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11/30/16 11:22 A

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I know I am probably posting into the void...but wanted to note that I've successfully lost my Thanksgiving holiday weight gain and a bit more...due to just 1 day of eating clean---vegetables and lean protein, but no extra carbs. Weighed 160.2 this morning.

Last night I had a meal of roasted root vegetables (carrot, parsnip, turnip, rutebega) that was absolutely wonderful. This morning I had leftover root vegetables and some eggs for breakfast. I'm charged and energized. And thankful for my friends and family. Lunch was homemade turkey soup (again with just veggies in it, no rice or noodles) and breakfast was an omelette. Plus veggies for snacks. That seems to be what my body needs.

Be well.
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11/24/16 2:32 P

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Oaxaca, I think our small band of teammates has held up pretty well over the years.

I understand that it may be time to move on, and wish you all the best.

You too, MNNice. Let me hear how your Thanksgiving day goes....
I have been thinking that checking in is a good thing for me...but I need to set specific goals and achieve them. Not enough just to check in w/o any specific goal I'm working towards.

Today I'm giving myself permission to enjoy what I've cooked...then back at it again tomorrow. I'm enjoying having my son visit for 3 days...and wish you all the best.

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11/24/16 11:38 A

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Sherwood. You certainly have worked hard.
I really have very warm feelings towards both of you, Mnnice and Sherwood, and wish you success and happiness. I have been posting here since 2008, but I think its time for me to say goodbye to this particular site. If you ever want to say hi, or just check in with me, you can send me a spark mail, and I will always be happy to hear from you.
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11/23/16 3:07 P

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Good afternoon, team.
Hope you are feeling better, MNNice, and that you, Oaxaca, are walking the walk and talking the talk.

I've been very busy with work, but also have been baking/cleaning getting ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Made 2 pumpkin pies with gluten free crusts. Made some oatmeal chocolate chip pumpkin cookies with rice flour and oats. Yum. Today's task is making a sweet potato pie and some cranberry sauce from a good old recipe...then more cleaning. The weather is pretty raw and rainy. With heavy rain forecast for tomorrow. I am doing my best, but I too did not feel well yesterday. Today I feel fine and am heading out soon for a session with my personal trainer before I get home and do more cooking/cleaning/prep. We just have 9 tomorrow including my son who will show up midnightish, 2 friends, my brother in law, sister in law, niece and brother.

Take care! I'm thinking of you both.

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11/21/16 5:47 P

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Hoping today is the beginning of walking the straight and narrow....sure gonna try!












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11/21/16 1:43 P

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Friday I pretty much slept the day and night away -- just didn't feel well. Saturday was better and I accomplished a few things. Yesterday was much better and I got a few more things crossed off my to-do list, but then before bed my tummy was not feeling well, and that continued through the night and into this morning. It is still feeling bloated, but not as unstable. I will have to do my walking inside, as the snow and ice is treacherous, and they are predicting freezing rain and snow for tonight. Ah, the joys of winter! My eating was pretty controlled, which I hope will continue -- Thanksgiving will be tough!

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11/20/16 6:11 P

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Good afternoon, team.
Well...I am hoping your mood brightens, Oaxaca.
The weekend has been nice. Saturday I managed to get in a 6.35 mi jog...and I didn't feel overly tired. Slow, steady, at the end of the daylight after a day of showers. It wasn't rainy and it was actually pretty warm. I enjoyed it. Wish I wasn't so stiff/sore going out, but hey, I haven't been running much the last few weeks.

Today has been a lazy stay at home day. I turned a giant ghost pumpkin into puree. Baked it, blended it, then strained it. Ready to make a couple of pumpkin pies and a sweet potato pie for thanksgiving...but I'll hold off for a day or so. I also want to make cranberry relish ahead of time as well as pumpkin scones and cookies. I love pumpkin!
And I did laundry. So it has been a get ready kind of day.

Hope you all have a good week. The lack of daylight and ever gray skies is a pretty drastic change. I crave light.

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11/19/16 2:37 P

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Hi there team...I've been missing in action for a few days, just feeling kind of low, and also not eating very well...this past week I think I had more bad days than good days. But thankfully yesterday went ok, and today so good so far.
I hope the weekend helps you to totally get rid of that cold Mnnice....and what a mess up with the colonoscopy.
Keep up the good work Sherwood.
Even though we are warmer here, we too dislike the dark early evening....and today its cloudy and gray. A good day to snuggle up with a good book.
Take care team, and hang in there.












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11/19/16 10:58 A

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Well after a liquid diet most of the day Thursday, I got a phone call postponing the colonoscopy on Friday. We were in a blizzard warning and the doctor wasn't sure he could get here, as he comes from Minneapolis. I was glad they called BEFORE I started the prep! The blizzard did come and Friday morning I could barely see across the street with the snow and blowing, and since I didn't feel that well anyway, I just called in sick. I literally slept all day and all night, but I think it did help my cold a bit. I think the lack of nutrients on Thursday just zapped my energy and didn't allow me to fight it so I felt yucky on Friday. Probably a good thing the colonoscopy got postponed, although I wanted to be done with it. Now he doesn't know if he can free up his scheduled to make the day up until after the first of the year. Oh, well... So today the sun is shining, which with the bright white snow (a good 6 inches) and blue sky, it is very light and yes, Sherwood, that does make a difference! Hang in there, team!

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11/18/16 3:07 P

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Good to hear from you MNNice. I continue to drop a little weight. Was 160.4 this morning.

Yesterday all I did was walking as I ended up all morning at the dentist's. Went in for a cleaning. Then they discovered a cavity under a crown...so I waited for an open spot and then had that crown taken off, the cavity filled and a new crown imprint taken. It was the back molar on my lower right side. I have such a tiny mouth that it is very crowded in there. My former dentist had retired and I had a new guy who didn't know me that well....needless to say I was numb afterwards for another couple of hours. So what I *thought* was going to be a simple cleaning turned into a morning adventure. Fun. Fun.

I continue to marvel at how my mood lowers as the days get grayer and there is far less light. Reminds me why I try to escape. It is so gloomy here. Even if there is sunlight glimmering through the clouds, the winter sky is pretty dark here.

Hang in there, team! Let's keep in touch.

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11/17/16 8:58 A

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Just a quick check-in as I'm running late. Caught a little cold this week and it zaps me out so I slept in as long as possible this morning. Been a very busy week, but doing well on eating and exercise - except that I continue to neglect s/t. I got a massage Monday and it did wonders for my back and foot! Eating jello for breakfast as tomorrow is my colonoscopy day.... joy joy! Hope you get to feeling better, Oaxaca! Sherwood, keep it up! Thanksgiving next week will be a challenge here, too!

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11/16/16 1:12 P

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Good morning, team!
I went to the basketball game last night. It was the worst game of the season for the blazers. So we left in the 4th qtr early and I got home and did my stretching. Had a good night's sleep and I am ready for the day.

My weight was 160.7 this morning. Back down to where it was a week ago. Travel weight off...now for bigger goals of actually losing some weight this week. Hopefully not so I gain it all back for Thanksgiving.

I can actually see some blue sky amid the clouds so am looking forward to jogging during my noon hour.

Take care, team!

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11/15/16 4:09 P

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Good afternoon, team.
So sorry you have been having stomach/sleeping/pain issues, Oaxaca. Hang in there. I think we all need to be actively getting what we need from our drs and health care providers.

I still find myself recovering from all my travel. Went to a massage last evening and Alice had a lot of work to do, getting both my shoulders from being locked up/not very happy. Perhaps a result of the rest of my body trying to "protect" my mid back. And my stomach/sleeping hasn't been great the last couple of days for no apparent reason. So it goes.

But a bright spot has been that our financial advisor gave us two tickets to tonight's Trailblazer basketball game. And so that is an unexpected treat. I continue to struggle with weight gain, having put on a pound and feeling bloated after eating gluten free pizza Sunday night. My body doesn't like the non gluten flours either. So it goes. I am tired today, but will shorty go outside and jog to clear my head for working the rest of the afternoon.

Take care, all!

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11/13/16 1:20 P

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I have been struggling with insomnia, so I feel kind of generally awful. I also have some pain in my leg again. I think this might all be due to stopping the pain patch I was prescribed for 4 weeks. I will have to check with the doctor this week. My eating has been, well, just odd. No terrible binges, but no order, sometimes have a stomach ache and can't eat, and then eat when I am up an can't sleep...its just all over the map. Hopefully my doctor will have some answers for me.
You both sound positive in your most recent posts...hang on to that!













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11/12/16 11:10 P

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Good evening, team. After 2 days at home, my weight continues to drop back to where it was a week ago or close to it. I'll report in tomorrow morning. But life as far as weight goes is good.

Pretty warm day today. In fact, there was a water lilly that bloomed in our pond today...a beautiful yellow one. I have never seen a bloom so late in November. Global warming is something that I see evidence of.

I made myself go on a long jog today, even though my legs were very tired (having jogged 2 days in a row). I did 5.4 miles and know that I was slow, but I did it. Tomorrow's activity is to rake up the leaves/needles my husband blew off the driveway (into big piles for me)...and to clean out the gutters in front that are full of leaves and to pick up some big fallen branches. I need to be careful about my back, but I'm looking forward to another beautiful day tomorrow.

Take care, team!

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11/11/16 1:41 P

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I'm having a pretty good week. My physical and mammogram went well on Monday, and it was agreed that I will go back on Metformin and see if that alleviates the insulin resistance symptoms. I'm anxious for my prescription to arrive (our insurance requires us to mail order ongoing prescriptions) so I can see if it helps. I have had a steady weight loss this week - not great steps, but progress in the right direction. Hoping I can get through the weekend staying on track. The unseasonably mild weather has motivated me to get my walking in, as I'm trying to take advantage before the bitter cold and snow arrives!

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11/9/16 12:46 P

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Good to hear from you Sherwood, and glad to hear you are doing well.
With all the excitement last night with a lot of people watching the elections, I didn't keep track of my food as well as I usually do. I think I did ok, even with a few little bites of things I don't consider part of my plan. I have to go to the dentist, and then will try to have a nap as I didn't get much sleep and am very tired, which is dangerous.
Have a good day team.













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11/9/16 10:40 A

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Good morning team from San Jose CA where I will be all week until I leave for home Thursday evening. I have been busy busy busy....and last night spent watching election results with my colleagues from France, the UK, Germany, Israel....it was quite an international crowd and I had to explain our very arcane electoral college and why it takes so long to count votes. I went to bed at 10...but did not sleep well and was awake (again) at 3:00 a.m.

But life goes on. I haven't had time to overeat much. On Monday night our group went out to a Moroccan restaurant and I could've overeaten (but I didn't). So that was a small victory. Tonight is a special dinner too.

My talk went very well yesterday and I have two more talks this afternoon....so I will be busy, distracted (and with the lack of gluten free food available in the hotel) it is hard to overeat.

Take care team. I will be back and present on SparkPeople very soon. I will be glad to be home soon.

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11/7/16 8:38 P

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Welcome back Mnnice....glad you had fun on the weekend, and now down to business!
I am on track....was busy all day today with clients, errands, etc. Now I am good and tired and should sleep very well tonight.
Tomorrow evening our visiting friends are coming over in the evening to watch the election result. Should be a lively evening.
I hope to make it through the week on an even keel....that's what I'm working on.












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11/7/16 7:51 P

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Back from the weekend and I ate way too much. Some of us did play pickleball on Saturday, so got some exercise in -- and my foot was able to withstand the punishment. I may start going again but will just have to make sure I don't overdo it! Had a great time with my sister and with my friends. Today I took the whole day off -- had my annual physical, got some more blood drawn, had a little skin irritation frozen off, then went and got a mammogram. Our hospital now has a 3-D mammography machine. She was able to show me the pictures on the computer immediately and you can scan thru the different layers and things really show up more clearly. I have gotten the report already and it all looks fine. After that I went about 10 miles away and got a haircut and highlights. I was supposed to end the day with a massage, but the receptionist messed up and had me scheduled for NEXT Monday, so hopefully I'll be able to get away from work early that day to keep the appointment. I did discuss my increased glucose and was re-prescribed the Metformin, so will see if that helps me with the weight gain.

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11/6/16 6:36 P

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I'm back on track and all is well.....
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11/5/16 3:03 P

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I did well at dinner last night, but with passing food around and sharing different dishes, I didn't really feel like I had eaten dinner. And also,I had one glass of wine too many. When I got home I calmly had a small snack, which was fine. But then the crazy thinking came in. I ate a few more things, and although thankfully I didn't go completely bonkers, my mindset was the binge mindset. Somehow I got myself to stop, and don't feel physically affected today, but I am disappointed in myself. I want to do better.
Glad to hear you had a good day on Friday Sherwood. And remember, the scale can't go down every day...a pound or two a week is considered good progress.
Hopefully, it will be an on track Saturday for us all.












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11/4/16 8:53 P

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Good evening team! I had a good day today. Was able to jog/walk for 3 miles total (2 miles jogging with .2 of a mile walking every .4 of a mile). So that is progress.

My weight remained at 160 this morning. So be it.

It will be rainy tomorrow....so we'll see whether I can get outside or not.

Take care and enjoy the weekend!
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11/4/16 12:18 P

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I'm hangin' in...staying on track.
We did end up out for dinner last night....there were great healthy choices, so I did fine. We will be out for dinner again when our friends arrive from Seattle. It should be a lot of fun as its a group of people we really enjoy spending time with. Later this afternoon I will be driving my good friend to her doctor as she injured her knee and can't drive. Otherwise its another "vacation" day for me today.
Keep making those healthy snack choices Sherwood. Green beans will help weight loss much more than nuts!
Hoping we can all head into a great on track weekend!














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11/3/16 2:13 P

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Good morning, team. I simply forgot to check in yesterday and was way too tired again in the evening. I seem to be literally falling asleep on the couch before 8:30 p.m. Sigh. Wonder if my thyroid replacement hormones aren't working well enough.

Nevertheless...yesterday morning I weighed 159.4. This morning 160. I think I know why. I had a two handful trail mix snack yesterday afternoon...I was feeling so tired I ate to try to feel less tired. And I had some chocolate after dinner as well as a full lunch along with soup for dinner. I also only got in a 20 minute walk before dinner instead of 45 minutes.
I have been trying to eat late in the morning and/or avoid a full lunch time meal or have a light dinner (one or the other). I don't think I need that many calories. Yesterday I didn't manage snacking. And it showed. Today? I just had a "snack" of reheated green beans and will call that good. I am tired today after over 9 hours of sleep...but I'm hanging in there as I have presentations to get done by today....I will get them done...just taking a short break to check in now.

Tomorrow I should have an "easy" day.

It is beautifully sunny right now. Yay sun!

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11/3/16 1:17 P

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Me again...
I stayed on track yesterday, and fortunately I came home very tired and just wanted to sleep. Dinner was not very good, and I did have a snack when I got home, but that was it. So all ended well. I met a woman at dinner, a friend of the person we were meeting...she had lost 120 pounds! What she follows is no flour and no sugar. And that includes all kinds of flour, not just wheat. I could never do that, but it has worked wonderfully for her....very inspiring.
Our dinner for tonight has not yet been confirmed, so maybe we will be home after all, which is fine with me.
I'm anxious to hear from the rest of you and hear how you are doing...hope its good news!












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11/2/16 12:22 P

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Sherwood, I was so relieved to see your posts yesterday....now that things have slowed down a little for you, I hope we will hear from you more regularly. And keep that attitude of control!
I almost got into trouble last night with too much grazing, but I nipped it in the bud and stayed on track. I think I was maybe a little over on calories, but not by much. The important thing is I kept away a binge.
Tonight we are invited out for dinner, but we are going to a restaurant, so I can choose my dinner. I know the restaurant, so I should be ok.
Mnnice, hang tight. As Sherwood mentioned, this weekend will be a hard one, so go in prepared, with plenty of good days behind you. And if you find the military diet is getting to be too much, don't go into a binge over it...just let it go and eat in your normal on track style.
Have a happy Wednesday team!












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11/1/16 11:51 A

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Good morning again, team. The previous post was from yesterday (I forgot to hit the post message button I was so tired). Anyways, another restful evening (I went to bed at 8:30) and some serious chiropractic work as my back was and still is pretty messed up. I ate clean yesterday and my weight this morning was 160.5. Goal is to lose the travel weight before I shove off on Sunday, for sure. Not sure when I can run again, but I will walk today. I was too tired yesterday. A cool windy day today, but no rain.

I have some work to do but I have time to take it easy, too...to do laundry, walk, nap...(and I think I need to do all those things).

MNNice, declare that candy off limits. You have a big eating weekend challenge coming up....so the candy is not worth it. Last night I had two small squares of chocolate and a glass of wine after dinner. And that was it. I did not dip into the candy at my massage thereapist's...I avoided that second glass of wine or more chocolate (we have some in the drawer)....so I'm feeling in control. And this morning I had a 2 egg omelet with some ham and light cheese and a few olives...plus a tomato and some freshly cooked green beans from my crazy pole beans that are still producing beans even in this weather!

Take care, team.

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11/1/16 11:45 A

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Good morning, team!
I am back (for this week anyways) from my travels. My latest was a trip to a writers' conference last Saturday through Thursday morning....then I flew to Denver and spent the weekend with my daughter and her boyfriend and went to her TEDx talk, which was just a fantastic experience. She did amazing. Of course, I am totally beat up after this past week...and my back went out Saturday morning as I was bending over to put on my pants. (I think sitting in the theater for 8 hours Friday to attend the TEDx event in Denver probably did me in)....but nontheless I got a lot of exercise in Saturday and Sunday as we went walking in these two giant dog parks that were the biggest most amazing dog parks I've ever seen...hundreds of acres and miles of trails in one, the other was more modest, but lots of ponds and we got in over 10,000 steps in each day. Oh, and then there were walking their dogs in the morning on Friday. So...I slept 10 hours and 25 minutes last night (still feeling tired) and have a chiropractor's visit scheduled for 2 p.m. and a massage later in the evening. I hope my back feels better soon. It really is ok to walk...but sitting and getting up are not so good.

I weighed 161.4 this morning. Not bad for all this travel. But I am inspired by your progress, MNNice (just read all those posts from you two!).

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11/1/16 11:06 A

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Mnnice, can hubby take that candy to his workplace? If not why not take it to some charity. Whatever....get rid of it, even if you have to burn it!!!!!
I am staying on track again. I had a nice visit with my good friend yesterday, and the day kind of disappeared.
I am really starting to worry about Sherwood....I hope everything is ok.












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I did great yesterday until just before bed when I had 4 of the leftover mini-candy bars. We have 2 full bags of candy left and I need to get it out of the house! Still ended up with a loss, and I did get in over 13,000 steps yesterday, so am satisfied with the progress. Running late this morning!

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Happy Halloween everyone.
I am doing fine, and enjoying a Halloween candy free house!
Mnnice, good luck on your 2nd 3 day deprivation....
'Til tomorrow team!












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And today is back to Day 1 of the strict diet and I'm on track. Just need to get myself to bed before that urge to night-time eat hits me! Busy week for me as well. The Chief of Police stopped at the office today and dropped off a DVD of interviews for me to transcribe, so I have to find time in the evenings to get that done. Thursday after work I go to my oldest sister's (about 90 miles away) for an overnight visit with her, then on Friday on to my friend's for our annual girl's get-together while her hubby is up north deer hunting. Always a great time, but we have so much food.... and some wine.... So I really need to stick with it all week and try my best to use moderation on the weekend!

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Congrats on sticking with it Mnnice....and its great to see your posts here again.
I got right back on track yesterday once I felt well enough to eat. My body really can't take those overdoses of food anymore. Guess that's a good thing....
Not much going on today, but then starting tomorrow its a busy week with dinners out and friends coming into town. I have to make good restaurant decisions, and just stick to my plan.
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I did well yesterday -- ate on track and got in about 45 minutes on the treadmill. Scale was up .2, but not too disappointed in that. I need one more day eating "safe and sane" today, then will have my 3 days on the Military Diet and see how it goes.

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I wish I had done as well as you last night Mnnice. I ended up in a binge after eating too much at dinner, and now I really feel kind of sick, and of course, disappointed in myself. But enough of that;I just need to carry on an get back on track today.
I know another neurotic thing was going on with me yesterday. I was supposed to go to the clinic for my meds, and as you know, that is where I get weighed. The only place. I just wasn't up to facing the scale, and also remember that the traffice downtown this time of year is terrible, so I cancelled and made a later appointment. I could feel the child in me going 'Whoopee! No scale today!" I am pretty sure that had a lot to do with the binge. Sigh....
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I was proud yesterday that we had 2 huge bags of candy in our office (250 pieces each) to pass out to the kids that came around trick or treating downtown yesterday and I only had 3 mini pieces. We went out for supper and I did okay with my steak, baked potato and salad and didn't over-eat before bed time. I was up 1.2 pounds, but some of it may have been due to the marinade on the steak (salty?) I'm feeling motivated right off the bat this morning, so am going to get a workout in. Tonight we're going to a costume party/dance sponsored by the local volunteer fire department, and I plan to stick with diet pop and there won't be snacks there, so I should be fine.

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Just got up from a cozy nap.....it is chilly out, and our house, as usual, is very cold. Time to get out the portable heaters.
I am staying on track, and like you mentioned Mnnice, it sure feels good.
Not much going on here since yesterday. The party last night was really only drinks and tiny snacks. I had 2 light beer, 100 cals. each, and a few nibbles of marinated cucumber, Needless to say, both hubby and I had some dinner when we got home, but I didn't get into trouble.
Its pretty crazy here with the Day of the Dead festivities going on all over town. The good thing is trick or treat is not a custom here, so no need for tons of candy in the house.
Have a good start to the weekend, and keep doing what's working!












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Stayed the same weight today, and I'm god with that. We're going out tonight too, but I've decided I will just get a steak and eat only 3-4 ounces and take the rest home or let hubby eat it, and I'll have a salad and baked potato with it. That's safer than having something that you don't really know what's in it and/or how it's prepared (like ordering a salad and then finding out later is was1500 calories!) Amazing how much better I feel in just 5 days! I need to keep this up!

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Great job Mnnice....enjoy your success and let that motivation you have guide you...Good Luck!
I am thankfully still on track, and it feels very, very good.We are going out to a bar to celebrate a friend's birthday tonight, and since its at a bar and very informal, there probably will just be drinking and some snacks. Whatever ends up on the table, I am determined to stay sane and eat (and drink!) wisely.
Not much to report, just trying to hang in....












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Yesterday was a rough day, as the food is really limited, but I got through it. I did have to eat a couple soda crackers between the time I got home and when I ate supper, since I had choir and wasn't able to eat supper until 7:30. Today I will watch calories closely, and eat balanced meals. The total loss for the 3 days was 4.2 pounds. That gives me incentive to stick with the 1200-1500 calories for these next for days. Then on Monday I'll do the 3-day thing again. I also got up a bit earlier this morning and did some s/t. I have been neglecting that! Glad you're happy with the haircut! I have a highlight and cut scheduled for Nov 7th after I have my annual physical and mammogram. My usual gal is on maternity leave so I'll have someone different, but hopefully she'll do a good job! After my haircut that day I've scheduled a long-overdue massage to end my long day of appointments. Looking forward to it!

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Good job Mnnice....just stay with it tomorrow when you go back to calorie counting...post 10 times if you need to, just make this work!!!!
I am staying on track and feeling good. And thankfully I am happy with my haircut...miracle of miracles!
I hope we hear from Sherwood soon, Its been quite a while.
Hang in there kiddos....we got this!!!!












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It is stringent, but I think that's what I need -- and it's only stringent for 3 days -- the next 4 days you just eat a balanced 1200-1500 calorie menu, which is what I normally do anyway. And this way I can still go out for supper Friday nights as long as I eat sensibly. Beginning Day 3 and the scale was -3 this morning, but we will see what happens as time goes on. I do get a bit hungry, but it's not a terrible hunger and I feel okay otherwise - still have energy, etc. The ice cream is definitely a treat!

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Great to hear from you more often Mnnice. I looked at that diet online...pretty stringent. Give yourself a pat on the back for trying this out. The only thing that would save me would be the ice cream at dinner!
I am staying on track, and with each day it is easier, thank goodness. Just trying hard to keep the "crazies" away.
I'm still sleeping a lot. Today I didn't have anything scheduled for the morning, and ended up sleeping until 10:00! But it sure felt good.....
Tomorrow I am scheduled for a haircut and pedicure. My hair is definitely out of control; can't wait to have it done.
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Surprise, surprise -- here I am twice in a row! It's a rainy day, so looks like my exercise will be indoors today. I'm home for lunch right now and sticking to day 2 of the Military Diet. I'm used to having a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, and find that I do get hungry without them, but I am determined to stick to this and see if I can get some weight off!

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Yesterday was a full day! Our grocery store closes at 5:00 on Sundays and at 4:45 I remembered that I needed to pick up 4 things so I could start the Military Diet this morning, so I got there just in time and had no excuse not to do it this morning! Will see if I can stick to it or not but I will give it a try. What I like about it is the specificness of what you can eat -- perhaps a bit of laziness but I don't have to try to figure out a menu and don't even have to cook much for 3 days of each week! It's a nice day so I think I can get an outdoor walk in after work. I am feeling motivated -- hope it lasts!

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Good morning team...thought since we were all missing here yesterday I would start off the day right. I am thankfully on track, and working hard to stay there.
Its chilly weather here in the mornings and at night, and then during the day it gets pretty warm. If you leave the house early you have to dress prepared for big changes in the temperature. But the crisp weather is a treat, at least until December when our house if frigid all the time.
I hope the rest of you are doing well, and hope to hear from you today.












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Mnnice, sometimes doing something new and different is the little push we need to get back on track....let us know how it goes....and have fun with your family today.
I am on track, but since my last blowout it hasn't been easy. I'm hoping with time it will not be such a struggle.
Today I'm puttering around the house, and will soon settle down with a book or if there is something interesting on tv I'll flake out there. Its cloudy and windy here, so its a good day to stay home.
Let's make it one good weekend for all!












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It's going to be a nice day and we are headed to the cabin to finish cleaning it out and then later on my daughter, son-in-law and their 3 foster kids are coming for a short visit. Was a little disappointed with the scale this morning, but hoping it was because something I ate last night was laden with sodium.

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Welcome back (for a short time!), Sherwood, and sounds like you did very well on watching your food while you traveled! And the polyps are exactly why we need to get those colonoscopies so they can get rid of them before they cause cancer! I'm staying motivated, even though the weight loss is minimal. I have a new plan that will start Monday. I read an article in SP yesterday about the Military Diet, and did some checking on it. It is not the most healthy, but not totally unhealthy either. You follow a rigid food list for 3 days, and then follow a balanced, healthy diet of around 1500 calories for 4 days. I feel I'm at a place where I need something definite and rigid right now to get me jump started again, so I think I will try this for a week and if it goes okay, do it again a second week. At least it's something new that may get the metabolism started again.

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Welcome home Sherwood....at least for a few hours! Have safe flights on your next adventure.
Mnnice, great to be seeing your posts more often, and glad to her you are doing well. You know nights are often my downfall as well.....on the Living Binge Free team there is a place where you can make commitments. I use it when I feel shaky, and it is really helping me....I simply post that I am done eating until breakfast, and somehow, putting that up on the site really keeps me from a binge.
Yesterday was not easy, but I did stop a disaster by doing what I described above. i was a bit over on calories, but nothing damaging.
Have a happy Friday and a good start to the weekend.












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Hi team!
I am back in foggy Oregon for 36 hours before I head out to Chicago on Saturday. I leave at 1:50 p.m. Get to Chicago at 8, drive to Allerton, Illinois and spend 4 days there...then head out Thursday afternoon to spend a long weekend visiting my daughter (she's giving a TEDex talk Friday night). It all should be great fun. A lot of work at the conference, but it is with a small group (40 people) of fellow writers and thinkers. And it is in the woods so I can go out for a jog every day if I feel like it. Likewise in Colorado I will have plenty of down time to enjoy nature.

I got up yesterday (Thursday) at 5:30 a.m. Ulm, Germnay time. Caught a train to the airport in Munich. Flew for 9+ hours to Newark, stopped there for 3+ hours, then had a 5 1/2 hour plane ride after that to Portland where my husband picked me up. Total travel time about 24 hours. And I was up very early (4:45) because I am not on this timezone. No matter. I am full of energy and in a good mood being at home for one day.

It is very foggy here. No rain! So I will go out jogging both today and tomorrow morning.

My weight this morning is 162.4. That's with airplane bloat/water retention going on. We'll see what it is tomorrow morning. I made myself a smoked salmon omelet this morning. So food is under control at home, and was manageable traveling: I did not eat the dessert on the plane, but still...ate some bread as it was very hard to not have it for breakfast at the train station in Germany.

Oh, one more bit of news. The 2 polyps they removed were not the benign kind, but the kind that can turn cancerous. So...I need to have another colonoscopy in 3 years. Glad they caught them!

I will check in when I can over the next week. I'll be busy, during the conference, but much more relaxed in Colorado.

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Having a good day! Weather is fairly nice so plan to walk outside after work. Days continue to be pretty good, but my eating always has a challenge at night -- I keep trying to at least eat healthy things even if maybe a little more than I should. I'm feeling confident that I can stick with it this time!

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Another cold, damp, windy day. Hubby had the day off so he did a little work at the cabin getting ready to close it up (winterize) so the new owner won't have to do it. I walked to work, but got chilled. Choir tonight - hubby is making spaghetti (whole wheat for me!) for supper, so I'll have a salad with it and keep the calories down.

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Good to hear from you Mnnice....hope the new anti-sugar mantra motivates you!
After a busy day, I relaxed too much and ended up in a binge. I have to keep watch for when I know I don't have an early morning or work the next day....I think sometimes knowing that puts me in a binge state of mind....something to look at carefully which will hopefully help me in the future.
Hope you are still enjoying your time away Sherwood....let us know how you are doing.












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Back again. Busy times lately with meetings, etc., as well as trying to find places for the things we're bringing home from the cabin. Most all of the furnishing, dishes, silverware, furniture, etc. are staying with the cabin, but still seems like too much coming home, and finding places to put things is a challenge! I'm doing okay. Yet another reminder at a program tonight that cancer cells feeds on sugar -- I need to make that my mantra and stay away from it. I little dark chocolate now and then. Even though I do try to avoid white sugar, I'm sure more than plenty sneaks in! We've had a couple more nice, mild, sunny Fall days with the beautiful autumn colors, and those clear, crisp nights with the gorgeous orange full moons. Work has been very wild, but now that I know that I only have about 8 months to go, it makes it somewhat easier to get through the days!

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Where are you team?
Ulm sounds so beautiful Sherwood....
I am doing fine, staying on track and feeling pretty good in general.
I have a pretty full day with clients, and then a nice relaxing evening.
Hope you are doing well, and that I see some posts soon.












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Good evening, team from beautiful Ulm, Germany.

Today it was sunny and up to 60F here after some morning clouds. I slept in. Ate breakfast at 9, walked in the old town square, had lunch at a small cafe (eggs and a roll and a latte), came back to my room and took a nap, went walking along the Danube, bought a tuna sandwich and a small bottle of wine, and had a glass with an apple in my room for dinner.

I have been tired and lazy. Still tired so will go to bed early. However, I really got a lot of rest today and relaxation. No, I didn't go jogging. But I got in 15,000 steps. And if I am so ambitious as to feel wide awake after work tomorrow, or early in the morning,I will go for another walk or jog. The Danube is 2 blocks away and the paths along it are just amazing. People and families and dogs and bicyclists and skaters and skateboarders and even a hoverboard rider kid were out on the paths. A few joggers, too.

All in all a nice day. And I will sleep well tonight. I'm sure of that.

Take care, team!

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I got tired of waiting for a post, so here I am again. I am doing fine, thank goodness.
Really not much to tell at all, but that's ok. Its been a quiet weekend, with absolutely perfect weather, so a lot of time yesterday was spent on the terrace reading. What could be better?!
I hope the rest of you are doing well, and I'm looking forward to hearing from you.












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I see a post from 4:36 a.m. and I know its from Sherwood, far, far away! And sounds like things are going well. Eating sanely while travelling is an accomplishment...don't be too hard on yourself about the exercise.
It was a quiet day for me today, and I have been very lazy. I just have to watch myself for the rest of the night....not too many calories left to play around with.
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Hi team. Been very busy and socializing and such...so have stayed away from the conference this morning writing emails/working and being alone. So thought I'd check in before I head out for the day.

I've been eating only 3 meals a day, no snacking. But no, I don't think I've gotten in so many calories as I am not jogging at all. Got a check in email from my personal trainer today asking how it's been going and that made me feel guilty. I've been getting back from dinner then answering emails/talking to folks in the US until midnight---work and family...and then not having time in the morning for any exercise. Sigh.

But eating is under control. That's one good thing.

I admire you getting back on track....a bag of goldfish is one thing...but I trust you won't have another soon, MNNice. And holding yourself from cruising for food in the nighttime is a big accomplishment. I've been able to do that because I packed NO SNACKS this time in my suitcase. Hmmmm......and the Brits don't snack between meals (nor the French)....I think we in the US are really bad at having too much access to food.

Take care team. Happy Friday!

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As they say, get right back on the horse Mnnice!
My fast was pretty easy, basically because I did a lot of sleeping. And breaking the fast would have ended up fine in calories had I not eaten the gelato and sweet roll that I had passed on while at the table. So I was over on calories, but at least I forced myself to stay in bed when I started to think about going into the kitchen for more....so it could have been much worse. But I know for me, these "slips", if they happen too often, show up in pounds. So I have to work a little harder on avoiding them.
Mnnice, where you live can you get the 100 calorie bags of microwave popcorn? It really does the trick when you want to nibble. I can't get them here, so whenever I go to Toronto I stock up....
Hope its a good afternoon and evening for everyone!












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Last night was not good, as hubby brought me home some of those little goldfish cheese crackers and I sat and read and ended up eating the whole bag of them. Felt lousy this morning as a result. Healthy foods and a healthy walk is on the agenda for today!

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Sherwood, everything sounds wonderful, and from your post, looks like you are doing well.
Mnnice, give yourself a pat on the back for staying out of the kitchen last night...that's so hard to do!
Its kind of cold and windy here too, but I imagine in comparison to Minnesota its balmy.
Always a great feeling to be happy with the car you have chosen...but yes, you do have to eventually get out! Be patient with your weight....it will come off, it will.
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Sherwood, you must burn a lot of calories just keeping track of where you are and where you're going! lol Didn't sleep well last night and twice almost got up to cruise the kitchen, but forced myself to stay in bed. Weight stays the same. Cold, damp and windy here again! I just can't seem to warm up. I have to say I am really enjoying my new Jeep with heated steering wheel and seat! It feels so good I don't want to get out of my car! Choir tonight so no exercise.

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Good morning from Reading, UK, team!
I have been busy/jetlagged and / or both. No time or energy to exercise, either.

But at least they had gluten free options for lunch (and for sure, breakfast at the hotel). I have been going out to eat at pubs since I arrived here with colleagues. Surprisingly excellent food, tho. First night was chicken curry and a rice dish. Very spicy but very good. Second night I had a salad and then a very sensible meat dish. Last night I had sweet potato soup and duck breast with cabbage and some potato dish. I have left the potatoes unfinished each meal and not had any desserts. Wine, though. I've enjoyed the wine. Surprisingly to me, the cost of meals is really reasonable. Under $20. Which may sound expensive, but with the pound nearly equal to 1 USD, it is really very reasonable for a pretty nice meal. Not cheap, but reasonable.

Today starts part 2 of my journey. At about 11 or so, the guy who was hosting me at Cisco will stop by the hotel and drop me off at the train station where I get a train to Waterloo station in downtown London, which is a 16 minute walk to my hotel (according to Google maps). Easy. I have a meeting at 3 p.m., then a speakers' dinner at 7...then the conference for the next two days. I have a 45 minute talk tomorrow afternoon. And only have to listen to talks Friday.

Part 3 is my trip to London Heathrow airport, then fly to Munich and take the trains to Ulm. I figure once I get to my hotel there, I am done with part 3.
Part 4 is my 3 days at BMW, then I head back via train to catch a noontime plane to Newark, then another to Portland. (Maybe that is part 5, I guess...but it is the home stretch). Then home for a day+ and back to Chicago where I drive to southern Illinois to a 4 day conference, then drive back to Chicago and catch a plan that Thursday to see my daughter and her TEDex talk Friday in Denver. I spend the weekend, then am home for a whole week before I travel for another week....whew.

I mention all this because my food/exercise goals are modest: I want to eat consiciously, avoid most (if not all sweets), limit my carbs...and if I have spare time go workout in the gym or jog. So far, I have accomplished the eating part OK, not so much the exercise. And waking up in the middle of the night w/jetlag is getting boring/tiresome.

But I am hanging in there. Glad to hear from you gals, too. Don't stress about the travel MNNice. I find that I become more extroverted when I travel...and it is ok to ask questions/help/advice from fellow travellers. It makes it easier. So traveling w/o your hubby will be fine. You can do it.

Cheers. I will check in again when I can.

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You sound good Mnnice....and so glad you are posting more often!
I am doing fine, but dreading sundown when my once a year religious fast begins, and doesn't end until tomorrow at sundown....ugh! But I have done this for years, and have survived, so just hope tomorrow goes quickly! I usually try to sleep most of the day to get through it.
Don' t ever think its all sun and beach in Mexico. I am bundled up in a sweater and my walking boots and I'm still cold! Brrrrrr....
Hope we hear from you in jolly old England soon Sherwood.
Enjoy the rest of the day everyone!












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Had a busy Sunday catching up on laundry since the weather wasn't great for being at the cabin. Yesterday was beautiful and had a nice walk after work. Today it's cold, windy and damp, so I will either do treadmill or a dvd after work. Feeling good and avoiding excess eating - weight isn't moving much in either direction, so I guess I'll be happy with that!

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Not much to tell....still feeling the chill here....am seeing clients and also got some errands done.And that's about it. I'm on track and working hard to stay there.
Hope its been a good day so far for the rest of you.












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Great that you are having good weather Mnnice...hope you enjoy these last few times at the cabin.
I am doing well with the food, but still feeling tired and sleeping a lot. But I am so happy to be on track.
The weather here is so odd. Last night it suddenly got chilly....jacket weather. And today we had a downpour and then out came the sun. Every day its very unpredictable.
Enjoy the rest of Sunday, and hang in there!












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Off again, Sherwood -- I don't know how you do it. I just made my flight reservation for a trip to Phoenix the end of December and I'm already stressing! (NOT a world traveler here!) And on the return trip, I will be flying by myself, since hubby can't go and my sister that I'm flying out there with is going to stay a week or 10 days longer. New adventures for small-town girl here! LOL. Looks like a sunny day in the 60s with no wind, so will head to the cabin after church to get in these last few times before the closing on the 28th.

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Mnnice, restaurant food usually has way more salt than food we eat at home, which probably is why the scale was up a bit....stay with your plan and it will even out.
Sherwood, have a safe trip, and hope you manage the jet lag without too much difficulty. I know its hard to post when you're away, but do try to let us hear from you as much as you can.
I am doing ok. I was a little over on calories due to some late night nibbling, but thankfully it didn't turn into complete craziness. I am going to use the hourly commitment board on my one other spark team to commit to no eating after dinner. I think that should help.
But I'm feeling pretty good, walking without a cane, and feeling comfortable in my clothes. My only complaint is still the same....I'm tired. But I have to give my body time to completely heal.
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday team, and bon voyage Sherwood....(again!)












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Good morning, team. My plane leaves at 3:45 for San Francisco...then on to London. Next time you hear from me I'll be in the UK!

It has been very wet, windy and cool here, too, MNNice. Not in the 40s - yet. But very windy and rainy yesterday. So I didn't exercise. And my weight was up over a pound this morning. But then I went on a 6 mile jog as it isn't rainy today--it is only cloudy and was foggy this morning. And my weight is just fine. My stomach has been punky ever since my colonoscopy, too. I think the prep screwed up my gut bacteria. So I've been sucking on ginger chews and had yogurt this morning. Trying to get myself feeling a bit better as it is a bummer to have a sick growly stomach. I am not incapacitated, just don't have a happy stomach.

I will not be hone again until the 20th...then I leave on the 22nd for a week+. So I have 3 solid weeks of travel ahead. I'm ready. But it will be a long haul.

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Last night was okay. Had a chicken breast with bruschetta on wild rice and a salad. Before bed I had some cocoa and a peach. Was up a little this morning, but not going to worry about it. Had to turn the heat on last night when it got down to 60 in the house. It's only 43 right now, so won't be walking outside or going to the cabin. Trying to catch up on a bit of cleaning and tidying that has been neglected.


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A "little bit of a loss" is a big thing Mnnice....keep it up, and this will be your "normal" again!
Got a lot of errands done in the morning, so after lunch I decided to take a little nap. Well, I hope I get to sleep tonight....I slept almost 3 hours!!!!!! I guess I am still recuperating even though my walking is just about normal now....
Let's do our very best to stay strong on the weekend....our very best!!












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LIttle bit of a loss on the scale this morning. I pushed myself to do a Leslie Sansone walking video after work yesterday, as it was too rainy and windy to walk outside. It's good to change things up. Hubby wants to go out for supper tonight, as we usually do Fridays -- it's always a temptation for me. I am trying to look ahead to my physical (don't want to get scolded for gaining so much since last year!) and also for the trip to Phoenix to keep me motivated! Have a good weekend. Fall has arrived here - and not the "Indian Summer" weather, but the damp, windy and cold!

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What a nice surprise to see posts from both of you before me!
I am back on track, and after a slow morning, soon will be working. It has gotten so very hot here the last few days...close to 90!
You have such nice plans ahead Mnnice; maybe you can use that as motivation to get back to the kind of eating you know leads to weight loss....you know we are cheering for you!
Sherwood, when I was younger, one of my very good friend's father worked for the film company that made the Beatles movie. We got to go to an advance private screening for her birthday. Also, when the Beatles were in Chicago (where I grew up) he got our whole group tickets to their concert. What great memories!
Lets hang on to our hopes and dreams, and make them happen!












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Good morning, team.
Weight this morning: 159.6
Ate a light happy hour dinner last night (a cup of roasted cauliflower soup, a small cobb salad, a glass of wine)...but I blew it sharing my husband's mud pie (even my friends who rarely eat dessert had some). Went to see the Beatles movies - a documentary...followed by their historic 30 min Shea Stadium concert. I remember those times. When I was 12 for my birthday I took all those who came to my party to see Help! at the local theater.

Now, back to today. It is cloudy. My heels on both feet are acting up w/plantar fascitis. Good grief! I will do a slow jog and get ready today. Don't have a meeting until 3 p.m. But plenty to do to get ready. Finding out about taxis/confirming I will have one waiting at London Heathrow, getting train advice from Germany....so feeling pretty comfortable about this all (at least as far as it goes). My physical therapist said one positive side of all this travel is that I will have a slight break from running so much, so that should help w/recovery----as long as I do those daily stretches.

Take care, team! Here's to mindful eating.

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Oaxaca, way to go on that weight loss! Sherwood, usually the polyps are nothing to worry about and the benefit of regular colonoscopies is to get rid of them before they become worrisome! Got my trip to PHoenix in Dec/Jan booked Monday night, Tuesday I woke up feeling dizzy so spent the day at home mostly in bed, but whatever it was has passed. Doing okay on eating and not much snacking or night eating anymore -- just need to work on eating the right things. Still needing to bump up the exercise a bit - really want to lose 10 pounds before the holidays! I think some jogging would help get me there, but not sure my foot can take it. Off to work!

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I can't believe you are soon on the go again Sherwood! Whew! Glad you are seeing a downward trend in your weight...use that to keep you strong.
After dinner I ended up snacking, and although nothing junky, I could have done better. On the other hand, dinner was very light, I did feel hungry, and, probably most of all, I was feeling very worn out. Anyway, I am glad it didn't turn into a disaster. Today has been busy. I felt tired when I first got up, but as the day went on, I perked up, thank goodness!
I want to be very careful tonight, and stay right in my calorie range...things have been going well, and I don't want things to start going sour. Dinner is prepared, and I plan on relaxing for a bit right now....
Have a good evening everyone!














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Good morning, team. And already it is Wednesday! I am so looking forward to feeling more rested. Not sure when that will happen---but I can relate to that tired feeling you expressed, Oaxaca. Yesterday was much better eating. And I did get in a short jog. Today I will either be on the treadmill or out in the blustery wind (I'm going at noon, one way or the other).

I slept 7 1/2 hours last night but it still didn't feel like enough. Probably because I was awake at 3, and 4, and 5:30...then got up after 6:45 to prepare for a 7 a.m. meeting.

I am getting prepared for my trip. That's my main focus now. And chilling. And tracking. I weighed 159.8 early this morning. Good! A downward trend. Today we go to visit with friends for a late happy hour followed by an early movie....should be home by 9. Which means that if I eat carefully, I will have had a very early light dinner. Which is just wonderful for me. I also have a physical therapy session at 2:40. Probably my last one (or at least for the next month).

Take care, team! 3 more days until I fly to the UK...

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Hope its a better day for you today Sherwood....
I am doing well, staying on track and getting through those difficult hours. But I am feeling awfully tired these past few days, and my sleep is not restful...hopefully it will pass soon.
Right now I feel like I could go back to bed and sleep for hours...but things to do, people to see....
Have a happy Tuesday!












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Happy holidays, Oaxaca. And congrats for staying on track.

Well...good intentions did not pay off. I weighed 160.5 this morning. I didn't jog yesterday (heels still sore) and ate more than I should have...probably 700 cals worth. And my body is very sensitive to those carbs and extra calories I have found. I had a Nugo bar in the afternoon. Ate some cheese, too as a snack. And had a pack of nuts for dessert (and snacked on nuts, too)... And we had for us a late dinner. But it was a nice one. I baked the small squash varieties from the garden and had that with sausage and green beans from the garden. Oh yes, that glass of wine.

So, without tracking, those calories do add up and up and up. Sigh.

Today: tracking and no grains whatsoever. And I will go jogging.

We'll see what tomorrow brings.

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Actually, Celebrex seems to be helping quite a bit, and I am off all the other meds aside from the weekly pain patch. I am so relieved about not needing any corrective surgery.
I managed to stay on track yesterday. Tonight begins Rosh Hashanah...but it will be a very quiet dinner. Our friends who usually join us are out of town, and of course, our daughter is in Toronto. But I am preparing something a little special, so we will be acknowledging the holiday. The one I dread is in 10 days, when we fast for 24 hours...ugh!

You sound determined Sherwood....stick with it!















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Good grief, another fracture. It explains things. Hope it continues to heal nicely.

I did my 9 mi jog yesterday. Ate OK, and was "back down" to 159.6 on this rainy Sunday.

My weight will not dramatically drop. But I am hoping it will be slow and steady this week. We had a paleo hash and fried egg for breakfast this morning (pork sausage, onion, some sweet potato). It was tasty. But at 11:23 I am feeling hungry...grr. I am not going to snack between meals. So I'll just have to wait it out.

Bought groceries yesterday-enough to last nearly a week. So there's no excuses. My schedule is busy this coming week, but I hope to knock off my course revisions by the end of day Monday (or Tuesday at the latest) so I can kind of relax into my big trip. 3 weeks away is going to be tough.

I do have a day before I head out again to Illinois to the conference, but I am not mentally counting that at home day...because I'll barely be here before I am on a plane and gone for another week. (My husband says most would be looking forward to all this travel--what an opportunity. In truth, I both look forward to it and dread it at the same time.)

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I'm back on track and raring to go! It seems I had another tiny fracture that only showed up on this 2nd tomography, which is starting to heal itself...thus the ups and downs with pain. But just knowing it is nothing serious that won't call for another surgery has really cheered me up. And I slept for hours and hours last night....delicious! Yes, better than food!
Its a pretty quiet day today, and I am happy with that...we might go out in the evening, but that's up in the air.
Hope that water weight has left you Sherwood, and that you are doing well.
Mnnice, I guess you are up at the cabin getting things organized.
Enjoy the weekend, and be kind to yourself!












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Well....I survived the colonoscopy. Was really chatty after I woke up from the anasthesia, asking my husband about the rain (it is totally sunny today)...and being overly sharing with the nurses. Sigh. Too funny.

So far today I've eated a handful of my beloved nuts, 6 rice crackers (not rice cakes), and a 2 egg omelet with some light shredded mozarella cheese and some salmon for lunch. Not doing anything today except chilling. No work, that is. But we did fold up and put away our camping gear. My husband suggested we go out to lunch. I vetoed that suggesting I need to eat light and healthy for a while as my stomach hasn't had much food in the last 2 days.

They found and removed two polyps. Hopefully they are just fine. Won't know for 3 weeks about that. And I have another scheduled in 3 years. Oh goody! Something to look forward to. I was up a couple of pounds this morning when weighed in. I asked the nurse about that and she said, well, it isn't uncommon as you slug down a lot of liquid. No problem. I am determined to have a good week next week before I travel (for the next 3!).

Have a good weekend, team. Hope that pain is a little lessened soon, Oaxaca. Now I am going out to pick some tomatoes in the garden.

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Glad to hear you got all those appts. booked Mnnice....and hope your daughter's foster kids don't put you through the wringer!
Good and bad news from yesterday. The good news is that since my last long ago weigh-in I have lost 6.5 pounds! The bad news is that my skipping lunch did what it usually does, and I ended up in the kitchen late at night. But part of that was also not being able to sleep due to pain. Whatever the reason, today is today and I plan to get right back to healthy living so this comfortable weight is not a fleeting thing.
I am very curious to see what the tomography shows the doctor...its been over 2 months of pain and walking with a cane...I have had enough!
I am working toward an on track day that will carry into the weekend....let's make it a good one!














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Well, the clinic actually called me yesterday to schedule my colonoscopy, so then while the lady was on the line I had her schedule me for the physical and mammogram. So that is on my calendar! Went out with friends last evening for supper -- the local American Legion club has a taco night on Thursdays. I had a taco salad and tried to go easy on the meet and fill up on lettuce, tomatoes and jalapenos. I did eat the shell though. Hope to get away from work a little early today so I can head to Fargo to my daughter's. Feeling good! Beautiful morning so I will be walking to work.

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Sherwood, I feel for you. I HATE colonoscopies, especially the prep!!!!! You deserve to be grumpy!
Mnnice, get all those tests booked. I have to book my colonoscopy too, ugh!
Forgot to mention that yesterday morning, quite out of character, I jumped on the scale right out of bed, but remembered to hold a pair of jeans, since when they weigh me at the clinic I am usually in jeans. Anyway, I had gone from 64 to 61.7 kilos!!!!! So I am curious to see what I will weigh on their scale today when I go in for my medication. I had breakfast at around 7:45 and like the crazy person that I am, will not eat until after I get weighed. Should be interesting...just have to watch it after the weigh-in. Still crazy after all these years....
Good news...got my tomography re-booked for tomorrow at 5:00 thanks to my terrific doctor. Maybe we will finally figure out what is going on.
Here's to good test results and staying on track....












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