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2/21/17 8:28 A

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Sherwood, I am not a numbers person (give me words anyday!) and financial things do drive me to crabbiness also! Hubby is supposed to pay the bills and his method is to hand them to me and say "can you pay these online, please?" We've had a streak of very spring-like weather and I'll take advantage again and walk to work. Cold and snow will be back by the weekend! My biggest problem is still night time eating, but at least the steady gaining has stopped and I am holding. Nicer weather will definitely make it easier to get out and MOVE!

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2/16/17 12:03 P

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I'm in bad shape today...have caught a cold and my back is really bothering me. A double whammy. And it is dreary and rainy outside. So I'm doing my best to nurse myself back to health and do a little work. But that's that. My eating goal for today: no snacks. None. Whatsoever. If I can't move around, I don't need much to eat.

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2/14/17 9:46 P

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I said I'd post...and I'm going to try to stick to it.
Yesterday afternoon I went for a hike with a friend. It was warm and sunny, but very windy.
Had a massage today...and decided to schedule a visit with my chiro tomorrow. My achey hip/leg is due to a locked up sacrum....It is a real pain in the ***. But I need an adjustment. Funny after I got home and started working on my taxes (and getting frustrated) that my back/hip started feeling better, but I'm still keeping that appointment.

Been thinking that I want to skip the trip to the conference in Japan next month because I have 3 weeks of travel tenatively planned for April. Sigh.

Here's to you not getting sick, MNNice. Happy valentine's day. My husband helped me figure out how to reconcile September's books (I had to wrestle with a stupid credit from United Airlines in the middle of the month that was for a previous American Express payment and I was so flustered). He calmed me down and we figured it out. I was too grumpy. I hate weird exceptions like that ... one credit applies to one month, another to the previous and it gets too complicated. Unless I just calm down. Oh well....I'm our book keeper who has to get this all to our accountant probably by this Friday. He'll also need to handle the fact that my husband is now an owner in our business and make out more tax forms. Sigh. Sigh again.

And the rain starts tomorrow. I sure am grumpy when I work on taxes and my back aches.
Sorry about this rant. I want to be out in the sunshine jogging!

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2/13/17 11:59 A

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My walk yesterday didn't materialize. Had to make a run to get cold medicines for hubby. I sure hope I don't catch what he has. I've heard it's going around and is miserable stuff! Started the day with an 8 am eye appointment, and all is well there. I feel very fortunate that at 63 I am able to function without need for glasses or contacts. Next on the agenda is my tax appointment and hoping the accountant can help us minimize capital gains on the sale of the cabin. The rest of the day is open, but I really am gonig to try to get a walk in today!

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2/12/17 1:18 P

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Good to hear from you. I can imagine being exhausted! This sounds strange, but for those leg cramps at night?? What works like a miracle for hubby and me both is to drink about 3 ounces of dill pickle juice and they are gone within a minute and don't come back. Busy getting just some odds and ends done today and have supper in the crockpot. Hubby is fighting a cold and fever so I'm hoping I don't catch it! It's a sunny, mild day so when I finish my errands I'm going to try to get out for just a short walk.

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2/11/17 11:19 A

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MNNice, I'm back. And I vow to post every day. I was away in Europe for 1 week, then back for a local 4 day event that I was one of the hosts for. Needless to say I was exhausted. I gave two wonderful keynotes in Europe to hundreds of people. Had a great time. Got tired. Flew too much. Landed and then turned around for a 1 day board meeting and three days of intense conference conversations. Did I mention I'm exhausted?

My weight was 163.2 this morning. I haven't run in 2 weeks. My legs are cramping at night. I feel achey and sore...because I haven't been exercising. Time to stop this vicious cycle. After I make this post I'm going out to jog through town (3.7 miles) or walk/jog. Then I'll call today good. And go from there.

Do not get down. Just get motivated. I'm here for you. We will make an impact and take positive directions this month, I am sure. Let's do this.

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2/6/17 1:22 P

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Need to have a better week. Starting with a day of healthy eating and playing pickleball tonight.

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2/5/17 11:10 A

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Hoping someone besides me will post soon. My willpower is lacking these days. Perhaps it's the "dog days" of winter. The sun is shining today so hopefully the Vitamin D will kick in a bit! Going to friends for a Superbowl party this evening. Will have to make sure to take water to drink and limit the snacks!

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2/4/17 1:28 P

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Getting papers ready to get taxes done. For the first time in many years, I'm going to an accountant -- the reason being the capital gains on sale of the cabin and needing advice on how to minimize the tax on that as well as some retirement planning. Got the house cleaned this morning and after lunch plan on relaxing and reading for a bit.

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2/3/17 1:27 P

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It's been another up and down week -- some good days and some not-so-good days. I need to work on consistency! Sherwood, you must be on another of your trips. Check in when you can! Oaxaca, miss your posts!!!

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2/1/17 9:59 A

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Did a SP workout video after work yesterday. It was different from what I usually do, so was a challenge. Haven't been sleeping well lately for some reason, so am dragging a bit.

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1/31/17 9:29 A

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I played pickleball last night -- hadn't played for over a year! My heel got a little sore, so I quit earlier than I normally would have, but still got in 4 or 5 games which each lasted about 10 minutes, so it was a good workout. I iced my heel when I got home and it feels okay today. I am a little stiff today, but that's a good feeling! Eating was right on track and my weight was down this morning.

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1/30/17 8:48 A

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Yesterday was not a good day -- ate too much and moved too little. Didn't even want to face the scale this morning! But today is a new day and I am determined to do better!

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1/29/17 10:51 A

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Not much exercise yesterday - well, really not any at all. I ate sensibly and think I can have the willpower to do the same today. Am seriously considering joining our new local fitness center. They have a Senior discount for $25 a month and let you join for a month at a time. I've always preferred to exercise at home, but maybe the change would be the incentive I need!

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1/26/17 12:48 P

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Four miles is awesome. I should say, that's quite a bit of treadmill work.

Well...ate lightly yesterday, had a massage last evening...and was up a pound this morning. Sigh. It is all pretty confusing. I did not jog yesterday and had tea and a late snack in the evening...so I suspect that is part of it. My food intake should probably stop very early in the evening. And even 7k steps isn't enough.

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1/26/17 10:19 A

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Yes, the walking has been good -- even if it is indoor walking, it does get my heart rate up with the brisk pace and the use of arm motions at some points. Last night I didn't exercise but tonight I'll be back at it and plan to do 4 miles.

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1/25/17 7:37 P

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Well it is another cloudy day here in Oregon...so it has definitely dampened my mood.

But I have a massage scheduled for this evening. So that is one bright spot.

Indeed, I feel that between food allergies/sensitivities and thyroid issues that I am constantly juggling fatigue with fuzziness/tiredness, energy at the wrong times, sometimes drinking too much caffeine...and little progress. But I am not giving up! Once I am back from my travels in 2 weeks I am scheduled to get another blood test...and then shortly thereafter a visit with my doctor. So we'll see. I may talk to him about not using synthetic hormones. We'll see. It is getting to the bottom of several things that all interact that is so challenging.

And on that note, glad you are getting walking in, MNNice...now I bet chicken isn't the worst thing to eat (I've been eating chicken wings a lot lately for some reason along with roasted root veggies). I'm not counting calories, just trying to limit dairy and carbs.

Take care,
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1/25/17 10:46 A

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Last night I ate something I haven't had for years -- boxed (Swanson) chicken. I'm sure not very healthy at all. And hubby had bought an individual size apple pie and baked it for dessert. Of course I ate it! On the bright side, I did a brisk 3-mile walk with a Leslie Sansone video and incorporated some stretch bands for upper body. This morning I did some core work. I noticed more back instability since I wasn't doing it regularly, and that has improved in the last 10 days since I've been trying to strengthen my core again. The colon polyps were the pre-cancerous type, so I know I will be diligent with continuing the colonoscopies to get rid of them early!

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1/24/17 1:43 P

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Definitely keep an eye on those thyroid meds. I have several friend who had lots of ups and down before they found the right dose. I ate some not-so-healthy things yesterday, but not too far over on calories. Today I plan to just stick with the menu. Got in a nice workout video after work yesterday and hope to do the same tonight!

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1/23/17 1:33 P

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Good morning, MNNice. We have a week of sunny above freezing weather in our forecast...so I am definitely going to find time to get out and get moving. I am home a week before I travel for a week to Germany and Amsterdam. So I have a week to lose some weight. My weight is 162 this morning. I had an up and down week. And yesterday I kind of was in rebellion, food and meds wise. Don't know why I felt that way...but was thinking that my stomach wasn't happy, so I was not going to take any probiotics and hopefully would feel better. (I did). But I was awake at 1 a.m for a couple of hours. Due to my drinking coffee in the afternoon, no doubt. Now I am feeling wired. Wondering if my thyroid hormone is out of balance. Something feels out of whack. But I'll make it through. I'm gonna check in here much more frequently (now that I know someone is reading).

Hang in there, MNNice! Good to read your posts.

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1/22/17 10:50 A

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Not giving up on this team yet! Yesterday flew by and I was planning on exercising but then remembered that I was supposed to take it easy after the colonoscopy and polyp removal and thought maybe I'd better stick to just some gentle walking for a few day. Not much on the agenda today.

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1/21/17 1:52 P

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Checking in quick since I slept in today and am running behind. Want to get some exercise in before it's time to get ready to go play for church at 5:30. Had some polyps removed, but that is normal for me and they've always been the non-cancerous type so won't worry about it until the results are in next week. Means I need to have one every year since 4 is apparently a lot to see when I just had my last colonoscopy 1 1/2 years ago. Not a pleasant thing, but if it's what it takes to prevent or catch cancer early, I would do it every week if necessary! I ate sensibly afterwards, even though I was really hungry.

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1/20/17 10:36 A

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Had some weight loss this morning, but that's become of the colonoscopy liquid diet and prep. I am looking forward to eating a meal tonight. Tomorrow I plan to get in some time on the treadmill as well as a s/t session. I have been exercising more regularly and it does feel good!

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1/18/17 2:29 P

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I'm having a good week -- talking myself into just 10 minutes of s/t or core in the mornings before work. Cardio is on the back burner as I have things going on tonight after work, and tomorrow morning I begin prep for my Friday colonoscopy. At least the eating is under control and I've noticed that it's been quite a while since I've had a true, out-of-control binge. Over-eating is another story, but that is controllable!

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1/16/17 1:50 P

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Feels like a January thaw today, as it is up to 19 degrees and sunny! I finally stopped on my way home for lunch and ran through the carwash and got the salt cleaned off the Jeep. I was too complaisant over the weekend on my eating. Today my cold is finally gone and I'm feeling like it's time to get back into exercising after work! Hopefully my motivation will still be in effect at 5:00......

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1/14/17 1:41 P

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Well for us it has been cold (got down to the teens last night) and snowy. So I haven't been jogging since Tuesday. We have 2 more days of this cold stuff before the rain and warmer temps return Monday evening.

Even so, I managed this week to lose the weight I quickly gained by eating low carbs / little no fruit. My body is highly sensitive to those things. I have 2 weeks before I travel, so my plan is to keep carbs on the low. Today I plan on going out when it is a bit warmer and jogging or walking a few miles. I can do that, for sure...just have to watch it on the ice.

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1/14/17 11:03 A

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Feeling pretty good this morning and have been busy packing away Christmas stuff in an organized way and getting rid of the things I don't use anymore. I'm in "declutter mode"! Went out for supper last night and had some delicious cajun pasta, but not very diet friendly! Will keep busy today to stay away from food!

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1/13/17 8:41 A

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I'm hoping that by the end of the weekend I will have kicked the cold, cough, sore throat that's been plaguing me since getting back from my trip. Once that's done, I WILL get into my exercise plan!! I'm doing okay and at least the constant gain has stopped, but I'm just holding my own. My exercise is practically non-existent and I need to get back to it. In AZ we took long walks every day, and it felt so good! Not going to happen back here in MN where it is -8 below with a windchill of -19!!! Today is the start of the team's Sparkiversary, and a good time to renew goals!

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1/10/17 3:50 P

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Glad you are recovering, MNNice. I'm heavier than I want to be...but struggling with the discipline of low carbs. In fact, I'm being downright rebellious about it the last 3 days or so. That said, I'm up to a challenge: let's try to eat healthy and exercise...despite the cold, gloom, unkind hormones and howling wind.

I'll check in in the next couple of days w/a report on how it is going.

Quite nice to not be most out of shape person in the room. And that is one of my goals this year. To day fit *and* finally hit the low 150s...enough lingering in the low 160s for me.

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1/8/17 12:00 P

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I finally got on the scale today after not weighing for about 2 weeks, and was happy to see I hadn't gained as much as I had thought. Just a pound, maybe 2, so that is encouraging me to get active! Still recovering from a cold, but feeling better.

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1/7/17 10:40 A

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My exercise is going to have to be downstairs with my treadmill and also doing videos at home. I'm considering joining our new local gym - I have heard they have a Senior discount of $25/month. While in AZ, I joined some of my family members in climbing Mt. Piestewa (formerly Squaw Peak), and while I didn't go all the way to the top, I did a good job and watched people 20 years younger than me huffing and puffing more than I was on the way up. I took it slow and though I really wanted to make it to the top, my common sense won out over my stubborness and I decided to head back down while I was still not hurting and/or hurt! But I definitely need to get in better shape. I'm feeling a little better this morning as I recover from my cold, so may get in a bit of exercise today. I think I just need to go back to the beginning and a goal of 10 minutes per day. Getting started is always the hardest!

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1/6/17 1:47 P

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Good morning, team. I agree with you, MNNice...now is the time to make progress on our goals. This morning I weighed in at 163. I realize that *any* carbs other than veggies are not my friend...and a glass of wine with dinner is not my friend, weightwise, either.

I knew that. Now I just need to spend the next 3 weeks getting things under control before I travel for a week to Europe (my next trip is to Munich and Amsterdam to give two talks at two different conferences...but my husband is going, too, which will be nice).

My thyroid med levels are still in flux...and I know I am battling many little challenges. Flat out: I just can't eat as much as I used to. It has been cold for here (20F last night) and windy...so for two days I haven't gone outside to jog. Did no jogging, actually as the treadmill is not kind on my hips, feet and shins....I just don't like it. But today at the warmest part of the day--1 or 2 p.m. I vow to go outside for a 3-4 mile jog. And tomorrow, before the snow and freezing rain starts, I vow to go out early---might be nice, actually to jog in the snow (we expect a day's worth of freezing rain starting around 5 p.m.)...if it isn't that windy.

I vow to check in here more than once in a blue moon...probably a couple of times a week. And look forward to hearing how you can exercise, MNNice, when it is soo cold outside.

Take care,
Sherwood

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1/5/17 8:49 P

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I'm back from my week-long trip to AZ after the holidays. Was fun and a great time to reconnect with siblings and remember those who passed away this last year. It is always good to be home, though. Now it's down to business to get some of these unwelcome pounds off and start getting back in healthy shape!

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12/26/16 3:22 P

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Has been crazy around here the last few days with all the holiday activities and having three young kids and 4 extra adults, plus getting all my music prepared for the Christmas Eve service. Now they've all made it back home, despite very nasty weather. I am hoping the roads will be clear for me tomorrow as I drive (by myself) to Fargo to catch a plane to Arizona on Wednesday. Today is spent packing (which is a major process for me!) and tidying the house up a bit. Have to keep moving! After trying on some of my summerish clothes to take to AZ, I am determined to make very specific goals when I return!!!

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12/26/16 12:23 P

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Happy Holidays, MNNice! I will come in here and post from time to time (and try very hard to make concrete goals). At the moment, my weight is up about 3 pounds....but it is right after Christmas. I haven't been eating crazily, but definitely more carbs than I can tolerate. The fact that my daughter and her dog have been here since Saturday is good...as we walk the dog twice a day and now shortly are going jogging and give the dog another run.

It is cold and foggy (30F and dense fog). Yesterday, though, was beautiful.

I am enjoying having both kids at home for 3 days. They leave after Tuesday (when we hold an internment for my father in law who died December 5).

Let's get back to talk about specific goals for next year. I know that with my thyroid meds still being adjusted that it will be tough, but I am committed to positive changes.

Merry Christmas!
Sherwood

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12/20/16 8:45 A

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I'm continuing on an up-and-down track but my weight is staying steady and I am eating healthier things. Baby steps!!!

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12/14/16 10:42 A

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So cold here and more snow on the way - which I think is probably why I didn't sleep well last night -- worrying about kids traveling home for Christmas and myself having to drive to Fargo myself to catch my flight to Arizona on the Tuesday after Christmas. I have to let it go, because my sleeplessness caused me to get up and eat 2 corndogs at midnight... grrrrr. My goal for the rest of the week is to simply get up and move, walk up and down the stairs, or do wall pushups every hour for a few minutes. Sometimes that the best I can do, and still better than nothing!

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12/12/16 8:41 A

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Was up a little early this morning so have time for a quick post. Yesterday I did well on eating except that I had too much sodium and that did result in my weight being up a little this morning. Will try to get in some limited exercise today, but no outside walking as it is below zero today.

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12/11/16 2:48 P

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Again, have to apologize that I have not posted to any of my teams since Thanksgiving (or before?) I am just hanging in there - have been eating too much and exercising too little, and it's been a tough month so far and not going to get any easier, with Christmas and then two days afterwards I leave for a week in Arizona for a sibling reunion. The good part of that is both of my sisters that I'll be staying with love to walk, so I will get back to some exercise! And of course staying at someone else's home means I can't just be raiding their cupboards and fridge, so will maybe have some success! The three of us have been hanging in for almost 9 years now and haven't given up, so hopefully we can all still keep checking in at least occasionally. Sherwood, I, too, need to make those goals SPECIFIC, and have been away from that for quite some time. Great that you've lost your Thanksgiving gain. I have a ways to go yet .. but haven't really worked at it very hard. Getting back on the Metformin has at least put a stop to the gain and I am just holding my own. Lots of snow and cold here, which makes it difficult to feel like doing much of anything after work, when it's dark at 5:00 and all I really want to do is snuggle in! Hang in there!

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












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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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I'm back on track and all is well.....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10/30/16 1:00 P

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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.
Hope everyone has a great Sunday.












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10/30/16 10:00 A

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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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10/29/16 11:38 A

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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....
Have a happy healthy Saturday team!












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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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