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What a great view Michelle!!

I will be off and on for the next couple of days. Taylor graduates tomorrow night. Can't believe it. Then we have the lock in for the graduates tomorrow night. I won't have time for a real work out tomorrow but I figure I'll get enough steps in throughout tomorrow night. I plan on sleeping until late morning on Friday then get my house back to normal.

Here's a picture of part of the supplies in my front living room. I have about twice as much stuff in there now for the lock in. This picture really doesn't do it justice.


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Had rough couple of days last week. Depression set in hard!! The realization that hubby was going to be home for four days, but I only got one of those off was just too much for me to handle..... So, hubby and I talked about my work situation a lot this weekend. We have a very unique situation with him working out of town, and we have a very close relationship. The last few months have been incredibly hard on us, with me working so much. I have been requesting a lot of weekends off lately. A great deal of them have been for my daughter's wedding shower, wedding, etc... I also have requested a couple of weekends so we can go camping.

Then, to top it off... My manager tells me today that she will do her best to accommodate the dates I've requested, but there was no guaranteed. I understand I can't get special treatment but, these are dates that I need off. Then, she goes on to tell me that she only gets one day off a month. That is her choice. She gets one day off a month because she is working two jobs. She had this past Saturday and Monday off at the store. I know, because I was the one working those shifts. I also tried to ask for some Fridays off once in a while to spend time with my husband. She asked me if I still needed Sundays off then for that. Of course I do! Most families get more than one day with their spouses.. Grrrr....... Sorry for the rant, just needed to vent.

After discussing it with my husband over the weekend, and tonight... We have decided it would be best to put in my notice for the summer. I can't expect special treatment. I get that. But, I am also very busy this summer. I also have to squeeze in time to make Anastasia her dress for the wedding. I am only working part time, and I can look for a job in the fall and see what comes up. Apparently, retail is not the answer. I'm not sure what is, but I'll figure it out.

We did go hiking on Sunday at Devil's Lake State Park on Sunday. My daughter met us there with Anastasia. I picked up Subway for lunch, and started on the trails. Anastasia was having so much time laughing and giggling! Found a rocky trail up the bluff, and I walked up it for a bit. I thought it was just a few steps up, but it kept going, and going, and going. My legs are still sore from that steep rocky staircase!! But, it was a beautiful view!

Here is a a peek at part of the staircase.


And the view. We never made it all the way to the top, but this was beautiful!


Hubby went out for dinner last night to spend some quality time together and enjoy it before he left again this morning. Trying to savor all the time I can.

This morning was back to the grind. I spent this morning cooking up a meal to freeze in portions. I had taken the chicken out of the freezer and it needed to be cooked before it went bad. Tomorrow, I plan to make a pasta salad for lunches. Busy, busy....

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That's the spirit Belinda!

We had a good weekend. Got some great walking in. Today was a little rough but I made it through. I had a snack instead of a real lunch and went walking. Think it was a little warm and along with not eating enough, it wore me out. We went to a bbq at 2 so I was trying not to eat a lot. I'm so proud of myself. I had one deviled egg, a kabob and a bratwurst. My husband decided to get crab rangoon as our side dish I can't believe I didn't eat any!! And I have enough calories left for a light dinner in a little bit!!

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Oh - so I just checked in to view my goals for the minutes challenge here and see that I have 1K minutes for the month. I can still do this, even w/my zero minutes for last week. If I do 67 minutes twice and 66 minutes once in the next 3 days, I will hit the 1K for the month.

I've decided, I'm GOING to do it.

I am feeling oh so very motivated right now!

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I'm sure I've mentioned this before... but I've recently learned that my best bet of getting exercise in is to start off with Monday night tennis. C - I love tennis but it had been 11+ years since I played... until 3-4 weeks ago when I found a league "near" my home. I only play once a week, but b/c of that one day, I feel SO good that i want to get more exercise in so I can lose more weight and get in better shape. However - last week, I didn't get to play. With hindsight 20/20 vision, I should have... because it wrecked havoc on me. I felt like c-r-a-p for "skipping out" and b/c that evening wasn't as "nice" as I had hoped I felt even worse for missing out. So with the no exercise and not having the evening as I nice as I wanted in my head, I allowed it to bring me down the rest of the week. I did ZERO exercise the entire week. Even over the weekend, the chores I did, I did sitting and did nothing. I allowed my emotions to run and ruin my exercise and spark streaks I had going.

This week however, while I plan to play tennis today, I'm sure it won't happen b/c it will rain instead. With the rain chances and knowing how last week went, I have an alternate plan. I'm going to the treadmill and using my weights today so I'll get 30 minutes in with or without tennis.

I do believe that this will keep my motivation going for the week and will follow through with my plans for activity for the week.

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5/28/17 9:34 A

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Hope everyone is having a good holiday weekend! I went for a short walk yesterday while waiting to pick up my daughter. Figured I'd better get something in before the storm started.

Been a productive day so far even though it's early. Got dishes done and did a short stint on the elliptical. Will be going for a walk later.

Have a great day!!

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5/27/17 10:39 A

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Great outlook Kathleen!!

ONEDAYATATIME, that picture is so cute!!!!

We have no plans this weekend. I love it!! I'm going to spend some time getting the prizes together for the senior lock in this Thursday. Wish me luck in staying up all night. I'm "working" from home on Friday, which means I'll be sleeping and bumming around the house. Can't wait to see what my step count will be once I get home.

What does everyone else have going on this weekend?

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I am blessed that my 21 year old and I are so close too. I just wanted to share some cuteness

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5/26/17 12:03 P

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Michelle-- Did you get some sewing in yesterday?

ONEDAYATATIME-- I love that book Battlefield of the Mind!! I listen to Joyce Meyer on YouTube when I walk or while I clean. My journey is about all kinds of growth and health too: mental, spiritual, emotional, financial and it started out physical.

My son has been over everyday for two weeks. Last night his gf had a special event and so he didn't come over. OK that was so weird! I had gotten used to him that quickly. I felt out of place. Not lonely...just weird -- like something was off. This surprised me because after he has been over for a couple hours I am usually ready for him to go (LOL) because I am not used to that much interaction and conversation. He got momma's chit chat ability to hold LONG conversations. The difference is I was trained out of it by my ex. He wouldn't conversate with me much after the first month living together. He felt we already knew everything about each other. He didn't like having in-depth conversations unless he had a drink or two in him. So I am used to someone around but it being quiet.

My son wants me to get back to where I used to be. He remembers my long conversations with friends when he was growing up. He enjoys the intellectual and friendly sharing. I am really blessed that my almost 20 year old is so into hanging out with me and sharing. It is a blessing.

I have been asking: what is going right? Its really helping.

happy memorial day weekend.


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I think I will start using the what's going right today to focus on the good things. My schedule is all over the place but I start my circuit workouts this week. I also bought Battlefield of the Mind because my journey is so much more than just weight loss

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Kathleen - I love your outlook and different ways to look at the day! Positive attracts positive!

Worked my night shift yesterday after getting my workouts in. I came home and made some strawberry coconut overnight oats. Trying to find more ways to fit in my fiber. I am getting closer! They turned out good, but I don't think it is sweet enough for hubby.

Today, I worked the opening shift. I drug myself out of bed this morning and got in a short workout. I was tired all day, and came home to take a nap! This rainy cloudy weather is getting really depressing!

I have the day off tomorrow, so I will be grocery shopping and working in my sewing room. I need to finish more seatbelt covers, and pack up a cross body purse/electronic bag that I sold the other day. Looking forward to my happy time!

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Life's going well. I need to up my exercise this week though because I haven't done my daily goal all week. It was great weather Mon and Tues but I chose 3 hour naps instead. I could sleep around the clock before that time of the month. But I did a mile and will do another on the way home in a few minutes so that's almost half way there!!

I caught myself asking internally "what's wrong with me today?" "what's wrong today?" ...then I remembered Confirmation Bias-- the theory that we always llok for something to support our thoughts. Since this is so... and I don't want to find things that are wrong and dwell on them... I decided to ask myself "what is going right today?" emoticon

I have a HABIT-- yes HABIT (out of my depressed state) to make the statement internally "I'm not happy" "I'm just not happy right now".

I'm GOING to break this!!

Those are my new goals to ask
What's going right today?
What brings me happiness?


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5/23/17 2:11 P

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Hi Dilly!! Welcome!!

Michelle, glad to see you back on track!!

Slow day at work today. I'm glad since it's the start of the Nurses Ball on General Hospital. Yes, I'm a soap opera junkie!!



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Hi Everyone

I'm Dilly, new to this team. Just popping in to give a wave emoticon

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Good for you Vickie!!

Peacelovejoy - We are always here for you to vent!! Support from Sparkfriends!

Had a good day at work. So much more enjoyable when you are busier. Looked at the newly posted schedule (she tries to post three weeks ahead), and it looks like I will be back to normal hours in two weeks. I am so excited!! I was glad to help, and I won't complain about the extra cash, but my sewing business has been neglected. I am ready to have time for me! Hopefully, she will stick around after going back to school so that we are not in this same situation in the Fall.

Did my workouts this morning before work, and eating is back on track. Feels good to be on the right track again. I was exhausted this morning - ended up getting out of bed two hours later than I wanted. But, my evening with the girls took a lot more out of me than expected along with getting up with hubby at 2:30 this morning. My body had to "catch up".

Another evening shift tomorrow, so I'll be doing my workouts in the morning! Hope everyone has a good night!

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I've very proud of myself. I've been off the wagon for awhile. I have been watching what I eat and have exercised the last 3 days in a row. While my eating hasn't been perfect, it's alot better than it has been. We have a couple of things going on tomorrow after work so I'm going to try to split my workout. I may just have to do the elliptical. It's supposed to rain off and on.

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Good morning Everyone,

Thank you for indulging me during my pity party rant last week. I appreciate all the messages I received. I am definitely on an upswing from all that nonsense. Well, enjoy your day.

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Worked Friday night and a full day on Saturday. We close at 5 on Saturdays, so it's not too bad. We went to visit with friends for wine last night. Us girls shared bottles of wine, while the guys watched the race. It was a great time and was very nice to see old coworkers. We are trying to plan the next get together. Hopefully, the weather will be more cooperative so we sit outside by a fire!

Drove an hour to a GNC to pick up some fiber powder that I use. My store doesn't have any, and it can't be ordered. I think they are changing the packaging. They have been doing that to other products in the store. They had two on hand, so I bought both. That should get me through two months. Hopefully, the issue will be resolved by then! Stopped at Walmart to do my grocery shopping, then home to do laundry.

I made sweet potato gnocchi with ground turkey and a butternut squash pasta sauce. I threw in a few frozen peas for extra color. So yummy! And it was enjoyable cooking a meal for a change :)

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

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Hope everyone is having a great weekend! It's been storming off and on here for the last 2 days.

Yesterday was Taylor's last day of high school. Just crazy!!! June 1st is graduation.

Ran a few errands today and now just watching a movie on Lifetime.

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I love the show Grace and Frankie. IT is quite interesting and fun to see the dynamic. Good for you on the blog. I too struggle with depression and am on an anti depressants for major depressive disorder. Sadly the only way I seem to be able to tell that it works is when I have accidentally missed a dose and spent the whole day crying. Lately is is hard to tell wether I am just tired or feeling low. I do use talk space and she has turned me on to Brene Brown. A researcher on shame and vulnerability. She has you tube videos and books.
I am working all week end. I have started walking 15 to 20 minutes before work most days. Once that gets easier I ll increase my distance as my road is not a flat one. Anyway everyone have a good day

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Kathleen - Good for you for noticing that the other shows are not good for you!! Test those new shows in unfamiliar territory!!

Been struggling with night time hunger. I get home from work just starving with hunger pains and all! Need to take a look at my meal planning and figure out how to adjust it. I seem better tonight, but not sure why.....

I work tomorrow 10-5, then going over to a friends for a wine get together. It will be nice to see some of my old coworkers from my last job. They were a great group of people!

The new girl starts at work next Thursday. It will probably be a couple of weeks before she can work on her own, but looking forward to the reprieve. I think I also heard that she may stay on for weekends after September. She plans to come home on the weekends.

Enjoy your weekend. Mine will be short!

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ONEDAYATATIME-- I remember all the drama of decades past-- whew I'm glad I'm not around it anymore LOL

I have been laying down daily from 4 or 5 pm until 7pm. just resting-- not sleeping. Actually avoiding life because I'm low. My son and his gf have been over the last two nights and I didn't want them to see me do this 3 days in a row (they are coming over again) so I did nap today but from noon - 3 pm. That one was needed because I did not sleep last night until 4am this morning.

I've only walked a mile today but I'm ok with that. I did 9 yesterday. And I was able to write a blog post about the habit of exercise with depression. Maybe it will help others to know they aren't alone.

SO I have a new Netflix show I'm totally into! (Usually I watch Law and Order SVU and Blue Bloods). But I decided to check out Grace and Frankie (with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterson) I LOVE it! And ya know what's odd? For the first time I noticed that the other two shows really do bring me down a bit. I never noticed that before and I've watched them over and over for years off and on. But comparing them back to back with this new show-- I notice the difference.

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Hi guys! I worked am shift as caregiver after being off four days man it was exhausting. I managed to get 14000 steps working alone. Today is med tech so won't get as many and will have to get in some walks.
It seems MPotter no matter what field you are in people really do not want to work. The drama alone with the young girls at my job is enough to drive someone batty

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Grand babies are so much fun! My first just turned one last week!! I had forgotten how fast they grow that first year, and enjoyed every second of watching it!

Thank you Kathleen. I really enjoyed making that shirt!

Worked the day shift today. I am in a rut. Just can't seem to get that exercise in because I want a nap....LOL And, I have the munchies. And I am hungry with my stomach growling. I need to figure out some foods that are low calorie, but help you stay full longer.

After my nap (hangs head), I worked in my sewing room. That is my happy place :) I finished up a custom seatbelt cover with some embroidery words on it. Love how it turned out! Three more items, and I'll be caught up. Hopefully, I will start getting some more dayshifts soon. It's much easier to squeeze in sewing time in the evening after work :)



The embroidery says "Days Are Precious".

Found out yesterday that my manager has decided to hire that girl anyway. Even though she is leaving in September for school, she will help ease things for the summer. And, if she likes, she could transfer to a store near school. In the meantime, we will continue to look for help. We received three applications today, but they all have their availability set for 9-5. Who requests those hours for a retail position? Rant over....

Busy day tomorrow with two workouts before work at 2:30. Hope I can get them in. I overslept this morning. Looked at the clock with 10 minutes before the alarm, woke up an hour later.... Why didn't that alarm wake me? Glad I got up in time to get ready for work!

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Hi guys. I've just been spending time with my grandbaby. Tomorrow it's back to faulting 😬 as i go back to work. Right now just getting used to site and starting with steps. I start the new well program at the end of the month so taking time

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Michelle-- t-shirt is SOOO cute

Went to the Dr. Turns out that I lost 4lbs in 6 months that I had put back on. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't more because I have increased my daily exercise. But THEN-- today I got a NSV : I got an email from SP that I crossed the 1,000 monthly minutes already. That's never happened this early in the month! So I am proud of that!!

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Looks like everyone is doing well!

My experience is to plan the day before up to the last 300 calories in my range. That way, if I am hungry in the evening, I have calories to spare :)

What a crazy 6 days I have had! Bad eating and all.....LOL But, the scale only went up 1.5 - I was expecting a lot more! Back on track today and exercise tomorrow!!

Wednesday - I worked until 4:00, and came home to work on a practice shirt for Anastasia. I made an appliquťd shirt that I had never done before!

Thursday - I worked until 4:30, came home and did the actual shirt, and packed for my trip down to my daughters.

Friday - I worked until 4:00, finished packing, and headed down to Middleton for the night.

Saturday - Anastasia's birthday party, and didn't get back home until around 8:00. Hubby was up late that night throwing up :(

Sunday - Found out that hubby, my daughter, and her fiancee all got sick. Hubby was doing a little better, so I drove back to Middleton to pick up Anastasia. We didn't want her to get it!

Yesterday, Had Anastasia here until around 7. Was in bed by 10, and slept for 10 hours!!!!!!

My daughter's fiancee works at Costco, and ended up on cart duty Friday afternoon. He picked up the cooties and gave them to others. So far, I have not gotten it. But, three others have. It is a nasty stomach flu. I told Derek to wear gloves next time!!

Today, I work at 2:30 for the evening, and up early tomorrow for the morning shift. I work the next five days. I was supposed to have Thursday off, but my manager let me switch my hours so that I could have off yesterday to watch Anastasia.

Here are my pics of the shirt :)





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ONEDAYATATIME41, congrats on the new grandbaby!!

NEWLIFE911, glad to see you picked yourself back up and are getting back on track. You got this!

WEEBOT, glad that you are feeling better.

We had to take our dog to the vet last night. Poor guy was limping when I got home from work. Then shaking while he was laying down. We thought it was his paw but looks like he pulled something. They gave him some medicine. He was walking so much better this morning.

Kids only have a few days left of school. They donít have to take all of their finals so neither one of them has to go to school tomorrow. Friday is their last day.

Hope everyone has a great day.


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Hey everyone. Just want to pop in and say hi. I'm finally starting to feel better after being sick for a week. Work is keeping me hopping as usual.

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!

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I got on last week hoping to get going, losing weight, feeling better, etc. That's not what happened. I was so good Sun-Thurs, very little cravings, felt good. Friday I woke up with a bad headache, shaky, and felt like I hadn't eating in a month. I stepped on the scale and had gained 5 lbs. UGH! Of course I did what any reasonable person would do and bought doughnuts and Oreos, went to the McDonald's drive through, bound to eat what I was craving at this point. I stayed off through yesterday. Ironically I didn't gain any more weight. I figured I probably didn't eat near enough calories and now I'm aiming for the middle of my calorie range. Before I was at the low end. I'm also trying to drink more fluids. Wish me luck, Please!

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Just popping in to say hello I am new to the team. I have to show off my new grand baby
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I hope as this weekend is wrapping up that You are all having some joyful moments or at least a little peace.

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Happy Mother's Day to everyone!! Hope you all have a great day! Taylor has to work today so we are going up to her work to have lunch. I already have my meal planned out since she works at Steak n Shake. I need to scale back on my calorie intake. Also going to Walmart to get a new trash can and a couple of other things. I really want to clean out the basement. We just have so much stuff down there that we don't need. Hoping this week will be a good week to do it. It's the kids last week of school and we have nowhere we have to be in the evenings!!

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Just wanted to check in and say hi. We spent hours and hours at Taylor's track meet today. I'm burnt even though I put sunscreen on. Never fails. Taylor beat her best time on the mile run. Great way to end her high school sports career.

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Peace Love Joy------I hate those landslide crappy times. I think all of us have been there, just know you are not alone. Try to focus on 1 thing you can control---how you feel. I think what you need is a little relax time. Get a magazine emoticon and a your favorite fruit emoticon from the store, take a hot shower emoticon , get in your fave jammies, then go snuggle in bed for a while, and just be. Everything else can wait-----this was something it took me forever to learn and to be honest I still struggle with it---but YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!

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Change is inevitable. The thing is...I hate change. This year, my children have moved out, my husband hasn't talked to me in two months, I lost a job that I loved two weeks ago. I ran over a curb and busted my tire and ruined the alignment on my vehicle; then, picked up a drywall nail in one of my other ones, Today, deer jumped out in front of me while I was walking and I fell messing up my ankle. I know that I am feeling pity for myself but sometimes I just get tired of picking myself back up.

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Hi Gang!!

Happy Birthday Anastasia!! -She is such a cutie.

Kathleen--I find once and a while I need a few days rest from exercise, but then I can do more=)

I am finding much improvement in my stamina, when I have a fibromyalgia flare up I tend to be down for a long time, and start from scratch when I am better.

I started with a walk around the block a few days a week, and am now going 2 or more times a day. Last week I made it a full 30 minutes w/o stopping--but I paid for it later.

It is great to see these types of improvements, and they have nothing to do with the scale. emoticon

I tweaked my back yesterday, emoticon so I wasn't able to do more than a walk around the block once. But am feeling a bit better today, hoping my chiro will put me back together tomorrow. emoticon

On to tomorrow, have a great Thursday everyone!!!

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Weebot-- congratulations!! 6 lbs is fantastic!

Michelle-- good for you setting boundaries at work! I hope it helps emoticon

Hattie-- my thoughts are with you -- keep hanging in there!

i took a couple days off of walking. I guess that is ok. I'm back at it today! I have been low since Saturday. Today I'm gonna complete my 5 miles, drink ALL my water, and make forward progress on my goals.

I hope you all have a fantastic day!
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looking for friends to connect with, get to know, and encourage each other along this journey. :-)
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Happy Birthday to Anastasia!!!
Poor girl had to go get shots on her birthday emoticon

Working the evening shift again tonight. Hopefully, it goes just as fast as last night. I'm pretty tired today....

Have a great day!


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Hattie, I canít wait for school to be out either. And my basement is finally dry.
Weebot, congrats on the 6 lbs! Thatís great!
Tammy, good luck with the move. I hope to never move again.
Michelle, I canít believe Anastasia will be 1 already! Time really flies!
We had the end of the year band banquet last night. It was long, but good. Iím so glad Jessie is in band. She really loves it. Taylor runs in the track district meet on Saturday. Itís about 1.5 hours away. A week from Friday is her last day of high school. Canít believe it.
Work has been crazy busy lately but it looks like things are starting to settle down.
Hope everyone is having a great week so far!!


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Had my grand daughter for a sleepover on Friday. Mom came up to take her home, and ended up spending the night on Saturday. Did some bumming yesterday, and they headed home around four. I haven't had my daughter sleep here in many years! It was a wonderful family filled weekend!







I talked to my manager last week about my hours. I requested that she does not schedule me for three 1:30 start times in a row. And, I don't even feel guilty about it. After looking at the schedule, I noticed that I am working 8 hour shifts and she is working 5-6 hour shifts. I understand she is working two jobs (and I feel bad about that), but that is not my fault. She is working more hours a week than me, but I feel like she should be the one putting in the longer shifts.

I work night shift today and tomorrow, then day shifts Wednesday through Friday. It's going to be busy. We are having Anastasia's birthday party on Saturday. She turns 1 tomorrow!

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It's been a few days and I've been making bad choices (and failing to track any of it.... I may go back and track what I can remember). My finals are done and waiting for my scores really stresses me out. Today I am going to really start digging in when it comes to packing/cleaning for our move. I've got a lot to do within 3 1/2 weeks!

Have a great day, everyone!

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Hi everyone.

Kathleen, I'm glad you are reconnecting with your son. That's awesome.

Like many of you things are still nuts here. To the point I've started job hunting, which of course is stressful in it's self.

I've been doing really well without not stress eating though and I've lost 6 pounds since regaining control. I've been working out when I can, so my clothes are starting to fit again.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.



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5/6/17 9:33 P

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Kathleen--So glad to hear that about your son!!

Vicky--How did you come out with all the rain? Our house has some seepage, but not too bad. One of the main roads to our town was closed, but hopefully it will be open tomorrow.

the last week or so has been soooo nuts! I am so glad school is almost done. I home school our daughter and we are at intense science experiments--my counters look crazy right now, except for my food prep counter, I made sure to keep that clear=)

I am also responsible for the food at girls camp for my church this June, 40 girls, 4 days, it will be fun and a challenge.

Luckily I am on track eating-wise, and fitting in walking most days, and I make sure to get yoga in at least once if not twice a week.

After the 2nd week in June life will slow down and I can enjoy the process, right now I am holding on tight, trying to get through;)

Have a great weekend all!

Cheers!

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Tammy, hope your finals went well.

Michelle, hope you are enjoying your time off and time with Anastasia.

Kathleen, I'm so glad to hear how well things are going with your son.

I'm so glad the weekend is here. Been such a busy week at work. Next week should go back to normal.

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Michelle-- so glad you have time off and time with Anastasia!!! I will keep you in my prayers for energy after an exhausting week....she will want every little bit of you that you have. Children are so precious!!

I'm thrilled.. I just checked and I've done over 23 miles this week. My weekly goal is still listed as 15. And I crossed the 500 minute mark as I arrived at the library!! YAY! I have decided to change my goal from 3 or 4 miles a day (5-7 days a week) to 5 miles a day.
* I have the time
* I want to lose the weight
* I want to keep depression away with all the healthy endorphins and happy chemicals
* this is the BEST weather we will have all year for the next few weeks

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.
I'll keep you posted how I do.

My son is coming over today (supposedly-- its supposed to rain so he may not want to walk the mile). If he doesn't I will make his hamburgers and take them to him. I don't mind the rain since I have an umbrella. Plus I'm not sure the hamburger meat I thawed will keep another day. I know he will be over again Saturday with his cousin. His cousin drives so the rain we are gonna get tomorrow is not a factor.

I'm really enjoying waiting on him. I missed several years of doing it for him. He's kinda been on his own for a LONG time. So its a healthy place for me to be giving (rather than my abusive ex) and it treats my son's heart. that makes me glad to see him happy.

I had the opportunity to move to a smaller apartment now that its just me having to pay everything. But my son asked me to stay where I am. He would like to come over even more and sometimes spend the night in the extra room. AGAIN-- my heart melts. I was NOT asking my parents to let me visit and spend the night at that age-- no way. I was moved out, starving, but glad to be away (as I thought most teens were). having my son over and him wanting to stay over is well worth staying where I am at.

Hope everyone is having a great finish up to their work week!




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Kathleen - So happy for you and your son!! That is awesome!

Been working a 1:30 to 9:15 shift the last three days. It is exhausting! I get my two workouts in right away in the morning. By the time I get my few chores done after that, I have a whole 15 minutes to relax before getting ready for work. So glad I have tomorrow off and Friday is a morning shift!

My daughter is coming up tomorrow for a visit and to do some bumming. Looking forward to seeing her and Anastasia! Then, Friday night I will have a sleepover with Anastasia. So glad I will have the weekend off!!

After finding out yesterday that they will not be hiring the girl who was interviewed, I was in a funk. I was just depressed knowing I was exhausted, and no end in sight. I know I could tell my manager that I can't do the hours anymore. But, what kind of person would I be telling her that, knowing that she is struggling financially and working two jobs? I just can't do that. All I can do is hope more candidates will apply.

I did a bit better today. I wasn't depressed. Just exhausted. I was up until midnight last night working on lunch meal prep for the rest of the week. Hoping to get a bit of a reprieve before next week!

Hope all is well!

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Hi everyone--

Life is good. My son has started texting and calling daily. He's coming over again tonight. He called to say "mom, I'm gonna be a little late tonight. If its really late I'll let myself in and wak you up so you can fix my hamburgers" LOL And I don't mind at all!! I love doing mom stuff for him because I missed several years of it.

I have walked 5 miles again today -- that makes two days in a row. I'm thinking I'm gonna make it my daily goal. # moved to 4...now I want 5. emoticon

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Finals today and tomorrow... Eek! I will admit I did a little too much nervous munching yesterday. I feel completely unprepared. I will be happy when they are done and I can focus on moving to our new place!

Back to the books...

~Tammy

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Hi everybody! Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Belinda, not a biggie on the challenge thread!

Well today is Taylor's 18th birthday. Hard to believe. I put the deposit down on her housing at college today.

Been a busy week at work. We got a new account and just trying to get everything up and running for it. And we have a lot of cases on the schedule, which is good! I think by Monday things should be back to normal.

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