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Old 12-16-2012, 09:08 AM   #151
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I had not seen that thread. The JB snow flake is so cute. I'm not a tat kinda girl, but if I was I would consider that. Only problem is it is a cold symbol and I hate being cold. Maybe a JB palm tree.

My rewards have been a new Pandora charm. I got 1 at 170, 155, 140, next one is at 125 and then goal- whatever that may be.
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The JB snow flake is so cute. I'm not a tat kinda girl, but if I was I would consider that. Only problem is it is a cold symbol and I hate being cold. Maybe a JB palm tree.

My rewards have been a new Pandora charm. I got 1 at 170, 155, 140, next one is at 125 and then goal- whatever that may be.
I also hate being cold, and think it's the most negative side effect of DDs! The first time I tried JUDDD, it was over the summer and it was a lot easier on DDs to have an icy cold protein shake.

I guess I should plan on having a lot more hot soup over the upcoming winter months. Also I decided during my first week back last Mon. since I can now exercise, to start doing 30 min. on my recumbent bike or elliptical to help warm up my body temp. before having my shakes on DDs, and that really has made a big difference.

BTW: You are doing amazingly well on your JUDDD journey! Great idea to reward yourself with charms at different weight loss increments. It reminds me that 31 yrs. ago I received charms from TOPS, when I lost 50 lbs. of pregnancy weight after the birth of my youngest son.

Nice to meet all the new JUDDD BUDDDs! We are a cool bunch, in more ways than one.
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:24 PM   #153
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I had not seen that thread. The JB snow flake is so cute. I'm not a tat kinda girl, but if I was I would consider that. Only problem is it is a cold symbol and I hate being cold. Maybe a JB palm tree.

My rewards have been a new Pandora charm. I got 1 at 170, 155, 140, next one is at 125 and then goal- whatever that may be.
I don't really think of myself as a tat person either. I don't have any. BUT, I never thought I'd be a JUDDDer. Plus, I've never lost over 20 lbs (if that) ever. If I lose all the weight I intend to lose, it might be time to step outside the box.
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I love this group of people- they are the most supportive, intelligent, encouraging, happy bunch of individuals. You certainly get a taste for people's personalities based just on how they write posts! It is fun. I also am curious about so many people and would love to know what everyone does. Maybe you are a stay at home mom, a brain surgeon, a domestic engineer, an electrician, a corporate CEO... Would you mind sharing what you "do" during your day?
I see we have quite a lot of new BUDDDs, so I thought it might be a good time to revive this thread.



Bio: My name is Rayne (full name Lorraine), and I'm 48. Originally from the PNW until 6 years ago when my DD and I moved to Indiana to be with my (now) DH. DH (age 35 ) is a store manager at an auto parts chain, and DD (almost 20) is finally beginning to think about starting community college. This is a pretty big decision for her, as completing HS was extremely challenging due to a condition similar to dyslexia called dyscalculia (difficulty processing numbers/math/symbols).

I have a DS (26) as well, but I won't go into detail...we are estranged. Violence, drugs, and prison, repeat ad infinitum.

What I Do: After bouncing from job to job as a temp worker through most of my 20s (everything from filing and paper collating at Nintendo and also at Microsoft [back when they only had one building], to being an ultrasound model for a day [yeah, that was awkward when we all went on break], to working as an engineering specifications processor/editor at a large engineering firm), I eventually found myself unable to work for almost 7 years due to a sudden and severe health condition. During the worst of it, I had dropped down to 95 lbs.

After 5 years, I'd regained enough of my health and strength that I could go back to school. I got my 2-year degree in Health Info Technology in '98 and have worked as a medical coder** ever since. I've worked in hospitals, I've traveled across the country (I was a coding consultant for a year, great money but very exhausting), and since 2008 I've worked exclusively from home. <<< and that's why I got fat!

Hobbies: Reading (but I rarely have time), cooking, puzzles (Sudoku and MahJong Tiles (PC game) are some of my favorites), Guitar Hero (about the only video game I can deal with), and games that no one will play with me (like Scrabble, Mastermind, and even Battleship). I love strategy and things that make my brain hurt, UNLESS it's movies with either too many characters or ones with complicated story lines because that's when I get easily confused. That's my kryptonite: NAMES. Oy.

Quirks: I'm scatterbrained. Forgetful. Always take on more than I can chew...then abandon everything once I get overwhelmed. I tend to get bashful online or in public (I embarrass very easily). I also get bored easily, so I try to learn something, anything new -- such as teaching myself enough Old English/Anglo Saxon so I could read Beowulf in the original text, or learning the Cyrillic alphabet for fun (now used to write down private thoughts in my journal so no one else can decipher it).












**What is a coder? I used to joke that it's "all of the medical with none of the mess"...we have the equivalent medical education of many nurses, but we part ways when it comes to patient care. We read and analyze (and try our hardest to decipher) medical records and assign codes for diagnoses, symptoms, histories, medications, and procedures. Little charts (ERs, radiology) might be as little as one code. Big charts (long NICU stays for newborns, complicated inpatient surgical stays, etc) might comprise as many as 60 diagnostic and 40 procedural codes. The codes are used for billing/reimbursement, research, and even statistical analysis.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:15 PM   #155
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Great thread!Hi
My name is Kim and I am 42 yrs. old.I been married to my HS sweetheart for 25 yrs.We raised 3 DDs and I am a PROUD grandma to 5 and a half little ones( ages 4 and under) I worked in nursing for several years(mostly home health) and then became interested in Special Needs when my oldest Grandaughter(and joy of my life)was born blindI started working in- home and at school as a hab-aide and Childrens Autism specialist,mostly working with HS age youth.What a blessing that has been.
At this time,I am not working though, to be able to give my DD a hand in taking my Grandbaby to her therapies(3 days a week) and help care for her needs.She is a wonderful child and making great progress.FEARLESS describes her best!!
Dh and I also work with horses and currently caretake for 5.Feeding,Grooming,Exercising ect.We managed cattle ranches while raising our children so the horses let us dabble in what we enjoy and still be close to town.
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Rayne--so interesting! And yes, being home all day makes it TOO EASY to overeat!
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:23 PM   #157
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I see we have quite a lot of new BUDDDs, so I thought it might be a good time to revive this thread.



Bio: My name is Rayne (full name Lorraine), and I'm 48. Originally from the PNW until 6 years ago when my DD and I moved to Indiana to be with my (now) DH. DH (age 35 ) is a store manager at an auto parts chain, and DD (almost 20) is finally beginning to think about starting community college. This is a pretty big decision for her, as completing HS was extremely challenging due to a condition similar to dyslexia called dyscalculia (difficulty processing numbers/math/symbols).

I have a DS (26) as well, but I won't go into detail...we are estranged. Violence, drugs, and prison, repeat ad infinitum.

What I Do: After bouncing from job to job as a temp worker through most of my 20s (everything from filing and paper collating at Nintendo and also at Microsoft [back when they only had one building], to being an ultrasound model for a day [yeah, that was awkward when we all went on break], to working as an engineering specifications processor/editor at a large engineering firm), I eventually found myself unable to work for almost 7 years due to a sudden and severe health condition. During the worst of it, I had dropped down to 95 lbs.

After 5 years, I'd regained enough of my health and strength that I could go back to school. I got my 2-year degree in Health Info Technology in '98 and have worked as a medical coder** ever since. I've worked in hospitals, I've traveled across the country (I was a coding consultant for a year, great money but very exhausting), and since 2008 I've worked exclusively from home. <<< and that's why I got fat!

Hobbies: Reading (but I rarely have time), cooking, puzzles (Sudoku and MahJong Tiles (PC game) are some of my favorites), Guitar Hero (about the only video game I can deal with), and games that no one will play with me (like Scrabble, Mastermind, and even Battleship). I love strategy and things that make my brain hurt, UNLESS it's movies with either too many characters or ones with complicated story lines because that's when I get easily confused. That's my kryptonite: NAMES. Oy.

Quirks: I'm scatterbrained. Forgetful. Always take on more than I can chew...then abandon everything once I get overwhelmed. I tend to get bashful online or in public (I embarrass very easily). I also get bored easily, so I try to learn something, anything new -- such as teaching myself enough Old English/Anglo Saxon so I could read Beowulf in the original text, or learning the Cyrillic alphabet for fun (now used to write down private thoughts in my journal so no one else can decipher it).












**What is a coder? I used to joke that it's "all of the medical with none of the mess"...we have the equivalent medical education of many nurses, but we part ways when it comes to patient care. We read and analyze (and try our hardest to decipher) medical records and assign codes for diagnoses, symptoms, histories, medications, and procedures. Little charts (ERs, radiology) might be as little as one code. Big charts (long NICU stays for newborns, complicated inpatient surgical stays, etc) might comprise as many as 60 diagnostic and 40 procedural codes. The codes are used for billing/reimbursement, research, and even statistical analysis.
Hi-I grew up in PNW!Where it NEVER rains...lolSmall town- Washington ,close to Olympia.The thing I miss most is the Ocean and the TREES!No Ocean in Montana and alot less trees too.
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Rayne--so interesting! And yes, being home all day makes it TOO EASY to overeat!
Confession: I almost posted in this thread about 2 or 3 months ago and chickened out because I thought I was too boring lol.

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Hi-I grew up in PNW!Where it NEVER rains...lolSmall town- Washington ,close to Olympia.The thing I miss most is the Ocean and the TREES!No Ocean in Montana and alot less trees too.
I hear you! I miss the mountains, the ocean, the sea lions barking in the early morning, the overabundance of caffeinated beverages, the road rage, the infrastructure, the hippies, and yes, the rain. When it rains on cedars and Douglas firs, the scent is intoxicating. And the grass is not only greener, it is softer, by far.

You know what else I miss? The 'old' days when the rest of the country wrote off the NW as backwoods filled with lumberjacks and hermits, dirt roads, and perpetually raining buckets. Once the truth came out, everyone came flooding in! Main reason we moved is that it became way too expensive. Two jobs and always broke. No more!

Since being here in the midwest, I am always lost! Back home, I always knew where I was going as long as I could see either the Cascades or the Olympics. With no mountains to guide me, I'm usually petrified I'll go out for bread and a quart of milk, get lost, and wind up in Nebraska.

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I hear you! I miss the mountains, the ocean, the sea lions barking in the early morning, the overabundance of caffeinated beverages, the road rage, the infrastructure, the hippies, and yes, the rain. When it rains on cedars and Douglas firs, the scent is intoxicating. And the grass is not only greener, it is softer, by far.

You know what else I miss? The 'old' days when the rest of the country wrote off the NW as backwoods filled with lumberjacks and hermits, dirt roads, and perpetually raining buckets. Once the truth came out, everyone came flooding in! Main reason we moved is that it became way too expensive. Two jobs and always broke. No more!

Since being here in the midwest, I am always lost! Back home, I always knew where I was going as long as I could see either the Cascades or the Olympics. With no mountains to guide me, I'm usually petrified I'll go out for bread and a quart of milk, get lost, and wind up in Nebraska.
I miss all the cool places to visit too.Woodland Park Zoo and Aquarium,Space Needle,Civic Center,Kingdome,Enchanted Forest,Ocean...We are very limited here...its Yellowstone or bust..lol
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I miss all the cool places to visit too.Woodland Park Zoo and Aquarium,Space Needle,Civic Center,Kingdome,Enchanted Forest,Ocean...We are very limited here...its Yellowstone or bust..lol
At least you have Yellowstone! It's definitely something to have all those places for entertainment plus all the mountains and the ocean...and then have to decide between NASCAR races or the Indiana Dunes (along with summer temps and 80% humidity).

So, it's been quite the trade-off: Ivar's for White Castle, seagulls for July fireflies, mountains for rolling corn fields, fragrant evergreens for lovely autumn colors, and constant grey skies for occasional frightening-but-spectacular lightning storms. I miss home quite a lot, but it no longer hurts as much.

How long have you been in Montana? It's a beautiful state...unfortunately, I am deathly allergic to whatever is growing close to the entire stretch of I-90.
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At least you have Yellowstone! It's definitely something to have all those places for entertainment plus all the mountains and the ocean...and then have to decide between NASCAR races or the Indiana Dunes (along with summer temps and 80% humidity).

So, it's been quite the trade-off: Ivar's for White Castle, seagulls for July fireflies, mountains for rolling corn fields, fragrant evergreens for lovely autumn colors, and constant grey skies for occasional frightening-but-spectacular lightning storms. I miss home quite a lot, but it no longer hurts as much.

How long have you been in Montana? It's a beautiful state...unfortunately, I am deathly allergic to whatever is growing close to the entire stretch of I-90.
Oh forever,been here about 20 years now and LOVE Montanabut it took several yrs. to win me over..lol.
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Oh, yay! Another PNW-er here! I am still here, and laughed about using the mountains and water as your guide! That's how everyone gives directions, too......head toward the water, go three blocks.....

I have to say, though, that your comments about a lower cost of living have me tempted. SC and Georgia have always interested me...I need to check some new places out.
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Hello JBs! I have been a Juddd Buddd since Jan 11, and have probably already talked too much about myself! I will just give you the boring details now.
RESIDE in Texas. Have lived here the majority of my life. Grew up mostly around the mid west. My extended family is from Colorado, and I have lived in colorado a few times. I have also lived in Nebraska, Tennessee, Illinois and Missoouri, and Florida.
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PERSONAL LIFE I am divorced, and have raised my 2 sons on my own since they were very small, my youngest was only 3 months when we divorced. They are 18 and 21 now, and still live at home! They have taught me more about life than all of my other experinces combined times a million! However, they both have plans to be moving out soon, and I'm not sure where that will leave me, I am thinking about making a change in my life too. When I get my COTA license back, I will be able to travel if I want
Very personal life I lost my younger brother last year, to very terrible and agressive cancer. He was only 18 months younger than me, and one of the great loves of my life, and for awhile, my best friend. I HATE CANCER. He left behind two small boys, and a lovely wife.
HOBBIES I love the water, and nature. Unfortunately, i don't do much these days besides work, and domestic stuff. My dream is to see the world. I also love to read, camp, hike, and would love to mountain climb someday. I want to get back to nature.
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Sher, Loved reading your words. You are a very strong woman and should feel very proud to have raised 2 amazing sons.

I lost my baby brother last Jan also, and I miss him something terrible. I think of him regularly. Wishing you much comfort in your loss.

Rayne & Kimberlee, My surviving brother is in Everest, WA, working for Boeing. He sends me beautiful photos that have me desiring to visit soon. All of my dad's family is in Cody & Thermopolis, WY and some in Bridger, MT. Beautiful country.
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Sunday- Condolences on the loss of your brother. Regarding your other brother, do you mean Everett? I'm only 20 minutes from there. It's a small world, maybe I know your brother! If you do get to visit I am sure you'll love it. It's really a very pretty area.

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Sunday- Condolences on the loss of your brother. Regarding your other brother, do you mean Everett? I'm only 20 minutes from there. It's a small world, maybe I know your brother! If you do get to visit I am sure you'll love it. It's really a very pretty area.
Thank you Sher & Tofucheez,

Yes, yes, it is Everett. He is 50 and has lived there a couple of years. I will most definitely try and meet you, if I ever get the opportunity to visit him. That would be fun! He usually flies here, because his son and grands live here.
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Networking opportunity threadjack. I'm a project administrator for an automation controls company dealing pretty much exclusively with HVAC systems. If your DH travels this way for anything, have him drop by my office.
My husband is in this field too! He worked for an international company but switched to a locally owned automated logic company in October.

As for me....

I am Katy, I will turn 35 (eek!) in May. I have a degree in Family Studies and Human Services. I used it briefly before going to cosmetology school and becoming an esthetician. I worked in a medical spa for several years and also went to school again to become a certified massage therapist. I stopped working at the spa after I had my first child.

My husband and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage (been together 15) in October. I have 3 children, ages 5, 3 and 1. I work 2 days a week as a self employed massage therapist, but will be "retiring" in July as my thumbs have become arthritic and painful from doing it for so long. I am currently trying to decide what I'd like to do for extra income after that. I love staying home with the kids but also really enjoy the adult interaction I get from working a couple of days per week.

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Sunday-than would be a hoot! May I politely recommend visiting some time other than October through April....unless you don't want to see the blue sky and want to get REALLY wet!!!
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A not-so-short bio

Shucks, where do I start telling you all about Mssarge…I am a retired Army Sergeant. 22 years on active duty in the most rewarding career of my life, and I’ve had a few, careers that is, not lives, unless there is something I don’t know about. Which is true, there is a lot I don’t know.

I joined the Army as a Private at age 33 and going through basic training was the toughest thing I had done up until then. My first career was upon graduation from high school, way back, was as secretary to the project engineer on the T-38, a trainer airplane used by the Air Force for a looooong time.

Got tired of working for a very large company (go figure) and finally wound up as a secretary in a small one selling fiberglass patios where I met and married my DH…which lasted for almost 50 years until his demise last year. He was a photographer, and so I became one as well…being the first woman allowed in the pits at a NASCAR race and later shooting hill climb races, off road races, lots of motorcycle events as well as weddings, families, and eventually aerial photography. Our business failed in 1974 and when I was reading the paper on New Year’s Eve, I saw the Army was finally accepting women with dependents into the service….I tested on the next Tuesday, was offered any job I wanted and thus became Private Mary.

Before this and somewhere along the way, we had moved to Las Vegas and worked in the food industry (DH was driving a cab), we moved back to the L.A. area and opened our own restaurant in Long Beach (which closed for lack of business) and back to the food service (waitressing) for a while….back to photography for a while before finding myself on KP.

I wound up a military broadcaster (think “Good Morning, Vietnam”) after being with MI for a number of years, ‘til I ticked off a Colonel (turned down a duty position he was creating) and found myself in Alaska…way back in the bush 105 miles from Fairbanks, 300 miles from Anchorage. I had really tough duty assignments after that, tho’…West Point Military Academy (counselor to the cadets in their radio club), Hollywood (feeding a fledgling satellite TV service worldwide), Japan, Korea, and the DINFOS training school as an instructor. I finished my military career at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA, as the Public Affairs Supervisor…my career detailer was surprised when I requested the desert assignment. He said that nobody volunteers for Fort Irwin…which is true as who wants to eat sand in everything. I did because I knew it was to be my “twilight tour”…the final duty assignment before I retired because my DH remained in SoCal after the Hollywood assignment and we were planning on retiring back at Las Vegas…Plus, I didn’t want to go to Fort Polk , LA, training center.

Sorry, I didn’t warn you this was a saga….So I retired to Vegas in 1995 and was sitting there, fat (getting more so since I didn’t have a first sergeant looking out for me), dumb (correcting that by working on my degree at UNLV) and happy (very much so, with my radio program, classes, and a part-time job, waiting for DH to retire and join me.) They decided to expand the services that the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) (later changed to “American”) and were hiring several positions…and I still had friends working there. They started bugging me to apply for one. I asked DH’s advice and he explained I was in a win-win situation… if I applied and was not accepted, we would be happy retired in Vegas; if accepted, it was a plum job, something I had dreamed about years earlier. BUT, if I didn’t apply I would always wonder what could have been and would probably have been very unhappy…needless-to-say, my application was in the mail within the week.

I was accepted and went to work for AFRTS in October, 1995, and only retired from there two years and bit ago…a great career with a fantastic mission, supply television to our service members and their families overseas in 171 countries…now, the service is also available for the State Department personnel over there as well…it’s changed now to the American Forces Network…now providing 12 channels of TV and about the same radio services via satellite. The baby I was a part of starting back in 1982 has really grown.

My husband was diagnosed with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) about the time we were planning to retire, so I hung on to my job for a couple more years. When dialysis became a three-treatment a week affair, I tried to hang on but it was just too much and so I retired in 2010. So when he wasn’t on the machine, we played around a bit…playing poker at the clubs where he had settled into work back in the ‘80’s and making several trips to Vegas to see the slots. Since his demise, it’s been about the same for me, except for the trips…I’ve stuck pretty close to home, especially since the cataract surgery from hell (three hours in the operating table) last November.

I had allowed myself to gain 50 pounds when I retired from the Army and quite smoking…thinking it would be easier to lose the weight than to stop smoking…a situation I sincerely regret now. Over the years, I would lose, and then regain five to 15 pounds, but never letting it go completely…and even adding more pounds. I hit a high of 220 pounds last year and had given up on ever losing anything before I discovered JUDDD last June. I started dropping the weight the first month and kept it up until I hit the wall in November. I’ve been essentially stalled since then, but lost three pounds last month (but well on my way of finding it again this month).

Most of this is available on my blog, Ichiban Begunjo, which I started but haven’t really kept up…now I’m encouraged to start blogging again.

I don’t k now why this woe appealed to me so much, except, like most of us, I’m fascinated by alternate day dieting. It has been so good for me in so many ways…the energy when I’m really sticking to the plan, the feel-good emotions which are so rampant, and the lack of pain in the joints for some reason are so easy to forget in the evenings of DD’s...so my goal is to return to it with a vengeance. I have also got to say that I could not have lost the 40 pounds without the support of the jb’s on-line…so a great big thank you and a warning that I’ll be around for a loooooooong time.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:53 AM   #173
Way too much time on my hands!
 
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