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Wendi, Sorry you are having to deal with all that. Darn kids. I can totally see why you have been a hot mess. And I honestly do not know how you can work with your hubby. While I love mine dearly I would kill him If I had to be with him 24/7 lol

Amber I agree, summer colds are the worst for sure! Ok being a tax preparer they should accept your tax return for proof of income. Take them the 1040, sch 1, sch f, and sch c that should be all they need to find your income Just tell them he I self employed, they should go off annual not monthly. That is how it works here. Does he get a K1 for the farm? If so that will show is portion of the farm. Not meaning to be nosy just trying to help you out. Feel free to PM me if you want too.
Tracy, I love the color of your nails. I did that for my toes when I had my last pedicure.

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emoticon Wendi! I'm a legal assistant so I get it. It can get complicated fast, that's for sure!

I'm ready for a losing month too. I have actually had a few good days this week. Not perfect, but I'm learning that is ok too. Better is a win! I got my nails done yesterday. I LOVE the color and my nails are a perfect length. They grow so well when I keep them polished - I'm so hard on my hands they always chip and break when they are naked.

I have tonight off...going to enjoy it. I work tomorrow night and Friday night too...so I will be exhausted by the time Saturday gets here! Makes for a long day with 8:30-5:30 and then 5:30 - 9:00 or 10:00. If it's busy enough then that helps it go by.

I'm in between projects at work so I'm bored to death. I have to use smoke & mirrors to make it look like I have stuff I'm working on. I'm a professional paper shuffler...lol

I found a lump on Bella's neck/throat yesterday. It has me freaking out. I take her to the vet on Monday morning. Wish they could have noticed it when she was in last week. Maybe it will be just a fatty tumor that older dogs can get. Praying its not serious.

I hope everyone has a great night!

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Just stopping by to say hi! Im still dealing with this cold. It just doesnt want to go away! I think summer colds are worse than ones in the winter. Then Ive been dealing with my husbands medical bills, he broke his arm at the beginning of June and we have no insurance and now all the medical bills are coming in. He had to have surgery on his arm after he broke it. We are trying to apply for assistance through the hospital, but that's a pain since my husband is self employed and has part ownership of his family farm. So his taxes dont show what he brings home every month, it reflects more of the business from what I understand. Hes going talk to his sister in law or brother to see what we should use for proof of income. Since there is a big difference between what the farm makes and what he actually makes. For what he actually makes, wed qualify for almost a 90% discount, if you go off the business, I doubt we would qualify for anything. Then we have some other stuff to fill out, I got sick of dealing with it all especially not feeling well and with some other stuff going on, so I made my husband deal with it and fill out all his paperwork. But of course, he couldn't do it by his self so I had to help, but I guess atleast I didn't have to do it all.

Wendi- I hope everything is figured out with your son.


Im looking forward to August challenge!


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emoticon to Wendi. Raising kids is stressful and I can guarantee the worrying never ends. I have a 43, 41, and 37 year old and I fret constantly about them. When they were in their 20's they had a few knuckle brain events but they have grown up to be great family men and I am proud of them. Have yourself a better rest of the week.

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Hey everyone! I'm so overwhelmed right now and I've completely lost my way with a healthy lifestyle. So hopefully August will bring me back in!

So it has been off the wall CRAZY busy at the business first and foremost. I kid you not Monday and Tuesday the phone rang NON stop. I'm not complaining but it is tiring. Mike's getting tired because he has been working until 8pm every night and he takes it out on me and I'm just trying to keep everything flowing. A thank you would be nice but that will never happen. Ugh!

On top of that, our oldest was needing to move out of his apartment because his roommates moved out and he couldn't afford it alone so we decided to buy an old trailer house and rent that to him for cheap. He has to pay the lot rent and all utilities. Well they had to do a background check to ok him to live in the park. As far as we knew all was good and he was set to move in today. We then get a call from the management company that he has a warrant. He didn't know this until she told him which was when he applied 2 weeks ago. He, however, didn't tell us. They weren't going to let him move in because of it. OMG! I was fuming! I didn't even care that there was a warrant, I was just pissed that he didn't tell us and we could be stuck with a trailer house and no renter. DAMN kid! Anyway, he finally went to get it figured out and it was a bench warrant for failure to appear on a traffic ticket that he got months ago. WHY do they think it's ok to not pay the fine or go to court????? He was not raised this way but it just doesn't seem to be a big concern. So he had to pay a bond of $1000 and then he goes to court on Aug 14th because the traffic ticket was for no proof of insurance. He is insured because it is still on our insurance, he just didn't have the card in his car. SUCH a stupid thing that turned into a big thing. Anyway, he of course didn't have the $1000 cash to pay the bond and I didn't either nor did he ask me. He called his boss who is also a bail bondsman (pays to know people) and he came and paid the bond. He wasn't upset with him or anything. So thank GOD he still has his job. But anyway, way too long story shorter......the management company is letting him in since the warrant was taken care of. I'm pretty sure I have aged 10 yrs in the last 3 days. This kid (who is dang near 22 yrs old) is going to be the death of me. I'm using him as an example of what not to do for the other 2 boys. So sorry that got so long!

This is why I have had zero time for me. I'm tired..........

I hope August will be better. I know I need to choose me but it is so so hard when life gets in the way!

Welcome back, BRENDA!! So glad you are back and I'm sure you had a wonderful time on the cruise!

LET's MAKE AUGUST a LOSING month!!

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Glad you are back Brenda - missed you

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Welcome back, Brenda! emoticon

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Glad to see your back Brenda, I can't wait to hear all about your trip.

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Hi everyone! I'm back from our cruise and trying to put things away (not my favorite thing!!) Laundry is done but has to be hung up - too many things!

Hope you all had a fun time "camping" and am looking forward to the August challenges! I've got to drop some of the weight I gained while I was gone!
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I hope everyone started out the week healthy and happy!

I like your attitude, Tracy, it will all work out. I overate on my shopping trip yesterday so I'm doing a lower calorie day today. Hoping to balance the two days out.



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Where did the weekend go? It went by way too fast emoticon

We spent so much time on the road this weekend, ate convenient store foods and fast foods emoticon I am sure it will take me most of the week to get that junk out of my system.
But we had a good weekend out visiting hubby's family. Saturday was about 1 1/4 hour each way. Yesterday was 2 1/2 hours each way (with visiting two places down there). I was so spent last night. Hubby doesn't drive much anymore, so it was all me. I don't mind it really, I love driving, but the long trips just hurt my body. I had a meltdown like a toddler who played too hard without a nap last night emoticon

I will need to work extra this week too, since I didn't over the weekend and we spent way too much $$. ugh it will work out in the end.

I had a couple of lower carb days last week. Hoping that this week will go better. I hope everyone has a great day!! emoticon


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Hey everyone.....just stopping with a quick hello. My business phone has literally been ringing NONSTOP all morning!

Wendi
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"Fall seven times, get up eight"~Japanese proverb

"Listen for God's voice in everything you do and everywhere you go; He's the one that will keep you on track." Proverbs 3:6

No matter how slow you go you are still lapping everybody on the couch.

Be the girl you were too lazy to be yesterday.

Just having fun with the First Steppers! Ask me how you can too!


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Just stopping by to say good morning and wish everyone a great start to the week!

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Good morning, friends! Iím starting on the kitchen purge today, so it should be a busy week. I have a ton of stuff I plan on taking to Goodwill.

Amanda - Hope you feel better soon! ((HUGS))

Hello Jill and Dee!

Wishing you all a happy Monday!

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Sorry I have not been around the last several days, I was sick- started to get better and then it hit me all over again and Ive been sick with a bad cold the last few days. Im getting ready to get off the computer for the night now, but just wanted to check In real quick. Ill try to come chat more tomorrow! Hope everyone is doing good!

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Guess that would be me Dee emoticon

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I challenge the next person on to drink an extra glass of water. emoticon

Weight loss is such a personal thing. We have to consider our own likes/dislikes and our daily habits and who we're cooking for and how our body responds and our current weight and exercise abilities. It really is about finding balance and what works best for YOU.

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Good morning, friends! It's been such a crazy, busy week. I'm finished with my freelance writing work for the moment, so I hope I can relax a bit this weekend, but I'm not getting my hopes up too high. Jacob turned 18 years old yesterday. Still find it hard to believe both of my babies are grown men now.

I'll admit that my eating has been WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY off track the past 2-3 weeks. I'm not making any excuses though - just trying my best to go in the right direction again before I gain back everything I've lost.
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Anyway...moving forward...

Wendi - I do better when I eat low-carb too, but I get SO tired of eating meat and vegetables all the time. I know I need to find a balance somewhere, but it's like a vicious cycle. Eat carbs - gain weight. Don't eat carbs - lose weight but can't stick with it very long. You'll get a bunch of exercise helping your son move. I'll be glad when Matthew moves out of his apartment in Huntsville in December and goes back to Starkville, MS, which is much closer to home.

Jill - That's awesome! You do such admirable volunteer work. Thank you so much for your prayers. I know this is the right path for Jacob, because he really does need the discipline and structure from the military. I plan on looking for a job (outside the home), so I won't sit here every day and drive myself crazy worrying about him. Have fun in Dallas!

Dee - Way to go with the exercise! Your post reminded me that I have some Walk Away the Pounds DVD's around here somewhere. I need to find them and start using them again. Now...if I could just remember where I saw them last. LOL!

Kim - How is Matthew feeling? Better, I hope.

Tracy - Oh, your poor furbaby! I'm glad she's feeling better. Our Peek-a-Poo, Amber, is 11 years old, and she doesn't have many teeth left either. Giving her medicine is such a chore. I hadn't thought about hiding it in peanut butter. I'll try that next time.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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TGIF!!!

Safe travels to those going places.....and have fun!

It's been a chaotic week for me, so I haven't been checking in like I should. My furbaby had dental work done on Wednesday. Cleaning (1st as far as I know - she's 13 yrs) and they pulled several teeth. So I was a hot mess of worry, anxiety and emotions. She was in rough shape and was crying so much from the pain or discomfort, it was breaking my heart. Not much sleep that night. She is all better now and her feisty self again. Super thankful! I think one of the teeth they pulled was an upper incisor - her tongue keeps coming out that side of her mouth when she goes to lick something! She's aiming straight as normal, but it doesn't always work. She doesn't seem to mind...I will have to switch how I give her her meds now - I hide them in peanut butter on my finger - so will use her plate instead

I didn't do so well with my food choices yesterday - ok during the day but went off track last night. I was dumb and grabbed "convenience" food that hubby had made as I was in between orders (I do food delivery in the evenings for a friend's company. You can order from any of our local restaurants - not Uber eats or Door Dash but same concept). I also work tonight and tomorrow night, but hope to do better.

I plan on being around more next week too. I need to get myself organized --- hard to succeed in the middle of chaos.


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Ok Weekend ahead and hoping to stay focused. I am flying to Dallas in the morning to go see the grandbaby and coming home Monday. Probably should have went tonight but thought 2 full days there would be good (get in early on Saturday)

Enjoy the weekend!!

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One coming home and one moving somewhere... Wendi you sure have a busy family! emoticon

Mama Bear Kim to the rescue. No matter how old they are -- we still want to take care of them when they're sick. I hope he feels better soon.

emoticon I went for a bicycle ride before it got too hot outside. My thighs are not use to that motion! I'm going for lunch today with my sister and nephew. Social eating again. I'm just going to make a "better" choice than I normally would. Eat a little less.

Do something good for yourself today!

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Stephanie- I'd be the exact same way. Saying an extra prayer for you!

Kim- glad the babes and momma made it safely. Hoping your son feels better soon.

Heading out this morning to pick up the boys from camp. I'm sure they had a great time but are probably tired! Sunday, we are going to help the oldest pack up his apt. Moving to a new place next week.

Have a great weekend all!

Wendi
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"Fall seven times, get up eight"~Japanese proverb

"Listen for God's voice in everything you do and everywhere you go; He's the one that will keep you on track." Proverbs 3:6

No matter how slow you go you are still lapping everybody on the couch.

Be the girl you were too lazy to be yesterday.

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Stephanie, I totally get it. Although itís not the same when Kaitlyn joined the Salvation Army ranks. I was worried sick. They can send her anywhere they want too and I was scared to death that they would put her somewhere I couldnít get to her. But, then I realized this is her dream and her life to live. While if that happens I will worry I know that she will be just fine. We raised our children to be great adults and I am sure Jacob will do great!

Jill, that sounds like a awesome place to volunteer! I would love to do that!

Dee, how great. I tried to start a book club with friends a few years ago but, it just didnít happen they were too worried about getting a drink then actually discussing the book we were reading. BOO.

Well, my babies and mommy made it safely to PA. Matthew stayed home and he is sick as a dog so I am going to run by and check on him this morning on my way to work and probably make him go to the doc. Stubborn child. And he wonders why Leo is that way geesh. Not sure what is on tap for the weekend maybe just something low key. I hope everyone has a great weekend!


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emoticon Jill. I've seen the positive impact it's had on my nephews. Still a mom worries so I completely understand the mixed emotions. My dad was a WWII Veteran and proud of it his entire life. God Bless Our Troops!

emoticon Kim, I'd love to be in a book club with you! Our book club is 4 good friends. We started our own.

emoticon My intention was to exercise first thing this morning so that's just what I did. Yesterday, I whittled away the day and ended up exercising at 9 p.m. Today, I did a 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds workout before breakfast and before logging on to SparkPeople.

emoticon Hooray! Ladies we can do this! emoticon

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Stephanie I totally understand your mixed emotions. It will definitely change him. We do a lot of work with a nonprofit called Hero Expeditions that take U.S. Veterans, 1st Responders, Firemen, Police Officers on outdoor adventures. We do hunting, fishing, rafting, 4-wheeling, etc. We also work with kids with special needs, economically disadvantaged and kids whose parent is deployed. I know from what I hear the Armed Services makes a positive impact in their lives. I will add Jacob to my prayers that this will be a positive experience and for his safety.

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Hello friends. Sorry I've been MIA. Jacob officially signed with the Marines today. He doesn't turn 18 until this Friday, but he can sign within three days of his birthday, so he did it today. Feeling lots of different emotions right now - pride, fear, happiness, sadness - just to name a few. I'll come back later to try and catch up.

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Dee can I be a part of your book club. There arenít any here at least none I have found. Oh how I wish I could block the looney toon. But she is part of the ďteamĒ so I canít I asked if Doug could kick him off but you canít do that to the child cause mom is a crazy person. I am starting to think she is on drugs!

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It's all a process. Dee, I think you did great. As long as you made better choices you are 1 step closer. Great job!

Jill- I'm doing a little bit. Better eating but still need to get back to tracking all the time and exercise! Gotta get the mind going in the right direction! I will get there!

Wendi
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"Fall seven times, get up eight"~Japanese proverb

"Listen for God's voice in everything you do and everywhere you go; He's the one that will keep you on track." Proverbs 3:6

No matter how slow you go you are still lapping everybody on the couch.

Be the girl you were too lazy to be yesterday.

Just having fun with the First Steppers! Ask me how you can too!


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Oh Kim, I hope you are rid of that mom as soon as the season is over. Is there a way to block her emails? No one should have to put up with that. C-r-a-z-y!
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How's everyone doing? I went to dinner with my book club last night. I ate 3/4 of an Irish grilled cheese sandwich with tomato, spinach, and bacon. I told myself that I would stop at half. I also told myself "no dessert" but then ate bread pudding. On the positive side... drank water, ordered a side salad, and went for a walk after dinner.

Weight loss would be easier if we didn't do "Social Eating" but then life would be pretty dull if we never went out with friends.



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Kim - Kind of funny but I am with you I don't do crazy.

Wendi are you back on track this week.

Dee that was very funny my husband would not say a word but would just look at me like whatever. He fully supports whatever I do but he definitely does not like to work out.

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Good Morning!

It is a nice morning but it is supposed to get hot today. So thankful for A/C! My sister is coming tonight. We will have a day to play tomorrow and then on Friday we go to get the boys from camp. I do miss the little buggar but I'm glad for the quiet too! I need to get the house cleaned up again. My puppy has destuffed another toy and it is all over the living room.....pretty much a daily occurrence. I better get busy now cause by mid afternoon I'm done being productive. Need to change that!!

Kim-- WOW just WOW.

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Jill, I seen that, I havenít had a chance to really look into the yoga ones though. And yes we all need to focus on being good!
Ding dang weekends derail me!

Stephanie, I have seen a lot of the body groove videos on facebook as well. I do subscribe so that I can watch them and use them whenever I want though. But I have watched them on youtube as well.

Dee, I love your hubby. Mine would have just stood there and watched and never said a word.

Okay so, Doug has a mom on his team who is a complete nut job. She sent this long winded email one day telling him how she was a minister and continued to drop the f-bomb, throughout the entire email. I mean like if I printed it out its 2 pages long. Apparently she hasnít a clue that our daughter is a minister and hell would freeze over before that word even attempted to come out of her mouth, secondly, one of Dougís assistant coaches is a pastor of a church here in town and I am sure he was extremely offended by it. Anyway he came home the other night with a ďgiftĒ she gave him from the ďteamĒ let me tell you I almost lost my mind. She literally sent yard sale stuff that was filthy dirty and had cobwebs all over it to us as a ďthank youĒ for coaching gift. I donít mean to sound petty here but seriously? I lost my mind. I made him throw it all away. First of all, he doesnít do it for gifts and second why? Just why? I am sure she is going to ask why I didnít say thank you to her but um how can I nicely say yeah um no? She is going to cause me to drink ladies. She has already sent 11 emails this morning that are all nonsense. She is accusing the team mom of bullying her? Seriously? Really wow. Never have I ever had a parent scare me more than she does truly. You just never know what she is going to say or do. UGH okay, I will shut up now.

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I wanted to share a quick funny. I was doing modified jumping jacks in the living room (one arm swings up and one leg swings out at a time). My DH walked in and said "What are you doing -- landing airplanes?"
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Good plan Wendi. I know I can do this if I get my mind right.

Stephanie I have seen many of Body Groove videos on You Tube but not the yoga. There are many beginner yoga workouts on you tube though that would be just as good.

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Good Morning Everyone!

It is a might quiet around here without the young boy pestering me (mainly for a ride to this or that). I hope he's having fun at camp. I need to get my office cleaned up again as it has seemed to accumulate a big pile of papers......filing.....i hate it!

Stephanie-no I'm not on anything now. I have been in the past though. I know I really just need to eat right and get back to exercising and that will improve. Actually feeling good today, like I can accomplish something! yay!

Dee- Thanks for cheering us on! and helping us cheer ourselves on!

Jill- We can do this! Time to get down to business!

Tracy- If you have any good low carb recipes, please share. I get sick of eating meat and veggies all the time. The BINGO card was for this 3rd week of challenges but I think it would be fine to go until August challenge starts next week.

Kim-Great job on the NO junk buying! We will do this!!

Hope everyone has a healthy day! LET'S DO THIS!! emoticon

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"Fall seven times, get up eight"~Japanese proverb

"Listen for God's voice in everything you do and everywhere you go; He's the one that will keep you on track." Proverbs 3:6

No matter how slow you go you are still lapping everybody on the couch.

Be the girl you were too lazy to be yesterday.

Just having fun with the First Steppers! Ask me how you can too!


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Good morning, friends! Nothing special planned for today other than the usual. I have a freelance writing job I need to finish up by Thursday. Jacob has an appointment with his surgeon tomorrow morning, and I've been helping him and his Marine recruiter get his paperwork together before he goes to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) next week for his physical and other tests. He had knee surgery in November to repair a football injury, and he should be getting his medical release form tomorrow. That's the only thing we like having all of his paperwork ready to go.

Kim - Spending the weekend with your daughter sounds like a wonderful idea.

Wendi - Do you take anything for depression? I've been taking Wellbutrin XL for many years now and it helps. Sending a ton of hugs your way!

Jill - Are the Body Groove yoga videos available on YouTube or do you have to be a paid subscriber to the website?

Dee - Thank you for the pep talk. I needed that.

Tracy - Joining WW is a great plan! I was a member a few years ago and lost almost 60 pounds. I would love to go back, but we can't afford it right now, plus the closest meeting area is about 50 miles from here. I wish you the best of luck with it!

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Happy Monday ...lol

Well I took the weekend off. I didn't work Friday or Saturday nights. Its been a couple of years since I have done that. It was really nice for a change. And a super lazy weekend.

So, my niece had asked me to start WW with her. I thought why not, its probably the only thing I haven't tried to get healthier. After a few months I have determined that it is not the right plan for me. Being "allowed" to eat carby foods has only set off crazy binge like cravings and led to weight gain. So I decided to go back to eating a lower cab lifestyle. I felt good when I was doing that. Not the Keto crazy restrictions. I want to be able to enjoy the fresh fruits of summer. So today is my first day and will see how I do. I know it will take come time to get over the cravings, but I am hopeful.

I printed out my Bingo card. How long do we work our card?
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I'm working on it. LOL

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Looks like we need a pep talk today. Words are power -- if you believe it, you can achieve it. This is some affirmations from a book called Sugar Savvy Solution by Kathie Dolgin

She starts all her affirmations with the words: "I am happy, I am healthy" and fill in the rest.

I am happy, I am healthy, I am Fit, Fabulous, and Fierce!

I am happy, I am healthy, I can eat what I want because I've changed what I want!

I am happy, I am healthy, I am strong and beautiful and deserve to be taken care of.

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Girls we have to get this together. I also had a bad weekend. I do so well during the week but the weekends get to me as we are very seldom home and always on the go. I don't check in - we eat on the go and at times a couple beers are involved (probably one weekend a month) as I usually drink water or tea when we are out. Exercise is almost none on the weekends.

Kim, Stephanie, Wendi and I need to focus this week on being good. Dee seems to be doing ok. Haven't heard much from Tracy, Amber or Amanda but hoping you are all doing well. Laura always thinking of you and hoping you are fine also. Brenda hurry back we need you.

Oh by the way Body Groove has a couple yoga videos out now.

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Good Morning!

Well I did good on Friday with my eating then semi sucked it on the weekend. I'm full in today though. It really is important for me to get on track and stay there and not beat myself up when I mess up a little. I am taking more time for myself and that is helping some. I have been in a bit of a depression hole for awhile now but I'm trying to pull myself out of that and be positive. You all really help so Spark is a must for me! THANK YOU!! emoticon



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"Listen for God's voice in everything you do and everywhere you go; He's the one that will keep you on track." Proverbs 3:6

No matter how slow you go you are still lapping everybody on the couch.

Be the girl you were too lazy to be yesterday.

Just having fun with the First Steppers! Ask me how you can too!


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Awe Stephanie, sorry you didn't get to spend to much time with Matthew and Laken. Glad he is coming back soon though so that you can. I am thinking about spending the weekend with my daughter (she's 2 hours away) so that we can play with out cricuts together. She is making stuff to sell at a craft show to benefit the homeless shelter she runs.

Girls, I have been totally overeating! I know this and I know I need to quit but I am having a rough go. So going to grocery today and not buying any junk at all. Going to get back to the basics and get some homemade yogurt made today so I will have that option instead of junkie stuff.

Have a great week all!

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Hello friends! Sorry to be MIA. Been a busy weekend. Matthew and Laken didn't get here until 7:00 Saturday night, and they left at 9:30 yesterday morning, so we didn't have a lot of time with them. He's coming back home in a couple of weeks and staying two weeks with us, so I hope we can spend more time together then.

My eating has been waaaaaay off track the past couple of weeks. Iím not making any excuses though. I know how to keep from eating my stress away, and I didnít even try, so Iím just going to wipe the slate clean and get back on track.
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Kim - That night light is adorable! I love Mickey Mouse too.

Jill - ďYou can't afford not to because if something happens to you their whole world collapsesĒ. I know you were speaking to Wendi, but that comment really struck a chord with me. It made me stop and think about all the backsliding Iíve done lately and how much my family depends on me, especially now with our first grandchild on the way. Thank you for that. I needed it.

Wendi - I havenít had the chance to check out the new challenge yet, but I will as soon as I finish posting this. I love BINGO.

Hello Dee, Tracy, Brenda, Amber, Amanda, and Laura! *waving*

Have a happy Monday!

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Those are so cute Kim

Bummed I lost my streak as didnít check in yesterday

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So this is what I have been doing today. Making night lights for my babies. This one is for Leo he loves Mickey



Well Spark won't let me put it in upright. Darn it I tried twice. LOL

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Do something that makes you feel this good! Eat fresh summer foods. Act like a kid. Enjoy the summer weekend.

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Stephanie wishing you a wonderful weekend with the kids.

Wendi I love the Bingo game. I am going to print it off as a constant reminder to stay focused. I know family especially kids can keep us so busy. Please just remember to take 10-20 minutes every day for yourself. You can't afford not to because if something happens to you their whole world collapses.

Kim hope you get some time with the little people this weekend.

Laura, Tracy, Amanda, Amber and Dee have a great weekend. Would wish one to our cruiser but sure she is having a great time.

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Good Morning!

I am running on empty this morning. My sleep has been terrible as of late! Only 4 hours last night. I'm not a less than 7 hr kind of person! My family has been driving me insane and I'm mad at myself for eating my emotions. I have to get it under control now and start going in the right direction. SO--100% commitment.....I will do this.....I will put myself 1st......I will feel better!

Stephanie- I hope you so enjoy your weekend with your Son & DIL. And great job on the purging! My house is so dirty, it needs a good scrub down. Goal to get done before school starts.

Dee- Thanks for always being there, cheering us on! You go girl, you are doing great!!

Hope everyone has a great day and go check out BINGO on the challenge page.

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Hello friends and happy Friday! Itís going to be a busy weekend here, so I probably wonít be online very much. Iím so excited about Matthew and Laken staying with us tomorrow night! I havenít seen them in a month, and Iíve really missed them.

Still purging my house, and I finally finished the utility room. I have six bags of garbage to haul away today and several bags to take to Goodwill. Next room is the kitchen!

I gained two pounds this week, but it didnít surprise me. My appetite the past few days has been awful. *sigh* Oh well...moving on.

Wendi - Youíve been quite the busy bee lately. Iím glad you had a good time. I agree about the heat and humidity. Itís been SOOOOO terrible here lately. Iím ready for some Fall weather. Good for you getting back on track. Hang in there!

Dee - I wish I had a pool too. I see so many of my friends and neighbors posting new pool pictures on Facebook, and theyíre having so much fun. I hope I can talk Shawn into getting one next summer.

Have a great weekend!

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emoticon Wendi your weekend sounds like a ton of fun! I'm exhausted just reading about it.

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I wish I had a pool, but I'm thankful I have air conditioning. emoticon

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Well Sh*t! I haven't been getting notifications for this thread so I missed it. It has been so busy I haven't been on much.

So just know that I hope everyone is safe, healthy and getting back on track! AND Laura--so happy for you! Congrats on your job!!

So here's a recap of the last week for me. We went to Medora (friday) and had a great time. The show was good and the storm missed us. There was a tornado that touched down not too far away though. From there we went to Williston(saturday) (about 130 miles) to my niece's birthday party. Great to visit and see the kids for the afternoon. We then headed home (another 120 miles) and dropped off our junk, picked up the dog and headed to the lake.(another 45 miles). It was super hot with high humidity so we didn't do too much that evening. Sunday we got up and went fishing. There was no wind and it was a very clear and sunny day. We were out there until about noon and then it just got too hot. Jack caught 2 fish, i caught 1 and Mike caught 1 so that was fun. We went back to the camper and Mike worked a little on his irrigation system for the trees and Jack & I hung out in the A/C in the camper. Headed home in the evening. It was a great weekend but WAY too much sitting in the car! We had met my parents at Medora and Mike's parents came as well. It was fun!

Monday the big boys got home from their trip. They had a great time so that was good. Got a lot out of Feed My Starving Children servant event where they packed food. Jack's last baseball game was yesterday. Thank goodness. He goes to horse camp on Sunday. We have a meeting at the church tonight and then my sis is bringing my nephew tomorrow night. (he's going with Jack to camp)

So I've caught you all up (sorry for the book). I'm still struggling to get and stay on track but I will not quit trying! I have to do this. I know I need to just take the time for me and I just haven't. That changes today!

Have a great day all! I'll get next week's challenges posted tonight!

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Good morning, friends! Sorry to be MIA this week. It's been kind of a stressful week, so I haven't been online very much. I hope you're all doing well. Matthew is coming home this weekend, and I'm excited about that because I haven't seen him since the wedding. He and Laken are spending the night at our house Saturday night, and I can't wait to spend some time with them.

Tracy - I understand how you feel. I'm classified as "morbidly obese" too, and when I go to the doctor, he never fails to mention it. Hang in there, okay? I know it might feel impossible right now, but YOU CAN DO THIS! ((((HUGS))))

Dee - Thank you for always being so encouraging. It's appreciated more than you know.

Amanda - I hope you're feeling better!

Amber - I've been out of my groove too lately, so you're not alone. We had a pool years ago when the boys were little, and I really miss it. I hope to get another one someday.

Jill - The first three weeks after quitting sugar are the worst, but it WILL get better. You're doing great!

Kim - Way to go staying within your calorie range! I'm super proud of you.

I hope you all have a great day!

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Amber, jealous. I wish I had a pool to get into! I miss that!

Dee, ditto to what Jill said. You have motivated me from the day I met you!

Jill, I hate to complain about the heat butÖÖ ditto! I am over it. I need to find somewhere to move where it is spring/fall year round.

Stephanie, Hello my dear!

Day 3 for me with being in calorie range. So I will take it! Cross my fingers it continues. Depression stinks sometimes. Makes you really not want to do anything. I finally came out of it I think.


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Amber I sure wish I had a pool. 96 here today and tomorrow supposed to reach 100. Also humidity is at 54%.

Amanda hope you are feeling better soon.

I have been focused all week and surprising myself with my steps and eating so much better. Been feeling crappy but thinking maybe it is because I haven't had anything sugary all week. What do they say 3 weeks and it becomes a habit.

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Hi all. Just wanted to check in and let everyone know I'm alright. Been super hot out here so I've been spending a lot of time outside in the pool. I have been struggling to stick with things, but I am confident I'll get back into the groove soon. Hope everyone is doing well. Have a great day.

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emoticon Aw Jill, thank you for saying that.

Amanda, hopefully the summer cold is short one. You're a welcomed addition to the team!

I woke up in a less than motivated mindset. I've been reading some other people's blogs and getting inspired. Here's something to think about regarding our lifestyle change: Some day this won't all feel new -- it will be normal. GOAL!



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Just stopping by to say hi. Sorry i havent stopped and chatted. Life has been crazy and now I have a cold. I really enjoy being a part of this team! Im really enjoying the challenges, ill try to update them all tomorrow. Hope everyone is good and staying cool in this hot weather. I know many parts of the country are supposed.to.be really hot the next.few days. Stay cool, dont overdo it and drink your water!

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Tracy emoticon You can do this.

Thank you Dee for always cheering us on. Hope you realize what a motivator you really are and such a vital part of our team.



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emoticon Thanks for satisfying my curiosity! I'm so happy that you found your dream job. You deserve it, after how the last one ended.
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emoticon Tracy, I totally feel your pain. My chart would say the same thing. But, here's the cool part... we can change it. You can start with a simple decision to eat a healthy breakfast. Maybe commit to 10 minutes of exercise a day. Once you start feeling successful, you can just keep building on that feeling.

We don't have to be "all in" or "all out." That's where I run into trouble. I hope you do something to cheer yourself up so that you can avoid emotional overeating.

Jill -- one day at time; one meal at time; one minute at a time. Just don't give up!
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Edited by: DEEGIRL50 at: 7/16/2019 (15:57)
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Congrats on the new job Laura!!

I'm feeling super depressed today. My weight is still up...been eating junk and too much. I stopped trying and I cannot remember the last time that actually happened. But what pushed me over this morning was opening an explanation of benefits from my insurance for my last dr appointment (physiatry)... under diagnosis codes - the first item is "morbid (sever) obesity due to excess calories". I mean I've been that for at least 25 yrs, morbidly obese....but it just hit me hard today seeing that. I want to do better and I am tired of being in pain and then emotionally eating because I'm tired and in pain. Everything hurts again.

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Laura - Congratulations on the new job! That's wonderful!

Hello Jill and Kim! *waving*

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Congratulations on the new job. Glad you got to get away and relaxed for a few days

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Yay welcome back Laura and Yay congrats that is great!!!! So excited for you!

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Hi all! I am back in the land of electronics. It was great to unplug for a few days. It was hot hot hot, but we just chilled out at the campground and went boating over the weekend. Very glad we had a camper with air conditioning!

OK Dee - this is for your curiosity Remember that positive happening that I couldn't mention yet? I can now mention it. I am starting a new job at the beginning of August. It was the exact job that I've been looking for over the past 2 years. Timing was perfect and the offer was fantastic. It may take me a few days to get caught up with everything going on this month, but if you are in need of anything, I am back among the living.



Studies repeatedly show that "NOW" is the best time of the day for you to start that healthier diet.


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