonderful Wednesday and an awesome month of August!



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Good Evening! Im still not feeling very well, so this is going to be a quick check in. I had to milk again tonight, but tonight should be the last night for awhile according to my husband. I think I might end up having to milk on Thursday night but we will see. It was humid here today, but we had some rain and its so much better now. The rest of the week is supposed to be less humid and cooler. Im on track with everything today, I did some light exercises. I couldn't do a lot at once, so I divided it up into about 10 to 15 minute increments.

Its hard to believe today is the last day of the challenge! It sure did fly by.

Amy- Im sorry that Sophie had a rough day, I hope she has a better day. I hope you have a great trip and Sophie does well while you are gone. I hope you dont worry too much about her and you enjoy your trip.

Barbie- Gad you nice weekend. Glad you got your tickets to go visit your daughter! I hope you have a good time!

Michele- Glad you had a good day! Great job on the walk!

I hope everyone had a good day!

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Amy, I'm sorry Sophie had a bad day. Poor baby! You both had a good day today emoticon for that!

Barbie, I'm glad all went well for the Memorial. How old is Harley now -- a year?

Just want to say it was GREAT getting back on a team with you all! Is everyone signed up for next month?

Amy, have a super time in Alaska -- take lots of pictures! And best wishes for Sophie!
Amanda, I hope you feel better soon!
Barbie, emoticon to Harley!


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Hi, Friends!

Sorry I didnít make it here last night. Yesterday was an upsetting day with Sophie sick again (she messed in her crate and didnít want to eat most of the day.) But Dave and I did take her for a little walk in the morning. Then we went out for a late breakfast with Sean and went to Samís Club. I donít think I did too much after that. Today was a much better day- she felt well again and I was busy all day. I took her for a half hour walk and then went to the gym. I got laundry done, did yard work outside with Dave, played cards in the afternoon at a friendís house, and then Mah Jongg in the neighborhood tonight. Tomorrow I have a few things to go but for our trip, and then Iíll start to pack.

Michele, bet you are glad to have Glen back home again! What kind of turtles do you have? Your drive and walk by the bridge and river sounds nice!

Amanda, hope the milking went well, and you didnít cough too much. Glad your hubbyís hand is getting better and that you got out for another walk with him.

Barbie, hope you are doing well!

Have a terrific Tuesday!



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Good evening friends. Sorry I didn't make it in to chat this weekend, but it was filled with things for Bob's son who passed away in March. On Saturday was the memorial run/walk which was nice. Bob and I walked on the track. Originally we planned to walk the same route the runners ran, but there were too many inclines for my bursitis. Anyway, it was a decent turnout. Sunday we went to church and then Bob mowed my lawns and then we went to his son's memorial and out to dinner. All in all it was a good day, but emotional.

Today was a fairly nice day. Marv and I got in our 38 minute walk. Then I came home and purchased tickets to go visit my daughter next week. They are having Harley's birthday early so her uncle can be there since he leaves for college before her actual birthday. Then it was yoga and a haircut. I got it cut shorter than normal so that I didn't have to deal with it as much while I am at my daughter's. This afternoon I worked in my back yard weeding.

Nutrition was great today.

@ Amy - I am sorry for your news about Sophie. I pray that she does well while you are on your trip and that you don't worry so much about her that it ruins your trip.

@ Amanda - I am sorry you are still not feeling the best. Summer colds are the worst. I am sorry you have to do milking for a few evenings. It is good news that your husband's hand is doing so well.

@ Michele - I am glad you had a good day. Sounds like you got in some good fitness.




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Good evening, everyone!
Today was a pretty good day. I walked up to PetSmart to get some filters & food for my turtles, did some weedeating in the yard and this afternoon we all piled into the car and just went for a drive. We came across an old no longer in use bridge. We walked across it and went down to a small river and walked around for a while.
That was about the extent of my day. Tomorrow, I think, I need to mow, especially the back yard and I may even get some 'sun time' in.

Amanda, that's great news about ypur husband's hand. He's probably easier to live with now emoticon

I'm going to go and start working on my Blog.
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Good Afternoon! Im checking in early today since I have to milk cows this evening, well we start at around 515. Now with my cold, I have a bad cough, which is going to make milking harder. Hopefully it will go fast. Other than not feeling well, ive had a pretty good day. Everything is on track, I got some light exercise and cleaned the bathroom, plus ill get quite a few steps milking cows tonight.

Michele- My husbands hand is doing good. He seems to almost be back to doing his normal stuff. I told him when he goes back to work like normal, im going to be lost.

Amy- Sorry Sophie wasn't feeling well, but glad she finally eat out of your hand. When my cats aren't feeling well, sometimes they do that too. Sorry you didn't like the Asian Fusion Restaurant. Its nice to be done milking for the most part, Ill have to milk here and there when they need me, like tonight and tomorrow. Hope you are feeling better and Sophie is doing good!

Barbie- Hope everything is ok with you and you had a good day!


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Good evening, everyone!
I worked today, walked home, cleaned 1 turtle tank (I'll do the other tomorrow), made dinner, did laundry...The usual stuff, I guess.

Amanda, glad you got some sleep & got another walk in with hubby. How's his hand doing? Hope you have a good night's slepp!

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Good Evening! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Im still not feeling the greatest, but I did get a decent night of sleep night. I took some advil pm before bed to make sure I would sleep. I went on a walk with my husband today. Walking is great when your not feeling well, I took it easy today and took it slow. My water and nutrition are good today, my calories are a little low but with being sick, I haven't had much of an appetite.

It was hot and humid here today, and tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same. Our county fair starts tomorrow. We probably wont go to it, especially since im not feeling well but we usually dont go anyways. But I have to milk Monday and Tuesday night because my nephew has a dairy beef feeder in the fair and does some other stuff there as part of 4h so he wont be milking, so I just have to milk in the evenings for 2 days so far.

Well im off to get ready for bed, even though I haven't been getting up to milk, Im exhausted tonight. Ill do replies tomorrow.

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Good morning!
Well, Glen got in on time last night, no hassles like last month. In fact, his flight arrived 13 minutes early. Fortuneately, we were already there.
Yesterday was another busy, hectic at work. It was just crazy! It was going great til about 11. Then, it seems like everyone woke up and said "let's go to Goodwill" emoticon . And it stayed busy til I got off at 4. I go in at noon today and then I'm off tomorrow & Tuesday. So today is my Friday!

Amy, aww...Poor Sophie! She just wanted some extra special 'mommy attention'. Sorry the Asian Fusion restaurant didn't appeal to you.

Amanda, yeah, summer colds are the worst. They just seem to hang around! But you're still exercising, so that's a good sign. I'm sorry about your kitty.

Have a good day!

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Hi, there!

Today went pretty well. We had couples golf first thing (left the house at 6:55,) and I did pretty decent for once. Sean was going to take Sophie out for us, but I decided to because I wanted to see how she was doing and make sure she hadnít made a mess. She didnít want to eat most of the day, so I gave her the nausea medicine. Finally this afternoon and tonight she ate some, but it was really weird-she wouldnít eat the food out of the bowl, but would eat it if I hand fed it to her on a spoon!
I worked on my bullet journal this afternoon and tonight we went out to dinner with Sean to an Asian fusion restaurant. I am not a picky eater, but nothing on the menu appealed to me for some reason. I ended up getting this dish called sizzling chicken, and I didnít like the sauce they had on it at all. I picked at the chicken and veggies and took most of it home, but I think Iíll be throwing it away, unless I can get Dave or Sean to eat it!

Amanda, a summer cold sure does make you feel miserable. I have a little sore throat and nasal congestion right now, but nothing major, just enough to be annoying. Glad you feel well enough to walk. Thatís good that you can sleep in and donít have to milk cows again till mid August. Thatís sad about your cat who had lymphoma that spread so quickly. Yes, surgery and chemo costs thousands of dollars. I read that a liver lobectomy for a dog is about $9,000! I am praying hard that Sophie will be okay while we are away.

Michele, hope you had another busy day at work, so the time went by quickly. Have a nice welcome home reunion with your hubby tonight!
That makes sense that an animal could get breast cancer, but you donít hear about it much. Thatís amazing that she lived 1 1/2 more years with it.

Barbie, I hope you had a great day!

Have a sensational Sunday!

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Good Evening! What I thought were allergies, turned to a bad cold. I dont know why I keep getting sick, but being sick in the summer is miserable. I did go walk still today, I haven't really had a fever, just a bad sore throat and sinus congestion so I figured a walk would be good. My nutrition is ok, and my water is good. The best news is that I dont have to milk cows till around August 16 or 17. So hopefully with being able to sleep in, I can get to feeling better.


Michele- Sounds like you had a busy day! Good for you for walking home! I never used to be able to get mu husband to walk with me, hes been better about it though. Especially since hes not working as much right now. When he works a lot, I dont expect him to walk with me when he works 12 plus hour days, 7 days a week. But its always nice when he can. Sorry your husband will never walk with you.


Amy- Good for you for going on a walk with Sophie! Im so sorry about Sophie. I had a cat who had Lymphoma, and there was nothing we could do for him. He was around 12 and the nearest place to get treatment was over an hour away and it was really really expensive, like thousands and thousands of dollars per chemo treatment. So our vet gave him some pain medicines and a few other medicines and we made him as comfortable as we could for as long as we could. And ofcourse, we spoiled him even more. Unfortunately the cancer spread pretty fast, and we had to make that dreaded decision not even a month later. I hope Sophie does well and you have a lot of time left with her.


Barbie- Sorry you are not feeling well. I hope you feel better soon!! Great job on the walk and yoga despite not feeling well!

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Good evening!
Getting here later tonight! We were busy, busy tonight! And then i walked home.
But it's over & I get to go back and do it again at 8am. And hubby comes home tomorrow night -- 10:45pm. emoticon

Amy, a week away! WOW! I know you're excited! I'm so sorry about Sophie. I had a cat who had breast cancer -- and I never knew animals could get breast cancer. But, as my vet said, if it has breasts it can get breast cancer emoticon She was 12 at the time and not a candidate for chemo because of her age and the stage. But she was put on medicine to keep her as pain free as possible and she lived almost 1 1/2 years. And the nearest chemo place was Texas A & M University, almost 2 hrs one way.

Barbie, are you going to run? Sorry you woke up not feeling well. Happy Marv got his walk & you got your 'yoga on'. Hope you feel better tomorrow!

Amanda, sorry your not feeling well. Hopefully, it'll clear quickly. But I'm glad you got to walk with hubby. That must have been nice. I can't get my husband to walk around the block emoticon Seriously, he won't walk. And we used to hike all the time, until he came back from Poland. Oh, well...Hopefully, you'll get another walk in tomorrow, too.

Well, I gotta get to bed. Working early tomorrow.
Have a good night and a GREAT Saturday!

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Hi, Team!

emoticon emoticon On another win!

I have to make this short and quick. Iím tired and not in a chatty mood. This morning I did not go to the gym, since we had to take Sophie to the vet. I did have time to take her for a 1.75 mile walk though. At the vet we got her more meds for days she has nausea and diarrhea, and a supplement for her liver. We canít/wonít do anything about the cancer and have no idea how fast the tumor will grow or if it will metastasize, so we just want to make her as comfortable as possible for a good quality of life for whatever time she has left.
The rest of the day I went through my clothes in the closet to figure out what I am taking for our trip and weeding our clothes that are too big or I donít like anymore to donate. I also spent a lot of time reading. Tonight we went out dinner with our friends, Karen and Denny, who are going to Alaska with us. One week from todayweíll Be there!

Barbie, sorry you had some congestion today. Good job taking Marv for a walk and pushing to do yoga. Thatís great that you started a scrapbook project for your granddaughter!

Amanda, if you have allergies, that can make you just as miserable asan illness. Hope the allergy meds help. How nice that you went for a nice long walk on the trail with your hubby! Glad they found the vitamin D deficiency so hopefully the pill will make a big difference for you!

Michele, work can take the energy out of you! Hope you had a great day today!

Have a super Saturday!


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Good evening. I woke up with a lot of congestion as I forgot my prescription before bed last night. It got warm early so it was a struggle getting moving. Marv and I went for a short walk. After about 20 minutes I called it good since it was warm and I was not feeling the best. I even thought about not going to yoga, but I did go and it was a tough, but good workout.

This afternoon it was warm and I didn't have much energy so I decided to take an easy day. I did laundry and worked on a scrapbook gift for my granddaughter for Christmas. It felt good to be creating again. I hope the project turns out good.

Nutrition and water were both good today.

Tomorrow is the Memorial Run in memory of Bob's son who passed away in March. He was an avid runner.

@ Amanda - Good job on getting in a nice long walk with your hubby. How frustrating that you are starting to feel the scratchy throat and such. It is difficult to determine the difference between allergies and illness sometimes. Good luck on figuring it all out.

@ Amy - I hope you had a good day and that Sophie also had a good day.

@ Michele - Loved the photo. I hope you had a good day.



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Good Evening! Today was an ok day. Im on track with everything, and went for a nice long walk with my husband at the trail. Yesterday afternoon, I started to get a scratch throat again and its gotten a little worse today. This is how everything started a couple weeks ago. It was mainly all on one side, and this is how it is again, but its on the opposite side. Its not quite as bad. It could very well be allergies, grass pollen is high here right now and I was outside when my husband was mowing the grass yesterday, and right after that is when it started. Im going to start taking allergy pills every day to see if that helps. It weird everything going on, it seems to all be connected no matter what it is. Maybe somehow its all from my vitamin D being so low.

Im hoping to go on another walk tomorrow but it depends on how I feel and what my husband has planned for tomorrow.

Well even though its only 830, im off to get ready for bed. 430 comes way to fast! I hope everyone had a good day!

Great job on winning week 3!!!


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Good evening friends. Marv and I got in a nice 60 minute walk which felt good. Then I went to the Y and did strength and stretching for about 40 minutes.

I got up this morning and then realized it was an hour earlier than normal, but I stayed up. This afternoon I got so sleepy that I took a nap so not much else got accomplished.

@ Amanda Ė That is good news that your husband is healing so good.

I hope that taking the Vitamin D will help with some of the issues you have been dealing with. I hope that the pain you have been having can be resolved. That is weird that your doctorís scale was that much off. I am glad that all of your labs came back good.

@ Michele Ė Good job walking home after work last night. It is no wonder you were tired.

@ Amy - - I am glad you were able to get the results from the vet so quickly, but I am so very sorry that the news was not good.




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emoticon emoticon emoticon Just stopping by to announce the winning team for week three of the July BSG Challenges. emoticon to the MINDFUL EATERS for having the highest average points for week three of the July BSG Challenge. The MINDFUL EATERS had four participating members:

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Be sure to show your team spirit and support to those winning participants, but remember, we are all winners. Everyone who participated had a job emoticon and the points were all close. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon




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Good Evening! Today was a beautiful day! I got outside this afternoon for about 45 mins to an hour. I was reading more about Vitamin D defiency, it explains a lot about whats all been going on with me the last several months. It could be why my depression, anxiety and panic attacks get so bad at times too. I went and picked up my prescription today, I take 1 pill once a week for 16 weeks. Ive just been really tired today. Which could be from my Vitamin D being so low, I went to bed early last night and took a nap today. Im trying to talk my husband into letting me out of milking in the mornings for a few weeks. He can do more now as his wrist his healing well. His DR said he only needs to wear his splint at the farm and to drive, and whenever else he feels like he needs to wear it. But the DR wants him to start using it and build his muscle back up and start getting more range of motion. But the DR wants him gradually out of the splint for everything except at the farm and driving by Aug 19. The DR said hes healing really well and was impressed with how far hes come in the last month or so.


My nutrition, water and exercise are all good today.

Michele- Good for you for walking home, after working! Yes August 14 is a ways away. They said if the pain gets worse to call and they can try to get me a same say appt. Hopefully the pain wont get worse though.

Amy- Im so sorry about Sophie. I hope you can talk to your vet about her options soon.

Barbie- Sounds like you had a great time! Great job on your walk!



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Good evening!
Sorry I didn't get here last night. Got out of work at 8pm, walked home & got home about 8:30 or so. I was just too tired. I'm sorry!

Amy, I am SO sorry about Sophie! Have you had a chance to talk with your vet about her options?

Barbie, glad you had a good time last night! Yoga, a walk AND a massage? emoticon A good day for you!

Amanda, emoticon for getting good bloodwork results! That is awesome! August 14 -- that's quite a ways out. Hopefully, you'll be OK until then.

Well, have a good night. Maybe I'll get here again later.

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My points for Week 3 are 1480.

Sorry I didnít get on here yesterday to figure out my points and chat. Surprisingly, the vet called us yesterday with the results of Sophieís ultrasound-they must have rushed it. The news isnít good. emoticon We have to call again today to get more clear about the results and see what options we have moving forward. The vet told Dave there was a mass on her liver, a lesion on her spleen and her lymph nodes were enlarged. She sent us the report and it was very confusing with lots of big medical terms we didnít understand. I am very upset, of course. We are questioning whether we would get a biopsy done, since if the tumor is malignant, we donít feel she should be put through surgery or chemo at her age (plus the expense.) Yesterday she had a good day and was ravenous-this morning the same. I bought her some new treats at the store and she loves them. Also, she doesnít play much anymore, but I got her a new toy and she was playing with it a bit. I just want to hold her, but she isnít a cuddle pup like Max was and jumps down after a minute of loving.

I was supposed to leave the house at 6:35 to go golf, but I woke up to it pouring, so we canceled. Of course, now itís clearing up and the sun is coming out. But, Iím not in the mood and the course would be really wet. Hopefully, I feel up to doing some exercise today. I will push myself to do something. This afternoon my sister is going to call me to discuss the book we are reading. Then we are going out for an early dinner with friends and I have a hair appointment at 6:30 tonight -the only time I could get in, after canceling my appointment last week.

Iíll try to get back to do responses later on. I mainly wanted to post my points and tell you about Sophie.

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Good evening friends. Last night we went to Music in the Park so I didn't make it in to chat. The music was great. It was a band from Portland, Oregon. It was supposed to be jazz, but I am not sure that is what I would consider it, but it was great.

Today Marv and I got in a 30 minute walk and then I went to yoga. This afternoon I had my monthly massage which was awesome. Not much else happened today.

Nutrition and water was good.

@ Amy - thanks for the tips on an eating plan. I will check out the link you shared.

@ Amanda - Glad you seem to be feeling some better. I hope the doctor visit went well.

@ Michele - Sounds like you found some good buys at Goodwill. Enjoy your hair cut. I have to call for an appointment too.



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Good Evening! Today has been an ok day. My water and exercise are good. My nutrition is ok. I had my DR appt today. He said the pain im experiencing seems to be something dental, everything looks ok medically. I dont totally disagree with him. Ive had a lot of dental problems, but never experiences this kind of pain before where I have it at. I made a dentist appt, but they cant see me till August 14, but I can call if the pain gets worse and they can try to fit me in. I told them the pain has been better the last couple days. I was thinking about everything that's been going on, and I went to read, and one possible cause could be TMJ. Ive never been told ive had it, but ive always suspected ive had it, and the pain is exactly where pain would be from it. I know TMJ can be very very painful. I think my doctors scale is messed up. Some how I weighed the same amount this time as last time, and ive lost over 15 pounds since ive last been there. Everything else was good...my blood pressure was good. I got all my blood work back, everything was good, all my kidney values were back to normal from when I had a bad kidney infection a few months ago, and my WBC is normal. My cholesterol is good, which was surprising. High cholesterol runs in my family and im the only one that doesnt have it. My cholesterol has always been borderline, but it was actually good this time. The only thing that was wrong, is my Vitamin D is really low. So I got put on a high dose of vitamin D for 12 weeks, I believe. And I was told I need to spend more time in the sunshine. Usually when I walk its in the evenings. My vitamin D being low makes a lot of sense, as I have many symptoms of it.

Amy- That's a long time to have to wait for Sophies results...hopefully you will get them sooner.

Michele- Glad you got some shopping done and your haircut!

Barbie- Sometimes we all just need a break from exercising and worrying about eating healthy. Im glad it helped you.

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Good morning! My points are 2,031.

Amy, 7 - 10 days?! Oh, well...

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Hi, Friends! Another week of the challenge over already? Where does the time go?

Today wasnít a real exciting day. Woke up to Sophie having spit up phlegm in her crate and practically ran to the common area outside where she does her ĒdutyĒ to have diarrhea! Sigh!
We took her over to the vet for the ultrasound at 9. They said they would call when she was finished- the technician wasnít supposed to get there till 10, and that it should be a couple hours. So Dave and I went out to breakfast before heading home. Then figured weíd get a call to go pick her up between 11 and 12 (she wasnít having anesthesia or being sedated.) Well, those times came and went and I was starting to get worried about what was taking so long. I tried to keep occupied by finishing up laundry and reading a book (wasnít in the mood to exercise!) Finally at 1:00, Dave called to see what was going on, and they said someone had called us awhile ago and left a message. Well, they must have called the wrong number since neither one of us had any call on our phones! Oh, well! We were just glad she was okay. The only bad thing is they said we wouldnít get results till 7-10 days! We told them we were going away on a trip, so now I am praying that we hear by early next week, if not before. Ugh!

Michele, you sure were busy at work on Sunday! Itís interesting to learn what you do- I think I would like that kind of work if I decided to get a part-time job. Sounds like there are a lot of good deals to find there- glad you found some for you! I will definitely be checking out the Goodwill here. I made out ok at Kohlís again, although I tried a lot of things on that didnít appeal to me- I did find black Vera Wang leggings on the clearance rack for $5.
Denise Austin! I used to love to do her workouts and I think I still have one or two of her DVDs.
Sophie appreciated your kind thoughts and wishes! She says thank you!!

Amanda, glad it is cooler there now, but sorry you are still experiencing pain in your ears and throat, even after being on the z-pack. Hope the dr comes up with something else you can do to relieve the symptoms. Way to go doing workouts despite not feeling well, and great job with your nutrition and water as well!

Barbie, Sunday at the lake and driving along the coast was just what you needed to get you away from working at home and feeling motivation again! Sounds like you had a good, productive day yesterday! As far as what plan you should follow for nutrition, maybe just work on moderation and mindfulness. Have you heard intuitive eating?
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Eat foods that make you feel good and avoid ones that cause cravings or give you digestive issues. I do low carb simply because I feel better when I donít have gluten or sugar, and when I eat salty carb snacks, I want more and more. Now and then I can have a little chocolate or ice cream and Iím satisfied. Itís been real tough to lose these last ten pounds though. When I get back from Alaska, i May have to get more strict again and do some intermittent fasting.

Well, I best go read and respond to some blogs and then head off to bed. Have a wonderful Wednesday!


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Good evening, all!
Had a good day today.
Did some shopping at Goodwill. I got some summer shirts & a pair of capris. Also I found some filters for Roxie's tank for $1.99. The same filters at PetSmart go for $17. I was so happy! And I got my haircut! So, yeah, a fabulous day! I didn't go to the gym today but I did pop in a Denise Austin dvd & walked Amber to school.
The temps here were pretty good today. Low 90s but with a nice cool-ish breeze. It was a nice relief!

Amanda, I'm glad you're feeling a bit better today.Hopefully you'll get some answers tomorrow.

Amy, any answers on Sophie?

Barbie, sometimes we just need a break. It's good you recognized that! Oh, a picnic lunch sounds wonderful! Sounds like a nice, relaxing day!

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Good Evening! Im feeling ok today. Im still having quite a bit of pain in my ear and throat though. I go to the DR tomorrow, so ill talk to him about it. I got in a lot of exercise today, since other than having pain, im really not feeling too bad. Exercising helps me concentrate on something other than the pain. Today was a good day overall, my nutrition, water and exercise were all good!

Im going to keep this short so I can go do my blog and catch up on a few other things I got behind on while not feeling well. I hope everyone had a good day!

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Hi, Everyone!

I had a busy day today and am tired and ready for bed, so I will write a longer post with responses tomorrow. I am feeling good today-no sinus issues! I went to the gym, talked on the phone with a friend for an hour, did laundry and cleaning, went to a neighborís for a short visit, and then played games (Samba and Mah Jongg) this afternoon and evening!

Sophie goes for her ultrasound tomorrow morning at 9, so I have my fingers crossed! She had another good day today.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


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Good evening ladies. I took all weekend off from working out or basically doing much and I think it was just what I needed. Yesterday after church Bob and I drove over to Loon Lake. It had been many years since either of us had been there. It was really nice there. We had a picnic lunch and just drove around. After checking out the area around the lake we drove over to the coast and had ice cream. On our drive home we stopped in a little town about halfway back and had dinner.

Today Marv and I went for a short walk, about 1.5 miles and then I went to yoga. This afternoon I vacuumed and did laundry.

@ Amy Ė I am sorry you had a sinus headache yesterday, and hoping you are all better today. Yay for an early tee time so you could avoid some of the heat. I am getting excited for you hearing about your Alaska trip. It sounds really great.

Good job on staying on your keto diet while enjoying the neighborhood party. I really need to figure out what plan I should be on and then how to make myself stick to it no matter what.
I took the entire weekend off from exercise and I think that really helped with my motivation. I am glad Marv likes to go for rides.

The roasted radishes actually were pretty tasty.

@ Amanda Ė I am really sorry you are continuing to not feel well. I hope the antibiotics and such will help you feel better soon. Good job getting in the light walking despite how you felt. Have you ever tried salt water nasal spray? I find it really helps when I am congested.

@ Michele Ė Sounds like you had a busy day at work on Sunday. I hope you have a good week while Glen is gone.



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Good Evening! Im feeling a little better today. Im still in quite a bit of pain though. This is horrible whatever is causing this. Today, I got in quite a bit of exercise, all light exercise with still not feeling the greatest. But I felt like I could do more today, so I did. My nutrition and water are ok today. Its still hard to eat or drink anything, so they are both a little off, but Ill get them both back on track as soon as Im feeling better.

Michele- Sorry you didn't get anything done you wanted too. Glad you got a walk in though! I dont have my tonsils anymore. I did think maybe strep, I have had it a handful of times since I have gotten my tonsils out. Strep is miserable so it would explain why im in so much pain. I didn't want them to do a culture since it would cost more, and the treatment is the same. Im on a zpack, which is be used to treat strep.


Amy- Its much cooler here now. We went from temps being in the upper 90s to low 70s today, its such a difference! Today felt kinda chilly after the hot weekend we had!


Barbie- Sorry you have been struggling with exercise. I hope taking a couple days off helped.


Hope everyone had a good day!




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Goode evening! Slow here today.
Well, I didn't get anything done that I had planned to. Instead, I walked Amber to & from school, laundry and did a little grocery shopping. I'm getting my haircut tomorrow & then I'll stop by Goodwill, do a little shopping. The lady who cuts my hair will be in at 3. I figure I'll leave here about 1, go to Goodwill then get my haircut
Other than that not much else happened here.

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Good evening, everyone!
Got out of work at 6 tonight -- that's closing time on Sunday. The night manager opted not to put me on register today because there was too much floor work to do. And on Sundays it's just her & I. And there's LOTS of clothing to take off the floor. On Sundays it's the womens dept -- all the clothing.And it goes by tag color. Today it was all the green tags in the womens dept. Go through the racks, pull them, take them in the back, pull them off the hangers and throw them in these huge cardboard boxes called Gaylords. They get shipped to another store to sell there. That's a good 4 hour job right there. The last 2 hours are spent putting out 'wares', household goods & knicknacks, kitchen stuff, pictures, etc. And there were 4 grocery carts of those. And a cart of shoes. So Sundays are just go, go, go. I never even took a break, I was just so busy. Give me the floor ANYTIME! And then I had to walk home from work. It's only about a 35 minute walk, tho. It was just hOT, even at 6pm.
And Glen is gone for the week. He left this afternoon and will be back Saturday.

Amanda, you must just have a really bad cold. Do you still have your tonsils? Strep or tonsillitis, maybe? Hopefully, it's nothing serious. Did the heating pad help at all?

Amy, I miss him but I do enjoy the peace & quiet.
I've found a few tank shirts that I need to go back to Goodwill and get tomorrow. It's a great place to go and get things that you don't wear often or that you don't want to spend a small fortune on. I never shopped secondhand stores until I started working there. Granted, you do need to look the item over carefully. And it depends on the store & the people in the back as to the quality of the item. Our store will put out items that are wrinkled or have loose buttons but it's rare that you'll find anything with holes or stains or broken. And a lot of the stuff doesn't even look like it's been worn. The original tags are sometimes still on it. I've never figured that one out. I put a dress out a couple days ago, $102 from Dillards & we priced it at 10.99. It's a pretty dress, size 4.
Tell Sophie I said good luck at her appt tomorrow!
Sounds like you had a great time last night! The games sound fun! I'm not competitive. I like to play to have fun not necessarily to have to keep score.
Did you make it back to Kohls?

Barbie, did you go to the coast?

Well, have a good night!
I have tomorrow off and need to walk with Amber to school in the morning. This is her last week. It's Economics this month.

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Good Evening! Sorry for not checking in yesterday. Im still not feeling very well. I felt really bad yesterday, I had a lot of pain on the right side of my face and head, so I went to urgent care. I assumed I had an ear infection. Ive been having a hard time especially talking because the pain in my throat is so bad. It also hurts to drink or eat. But she looked at my ears and said they look ok. Shes not sure what Im in so much pain. I told her about having a sore throat and sinus congestion, she said it could be a sinus infection or some other kind of infection causing the severe pain. I have a couple teeth that need some work on that side, I have a cavity and I guess a cracked tooth. But none of my teeth actually hurt and I told her that so she was unsure if it was a tooth causing the pain. But said its still possible. So she gave me an antibiotic and told me to take either sinus or allergy medicine to relieve the congestion. I slept most of today, I did do some light exercises still- I got about 60 mins of very light walking.


my nutrition and water have been ok. Both low since it hurts to swallow. I go see my normal doctor Wednesday, hopefully by then ill be feeling a lot better, but atleast I know I go see him this week.


Sorry this is so short, but im going to go lay down with a heating pad on. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

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Hi, again! Breakfast is over and I just read posts to respond to.

Michele, it's interesting that one night at work is busy with customers and then the next isn't. Glad you had a lot to do on the floor and didn't have to stand at the register, so time probably went by quickly. Hope it's the same today! Sorry you will miss saying goodbye to Glen. That's good that he's only gone one week though. I was so used to Dave traveling with business about one week a month, that it was hard to get used to him being home all the time since retirement. I enjoy the peace when I have the house to myself, since it's rare! Sometimes I let him go to the grocery store himself and stay home, so we can have some alone time!
$188 on clothes must have been a lot for that couple. I don't think about going to Goodwill for shopping, but I should, especially for sweaters on our trip, since I don't wear them much in Florida and don't want to spend a lot. We have a store about 20 minutes away - I will have to check it out to see what they have. That's great that Amber loves shopping there!
Thanks for rooting for Sophie - she appreciates it! Yesterday and today she's been pretty good, thankfully! We take one day at a time.

Barbie, I'm sorry you are struggling with motivation to exercise, but I know where you're coming from since it happens to me a lot, especially for doing a workout inside the house. It's a good idea to have the weekend for a break. Are you going to the coast today? Enjoy! That's great that Marv enjoys rides - Sophie shakes when we take her in the car. Thanks so much for praying for her! That's good that your area of the country is cooler and not experiencing the big heat wave. I like to look at the temps in various areas every day on my weather app. Today is high of 97 in Maine where we were just a month ago. Here it is currently 90 with a real feel temp of 110, and in all the places we are going in Alaska and Canada (Vancouver) are in the 50's and 60's right now. Sounds heavenly to me!
I have never roasted radishes before - do they get really different? I love taco salad!

Amanda, I sure hope you are starting to feel better and the weather doesn't stay too hot for long. It stinks to be sick anytime but even worse when it is really hot. I hope you are taking it easy and staying in the bedroom as much as you can.

Well, it's time for me to get a shower and head out to shop, before I change my mind and decide to hibernate here at home!

Have a great rest of the day!


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Happy Sunday, Mindful Friends!

Yesterday was a pretty good day - we started with couples golf with an early tee time, thank goodness! We had a 7:40 tee time and were home by 9:30. Glad we only play nine holes, because it was already getting really hot and I had a sinus headache. I was tired afterwards, so I relaxed - I am really kind of obsessed with our Alaska trip now, learning as much as I can about the land tour and cruise, our ship and tips from other travelers (there is a Princess Alaska Facebook page and YouTube videos from travelers who have done vlogs.) We got our Oceanready Medallions in the mail on Friday(we registered for it with our passport and credit card info)- we will wear them around our neck with a lanyard -they get us on the ship faster and open our door of our stateroom for us and we can pay for purchases with it.
We went to a neighborhood party at the rec center last night. I made a spinach salad with berries and feta cheese to take. I was very good with what I ate there - stayed keto as much as possible and didn't have any dessert, and took water to drink (no alcohol!) After dinner the hosts for this month had games for us to play - Dave and I were separated and everyone was at six different tables as teams. We played different games that were really fun, including a ball toss, spoon relay, cup tower building and Jenga. It got really rowdy - some of our neighbors are really competitive! Neither Dave or my team won - we didn't care! I was just glad Dave agreed to go, since he doesn't like playing games like that.

We are having a slow, lazy start to today. I took Sophie out for a 30 minute walk first thing, and since then I've been sitting. Sean came home from his meeting and now we are going to have a late breakfast. Then I will be going back to Kohls by myself, I guess. I have the Kohls cash to use, and the 20% sale ends today. I'm not in the mood for shopping, so we'll see how I do.

We are getting ready to have breakfast now, so I will post this and then come back afterwards to do responses.

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Good evening!
Today was pretty good at work. Slow as far as customers, but there's still lots to do to occupy the time.
Glen leaves tomorrow afternoon.

Barbie, I agree. But I'm guessing if you have the time & patience to wander the store the bargains are there. And I see the same faces day after day. Especially the older retired people. They LOVE a bargain! I thought $188 was excessive, too, but they walked out with BAGS of clothing. So good for them! And my daughter loves shopping there -- thank God emoticon . And with my 30% employee discount she can have a ball school shopping!

Anyway, have a good evening, everyone!

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Good evening. It was a beautiful day here, only the mid-80's which felt good. I have been struggling the past few days with motivation so I decided I would take this weekend off from exercise to give myself a break. I really didn't do much of anything. Marv and I took a ride which he really enjoyed.

I had a good nutrition day. I made taco salad for dinner which was a nice change.

@ Michele - I hope you enjoyed your time by yourself last night. Wow, it is hard for me to believe that people spend that amount of money on clothes at Goodwill. I never have much success finding anything I like, but I know there are people who do. I think they check there regularly.

I hope your day today went well.

Yes, I heard that something like 85% of the US is under the heat warning. Today it was a beautiful day here, only in the mid-80's. Marv does look good after his grooming and never fear the housework never goes away on its own. LOL

@ Amy and Amanda - I hope you had a fabulous Saturday.

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Good evening, all!
Just got home from work about 30 minutes ago. Amber's at a friends' houise for the night and Glen is playing poker. I have the house to myself for a while. We were busy tonight! People kept coming in. Big money purchases, too. $188.00 all on clothes on one purchase, we sold a sofa set. Just a bunch of stuff. Time went by fast. I go back in at 8am - 4.
Glen leaves Sunday at noon. I'll be at work, unfortuneately. But he comes back Sat at 10:30pm and I'll be there when he gets in. So that's good!

Barbie, it seems like most of the US will be under a heat warning this weekend. YUCK! Going to the coast sounds wonderful! How come you lost power? But glad Marv got his walk in and you did yoga. I'll bet he's a handsome boy after his grooming! Don't worry -- the housework will still be there when you get to it emoticon

Amanda, glad your temps weren't as bad as expected. Again, hope you feel better!

Amy, that cream cheese dip sounds real good! Yes, that's exactly the reason I don't like register. Standing in 1 spot drives me nuts! I like to be moving, too. I'm sorry Sophie wasn't feeling well again. I sure hope she's OK, poor baby! Tell her I'm rootin' for her!

Well, let me get ready for bed.
Have a good evening!

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Today was another fairly nice day. I think it got to the mid-80ís which isnít too bad. It is supposed to be warming up though and Sunday is expected to be hot even though it probably wonít be as hot here as many of you are experiencing. I think Bob and I will be heading towards the coast on Sunday.

Marv and I got in a 30 minute walk and then I did yoga. My plan was to do housework this afternoon, but our power went off for about an hour so by the time it came back on I was out of the mood.

Nutrition was good today.

@ Amy Ė I am sorry that Sophie was not feeling well and your day started off cleaning up such a mess. Poor Sophie (and you). I continue to pray that the ultrasound will reflect something that is treatable so that you can enjoy your trip and Sophie will feel good all the time you are away.

I am glad you made it to the gym and enjoyed the new workout. I looked for some class to take at the Y, but they all are too early in the morning for me.

How nice that your neighbor is also following the keto plan and you were able to get together to share snacks and recipes. I would love that.

From the reports it sounds like we are one of the cooler sports in the U.S. right now, but it is warming up and I have heard it is supposed to be hot by Sunday. I am sure the weather in Alaska will be a nice relief for you.

Marv always looks great after his grooming. It is just a bath and deshedding, but it makes him look so sleek and shiny. He doesnít seem to mind going, but I am not sure he looks forward to it.

The vegetables I roasted were sweet potato, carrot, beet, and radish. Good to know that you just use salt and pepper too. That is what I used.

@ Amanda Ė I am glad the weather didnít get as hot as you expected, but it still sounds too warm. Enjoy your air conditioning this evening. Good job on your water, nutrition and exercise. I am sorry you are still not feeling very well.

@ Michele Ė I hope you had a good day.




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