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today is the first day of my streak

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Well, Friday held together but yesterday was a bust.

But, I am optimistic, and am starting again. A five day streak for me these days is pretty good.

to get off the subject of me, we have ahd a really bad (no exaggeration) ice storm in my neck of the woods. It has been going on for a few days. In Toronto proper, there are 250,00 thousand people without power, the streetcars are not running, a couple or hospitals are without power. Most of the damage is from tree limbs loaded with ice snapping off, hitting wires, and there you go.

I am fortunate, live in a development with services buried underground. Even though power comes to us from overhead lines at some point, we usually do not have much of a problem. There have been a few blips, but so far so good. And of course, even though you have a gas furnace, you need electricity to run it. So, we are warm as well.

Grocery shopping got put off, not a great idea to venture out today, but plenty of healthy food at home.

Take care everyone. Hope the weather is treating you okay.

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MEXGAL1 12/24/2013 10:13AM

    Been watching the news of the ice storm.. Yikes
stay safe and Happy Holidays

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DDOORN 12/23/2013 9:07AM

    Streak, streak, STREAK AWAY Bonita! :-)


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yesterday was the fourth day of my streak

Friday, December 20, 2013

Actually a very quiet day, I was home by myself nnd was able to do what I wanted to when I wanted to, low stress and easy to follow plan?

Well, yesterday, yes. But, for all you emotional eaters our there, you will realize I had a sterling opportunity to eat what I wanted, no need to sneak food, a day long binge!

But I didn't. Public accountability, and desire to avoid stomach upset.

So it goes.

Today is a bit harder. DH is home, and his presence is probably the most frequent thing that starts a binge. Sigh. But, as I said, I am taking full responsibility, so let us see what today can bring. So far so good,

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MEXGAL1 12/21/2013 9:17PM

    I so get it...but we can do it. we are strong and will feel so much better when we take responsibility and make good decisions.

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DDOORN 12/20/2013 10:38PM

    Hey, we're all pros here, right? ANYTHING can be a terrific (AKA: HORRIBLE) reason for a binge, right?

Kudos to staying the course!

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yesterday was the third day of my streak

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A difficult day where I managed to stay on plan.

Yesterday was the kind of day where I might be likely to feel so sorry for myself, I "deserved" to overeat. Now what kind of thinking is that?

It was very busy--a class, a guitar lesson, and a shift in my volunteer work. But the "icing on the cake" (oh, that is a good metaphor) is that I had two posts inserted in two of the three implants in my mouth and then teeth placed on them. Now, I should and can really feel blessed that the technology exists to replace lost teeth, and that I have the resources to pay for it. But, it is very brutal work, you can relate it to orthopedic surgery, because that is what it is, metal and tools and tiny little socket wrenches--all aimed at the bone of your jaw. And, if your gums get in the way, full speed ahead and don't spare the torpedoes. Seriously, it hurt so badly I cried, and I have never cried in a dental chair before. It also took two hours. I think sometimes dentists kind of forget that there is a person attached to the mouth they are working on.

So, armed with painkiller, I could have really eaten junk. What I did eat is a tea biscuit, which I love, and I incorporated it into plan and stayed in my fitbit calorie range.

Why on plan? Well, definitely being accountable to you, my sparkfriends, and also developing an attitude of gratefulness for my life. My volunteer shift yesterday was in the Emergency Room triage area for a local hospital. What I see and hear about, I feel doubly blessed.

By the way, there are approximately ten places to stop and buy junk between my home and the school where I take my guitar lessons. Gas stations with convenience stores, fast food, and so on. It's only about 3 kilometers or so. Why so many? Interesting comment on our culture.

Today, so far so good. Weight is down.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/19/2013 3:28PM

    woo hoo, good for you....pain really causes our defenses to be done, but you stuck it out. emoticon

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WIFE48 12/19/2013 2:23PM

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this is the second day of my streak

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

No caps or exclamation points. I am trying something different, public accountability, to get back to regular healthy eating.

Activity is great. I wear a fitbit and ensure I reach my goals and more. I have learned to enjoy movement, especially walking.

Retirement is pretty good! I am doing meaningful volunteer work at a hospital, and took assignments that include moving around and working with people. I have begun a serious study of classical guitar using the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum (Level 4 for all who might know about this) with a teacher who I can work with and an hour a day, at least, of practice. I am also attending some classes that help me to a deeper understanding of my faith.

And I still emotionally eat. Not every day, or I would be back where I started. To be honest, most of the time the food does not taste very good, and I have negative physical consequences with regard to stomach upsets, and so on. I know exactly why I emotionally eat, and usually very consciously choose to do it. This ball is entirely in my court, no one else's and I am to one to address it.

So, the try for public accountability. Let me see if it works.

Stay tuned.

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DDOORN 12/19/2013 11:51AM

    Kudos to your retirement and your accountability! :-)


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HAPPYSOUL91 12/18/2013 11:56AM

    Consider yourself public accountable!

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ALWAYSSTARTING 12/18/2013 10:58AM

    I wish you the best. I so identify with the consciously choosing the wrong thing. I WISH I didn't understand what you meant, but I have that same ball in my court. Sending you positive vibes :-)

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MEXGAL1 12/18/2013 10:13AM

    good for you...just do it!

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GOOSIEMOON 12/17/2013 8:05PM


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Monday, September 02, 2013

Well, I made it out the door under my own steam!

My last official day of work was Friday, August 30. I still have a bit of vacation to work off, but the computer, the smartphone, and they keys and key cards have been handed in.

I am taking a few deep breaths, and transitioning some of my things (briefcase, lunch bag), and catching up on some sleep.

I have resisted the urge to impulsively fill my life with things to do (oh no, what am I going to do with the rest of my life!) and am contemplating additions to what I have planned already. I am exercising a bit more, and am pretty happy that those extra pounds are (slowly) disappearing.

First new thing, guitar lessons. I will likely sign up next week.

Ah, life is good......

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/4/2013 8:48PM

    Better late than...congratulations! I have some years left and have also realised that my pension will be so low that I won´t be able to quit work. Not happy over that but who knows - somtehing interesting might happen!

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OOLALA53 9/22/2013 2:14PM

    Oh, I'm so envious, even though I haven't really planned for some of what experts say I should have (like how to have a focus for my time). Retirement is a wonderful gift from the 20th century. Take advantage! For the rest of us. emoticon

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DDOORN 9/11/2013 12:45PM

    Wonderful news!

Color me green with envy...! :-) I've got another several years to go before I can consider retirement.


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MEXGAL1 9/3/2013 12:26PM

    Congrats to you! Hope you enjoy being retired as much as I do. I love knowing that I can do what I want when I want for the most part.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/3/2013 9:04AM

    congratulations AND I am so jealous!!! A few more years for me yet :((

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/2/2013 9:50PM

    Take your time before you plunge into your next projects

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MARTHAWILL 9/2/2013 5:48PM

    Enjoy your retirement. I am jealous. Not quite there yet - not sure when I will choose that route. I think it might be Freedome 99 for us. :))
Have fun.

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    congratulations on a well deserved rest. My friend retired in January, and has a very nice life. Everyday she goes to the gym, during the summer she went to the pool. Projects, like guitar lessons, and book club keep her mind sharp.

Comment edited on: 9/2/2013 4:49:44 PM

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CATHYROSE40 9/2/2013 4:32PM

    Congratulations on your retirement! emoticon
I have about 20 years before I can consider it. I wish you great happiness, and I have always wanted to learn the guitar - jealous!!!

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CURTIOSITY 9/2/2013 4:20PM

    Enjoy!!! The part I love best was turning in your smart phone. % )

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MARALEYNI 9/2/2013 4:06PM

    emoticonCongratulations, Bonita! I'll bet there are some exciting times ahead for you, my whole first year (and then some) felt like a long, long vacation!

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JAZZYGF 9/2/2013 3:35PM

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ARNETTELEE 9/2/2013 3:31PM

  Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement! I look forward to mine in about 3 years!

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ALICIA214 9/2/2013 3:25PM


I wish you a Happy Retirement.. emoticon

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PICKIE98 9/2/2013 3:23PM

    I still have to work another five and a half years to collect MEdicare. Hope I make it! Enjoy our deserved time!!

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