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pickles37

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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2005 2:13:08 AM

Here you will find people that desire to loose weight and love to talk about that and lots of other things! Join the fun as we chat away!
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GBGuy
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2014 3:14:53 AM

Add to yesterday's formula, one more grandchild and her mother (our daughter). Her father has to stay home for work, but my two ladies will be driving from Green Bay to Madison today to join us. It is almost electrical when the grandchildren get TOGETHER. It is great they get along so well. So it will be me helping my daughter and D-I-L watch the two kids. Grandma still has limited ability, though she can still keep a pair of eyed open for one getting away and possibly in trouble, and our son will still be busy with his Bar exam (a full day of essay questions today).

I will admit, I got a lot of exercise yesterday.

[Edited by: GBGuy at 7/29/2014 3:16:44 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 2:17:22 PM

You will be helping with the "wrangling the toddler" but I'll bet there won't be any sorrow in your hearts. You will be enjoying it to the utmost!!

Have a great safe trip!
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2014 5:23:00 AM

It is 4 am and I am awake in a hotel room in Madison, WI. Our grandson is sleeping in our room to give our son the best chance of a good night sleep before starting the process of taking the Bar exam later today. To look over at my wife and our grandson, both sleeping soundly--not even a snore--is a beautiful peace in my world.
Later, we will most definitely explore the pool, which will be good exercise for grandpa (me) and lots of fun for grandson. Will have to be careful, since 2-year-olds don't swim very well! Mommy, being 8 months pregnant, can't keep up with the little tyke as well as she used to either, so grandparents will have to help wrangling the toddler.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 3:57:44 PM

That is so neat, ... your son taking his bar exam! Congratulations to him!

Your son's wife is pregnant again...... That's also the greatest!

Besides the new 1 week old boy addition we have here, we have another 14 year old visiting us from N.Y., so we are blessed at all the family company.
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 1:54:29 AM

Going to Madison today. Our son and his wife and son will meet us there and we will stay with them while our son takes the Bar exam (ending Wednesday). Our daughter will join us from Green Bay on Tuesday, bringing our granddaughter, so our two grandchildren can play with each other. The big thing is to help our son focus on the exam and not worry about his pregnant (yes) wife or his son. We will take good care of them.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 10:38:57 AM

Yeah, for me, swimming has been about 35 year's ago, but a swimming pool...add another 10 years to that.

I keep saying I'm going to walk around the short block around here but it never happens.

The old hip sometimes starts hurting even when walking down the 60 foot driveway getting the mail.

I'm seeing the VA doctor at 2:30 PM today for my 10 month checkup. We will see what he says today. He gave me some metformin to take with my insulin and I stopped taking it after about 2 weeks as it caused me too many bathroom problems.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 7:54:06 AM

The pool is a good match for me. I had an athletic scholarship in college from being on the swim team (I was mostly a diver, but did compete in swim events, too). I just haven't been able to get to the Y. I may just start with going to an open swim period some time to just bounce around and move in the water. Then I can get back in one of the water exercise classes and maybe build up to swimming a few laps.
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 7:04:47 PM

I haven't visited a diabetes support group in ages. I used to go every week, year's ago. I know what they would tell me....Go to the YMCA swimming pool for exercise. That's what my 120 pound VA doctor keeps telling me to do.

I haven't been swimming in 35 years for some reason or other. Probably because I need to lose the 50-75 pounds or so, along with not getting any great enjoyment in swimming.
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 1:37:50 PM

I keep pushing them and they respond, at least for a while. Last night I attended my diabetes support group meeting for the first time this year. I have just been so busy with the wife, etc... The topic was exercise for the diabetic person. It was very topical for me since I am really pushing to lose a lot of weight.
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 1:19:43 PM

It's a tough life when there is so many people in the house wanting the "bad foods" when we are trying so hard to only eat the good foods. With the 6 year old, the 26 year old, 27 year old and the 48 year old here, it's almost impossible to have only good foods here.

There is always cheese sticks, F.F., potatoes, ravioli, many soda's, etc.

But I guess "where there's a will, there's a way"
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 11:01:10 PM

The problem is that I don't always make or plan the meals and even when I set my restrictions and make it known to all, then they will make meals that violate those restrictions. I have actually just sat there and watched them eat or gone in the kitchen to make a chicken & mustard wrap with lettuce and tomato (my fall-back diet sandwich).
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 11:46:48 AM

Hi GB, glad the wife's coming along like planned. Remember that you can fill yourself up on veggies and chicken and never get anywhere near the minimum calorie count for the day. It's the butter or snacks that kill us.

A beautiful salad with low calorie vinaigrette and grilled chicken always excites me and I could eat it all day. I'm starting to get hungry for it now.
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 10:10:08 AM

It has been a couple days since wife's hand surgery and it still hurts a lot (hopefully just because it was operated on). She is supposed to keep it all wrapped up until she sees the doctor again at the end of the month. The good part of this is that she seems more appreciative of her improvement regarding her leg. Meanwhile, she effectively has no right hand, so she needs help with a lot of stuff again, like getting dressed/undressed (including going to bathroom).
My activity level seems to be serving pretty well as an exercise regimen, as I have lost another 5 pounds. I not only want to keep this going, but I fear that, like every time I lost a lot of weight before, I will eventually gain it all back. That is such a waste! I guess I will have to commit to being on a pretty strict diet and some amount of physical exercise for the rest of my life.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 10:22:25 AM

PTL that the wife is improving with few negative effects. Here's hoping all goes great with the hand surgery also.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 8:13:19 AM

My wife pleased her doctors with her progress at her examination in Chicago yesterday. Today, she is having surgery on her hand to reverse the numbness left over from her last leg surgery (pinched nerve? carpal tunnel?)
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 11:19:19 PM

Hi Mikey, I'm from a 'fat' family also. I am the youngest of 12 and we were all overweight (6 brothers and 6 sisters). I was able to lose weight when I was younger but now, with using 200 units of insulin daily the doc said it'll be impossible for me to lose. Without me doing any exercise it's hopeless. (Asthma, COPD, CHF, CLL, diabetes, bad hip and back).

I do think a lot of my problems losing weight (besides my ailments) is my laziness in not getting to ONLY eat veggies and lean meats and keeping any and all snacks and soda's away.

We have 5 in the house (one a 6 year old) which makes it harder to only have good foods in the house.

Those are my excuses and I'm sticking to them. Surely losing 50-75 pounds would do me wonders. (268)

I do think any and all things are on the table to help lose weight including the Lap Band.
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 7:43:43 PM

Mikeyl, That was a good post. I am just getting pushed by everyone (I mean all my doctors) to lose a lot of weight. Some say if I can't do it the hard way, then I should have bariatric surgery or other more drastic measures. Losing weight will help me with my diabetes, my heart condition, and even my multiple sclerosis. To them, I say, ALLRIGHT ALREADY! My wife and son (the one living with us this year) promised to help me. I promised it won't be easy for them, either.
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 7:29:35 PM

Unless I get my doctor to agree - which he won't - I'll never lose the 100+ pounds I need to lose.

I am the same size as my brother - who lives no where near us and exercises regularly.
I am the same size as my father - who has lost weight in the past, but gained it all right back as soon as he had to slow down his exercise routine.
I am the same size as my grandfather - who died of natural causes after retiring from the fire department.

There is a King of France from around 1050 A.D. His name was Louis the Fat. Guess what? We're related.

We've been a fat family for over 1000 years.
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 4:12:49 PM

That is so great you're down the 30 pounds!! I would love to lose a good 50 or 75 pounds but that's not going to happen in the near future I expect.

I don't eat that awfully much but I also don't get the exercise I need, either.
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 10:12:35 AM

Well, we won't stop. Driving to Champaign, IL today and Chicago tomorrow. Another trip to Peoria next Monday, and who knows where else, when. In two weeks (I think) we will go to Madison, WI to support our son while he takes his Bar exam (we will make sure his pregnant wife and 2 year old son are ok, keeping his mind on the test).
Otherwise, we are always playing catch-up around the house with all the stuff we don't do while we are away.
By the way, it is official, my goal for total weight loss has been set at a minimum of 100 lbs. This came out of my drs. appointment yesterday. Already have 30 lbs down so I guess that leaves "only" 70 to go. He said if I could lose more, that would be even better. I tell you what, doc, let me get the first 100 and we will see how I am doing!
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 9:49:40 AM

You are still our 'travlin man' doing more traveling in a week than I do in a year. I'm sure it has a lot to do with me not having the funds to spend with everything going on around here.

The baby boy is due any day and the GD will be seeing the doctor this morning as she had some water leaking.

I still think of your family every night and will always do so. I hope the wife is mentally better, and hopefully everything is going as intended.
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 5:14:29 AM

Today we have assorted doctors' appointments, including my appointment with my neurologist in Peoria (2 hr drive each way). Hoping to see our daughter while there.
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 8:13:16 AM

Yes it is. Today, I only hope to "accomplish" getting back home safely. Of course, it is not that simple. Wife is going to the local farmers' market with daughter, son-in-law, & granddaughter, while I pack and load up the truck. Then, who knows how many stops she will need on the way back because she still does not travel very well. Lastly, after we arrive, I get to unload the truck while she goes in the house to rest from the trip. Tomorrow we will return to our normal routine, church in our home parish, etc...

[Edited by: GBGuy at 7/12/2014 8:13:47 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 9:37:54 PM

The feeling of accomplishment is great, isn't it! I love to keep current by continuing doing electrical, troubleshooting of computers, and whatever else I can do.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 9:25:00 PM

Phase 1 of the tree house is complete. I accomplished everything I hoped to, plus a little electrical work in our daughter's house (replaced a ceiling light fixture, a switch and an outlet). It has been a very enjoyable trip, both in Minneapolis and in Green Bay. Tomorrow, we will return home.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 5:40:55 PM

I'm at the point in life where just putting a fuse in the car can put my back out for a week.

Just went in for my PET scan this morning for my CLL so I should find out how things are going in a week.

I'm assuming no news is good news with your wife.
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 8:20:51 AM

Weather has been fine, but the body is feeling the effects, lots of aches, pains, cramps, etc...
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 11:22:35 AM

You and your people are go-getter-done'rs. Glad you have help. Hopefully the weather is cooperating with you.
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 6:31:12 AM

Well, so far, so good on the tree house. Prefabricating sections and raising them up (with the help of others) made the whole process much safer. Day two starts with the project about 1/2 done.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 7:44:24 PM

The neighbor's partner said he (the neighbor) apparently didn't realize his age has changed and he isn't a young boy any more. She was in the house and didn't find him for awhile. I would think he has to have broken bones.

We always think the ladder knows how to stick to the ground but in this case, it didn't.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 1:27:37 PM

Don't worry. 1) I won't fall. 2) If I did fall, nothing would break, but the earth might shift a little from the collision (got to lose more weight).
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 11:55:20 AM

Hi GB, Do watch out when building the tree house. My neighbor just fell off the roof when trying to get back onto the ladder (last week). I only heard about it this morning. I don't know if he broke anything or not as I don't think he went to the hospital. The DIL just talked to his partner this morning but didn't find out how badly bruised he was.
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 6:39:12 AM

Day one of the tree house project. I won't have to worry about getting my exercise this week. Good for my health unless my wife's worries come true and I fall out of the tree (that won't happen).
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 4:56:21 AM

Yes, hopefully we will have good attitudes all around as we work to save the clinic. My wife's attitude is getting a boost as we are enjoying our grandson's 2nd birthday in Minneapolis. Tomorrow we drive to Green Bay where I will start building a tree house for our granddaughter.
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 9:58:16 AM

Your accountant has a good outlook on life. It's tough running a business but extremely rewarding on the personal side. A 24/7 operation for sure.

I've had at least 4 businesses: 3 service stations, snowplowing business, sporting goods business and building fruit bins and pallet business, along with my more money making (able to live) business working for a large corporation as a CE.

Thank goodness for accountants.
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 5:10:07 AM

Yes, the accountant is terrific, but she is the aunt of the now laid off manager. We asked if that would be a problem, but she said she has lots of nieces and nephews and if she couldn't do business with anyone who had a bad business relationship with any of them, it would seriously cut into her business.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 10:39:07 PM

Hopefully you have an accountant that can take care of the taxes, monthly. It can be overwhelming, extremely quickly to say the least.

My friend got into big problems quickly with the tax people when he tried to do it himself.
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 9:45:19 PM

The remaining staff is great, they work extremely well together as a team, and they are cross-trained, so there is no aspect of any job that only one person can do. Its just that some of the financial tasks have been exclusively done by the former manager, so when they are done by someone else, it will be their first time.
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 8:37:10 PM

Hopefully everyone is good at their jobs so they can carry on the business. In my past experience, when the area manager of our corporation was out for about 2 years due to a heart attack, no one replaced him and everything went as it should have. When he came back, nothing changed at all.

If you have good people, everything runs itself. Main thing is that you have all good people.
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 4:35:20 PM

Well, a good business mind commands a price. We are going to try to do without her business savvy and hope the clinic is on a course that can be followed just by performing the tasks of the business for a few months. They think they know how to order, bill, pay bills & payroll, etc... They don't plan to do anything major different, except if they find a good candidate to be a 2nd doctor. We are hoping this isn't a mistake, but what else can they do?
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 10:43:43 AM

That's scary when you make that amount of money but your responsibilities can be carried on without you there. I'm a firm believer that the ones that should get paid the most are the laborers and the least paid should be the organizers.
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 6:17:49 AM

Yesterday we did something that has been planned for about a week, but we have had to keep it quiet until it happened, we had to "let go" the clinic manager who was instrumental in getting the clinic started over 2 years ago and a very valuable employee since then. The math got her, she was paid more than anyone else except the doctor and the nurse-practitioner (the two who actually produce income) and her duties were all assumable by current employees. Even paying a couple employees more for their added responsibilities, we will save over $100,000 a year. That is money we desperately need. She will remain a valued friend and when the clinic gets back on its feet (maybe early next year?) we might ask her back (if she doesn't have another job by then.
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 9:10:50 AM

Sounds like you have most things all figured out for success. A doctor's life sure has long hours. I always feel bad for the long hours they put in.
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 5:37:13 AM

Oh, there will be changes if we find another doctor to join the practice. The clinic doesn't have enough exam rooms to support two docs plus a nurse practitioner, but there are things that can be done. They can expand their hours (including not closing for a lunch hour every day, starting an hour earlier, staying open an hour later, more hours on Saturdays, etc...). It may also mean that patients will get in and out of their appointments faster (good for them, right?).
Also, all three will be able to take a day off of work during the week, especially if they work on Saturday.
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 10:14:39 AM

Remember that you may well have to compromise with a new doctor, just like the only way our government can function efficiently is compromising between the three branches of the government.

If nothing else, if you have to compromise too much, you could consider this present venture with another doctor like a starter house, then expanding out by yourselves in a few years once the wife gets permanently well.
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 8:55:14 AM

Bank came through with $150k loan approval--with some conditions. We will get the rest by borrowing from retirement account (not a good idea, but???) We are still looking to hire another doctor to work in the clinic, even though we cannot afford to relocate or expand for at least another year or two now. It will be tough, but my wife has proven she is a fighter and I believe she will make it through this challenge too.
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 3:51:48 PM

Ouch! Prayers are still going every night for all your family needs. Hopefully the Lord sees it our way. No other options, huh?
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 8:54:49 AM

Wife is continuing to get better, but her clinic is on the verge of closing because of her absence. She is trying to convince banks to loan her about $200,000 to keep the doors open until she can return to work and reducing her take-home check by about 50%. Other cuts will have to be made, too. Stressful times!
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2014 9:41:29 AM

It's been spotty around here. We would have one week of rain daily then another week of little rain. We are in the rainy season though so this is our time to fill our aquifers for the year. Too little rain or too much rain gives us sinkhole problems.
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2014 7:31:46 AM

We are experiencing a wetter than normal June, but it isn't that bad, especially not as bad as the upper Mississippi. We are just getting a good rain every day. We don't have to worry about watering the gardens or the lawns and it is keeping the heat and humidity a little lower. Problem for me is I don't like to walk in the rain, so I am not getting out for my exercise as much as I should.
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