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REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
2/4/06 2:48 P

Hey, Steph - H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y ! !
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Work or no, I wish you a very happy day!!
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SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
2/4/06 8:49 A

hey 2go-

you "to do" list idea sounds great. i have a similar issue, but it's with working out. if i sit down when i come home, i turn into a big blob--i usually fall asleep and stay semi-consious for the rest of the evening. however, if i come home and tidy things up, sit at the dining room table and do bills or whatever--i'm more likely to step on the treadmill or put in a workout tape, which is good. most of the time i'm not home until after 7, though, and when i've had a 13 hour day i'm lucky if i can drag myself to the couch! hee-hee

this week has been busy because i didn't do ANYTHING for school last weekend. with all the funeral and family stuff, i just didn't touch work stuff. i have a feeling this week may be similar--tomorrow is my birthday. and my family is a big birthday family--today i'm going out with my dad's side, tomorrow will be my mom's side. i really should be heading into work at some point though. it looks like it might be early tomorrow morning--working on your birthday, yuck.

my friend at work got me these yoga/breathing dvd's that i am excited to try. since i have so many sinus problems she suggested that i might want to test these out. so, we'll see how they do. maybe they'll help me forget about work for awhile too! how nice!

have a great weekend. later gator, steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
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REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
2/4/06 7:48 A

Hi Steph.

Well, I think we should be getting Tom back soon! I think after two weeks he has much to catch up on, though, so it may be a bit til we actually hear fro him...
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I'm still not doing really good in the "snacking after work" category! Man! I can't believe how much I can get down BEFORE dinner! for shame!! I'm going to try something beginning on Tuesday (weekends are different and Mondays I go to gym right from work). I'm going to make a list of things I need to do and change my routine from when I walk in the door. I will NOT stop in the kitchen but instead will go to my list and begin the tasks at hand--I will also add to the list "do not go in kitchen"! I just don't know how else to deal with this.
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I did have a good workout on Thursday night, though, considering I was sans-trainer. I didn't get all the reps in on the circuit but I may have made up for it in the cardio department. Anyway, time will tell if I can stick to this 'resolve' I say I've mustered up!
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I gather you've been super busy this week. I'm not sure which is worse--being bored or being busy. For me I think the end result becomes the same--I eat.
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Well, I'm off to get my weekend started--getting on my Nordic track machine.
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I do hope you have a good weekend.
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"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
2/3/06 10:53 A

2go,

i have very little time to write, but i wanted you to know that i'm thinking about you and hoping that you are doing good with your fresh start! hang in there! i'm proud of you for picking back up and starting fresh.

:) steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
2/2/06 9:03 A

G'mornin, Steph! I think it won't be long before we should be hearing from Tom once more!?
How's your week going?
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I've been so BAD! this week!
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I do ok during the day but when I get home I just go hog wild! Tsk! And it's carbs I'm getting too much of!! NOT GOOD! I got some of my blood results back and while my cholesterol numbers are good, they're still up from last year. Not good, not good at all. I really need to get back to eating properly...so I'm looking at this as beginning all over again as I have been eating poorly for so long the it's become a bad "habit". So, for at least 6 weeks I'm going to try to regiment myself back into the correct eating pattern and foods. Wish me success...I'm not too confident I can do it.
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If I can make it to Ash Wednesday, I should be good, because I'm very good when I give up specific foods for Lent. I'm hoping to do so again this year.
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I'm planning lunch with some folks today to a nearby Panera Bread, so I've already factored my soup and sandwich into my nutrition tracker, brought very little "extra" to the office and have my workout right after work. I think I should be good today...at least until I get home.
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REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
2/1/06 7:05 A

Well, we can add yesterday to my repertoire of failed days! Besides not getting any exercise in (that's 3 out of 4 days with no exercise) I had a financial planning seminar and they served dinner--which turned out to be pasta alfredo with cheesecake for dessert. And, of course, I ate it!! Even the cheesecake, which really was very good. But it put me at almost 3000 calories for the day. Add that to the very bad nutrition weekend I had and I'm getting worried I will never get back into control! And it's so frustrating because in November I'd finally achieved my goal weight--not I've been over it since the holidays. wah wah wah
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Ok, so, I have all the best intentions this morning--start of with a light breakfast (a SpecialK cereal bar), have a few grapes for snack mid-morning, a yogurt and a pear for lunch, a few more grapes for a snack, come home and exercise then have salad with chicken for dinner. ....think I can do this?
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REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/31/06 7:59 A

Hi Steph. I agree...funerals are very emotional events. Now that it's behind you, though, I do hope, as you say, that things will take an upturn for you. Did you get your nap in before dinner? I hope so.
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My weekend was pretty good. I went in on Friday and returned on Sunday evening. It's a good 2.5 to 3 hour drive. I took over the caregiving for my Dad as soon as I got there and maintained it until I left so my sister did not need to worry about anything and could come and go as she wanted/needed to. I also made them all a dinner of breaded pork tenderloins with a dill flavored sour cream sauce. They all enjoyed it. It was a nice visit overall.
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The weekend did, however, affect my "routine" as I was unable to get any exercise in and I ate like there was no tomorrow! ...and mostly peanut M&Ms, too! tsk tsk. I hope I made up for it yesterday during my workout. Tonight is another non-workout night, though, because I'm going to an investment education event and it begins too soon after work to squeeze in any exercise. Oh well...I'll just have to go light on the refreshments, I guess.
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So, here's a good week for you and me and Tom, too! I hope he's doing well in every way while he's in LA.
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"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/30/06 5:05 P

hi 2go,

obviously i didn't read your message to me very clearly. you said that the blood work didn't come back yet and then i go and ask how it went at the doctor's. can you tell i was just in shock over my grandpa?

well, today was the funeral. yuck is all i have to say. i know that i just used it as an excuse to eat, which makes me even sadder. but, i am hoping that things will be looking up for awhile.

i need to take a nap. i think my family is coming over for dinner in a little while. it'd be good to get some rest before then.

i hope your weekend continued to be hive free! i hope your visit with your family was fun!

:) steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/27/06 11:21 A

Steph, I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather. My prayers are with you and your family.

"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/27/06 10:40 A


hi 2go,

what happened at the doc's? i hope everything is ok.

this week was starting on a good note and now it's taken a sour turn. my grandfather passed away yesterday very unexpectedly. he wasn't sick. it seemed that he was indestructable--he's survied two open heart surgeries and two strokes, the death of two wives and two children. i got an email that he was taken to the hospital yesterday afternoon and i even joked with my students that he'd be out of the hospital before we got out of school. i was literally numb with shock yesterday and still reeling. i know this is the way he'd want to go--no suffering--he'd drive us all to the grave if he had to lay around and be in pain! but, it is tough. actually, the hardest part is seeing my dad, my grandfather's son, going through this. that side of the family is sort of a mess and i think my dad will have to deal with a lot of it on his own. my grandfather and my dad had sorta helped each other with the issues and now my dad's support is gone.

i wish i could report back with good news, maybe next week. have fun in pennsylvania!

:) steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/27/06 6:56 A

Well, the week is over (for the most part). I'll be spending the weekend in PA visiting family. The scale went back up again during the week but only by 2 pounds (not worth panicing over...yet). I have now been 5 days hive-free! (the blood test results are not yet back, either, so no word at all from the doc).

Steph I hope your week is going a little better than last. I wish you a good weekend, too!

Tom, if you get online over the weekend I just want to say I hope all is going well for you! ...thinkin boutcha...


"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/24/06 5:44 P

hi 2go,

sounds like you are having a great week--numbers down on the scale is always wonderful. i'm glad for you. i'm doing pretty decent with eating this week, but haven't found the motivation to workout.

we've had weather in the 50's all this past week. tonight we may get snow flurries, but it's really felt so mild for the past few weeks. it's crazy--no snow shoveling for me.

how are the hives? tomorrow's the doctor's appointment, right? i hope that you find something out. why did the draw blood--are they thinking potential autoimmune disorder? feel free to share as little or as much as you would like with that.

gotta run... got to hit the grocery for dinner supplies. i hate the grocery.

:) steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/24/06 8:07 A

Hey, Steph. How're you feeling now that the week is rolling again?

I had a good workout last night (actually lost weight this past week--surprise). Shoveling snow helped..we had lots of heavy stuff! I spent about 40 minutes shoveling then gave it up....hoping the rest will just melt! ugh!

I do hope you're coping well...
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REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/22/06 7:57 A

Wow! Over 6 weeks for an appointment when you're depressed has got to feel an eternity! Is there anyone else you can call in the meantime? ...maybe a United Way-type agency that would have a counselor available sooner? I would think your regular doctor could prescribe something for your (temporarily)...my Dad's doc did when he got depressed after my Mom died.

I'm glad to hear the little rug-rat is helping you, though. It sounds like just having her around is great therapy--if nothing else she gets your mind off your worries.
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Yeah, these hives are driving me nuts. I really thought they were done. While I had them when I went to bed again last night, they were just little "bite" kind of annoyances so I didn't take anything. But beginning around 2am, they started again on my head (behind my ears, around the base of the skull and this time included a few across my upper back). Since they weren't big (but itched intensely) I went to the bathroom to scratch for a bit but didn't take anything because I kept hoping they would go away soon enough. ...wrong! I was awake off and on the rest of the night. I see my doc on Wednesday afternoon.
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"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/21/06 8:27 P

hi 2go,

called the doc--a shrink, but can't get in until march. so, i'm on the cancellation list. i may go to my primary care doc in the mean time. the shrink put me on a cancellation list and said that i will probably get in much sooner than march, but we'll see. the crummy part is that it is tough for me to drop everything and come n when they say to come. there has to be subs and everything if it's during the weekday. but, it felt good to take that step.

my niece is in town this weekend. she is 2 years old and she is wonderful, really the best medicine for feeling down in the dumps. but, she is certainly a little more in the "terrible twos" stage. today she didn't want to go to visit people at my mom's work, so she wouldn't bend to sit in her carseat and threw a little temper tantrum. but, that's been the only icky part of the whole day--well, she has a few doozies of dirty diapers, but she's wonderful. we baked cookies together and she helped me "grade" my papers. it's been fun.

i'm sorry to hear that the hives have returned. how frustrating, especially since it affects your sleep. the back of your head????? that's a weird place, huh? i hope that they clear up soon. when do you visit the doctor again?

well, i'm going back to my niece. my mom is giving her a bath right now-which is always fun to watch!

hope your sunday is great! steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/21/06 4:52 P

Well, it would appear I spoke too soon--my hives are not yet completely gone. I did have a small outbreak this morning on the back of my head. Intensely itchy!
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How're you doing, Steph? Have you seen the doctor yet?
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"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/20/06 12:10 P

Steph, I wish there were something I could do to help ease your frustrations and depression over your work hassles. I think you've definitely made the right move, though, in seeking professional help. If you could get out of your funk, you should be able to take the action you know you need/want to do. We have some folks who have suffered from clinical depression in my famil so I do know how much depression can affect your "knowledge" of what needs to be done vs your actual desire/ability to take action on that knowledge. Be patient with medication, though, too, as it may not work "immediately" as the correct dosage and/or drug that is right for you gets worked out. BTW, feel free to whine anytime...I don't have a problem "listening".
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As for my hives...after I gave them all my blood on Wednesday, I had very little hives during the night (so few the ones that did come out were more like annoying mosquito bites than anything else). And last night there none! (It felt good to sleep again after 9 days of hives!) I have an appt with my dr on Weds next week and hopefully he will have any blood results by then. But, as I've said, I doubt very much that they'll find anything wrong. I'll be one of those 70% where the cause is unknown. As long as I don't get them, I don't care, though.
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SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/20/06 8:04 A

hi 2go,
wow--so they are taking blood for the hives?!?!? i hope that everything turns out ok for you. that's crazy. please keep us updated about the results.
i would like to start january over. can i have a re-do? this week has been just crazy. we had exams this week. i had thought that would mean less stress--no planning to do really, no classes to teach. just monitoring tests... but, there is so much drama with the budget and with special ed, i'm at my wits end. i'm actually calling the doctor today to get some help with everything. i am forgetting things, i am an emotional basketcase--i cried about three times yesterday for no real reason. i just can't function like this anymore. my hope is that my doctor may be able to give me an antidepressent to get over this little bump that will help me feel better to do other things that will help me feel better. does that make sense? i know i should be exercising, i know i shouldn't be laying around watching tv, i know that i should be doing all of this stuff that will help me feel better, but i can't seem to get to the point where i can do it. so, maybe a little medicine will help me get to that point and then we'll go from there. who knows???? i just can't stay like this any longer though.
ok, enough of my whining. we are having pretty much the opposite weather-wise. let see we've had 50 degree temps this week. one day we had TONS of rain that turned into snow at night when it got cold, but then during the day the snow melted. it was like spring. so, i guess our weather has been crazy too, but in the opposite sense!
take care. i hope the hives have calmed a bit. have a great weekend.
steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/19/06 7:42 A

Hey Stef! How're you doing?? I miss you...
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I went for my bloodletting yesterday...they're testing me for so many things, the lady had 6 or 7 vials of varying sizes she needed to fill. I suggested she just take the pint and be done with it! I don't know how long until I get the results but my guess is next week when I go back for my dr. appt. I seriously think they'll find nothing abnormal in any of the tests. Last night if I had the hives they were not bad at all. I had just a couple on my foot this morning is all and they were not wors than an annoying mosquito bite. I may be over them--finally--after 9 nights of them!
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We had really freaky weather yesterday. The wind was gusting to 60 mph and it was raining off and on. We had roads blocked from debris and trees coming down. One bridge over the Hudson River was completely closed because a tractor trailer blew over (not off). Our heavy, stainless steel grill blew across our deck and later the cover completely blew off. Our power was out for about 12.5 hours. No power meant no tv so I didn't use my nordic track machine. And we went out for dinner...just to a local diner. It was good, though. I had a veggie burger and a cup of cream of spinach soup. Then we spent time at the local Barnes and Noble...nothing else to do. The power was back on by 10:00, thank goodness.
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So, how's your week going so far??
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1/17/06 8:59 A

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REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/16/06 11:25 A

I guess we're not quite like a soap-opera, huh? You actually can miss something when you miss a day or so.
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Anyway, I'm sorry to hear your week hadn't improved. Just don't give up! We know you CAN do it! I wish there was something I could say to help cheer you up. I think you're overwhelmed with what needs to be done. I don't know if it will help you at all but here's something I learned awhile back when my company kept laying off then not replacing folks who left yet the work of the missing employees did not disappear: there are only so many hours in a day and only so much I could do within those hours. The realization that if I left the company the work I do would be done by someone else simply reminded me that I am entitled to a personal life and so I've chosen to have one. Yes, I still work more than the "normal" 40 hour work week, but I do not hesitate any more to say, "sorry, gotta go, have plans". And I no longer work on weekends (except at our own business, when necessary).

I did poorly with nutrition most of last week (in terms of calorie overages) but did good on the weekend. Mostly it was because the hives kept coming back--every night I would break out again and they'd get so bad I couldn't sleep and would end up taking Benadryl (which helped me get some sleep). Anyway, I was trying to figure out if they're from food over the weekend so I was eating one thing every two hours. I figured if I hadn't reacted within two hours then that food wasn't the culprit. Anyway, I've not figured it out at all! Each evening (last night around 6-ish) they'd start again. I called the doc this morning and they're going to see me this afternoon. Of course, they're all gone now (as happens every day). Maybe I'm allergic to the dark??
I'll let you know what the doc says although I think it's a waste of both our times.
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SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/15/06 10:27 A

ok, so i don't check in for four days and it sounds like there's LOTS going on. for some reason on this thread i don't get an email message when you all post. i figured you guys were as busy as me this week.

tom--i know you already left, but i am SO excited for you! what an amazing opportunity. i will keep you in my thoughts and send positive vibes that "bulk distribution" doesn't hurt your back any further!

2go--i also get hives ALL the time. i have the most sensitive skin ever. it's crazy. i ope you figure out the cause and i really hope it isn't stress related. i've never gotten stress related hives, but i get them from pretty much anything else possible, like lotions, detergents, soaps, etc. i always have benedryl in my purse just in case. my hives usually swell up too which makes them even more uncomfortable.

well, this week wasn't a good one eating wise. the week really didn't get any better for me. i was down in the dumps about my job, about life, etc. for the whole week. i am still fighting some sort of cold which makes me irritable and generally unpleasant. all of which didn't help. i didn't eat terribly except for friday. i pretty much blew my calories for the entire weekend on friday, i think. so, today i feel a bit better. the sun is shining, i don't have a ton of work to do for work and i'm off tomorrow. i know i will be able to get a workout in today and tomorrow and i'm looking forward to that. i'll keep you posted. i have a few new recipes that i want to try this week although putting them in the tracker is such a pain!

2go-it looks ike it might be just me and you for awhile. take care of yourself--hip, hives, sleep!

have a good sunday! steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/13/06 2:25 P

Hi Tom. I did not do anything to get rid of them in the past...they just went away on their own. I took benadryl last night and that bought me a few hours sleep. The hives came and go. They were good this morning (in that for most of the morning I had none popping up again but this afternoon they're coming and going again. ITCHY! ...like poison ivy but hopefully won't last anywhere near as long. The cause remains a mystery.
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hmm, "bulk distribution" sounds like it may include moving heavy boxes--good workout coming? Have a safe journey and safe, healthy three weeks! Be careful!
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2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/13/06 8:18 A

R2Go,

What is going on??? Do you think this is stressed-related hives? How were you able to rid yuorself of them the previous time this happened? I hope all is well very soon.

Yes, I'm quite excited (nervous?) about this 3-week deployment. I leave Pittsburgh at 6am on Saturday. Fly to Chicago then onto Baton Rouge, LA. After orientation, I suspect that I'll be shuttled to New Orleans. That's all I know at this time. Well, except that my job is supposed to be Bulk Distribution. But I've been told to remain flexible, since they will use me however their needs may change.

If I'm fortunate enough to be lodged in a hotel, I may have access to a computer. But who knows.

I figure I'll either return in better shape (and less weight) or not (eating too many beignets). emoticon
I'll try to start this adventure in a healthy, good way in the hope that I maintain that through my deployment. I hope to be able to check in on you during this adventure.

Take care. God Bless.

Tom

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REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/13/06 7:55 A

Ok, so I had hives when awoke yesterday morning. They pretty much went away and my day went well. However, as I was enroute to my workout, I started breaking out again. Little tiny hives on my ankles and knees and elbows. It got worse. By the time I went to bed, I was itching something awful...turned out I had so many of those tiny little things they'd morphed into humongous hives! I pretty much had about 2/3 of my legs covered in a huge hive! And they were even coming out on my feet. I took a benadryl and was able to get a good 4 hours sleep. They're still coming out this morning so I took another benadyrl in order to get to work.

Edited by: REARIN2GO at: 1/13/2006 (07:56)
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REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/12/06 7:41 A

Odd thing happened to me...I awoke in the middle of the night (like around 3:30-4:00 AM) with hives. Not a lot...bunches of scattered little ones on my legs and then when I got up at 6:00 I still had some residual on my legs and arms. wierd. I did not eat anything out of the ordinary nor any excessive quantities of any one food (although my calorie range was up at the 1800 range). The last thing I ate was red grapes--but I've had them many times in large quantities with no hives in the past. I haven't been sleeping well this week and when my husband asked me why the only thing I could think of would be that I'm back to work. So now I'm wondering if work is just stressing me to the point of my body reacting with the hives. (I have had this happen in the past--stress induced hives.) hmmmm
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Edited by: REARIN2GO at: 1/12/2006 (12:29)
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REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/12/06 7:37 A

Tom, this is exciting news. You've been waiting months for your official opportunity to help out.
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Good luck--don't forget to pack anything. Drink loads of water while you're there!
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I'm sure the work itself will be enough to constitute exercise in terms of your diet. This may be just what you need to get you started back on your successful diet regimine?
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I hope to hear good news from you upon your return in February.

Be careful and God Bless.
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2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/11/06 6:38 P

Hi.

My evening workout has been cancelled. I got a call from the Red Cross today. I'm leaving very early in the morning this Saturday for Baton Rouge, LA. I will spend most of my 3-week deployment in New Orleans.

I'll write back tomorrow or Friday.

Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/11/06 7:58 A

G'mornin! We need to make our own sunshine today...temps are good but it's supposed to rain all day today.
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Good luck, Tom with your nutrition levels. Although at 800 calories, it doesn't sound like you're eating enough to get you through a workout. Do you have any pre-workout snack planned? (you'll need the carbs) You may also want to reconsider your range of post-workout food. You may be allowing yourself to much considering it is in the evening. ...just some food for thought (no pun intended)
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I, too, am getting better but not yet where I should be in the post-work snacking. I did good during the day (since I brought my lunch with me) but once I got home I started with [too many] peanuts while I read the paper then I had some dark chocolate...then I did my workout and ate dinner (salad and beef stew) after which I had more peanuts, cookies and an Utz multigrain pretzel. In total, my calories for the day were over by about 300 calories! BUT, it was less than the day before, so I am slowly cutting back on my post-work snacking (I hope). Maybe tonight I'll manage to stay within my non-workout day range...I'm planning more for lunch so maybe that eat-more weigh-less theory will work.
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I've finally made a Dr. appt to have my hip checked out...the aching kept me up Monday night and I finally took some ibuprofen before going to bed last night (taking sutff is major for me). He said last year it was tendonitis but I'm not so sure (he'd also told me I 'probably' had arthritis in my knee a few years ago but when push came to shove and he sent me to the specialist it turned out there was no arthritis at all. (btw, the knee problem was called "medial plica", no surgery required: see http://tinyurl.com/8549p or http://tinyurl.com/dnse5 for info on this problem)
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Today I am going to make another attempt to find 1- or 2-cent stamps. I've gone two days in a row now to the P.O. only to be told "sorry, we're out". The vending machine at work is also out. I have 32 37-cent stamps so do not want to buy a bunch of 39-cents yet. I may have to, though, if I don't find some supplements soon!
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I hope you all have a good day today!
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"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/11/06 7:26 A

Good morning,

Well, I decided to take one more night off from the gym to give my back another night's rest. It does feel a bit better today, so that's cool. But I lost my calorie range due to grazing last night after dinner. It wasn't as bad as Monday night, but still not good. I was 185.5lbs this morning. That's 2lbs more than last week, and 15.5lbs beyond my interim goal. Ugh. emoticon

I have packed a good-for-me breakfast and lunch (cantaloupe with fat-free cottage cheese and an orange for breakfast; 3oz fresh spinach with a lite dressing, lean cuisine salmon entree, yogurt, banana and an orange for lunch). The total is around 850 calories, which "should" leave me with plenty of room for a good after-workout dinner. Let's see how I do.

How is everyone else? We're only in our 2nd week of January, so it certainly isn't panic time yet.

I have a four-day weekend coming up (Sat-Tues). If I can make 3 out of 4 days "good" days, it could help me turn the corner. My short-term goal is to be below 180lbs (179.5) by February 1. That's 3 weeks to lose 6 pounds of blubber (that's what I call quickly gained weight).

Have a good and healthy Wednesday.

Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/10/06 3:22 P

Hi ladies,

Steph, I'm glad to hear you made it through yesterday fairly well. I really do hope things work out alright for you at your current teaching job. You seem so committed to your students. We really need wonderful people like you to teach our children. Hang in there.

R2Go, the evenings are my most difficult time as well. It's a good thing there has not been any change in the scale. I only wish I could say the same. emoticon

I have not taken any ibuprofen today. I blame it for making me tired. My back seems to be getting better slowly each day. I'll be quite careful tonight at the gym. I don't want to aggravate it at all. I am lookng forward to the hot tub. emoticon

I went out for lunch today with a nice young lady from work. emoticon We went to a place that makes gourmet pizza. My pizza had hummous for sauce, asiago cheese, mushrooms, roasted garlic, spinach and tomatoes. All told, it was only about 400 calories. Not bad, for pizza.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and successful evening. I'll do my weigh-in tomorrow morning. This morning the scale reported my weight as 186!!! But I think that was due to last evening's pasta and cheese. We'll see tomorrow.

Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/10/06 10:27 A

hi guys,

thanks for the encouragement... i am feeling a bit better today. not quite so glum, but i'm not back to normal quite yet. i feel like i need a mental health day--maybe i'll call in sick tomorrow.

well, i am proud of myself that i went to the store and i did buy fast food type of stuff, but it wasn't that bad. i made a digorno frozen pizza. they have a new type now that is called healthy harvest or something. i had 3 slices of that. not too bad and then some fresh fruit. i was debating a fried chicken sandwich and fries, so that's gotta be better, huh? i gave blood yesterday so i was also just irritable and cranky when i wrote that message. i treated myself to bed at 9pm last night. so, that makes today seem much better.

i don't know what to do about my job. 2go, you mention burnout. i've survived the "normal" burnout rate. usually teachers leave within the first 3 years if they are going to leave. i've survived 6.5 so far. but, it's getting harder. it seems like it should be getting easier, but it's not. i really have to reevaluate and see how i can manage time better and things, but i am a fairly organized person, i don't know how i could do things differently. who knows!

enough about all that.

tom, i hope your back is feeling better today and that you make it to the gym. the hot tub has got to feel great! and 2go, good job with the workout. i hope to get home fairly early today and get some time in on the treadmill.

thanks again for your support and encouragement! you guys are great to help me stay motivated!

:) steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/10/06 8:28 A

Aw, Steph, I'm sorry to hear of your disenchantment with your job. You've come across as such a caring and giving teacher it would be a real shame if the students were to lose you. And you already seem very over-worked (and maybe even getting close to burnout?)! It's very frustrating when the first "cut" that takes place during budget cuts is personnel. Surely there are other ways to become more efficient without losing the people?! How on earth can we go about convincing the "powers that be" that cutting headcount is not necessarily the best solution? I do hope you did not detour enroute home for that junk food meal, though. I hope today is a better one for you!!!!!
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Tom, so sorry to hear your back is still hurting. That's rough--hurting yourself just as you're trying to get back into the swing of your healthy routine. Cutting out exercise slows down the progress. Is it any better today?? Did you get any sleep?
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I weighed in yesterday...no real change (whew--I thought it would go the wrong way, actually). I had a good workout (burned about 630 calories) but then compensated by eating way too much (of the wrong foods) for dinner. Today I had a cereal bar for breakfast and packed a very light lunch (soup, apple, yogurt). I'm hoping if I can get a grip during the day, the momentum will help me do better in the evenings as well. (I'll let you know how that theory works out.)
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Well, I've putzed around enough for now--I'm off to get some "real" work done around here. I hope you all have a good day!
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"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/10/06 8:20 A

Steph,

Hi. How are you doing today? I promise to do my best to NOT offer any advice or consolation. I hope you keep teaching, whether that is at your present school or somewhere else.

So how did last night go for you? I left work early because my back was sore and the ibuprofen was making me tired (ok, maybe I was tired from the excitement of Sunday evening's football game). For some dumb reason, I went crazy with dinner last night. I made a HUGE bowl of whole wheat spaghetti with sauce and cheese, then had a few chocolates and ice cream. Breakfast and lunch totaled about 1200 calories, and dinner totaled about 1700 calories. Bummer.
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My back is slowly feeling better. I think I'll go to the gym today, but not work out with any weights. I'll just do 30-35 minutes of cardio, some stretching, and 15 minutes in the jacuzzi. I may wait several more days before I hit the weights again. I don't want to prolong this back thing.

I hope everyone is doing alright today. Take care.

Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/9/06 6:07 P

hey guys,
i'm totally overwhelmed with work right now and figured maybe if i vented a little to you guys before i left for home i would not stop and get horrible fast food when i left school. it is right now a little after 6pm and i've put in a 12 hour day. a big part of my after school time was to work on our school budget for next year which involved staff position cuts. basically, what it is going to mean is that we will have to work more than we do even right now. i am feeling so overwhelmed and feeling like i am doing a piss-poor job at being a teacher. there is just too much to get done. how can i put more on my plate? i don't get how i can better manage and so i'm NOT managing obviously. since i get to go home to a lonely house i feel like the only pleasure i could get out of tonight would be a deliciously sinful meal. urgh... i just want to give up on this teaching thing. i don't know how i can keep this up.
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ok, enough pity party. sorry--no need for advice or anything i just needed to get this off my chest.

thanks for listening, steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/9/06 7:59 A

hi tom,

i was napping amd missed the first 20 minutes of the game and was crushed when i finally tuned in. i couldn't believe carson got hurt. i think that's more upsetting than the loss. all that matters to me (one of THE most noncompetitive people in the universe) is that cincy was a fun town again... people were pumped about the bengals after being so depressed about sports and other things in our fine town. it was nice to see the life back in our city.

i will share the fruited rice recipe when i get home tonight. i don't know if you'd really consider it indian, but that's the closest i've come in correctly describing it. you make a big batch of the dry rice mix (i got a small batch for a christmas present and asked the giver to give me the recipe for a big batch) and so you get a lot. i make a cup at a time... that's good enough for dinner and lunch the next day.

i'll check in tonight. i hope your back will loosen throughout the day.

:) steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/9/06 7:51 A

Steph,

I hope you are feeling well today. I have a headache (hangover) and my back is still a bit sore/weak. I had one of those awful nights where I woke up at 3am and could not fall back to sleep. I simply laid in bed until I had to get up at 6am. Obviously, now I feel like I could fall asleep at my desk. Oh well.

Would you share that fruited rice recipe? I really enjoy Indian food.

I'm sorry that Carson Palmer got seriously injured yesterday. I hope he makes a full recovery. How are the fans in Cincy today? I don't know if there are many Steeler fans that are confident about winning in Indy next Sunday. If the Colts stay healthy, they should win the Super Bowl.

My sore back is better than it was yesterday, but I will still cancel my bowling night tonight. I'm taking 800mg of ibuprofen, though it doesn't seem to make much difference in how it feels.

Take care. Have a wonderful day.

Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/8/06 10:53 A

hi everyone,

it sounds like we are all trying to get back on track... i'm struggling for sure. with my computer down over christmas, it was really easy to get out of the usual routine and now i am struggling to get back into the routine. i feel like i have been eating o.k. but i have been trying lots of new recipes (i got 3 cookbooks for christmas) and it takes SO LONG to put those into the tracker. urgh! i will try to do better this week.

yesterday i was in bed ALL DAY--slight fever, aches, headache. yuck! i am feeling better today--no fever, ibuprofen is taking care of the aches and taking the edge off the headaches. i will continue to take it easy today. good news is that i drank enough water yesterday for ALL of us! hee-hee and only had some fruited rice for dinner (new Indian recipe that is AWESOME and good for you!) so, i was WAY under in calories.

tom-sorry to hear your back is acting up again. talk about frustrating! i am excited for the football game, but nervous. the bengals seem to have a downhill trend going right now.

have a great sunday! steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/7/06 9:36 P

R2Go,

No, I did not make it to the gym this morning. I started the morning by putting away a lot of the Christmas decorations and storing the boxes in the attic. It was then time to start heating the ham for dinner. By that time, I was "scheduled" to call Helena (1pm). As I was stooping to pull out some pots and pans for dinner, I tweaked my lower back. It is not the same spot that I injured this past summer. I don't know if that is good or bad news. I'm taking ibuprofen and using a heating pad. The back feels a bit weak most of the time, but if I twist it a certain way...yikes. If I feel no better tomorrow, I won't go to the gym then either. Oh well, crap happens.

I did stay within my calorie range today. That makes 3 out of 4 days. Tomorrow is an off day since it is a playoff game between my Steelers and Steph's Bengals. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???

Have a nice evening and a good Sunday.

Tom

Let's Go Steelers!!!
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An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/7/06 5:43 P

So, Tom, did you get to the gym this morning? I hope so. I do well on the exercise part of my "healthy lifestyle"...for me it's the eating that dooms me.
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I'm SLOWLY getting better at my eating--although I'm still over my daily calorie range and the overage is primarly from junk food (cookies and chocolates). I almost (stress on almost there) look forward to returning to work on Monday. I do know, though, that once I return to work I will be away from and too busy to think about all these luscious, wonderful goodies! So, one more day and I should at least be able to eat "normally" again.
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I hope everyone is having a good weekend. Just think, three more weeks until SuperBowl Sunday? Then just two more weeks to the Daytona 500!! It would appear we're in for a busy first quarter of 2006!
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"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/6/06 8:19 P

R2Go,

I certainly know how you feel. I had two good days Wednesday and Thursday, then I was over my range today by about 300-350 calories. I was in the field during work today, and the guys wanted to go to Hoss' for lunch. I tried to eat healthy. But when I entered it into the tracker, it ended up being over 1,000 calories. Bummer.

Tomorrow will be a workout in the morning. Starting the day out well helps to make the whole day a good one. Hang in there.

Have a good night.

Tom

Edited by: 2BORNOT2B at: 1/6/2006 (20:20)
An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/5/06 7:14 P

ok, workout is done ... and so is the weigh-in. I've gained 4 pounds! Drats! But, as you said, Tom, it's time to get a grip and start tracking again. I know it will be difficult to break out of the eat everything in sight mode but I know I can do it! I started tracking today and will continue to check-in here for motivation and tracking. Of course, I always exercise so that shouldn't be a problem--but I'm still going to track it carefully.

I'll check in again in the morning...for now I'm going to have dinner (which will be 3 oz of chicken). Then I will try to relax for a bit before bedtime and try to have a good (controlled) day tomorrow! I'm still on vacation--maybe I'll get some more of my book read.

Anyway, hope everyone had a good day today.
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"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/5/06 12:24 P

R2Go,

I'm glad you found us. :)

Congratulations to the Nittany Lions!!! The win was well deserved. Though I didn't watch the game, I heard a lot of people talking on the radio about how dirty FSU players were. Shame.

It sounds like we are all in the same barrel. Oh well, perhaps we can all help each other work our way out of it. Yesterday was the first day in a long while that I stayed within my calorie goal. It was a strange feeling to go to bed without a full tummy. Shame on me. I had become accustomed to going to bed a little hungry just a few months ago. How quickly one can resort back to old habits, huh? But it is great to have one good day in, and am working on my 2nd day in a row. I had a healthy breakfast and am about to eat a low-cal lunch (if I avoid adding more food to my lunch). I am going to the gym this afternoon, though I doubt I'll get the same workout that R2Go is planning. I'll be happy with 30 minutes of cardio (elliptical) and 60 minutes of lifting and stretching. Anything beyond that will be gravy...I mean, will be great!!!

I'll talk to you a little later. Have a wonderful day.

Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
REARIN2GO Posts: 2,295
1/5/06 11:19 A

You can run but you can't hide! I've found you! I worked last week but am off this week and my hubby and I took a drive to MD to visit some friends and to watch the Orange Bowl (we're big PSU fans)! What a game!!! (and, my own opinion, the FSU players don't play a fair game--shame on them! At least PSU displays fair sportsmanship throughout their game.)
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Anyway, I'm in the same bucket as you guys. We just got back last night so tonight will be my weigh-in and since I was up 2 pounds 10 days ago and have not curbed my eating in any way shape or form for the last 10 days, I'm 100% certain there will be more pounds added to that tonight. Wah! So, getting back on track is going to be very difficult (since we still have way too many delicious leftover junk food in the house) but I am going to try. I have not done well today so far, though, already hitting 1200 calories before lunch! GASP! If I knew you guys in person there would be NO WAY I'd admit to that, either! But it is true, nonetheless.
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So, as of right now (since I blew it this morning) I am going to be careful what I put in my mouth and will get my exercise in. Tonight's a trainer night so I'm hoping he will NOT go easy on me! I expect to do no less than 60 minutes cardio and 30 minutes of weight workouts. I may also add more bench work following the trainer, if I feel I can actually do more. I'm not worried about getting the exercise in so much as controlling the food. I am really out of control...REALLY! I just knew reaching goal pre-Thanksgiving was too good to be true.
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"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." -Eleanor Roosevelt
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/4/06 1:58 P

We went out for lunch today (usually that's very bad for my daily calories). I tried to be good (slightly) by ordering the buffalo chicken salad (FF and cheese) with ranch on the side. I drank two glasses of water during lunch. The final total was 730. Fortunately, I knew we were going out today, so my breakfast was small and I ate a plain spinach salad 30 minutes before heading out to lunch. I'm done with salads for the day.
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Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/4/06 7:29 A

Ok, so I tracked all of my food yesterday (good). But I went over on calories (not good). But I went to the gym last evening (good). So it was a fair-to-good start for me getting back on track.

I've made a bet with a woman co-worker (and fellow spark). For 3 weeks, we will keep track of our food daily (one point per day) and will score another point per day for staying within 10% of our goal maximum (the 10% was her idea). We can also score three points per week for working out at least three times per week. The exercise scoring is three points or zero points. So we must workout three times in a week to get those points. The winner after three weeks gets lunch from the other. :)

So how is everyone doing in 2006? Has anyone noticed the horrendous traffic? It's as if people have been on vacation since Thanksgiving, and now they are ALL back to work. It's awful. But if that is my only complaint, I'm doing pretty well.

I hope everyone has a nice day. I look forward to hearing from you. I hope everyone has found this new thread.

Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/3/06 6:57 P

R2Go, where are you? We hope you find us.

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Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/3/06 1:02 P

Hi Steph,

I'm glad you found this new thread.

I decided to try eharmony (and match.com) because I figured that if I really am "meant" to be with Helena, then I won't find anyone even if I try. But I began to worry that maybe I have not been trying to meet anyone because of Helena and the remote possibility that relationship may succeed. It's strange, but my emotions have really cooled down in just the four weeks we've been apart. Perhaps knowing that she spent the week of New year's with her "not-so-serious" boyfriend helped me realize that I, too, should be keeping my options open. I also find myself doubter more and more the possibility that I would move to Prague. It's a pretty crazy idea, you must agree. Right?

Well, Steph, I think you may eharmony a worthwhile adventure. It is set up to promote a safe, well researched, thorough, and slow progressing relationship building. Intellectually, I'd say this is a great way to meet people online. Emotionally, I prefer the match.com method where I can "view" 10's or 100's of photos of women that are "looking". But this may be more of a guy thing. But take what you will from the fact that I joined the more expensive eharmony after a few weeks of being in match.com. I'm a bit frustrated though because I have only 5 matches within a 60-mile range of Pittsburgh. Is there only 5 women looking for a guy like me within that large area? :(

I wouldn't worry about forgetting to weigh in this morning. Heck, I weighed in and refused to record the weight. Which is worse?
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Have a great day. Tonight will be a gym night for me (I also went yesterday afternoon).

Tom

An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
SAJBRADFORD Posts: 315
1/3/06 10:05 A

i only have a second, but i wanted to let you know that i found the new thread. nice idea to place it hear. you guys keep me motivated for sure.
i forgot to weigh in this morning---that's not a good sign, is it?
i was thinking about eharmony too, tom. i just don't work in a place where i meet tons of people and basically all of my friends are taken and their friends are in relationship and their friends are not single, so on and on. hee-hee
glad to have a new home. i hope we all get settled in!
:) steph

Each time a person stands for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
-Robert F. Kennedy
2BORNOT2B Posts: 1,518
1/3/06 8:36 A

Good morning and Happy New Year.

For those of you checking this topic out for the first time, this is a continuation of an ongoing topic from the Introduction Board. All are welcome to join in on the conversation. We are glad you are here.

Ok, Steph and R2Go, have you found the post? This nook should be a little less busy than the Intro Board.

Ok, where were we?

First, let me thank both of you again on your willingness to offer me advice on my situation with Helena. Steph, I have decided to get busy and make myself available to meet others, just in case I'm wasting my time waiting for something to happen in the very long distance relationship with Helena. So I joined match.com about two weeks ago. So far, one woman has been conversing with me via email. Last night, I joined eharmony too. :) I'll keep you posted (to some degree). emoticon

Happy Happy New Year. Wow, is anyone else thankful that the holiday season is beyond us??? Darn, I fell into the black abyss for the past 3-4 weeks. When I returned from Jamaica, I weighed 175lbs. That was a rather acceptable 4lb gain in 2 weeks of vacation. Just prior to Christmas, I weighed 177lbs. (Uh-oh). Just prior to New Year's, I weighed 179lbs. Shall I share with you what I weighed this morning? A whopping 183lbs!!! How can a person gain 4lbs in 5 days??? My "official" weight for the week will be Thursday morning, because I think the 183lb is erroneously high. But that 180lb mark was something I did NOT want to reach (or breach).

Ok, it is back to tracking my food daily and accurately. I've been doing a poor job of that since I left for vacation. Is it a coincidence that there was a dramatic weight gain while not tracking my food? We'll see if it changes as I start tracking once again.

So how is everyone? How was your New Year's? The Red Cross called me last week to confirm my availability for deployment (began January 2). I hope to give you a note if I do get called. I'm sure I won't have any opportunity to get on-line for the three weeks I'll be doing the Red Cross thing.

Have a wonderful day.

Tom


An old Irish proverb: "He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all." Keep the Faith.
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