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By jcoff012 On 2013.04.05 22:46
We really were able to take full advantage of our new handicap placard today! My feet hurt, Carl 's back aches, but it was a good day! We had a light breakfast here at the house, then left at ten and drove to Santa Rosa...went to Costco, Target, and cost Plus. Then we had a leisurely lunch at BJ's (was able to have a great lunch with the help of a very sweet waitress who saw me trying to stay in the correct points for Weight Watchers!) She even had the bar tender cut me up a bowl of strawberries for "dessert"! Then we stopped at Macy's and Home Depot!

Know how we did it? Planning! We sat down yesterday and figured we need to go to two major areas...one had Costco, Target, and Cost Plus in the same huge parking lot...we drove to each, and being able to have only a short walk to the car helped!

BJ's has their menu online, so we were able to plan out most of our meal, so we just sat back and enjoyed a looonnng meal! We went to Home Depot mainly to go to the bathroom on the way home, but we spent time looking at plants..didn't buy anything, but saw some we want to add to the landscape.

We already had dinner planned, so other than making a salad, we had little to do and had pork tenderloin, peas, a baked potato, fruit salad, and strawberry shortcake...oh, yum!

Guess I am rambling, but it was a great day: I hit the "minus 30 pounds goal" this morning, felt really in control of life, and I KNEW you all would understand just how great it feels to have a day when things just "clicked!"

We go to the PD meeting tomorrow..anything new, and I'll share! Hugs...Jane

By Onedayatatime On 2013.04.05 23:25
Happy to hear about your great day! Many congrats on #30! Weight Watchers is a great way to loose weight, the right way. Hope your tomorrow is even better!

By jcoff012 On 2013.04.05 23:35
Thank you, Oneday...I have a lot more to lose, but I know what I need to do, only this time, I need to make the commitment to keep it off! Figure I need to get healthier to take care of my husband...better now, than later! Hugs! Jane

By Reflection On 2013.04.06 07:39
congratulations - it is wonderful that you are keeping to the program. I dropped 20 lbs a few years ago, have kept it off -and my knees and hips don't hurt anymore. So worth it! Keep going!

By jcoff012 On 2013.04.06 10:53
My weight was the direct cause of the cancer...too much estrogen in my system. The doctors say weight is a "possible" cause, but I have no other factors, so I am convinced it was THE cause. I come from a long line of women with weight issues. But, after my last cancer checkup in February, I decided this was it for me...I will be 65 in July and I will be needed to increasingly assist in my husband's daily care, so I need to be healthier. I will keep going; I have to.

Enough about me...Congratulations on losing and KEEPING it OFF! THAT is the hard part. I find WWs to be simple to follow for someone who is an organizational "freak" like me...all the counting of points, charting, planning is right up my alley! But, keeping it off for so many years is outstanding!

Well, I must get things ready to make the trip to Santa Rosa for the monthly meeting...takes us about 40 minutes to get there and we haven't had breakfast or done the laundry...

Have a good day, everyone! Hugs, Jane

By jcoff012 On 2013.04.06 15:28
Well, PD raise its ugly head...we aren't going to the meeting because he suddenly is "too tired" to go out and drive up and back...I said I would drive, but he's already lying down! This stupid disease!

Have a feeling he overdid it yesterday. Time to adjust the day, right? It IS frustrating to work hard cleaning, making dinner ahead, etc., then go nowhere...but, this, to shall pass. As a wise man told me, we seem to accept and adjust quickly...this is a test, right?!

While he is sleeping, I will find us a hotel in San Francisco for the conference...such is life.
Lolol Jane

By LOHENGR1N On 2013.04.06 15:55
Unfortunately, We can plan and arrange all We want only to watch Parkinson's have it's way. Sorry you "guys" missed your meeting. You'll get the next one, We just live and learn the best we can.

By jcoff012 On 2013.04.06 16:13
;) have had you on my mind and in my heart, Al.feel better?

By parkinit On 2013.04.10 22:26
Jane -

I have found as the disease progresses that one day of activity means the next day of suffering (i.e., very tired and more freezing). Now, at least I am somewhat prepared if he is very active one day, then the next day is going to not so good.

I am glad you had a great day! That is awesome. Treasure that! Journal that so you can look back and reflect on the good times!

By jcoff012 On 2013.04.11 11:32
A journal...hmmm...might be a good idea for the grand kids...thy are very young, but old enough to remember him building houses, making them toys, etc...thanks for a fantastic idea!

By makrivah On 2013.04.11 13:57
Journaling... will do! This is a great way to release emotions. Another benefit is that you can track the highs and lows of each day/week so you can share what is happening to doctors with facts and not just anecdotes. I can see even using the journal as a way to "chart" progression... which might actually show more good days than bad. Remember it is human nature to hold on to negatives... a journal might help us focus on the positive moments.

I've already got a small spiral bound book beside my chair. I'll start tonight when my PWP falls asleep in his recliner (usually 8-8:30). It might help me let go of the day's frustrations when they are put on paper and not held inside. Thank you for a fantastic suggestion!

By jcoff012 On 2013.04.11 17:09
I like the journaling idea, too...but I'll do mine online, as I don't want the possibility of my husband picking it up...we went here and he doesn't see it..I prefer it that way!

I agree..I will journal starting tonight...think it will include the weather, where we are, etc. not just PD events! Hugs and love, Jane

By parkinit On 2013.04.11 21:51
Jane - That is a good idea. You can look back and see info on weather, log a few blessings you had that day. I do write them down in a book so anyone can look and this is my "posi-journal." I agree - my personal thoughts and observations regarding PD are not always so glowing, so they are on my computer where my PWP will not find them (maybe we will call this my "negative journal" - LOL).

In addition, I have a "PWP MD events calendar" I keep on my AOL calendar that only I can see. These contain events such as falls, unusual medical events that need to be mentioned to the doctor, etc. I can look back on my calendar to review these before our doctor appointments.

By jcoff012 On 2013.04.11 22:11
I am getting some GREAT ideas here....I am going to the outlet mall tomorrow (should be easier with our newly acquired placard) and the stationery store will be a good place to start!


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