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JUDYJEANNE Posts: 1,705
9/22/17 9:10 P

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Becky actually the majority of the voters did not vote for Trump but we still ended up with him.

When I was a kid we collected money for UNICEF. United Nations International children's emergency fund. I always feel the sorriest for the kids.

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9/22/17 6:00 A

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Geez these two imbeciles insulting and threatening each other can get the entire world into trouble. How did the U.S. actually elect Trump????????

We celebrated International Peace Day in the school yesterday. The kids take it so seriously. Too bad adults don't.







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9/21/17 3:54 P

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Erika as long as you aren't gaining because of the stress that is good!

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quick hello! DH is out of town this week so I have much more going on than usual. He does half the kid driving and all of the dishes and laundry, so I am really feeling his absence!

I am somehow still sticking with tracking on WW, sure would be nice to see some results at some point.



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9/20/17 8:46 P

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Ryan what beautiful sons you have. Becky Kindle reading is definitely bad for me. I don't have access to a library but I do have the free books for $10 a month. Tell us any good books you recommend. The hurricanes are scary but so are the southwest earthquakes and the northwest fires and the middle tornados. Did you all see the research that the increase of carbon is reducing the amount of nutrients in plants by a pretty fair amount. Erika I did not use the activity points in WW because that is too much food for me. Emme do you eat all of the WW points?

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9/20/17 5:58 A

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Erika, I can't believe all the hurricanes this year. And Mexico was hit by another big earthquake. emoticon

Ryan, it looks like it was a beautiful wedding. I love the photo you posted on FB!! All your hard work at the gym paid off.

Emme, what does kangaroo taste like?

Judy, we're going to have to be vigilent about those termites. I can't believe how fast they can invade and destroy.

Kelly, you must be happy about the coming cold weather!!

It was storming and pouring all evening yesterday and I almost talked myself out of going to exercise. I went to a zumba/weight lifting class....and even though I'm not a big fan of zumba it was a good class.

I can't believe that this can be true, but in my case I think reading can be "bad" for me. I am so enthralled with all the incredible books I can download on my kindle for free through the public library in Houston that I am spending a lot more sedentary time than I ever have before. I may have to limit my reading time (like TV time) . emoticon


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9/19/17 11:20 A

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How sweet Ryan! I love going to weddings where I really think the couple will be happy in the future. It is just lovely, and I usually also cry my eyes out, I am just such a softie.

I got pretty hungry yesterday, but realized that I am not eating all of my WW points. There are weekly extra points, which I haven't used hardly any of, and then I have just tons of activity points that can also be eaten. Now that I have figured this out, I think it would be very easy for me to not lose weight on WW. Unlimited fruit, and also all of these extra points I can eat? On the other hand, it puts a cap on those fall-off-the-wagon times, so maybe there is value in that. I wouldn't do it though if work wasn't paying for it.

Can you believe those poor people in the Caribbean getting hit again? Just sickening.




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9/19/17 7:31 A

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a couple of shots of the beautiful couple and the beautiful setting. the officiant is my oldest son.
(you'll have to tilt your head or turn your computer. don' t know how to rotate the photos.)






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-ryan

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Judy, I would love to do tai chi but there are no classes here where I live. And what would we do without google???? emoticon

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9/18/17 10:28 P

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Becky we had termites too but hopefully have knocked them out. DH and I went to our first tai chi. It was 2 hours of hard work. His foot hurts and my back hurts so we shall see. My fitbit Blaze quit charging so I checked it out on the internet. After cleaning the contacts with a Qtip and alcohol it is working again!!

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Emme, I definitely want to see photos of the kangaroos!!

Erika, good luck with WW. I hope you see some results on it. I am back on my nutritionist's plan. I told her that I'm not going to make another apointment with her until I've "stayed the plan" for a month. She's expensive and there's no reason to pay for an appoiontment when I haven't been doing the work.

Ryan, it sounds like you had a wonderful time at the wedding. Good for you for participating in everything!! And congratulations to the newlyweds. I could have done everything except for wearing the heels. Never in my life have I been able to wear them.

Judy, I think we probably will go to the same hot springs. It's definitely my favorite. I like the one across the street, too, but I just love being surrounded by rain forest where we went.

We had a termite attack in the school last week. It was amazing....from one day to the next they actually ate through some materials and parts of a shelf.



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Hi all -- not totally vacation here. Staying in today to write my talk, which I have to give on Thursday. I have meetings Wed - Fri, but other than that, am taking some time to relax. It's rainy/windy today, so I don't mind staying in and getting things done. I went on an all day wine tasting trip yesterday with 3 other women who are here on business as well. We had a great day together--beautiful weather, saw lots of kangaroos.

Ryan, I'm so happy the wedding was all you hoped for. It sounds like loads of fun, pain and suffering be damned. Rest up.

Becky, thanks for sharing pictures. So cute.

Erika, good luck with WW. I joined the online version (again) but am doing nothing with it right now. How fun you'll be in Boston.

Judy, I hope things are getting back to normal in Florida.

Kelly, are you out there?

I must get it together. I want to do a couple hours of work before going out to seek lunch and maybe do a wee bit of shopping before coming back to do more work. I do need to get out and walk at least.

Happy Sunday night! It's already Monday here, of course.



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9/17/17 9:30 P

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Ryan so happy to hear what a wonderful start in life they have. Good for you to dance the night away. Erika you devote so much time and effort to taking care of yourself. But it pays off when you can do the demanding hikes that you love so much. Becky I think you are going to the same place you took us to soak your cares away. That place is paradise.

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Ryan, I am so happy to hear that it was such a lovely time! And I know how you feel, that is the same attitude I had with my big hike last month--by gosh I was going to do it, and worry about the recovery later. I've been thinking of you a lot and I am so happy that all went well. Also BTW I will be in Boston on Oct 7! Maybe we can go for a walk and a coffee or something?

Becky, I absolutely loved your pix, thanks so much for the time you took to post them. I love imagining you in your lovely little school, it helps so much that I have been there. And I am very envious of the hot springs trip. Are you going to the same place that you took us? That was so idyllic! I just wish we had had more time there. I am going to come back if there is any way possible.

Emme, I bet you are having a wonderful vacation! I hope the weather has settled down.

Judy, did you get a lot of sore muscles from your first time back to your tough exercise class? I sure did! But I did pilates yesterday (not a super-tough class) and then an hour bike ride today, and I am feeling ok.

Kelly, emoticon

I am on day three of Weight Watchers and it is interesting. When I am hungry between meals, it definitely pushes me to eat fruit/vegs since I know I won't get any "points" by eating them. I don't like the app as well as MFP, but it is ok. I am stuck with this for 12 weeks (I have to do 12 weeks in order to get my company to repay the cost) so I'd better get used to it!

I had a nice weekend and got a lot of stuff done, but not nearly as much as I used to get done in a not-too-busy weekend. I can really feel the aging process creeping up on me lately. emoticon



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9/17/17 7:30 P

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the wedding was AMAZING!! i'm so proud of raina and jared, who did all the planning and made all the arrangements themselves.

we just got home and i am toast. in addition to being emotionally drained and physically exhausted, i totally overdid it this weekend. between wearing heels 2 nights in a row, walking down a grassy hill that was the "aisle", and dancing half the night away, my sciatica, arthritis and lower back are all screaming at me. i can barely move from the pain, but it was worth it. i swore nothing would get in the way of my enjoying this weekend, consequences be damned!

pictures coming, hopefully tomorrow. good night. emoticon

-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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9/16/17 10:58 P

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Ryan glad it went well. Would love to see pictures. Becky your pics were adorable. I wish you had been my teacher! I was off course today so tomorrow is a better day.

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just s really quick hello to everyone.

the rehearsal dinner last night was fabulous!! everyone seemed to have a great time and it was wonderful to have an opportunity to spend some time with the smaller, more intimate group.

i barely slept last night and since i've been awake i've been feeling so emotional. tears keep flowing. i hope i don't totally fall to pieces this afternoon. i'll post a picture as soon as i can. emoticon

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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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9/16/17 6:07 A

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Emme, is this a business trip or a fun trip? Enjoy!!

Erika, good luck with WW. I definitely could gain weight if I ate all the fruits I wanted. Tropical fruits are like candy.

Judy, Erika's right....getting back to the first class is the hardest. I need to get back to yoga. I've had so many "complications" on my yoga days that it's been a couple of weeks since I've gone. I might try doing a video today.

Ryan, have a great time!!

Kelly, emoticon

We had our Independence day party on Thursday in the school. The kids walked around our block with their "faroles" (lanterns), they danced the three traditional dances that they learned and then they had a Costa Rican snack on banana leaves. Fun!!







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JUDYJEANNE Posts: 1,705
9/15/17 9:21 P

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Erika good luck with WW. It is great that you can do it at work and get them to pay for it. I had to drive 40 miles each way and it was just too far. I tried the online but it didn't give me the same incentive as going to the meetings. Emme so glad you made ahead of the winds. Have a great time. I wonder how Ryan is doing. emoticon

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Emme! It sounds so nice to be on vacation. How long do you have? I hope you have a wonderful time!

Judy, I am so proud of you getting back to your exercise class. I know it must be tough. But next time it will be easier, at least you have that first class behind you.

Ryan, we are all thinking of you, I hope everything is going well!

Kelly, hi! We look forward to your posts!

I got enough sleep last night (then had 20 minutes, to shower, pack lunches, and get out the door) so I feel like I have enough mental bandwidth to start back with SP. I don't know why it takes mental bandwidth to read and respond to your posts, and to track my food, but it does. I mean realistically, the time required is only a few minutes. But somehow the energy required is high for me.

So I am tracking again. I found out my work will cover WW for free if you attend 10 of the first 12 meetings. So I decided what the heck and I am trying it out. It seems like all fruits and veggies are free! I could gain so much weight on this plan. In fact, as I recall, the last time I did WW I did not lose an ounce of weight. So anyway this morning I doubled my usual fruit and took out the chia seeds. I am skeptical but will give it a try.

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Judy, I'm so happy to hear your home wasn't damaged. New Orleans used to be my place to go to escape Texas, so a road trip there brings back memories.

Becky, yay for some time off. Arenal is so beautiful--I'm sure your week will be great, and well deserved.

A shout out to everyone from the future. I'm here in Adelaide, South Australia, where it's already Friday night. I wasn't going to sleep the day away, but I took a "nap" at 1 p.m. and just woke up at 8 p.m. Ordered a salad for room service dinner and will try to go back to sleep around midnight to try to get on a regular schedule. The long flight was good, but I missed my connection (long, uninteresting story). Fortunately, they got me on another flight about an hour later, which was fine. I got out in a little window of time, though, as the airport was closed yesterday because of high winds and it happened again late in the day here, too. Hundreds and hundreds of flights canceled. Whew. Good timing.

I hope you're all doing well.

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Becky I don't envy you having to deal with parents. They are often more trouble than the kids. Because we returned early, the traffic was busy but only stopped up a few times. I am very proud of myself that I went back to my exercise class today. Erika you inspire me with your persistence to exercise.

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Judy, that sounds stressful. Was there massive traffic on the roads? I'm glad you didn't come home to flooding or damage!!

Emme, I'm glad you will get a break for awhile. Someitimes it's absolutely necessary to get away from it all. I love my job and really enjoy teaching, but there are times I just want to run screaming into the sunset. I have the week off at the end of September, but I will be working for most of the week. I'm going to go hang out all day in one of the hot springs near Volcan Arenal one day with friends. But even though I'll be working in the school I won't have to deal with parents....and that's a vacation in itself!!!!

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The evacuation and storm have been very stressful even though the only damage in Carrabelle was a few down trees and some power outage. A year ago they rebuilt all of the power lines on our 3 mile road and we have never had a power outage since. We left 2:30 Sunday and drove till 10 pm eastern time just north of New Orleans before we could find a room that would take a dog. The next day we went 70 miles south of New Orleans to see where DH used to work on the oil rigs and got home at 10 pm so it was two long days. Neither of our houses had any damage. Ryan thinking of you at your wedding. Becky the poor Carribean - can Barbadu recover from 90% damage? Emme have a good trip. Erika sorry you are so busy at work. Retirement might look better by the time it comes. Kelly hope the cooler weather is here for you.

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Erika, I feel ya. I am waking up stressed, and am being pecked at by a thousand crows at work. Everyone knows I'm leaving so a lot of "Can you do X before you go?" I'm trying to do them all, but tonight at 11 I'm crawling in my business class bed and watching movies until I drift off.

Becky--have fun celebrations, and I bet you're looking forward to work's end. We stop for the year near the end of November, too, with a few administrative tasks early December. It goes fast. Happy to hear your friends are well. I just heard that 5 people in a nursing home died. What a nightmare.

Ryan--the day is nearly upon you. I hope your days with friends and family are filled with joy.

Hi Judy and Kelly. Happy birthday, Bella.

We woke up to rain! The second rainstorm this week -- not typical for September, but not completely out of character. A sign that summer is nearly done.

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¡¡Feliz cumpleaños a Bella!!! Erika, I feel for you. Hang in there!!!



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Today is DD's actual birthday. 16! Wow.

I am unfortunately totally swamped right now and barely keeping my head above water with the minimum amount of things that absolutely must be done. I do see light at the end of the tunnel, certainly by October. But right now I am drowning. I realize that my priorities must be work and getting enough sleep, because I am doing those. But my food and my exercise are suffering.

Ryan, I am thinking of you!! It must be such an emotional time! I am so happy for you and your family. emoticon

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All my friends in Florida are also safe. I think that people were extra careful after seeing what happened in Houston. Hurricanes are certainly nothing to scoff at. And Judy is getting an unexpected mini vacation!!

Erika, I feel for you. It is so upsetting to make an effort and see not-so-great results. It is very good news on your bone scan though. So you think you'll do WW? I am not making excellent food choices since the challenge began, but I am not going over in the food department. I am not going to weigh myself until the end of September....I don't want to risk a food melt-down.

Emme, I'm glad your friend made it off St. Martin. I haven't watched the news, but I heard that Hurricane Jose might hit the Caribbean. Geez....

Ryan, enjoy the wedding!!! I loved the FB photo of your DS and his fiancee.

Kelly, emoticon

Still crazy hectic at work, but we have the last week of September off and I can catch up on everything and hopefully coast to the end of the school year (we finish at the end of November). We celebrate Costa Rica's Independence on Thursday in the classroom and on the 21st International Peace Day. Then all the celebrations are over!!!

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Ryan, have fun!

So glad to hear that all is well. with Judy. I've been hearing from various friends in Florida all day. Seems like things are settling down. Some are starting to take the boards off the windows and such.

Erika, how depressing. I agree about the measuring thing, but I'm not sure what the answer is. I know if I don't weigh in, I live in denial. If I do, it's depressing. I guess the answer is to lose fat and gain muscle. So easy! emoticon

Becky, Kelly, howdy!

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erika, i'm glad to hear the news that judy is safe. also about your dad. my college roommate let me know that she is fine. norm's friend was in florida for his mother's funeral. he was supposed to fly back yesterday but all the flights have been postponed until friday. so, not only is it likely that he won't make it to the wedding, but since he also works for norm at the hospital, it leaves his patients with no coverage. another podiatrist is out of the country on a preplanned vacation and norm is off. so, now 3 out of a staff of 4 podiatrists are out this week! hopefully no emergencies will arise.

the car is all packed up and ready to go. we're leaving at 4am so that norm can drop me at ethan's and then go to his 6am conference. he'll work until noon and then we're off. man, i can't believe it. the 16 months of their engagement seems like a such a long time ago and yet i know the weekend will be gone in the blink of an eye.

sorry to get all sappy.

i'm going to get myself ready for bed; 4am will be here much too soon.
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-ryan

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I just spoke to Judy, apparently her town sustained little damage but she and DH evacuated anyway since her kids were begging her to (thank you Judy!!!!). They are in Louisiana having a little unplanned vacation. My dad and his wife also evacuated for the same reasons, and so they are also fine.

I had a tough weekend. On Friday I got the one-year results of my DXA scan for my research program...and I had gained 1.5 pounds of fat and lost 1 pound of muscle!!! Not good news. There was some good news though, as in comparison with other women of my age, I am only at the 25th percentile for fat and the 99.9th percentile for bone strength. So it seems like what I always knew, I am doing great with my exercise (that builds the bone mass), but not so great with the eating.

The news sent me into something of an eating tailspin...funny, I really haven't fallen off-track like this in months and months. Just goes to show that maybe weighing in, or any measurement, isn't the best way for me to measure progress, as it tends to be counterproductive. I had DD's birthday, and then out to dinner with friends, etc. etc.

Not sure what I am going to do next. My sis and another friend are begging me to join WW with them, and maybe I will, since my company will refund your WW fees if you actually lose weight. That might be some good motivation.

I do have another DXA scan in a year, and I really want that one to show some fat loss, or at the very least that I stay the same!!! AAAAAAARGH

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I've been hearing from friends all over Florida--all are okay, though many evacuated to Georgia. Where it was supposed to be worst -- Key West--seems to have just sustained tree damage. Others are without power and such. What a nightmare for everyone. A former student was on St. Martin but was evacuated to Chicago via Puerto Rico by military transport. St Martin is flattened.

I'm doing horribly with the challenge, but I shall not give up.

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It looks like that crazy hurricane was all over Florida. Judy, are you and DH okay? I talked to some friends in St. Augustine last night and they were "hunkered down" (that one's for you, Emme).

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erika, if you have any communication with judy, please tell her that she is in my thoughts and prayers.

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Judy, that is wonderful that you rented your trailer so quickly. I sure hope you don't have to leave your home, but I'm glad you are ready to do what you have to do. I saw some photos of Barbuda and I couldn't believe the devastation. How do you rebuild when everything is destroyed????

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Little too much excitement this morning because the hurricane forecast for where Judy lives in Carrabelle has been strengthened. They are under a mandatory evacuation order and are packing up to leave. I will let you guys know any news I get from her.

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We finished emptying out our trailer and the new people who are renting it were right there waiting to move in. Of course we watch Irma all the time. We have food, gas, water, etc. As of 9 tonite they predict 45-50 mph winds in Carrabelle. We can handle up to 70. We won't know for sure whether we are staying or leaving until it makes the turn north. If it goes over land it will weaken a lot. Right now we have winds and clouds from Katia in Mexico. It is hard to keep up with all the hurricanes. I feel so sorry for the people in the islands. How can Barbado survive a 90% damage?

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I can´t believe the size of Irma. It is horrifying to see what it has done to all the islands and watch it head towards Florida. Judy, stay safe!! I have so many friends there who are staying put. emoticon

Erika, it's good to hear that you are feeling better. Ryan, I hope you are improving rapidly. I have lots of sick kids (and parents who insist on sending them to school). If I could get away with wearing a bubble, I would.

Kelly, it's good to hear that you are enjoying some cool weather. You must be relieved to see the end of summer approaching.

Emme, have you guys gotten some relief from the heat yet?

No yoga class this morning. I'm going to head out in a few minutes with my DH. I didn't get to exercise yesterday because I had a dental appointment after school.

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Thinking about you today, Judy. Hoping for safety for all in Florida. :(

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Ryan, I sure hope your cold is not taking a turn for the worse! Mine has improved a lot. All I have now is fluid sloshing around in my ear, but I don't think it is infected. I hope it drains soon.

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i was feeling much better yesterday, but still took it very easy. today, i felt fine, so i decided to get the boxes of hotel welcome bags out of the living room and into the car. who would think that carrying a few boxes would be too much to do? now, i'm tired and, in spite of the fact that it's about 75° in the house, i can't seem to get warm. i've got on a fleece and a blanket over me. my throat is a little raw, too, but i'm sure that would have come regardless of my loading the car.

erika, how are you doing?

emme, i hope your friend will be okay. i have friends in florida, including judy, that i'm worrying about. this weather is really crazy.

judy, please stay safe. don't overdo the cleaning out of the trailer. try to pace yourself. i still wonder where your energy comes from!

becky, so sorry about your stress level. hang in there. i have faith in you!

kelly, i hope things are continuing to go well for you. it's nice to have you pop in.

i think i'll go make a cup of tea. maybe that will warm me up a little!

-ryan

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Hi all -- so good to see the gang all here, though not good to see some of you are sick. Get better soon, Erika and Ryan!

Becky, we don't have the AC in yet -- still doing a bit of research, but I hope to get something going soon. We also don't have heat, so we'll do the entire process of AC and heat.

Erika, hiking at 11K feet sounds grueling. I don't do great at altitude, so I'm sure I would have been sick. I have to go to Denver in November, and even that little 5K altitude makes me a bit dizzy and dehydrated.

Judy, sounds like quite a project. No rest for the weary.

I have an ex-student assistant who lives in the Bahamas--she was posting on Facebook, but then a friend posted for her yesterday saying she was safe, but stranded in a building at the university with a couple people--holed up in the basement. It sounds awful - hoping to hear she's okay today.

Good to hear from you Kelly, and happy you aren't having our weather.

Okay, must get to the office for a meeting this morning. I'm not going in tomorrow, so piles to get done before taking a 3-day weekend again :-)



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Wow Judy that is a big move! I would have thought you guys would need a little rest after that big trip, but you are full of energy! emoticon

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We are renting out our trailer in Tallahassee which means we have to move all our tons of stuff out. Over 20 bags garbage, over 10 bags clothes to give away and many boxed in storage. So we have worked 3 days and still not done. But I am home tonight so I can get on SP. I am tracking food, water and exercise. It is very interesting to see that exercise is the hardest.

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Hi all, I am tracking today! Glad to be on the challenge with you all again.

Ryan, how are you feeling?

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Super super tired today. Wanting to get back on the weight loss train but still not motivated. I've been walking more though. Can't say I can complain about our weather. Feels like fall is coming in already.


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Judy, this hurricane looks like a monster. Please do what you have to do to stay safe. I have lots of friends all over Florida and I'll be praying for all of you.

Erika, I'm so sorry you and Bella got sick. I hope you both feel better soon.

Ryan, sorry to hear you're getting sick, too. I think it's a good plan to nip it in the bud. I had a sore throat last weekend and took it easy, drank lots of liquids, rested...and I got over it quickly. I hope it works for youl

Emme, is your AC in yet? I sometimes consider air conditioning so I don't hear our loud neighbors. The good news is that they sold the house so we're hoping for some quieter ones.

Kelly, thinking of you.

I have already eaten all my calories for the day and need to hang on until bed time. I had a stressful obnoxious parent day.

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Hi all, I am back from backpacking. It was gorgeous, weather was good, but unfortunately both DD and I came down with the same cold that DH had last week. We felt somewhat ok, and kept going, but the first night at 11,000 feet was pretty miserable. Breathing is tough enough at that altitude without having to deal with congestion, sore throat, etc. So we turned around and came down the next morning. The descent to sea level in SD caused all that mucus to get pushed into my ears and sinuses, so I am really struggling with it. I hope that I can kick it without a round of antibiotics. I am doing everything I can--lots of steam and hot drinks.

This morning I went for my DXA scan. It has been a year since I started the research project. I get the results on Friday--I will be very interested to see if my fat and muscle % have changed. My weight is about the same...sigh. I have one more scan in another year, so there is always another chance!

Since I am still sick, I am going to wait and start the challenge tomorrow. Right now I am sort of barely hanging on and only doing the things that have to be done.

Ryan, take care!! I agree you need to rest and do everything possible to avoid being sick for the big event.

Judy and Emme, the changing weather is very unsettling. San Diego is so humid these days, it doesn't even feel like home any more. Just weird. Emme, we also gave in and got AC about a year ago. Sad...I hated to make that decision.

Becky, I am so happy for you with the "controlled" going over episode. I really think that is the key, and why for instance Ryan has done so well with her weight loss. Everyone goes over at some point, but if we can just minimize the damage and move forward as soon as possible, then we have the best chance for overall success. I will try to follow your example!

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Judy--I hope this isn't the new normal. I mean, I know we've always had hurricanes, floods, hot weather, but it does seem to just get worse each year. Hope Florida stays safe.

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i don't think that there's any such thing as a wimpy goal. everyone is at their own level and needs to start with small, attainable goals. if you make your goal too ambitious, you'll never achieve it, get discouraged, and quit. if you don't drink water at all, then setting a goal of 4 cups a day is a great start. i wash down my morning pills with 20 oz. of water, so 4 cups would be crazy for me, but i don't walk much, so my step goal is very, very low. i'm happy if i break 2500.

judy, stay safe from irma.

emme, do your best to stay cool. it seems as though you're getting our weather and vice versa.

erika, i hope you had a great time backpacking.

becky, you have a great attitude about the "controlled" going over. hop right back on the wagon and you'll be fine.

kelly, hope all is well with you and that you're continuing to feel better.

i'm spending today home and mostly doing nothing. i'm getting sick and i need to nip it in the bud. lots of water, lots of sleep, lots of cold medicine. i cannot let this linger! 11 days to the wedding. emoticon


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This a.m. it looks like Irma will hit FL but not our specific area in the panhandle We are discussing plans to be ready and will be watching to see where it is going. I think this is just the beginning of our extreme weather of heat, fires and storms. Ugh.

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Judy -- not wimpy goals at all. We have to start somewhere.

Becky, hurrah for 'controlled' going over of food. It's not about perfection, after all... we gotta live.

The weather here has shattered records. It was really freakish--I hope it's not the start of a trend. We're going to have some AC installed anyway. It's debilitating not being able to do anything in the house except sit and be miserable--I know we could have gone to a movie or someplace with a/c, but you can only do that so many hours of the day.



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Judy, baby steps are the perfect way to start back!!! And those are excellent goals.

Emme, I didn't realize it could even get that hot in San Francisco. Stay cool!!!

Erika, Kelly, Ryan, emoticon .

I had three great days, but yesterday went to a birthday party and went over on food. It was a more "controlled" going over so I don't feel like I've blown it. Back to healthy tracking today.

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I feel guilty about having such wimpy goals (4 c water, 20 min walk, and 2 c veggies) but I need to start with baby steps. I haven't been doing any of those goals so this is a beginning emoticon . The fire in LA has closed the interstate so I hope conditions there improve.

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Judy, it has been awful. It was 106 here yesterday -- it's finally cooling a bit today. I haven't been able to do much except hang in the house, where at least there's a fan. But without a/c, even moving around the house has been painful. Exercise has been non-existent, but I've probably sweat off five pounds. I'm so glad we didn't do our usual camping. We hear from friends who are there that it's 113--they've all been driving up to altitude to get some cooler air and find water to swim in.

Erika, hope you're having a great end-of-summer weekend, and that this heat isn't wherever you are.

Ryan, I hope all is going well with wedding plans.

Kelly, hello to Michigan!

Becky, I hope you're finding some me time.

I did good day 1 of tracking -- yesterday, nope. Today will be better.



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Emme I can't believe how hot it is in San Fran. When I was there it was so cold. In FL we take living in air conditioning as a usual thing.

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Welcome back, Judy!

So, I've logged today (so far). Not that I have eaten all that well, but not horribly either.

It is SO hot here -- around 104. And, no AC. We're sweltering. Can't wait for the sun to go down....

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I'm in the car with a little bit of cell signal just had to say congrats to Becky for the big soccer win!!!!

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becky, i laughed when i read your comment about marrying off your son. so jared's engagement got me to lose; brett's engagement will get me to maintain; and waiting for ethan to find someone to marry will kill me!! emoticon

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Emme, thank you so much for setting it up. I'm going to follow your lead and log food....which is my achilles heel. I think I'll log in on my fitness pal...I find it easier.

Judy, you sure hit the nail on the head...we all know where the responsability lies. I can go to all the nutritionists in Costa Rica, but if I don't buckle down and do what I have to do nothing will change.

Ryan, emoticon emoticon emoticon . I'm so proud of you. I'm going to have to see if I can marry my DS off. Maybe that would inspire me.

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Oh Ryan that is so wonderful!! emoticon emoticon emoticon I know how hard you have worked for many years. You must feel and look so good. Emme thanks for the challenge. It puts the responsibility right where it belongs - on me.

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emoticon emoticon Ryan!


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emoticon emme, for setting up the challenge. what a emoticon idea. definitely a good way to get everyone back on track. emoticon good luck everybody! emoticon emoticon

i had a shock this morning, but i won't claim it until i see if it "sticks"...145.0! not bad considering that my initial goal was to be under 150 by the wedding. emoticon

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Here's the challenge, and there's a page set up for it in the challenges area:

The challenge this month is to track. Track what, you ask? Anything you want--whatever you think will help you become more mindful of your goals. Track water, or exercise, or food intake, or even just a note of what you did right each day. State your tracking goal, and one point a day for doing it. Easy peasy!

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I will set up the challenge right now--thanks for the nudge, Ryan. Your head must be spinning. Just focus on how much fun it's going to be. Back in a second.

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Starting weight for September challenge: 157.9
Waist measurement: 38"

See....I can go up faster than I can go down. Such a braggable achievement. emoticon

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I am definitely up for joining a September challenge when I get back from backpacking on Tuesday. I need to get back to tracking for a while. I have also somewhat fallen off the wagon and it's time to tighten up.

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emme, would you mind setting up the challenge? my head is spinning with wedding stuff and i can't think straight. also, since i won't be participating i probably shouldn't decide what's included. emoticon

-ryan

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Weighed in and gained 8# since May 1. Erika is right. I need to plan for regular exercise.

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Speaking of the challenge....can someone kindly set it up for tomorrow. As well as I did last week, I've done doubly worse this week. I have to stop spinning my wheels. emoticon

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Judy!!! Wow....you and DH certainly puts some miles on your RV. And it sounds like you had a wonderful trip. The fact that you are still married after such a long trip says a lot about you and DH having an excellent relationship. emoticon

I think we were talking about a challenge for September. I'm ready!!!

Erika, the way you guys travel now while both of you are working makes me think that you'll never be home once you're retired!!

Kelly, it still sounds like you're doing better....even with the anxiety meds. How wonderful that your therapist only needs to see you once a month and you are thinking about a full time job emoticon

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Feeling a little bit of a backslide going on. It's a little easier to not give in the depression though. Might still need another tweak there...we'll see.

Regarding the med tweak I'm hoping for easier travel and maybe a full time job.


~Kelly~

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

1st goal: 138 12/31/16 Made it!
2nd goal: 133 1/31/17
3rd goal: 128 2/28/17
4th goal: 124 3/31/17
UGW:120 - 4/27/17


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Hi everybody. I am home after 15,400 miles. Got to visit so many family and friends and see so many amazing things. Erika entertained us royally and we loved The Book of Mormon. What a great beautiful country we live in. I have been reading the posts on my trip but for some reason I couldn't get my replies to send on my phone. I am motivated to get back on the food/exercise plan. They have new studies that say fat is good and carbs are bad. I believe in moderation in all things. I have definitely upped my fats but I have to have some potatoes. Is there a new challenge?

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Hi all! I am finally doing better with jetlag, slept all the way until 5am this morning! Usually going east to west is better but this time I have really been struggling. I am feeling better just in time to pack up again and head out for backpacking...sometimes I think I need my head examined for saying yes to things like this! But overall I am very grateful to have such an active and outdoorsy DH. Definitely motivating!

I did make it to spin this morning which was fun. It's definitely kind of nice to be back in the usual routine. I am thinking so much about retirement and how I want to structure it...I will need some kind of usual routine, which before I hadn't thought I would need. But going on very long trips I now think would be difficult...I think I would prefer shorter trips, just a few weeks at a time, with time at home in between. I just don't know how I would stay fit on the road. I just don't have the drive to do my own workouts...I really need the push of classes, etc.

Judy made it home already! She texted last night. I am sure she is so happy to be back. That was such a long trip. I hope she will post on SP soon.

Becky, so nice to hear from you. I love your newsy posts, with the shout-outs to everyone. Somehow it seems like you always know just the right thing to say.

Emme, so sorry about the treadmill!!! What a disappointment. Hopefully it will get resolved soon.

Kelly, what are your plans when your meds get tweaked? any ideas of new things that you might be able to do that you haven't been able to do before? It must be so exciting to be moving in the right direction after all you have gone through.

Ryan, the countdown continues! I still can't wait to see your "after" pic! Maybe if you don't want to post it you can just send it via PM.





Goal: get back below 140!!!!

-Erika



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As the depression resolves I'm finding myself with horrible anxiety unfortunately. I feel like I'm not getting much of a break this year. I had to have my psychiatrist slightly up my anxiety meds. On the plus side he says he feels comfortable with us meeting once a month now instead of every two weeks.


~Kelly~

Time is EST - US/Michigan

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

1st goal: 138 12/31/16 Made it!
2nd goal: 133 1/31/17
3rd goal: 128 2/28/17
4th goal: 124 3/31/17
UGW:120 - 4/27/17


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