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So many things going on!
7/8/2014 6:29:40 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Life is crazy of my own making. I'm planning a house build, a winter holiday to New Zealand, a HUGE survey at work and returning to college classes in...  Read more

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Woot! Birthday time!
7/2/2014 11:19:50 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Not mine, the Mister's. But that means cake and lasagna. I'm making spinach veggie lasagna tonight and picking up a Japanese cake on the way home. I l...  Read more

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Awesome lunch today!
7/1/2014 12:19:58 AM,  3 COMMENTS

We tried a new grocery store the other day, not as easy to drive to (lots of traffic down a one-way street) but it's only a train stop and a few block...  Read more

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Costa Rica makes it through!
6/29/2014 8:43:40 PM,  1 COMMENTS

We love World Cup time at our house. With family from Brasil and Costa Rica and the USA finally performing at a World Cup level, we are SO EXCITED! I...  Read more

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New Phone today, super excited.
6/29/2014 2:55:50 AM,  1 COMMENTS

My old phone was great, it did al of the things I need a phone to do. Like make and receive calls. But it didn't sync with my FitBit, and I'm so stoke...  Read more

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I love Japan, buuutttt . . .
6/27/2014 6:13:11 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Not knowing what is in my food is mildly irritating. Most days I can get a good sense of my caloric intake and I make food from scratch as much as I c...  Read more

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Feeling good!
6/26/2014 8:48:08 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Took a food break yesterday after a stressful day but I was still aware of my volume. I ate pizza, but not as much as I normally would. I also discove...  Read more

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Doing okay so far.
6/24/2014 6:21:34 PM,  2 COMMENTS

I'm loving the new site features since I took a hiatus! The goal board and new start page are great! I'm also liking my new fitbit Flex, but I ha...  Read more

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Back in the saddle.
6/23/2014 10:16:05 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Armed with a new FitBit Flex and new resolve. It's lunchtime and I'm prepared....  Read more

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Today will be a wash. It's soul food day.
1/19/2014 7:44:15 PM,  0 COMMENTS

I'm okay with this, though. I've been making pretty good choices, and I'm still under my max without w whole lot of effort. And February 3rd the new f...  Read more

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What's changed since the beginning of 2013
1/3/2014 11:59:31 PM,  0 COMMENTS

What a year, SP. Who am I? Just some girl. Pay no attention to the terrible lack of updates since May. I've been on here, on and off, mostly lur...  Read more

JURORI

And a new year begins.
12/31/2013 6:59:12 PM,  2 COMMENTS

It's a big holiday here in Japan. We're headed to Yokohama to go ice skating. I've never seen my husband ice skate, and I don't think the kids ever ha...  Read more

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Back again. This is a bumpy road I'm on.
12/28/2013 12:09:50 AM,  4 COMMENTS

But I'll push through. Kid #1 is seeing a nutritionist now; he's 5'5" 210 at 12 years old. I think a lot of it is depression and the fact that he's ho...  Read more

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Back on American Soil
11/7/2013 8:51:13 AM,  12 COMMENTS

652 652 652 652 652 652 652 Hello Everyone! We are finally back in the states from Australia. We had a nice time but we are thankful...  Read more

BREW99

Traveling...to Oz!
10/17/2013 3:53:45 PM,  4 COMMENTS

676 676 676 676 It's hard to believe I have not been on SP for such a long time, I truly miss you all. For a good portion of the summer, I have...  Read more

BREW99

Smart Goals (Week 2)
7/30/2013 2:21:03 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely Nutrition: Eat 5-6 servings of fruits and veggies each day Drink at least 8 cups of wa...  Read more

MISS*J

Feast and Famine
7/29/2013 10:32:52 PM,  3 COMMENTS

Yesterday was the beginning of Week 2 and I feel great! I have lots of momentum and have been doing really well with my diet. I have made severa...  Read more

MISS*J

Something strangely awesome just happened . . .
7/27/2013 1:57:07 AM,  6 COMMENTS

"This is where the strange part begins. And it's a really good strange. It's a wonderful strange. A noticeable strange. " Strangely Wonderful ...  Read more

MISS*J

Final Push for the term!
7/25/2013 8:19:44 AM,  0 COMMENTS

I just remembered that I have a 4-5 page term paper due Saturday by Midnight. It's Thursday after 9 PM now. Ahhhh! I need to get started. It's going t...  Read more

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Endometriosis and Emotional Eating
7/24/2013 12:41:07 PM,  1 COMMENTS

In early 2006 I underwent laporoscopic surgery for endometriosis. It turned out that I had some other things going on "in there" that were all cause f...  Read more

MISS*J

Hypo Thyroid? Apnea? No one knows.
7/23/2013 11:46:05 PM,  0 COMMENTS

Got some labs done today, and I'm relaly hoping that they point to a diagnosis. I really don't want to have to wait for weeks and then get a sleep stu...  Read more

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Watergate (The Personal Struggle with H2O)
7/23/2013 8:41:09 PM,  5 COMMENTS

I know I shouldn't live in the past, but sometimes I can't help but think back to five years ago when I was losing weight at a steady rate and living...  Read more

MISS*J

Wow. Fuji really took it out of me.
7/23/2013 7:50:52 AM,  1 COMMENTS

That climb was no joke. I was down hard for two days with icy hot on my legs and my foam roller my constant companion. Whew! But a buddy and I are con...  Read more

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I climbed Fuji today!
7/19/2013 10:02:23 AM,  3 COMMENTS

I didn't go all the way to the summit, but I climbed to 3,250 meters (525 meters short of the top!) Holy cow. Everything in my body hurts, from my nec...  Read more

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Beachbody Ultimate Reset: RECAP!
7/17/2013 6:16:35 AM,  1 COMMENTS

Wow! What a trip that turned out to be. I definitely learned things I did NOT expect to learn about myself and my eating habits. I would do it again i...  Read more

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Almost done with my reset!
7/15/2013 6:46:18 AM,  1 COMMENTS

The last few days have been hard. We have a lot going on at home, and recently lost a loved one. Times like these make it really hard to be so far fro...  Read more

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Oh no! Almost for got day 16.
7/12/2013 4:07:08 AM,  1 COMMENTS

Learned that I like curried cauliflower, pretty much enjoyed my salad for dinner. Lots of energy still; this process has definitely helped me to...  Read more

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Day 40 of my new life, day 15 of my BB Ultimate Reset.
7/10/2013 8:00:48 AM,  1 COMMENTS

Day 15! So far I'm 8 pounds down (total) and I've lost 4 inches. My energy level is still wonderful and I got a lot accomplished today. Haircut, big m...  Read more

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39 Days of new life, and finishing Phase 2 of Reset
7/9/2013 6:32:33 AM,  0 COMMENTS

And not a moment too soon. I could eat like I ate in Phase One pretty much forever, but here's where it starts to get tricky. No-kidding vegan, mostly...  Read more

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Stardate 38, Reset day 13.
7/8/2013 5:56:43 AM,  0 COMMENTS

I am so full of delicious food. I winged it tonight and made Coconut Kabocha soup and a veggie stir fry. If I had to feed NO ONE else, I would eat lik...  Read more

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Reset day 12, day 37 shaped up just fine.
7/7/2013 5:32:33 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Woke up nice and early to do my homework, and my son soon followed to work on HIS schoolwork at 7:30. (He's in a virtual academy, so his work is done...  Read more

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Reset day 11, over the hump! Stardate 36.
7/6/2013 5:51:41 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Wow. Dinner was DELICIOUS. I eat so much freaking food on this plan. I mean, not excessive by any stretch. But for a strict "cleanse" it's quite satis...  Read more

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July 5th! Almost forgot! Reset 10, day 35
7/5/2013 6:24:24 PM,  0 COMMENTS

Took the little one to camp and had a great day out with my boy. He knows WAY more about BMX bikes/riders/competitions/racing than I had any idea. Off...  Read more

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Reset Day 9, New start Day 34. Tons of energy!
7/4/2013 9:29:06 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Cleaned out the car, made a delicious dinner (Vegan, of course!) and did my nails (and my little one's, too) and had time to take a nap. Not that I ne...  Read more

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33, Day 8 of Reset, and a midterm.
7/3/2013 6:36:15 AM,  1 COMMENTS

Oh! And a four day weekend! FREEDOM! LET IT RING! And the best part is that there will be no crowds at the beach on the 4th because in Japan it's just...  Read more

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Day 32, Reset Phase 1 complete, and a big leap!
7/2/2013 8:02:27 AM,  1 COMMENTS

So I decided to become a Beach Body Coach today. I am loving this reset so much that I want to shout it from the rooftops! I think next year I will do...  Read more

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Oh my Gosh! Almost forgot. Day 31 of my new start, Day 6 of my reset!
7/1/2013 11:44:14 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Day 6 was great! I ended up feeding the kids pasta because they weren't big fans of the soup idea and the root medley didn't go exactly as the recipe...  Read more

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30 days gone, and Reset Day 5 over.
6/30/2013 7:23:56 AM,  1 COMMENTS

I had so much energy today! The boys can pooh pooh my "fad diet" all they want. I'm logging my food like always and eating enough (yes, it's on the lo...  Read more

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Day 29, Reset 4. Nice quiet Saturday.
6/29/2013 7:17:48 AM,  2 COMMENTS

I actually made the Nori Rolls today, my little one loved them. Didn't get all my homework completed, I need to get on that tomorrow morning. The kids...  Read more

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Day 28, Reset Day 3 and a work potluck!
6/28/2013 6:03:48 AM,  0 COMMENTS

I survived the potluck. I felt silly eating my salad, and I was surrounded by AMAZING food (great thing about being overseas, it seems so much more mu...  Read more

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