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Judy, emoticon on all the effort you're putting into the spa experience (and the enjoyment)!!

Erika, now you're sure to keep the scale moving until you get to your goal weight. You guys must be learning so many wonderful tricks to stay motivated...and with food and exercise.

Emme, did they have your zumba class?

Ryan, I like the quote about the length of your life. So true.....

We have our dual birthday dinner tonight and tomorrow bright and early we head for the beach. So far I've held my eating in check. I doubt I'll be able to log my food for the next few days, but I'm going to try to keep things in check. emoticon

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Last day at the spa. I'm actually a bit less sore today, which is amazing. I can go up and down the stairs without looking like I'm crippled. emoticon

Now for the challenge of translating all the changes back to real life. I find the best thing here has been that you do get treats (tonight we had a little square of dark chocolate after dinner), but you don't have any temptation to continue to eat more. There's that one little square, and that's all there is. Even going out the front door to the "real world" feels somehow dangerous and tricky...all those food choices!!!! Yikes emoticon

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5/4/16 7:28 P

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I am getting 10,000 steps a day plus mat workouts and water classes. Wow. but I have been sleeping really well. (I know that because my fitbit tells me so. lol) Now I really feel like I need a plan to carry over when I get home. All my DDs are my fitbit friends so I will hear about it if those steps don't show up.

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i think we need to change the team name to the green team...we're all green with envy of erika and judy! emoticon

emme is right, becky. the winner is determined by points because we're rewarding effort. sometimes you can do everything right and the scale doesn’t move. i lost up until the last week of april when passover wreaked havoc with my body.

speaking of passover, i'm happy to say the pounds are slowly dropping off. If i continue being dedicated, i should be back to my pre-passover weight within a week. (they need an emoticon for crossed fingers)

this morning i opened one of my "be happy" cards that i got from erika and i love what it said:

we can't do much about the length of our lives, but we can do plenty about its width and depth.

-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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Congratulations, Becky! It's not the weight, it is the effort. emoticon

Ryan, yay on Pilates, too! I am going back to zumba today. I swear if they cancel it again... grrrrrr.

Erika, thanks for the spa report. It sounds hard, especially the getting up early stuff. I'm not so good at that. But the hikes sound wonderful. Next time! Say hi to Judy.

My plan today: office, zumba, healthy dinner somewhere, play music tonight, out with friends (must keep a lid on the wine on that one)



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Erika, I am green with envy, too. If I win the lottery this year I will go with you and Judy (and Emme) next year. I'm glad you enjoyed the belly dance class.

Judy, it must be wonderful to get up every morning knowing you will choose healthy activities and eat healthy food. Those massages are certainly a plus, too.

Emme, I got a chuckle out of you being ready to poke your eyes out in the meeting. Geez.....and knowing you could be spa-ing instead.

Ryan, good for you on going to the pilates class. You may decide you really like pilates. That happened to me with yoga.

I can't believe I'm the winner....and I gained weight on the challenge. emoticon

I took one of my friends to yoga last night. She has never done yoga and it's a more advanced class. What a trouper!! She even did a headstand against the wall. I am so close to being able to do the crow pose consistently.






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OMG I don't believe it, but I didn't chicken out on the belly dance class. The teacher had these "shimmy belts" that we wore so everyone could hear as we shook our behinds. It was very interesting that I actually enjoyed it! It was such a challenge to try to keep the top and bottom of my body still while the middle was moving. Thank you Becky, I don't think I ever would have done it without your inspiration! emoticon

Overall, the spa is just great. It is a bit like summer camp for grownups. Judy and I miss our carbs, they sure don't give you much. The carbs are mostly replaced with veggies, there are tons of them. They say they give you 1200 calories a day, but with this much exercise, it's not enough for me. So I have added a few (healthy) things and it is working out fine.

The hikes are just beautiful. There is a hike every morning at 6:30, and there's also a "brisk walk" at 7 and a "stroll" at 7:30. Judy has been doing the stroll but she is getting faster and I think she would graduate to the brisk walk soon if she stayed longer!

There are fitness classes of all different kinds all day long. You can choose which ones to attend or not to attend. There are at least 2 water classes a day, those are so good. Stretching classes morning and evening, and lots of strength and various cardio in between.

In the evenings many people will get a massage or other "treatment". I had a lavender sugar scrub the other night, it was just wonderful. There are also other options, like today Judy had a personal fitness consultation.

It is so inspirational to be among so many smart, fit, older ladies. These women who are teaching classes at 70 (HARD classes) just amaze me. And there are lots of women here of all sizes who have determined to make a difference in their health, and they are making it happen.

OK that is the spa report, now I need to get down to the 4pm stretch class before our 5pm short hike emoticon


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5/3/16 4:47 P

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Ryan, nice job with the leftovers! I think with all that yummy food in my fridge I would be toast. I also had to quit wearing contacts 20 years ago due to dry eyes, so it's been 100% glasses since then. I do keep some disposable contacts around for when I go swimming in the ocean.

Becky, very impressive with the small piece of cake!! Keep up the good work!! I am going to go try a belly-dance class today, I will think of you. emoticon

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i am happy to say that i made it to the gym today and did pilates. i wasn't sure if i was going to, but i was talking with the teacher before class and it just seemed wrong not to go. it was hard and i couldn't do everything, but i have a different perspective on it now.

i almost forgot, of the 3 of us who completed the april challenge, the winner is....becky! pointswise, it was a tie between becky and ryan at 93 points each. becky had 20 perfect days to ryan's 15, so that makes her the winner. emme came in 3rd with 74 points. nobody else completed the challenge through april.

emoticon becky! emoticon emoticon

Edited by: RYAN133HW at: 5/3/2016 (12:57)
-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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Becky, I had planned to be with them. Even paid my deposit... then our statewide directors' meeting got scheduled--at our university, which meant I had to be the host. So sad.... the meeting was so boring it made me want to poke my eyes out.

Not much else going on. Back to the office today -- I need to get it together. I did well with food yesterday, but not so much exercise. I have to do well on both today for a change.

Hi to all--off I go.



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Ryan, I wear contacts, too....I am legally blind. I use my glasses around the house like Emme to give my eyes a rest from the contacts.

Judy, I am terrible in all the balance poses in yoga. I would love to take an entire balance class. You guys must be in heaven there!!

Erika, are you guys in the same spa that you went to last year?

Emme, you'll have to join them next year!!! If I had the money I would be there in a heartbeat.

Kelly, emoticon

My friend arrived safely. She brought a friend from work down with her because she didn't want to die alone if the plane went down. As much as flying terrifies me, it's understandable to me!! My DH is taking them to a waterfall this morning. I wish I could go!!!!!

We had Aztec soup and coconut tres leches for her birthday dinner last night. I had a small piece of the cake (it was scrumptious....but then everything with coconut in it is scrumptious to me). So I am proud of the fact that I had rational servings and stayed away from the yucca chips, beer and other extras.



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Ryan, I do wear contacts. I have since I was 16. I wear glasses only around the house. I didn't need a new prescription, so no new glasses. So, saved some money on that. The eye doctor is so expensive. I have insurance, but it doesn't cover it all by a long shot.

Judy, I'm not surprised you're tired! I hope you're sleeping well. I'm really bad at balance, too.


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5/2/16 6:59 P

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Yesterday I had so much energy but after working out so much i definitely slowed down today. I did a balance class and I am terrible. I really need to work on that. Becky hope you are having a good time with your friend. Ryan good for you to get back on track. Emme we miss you. Kelly how are you doing?

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i don't know how, but even eating the salami, prosciutto, pasta, eggplant and bread, I managed to drop ½pound of my passover weight. oh, and i forgot to mention the cookies.

today has been a so-so eating day, but i had a really good workout this morning. as long as i go easy on the food for the rest of the day, i should be alright.

erika and judy, enjoy your wonderful spa time together. i agree with emme…absolutely green!

emme, do you wear contacts? i'm so blind that i can't do anything without glasses. i had to stop wearing contacts 20 years ago due to dry eye. not enough tears to tolerate the lenses. i kept getting scratched corneas.

becky, enjoy your friend's visit. long time friends are the best! i've been friends with my italian family since 7th grade.

hey, kelly. hope all is well.

Edited by: RYAN133HW at: 5/2/2016 (17:04)
-ryan

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

"there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination. living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. "

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

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Erika and Judy, I'm green with envy. emoticon (best I could do for an emoticon). Sounds like a killer amount of walking... and massages. Oh, massages....

Becky, have fun! Time with friends--nothing better.

I got through a bunch of my list, continuing today (not going to the office), including an eye appt. New glasses, yay! I like the way mine look now, but I've had them a couple years. Not that I ever wear them in public... emoticon

Kelly and Ryan, I hope the week ahead is a good one.



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Judy, it sounds wonderful!!!! You and Erika enjoy emoticon

My friends come in this afternoon. I made Aztec soup and coconut tres leches yesterday to have ready for Maurie's birthday dinner tonight. Ten whole days of visiting with one of my dearest old friends. Life is good!! emoticon

Ryan, good luck with all that incredible food in your house. The bread would do me in. emoticon

Emme, that was quite a "to do" list for yesterday. Did you get it all done? emoticon How did your voice lesson go?

Kelly, enjoy your semester being over. emoticon

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5/1/16 11:43 P

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OMG. I love the spa. It is so exercise oriented. I did over 9000 steps plus 2 swim classes and some strength work. Tonite I had a Himalayan stone massage that was fabulous. I am really having a great time.

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Becky enjoy your time with your friend!

Ryan, congrats on trying the decreased med dose.

Emme, your food choices sound positively spa-like!

Judy and I are really enjoying the spa! 24K steps today. A 70-year-old kicked my butt on the morning hike today. emoticon

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That is the perfect thought for today, Ryan! Good luck with recalibrating the meds. Life is an experiment.

Judy and Erika, do share! I would love to hear everything you're doing, eating, etc.!

Becky, enjoy being with your friend. Take some extra walks, do what you can, and don't stress over it. Time with friends is more precious than losing a pound.

My plan for the day:
exercise
track all my food (started)
get some work done
tackle Mount Washmore

I treated myself to grocery delivery. It costs a bit more because of delivery charges, but it's much easier to choose healthy food than when one is confronted with other choices at the actual store. I got lots of nice organic emoticon emoticon emoticon , chicken breasts for dinner, etc.

Moment of pride: checked my walking totals for last week, and I got in 25 miles. emoticon
Unfortunately, the scale was not my friend. Alas, can't have everything.

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a thought to start the new month



Edited by: RYAN133HW at: 5/1/2016 (14:39)
-ryan

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

"there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination. living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. "

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the first communion celebration yesterday was catered by a great north end italian restaurant. because of passover, I had fruit and veggies only. but... my "sister" packed up containers of all the pasta dishes, desserts, appetizers, and BREAD, etc to take home. today is definitely a free food day for me!

today is also the first day of my reduced dose of medication. let's hope i can tolerate the lower amount. 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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I am going to do my best to stay in control for the next ten days that my DF will be here. Last night I was doing really well until a neighbor came over with a bottle of wine, some chocolate and some snacks. We sat out on our front porch swing....and did some serious damage to my "being in control". emoticon



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Hi from Ojai! Judy and I are going to start the challenge tomorrow. Today we only have a half-day here so tomorrow the true work will begin emoticon

Ryan, you definitely have changed, emoticon Keep up the good work!

Becky, be happy with that loss! A slow loss is so much more maintainable. I just think it is better to lose slowly. I am glad you are going in the right direction. emoticon

Emme, we are missing you here!! The weather is just perfect. emoticon

Goal: get back below 140!!!!

-Erika



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BECKY!

Erika and Judy, have a great time! I'm so sorry I'm not there. My meeting was as boring as I thought it would be.

Ryan, thanks for the new challenge. I'll get my current one updated.

Hi to Kelly, Pauline (you out there)?



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becky, thank you for what you said. it brought a smile to my face. yes, i'm aware that i've changed quite a bit, especially this past year. in fact, starting tomorrow, i'll be decreasing the dose of one of my anti depressants. i'm very excited about that.

btw, emoticon emoticon emoticon i know i got it right this time! emoticon

passover ends tonight and i gained my standard 5 pounds. emoticon hopefully i'll be able to drop it this week.

busy day today. saturday services followed by a first communion celebration for my "italian sister's" daughter. then out to dinner to break passover. we always go to the same italian restaurant because they have the best bread around.

happy saturday, everyone. don't forget that the may challenge starts tomorrow... the page is all set up.
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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. "

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Judy and Erika, have a great, weight losing time at the spa!!!!!! And congrats to your DS, Erika.

Ryan, I had to smile reading your last post. Do you realize how much you've changed? You continue in barre even though your hips hurt and your DH is trying to convince you to not go!!!

Emme, that's interesting that your voice sounds different to you. How did it go in your voice class?

Kelly, I'm glad to hear that you're back to losing. I weighed myself this morning and have barely lost a pound after two weeks of following the diet the nutritionist gave me. It was very disappointing, But I'm trying to change my attitude and look at it as a positive....it was a loss even if it was a very small one.

My friend is coming in on Monday. I am SO excited to see her. I'm trying to get all the school planning, projects, etc completely ready so I can just enjoy the visit instead of working when I get out of class.



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Whew, got everything done, I am beat! Spa starts tomorrow! I am going to try to start the challenge on Sunday, it is time for me to get back to doing the challenge.

emoticon Ryan for setting it up!

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erika, congratulations. princeton is a great school. emoticon you must be very proud along with the sadness of him being so far away. i guess you'll have to cancel your reservation in boston for parents' weekend!

i made it to the gym today. i'm waiting to see how badly my hips will feel tonight and tomorrow. hubby wants me to give up barre. emoticon hopefully it won't come to that.

i'm putting up the may challenge today. it will run from sunday, may 1 through saturday, may 28. if anybody has any suggestions for new mix-it-ups, let me know. i'm going to expand the list this month.

-ryan

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

"there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination. living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. "

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Princeton, congrats!

A quick hello - I was planning to work at home today, but that didn't work out, so need to get to campus soon.

As long as I have to go in for part of the day, this afternoon, I'm getting my first of the season pedicure. I wore sandals yesterday and was sorely reminded that I need one. I'm also headed back to voice lesson for the first time since surgery. I definitely feel like my voice needs put back together a bit. It sounds different in my head--very odd.

Anyway, that's about it. May is nearly here, ack. Happy Friday!

--Emme

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I did yoga in jeans today because I forgot my yoga clothes. Luckily they were stretch jeans and I didn't split them open! emoticon

Very busy here trying to get ready for Judy's arrival (tomorrow) and departure for the spa (Saturday). Sure wish you guys were going with! emoticon

Ryan, feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

Emme, I will miss your quotes. Hopefully will get a minute here and there to log in between exercise classes.

Kelly, keep up the great work on your weight loss and school work! emoticon

Becky, hope you are enjoying your friend's visit, without too much collateral damage, and have a great bday!! emoticon

One more thing: DS made a college decision (FINALLY) and will be going to Princeton. No Boston visits to Ryan. emoticon But I think it was the best decision for him, the more peaceful atmosphere just fits him better. Whew!

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i didn't get any exercise in today; my hips were just too sore. the good news is that i earned my food point today. i was really careful to eat foods that i could find points for.

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Erika, look at the very bottom of the weight tracker page. I'm not sure that's what you're looking for, but it might be.

Ryan, hope the hips feel better.

Gorgeous day out, and I'm going to be stuck inside. emoticon

Hi to Becky, Kelly, and Judy. I need to run!

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erika, i think that on your sparkpage it shows your ticker with your goal, but not your date. i'm not sure where to find the date.

i have to skip barre today. last week my hips were a little sore before class and then on friday i could barely walk. today my hips are sore and i'm not taking a chance. i'll do something with a lower impact on my poor, old, arthritic hips.maybe the elliptical?

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Question: does anyone know how I can see my SP weight goal and date? The only thing I have found is how to change the goal, but that page does not show what my current goal and date is! The good news is, my report tracker shows that I am on track to meet my goal, but it also doesn't show what my goal is emoticon

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emme, i've seen that quote before and I love it!

erika, you do the most amazing trips. i've never been outdoorsy, but hearing about the things you do gets my interest going.

kelly, your plan sounds like a good one. sometimes not thinking about it makes the weight loss easier. cortisol and all that.

becky, when does your friend arrive? i'm going to be tied up all day saturday, and i don't want to forget, so an early emoticon (at least this time i know i'm early) i hope saturday is a super special day for you...you deserve it!

i couldn't drag myself to the gym this morning, so i went downstairs and used my bike that i got for my birthday. i think i need to adjust it because i struggled to get 25 minutes.

erika, i usually do the same thing with home made foods, but it's really hard with the ethnic foods in eating this week. i wouldn't know where to find information on matzah fruit kugel of chocolate matzah brittle. emoticon

have a wonderful wednesday, everyone.

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Erika, that hike sounds amazing!

Best laid plans: I took my gym bag home, washed my clothes, repacked it, brought it to work, and they just canceled zumba class. Guess I'll get out for a walk in the rain over lunch.

Hope everyone's doing well.



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Nice, Kelly!! That is the way we all need to learn to eat. Good for you!

I am back on track after my birthday cake frenzy. I had my weight bet weigh-in today and it appears I didn't do much if any damage. That would really be nice! The other good news is that my FitBit says that my resting heart rate has really dropped over the last several months as I have done more aerobic exercise, and for my age I am now in the "athlete" range. emoticon I am really going to need all the fitness I can get for the major Alps hut-to-hut hike that we are planning for the end of June. emoticon

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I think I'm finally losing again...ironically now that I'm not stressing over it and mostly just trying not to eat when I'm not actually hungry.


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Thanks Emme and Becky for the support! I am doing much better today, already tons of veggies in my tummy and it's only 3pm!

Emme I think we crave that high-fat stuff when we are losing. It's the body saying, NOOOOOO I need all that fat! I still have a lot of leftover cake in the fridge (I gave away as much as my DH would allow me to) so I will need to avoid that craving tonight. emoticon

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Happy Tuesday. I have to get busy and go to the doctor for what I hope is my last post-op check in. If his office were closer, it wouldn't be such a big deal, but it takes a chunk of time out of my day for sure.

Erika, I'm having a hard time reining in the hungries, too. I did okay most of the day, then late in the evening, CHEESE. Ack. Must keep trying.

Okay, not very motivational, but somehow a bit of truth here:



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Hang in there, Erika!!! Think SPA!!!!! And that's what I'm worried about hanging out with my friends so soon after I've "re-started".

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Ryan, I know how you feel about recipes, I cook so much that it is a constant problem to track. MFP has so much stuff on there, that I just search for something (like "homemade shepard's pie") and enter it. Definitely not very exact but it's what I do.

Unfortunately right now I am in a 4-day slide. It's a combination of the end of the research program (no one watching my eating) and 2 family birthdays one after the other, for which I baked awesome cakes (coconut and Black Forest). I have got to get back on track tomorrow. emoticon

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emoticon becky.

i decided that it's way to hard to track my food this week, so unless i'm 100% certain that i didn't go over my points, i'm going to take the easy way out and score 0's for food every day. i make so many things without a recipe, that i can't even calculate what's in them. it's just too hard and stressful.

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Those are some good ideas....thanks. I just feel like I'll never get back on track if I throw in the towel while she's here. It has never been this hard for me before.

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kelly, good for you. the last few pounds are always the hardest to lose. setting a slow pace is a great idea. emoticon

becky, sometimes when i'm with people, i find it easier to not call attention to my eating choices. if your friend says she wants dessert, you can just say "no thanks, i've had enough". she's looking for a snack? "i'm really not hungry, but you go ahead". remember, you're not on a diet, you're changing your life. if you don't want something, say so. if you want it, have it. we all have"treat days" (i don't say cheat days because you're not cheating) the key is not to turn the entire 10 days into treat days.

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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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Two pounds a month sounds very doable and sane, Kelly. Good luck!

I am going to end this month on a high note, I hope. Or a low note? Anyway, going to make this a really good week and see if I can't coax my weight under that 150 line. I've been dawdling here too long.

emoticon Becky! I'm so glad your hard work is paying off. I try really hard in social situations to make it about the social interaction and not the food. Easier said than done, I know. I also try to take the focus off of my efforts and just say stuff like "Oh, I'm not eating sugar, go ahead." Then just leave it. The most important thing is to have fun, though! You'll no doubt indulge at some point--don't stress. Plan for it and get in an extra walk or something.

Okay, back to the grind. The office awaits. Joy.

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Just this week and then work should be sane again too. Looking forward to it!

I've decided to aim for what feels like a very small (and not overwhelming) loss of 2lbs per month and even at that rate I'll be done by November and then the excitement of moving to a new apartment that's very easy walking distance to work (across the street) and that has it's own little gym that at least when I lived there before was very rarely used.


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Becky, since you ask, one option is to share with your friend what you are trying to do with your eating and that you won't be able to join in with with a lot of eating but she should feel free to enjoy her vacation. If she really is a friend she will be supportive instead of trying to undermine you. But if she feels threatened you have stated your own truth and are accepting your own responsibility.

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I gingerly stepped on the scale yesterday and was down a little over a pound. Thank God!!! I was beginning to think that it was never going to happen. So for Sunday: I am proud of the fact that through extreme effort I am trying to get back to a healthy diet.

Any suggestions on how to handle the ten days that my friend will be here???? She does not deprive herself. emoticon

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emoticon Erika! Any loss is in the right direction. It's nice to see rewards for hard work.

Today marks renewed commitment to my plans. This week has been a little random - I'd feel good, then exhausted, etc. But, I finally feel like recovery is nearly complete and I'm ready to head back into weight loss.

Today's plans:
Eat on plan, record
Work out at home (no more days off!)
Drink plenty of water

Happy Sunday, everyone!



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Becky, take it easy! So what if you didn't lose the first week, you are still fine-tuning your new plan. Keep it up, and you will be rewarded for sure! emoticon

Kelly, congrats on school! And Emme, Judy and Ryan, congrats on your losses!!!

I lost 0.6 pounds. I know that for everyone else here, that is NBD, but for me it is great to see the scales go in the right direction, even if a tiny bit.

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emoticon Everyone! I just looked back through some old challenges, and I'm 10 pounds lighter than this time last year.

Judy, Ryan, Erika - I'm so envious you're going to the spa next week! Think of me, stuck in the most boring of systemwide meetings. I really wish I were going. I'm going to have to create a 'spa experience' for myself at home in your honor.

Becky, don't stress. It will happen. emoticon

I'm up for another mixitup, along with some new choices. I'll try to think of a couple new options.

Okay, I need to do some work--tickets to a concert tonight, going to a friend's to play music tomorrow. Fun, fun.



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judy, great job on the 5 pounds. and kelly, 25 pounds. wow! good for you! i'm hoping to make it through this week even, which is currently 17.8 pounds since january 3. i'm pretty proud of myself.

we got home at midnight last night and i can hardly keep my eyes open. i still have so much cooking to do between today and tomorrow. hopefully tonight's seder won't run so late. ethan is coming tomorrow to help me with the sweet and sour meatballs. passover is a great holiday, but it's so much work!

does everyone like the mix it up challenge. i was thinking that for may we can do the same thing but i would change up the choices. if there's anything that anyone would like to see included on the list, just let me know.

back to the kitchen. happy saturday to all.

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Yea, Kelly.... emoticon !!!!

And to you, too, Judy..... emoticon on the five pounds. I would be thrilled to see a five pound weight loss. You are going to have such a good (healthy) time with Erika!!

Emme, I got a kick out of picturing you walking home with your umbrella in the high winds and rain trying to protect your hair. Do you remember those plastic hair things women used to wear that tied under the chin? . That would've been perfect for a day like that.

Erika, how great that you and Judy will be sharing the spa experience. You'll both come out even more motivated than before.

Ryan, what happened with pilates? Did you decide to stay when you went to the class?

A week from Monday and my friend will be here!!! I am so excited about seeing her...and going to the beach (even if it is only for three days).

I stepped on the scale yesterday...full of great expectation....and was bitterly disappointed. I didn't loose any weight the first week. emoticon

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kelly, so cool to lose 25# in a year. I am so excited because I lost 5# in my 8 weeks of WWs. I go to CA to see Erika and go to the spa in one week. I am so curious to see what they will give us to eat????????? I hope they have water aerobics. My local water class started this week and I went twice and loved it. Unfortunately it is at the same time as the exercise class.

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i read one of today's featured articles. it was mostly a reminder of things i already know about avoiding emotional eating. there are basically 3 steps involved. stay grounded, do a reality check and put things in perspective. 3 short minutes to de-stress and avoid eating food you don't really want!

-ryan

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So, two birthdays next week? It will have to be a party round here! emoticon emoticon

Kelly, hurrah for finishing up. Good luck!

My exercise plans for today, foiled: I was going to walk the 2 miles to my haircut place (4 miles RT), but it's pouring with high winds. Even if I weathered it, my overpriced haircut wouldn't on the way back. I have to find another way. I downloaded one of the apps from the post from yesterday, going to do some pushups and such!

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emoticon “You cannot get through a single day without impacting the world around you. What you do makes difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall

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becky, thank you for the reminder about earth day. emoticon emoticon emoticon i always forget because today is also my father's birthday as well as my oldest (i. e. longest time) friend's birthday. she is the first of our high school crowd to turn 60. so happy earth day, everyone. do something special for the planet today. it's the only planet we can leave for our children and their children and so on down the line. let's leave them a good one.

-ryan

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Taking the final today and I am so happy that I'll be done after this. Being done is an awesome birthday present too (I'll be 33 next Wednesday). I was hoping to be at GW by my 33rd but so much for that! I'll aim for the end of this year, it's only about 12lbs and taking my time won't be so bad. I am lighter than I was last year this time by about 25lbs so I am happy about that. I plan to buckle down hard again in May (after all my birthday stuff).

Edit: I decided to set my goal date for my anniversary (10/13) which still gives me a very long time to do this.

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Erika, that sounds like a brutal workout. I wish I had more choices. I'm thankful for having basic choices, but it'd be nice to really mix things up if I chose to. A friend of mine in San José goes to a great gym that has (it seems) limitless choices of classes. And there is a in San Jose who trained in Hindu dance in India who offers classes. But on the other hand, I would HATE to live in San Jose......

Emme, I am so glad that you are almost back to normal....better than normal without all the steroids in your system. Have you heard your new singing voice yet?

Judy, you must be thrilled that you will have your DGS on the east coast. And that means you'll probably see Erika more, too.

Kelly, we're looking forward to having you back on a regular basis when you finish this semester.

Ryan, I'm sure Brett's girlfriend will be thrilled to meet and join your clan!!!! Yep, only one more week before I hit the big 6-0. Last night in yoga none of the "older generation" made it and (besides me) there were only young whippersnappers present. We worked on stretching poses after warming up...including splits. I was cautiously but diligently doing what I could (which wasn't much) when a girl asked me how old I was. When I proudly told her I'd be 60 next week, there were some gasps around the room and then they all chimed in that I definitely didn't look that old. So I decided to take that as a great compliment instead of thinking that they were just really polite kids who were trying to make an old lady feel better about her age....because whatever the motive I did feel great!!!!

Happy Earth Day everyone!!! I made earth cupcakes with green and blue food coloring for our celebration in the classroom today.



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erika, i feel your pain. when brett took the job in seattle, i was devastated. for the past 9½ years, we've seen him roughly twice a year. on the up side, maybe i'll get to see you occasionally. and you'll have summers emoticon and christmas vacations emoticon and spring breaks emoticon …

and speaking of my brett, i found out yesterday that he'll be coming to graduation with his girlfriend! i hope she doesn't get scared off by meeting the entire clan at once. emoticon

i got my prize yesterday. so cute. it's a box of little cards that you open daily to get a motivational quote. emoticon erika, i really love it.

emme, emoticon on signing up for the new classes. and on your speedy recovery. you'll be singing again in no time.

becky, are you all geared up for the last week of your 50's? emoticon emoticon when is your friend coming?

this week is going to be a little difficult for me to track my food, because there will be a lot of ethnic eating. i'll do my best, but i just want to not gain.

emoticon judy and kelly.

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Yay Emme, congrats on signing up for the workout classes! Now all you have to do is get yourself there emoticon I am so glad that you are getting back to normal so quickly after the surgery.

Today is one of those days I am so sore that I can barely walk or sit. Yesterday morning I did the Belly, Butt and Thighs class (affectionately known as Butts and Guts). It's basically like 45 minutes straight of every variation of squats known to man.

Still no college decision from my kid, although it is down to two schools on the East coast. He is definitely going far far away emoticon

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My apple watch does the same thing - love hitting my goals and getting just the simplest of recognition, from my watch, ha! emoticon

Slowly feeling like things are getting back to normal. Prednisone is down to 10 mg a day, feeling slightly less tired, etc.

It's drizzly here--I got caught without an umbrella. Weather.com was way off.

How's everyone doing? I'm going for a perfect day -- exercise, food, recording it all. Just one day. Then another. I'm ready for the next 5 pounds to go away.

Nice SP article on some apps. I think I'll look into a couple of them, esp. exercise ones: www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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WIDR: They extended our workplace workout program through the summer. Signed up!

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Another thing you can do with fitbit is set a different kind of goal if you want to, like for instance calories burned instead of steps. There's nothing so motivating for me (and DH!) like that buzz you get on your wrist when you meet your daily goal. OK maybe I am just weird! emoticon

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Ryan, your walk to get coffee sounds great! I wish I could be your walking buddy emoticon . With the fitbit, you can set your step goal at whatever you want, it doesn't have to be 10,000. For me, it is just so motivational. For instance, yesterday I was in the first day of 3 days of all-day meetings (UGH). I actually walked back and forth in the back of the room most of the day, and got nearly all of my steps for the day just by doing that! I just knew that if I sat there all day that I would never make it to my goal just by my usual evening walk.

Becky my quick protein choices are: nonfat plain greek yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, single serving protein drinks I get from Costco, Jay Robb whey protein powder (expensive but tastes much better than most), cold cut-up chicken breast, and cold pulled pork. I do also eat nuts and peanut butter every day, but I really have to limit those, because they have so many calories, and unfortunately I also could eat a jar of PB with no problem emoticon Oh also canned tuna and lox (but not too frequent on the lox because it is also so expensive).

Emme, it is amazing that you managed not to gain after all you have been through. I am so glad that the surgery seems to have been successful.

Judy, your pic of your "bear-proof" trashcan is scary! That's what you get for living in the sticks. But the plusses are that it is so beautiful where you are. emoticon

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i took my walk this morning. i went to dunkin donuts for an iced coffee and then home again. 2.25 miles round trip. it was much nicer than walking on the treadmill and i got my coffee. emoticon

becky, i forgot to mention almonds. i measure out an ounce, which is about a handful. they're high in (good) fat, but high in protein and filling.

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Becky if I get hungry between meals or at bedtime, my go-to protein is one low fat babybel cheese. I don't know if you have that down there. A small shot of fat kills my hunger but carbs just make me want more. I am still feeling really good with my new eating lifestyle that I learned from WWs. I am still easing down the scale. Last night I made my healthy veggie supper which is lots of stir fry vegs with chicken, chopped ginger, garlic and tamari. I gave it to my DH over rice but I eat it just the way it is.

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becky, i use hard boiled eggs, low fat cheese sticks, protein bars and peanut butter crackers around for quick protein. (i have to be careful on the peanut butter...i could eat a whole jar). i also drink a protein shake at the gym after each personal training session.

erika, that's very interesting about the amount of protein needed daily. i'll have to do the calculations and see how much i'm getting vs. how much i need.

emme, sounds like your recovery is going well. i'm so glad. i'm also glad to hear that you're pleased with the result. nothing is worse than going through a procedure and getting a poor result.

judy and kelly, i hope all is well with you both.

my fitness tracker/sleep monitor died yesterday, so i ordered a new one to come today. i use it mostly for sleep quality, which i need to track for my meds. i never come close to 10,000 steps, so i stopped trying. i work hard when i go to the gym, but other than that i'm not very active. i'm sure that's part of my problem.

is supposed to be a nice day today, so i think instead of going to the gym, i'll go for a walk outside. the sun and fresh air will help my mood, too.

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Erika, I think I'll be okay once a month. I have access to her 24/7 through whatsapp (very popular here)....unfortunately for her. emoticon . I have so many questions right now as I'm starting out. I'm sure I'll eventually get the hang of this.

Very interesting about the protein. I need ideas to have "go to" protein ready and available. Yolanda was saying the same thing in my appointment....that quality protein is absolutely necessary for muscle mass. Especially since I'm basically a ball of fat and need to regain muscle. How do you?

In the pool on Monday my foot slipped and I felt a pull in my groin. Yesterday in class I sat cross legged on the floor for a couple of hours with a group of kids who were writing words with the movable alphabet and afterwards my thigh really hurt. I sent my yoga instructor a message asking her if I should go to class or wait until the Thursday class so I wouldn't do more damage but she told me I should go. I am so glad I did. She told me which poses to modify and this morning my leg is so much better.

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Becky, good for you!!! I am so glad you went to the nutritionist. My only worry is that you are only going monthly (right?) which I am afraid may not be enough at first.

More protein is hard to do, but so important. Recently I have been worried about my dad not getting enough protein (he has been a strict vegan for quite a while). He is a scientist, and challenged me to bring my data, so I have been reading lots of papers on the subject. I learned things like people need more protein (grams protein per kilogram of body weight per day) as they age. It helps maintain muscle mass. Much of the muscle loss as we get older is avoidable if we get enough protein, 1.2-1.5 g/kg/day depending on activity level. About 50% of elderly Americans are protein-deficient. In fact some of them get kwashiorkor, which is the cause of the swollen bellies seen in extremely malnourished children.

Anyway, maybe that was more than you wanted to know emoticon

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That's great news on the steroids, Emme. You'll feel like a completely different person when you're off that stuff.

Erika, give it your best!!! We have faith in you.

I am on day #5 of "after" nutritionist. The first couple of days were terrible. I was so used to stuffing my poor body full of crap that I was in serious withdrawal. But I've made it for five days and it's something I have to do. I'm still not comfortable with what I can eat and the portions, but I know that will get easier and easier. Besides prepping vegies I need to make some ready-to-grab protein since I've been low in protein every day so far.

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Erika, emoticon

I have a post-op check up today and will spend about 1/2 day in the office. Woke up kind of head-achy, but hoping the ibuprofen and coffee wipes that out. It's gorgeous here, so planning on some walking, too. Still not feeling 100%, but it's only been three days :-). The best part is I'm tapering off the prednisone--20 mg. a day currently, I think going to 10 tomorrow and then off by next Monday. Yay. Fortunately, I've maintained my weight loss give or take a pound, which is all I can hope for right now.




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Yikes! So busy. Weighed in for my bet today, and I have to lose 3 pounds in 2 weeks if I don't want to pay $$. emoticon

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Becky, it seems like it's time for both of us to find new exercise groups. Mine was always going to be short lived, but I hate starting over. I'm doing a bit of online homework today - there are two small gyms near me, one closer than the other. I'll see which one seems better.

Ryan, emoticon for 8 a.m. training. Sounds like my kind of breakfast, too.

Recovery is going well. I could probably have dealt with work today, but since I already had the day scheduled off, what the heck? We have to get our taxes in the mail, deal with a few other things around the house. I don't mind staying home.



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thank you for the support, guys. today is a new day. i had a good breakfast (hard boiled egg, tomatoes, 2 clementines and coffee). i'm already at the gym for a 8:00 training session (last time this will happen) since i'm here so early, i plan to do some extra time on the bike after i train. dinner might be a little dicey since the whole clan is gathering before we go to services to say a memorial prayer for our mother who passed 40 years ago tomorrow.

anyway, planning and structure are the key for me this week. i only did a pound's worth of damage yesterday, much of which is probably water weight. i will focus on the fact that 159 is just around the corner...sooo reachable!

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That is certainly true, Erika. I went through that when our advanced aerobic's class ended. We had "followed" our instructor to five different gyms over a 20 year time period. I still miss that class and the group and our instructor. I still have a glimmer of hope that she will give classes someday. Wheelchair aerobics???? I'm glad you have another group that you like available.

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Becky is right, Ryan! We all have our slips! The only question is, how quickly can you get back on track?? emoticon

I am sad because the yoga group I have been a part of for about 10 years looks like it is falling apart...lucky I have a new yoga teacher at a different group that I really like. There is no constant but change, isn't it the truth.

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No, no, no, Ryan....don't beat yourself up about it!!! We all do it and you have been doing so well for so long. Just start right back on your program tomorrow and don't look back. As Pauline says....then it won't "stick". emoticon





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terrible day for me today. ate everything in sight. didn't have a good breakfast…probably why i ate everything in sight! i really wanted to be in the 150's by passover, but i don't see that happening now. i guess i'll have to be super good this week with food and exercise. why do i do this to myself?

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Yes, my surgeon said I'd probably bounce back to about 75% fine really quickly, but then would hover there for a while. This afternoon/evening is definitely proof of that. I'm dragging and not in a terribly good mood, but pain is not much of an issue, fortunately, still manageable with ibuprofen, though I may take a vicodin if I can't sleep.

I have been watching some great BBC crime dramas, though. *RIver* and *The Fall* -- wow.

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yay, emme! it's great to hear that everything went smoothly. definitely take a couple of days to recover. my hubby always tells his patients that pain reaches its peak at 24-48 hours post-op. hopefully you've already hit your peak and are on the way down again.

i'm noticing that this month we all seem to be finding new things that are working for us. each of us seems to have developed at least one life change that is helpful for the healthful journey. let's keep at it... this is definitely our year!

becky, that's great that you're going to the nutritionist. sometimes just getting a different perspective can make all the difference. and erika's right, if you continue to do what you've always done……

judy and erika, hang in there. a slow loss is still a loss. as long as you keep up your good habits and don't go back to your old ways, you'll be making your life better and that's really what we're all after, isn't it?
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Congrats Emme!! So glad it went well. I do think you should take it easy for a few days, as the drugs wear off it might get unexpectedly worse before it gets better. But it is great to hear from you so quickly. emoticon

Becky, I am so glad to hear about you thinking of prepping veggies. I think eating as many veggies as we can is such a good idea. And I am so happy that you took the initiative to do something different and go to the nutritionist. An old friend of mine always said, if you keep doing what you've been doing, you're going to keep getting what you've been getting. Change is difficult but emoticon

Judy I am so happy to hear about your slow weight loss! Bella and I also continue to slowly lose. We only have one more week of the research study but then we are going to switch over to a nutritionist, just so we can keep up the momentum that we have right now. There is nothing like getting an outsider's perspective to help point out issues and potential changes that could be made. I feel so lucky that we got such a knowledgeable, skillful therapist to help us implement some changes to our lifestyle that needed to be made. The biggest things that we have done are 1. veggies: I cut them all up for Bella every day, and she eats them. and 2. walking in the evening, DH and Bella and I now take the dog out every night. It's in addition to all our other exercise, but does burn an extra 100-200 calories per day. We both feel like those changes are going to "stick" after the program is over. emoticon emoticon

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emoticon Emme is home safe and sound!!! So glad to hear the surgery was so much easier than you had anticipated. And it was a success!!!!!!

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Surgery yesterday was something of a breeze. The procedure itself took only 30 minutes. I was in pre-op by 12:30 and home before 4 p.m., including a 45-minute drive in rush hour traffic home. Took Vicodin last night, but woke up this morning thinking I don't need it. Some ibuprofen for the headache, and I can already breathe better, in spite of a bit of swelling in my nose. Surgery isn't what it used to be. I'm still going to chill this weekend and take Monday off from work--I don't want to push it, but seriously, this is so much better than I anticipated. One of those things you wish you'd done much sooner. I do still have a bit of an anesthesia hangover, so no exercise today.

Becky, the nutritionist sounds great! This ought to count for about a month of being proud posts. It sounds like you found someone helpful. I don't log in SP - I follow the WW point system. I resist logging things anyway, so the easier and shorter the better.

Judy, lifestyle change is what it's about. emoticon

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emoticon Judy!!! You can't do yoga either, than, can you? There's some hardcore twisting going on in my yoga classes.

So...none of you WWers log food into SP, right? You just follow your point system? I think not logging in will be a real relief....and a time saver. Since vegies are free it sure gets me thinking about vegetables to prepare and have around when I'm going to want something to eat.

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You go Becky. Getting a new perspective on food and some accountability has really helped me. I feel like I have made some life style changes. I keep very slowly moving down. Ryan I tried Pilates but i have had 4 back operations and I can't do any twisting so that put me out of half of their moves. Emme just keep remembering that this will all be worth it.

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Looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow, Emme. And no more doubting your scale!!

Ryan, I love how you're taking responsibility for your exercise program. Maybe you'll surprise yourself and learn to love pilates. I really dislike pilates and will never add it on to my exercise program. On the other hand, I wasn't real thrilled with yoga and i've been practicing it for quite a few years now. You just never know. And, yes, my friend is an old crony from our high school days (she is actually bringing someone down with her who I don't know). Since we're celebrating her birthday with a BBQ the night before we leave for the beach, I decided to order a "memory cake" for her. I did a lot of searching on google until I came up with plenty of things to put on the cake. I ordered it today. On top of the cake in fondant, Carol (my favorite cake decorator) is putting two frizzy haired scuba divers, a model of my old VW station wagon that I had in high school and the flat bottomed boat that we used to ride up and down the Chagres River on (it belonged to Maurie's family), and a Panama beer bottle. And around the sides will be a sign from the old Canal Zone with the name of her town on it (France Field), a carnival ride that we almost fell out of because the door came open while it was whizzing around (maybe not up to U.S. standards), the Pan Canal emblem, the sign from our favorite pizza place in Panama City, the sign from our favorite beach cabin, my old motorcycle, a black robe with a hood (don't ask), and other things that will jar her memory. I can't wait till she sees it!!!!!

Judy, I second what Ryan says....you are an amazingly kind person...and a true friend. Erika must be so proud of you!!

I need to post what I'm proud of today....and it's getting myself to the nutritionist!!!! I really enjoyed our session. She has some incredible toys!!!!! Her scale is like something out of a science fiction movie. As expected....I have way too much fat on my body....and most of it is around my middle. She explained that I can exercise until the cows come home but if I don't start eating what my body needs and stop overeating crap, I can't expect any positive changes. I guess the eating program is similar to WW. I am allowed a set number of daily servings of dairy, fruits, carbs, proteins, and fat....and unlimited vegies. I have my next appointment in a month. And I definitely have to give up diet sodas.





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I am sitting here in pre-op waiting for the anesthesiologist. Today's good news, the doctor's scale matched mine at home. I always suspected my home scale was a little light, I'm glad it doesn't seem to be the case. Thanks for all your good wishes, talk to you soon.

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Ha, Ryan, don't get your hopes up too high emoticon

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thanks, erika. i don't mind waiting. i'm sure it's something worth waiting for!

-ryan

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

"there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination. living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. "

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

4/18/06--(1/01/11)


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Ryan, your gift for winning March is on its way. emoticon It says 4/21 delivery, don't know why it will take that long!!

Goal: get back below 140!!!!

-Erika



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emme, i'll be thinking of you all day today, sending you healing, comforting thoughts. emoticon feel better soon!

i had barre yesterday and had a long talk with the instructor (she's the same one that teaches pilates). she said that i do well in pilates, but if i don't enjoy it, i should stop. i told her my new plan, and she thought it was a good idea. she also reminded me that i don't have to do any moves that i'm not comfortable doing our anything that i just don't like. we'll see how it goes next tuesday.

becky, how wonderful that your friend is coming to spend your birthday with you. do you get to see her often? i'm guessing she's a long time friend, since you mentioned the panama zone reunion. i look forward to the podiatry conference so much more now that my college roommate joins us. each time we're together, it's like we've never been apart.

kelly, good luck with the end of class. it will be over before you know it!

judy, you never cease to amaze me that way you're always there for all your friends and family. just don't forget to make time for yourself.

erika, i'm sure you're happy to be home with everyone back together. you're right about starting a new chapter of your life without your grandmother. remember all the good times and take comfort in the knowledge that you loved her and she knew that. emoticon (believe me, I truly understand what your going through. next friday, the first seder, is my father's birthday).

well, time to get ready for my day. i have training and i'm not really feeling it. i've got to get myself psyched up a little. emoticon

Edited by: RYAN133HW at: 4/15/2016 (07:58)
-ryan

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

"there is no life i know to compare with pure imagination. living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be. "

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

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I really liked catching up on all the chitchat. Emme hope you have a good recovery. Becky you are amazing with your cooling and exercise. My hair is getting pretty grey but I have never taken the time and money to dye it. I have been having a lot going on with helping my DD in MT sell her house down here, dr appts, and helping a friend whose partner is dying from cancer.
But my gardens look the best ever and the spring weather has been beautiful.

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Emme, sending lots of "get this over with quickly and get back to a better you" thoughts your way today!!! emoticon

Erika, I know what you mean. But I was "consoled" on Wenesday morning when my yoga instructor came to give classes to my munchkins and told me she was sore from our Tuesday night class. emoticon

Kelly, good luck getting through all the work ahead of you. emoticon

Ryan, I trust you guys are getting some spring time weather. How is the gym treating you? emoticon

Judy, have you and your DH been going out on your boat much lately? It's got to be plenty warm enough for that by now in Florida. emoticon

I have to head over to Aguas Zarcas this morning to take all the documents for this school year to the representatives from the Ministry of Education. At least they are coming up here this year instead of all of us having to go down to San Jose!!!! emoticon

I am so looking forward to my appointment with the nutritionist this afternoon. I want this to be the beginning of the end to all the madness!! emoticon

I am getting such a wonderful birthday present this year with my friend coming down to co-celebrate with me. She goes on two blues cruises and to the big Panama Canal Zone reunion in Florida every year, so I am grateful that she was able to "squeeze" this visit in.

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How's everyone doing?

Good luck Kelly with getting done with that class! Sounds like a lot of work.

And good luck Emme with the surgery! We'll be looking forward to hearing from you.

Ryan, did you make it to pilates class?

I've been doing great since I came back from my trip but OMG I am so sore!! Taking a 1.5 week break from exercise is too long for this old bod.

Goal: get back below 140!!!!

-Erika



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Good luck, Kelly! The finish line is near.

I had such good intentions yesterday--a plan to get a big salad for lunch. Walked to my favorite salad place and the door is locked and the fire department is there. Yikes. I hope all is okay. Picked up a salad elsewhere but it wasn't nearly as good or as big. emoticon

My last day at the office before medical leave for the next few days. I'm trying to get organized at home and set up stuff to eat, etc.

I hope everyone is having a good end of week! Thursday already.



--Emme

2016 is going to be my year!
New York in April
Hawaii in June
Sarajevo in September

5 pounds at a time



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I'm on the last leg of my journey with this class....I have two more quizzes, one more homework assignment and my final exam.....then it's done. I'm getting there but it's eating my time.


~Kelly~

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"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

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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Yea, Emme....good luck on your surgery!!! I know you'll be thrilled when it's over. And just think of that incredible singing voice you'll have.

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