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  • Challenge Day 79

    12/11/2019 9:32:45 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Got Natalie to school on time despite the fog. Walked Casey when I got back. Looked for a spot that the fog was thick enough it would show up in the photo, but couldn't find any that dense up close. It felt like walking in mist; not bad. We both are a bit damp, but glad we walked. My back... Read more

  • Challenge Day 78

    12/10/2019 10:26:42 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Almost back to normal. My back feels much, much better. I was able to bend enough to load the dishwasher and bend over to wash a sink full of dishes that didn't fit. My kitchen no longer smells like salmon! Not going to run yet, but I think walking is good. And Casey and I got our walk in. Yest... Read more

  • Challenge Day 78 - A Little Different

    12/9/2019 10:33:34 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Sorry to say I have injured my back again. I could hardly move when I woke up, but I am stretching out and getting easier. I can't bend over and even walking stairs hurt. Just slow walking isn't bad. I still thought walking the dog might not be good, especially if he saw a squirrel or pulled for any... Read more

  • Challenge Day 77

    12/8/2019 9:14:29 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Don't worry. I just rescued Santa. I traded the plush for a squeeky toy and he is happy. Casey and I had a very good walk this morning. He walked like a well behaved dog. Our only stop was 30 seconds for one neighbor to give him a pat on the head. He didn't even try to jump up. He's definitely im... Read more

  • Challenge Day 76

    12/7/2019 4:14:45 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got in our challenge walk. He was good except for picking up a little feather and swallowing it before I could wrestle it away from him. I think he'll be fine. The early morning walk-run was good. The slowest group today was walk only and I wanted to go slowly, but not that sl... Read more

  • Day 75 Challenge

    12/6/2019 11:12:56 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Day 75 was our best so far! We "wogged" (walk-jogged) .78 miles in a little over 10 minutes for a 12:54 pace. That's almost a run. It was 60 degrees, a little breezy and invigorating. Casey's behavior was excellent even when we met a neighbor dog, that is until we stopped, and then he wanted to go i... Read more

  • Day 74 Documentation

    12/5/2019 7:44:35 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Thursday, December 05, 2019 We did it. It was late, but we did it. The mess from this morning is cleaned up, but I think he is trying to make another. Oh, well. BTW Casey is 6 months old TODAY!!... Read more

  • Challenge Day 74 - Not Yet, but For Sure

    12/5/2019 8:53:35 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I am at Senior Dance. Got up before daybreak. The sky was beautiful and majestic as I drove Natalie to school. Hubby had to be here early, so we left almost as soon as I got back home. He is running for vice president of the club. So hope it works out for him, even though if he gets elected I pro... Read more

  • Challenge Day 73

    12/4/2019 10:24:46 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I walked this morning and he returned to grab his squeaky toys. This morning when I was looking for something else, I moved the couch and found 3 squeaky toys I hadn't realized were missing. Casey is happy! I'm getting more good sleep in this cool weather, but have to remind myself to... Read more

  • Challenge Day 72

    12/3/2019 9:11:04 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I walked in 44 degree weather today and it wasn't too bad! He preferred not to wear his jacket, but I wore one. Day 72 in the books. I am enjoying learning about the new WW program. I feel like the bloat is almost gone, although I still have 1.6 pounds to lose to get back to my lowest... Read more

  • WW Plan for Me; Day 71 Documentation

    12/2/2019 8:58:02 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I got some questions about the new WW program, so I think I can give you an idea in a few words. The actual points foods count have not changed, but now there are 3 programs: green with 100 zero point foods, blue with 200 zero point foods, and purple with 300 zero point foods. Then on each program y... Read more

  • Challenge Day 70

    12/1/2019 9:23:44 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I was first to walk Casey today. It was just a touch cool but neither of us needed a jacket. Wednesday we understand it will be 40 degrees in the morning so we will appreciate today. Hubhy and I had bought Casey a jacket but both of us underestimated his size. He has grown so fast. Yesterday I... Read more

  • God is our Father, and in Him alone we ought to trust.

    12/1/2019 7:19:42 AM, by CARLOSLAKELAND

     Heavenly Father, thank You for teaching us Your truth through the lives of those in the Bible. Please fill and control us with Your Holy Spirit so that we might walk in humility. Help us acknowledge You as our Creator and Sustainer. We are totally dependent on You for all things, and we are gratefu... Read more

  • Challenge Day 69

    11/30/2019 2:54:36 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I walked on this fine sunshiny day with cool breezes and well-defined shadows. Casey had walked several miles with hubby this morning and I had run-walked 7 miles. I was concerned that we both might be tired but not really. We both enjoyed. I rejoined WW today and hope that will help me.... Read more

  • If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It!

    11/29/2019 3:55:58 PM, by AQUAGIRL08

    I got one of our Christmas wreaths out with the intention of looking to change the bow to match the pots. Hubby caught me as I came in from the garage with the wreath. He said, "Is that the wreath you were going to try to change? It looks perfect the way it is! Blue would not go with it. I... Read more

  • Promised Documentation

    11/29/2019 9:53:02 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    You can see Old Dad's feet and some of his work bags. (Actually SP cut the feet out of the picture. No problem.) The red flower is the bromeliad. Casey is wanting to chew the aloe. We went .65 miles in 10 minutes, not bad considering I had to detangle the leash several times. Tech problem... Read more

  • Challenge Day 68

    11/29/2019 9:47:40 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got in a walk and even threw in a couple run intervals. Afterwards Casey was interested in the aloe close to where Old Dad was working in the front yard. You can see the blooming bromeliad. Smile! The walk was fun. I did much better this year sending leftovers with folks. I handed out ... Read more

  • Craft Project Solution

    11/29/2019 8:53:29 AM, by AQUAGIRL08

    A big thank you to Positivehope for her suggestion of making the pots used in my floral project silver! Hubby and I both agree that all six pots would look better if they were the same color and the silver color works. So.....on Wednesday, I braved the crazy crowds of last minute Thanksgiving shop... Read more

  • Challenge Day 67 - Thanksgiving

    11/28/2019 5:51:26 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Good Thanksgiving here! Adore Martin's girlfriend. She fit right in. Martin's dog, Zooey, was a welcome addition. At 67 pounds compared to Casey's 34 pounds she was not going to put up with any of his misbehavior although she showed only defense, no aggression. The food all worked out. No failur... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Menu At Our House

    11/28/2019 10:54:31 AM, by AQUAGIRL08

    About ten years ago, we made a family decision to change our Thanksgiving and Christmas menus. Gone is the gravy, the fat laden side dishes and the sugar bombs. Here are our Thanksgiving menus for 2019: Breakfast: Trop50 orange juice Sliced cooked red bliss potato Egg whites ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 66

    11/27/2019 4:51:45 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I walked. I got Old Dad's new work shoes in the documenting photo. Not on purpose. It is another beautiful day outside. I have been cooking all day so it was great to get out. Casey was very interested in the Christmas decorations that appeared today in neighboring yards, especially the... Read more

  • My Current Craft Project

    11/26/2019 4:53:23 PM, by AQUAGIRL08

    The seasons are a'changing! Along with the change of seasons, comes new floral decorations. Hubby doesn't usually request anything in particular for decorations. However, I've been trying, over the years, to get his input and thus get him involved more with what I design for our decorations. He s... Read more

  • Prayer

    11/26/2019 11:00:47 AM, by CARLOSLAKELAND

     Lord, thank You for loving me far beyond what I deserve. I pray for protection from Satan's lies that threaten to steal my hope and distort my perspective. Help me to be humble and grateful during good times, to see Your faithfulness when outcomes don't match my expectations, and to find beauty in ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 65

    11/26/2019 10:21:41 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our walk done. I swear Casey was in this picture. Guess he ducked out at the last second. Oh well. Not going to stress over anything today including dog picture. So it is just me and the bougainvillea and proof that I had a good 10 minute walk today. I did get a picture of nephew ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 64

    11/25/2019 11:23:26 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    We walked! It is a bright sunny beautiful day. We enjoyed every step. The original picture is bigger, showing we went .58 mile. Hubby had put the prong collar on him, but we didn't need it and I have taken it off now. After the walk I tried to get Casey to pose by the beautiful blooming bromeliad... Read more

  • Challenge Day 63

    11/24/2019 8:48:59 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I walked this morning and it was so nice out I didn't even need a jacket. I have a yellow towel down for Casey by the piano and that is where he went right after our walk. Yesterday he rested there an hour while I played. I appreciate his encouragement. I am going to try to get most o... Read more

  • Challenge Day 62

    11/23/2019 3:45:58 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I ran this morning 5 miles with my running group. Hubby had walked the dog while I was running so decided to walk him (the dog) later. Enjoyed brunch with Aquagirl, her hubby, and some of his employees, and then she kept me company at the grocery store (had to get that turkey thawing) and had a g... Read more

  • True Confession - kind of off topic

    11/22/2019 11:01:10 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey is the 6th dog of our 40 year marriage. We have always enjoyed our dogs and Casey is no exception. Casey, however, is the most spoiled. He is the first one allowed on the furniture. Hubby had always laughed at people who sleep with their dogs. Well, last night I documented it.; It was dark ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 61

    11/22/2019 10:42:48 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today is one of those days when this challenge is really helpful. I almost went back to bed after taking Natalie to school. Just wasn't feeling it; headache and general blahs. Getting out in this beautiful weather with Casey is just what I needed. Time to start cleaning house and planning Thank... Read more

  • I'm Allowed To Go To Water Aerobics!

    11/22/2019 9:36:56 AM, by AQUAGIRL08

    This week I felt the need to get all four of my joints checked before resuming my exercise program. This was due to four episodes of crushing pain around my right hip. All four occurred during a period of ten days. This was around two weeks ago. I ended up flat on my back in bed. If not for t... Read more

  • Challenge Day 60

    11/21/2019 3:19:34 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got in a walk after Senior Dance. However we got interrupted. I paused the watch some of the time he was talking nand we did end up with over 10 minutes, but we just got half a mile today instead of six tenths. Hubby needed to tell me plans. He needed he car. Hope he gets back in time t... Read more

  • Challenge Day 59

    11/20/2019 10:25:25 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    It was 62 degrees this morning and Casey and I were much more comfortable. He was even willing to go a little farther than usual, and willing to stay outside with Old Dad in his front yard pen after the walk. I'm thinking I need to buy him a sweater for the colder weather coming up. Never had a dog ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 58

    11/19/2019 8:24:32 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I are back from our challenge walk this morning. It is a crisp morning, just perfect with a jacket. I would have continued the walk but Casey was ready to come in. Doesn't matter. I will get plenty of exercise today. Going to the Y for Silver Sneakers this morning and will make sure I ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 57

    11/18/2019 9:47:15 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I enjoyed our walk today. It was less breezy and 4 degrees warmer than yesterday and we both appreciated it. I am back on track, feeling strong. My sodium and after-race-slight-swelling weight is gone and now I am ready to get rid of this fat roll at my waist once again. And once a... Read more

  • Challenge Day 56

    11/17/2019 10:40:34 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I waited until 9:30 for it to warm to 52 degrees. Casey was born in June and does not have experience with cool. He isn't sure he likes it but once we got moving he liked the walk. Glad to get some sun and fresh air on this recovery day. Although I felt great yesterday after the race, got to s... Read more

  • Challenge Day 55

    11/16/2019 3:19:59 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I had thought hubby would have to walk the dog today, but I had a chance to come home after the 10K and 5K races, so I did. The dog and I got our challenge day 55 walk in. I have more pictures from St Pete. Here are the pictures from Sunken Gardens. The last time I went there was 60 y... Read more

  • St Pete Run Fest

    11/16/2019 11:27:48 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here's a shot of the finish line from our team tent. It was an awesome party atmosphere with some running involved. I finished the 10k several minutes faster than the one 2 weeks ago, so I accomplished what I set out to do. Didn't win an age group medal, but that isn't required to have a great ru... Read more

  • Challenge Day 54

    11/15/2019 8:38:34 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our challenge walk done in the sprinkles. The watch is now charging. I leave soon for the Run Fest weekend in St Petersburg. My 10k event is tomorrow. Supposed to be nice temp. Hope the rain gets done today. Wish me luck!... Read more

  • Challenge Day 53

    11/14/2019 3:27:54 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our challenge walk in right after lunch. It is 76 degrees, overcast and windy -- all in all very comfortable. Casey gets a B grade on his walk today; I already have 13,500 steps with Senior Dance, walking the gardens and the dog walk so for exercise I deserve a good grade too. I ... Read more

  • I'm Moving Right Along!

    11/13/2019 3:47:31 PM, by AQUAGIRL08

    My daughter was here visiting from last Thursday morning to Tuesday (yesterday) morning. We were very active while she was here and my back and hip started to hurt. After it happened the fourth time, hubby and I decided that I should have all four of my joint replacements checked, before I dive in... Read more

  • Challenge Day 52 and, Yes, I'm 70 and I Feel Great!!

    11/13/2019 11:27:10 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I waited for it to warm up just a bit and got our walk in at 9:30 this morning. It was the first challenge walk that required a jacket. I took a couple extra pictures so you can see how much Casey is growing: You can tell his ears have not totally straightened out, b... Read more

  • Challenge Day 51

    11/12/2019 9:00:06 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I had a good short walk this morning. No prong collar and he did pretty well. I know in parts of the country it is really cold this morning, but at 62 degrees here I enjoyed a long sleeve shirt. Now I am all warmed up and going to the YMCA shortly for some elliptical trainer bef... Read more