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Ryan, so nice to hear from you!! Glad you are maintaining. Hope you can post a little bit to help us keep this old group going.

Judy should also be back in town tomorrow, so maybe we will hear from her too.

I will be leaving in the morning. Not sure what the wifi situation will be, I read some complaints about it, so we'll see if I will be able to post or not. If not, I will be back in a week. Hopefully lighter!!! emoticon

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hi everyone. sorry to be so absent. father's day was difficult for me. then we went away for our anniversary but we had to come home early when i developed a major migraine. i ended up sleeping most of the next 3 days.

my eating has been pretty poor and my exercise sporadic. somehow, though, i seem to be maintaining rather than gaining. we leave for a week in orlando on july 20th and my nephew's wedding is the week after we come home. i need to watch the vacation eating too make sure i can fit into my clothes for the wedding weekend.

thank you all for the great support. it means so much. emoticon emoticon

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emoticon I hope everyone had a safe and sane day. Ours was spent going to lunch at a paleo restaurant, and then staying in for dinner. Such party animals.

I hope the road is unblocked for you, Becky. Have a great time.

Erika, I'll be really interested how the spa adventure goes. I've been tempted many times. I'm sure it will be an amazing way to kickstart yourself into some great habits. If nothing else, it will be a week of healthy!

Hi to Judy, Ryan, and Kelly. Hope your weekend is a good one still. A new week--I'm off to Washington State on Thursday morning. A family reunion--the opposite of a health spa emoticon

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7/4/15 8:28 P

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Wow, Becky, I googled driving to the Nicoya Peninsula and it looks very adventurous!!! nicoyapeninsula.com/general/cars.php I hope you have a wonderful time and take care! emoticon

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Erika, I am so envious!!! I wish I could go with you. You will come back feeling so centered and re-started. Enjoy!!!!

We are leaving for the beach tomorrow, but the ferry is on strike and people have blocked the road going down to Montezuma. emoticon The only other time we went to Nicoya (18 years ago) the same thing happened and we had an incredible (and scary) adventure getting across the gulf. Since the government is promising to fix the bad road that the people are roadblocking for, we're hoping we can get through. I won't be upset if they re-block it while we're there and I have to spend more time at the beach. emoticon

Erika, I have an on-going battle with humidity here. We live in one of the rainiest, wettest parts of Costa Rica....so it's a loosing battle emoticon . When I grew up in the Canal Zone in (on the Caribbean side) all the gringo houses were air conditioned so it wasn't a big problem. But the mold here is hell on my allergies....and everything grows mold. I have to air out books before I read them, wipe the white mold off leather shoes, keep spices in the freezer, etc. I need to get a de-humidifier, too.

Emme, I bet you burned lots of calories in the move. Here's an office warming branch for your new office. emoticon

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Only 3 more days and I leave to the "fat farm". They recommend you take at least 3 exercises classes a day, and they feed you only 1200-1500 calories a day. We'll see if I survive this!!! emoticon

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Woke up sore and creaky.… Got all my books moved, and am now feeling it. Even though I had to use a dolly to haul boxes, it still took some work. I could have had workers do it, but it felt like a good opportunity to do some thinning of the herd, cleaning up, etc. It also felt good to have that last look at the empty old office. (and then ask one of our assistants to go dust/vacuum it. There's only so much I'll do myself . emoticon )

We had our one hot humid day, and we're back to cool fog again. Not much hope of seeing fireworks tomorrow--it will be our traditional color-changing clouds.

I had a good food AND exercise day yesterday. A first since the challenge began. May try again today.

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Same here, no AC. But this summer is so humid, that I feel like we have to do something. SD has always been nearly a desert, with low humidity pretty much year-round. But the last few years we have had just brutal humidity. As they say, it's not the heat (which is not too bad here), it's the humidity!!

My main concern is the mold/dust mites which really grow in the carpets/clothes/couches etc when it is humid. Things are really starting to smell musty in my house, and my allergies which were doing so well are kicking up. I actually bought a dehumidifier today. But DH says, how will the dehumidifier help if the windows/doors are open all the time? And he has a point.

Becky, I would love to hear how you deal with the humidity without AC. I remember when I lived in NC without AC, and the clothes would just mold while hanging in the closets... emoticon

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I need AC. Michigan is way too humid and hot without it. Thankfully it's really only three months here and we have days in those where it cools down and dries off enough to open up.

Thanks for all the congrats by the way :). I'm pretty proud of my accomplishments.


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Fortunately, no AC here... We live on Nature's AC, as it's called on the local news (fog and sea breezes). I hate drapes, and love to have windows open.

An okay day yesterday foodwise, but not exercise wise. I seem to be on a one-or-the-other kick lately, but never both. Maybe today will finally be the day.

Off I go to finish moving my books into the office.

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Erika....been there, done that. emoticon

Emme, I saw the FB photo of your new office You have some nice windows in it. When I go up to the states I feel claustrophobic because everyone alwyas has their drapes closed and the ac on. It's a relief to get home where all the windows are always open. The door, too emoticon

Judy, have fun on your trip. emoticon

Kelly, I am so impressed with your weight loss. I would love to have to buy new clothes because they hang on me. emoticon

Ryan, emoticon

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OMG I ate everything in sight today. emoticon Emotional eating! I used to say I didn't have that problem and now I take it all back. emoticon

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Judy, I hate tracking food. It seems like just that much more work. I like the ancient Weight Watchers method of just having a checklist. It was easy and I did it. Entering everything into the computer seems like what I do to get paid. Of course, I might be paid in emoticon if I actually did it, ha ha.

Go USA! Great game against Germany, though the bloody head butt was a bit hard to watch. The finals ought to be fun.

Okay, back to work. Stayed home today (my first official day on the job, ha ha!). Getting a bunch of stuff done re: work, but also just getting things in order *still* after so much travel. Bills, getting stuff in the mail, etc. etc.


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Why is it so hard to do a simple thing like keep track of my food? Now tomorrow I go out of town for 5 days. I will be doing a lot of walking so maybe I will be like Emme and lose 3# emoticon

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Well, sigh, I just don't seem to be able to get my eating back in control yet. Stress stress stress, both work and family-related. Hopefully tomorrow!!!!!

Emme, I love the pic. I hope my DD has that much fun! Go USA, the game is on right now!!!

Becky, I think your idea to stay away from the scales until August is genius. You go girl!!!

Judy thank you for all your support emoticon

Kelly congrats on the success!! emoticon

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Great picture, Emme!!!

Kelly, emoticon !!!

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emoticon Kelly!

Erika, my niece and brother are in Vancouver for the World Cup, too. They've seen two matches, they'll be at Sunday's match. Having a great time. Here's a pic of my niece:

Becky, I'm looking forward to admin -- I've been teaching a loooong time. But, talk to me at the end of the year and see how I'm feeling.

Okay, speaking of. Time to get to the office.


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I love the graphs on SP...I fully understand now why my husband said last years swimsuit looks terrible and to wear an older one....I've lost almost 20lbs since last July. I had to dig out my old tankini because my one piece from last year really does look weird on me (it has a skirt and the skirt doesn't fall where it's supposed to anymore...it's practically down to my knees).


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Erika, how exciting for Bella. Will she have to make the trip on crutches? Enjoy your vacation!! If anyone deserves a vacation, it's you.

Judy, I'm "back on the horse" (as Emme says) for now. We have to turn our thinking around. I've been pondering my life long love/hate relationship with the scale. I'm not going to weigh in again until the beginning of August. I need to focus on how strong and miraculous my body is.....instead of a stupid number on the scale.

Emme, I hope you enjoy your new job. I do both....teaching and administrative duties. Some days when the kids are uncontrollable and the parents are obnoxious I wish I could throw in the towel and go work with dogs. But most days I absolutely adore my job.

Kelly.....I know autumn is a ways off, but it's the next season that will make its appearance!!!

Ryan, still thinking about you.

We've decided to celebrate International Peace Day in September this year. I've been searching on-line for ideas. I'm teaching the kids "Light a Candle for Peace" written by a Montessori teacher. I'd like to put up a peace pole, order t-shirts for the occasion, etc. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!!

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Just a quick stop by to say hi. It's my last couple of days of work and things are a bit more hectic than I am getting used to emoticon . Wednesday starts my official vacay and my calendar is clear! DD is also leaving on Wednesday for Vancouver, she gets to see the finals of the women's World Cup go USA!!!! emoticon Very big game tomorrow!!!

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It just started Becky but true true it will be over soon. September is the beginning of fall after all.


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Judy, if you get back on that horse, the gain will be temporary.

I finally had a good food day. Exercise, less so, but today's the day.

Hope you all have a great Monday!

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Yesterday I ate too many bad things and I gained a #. I was going to complain on the chitchat about how little it takes for me to gain weight but once I actually listed what I ate the real cause of the gain became all too obvious! emoticon


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Love all your notes but no time to reply, more tomorrow! emoticon

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good day today with exercise but food went over the line. Becky I am soooooooooo glad you aren't flooded. Erika I quit baking bread because I can't keep from eating it. Emme keep working your way back. Ryan and Kelly I am thinking about you.


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Becky, I hope you have a great vacation. I love the Nicoya area--lucky you emoticon . I am excited about the new admin position, but I soooo need to get to the office and actually pack up my old office. Tuesday--too much to do tomorrow.

Judy, sorry it's so hot. I agree with Becky--how I wish I got that excited about taking a walk.

Okay, new week, new start. Last week didn't happen.

I need to make a plan for the day, the week, next month.

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Judy, it really must've been hot for your dog to turn around. emoticon I am envious of Charlie's absolute and total love for walking. All you have to do is say the "w" word....in English or Spanish....and he does an incredible Snoopy happy dance. He would rather go for a walk than eat. I was telling my DH the other day that it's too bad we humans don't feel that same joy for exercising!!

Talk about water.....we are in the midst of a tropical deluge. Limon is completely cut off with fallen bridges and huge flood areas. What saves us from the same fate is having such good runoff. I hope it isn't like this next Sunday when we leave for the beach. And I'm really thankful we chose the Nicoya peninsula instead of Limon. emoticon

Wow, Erika.....that is wonderful news about your pain relief!!!! Your downfall is sourdough bread.....and mine is the scale. I was doing so well until I made the mistake of stepping on the scale on Friday. Because I didn't see weight loss I got discouraged and went over on calories Friday and Saturday. I am going to have to put the scale away and not weigh in until I can get myself on steady ground. emoticon Soooooo discouraging......

Emme, good for you on getting your food under control....and doing so well on vacation. Are you excited about your new administrative position?

Kelly, just think.....summer will be over soon and your favorite season will be rapidly approaching. emoticon

Ryan, I hope you are felling a little better each day. emoticon

Here's to a new Sunday start!!! emoticon I certainly HAVE to get things under control this week. We are leaving early next Sunday and I won't be able to track until Thursday. But there are plenty of yoga classes available there emoticon and we'll be doing lots of beach hiking. There's a beautiful waterfall WAY down the beach from Montezuma that we want to walk to. And I want to go see the island cemetery off Cabuya that you can only walk to at low tide. And lots of other really interesting places in the area to check out. emoticon



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I tried to walk my dog in the p.m. but it was so hot that she turned around after 5 min. I ended up doing hiphop abs in the air conditioning. I am still doing good on my food and exercise. I have started throwing every thing in my refridgerator into a smoothie which seems to work really well. Next wed-sun I will be on a trip to Atlanta which has me worried.

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In spite of enthusiasm, I'm also a bit inconsistent so far. Re-entry is hard. I'm tired emoticon . Food is actually okay, but exercise, meh.

Erika--great news on the recovery! I love hearing that news. DH went to U. of Mich. Berkeley's good, too. emoticon

Judy, do share some of that water. Berkeley has been pretty good at cutting back on city water on campus, and parks, etc. are curtailing. Don't get me started on golf courses....

Becky, I'd love to take you along with me. Grab your passport!

Hi Kelly and Ryan!

I'm going to re-hook up my Wii today. I need to kickstart something.







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Rats, did not do so well on food yesterday. I have missed 3 of 6 days this week...time to tighten it up. Yes, homemade sourdough bread was my downfall--the next loaf I make I am giving away!

I am still so sore from all the exercises, but it seems to be letting up a bit. And my night (hip/back) pain is just so much better, it is wonderful. The trainer has me keeping a "pain journal" so that I will be able to see the progress, but the progress has been so fast that the journal wasn't really needed. emoticon

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Thanks Kelly! Sounds like a good option. Of course I would rather have him closer to home...maybe he'll end up at Berkeley with Emme. emoticon

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If he's aiming for the Ann Arbor campus we'll be neighbors! Ann Arbor is pretty amazing, I think he'll like it.


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Kelly, that sounds like a climate that my DS would like. He got a letter from Univ of Michigan and is probably going to apply there (he will be a senior in HS next year).

Judy, San Diego is doing a better job managing water now that the drought is so severe. They are letting much of the city-maintained grass go brown and they are putting in a recycling system.

I am not doing very well with weight loss but I am doing awesome on my other goals!! My metabolism feels so stable from the veggies (and no sugar) and I am not having to eat so often or in the night (a big plus for me). In addition, the exercises that the trainer gave me seem to be really helping a ton with my hip/back pain. It is like magic, it hasn't even been a week. emoticon Also I have been doing so much cleaning and organizing in the house, stuff that I never have time or energy to do. I have five more weeks of my time off.

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Water shortage is such a strange thing to me. We have these enormous lakes and lots of smaller lakes and rivers and when it's not raining here it's snowing.....I've never lived anywhere that wasn't rather wet.....


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"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

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I had a good day. Becky when I went to San Diego they were pouring out millions of gallons of drinking water on the city landscaping every day. We have both city water and a well so I wish I could share some of it with you.

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Aargh my post was lost due to an internet connectivity blip. Suffice it to say, I have had a ton of exercise, am toast and am heading to bed ASAP emoticon

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Emme, will you PLEASE take me with you!!!!! I can carry your bags and bring you coffee and take care of anything else you need emoticon

How do you feel about going from teaching to admin?



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Road trip, everyone! emoticon emoticon

Becky, my next trip is in a couple weeks or so--driving up to WA to see family for a long weekend. Flying back and then going to Boise for a conference for a couple days. So, nothing big again until October, when I think I'm going to Turkey again (not confirmed) then New Zealand/Australia in November.

The new job starts July 1--no teaching for me next year, just admin. I have to go in and get my office moved, in fact. Probably sometime next week.

Another so-so day yesterday. Not bad, not good. I need to break this cycle...

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Judy, you can pile Ryan, Erika, Emme and Kelly in your RV and drive on down to Costa Rica!! emoticon

Emme, when is your next trip? Do you get a breather before you jet off again?

Erika, I hope the PT can help with the pain!! We live in one of the rainiest parts of Costa Rica (affected by the Caribbean) so most of the time when our water is turned off it's to fix pipes that are leaking or broken. Water rationing is definitely a reality in Guanacaste and parts of the Central Valley. What is flabbergasting is that in Guanacaste those huge hotels build golf courses and use incredible amounts of precious water on the greens. emoticon

Kelly, it's good to see you back!!

Ryan, emoticon

I went to the movies yesterday (something I only do once a year or less since the movies they send up to San Carlos are so bad that they are impossible to watch) and still didn't go over in calories!!!! emoticon

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finally see the end is in sight for the bad chiggers. got my exercise in even though we drove around town all day. Bought a really sweet class c motorhome. Only 1200 miles on it so it is practically new. but a little intimidating for us novices.

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Kelly, so nice to hear from you! Maybe you can create a "favorite" of the chit-chat site on your phone? Then it is easy to go right there and post emoticon

Judy, how are you feeling today? Any news on the possible RV purchase?

Emme when is your next trip?

Becky your water worries remind me of the drought here...maybe we will be in the same boat in a few years. emoticon

Ryan, how about a quick post? emoticon

I had a great day, lots of veggies! I am trying to recover from my big exercise day yesterday. I am doing the fitness trainer exercises every day and I am so sore! But it does seem to already be having a positive impact on my hip/back pain, which is the main reason I went. That guy will be definitely worth all the emoticon if he can fix my pain.



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Nice to hear from you, Kelly. I thought we might have lost you emoticon . Good to see you here.

Not a banner day yesterday--it was my sister's birthday and we had dinner here. Healthy dinner, but too much wine emoticon . Today, better.

Erika, only a few more weeks of PT? Hope it goes well.

Becky, send some of that water this way... so dry here.

Judy, I hope you're feeling better. Between chiggers and the meds for chiggers, ugh.

Ryan, great to see you back. Hope things are better day by day. emoticon

Okay, I must get back to work. Lots of catching up to do, not to mention laundry and such. I should try unpacking before I have to travel again.

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I seriously need to make it a goal to post every once in awhile.....at least I'm using SPs trackers and having some success (thanks to SP being available on my phone) at actually losing weight, turns out making myself do the nutrition tracker was the "magic bullet" for me. Once I finish the project I'm working on at work things should get less sporadic as far as me posting. I need to make sure I'm doing my summer 5% anyway.


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Becky, your "trick" sounds really smart! That is awesome. Yes we are older and still fighting to eat right, but think of how many people are our age and not trying at all. At least we are doing our best.

I did very well yesterday overall, but I didn't eat enough veggies, so I didn't give myself the point. Those darn veggies make such a difference in my hunger level, it is amazing. I am just glad that I figured out what works for me, now all I have to do is do it!

In culinary news, I made freekah for the first time yesterday. It is young green wheat that has been cracked and you serve it like rice or quinoa. Surprisingly, the kids ate it (and didn't complain too much emoticon ).

Emme, I saw that you already made your challenge page. Wow you are motivated! You go girl!

Judy, I hope you feel better, I didn't know you weren't feeling well.

Ryan, do stop by and say hi! emoticon

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Judy, are you still fighting the allergic reaction to the chiggers? I hope you feel better soon.

I am so thankful that I didn't go "hog wild" on the eating Monday after I knew I had gone over my calorie allowance. The only thing that held me back was thinking how horrible I would feel to wake up on Tuesday morning knowing I was back to square one AGAIN. I did really well yesterday....in exercise and food. My Tuesday yoga class is so late that I have to eat early and I don't have any calories left when I get home (my danger zone....late night eating). I decided to try brushing and flossing my teeth before yoga (I always brush my teeth....but I did my "going to bed" teeth routine). And it worked!!! (It's incredible when you've reached my age and you still have to "trick" yourself into being healthy).

Someone called yesterday early and told us the water was going off in our neighborhood at 9:00. I cancelled the afternoon class (the older kids bring their lunch and stay longer) because there would be no water. It turns out it was going off at 9:00 p.m. emoticon I got an unexpected free afternoon!!

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Welcome home Emme. We have missed you. I didn't feel good today so no exercise but did OK on the food. Erika and Becky you did good to not use a slip as an excuse to go all out.

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emoticon home, Emme!!! We missed you. To lose weight on vacation is nothing to be scoffed at. emoticon

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emoticon Emme! Coming back from a trip lighter than you started? I think I have honestly never done that in my whole life! emoticon We will be glad to have you posting with us again.

emoticon Becky! There a quote (too lazy to look it up) that says something like, it's not about how many times you fall, it's about how many times you get up. Maybe we are learning to be easier on ourselves. Funny how it happened to both of us on the same day.

Today I did my "prescription" exercises, now I am going to a yoga class, then massage, then physical therapy for my foot. This is me time!! emoticon I have 5 1/2 more weeks, and by then I want to be firmly on the right track with this old bod.

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I'm home emoticon First night in my own bed in 34 days. Jet lag isn't too bad, I'm ready for the challenge.

I'll try to catch up with posts soon--but first, I need to figure out how we're tracking and such. I came back 3 pounds lighter than when I left, but not good enough. I want to see 2 more gone to get me back in the 150s again. Pedal to the metal time.

Hi to all, more soon, trying to get unpacked, laundry done, and get out and get a haircut today.

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Erika, we are "slip-up sisters". I did the exact same thing yesterday. emoticon I went over but certainly not like my melt-downs. I was actually pleased with myself for not letting it turn into a melt-down. I couldn't go to my exercise class yesterday either....so it was a double "0". Your exercise specialist sounds like he will be helping a lot.

Judy, I would like to send you some rain!!!!

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Erika the new exercise training sounds very interesting. Becky I wish we could have some of your rain. It has been no rain here for weeks.











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Well, I had a bit of a slip yesterday. Was too tired to make enough veggies in the evening, and then made the mistake of thinking, "Well I already lost my point for today anyway" and had snacks after that. I don't think I did too much damage though, and am back on track today. Maybe I am getting better at not letting little slips turn into big slips? Actually most likely it is just that I am under so much less stress, everything is easier.

Today I went to an (expensive) fitness trainer recommended by my doctor for my back/hip pain. Wow, I am impressed--after the first workout I really do feel significantly better. I have a "prescription" now that I need to do every day, and then I see him again in 2 weeks. I have high hopes for this!

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Erika...yep....it was because of the dirty dishes. The kitchen sink was piled with the dishes from lunch and the water didn't come on until almost 8:00 p.m. But we do have all the ingredients for a great cheesecake now. emoticon The kabobs were pretty bland.I was expecting more of a coconut taste. The recipe said not to leave them marinading overnight because everything would get mushy. I put the chicken, pineapple and vegies in the marinade at 7:00 a.m. and thought that would be early enough. I might search for another similar recipe because the combination of chicken, pineapple, onion and bell pepper is excellent.

Ryan, how was your day? I hope it wasn't too stressful for you.

I did well on food yesterday....didn't go over. But with the torrential rain yesterday and it being father's day, I didn't exercise.

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Becky, I can't see how having no water translates to no cheesecake (maybe because of the dirty dishes???) but nice that you don't have that temptation to deal with! I gave away lots of my yummy baked goods to yoga friends this morning for that very reason! Your pineapple coconut kebabs sounds super yummy, let us know how they were. I would love that recipe if you liked it! emoticon

Ryan, father's day is almost over, hope you made it through ok. emoticon

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ˇˇˇHappy Father's Day!!! emoticon

We are having a healthy lunch. And since we had no water all day yesterday and the cheesecake couldn't be made.....no dessert!!! I want to see how these coconut pineapple chicken kabobs come out. Hopefully it'll be a "keeper" of a recipe. emoticon

It poured HARD all night and is still raining. emoticon No walking today.

Erika, I'm so glad you are feeling better with less stress in your life. It is an incredible feeling.

Judy, I feel like this like week was my "transition" into getting back on track. I have been so out of control with my eating for so long that I used the week to get used to better habits. Though I'm not going to weigh in today (to not freak myself out) I am going to re-start today.

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Becky, sourdough takes some time and attention, but it's definitely not hard. There are tons of instructions on the internet. And it is very yummy! emoticon Yesterday I made a German rye bread, it really takes me back.

I am still enjoying my free time and feeling so much less stressed. emoticon

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Becky I had the same kind of day - I didn't coun't cals and didn't do great or bad. Today I must track my food to really know how much I am eating.

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Sourdough bread sounds wonderful!!! Is it hard to make, Erika?

Well, I went over in calories today, but not an out-of-control going over.....so I'm happy. emoticon We haven't had water today (and there are some stinky people around this house) so that means that we weren't able to make the cheesecake for Father's Day dessert for tomorrow. That is GOOD news!!! One less temptation.

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Ryan, I agree with Becky, do something nice for yourself tomorrow. emoticon

Judy, so glad that you took the steroids and are improving.

Emme and Kelly, we miss you!

Becky, emoticon on sticking with your plan at the restaurant!

I am making lots of yummy stuff lately since I have more time. My latest kick is sourdough, I call the starter my "pet" and I have so much fun taking care of it. I just have to be careful not to eat much of the results of my baking!

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I went to the doctor and got steroids for the chiggers so I am doing better. In the summer they are everywhere and I have to wear long pants, socks and shoes if I am on the grass. Len and I dug some grass out of my garden and planted it in the lawn a few days ago. Now someone tells us it is crabgrass that most people fight to get rid of. emoticon I really agree on the lifetime changes in how I look at food. I don't think it is normal to feel sorry for myself when I can't pig out on unhealthy food!

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Awwww.....Ryan..... emoticon . Just do what you feel like doing this weekend, Ryan. Don't force anything that doesn't feel right to you. Everyone will understand.

Erika, emoticon on the swimming!!! And the yoga, too. I know how hard yoga can be....and to be back so soon after your surgery is incredible. You hit the nail on the head about weight loss. I always think that because I eat right for three days I should see the needle on the scale move. And it truly has to be a lifelong modification instead of a "quick diet because I'm going to the beach" kind of thing. Thanks for reminding us!!

Judy, are you better? emoticon

Emme, are you home? emoticon

Kelly, are you hibernating through the summer months? emoticon

I went to drink coffee with a friend after my workout yesterday. Fridays can be slippery slopes for me. But I searched the menu a healthier option (not a big selection in that category) and held my ground. What a relief. I would have been so disappointed if I'd gone over yesterday.

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i'm here, erika. not doing all that well. i'm very anxious about father's day tomorrow. if i go to sleep tonight, can i wake up on monday? emoticon

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Well, I made it to swimming tonight. It really seemed like it wasn't going to happen, but I decided I didn't want to miss my point for exercise. emoticon I drug myself out even though none of my family (all much better and more avid swimmers than I am) would go with me. I told myself I only had to do 4 laps. I ended up doing more than that because it felt good. Hooray!

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Ryan and Kelly, you guys still around? Ryan, how are you feeling?

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Becky, I was thinking of you so much this morning, but haven't had time to post until now. I agree with you about the weigh-ins! We have got to somehow stop focusing on the scales so much. Because I am in a lower-stress place right now, I have been able to stick with my program (mostly) even without weight loss. And what do you know, this morning DH asked me if I had lost weight, and I went to the scales, and it was down 1.8 pounds! emoticon

Now if I can just remember this for the future! I can see if I am on a plateau for a month, maybe I should consider tweaking something. But in general, I think I have to try to relax and focus on how much better I am feeling, not how many pounds I am losing.

And part of it also (for me) is understanding that this is my life-long eating plan, not a short-term diet. If it is life-long, then if it takes an extra few weeks/months to lose what I need to lose, then it is no big deal, right? I just have to take it a little easier on myself. Hard to do for a perfectionist and overachiever... emoticon

Happy Friday, everyone!!! emoticon And Judy, good luck with getting your allergic reaction to calm down, you poor thing. emoticon

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It's Friday!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I clawed my way through another decent day. emoticon

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Yikes, Judy....I hope you get over the chigger attack quickly. Did you go to one place where they attacked.....or are they everywhere?

Erika, emoticon on the yoga class!! You'll be back to 100% in no time. And your recuperation has been impressive.

I managed to "stay the course" for another day. I may not weigh in on Sunday because making an effort and not seeing results sometimes send me into another nose dive. I need to work on Erika's positive mindset.


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I am doing good on food but no exercise today. Fla has lots of bugs and I got a bunch of chigger (redbug) bites. Now I am zonked on histamine, benedryll and lack of sleep. emoticon

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Becky, I was just thinking of that, and happy I made it through that initial HUNGRY stage. Good luck to you!! Eat lots of veggies, that helps some. emoticon I also did a tough yoga class yesterday. I couldn't make it through the whole thing without resting in child's pose. And I have to wear shoes to support my ankle. But I am happy that I can go back to yoga!

Kelly, how are you doing?

Judy, loved your call yesterday, you are the best. emoticon

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emoticon Ryan!!

I made it through another day, but I'm where you were last week, Erika. My body is in withdrawal and I am HUNGRY.

I am almost ten pounds heavier. Last night in my yoga class I couldn't do a headstand against the wall with arms extended that I could do before.....because of my weight. My poor arms couldn't hold my fat body up. emoticon It was one of those "aha" moments....in the negative sense.Hopefully just remembering it will be a tool in getting back down to my healthy weight.

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good for you, Ryan!! emoticon

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i got in some exercise at home today and tomorrow i have training. hopefully i'll get in something at least one more day.

eating was okay yesterday. so far, so good for today.

yesterday i got a little overwhelmed and melted a bit at night. so i snuggled up with daddy's winter scarf and floated off to sleep.

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Hi all!
Erika, not home until Friday night (west coast time). I'm still in Tuzla, heading back to Sarajevo tomorrow. Work is done though, except a couple brief meetings (one in 15 minutes, yikes, gotta run).

Ryan, welcome back!

More soon, everyone.

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Congrats Becky!!! I also had a good day--weighed in though and still no loss. But I do feel tons better, and I am eating less, so I think the scales has to give in and move at some point.

Ryan, how are you feeling? Did you make it to exercise one day?

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Another good day. One day at a time.....

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emoticon Judy!! Marie is so right (and I miss her)....you have to hang in there to see results. It's as simple as that....but so hard to do.

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Ryan so glad to have you back. emoticon Becky I can feel your pain. emoticon Erika, Marie used to tell me that if I would hang in even tho I hadn't lost weight that it would go down and she was always right. I ate out twice yesterday so went up a little but I didn't go crazy. I did good today.

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Congrats Becky!!! One good day to build on emoticon

I didn't have enough veggies yesterday, although I did do very well on food otherwise. Oh well, today is another day.

I am very happy because my interests outside of work are starting to bloom. emoticon I had been worried because I have been so boring, really not able to think of anything outside of work and kids/family. But now that I have a breather at work, I am realizing that I am not as one-dimensional as I had feared, and I am having lots of ideas of fun things to do, and even putting some of them into practice! Seeing my friends more, and just feeling like I am coming back into the light after years under a rock emoticon . So now I know that when I do retire, I will find interesting things to do, it's just that I can't think of them while I am mired deep in the work swamp.

Happy Monday everyone! emoticon

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Good Monday morning!! I hope everyone has a great day....

I guess Emme will be back with us this week. emoticon

I held on by the skin of my teeth last night and made my food emoticon .

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6/14/15 10:35 P

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Definitely no pressure. I think this darn perfectionism is the cause of a lot of my issues...I have got to learn to take it easier on myself.

Goal: get back below 140!!!!

-Erika



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6/14/15 8:19 P

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Don't worry, Ryan.....no pressure!!



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6/14/15 4:51 P

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i'm glad, too, but please don't overestimate me.

-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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6/14/15 3:39 P

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emoticon , Ryan. I'm so glad you are feeling up to coming back!!!!!

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6/14/15 12:55 P

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YAY RYAN!!

Goal: get back below 140!!!!

-Erika



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i am going to try to do the challenge. i'm hoping it will get me back to the gym more. (n.b. try!)

-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. "

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."
(Lyndon B. Johnson, 1908 - 1973)

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Well darn I got full points but didn't lose any weight the first week. But I am sure it is just water weight, and if I stick with it, I will get rewarded! I am definitely feeling better physically.

Good for you Becky, good luck with your plan!!

Emme, I think you might be coming home today?

Goal: get back below 140!!!!

-Erika



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I think it's related to the afternoon "slump".....and it runs right through into the evening "overeating". And the solution is to distract myself with activities and stop shoveling food into my mouth. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

So this is the day I set my new "plan" (see above) into action. emoticon

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Becky I am sorry you are having a difficult time. You were doing so well for so long! Good luck in figuring out what was the trigger. Take care of yourself and be kind to yourself emoticon

Goal: get back below 140!!!!

-Erika



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