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Gorgeous here this weekend.
I came right back home after the bbq and did a few of my chores but not enough. Then I promptly had a nap, really shouldn't have but it WAS dancing night and the week is so tiring. Today is my finish chores BEFORE going fishing and try to talk the bf into staying with me tonight.
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Sounds like you are ALL over it DOGOARG! Way to go!! :-)

You WILL be fine and it sounds like you've got yourself a keeper there with him providing support. :-)

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Little changes, little changes.
Go ahead and write down everything (gasp) you want to do but then pick one, hey...stop I said just one (1)
get that one under control before you move on to the next. My first big one was to track EVERYTHING, then on to 'do ten minutes fitness a day' and now I'm on to the next one.

I have trouble with the BF at times, doing what he wants and when and not giving me the space I crave. I hate to say it but I believe if you don't put the foot down now, it is not going to happen when you live together.

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We will be fine. :) I had a cold feet day yesterday. My house now has a rent to own contract on it, the wedding venue is booked and the deposit paid. Its getting real...YIKES lol Thanks for your support....it means a lot to me :D
I am going to talk to him about giving me space and time to work out. He had an extra two days off work this week and since we only see each other on weekends it is hard to put my foot down and say I'm going to go do this. :) It will be easier when we are in the same house l

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It IS a huge change and your concerns are VERY valid! This is important and important to your future health. Even though he doesn't have the same values, and maybe never will, you will need to find a way to keep moving forward with your goals.

Would it be possible for you to have a certain area of the cupboard and the frig to keep your foods in? Or maybe you could take charge of the shopping and therefore the menu? If he wants to eat junk and unhealthy foods, then he'll have to go buy them and get them himself. Is there a way you could make that work???

Have you talked with him about this yet?? I mean in terms of YOU wanting to keeping eating healthier and your worries about how hard that might soon be (not about telling him how he needs to eat better but about how YOU want to stay on track).

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my partner is diabetic, has high blood pressure and cholesterol, a messed up thyroid and his knee needs to be replaced as he can hardly walk most days. Do I need to say he does not look after himself? He refuses to control his carb intake for his diabetes and doesn't see anything wrong with me eating burgers and fries if it makes me happy. Like me he seems to have a belief that food = happy. I am not very strong in the area of me (I get in trouble all the time for looking after others and sacrificing myself) So to try to get him to look after himself seems like nagging to me. I try to quietly lead by example but in the heat of the moment I'm just as likely to scarf a hamburger as he is. Although he bought a cooler that straps on to the back of the Harley and wants to start packing healthier lunches to take with us when we ride. It probably isn't as bad as I am thinking. Maybe just nerves because of the HUGE change that is coming???? :) Thanks for listening and supporting :)

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Hi DOGOARG,

I think it's great that you are identifying your concerns about this part of the move in process. It's so tough to make such a change after so many years. It had been 13 years for me when my hubby (then fiance) and I moved in together. I found that it's really about having the same values. Luckily my hubby and I have similar values about wanting to be healthy and so we both work together to eat better. I'm much worse at it than he is, though. ;-) And I do get possessive about my food, especially my gluten-free food. It's getting better though.

Anyway, does your fiance have similar values about wanting to improve health? If not, is there another something that he values as much as you value getting healthy? Maybe you could use that as a comparison for him. Bottom line in my mind is that you need to talk to him about your concerns. If he doesn't have a similar value then maybe you could explain it to him it terms of what he values and then both agree to respect and support the others' values.

I would encourage you to stay strong and stand up for yourself and your goals at this critical turning point. You can do it!!! Remember not to put his desires above your needs - or at least find some sort of compromise to get your needs met.

Hang in there!!

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My experience is that "he/she who does the shopping/cooking controls the menu". emoticon emoticon

That being said, I'm sure your fiancé' respects your efforts to eat healthy and take care of your body; therefore I would think that agreeable compromises will be made. Just be open about what you can, and can not, resist. emoticon

My husband and I tend to have our "guilty pleasure" foods stored in different areas with the understanding that they are "hands off" to the other person. emoticon

I must confess that I am fortunate that my family is all on board with the healthy trends I have started so there are few issues with "unwanted" food in the house.

Good Luck, I'm sure you two will work it out emoticon

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I am moving in with my fiance this month. I have not lived with anyone for 24 years. I have some questions about how do you guys manage your eating when the person across you from you is able to eat as much of whatever they want? I find it difficult to look after myself on weekends when we are together...now it will be my entire life and I am afraid of what that might do to my fitness goals. If you would be willing to share what works for you I would appreciate it. Thanks

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7/27/14 4:33 P

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Went to a community dance with my Hubby and daughter last night. Danced non-stop for 2+ hours. Had a BLAST!

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7/26/14 10:38 P

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It's getting better but I need to get enough sleep.

You'll find eating better and having more energy will translate into weight loss. Good job so far!

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I have been eating better and have more energy, but weight not moving, and it still feels great, not getting bummed this time

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Those grandbabies can suck the life right out of a person! :) I find that for me I just can't totally relax when they are around. My maternal instincts are on high alert just in case...and that is draining. Gotta love them though :D

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68ANNE - caring for an infant can really wear a person out. I had that experience when my granddaughter was living with us. Even though I wasn't supposed to be responsible for her, we all pitched in and helped, especially when her mom was in the hospital for 10 weeks last summer.

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I hadn't even heard of it before. Now I know to watch out for it

Finally I've almost got the new job and no computer thing worked out.....but..........I've added a new element.
My daughter went back to work so I watch the newborn for about five hours after work.
Have I mentioned that I am really really tired? lol

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Don't beat yourself up over things like that, DOGOARG. Learn from the experience.

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well I blew my eating right out of the water today. Apparently Booster Juice is not a good idea...or at least you have to plan for it. Who knew Drat :( lol

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Yes I can! And I will !!! I'm going to try and log onto this team forum more frequently because I do know that helps me to stay motivated talking to such great people like all of you!!

Thanks!

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You can do it!!! Positive thoughts

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Well I do know and believe mindset and your thoughts has a lot to do with being successful at losing and maintaining. Just need to get back on track with my thoughts.

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I don't like weight gain but I don't look at it all together with what I have left to lose. I've come further and I've learned more.
I get frustrated but I'm healthier then ever and I'm happier

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Never thought of it that way but guess its because I already feel I have so much to lose and that just added to it.

However, looking at it more positively will definitely begin to move me in the right direction.



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Dont mean to belittle your frustration but u could look at it from the angle that at least its only 12 lbs? Could be a lot worse:). Took 7.5 months to gain it and hopefully 12 weeks to lose it. :)

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I am so down and frustrated right now. I've gained weight since the beginning of this year; like 12 pounds!!! I'm having hard time getting motivated and just don't understand why!

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I usually don't mind tracking but now I have a job that doesn't allow personal computer time so I run out of time, energy and enthusiasm with my phone and/or tablet very easily.
I don't quite get the carb/protein fitness connection but if I put the time into learning it then I'd probably do better, lol.

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That's a really good idea on how to do that. I too was struggling with the creation of the recipes. It IS time consuming. Thanks so much for the tip.

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I must be weird....I love tracking lol Maybe the novelty hasn't worn off yet but I still find it a challenge to see how well I did with my meals. It gets easier and easier as I learn what foods have what in them...ie fat, carb, protein breakdowns. The longer I do this the better I know myself and know what I need based on what I am going to do after I eat. Higher carbs before cardio and higher protein before weights. Seems to be working. I have so much freakin energy I drive my family nuts :)

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I'm not sure on the recipes...app wise but there is a separate app for recipes. I don't have it so I'm not sure about adding your own.
I've done one on the website and it was really time consuming. My short-cut for this is to just start a 'grouping' I just take what each ingredient is and add it to the group. I have a smoothie group so I put in the skim milk, greek yogurt, fruit and flaxseed meal plus what ever extras I may want. This way it's already together and almost no work and I can adjust it.
Good luck

Keep it up Leslie, you've got this!

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Kind off fell off track this weekend, as happens a lot when we are away from home and not in a normal routine. But back on track as of yesterday, it was bowling night and I got week 2 day 1 of T25 done. Hope everyone has a great week.

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Tracking can be a bit of a bear, I must admit. I love to cook and bake, and it takes forever to enter recipes just so I can know the nutritional info and can log it in the tracker. The app works fine on my phone, but I don't see anyway to create recipes on the app. As far as I can tell, all that has to be done online. Am I missing something?

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Thank you for your input. I have been doing pretty well the past couple of days. Friday, I was surprised when I got home after services and was hungry. Looked at my food tracking and saw that I had calories left for the day, even after entering the snacks I ate after services. So, I had another snack. Yesterday, I was surprised by my 635 calorie breakfast, but it was so good. I am now getting eggs from a gal that works in the same building as me, and they are from her well-loved, free range chickens. Added onions, mushrooms, diced ham, and cheese, then had a side of strawberries and kiwi. Yummy! Held me all morning too.

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Leslie said it great. Paper is a good way to get use to tracking. Do you use the favorite foods on the tracker? That makes it a lot easier for me.
I'm still struggling with the new job and having to take the time to do everything in my phone or tablet and no computer time unless I go to the library after work

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SpinningJW, I would say until you get used it, writing it down and then filling it in later would be a good way to handle that. Once you get used to doing it, it is not that bad and you just kind of remember. A lot of days, I will plan my meals (for the most part) and fill it all in the morning before I get going. The good thing is that you can always edit it if you end up not eating what you put or eat less/more. It has really helped me to track, it makes me more accountable.

Good Luck!

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So, I am a committed non-tracker of food. I think I need to change this to make progress. Does anyone have any tips for making the food tracking less cumbersome? I find it to be a big hassle, and my dinosaur of a phone cannot handle another app, so how do you remember what to track when you are away from your computer? Should I just track on paper?

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I tend to lose weight when I'm on vacation also, even though I eat out. There isn't any snack food, or any food for that matter, in the hotel room with me, so that helps. I also walk a lot.

I hope you have a good time on vacation CARTERSG1!

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I have a vacation coming up next week and I will be walking - A LOT. I finally get a vacation without having to work to get there for the first time in four years and in one of my favorite places, Vancouver, BC. I still know the bus system fairly well and I don't mind the walking. I need to walk. I gained 12 pounds over the lousy Ohio winter and cold, wet spring and then eight more pounds in May and June despite a lot of activity. So I've been writing down everything I'm eating in a regular journal. I don't always get online to do it.

Most people have trouble losing weight on vacation. I don't. :) Lots of fresh fruit and veggies from the Okanagan will be available. And I have fav restaurants and a couple new ones to try that I will be able to eat well and not blow out my budget or overeating! So I'm looking forward to it!

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For me at this point, as long as I am moving it is good. One of the cardio videos I use has modifications built in (one of the girls does the modifications) and the leader says do what she does until you are strong enough then move it up. It simply amazes me how our bodies can do things today that there is no way we could have done even a couple of weeks ago. I believe that we need to give ourselves credit....I for one am doing more than I did last month. Considering I had a really serious back injury 1.5 years ago and I thought my life was over.....I'm doing all right. :)

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Nothing wrong with modifying exercises to meet you where you are at. Glad the workout felt good! I, too, struggled with the holiday weekend. Ate out with my kids a couple of times, with a good friend once and by myself once (restaurant not available at my current location) I will state that I am getting better about throwing away the remainder of food that I don't need to eat (or taking home if that is an option)

Need to figure out some cardio work that I can do when it is hot and humid out. May have to break down and join the Y.

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Feels good being back on track. Vacation is always hard for me when it comes to eating and working out. Finally started T25 as I have been wanting to for about a month, but feeling a little intimidated. It was definitely hard, but I didn't have to use the 'modified' as much as I thought I would. Felt pretty good when I got done too.

Have a great day everyone.

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emoticon on your engagement Dogoarg!

Friday being a holiday messed me up. I didn't weigh in because I wasn't following my normal weekday routine. I didn't track what I ate at all this past weekend nor did I get much exercise.

Hopefully the weigh in this Friday will be a good one.

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Thank you ladies for your support and suggestions. I think I am doing everythign I am supposed to do. I might need to sweat more which I have been doing the last week. Weigh in tomorrow so we shall see. :)

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Congratulations DOGOARG on your engagement!

So true SpinningJW, my bodymedia gives me up to 1550 calories a day and there is no way I could eat that and lose, even on my most active day. However, when I was on WW I was not eating enough calories (800-1000) and my body went into starvation mode. I seem to do well at between 1200 and 1300 a day as long as I get my workouts in.

Of course, 4 lbs in 5 weeks when you're just starting out is actually good. I was one of the ones that it took forever for the scale to move at all and kept reading and being told that it was ok, it was normal for some to do that. It was so discouraging, but I was feeling better so I knew I must have been doing something right.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

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The number of calories a person needs to maintain their current weight is very individualized. If you feel like the fitness tracker is giving you too much credit, try eating at the bottom of the range for a week, and see if that helps. If it does, then maybe Spark People's estimate (which is likely based on averages) is too high for you. With my fitbit, SP gives me more credit than I think I deserve.

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I get 8 hours of sleep every night. I can't survive the next day if I don't lol I track everything that goes in my mouth. I am wondering if the problem (if there really is one) is the amount of calories I am being given by the fitness tracker to replace the ones I burn. Last week I ramped things up a bit because I was tracking exercise but I wasn't sweating or pushing myself as hard as I could. I have also decided I am never going to be a runner which I thought I really wanted. I don't like the sensation of being out of breath....I get really out of breath and light headed if I run. I can do cardio dvd or stair stepping til the cows come home, sweat like a race horse but not get that unpleasant feeling that I get when I run.
I am finding it difficult to focus today.....I got engaged on Sunday. I am 48 years old and have never been married. I am not sure if I am scared to death or to happy for words lol

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DOGOARG - Not sure if it makes you feel any better, but I am in the EXACT SAME BOAT. In fact, I just blogged about my frustrations. That being said, if we are in fact moving more, and making healthier eating choices, we must be on the right track. Maybe in the 40's, patience is even more important than when we were younger emoticon . Just emoticon , and it will turn around.

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I love those points SPINNNGJW

I don't want you to think you'll go the same way as myself. I went months with really no movement, up or down of course and it is really frustrating. When you think you are doing everything right and nothing happens.
I take a good hard look at my fitness numbers, are I really walk/run for the full time?
A good look at the foods, where have I not tracked or not tracked the correct amount?
Am I getting enough sleep and is it good sleep? or am I waking up a lot?

Everyone does things differently and what works for me or you not might work for the other person.
Don't cheat yourself and we know you can do it!

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DOGOARG, It may seem discouraging that you "only" lost 4 lbs, but everything that I have read says you should aim to lose about a pound a week for lasting results. How is your sleep? That is an often overlooked component of weight loss. Are you getting at least 7 hours a night? Remember that you put the weight on over time, and it will take time to get it off. Hang in there, develop the healthy habits, and find what works for YOU.

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Hi all
I hope I don't sound like a whiner but I really need some support. It will be 5 weeks on Monday since I got serious about this weight loss, healthy living and exercise things.
I walk at least 1 mile 5 days a week and do at least 30 minutes of cardio...2 or 3 sp videos 5 days a week. My food tracker is done religiously every day and all my categories are within range or slightly below..some days I just am not hungry enough to shovel in those last 150 calories.
I love the exercise and trying to find new foods is an adventure. I weighed yesterday and I am only 4 lbs down for the entire time. I can't figure out what I am doing or not doing. Is 4 lbs in 5 weeks normal?

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Hope everyone has had a great week. I'm going to a Spark outing this Sat in NH. My first and I'm excited about that. Exercise has been terrible but I've been standing at lunch and using the stairs at work every day. No gain so food has been kept under control. Enjoy the weekend!

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Weighed in on Friday and it was a 2 pound loss. emoticon

Saturday my son, a friend and I went to Eagle Point Park in Clinton, IA and walked around. Unfortunately I forgot my fitbit at home. I also forgot the chicken salad I made for my sandwich. So my lunch consisted of apple slices, grapes, cheese, and a triple chocolate cupcake.

I am looking forward to another good week.

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I weighed in yesterday, no loss. emoticon but no gain either, so that's a good thing! emoticon .

I met my 5 mile a week walking goal with exactly 5 miles.

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Congrats Kahladi! emoticon emoticon

Awesome for running again Mamachae74. emoticon emoticon


Hey Anna, how are you doing? For those smoothies, those Starbucks glasses with large straws may come handy. But you're allowed a 10 min break time. Right? Depending on hours worked of course. Lol. Anyways, it takes time to adjust to new schedules but love your courage and I know you can do it. Never liked those 30min lunches. Had to negotiate with my bosses for longer lunches especially during summer times when you don't want to come back inside after lunch. Of course, you can only get those for the asking and be convincing enough or ask them couple of times a week. And for those covered drink, it's a great idea. Sorry. Lol. I thought I'm the best and very careful with my decafs. Unless I'm stressed. Lol. Still remember to this day how many napkins it took to clean my keyboard and desk. Haha..

Hope everyone is relaxing and having a great time. Have a great weekend!
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Thanks CSTEVENSON!

Walked 2.55 miles this morning. I got a total of 5.66 miles for the week. Now it's time for some retail therapy!

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Well done! You get a emoticon emoticon

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Woohoo! I lost 4 pounds this week!! I upped my water, exercised, and stayed within my calorie range most days. I am so proud of myself!!
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Not a good food day for me today. My son's track banquet was tonight and I have no idea of the calories in most of what was there (it was bring a dish to pass). I've done pretty good up until today and I don't weigh in until Friday.......

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Getting downsized from my last job has been a blessing in disguise! I don't have to be to work until 8:30 with my new job. I am loving getting up in the morning to take my walk before work. Last week I logged 7.99 miles (my goal is 5 per week).

I hope everyone has a great week!

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I got out ran 3.1 at an 11.3 pace and was glad to have gotten outside to run as it has been quite some time. I really hate having to run by myself, but after seeing people walking and riding bicycles, I felt comfortable again. Then later on in the day I did another 3 miles indoors this time. I even got time to squeeze in a circuit training for strength and am feeling pretty good about it. Loving this day and loving the fact that I am fulfilling my commitment to myself:)

Just because I don't 'look' like a runner, doesn't mean that I am not one! Don't judge me...that is all:)


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2.3 mile walk today, I feel great! And I am within my calorie range, yippee!

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Stepped on the scale this morning and I've gained 1 pound. I guess it isn't that bad considering all the food and alcohol I consumed over the holiday weekend! I just have to make better choices this week.

Tomorrow my son and I are going for a walk in one of our local parks. It is a great place to walk, lots of trees and wildlife, hills, and river frontage. It is one of our favorite places. I am really looking forward to spending the day with him.

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Well if that is all you had for lunch. I make a smoothie, which is almost 400 calories but it has only good things, teehee, in it

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I've been doing good with my exercise this week. On Sunday I went for a 43 minute walk and this morning a 37 minute walk.

I started tracking my food again. And I am struggling a bit with staying in my calorie range. I know I will get it, it just might take me a week or 2 to get back on track. I tried a new sandwich for lunch today, a berry turkey sandwich. Boy, was it yummy but it is 356 calories! I guess 356 calories really isn't that bad (considering all that's on it) but the dinner I made was very high in calories. So that made for a not so good day food wise.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day!!

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So, what they tell me is no food at the desk and if I want an afternoon snack, I'll need to lose time at lunch. I am allowed a drink at the desk as long as it is covered so maybe I can drowned my smoothie in skim milk and drink it through a straw, lol!

It is hard work to get a home office but it will be so worth it, right? Wow that's hard avoiding the sun in Ohio. Does sunscreen help?

Egg salad is a good lunch

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I am painting and cleaning my home office this week!! Woo hoo! Talk about a workout! It is so dusty. I share space with my cats so the dust is from the cat litter rather than dust from dust mites. :) But the closet is cleaned out and we got new litter so the litter boxes will not be so unmanageable. I moved most everything into the center of the room and trimmed out with primer. My neck and left shoulder hurt (bulging neck disc injury) so my husband is finishing the priming tonight. It's not a big room so it won't take long. I am ready to have a proper home office for my teaching and research and my small business. By the end of the summer, or into fall, it will be outfitted with a nice reading nook, a new bookcase and filing cabinet, a new desk and chair. So I will finally have a nice, quiet place to work.

So all of this cleaning and painting is a lot of work. I have a summer job that is also somewhat active - I'm a concierge so I'm on my feet a lot and I help haul supplies for our lounge for guests. I also walk almost two miles from the employee parking lot to the hotel where I work - Cedar Point in Ohio. For a couple of days though, I will have take the employee shuttle from the hotel to the transfer point for pick-up for the employees staying in housing. It cuts down on my sun exposure since I have an allergy to the sun - no fooling. I got just a little too much yesterday at an outdoor event for my traveling yarn shop so I need to cut my exposure time. And I'll wear my long sleeve workshirt. Yes, I will look dorky but my skin is protected. :)

I'm tired but happy tonight. This will be a very active week between the painting and the cleaning. I pushed myself today even though I'm physically exhausted. I'm not sleeping well and it's because I need more exercise. Regular exercise helps me sleep better and, after the lousy winter we've had, my body is ready for bike rides and hikes.

At work, I have to take at least 30 minutes for lunch. I usually take 30 - 40 minutes. I make my lunch except payday when I get sushi from a restaurant in the hotel. It's cheaper and I avoid all of my food allergies. I will make a lasagna or egg salad or something filling but not overly filling so I don't get those afternoon sleepies. I set out the morning and afternoon service in the lounge. I'm up at 0430. It's not as bad as you think. :) I like it. Walking in from the parking lot is a nice stroll and I can wear earbuds since there are no guests in the park. I can't do that in the afternoon until I exit the park. So it will be an active summer and I can control portions and carbs since I take my meals - breakfast and lunch. Not a bad set-up for summer, I think.

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68ANNE, I know the feeling with a 30 minute lunch. It is hard to eat raw veggies or a salad in that short of time. I usually have a sandwich, sometimes some cottage cheese and fruit. Are you allowed an afternoon snack? I usually have KIND bars at my desk for snacks.

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Hi all. I fell off the wagon for a bit. I was let go from my job the end of April due to downsizing. In the last month I have gotten very lazy with all my healthy goals. I haven't been doing any exercise and my eating habits were awful. I am ready to change that! I start a new job on Tuesday. With that new job I want to get back to getting healthy.

I have already started making changes. I sat down today and made out my grocery list and menu for the next 2 weeks. On Friday I went for a 3.8 mile walk and I'm going to talk a walk today. I am really looking forward to getting back on track.

I hope everyone is enjoying this Memorial Day weekend.

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Yup, just keep moving.
I know it sounds weird but now I'm having trouble getting enough food. I am use to just grabbing a bit whenever I want but now, I cannot eat at the desk. There is only 30 min for lunch and then nothing until dinner. I am experimenting with different meals that I can eat in less than 30 min hopefully without being rushed, which is what I'm feeling now.


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Thank you 68anne! I
Yesturday I got down to 189 which makes me under 50 pounds to my goal. I am feeling great, able to wear clothes that I have not been able to wear for almost 3 years!
I just keep reminding myself that I am more happier being able to have more choices in clothes than in food!

Wishing all the best! Keep moving forward a step at a time, as long as we keep moving than we will finally get to where we want to be.

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Hi and congrats on you loss so far. You've come a ways and you are amazing! I totally agree with just thinking about the progress each day.

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Hello Everyone! Hope you are all well, I am feeling pretty good. Losing the 15 - 20 pounds that I have lost really makes a difference in how a person can feel! I am actually looking forward to this year, everymorning i wake up feeling positive. Think about the progress that I can make each day.

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Went to the beach. I love walking thru sand. It really gets the heart rate up.

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