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8/25/16 6:50 P

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Ryan, so sorry about the migraines. Ugh. I feel for you. It's so good to see you back.

Kelly, yay! come on back!

Hi to everyone. I'm at the airport on my way to WA state. Having a little glass of champagne and keeping up with work while I wait to board. (Yes, I should be walking the airport or other such healthy option, and therein lies my problem.) It's a short flight, and it will be WARM when I arrive. Yay. I am wearying of the cold fog. We have not exceeded 70 all summer. 70.



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hi everyone. sorry i've been mia for so long. between the visit to my aunt and my ongoing battle with migraines, i haven't been feeling up to much of anything. norm finally took me to the er yesterday when the migraine hit its 3rd day.

so i guess we can all agree that the summer was a break from the challenge for all of us. we'll pick up again the day after labor day, tues, sept 6. any and all suggestions are welcome.

emme, did you ever get your prize for june? if not, i'll send something right out.

erika, make sure that you do something special for yourself after you drop your son at school; a distraction will help!

judy, do you ever stay home? it seems you're always off visiting friends or family.

becky, i hope all went well with letting your teacher go. that's got to be so hard. i'm glad i was never in a position that i had to do that. then again, i never had a career of any type, so...

kelly, don't fret, fall is coming soon.

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-ryan

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8/25/16 8:57 A

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Just checking in and I totally think I'll be back in September.


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8/24/16 11:18 A

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Hi all, I am back for just two days in between trips. I did enjoy my trip to Florida! Judy took me to her exercise class, and I thought it was great! I think Judy's class is aimed at about my age group, so I am very proud of her for doing it. It reminded me of my bootcamp, which I think is aimed at about 20 years younger than me. We just both go to class and do our best to do what we can without getting injured.

I leave for backpacking tomorrow evening. After that will be back for 4 days before taking DS to college over Labor Day. Then I will have one week in town and my research study is starting, so I will be restarting my program on Sept. 5th. I do have two big work trips in September, but I should be able to be online during those, and I need to eat healthy even while traveling, especially if I am going to be traveling more.

Judy is in MT for the next week visiting my sister. So I bet that she will also be aiming for the beginning of September.

Becky, I hope your stress level stays under control! I always feel that when someone is not working out, that it is actually in their best interests to leave too, even though they may not know it at the time. So I try to think I am doing them a favor by helping them to find where they really fit...

Emme, I hope you enjoy your trip! and I hope you get over your cold before going. I take zinc lozenges, they have been clinically proven to shorten colds, I looked up the research papers. emoticon

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8/23/16 11:27 A

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Becky, on top of everything, I have caught a stupid cold. I'm taking a day at home trying to get somewhat better before everything hits the fan with the first day of classes tomorrow. I probably overdid it yesterday. I came home and fell asleep sitting at my computer.

I'm rebooting next Monday. I'm leaving for Seattle Thursday night, gone for the weekend, etc. Monday is a good time to restart for me.

I hope everyone's doing well! emoticon

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Emme, I'm planning on starting again in September, too. August/September are two of my busiest months in the school with parent conferences, pre-registration for 2017, and much more. Very time consuming....and I just do what I can do and try not to stress out (because we all know what stressing out leads to emoticon ). Tomorrow I have parent conferences from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It's going to be a long day.

Friday I had to tell the woman who is working with me that I wasn't going to hire her back next year. I couldn't sleep Thursday night thinking about it. emoticon

They changed my lifting program Friday....and it is brutal!! The first three weight lifting programs were relatively easy, and I will look back fondly on them. emoticon

I hope everyone is out enjoying themselves. Erika, are you still at Judy's? Ryan, have you been able to enjoy your coffee on the deck every morning?

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8/21/16 4:01 P

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BTW, Judy, I quit Weightwatchers again. I just wasn't following it. I think I'll stick to SP for now. There's no magic in any program. I know what I need to do. I just don't do it.

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8/21/16 2:31 P

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Thanks, Judy. I don't actually teach until next week. I teach on Mondays, but classes don't begin until Wednesday this week. emoticon

I am running an all day meeting tomorrow, and have a ridiculous cough from this cold I've been fighting all week. I hope it's better tomorrow. Ugh.

How is everyone doing? It's sooooo quiet around here. Summertime blahs, huh?

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Good luck on classes starting Emme. Becky I am happy to hear the voice of experience about building muscle. You give me hope.

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I'm vacillating between having tons to do, and then going away. I'm here until Thursday, then up to Seattle for a birthday party. Classes begin this week. Eek.

I'm planning to throw myself back into challenges Sept. 1. I was doing well, then caught a cold this week, and haven't been very active. :(

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Judy, supposedly I have been building more muscle through exercise and nutrition. emoticon

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I think my DH is having more of a warning than a problem. Becky they also went into the rain forest in a dugout on a river. It was pretty challenging. Then they went over to the Pacific ocean side. Today my exercise instructor said we can't build muscle at our age but if we don't work at it we lose muscle.
I went to physical therapy for hip pain. It turns out to be lower back pain. In 2 weeks I am already 40% improved so I am glad I am going. When Erika has trouble she goes to PT, massage and chiropracter all at once.

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Well this group is officially on summer break, I think. Myself included. I leave for Florida tonight and I probably won't have much time to post. But I will be thinking of you all!

I have gained, I had my work bet weigh in yesterday and lost $. I also just feel more crabby. I need more veggies!! I am glad that the research study that I joined is starting in September. But it will be tough, because I have 2 back-to-back weeks of business travel right at the start of the program. I think I am going to have to call in to the meeting from Europe, which will be in the middle of the night! But if you miss more than 2 classes from the whole thing, they kick you out, and I don't want that to happen.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer (although Becky I know you are working hard). Talk to you soon! emoticon

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Judy, I hope they figure out what is up with DH. I am sure looking forward to seeing you on Monday!

Ryan, how's it going with the migraines?

Becky, I spoke to my sis, she was on one of the San Blas Islands that was very far out on the edge of the group, Isla de Tortugas (?). She said it was amazing but difficult camping with huge thunderstorms every day and all night, which is not that great when you are in a tent! emoticon

I am heading out for Florida on the redeye Friday night, then I am looking forward to our backpacking trip the following weekend. And DD has decided to join us! It will be great. Only downside is that it is pretty darn high elevation, so that makes it difficult. But it will be gorgeous, and not so much crazy mileage as the last one.

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Oh no, Judy. What does that mean????

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Good news is that Erika will be here to go with me to my workout class on Tues. I am so happy. Bad news is that my husband has elevated white blood cells and SGPT (liver or heart). They won't approve him for his hand operation which he really needs.

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Hi all, I have been so darn busy!! Hardly know which way to turn. Almost fell asleep during the day yesterday because I am so tired. Hopefully will write more later today, just wanted to say hi. emoticon

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Judy, I would like to know exactly where they went in Panama. Back when I was in high school we went to the outer San Blas islands and they split us up between huts and we slept in hammocks with families. It was really cool.

Tell me what you think of the book. I was horrified. I finished "The Ice Twins" (scary) and "The Buddha in the Attic" by Julie Otsuka this weekend. I'm reading "Keeping Faith" by Jodi Picoult right now. I haven't got near as much done since my DB gave me his library card....but I am in hog's heaven reading good books.



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Went kayaking yesterday. It was beautiful and we never saw another person. Lots of butterflies. Becky I am reading the Pearl book and really glad to be reading it. My Delaware DD, her DH and 2 kids just got back from living with the Indians in the Panama rain forest where they live on fish and plantain under open air roofs up on stilts. There is no privacy and everyone came to watch them eat, etc. Then they stayed in small tents on a small island in the ocean in Indian territory with only 1 family on it. We need reminders about how fortunate we are to live in the most comfortable, happy, healthy times humans have ever known.

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Just back from camping - a great weekend of music, fun, friends, capped off today with a wasp sting as I was getting ready to leave. It *still* hurts. emoticon Not much sleep to speak of, but I'll deal with that tonight.

I've been gradually able to increase steps and be more aware of them.

A quick hi to all - I need to get it together. Speaking at a student meeting tomorrow....

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Judy, we love to hear about your adventures!! Keep them coming. I am a kindred insomniac so if you ever figure out how to sleep better, please let me know. Yea, we all know what we have to do to lose....it is just so hard to accept!!! I feel a little hopeful now with my combination of the gym and nutritionist....and it has actually been two years since I've felt hopeful. It's a good feeling.

Ryan, my DB signed up for an e-book library card in Houston the last time he was in the states (he still has a U.S. address) and he and I both download books on our kindles. I'm not sure if the fact that he ordered my kindle for me from amazon is what allows me to check out the books on his library card. Some friends who were down gave me their library card number for me to use, but I wasn't able to check any out. So maybe that has something to do with it. But I have been THRILLED with a decent selection of books at my fingertips!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi everybody. Been busy with family reunion, meetings, etc. I feel guilty talking about being busy to people with real jobs. Haven't been sleeping well - as usual - but it does slow me down. Erika says more exercise and more SP, so here I am. I am not losing weight with my WW coach. Really I have lost more weight with SP than anything else. Why isn't there a magic bullet????? Do I really have to eat right and exercise? emoticon

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becky, how do you check books out of the library for your kindle?

-ryan

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i had an eating day, but i can't blame it on anything other than lack of self-control. if it wasn't nailed down, i ate it. and very little of it was good food. emoticon

we're leaving tomorrow morning for virginia to spend a few days with my aunt. i'm a little anxious about it (which may be the reason for my pig out) because, at 95, her mental health is deteriorating and she was a handful even before.

have a wonderful weekend, all. emoticon

-ryan

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Hang in there, Erika, don't let it get to you. Like my nutritionist says "eat the potato chips and be done with it". I am going to do a ton of prep work this weekend since we all know what happens if we don't.

Emme, have you ever read "The Pearl That Broke Its Shell" by Nadia Hashimi? I checked it out of the Harris County Public Library for my kindle and could not put it down.

I had my weigh in and measurements at the gym today...and I actually got good news!! I was down in body fat, up in muscle and even down a centimeter on my waist. emoticon

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Congrats Becky on the progress in yoga!!! Pretty impressive to be getting stronger at our (ahem) stage of maturity.

I had a not-so-great food day so far. I just do not plan realistically. I had a (small) breakfast at 5 and then did my (killer) spin class at 5:30. By 8, now at work, I was hungry. By 9, I was ravenous and heated up and ate the lunch I had brought, healthy meatloaf and cooked cabbage. But then by 12:30 I was really hungry again, and had brought no more food with me, so ate work junk that I am too ashamed to admit to. Moral of the story: on big workout days, I just have to bring more food with me!!!! emoticon



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Good job on the protein choice, Erika!! It really makes a difference if I start my day with protein. But the carbs will forever be calling my name. emoticon

Emme, the protein bar sounds awful. I guess we're lucky that we can't get a lot of those products.

Ryan, I hope you're feeling better.

I miss Judy, too.

I made it back to my real yoga class last night and am so glad I did (I should remember that I always say "and I'm so glad I did" every time I mention going to the class). It had been almost two months since I've gone....and I could actually feel some improvement in strength now that I am lifting weights on a regular basis. I am a tiny bit closer to inverting without the wall!!!!

Monday is Mother's Day here and we get it off!!! And better yet....the gym will be open.

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Emme, I ate one of those Think Thin bars recently too. I bought it somewhere expensive (airport I think) and it cost $4. And then the taste was pretty much like you described. Blech. Real food is so much better but it is not shelf-stable, so they keep trying to improve on it!

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Erika, I miss Judy, too. Maybe our next challenge needs to include posting daily?

I didn't get many steps in yesterday, but of course, my new fitbit Alta (!) didn't get here until 2, and it wasn't charged when it arrived. emoticon So, I have bigger goals for today.

My breakfast today was a "Think Thin" high protein bar (20g). Can I tell you how truly awful it tastes? Vaguely peanut flavored sawdust covered in something faintly resembling chocolate. Don't bother.



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Good morning Sparkfriends!!!

I am going to visit Judy in a week and hopefully I will figure out why she doesn't post much any more. I miss her.

Work is really getting to be a pain again with too many hours. Why can't they just pay me for doing whatever I want? emoticon

Emme, it's going to be great to be Fitbit friends with you again! You go girl!

Becky, yesterday afternoon when I was really hungry (I did a tough AM workout and then did not eat enough during the day), I was in the grocery store but thankfully remembered what you said about protein. Instead of some carb thing, which probably would have been my usual thing to get, I thought of you and instead got a tuna wrap that was pre-made. It tasted just great, obviously what my body really needed was some protein. And then I was able to avoid overeating for the rest of the day. emoticon

Ryan, how are the migraines going? Hope they are leaving you alone.



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8/10/16 2:08 P

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I decided to get the Alta - slimmer and I don't need another big watch. But, it's arriving in less than an hour (thank you, Amazon Prime Now--no such thing as delayed gratification any more).

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Yay Emme!! Fitbit friends again!! Judy has the Blaze and really likes it. emoticon

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Becky, I hear you on protein. If I have a boiled egg in the a.m., the day goes much easier food wise. It's time to rethink my breakfasts, which lately have been a bit carby.

Erika, hurrah for keeping at exercise. I figure if we're doing something, anything to keep it going it's better than throwing in the towel, even if we're far from perfection.

I'm considering going back to Fitbit. I like my Apple watch and will still wear it, but I miss the team aspect of Fitbit. And there's this new thing: https://www.getchallengebox.com/ that looks like it's the spark I need. I just booked my trip to Paris in November, and I'd love to be 10 pounds lighter. Okay, talked myself into it. I think I'll get the new Fitbit BLAZE or whatever it's called. Sleep monitoring!

Okay, time to get to it. Busy day ahead.

emoticon Judy and Ryan!



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Becky, thanks for the article! Very interesting. I am grateful that at least I am doing exercise, even if my food intake is all over the map.

And also I like your idea of improving my protein and fat intake to improve the ability to withstand carb urges. I am going to work on that. Thanks for sharing all the good info so that we can all benefit! emoticon

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Really interesting article on aging muscles.

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Ryan, the fasting idea sounds interesting.

Emme, I read recently that even (ye gads!) daily flossing is being scrutinized as not nearly as necessary as we have been led to believe. Though I will continue to drink lots of water and floss my teeth every day.

Erika, good for you on going back to your boot camp class. Yes, there are indigenous groups is Panama, but Panama is like Costa Rica with fewer than other Latin American countries.

Judy, I saw a fellow ex-zonian's post on FB that made me think of you (a fellow glow-in-the-dark zonian). She was actually exasperated by the fact that they were spraying with weak chemicals....and said that they should go back to (the now illegal) DDT and blast the hell out of the mosquitoes. My jaw dropped....

I have discovered the power of protein for breakfast. I have been eating a South Beach phase one breakfast lately.....a boiled egg with two egg whites and tomato juice....instead of my usual oatmeal. And I definitely have less problems with overeating on the days that I eat the protein over carbs. Yesterday I had oatmeal with a tablespoon of my almond coconut butter and it was incredibly delicious (unheard of delicious for oatmeal) but I battled over eating all day. That almond butter is insanely good!!!!

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Erika - emoticon It's hard, but don't compare yourself to anyone. That you're even doing this puts you in the top 5% of your age bracket, I imagine.

I have piles of work to do today. I bought a cute little rolly laptop desk thing, so now I can work anywhere in the house, even in the music studio. $30 well spent.

I hope everyone's doing well!

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Hi all, I am happy to be back in a healthier mindset. That darn bootcamp this morning truly kicked my butt. I would feel like I could complain because it is really aimed at people at least 20 years younger than me, but there is one other woman my age who is just amazing. She says she has been doing the bootcamp for about 3 years, plus she is a cyclist. I just have to keep on showing up and hopefully I will slowly improve.

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Erika, I'm with you on tracking. It is a lot of work. I think it's hard for those of us who work with computers/writing a lot in real life. It's just more WORK. I've looked at other options, like programs where you scan UPC codes and such. The problem is, I don't eat processed food, and so not much that I eat comes with a UPC code.

Becky, the nutritionist sounds great, and it seems like it's really given you a boost. Hurrah!

Ryan, the fasting sounds good, too. I read recently that the whole "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" is kind of nonsense, as is (sorry) the 8 glasses of water recommendation. A lot of what we take on faith in dieting comes from either advertising campaigns (breakfast) or one poorly done study in the 1950s (water). But, somehow, they stick with us.

Okay, I need to get it together. Off to fiddle lesson, then the office, then dinner with a friend before he takes off to work in Mexico for the next 4 months. More soon! Hi Judy!

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Congratulations Ryan!!! I think what works for each person is so completely individual. It is just really hard to say that any given rule (like "you have to eat breakfast") is one size fits all. So if your semi-fasting routine is working for you, then great. You go girl!!! And I hope the darn migraines give you a break.

Becky, thanks so much for all of the good advice from your nutritionist. You must be so unbelievably proud to see one of your students grow up and be so successful. What an experience. That must really be a huge benefit of all of the work you put in as a teacher. I think it is great to have a smart person to bounce ideas off of. I agree that the almond/coconut butter sounds amazing! I can't believe how expensive almond butter is where you are. It must not be good growing conditions for almonds? So they all have to be imported?

Becky I have been thinking of you and your time in Panama as my sis and her family are on a great vacation there this week. They are doing guided hiking and camping with indigenous tribes? I didn't know there were any? My knowledge of central and south America is woefully lacking. emoticon

I am (somewhat) looking forward to starting my 2-years-long weight loss research program in September. The only thing I am really dreading is the food tracking, it is just so much work and I don't have time for it. I wonder if I will have to track for the full two years??? Hopefully not. I think the first year is the more hands-on weight loss program, and then the second year is to see if you can maintain your loss.

My days/weeks of overeating caused my heartburn issues to flare up. It is good for me to see that cause and effect. Overeating is really unhealthy for my poor old bod... emoticon

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becky, you're nutritionist sounds amazing. i like the idea of being able to eat something and then saying, "okay, so i ate it". and the almond butter with an apple sounds delicious. i often have an apple with peanut butter as a snack or even breakfast. i also go for baby carrots and hummus. i buy the individual portions of hummus so i know when to stop!

i woke up yesterday with another migraine, so i didn't go to the beach. i came home early, once i felt semi-human and then the whole family went out to lunch. it was great having all the kids together before brett returned to seattle.

my "intermittent fasting" plan seems to be going well. i'm having a fairly easy time with it. since i go to bed so early, and therefore eat early, it's really just a matter of waiting a bit longer in the morning. my eating window is roughly 8-9 hours which is pretty reasonable. i've never really been a breakfast person; i started eating it because so many sources say that you need it. now i can have a cup of coffee, which is still considered part of the fast, and be very happy. at least i seem to have broken my plateau!

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Erika, we do have very similar problems in our weight loss journeys (even the commitment to exercise). I gained 1.1 kilos in muscle which she said is very good for someone who is already exercising as much as I do (weight lifting is doing the job!!) but I also gained .5 kilos in fat (poor eating is doing that job). We talked quite a bit about stress eating and we talked about the importance of meditation and mindfulness work..... and she says that I need to try to get my mind to work with my body. If I decide I have to eat potato chips, then I should eat them and be done with it. "I ate potato chips. Nothing has changed." We know it's not that simple, but it is something to work on.And for some reason a little light came on in my head when she said that...like maybe I really can do it. I told her I do the alternating sweet and salty when I stress eat so she gave me some ideas for better option. One that I really liked was blending a ripe mango with a few tablespoons of fat free powdered milk and either eating it like that or freezing it in small portions. I love mango!!!!! On her weight loss program, I am allowed three fats daily....and I've stopped using chia and flaxseeds because they "use up" my fat allotment. So she wants me to start using the three fats only for butter, margarine, and junk that I eat. The flaxseed, chia seeds, good oils, and nuts, and nut butters are going to be FREE foods because they are incredibly healthy and so important in getting rid of belly fat. Yesterday I made homemade almond coconut butter and ate some with an apple. It was scrumptious!!! (I made it because a tiny jar of almond butter here costs $40 and I refuse to pay that much). But the coconut and coconut oil added an incredible flavor. (It also called for honey, vanilla and cinnamon but I didn't want mine sweet). Yea, this woman is not your "eat more vegetable" type of nutritionist. And she is so positive and helpful. She explained to me that the food industry uses so much addictive additives in junk food that it really isn't anyone's fault if they eat a few potato chips....and then can't stop eating. But she says it IS your fault if you START eating the potato chips.She said her husband has been trying to kick his coke habit and absolutely can't stop drinking coke. She also is working on setting up farmer's markets and helping farmers set up online marketing. (Did I tell you guys that she is one of my ex-students? I'm so proud of her!!!).

Okay....enough already. But I came away from the appointment inspired and with a lot of things to think about. Yesterday I had a stellar eating day. And now reality sets in.....

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You ladies sound so active and inspirational. Ryan, the beach sounds great!

Emme, I can't believe you stayed away from the pastries. Very nice job! I need some of your willpower.

Becky, I can't wait to hear the nutritionist's advice. You know that I often feel that you and I have a similar eating problem, so I hope that the advice is applicable to me too.

I got back last night, delayed but we made it. It is great to have DD home again. Now I have a ton of work to do today to get the house and dinner planning in order before work again tomorrow.

I did finally weigh in and yes I gained, no big surprise there given the way I have been eating. I am going to restart my program today. I just don't seem to have the commitment that I need. When I was younger, I was much better about sticking to an eating plan. At least I have maintained my commitment to exercise through the years, but my eating just tends to be hit-and-miss. Great for months on end, but then falling off the wagon (again). I think any stress just sends me over the edge, and right now with DS leaving soon, that might be the cause of my latest tantrum. Sigh.

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Ryan, I'm tired from watching the opening ceremony, too. It went so late. I wish I were at the beach, rain or no rain. More cold fog here. emoticon

Becky, good for you for prioritizing the nutritionist. emoticon I've been thinking about talking to one, too. I did once, and it didn't really click -- she wasn't very imaginative ("Eat more vegetables, that will be $100..."). But, I should look for another. The finca sounds great.

Erika and Judy, hope you have a good time.

DH has a gig tonight, I should work, but I think I'll see if my sister wants to do anything. We'll see....

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Kelly, I hope you re-join us when it's cold and you're feeling better!!!

Ryan, the beach does miracles!!! There's nothing better than spending some time at the beach....the sound of the waves, the smell of the ocean, the gritty sand between your toes, an ice cold beer in your hand as you sit under the palm tree.

Emme, I love down time at home, too!!! Good for you on staying away from the pastries. My DH and I are going to a small gathering with his oldest friends tonight. He made ceviche to take....and I made dulce de leche brownies. I've never made this brownie recipe before and I tried a tiny piece last night. It's a keeper....but probably only if I'm giving them all away.

Erika, how did your meeting go?

Judy, I bet you're really looking forward to seeing Erika. She must do more transcontinental flying than anyone else. It sounds like jumping on a bus for her.

I went over to meet my DB's guests last night. I really liked all of them. They wanted to know where to go today....since they have a free day before taking off for the beach tomorrow. I suggested Finca Luna Nueva which is an organic farm that has medicinal plant tours, chocolate making tours and incredible all organic lunches (they even make their own ginger ale). I called and signed them up for the two tours. They wanted me to go, but I really don't want to skip the appointment with my nutritionist AGAIN. Hopefully I'll be able to do something else with them before they leave.

I texted the nutritionist to confirm my appointment and I explained the problem I have with stress eating....that I can go a week eating in a "normal" fashion and then do a stress eating binge that erases the week of eating well. She promised to have some ideas for me...so I really don't want to miss talking to her today.

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yes, kelly, we will miss you. take care of yourself. emoticon

good for you, emme, for staying away from the pastries. emoticon

erika, travel safely. emoticon

becky, i loved when my boys made things like that at school. those are great momentos of their school years. emoticon

judy, you haven't talked much about your garden. how's it doing? emoticon

i had such a wonderful afternoon yesterday sitting on the beach. emoticon it's been years, and i forgot how wonderful it can be. sadly, they're predicting rain for this afternoon, but to be honest, i'm so tired from staying up for the opening ceremonies last night that i'll be just as happy to take a nap! emoticon

happy saturday, everyone.

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We'll miss you, Kelly.

I made it through the meeting without hitting the pastry, whew. Had a big salad for lunch. I too, am not feeling skinny or on track, but I'll do what I can. I'm going to get some inspiration from the Olympics, I hope. I bailed on going out to dinner w/ friends to spend an eve with DH. We go our separate ways too often--need to pay more attention to that. So dinner and the opening ceremonies at home tonight. emoticon







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Yes isn't it the truth. Somehow when we are not feeling good about our ourselves, we are not nice to other people either. We have to be nice to ourselves and take care of ourselves first, and then that will make us happier and therefore nicer to everyone else. I am very happy to be out of my meetings--and today, I am eating what my body needs!!!! And nothing else. emoticon

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I'm not feeling skinny either (had to come in for one last check). I'll try to turn things around over the next few months. I'll feel better and be less apt to be grouchy at people who don't deserve to be grouched at!


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Bye Kelly! We will miss you.

I am feeling social but I am not feeling skinny. I am definitely going to get back on track though.

I sat next to a person with a cold in the long meetings I have been in, and now I feel like I am coming down with it right in time to fly to the East Coast to pick up DD from camp. emoticon I leave tonight and come back tomorrow night!! Talk to you ladies soon.

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I think I'm going to take a break until September or October. I'll track but I'm not feeling social. Social media is kind of annoying me in general right now.

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You can have all my summer/ I'm sick of these 90s.


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I know some people would kill to have our weather, but frankly, I'm sick of it.

Sweaters, sweats, the fog was so heavy last night it was like it was raining. I'm fairly convinced summer has decided to skip this part of the world this year. Our HIGH for July was 65. So far, August is the same.

Off to my pastries + 2.5 hour boring meeting. Send me courage.

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I start work at 7...and it'll be 6:30 through part of August. I'm more confined to what I can do in the evening. It's already a struggle to get up a 5:30/6 and it's not going to be daylight if I tried to go too early.


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Kelly I fight the heat here in FL. I go early in am, have a shady place to walk which helps and I use my recumbent bike but it is an ongoing battle. Becky you are good to be going back. We always get to start over. I am not doing good even tho I have a WW coach. I haven't gained but I haven't lost. Erika is visiting the weekend of the 24th which I am very excited about.

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The cooler weather still feels a long way off...and then I'm going to feel alone in enjoying it. Right now things just feel like a lose lose situation....as you can see my mood isn't that great right now, I'm done with summer and I just want to be moved already and I'm SICK of not being able to run.


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I've got so much going on with the school now that it's hard to post.

Erika, I'm sending you will power vibes (the few that I actually have) to help get you through your meeting. Boredom and food sure don't mix for me!!

Emme, enjoy your camping trip. My DB has five women down visiting for two weeks (his best friend's wife and daughter and three of their friends) and they've decided to go down to the beach with the safari tents for a couple of nights. It's "sort of" camping at its best. I can't wait to see how he survives playing host to five women. He definitely isn't known for his patience.And Emme, congratulations on your musical gig. You're becoming famous in your professional and creative lives!!!!!

Ryan, I hope you kick that migraine fast. Enjoy spending time with your brother.

Judy, I can't believe they are spraying chemicals on you from the air. When I was growing up in Panama the DDT spray truck (yes....DDT) would come around every evening and spray. And all of us kids would run or ride our bikes behind the truck in the spray, for God's sake. What were our parent's thinking?????? I still glow in the dark.....

Kelly, I bet you're thrilled that cooler weather is on the horizon. If I lived in a temperate climate I would be depressed thinking about the coming cold weather.

We are working on the mother's day presents to send home next Friday (our Mother's Day is August 15th). We're making plaster of paris hand prints that the kids will paint and decorate. A teacher is coming to observe today, too.

I have an appointment with the nutritionist tomorrow after a two month lapse. Not looking forward to seeing the results of being off the wagon for two months. I went to drink going-away-coffee with a Russian woman who is moving to San Ramon next week and my yoga instructor. I love spending time with interesting women!!!



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i can't wait until i can start working out on my regular schedule again. i'm getting lazy and i hate it.

today was a total wash since i woke up with a headache which quickly progressed to a migraine. i've been sleeping all day; at least i can count on my food point.

i'm going to visit my brother at the beach this weekend. i'm heading down there right after pt tomorrow until sunday early afternoon. the downside is that brett is here on business and he's leaving sunday. i'm planning to get home before he leaves.

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-ryan

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Sending you strength. Send it back to me tomorrow.

I realized a couple days ago that through various circumstances, I haven't been camping *once* this summer. emoticon Ack. That's about to be remedied. I've decided to go with a group of friends next weekend. DH can't go, but he's cool with me going. It will just be two nights, but at least it's something.

Hope your Thursday is going well. Mighty quiet around here.

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My boredom + pastry has continued. Thank goodness today is the last day. emoticon

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Ugh, Erika, I feel your pain. I have one of those meetings Friday morning. Not looking forward to boredom + pastry.

Got in over 10K steps yesterday, at least. I just need to keep it up. I'm working at home today, which is always hell on the exercise front. But, I need to do something... anything, even if it's some pushups or crunches, etc.

We played a square dance last night - 150 dancers showed up. That's the biggest group we've ever dealt with. I'm so glad our caller was up to it. It was so much fun. Our moment of fame - lots of dancers wanting their photos taken with us, etc. Very cute.

Okay, waiting on a conference call - any minute. I have my coffee and solitaire all fired up.

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I am suffering in all-day meetings for three days. You guys know that these are really my nemesis...sitting next to junk food all day long while being bored to tears and also stressed out. Yesterday was a new negative record: I ate three emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon candy bars. So much for not gaining. My goal today is to walk around the room every time I feel like eating. Yes it is a bit rude but it is better than making myself sick.

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