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7/22/20 12:50 P

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Oh wow. I haven't updated in a while! I do pop over and read when I get an email letting me know someone has posted, I just don't have a chance to respond.

Jo, so sorry to hear about your SIL. That is a tough, tough couple of months you've had. Does the added stress (tension) aggravate your back also? or is it all physical? Either way, dealing with that on top of your losses does not make life easy. Happy you get to have a vacation on PEI! That is one of our favourite summer trips every year (except this one). We've gone every summer since my son was a year old. We've camped in trailers, stayed in cottages, camped in tents... and spent a rainy night or two in a last-minute hotel... all of it. Always a relaxing time!

Glenda, I hope you've found some new spots to explore or things to help miss home a little less. The pandemic makes things so much worse since you can't just look up something you want to try and sign up for it these days. A lot of the "fun" activities are the things that have gotten cancelled. I always think if I moved somewhere new, I'd sign up for a yoga class or pottery class somewhere to meet some people. Not really something that can be done right now.

Lori, you sound as busy as usual!! I'm glad that you and Rebecca are going to get to travel home, even if your hubby has to stay behind. That's one of the difficulties of pets for sure. We've found a touch more freedom after ours crossed the rainbow bridge (after having her for over 20 years). We also had to make the vehicle decision a couple of years ago and got our first all wheel drive vehicle. Have to say, I never want to go back, so I hope it lasts a LONG time!! I *loathe* vehicle shopping and taking on those payments after not having them for a while is not fun either!

Let's see. My update? I actually do not get to take Fridays off. I get 0 days of vacation until probably around October. Won't that be fun? I can take vacation by myself when my son is in school and my husband is at work!! It's not like we can take our son out of his final year of high school (especially after the way the previous year ended) to have any sort of vacation. So, I'll just have the house to myself I guess and maybe finally do my spring cleaning. It is what it is, I guess... although I find that I feel quite bitter about the whole thing.

I'm still keeping on with my workouts and sticking with healthy meal plans. I do find more snacks creep in during summer, but I try to balance that out and keep them in my calorie range (most of the time). I just can't count on losing during summer but try to maintain. My biggest victory was hitting day 300 on July 13th. That was my 300th day in a row of fitting a workout in (must be minimum of 30-minute walk to count). I have 2 active rest days a week where I walk (usually 5k) and the other 5 days are more strenuous workouts. I've also added daily planks to my schedule since they don't take very long and I desperately need to incorporate strength training in my plan.

Hope everyone gets to enjoy some normalcy this summer!!

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7/22/20 7:13 A

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Jo I'm so sorry to hear about your SIL. Death is never easy. Big hugs. Xo
I see you guys are going to PEI. That will be nice. Glad you gals will get a chance to get a break, especially where you are working from home. I feel like you would need a break. Just my thoughts anyway.

Faith how are things in your neck of the woods. I know you said you're not talking vacation but taking Friday's off. How's that working out for you??

Glenda, how are things out west. I'm loving your beautiful pictures. Looks like you're in a great spot. Hope all is well.

So I've decided I'm going home with Rebecca. Hubby will stay behind to mind the dog. Can't afford the trip and to have her kennelled so daddy loses again. However he will still take that same week off. He just won't be going home. I'm disappointed that his" brother" ( best friend) wouldn't watch her but I get it. She is a handful when we are not around. He sent us a video a few times when we went on our last trip. I was just glad he didn't give her away or " throw her in the lake" as he always says. Lol obviously he was just kidding but all she did was whine and bark in the video. She was lonely. So I totally can't blame him. But I'm excited that we get to go.... That double edged sword. I booked our flights and we leave on August the 7th.
Our plan was to do day trips the rest of our vacation days but with the van acting up I'm not feeling confident to take it on the nigh way anymore. We need a new vehicle but my god the payments on an SUV ( Rav 4 is what I want ) is a little rich, but I know it doesn't lose its value so I have to look at it as an investment. I need a reliable vehicle also for work so eventually we will have to bite the bullet.
Speaking of work, I need to get my butt in gear if I'm going to have a short day.
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7/16/20 3:04 P

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Hey Peeps!

I'm glad I could keep us coming together.

So, like the rest of us except maybe Glenda, my weight is all over the place. My lower back/sacrum has been very painful for a couple weeks, and yesterday I saw the massage therapist. That woman does wonders! I was in such bad shape that walking was iffy, and a turn the wrong way would bring me to my knees. Today, I'm feeling much better. I was able to get out of bed without waiting for the sacrum to settle, did some yoga after my strength training/cardio, dog-down is still quite painful but helpful, and Tylenol/Naproxen round the day. Now to keep moving, since I also changed sneakers and insoles. I finally remembered the symptoms of worn out sneakers and insoles last weekend, and since then, my feet don't feel like they'll fall off. My hips are still adjusting, but at least my knees aren't killing me. Best $85 spent ever.

Lori, I really hope you get to go home for your brother's surprise party. He really does have a lot to celebrate!

Faith, I hear you about work. I am very fortunate to work from home, and it could be a permanent thing. I will probably ask for it, with the understanding I can come in twice a week, if I want to.

Glenda, the first years are the hardest away from what you called home. Getting involved in your new community may be the best way to not miss the East Coast as much. I was on the radio at the time in Campbell River and Port Alberni, so I was already doing that sort of thing.

Barely a month after Dad passed away, one of my sisters in law passed away last night. She had Stage 4 cancer, it was riddled throughout her body. My niece & nephew will be really hard hit by her passing. I think I'm ready for a 5-year stretch with no deaths in my family, but as I get older, I realize that won't happen. Lynn was an awesome person, a no-BS kind of woman, and she had lived a full life with those around her. I'll miss her a lot, too.

On a happier note, Wifey is working on making the skirting around the house a lot prettier. Right now, around the house, there's plywood to help prevent wind and weather elements from getting under a house. She's recovering the plywood with some nice rounded 2x4s, and for now, she's only doing the front of the house. Sides of the house may come later. As soon as I'm done this note, I'm heading outside to see her progress. I am chomping at the bit to see if we can get the door put in the back side of the house this year.

Basics: Drink water, move throughout the day, eat healthy foods, don't go to bed angry with the spouse, and find happy times in the day that makes us happy. That's my goal for the rest of the month.

Oh! I forgot to mention that we are probably going to PEI for 2 weeks! The family cottage is isolated enough to get away from it all, and after this spring and summer at work, I really need it.

Spark on!

Jo

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7/10/20 7:19 A

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Oh my, I must be losing my memory. Turning 51 last month robbed me of something. Lol
I swear I'm on here everyday logging and tracking for the biggest loser team. I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted here. emoticon Sorry ladies.

Ladies, I hear ya on the visiting struggles. With the Atlantic provinces opened up and my oldest brother celebrationing his 60th birthday and a surprise party planned, I really want to go home. He has a huge reason to celebrate. He had cancer that just kept getting worst, to the point that he and I missed out on a family vacation 10 years ago because he was going through chemo and they thought he would need a bone marrow transplant and I was his match. ...10 Years!!! Crazy. Then 6 years ago he fell and hit his head. With side effects from chemo, then that, he had a lot of mobility issues. He is 6" 4' and a out 300lbs. Nothing small about him, it threw off his balance, so he literally had to learn to walk again so we have a lot to be thankful for. I couldn't imagine not being there. When I moved away from home I promised myself I'd always go back for the important things , and to me this is extremely important. Decisions decisions!!!

In other news, I'm tired. Holy smokes I'm tired. My weight is fluctuating and so is my energy. I'm taking B12 and a multivitamin but I swear it has been doing nothing to help this past week.

Well duty calls. Got to get going so I'm not out all day. Love that I can make my own schedule to suit my needs. The hours suck but that's the only down side to this job in the summer.
Faith, your job sounds super stressful, however you have the best attitude. I love how you have control of your situation. Great job.

Glenda, I hope you get to come home sooner than later. I know how hard it is to be away from family. I've been gone for 31 years.

Jo, I too express thanks for keeping us going. And I hope you are doing good.

Keep sparking ladies. emoticon




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7/5/20 2:12 P

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Faith, yes it sure is a struggle at times.. I live with my daughter &. GC here on this end of our beautiful country. Back home in NS is where the rest of my family and my friends live, so sometimes I find it lonely and miss the ones there. (I should be able to teleport myself back and forth.....lol) Your job sounds so stressful. Please take time for you and donít let it wear you down. Hugs

Lori (miss you girl)... Congrats on the weight loss... Hugs

Jo, I am so happy that you keep our little Spark family together with all that you have endured! You truly rock my friend.... Hugs.....

Well I must go take the pooch out. Take care my Sparkies....

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7/5/20 9:36 A

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Hey everyone!

Lori, so happy that youíve been losing weight...congrats! Iím stalled. I should probably be thankful for that based on the summer eating (and quarantine baking).

Jo, I wish I could list our plans for July but sadly, there is only one. Work.

Glenda, I totally hear you on the inner battle. Iím struggling with the lack of personal contact and that the only thing I get to do is work. I can only imagine adding not being able to visit home into the mix.

So, this past week I had the Ďpleasureí of working 70 hours. This is the second stat holiday in a row Iíve had to work through to meet deadlines and Iím getting quite sick of working weekends and nights endlessly. Our vacation days have also been cancelled for the entire summer. My entire team is getting so discouraged. Itís bad enough weíre all working remotely and then to throw this workload and a schedule imposed by someone who didnít use the team's input to create reasonable dates...we are all just so frustrated. Iím waiting to see the sick days start to increase.

I have been making a point to get up early and get my workouts in every single morning. Iím not letting my job steal my health from me again. We have not resorted to fast food or junk meals of any sort and Iím not going to stop exercising no matter what. Thank goodness our weekly veggie boxes from an organic farm started up in June. Getting all those veggies and not wanting them to go to waste has actually helped too.

So, if you donít hear from me...Iím probably working and trying to keep my head above water!

Take care of yourselves everyone!! Stay healthy!!

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7/4/20 1:25 A

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Hey Jo...
No major plans for this month. Kinda scared to go to far with the C-19 lurking.... I wish I could go home for a visit but I donít think that will happen anytime soon.
I have been fighting with myself lately... lol... trying to not get depressed... what a trick that is, eh?
Well I gotta get some beauty sleep.... hehehehehehe ... Difficult to improve on this bod....
Take care
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7/2/20 10:33 A

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Hi everyone!

Sorry I didn't get to make the new thread right away.... we had a bonfire yesterday and it lasted most of the day.

So, any plans for this month?

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