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emoticon I am so happy! Today at Costco I found the April book Still Alice! It was in paperback and only 9.99...so guess who is catching up on this months read?! This girl! emoticon

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Hello

Thank you for your prayers Michelle. I am less in fog and able to focus today. I plan on reading today. I too am skipping the book for this month in order to read a book on Biblical Journaling that I got through Oyster. I really need to focus my reading on things related to my health and well being.

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Sandy~I'm glad you were able to make it to Easter service. Praying for you as you deal with your health. I'm going to skip this month's book even though it's on my to-read list. I'm still trying to finish Sense and Sensibility!

It's been a busy week already! My daughter is home visiting for her birthday (which is tomorrow). I have the week off work so I can just hang out and enjoy her :) It has thrown off the routine a little, but so worth it!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

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Eaater service was beautiful and very uplifing for me. I continue to deal with my lupus and fibro symptoms. Will have to see if I can get the book for the month on my Oyster app.

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Sandy~So glad you were able to get out today and enjoy church. Homemade chicken noodle soup sounds delicious!

We went to church, then to Costco to get a "few" things. When we got to the car, one of our tires was flat. The guys at the tire center at Costco were so nice to help us with the spare. We took it to the place I got the tires and found out that it can't be repaired. Because I got the tires there 5 years ago, there is only a fee for labor/service for a new tire which is nominal. The positive thing is we did NOT eat lunch at Costco although it was tempting!

Did some yard work before the rain started and now relaxing with some computer time. I'm planning for a more focused week ahead!

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Was able to go to church this morning and it was an uplifting experience. We have many activities coming up for Easter. I have been taking it easy today. My mom made chicken noodle soup in the crock pot. It is so good. Plan to read tonight.

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3/20/15 6:52 P

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Hey all,

Michelle thank you for the prayers. I can always use them. The cold and wet weather that we have now in PA is really hard for me but I am pushing on. It has been snowing all day and now it is turning into freezing rain. I could not go to work today because of the weather.

I plan to read tonight. I have been reading the My Weird School books by Dan Gutman with my client and they are really funny. It is good for adults to see things through a child's perspective..

No plans for the weekend except shoveling snow and resting for the new week. Hopefully my flares will stop and I can get back to church this week.

God Bless

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Sandy~I am so sorry you are suffering so badly. I pray you will feel better soon. Does the cold weather make it worse?

I got most of my seeds planted yesterday, but still have a few more to do today. It has been sunny and beautiful here and I feel for those of you still in the depths of winter.

I am heading out for a walk this morning and then a 15-minute Jessica Smith workout. It's going to be a great Friday!

What plans do you have for the weekend? Anything fun?

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3/19/15 7:40 P

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Hi all,

More snow is coming and I have been suffering from flares from my lupus. I have not been able to focus enough to read for the past days. Still want to read the selection for this month.
Hope you all are well

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Happy Thursday!!

I have been enjoying my morning coffee while having my quiet time. Now, I'm catching up on SP, emails and other computer stuff. After this, I will be heading out for a walk with my audiobook.

My big plan for today is to get some seeds planted for my garden. Hubby bought me a small portable greenhouse just for this purpose. I also bought some flower seeds to start, too.

What are your plans for today? Make it a great day whatever you're doing!

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Sheryl~Sounds like a wonderful day! What kind of dog is Dixie?

It was cloudy here today, but no rain. It rained over the weekend which is a good thing as we are nearing drought conditions here. I worked today and took a couple of walks during my breaks to get some extra steps in.



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What a great day . The sun is shinning ,I have the bsmt painted and am just starting a healthy vegetarian supper for us. Plan to take Dixie for a walk along the pond after supper and then curl up with my latest book "After the Funeral". Hope every one else had a great day too.

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Good morning, all!

It was a BEEautiful 72 degrees here yesterday. Just a teaser, though. Temp is dropping through the day with a predicted 21 degrees and snow tonight :( BUT, spring is coming!

Michelle, I'm glad you're on the mend. 3 weeks is a long time to feel yukky!

Kimberlee, so glad the tip re: the 10 min exercise streak was helpful. Spark on!

Sandy et al, stay warm and reading!

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3/4/15 1:18 P

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Hello all,

Waiting for more snow to come later on today and more shoveling. It will at least keep me home from work and inside to read.

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Hi Everyone!

I am finally feeling back to normal today! That "crud"(as you call it, Sherri) clung to me for 3 weeks! The last 2 weeks I felt ok, but one of my ears was plugged with fluid and I still had a cough. I managed to still make a trip to California with my daughter to visit Disneyland, though :)

I did a lot of walking in Feb, but not too much other exercise due to traveling and being sick. I am working on my March goals and realized I never posted my Feb goals~lol! I didn't do very well, but I will still post a blog so I can look back at the end of the year.

I like the idea of 10-minute exercise streak, too. I haven't ever signed up for it officially, but it's a great way to get some movement in every day.

Welcome to the team, Sandy! I am going to do my best to read the March book, but it took me over 3 months to get through Pride and Prejudice!

Hope you all had a nice weekend. We've had gorgeous weather here~it's like it's spring already! I love the sunshine, but it will make for a very dry summer/lots of fires if we don't get some more snow and rain. I hope the rest of you are getting a reprieve from the snow and extreme cold!





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Hello

I just joined the club today and I am very excited to be a part of a book club. I just joined Oyster books and it makes reading more enjoyable for me on a tablet. I will download the March book tonight or tomorrow to start reading. Reading a classic will be interesting . I usually read history and true crime books.

Sorry to hear that some of you are sick. I pray that you all will get well soon.

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That's a really good idea, I love the streaks for logging in, so I would expect to be motivated by that as well. I haven't been paying attention to the other streaks I can earn, so I will definitely take this advice. I do like the at least 10 minutes thing, it is better than doing nothing & while I'm fighting the winter blues I can at least do something small!

I have started attending zumba two nights a week, and I love it! I thought I would find it embarassing, but it's really just fun! Gets me out of the house too which is a nice thing. It's just the other 5 days of the week I struggle with!

And congrats on keeping up with your streaks so well! You're doing an awesome job, I'm going to use you as my inspiration to get moving with them!

It keeps snowing here too, and more forecasted on the way, just waiting it out until it's finally spring, but WV doesn't love to give up the winter and sometimes hangs on until almost May, lets hope this year it doesn't happen!

I hope everyone is doing great and has a great weekend!!

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Hi All! I hope everyone who had the "crud" is recovering and getting back to normal.

Kimb3rl33, I strongly recommend accepting SparkGuy's challenge to exercise just/at least 10 mins a day. Get a streak going and you will not want to miss a day. I have found having the "streak goal" to be very motivating and positively reinforcing. If I come to the end of the day and realize I have not done my 10 mins, I grab some barbells or an exercise band and do at least 10 mins worth of strength training. The "at least" is the bonus blessing in this challenge, because more often that not, the 10 mins turns into 20 or 30 or 45 or 60.... I began in October. I've broken my streak twice - once during the holidays when I was holed up in bed with the "crud" and had absolutely no energy, and again a couple of weeks ago when we were traveling. I forgot to take my very compact and packable exercise band and had to skip a day (had hoped upon realization of not packing it that I could get outside and walk, but the temp was 1 with a wind chill of -20). I'm back on my new streak. Join up! Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge Team

We were surprised by a non-forecasted snow this morning. I was up at 515, ready by 545 to go to clinic, had my Y bag packed to go swim after clinic, headed to the kitchen to make coffee, and got a call from one of the other nurses in clinic wondering if the clinic would be open (she lives one county north of me, so gets an even earlier start). I had no idea it was snowing! So - stuck in the house for the day. Guess I'll do a workout video.

Hope everyone has a great day!

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I've missed alot, but it sounds like most of you are doing well, Michele - hope you're feeling better!

Glory- That crap soup sounds amazing! Unfortunately I don't have a recipe, here's hoping someone has one to share!

I've been here..but quiet for about two weeks. I have been struggling in the motivation area. I did try Zumba for the first time and I loved it, then we've been snowed in for two weeks and I have no energy or motivation at all (Zumba has been cancelled too, I am going tomorrow though)! I haven't been exercising like I should either, and I'm not sure how to get jump started with the crappy weather and lack of sunshine, it's really impacting my mood & my desire to even move lol! Any suggestions on how you get motivated after a rough lazy patch?

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Michele, hope you are feeling better. Its hard to exercise when you are not feeling well.

Neelix, how did the pot luck go? I like pot lucks because I get to taste other's creations and always end up with a few good recipes.

We enjoyed our min-vaca at the beach. The temp was 15, but we enjoyed the indoor pool and hot tub. We did a lil shopping and ate some good meals. Tried my best to stay on track. We ate an amazing cream of crab soup at one of our favorite restaurants and I would love to get my hands on their recipe. Does anyone have a cream of crab soup recipe they would like to share. I know it isn't low cal but I sure do enjoy it every once in awhile, especially this time of year!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. What do you have planned?

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Welcome Discover - Good to "see" you here.
Kimb3rl33 - I hope you are feeling 100% soon.
Michele - Ugh - that stinks that you got this nastiness. Hopefully it won't last that long for you. Take care of you.
Glory - Sounds like you have been busy planning for such an exciting day. May seems so far away yet I know it isn't. WTG on focusing a bit on you during this time.

I've been battling the plague that is going around along with some family stuff. I haven't been focusing on gluten free because of my birthday but I'm hoping to get back on track on Tuesday-Friday this week. We have a potluck tomorrow and I don't want to worry about if a soup has flour in it to thicken it or a salad has croutons on top etc. I picked up some cheap mini cupcakes at Target that are yummy and then I am making a bean dip. I was going to make it today but time got away from me. I had to work at my part time job this weekend and I am still not done. Ugh - guess it will be a long day for me tomorrow emoticon

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emoticon I finally caught the horrible cold that has been going around. I have a sore throat and a cough mostly, but that means I probably have to call in sick tomorrow since I do a lot of talking which brings on the coughing. I have been resting today and getting some reading time in.

DiscoverLLH~So glad you've joined our team! I'm back from AZ now, but it's still been super nice here in Oregon~sunny and high 60's today :) I hope you're staying warm in those freezing temps you have in Chicago.

Gloryandme~Hope you had a nice weekend at the beach! The beach is one of my favorite places to be no matter what time of year.

Hope you had a good weekend, everyone!

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Good morning!

Welcome DiscoverLLH emoticon
I live in PA, on the east coast, and we are experiencing the frigid temps as well. I am not complaining though as long as we do not get snow. So far, so good. I was watching the news and cannot believe the snow that is falling on the states in the northeast region of the country.

It's Friday and I am looking forward to the weekend. My DH and DD and I are going to do an overnight trip to the beach. I know it is not beach weather, but I still love going no matter what time of year. We just make sure we stay at a hotel with an indoor pool so all is good.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend and stay warm those of you that are in cold climates!

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Good morning! I am new to the team, but thought I would stop in and chat for a bit. It's frigid here in Chicago today....AZ is sounding pretty good right about now! GLORY - the great thing is that since you are having them over for dinner, you can plan ahead what you want to eat so you don't overdo it. Make sure to save enough calories for a small slice of cake so you don't feel guilty afterwards!




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Michele, wedding plans are moving right along . . . she said "yes to the dress", picked the venue, sent out save the dates, sampled the food, booked the photographer and DJ. Good incentive for me to loose a few pounds!

Glad you were able to visit with your mother. I bet she was delighted. Exciting for your mom to go to Arizona for the cold weather. I am sure you miss your family when you go, but it is probably so nice to get away and enjoy the sun again. Been pretty cold here in PA . . . little to no snow but the low temps are making up for it. However, I will take freezing cold over snow any day.

As for weekend plans, I will be cleaning and catching up on laundry today and I am having my sister and her husband over for dinner tomorrow to celebrate my sister's birthday. Will be hard to stay within calorie range tomorrow, but I will do my best.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! Let us know what you have planned?? emoticon

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Happy Friday!

Joan~I was wondering how the wedding plans were coming along. Besides the calories, how fun to be tasting all kinds of food! To answer your question, I am not from Arizona. My mom bought a place here about 3 years ago and comes down for the winter months. Our winters in Southern Oregon aren't that bad, but they aren't sunny and warm like it is here :)

Kimb3rl33~Sorry you're still sick! I hope you feel better soon! I work at a hospital, too :)

Today is my last full day with my mom. It's been a good visit, but time is going by really fast! We haven't done too much~just hanging out. It's been super relaxing which is just what I needed. I'll be traveling tomorrow, so may not be able to check in. I will be doing a lot of reading, though!

What are your plans for the weekend?

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It looks like everyone has been having alot of fun & enjoying (but not overindulging) in the Super Bowl festivities! I myself just watched the game at my Dad's and they just have dinner, so no snacking involved for me either.

Michele - I am incredibly envious that you are in Arizona, I'd give anything to be that warm right now!! WV is covered in snow and I'm freezing!

Still battling various forms of sickness, but that's what you get when you work at a hospital & not directly with patients..you get all the sick without the immunity!

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Thanks Michele . . . I decided with the start of the new year I wanted to get back to a healthy life style. So far so good, however, last night we had the food tasting for my daughter's upcoming May wedding and we tasted enough food to feed a small army. I think I gained 10 pounds! emoticon Good news, I am back on track today! Glad you got together with family for the Super Bowl and were able to stick to healthy snacks. emoticon

Enjoy your stay in Arizona . . . I bet you are enjoying the nice, warm weather. Soak up some sun for the rest of us. Michele are you originally from Arizona too or did your mother move there? I would love to visit Arizona . . . my sister has vacationed there and loved it.

Deb - I do not envy you having all that snow other than it is so beautiful to look at and my pups do love romping in it. So far so good here in PA, we did not get hit with any big storms yet.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week and emoticon because emoticon





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Joan~You are doing GREAT! Your enthusiasm is so motivating! Love that you are joining hubby and son at the gym and making healthy food choices! Thanks for all your encouragement to me~it's nice to have friends cheering you on!

Deb~I am so thankful we don't have snow to deal with very often. It sounds like you have a good hubby who takes care of it for you, though :) How is the gluten free going? Are you keeping it going this month?

I survived the Super Bowl by eating before going to my in-law's house and then only having a couple baby carrots & celery sticks with my homemade spinach-artichoke dip. If I make up my mind to avoid the snacking, I can usually do ok.

I am visiting my mom in Arizona until Saturday. It's so nice to get away to relax a little and enjoy the really sunny weather. It's supposed to be 87 degrees today! I will be taking a lot of walks since my mom walks her dog about 4 times a day. I'm hoping to get in plenty of reading, too!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

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Happy Monday - We ended up with 19 inches of snow yesterday... it looks pretty but it sure will be a mess to get out of here. Funny thing is it was the same dates 4 years ago that we had a blizzard that dropped 22 inches. Right now there is a knee high drift at the end of our driveway and DH will have to be the one to tackle it as I can't walk without coughing at the moment. Oh well - I don't need to leave until tomorrow around 11am so he has plenty of time.

Hope that everyone has a great Super Sunday and is back on track today.

Make it a heart healthy day!



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Good morning!

It is Sunday, February 1, 2015, and I love first of the month days that begin the week. Let's challenge ourselves to continue our healthy lifestyles by making healthy choices and fitting in a few minutes of exercise every day. Our bodies will love us for it! My goal is to stay on track the entire month of February. emoticon emoticon

It's Super Bowl Sunday . . . lots of temptations especially if you are hosting or going to a party. I have decided to avoid the whole SB parties this year and stay home. Later I am going to the gym and hope to take my pups for a nice, long walk . . . weather permitting.

What are your plans for the Super Bowl? emoticon

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Michele, hope you are feeling better and glad to hear you made it to the "top"! We had unusual weather as well here in PA so I went out for awhile and did some clean up in the backyard on Sunday. The pups joined me . . . they were so happy I was outside with them.

Unfortunately, the nice weather did not last and it just started to snow. Hoping the weather forecast is wrong and we do not get over 8 inches.

I surprised my husband and son today. When they told me they were leaving to go to the gym, I told them I would be joining them. Glad I did! emoticon

Anyway, since I was off from work I made a beef stew in the crock pot loaded with lots of veggies. Smells delicious especially on a snowy day.

Hope everyone has a great week! Stay focused and don't forget to check in for January! emoticon

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Hi Everyone!

We are having abnormally beautiful weather for January. It was sunny and over 60 degrees yesterday, so hubby and I went for a hike up a local "hill". It was the first time we made it to the top, so I was feeling really proud of us :)

I have quite a headache this morning, so I stayed home from church. Hopefully, I will be feeling better later this afternoon, so I can spend some time at the golf course with hubby. It's supposed to get up to 67 today!

I have been a little less focused the past couple of weeks and it's showing up on the scale. It's especially hard for me to stay on track over the weekends.
Do you have any strategies for staying on track over the weekends?

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Can't wait to see your new boots! I'm glad you've got a reward that you're looking forward to!

Nothing planned for my weekend either, I think we may rent a movie and just have a stay at home movie night! I've been feeling really lazy this week, so hopefully the weekend will help me get recharged for this coming week. I need to do better with my calories and exercise this week, as I've been stuck at the same weight for almost two weeks now! But like you said, We can do it! And we will! :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Kimb3rl33 your question was not odd at all . . . glad you asked it . . . it got me to think about rewards. I identify with the statement you made, "I tried the new outfit or shoes or something route, but my self-confidence issues always make that reward feel bad somehow". That is why I chose the boots . . . I am not ready to try clothes on just yet because I am not ready to go in the dressing rooms with the three way mirrors emoticon However, this journey is one day at a time. I will have to take a pic of me in my new boots!

Nothing planned for the weekend. Will try to catch up on some house work and sleep.

Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. Let's do great next week and stay within calorie range and our goals. emoticon

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I truly believe food is just as complicated of an addiction as any drug. I struggle myself with the "shut off valve". I don't keep any foods in the house that I know will taunt me, so to speak. If I do let myself have food that strays from my diet, I buy it in a small portion so that it will be gone on the same day. I know the question I asked is odd on a diet site! But, we all have our moments & I was curious about how others reward their success.

It's great that you no longer use food as a reward, I tried the new outfit or shoes or something route, but my self-confidence issues always make that reward feel bad somehow simultaneously so I avoid it. At least for now!

I'm sure you'll reach your ten pounds and have those new boots in no time!! I'll have to try to find a good reward for my first ten pounds as well!!


So tonight I'm going out to eat, and I planned exactly what I'm going to eat so it should let me stay in my calories. Then we're coming home and watching a movie which will be nice. Tomorrow I'll probably go visit my dad since I haven't seen him in a few weeks. What do you all have going on this weekend?

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Kimb3rl33 ... interesting question! I honestly came to terms with the fact that I am a food addict . . . so I have learned not to use food as my reward. (Unfortunately, I don't have a shut off valve.) Trust me, not easy. I am just taking it one day at a time. I had a lot of comfort foods that I enjoyed even when I was full. It's hard when life throws me a curve ball, not to turn to my addiction for comfort and this past year has been an extremely difficult time for me. However, with the new year I am starting a new regime of taking care of me by making healthier choices in all aspects of my life . . . from the foods I eat to the company I keep. I am feeling good about 2015. Last night I went to the mall with my daughter and we walked around for two hours browsing and I found a pair of boots I like . . . I have my eye on those as a reward for my 10 pound loss reward! emoticon

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Thanks for the support everyone! I am feeling a good deal better, at least I'm to a place now where I can actually think clearly and work on things! Unfortunately, I have a cold though so still no exercise for me right now.

I cheated the other night and had some Ben & Jerry's because every now and then you need a treat! What are some of your favorite "cheat" foods..or as I think of them.. rewards for my hard work! I know you shouldn't reward yourself with food, but I think everyone deserves it!

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KIMB3RL33 so sorry that you are going through that.I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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emoticon ((((( KIMB3RL33 ))))) emoticon

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emoticon Kimb3rl33 that is a tough spot for you to be in. Hang in there and Im sure things will work out the way they should soon.

My beans and rice came out sooo yummy last night. It was only 4 ingredients too for the beans so not sure why they were so good. I'm glad that DH didn't take the leftovers for lunch today since it is fend for yourself night and he has dinner plans. That means I can look forward to something at home instead of grabbing something like I normally do on Wednesday nights. Today I work a longer shift to make up for my short shift on Fridays so I never like to cook when I get home unless it is to throw a frozen entrée or pizza in.

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Michele - Congrats on your weigh in! Keep up the good work :) As for social eating situations, if I'm at a restaurant with friends I try to eat one of the marked low calorie options. Although, this weekend I went to a super unhealthy restaurant with only one item marked and it was not something I like. So I got a sandwich with turkey, avocado, and bacon, and then I only ate half. It was still alot of calories, (500ish) but it was super filling and I didn't have to have a big dinner so I just ate light that evening.

NEELIXNKES - Good job on sticking to your gluten free plan! It's great that you have the motivation to skip the fast food. :)

DTHOR - Your ideas about social eating situations are great. I too find it helpful to track it so if I do make a bad decision I can't shy away from it and I can see exactly what I'm getting for those calories. This always helps me make better decisions the next time.

As for me, I've had a rough few days. My engagement was ended and that really through me for a loop. We are still a couple, but he wasn't as ready for marriage as he thought he was and didn't figure that out until planning started and he got overwhelmed. So we're working on that and it's definitely not easy!! So I've been pretty sad and just laying around. I've been logging the calories though even despite the situation. I can't break the habit or I'll fall completely out of it. Hoping to start exercising tomorrow since I'm feeling a bit better.

Anyway, not to leave on a bad note, just accounting for where I've been. Hope you all had a good day!


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emoticon Michele on your weighin! You have plenty of time to work off that snacking. I have been trying to just focus on freggies and water in those moments but it isn't always possible.

I have made it 5.5 days gluten free. Trying to finish out day 6 today. I am just concerned about dinner. I think I am going to leave work at my usual time so that I can cook dinner. It may just be beans and rice but that is better than grabbing fast food with gluten in it at the moment.

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Michelle, Sounds like you have a good plan in mind for the day. That is half the battle. I so wish I could walk outside right now but it's been so stinking cold -4 that I dare not try it.

As far as eating at social situations, go for the protein and fill up on veggies is what I do. A lot of the time for me it's mind over matter. I ask myself is it really worth it to me to eat all that stuff and then remind myself I have to log it all and usually I just say forget it. It's not easy by any means but It works for me. Or I will take something that I enjoy and is within my range for the day.

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Happy Tuesday! I'm working today, but have my lunch packed and ready to go. Will be walking if weather permits.

We went to my in-law's house last night to watch football and I definitely over-snacked. I couldn't even track it if I wanted to. So, today is a new day and I am ready for it!

How do you handle social eating situations?


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Good Morning!

Although it's Monday, I'm ready for the week ahead. I lost 1.6 lbs at my WW meeting on Friday, so I'm pretty motivated to keep going strong. I have my menu all planned out and lunch ready for work today. Got my workout done, but can't walk to work today because it's pouring down rain.

Hope you all have a great start to the week!
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Happy Sunday!

It is supposed to snow later this afternoon and tonight. Supposedly just up to 4 inches but who knows. I'm sure by the time I have to go to work tomorrow though the roads will be fine. I do have to work both jobs today though. Hopefully I make it back before the snow starts emoticon I actually made a grocery list this week that is pretty long - partially because of the gluten free stuff and partially because we cleaned out so much of the cabinets. Now to plan the dinners for the week!

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Thanks everyone. I am a little excited to get some new to me clothes I literally have nothing that fits that I can wear to work. It's a good problem. But I also hate to spend a ton of money because I am still planning on loosing at least another 70 pounds. And I am getting rid of the clothing as I go. I never want to see these sizes again.

Michele, I hope your WW meeting went well. I love hubby days. Those are some of the best days. I don't get near enough of them with my hubby this time of the year. ( I do taxes for a living) I had to work today and then hubby and I went out to dinner. I don't cook on Friday's. I figure I cook every other day that I can have one day I don't have too. LOL

Kimb3rl33, gotta love shoveling snow. I was actually going to do it the other day and by the time I got around to it the darn stuff was already packed to the driveway. So I said forget it. It's been crazy cold here and I am with you. 30 sounds like a heat wave.

Deb, hopefully your insurance will cover the cost of the clinic. Maybe you won't need medicine maybe they have a way to help without it. Some people just really don't like taking the meds. It can get scary at times I am sure. I have learned a ton just going to nutrition classes. I really had to learn how to eat. I wasn't eating enough for my body not to starve. It's amazing what the classes will teach you.

Well I get to work tomorrow rearranging one of our offices so I guess I need to get ready for bed. Have a great night everyone.

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Thanks everyone - I'm actually not sure and won't know until I go for the consultation. They do have a 8 or 12 week organized meeting that includes nutrition classes and exercise evaluations but they use different approaches for each patient depending on weight, health needs, etc. The pills make me nervous because of the potential for heart issues. I discussed it only briefly with DH the other night so I need to find out if it is covered by our insurance or if it is all out of pocket. It looks like it isn't affiliated with my clinic but with the hospital so that may change the potential benefits - insurance- crazy things. I did look into the cost of the gym associated with the hospital. It isn't exactly convenient but they do have pools and there are two locations that can be used. It was a bit pricier than I thought it would be for a hospital fitness center but who knows.

Kim - emoticon on the good week and for needing to shop out of your own closet! Keep it up and enjoy thrifting this weekend. Glad the heat got fixed.

Kimb3rl33 - emoticon on shoveling. I hate doing it and hope that this is the last round of snow we get this year but that is asking a lot :)

Michele - Hope your WW meeting goes well!

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Happy Friday!

Kim~ emoticon Enjoy getting some new clothes!

Kimb3rl33~ emoticon Glad you're having a good week!

Today is my WW meeting. I have tracked everything since Mon and have been exercising some every day, so I'm hoping it shows on the scale. My hubby is not working today, so I get to spend the day with him :)

What are your plans today?

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Kim - It's awesome that you're doing so well with your goals & have to buy new clothes (even if it is a pain)! Glad to hear that you're doing really well with your goals. I've been doing pretty good this week too, you're post here is motivating me to get to where I can buy new clothes too!! :) Glad that your power situation is fixed so that you can stay warm!

Deb - I went to a weight loss clinic myself and they prescribed an amphetamine. It did work, but it made me feel awful and when I stopped taking it the weight came back. But, I do work with a few people that had much more to lose than I do and it worked well & they have kept the weight off. I suppose it just depends on the person and what skills they learn in the process of taking the drug and/or liquid diet!

I spent the evening shoveling snow as my workout, and I am beat! It's amazing how tiring that is. It's supposed to snow a bit more tonight, but be back in the 30s by the weekend. Which sadly, 30 degrees sounds downright toasty right now!

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Deb, I agree with you whole heartedly. I would much rather have to snow than the cold it was -4 here this morning. Liquid diets are a good quick fix, but that isn't teaching you how to eat correctly. It's odd that the doctor would want to put you on that.

Michele, The stinking power went out 9 times last night. I am so glad that they finally fixed the issue. It's too cold for that to happen right now.

I am doing really good this week. Along with being back to work full time I don't have time to think about snacking. I am so loving it! I have been packing my lunch so I am not tempted to eat out with the girls when they go out. I am just happy to eat whatever I pack so that is a huge nsv for me. I am def going to have to go clothes shopping this weekend though. I have nothing that fits anymore. Which is a huge thing but I just hate to buy a bunch of clothes knowing I won't be in them long. I need to go to the thrift store I suppose.

Well, I need to get dinner started. I hope you all have a great evening.

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Good Morning! I am so sorry for all you having such cold weather. It has been cold and foggy here in the morning, but once the fog burns off, it's been sunny and 60 degrees. I love it, but my hubby and son are not liking that there isn't snow on our local mountain for skiing/snowboarding. We really do need some wintery weather here in Southern Oregon.

2011Nonna~It's hard for me to get motivated to clean ANYTHING on my days off. I have to make a game of it by rewarding myself for each chore~lol!

Kimb3rl33~Sorry you're sore, but I guess that means you worked hard! You're smart to give yourself a rest day. Have fun shopping with your friends this weekend!

Kim~Hope your power is staying on. How frustrating! I don't think I'd be prepared if ours went off for any length of time.

Deb~Hope you decide on the best thing to do for you. What kind of class is it that your Dr. wants you to go to? What medication and liquid is it? Be sure to research some on your own to make the best decision.

I've been doing pretty good this week with my tracking and exercise, but not so good with my reading or projects. I need to drink more water, too.

Today I'm off work and will be doing laundry and working on sorting through boxes my hubby brought down from the attic. One of our big projects for the year is to clean out and organize the attic, so this is step one. Hopefully, I'll get in some reading time, too.

What are you doing today? Make the most of it, whatever you're doing!





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Ugh - I would much rather have snow than this bone piercing cold. I swear my muscles were freezing just in the short times I was out today.

Went to the endo today - not great news on the weight front. She wants me to attend a weight loss clinic that will probably prescribe a drug and liquid diet. Not sure how I feel about that but I need to do something.

Hope that everyone is staying warm where it is cold and enjoying their weather if its not!

Have a terrific Thursday!



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