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I had a glass of wine yesterday with company and 2 today after housework and shoveling all day! Overly ambitous, must have been too much coffee! emoticon emoticon Need to watch that! emoticon Georgine



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6 oz white wine while cooking and then with dinner. Such a nice riesling, groan!!!

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Good morning friends! Nice to see some new faces. Welcome!

I had a visit from my best bud this weekend. The only woman I know who drinks beer, plays poker, and curses like me! :D Needless to say, I drank plenty of beer this weekend. It could have been worse, much worse. I'm not giving myself a hard time. Will do better this week!



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Good morning!! 11 above here- a heat wave--feels wonderful!!
Yesterday my granddaughter stopped over with her boyfriend and we always have a glass of wine together. I had another glass after as I couldn't sleep the nite before so wanted a nap but it didn't work. Back on track today.
emoticon with one glass of wine Golflady!! emoticon Georgine




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One glass red wine for dinner; emoticon Captain Morgan~

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Good morning! Wed. and Thurs. AF. My son came to set up my new IPAD and I did have a small glass of brandy over ice with him. Then went back to water and making supper. I have considered one glass of wine a day making supper but so far haven't done it. I am not sure I wouldn't go for more yet. Small things make life more enjoyable as one glass of wine.
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Thanks Georgine. It makes perfect sense to me. I know how easily one glass leads to another. And as you say it does add to more snacking. I had one glass while cooking today so I still feel ok about it. Now enjoying a cup of tea. I have subscribed to this discussion - thanks for the warm welcome.

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emoticon golflady. I think i put the goals we started with on the post below. Just a suggestion and everyone can choose their own plan if they want to, feel free to post for help, for support or to give support. I enjoy wine also and love to have wine while i cook but it always seemed to be at least 2, also, I eat more when i have wine. I think several ladies have mentioned the alcohol gives us an appetite sending us to snacks etc. we don't need. Georgine


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Mind if I join you. I am trying to cut down my glass of wine everyday. So I am AF today, it just seemed to happen, I was preparing dinner and had a big glass of water and thought maybe I would have a glass of wine with dinner but then hubby put a glass of water at his place so I did the same and I was fine. DAY 1 AF - maybe I'll have a glass tomorrow - will see how it goes. I need all of you to inspire me to stay with it so that I can choose whether or not to have the extra calories or not. I do love my wine but I also would like to make progress on my Spark plan. emoticon emoticon I really like that this challenge is to reduce, not eliminate alcohol. Then it becomes so restrictive and one does get resentful. emoticon Good luck to everyone else who is struggling with this.

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AF Tues. and Wed. but it is the sweets i am battling now.
Yes, Kris, we have the same weather. I forget the forecast but it is going below zero again. If that wind would just quit it sure would help!! I live in Ely close to the Canadian Border and the BWCA.
Hope everyone is doing well and safe and warm depending on where you live.
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Thanks Georgine!


This group sounds more like what I'm looking for and hope I keep up with the posting I really want to get serious about my health and weight this time!


I'm up in Toronto Ontario Canada pretty sure we are dealing with same weather conditions!!! we are celsius here and not sure of the conversion..but its been -40 with the windchills the last few weeks!!

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emoticon keri to the alcohol challenge. another friend and I spit from another alcohol group but seemed like most were not drinkers anyway. we set it up to be AF during the week and no more than 3 drinks of whatever on weekends. It can be adjusted to weekly events trading days. It can also be your choice to plan however you feel is best for you. what you said sounds pretty much like the rest of us at some point or another. Feel free to post any time. we try to help each other and cheer each other along. Falling off the plan is not looked on as a terrible thing. It is something to leave behind, learn from and go on to a new day.Good luck! emoticon Georgine from way up north in Minnesota where it has been below zero for many nights again. BRRRR!



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Hello,

I'm brand new to the message boards ..have used fitness pal and spark over the years to track but never really got into being part of the msging community. I hope i'm 'replying' to the write message! didn't see a butt to just post in this topic but I'm assuming this is right!?

Gahhh I dunno anyway I read at the beginning of the thread that this is for those who don't want to go without alcohol but also want to reduce intake and I think I fit somewhere in the middle--when I go to the forums about cutting out alcohol I feel as though it's mostly made up of people who were/are not very big social drinkers or who wanted/needed to cut alcohol out completely.

My goal is to try to curb the alcohol as much as I can while I'm trying to lose weight and for me I get into the issue where (for instance) I didn't have anything to drink of all of January but then as soon as I gave myself in inch in February I took a mile! And pretty much drank all weekend...and drank whatever I wanted..which then led to bad food choices and watching netflix on the couch while drinking wine!

I also must admit I am drinking a glass of red wine right now as I type this. Oh I also killed it in the gym all of Jan 5 days a week..counted cals etc and saw some inches and fat loss but not a ton of movement on the scale so that sorta stalled my motivation...Which led to a sort of 'eff it' February attitude.

My goal here is to get things back on track as March is approaching and hoping that I can be a part of this forum to report on how I am doing with AF free days (I know there WILL come occasions when I want to drink but I mostly want to try to cut it out until I start to see some good progress with fat loss and inches lost.)

so hi! my name is Keri...lol not sure what else I need to write or say right now!

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daughter and granddaughter are coming over this afternoon so i may share a bottle of wine with my granddaughter. Had enuff yesterday with out friend so no over doing for me!!
Have a great weekend everybody, nice to see more posting. Georgine



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So good to see you Linda! Check in as often or seldom as you like, but preferably more often :)

I drank way too much beer at poker last night. DH wasn't drinking so I guess that gave me free range to go all out. I would say that I'll do better next week, but a friend and her husband are coming up to visit. She is the only woman who likes to lift heavy, drink beer, play poker, curse, and tell dirty jokes as much as me. I've missed her! My liver will probably be working overtime!

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Went out with friends twice this week...which couldve been a bigger disaster than it was. Had a few shots each time, but was super classy and stuck to one 22 of rolling rock each night emoticon I guess I prefer being cheap over being super drunk? Believe me, there was a time I'd have blown half the rent in one night.
I did have pizza last night, but when I have date night with my mom, I just go with whatever the dinner plan is. A lot of times, we're actually pretty good. Haven't had a drink since Wednesday. Hubby is having some wine right now, which is weird for him, if I join in, it may just be a glass but I honestly just don't feel like it right now.
He actually made a comment last night that he wants to start exercising...why, I don't know, I'm just gonna roll with it and try to join in. I'm also kind of hinting at cutting carbs a little, too. But, if I have my booze, he can have his cheats,too.

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so nice to hear from you again Linda. i have been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. Nothing wrong with having something to drink during theses tough days. Are you done after this round of chemo? We have missed you too. Georgine
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I'm baaack! Guess time has slipped away from me as I can't remember when I checked in last. Life has become a slog of doctor visits and chemo treatments. But, tomorrow will be half-way through round 2 (yay!), so I guess the end is in sight.

I've been ok at times, bad at times, and great at times on the alcohol. Right now I'm in an *ok* time. I hate to admit it, but sometimes I want to have a drink, or two, or 10 just to get some feeling of 'normal' back to my life. Life has gotten really weird and different with cancer, and sometimes that's just overwhelming.

Tomorrow will be my last day of work before I go out on disability. That is going to be a relief, in some ways, as I won't have to try balancing work and everything else going on. Hopefully that will allow me to check in here more often. I've missed you gals!

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AF today, glass of wine yesterday. 25 below tonite and of course I had and have appts. to go to,ugh!! Our friend wants to come over with a bottle of wine on Friday. I think everybody is looking for something to break up this tedious weather. Well, brandy sure comes back inside quickly Georgine



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Had three red beers at Bunco last night. Not too bad.

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AF Saturday and had a glass of wine while watching the old Colombo re run. sure wish they had good detective programs like they used to have.
I may have a glass of wine unless the box is empty. Health problems to deal with again. Maybe I will pass on boxes of wine, too easy to grab a half a glass 20 times without even noticing i did!! At the same time, better than the bottles. Wish that was all the decisions i had to deal with in life--Ha!
started the exercises going up to 20 minutes. i know I ran around the house most of the day and was not sitting here much. Still too cold for walking outside, I enjoyed that. i heard 18 below for tonite, REALLY getting old. When we get tired of being cooped up cause of the cold we call it getting shack whacky. I think I am getting there!!
I will get back on track as i should but at least i am not overdoing and get AF days.
I sure envy your nice day. I would rather have snow than cold. We are getting snow but just a dusting. It is the wind that is bitter cold.
Have a good day and keep warm, Georgine




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I drank some diet coke and vanilla vodka on Saturday night. I would call it two drinks, but I made them, so it was much more. DH drank some wine last night, but I passed. Woke up to a dusting of snow this morning, after the high was in the 70s on Saturday!

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15 below here this morning and ihardly got the door open when that wind hit my face. It was a quick trip out and in.
My son came and put a switch in my Jeep so i can shut off the connection to the battery as nobody has ever been able to find out what causes the drain on the battery. My son thinks he knows but it would be too spendy to fix. Anyhow hopefully I won't miss any more appts. and have to put the charger on anymore. what a relief that is!!
I did have wine while my son was here and then ate some cookies and am so disgusted with myself. the win is now downstairs and it is up to me not to eat the sweets i buy for my hubby. as a reformed alcoholic he eats tons of candy and pastry. Never bothered me before but it seems this is continuing from my xmas blues or something. Needs to be gone??
Now to get ready to use the Jeep to get the never ending hubby prescriptions. Once i get home I am not leaving except to take brandy out. SO sick of winter!! Georgine



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Had one beer and one scotch w/water last night. It was pretty good for a Friday.
I almost hate to say it, but it is going to be in the low 70s here today. We are going to go to the canyon for a hike. Really looking forward to it.

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19 below this morning, back to long underwear and sweats. I am still shoveling what came down 2 days ago. i love the exercise but have to watch this back. I was so sore after shoveling a lot yesterday and then made my WW's vegetable soup I gave in to a glass of wine. Today had company drinking wine so I had one glass. Not bad but not true to AF and still giving in to sweets too much. My doctor would frown on that. as i have said , his program is no sugar, no bad carbs and limit root vegies as they contain carbs that go to sugar. I did well following that til Xmas. I did lose one pound but need to behave to get where I want to be. Still carrying 4 pounds of Xmas damage. I get disgusted with myself but can't let it go on.
I hope your plan works Mandy. I wonder how Jennifer is doing. So many of those diets let you lose but then it comes right back unless you control it. I am an example of letting Xmas get me.
I will see the chiropractor tomorrow and see if I can do more than stretches and hear what he has to say about the MRI on my neck from 2010. Now off to the dentist. emoticon Georgine



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The more the merrier!

I've been AF since Saturday. Woot! Me and the husband are going out tomorrow night so I'm sure there will be booze involved. I'm trying a new food plan - carb cycling. You alternate low carb days and high carb days (also known as normal days). I'm really wanting to get off these last 5-10 lbs.

Everyone have a great day!

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AF today emoticon However the food part was not good. I need to post as it keeps me honest. Ha! Shoveling snow was plenty of exercise also so guess i thought i could have that frosted apple fritter. emoticon Wine box is still gong down stairs tomorrow. Progress however small is still progress! emoticon Georgine
Linda, thinking of you and hope things are nearly done. emoticon



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Absolutely ridiculous day at work...like...omg. A friend suggested wine later, but I have an appt at 7:30, so I kinda secretly hope its too late once I get done...because I have a meeting early tomorrow, but I doubt that will stop me from emptying the box in the fridge. Still shaking my head at what a dumb day it was.

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Hopefully I am getting back on track. things have been so stressful and frustrating this past week, a glass of win helps. My granddaughter picked up the wine we both want to try so yesterday I did have probably 3. Now the box is going downstairs to that fridge. Out of sight out of mind as the saying goes.I need to get back to posting food. It is a good habit to have and I have been ignoring it.
Still walking outside when i take Brandy out but I need to do more stretching. i will see what the chiropractor has to say as he has my MRI from my neck.
Hope everyone i doing well, Georgine



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Thanks! Trying to be good with both food and alcohol this week. Yesterday was kind of a disaster, in the form of movie theatre popcorn, brownies, Mighty Taco, two glasses of wine and some whiskey. Good God y'all. However, I will pride myself on not drinking the whole bottle of wine. That was Friday... emoticon

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emoticon HPOFBC!! i think most of us have had some crazy times and then trying to get back on track.. I have started over many times but i never give up, always feels good to get back on track. Have a good day!! Georgine



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So...hey...y'all...def been gone a long time! I'd like to jump back in if you'll have me? Its been a crazy couple of months!

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I did well with my wine and my visit with my friend. i had a little left so did drink it today after stretching. Hopefully back on track on Monday. emoticon



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I'm in the Texas panhandle. We have hot summers and cold winters. Well usually. And the wind almost always blows.

We went out for my sister-in-law's 40th birthday yesterday. Ended up having 3 beers. Will be back on track today.

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it has been snowing since yesterday but hardly any amount. easy to scrape up and throw it on the pile. The ice from the thaw is the bad thing. I started scraping the front drive but started to uncover ice so i left it. good thing I managed to clear a spot by the sidewalk that is still just cement. Winter is getting long and boring. Not to mention dangerous with this ice.
i have had some rough care taking days so did have a wine or 2, never over do when i am in charge of meds. I forget what days are AF and not, need to keep a record i guess. AF yesterday and today my girlfriend for HS/Avon lady will stop this afternoon and we will have a couple. compare notes and solve the problems of the world--Ha!
Looks like all the gals are not coming back. I always think a new year is a new beginning to start over but i guess everybody doesn't think that way.
You always do a good job Mandy. I spend a lot of time in the house with my husband so it is harder to get away from things. Now they want to try a new lens on his eye, will cost us unless ins. steps up but if it helps him to see it is worth it.
Have a great weekend. Where do you live Mandy if you don't mind my asking. some people don't want to say. I live in northern Minnesota close to the Cborder. It is a little struggling town but it is home. Georgine



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Oh Georgine, that weather sounds dreadful! It has been so crazy here. We have had days of high 60s followed by 4 inches of snow. They are expecting 80 today!

I had three scotch and waters at poker last night. Probably shoulda stuck to two, but I expect today to be AF.

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Sunday I made us some snacks and I had 3 mixed drinks after a period of time. The game was great and love the commercials. Monday back on track AF. Finally got on the scale and have started losing so i need to help it along. I want to lose 14 more pounds but it sure goes slow nearing the end.
Don't feel bad Mandy, once in awhile it may happen having a good time and eats. What is it with the candy tho??--I go after the chocolate and carbs like chips. Alcohol certainly lowers our defenses!!
12 below this morning and the plus side is always we get to see the sun. the down side is the ice left from the warmer days. I still walk the patio, I have to buy a new head collar as brandy chewed the one she had on in a flash. That is 3 now. I want to train her to get used to this one but she jumps and bucks like a rodeo horse.--brat!
Hope everyone is well, would like to hear from some of our gals again. I still have to count the money in my jar from AF days but i know i missed some days. Georgine



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Glad to hear you got some good news on the eye.

We went next door last night. They had friends over to watch UFC. Got there at about 7 and left at 3 a.m.! I drank and drank and drank. All the drinking made me more vulnerable to the candy bowl. I haven't done that in a long time. Will do better this week.

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emoticon Mandy!! always nice to get out for a nice meal.
I had been dreading that 7:30 doctor appt. in Duluth (2 hours away one way) and the second appt. right after that one, both with eye specialists for John. I think today is the first day I feel normal whatever that is. We had some good news and another eye lens that may help his eye.
I was AF yesterday. I was up and down before. today my friend/Avon lady is stopping so i will have a couple cock tails with her and hope the girls stop too, daughter and granddaughter with baby Abby.
Feels good to have a new month starting. They say not to plan by new months or Mondays etc. but that works for me.
My tracker is still lost, we have a little new snow so i am shoveling a little and still walking on the patio when I take Brandy out. she chewed another leash so i have one on order. I hope to work with her to walk well finally. she is 2 now so maybe calmer??
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Only had two drinks last night. YAY! Another success as the husband and I shared a steak dinner. The scale has been very happy with me lately.

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Nice to hear from you. i hope you are getting close to the end of chemo but I am also glad you can enjoy wine or beer once in awhile. Hope it goes easier this time. Thinking of you , Georgine emoticon emoticon



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After a blip in the road, I'm back on schedule with chemo. Not feeling too bad, but pretty fatigued, and that will likely get worse. Haven't been AF in a while, but haven't ben going nuts either. I've got one beer left in the house - will likely drink that tonight & then try for AF the rest of the week.

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Still too hectic but to the best of my memory I was AF Thurs. and Friday but took advantage of the weekend and had wine with company. Daughter and granddaughter took the tree down and daughter made us a nice Mexican meal. It was fun but it always looks so gloomy once the tree and lights are gone. Oh well, valentine lights are up. I am still stuck going up and down in a 5 pound plateau and need to be more strict. Sweets have been what I seem to crave, need to stop that.
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Didn't do as well as I would have liked last night. Oh well. I'll do better next week.

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Hi! good job Amanda as always. I went to my doctor's weight management meeting so feel ready to get back on board with his no sugar. no bad carbs and limit other carbs. I still can't exercise but can do stretches so i will behave and do what I am told for this hip muscle. Things have settled down a lot so hopefully I can stay in control.
They keep saying we may get freezing rain, I hope not. that makes it so difficult to get around.
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Good morning friends!
I was AF Saturday - Monday. I only had one beer at Bunco on Tuesday. WOOT!! It was a big beer. Probably the equivalent of two bottles, but it is still really great for me. We got a bunch of snow last night. Yuck. Everyone stay warm.

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Very stressful week but am not giving up. I want to count the money in my jar from last year and start over. I haven't even been able to get on here much and am in the process of clearing this room out. I am great at piling up "stuff" to look at later which is a bad idea. But part of the challenge is keeping busy. Have a good week everyone, Georgine emoticon emoticon



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SassyRed - Welcome!
Linda - Glad they are keeping a close eye on you.
Georgine - Sounds like you are doing great with your meal planning and exercise. Keep it up!
Jennifer - Those plans can work great, but are often difficult to transition out of. Hope it works out for you.

I was AF all week until Friday. Had more beer than I probably should have. I think it was 4, possibly 5. Should be AF the rest of the weekend. Tuesday is bunco. Will try to keep it to 3 that night.

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hi there! would like to join this challenge, I really struggle with beer but want to cut way down.
Yesterday I had 2, today will be AF

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AF Tuesday & Wednesday. Did have some wine last night. I wasn't able to take chemo on Tuesday due to a low immune system, and I've been stuck in my house ever since in an attempt to not get sick. UGH...my world is getting smaller...

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Mon. and Tues. AF, did have a wine on Wed. and today our friend came over and had bought a bottle of wine and I make a lunch. Should be AF the rest of the week. . The holidays really knocked me off track so taking time to climb back on all the way!!
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Getting back on track is taking me longer than I thought but today emoticon has been AF. I am still trying to get my exercise done in the mornings and my meals planned ahead--lots of changes for me. I still try to walk outside when I take brandy out but 17 below this morning and she beats me to the door!
Jen, I hope this diet works for you. I have been going thru diet books from WWs and several other diet attempts, nothing worked for me but WWs and Sparks. . You can still use sparks for info. good luck. Keep stopping and let us know how it is going for you.
Good job as always Mandy. Hope i can get back to doing as well as you are. Care taking can be a BIG stumbling block for me if i let it.
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Hi Ladies,

I have been away for awhile again. Started a new Diet Plan as of 1/7/2015! I am very excited about it. Some may think it is extreme but I am cutting my calories drastically and surprisingly I have not had any hunger pains. I also can not drink any alcohol for the next 40days. This is just the first phase and you can bet your butt I will tie one on on day 41! I also have to drink a gallon of water a day. It really isn't much if you portion it out right. There are vitamin supplements that I take as well. The recipes are easy and simple. I think I am finally going to do this!




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Had some beers Saturday and Sunday while watching football. Will be back to AF now. Next treatment is tomorrow...

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Here I am.
Linda - Glad to hear that you had a nice break from treatment and a fun get away.

I've been pretty much on a one night per week schedule. On Friday, I had two rum and diet cokes and one margarita, but was AF the rest of the week. Workouts are going great. I'm a member of a weightlifting team here at SP and really enjoying my gym membership. Food is good as well. I am at a weight right now, that if I want to drop any I have to be super strict with my food. I would love to lose 3-5 more pounds, but I'm not sure I'm willing to do what it takes. Trying to love my body the way it is.

Everyone have a great week!

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Looks like we are back to you and me again where we started. amanda was posting and probably gave up when no one else did. I thought everyone would be more than ready to come back after the holidays are over. I am SO glad you had a good time with your friend, a good thing getting away and having fun, How many more chemos will you have to do? Just get your rest and food. Is your mom still staying with you? Hus and prayers to you, let me know how you are doing when you fell up to it.
I may have a glass of white wine with my granddaughter if she has time to stop today. Her friend is from the cities area so he drives all the way up here-a good 4 hours one way-to spend the weekend with her. He is so good to her and so good with the baby she has chosen to raise as her own. Haven't had a little one around for a long time so we are duct taping the plug ins etc. She is a little fireball.




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Back from a brief Florida getaway over New Year's. My best friend treated me - flew me down on the 1st, and I returned on the 5th. Had my first chemo of round 2 on the 6th, and back to work after that. Now...dealing with the return of fatigue.

Had my fill of wine over the holiday - my friend and I had a fantastic time. I've been basically AF since then, don't really feel like having anything anyway. I've dropped over 20 lbs since I started chemo - at least I've got that silver lining, lol!

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Usually after the New Year everybody is gung ho to get back to their program but we all kind of let the challenge go. I know i will have a glass of wine today but after today back to AF except on special occasions. I did gain 5 pounds over the holidays and that includes the wine so I have to work to get rid of them again for which i am not happy with myself, but that is in the past. Lots of stress in life but that is part of learning to cope without food and /or alcohol. Georgine



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Wow Linda! I never thought about the immune system being compromised like that from chemo.I hope the mask solves the problem. This time of year colds and flu rage and people will not stay home away from others either. Take care of you, emoticon Georgine
AF on Saturday but had a glass of wine watching the old detective, Colombo. That series was one of my favorites so i really enjoyed it and the wine,
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It's been a rough ride since I last checked in. Not from the chemo, per se, though that was yucky as expected. I have now discovered how suppressed my immune system is, as a quick trip to the grocery left me sick as a dog a week later. Finally had to go to urgent care a couple of days ago. Got antibiotics and cough meds, and feel a bit better now. I also have a supply of face masks that I will wear dutifully EVERY time I go in public from here on!

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Finally had a day yesterday where we did not have to go out. 1 below this morning at 8 but the sun is shining and that is wonderful after days and days of gloom, rain/sleet. Of course lots of our snow is gone and it is very slippery.
I WAS AF YESTERDAY!!! emoticon i LOST TRACK OF WHAT DAYS i DRANK OR NOT.
I may have a glass of wine with my granddaughter if she stops by. Otherwise I will enjoy a slow nice sunny day, I don't care how cold it gets except Brandy won't stay outside long so I am not getting steps in out on the patio.
Good job Amanda, did you win anything?
Linda, I hope you keep feeling better now, I know it is a long haul, hope you are eating better too.
I am going to revive my $1 a day when AF. I actually had forgotten about it.
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We had poker at our house last night. Drank 4 beers and then had some crown and diet coke. A little too much, but I've only been drinking 1x per week lately, so it's not too bad I suppose.

Hope everyone is doing well...

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Good morning friends! Hope everyone had a great holiday. I know we did. I drank my fair share of mulled wine on Christmas Eve, but was AF yesterday.

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I'm done with chemo round #1, and hoping to feel human again by Christmas. Starting to get a little bit of energy back, but it's slow in coming this time. Haven't had a drink in I don't know when. Haven't wanted one either!

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I had two drinking nights this week. Tuesday was Bunco. I enjoyed some diet coke and vanilla vodka. Last night, poker at my house. Red beers and some special drink DH was making. Not too bad on either night.

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Linda, i am so glad you had a good time, that is a great. I hope the chemo is done by Xmas too.I am still just doing the best I can while i deal with other things. Appts. keep coming. i will be so glad when the last one is done. Too much stress.Take care Linda, eat well.
I hope everyone is doing ok thru these last days of Xmas. Don't be afraid to post even if you aren't doing real well. Georgine



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I ended up going to see my nephew's band, and I did have some beers Saturday night. Had a really fun time, but paid for it Sunday as I was pretty wiped out from all the activity Saturday. I have three beers in the fridge and I may just drink them tonight. Have my last treatment, of this round of chemo, tomorrow...so back to feeling yucky for a while. With any luck I'll be feeling ok by Christmas.

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Great to see you guys and especially you Linda. Sounds like you are chugging right along with your treatments.

I haven't checked in for quite some time. I drank way to much beer last night at poker. Should be AF tonight though.

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Georgine, the best you can do is all you can do. I think the holidays are sometimes a period to just survive!

I'm FINALLY feeling fairly decent...just in time for Chemo #4 this coming Tuesday. At least this is the last of the 'red devil.' (That's actually what the nurses call it!) My second round of chemo starts after New Year's, so I'll get a bit of a break over the holidays. YAY.

Haven't had a drink since I last checked in. If I feel up to it, I'm going to see my nephew's band's last gig tonight. If I go, I'll probably have a drink or two, nothing major. Keep on keeping on, everyone!

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Linda, i hope things haven't been too bad with the chemo now. Glad you are making yourself eat. It gives your body strength even if you don't have an appetite. Just do the best you can. Keep posting if you are up to it. I think Xmas just stresses everybody so i hope people will still post even if they are not doing well. I can't even keep track myself and have decided I will do the best I can thru the holidays and not beat myself up for not doing better. Georgine



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Sounds good.I enjoy a glass of red wine..

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Been a while since I checked in, but looking here lots of folks are missing for a while. Tis the season, I guess.

Chemo #3 kicked my butt. I'm finally feeling sort of ok gut wise, but I'm still really wiped out. One more of these treatments to go before I get a break and then switch chemo meds. Will be glad to have this round done.

Alcohol has been the farthest thing from my mind of late. I think it's been a full week since I had a drink. Right now, what I miss most is the enjoyment of food. I have zero appetite, for all intents & purposes. I'm making myself eat a little, but I'm certainly not enjoying it. Funny - I go from enjoying food too much to not enjoying it at all. I suppose I should be happy about it (and the corresponding weight loss) while I have this going on!

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Jen. that is what the challenge is for- to share, learn, plan--whatever we can share with each other. that said, i haven't been all that bad but not all that good either. i need a plan I can stick to that tells me it is time to do this or that-in other words. some organization . Otherwise i flit here and there, next thing I know it is evening, no exercises done etc. or I start out to ex- ercise and see something needs t be done and away I go. So that is my goal this week--water, tracking food and exercise.. I joined the 10 minute team to do 10 minutes of exercise everyday and I was doing well til I started putting it off because it is so easy to do-not when you put it off til you are too tired in the evening. even then I certainly can do 10 minutes. We are getting some snow so my exercise today is clearing the back patio when I have Brandy out. I will try for more plus we are busy with family etc as well. We have to remember ourselves as we will feel better if we are in control. All we can do is try and do the best we can thru the holidays. Take care everyone, Georgine
I think it does have to do with the holidays and some of the stress that comes with it. If we can stay the same, that is a win. emoticon Georgine



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Nothing seems to be on track lately. From my drinking to my health to my workouts and weight loss. Maybe its just the time of year but I need to reevaluate everything. Set the reset button on my goals. Make a new plan and stick to my guns!

Glad to hear everyone is doing well...me not so much. It is amazing how just reading your posts make me want to get back on track.




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AF yesterday but had my wine while i watched a favorite detective, Colombo with Peter Falk. It was a favorite years ago and we found it again--really enjoyed it. back on track tomorrow.
Wind chill warning out here, just had B. out and i could feel my cheeks were getting nipped, the only thing I had showing! Tired of winter and winter clothes already! Maybe a nice thaw in January--I can dream.
Linda, glad you can enjoy something in between chemos, hope you are eating well too. emoticon Georgine



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I was AF yesterday too - still weird for me to report that on a weekend day, lol! Probably will be AF for a while, unless I decide to sneak a drink or two in before Tuesday when I have the next chemo. Hope everyone has had a good weekend and holiday break!

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I am FINALLY having an AF day today not that I didn't think about a glass of wine. I don't want to get back in the habit of every day as before. i also over did twice along the way, i have lost the track by now. No worries Mandy, we will overcome once again!!! emoticon
Linda, I hope #3 will go easy for you and I am glad you can enjoy a drink or wine once in awhile.
Still have exercises to do, still can't discipline myself to get in a routine in the mornings. saw the chiropractor and hope soon to be able to go on my own but for years i have had to keep going for maintainace just like an old truck, Georgine



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Chemo #2 affected me completely differently than #1 did. It was easier, in a way, but harder in another way. Haven't had the same type of intestinal goings on, but more subject to heartburn. And more fatigue.

On topic, I've had a few drinks here and there. Definitely lower consumption than previously. I think I set a record on Thanksgiving for the fewest calories ever consumed in my lifetime of Thanksgivings!

Chemo #3 coming up this Tuesday. Wonder what effect this one will have...?

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Kinda like Georgine, I've lost track. I know that I drank on Wednesday and Thursday. Oh Lord, did I drink on Thursday. We made the trip down to Dallas for the football game. I drank way too many margaritas. Ugh. It has been a long time since I've drank like that. The husband took my shoes and pants off and put me to bed. I certainly paid the price for my indulgence on Friday! We are having Thanksgiving dinner here at my house today. It will be nice. Everyone have a great day!

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11/26/14 10:37 A

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i can't remember what was AF and what was not but I know there were less AF days than not. Lots going on and lots of company. Once again I need to re-create myself and stick to tracking etc. as i said, i worked too hard to get this far to blow it now. thanksgiving is not a problem for me, i just take a little of everything and leave what I can't eat. Granddaughter wants to have it at her house. emoticon emoticon
Jen, emoticon bartending keeping it under control and having fun!!
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! Georgine emoticon



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11/26/14 9:13 A

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Hey all! Sorry I haven't been around in a while. So busy with the full time job and part time job. I have been doing good and lost a few more pounds. I think the 2nd job is actually helping. I am on my feet behind the bar instead of on my a$% on the other side drinking with the rest of em. I was worried that it might lead into more drinking then less but it is working out. My regular nights are Mondays and Wednesdays. I don't feel like drinking on Tuesdays and Thursday because I am so tired. Some nights I do hang out afterwards for one maybe two drinks then I hit the road! I have discovered Baileys makes a chocolate covered cherry flavor. It is so yummy. We mix it with Cake vodka and call it our Sunday Funday shot! I am bar tending tonight. They say it is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, and normally I would be part of that but I will be the one slinging the drinks tonight. I am sure I will stay for a few afterwards but I have to get up early to make 3 pies and Thanksgiving dinner for 7 of us. I really love doing it. This will be my 14th year! Wow time fly's! I bought a bottle of Moscato for my mother and I to drink too. Happy Holidays to everyone. emoticon

Linda I am so proud of your attitude. I can not imagine what you are going through but I admire your strength. emoticon




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11/20/14 9:42 A

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Sounds like everyone is doing great.
Sun - Tue = AF. I drank two beers last night. I don't indulge mid week too often, so I'm not going to be too hard on myself. Had two super long, hard days and I wanted a drink. They hit the spot.

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11/19/14 7:49 P

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I like red or white especially blends but we are here to watch our alcoho calories and keep within the tracker limits just the same as tracking food.
I was AF yesterday . Today our friend came over and brought a bottle he likes to share, Back on track tomorrow.
Below zero here at nite, single digits during the day and a small snow storm today. Too much winter too fast!! emoticon
Linda, I am glad you were able to enjoy some wine before the next round of chemo. Georgine



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