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OMG, Erika. There is such a thing as a brain leak. emoticon Thank goodness they could repair Judy's. I think if I was Judy (after the successful surgery), I would brag about having had brain leak. It really sounds fascinating....but scary.

Erika, I'll send you my e-mail address today. I'd love to see your photos from the Osa Peninsula. I'm still disappointed that we postponed our trip in July....though it was obviously the best thing to do. At least I'll still be going to the Rafiki Beach Camp for a few days. I'm glad you enjoyed Costa Rica so much. I love living here. Sometimes I try to imagine going back to the states to live, but it doesn't appear very appealing.

Yesterday my brother called and asked me to run across the street to meet an Australian he met when he was on his visa run to Nicaragua who is riding his motorcycle on six continents. He started in Alaska, rode all across Canada, down to Florida and then over to Texas and down to Costa Rica. He had lost his documents and my DB gave him his address here so he could have them mailed. He showed up yesterday to pick them up....and will be staying a couple of days to wash his clothes and take a break. From here he will ride to Panama and then take a small ferry down to Colombia....hitting the San Blas Islands and a few other islands on the way down. He continues to the tip of South America and then will ship his bike over to Africa and ride up to Europe and to India. I think he was starved for English conversation because that guy never stopped talking!!!

Kelly and Ryan, thanks for the BD greetings. I am so grateful to still be healthy and able to do everything I want to do.

Judy, packing for such a long trip has to be stressful. Luckily you can stop and get whatever you forget. It sounds like a wonderful adventure!!

I got myself back on my program yesterday. I didn't have any vegies prepped so I bought some frozen vegies to eat. Yuck!! They were soggy and I could barely get them down. I am definitely going to do some serious food prep today. I walked with my DH early and then went to my belly dance class. Geez.....I had forgotten how fricking hard it is. My arms are killing me today. My physical therapist had a special on back massages so I made an appointment for the afternoon. If we didn't talk so much I definitely would've gone to sleep.

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Several years ago, Judy had to have surgery to correct holes in her brain's lining that were causing spinal fluid to leak into her ears. It was a major problem that luckily was fixed very well. It was a congenital defect so I do watch to make sure I don't have any symptoms (mainly fluid leaking out of the ears) but so far so good.

I am glad everyone is doing better--seems like Ryan, Emme, Kelly and I are all on the mend. I was feeling sorry for myself this morning, wishing that I was on the plane, and my ear popped! It is still not completely clear but definitely improving. I tried all the home remedies and finally it cleared while I was just sitting there. Since Thursday, which was the second day of the newest antibiotic, I have gotten better every single day. It feels wonderful. Not sure if I mentioned, Becky, the antibiotic that finally worked for me was the one that Bella got in Costa Rica. I am still so grateful that you helped us with that, so she did not have to suffer with this bug nearly as long as I did.

Bella and I think about Costa Rica so often...we are both determined to go back. It was so beautiful, and the people were so nice. I even dreamed that I went there with DH, and we saw a quetzal. Becky, did you ever see one? Although I am sure you are right that meetings take forever! I wouldn't want to be in meetings there either. Becky, I do have two huge folders of CR pix that I would be very happy to share with you. They are on Google photos, I can share if you give me an email address. Just send it to me on FB.

I've been doing well with the veggies until today. I did eat veggies today, but not very many!! Will get back on track tomorrow. At least I did meet my protein goal today.

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4/29/17 3:16 P

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The protests on Thursday turned into more of a half-@ssed Renaissance Faire than a protest, fortunately. It was nice that people kept it peaceful. A friend speculated that it's just too hard to work up a lot of anger on a gorgeous, 75-degree day. I think he may have been right. There were a lot of bubble-blowers and drum circles.

I had a fun night out last night--a business meeting in San Francisco (an educational software company courting us). The CEO took us out to an amazing Japanese restaurant after. Healthy and tasty.

Erika, how are you feeling?

Becky, I hope you're enjoying some nice weather.

Ryan, I'm glad you're getting nice weather, too. My friends in Denver are posting snow pics this a.m. Unbelievable.

Kelly, slow and steady. Good to hear the psychiatrist is nice.

Judy, you're our current road warrior! Hope it's going smoothly. I'm envious.

I have NOTHING else planned this weekend. Yay. Have a great Saturday, everyone!

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Happy birthday Becky!

Thank you Ryan! I read that and I might need those tips. Just not feeling the eating thing right now.

I know the thing about the medication but it's good to be reminded!

Hello everyone! I hope we all can stop it with these health problems....


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kelly, i haven't read it yet, but this article was on today's start page.

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maybe it will be helpful. we all know how important it is too eat enough. i'm glad you liked the psychiatrist. i hope the medication will help. keep in mind that it takes time to kick in. when i started on medication, it was several weeks before i started feeling the effects. be patient and hang in there. emoticon

erika, i can't believe how bad your ears are. what a nightmare. i will include you again today in our healing prayer.

judy, i've never heard of a brain leak either. it sounds pretty scary. what exactly does it mean?

becky, i don't always get on the computer on sundays, so an early happy birthday. (it is tomorrow, right? i seem to have been messing up all my dates lately) emoticon emoticon emoticon

emme, how bad were the protests the other day? did it really mess up other campus activities? my sympathies to you on your mega meeting.

today our synagogue is having another congregation join us. they have sold their building and will be coming in to share our building with an eventual merger of the two. i'm participating in the service, which is not usually a problem for me. the problem is that there is a member of the other congregation with whom i have a bad history. very bad. i'm nervous about him being there. fortunately, my biggest protector (hubby) is able to join me today. keep your fingers crossed for me.

have a wonderful saturday everybody. emoticon

-ryan

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¡¡Feliz cumpleaños, Kelly!!!! A big hug from one Taurus to another. emoticon emoticon emoticon

¡¡¿¿A brain leak??!! Is that a real thing, Judy? Erika, definitely do not get on the plane if you could get a brain leak!!!!

Erika, I can't believe you are still battling this. We should've gotten some antibiotics for you, too, at the pharmacy before you left for Osa.

Emme, I shuddered reading about your mega-meeting. I HATE meetings. Meetings here are epic. And Costa Ricans are incredibly verbose.... probably use 20 sentences for our one to say the exact same thing. And on top of that they ALWAYS start late...and as a time obsessed gringa I have to be on time even knowing that they start late. I do anything and everything possible to dodge a meeting here.

Ryan, congratulations on getting the green light on exercise. I'm glad to see that you know your body well enough to decide what you should do and what you shouldn't. I am a huge advocate for my body in all my exercise classes. My trainer in the gym gets mad because I'll tell him that I won't do something because it'll hurt my back.

Well, my mini-meltdown turned into a three day meltdown. It still wasn't as bad as my "before" meltdowns but it wasn't good. I'm not quite sure what caused it....though an appointment with my cardiologist had me stressed out. And it went so well that afterwards I did one last day as the "I'll eat everything I want today to celebrate" meltdown. I really like him. He is young....and studied cardiology 12 years in Israel. He looked like s#%t. We only have two cardiologists here and they work in the hospital all day (we have socialized medicine) and then in their private offices after work. He still hasn't figured out how to tell people no and manage his time....but he's going to have to do it if doesn't want to burn out soon. Of course I explained how he needed to take care of himself....to exercise and eat better (he had vending machine crap on his desk). We ended up talking about Panama (his Mom is Panamanian) and books.



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I'm glad you guys all care, I really do

Ryan, I've swung back the other way...appetite is pretty low again. I'm not getting a happy medium here at all.

My psychiatrist's appointment went well. He was nice although the conversation made me very uncomfortable (unfortunately they have to get pretty personal when talking about what's been going on)...and I am medicated again. He also wants me to get my thyroid checked because I've been really tired and have been having hot and cold flashes.


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emme, our snow is long gone. in fact, this week we're seeing mid 70's and low 80's. it's just glorious. and it's early enough that there's no humidity.

erika, you're definitely making the right decision. i know it's disappointing, but you've got to take care of you. i wouldn't mess with the risk of hearing loss.

judy, have a wonderful trip. stay safe and pop in and let us know how it's going when you can.

becky, i hope things have turned around for you. no more meltdowns!

kelly, hang in there. i hope you've got your eating back under control.

have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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4/28/17 12:29 P

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emoticon Happy birthday, Kelly!!! Enjoy your day.

Erika, don't fly with an ear problem. I nearly lost an eardrum that way once, and it was the worst experience flying of my life. It is when I learned the trick Becky mentioned - a flight attendant put a hot cloth in a cup and I held it over my ear while we were descending. My doctor said it was probably the only thing that saved my eardrum. (They do heal, so it's not as bad as it sounds, but it is painful). Sorry about the disappointment, though. Hope you get to go again soon.

I sat through a 7.5 hour meeting yesterday that was the dullest day of my life, I swear. Fortunately, I had my laptop, so I could look at my email and such, but still. Why do people do this? And some people seemed to enjoy it (yes, the ones who talked all the time, while everyone else sat looking bored--and yet, the talkers never seem to notice.) Fortunately, with all the protests, riot police, and such around campus and the city, I got lots of walking in avoiding the crowds. Ha.

Judy, have fun on the trip! I hope you're able to check in from the road. Would love to hear how it's going.

Ryan, hope all is well there. I keep seeing people posting that it is still snowing in various places. Hope that you're in the clear there.

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Erika you are definitely doing the right thing to take this ear infection seriously. If you do have a brain leak it is not good for the infection to get into the brain.
We leave on our trip tomorrow and my 4 sponsees are in a minor panic. Hopefully it will be good for them to reach out to other supoort options. It will take me a while to just recover from the stress of packing.

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Happy Birthday Kelly!!! It is so nice to see you back posting again. We care about how you are doing! Thank you for letting us know. And I hope you have a great day.

I agree with Ryan, Becky. That's an amazing "meltdown"!!! I would call it a minor slip.

I am absolutely thrilled because I started on yet another antibiotic (my third, if you can believe that) two days ago and it finally seems that I have something that is working! I keep poking my ear in disbelief, because it no longer hurts!! But I still have a lot of fluid in there so I still think I am canceling my east coast trip, very sad about that. Unless I wake up tomorrow and my ear is magically clear, I am not going to chance it. I have a nurse friend who said this has been so bad, that it would be easy to have a relapse and the pressure changes in flying might bring that on. I really want to keep my hearing so I am going to suck it up and do the right thing for my health.

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kelly, i feel bad. i thought your birthday was on the 29th. well, in any case, happy birthday. emoticon emoticon emoticon i definitely hope to meet you some day. if you're ever out this way, we will make it happen for sure! hang in there. we're all here for you and so glad you popped in.
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I'm still really sucking at this...but I'm here folks. It's my 34th birthday so I'm busy answering birthday messages anyway. People have said some truly nice things to me which I really do appreciate.

I had a few bingeing (and since we're being honest here, purging) days but I seem to have come back to my baseline...which isn't really being that interested in food but today I'm trying to get good stuff in anyway.

Ryan, one day I hope to get back out east and we can try to arrange something. I think you're the closest geographically to me of anyone here.


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emoticon becky. that certainly is a much better kind of meltdown than anything i've ever had. i would have eaten all of the goldfish. and then gone looking for anything else i could find. emoticon

yesterday i got cleared to go back to spin. decided against pilates when i realized that the bridges would have me resting right on the sorest part of my back.

after july, i will have met everyone except becky and kelly. and that includes pauline and bella!

-ryan

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So....it won't be long until Ryan and Emme hook up in Nashville. emoticon This is a pretty special group....

I had a bad day yesterday. I was mad at my DH and blew off going to the gym....and had a "new" meltdown. Luckily the new meltdown is much healthier than the old one. Yesterday instead of inhaling everything I could get my hands on, I had cereal and a handful of goldfish. BUT I didn't get many vegies in or eat according to my program. I'll still take that over the way it used to be. emoticon

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Yes, thanks Erika for this idea. I stopped to pick up lunch, and I normally might have grabbed a sammich, but there was a really pretty salad there w/ a boiled egg, so I got that instead. Still nibbling on it.

I can't believe that April is nearly done. May will be much quieter, and I'm looking forward to nicer weather, finally. It's still raining here, which is nearly unheard of for this time of year.

Okay, not much else. A shout out to all. Happy Hump Day.



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as always, i am envious of the traveling that all you ladies do. as you know, i travel once a year to wherever the podiatrist conference is scheduled. this year is nashville (where i'm going to meet emme. YAY!!) in a few more years the conference is scheduled for boston. that's the year we finally get to take a "real" vacation.

i'm really enjoying this challenge. i'm starting to reach for celery sticks or a handful of grape tomatoes when i want a snack. it makes me feel proud of myself, so in addition to improving my health (and hopefully weight loss) it's helping with self-esteem issues as well. thank you, erika, for suggesting this. and thank you, emme, for setting it up. emoticon

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Erika, that is very interesting....and certainly makes sense. Let me know when you post photos from your trip so I can browse!!

It looks like we won't be going to the Osa Peninsula until January. July is rainy season and there are five river crossings you have to cross to get to the ecolodge we want to stay in. There is simply no guarantee that you can get there if it rains heavily....even in a four wheel drive. So we're going to postpone and make the trip in dry season. I've booked three nights in the Rafiki Beach Camp in July for my DH and I.

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Becky, thanks so much for the tip! I will definitely try it. You are continuing to amaze me with your changed attitude. After so many years of focusing on weight loss, with frustrating results, your new focus on health just seems to have changed your life dramatically. I am so happy for you! What a role model you are.

I read a very long and detailed article today about all the research that shows that a healthy diet (with lots of veggies!) fends off Alzheimer's and other brain issues. There is so much evidence now that poor eating leads to Alzheimer's that some people are calling it "Type 3 diabetes."

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Erika, here's one for stuffed up ears. Put hot water in a cup that fits around your ear and set it on a table. Lean over and place your ear over the cup trying to create a seal against your head. Let your ear steam as long as you can stand it....and be careful not to burn it!! I stuff a washcloth down into the bottom of the cup and pour almost boiling water over it until it's completely wet. A couple of years ago my ears were so congested I could barely hear. I searched online and this was a tip that flight attendants swear by. It was the only thing that opened up my ears. It is such relief when you hear the popping and clearing as the steam gets way up into the ear canal.

Emme, I'm doing okay with the vegies. I have broccoli and cauliflower roasting as I type this. I have one more (double) serving of that wonderful spiralized salad that I am going to eat tonight with the roasted vegies. I'm doing pretty good with the protein since I follow my nutritional program. I am looking forward to the day I actually start seeing pounds melt away, but meanwhile I am enjoying being much healthier and feeling much better.

Ryan, sorry about the migraine.

Judy, I envy your trip.

Kelly, I hope you're doing well.

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Ryan, sorry about the migraine. Feel better!

I did well with the veg/protein yesterday. Feeling a bit blah today. It's the prednisone leaving my system, I know, but I still feel like sitting on the couch in a stupor. I have a couch in my office, but I'm resisting temptation emoticon

Judy, I know how you feel. I have a 9-day camping trip coming up, and planning for that is a logistical puzzle. I can't even imagine being gone for as long as you are. But, at least you'll be mobile so you can buy what you forget. I'll be in a camping area, with little access to stuff, so I need to plan well. (Batteries, don't forget batteries...)

Erika, I hope you're feeling better moment by moment. Kelly, you too.

Hi to Becky! How's the veg going?

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i'm just popping in for a quick hello. i have another migraine and the rainy weather makes it worse. i think i'm down for the count today. i'm going to try to make my protein anyway today. i have protein bars to help, since i don't feel like eating much.

-ryan

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Ryan, thank you for the health wishes, I am definitely continuing to improve. Now I just wish that all of the fluid would leave from my sinuses and ears...I would like it to be gone before I fly on Saturday. I am doing everything possible to get it to drain: breathing steam, taking decongestants, drinking tons of liquids, especially hot ones, etc. If anyone has any home remedies I would love to hear them!

I did yoga yesterday and was extremely weak. I shook like a leaf and sweated like crazy, even though I skipped half the poses and did child's pose instead. It is going to take a long time for me to get back to 100%. This was the worst sickness I have had in many years, probably like 10 years or something.

The veggies are going great! Still striving for 8 servings a day. Today hopefully!

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These last days of planning and packing are driving me crazy. I just want to be on the way.

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judy, that's sounds like a great diner. an $8 salad bar? i'd go crazy there.

i hope everyone is on the mend. i did, in fact, pray for all of you to have speedy recoveries on saturday.

i started my pt today. the good news is that i got the okay to use the treadmill. as far as anything else, i have to limit rotation so i think i might just stick to the treadmill for now. maybe lower body machines. i'm going to try pilates, too. the rotation there is more from the core than the back and i can always sit out the moves that are bad for my back.

this challenge is turning out to be easier than i expected. it's just a matter of making the effort. i love salads but i get lazy. if i have a salad everyday that's about 5 servings of veg for me.

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Sounds like a great start. Mine was a bit light in everything, but mostly because I didn't eat much. Today will be better. I did get in a serving each of broccoli, carrots, and red peppers, at least. Protein was minimal...

A busy meeting-filled week, but then things start tapering for the summer quiet. Summer is an issue for exercise for me - you wouldn't think so but without the 'natural' 3-miles or so of walking I do on campus every day, I need to have a plan. I may try out a different gym or something. Gyms are great around here in the summer--no one is ever there.



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Becky that is so encouraging. I know that the answer is to eat a lot of healthy stuff but it takes focus and time. Right now I am trying to clean out my refridgerator and freezer for my trip. Yesterday I ate at the great diner just 2 miles from my house where they serve a buffet with lots of healthy veg, a full salad bar, a drink and a piece of cake if you want it all for $8. I got 2 c of vegs plus a salad there. I have costco kale salad with 1/2 the dressing and organic green beans. Ryan I was also wondering about how to measure salad so dthanks Emme - now I know. Erika I hope you get to make your trip. I am wondering if you are suffering from exhaustion. I had that problem in the last years of my job and it took over a year of recovery after I retired.

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Erika, that's the amazing thing about eating well. I haven't had one of those evenings where I stuffed myself silly with all the garbage I could get my hands on....which were becoming an almost nightly event.....since I began this nutritional program. It has helped me stop the stress eating and I am sleeping much better also. Eating what you really need calms your body down.

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Yum, Becky!!! That sound truly wonderful. I want to make it too! But this is exactly what I mean about how much work veggies are, just the spiralizing alone took quite awhile, I bet. But it sounds so yummy that I think I am going to have to try it also.

The salad I made for lunch was also so yummy. It had (among other things) asparagus, snap peas, and radishes. I got all three so super-fresh, and then you prep them and cut them up and blanch them in boiling water for three minutes, then plunge in ice water. They came out so crunchy and delicious! But it is really just not something I can do every day.

But after much chopping and prepping today, I have a ton of veggies prepped for the next few days. A big thing of cooked cabbage, big thing of collard greens, and lots of leftover salad (undressed). So I will be good for awhile. The tough part will be if I really do travel next week...that's when the veggies/protein gets really hard for me.

Amazing how, if I am eating enough veggies and protein, I just really don't need/want/have space for many carbs. And it kills my carb cravings. Thanks so much you guys for joining me on the challenge! This is exactly what I need. emoticon

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I agree - anything with ginger and nuts, yum. I just ordered a spiralizer for $10 on Amazon. emoticon

It's good salad weather here today, too. I'm going to do leftover chicken for dinner tonight with a gigantic salad. I haven't eaten much today, so not any veg yet, either. Maybe I'll snack on some baby carrots.

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becky, that sounds fabulous. i don't have a spiralizer, but it may be worth buying one just for this salad! yum!

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I just finished eating an incredible salad that I thought I'd share with you guys. I ate double it was so good!!

Cold Spiralized Noodle Salad
1 seedless English cucumber, spiralized
1 large carrot, spiralized
1 medium zuchini, spiralized
1/2 cup shelled frozen edamame, defrosted (or peas)
4 - 5 cups thinly sliced spinach
1/2 cup roughly chopped roasted almonds
Mix all.
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp tahini or almond butter
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp sriracha sauce or red pepper flakes
Whisk together until smooth. Pour over salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately or chill for future use (1 - 2 days in the refri).

I used a regular cucumber, the peas and peanut butter since I didn't have the other options and it came out delicious.



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the nice thing about mason jar salads is that you can prepare a whole week's worth at once. the jars keep everything fresh. i do wish i had bought bigger jars, though. i love mega salads! i really have to pack the lettuce in.

i don't use any kind of recipe, but there are plenty of them online. just google "mason jar salads". the important thing that they stress is the order in which you layer things. some people put the dressing in (on the bottom), but since i'm at home anyway, i just add it when i'm ready to eat. greens always go on top. you can really be creative with them.

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I hope that you're able to go, too, Erika. Sorry about the sinuses, but at least it sounds like you're on the way up from this. I just took my last dose of prednisone. I barely slept last night - so glad this will be done.

Sounds like the veg-buying has been fun. I agree they're a bit of prep, but I sometimes just suck it up and go the expensive route with the ready-to-eat stuff. I find we waste less that way. I love carrots. Yum. I have some carrots, red pepper, romaine, broccoli, and endive waiting for me in the fridge as well.

Okay, I have a deadline tomorrow that I'm behind on because of being sick and out of it this week. And, DH has a friend coming over soon, so I need to get my proverbial act together.

For servings of veg, Ryan, I usually go with what SP counts -- typically 1/2 cup of cooked. Salad, I think, is a full cup. But most of the non-user entered stuff in the SP list shows what a serving is, I believe.

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could someone please clarify me what 1 serving of veggies is? do you consider a salad as a whole or do you break it down into so much lettuce, so much cucumber, etc? i'm clear on individual veggies, but not so sure on salads. emoticon

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Ryan and Emme, Yes!! Exactly what I am doing today! I got a huge ton of veggies and made a giant salad at lunchtime. It was so yummy. It's too bad that veggies are just so much work and take so much time to prep. I do really love them, especially the super-fresh ones like I got today. emoticon

Becky, you are doing so well, it is just awesome! I agree with Judy, you just look fantastic. And I am sure you are also super-healthy with all of the exercise you do and super-healthy food that you are eating on your new plan.

I am still not 100%, just an awful sinus headache for the last 24 hours. I'm supposed to go to the east coast on Saturday, to see DS and for work, and I sure hope that I am able to go. emoticon

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i had so much fun today. we went to costco and i loaded up on veggies. romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, red, yellow and orange peppers, celery, brussels sprouts, broccoli. i think that's it. i now have 3 mason jar salads waiting for me in the fridge. 3 cups of veggies and assorted amounts of protein in each! emoticon

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Have a good first veg-filled day, everyone! emoticon

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Congrats Becky! What a great report and lots of encouragement to keep going. emoticon My ankle is finally getting better. I am still going easy on it but today was the first day without an Ace bandage. We leave next Friday so I am getting things together. Except for pills and passports I am not going to stress about the rest because we can buy what we need if I forget something. You know what they say "pack light, just bring money." emoticon Actually I am pretty well organized and have gotten plastic storage containers to keep things sorted.

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Finally, Erika!!! Take care of yourself so you can get back to 100% soon. emoticon

Ryan, thank goodness your new migraine meds are working better than your old ones. emoticon

Emme, you seemed to have bounced back fast. Stay well. emoticon

Judy, when do you take off? emoticon

Kelly, I hope you're having a good Saturday afternoon. emoticon

I went to walk with my DH this morning from 5:00 to 6:00 then went to belly dance class at 9:30. My nutritionist came at 11:00 and after stepping on the magic scale and getting measured said that I have lost a total of 6 centimeters from my waist, am down in body fat and up in muscle. I was only down a slight amount in weight. But I am very happy indeed!!!



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Ryan, I would love the mason-jar salad recipe!

Emme, My DD is up at Berkeley for the open house today. Just wave to her when you see her emoticon

I woke up today feeling alive for the first time in a long time! I am already tired just from doing things around the house, but at least I have not had to be flat in bed like I was yesterday. I think I am finally on the mend! emoticon

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I lean towards salads, but would love some ideas for variety.

We're back in the gray here, but I don't think there's rain forecast at least. I have some work to catch up on, and am going to throw a chicken in the crockpot for dinner.

Not much else on this lazy Saturday morning. I hope you're all having a good weekend.

Ryan, glad the migraine is being well-treated.
Erika, wishing you a speedy weekend recovery.

Hi to Judy, Becky, Kelly.



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becky, that's a great idea. unfortunately, i don't have much to share. i'm a pretty basic cook.

yesterday i made mason jar salads to get ready for the challenge.

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Why don't we share easy veggie recipes here?

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judy, thank you for the correction. it is just veggies. that's okay. i love my veggies and my fruit will be a bonus!

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Ryan glad you have better meds for the migraine. I think the challenge is just vegs and protein but not fruit. Emme glad you are coming out of it.I am like you - I am already gearing up on the vegs. Erika yikes. Hope this new stuff works. Becky I know how healthy you eat and with all of your exercise you look great. Kelly hope you are doing better.

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Thank you, Ryan. emoticon

I'm looking forward to the new challenge, too. I am gearing up by increasing protein and veg already. Erika, I agree that veg are hard when you're sick. I just want mac and cheese or other such glorious comfort food. I had a nice veg stir-fry for lunch, which was part way there.

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tomorrow when i go to services, i'm going to include all of your names when we say our prayer asking G-d to heal those who are sick. the prayer asks for "renewal of body and renewal of spirit"

i woke up with a migraine this morning, which threw my whole day off. fortunately, the new medicine i;m on works faster than the other and i'm usually only out of commission for a few hours instead of the whole day. it did help me catch up on my sleep, though, which is a good thing.

in the midst of all this illness and injury, i have some good news. after being out of work since march 7, ethan has received 2 job offers. both are at a much higher pay rate than the job he had. he's very excited and i'm so proud of him!

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Erika, I'm so sorry! This illness is the worst--I don't think I've been through this for at least 10 years. (That was one that sent me to the ER 3 times, so I can't complain on this one!)

Exercise is going to be hard after this but I'm committed. I did get 3 miles of very slow walking in yesterday. emoticon

I spent a half day in the office yesterday. Didn't accomplish much, but I at least felt a little more "present." I have 3 more days of prednisone. I am not battling any infections, fortunately, so I hope this is the end of it. My only plan this weekend is my sister and BIL are coming for dinner tomorrow, but that will be a low-energy evening. Just talking, catching up, maybe playing cards. My BIL has been really sick, too. And, I emailed to cancel my voice lesson today, and my voice teacher is sick, too. I think we all need one big healing hug.

Becky, send some of that good CR health up to all of us! Judy, how's the ankle mending?

Hello to Ryan and Kelly emoticon

I am going to do a short day in the office today, so time to get out of here.



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Becky and Ryan, it is so nice to hear your energy through your posts. I am still really dragging. I am in bed today, but still taking work meetings that I just hate to miss. But this weekend, I have canceled all plans, and I promise to do nothing but sleep. When I get back to exercising I am going to be so weak after all this time off!

Emme, I hope you are on the mend. You had such a scary episode with your ER trip.

Kelly, thinking of you. Take care of yourself! emoticon

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Oh no, Erika!!!!! I am so sorry you aren't feeling better yet. Let's hope this antibiotic will do the trick. You don't have to go to work sick, do you???

Emme, are you feeling better yet?

Judy, be sure and send us photos from your trip.

Ryan, my DF here has been getting PT for a couple of issues and it is absolutely amazing how much improvement she's seen. She was even able to climb Chirripó (Costa Rica's highest point) recently.

Kelly, hoping for steady improvement in how you're feeling. I am so glad that you and Ryan hooked up on the phone!!

Busy day today. We are celebrating Earth Day in the school today with an art project based on "The Lorax". We're studying ecology this month and it is so impressive how seriously these little guys feel about taking care of our planet. Hopefully we are molding future environmentalists!! I have to go to the gym and then rush home to showerto go out for coffee with two friends. We're going to the restaurant up on the mountain over our town (where I didn't get to take Erika, Judy and Bella). I may trade the coffee for wine!!



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Good point, Ryan! It is just a litany of woes lately with this team!

I finished my prednisone course...and started feeling really bad again. Went to the doc again this afternoon and they said I had a fever, etc. and it looks like the antibiotic is not working. So I got a different antibiotic that hopefully will do the trick this time? I sure hate taking all these drugs but I am also really sick and tired of being sick and tired!

And somehow, when I am sick, it is harder for me to eat my veggies. Salads just do not seem appealing. I've been grateful that the new challenge doesn't start until Sunday.

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I guess it is me, Ryan....and I feel very fortunate!!!!

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i gained about 5 pounds during passover, which is about what i usually gain. i'm very excited about the fruit and veggie challenge. it should help me shed some of these pounds faster.

i had my pt evaluation this afternoon. it's amazing how you go in there feeling okay and walk out in so much pain. and this was just the evaluation. i can hardly wait until i actually start therapy!

so, is there anybody on this team that is not sick or injured right now? becky? i think you may be the one.

happy thursday!

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I know that jittery feeling well, Emme. Thank goodness it's just a few more nights.

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There's no rush on the video meet-up. I'd rather have everyone there! We'll figure it out.

The prednisone is kicking in - feeling better, but sleepless and jittery. Only three more days of it, fortunately. I am heading to the office for the first time this week. I plan on making it a short-ish day.

On the bright side, it's gorgeous out. We have one more little bit of rain predicted for early next week, and we may finally be in the dry season, about a month late.

Not much else to report. I hope the end of the week is going well for all, and those who are sick and wounded are on the mend as well.



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