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Got a question... Is Medifast Gordonii a good appetite suppressant? Many thanks for any answer or 2. My 2nd question... Good morning, Sapphires. Have a great week..

Read all about kim's great ride (include's pictures!)..

asked Apr 30 at 18:36

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The answer is Yes, however you might want to make sure and wait for another member to confirm my answer as I am unsure. Better yet, why don't you give a call to the Medifast guys because they can help better...

answered Apr 30 at 18:48

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Hey Shari...The rides started downtown at David Allen Memorial ball park and and went east out of town. I rode the middle distance to Garber and back to town. It was a super experience!!!..

answered Apr 30 at 20:09

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SZ....Good luck on your ride tomorrow!!!!! You go girl!!!!!..

answered Apr 30 at 21:46

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Thanks, Kim. I am feeling a little nervous about it and I hope I sleep well tonight. I just had a good dinner and I have my fud laid out for tomorrow: 3.

You Bars.

(my special allergen-free concoction.

) 3 pkgs shot blocks, and 2 5-hour energy drinks. I'll have electrolytes in my water bottle and ice water in my camel back. I will be loaded down, but I do NOT want to bonk like last time..

Today was a quick 25 miles up and down the beach route. I thought I was especially sludgey on the way down, usually wind is with me north to south, so I was just thinking boy I am old and worn out. Then I turned around.

I ride the road instead of the path going north (to avoid the pedos and furniture types on the path) but there was a cute boy on the path pedaling effortlessly who I was compelled to keep up with, bringing me into a steady 18 to 20 mph for an 8-mile stretch. Ah, wind shift! So, that was nice...

answered Apr 30 at 23:25

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Gooood morning Sapphires!!!!!!!!.

Sz I just love to read about your rides. You and Kim keep me so motivated and excited about riding. I can not yet even imagine having a 18 mph avg wowwwie. Have fun today!.

Kim yep still just beaming here over your great ride. Even though I was not able to get in 38 miles with ya, it was cool to do the 28 as that was my longest ride to date, and kinda cool that I pulled into my drive minutes after you texted me that you had finished yours! COOL!.

Jorian have you been having a good long weekend? Do anything fun?.

A big hello to all my Sapphire sisters! Off to get my day started. love and hugs to you all...

answered Apr 30 at 23:51

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Congrats on the ride, Kim. That's pretty darn awesome. Have a good, bonk-free ride, Sz. I've done nothing this weekend Mary other than get the hairs cut. I have a cook out today. Then, I'm on staycation all week and I vow I will clean this house thoroughly. What are your plans? Happy Labor Day everyone...

answered May 01 at 00:26

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Happy Labor Day everyone....I'm gonna go push a watermelon through the garden hose to recreate the labor I've gone through a couple of times......

answered May 01 at 01:26

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Does anyone know if there's a Nike+ challenge going on? I guess everybody started peddlin' their wares and gave up on the walking...booooooooooooooo..

answered May 01 at 01:49

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OK, guys, here it is:.

Time: 07:26:07.

Distance: 86.25 mi.

Elevation Gain: 7,954 ft.

Calories: 4,585 C.

Avg Speed: 11.6 mph.

Max Speed: 35.9 mph.

I did not bonk; felt great through and through. My shoulders are a little achy now but I was lucky to have a 5p acupuncture today immediately following and now I need to dive into the hot tub..

A century would be no problem at this point; all I have to do is do it!.

YAHOOOOOO!! Hope everyone else had an equally awesome day!!!..

answered May 01 at 02:10

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Good morning Sapphires!.

Sz outstanding!!! wooo hooo.

Have a great day all!..

answered May 01 at 02:40

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Awesome szsz!!!.

Morning, rainy, gloomy start to the week but if I have to work it might as well rain...for the most part the weekend was beautiful..

Where did summer go? I hope everyone has a great day, chat with you later...

answered May 01 at 02:55

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WOW sz!!!! That's amazing so glad you felt good throughout!!..

answered May 01 at 03:22

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Good morning Sappies!.

Whoo Hoo to all the riders! Great going!.

Still, yes, STILL in budget meetings and Corporate visitors here all week....

At least it's a short one, but I spent my day off working at the sister's reno house, so I feel like I'm still due a day off......

answered May 01 at 03:47

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Sz you are amazing!!!! I can't imagine that kind of elevation!! Whoo hoooooo!!!.

I checked out the You Bar site...that is really neat...design your own food. I bookmarked that one..

I love hearing about your rides!!!..

answered May 01 at 04:46

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Good Morning Sapphires.

Jorian, Sz, Mary, Pam, Kim, Sweetie, Shari, Sheri.

Hey Paula, ML and Kizzy!.

I've been catching up on the posts and I see that the pedal pushing craze is hot!.

Love your biking pics Kim.

I got my new Nike wrist band and haven't given it much attention.. it needs to go for a walk and sync with my running sneakers, anybody else? Shari??.

I spent the past few days in Maine with family and had a ball. We had fireworks on Thursday night ( they canceled the ones on the forth due to nesting piping plovers.. a very cute bird that loves living at the beach..

Before and after that there was a Reggae concert that thrilled everyone, especially my son. I watched him from a distance while he was hanging out with his friends, his head was "coolly" bopping to the rhythm of the beat. He loves music and we sometimes go together to the Pops or symphony, but he thinks that "reggae is the bomb, mom".

My DH surfs all year long and he taught my cousin to surf on Labor day .. not bad for 62 and 59 year olds..

I have been trying to stay to program and 100 % , since losing my mother earlier, and I realize how this has affected me. I'm trying day by day..

Yesterday I went with my dad to pay our yearly respects to our passed relatives. I brought sand and shells from the beach to place on their memorials. We have not had the ceremony for the unveiling at my mothers site, and I am not supposed to be there until then. I got as close as I could and from the other side of the monument I spread the sand on her side..

My other sons are back in classes, and I am procrastinating on job searching.....

Hope that all of you are well!..

answered May 01 at 05:25

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Oh Yaa yaa yaa, 09/09/09.

Tonight is the Beatles night on VH1 !!.

Sz, we have great whites near here on the cape.. they tagged 5 of them so far...

answered May 01 at 06:43

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Amy that is very cool about the sharks. Sounds like you've been having a good time in spite of things. That's great. Perfect end to summer..

I am more dead today than yesterday. I had to go to LA for a meeting yesterday and I was starving all day. Same today; I drove back and just napped for an hour or so. Tomorrow evening is a short, local mountainbike ride, so I better get myself back in upright and ready condition!!!..

answered May 01 at 08:13

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Good morning. Hope you're all rested, Sz. Only two days left to my staycation..

But, my house is clean..

Well, not as clean as I had intended, just surface cleaned. No ripping apart and tossing. I'll do that...later...

answered May 01 at 09:40

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Jorian, staycation and organizing is my idea of a productive vacation.

The ripping and tossing are work!.

Enjoy your ride Sz!..

answered May 01 at 11:14

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OK, yoga was restorative so now I am feeling like I may be on the brink of productivity. Maybe...

answered May 01 at 11:53

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HA HA HA HA HA That was great!!.

Went on a short mountainbike ride last night so I am again, dead. I WILL do something productive today. I hope...

answered May 01 at 13:03

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Those ping-ponging kitties are hypnotic. Were you productive, Sz? Did you ever get the oil changed in the truck?..

answered May 01 at 14:03

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I was productive! I finally went out to the back 40 and did "shape patrol" which is never fun and those dogs make a LOT of shapes.

And yes! I did get the oil changed a couple of weeks ago. It was painless and wonderful and now I am no longer driving around with a case of oil in the cabin. Nice!.

Howsabout you? Staycation????.

And of course, a Saturday bike ride. 47 miles; did a killer hill 3x just for fun, finally. It WAS fun. And then one last hill before heading home. It was nice. Tomorrow's ride will be easy around the bay...

answered May 01 at 14:24

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You're the biking queen, Sz. I didn't do all that much on my staycation, just puttered around, did a little cleaning, nothing exciting. I'm already dreading going back to work. I really think it's about time I win Lotto...

answered May 01 at 15:21

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I am queen of the bike!! I did get a new saddle by the way and I think I love it. I'm not 100% sure, but so far so good. Today's ride was very easy and included a boat ride which is fun. It sure feels like summer is over though and time to start thinking about layers (BOOO!) and long cycling tights. (BOOOOOO!!!) Summer do not forsake me!!!..

answered May 01 at 16:22

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KIZZZZYYYYYYYY!!!! Are you having a good break?.

Has Marilou forever forsaken us? *sadface*.




Did I miss the thread change?????..

answered May 01 at 17:33

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Hello! I've been in computer classes all day for systems we won't get until December. Like I'll remember any of this. I have classes through Thursday for systems I don't understand how I'll use since I'm not a clinician. In fact, since I've never even looked at our current systems or have a clue what they do, I'm rather lost. I don't even understand the words they're using. Boss told me today she's still working on my new job description.

Hope the saddle works out, Sz. As for the weather, we've been having summer, finally, the last couple of weeks. I heard a weather guy say this is a record for the latest start of summer. It was funny when he said it..

Anyway, I didn't change the thread. There doesn't seem to be the need to change it weekly. If anybody objects, speak up now or forever hold your peace...

answered May 01 at 17:38

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Oh good. This thread is comfy, the right size, and I like it. Just needs more SAPPA!.

On the Bad News front could it be possible that I am getting sick? Throat feels like I swallowed razor blades and nose is all sniffly. If this is that bison flu, well, heads are going to roll! *Shakes fist in air!* I go through such lengths to avoid people, how the heck can I get sick?!?!? Please say it isn't so..

Also: Bedtime...

answered May 01 at 18:55

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Morning Sapphires!.

Sz and Jorian helloooooooo. Sz hope you feel better fast! Flu not allowed. Jorian boo on the training..

On staycation this week. We are trying to finish up some landscape projects before snow flies, but like Jorian we seem to be having summer now! Weird, just weird!.

Hope you are all well. hugs!!!..

answered May 01 at 19:37

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Morning Sappalappagas!!.

I've been dealing with some health issues, but I'm proud to say that in the last 6 wks I've lost 19 lbs!!! I can't believe things are moving again!! YAY! However, I still have a long way to go!! (Should have been in a challenge I think....hee hee)..

Anyhoo. Hope your day is going well..

Love hearing about your staycations, bike travels, and computer classes......

answered May 01 at 21:14

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Good morning all. Hope you've feeling better, Sweetie. Congratulations on the lost poundage. Hope you're enjoying your staycation, Mary. I need another one. I need a permanent one, but first I need to figure out how to make money at it...

answered May 01 at 22:43

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SWEETIE YOU ROCK STAR! You are wasting away! Bravo and kudos and hugs from a distance. For yes, I believe it is the flu I am suffering. My acupuncturist said I could come in anyway yesterday and so my throat is tons better, but now I am coughing and achy. BOO BOO BOO. It's OK, I'll just wait this one out. A neighbor made me garlic soup which was super yum and thankfully I have an assortment of healthy leftovers to tide me over until I can leave house again. I am grateful...

answered May 02 at 00:22

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Sorry about the flu, Sz. Glad your throat feels better. I didn't know acupuncture could do that. The garlic soup sounds very yum. Nice neighbor...

answered May 02 at 01:10

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Very nice neighbor..

Acupuncture can stimulate immune system processes. It's wonderful..

Need more sleeep...

answered May 02 at 01:25

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Sz, sorry to hear you have/or had the flu hope you feel better soon..

So everyone, what is new?..

answered May 02 at 01:59

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I'm starting to feel hopeful that maybe it is just a cold. Definitely feeling better today, yay..

And yes, EVERYONE!!! What is new????..

answered May 02 at 03:25

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Nothing. Oh, we'll be swabbing patients for flu in the lab so I have to pack up and move out. I'll take over the now vacant IT area, which is actually much nicer than where I am now. It even has carpeting, unstained wallpaper, and somewhere to hang my coat!.

How are you feeling, Sz?..

answered May 02 at 03:34

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Flu-ish. Do I need to go get swabbed????.

Do not want..

I think I will be much better tomorrow..


answered May 02 at 03:46

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PS: Stay away from the sick people. Long distance swabs. Better yet: Have them phone it in...

answered May 02 at 04:06

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I'm OK, thanks. Perhaps being swabbed would be a good idea. It's important because it can go into the lungs and result in pneumonia. At least, that's what I overheard. So, I deleted my nagging, but, OK, I'll leave it at that. Until tomorrow...

answered May 02 at 05:33

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I am worried about my upper respiratory. Maybe it will feel better tomorrow. I do not want pneumonia...

answered May 02 at 06:54

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So, now it is tomorrow. How ya doing Sz?.

Moved into the new digs yet Jori?..

answered May 02 at 07:33

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Oh, man. I just had a Twilight Zone moment. For some reason I had a real dizzy spell for a second as I was logging on, and then the last post here was #44 but it was dated today (if I had thought about it, there hasn't been an 11:25 yet today). I thought Rod Serling would be coming to get me. I had to get out and start over. Any who, yes, how are you doing Sz? How are you, Sweetie? I'm not moving to the new digs until next week.

But, I'd rather not be here when the sickies start moving through...

answered May 02 at 08:08

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I don't want to go anywhere today. I really don't know what to do. BLARG..

Breathing is much better...

answered May 02 at 08:22

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I'm not being a nudge, but I have just enough knowledge to make me dangerous and not enough to know what I'm talking about. Is there a Walgreen's near you? Can you run in and see the nurse? I wonder if they do the swabbing (nasopharyngeal swab - up your nose -.


). H1N1 resides on a membrane past your sinuses but above your throat. Real easy to move down to the lungs...

answered May 02 at 08:45

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Joriori, it's all good. I went to the Dr.; Mr. Sz was also pressing me to go (as much as he can from the other side of the world.) Good news not piggy pox. Bad news, it's something viral and I need to be resting till Monday. I got some happy sauce cough syrup with codeine and I am resting and canceling my social activities (such as they might have been.) Off the bici until Tuesday at least..

Thank you for your persistence. I am relieved to know, now. I really don't have a fever but I am "mildly contagious" and it's best I stay away from peeps. I was really getting depressed; it's the not knowing that works on the mind. Now I know...

answered May 02 at 09:18

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All of you need to be careful and stay away from the germies.

I hope everyone starts feeling better. Jorian it sounds like the move will be a welcome change even if you are close to boss lady..

Not much to chat about here...starting to get excited about going to see U2 (Oct. 1), my all time favorite band and I'll get to take my new car on a little road trip.

The concert is in Charlottesville which is a couple hours away from me..

I know I'm the pot calling the kettle black but where is everyone?..

answered May 02 at 10:08

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Hey, Sheri. I'm jealous of you. AGAIN!!!!! What have you been up to?.

Glad you went to the doc, Sz, and you're on your way to a codeine cure (and it's not the piggy pox!). Rest, rest, rest and feel better...

answered May 02 at 10:11

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Jorian, I am still coughing and am tired of being cooped up in the house with Morty...

answered May 02 at 11:07

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Good morning all. Hope you're feeling better and better. I'm off to work. Boo. Have a good one...

answered May 02 at 11:42

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Hi everyone...just landed in Dubai...leaving in a few hours for Baghdad and from there to Taji...will write and tell you all about my R&R within the next day or so...divorce papers were filed on 09/09/09...now just holding my breath...more on all of this later..

Szzy girl, please feel better soon! And where IS everyone?!.

Hugs to all,..

answered May 02 at 13:10

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Kizzy! I am still sick. This is totally unacceptable and I am getting depressed. Boo..

Also: It would seem we have been abandoned! This is also unacceptable, but I don't know how to un-abandon us. I am not very amusing!.

Regardless, I do wish to hear your tales of R+R! You have been in my thoughts and I do hope you are well and had a restful time of it...

answered May 02 at 14:05

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I'm still here. Hope you had a good R&R, Kizzy, despite the divorce papers. Sz, FEEL BETTER!.

I spent the day moving. Not fun. Then I got into an argument with a bigwig from main hospital. Also not fun (may be less fun tomorrow)...

answered May 02 at 15:28

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Sz, hope you are feeling better today!.

So Joriori, you are moved.....tell us all about the non-fun..

Kizzy can't wait to hear about your R+R..

answered May 02 at 16:21

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Actually, guys, I AM feeling better today!! Hooray!.

Jorian you go GET 'EM!!..

answered May 02 at 17:34

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Hello there Sapphires,.

Jorian, Sz, Sheri, Sweetie, Kizzy, hey to Shari Pam and ML!.

Here and checking in to say the leaves are turning colors.. may be pretty to some but not to me, just love the warm weather and no raking..

Sz I hope that you are feeling better. We have all been sick here too for the past couple of weeks.. strep, colds coughs, all of that, and toss in some flakiness from my oldest son's ex girlfriend, and on and on.....

Please forgive my absence.

I haven't abandoned you.. well maybe .. but sure not in spirit. Well maybe some of that too. Been very low lately. Went to the MD and things are fine, need to be on mega dose of prescription vitamin D.

I must confess that I've been wasting time playing scrabble. That game isn't burning any calories.. so I've got to go "cold turkey" and stay away from those little letter tiles..

I have recommitted to the Medifast and want to continue to bring health and good habits back into my life..

I'll check back soon big hugs..

answered May 02 at 17:35

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Sorry you're low, Amy, but glad things are fine, and good for you for kicking it up a notch. And, Yea! Sz is feeling better!.

I'll save you the whine. But, basically, some people never let a good deed go unpunished - and I'm tired of being punished...

answered May 02 at 18:56

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Wine and cheese aren't on plan.. that said.. it's healthy to vent! you've worked hard and need to feel appreciated, keep up the good work.. you're an asset and qualitiy worker...

Sending you good {{{{ vibes }}}}..

answered May 02 at 19:45

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Hi everyone!.

Sz, I'm happy to hear you are feeling much better. That's great news. This means that you're back to being your amusing (YES!) self again..

Sweetie, hello! How is everything these days?.

Jorian, it is hard to feel motivated when you think people are taking you for granted or don't appreciate your efforts. Just know that your friends here are pulling for you..

Amy, I know exactly what you mean when you talk about feeling low and also about losing yourself in something, that although fun as it may seem, isn't really allowing you to live in the fullness of life. Congrats on recommitting (yeah, me too, but more on that later); I know you'll make a success of it..

Now where in the Sam Hill is Mary, Kim, Marilou, Sheri, Shari, Pam and the rest of the gang?!?! Ladies, quit hidin' and start postin'. Don't make us come and find you!.

I got into Taji late last night. So glad to be done with all of that traveling!! My emails are STILL downloading off of the server. It was nice to get into my room and realize that it is, for all intensive purposes, my only home. Even nicer was the fact that I took the time to clean it spic-and-span before I left; so when I got in last night, it was to be greeted by a really clean room. It made unpacking an easy task and it was nice to climb into a bed that had been made up before I left. I dimmed the lamp next to my bed to reading level and just relaxed until I fell asleep (with NO sleeping pills...yea me!!!).

I'm too lazy today, though, to get into how my R&R went. Sorry 'bout that. Maybe tomorrow..

Unfortunately, because I'm now homeless, I ate out every single day that I was home and did NOT make good food choices. I dread the weigh-in on Sunday; I'm sure I gained 50 lbs. Well, it sure feels like it. I feel heavy. I feel icky. I feel like a blob.

So tomorrow morning, I'm recommitting (you and me, Amy...game on!). I'm feeling so good about myself in every other respect; now it's time to channel that good energy to taking care of ME for a change!!!.

Okay, that's enough for today (don't want to overwhelm you guys with my legendary novel-length postings). Hope everyone is feeling fine and having a good time..

Hugs to you all,..

answered May 02 at 20:01

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Kizzy si glad to have you back!!!!.

Sorry all have been staying off the boards for awhile...been hanging out on Facebook more. I will try and check in with ya alittle more often..

Sz....gald you are feeling better!!! That junk going around is really nasty!!.

Jorian.....hugs girl...sorry work is so nasty!!! You deserve so much more!!!.

Hey Amy you and Kizzy gettin it on...kewl!!.

Well just wanted to say hi, have a great day all...

answered May 02 at 20:25

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Hey there Kim.. how do you hang out on facebook?? That's where you've been ?? Is that where the elite meet ??..

answered May 02 at 21:57

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Well Amy ya gotta get on there and get you a farm...lol. There are some of us that farm on FarmTown, ok virtually farm. Yes a total waste of time but alot of fun!!!..

answered May 02 at 22:18

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Morning everyone!.

Good to hear that Kizzy is back at her "home" room and that Sz feels better. Jori - so sad you are being punishered. Boo on that..

Kim and Amy good to see you!!!\..

answered May 02 at 23:44

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Hey there Sapphires!!!.

Ohh maybe that'll break my scrabble habit!.

Hi Sweetie.

So good to " see " you all again!.

Yes Kizzy! lets get it on......... I've been checking into the 100% survivors to try for some accountablility..

answered May 02 at 23:58

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The first step to any sort of success is organization..

With that in mind, I conducted an inventory:.

3 Cinnamon Roll bars.

7 Chocolate Mint bars.

7 Lemon Meringue bars.

< Bleh!.

11 Caramel bars.

< Bleh!.

4 S'more bars.

3 Chocolate bars.

3 Fruit & Nut bars.

13 Strawberry bars.

< Bleh!.

6 Honey Mustard sticks.

6 Cinnamon sticks.

5 Chili Nacho puffs.

< Bleh!.

6 Parmesan puffs.

< Bleh!.

8 Dark Chocolate shakes.

4 Cherry shakes.

4 Blueberry shakes.

17 Banana shakes.

18 Strawberry shakes.

25 Dutch Chocolate shakes.

13 Tropical Punch drinks.

< Bleh!.

A grand total of 163 packets; enough to last 4.7 weeks! I've got them all packed into sandwich bags (33 bags); ready to go!.

Unfortunately, I seem to have a lot of what I really don't like..

Ah well. Once they're gone, I can order lots of my favorites again (like the Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Raisin bars; which I currrently have.




I found out yesterday that I'm going to be spending the month of October traveling around theater conducting site assessments. Hence the inventory as well as the bags. I'll take my little blender bottle along; that really makes coping with the shakes very easy (no ice, though). I leave next week; so hardly any time to get over jet lag and get back in the groove at work..

I'm going to start tomorrow morning,.


It's great that you're checking out the daily accountability thing. Use every tool you can find!.


, so glad to see you here again!! You were missed..

Hello to everyone else!.

Hugs to all,..

answered May 03 at 00:04

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Moring girls,.

I hope everyone is back to feeling 100%..

Kizzy, you having an amazing outlook after all you have been through..

Not much going on here, been one of those blah weeks...cloudy and humid.

It will be a good day to get some chores around the house done..

I think I'm the only original Sappy left..

answered May 03 at 01:23

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Sheri! Stick with us please!!.

Amy, I am with you on the damnn foliage. To me it's just a harbinger of winter and cold. Now that I am away from it I can appreciate it better on the rare chance we take a trip east in autumn..

I have a lingering cough that is annoying, but otherwise, much better and got a good ride in today..

And, for the past week, I have had a new mouth to feed. Mr. Sz calls him Mouth (from afar; he's not home yet), I call him Archie. He's a 2-yr old black Lab with a heart of gold. And since he is a lab I felt compelled to bring him to water, so all three of them and I went to the beach yesterday (and again today). The Mouth swims and oh how I adore a dog I can swim with.

And now, at least temporarily, I have a swim buddy. I just have to hope the beach weather lasts. And that he is able to stick around...

answered May 03 at 02:12

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Hi Kizzy!!.

Hi everyone!.

I am remiss with shoutouts and I'm actually exhausted. I am feeling better but I am afraid of relapse. I'll be turning in early tonight...

answered May 03 at 03:19

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Oh, dear.


, please do take care of yourself! That's so sweet about the pup; he sounds like a true darling..


!! So great to hear from you again; you were missed. Thank you for the very nice compliment. Don't worry about being the very last original Sappy. Remember M*A*S*H? By the time the show ended, there were very few of the original cast left but those who stayed were truly cherished by the audience. So there! You're the new Hot Lips!!.

Started back on Medifast today (you hear me,.


?!). Also bit the bullet and stepped on the scale and screamed in horror and jumped off again. So, a piece of advice: if you are ever homeless, don't drive around for your meals...you'll be very sorry later..

BUT, eternal optimist that I sometimes am, I know that if I just stick to MF's plan.

As written.

, I'll drop those excess pounds in no time at all. So far today, I've had one blueberry shake and some cold rotisserie chicken. I need to quickly drink a banana shake and then get to the DFAC tonight for a salad..

That's it from here for now. I know I still owe you all an accounting of my R&R; believe me, it was very interesting. I'm just kinda swamped at the moment and can't figure out how to write about it without making you all read a full-length novel. Hahahaha!.

Love to all,..

answered May 03 at 04:51

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Good morning, all. Glad you're feeling a bit better, Sz. Romping at the beach with dragons sounds like such fun. How did you're newest find you?.

It sounds like you'll be a busy girl in October, Kizzy. Are you still planning on moving to Idaho in the near future?..

answered May 03 at 05:44

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I'm going to hold off on the Idaho idea for the time being. I'll be here until at least the end of May 2010 and the way that Life goes, well, it just doesn't do to make too many hard-and-fast plans this far in advance. I'll have a better idea about things when I near the end of my time here. I may go ahead with the Idaho idea or I might look at Amsterdam or Hawaii. You just never know. It is sort of liberating to have the whole world wide open to me like this..

Are you enjoying your weekend? I sure hope so! You do deserve to treat yourself kindly..

Good morning to the rest of the Sassy Sappys!!! Hope you enjoyed a nice Caturday. Where is.


??? Did I miss a vacation announcement or something??..

answered May 03 at 07:14

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Hi there Sapphires!.

Glad you're feeling better Sz...

There's nothing better than a good romp at the beach. I can't get my Shiner on the beach until after Oct. 1, thru April. Are you going to New England if you get that rare chance to go east ??.

Kizzy I did that jump off the scale too and I think that we both have the same number as a goal let's get this thing going, I want serious baggy clothes soon. I have nothing to wear because last fall I cleaned out the closet. (After my mom passed away I did start to loose all the control that I had. ).

Hello Jorian Sweetie and Kim ..what on earth do you do on the face farm?? ( I'm a newbie to all the virtual world.as a matter of fact this is the first place that I've ever been online except for emails and web surfing).

Sheri by the way, who is in the picture of your avi ? .

I don't know who was in the original sapphires.. but I know that there are so many that I have been missing lately, Mary, Pam, Shari, Paula ML............

answered May 03 at 07:15

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Morning, welcome to Monday. Short week for me as I'm leaving early on Thursday to go see U2 and I'm taking Friday off.

Can't wait!.

Amy, that is Elton John in my AVI, will have to change it to a U2 related photo after the concert..

I hope everyone had a great weekend, szszsz, the beach day with the dogs sounds like a blast..

I should get back to work..

answered May 03 at 08:20

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Morning all!.

Sz, that doggies at the beach thingie sounds fun fun fun!!!.

Kizzy - good to see you hon!.

Hello everyone else..

I just have to scream out that during the last two months I have lost 25 lbs. I still have a ways to go, but I can't help but be thrilled!!!..

answered May 03 at 09:34

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Wow. Congratulations, Sweetie. What are you doing differently?.

Good morning everyone...

answered May 03 at 10:07

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Sweetie that is awesome....so glad things are moving along!!!!!.

Just want to stop in and say howdy!!! Nothing much new here..

So good to see you Kizzy.....be safe out there traveling around!!!.

Sz so glad to see you were finally able to get a ride in and the beach with the dragons sounds so fun!!! Do tell how did the new mouth come to the family???.

Amy...well on the virtual farm you plow, plant and harvest and don't even have to get dirty!!! You work to make money so you can buy new things to decorate with...I know a waste of time but it is alot of fun..

Jorian....what's new anything???? I hope the job front is being alittle nicer to ya!!!.

Well not much new here...still biking and loving it!!! Need to do more!! Have a wonderful week all!!!!..

answered May 03 at 11:25

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Hai guys!.

Congrats on the incredibly shrinking Sweetie!.

Amy, if I get east the plan is to go to Canada (from NJ). I don't think it will happen during foilage [foliage] season, but one can hope..

Here's the story..

A = my friend.

B = drinking neighbor, Mouth's legal owner.

C = nice neighbor.

Mouth belongs to neighbor B. Neighbor A lives next door to neighbor B. B has been drinking himself to death over recent months so I told A that when B meets his demise, to bring Mouth to my house. (A is my friend.) (B is belligerent and possibly reasonable when sober but has not been sober for a long time.).

Last Sunday (week ago) enter neighbor C who found Mouth at large and attempted to return to B who would not answer his phone. When she went to his house he would not open the door and refused to open his gate. He told her "Let him roam.".

A overheard this and brought C and Mouth to my house..

(Following? Sorry if confusing.).

A week ago today (last Monday night) B is out on his lawn, crawling, half-naked and moaning. A makes phone call and B is carted off on gurney. Has not been seen nor heard from since. He has been completely yellow and swollen and bloated and A heard him throwing up daily (for weeks) prior to this. (We suspect end-stage liver failure.) He's in his late 50s is my guess..

Sad, right?.

This is not the sort of neighborhood where one can let a dog roam. There is a busy boulevard one block north. Chances are, of course, someone would have grabbed Mouth, but I really did not want to see him go into the system. He's a good dog..

I feel I am doing the right thing but if B recovers and wants Mouth back I will be devasted..

A and C are both happy with me having Mouth. A has no provisions for dragons and C's existing dragons do not want a bother..

(Milo, it turns out, was fine with Mouth when she thought he was a visitor. Now that he is seemingly staying, she is less pleased.) But I know she will come around, because she love love loved Elvis, our previous lab (half Rott though) and Mouth is basically a mini Elvis. Much of the same demeanor and laid-backitude..

In order of appearance, L to R: Nigel, Milo, Mouth:..

answered May 03 at 11:57

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Kizzy, you write that novel we will read it! You sound fabulous and in total control. Glad to hear this. We also want to hear if things are not great. Regardless, you seem to be doing really well and glad you are back on the Medifast bandwagon. It does work..

Kim, yay for cycling!!! My new saddle is totally working out and I am having a great time. Itching to do a longer ride, but trying to take it easy...

answered May 03 at 12:03

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PS: I don't call him Mouth to his face. I call him Archie...

answered May 03 at 12:18

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Sz, interesting acquisition of Mouth! He is soooo cute, as are the others! He's lucky to have you..

Jorian - My Dr. is supervising my weight loss now, and it seems to be working much better. (wink)..

answered May 03 at 13:19

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Alas...........prodigal daughter returns.......

Sz so glad you are feeling better. Sad about the drunkin neighbor, but Mouth is now with a good mommy and family. Hugs!!.

Kizzy so good to hear from you! Yes do be careful in Theater (? sp) It is crazy scary over there right now. Do write us a novel. Good or bad we are here for you..

Sweetie so happy to hear you are workin it out with your doctor. So dang proud of you. Big hugs!!!.

Jorian, my dear friend how are you?? I think I read you were moving your office? Did that go well?.

Amy way to go on getting back to it and getting the weight off..

Sheri good to see you posting too. Still think that is one hawt little auto you purchased!.

ML, Paula you are both missed!.

I have been on a little respite from the boards. I do apologize for leaving without notice. I just needed a breather so to speak. Miss you all like crazy!! Hugs to you all...

answered May 03 at 14:26

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Thanks Mary...I love my new car.

Glad that you're back posting...

answered May 03 at 14:52

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Hooray, Mary is back!.

Thanks for the kind words on Archie / Mouth. Keep fingers crossed that it all works out. He is a temporary member of the family and I would love for it to be permanent. It's too soon to pursue this without knowing neighbor's status and the longer Mouth is here, the longer I can show intent to take care of him and $$ invested (food!) the better my chances are..

Thanks in advance for your good thoughts. He's a lovey as are they all...

answered May 03 at 16:08

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Nice dragon pictures. They even have their own chaises. I hope Archie remains a member of the Sz household. Does the alky know he is? I wonder when it's considered abandonment/neglect?.

Good to see you, Mary. How's it going with you and yours? Yes, I moved my office. Now I'm in a really big cubicle in the front office. It's much nicer than the hole I was in (I think it was a former washroom - seriously). It's also nice in that I'm right there with the other ladies. The bad part is I'm much closer to boss lady, and she drops in often..

Good doctor, Sweetie. But, of course, you're the one doing the work and dropping the pounds..

Boy, Sheri, first Elton and now U2. I'm green!..

answered May 03 at 17:29

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Cool on your new office digs! Sounds like a step up. That's good, right? Except for bosshole. Boo on her..

Well, here's an update: He died Thursday. Turns out he has a brother. We'll see what developments unfold tomorrow..

My life feels strange these days..

I am also jealous of Sheri's concert going!!!.

Jorian, funny about the chaise thing. There were two, but Mi and Ni never were both on them at the same time, and neither one was particularly one or the others. But once Arch came on scene they seemed determined to stake out their beds leaving him with none; putting him in his place. So, of course I had to get a third one...

answered May 03 at 18:49

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Morning Sappys!!!.

Yay Mary!!! Good to see you again!!! I've missed you and Kermie..

Jorian - yay for a nicer office space!! Boo on BLady..

Sz - so the alchy died.....does the brother have a clue that he had a dog?? Are you going to talk to the brother about Mouth? Questions, questions. Crossing my fingers for you...

answered May 03 at 20:03

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The brother was very nice and fully aware of his brother's proclivities. They were both Vietnam era green berets..

Anyway, now, a war of dragons v cats; would have them evenly numbered. Oy...

answered May 03 at 21:15

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Hideho good Sapphires!.

Sz crossing fingers Archie can be at home perm w/the Sz's.

Hiya Sweetie!.

Hope everyone is having a great day. hugs..

answered May 03 at 22:41

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2009 cannot get over with soon enough for me..

I am being med-evac'd to Dubai later today. The past four or five days, I've had some bad neck and shoulder pain. I thought perhaps I slept on it wrong. The past two days, the pain has moved to my upper arm and is radiating up and down my lower arm. The best description that I can give for the pain is if someone grabbed your arm and twisted it up behind you to the point where it feels like it is going to snap off. It doesn't come and go; it is constant pain..

I told the medic yesterday (because my colleagues finally convinced me to go) that I would just deal with it; especially since I'm supposed to leave on Saturday for the theater site assessments. Well, last night I was in the most agonizing pain I think I've ever had. I couldn't get comfortable in any position and had to bite my lip to keep from crying out and waking up my trailermate. I ended up fainting from the pain and woke up on the floor this morning..

Today my right hand is numb; I can't hold a pen or type (so this posting is the efforts of my left hand going solo). Anyway, they think I have a pinched nerve and are sending me to Dubai for tests. If surgery is needed, I'll either have it done there or I'll be sent home and will have to process back through Houston once I'm all better..

I've worked really hard to get and keep my kids on an even keel. I've tried so much to be fair in my divorce. I've done everything possible to cope with everything that has been thrown at me this year and now this. I feel like dissolving into tears but tears don't get much done, do they? I'm just feeling really, really, really down right now. My spirits are low and I begin to wonder...what the heck?!.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you about this because I likely won't be on to post for a while. I'll post whenever I can, I promise..

So, hugs to you all and thank you for being my friends. And Mary, I'm so glad to see you here again. It is wonderful to come here and see my Sappy friends!.


answered May 03 at 22:56

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