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emoticon emme. that's great news. emoticon

this article from my fitness pal makes a lot more sense for vacation eating.

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/6-simple-ti
ps-avoid-vacation-weight-gain/

Edited by: RYAN133HW at: 7/1/2016 (14:11)
-ryan

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Back in the cold, foggy bay area. Oh I miss warm sunshine already. But, it is always good to be home (and covered in bug bites!)

Arrived home to good news: I'm a finalist for a prize for excellence in online education - I get to go to Paris emoticon in November to the ceremony where they'll announce the winner (I'm one of 11 finalists nationally). Hey, going to Paris sounds like a fine prize, but there's cash involved if I win as well.

I'm exhausted and jetlagged, though. Looking forward to getting back on track. I didn't go crazy with food or anything, but it is hard eating normally on vacation. At least there was a lot of emoticon fruit and fish. emoticon

My new ukulele sitting in a case in the middle of the living room floor. emoticon DH hasn't even noticed. I'm waiting to see how long. Men.

Erika, I hope you're enjoying hiking the Alps! I hope it isn't rainy - weird weather in Europe this summer.

Judy, I need to get back to recording/WW again. I am paying for it and mostly ignoring it (AGAIN!).

Hi to Ryan, Becky, Kelly... I need more coffee. I'm falling asleep over my keyboard here. emoticon

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I learned the hard way at Disney that big deviations from how I eat at home make me very sick. I won't count calories on vacation but I'm never going to overeat then either. I spent half a day of my trip miserable in bed.


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i read an article today about going on vacation and maintaining your healthy habits. ha! seriously, how many of us are going to pass on dessert while on a cruise or pack our own meals to eat on a road trip or a flight. i try to be reasonable with breakfast and lunch, eating pretty much what i want for dinner. healthy eating on a regular basis leads to lack of desire for certain foods. i love things like fried clams and french fries, but rarely eat them because my system isn't used to them and i get an upset stomach. so really, if i'm honest, i don't really want that and won't order it.

for exercise, they recommend packing things for an in your room workout if your hotel doesn't have a gym. i usually do so much walking around sight seeing that i don't need to do a workout.

so, i found the article interesting but very unrealistic in their suggestions. isn't vacation supposed to be a time to relax?

-ryan

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I'm getting worried about how dry we are. We usually get a little over 3 inches of rain in June...we've had a quarter inch...the grass is really really getting ugly and people are now doing fireworks...seems like a bad combination to me.

We've also been weirdly not humid. I'm happy with the lack of humidity because honestly in north it is more the humidity than the heat that's a problem. I can turn off my AC on a dry 81 degree day and not have it rise over 75 in the apartment if I have the balcony door open. Eventually someone will come and turn it on but we can have hours without it at least (I don't like the canned air and AC is not cheap).

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I like back to basics. Our team goals are 8c water, 6 fruit and vegs and 30 min exercise.

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Emme and Erika are both on great vacations. The Alps v. Hawaii. We haven't had rain for so long and today finally got a short rain. Sadly the rain is supposed to come over the 4th of July when my sister in law and friend are visiting. I am still trying to adjust to WWs. I am tracking so I see that I am either eating too little or too much. That middle is so hard to maintain.

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i'm glad everyone likes the back to basics idea. and don't worry about vacations, if you can't track over vacation, i'll adjust the scores.

it's hot and humid today. i hate when i get out of the shower and then immediately become covered in sweat. yuk!

-ryan

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Ryan, I'm fine with a back to basics challenge, too. emoticon

Kelly, I wish food wasn't so appealing to me. emoticon

Emme, I love seeing your photos of Hawaii. It looks like you're having a wonderful time. emoticon

Erika, I hope you are having the best hike ever!!! emoticon

Judy, I'm so glad you have a good resource with WW to keep you on the straight and narrow. emoticon

I am (once more) disappointed in my eating habits. I do well for a few days and then go overboard. And it keeps me at a standstill. I am dreading the weigh in at the gym. emoticon

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Good day. I'm realizing eating when not hungry is getting a lot less appealing to me lately and food a lot less interesting in general (I'd rather have lasting pleasures). It's also not too hot here right now. I've been only running AC sporadically the last two days and have the window open now.


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Ryan - I like the idea of the back to basics challenge. July is going to be busy for me -- two trips, but in between, I'm still going to give it my best.

Having a great time here in paradise. Swam yesterday, going to shop and whatnot today, then swimming all day tomorrow. I love ocean swims.

More soon. Hi to all!

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I'm having a lazy day after a very active weekend. I wanted to run today but I am just not feeling it. I didn't sleep well over the weekend (overly warm sometimes at night, buzzing insects, and a mattress that made my hips and ribs hurt unless I laid *just so*) either. So I slept in today since it's my day off and have just been doing housework and putzing around online.


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I was really diligent for the first few days then I got off track with the exercise. the coach said if I didn't eat all of the 30 WW pts my body would panic and store fat. but I wasn't hungry so I didn't eat all the points and I gained like she said. Then I started eating snacks instead of meals....... Tomorrow I have to talk to the coach. It is so obvious that I need accountability.

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thanks, emme. it was wonderful!

it's awfully quiet around here today!

can you believe it's almost july?!? i was thinking that we would go from the 4th of july straight through to labor day weekend with a "back to basics" challenge. just food, exercise and water. is that okay with everyone?



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emoticon Ryan! It sounds like a lovely celebration.

Judy, I like the 250 steps per hour thing as well. Good plan, and makes for good consistency.

Becky, stock up on emoticon -- eek, I hate going without. It sounds like eliminating the scale may be a good idea--I've been trying to focus on clothing sizes rather than just the scale. I wouldn't care how much I weighed if I fit into a size 4, right? Use your body and clothes as your guide. It sounds like you'll be happier.

Happy travels, Erika.

Kelly, I hope you're able to swim/run. I'm planning to swim today, but first I have to fly there, ha!

Well, I best be packing up and such. Time to move on to the next island. emoticon

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i love music, but, sadly, have no talent for it at all. i've tried to learn to play piano, guitar, drums, clarinet, flute...all to no avail. it's my lack of coordination; i can't make the fingers on my two hands do different things at the same time. emoticon luckily, my boys inherited their father's musical talent. they play. oh, and i also sing off key.

we decided to celebrate our anniversary today since he didn't get home until 8:30 on friday. breakfast on the deck, an afternoon movie, and shrimp and scallops in the grill for dinner. emoticon

2 weeks until philly!

-ryan

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Emme, it's wonderful that you have that passion for music....blistered fingers on vacation. emoticon emoticon

Erika, I'm so glad you got good news on Bella's biopsy before you left on your trip. emoticon

Ryan, your new outdoor settig sounds like the perfect oasis for some coffee and me time. Enjoy!!! emoticon

Kelly, it sounds like you are making great decisions for the summer. You're still our hero!!! emoticon

Judy, I'd love to hear the suggestions that your WW counselor gives you if you don't mind sharing. I love the 250 steps an hour advice. That makes the 10,000 steps sound so much more attainable. emoticon

Well, I made the horrific mistake of getting on the scale yesterday. I was so happy with all the progress I've made in the gym....strength-wise....and was sure I had lost weight. But I haven't lost at all. It sent me into a tailspin. I can't keep doing this. I need to wrap my head around the fact that becoming healthier does not depend on a number. I hereby solemnly swear that I will not step on my home scale again for the rest of 2016!!!!!!!! I would literally throw it away, but I have to weigh and measure the kids three times a year and I need it for that. I'm going to take it out to the school and store it under my desk. emoticon

Have a great Sunday everyone. We won't have water all day so I need to go get organized for an H2O-less day.

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emoticon Happy news for Bella.

I need to go to bed - off to Kauai tomorrow. I need to pack etc. in the a.m. Too lazy tonight.

I bought myself a new ukulele today. Ack. DH is going to flip - ha. We have sooo many instruments. But this one's a beauty, locally made, etc. I've learned a tune or two this evening. My fingers have blisters.

Hi to all! emoticon

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emoticon news, Erika!!!!!

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erika, so glad to hear bella got better news than anticipated. i will still say a prayer tomorrow... better to be overly safe!

my proud moment today... went out to lunch and didn't even touch the bread! emoticon

-ryan

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Running to get on the plane! Emme, your view looks gorgeous! Good news: Bella's skin thing is some weird overgrowth, they are not quite sure what it is and have to monitor, but no bad news like they led me to expect. Whew emoticon

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erika, i will say a prayer for bella tomorrow morning at services. please tell her that i hope all will go well.

kelly, your spring vacation sounds wonderful. it's funny how do many people think that it's not a vacation if you stay in the same state!

emme, that's quite a backyard! i'm so jealous!

becky and judy, emoticon

today is my anniversary, but hubby has to go to the residents' graduation dinner so we're celebrating over the weekend. i hope i'll still be awake when he gets home. it would be nice to at least see him. emoticon

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Aloha!

Made it effortlessly here, and am slowly easing into the day. Here's our back yard view:

The cabin isn't much to write home about, but it's comfortable and has what we need, and it's cheap, so whatevs.

Going out exploring/hiking/swimming today.

Erika, so sorry to hear about health woes. My doc says people stress too much about pink eye, so even though it's ugly, I trust it will go away soon. Hope that the treatment options are easy for your daughter, though.

Judy, I haven't tried the coach option on WW - may try it when I return. I am comfortably in size 10s finally: next stop, size 8.

Becky, hope all is well there, and Ryan, hope you're enjoying your deck.

Time to get it together. It's 9:20 and we want to hit the road.


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Becky,I never travel outside of Michigan in summer and don't have any plans at all this year. We take our trips in fall and winter usually (off season for many places) and our next big trip is in Michigan also (next spring), we're doing a road trip to our upper peninsula and I'm very excited about it. Should be a very active trip with cycling (we're going to Mackinac Island where there are no cars) and kayaking around Picture Rocks. That'll be next May. This fall we're moving so that'll eat any funds we would have used on trips. Next fall we might go to Chicago or something.

Ryan, it's been hot but somehow not muggy which I'm thankful for. Still seeing breaks in the weather because it's Michigan. Next Tuesday will be 73 and I'm DEFINITELY going running.

I'll be LARPing this weekend. Sadly it's supposed to be very hot (88-90) but low humidity and being back in the woods will hopefully mitigate the heat.

Erika, I hope things go well for you.

And hello to everyone!


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Oh no, Erika!!!! I will be sending lots of positive energy your way on the biopsy report. Hang in there!!!!! How horrible to have to wait. emoticon

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Aargh we have bad health news right before vacation. DH has pinkeye, at least he got some drops prescribed today. And DD has bad biopsy results from a mole, they would not tell me over the phone but we did get an appointment for tomorrow right before we leave. They only would tell me that they need to discuss treatment options. Yikes emoticon

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erika, i leave for philly in 18 days. lori flies in the morning after we get there. i'm really looking forward to seeing her! i hope you have a fabulous trip and that you all come home safely.

emme must be having a wonderful time already. i'd love to go to hawaii again, but i don't know if it's in the budget.

judy, keep up the good work with weight watchers. i should consider subscribing. a coach would probably do me good.

kelly, how's your weather been?

becky, i think that's so cute about charlie. ethan's cat, jack, hides in the corner.

i got a lounge chair with a cannot so i can sit outside in the sun now. this afternoon i went out front wearing daisy dukes and a tank top, say in my chair and read for a while. it was wonderful! i live situating in the sun and i'm so glad that i can do it again!

-ryan

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Go Judy!! I am so happy that it is working out. Keep it up! emoticon

Ryan, when is your vacay with your college roommate? Have a great time!!

Becky, I think it is great that you are also the least fit in your little workout group. Makes me feel a bit better, because I know how super-fit you are! These people are so inspiring, aren't they? And the fact that they are accepting and kind makes it so much easier to try to do our best instead of just giving up.

We leave tomorrow for our big hiking trip. I am not looking forward to the painful super-long plane trip (and changing planes at Heathrow on a summer Saturday is just a mob scene like you wouldn't believe). But I can't wait to get out into the mountains! The weather is looking questionable, we may have quite a bit of rain. Sure hope it gives us a break. emoticon

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That's great, Judy....concrete ideas. emoticon

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I am very happy with the WW coach. She is really good. She insists that I eat the full 30 points of food a day and stay satisfied or my body will panic and start storing fat and I will gain weight. I have definitely done that before. Every hour I walk 250 steps so I don't sit too long. That is 2 times around my yard.

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Erika, what a thoughtful gift for Judy. Enjoy your vacation!! I am the one in the worst condition in my little group in the gym, too. Two women have been going more than a year. The other one has been going since January. It's nice that all three are very supportive and give me lots of moral support.

emoticon Judy!!! I think counseling must really help those who have a problem with emotional eating.

Emme, have a great time in Hawaii!!!!!!!

Ryan, have a great time in Philadelphia with your roommate.

Kelly, do you have any travel plans for the summer?

We've had a lot of rain and thunderstorms these past couple of weeks. Charlie, in his old age, is a lot less scared than he used to be. Now he just goes in a bedroom and lays down with his head under the bed. emoticon .

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Yay Judy! emoticon

I have a weigh-in for my bet when I come back from vacation. What are the chances that I don't lose money? emoticon Even though I will have lots of exercise, that European food is so hard to resist...But I think it is good for me to know that I can't just eat without consequences on vacation.

Emme, that sounds wonderful that you will be out of office for so long. I hope you have a wonderful vacation!! emoticon

Ryan, glad that you will be able to walk more.

Becky, great that the new workouts are so intense! I also did a new bootcamp yesterday because my (very fit) friend talked me into it. I was definitely by far the least-fit person there. But it was a challenge and I enjoyed it, and I am going to go back and get my butt kicked some more tomorrow. emoticon




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I am on the starting line of a new weight loss attempt. I am inspired by Erika's commitment to her intense research program. She signed me up for 3 months of personal WW coaching. i had my first session today and was happy to know I can talk to the coach for as long as I want on a regular basis not just 15min a week as I thought. She has the same fitbit that I do and wants me to do the 250 steps an hour challenge. I am pretty excited. 2 years ago I was to 151 and now am 169 so I definitely need to make changes. Thanks Erika!! You are the best daughter ever!!

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Congratulations, Ryan!

Yesterday was my last day in the office for a while... emoticon . I'm working at home today, running a thousand pre-vacation errands tomorrow, then off I go Thursday in the wee hours of the morning. I'm not going to the office when I return, either, as I'm temporarily donating my office space to our summer admin crew, who don't have a space. I can work from anywhere, so I'm going to work at home and concentrate on making the gym a habit, in between trips, that is. emoticon

It's hot for the bay area, nothing like elsewhere in the west, though. I hope you're all bearing up.

How's everyone doing, now that it's summer? emoticon

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my something good for today: i was given permission to increase my walking time from 10-15 minutes. yay!

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emoticon emoticon for judy. erika, you're such a thoughtful daughter!


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Erika, your description of the meeting really hit home with me. I am a true emotional eater. I eat to console myself but also to celebrate.....and everything else in between. Please keep me posted on all their suggestions for dealing with emotional eating. I am so happy that you signed yourself up for the program, but I can certainly understand how painful it could be.

Geez....today's workout kicked my butt. I came home at 3:00 to shower....and I wanted to put my PJs on. emoticon

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Ryan, I hope your headaches improve! Poor thing emoticon

Emme, we are envious of your trip!! As usual emoticon

Kelly, glad you had such a nice weekend. emoticon

Becky, you definitely deserve some time off! A staycation sounds great. And I am so happy you found that wonderful gym. I know what you mean, it is so nice to have a gym that you can afford and that "fits" you. So motivational! emoticon

This morning I went for the initial interviews, etc. for my new (2 year!) research study. They gave me a calendar and made me try to remember and describe to a counselor every overeating "event" that I have had in the last 3 months. Good lord, it was painful. There were so many questions about each event, in addition to me having to describe in detail every bite I took. Like for instance, yesterday I went to a beach party. Through miscommunication and bad planning, I brought only snacks, not dinner. I didn't feel like eating everyone else's food when I hadn't brought much, and also I was unhappy with DS, who had made some typical teenager comments to me. So I ended up eating junk. Anyway, the process of describing all of this was painful but definitely insightful. Almost all of the events were connected to emotion of some kind. (I know, big surprise, right?) Funny though how several of the events were positive emotions (like awards dinner, etc.), not just negative. I think this thing is going to force me to closely evaluate what really happens when I overeat. emoticon

One piece of good news: Judy came home last night, and she agreed to let me sign her up for the online Weight Watchers with personal counseling! The regular Weight Watchers meetings are just too far for her to drive (an hour each way), but this option looks like it might be a great substitute. I am happy that she is trying it out! emoticon





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emme, i think that's the end of the boston copa games. i'm not entirely sure. i talked to my boss at the stadium, who thought i was joking when i told her this would be my last season, and i'll only be working football. YAY!! i'm so done with the stadium. i only stayed this year because 2 others left and there are only 5 of us total. one of the 2 remaining women only has 1 year experience, so it wouldn't have been fair to the other. football games are mandatory, but nothing else.

we had a great time yesterday, but i was exhausted by the time everyone left. norm enjoyed himself and that's what counts.

in the doctor's waiting room right now about these miserable headaches. thursday night was a mega migraine and i've had a headache ever since.

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My weekend turned out to be more interesting than just cleaning (just a little). A friend called on Friday and we went out to listen to music (another friend playing), and then ran into about 10 other people we knew at the restaurant. So, a fun Friday night - it was good to get out.

And my laundry room is finally clean. What a junk pit. I need to get rid of about 100 more pounds of garbage out of the closet in there, but it's a start. It was a hot day, so I didn't mind. It's one of the coolest spots in the house. No AC here.

Three more sleeps until vacation. Yippee.

Becky, mini vacations work! Hope they're relaxing.
Kelly, swimming sounds great (as does knitting).
Ryan, are there more Copa games in Boston, or just that one? I can't quite figure out their schedule. There were at least two here, I think.
Erika, nice to schedule some adult fun time. Enjoy!
Hi Judy--hope your travels are going well.

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I definitely had a good weekend. I swam a lot (and didn't get a sunburn!) and finished a knitting project (fingerless gloves for a LARP character).


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It sounds like everyone (except Emme and her cleaning emoticon ) had a great weekend. But then again....Emme is going to Hawaii!!!!

Two more weeks until our mid-year break....and I am ready!!! We don't have a trip planned this year, but I am going to take a couple of mini-trips. I want to clean the classroom and get it completely ready the first couple of days we're off so I can actually have some free time.

My weight lifting program changes today, but I don't think I am weighed and measured until Friday. That's a good thing!! I am so glad that they included me in the time slot with a group of three other teachers. They have been so welcoming and inspiring.



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good for you, erika. i've started doing a little more on my own this year. it's hard for me but i'm learning.

tell bella that I worked last night for the argentina-venezuela game. fortunately, it was a relatively quiet night.

becky, i take weekends off from exercise except when i work. the walking from check in to my work location is about 10 minutes, so that's 20 minutes of walking total. i count that. also, if i make my step goal running around shopping and stuff, i count that, too.

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Hi all! You all sound like you are having wonderful Father's Day(s)! Poor DH is spending Father's Day at a soccer tournament with DD. We are having a terrible heat wave. Here at the coast it is supposed to be 85 today, but inland where the tournament is it will be 105!! We never used to get heat like this, especially not so early in the season. I am so glad that we gave in and got AC last year. We haven't used it yet but it is so nice to know that it is an option.

I went out to dinner and a music festival with three friends last night, since DD and DH are gone (and DS has his own life these days). It was so fun. Now that my kids are growing up, it is time for me to focus more on me. So I invited various acquaintances to go do something. None of the other people really knew each other, so I am very happy that it turned out so well. I am proud of myself for not just staying home with a book. I even got a lot of steps out of it. emoticon

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becky, your article sounds much more interesting than the one i read. mine was about maximizing your morning. it was really all common sense stuff; lady your clothes out the night before, plan your lunch ahead of time and have a morning routine for your family. i thought it would have been more imaginative. emoticon

hubby told the boys that what he wanted for father's day was help doing yard work, so they came over to help. they're all sitting in the living room watching tv. emoticon raina will come over later and we'll have a cookout on our new grill on our newly decorated deck! emoticon

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Happy Dad's Day everyone! I'm going to celebrate it by cleaning my laundry room, emoticon which has become a repository for junk.

At least the scale was kind to me this morning and I'm down a pound this week. I started focusing on protein to cut my hunger, and it's really working. Makes me think about South Beach again...

Becky, 7-0?! Wow, I don't think I've ever heard a soccer score that high except when 10-year-olds play. Enjoy your day... mmmm... crepes.

I'm going to read the paper and have another coffee, then get started on my exciting day. DH gets home from camping tonight, and then I have a crazy busy three days before VACATION! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy Father's Day to one and all. emoticon My DH made a huge typical Costa Rican breakfast for us and my two brothers. And he asked for an apple pie and spinach crepes for lunch. The apple pie is done....and I am going to make an effort to eat a small piece. I'm going to start on the crepes in a few minutes. He says he got the best Father's Day gift he could have ever gotten.....getting up this morning and reading in the newspaper that Mexico lost their soccer match 7 - 0.

i read a SP article: "13 Weight Loss Rules You'll Love to Follow". Don't diet....just adjust your eating is good advice especially for those of us who are perfectionists and have an all or nothing mentality. Stop searching for the perfect workout is also good advice. They advocate finding something you like because you'll be more prone to stick with it. Though I do think it's important to include stretching, weight lifting and cardio.

I'm taking today off from exercise. The personal trainer in our new gym says that it is more important than most of us think.

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Ryan, Bella and my DH are watching the Peru/Columbia game in the Copa America. I asked them where the stadium is, and she said oh Boston I think. When I told her that you were probably at the stadium right now, she was pretty darn impressed! emoticon

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good job, kelly. that certainly is a proud moment! i always find it hard to decide whether or not to spend money on certain things. but erika is right; if it will improve our health, it's definitely worth it.

i am shamefully proud of my lunch decision. i really was craving a cheeseburger, but instead i went to panera bread and got a salad. yay, me!

i may not be around tomorrow... there's an international soccer game at the stadium that i'm working. since i don't usually get home from services before 1 and i'll have to leave for work by 2:30, that doesn't leave me much time for anything.

erika, i totally agree with you about the anticipation of a vacation being as exciting as the vacation itself. i'm only going to philadelphia and i'm counting the days. of course, in my case it has a lot to do with seeing my roommate.

have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and happy father's day to the husbands who are dads.

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Good for you, Kelly! I have changed my attitude on things like that just in the last few months...if it is going to help me improve my health, then I am going to be more willing to spend $$ on it. I bet that app will be very motivational. You go girl!!! emoticon

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I think at that point I'd just try to get outside early. It just never gets all that hot here early early morning. I may just have to make myself do that on days I'm not working. This is partly me being resistant to running before 9am....anyway I may have helped myself with that today. I bought the actual C25K app, I was resisting it but I do have an I'm proud of myself moment today because of it...I figured I'd spent more than the 1.50 I think it was on stupid game purchases.


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Kelly sometimes the indoor malls open early (before business hours) for walkers and joggers? Just a thought

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I've yet to find something that's both free and close enough to bother with. Being a Michigander if I hang out and wait for it to be sub-80 I'll usually get at least one day a week. I'm looking at only 76 for a high Wednesday. I figure I can swim in between. Next summer I'll be living in a complex that has a gym and can just do treadmill on the horribly hot days.


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Hi all, I am so excited about my upcoming hiking trip. For me, the anticipation and planning is almost as good as the trip itself! I am going to take only one small carry-on backpack. In order to make that work I am going to need to wear my hiking boots on the plane. DD is mortified that I would do that--it makes me grateful that I am no longer a teenager who has to worry so much about what other people might think. emoticon

I am sorry that I have been such a poor SP team member lately. I am very hopeful that I will not have gained (much?) by the time I return home and get back to the usual routine. I have determined that this week is going to be on the straight and narrow to try to prep. This morning I did my killer spin class at 5:30am, which always makes me ravenous and ready for lunch by 9am. But I had a salad and a protein drink ready, which I ate at 9am.

Emme, you are right that exercising more means eating more. But I think as long as the extra food is healthy food, that it is a good thing. Means more vitamins, fiber, etc. for your body, right? And today I found that a female co-worker no older than me passed away yesterday due to a heart attack. She was not very overweight, but she worked a whole lot of hours and I bet did not exercise much if any. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women...more than breast cancer (or any cancer). We need to exercise to keep our hearts healthy!! And also enjoy every day that we have here.

Judy, I know you are looking forward to getting back home next week.

Kelly, maybe you could find something indoor that you would like to run? I remember in college running on an indoor track. It was 7 laps to the mile but that was better than a treadmill I thought.

Becky, how is the gym going? Can you see any new muscles yet?

I apologize in advance for not posting much (or maybe at all) over the next 2 weeks. I will be home July 6 and then it is back to tracking for me. emoticon I have to prep for my research study, which will start in late August.


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Becky, the pretzels look gorgeous! (and yummy) I'm sure the dads are going to love them.

Not much going on here. I have a voice lesson today, and otherwise, just work. I skipped weights (bad, bad). I need to get more in the habit. But I will do some kettlebells here today, and maybe a yoga video.

A week from today, I'll be waking up in Hawaii... getting excited, though a bit stressed with everything that has to be done before I leave.

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Another challenging yoga class last night. emoticon I have been lifting weights for a month now. Today is the last day on my easy beginner's weight lifting program. emoticon

Well, the pretzels went home with the kids yesterday. I think the dads are going to enjoy them. The kids made a salty one for their dads in a traditional pretzel form and a cinnamon sugar one for themselves in a free form (from snakes to hearts to circles to rocks). That was one of the most stressful presents we've made since there was nothing that could be done before hand. I made so much dough that I still have a bag of it in the fridge. I'm going to make them this afternoon and give most of them away.



My DH asked our DS to make him an apple pie for father's day. Yikes....that is going to be challenge to eat a small piece. emoticon

It's Friday!!!!!!!!!

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Yet another decent enough day for a run. I'm just pissed that Map My Run didn't work so I don't know my stats. Suffice to say it was enjoyable. I didn't go far because I'm feeling lazy and still need to do some housework but it was nice.


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Happy Thursday! It's quiet around here... I hope everyone's doing well. We are having a bout of cool weather here--it even looks like rain, yikes. DH says camping is really cold. But, at least he's camping.

I'm working at home again today/tomorrow. The office is very quiet, not much happening, so I might as well enjoy being here. I was going to meet a friend for lunch, but we can do that later. Hardly worth trekking in to campus just to eat lunch.

Becky, congrats on getting to yoga! I hope the pretzels turn out. I followed your lead and read a SP story: One Healthy Change Leads to Another - about the 'criss cross' effect, and how focusing on one thing can bring about positive change in other areas without trying.

I kind of believe it, but kind of don't. My big issue right now is the exercise vs. food dilemma. When I'm exercising a lot, I'm so much hungrier. Even though I know fitness is more than being lighter, it's frustrating to feel that sometimes exercise seems to undermine the diet. We all know we don't eat celery sticks when we're ravenous. Read it here:

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Something good that happened yesterday: our pretzel dough rose!!!! Today we'll see if it is actually edible. The problem with pretzels as a father's day present is you have to make them as close to father's day as possible for freshness. emoticon

I was going to stay home and "get things done" instead of going to yoga last night. I'm SOOOO glad I didn't. We worked on flexibility last night and it is something I always need. I was able to do one yoga pose that I'd never been able to do....so I came home excitied.

Ryan, your deck sounds perfect for the summer season. Enjoy!!

I read the SP article....39 ways it doesn't such to get older. Basically they were all the same ones we always read except for this one....that I loved. "In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first." Good for us!!!!

Kelly, how creative to find a A.M. routine that makes you happy.

Emme, I can't wait to see photos of your finished deck and backyard. It sounds like it's going to be gorgeous.

Erika, are you exhausted every evening after your long days on the run?

Judy, enjoy your family visits!!!


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