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2/20/17 9:53 A

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Happy birthday Emme!

Judy my weather is depressing...literally for me. I'm really struggling right now. I usually don't feel this bad until April. We're about 25 30 degrees higher than we should be this time of year. I worry about summer and about years to come....theoretically with my genes I could see another 60 years and right now with the way things are...I'm not sure how I feel about that. Like I said I'm not doing well right now. Don't worry about me too much because I do have my kitties to take care of me though and they are a bright spot no matter how dark it is.


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wishing a special woman a very special day! happy birthday, emme.

-ryan

"someday i hope you get the chance to live like you were dying"

"there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination. living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. "

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2/20/17 7:41 A

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Erika I wish I was with you visiting the loved ones. Hopefully DS willl be over the flu.
Emme I see more rain for you. Sorry.
Becky I know you will be happy when school settles down.
Kelley how is your weather?
Ryan you are an amazing exercise maven.

This is a good ad for otterbox and a good screen protector. My DH left his phone on the top of the car and it flew off when he was going at least 50 mph down the highway. We had called it and were trying to find it when we heard a thump and no more faint ringing noise. Hard to believe but it still works and shows no visible signs of damage.

I was talking with some people yesterday and we all agreed that we had decided to retire here for the peace and the great natural beauty. The highway runs right on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico and there are beautiful offshore islands all with white sand beaches. (look at St. George Island). The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. Come see me some time!

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Busy...busy...busy. Our parent meeting is Wednesday and I hope that things will calm down after the meeting.



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wow, i just looked back and realized i haven't posted anything in almost a week! where have i been?

i'm happy to say that i've gone to the gym 4 days this week and tried another new class. it was a tabata cardio class. it was only a half hour but it really kicked my butt! i was so tired at the end, that i sat down to catch my breath, and the teacher suggested that i stay and watch the next class--power yoga. i think you all know that i've never done yoga, and have never even seen it, so i was happy to take her up on the offer. i loved it so much that i'm going to try it next week. i'm actually very excited about it. i've wanted to do yoga for such a long time!

we've been car shopping and i finally decided exactly what i want. now i just have to find it. i'm so eager to get out of my minivan and into something brand new. i keep finding little pieces of the shattered windshield all over the place. it's a reminder of how lucky norm was.

-ryan

"someday i hope you get the chance to live like you were dying"

"there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination. living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. "

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Happy early birthday, Emme! We are going on a ski daytrip tomorrow so I probably won't be able to post.

I still haven't kicked this darn cough, and I am getting pretty tired of it. Yesterday in spin class I hacked thorugh the whole thing, I am sure the people next to me were thinking: why did I have to pick the bike next to the coughing lady?

DS got the flu in spite of having gotten the flu shot, apparently it was only 48% effective this year. He was very ill but thankfully went to the university health center and they gave him the antiviral Tamiflu, which appears to be working for him. I am so glad that it sounds like he is doing better.

I leave on Tuesday for NJ for work, but also will get to see DS and my sister while I am there, so I am kind of looking forward to it. I hope the weather gives me a break, I'm just a wimpy San Diegan! emoticon

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2/19/17 2:12 P

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Thanks, Judy. My birthday's tomorrow -- people coming over today, so we need to get the house in some sort of condition. We're not serving dinner or anything--just snacks and playing music.

How's everyone's weekend? Quiet around here.

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2/17/17 3:52 P

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When is your birthday Emma? emoticon I have a quiet weekend planned. I could use some of your rain!

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2/17/17 1:03 P

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Back to the gray rain here, too. I was going to take the subway/walk today, but plans have changed. The car it is. At least I got 10K in yesterday.

Birthday weekend begins! Going out with work friends for happy hour today - a colleague's birthday is next week, too, so we're celebrating them both. Rehearsal tomorrow, party Sunday, Napa Monday. Now, if it would only stop raining...

Sorry about your weekend plans, Erika. Hopefully, you'll find something fun inside to do, or just relax!

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Hi all, still sad about the canceled vacay and trying to figure out something fun to do this weekend in the torrential rain storm.

Last night I had the 6 month meeting of my research group. Although I have enjoyed learning about mindfulness, I weighed almost exactly the same last night as I did at the first meeting 6 months ago. But hopefully I have more muscle? I have 6 more months to work on it and then I have my second DXA scan to show whether my body composition has changed.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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2/16/17 11:52 A

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Too bad about the whale watching, Erika. But, I've been on one of those when the seas were rough. Not fun--a lot of green passengers.

The rains are back, and I forgot my umbrella at the office. Hoping to dodge raindrops until I get there.

Not much else to report. It's been a really busy work week, as our office manager is leaving on vacation and we're trying to get the budget done. Ha!

Looking forward to the long weekend. Anyone have great plans? We're playing music here with friends Saturday/Sunday, then going to Napa on Monday.

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2/15/17 10:05 P

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Erika sorry you are missing the whale trip. emoticon
Emme I agree on not stressing over the exact # of steps.

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Hi all, looks like our long weekend seeing the whales in MX is going to cancel. We were going despite gas-price protests and anti-Trump protests, but the weather is really a problem--wind and rain would be no fun out on those little boats they use. Maybe next year!

Kelly, I am so glad you are enjoying yoga! Becky and I are also big fans.

Judy, I envy your trip to the swamp. It is such an amazing wilderness. I am lucky to have spent so much time there as a child.

Emme, I also have relaxed a bit on getting to 10K steps every day. I do what I can, and if I am not quite at 10k, then oh well, the sky doesn't fall.

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2/15/17 10:35 A

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Judy, that sounds emoticon . The ranger remembered you? Wow. What a fun trip.

We had a quiet Valentine's Day, without alligators. Now, the rain clouds are starting to roll in again. It was nice while it lasted.

That's my boring report from the coast. Still struggling to get to 10K steps a day (where do people find the time?) but at least I'm making 7 or 8K, which isn't horrible.

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Wow! We had a fabulous day in the Okeefenokee Swamp. A beautiful winding creek through huge cypress trees and over 40 alligators. Two of the rangers remembered us camping in our tipi there every Christmas from 36 years ago. I know all of the cool places to go so we were able to rent a boat and go on our own. We really loved our new RV.

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Highly enjoying the yoga at least...if you have never tried I recommend it. It's been great for my back...and my mood.


~Kelly~

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2/14/17 4:45 P

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What a horrible situation, Erika. It's good that you all can help, but it isn't a solution. I think the country is finally waking up to the idea that we all need healthcare, and it's not just a privilege for those who can afford it. Here's hoping we don't take a lot of big steps backwards.

It's nice having a Fitbit again. I am now wearing both my Apple watch and my Fitbit. Ha. Got almost 10K steps yesterday -- so close. Today's another day.

Not much else new to report. Have a happy Valentine's Day. DH is picking up groceries, I'll do the cooking tonight, and maybe watch a movie or something, or just watch the empire fall on TV. Jeez, it's not taking long, is it? emoticon


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erika, that is such a terrible situation. you are right, we should remember to count our blessings; we take so much for granted. i make sure that every day i tell my husband how much i love him and appreciate all he does for me. he takes such good care of me. even little things, you know, like making me coffee in the morning before he leaves for work.

the snow here is slowly melting. the sun is very strong, but the temps are still hovering right around freezing so a lot of what's dripping off the roofs (rooves?) is freezing when it hits ground. it tends to make stairs and driveways treacherous.

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-ryan

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How terribly sad, Erika. And what a difficult situation for your yoga instructor. I agree with you on the unfairness. emoticon Thank goodness they have friends like you to help them out...even though what they need is a good safety net. And that's even less likely to be available now.

We went to a beach up near the Nicaraguan border once during a freak wind storm. Even the swimming pool had big waves in it!!! You couldn't walk even go to the beach because the blowing sand stung. Not a pleasant trip!!



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Hi guys, no snow here, but wind and rain forecast for the weekend of our whale-watching trip! Yikes! We may end up canceling.

Not sure if I mentioned, my beloved yoga teacher's husband was diagnosed with cancer on Jan 1. Several tumors in his brain, lungs, and kidneys, with pretty much no warning signs. Of course he is now on disability and she has not been able to teach her usual classes because she is taking care of him, so their income went down a ton at the same time that their expenses (insurance copays, etc.) went up a ton. She is really struggling with so many things at once. Today I was able to get her to accept some $ from a collection that we did to try to help her out. She was so grateful. My question is, WHAT is wrong with this country that right when someone is having to deal with her husband's serious health issues, that she also has to worry about how she is going to pay for the groceries????? And these are very frugal, hard-working people. Just breaking my heart.

Anyway, let's all take a minute today to count all of our blessings. Our lives can change dramatically in an instant.



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2/13/17 3:08 P

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I feel for you, Ryan. I know some people say "snow day" with great excitement. I was never one of those people. I'm more of a "cabin fever" person myself.

Didn't sleep so well last night, so got in late to work. The pleasures of being the boss. emoticon But, a long list of things to do today, among them, get in my 10K steps. I'm determined.

How's everyone else doing? Happy new week. Any emoticon Day plans tomorrow? DH and I rarely go out, instead, we'll do a nice dinner in and just chill. We have lots of plans this upcoming weekend, so it's nice to stay home.



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yay! we're going to get to see a video of emme playing, i hope!

this storm wasn't as bad as they predicted. still, after being snowed in since thursday, as much as i want to go to the gym, i have little motivation to go out in the cold. instead of pushing me to go out, cabin fever makes me depressed and diminishes my desire to do anything. emoticon

-ryan

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I'm hopeless! I bought another Fitbit. I really miss the 'team' aspect of it. I didn't get a fancy one, it doesn't track flights of stairs or heart rate or anything, but at least I'm back in the game.

Had a really fun band rehearsal Friday night--playing rock songs is definitely not in my wheelhouse, but it was fun, and I did better than I would have thought. I'm going to play the night time party as well as lunch now. Two different bands in one day. Yikes. DH should be able to get a video of the evening thing - he is only playing the afternoon gig with me.

I need to make some dinner. Distracted by the Grammys.

--Emme

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Since I don't want to talk about weather I'll talk about yoga and how I somehow overstretched something in my butt...it feels better today but it was bad yesterday...I tend to forget that's a big muscle back there. Yoga feels so good though! I guess I just have to vary my poses more if I want to do it every day (and I have). Yoga and reading are two things that are not making me grumpy right now.


~Kelly~

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sounds like more snow is heading our way. hubby already told me that he doesn't think he'll be able to get to work on monday. he was home on thursday and went in late on friday due to the snow. we'll see what happens. the other one didn't pick up as quickly as they had predicted, but when it did pick up, boy it really picked up. for those of you that might not have seen my status post on the start page, here's a chuckle.

this is what 2 feet of snow looks like...

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-ryan

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I'm with Becky and Ryan! Short hair that I can wash and wear! And no color--every time I try it, I am sorry, because it takes maintenance.

Not much other news here. My cold is fading, thank goodness. And work has been really busy, darn. I haven't been able to do much during the week at all, so I have a long to-do list for this weekend. I'd better get on it!

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Ryan and Emme, anything that's "easier" when it comes to hair is what I aim for. The guy I go to to cut my hair keeps trying to convince me to let him cut it in styles that I will have to work on. I keep telling him I'll never do it. I'm definitely a wash and wear kind of person.

Kelly, it sounds like you should go visit Ryan. Perfect weather for you....hell for me. Just the thought of 12 inches of snow and icy roads makes me shudder.

Emme, sorry to hear about your re-surgery. I'm glad the recovery was quick.

Erika and Judy have made progress. Eating small amounts of treats instead of eating a lot and throwing in the towel is a HUGE improvement. Just making that one change would do miracles for me!!!

And Judy the alarm sounds like a good idea. I have an old and not i phone, but I'm going to look and see what apps I can find to help with mindfulness and meditation.

Well, I re-started (again) on Thursday. I'm going to go back to using my nutritionist's food program....it is much easier to use than logging in each item (which also stresses me out when I'm short on time). And I invited my DS's girlfriend to join me on a healthier eating program. She is overweight....another stressed out woman. She is working and studying full time and also helping her Mom take care of her grandmother who has Alzheimer. She jumped at the chance and since she lives in San Jose we are encouraging each other and sharing information on Whatsapp.

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i've had long hair ever since i was old enough to insist my mother stop cutting it short. when i first got married, i cut it short and got a perm, but i didn't like it so i grew it right out. that was the last time i had short hair. it was halfway to my waist until a year and a half ago when i started gradually going shorter, an inch every 6 months or so. this was the first drastic cut. and the style is different, too. i've been told that it makes me look younger and it's a more sophisticated style. it sure is easy to take care of.

-ryan

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"there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination. living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. "

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Funny - I've decided to go longer. I am going to gradually go lighter, but not blond. Maybe more towards strawberry or something. I am a total nut for makeup and changing haircolor, etc. I should have been an actor.



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emme, that's so funny that you said you wanted to try something different for your hair. i just got my hair cut to shoulder length, the shortest it's been in 35 years. i'm trying for a different look for the wedding, but if i didn't cut it now, there wouldn't be enough time to grow it out if i hated it. it's a totally different look for me and everyone seems to like it. it's just so short! oh, and i don't dye my hair, so it's gray to stay.

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-ryan

"someday i hope you get the chance to live like you were dying"

"there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination. living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. "

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I'd stay off the roads, too, Ryan. Another friend of mine in Boston said yesterday was the most frightening driving experience she'd ever had. And she grew up there. And yes, maybe there's tequila in our future in Nashville....

Erika, yup, this cold. Mine is hanging on. Fortunately, the surgery after-effects are minimal. A bit of pain last night, but I took some advil and slept okay (not great). I hope yours clears out soon.

Hi to all--another really busy day ahead, but at last I carved out a couple hours this a.m. to get my hair cut. It's long overdue and a total mess. I want a change, but not quite sure what. Blonde, maybe? (haha)

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emme, i'm so sorry to hear about your extra surgery, but i like your method of medicating. emoticon (the only thing close to alcohol) maybe we'll share a little of that in nashville.

erika, i hope your cold doesn't hold on too long. around here everyone is getting sick and it's staying, just enough to be annoying, for weeks. emoticon

becky, you must be swamped with the start of school. hope all goes smoothly. emoticon

judy, keep up the good work with everything. it's so hard to change our habits or to add new ones. emoticon

kelly, i think you would be very happy here today. 12.5" of snow and high temps in the 30's. emoticon

stuck in the house again today since my town hasn't sanded or salted our side streets. i especially don't want to drive on icy streets in my little sedan loaner car. i'm used to driving minivans. it will be hard enough adjusting to a mid-size suv, which is what i'm looking for. emoticon (the only car they have)

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Oh my goodness, Emme, so sorry about the whole ENT thing!! Yikes!!

I was patting myself on the back for not getting DD's cold...and then I got it. So the last two days have been no fun. Dragging myself around to get the minimum stuff done that has to be done, while everything else piles up, both at home and at work. WHINE

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Yikes, Ryan, stay safe and warm. I'll send you my cell as well. And it's not *just* to meet you. It's to meet you! How often do we get these opportunities? I can't wait to meet everyone else here--we'll find a way.

My ENT visit turned out to be a big deal, and I ended up having to have parts of my sinus surgery redone (under local, not general this time). I'm still feeling okay, but I think the anesthetic hasn't yet worn off. I also went and anesthetized myself with some tequila at lunch. Ha!

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we're in the middle of what was supposed to be a "real nor'easter". it's snowing a lot, but not very heavily. they predicted 2-3"/hour. it's been snowing for 5 hours or so and we barely have 2". it is pretty windy so i'm glad that i don't have to drive anywhere. i canceled my morning training session, but i did a sp generated full-body workout at home. i'm proud of myself for that.

emme, we'll make plans when the time gets closer. i'll sparkmail you my cell number. you can also get our room from the desk and call that way. i'll have to talk to lori, too. maybe we can even just sit around to pool or something. (i think they have 3). i don't care what we do as long as we get to spend some time together. thank you for going to the trouble of reworking your schedule just to meet me!

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Kelly - that is a really important idea. I think so often we try to change things when we're feeling down about ourselves. It makes much more sense when we're feeling positive.

Judy, sometimes it's just the little things - little reminders really help.

Becky, I figured your school's beginning was probably a busy/stressful time. emoticon You and Erika and Judy (Bella, too!) are going to have such fun together. I'm booked to Scotland that week, so I don't see that changing at this point. That said, I'm looking forward to Scotland!

Ryan, brunch or lunch sounds good. I'm not much of a breakfast eater, but whatever works for you. It's definitely not about the meal. I'm really looking forward to meeting you and your college roommate. (I'm still friends with my college roommate, too, though we don't see each other very often.)

Okay, off to the ENT and then to work for the rest of the day. I was spectacularly nonproductive yesterday. It must change.




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Thanks Judy! One of the points my one book is stressing is to build good habits while you're feeling good so you'll have something to fall back on when you aren't. I'm feeling good and thus trying to build some really good habits right now.


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It is exciting for Ryan and Emme to meet in Nashville.

Kelly I am so impressed by your energy to read good books, excercise, take classes and track your food. You go girl!

I have been doing good foodwise. Since I don't eat bread or sugar, I have the freedom to snack on cheese and nuts which really feels like a treat. I did the phone alarm and it worked for mindfulness and I am doing 5 min meditation a day but haven't made it to 10. Emme I am going to try the Breathe ap.

Erika congrats on the limits on your stress eating. My DH laughs at me when I stress out over a small overeating. So many people are eating candy, soda, etc nonstop.

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Wow, how exciting for Emme and Ryan to be meeting up!!!! I am really looking forward to meeting Erika, Judy and Bella in April

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emme, that is so exciting! if we're going to be in same hotel, maybe we can meet up for breakfast or lunch or something. my college roommate will also be there; she mets us every year so that we can spend time together. i can't wait to meet you!

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Ryan, I did it! Jiggled my schedule, and now have the full day of the 24th in Nashville. I'll arrive sometime on the 23rd, probably late, and leave the morning of the 25th. So pick a time, any time on the 24th. I'm so excited. I'm stalking you and staying the same hotel -- it was cheaper/nicer than most options. Yikes, Nashville is expensive. I'll probably book a concert in the evening if there's anything good, but otherwise, I'll be free.

Not much else happening. The unrelenting rain... ugh. I feel like I'm living in Bladerunner world. I went to a concert last night, and Branford Marsalis said it best: "You all may need this rain, but I don't need this rain." Exactly how I'm feeling.

Kelly, thanks for the yoga video link. I'm ready to do more yoga!

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I ended up checking the paper version of the book I was talking about earlier this year out. Once I have a chance to read it (instead of the mounds of homework stuff that I have for the class I'm taking) I'll talk about it more here. I did get a couple pages in this morning about how stress saps our willpower though! All the more reason to be serious about mindfulness and meditation (and yoga!)

Speaking of yoga I found an instructor I really like on Youtube. She really encourages the mindfulness part of the practice too. Here's the first video I did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ6N
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Ryan, excellent. I can make this work. I'll check my work schedule in Knoxville and see when I can return to Nashville. Fun!!!

Erika, I hear you on the slump. A week into Feb.... ack.

Judy, I use an app called Breathe. It pings my watch, actually, but it's also on my phone. You can set it to remind you to take a few seconds to breathe (thus the catchy name) as many times a day as you want. It does help in my case.

Kelly, emoticon

I'm at home sick one more day. I went in yesterday, but it was a struggle. No important meetings today (one that I could send a sub to), so I'm staying inside near the fire with a cup of tea and my laptop.

Becky, how is the beginning of school going? I'm sure you're swamped.

Happy Tuesday, all. I hope it stops emoticon emoticon emoticon !

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Kelly emoticon !!! Very nice job.

Judy, great idea with the phone alarm! There are apps that will remind you also.

Emme and Ryan, how exciting that you get to meet, and in Nashville of all places! emoticon

I had a bit of a slump over the last few days due to some personal stuff. On Saturday I bought and ate some chocolate (not too much though). On Sunday at the broadway show I had an alcoholic drink (almond liqueur, wow was it good). Then yesterday I bought and ate chocolate again. Great job of dealing with my feelings, right??? But at least today I feel like I am pulling out of the doldrums and will not need to "medicate" myself! And it definitely could have been worse. At least I kept it to a single serving each time. It helps that I don't have the sweets in the house and have to buy something any time I want it.

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I never really watch the Super Bowl is why I was curious. I enjoyed Sunday evening with a good book (I'm reading The Girls by Emma Cline).

My new diet and fitness plan seems to be going pretty well. I've only gone over range one day and it was by 5 calories or so. Last Saturday when I weighed in I was down to 136.4. I am so looking forward to getting back to the 120s.


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emme, i will definitely make sure to have time!

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Ryan congrats for the Pats! We had a meeting that night so we recorded the game, did not look at any results and watched it Monday morning. Great game.

Erika sorry that Bella missed out on Matilda. I know you fight that blood sugar all the time. Now I am waking up and eating in the night too.

Am I the only one having trouble keeping up with mindfulness? How hard can it be to be mindful 3X a day? I guess I will have to set my phone alarm.

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I'm arriving the 17th and have to leave for Knoxville the evening of the 19th for a conference. I then leave from Knoxville on the 23rd as I have to get back home -- but I might be able to work something out where I come back through Nashville on the 23rd or 24th. I'll keep you posted. Will you have free time?

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emme, we arrive on july 22nd and leave on the 30th. we're staying at the gaylord opryland resort (i think that's what it's called) when will you be there?

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Ryan, when are you going to be in Nashville? I'm going to be there in July, too. It would be great if we were there at the same time. Happy for you for the Pats win, but not for us, who were rooting for Atlanta. In the end, I actually didn't care. I have become less of a football fan in my old age. emoticon

Erika, I hope you get the blood sugar straightened out. It must be frustrating.

I'm going in a bit late today. Still dragging from this cold, but definitely better. Really tired, though. I can't wait for some sunny weather. This constant rain is really wearing on me.

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Ryan, when I heard the superbowl result, I knew you would be happy! Glad you had fun.

I spent Sunday afternoon at a show, Matilda. It's about kids and kid power...I loved it! Becky I think you would like it too. Unfortunately DD was still too sick to go so I took a friend instead.

I am excited because my appointment with the endocrinologist is coming up. I am going to do some tracking of my blood sugar numbers before then so that I have some data to show her. It would be so nice if there was a "magic pill" that improved my blood sugar levels so I didn't have to wake up and eat in the night all the time. I am sure that it would make weight loss easier for me too.

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triple historic accomplishment for brady and belichek; 1st overtime super bowl, biggest deficit comeback (down 28-9, won 34-28), 1st qb/coach combination to win 5 super bowls! the patriots are the best football team and tom brady is the greatest quarter back in history (even if he does like trump)
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so, i'm sitting here with ethan watching the super bowl. (oh, yay!) it's very quiet since atlanta is winning 21-0 in the 2nd quarter. the mood here is not a happy one. norm couldn't bear to watch anymore so he left to go shower.

i seem to have finally shaken this cold. thank goodness; i've got to get back to the gym. i'm hoping to try another new class this week. it's a 30 minute tabata cardio class on friday morning. i hope i'm up to it. i really need to up my cardio. as much as i walk on the treadmill, it's not enough at the speed i walk. (pats just got a field goal) i can't increase the incline, either, because it aggravates my hip.

i'm envious of all of you travelers. outside of the us, i've been to montreal, toronto and the caribbean. within the us, a total of 17 states, i think. i'm not much of a traveler, but it's more than some people. and this july, when we go to nashville for the podiatry conference, i will add another new state.

time for me to clean up after ethan's cooking while he solemnly watches the rest of the game. there's still the 2nd half, so there's still hope. go pats!!

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Becky your day hike sounds really fun.

Erika I am so excited about seeing Costa Rica.

Emme in 1960 I heard Norman Thomas speak at Berkely. He was a famous socialist who pushed for integration, birth control and social security. Very memorable.

Ryan I really am not good at mindfulness which is why I guess it is a challenge.

Kelly I thot of you today. Everyone here got depressed because the high was 66 but now that it is back to 72 we are all cheeful again. How is your new program working?

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Wow, Judy....how inspiring!!! That's exactly why there is no reason to look in the mirror and think that you're too old to do something. (And I say look in the mirror because that's really the only time I realize that I'm older. In my head I'm a young whippersnapper emoticon ).

Emme, does your DH usually play with you? Maybe he could make a video of you while you're playing and we could finally enjoy seeing/hearing you and your fiddle. emoticon

Erika, well said on the Berkeley situation. There truly is a fine line between the two. I still can't bring myself to watch the news....and it's been awhile now. Last night my DH and I were watching the documentary of David Beckham playing soccer on all seven continents on BBC. In spite of the fact that he married a Spice Girl he really does seem to be a nice person, a humanitarian and a good father and husband. Such a relief from some of these soccer diva types. emoticon And Erika, no, those years of torture and lost time were just that....torture and lost time.

Ryan, I hope your cold is better!! emoticon

Kelly, emoticon

I need to get busy. Some friends who are training to climb Chirripo (the highest point in Costa Rica) have invited us on one of their training walks this morning. We're going to hike up part of the "cerro" that looms over our town. It sounds windy out there....but hopefully it'll be clear.





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I cruised to Alaska and it was breathtaking. My DHs old girlfriend was living in Skagway and got us 4 free passes ($100 each) on the train to the top of the mountain pass leading into the Klondike. She has spent 2 seasons working in the Antarctic, hiked a famous trail in Norway and gone on the 500 mile El Camino in Spain twice all since she turned 70. See there is still hope for us. She was in training walking 20-30,000 steps a day when we visited her and her DH in October.

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Great to hear from you Erika! Yes, things were a bit messy here, but aside from damage, no one was seriously hurt, which matters a lot. I did that whale trip a *long* time ago. It was amazing.

Becky, the cruise to Alaska does make me wonder how to pack. It will be the end of June/early July, so I trust it won't be horribly cold. I didn't do the 49-state thing intentionally until I started realizing how close I was to seeing them all. I was stuck on 48 a while, and then a few years ago, I finally got to my 49th--North Dakota. Only a brief stop in Fargo on a train trip, but it counts!

For all asking about videos of me playing--if someone shares one, I will. The issue, of course, is that when I'm playing I'm not videoing, and I often don't know the people who are.

Speaking of, DH has a gig tonight, so I'm here alone with the kitty, making some chicken soup from leftover roasted chicken, and trying to decide what to do with my time. The cold is hanging on, but it's not a bad one. Fingers crossed.

emoticon Judy, Ryan, and Kelly!

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Hi Ladies, I have been AWOL for awhile, just a very busy week with travel issues, laptop issues, etc. Won't bore you with the complainy details! I'm really glad that you are all doing so well though.

Becky, I know you enjoyed your vacation and I am sure you are well-prepared for another school term. I've wondered, did that degree that the government forced you to get have any redeeming value at all? Or was it just a total waste of time? You worked so hard on that for so many years.

Emme, your birthday cruise sounds like so much fun! I was thinking of you during the unrest at Berkeley. The line between allowing free speech and not supporting hate speech is a fine one. You are really at the epicenter of that debate. And I hope your cold is getting better. There is really something going around, DD is down for the count, has been sleeping for 12 hours as I type this.

Kelly, the DD of a dear friend is in Ann Arbor this weekend for interviews, she has applied to the university. Maybe she will end up there and that will give me an excuse to visit? BTW, I am also a complete non-fan of football. Grown men running into each other at full speed to give each other concussions? And all the macho posturing surrounding it? No thanks. For me the SuperBowl is a time to plan some alternate activity that would usually be crowded, but will be nice and empty for those few hours!

Judy, it is so exciting that you will be stopping by San Diego on your big trip this summer! And I'll get to see you in CR too. That is coming up quickly!!

Ryan, I hope your cold is all gone by now. You are such a gym rat these days! I wish I could join you at one of your "Power House" pilates classes, would be a challenge I bet!

This weekend I am doing a lot of planning for our upcoming Baja trip in 2 weeks. We are going to see the whales in their winter home where they have their babies in the warmer waters. We went once about 15 years ago and it was amazing, quite an adventure. I hope this time also is successful and we don't run into any gas price revolts or other issues.


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Emme and Judy, have fun on your "frozen tundra" trips to Alaska. I think Alaska would be too cold for me even in the summer. Emme, how impressive that you've been to 49 states. Was this something you did on purpose or you just happened to mosey through each one at one time or another?

Ryan, I laughed about your poor cat going into hiding during the super bowl. I'm kind of in the same position as you with all males around (my DS, DH and two brothers who live in front of us). But I end up watching American football and soccer. I prefer soccer.

Kelly and Erika, emoticon

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I did mention that I'm going on a cruise to Alaska at the end of June, didn't I? DH bought it for me as a birthday gift. My DS and BIL are going, too. The ship sails from San Francisco, so easy peasy. Don't even have to fly anywhere. I'm so excited. Alaska is the only state I haven't been to, so it's my 50th state for my 60th birthday.

Ryan, I hope my cold doesn't hang on, either. Ugh. It's my second one since January 1. I normally don't get more than one every year or two...

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i don't have much interest in football, but being the only female in the family most of my life, I'm usually surrounded by sports conversation. when the boys were little the super bowl was a really big deal to them so we would let them each invite one friend over for a super bowl party. it just kind of stuck. i'll probably watch this year. if i tried to do anything else, ethan's yelling would distract me anyway. he gets so animated during patriots games that the cat goes into hiding!

emme, i hope your cold doesn't hold on like mine. i've been fighting with this since sunday. i feel better in the morning and then by midday i'm washed out. sore throat, runny nose and can't keep my eyes open. i've been going to bed super early and taking cold medicine, but it doesn't seem to be making any difference.

judy, we've talked about taking a cruise to alaska. i suspect, though, that it may just be a dream that will never be realized.

happy groundhog day, everybody. 6 more weeks of winter. emoticon

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Judy, my mother and stepfather drove the Alcan highway in an RV--6 weeks of bumming around Alaska. They had a blast, and nearly moved to Homer. Do it!

So, things did get ugly on campus yesterday. I had a feeling -- things didn't feel normal. The rioters were not students, but it doesn't lessen the impact. Fires, broken windows, and fortunately, no serious injuries.

Staying home today with a sore throat. Ugh. I hope it's just a little thing that passes soon. I need some sunshine! emoticon



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I usually watch the Superbowl but don't eat anything special. Kelly it is Sunday 6:30. I have a meeting 7:30 to 8:30 but I don't know how many will show up. I was oblivious to football most of my life but developed an interest when I turned 70. emoticon Yesterday we traded our old RV for a lower quality new one so after the trade in, it didn't cost us much and now we have a new one with warranties. We would love to go up the Alcan Highway and visit my sister in Alaska.

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I always forget about the super bowl...I only know because some mentioned it in Costco. Is that this week?


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Hah! I completely forgot about the Super Bowl emoticon this weekend. I guess I honestly don't care about either of the teams (sorry!). I'm sure we'll watch, nonetheless, but no parties and such.

We're in for another rainstorm apparently - I think tonight. Right now, the Nazi Yanopolous (however you spell it, I honestly don't care) is going to speak on campus tonight, so I'm going to jet out of here as the news media, protestors, and police are amassing. I'm going to walk the opposite direction. I think this one has the potential to get ugly. Hoping not for everyone's sake.

And now the news helicopters hovering... time to go.

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i've been fighting a cold this week, so today was my first day at the gym. i did my training session and tried out a new class. it's called "power house plus" and it's really a 30 min pilates-type class. i'm going to plan on adding that to my regular schedule along with a good cardio session on wednesdays. i switched personal training to thursday.

we got snow last night and, of course, it was nowhere near the predictions. they were talking 7" or more. we got about 4" of the really light, fluffy stuff that barely counts as snow. didn't even need the driveway shoveled; just backed out right through it. it's practically gone already.

ethan keeps texting me his menu for the super bowl. it's going to be a difficult eating day for me since it coincides with the breakfast sheila is sponsoring in recognition of the anniversary of my father's death. as usual when my family gets together, there will be too much alcohol involved. i'm doing too well to blow it in one day. i'll just have to be extra careful. i know i'll go over in calories, but i'll try to keep it down as best i can.

does anybody else have super bowl plans? emoticon

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Another pathetic, quick hello. I promise more soon! I've been swamped. I learned to downhill when I was 40 (!). I did like it, but never did a black diamond. You go, Erika! I did blue hills, but that was my peak, so to speak.

Thanks for the new challenge, Ryan. I'm going to try harder this month. I fizzled in January.

Off to work. emoticon

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Thank you Ryan!

Obviously I swim (I do live in Michigan) but I'm not a strong swimmer and that adds to my fear. I think I'd be fine but I have no desire to test it. My dad also had a friend who was injured pretty severely water skiing and that probably adds to my fear too. I like nice fairly level ground and nice 9ft deep or less water.


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Thanks Ryan for the Feb page. emoticon

I used to have a fear of water but when I moved to FL in 1969, I decided I had to learn to control it so I could swim for exercise and scuba dive. But most of the time, my problem is no fear even when I should have it. Over the years I have had to learn to be careful. When I grew up we didn't even have a key that would lock the door to the house. When he was in town, my dad used to throw the keys to his Mazda RX7 on the dash "in case someone wanted to move it". Fortunately I live in a small pocket of this world where we still have the luxury of not locking the door.

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Ryan, I love water skiing, too. We did a lot of water sports in Panama....canoeing, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving. Thanks for setting up the new challenge.

Kelly, I am much more wary in the ocean now after a near drowning here in Costa Rica so I can understand your fear of deep water.

Judy, I'm going to go back to look at OA online more closely when I have a little time. It's wonderful that you were able to sponsor people, but how sad that food can cause such suffering in our lives.

Emme, Erika.... emoticon

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i never snow skied, but i learned to water ski when i was 8 and absolutely loved it! i wish i knew someone with a boat so that i could still do it. it's something that i don't fear will give me another concussion.

we're supposed to get 7" of snow tonight, but i have a feeling that it's going to be another fizzled out storm.

the february challenge is up.

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Becky I've snow skied but only cross-country because I have a life long fear of going downhill....I wouldn't like waterskiing either because deep water makes me nervous even though I know how to swim.


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Becky I went to OA meetings 4 years ago when I lived in Tallahassee and I liked it. It is really the last ditch effort for people who just can't control their eating whether they are overweight or underweight. I sponsored a woman who just got out of the hospital for anerexia and I saw a woman die in the hospital from being overweight. It makes us look like we are doing pretty good! Since then I read their daily reading every morning which is called "For Today" hoping it will soak in. emoticon

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Ryan, why don't we set up new pages for February, but continue with the same format. I think all of us are trying to make mindfulness and meditation part of our daily lives. Shall we do that?

Emme, that sounds like a fun (and worthwhile) benefit. When are we going to see a video of your musical abilities????

Kelly and Ryan, I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who has a fear of the treadmill. I am definitely getting better on it....I can run now without hanging on. But I have to look straight ahead and do a lot of concentrating to keep myself steady.

Judy, I googled OA and read some information, but I couldn't really get a grasp on what it offers. Do you do the meetings? I see that they offer them on-line.

Erika, your ski trip sounded just about perfect. Good for you on skiing down the hills. I have never snow skied....mainly from my life long fear of cold weather.

Geez....it's going to be hectic for awhile. We start school on Monday and there is so much left to do. I have been working steadily all month. This is definitely a good time for mindfulness.....

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Hi all... it's been busy around here!

The SPLC benefit was great - a packed house. They/we (it was sponsored by an organization I volunteer for--California Bluegrass Association) raised a lot of money. It's going to become a regular thing, with different bands and different organizations.

Ryan, I like the current challenge, even I haven't been great at recording.

I need to try to get something done.... more soon. Hi to all!


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kelly, i'm not much of a runner to begin with, but i definitely can't run on the treadmill. i have poor balance and poor coordination, not to mention that i can't risk falling. the fastest i can go is 3.3 and i have trouble keeping up that pace for long. i also absolutely must hold the rails at all times!

boy, i didn't even realize that there are only 2 days left in january. i haven't given any thought to the february challenge. any suggestions? we can always continue on the same as january. what does everyone want to do?

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Thanks Erika! I really appreciate your comment there! It IS my time to shine.


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Kelly, you are so motivated!! You go girl! It's winter and it's your time to shine!

I also really enjoyed winter today because DH and I and two friends went to cross-country ski in our local mountains. OMG I had SUCH a good time!! The conditions were just fabulous. And having two other people to ski my pace was great (usually I am by myself as my super-fit family members ski circles around me). The weather was perfect, with super-clear visibility, blue skies, sunshine, and great views of the snow-covered mountains. The best thing was that somehow I felt much more confident than usual, probably because of the really great conditions (not icy, not slushy, etc.) and so I was able to really have fun on the downhills, which I usually dread. And I even skied down a black run without taking my skis off and walking, which is definitely a first for me. emoticon A day to remember, for sure. I feel so lucky!

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Thanks Becky!

You mentioned rowing and it made me think about how I really want to get into that. It's a very good total body workout! Have you ever read about it? It works everything. I'm kind of bored with the elliptical and I can't run on a treadmill (if I run at the gym I run the track...I don't have the coordination to not fall off the treadmill) and the bike hurts my butt so....rowing machine it is, I'll probably go back to the elliptical at some point because it is my first love gym machine wise.




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Kelly, it sounds like the perfect set-up with all three people in your household taking part in the challenge. Good luck!! emoticon

Sorry about your Fitbit, Emme. emoticon

Ryan, I am enjoying the treadmills at the gym, too. This is the first time I've ever used treadmills. I warm up on the rowing machine (I really like it, too) then I do 5 minutes of inclinations between weight lifting series and at the end I run 15 minutes on the treadmill. I'm getting better at it....at first I was terrified I would flip off the end and would scramble frantically to stay right up in the front. emoticon

Erika, it sounds like the same boat pose that we do in yoga. Is it? It's always challenging!! emoticon

Judy, I hope your shoulder is better!! emoticon

I didn't finish the January challenge. What are we going to do for February? (And again....I so appreciate the hard work Emme and Ryan do to set us up!!!!!! emoticon ),



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I will! I hope it kicks my rear further into gear. Having my whole household in on it should help a lot. My friend gets a good incentive too...if she completes this she gets a gift card to use at work.


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Wow Kelly. That sounds really impressive. Please keep us up to date.

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So my housemate (my best friend who lives with us) works for Whole Foods and they're doing a 28 day challenge in February involving eating less sugar and red meat and watching portions...and I agreed to do it with her and got my husband to do it too (it'll be easier if everyone is involved). She's also going to up her exercise to 3 days a week, I'm going to go for 4 or 5 and try to get DH to do at least 1 or 2. Everyone is keeping food diaries too which is something I already do.


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2nd goal: 133 1/31/17
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Emme we need the So. Pov. Law Center more than ever. Thanks for supporting them. Erika has invited the family to SD at the end of July. Very exciting.

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Quick hi. No luck finding my FitBit. emoticon SP is supposed to sync with Apple watches, but I can't get it to work (and from the discussion board, I'm not the only one). Here's hoping.

Erika, I hear you on the crazy work week. I came home early, but am still working. My DS and BIL will be over later for a quick bite and then we're going to a benefit concert for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Not much else happening. Ryan, emoticon Everyone else, too. Keep on the emoticon side.

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Ryan, you are tough!! emoticon Lifting one leg in plank is no fun at all!!

TGIF!! What a crazy work week I have had. Looks like I have to go to NJ for a couple of days next week, too, but I hope I get to see DS. emoticon

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erika, i agree, that boat pose movement is killer. i also have trouble with the teasers. because of my balance issues, the hardest thing for me is when we're in full plank position and kick our leg to the ceiling. i usually just stay in plank without lifting the leg. sometimes she has us put our body into tabletop and lift our leg. i can't do that one either. don't even try that one!

kelly, it's nice to hear from you. hang in there.

judy, glad your feeling better.

emme, was your fitbit at your teacher's house?

becky, i hope your enjoying your time at the hot springs.

i'm trying to decide if my hip can handle going to the gym again today. i suppose i could do just an upper body workout, but it will be hard to go and stay off the treadmill. i love the treadmill! emoticon

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You ladies are so cheery! I love opening up the chat thread and seeing all your nice messages.

Emme, sorry about the Fitbit! I hope you find it.

Ryan, I thought your method of talking yourself into getting to the gym was awesome. The hardest part of any workout is the part between the couch and the door, for sure.

Judy, I am glad you are taking it easy in your Pilates class and it is working for you. I also was so proud of you when you said you went to the workout class but just were feeling too sick and left after 10 minutes. You are really listening to your body these days. Very impressive!

Kelly, glad to see you back. My bootcamp includes some rowing sometimes on days when we are in the weight room. I do think it is an awesome full-body workout.

I actually got some sore abs from my Pilates class yesterday. Usually my abs are pretty tough and I don't get sore there easily. That class had a couple of killer exercises that were challenging for me. Like one was you sit in boat pose, but then lean back just a little and then sit back into boat again, over and over. Ouch! emoticon

Goal: get back below 140!!!!

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Kelly glad you are feeling better. I am getting better too. Last night I had terrible sharp pains in my shoulder but with ice and Aleve it is much better now.

Becky my DD tried Pilates and it really hurt her back. I overdid it a little when I started but now I go really easy and I like it. It is free if I pay for the other 2 classes.

Ryan I love your story about how you got to the gym by taking baby steps.

Emme sorry you and Ryan lost your fitbits. I used to lose my clip-on fitbits but have not had any trouble with the watch version Erika gave me.

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