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1/31/15 10:42 A

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thank you all for your kind words and prayers. i'm sad to say that my father lost his fight on thursday. i was hoping to participate in february (great challenge, emme) but i'm not sure what i'll be able to do during the 30 day mourning period. i will do what i can.

-ryan

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1/30/15 6:49 P

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Ryan, thinking of you and your father. I hope that everything is going as well as possible for both of you emoticon

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1/30/15 7:35 A

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emoticon Erika, I like that.....the calm before the storm. I am looking forward to our re-start on Sunday. I hope you feel better soon!! You, too, Kelly.

Emme, thanks again for picking up the slack for us on this new challenge. I like that you included posting. It's nice to hear from everyone every day.

Ryan, I hope your Dad is much better and you are getting some rest.

Judy, have fun on your trip. You are indeed an excellent friend to help all those around you.

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1/29/15 6:42 P

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I've been sick and busy and sick. I had a stomach bug and then played catch up and then caught a cold....finally feeling better. Just not keeping up well with SP.


~Kelly~

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1/29/15 4:54 P

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And Judy is traveling, road trip to North Carolina, not back until the weekend.

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1/29/15 2:55 P

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So sorry you're sick, Erika. Enjoy the couch and the tea!

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. Still waking up too early.

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1/29/15 1:34 P

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It's the calm before the February storm when we all start the new challenge. emoticon

I am sick at home. Of course I am still working...but at least on the couch with a cup of hot tea. Judy, did you give us this awful cold/flu thing? YUCK emoticon

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1/29/15 11:05 A

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Do I hear crickets? Where is everyone?

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1/27/15 11:23 A

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Ryan, thinking of you. It's a hard time, I know. Wishing you and the family peace.

Judy, how nice of you to support your friend at such a difficult time. An old friend of mine's sister died in a skiing accident last weekend--it's easy to forget that things don't always go to plan. Wishing you well, and drive safe, please!

Becky, you make me feel happy I missed Jaco Beach when I was in Costa Rica. I think the only beach I spent much time at there was Tamarindo. Mostly, hung out in the mountains. Good to hear from you. Flying home was easy, if long and boring. I have a 'known traveler number' which means that I get to zip through security most of the time.

Erika, it looks like we might get rain? This has apparently been the driest January in Bay Area history after a promising/rainy December. Ski resorts have been closing... the drought continues, against all hopes.

I hope the east coasters are dealing with the storm okay. It looks like a lot of snow from a couple of friends' posts.

Okay, I should be useful. Got up earlier than planned because the cats were screaming at me to feed them. I made slow-cooker oatmeal last night, and it looks pretty good this morning. I'm determined to get my eating in order. It's been one big eating/no exercise fest since I got home from Budapest, and that ends TODAY.



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1/27/15 9:56 A

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Ryan that is such a big decision for him. I look at how the generation ahead of me is handling these difficult times for examples of what I can do when the day comes. But I might get run over by a truck tomorrow so I notice but don't dwell on it. I am going on another road trip. This one is to Ashville NC (9 hours) to be supportive of my friend. Her brother was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro when he had a duodenal ulcers attack and went septic in the heart of Africa. He is back in the states but can't talk due to a stroke so I am going with her as backup.

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1/27/15 7:11 A

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hi everybody everyone. thank you all for the good wishes regarding my dad. he hopes to be discharged the end of the week, but has decided on no more hospitalization. please pray that when his time comes, he goes peacefully. emoticon

-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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1/27/15 7:02 A

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Ryan and Pauline, stay warm and safe!!!!!!!!

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1/26/15 6:53 A

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Yea, Ryan, I second everything that Judy said!! I hope your Dad gets better and gets to go home soon.

Emme, thanks for the challenge. It looks interesting....and it will keep us accountable in all the areas we need to work on. I enjoyed the photos you posted on your trip. Glad you got home safely with all this airport craziness going on.

Erika, it will be fun to have you back. What ever happened with your job situation?

Judy, my friend skypes with her Dad everyday and he lives in St. Augustine. He said he was having some chilly weather....so I guess you are, too. Stay warm.

Kelly, I know you laugh as you read about the "chilly weather" in Florida. I hope you have minus 30 degree weather today.

I took my friend on a quick beach weekend trip since school starts in a week. We went to Jaco since it is so close. It is one of the closest beaches to San José and I hate going there. The beach is ugly and it is always packed. And it's like a small city....you can barely cross the streets with all the traffic. I am shocked that people come from all over the world to visit Costa Rica and so many of them end up in Jaco. emoticon We did enjoy some great food though....lots to choose from. I had falafel and hummus one day and a vegetarian burrito the next. Those are hard food items to find in restaurants....and I love them!!!!

We met a guy from Boston at the hotel and it made me think of Ryan and Pauline. emoticon

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1/25/15 9:24 P

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Great challenge Emme! Thx. Ryan the first thot I had is that Ryan will get the water pts. It was so funny to see you say that too. I am so sorry that your DD is back in the hospital. A difficult time for him and his family. I know you carry a lot of the responsibility. Don't forget to take care of Ryan.

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1/25/15 1:46 P

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We have a Santa Ana here...very very dry, windy, and warm. Desert weather. When the humidity is this low, it's really not that comfortable.

Looking forward to the new challenge!! emoticon

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1/25/15 1:07 P

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Terrific! I'll be home for a while, too--I don't think I have to travel again until the end of March, so these next two months are a good time for me to focus and take a few more off.

It's beautiful today, but so far, really cold this morning. Brrrrr.… emoticon

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1/24/15 8:24 P

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Thank you Emme!! I will also be joining the challenge, now that I am at home for awhile. It was so wonderful to have a Saturday at home. You would never think I would enjoy laundry, cleaning the house, and grocery planning and shopping that much. But it is wonderful to be back to the usual routine.

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1/24/15 12:05 P

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that's a great challenge, emme. i very much appreciate you setting it up. i'm hoping to participate although i don't know how much posting i'll be doing. good thing i can count on water points. 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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1/24/15 11:40 A

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Here's the new challenge, starting next Sunday (yes, Super Bowl Sunday--step away from the chips!). This will give you a week to get ready!

emoticon February Big Point Bonus Challenge emoticon

Exercise: 20 minutes/5 days per week. 1 pt. per day.
Bonus: 3 points for each day beyond 5. (total possible: 11)

Food: Define your food goal and stick to it. 5 days per week. 1 pt. per day
Bonus: 3 points for each day beyond 5. (total possible: 11)

Water: 6 cups per day (every day). 1 pt. per day.
Bonus: 1 bonus point each day you go over 6 cups. (total possible: 14)

Post: Post to the Chit Chat thread/5 days per week, 1 pt. per post
Bonus: 3 points for each day beyond 5. (total possible: 11)

Get 47 points in one week, take 3 bonus points for an even 50.
200 total possible for the month.


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1/22/15 5:26 P

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Hi Ryan, no problem. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I'll get something set up for February. Get ready, everyone!

Hopping on the plane in 4.5 hours. No sleep in my future I guess.... still need to finish packing.

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1/22/15 4:47 P

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:( Hope you dad starts doing better soon Ryan.


~Kelly~

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1/22/15 4:03 P

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emme, i hate to ask but do you think that you could take over for a while. my dad is back in the hospital and i'm not sure hoe much time i can commit to the team right now. emoticon

-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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1/21/15 3:45 P

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Yes, January hasn't been my shining moment for the challenge--but at least I am not out of control and getting plenty of exercise, sleep, and water. Without trying all that hard.

One more work day here, and then leaving on a jet plane. I'll be ready to start again--I even ordered a delivery of organic veg/fruit to be delivered tomorrow so it's there when I get home.

NO EXCUSES. My new, though not terribly original motto. No more excuses for tired, overworked, too busy, travel, etc. I won't even mention yet my upcoming travel. Oy. The embassy is going to keep me busy for a while, it seems.

Erika, welcome back!
Congrats, Kelly for losing 10#!
Ryan, I have to cheer for Seattle, but if the Patriots win, that's okay, too. We'll be having a little thing (probably just family) at our house.

Hi to everyone else. Going to hit the sack (9:45, whaaaa?). Big day tomorrow. emoticon

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My job's been going well Becky! and my cold and snow are back after a brief thaw. We're working on piling up those inches again.

Sorry to have been absent. I've been spending a lot of my not at work time not on the computer (out enjoying my glorious weather and reading books) and last week hubby caught a stomach big and gave it to me....


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1/20/15 11:46 A

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Hi everyone!! I am finally back from all my travels and I am staying HOME for awhile! DD's team won the soccer tournament though so it was all worth it. emoticon

I weighed in this morning...damage was actually less than I had feared. I am ready to get back on the program!! Going to buy veggies today emoticon

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1/19/15 4:03 P

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Ryan I might just change my goals for my personal well being.

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ok. it looks like maybe we should just take the rest of january off and start fresh with a february challenge. all in favor?....

the winners of the 2014 challenge are...

kelly, with a total weigjt loss of 10 pounds
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emme, with a total of 4999 points.

kelly, pleae send me your postal address in a sparkmail so that i can send you your prize.

patriots play seattle in the super bowl! WOO HOO!!! (i wonder who brett will cheer for)

-ryan

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Judy, I hate to admit it......ommmmm emoticon ....but my goals aren't working out for weght loss either. I am forfeiting the rest of January and setting up my old mainstay goals in February. The mindfulness, meditating and spiritual growth are wonderful for my "being" but not so much for my optimal "thinner being". emoticon

I went down the mountains yesterday to pick up my friend. Her plane was actually 15 minutes EARLY....and that was a first!! I had time to go to Walmart, a mall and a supermarket before I picked her up. I only bought small things (mainly for the school) since she had forewarned me that she had tons of luggage. And she did!!!!

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1/18/15 9:43 P

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Emme I agree that I wish I was in a better walking environment.

My Jan resolutions are not working. I am meeting them but am still overeating and gaining weight. Ugh. Ryan, apparently I don't do well with self direction.

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Hi all--ending my one free day while here. emoticon Now, solid work until I head home on Friday. emoticon emoticon

I'd be so much fitter if I lived back in a walking/urban environment. I walked 17K steps today... I struggle to get to 10K when I'm at home. It is giving me some food for thought about my habits. Even on work days here, with walking to and from trams, etc. I still get 10K or nearly 10K in every single day.

Okay, it's after 10--I'm up at 6:45 tomorrow, so time to wind down, drink some water, take an allergy pill (inside heat is the worst) and head to that big cushy bed.

Erika, happy travels. Everyone else enjoy!

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wow, becky, that's quite an offer. if you ever move, i'll take you up on it. same goes for anyone...have travel, will help move. emoticon

our weather is still cold, but thankfully tomorrow will be warm, though rainy, for the pats game. i'd rather walk in warm rain than single digit cold. (sorry, kelly)

Edited by: RYAN133HW at: 1/17/2015 (08:28)
-ryan

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"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."
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Good morning!!!! I hope everyone is a little warmer (except for Kelly.....I wish you lots and lots of COLDness).

Emme, enjoy Budapest. I enjoyed the FB photo of you and Ronnie R. emoticon

Erika, how long will you be gone this time? When you (finally) have a little extra time you'll have to share a few pictures of New Zealand!!

Ryan, I hope your son gets the house. If I ever move I'm going to send you a plane ticket to come down and help me. You have had lots of experience!!

Judy,it sounds like you had a great time with Erika in Colorado. Congrats to your DGS. That´s quite an accomplishment!!

Kelly,how is your new job going?

My friend flies down tomorrow. I'm going to go down early and do some shopping for my school before she gets in. I won't be able to get much, though....she says she's bringing three huge bags. I'm not sure what all she's hauling down. Hopefully there will be some chocolate or girl scout cookies mixed in. emoticon

Judy, this "mindfulness" business is hard. Life keeps getting in the way.

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have safe travels, erika. emoticon

i may have a trip to seattle in my future. brett put an offer on a townhouse and if he gets it, i'll head out there to help him with the move. we saw the place online and it looks beautiful. i'm really excited for him!

-ryan

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Can't believe I am leaving again tomorrow. Hadn't even finished unpacking yet and already it is time to repack. I used to love to travel but those days are (at least temporarily) over! emoticon

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A quick hello from sunny Budapest. Glad all was okay, Becky! Go Pats, enjoy the snow or not the snow, glad your travels went well, Erika, hi to all, now back to work. I hope to find a few more minutes later to write more.

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Glad to hear it was OK Becky. I am very careful of the sun. My DGS got 2d in the U.S. in the piano duet competition in his category so it was very exciting. emoticon I loved hearing all the very talented kids play. I had such a great time and will always remember it. Erika and her family treat me like a queen and are so loving. emoticon I am very lucky. My trip home took 17 hours with snow delays. Luckily I found a couch to nap on in the Dallas airport. emoticon

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becky, that's wonderful news. i'm sure you are so relieved. what a shame that you had to go through the anxiety in anticipation of today's visit.

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-ryan

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Great news!! I went for the biopsy yesterday and I was on the table ready for action. The dermatologist injected the anesthesia and with her bright light started examining the area and decided that it wasn't skin cancer and she didn't need to biopsy it. She simply scraped it off. I sure wish she would have examined it with a bright light when I went in for the check-up, but I am still thrilled!!!!!!!

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Driving is fine if you know what you're doing....I'd miss the snow living where you do. I'd probably never go outside.

I went to AZ one February and I almost kissed the snow at DTW. Phoenix is not for Kelly...even in winter. It was 80 and dry heat doesn't make a difference to my overheating tendencies. I wanted to go home the entire trip....

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Becky, I hope it is nothing serious, chances are it is not.

I am back in San Diego, but only for 4 days, as I leave again for Las Vegas on Friday (kid soccer tournament). I will be SO happy to be at home for awhile after that! I slept so well in my own bed last night. Am feeling like Dorothy right now, there's no place like home emoticon

Was so nice to see Judy though in Colorado. My goodness the weather was awful. Driving/flying is something that they just shouldn't do when it snows, I think. Very grateful to live in San Diego!

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Good luck Becky! I hope everything's ok....

Needless to say with my body's reaction to heat that I've never been a sun worshipper. I have gotten some nasty sunburns walking though (on 60 degree days mind you....I forget I need sunscreen if I'm not feeling like I'm dying of heat) or while cooling myself off swimming.

I burn bad too because I am very very fair. I'm still a bit discolored from summer.

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good luck this afternoon, becky. i have a condition on my face caused by hormonal hyperpigmentation. i put a cream on twice a day and wear a hat whenever i go out. (although i did leave the hat off a few times in hawaii.) there's a great picture that norm took of me sitting by the pool with a towel over my face! the good news is that my dermatologist says that with my complexion, i'm unlikely to develop skin cancer even with my years of sun worshipping.

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Good morning from rain San Carlos!!

I went to the dermatologist for a check up yesterday and I have to have something on my face biopsied this afternoon. She thinks it's cancerous but hopefully not melanoma. All those years of growing up in the tropics....sailing, scuba diving, water skiing, life guarding, and generally having fun in the sun (with coconut oil for better baking) has taken its toll emoticon

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It has here too: high 20s low 30s (thankfully we're still sub-freezing). Until tomorrow when we're back in the teens. Very typical winter weather really. I'm soaking up every minute possible.


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it's warmed up here...high 30's.

i had a crazy weekend with the football game. there was so much drinking, the phones were ringing off the hooks. what a nail biter, though. next week is my last day until concerts start in may.

go pats!

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Enjoying snowy Michigan myself. I just wish I didn't have work on such a pretty day (it's snowing and it's not even icy out).


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Glad you had a safe trip, Emme. I'm getting a little jealous that everyone is in 5 star hotels these days. emoticon

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Hi from Budapest! It's gray and cold, and I am jetlagged, but happy to be here, also in a lovely 5-star hotel (but without a fireplace, also without snow, so that's okay with me!).

I realize I'm not doing much with this month's challenge--sorry! I think I'll just gather my thoughts and jump in next month. Not feeling terribly inspired for some reason.

Okay, I had breakfast, so maybe it's time for a nap. emoticon


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Now that's the way to go, Judy and Erika and Bella. Enjoy!!!!!

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erika and I are in a posh 5 star hotel. We have a fireplace and a phone in the bathroom. It is really beautiful here with enough snow and frost to make it look like winter. Tristan plays tomorrow.

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Erika--I feel your California girl pain. I had to buy a bunch of warm stuff to take to Budapest, as my warmest outerwear was a raincoat. And now, I must pack! leaving in just about 24 hours.

Have fun in Colorado, Judy & Erika.
Stay warm, Ryan and Kelly!
Hope all's well in CR, Becky!

Away I go.... emoticon emoticon

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Geez, Ryan.....what a hard time for you all. It is so stressful to have family members who are ill and being a caregiver. Good for you on exercising today. That is a tremendous help for keeping the stress at bay. emoticon

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i'll be working out at home today. it's 4 below with a wind chill of 24 below. i'm not as brave in the cold as kelly. i do have to go out later this afternoon to stay with daddy while sheila goes for her radiation. never a dull moment! oh, right, my brother went to be with my aunt in virginia because she was in the hospital, too.

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Stay warm Erika and Judy!!! And enjoy.....

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Can't wait to see Judy in CO!! But wow will it be cold. I don't even have the right clothes for this so I am trying to figure out what to wear. emoticon

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Tomorrow I leave at 6 am to Colorado Springs to hear my DGS compete in the national piano competition and I will get time with Erika and Bella so I am very happy but it will be a challenge to keep up with my goals!

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Judy, I found a free mindfulness program on-line from U. Mass that I am following. It's a combination of readings, videos and meditation practice. I am one of those people who does fifteen things at the same time and my mind is a whirlwind that never rests. I'd love to be able to "live in the moment". We'll see how it works out. emoticon

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So good to hear you all. I will be interested to see how the mindfulness works out. I do a lot of that in my 12 step programs but not so much following a good eating regimen. It will go down to 25 here tomorrow night so I have to cover my plants.

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i'm basically doing the same, emme and becky. i'm using exercise because i need to get into the habit of doing something even if i don't go out. my other 2 goals focus on self-improvement.

i ended up doing a dvd at home this morning. i actually enjoyed it. it was kind of nice being done with my workout and showered and dressed before 10.

thank you all for your expressions of concern for my dad. he's home, but i don't think he'll ever be the same. since his hospitalizations in june, he hasn't seemed to bounce back. it took him 91 years, but he's become an old man. i'm trying to adjust to that concept. i'm not doing well.

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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, I am going to do the same. I think that focusing on some other areas that will bring more 'balance' into my life will work better. I know the exercise/food routine, which as you say, doesn't mean I always do what I need to, but I know what I need to do. Some other goals might freshen things up a bit.

I had a conference call this a.m. with some folks in NY, it sounds soooo cold. No thank you. We're suffering at 64 degrees right now (sorry). It gets down into the 40s at night, which is pretty chilly for this old unheated uninsulated house. Fortunately, we are having firewood delivered as I write.

Okay, I'm waiting for firewood guy to finish so I can get back to work, maybe do a quick grocery store run as the house is looking a bit empty, unless you like coffee, organic ramen or oatmeal.



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I don't think I'd be working out at all if it weren't cold actually. I've totally lost interest in videos.....


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I've been enjoying it! Today has been the warmest day this week at 21. Yesterday was 12 and tomorrow will be 10. We got our snow too. Funny how this weather makes me WANT to go out. I feel most alive and motivated when I'm cold. Didn't have work today so I took a 2 mile walk.


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Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.

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becky, it's so funny that you just posted that. i'm sitting on my bed trying to decide if i want to venture out into the frigid cold to go to the gym or do a dvd workout at home. emoticon tomorrow is supposed to be colder, but i have to go out twice; training session and med check. do i really want to go out today if i don't have to? brrr!!

-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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OMG.....I'm watching U.S. news and I can't believe how cold it is in the states. Stay warm everyone!!!! (And enjoy, Kelly).

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Emme, I'm basing my three goals on working on myself in a different way. I'm going to work on mindfulness, gratitude and spirituality. emoticon Trying to be a better, more balanced person. I'm an expert in exercise and eating right (though obviously I don't always practice what I know) so I wanted to give myself a break from the "exercise 60 minutes daily" and "stay within SP guidelines". Also I'm hoping that going slightly over my calories occasionally won't send me spiraling down....which happens more than you can imagine.

Are you and Judy feeling better?

Erika, you have to post pictures when you get home and get organized!!!! You guys must have had an incredible time.

Ryan, how is your Dad doing? Is he out of the hospital yet? And how are you doing?

Judy, I hope everything calms down for you and you get your "me time" in.

Kelly, I see you are finally getting the weather you adore. emoticon Enjoy!!!

A good friend of ours is coming down to stay with us for a month and a half. She just had a horrible breakup after a 13 year relation with (as it turns out) a jackass. And unfortunately she has worked with him most of that time and is trying desperately to find a new job now. So this is a good time for her to "escape". She's going to be in a Spanish immersion program in the mornings and we have lined up different volunteer positions for her in the afternoons (she's always worked in marketing) to continue to practice her Spanish.




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Thanks, just ordered some from Amazon!

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Emme I bought some extra-large ziploc bags (they come in some huge several-gallon sizes) and then you can just squish the air out. Similar to the vacuum packing bags but way cheap emoticon

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Ryan set up a Jan 15 challenge spot. I think you can put them there. However, I'd love to hear what everyone's goals are, so maybe post them here, too? I am having a hard time coming up with some. I blame my illness-addled brain.

Judy, my ears are still blocked too. It's the last bit of this crud. I have a bit of a cough left, but nothing serious. I just wish I could hear better.

Must tackle more laundry and start contemplating packing for a winter trip. All those bulky clothes. I think I need some of those vacuum packing bags.

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Do you want us to put our goals here Ryan?


~Kelly~

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Aargh just had a long message blown away by some browser issue. emoticon So this one will be shorter.

Happy New Year to all!! Ryan so sorry to hear about your dad. Take care.

New Zealand was amazing, we were gone through very late Saturday night and now leave on Thursday again. I can't join a challenge until all this traveling settles down, I am just not as good at that as Emme is. Second half of January though I will be back home and ready to go! emoticon

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emoticon emoticon Ryan we love you!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon I got down to 158 in October and now I'm back to 165. Why do I always do the same things expecting different results. Isn't that a form of insanity! Emme sorry you have been sick. I know how long it takes to get well again. I am going to try the steam-the-ear trick as my ears are still blocked. Becky my DH had a similar massage experience in the mall. He agreed to pay $65 an hour for a foot massage. It turned out that was for one foot. The guy said the woman was a "top masseuse" which DH thought meant very good. He ended up paying $145.



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Ryan, sorry to hear your dad's back in the hospital. Wishing you both better days ahead.

Judy, sorry you got sick too. I'm TIRED of this. I can't believe how long it's taking to get over this. I'm definitely better, but far from good.

Hi to everyone else: Becky, Erika, Kelly, who am I missing?

Okay, I must try to bring some order to this dump. What a mess. emoticon

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So sorry your Dad's in the hospital, Ryan. emoticon Don't worry about the challenge right now. We can hold off awhile.

Kelly..... emoticon !! Emme, you, too..... emoticon !! You guys have an impressive record for 2014.

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(((((Ryan))))


Well I'm down 10 lbs since last January. Makes my 3lb gain not seem so bad.


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