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5/27/14 6:36 A

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Candy, I suspect SparkPeople is the last thing on your mind today, but if you are reading this, my condolences to your family. I am so sorry that a weekend that was supposed to be such a fun time turned into such a tragedy for you.

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5/21/14 9:47 A

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hello everyone!

starting out day 3 in a good way

Not worrying about tomorrow yet.

Had an excused meeting last Thursday. Stayed the same prior to that -- hoping for a loss this week.





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5/21/14 9:27 A

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Taking an excused weigh in today. Yeah get to not do officer duty either. I am co leader it entails sitting up front. So hoping this week off will kick me in butt. Been binging and not exercising. I need to get my weight in control. Weather is nice. Little cool but sun was out so put plants out.
June the garden boxes will be finished so get to put dirt in boxes and start planting. So that means I better get busy and get my plants and decide what I want to put in there.
One more weigh in for contest. We need a summer one. I think it has help us. Anyone want to throw one out there otherwise I can search for one.


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5/21/14 8:23 A

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Hi Everyone,
Just checking in and so sorry I've been MIA for so long. My sister passed away on Easter April 20th and we are in Ohio taking care of the property and settling her Estate. Life can change so quickly. I've been thinking of all the good Tops Pals here on Spark and just wanted to say I've missed you. Our laptop crashed and also have had serious "issues" in getting connected to the internet. We just got a new computer and had a lot of help from Verizon to get the signal going, so keep your fingers crossed. If everything keeps working properly I should be bugging you much more!

Best wishes to everyone,

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Hello want to say thanks for the Smile goodie much appreciated
This is quite a change to the team page
Change is good Adjusting one day at a time
Spring is here and flowers are growing
We have had lots of rain
Prayers to all the disaster around the US in April
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4/23/14 9:25 A

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I set up a "self challenge" at our last meeting. Everyone already has a stick in an envelope. Each week we draw out one stick -- if the person drawn out has a loss they get the money in the envelope. Well -- I challenged myself to LOSE each week. If I gain --- for every pound I gain we will draw a stick -- and I will pay that's person's dues for the month (the group isn't paying -- I will). And the person who's dues get paid has to have lost too -- or we will draw until we get someone. I feel I have to do something to get out of this rut of losing and gaining the same 10 pounds over and over again.

I've feeling pretty low --- I had had a good 3 months to start 2014 --- then in April -- I gained and undone all the good .... AGAIN!

Sorry I've been AWOL ---

I have been thinking alot about the team -- and know that this team and 1 other is my go - to teams. It's where I connect most. I knew I was in trouble when I started looking for "other" teams --- when I get myself too busy with too many things -- I know I'm going to find myself in trouble.



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4/13/14 8:40 A

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getting better but now need to get taxes done. yikes only a couple days left.

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3/19/14 9:08 A

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That is a big job to say the least Leslie. It just takes time to get all organized again after a move. Glad the worst is over for you anyway!

Best wishes!

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3/17/14 7:32 P

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thanks

yes i moved just not settled yet.

but not too bad most stuff put away others not.

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3/14/14 6:32 P

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Glad you are back Leslie. I was wondering where you were. Have you moved into your new house yet?

Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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3/14/14 6:40 A

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good morning

was not getting notifications

so i am back again

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3/7/14 9:45 A

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I really do like my walking poles, Begoode! I found them easy to use and they seem to propel me along faster. They also come in handy if dogs get loose and come running at you! emoticon I find they even give me more balance and I've read they help burn off 20-30% more calories if you use them because you are also using your upper arms.

Leslie, giving up the sugar will be a great thing to do for the Lenten season. You may get so used to not having it that the habit becomes permanent! I think I've got a couple things in my diet that are preventing me from loosing my weight as quickly as I'd like and the list goes something like this:

Redi-whip
raisins
peanut butter

I think I'm going to avoid those and see if it makes a difference!

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3/5/14 1:18 P

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WHO is giving up something for Lent.

I am going to give up sugar as much as can by reading labels. and I plan on getting exercise in.

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3/4/14 3:16 P

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I've thought about getting some walking sticks. How do you like yours?

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

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I'd be forgetting mine too Begoode, but I've got it in a little container on the table and just try to sprinkle a little on the oatmeal. I love fried fish the best also, but have downgraded to "grilled" as of late. I think tuna is great also. I just got a huge can at Costco and I'll have to divide it into smaller portions and freeze what I don't use when I open it up. I've done that before and it seems to work fine.

On a goofy note, the new walking poles I had just gotten about a month or so ago have already been through the ringer! I've completely worn off the rubber tips that were on the ends! Guess thats a good thing, but I'd better find new tips or I'll ruin the bottoms!! emoticon

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3/2/14 12:52 P

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I have some ground flax but I usually forget to use it.
Don't care to much for fish. I use to eat a lot of fish as a child. My dad loved to fish and we always had plenty. But my mom fried it and I know I really don't need fried foods. If I have fish it's usually tuna fish.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

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2/27/14 6:52 P

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Flax seeds are great also! I have some ground flax that I sprinkle on my oatmeal in the morning and it does a body good! emoticon

Celebrating hubby's b-day today so we had to go get the free breakfast deal for him at Denny's this morning. I cut my servings to 1/2, so don't think I did too bad! I'll make a light supper for tonight and really trying to keep on track so I can keep the loosing streak going!

Best wishes to everyone!

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2/25/14 9:59 A

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I take Flax Seed Caplets --- to get some healthy fats

Probably should add fish oil too.

Feeling good.

No diet pop yesterday --- planning none today -- I honestly think I feel better.

I also know that I want less "snacky" type things --- it seems I have my favorite crunchy things with my diet pop.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone.



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2/25/14 9:40 A

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My son-in-law was on the Paleo diet and had a lot of success with it. He was able to lower his cholesterol dramatically as well as take off the pounds.

The Dr. told me to take fish oil supplements to get my cholesterol down and did not put me on any statins, so I was happy about that! I just got the Mega Red Krill oil supplements and those have no fishy taste.

Everyone take care and I know will all get to our goals if we keep plugging away at it one day at a time!

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2/23/14 1:37 P

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haven't tried to Paleo Diet but I just downloaded some materials about it the other day. From what I've heard --- it sounds healthy.

I know I need to add more veggies --- more veggie protein's.

I'm not much of a fish eater -- but hoping to find some ways to fix it that I like.

I had a good day yesterday --- and so far today is good.

Part of my goal was to stay connected to my 2 main teams this weekend --- TOPS Pals and 100+ First Step Club

I know for me --- when I start disappearing --- I don't do as well. So connect connect connect for me.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week as we end this 2nd month of the year.



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2/22/14 12:03 P

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Has anyone tried the Paleo diet? I'm kind of using it as a guide line even though I'm not actually following the diet itself. But I have decided to cut way back on my carbs. I'm a carb person and I really need to include more veggies and fruit.

Well, my husband and I are off to the auction. Hope you all have a good day.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

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2/18/14 10:41 A

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Way to go, Randy!

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2/18/14 8:33 A

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good morning!

Looks like it's going to be a good day and a good week here in WV.

It's cool this morning -- but the sun is shining and suppose to be in the middle 50s today! wooohooo

I'm putting one foot in front of the other one and repeat....... emoticon

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2/15/14 6:12 P

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Sounds like you and other Tops members were really dealing with lots of problems there in WV this winter, Randy. I don't blame you for being very cautious using the water again when there has been so many issues. Here's hoping that winter will soon loosen her grip on your state and all the others that have been under siege this winter.

Best wishes,

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2/13/14 1:14 P

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Hello,

As I mentioned on the weigh-in thread our meeting was canceled due to weather.

It's been a tough winter her in WV -- not always just the weather -- but water issues, sickness and death at our chapter.

The water issue continues. We only use the water for washing clothes, bathing and i do wash dishes with it but don't like to. We don't cook with it or drink it. They "say" it's "safe".

I feel like I'm finally making progress --- and least measureable progress. I guess I just had to be ready again.

together we can do ... what we could never do alone.
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Congratulations on your loss over the holiday's, Begoode! You attained your goal and that is a GREAT way to start the New Year right on track!!

Randy we were all happy to hear from you and you had some great plans to celebrate bringing in the New Year!! Also loved the broom to sweep out the old year!

Our neighbors behind us sort of lit up the sky's at midnight setting off lots and lots of fireworks! Not sure how legal that was, but it did make for some excitement. emoticon

I got a new book for Christmas..........."The Daniel Plan". I'm getting excited to implement some of the great idea's that I've been reading about. Maybe some of you have heard about this. Best wishes everyone as always!!! Sunny

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12/31/13 6:47 P

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Going out to eat dinner but will probably be in bed before midnight. So Happy New Year to each of you.

Last weigh in of the year - managed to stay under 200 (which was my goal). This is a first time in a long time I had a loss through the holidays.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

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time to emoticon 2013 out the door

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13 hours 22 minutes until 2014 (if I was counting)

2 alcoholic drinks mixed so that's it is stretched into 4 -- using diet cream soda and continuing with diet cream soda the rest of the evening

Veggies -- all he can eat no dip
1 serving of some type of chips (measured)
1 serving of cheese (measured)

having a pot luck breakfast at midnight --- will have some type of egg, serving of breakfast meat and juice

Started New Year's Eve at the gym this morning -- 50 minutes
Going to the gym tomorrow at about 1 in the afternoon.

And low range on calories tomorrow (New Year's Day)

this is my pre-plan -- I'll let you know how I do!

Then weigh on Thursday!


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Yes, I'm with you, Randy. I'm eager to start the New Year and try to make some real progress this year!

I can give you my final tally for the year as we had our weigh-in this morning. I ended the year at 172.40 lbs. My last weigh-in of Dec. 2012, I weighed 176.80, so that was a total loss for the year of 4.40 lbs.! Well, it was not a lot, but at least I did a lot of maintaining throughout the year and trending down a little bit!

Now I've got a feeling that 2014 will be a successful year for all of us because many of us have been here quite awhile and we are due to get our rewards! emoticon I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's plan of attack and new strategy for 2014!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Sunny

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Thanks Sunny for the update!

I'm looking forward to getting this last holiday out of the way. Not wanting to wish time away --- but just want to get on with it!

looking forward to stepping into the new year in a healthier way!

Happy HEALTHY and SAFE New Years to all!

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Hi Everyone,

Well, we had a weigh-in last Tuesday and will have one more this Monday to end 2013. I have managed to loose some weight during this past year, but not nearly what I'd have liked. I'll have to report the numbers the first of January. Looking forward to starting fresh again as it's like a clean slate.

Good luck with your new tracking tool, Randy. It sounds pretty neat.

Everyone have a safe and happy New Years Eve celebration and every happiness in the New Year!

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so far I'm happy with the flex but it's day 2 of using it.

It has some lights that activate. I've "bluetoothed" mine to my phone and connected to my Sparkpeople account. It adds "steps" right to my tracker.

I didn't wear it at the gym this morning though -- I think it's better to manually track machines.

look forward to seeing my steps increase during the next few weeks/months.

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If you get the wristband one I would get the force instead of flex. I have the flex and cant see the numbers the force has the numbers. but thinking of selling mine.

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Our last weigh in of the year will be on the 31st. Still have some time to get this weight off that I gain during Christmas.

Went to the park today and walked. Thought it would be nice to have a change. I've bought several pedameter and managed to lose them too Sunny.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

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I also ended the year with a gain Randy, but you are 100% right that we can do nothing about it now except to put it behind us and work to make 2014 much better.

Let us know how you like the FitBit. I had thought about asking for one for Christmas, but I didn't because I figured hubby would tell me I had a perfectly good pedometer. One of our chapter members got one a few months ago and she was telling us how much she liked it, but I haven't heard her mention it lately so I don't know if she is still liking it as much or not. I am not sure I would like the Spark activity tracker because it looks like you have to clip in on and I would be afraid I might lose it. I once had a pretty nice pedometer that had to be clipped on and I managed to lose it. The one I have now I can just put in my pocket. I am not willing to spend $60 on something that needs to be clipped on to use. The FitBit wristband looked interesting to me, but I haven't decided if I want to spend the money on one.

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I'm going to end the year heavier than I started it in 2013 --- but I can't let that bother me --- because I can not change that fact on the 26th of December.

I've shared that I'm giving myself a Christmas present and it starts today.

I can start today working on a better 2014 --- I'm drinking my water again --- started at the gym before work today.

Randy2 got me a FITBIT -- I might have gotten the Spark one if I'd have gotten it myself -- but I like the easy of use so far with the fitbit -- I want to use it to spur me on toward more steps per day.

Have a good afternoon/evening everyone.



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weigh in at 202.3 now to get back under 200.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

STARTING TOMORROW

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Merry Christmas to all my friends here on Spark People and I'm wishing you every happiness and success for the New Year. Thanks for all the encouragement, motivation and just caring that happens on our thread. I'm looking forward to continued friendship in the New Year!

Best Wishes always!!

Sunny

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I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

We have already done the Christmas dinner at our house. I tried to behave reasonably well, but of course I made pies and not much of them got eaten. One of them is a kind I don't like and won't touch (cherry) but there is also a pumpkin pie which is one of my favorites. I have been limiting myself to no more than one piece each day, and at least it was made with Splenda and evaporated skim milk to keep the calories down slightly. We will be having a meal with each of our kids tomorrow- breakfast at our daughters and a mid-day meal at our son's, but I don't think those will be too hard for me. I will eat more than I usually do at the mid-day meal but I probably will only have just the two meals tomorrow. Hopefully we will get home in time for me to get some time in on the exercise bike in the evening.

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I gained haven't been watching it. I plan on weigh in dec 31 at a different chapter get a true end of year weight. My first weigh in at my chapter is January 8thy.

I will begin again after the all the Christmas dinners. I plan on getting started with my exercise routine too.


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Begoode, that is a marvelous weight loss and CONGRATULATIONS for getting under that 200 pound mark again. I was doing a little celebration jig for you when I saw your post! I think we all get excited for each other on this thread when another is doing so well! Love, love love it!!

Bev, now I don't want you beating yourself up either on the gain. I know you can get rid of that in the next couple of weeks and still reach your goal by the first weigh-in of January! If we can get all our Christmas preparations out of the way we will be able to focus much better once again on cutting calories where we can.

BeGoode, I got all my shopping done yesterday also and it is such a relief to finally know that you are finished! Done!! Now I can think about the Christmas meal and just doing the cleaning and that's all I've got to think about! I'll really be thinking about spending the time with my family and enjoying the time we have together plus it's always a great time of year to contemplate what has happened to us during the year gone by. I love to sit quietly just to reflect and relax.

I'll be weighing in with my gals this next Tuesday. I had to change our day because Monday my hubby has to go in for an injection for his back. It's not an epidural, but something rather new that is supposed to wrap around weak structures in the back somehow to strengthen. Please keep him in your prayers. They have to place the needle directly into his spine, so sort of scary.

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Well, the weigh-in was just as bad as I was afraid it would be tonight. I gained a whopping 2.8 pounds! Not good! I will have to work hard over the next couple of weeks to see if I can get rid of it before my first weigh-in of 2014.

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Great job Begoode!

My last weigh-in for the year is this Thursday and I don't think I will make it. My scale is not looking good so far, although I am not quite sure why. At this point I think I will be lucky if I don't gain this week and I need to lose .8 to put me under 200 or .6 to be right at 200. I don't think either one will happen.

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Weighed in today - reached my goal of getting under 200. Now I have to work at staying under through the holidays. Our last weigh in of the year will be on the 31st. I've been lazy lately and not keeping track of my food. However I have all my Christmas shopping done now - so no more excuses.

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Bev, thanks for the kind words and encouragement. You always know just the right thing to say to keep us motivated!! The can of "lightly salted", mixed nuts were not my friend this last week and I know I just need to keep them out of the house. Raw nuts are great, but those roasted ones will get me every time.

Randy, that was a very inspirational article from Jill. She looks great and she has done it the right way too! I love to read the success stories because you know you can do it too when you see others succeeding!

Hoping that everyone is having a nice day and that worries will stay far away from us all!

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Nice article- thanks Randy!

Sunny, this is a busy time of year for everyone and I think everyone understands that we don't always have time to check in. As long as we are staying on track most days and check in when we can we will succeed in making it to January with no large gains. You might have gone up a bit this week, but I bet it will come back off soon and it will stay off.

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Hi Everyone,

Well, due to very busy schedule I've missed checking in here the last two days. I've managed to jot everything down in my journal, so have a good idea what I've done right and wrong and I can see the exercise has slipped considerably, but hope to start picking it up again soon!

Randy, glad your test went well and with good results!

Weight was up about .60 this morning, but looking at my journal I know what I did wrong & will try to make corrections for this week.

Best wishes everyone and hope you are all really enjoying this beautiful Christmas season! Begoode, that is so nice that you are sewing lap quilts. Those are going to make beautiful Christmas presents with lots of love attached!!

We had our Christmas choir concert this weekend and then also had our church Christmas party last night with Hawaiian theme. If I get brave I'll post a picture on here with me decked out in grass skirt...........over slacks of course! Hee Hee!!

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I'm doing well. Had a test Friday. Went very well -- no issues.

Then had company all weekend.

Food went well. Water and Exercise didn't. But please overall.

Getting back to my "walk" Bev's to Beverly's.

Hit the gym this morning for 35 minutes on the elliptical.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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Thanks Sunny! I did manage a tiny loss of .2. It wasn't much but it was in the right direction and I was happy with it. I won't be able to show a loss for the year thanks to my earlier gains, but I might be able to end the year under 200 if I have a really good week. If I don't quite make it I plan to lose enough over the holidays to come in under 200 at my first weigh-in of 2014. Good luck to the rest of you as well.

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Morning happy friday the 13th

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Morning happy friday the 13th

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Good morning everyone. Didn't get on the computer yesterday. Had some Christmas shopping to do and came home and did some sewing. Trying to get two lap quilts done for Christmas. They are easy and will go quick but can only sew on them when my granddaughter is in school. She came to live with us 1 1/2 years ago.

Congrats Sunny on the loss!

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Good luck on weigh-in, Bev! I'm rooting for you to come in with a loss or turtle. You are on your way down again!! emoticon

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Sunny, congrats on your loss this week also! My weigh-in is tomorrow and I am a little concerned about how it will go. I think I will need to be very careful tomorrow if I hope to avoid a gain, but I'm not giving up yet. A loss would be nice but I would even settle for a turtle. I'll post how it goes tomorrow night (or Friday morning if I don't get to it tomorrow).

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Wow, great to see all the posts on here! It's starting to look like our old Tops Pals thread again!!

BEGOODE, congratulations on that great loss for the week! You are rocking it. emoticon

I had a loss also and was down 1.20 lbs. It felt great to have a loss during this busy time of year.

Randy, good luck with the prep and the test. I've been there, done that and YUCK!! It's an important test however and you will be happy to have the results when it's all over.

Have fun at the Tops Christmas parties everyone and enjoy yourselves. Some of those foods you were describing sound yummy as well as non-fattening.

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Our last weigh-in of the year will be the 19th because no one wants to weigh in the day after Christmas. We will have to decide whether or not to weigh in on January 2nd. I think we should but I suspect the majority won't want to.

Congratulations on the awesome loss this week Begoode!

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Our Christmas party is next week too. We will do gift exchange and take a dish. I believe I will take skinny pinwheels

I lost 2.5 lbs. this week. I know it is due to counting calories and journaling. I was thinking the 17th was our last weigh-in of the year but we actually will be weighing in on the 31st. That gives me more time to get under the 200 mark.

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Randy, you might have a loss from the prep depending on how early you start it, but I definitely would recommend being home and close to the bathroom! If you did lose from the test prep you would be at a disadvantage the next week anyway. I've had the dreaded test twice- once when I was a little over 50 and then 5 years later. Because my dad died from rectal cancer I have to have it every 5 years instead of every 10.

Our holiday "party" is next week, weather permitting. We will do a Yankee Swap and we all bring in healthy foods and have a potluck. I need to decide what I am making. It needs to be something I can make ahead since I only get home from work a half hour or less before I have to leave for the meeting.

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baking cookies and diet pie for Christmas tops party on wednesday

looking forward to 2014 it will be a great year

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We've had wintery weather here as well.

At least our roads have not been bad. They keep calling for bad weather but we don't get what they say --- one of these days they will miss it and we'll get a lot more than expected.

I'm feeling pretty good.

I shared with a friend that that last several days have been better than any I can remember in a long time.

No weigh-in for me. I'm having a test Friday -- that oh my I'm 50 test. I shared with my leader that I just felt the prep would throw off my weight anyway -- and I don't know that I want to be away from home Thursday evening --- if you know what I mean.

I'm having a good time with all the other elves on TOPS Pals. Let's keep preparing ourselves so that we hit the ground running in 2014.

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yes where are the elves

I will try to be better for rest of year. found a chapter that is having an weigh in for the last two weeks of December.

have a great day. baking for our party on Wednesday

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It sure is nice to see a bit more activity on here lately. We had the winter weather here today but we didn't get it as bad as many places did. We had only an inch or two of snow and then some sleet and freezing rain on top of it. The roads were not too bad when I went to work or when I came home, but you needed to pay attention and drive slower than normal.

Mary, I am glad you are not beating yourself up about the weight gain that is no doubt caused by the prednisone. I have never had to take it, but I know people who have and it is difficult, if not impossible, to control your weight while on it. Once you are able to stop taking it I bet you will shed those extra pounds and more.

This is certainly a tough time to try to lose, but even if we can keep from gaining we are doing okay. If we give up and don't try until after the holidays we will likely find a few extra pounds that we have to lose in 2014. I am hoping to lose a bit more, but I will be satisfied with a turtle. My scale was up this morning but it's hard to tell how much of it might have been from the soup I had yesterday.

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I couldn't find an elf on here Randy, so I hope a snowman works! Merry Christmas to all my TOPS Pals!

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Leslie, that is a very good idea. If we can just "hold the line" during the rest of this year it is a wonderful accomplishment and worthy of praise. Starting fresh again in January will be like a new slate for all of us!

Mary, it was so good to see you again and I totally understand what that medication does to the body. There is not a thing you can do until you are off of it except to eat healthy and keep a good positive attitude going. Your health is the main goal for all of us here. Just so sorry you have to go through it.

Begoode, it is so strange to have this kind of weather this time of year isn't it? I walked to the mailbox this morning and about froze off my ears, but it is supposed to climb back into mid 60 range by the weekend. I'm going to wait another hour and then crank out my bike, but I'm really going to bundle up warmly. That decorating your house does count for exercise you know! That is hard work and lots of bending and stretching involved, so be sure to count it for exercise!

Tadzio, I did not realize you were a poet on top of all your other talents! That was a very cute jingle indeed and I think you could make a song out of it! The idea is great also and lots of fun to surprise our friends with Spark goodies!

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You've Been Jingled! The Christmas Elves are traveling around Bringing good tidings to Spark Pages they've found. Leaving you a goodie for a happier season. Continue this jingling now you've got a good reason. First, if you find this Elf smiling back at you, You must send him onward without much ado. This will ensure the Elves know of your visit. Be sure to join in 'cause you won't want to miss it! Next, give two "Elf" goodies to some Spark friends, Deliver them as quickly as you can send. Leaving a goodie is certainly fun, To act like an Elf and then run, run, run! You'll have to be quick - now's the time to begin. You only have until Christmas Day to make a friend grin. For it's every Christmas Elf's delight, To make everyone's holiday merry and bright. This Christmas Elf's wish is to bring everyone Joy, An army of Elves we must help Santa deploy! This is all in good fun for I just want to say, Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

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Well, the sun came out long enough to melt the ice so I got out and took a 20 min. walk around my front yard. I think its going to be a little warmer tomorrow so maybe I can get in a longer walk.

Anyway, all this snow put me in the mood to decorate my house for Christmas. Just the inside, I don't do the outside anymore. It seems to get harder and harder to get everything out but I know if I don't do it I will miss it.

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MORNING ALL! JUST POPPING IN TO CATCH UP ON MY TOPS PALS. I HAD A WHOLE WEEK TO WORK OFF THE THANKSGIVING INDULGING SO MANAGED TO LOSE .8 OUNCES. emoticon
I AM TAKING PREDNISONE NOW BECAUSE OF A BLOOD DISORDER SO I HAVE GAINED 9 POUNDS IN THE PAST 2 MONTHS. MY DOCTOR WILL EVENTUALLY WEAN ME OFF OF IT, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, I HAVE TO BE KIND TO MYSELF AND NOT FREAK OUT ABOUT WHAT THE SCALE SAYS.
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You are off to a great start Randy. Your success is measured by so much more than what the scale says at any given moment. Great idea taking your Kindle with you to the gym. Having something to watch makes the time go so much faster. They have TV's on the treadmill's at our gym and if I find something interesting on there I hardly notice the time going by. It's great! We can all end the year on a positive note and then, like you said, have goals in mind to start off like a jet again in the new year!

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Sunny -- -appreciate you words --- and know they are true --- I know I feel better --- more inspired and motivated than I've been in so long. So physical will catch up with the emotional/mental.

I had a very good day today - got my "miles" in for the walk.

the gym I used today has wifi so I used my Kindle and watched a movie while on the bike.

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone

Healthy Happy day to all!

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Randy, you might be disappointed in the results at the scales but you should never be disappointed with yourself. Lots of things happen and the scale doesn't always do what we want it to even when we have done most things right. You said you were doing better than in previous months and that is what you should focus on.

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12/6/13 10:43 A

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good morning TOPS Pals!

Disappointed in myself -- gained 3 pounds this week. That was for 2 weeks with Thanksgiving in the middle.

My goal is to lose some before the end of the year.

I've got to get serious and I think I'm doing better than previous months.

The challenge and interaction here has given me a boost.

Let's try to think of challenges we might like to do in 2014 and knock off some of these pounds!

together we can do ... what we could never do alone.
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Hi Bev,

I'm going to say that getting out of my plateau is going to be my goal for the first weigh in of Jan. also. If I could do that I would have a positive start to the New Year! I know we can do it if we are mindful about what we are eating!

Best Wishes,

Sunny

P.S. I'll have to get my weight loss book out to figure what my loss will be for 2013.

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12/5/13 8:32 P

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Sunny, I bet if you weighed in later in the week you might not have had that gain. You probably just didn't have enough days between Thanksgiving and weigh-in to undo the extra calories from the holiday. We weigh in on Thursdays so we had an entire week to work it off. In my case, my scale looked as good last Friday as it did yesterday so I'm not sure it was Thursday's meal that I had to work off this week. My scale was up on Monday but tonight I was down one pound. I will still end the year with a slight gain because we have just two more weigh-ins and I think I would need to lose about 4 pound to be below my starting weight for the year. My goal is to get below 200 by the last weigh-in of the year and since that is only a pound away I am thinking I can make it. I am planning to start 2014 under 200 pounds.

Bev

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Well, just dawned on me that I did not report my weight for the Monday after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately I had a .80 pound gain that put back at 172.60 I'll be trying to work that off before the next weigh-in. emoticon

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Hello Friends,

It was lovely reading your messages and we all do have a lot to be thankful for. I think that wether we have family close or afar it is lovely to be remembered this time of year and if you are able to be with loved ones it is a special blessing. We had a very nice get together with my two daughters and their family's this year. I must say that doing all the cooking is not quite as easy as it used to be, but thankfully everything turned out well and there was plenty of left-overs to go around and then some.

I'm not interested in going out shopping in all the crowds either. I feel that Christmas has just become too commercial and has lost much of what used to make it special. Am I getting to be an old fogy or what...............??? Oh well, let the younger ones fight around with that, but I'm not interested!

Best wishes.................... Sunny

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Many of the stores around here were starting their special holiday sales today as well. Some opened this evening but a couple were open all day today. I do not go to any of the stores on Thanksgiving or the day after. I might do some shopping on Saturday but I will try to go early before most of the crowds arrive.

Bev

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Happy Thanksgiving Evening
Hoping everyone had a great day with family and friends good food and lots of laughter
Lots of retail stores opened here this afternoon watched the crowds pile in at news time
Family time is going by the wayside
We were alone but it was our choice
We are always thankful when our children and grands come to visit
One day at a time
Love prayers peace
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11/27/13 4:56 P

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Scrambled eggs on the menu in your house Sunny? I have had to clean up a couple of eggs off the floor before and it not easy to clean them up so I don't envy you!

My drive to work and back today was uneventful. The temperature was just above the freezing mark but the roads were okay. Apparently they were slick in the wee hours of the morning because there was a truck rollover in the northbound lane of the interstate that resulted in the road being closed, but the southbound lane was open so I didn't have to take a detour to get to work. Fortunately our office closed a little early today so I got home before the temperature dropped and the rain changed back to snow, which they say it will do tonight. It is supposed to be over by tomorrow so our company shouldn't have problems getting here.

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Congratulations Leslie, on becoming a great aunt! Sounds like your family is growing also. It's always fun to share the holiday's with children if possible. They bring so much sparkle and wonder that it is a blessing just to watch them.

I saw the bad weather forecast also, Bev and saying prayers for everyone who has to drive to get to their families. I guess it is supposed to clear up for Thanksgiving and hopefully everyone will be at their destinations by then.

Well, I'll be spending most of my day today putting the food items together. It did not start off too well early this morning. I opened up the refrigerator and an entire carton of eggs fell down to the tile floor breaking all but four of them. Guess I'll send the hubby to the grocery to pick up another carton. Everyone keep their fingers crossed that only one mishap will occur at our household! Tee Hee!

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Welcome back

Morning everyone. off to tops this am then meeting/tour and then grandson yeah. I am a great aunt now too.

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Yes, welcome back Barb!

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I meant to post that when I first saw your post but I got busy and then forgot to get back on here to do it. I hope we hear from you a lot again. Maybe some of the others will come back too.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you are travelling I hope you have no travel issues. This storm is messing with a lot of people's plans. I don't think it is supposed to be too bad here though. We might have some icy mess tonight but by morning it is supposed to be warm enough to be just rain. I hope they are right since I have to work tomorrow.

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Well what a WONDERFUL surprise seeing your post this morning, Barb! Just about got up to do a jig all around the room! We all used to have so much posting on here, so wouldn't it be fun to get the old gang back on here as well as adding new ones of course! emoticon Mary, if you are reading this that means you too! Thanks again for the nice Spark Mail you sent me!!

Well, miraculously I came in with a 1 1/2 pound loss this week which made me pretty happy. Now if I can keep going and reach that goal of having a loss over Thanksgiving, I'll be pretty tickled.

I'm having the family over for Thanksgiving this year and finally got all the shopping done yesterday. Now all I've got to do is put it all together!!

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Waving from the wings... ( or is that turkey wings) emoticon Sounds like everyone has a plan.. the holidays can be a difficult time to carry out a good diet plan.. there are many good holiday recipes that are lower in fat and calories.. Hope you all enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.. emoticon Barb

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hi I plan on restarting after thanksgiving
I will not give up

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