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when i woke up in the middle of the night i decided to delete my last post. unfortunately, you guys are up earlier than i am! i'm really sorry for carrying on like that. i should keep my tantrums at home. (and, yes, i'm aware that i just told becky not to apologize for sharing) anyway, thank you, judy and becky. i'm feeling better today and i'm going to get out of the house even if norm has to carry me kicking and screaming!!

the good news is that i got on the scale this morning and it finally caught up with me. we'll see if it sticks.

-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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when i woke up in the middle of the night i decided to delete my last post. unfortunately, you guys are up earlier than i am! i'm really sorry for carrying on like that. i should keep my tantrums at home. (and, yes, i'm aware that i just told becky not to apologize for sharing) anyway, thank you, judy and becky. i'm feeling better today and i'm going to get out of the house even if norm has to carry me kicking and screaming!!

the good news is that i got on the scale this morning and it finally caught up with me. we'll see if it sticks.

-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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Ryan, I hope today is a better day for you!! Nutrition is really important for the body and the mind. Try to get in some good nutritional food today. When I don't feel well I try to look to food as "medicine". Hugs, my dear friend!!

Erika, what a beautiful place. I love the photo you posted!! You guys are creating so many wonderful memories together. I agree with what you said about WW. I'm another black and white thinker and the program seems to help me. My scale is broken so I didn't get to weigh in yesterday. I doubt I lost this past week since my exercise only consisted of 20 minutes of walking around the playground daily. I feel much better finally but I won't be able to get back to the gym until Friday with an appointment today and a parent meeting Wednesday.

Judy, I think I should eat a little less than the 23 points for my aging metabolism, but I usually eat up to the 23 points or have a 3 or less point rollover.

Emme, I hope you're feeling better. When do you head home? I loved the video of the get-together. Why were there only men dancing????



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2/18/18 10:31 P

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Ryan I am so sorry you had such a bad anxiety attack. That is no fun. Hope tomorrow is a better day. emoticon I am eating less than the recommended 23 points a day. I think WW does not take into account my aging metabolism. But I have never had a perfect week so who knows.

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i had a major anxiety attack today and it really scared me. we were supposed to go to dinner with the kids tonight and in the late morning i started to feel really anxious. norm suggested that we go out on a really quick errand. when i got to the top of the stairs, i froze. i couldn't walk down to the door. then i got really panicked, clung to norm and broke down sobbing terribly. i ended up back in bed, curled up, crying until i fell asleep. i even missed seeing jared and raina when they stopped in. when i woke up, i still got panicky every time i went near the stairs. then around 4:30, i realized that all i had had all day was coffee. my fabulous dinner? some low fat ham, a bag of veggie straws, and a swiss roll. the last was only to get a blue dot for today. i'm frightened by this. if i can't leave my house, i'll have very little of a life. i'm so glad norm will be home tomorrow.

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-ryan

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

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2/18/18 7:24 P

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Judy, on the challenge you get a free day for tracking every week! And that you have tracked every day but one in Feb is really a victory!! emoticon

New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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2/18/18 7:08 P

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Ryan, thank you so much for the kind words. For me, the fact that I have "extra" points to use really helps me to not feel guilty. It was vacation, I was doing a ton of exercise, and it was nice to have the option.

I think you are right that in general, WW is not a very fast weight loss program, for those of us who are relatively near goal and who already eat pretty healthily. I think those folks who are very overweight and who have more changes that they need to make to their eating habits are the ones who can lose a lot of weight on a weekly basis. For me, it seems more like a maintenance-type of plan...basically to lose slowly or maintain. And even to do that, I have to eat less than their recommended point level. Don't worry, it won't hurt my feelings a bit if you decide it's not for you! emoticon I think that for me, with my strange black-or-white thinking habits, it was the right thing at the right time. But it may not be the best thing for everyone, we are all so individual.

We are home from the ski trip. It was gorgeous, although it was the least snow that I have ever seen at this time of year in the Sierras. And this is coming directly after the year that had the most snow I had ever seen. Anyone who says the weather is not doing weird things is just not paying attention.

Here is a pic of DD and DH during a quick break on one of our XC ski trips.


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2/18/18 8:10 A

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becky, you know you don't have to apologize to us for whining! that's what friends are for--to listen. and any health issue is an issue. everything is relative, but when it affects you, it's never minor.

erika, don't worry about the 42 points. remember my friend lost 2 lbs the week we went to lunch and she had 71 points just at lunch! besides, i'm sure you had activity and weekly points to use so you weren't actually over.

judy, your gardening definitely earned you extra points. and the same thing i told erika applies to you, too; you had your weekly points and activity points, so 23 want your limit.

emme, feel better. it stinks to be sick when you're away from home. and i'm sure it must really stink to get up in front of a room of people for a presentation when you don't feel 100%.

i'm feeling a little discouraged with ww. it's been 2 weeks, i've logged faithfully and stayed in range and my weigh in this morning has me down a *total* of 0.8lbs. ugh

kelly, did you get snow last night? we got several inches, but it's already melting since the temps are in the 40's and rising!

-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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I am not going to track tonite because I ate so much when we had people over for dinner. But I dug the weeds out of the garden for an hour and a half so maybe that will help. Becky anytime I have to go to the dr. I do not call it minor. Erika sounds like a lot of fun and exercise. You beat me on WW because at least you tracked but it is the first day I have not tracked in Feb.

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Becky, they may be minor health problems, but definitely sounds like no fun. Take care!

And Emme, so sorry about the cold, I hope you can kick it quickly. Say hi to Macchupuchhari for me...so beautiful.

Lots and lots of xc skiing today...and 42 WW points. emoticon

Edited by: SDERIKA at: 2/18/2018 (19:24)
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1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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Take care, Emme. I hope you get over the cold quickly and enjoy your roaming....

Kelly, you sure have to deal with a lot. It's good you know what you are able to handle and what you need to stay away from. emoticon

Erika, I'm glad to hear that you are able to ski with no shoulder pain. What did you do to injure it originally?

Ryan, I hope you find out what is causing the fatigue and can find relief!! It's terrible when you can't do the things you want to do.

Judy, don't feel badly about the ups and downs and plateaus....that's what we need to learn to handle. We've developed so many bad habits related to food that we have to give ourselves a break as we're learning these new healthy habits. Marie was so wise. I miss her!!!

I really dislike backpedaling when it is out of my control. emoticon I had a serious attack of allergic rhinitis Monday and the doctor sent me another antihistimine to take along with my regulars. He told me not to go to the gym this week.(I have been getting in my 20 minutes daily by walking around the yard when the kids are on the playground every day). Yesterday after classes I was taking off my contacts to rest awhile and I felt an acute pain in my left eye. It didn't go away so I called an ophthalmologist and luckily he agreed to see me even with his full schedule. He discovered a piece of garbage under my eyelid that had scratched up my cornea. So no contacts and a week of antibiotic eye drops. I started with one of those wonderful harsh coughs on Thursday that I'm going to have to go see the doctor about it on Monday. I cough so hard when I have an attack that I alternate coughing and farting. I have a parent meeting on Wednesday and I really don't want to do the cough/fart routine in front of them....so I need to see what to take for the cough. These are minor health problems....and I apologise for whining.

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A quickie -- need to get going. Erika, Bhaktapur was damaged, but a lot of renovation going on. I posted some pix on FB.

I managed to catch a cold here. Ugh. I have two (short) presentations today, so hoping to make it through and rest up. Tomorrow, I leave for Pokhara.

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Erika I stuck with it and today my weight went down. When I first started SP all those years ago Marie told me that I just have to hang in when I am on a plateau. Kelly I actually did 10 weeks of brain reprogramming for my anxiety and it helped. My knee is acting up again. Old age!!!

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Kelly, great that your boot time is almost over! And good luck with the meds.

Judy, your post worried me a little... you are doing a great job and making so much progress! Be kind to yourself!

Emme, I'm envious of your time in Kathmandu. I wonder how much damage the earthquake did. Twenty years ago I loved Bhaktapur, but now it probably is very different.

Becky and Ryan, hope you guys are doing well.

The snow here is the least I have ever seen. Hard to believe it's February. It's just barely enough to XC ski on, with plenty of bald spots. The cabins that we've stayed in for twenty years now have WiFi, which depresses me. The good news is that I can ski just fine without hurting my shoulder. The physical therapy exercises are really helping a lot.

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1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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Ryan, I'm still in the boot but am hoping to be debooted on Tuesday and then on the following Tuesday I have a psychiatrist appointment and hopefully we can figure out this anxiety thing. I've gotten the bipolar part of the equation under control. I REFUSE to touch another SSRI because of what they've done to me and I'm not trying CBD anything (people have tried to talk to me about that)...my anxiety went up to an 11 last time I went anywhere near that sort of thing and I experienced the worst paranoia of my life to boot....also I have schizophrenia in my family and there are studies. What I'm on is actually addictive, not meant for long term use and pooping out on me to boot.


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Writing from the car, on the way to ski, yay! Even though we will arrive way past my bedtime, still is a fun adventure! Better than working for sure! And did you know that a large Wendy's chili is only 4 WW points?

New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
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Ryan I feel the same way about my man. He came home with a beautiful single rose and a Happy Valentines Day balloon. I have been going up and down with my program. After feeling great about not overeating on the weekend, I checked my WW loss record and I have only lost 7/10 # since I started. That was depressing. I know I just have to start exercising more. A stroll with my dog just doesn't cut it.

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judy, he gets the roses at costco. $15.99 a dozen. they're gorgeous. he knows not to get me candy and he it's important to him to do something, especially right now since i've been going through all this medical stuff. i'll tell you, i feel like i'm the luckiest woman in the world! i can't imagine a more attentive, loving, devoted husband than mine. i thank G-d every day for blessing me with him.

-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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Erika we will miss you not posting since you are one of our most reliable "posters". Hope you have a good recovery on your shoulder. The rotator cuff is one of the hardest ones to heal. Ryan my DH wanted to buy roses last friday and I said why would you want to spend that much money. Today he reminded me that he tried to buy me roses. I need to learn to keep my mouth shut. emoticon Emme I love hearing about Nepal. Becky I am so happy that WW is giving you a new slant on food control. Kelly hope your foot is doing well.

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Ryan, two dozen roses sounds amazing!!! Lucky you! emoticon emoticon

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I had another good weigh in yesterday so this challenge is paying off for me! Now I just have to get through a 4-day XC ski trip. My goals are to stay within points and to not further injure my shoulder. Sure looking forward to some time off work with the family!! The place we are going does not have Wi-fi in the cabins and also I have no cell signal there, so most likely no posting from me until we return.

New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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nice to her from you, kelly. i'm sure you were equally excited about the snow. keep on keepin' on. are you out of the boot yet?

norm came home last night with 2 dozen roses for valentines day. he told me that he tried to buy cards for me twice, but apparently it wasn't meant to be. i told him not to feel bad; i had planned to get cards for him yesterday but i didn't make it out of the house. i'm happier that he took today off from work to go to the doctor with 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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My doggo was highly thrilled by the blizzard we had but not so much about the ice that came after. I'm still plugging away at losing weight and just being ok.


~Kelly~

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Ryan, Erika -- sorry you're struggling with health issues. Hang in there!

My last day of training with this particular group today -- the next three days are conference presentations--more high profile and stressful, but then again, only 40 minutes tomorrow and the next day, and then 20 minutes on Saturday. So, there's that. Plus all the schmoozing and photo taking. So.many.photos. People are super nice.

Traffic here is kind of a nightmare. Although enjoying myself, I will be glad to get out of the city on Sunday and see some of the countryside and less hectic places. Kathmandu has 3 million people, and it is so not able to deal with 3 million people.

Hi Judy, Becky, Kelly. More soon! Going to chill out a bit before doing some prep for tomorrow. I fell asleep at 830 last night and woke up at 5--success!



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erika, i'm sorry to hear about your shoulder. like you're always telling me, listen to your body.

i slept 12 hours last night, but not at all well. i was restless, tossing and turning most of the night. when i got up to go to the bathroom, i was wide awake. then when i finally fell back to sleep, i had really strange dreams. one of the dreams was a very long visit with my father talking about all the things that are happening in my life right now, including his opinion on a dress for brett's wedding. when i finally got up, i was achy, but also feeling very weak. i ended up spending the day in bed (i hate that) and had norm pick up a rotisserie chicken for dinner. needless to say, no exercise for me today, either. unfortunately, i used my free day yesterday.

tomorrow is my appointment with my primary. i don't expect him to have any answers for my chest pain, but maybe he'll have something to say about my constantly being tired, one can only hope!

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-ryan

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Hi all! Well, today might be the first day that I take a free day for exercise. My shoulder is killing me and I got almost no sleep. Doc says it's a rotator cuff injury and I'm going to the physical therapist today. I just want to keep it from becoming "frozen shoulder" like happened on the other side several years ago. emoticon

Hope everyone is doing well! A little bit quiet around here.

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1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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Hi Ryan! Yes we are keeping up with the challenge, but no matter who wins, we are all winners! Even Emme, who is doing a good job of trying to focus on those zero-point foods (eating lots of dal, Emme?). Thanks again for getting me off my duff a bit by setting up the challenge.

Both my sis and Judy had not-so-great weigh-ins and are struggling with heading off the associated tantrum. It makes me feel better that I am not the only one who has issues with letting the dumb scales dictate my mood. It is just extra-hard when you have done a great job with your eating and the scales does not cooperate. I have to really lower my expectations going into my WW weigh-in tomorrow. I am not doing this only to lose weight!! This is for a healthy life, and there is no finish line!!! I will not let the dumb scales depress me and throw me off my plan!!

Ryan, if you click on Connect on the WW page (either on the app or the Web), you can see all the posts from the WW people. Some are more helpful than others. There are three categories--trending, new, and following. I tend to read the trending and new sections only so that I can find interesting people to follow. Another way to find people that you would like to follow is to search on the hashtags, like #freestyle , etc.

Edited by: SDERIKA at: 2/12/2018 (15:52)
New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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btw, i want to tell all of you how proud i am of you. you're all keeping up with posting your challenge progress better than i ever remember! emoticon it makes things much easier to calculate the winners at the end of the month.

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-ryan

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emoticon judy!! how do you connect with people on ww online? i think that would be great to be able to share information.

our dinner out with the kids got canceled. i had saved my points so that i could have a good dinner. suddenly, it was 6:30 and i had only used 4 points! i have to admit that my 14 point dinner included a 7 point swiss roll! i had a 2 point egg cup, a 1 point serving of honey ham, and 4 points for a bag of veggie straws. other than that today i just ate free foods. lots of fruit and veggies & a hard boiled egg. now that i have my kitchen restocked, i hope i'll do a little better this week with weight loss.

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-ryan

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Everybody is doing so good. Kelly and Ryan glad to see you on a positive path to better health. Becky I only do online WW but I have a text connection with Erika and my DD in DE which really helps keep me accountable. They both go to meetings and pass on what they learn. Emme I am so glad you are keeping up from Nepal and I look forward to your posts. I had a success on my trip to Jacksonville. My SIL keeps candy in plain sight in every room and for the first time I did not touch a bite. Every time I wanted a pieco of candy I ate some berries that I had brought with me and it worked. Then Len's friend gave me a big cinnamon roll and I did not eat it. Finally a birthday party and all I had was 2T ice cream. Altogether I had 23 pts at the end of the day. emoticon

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i'm a little disappointed. i stuck to weight watchers all week and i only dropped a half pound. oh, well, that's better than gaining.

i just spent 2 hours food prepping. i cut up veggies and hard boiled eggs. i even put some of the baby carrots into a bowl instead of leaving them all in the bag to make them easier to grab. i know have a fridge full of zero point snacks. and once i get spinach, i'm going to make some egg cups. i am so dedicated to making this work!

i know that you are right about listening to my therapist. it's just hard for me to accept that i'm not able to do things that i could crush 6 months ago.

-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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Hi all -- so nice to see all those posts. I'm jetlagged, and taking a day to chill and try to normalize sleep. I didn't sleep well last night, and I'm going to try to stay awake until at least 8 tonight. The flights were uneventful, except for major confusion over my luggage in Dubai. I was shocked that it made it here, frankly. Dubai airport is kind of a nightmare.

It's warm and polluted here. But, the Himalayas are beautiful, especially when flying in yesterday.

Food has been totally random -- ate a big breakfast today to try to make it so I eat only dinner and then bed. I'm hungry--just ate a banana and a few cashews. The minibar is actually affordable :)

My workday doesn't start until 1:15 tomorrow, yay!

Becky, good luck with the new kids! I hope the parents are all charming, reasonable, and respectful. emoticon on the weight loss.

Ryan, take care of yourself. You're doing great.

Erika, I think the new WW is a whole new mindset for me. Even though it's hard while traveling, I know that I can do the fruit/lean meat/veg route, and I'm close to the plan, even here. Like Becky, I have floaters. Also had a retinal detachment repaired with laser surgery -- but the bigger source of floaters are vitreous detachments, which aren't serious, but release floaters. I hate them. They are age related.

Judy, I hope all is well there, ditto Kelly.

I think I'm going to eat in tonight. Room service and a movie, maybe?

Will post pix soon.



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Ryan, I'm wondering if it might not be a good idea to listen to your therapist. You will lose the weight, and there is no reason to put yourself in jeapardy. If you feel so tired it' might be best to listen to your body....and your therapist. emoticon

Erika, I have a lot of floaters, too. I had a hole in my retina awhile back that had to be repaired with laser (very painful, I might add). There was no change in the repair job....and my floaters are age related. I hope there's nothing seriously wrong with your shoulder.

I guess Emme is in Nepal. It must be amazing to be there!!!

Judy, do you go to WW meetings or just do the program on-line?

Kelly, emoticon

I lost 1.5 pounds this week.....and I'm down a total of 7 pounds since I started. I am so thrilled to see the scale move in the right direction in a more consistent manner. It was so depressing to see the scale go down a little and then right back up....over and over and over. I feel stronger, too. Thursday I went to pilates class and stayed for yoga. Both were killer classes and I was surprised that I could do everything. (I've been really out-of-shape with all the extra weight). Friday the trainer raised my repetitions and it was challenging. And yesterday I went to yoga in the morning and it was another hard class, but I was able to get through the class without stopping. It is so exciting to finally see some real improvement after three long years of gaining weight and feeling worse. I really do want to be in good shape when I go up to visit my cousin!!





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i went to synagogue this morning and people kept asking me if i was okay and telling me that i looked tired. i didn't know it showed.

yesterday my therapist told me that i need to slow down. i was proud of myself for doing ½ hour on the treadmill and adding a little speed and incline. he told me that maybe i should be doing 20 minutes at a slower speed and no incline. i didn't agree to it. he wasn't ask that happy. i figure i'll be wiped out anyway so i might as well get as much as i can for my effort.

norm went to costco today. he bought me oranges, clementines, strawberries, blueberries, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, celery, eggs; you get the picture. he is so amazingly good to me that sometimes i wonder what i did to deserve him!

tomorrow will be a challenge for my eating. the kids are all available so we're getting together for dinner. i haven't seen jared since the afc championship game and i don't think i've seen raina since chanukah! anyway, they want to go to the olive garden. i'll need to do some research. i'm glad norm bought me all those zero point foods today. tomorrow i'll get some cabbage and make soup.

-ryan

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Erika, I hope all of Bella's exams are over so she can de-stress. You're such a good Mom sending her healthy food so her stress eating won't hurt her!!

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I think it is, Ryan.

New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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is the old ww zero point soup a free food, does anybody know?

-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."
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TGIF! Glad this week is over. DD has 4 tests today (one in every class) and she is stressing. She only has 4 classes at a time, but they go very quickly. I've been spending a lot of time supporting her. One nice side effect, she hasn't had time to eat anything except the (healthy) food that I make for her! I pack her tons of fruit and veggies for lunch, and the packages come back empty. emoticon

I went to the doc this week because I have a lot of new "floaters" in my vision. He said, yep, you're getting older, you'll get used to it. emoticon I'm going to another doc today because I injured my shoulder 2+ weeks ago and I feel like it should be better by now. It's always something, isn't it.

Becky, I agree that they are so smart on how they set up the WW system. They do a ton of research and they must know how our minds work. It seems so silly that just having "weekly points" and "fit points" and "free foods" would affect my psyche so much, but somehow it does. I feel freed from the calorie-counting...worrying about how much nonfat Greek yogurt I have on my breakfast. Really the only weighing/measuring I am doing now is carb foods and fatty foods. Like, I had an ounce of really good Gouda last night with dinner. emoticon But I also had a good amount of turkey chili that I made that was zero points!

Edited by: SDERIKA at: 2/9/2018 (10:47)
New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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Erika, I think WW really hit on something with this system....especially for perfectionists like us. The fact that you can eat treats on occassion or even go overboard for a special celebration and have 0 points or extra weekly points to fall back on makes all the difference. I don't feel like I have "failed" and it makes me get right back on the healthy eating program. I was constantly having horrible eating jags if I messed up on SP or with the nutritionist....and then (like you mentioned) loosing the same pounds over and over again. I am really happy with it.

Ryan, I would love to taste Norm's grilled cheese sandwich. It sounds wonderful!! Congrats for getting to the gym.

Emme, I hope you have uneventful travel and a wonderful time!!

Judy, I'm glad your knees are better....and that you've made a new WW buddy.

Kelly, how your emoticon ?

Well, we survived the first week of school with all the new little ones. Having so many very young children is really going to change the "personality" of the classroom. It's going to be crazy!!

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Ryan, yes, for me the healthy eating zone in WW is 13-28 points. But if I eat a lot of zero-point foods then I don't worry about eating too few points occasionally. And I figured there would be no free days for bonus points! emoticon

New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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erika, i just noticed that 1 day you ate 10 ww points. did the app tell you that you weren't in the "healthy eating zone"? one day i ate 12 points and on my "journey"screen the date didn't show blue. just curious.

oh, and i'm sorry, but no free day for the bonus point. emoticon

Edited by: RYAN133HW at: 2/8/2018 (19:56)
-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 Thursday! Very busy lately but things are going well and I am still prioritizing my healthy eating. I hope that the WW eating routines are becoming habit? emoticon It seems like I am doing a ton of exercise lately. It is fun because I am building up a group of exercise buddies, but this week they all seemed to invite me to do things at the same time. I just hate to say no to great invites like that so I end up doing everything! New yoga classes, new bootcamp, etc. It's really fun doing new classes but I need to be careful I don't get too exhausted. I think I am going to take tomorrow completely off.

I am liking WW because when I am extra hungry I can eat more food if it is zero points. Before, when I was extra hungry from lots of exercise, I would eat more carbs. WW now is nudging me to eat more protein/fruit/veg instead. I still am sometimes going over the 19-point goal that I set for myself. Ryan, we don't get a free day for bonus points, do we? emoticon But overall I am just so thrilled with my weight loss, even though it is taking so long. emoticon

Ryan, it is awesome that you made it to the gym! You go girl! And it is fun to have you on WW too, even if just for a little while. I will be interested to hear what you think of it. The grilled cheese story was funny! How nice of you not to complain when DH is trying to be kind. emoticon

Becky, I loved that you were able to eat that cake, stay within your points, and have no guilt. And your progress sounds amazing!! 3 cm is a lot! The fit of your clothes must really be changing. emoticon

Judy, it is so fun to have our own little mini-support group for WW with you and my sis. It has been very helpful for me! emoticon

Emme, I hope the flights go well! Thinking of you.

Kelly, nice to hear from you!

Edited by: SDERIKA at: 2/8/2018 (12:41)
New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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i'm proud to report that i made it to the gym! it was a push, but i did 35 minutes on the treadmill, with small (tiny really) intervals and a slight incline. now i'm wiped out. going home to a nice warm shower, a tuna sandwich for lunch, and my fuzzy warm hanging out clothes,

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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. "

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

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Ryan you make me appreciate my beautiful Florida weather. Emme have a great trip. Becky congrats on the waist loss. Kelly glad things are going better for you. Erika I am using your water suggestion of organic tea instead of coffee to help me get my water. I have found a "snowbird" who is down here from Kansas City who is in WW. She goes to a meeting up north so down here she has to drive 1.5 hours one way to the nearest weigh in. I am so grateful for my phone app. I am going over to visit with her in a few minutes.

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norm made me dinner last night; a grilled cheese sandwich worth 21 points! thank goodness for weekly points. i didn't say anything because i appreciated that he made it for me. it wasn't bad, just a bit too much cheese. he used 3 slices and i would have used only 2.

i never left the house yesterday. i'm really having trouble with energy lately. i did workout at home, though. yoga, stretch, and strength. it's supposed to be really icy today. yesterday we had snow that turned to rain and then the temps dropped so it all froze. that may mean staying in again today. i'll have to dig around my elliptical/bike and get on it for a while. between my father's stuff and the stuff from norm's 2 offices that he closed, everything downstairs is buried. it's too overwhelming for me and not important enough for norm so i don't know when it will be resolved!

i can smell my coffee and it's calling my name! have a good thursday, everyone.
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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. "

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."
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Fifteen points for chocolate (birthday) cake but I still stayed within my points. emoticon I was weighed and measured at the gym today. I'm down 3 centimeters on my waist.

Have a great trip, Emme!!

Kelly, it's always nice to hear from you.



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emme, have a fabulous trip and come home safely! emoticon well miss you!

-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. "

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."
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A quick hello on pack-up day. A long list, but it will get done. I'm on the plane tomorrow, done or not.

Sorry I've been a flop with the challenge -- I think my idea that I could manage was a little crazy. But, since I'm the goat, I'll provide the prize this month. Maybe something cool from Nepal if I find something suitable.

I'll be in touch! It might be from Dubai or Kathmandu, but I will be in touch.

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Ryan and Becky, I'm generally doing well (I've had my ups and downs but mostly related to actual reality...which is a big improvement and not pathological at that point IMO, even working on losing weight is pretty stressful and I'm feeling it) and Ryan, thank you for the kitty bowties, I got them day before yesterday.


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Ryan i am so happy that you and Becky are trying out WW and like it so far. I have learned so much from being "nudged" in the right direction. Wow 4 apps at once. Erika your journey is so much like mine and I am learning so much from your sharing what you are figuring out.

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erika, that's awesome. so proud of you! remember, slow and steady bwins the race!

so far, i'm liking ww. the only problem i'm having is with my activity. so here's the deal. if i log my activity in mfp, it syncs to my fitbit and also to my gym's app. then my fitbit syncs to ww, but it includes both the activity i logged on mfp (like walking on the treadmill) and my fitbit steps. it's like double dipping. ii can't figure out how to switch things around. i know the problem is that i'm using 4 apps at once. it might take me a while, but i'm confident i'll figure it out.

i had a 2 point dinner and i'm full. i was going to treat myself with a piece of chocolate for dessert, but i don't even want it now! we need to shop this weekend. starting on a day when we got home from being away wasn't the best plan. we kind of emptied out the perishables (read free foods) before we left.

-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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Becky, you are so positive and kind. emoticon Makes me want to stick with it, even with my 1-2 pounds per month rate of weight loss. emoticon emoticon

Today when I changed my weight on the SP tracker, I realized that I have always set my expectations for weight loss too high. I set them based on the weight loss rate that SP says, or that other people always seem to be able to achieve. So then I am always missing my "goal", and it depresses me (and makes me eat). I mean look at this chart (from my SP data):


But now I think, so what if I am way above what SP says is my goal line? I am making my own goal line! I am willing to wait an extra 6 months or even an extra year (or more) to lose the weight I want to lose, if that is what it takes for me to be successful. And even if I never lose all the weight I want, I know that I feel healthier and better eating this way.

Edited by: SDERIKA at: 2/6/2018 (18:20)
New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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Wow, Erika!!!!! So proud of you for your change in habits and mind-set. I want to follow in your footsteps!!!!

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WW weigh-in is today and I am trying not to obsess. So funny how much trouble I still have with this. At least I am now aware of the problem, and that is always step 1. Focusing instead on how loose my clothes feel today (both top and bottom), no matter what the @#$% scales says. emoticon emoticon

Becky, so sorry about your politics. It is so depressing. emoticon

Update: I actually lost weight this time! So happy that I stuck with it in spite of the gain on my last weigh-in. emoticon Only 10 pounds to go to my WW goal, which will mean that WW is free for me from then on (if I weigh in monthly and stay within 2 pounds of goal). Maybe in another 6 months or so. That would be awesome!

Edited by: SDERIKA at: 2/6/2018 (16:51)
New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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Judy, you can still come. Hopefully in the second round elections on Easter Sunday, people will elect the PAC candidate!! If you guys get a chance to read any information on him (Fabricio Alvarado), please do. His wife talks in tongues. And undfortunately his party won 14 seats in the "Asamblea Legislativa". Woe is us.....

I found this in English....
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Love to hear all your messages. i did my last PT today for my knees and they are much better. Sorry Becky about the election. And I was about to move to CR.

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I swore I wasn't going to watch the game, but ended up doing so any way while I wrote presentations. The Eagles won, and I got all eight done, so I'm a happy camper (sorry, Ryan). It was actually a really good game.

Becky, think runoffs. I hope they go well -- and not down our road, so to speak.

Erika, the weather is great here, too. We actually turned on the AC (we have AC!) a couple times this weekend -- just briefly. It was 85 in this house yesterday (about 75 outside). Crazy. It's supposed to be pretty nice all week, which is good for flying out weather.

I leave Thursday. I'll go to the office today and half tomorrow, then get ready. I'm excited, nervous, stressed out. Getting on the plane will be a bit of a relief, no email or phone for long stretches of time.

I didn't record yesterday. Huh--what's up with that? Not a bad day though, light brunch, chicken and salad for dinner.

Happy Monday, all! Hi Kelly and Judy.





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1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
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erika, i joined yesterday. you're right; 23 daily points and 28 weekly. i did well yesterday, but day 1 is always easy. as for your croissant sandwich, don't forget my friend and her 71 point lunch!

thank you, judy. i'm not really a football fan, but i like to watch the super bowl and, obviously, i wanted the pats to win. oh, well, it's just a game.

becky, it sounds like no matter who won your election it wouldn't be good. do you always have elections on sunday? that seems strange to me.

emme, when do you actually leave? have a safe trip and try to relax as much add possible. i hope you have time to enjoy being in nepal.

kelly, hope you're doing okay. emoticon

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Oh dear Becky, it sounds like the regressive candidate won your elections. So sorry to hear! Will cross my fingers for your runoff election.

Ryan, will be great if you decide to join WW for a while! I'm guessing you'll get 23 points per day and 28 weekly points, like I have. I think it is the lowest level emoticon

I had a super-fun day yesterday. It was a gorgeous California day and first I went to a 1.5 hour yoga class with my friend, then we biked up the coast to the (hipster) coffee shop. It was a ton of exercise though. By the time I got to the coffee shop, I was starving, and the only options for food other than bakery items were croissant sandwiches...I won't tell you how many points is in one of those! emoticon My WW weigh-in is tomorrow, I keep telling myself that one meal is not going to have such a huge effect on my weigh-in, since I got right back on track. Next time I need to do a better job of planning, though.

Emme, good luck with the countdown to your big trip!! emoticon

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I feel just like I did when I got up the morning after the U.S. elections and found that Trump had won. At least we have a runoff election in April. There's still hope!! emoticon

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Ryan sorry about the Patriots but my DD is an Eagles fan so she is very happy.

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i decided that i want to go back to the hotel in ct. the choices they served helped me to actually lose weight! i'm back below 150...again. but this time i'm committed and, with the help of ww and the challenge, i'm going to stay on track and continue the downward trend. 15 pounds to goal. last year i lost 23 lbs. in 8 months. i have 6 months to lose 15. emoticon

you guys are really sweet the way you keep thanking me for this challenge. the truth is, i set it up because i needed a kick. just logging wasn't working for me anymore and i knew that the competition would do it. thank you all for joining in! emoticon

i'm embarrassed to say that i'm just getting up so it's time for coffee and yoga. oh, and signing up for ww! YES!

have a wonderful sunday, everyone.

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Emme, interesting info on sushi. I'm not a sushi eater. I really don't like any seafood or anything with a fishy taste. I force myself to eat some fish because it's good for me. I don'teven like shrimp, crab, lobster....or any of the popular foods. And I basically grew up with both the Atlantic and Pacific practically on my doorstep.

Ryan, I have only been using the point system on WW. I haven't even explored the website or looked into support groups or anything else. I think you're going to like how easy it is to use.

Judy, the challenge is helping me get in my exercise on the days I think I want a day off, too. Good for you on pedaling to get your point.

Erika, I had four social eating get-togethers this week and the scale showed it this morning. I am up a pound!! But I'm actually okay with it. I don't have any social functions this week....and I also start school tomorrow. The work routine helps a lot with a more regular eating schedule. (though there is the stress). I am going to work hard on letting go of all the drama this year.

Election day here in Costa Rica. I am concerned about two of the candidates....and they have both been in the lead these last few weeks. Both would be almost as traumatic as Trump if elected. One is incredibly corrupt (he has stolen land in Costa Rica and from poor indigenous groups in Panama) and the other is an evangelical leader who has no experience, education or common sense who can do a lot of harm with his extremist views. Evangelical and Catholics have joined together to support him to stop gay marriages in Costa Rica. Incredible.





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Ryan don't feel bad about losing your bonus point, I was 1 point over today emoticon . I really like this challenge. It is working for me. Tonight I got on my stationary bike to make up my exercise point.

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i had to forfeit my bonus point yesterday because even without the sushi i was over on calories. when i saw i was over, i just decided to forget about the sushi and use my free day. free day for food=no bonus point.

i did really well today. lunch was arugula salad (make your own), grilled veggies, steamed veggies, and salmon. i skipped the fingerling potatoes and the chicken marsala. i didn't miss it. i. also didn't miss the double chocolate fudge cake or the caramel cheesecake they served for dessert. i watched others eating it and enjoyed it vicariously through them!

i'm definitely joining weight watchers. i'm going to do the online only version for 3 months to give myself a chance to really get the hang of it. then i'll hopefully be able to continue on my own. what do you all use as your usernames?

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Emme, I loved the sushi facts! Nice to have a professor in the group. emoticon

I made the mistake of eating lunch before tracking rather than the other way around. Now I only have 5 points for dinner, and we are going out with friends!! I'm planning to eat some 0-point foods before I go, and I've already checked out the restaurant menu online and picked out a salad with chicken breast (no dressing) and some Tom Yum soup (1 point). Wish me luck! And thanks again to Ryan, I would never be trying this hard if I didn't want my bonus point. emoticon

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1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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Fun nerdy fact -- and why sushi is so hard to count. Sushi just refers to the rice--it's a particular preparation--it's cooled off with vinegar. The word "su-shi" means "It's sour." You can fill sushi with anything. When I was traveling in Japan, I even saw sushi that was made with spam and mayo (no thanks, I passed). So, sushi calories/points are all about what's in it -- with veggies, it's nearly no cals--just what's in the rice, with eel or fatty fish, deep fried stuff, etc, a lot more. Here's a chart of some of the more popular kinds:

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Judy, water is a hard one for me, too. I've been doing better since I started stocking up on La Croix--hipster fizzy water. But, it does taste good.

I tracked yesterday, but it wasn't pretty -- used my rollover points plus a few extra. Didn't really eat that much, but having red meat instead of fish or chicken makes a big difference. Oh well, a once-in-awhile thing.

Becky, it is a good affirmation. I try similar attitudes when dealing with demanding or whiny students. It's hard sometimes, but I have to remember, not my monkeys, not my circus.

Okay, time to get it going. I got nearly two presentations done yesterday (harder/longer ones). I have a short one to do and five workshops. I take 'workshop' literally, and make the instructors do the work, so those should be easier.

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Ryan, Thanks again so much for the challenge! It is really helping me to shoot for that lower WW point level so that I can get my bonus point. And I'm sure you can google for sushi calories. Just take a close guess, no need to get it exact.

Becky, I love the affirmation. I think that is such a good idea. Our thoughts really do control so much. Change the thoughts, and the rest will follow. You are so smart! Good luck! And same thing with Judy about the water! I bet that affirmation will help.

Have a good weekend, everyone! emoticon

New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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judy, thank you, but i'm not doing ww yet so i'm looking for calories. i'm 99% sure that i am going to sign up when we get home, though. emoticon

becky, i drink so much water that norm suggested once that i might be drinking too much, which can be extremely dangerous. i'm far, far from that much, though; i googled it. anyway, that's why i made the water goal 10 cups for me. even that is pretty easy. many days i drink as much as 15 cups; occasionally more. sometimes only 8 or 10. emoticon

emme, you must be getting excited for your trip. did you get all the little things done yet? i always forget the little things, the obvious things, because i think that i can leave that until later, i'll never forget that. emoticon

emoticon erika and kelly. i hope all is well with both of you,

time to shower and get packed to go home.



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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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Judy, I drink a ton of water....so that's an easy one for me. I also have to get up all night to pee as a consequence. emoticon

Emme, my brother has a motorcycle and it terrifies me. Costa Rica is a dangerous place to drive a car....much less a motorcycle.

Ryan, congrats on being holter free!!

Erika, you are so right. There is nothing worse than losing the same few pounds over and over again. I am hoping to continue in a downward direction instead of goinng up and down over and over again.

School starts on Monday. I have been practicing the mantra the psychologist suggested for dealing with difficult parents. I've already forgotten to use it a couple of times!! I love how positive it is. In English it's: "I bless you. I forgive you. I release you with love." It really is harder to be 200% pissed at someone when you are thinking those words.

No yoga this morning. It's not raining so I'm going to get a morning walk in.

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Ryan, a California roll of sushi (4 pieces in a roll) is 5 points. I am excited about the challenge. The hardest part for me is the water. I don't like water so on my own I drink about a cup of water a day. That is a long way from 8 cups but I did it yesterday and today. I really do think I am not as hungry when I drink the water. I visited a friend today and she said that when I get up in the morning I should do some affirmations about how good water tastes. I guess I will try it.

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okay, ladies, here's a question for you. tonight's reception offered grilled veggies (I did okay with that) and sushi. i don't know one kind of sushi from another so i'm having trouble logging. i know i had salmon, so i'm okay with that, but i don't know what the things wrapped in rice are. can anybody help me? if not, i'll just use a free day for food.

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Ryan, that would be fun if you joined for a month or two just to try it out. And congrats on the monitor!!!

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Haha--yes, Ryan--the first thing I did when I looked at your breakfast is think "maybe only a point or two). It is helping reshape my thinking. And congrats on being monitor-free! May there be no more incidents.

I am making no progress on my presentations. I MUST MUST MUST work on them today. But instead, I picked DH up from his mechanic, we went out to brunch (black coffee, poached eggs, black beans, and a bit of guacamole, half a tortilla = 3 points). I have a conference call in a couple hours, then have to take DH back to the mechanic to pick up his car.

Becky, sorry about your friend's husband. We had a couple tragic motorcycle deaths in our family (decades ago), so pretty much no one in our family has ever ridden or intends to ride a motorcycle. They are so dangerous.

Okay, hi to Judy, Erika, and Kelly. Must get to it! Enough dawdling. At least DH has a gig tomorrow so I can work day and eve without interruption.


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i'm seriously considering joining ww for a short time just to get the hang of it and all the full info. reading what all of you are posting, it sounds like i barely ate any points yesterday or today. i think in the long run it will be worth the money to really learn proper eating habits.

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Ryan, your buffets sound so yummy!! Nice job on making good choices! Lox is free on WW, which I love. Recently DH bought the monster size at Costco. emoticon

Becky, I absolutely loved your comment: "WW is training me to stay the course instead of punishing myself with food every time I fall off the perfection wagon." I too am really noticing that when I fall off, I just don't fall as far any more. Having those weekly "bonus" points allows me to eat some of the not-so-healthy stuff while still feeling like I am on plan, which I am. If I eat the weekly points, I don't lose, but I also don't gain, which is a BIG DEAL! I feel like I took something of a break over the last few weeks and now I am getting serious again. But the difference is, my starting point for further weight loss is approximately the same as it was a month ago. So nice not to have to re-lose that weight, but instead start again from the lower starting point!

Judy, you are doing great on the challenge so far, nice job! emoticon

Emme, good luck with the presentations! Eight sure sounds like a lot!! emoticon

Here's my yummy recipe for the day:

Green Pea Soup

Cook some chopped leeks (a cup or two) in a little butter until they are soft. Then add nonfat chicken stock and frozen green peas (6 cups or so), bring to a boil and simmer for 5 mins. Turn off the heat and add some plain greek yogurt (approx 1/2 cup), fresh mint, fresh lime juice (approx 2 Tblsps), and a little sugar or sweetener (1-2 teaspoons), with salt as needed (1-ish teaspoon). Then puree and eat!

Very few WW points and super filling and yummy!

New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
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good morning. i'm happy to say that i slept until 7 this morning! that's actually late for even my normal days. norm got registered for the conference then came back and we went to the concierge lounge together for breakfast. i had mostly fruit. i took some scrambled eggs, but they were cold so i didn't eat much of them. and i was surprised to see that they had lox, which i love and it's low in calories.


not sure what i'll do today. this conference is totally different than national. it's much smaller for one thing. its also in ct in february so I can't go out and walk around. i'm glad i brought my tablet! i'll have to see what's around since we do have our car. and emme, this is a pepsi hotel! emoticon there's got to be a 7-11 somewhere.

oh, i almost forgot to mention... no more monitor!! YAY! it was almost like a celebration when i took it off and packed it up to send back. i won't miss it.

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Ryan, that looks like a big spread to choose from....and you chose well!!

Emme, one week of eating well really does make you feel better. I want photos of your little sleeping booth at the airport. Did I understand right that it was a sleeping cove instead of a hotel room?

Erika, thanks for the explanation. I use my computer because the WW app on my phone needs a number to unlock it....and no one at WWs can help me with it. I wonder if it has to do with living here. It doesn't seem like it would.....

Judy, damn those cookies!! You'll shake them loose soon....

Hi, Kelly, I hope all is well.

I'm not expecting a weight loss this week. We had friends over for dinner Tuesday night and I went over in points. I made a fruit trifle for dessert....which I had never made before. Yesterday I went to visit a friend whose husband was killed on a motorcycle a month ago. I wasn't able to go to the wake or the funeral. I took a cake and we had coffee...and I ate cake and a chocolate chip cookie (I thought of you as I ate the cookie, Judy).Today my DB invited us to drive over to Aguas Zarcas to a great Caribbean restaurant to celebrate my last day of vacation....and those rice and beans have got to be high in points!!! I am finding (like you, Erika) that WW is training me to stay the course instead of punishing myself with food every time I fall off the perfection wagon.

I was going to go to yoga yesterday, but I stayed so long at my friend's house that I couldn't make it. I grabbed Charlie's leash and took off for a walk as soon as I got home to make my exercise minutes for the challenge.

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our room came with access to the concierge lounge. i'm pretty proud of myself that I stuck mostly to the grilled veggies--eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, and red peppers. i also had some fresh fruit--pineapple. watermelon, and honey dew--for dessert. i could have skipped the nachos, but i only had about 4 chips worth.

made it through day 1 with all my points. 1 down, 27 to go!

-ryan

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A quick hello -- breakfast time and another busy day. I'm going to work at home tomorrow, and have called off all music lessons (except group jam class) until after I return. I need TIME. I have 8 presentations to write and haven't started.

Erika and Judy, it sounds like you had a great time.

It's been hard sticking to the plan lately, so the challenge comes at the right time. Even if I get a week in before leaving, it will feel that much better getting on the plane.

Hi to Becky, Kelly, and Ryan. More soon, promise!

My cousin posted this--had to share..



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Ryan, sorry about the lack of sleep! No fun for sure. And good luck with staying on track while you travel. emoticon

Becky, I'm not sure if you use the WW website on the computer or the app on your phone, I am guessing the phone. Below is a screenshot of my WW app on my phone, if you use an Apple phone then it will look a bit different. But you can see the weekly points you have remaining on the left. I get 23 daily points plus 28 weekly points. And my weekly points go up by 4 every day if I eat 19 points or fewer on the previous day, because I can roll 4 points over per day. The "rolled-over" points are added to your weekly point stash. But for me, if I use any weeklies, or even if I eat my full 23 points a day, I will not lose. But of course not gaining is also a good thing!


Emme and Kelly, emoticon

Judy, making soup sounds like such a good idea!! emoticon

I did weigh in this morning for the February challenge. Nice to have a new challenge, emoticon Ryan!

New 2018 goals:

1. Accept and be grateful for my body and my metabolism as they are. No "tantrums" about not being able to eat unlimited quantities of everything I want.
2. Follow a healthy eating plan (such as WW). No guilt when I am unable to do this perfectly.
3. Remind myself that there is no finish line, this is for life.



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i feel like everything is working against me lately. we're leaving this afternoon for a 2 day sports medicine podiatry conference in hartford. i've been up since 3am. and i woke up really hungry! i resisted eating until my coffee was ready at 6:45. by then, i had already folded 2 loads of laundry and ironed 5 shirts. i tried to take a nap, but it was not going to happen. i'm hoping i'll fall asleep in the car.

i've decided to stick with mfp for now. it worked for me last year so here's hoping. i'd be a lot happier if i weren't going to be away for the first few days of the challenge, but i know if i'm determined enough then I can do it. i should also be able to get a fair amount of walking each day.

emme, when do you leave? how long will you be gone? your trip is certainly more exotic that mine!!

judy and erika, that's so nice that you got to spend time together. some of our best family times were 3 generational. maybe the next generation will start soon! emoticon

becky, aren't you lucky to have emme, erika, and judy to act as your ww advisors. i'm glad you were able to get it down there.

kelly, keep your eye out for a package. how much longer until you get out of the boot?

i guess i might as well do my yoga and stretching now; i'm obviously not getting back to sleep. emoticon

Edited by: RYAN133HW at: 2/1/2018 (10:10)
-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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