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7/21/17 11:16 A

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Progress today on the scale, so I'm encouraged! The Mail app that Windows 10 recommends is terrible and I'm very frustrated that Windows 7 came with LiveMail and now I can't seem to be able to transfer the messages to this new Mail app, or even if I cave in and purchase Outlook I'm not sure I can import all my messages. And also my e-mails won't print from the Mail app. So I'm frustrated with that, as I do need a more powerful e-mail program on my desktop. So I'm done venting about that, but I've been struggling with it for a full day trying to figure out how to import contacts and messages, but all the research shows it's probably not going to happen! grrrrrr! Today I'm off to a lunch put on by the hospital as a fundraiser for our local Cancer Support Group. One of our doctor's makes awesome malts, and I'm hoping I can pass that up, but it's just kind of tradition. After that I'll get a walk in. Have a good weekend!

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7/20/17 9:52 A

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Have been busy again. Got a new computer and they were supposed to transfer everything for me, but there are some glitches. The Office program I had didn't come with Outlook and I'm not even sure what she put on - I think just a Microsoft email app. None of my contacts are there, so I need to fix that as well as recover some information from the old computer needed to use a dictation program that I use. Always a challenge when a new computer with a new OS (Windows 10). Was disappointed this morning when I got on the scale - my weight had been going down a bit all week and now it jumped almost a full pound even though I got some good cardio yesterday and ate sensibly! Guess I can't let it frustrate me, but just hang in there!

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7/19/17 9:41 P

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MNNice, your week at the lake sounds just delightful.

I, too, have been enjoying summer. But 100 sounds too hot.

My weight was 159.4 this morning. I am not watching what I am eating...but I am getting plenty of exercise. Got up at 5:30 this morning...watered the plants in the pots, walked to get the newspaper then read it and drank my morning coffee while watching the Tour de France on the tv. It is a good background...we have a tradition of watching the tour in the summer....the current leg is over at around 9....so after that I went on a 4.2 mile jog, then showered and after our trip to the store for weekly groceries, worked on presentations and papers all evening. We smoked a pork tenderloin in our new smoker, and ate that along with some chard from the farmers' market and white wine for dinner.

Summer is so wonderful.

Here's to enjoying it. I am glad you are finding being retired so pleasant.

I have two days of business travel next week, then will be gone to a conference the first week of August in Orlando, and another conference mid September, and a final conference in Vancouver, BC in late October....but no other travel is currently planned. Except for the last 2 weeks of the year along with our kids in Hawaii. So life is good.

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7/17/17 10:39 A

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Had a wonderful week at the lake with the kids and grandkids. The giggles from my granddaughters upon catching their first fish (and they caught a LOT of them right off the dock) was worth every penny I paid for the rental cabin!! Today my goal is to go get my new computer. I'm taking this one along and they will transfer everything over for me for $30 so it's worth it to me! Hope all goes well... always a challenge with a new computer! Supposed to hit 100 today, so may not be going for a walk. If I have time after working with setting up the new computer, I may do a Leslie Sansone video. Need to get some exercise in!!


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7/10/17 9:35 A

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Good morning! Just checking in on a sunny (with some clouds) Monday morning. We're only supposed to get to 76 today. So a nice day to be outside/do some more woodchip spreading around the perimeter of my garden.

I weighed 158.1 this morning. Here's to a week of keeping on track.

I did a ton of exercise last week...even went bicycling with my husband for a couple of hours. So the challenge is to keep up with the exercise this week as well as sensible eating. I think I can do it!

This time of year is so wonderful.

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7/8/17 5:56 P

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MNNice- Glad to hear you are enjoying retirement. I am in the quasi-work mode as one of my clients just laid off a bunch of people who I had been working with. We'll see if it picks up in September or not. I'm not counting on it.

In the meantime, I need to find that right balance of leisure, writing, and conference prep.

But today is gorgous. Went out for 8 very slow miles this morning. Then we went to the farmers' market and had some barbeque. Now I am ready for a nap!

I will keep checking in.
My weight was 159.7 this morning. That is a good trend.

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7/5/17 9:55 A

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Good morning, Sherwood! Had a nice 4th of July, and now I have another busy day ahead of me. Off for a meeting with our financial advisor this morning and hopefully he won't tell me I need to go back to work!!! LOL. Survived the 4th potluck without terribly over eating, but no exercise as it was pretty hot and humid.

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7/3/17 10:24 A

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First day of retirement! I feel so "free"! Going for a walk on a gorgeous morning instead of sitting at my desk!

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6/30/17 8:48 A

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Beautiful morning here and I will enjoy my final morning walking to the office. After this it will be.. just walking to wherever I feel like heading on beautiful summer mornings, followed by coffee on the front porch! I am going to enjoy the autumn of my life!!!!

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6/29/17 12:29 P

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Batch cooking sounds ambitious! I like that.

My weight was 159.4 this morning. Drifting down to post Seattle weight. That's good. It is a beautiful sunny day here. I plan on taking it easy though (no jogging today). Still sore / achey last night. It is my left hip and inner part of my calf below the knee. Grr.

So be it. I have an appointment with my nutritionist this afternoon (my last visit with her). I also want to go to the garden store and use my 2 for 1$ to buy some replacement plants/perennials. The deer mowed down my tomatoes. I think they will recover but I might find a couple replacement ones (even if it is late, I don't care). I also want to buy a few small plants for the footpath to tuck in. It is fun to see which ones survive and take over.

Have a good 4th of July weekend!
Sherwood

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6/29/17 8:53 A

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My plan is that when I retire I'll have more time to cook, and I will batch cook healthy meals so when things do get busy it will be just as easy to take something homemade out of the freezer as to go out and eat something not healthy. So that's the PLAN - will see if it work out that way! Taking my Jeep in this morning to get the windshield chip fixed - will just drop it off and walk to work from there. Finally tonight I have nothing going on so can get a walk in after work. Had a very nice small but casual party with the office staff last evening and they gave me a very nice garden bench made of some kind of stone. I love it!

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6/28/17 11:06 A

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Retirement is a time for changes, that's for sure!

My husband is mostly retired. And while I am still working, my worklife has been slowing down. And I'm OK with that. I am truly enjoying staying at home (mostly) this summer. My one client has had slowdowns of work this summer, so I am OK with not spending so much time with them. And my other client has backed off on meetings, too. So life is pretty *easy* workwise.

Now I just need to find that balance of a little work/writing along with enjoying the summer.

Take care. Hope you had a great party. And then, carry on. I find that sure, I could nibble at home on things, but somehow, for me anyway, it's easier than when there is restaurant food to just say no to certain things. I know this isn't rational, but if it works, I'm OK with that.

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6/28/17 8:51 A

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Sounds like a great weekend! Always fun when we can have time with our kids! And in my case that will now include grandkids! My exercise and eating has been consistently inconsistent! But I try to do the healthy thing MOST of the time. Next month I think it will be easier for the exercise, since I can do it on my own time. Being home all the time could be a challenge to eating, however. It will definitely be a new phase in which I will be making some changes to my life! Tonight the people from the office (about 25 in all) will be meeting at one of my favorite restaurants for a little retirement party for me. Pasta and bellinis will be on my menu and since it's a special occasion, I'm not going to fret about it!

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6/27/17 4:13 P

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Good afternoon!
Well....I had a good weekend in Seattle. Got to spend Sunday hanging out with my son who lives there, too. It was hot for Seattle...in the 90s.

This morning I weighed 159.9.

It will take me a few days to shed my Seattle weekend weight gain. We stayed at a McMennamin's hotel...which has bar food and many little eating/drinking places on the property. I was doing OK until someone ordered tater tots. We also ate late at night, too. So I am tired.

Hope all is well with you, MNNice. Check in. Let me know how you are doing.

And what your July goals are. I will be thinking about what I want to accomplish, too.

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6/22/17 10:12 A

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Sorry I haven't checked in. I've been enjoying the summer weather. This weekend (I leave Friday) I drive up to Seattle to spend a day at a board meeting of the nonprofit I'm involved in...then get to spend Sunday hanging out with my son who lives in Seattle...then the drive home again.

Life is pretty good right now. My weight was 159 this morning. I will have to watch what I eat this weekend...but then I am home and back on track.

My knees / shins have not been happy these past two weeks. So it has been a challenge to jog. I need to ice/rest and still try to jog when I can. So....there's always something.

This weekend it is supposed to get hot- into the high 90s. Fortunately, our sprinkler system is tuned up now and working. So it is just the flowers in pots that'll need special attention. I will make sure and water them all before I leave on Friday. I can't trust that my husband, home alone will remember to water the pots.

Take care!
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6/22/17 9:20 A

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Felt great to get in a good walk last night - even though rather hot. Today is a rainy one, so probably will end up doing a video for exercise tonight. Have been doing well with food intake and need to keep it up!

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6/21/17 1:55 P

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Had a band concert out of town last night so didn't get a walk in, but tonight my schedule is finally clear, so I'm looking forward to it!!

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6/19/17 1:55 P

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Like the new picture! I guess I should update mine one of these days, too! Still up and down with both the exercise and eating. This past weeks has had so much going on that I haven't been very vigilant! But I WILL get back on the path! The adoption took place Thursday and I now am a proud grandma of 2 sweet girls, ages 7 and 5! Congrats on the good results from the annual checkup! I need to schedule mine and since my NP that I've been with for years recently retired, I have to choose a new doctor and/or Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant, so am trying to make that decision. My checkup with my radiation oncologist last week went well, so now on the my basic health! Should be checking in more regularly now that things have settled down.

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6/13/17 3:34 P

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Good afternoon.Just got home from my annual physical with my doctor. Things are looking good. My bloodwork was excellent, my cholesterol levels aok...in short, the only thing I need to worry about is to take a special form of B vitamin that is methylated because I am not absorbing it very well. I have some markers of inflammation. I should keep doing what I am doing. And I should get a sleep apnea test...just to figure out whether that is why I get so tired.

I am happy that things are going so well. I have a little bursitis in my knee due to overstressing it on my long run. So I've been taking it easy this week. It is a cloudy day today and cool...but after Thursday's rain forecast, the next days look very summerlike. That is good.

Take care!
Sherwood

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6/9/17 8:23 P

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OK, the weekend is coming. My goal is to jog 8 miles tomorrow, plant the rest of my veggie garden and some annuals and perennials I got...then chill. Oh, any maybe try to fast on Sunday. Just because. We'll see. I know I need to get some motivation going for actually watching what I eat....and this week is a good one. I'm done with a lot of time consuming commitments, now just need to get motivated to get things done!

Hope you have a nice weekend, MNNice. And that you are finding a path forward that is satisfying on both the exercise and eating fronts.

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6/8/17 10:01 A

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Congratulations on 41 years of marriage! Not a common task in these days! I always say marriage sometimes takes hard work, but is worth it! I'm having a good week and making some progress. Having the grandkids here over the weekend will probably keep me busy enough that I won't have time to be inactive, and I will have lots of healthy food on hand for them which I will also be eating. Hoping to make it through the weekend and continue on the right track!

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6/6/17 2:19 P

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So we have our good and bad days...and then we get back on track.

I think the challenge for both of us is to not let one bad day become a string of them.

Last night we went out to a very special dinner at a restaurant called Beast. It was prepared by a Japanese inspired chef. Needless to say, after a six course meal with sake, I gained a pound or so overnight. But then, I finished eating after 9 p.m. So today, I am taking it easy with a fast until dinner (drinking water and coffee in the interim). It was an amazing meal, but I realize that I need to counter that with moderation afterwards. Maybe you might think a fast day is a bit extreme...but to me, it is a way of just recovering and refreshing my digestive system. The meal was very high cuisine, small plates...truly amazing. But now...back to earth. (It was in celebration of our 41st wedding anniversary next week).

Here's to summer!

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6/6/17 1:42 P

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Finally having good weather so I am getting walking in. I had a bad few days last week and gained a bit - not I'm doing better and it's coming back down. Wish I could be more consistent!

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6/2/17 11:03 A

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OK, I weighed 158.8 this morning. I had a fast day yesterday (where I didn't eat after a late dinner Wednesday night until 6 p.m. when I had dinner). I suspect that accounts for about a pound of that loss. I am not fasting so much to lose weight as to disconnect from food from time to time so I can get my body away from craving sugar/carbs.

I was in no way hungry all day. But my stomach felt growly two times: once when I started the coffee grinder and another time around lunch time. (I think I've been trained like Pavlov's dogs to respond to food cues).

Yesterday afternoon I bought 8 tomato plants and an eggplant and a lemon cucumber and some herbs and planted them in my veggie garden. Today I hope to plant the upper beds with seeds. It is so nice to be home for the next 2 months. This is really the best time of the year here.

Here's to a good weekend!

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6/1/17 2:36 P

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Wasn't happy with the numbers on the scale last night. But it's a new day, new month. I will ramp things up!

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5/31/17 1:39 P

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Sounds like quite an adventure -- what an undertaking for your daughter! Amazing. Good idea you have about setting firm goals and a plan to get there..

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5/31/17 11:00 A

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Hi MNNice....
I just got back from 12 days in the Vermont woods late Sunday night...and we've been having a house guest for the last 2 days. I have not forgotten you or our team.

I hope can get steps and keep on a path. I, too, have 25 pounds to go to reach my target. I weighed myself this morning and I am at 160.7. Fortunately, I have the entire summer where I have very little travel ahead of me. So I am motivated. Let's do this!

My daughter ran 517 miles in 10 days. The last two days we had little sleep as we were crewing and supporting her around the clock. The first day of the race (May 18) it was 90F and way too hot. Another day there were 40-50 mph winds and rain that was just brutal. All the tents blew over and the power went out in the ski lodge for 10 hours...my daughter had a number of injuries....that she was able to have treated and could carry on. It was quite an experience for us all. I will be catching up on sleep for the next week!

So I think we team mates who are here (you and me) should discuss what goals we want to work for---like where we might like to be at the end of June, the end of July, etc. and then talk about how to get there. I am all for more structure in getting to where I want to be (and hope you do to).

So sorry I did not have time to check in during the past two weeks. But I'm back! And motivated.

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5/24/17 1:46 P

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Oaxaca, if you ever peek in, hope you are hanging in there and doing fine! I need a little more motivation to move more after supper in the evenings.

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5/23/17 3:13 P

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Pushed myself to go for a walk last night even though I had a meeting right after work. Ended up getting in my 10,000 steps.

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5/22/17 8:33 A

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Finally seeing some sunshine this morning, although it's still pretty chilly at 40 degrees. I plan to walk to work, as I need to catch up on exercise a bit!

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5/21/17 5:54 P

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Hope your daughter's run went well. IT is quite an undertaking for her but also for you to follow along and camp along the way! I'm having a good weekend despite the cold, dreary weather!

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5/19/17 10:32 A

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Was very pleased this morning to see I had dropped 1.4 pound and haven't seen a number this low for quite a long time. Yes, I still have about 24 pounds to go to get into "healthy BMI" range, but at least this is progress and hopefully the number will give me incentive and motive to stay on track over the weekend so I can continue to move in the right direction!

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5/18/17 10:02 A

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You are more adventurous than I am -- I'm pretty sure my camping days are over except for if we get that 5th wheel trailer camper we've been dealing on! You are doing well -- keep it up! I'm making small progress - again, I know if I exercised more regularly and vigorously I could lose a bit quicker!! Mother's Day was good -- was just the 2 of us so after church we packed up a picnic, threw a couple chairs in the truck, grabbed a portable radio to listen to the Twins game and our Kindles, and went to the picnic area/beach at the State Park just 10 miles up the road. We were the only ones there and it was a beautiful day! So we enjoyed the lake life without having the work and expense of owning the cabin!

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5/14/17 7:31 P

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Happy Mothers' Day, MNNice.

I have been busy packing and cleaning today...as we head out very early Tuesday morning to crew our daughter's 10 day race in Vermont. We leave Tuesday, come back Sunday the 28th...to a house guest visiting for 2 days. So I'll be doing some more house cleaning, washing, vacumming tomorrow after I am done with work.

My weight was 160.5 this morning. I'm trying very hard to eat healthy...and it seems to be good for me. Jogged 7.2 miles yesterday (the longest in over a month). I was tired, it was a bit rainy, but I am so glad I got it done.

Tomorrow is one more busy day with a meeting starting at 8 and the last meeting of the day from 2-4...inbetween time I have to pack up all the little things I need to get together....sigh. I am pretty excited about our trip. It has been fun planning. And buying little things that will be useful after the trip. Got new sleeping bags, tent, inflatable pillows, led lanterns....that's just the things I remember. We will be well equipped to do car camping once we have more time (and I am not working). It will be quite fun.

Take care. I will check in when I can.

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5/12/17 8:26 P

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So far have had another good day. Went out for supper and the special was a grilled chicken breast with pineapple/strawberry salsa. Paired it with a baked potato with just a small amount of butter, and a lettuce salad with a small amount of french dressing. I think that was pretty healthy for eating out. A beautiful day and looks like more of the same tomorrow - may get up and do a morning walk.

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5/11/17 12:14 P

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Had another good day - a few more calories than I would like, but for the most part, healthy eating. Weight was down a bit this morning so that was encouraging. It's a beautiful day and I'll definitely get in a good, swift walk tonight!

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5/10/17 9:47 A

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I'm with you on looking forward to having more time to be active when I retire - even if it's just walking, it will be nice to do it whenever I feel like it instead of trying to squeeze it in. Staying on track with calories and healthy eating - not a big change in weight but I definitely do feel better!

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5/9/17 7:53 P

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We had a wonderful time over the weekend. We took the ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor (on San Juan Island)...where my daughter picked us up. Between dog walking (their dogs go out for long walks 2x a day, hiking up Mt. Constitution and jogging down, and a Sunday morning jog) I sure got my workouts! Even with not worrying much about what I was eating...I still weighed 161.1 this morning. Not bad. The only difficulty was that I ate some gluten (it was hard to avoid) and so my stomach was complaining a bit. So be it.

On Sunday we took a whale watching tour and got to see lots of orcas...bald eagles...sea lions, seals...it was quite fun. So it is back home for 1 week before I head out to crew my daughter's crazy long distance race in Vermont again. I feel semi-retired with all this away from work time. But so be it. It is fun.

My quads were quite sore as I jogged down the mountain trail too hard on Saturday...so hard that my outside of my knees were sore enough that I had to stop and just walk. But it was fun while it lasted. My daughter is such an inspiration...on a slow day she probably runs 10 miles and walks another 5-10 miles with the dogs. She is an elite ultra runner and just has to keep moving or she doesn't feel right. I admire her fitness. The thought has occurred to me that when I am no longer working I will definitely want to get out and move about more--jogging, bicycling, walking, hiking...gardening. Those things make me happy (although sometimes I do overdo it).

Enjoy the good weather. We have another day in the 70s tomorrow, then cooler and showery weather returns. Spring is sure wonderful.

Take care. Hope your concert went well.

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Made it through the weekend without a weight gain so hopefully am on the way to better habits! Got a good walk in last night and the legs were a little heavy this morning so I know I'm out of shape! Another nice day so I'll be able to get in another good walk!

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Hope you're enjoying the weekend! It's been a beautiful one here! Would probably rather be at my son's baseball game on a day like this, but I have my concert. So far I'm having a good weekend as far as eating healthy and on track!

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Beautiful day here. Went to the greenhouse this morning and got potted flowers for the cemetery, for my front porch and some smaller plants to plant in a flower bed. We are dogsitting our friends' dog for the weekend, so think I will take both dogs for a walk now. It's in the 70's! Will have an early supper tonight -- grilled chicken breasts and asparagus -- then have an evening dress rehearsal for tomorrow's band concert. Early to bed as I have to be at church by 7:30 to play for 8:00 Mass in the morning. ughhhh, I am not a morning person!

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It does sound like a fun weekend for you! Mine will be busy with my son & d-i-l coming home for the beginning of his baseball season, but I will have to miss the game as the community concert band I am playing in has it's spring concert on Sunday, which means a dress rehearsal Saturday night. In between, I play for Mass at 8:00 a.m. This weekend will really fly! I'm still on track and feeling motivated! I usually take Wednesdays off from exercise since I go to choir from 5:30 - 7:00, but tonight I got home, ate a quick supper and took the dog for a brisk 1-mile walk. That combined with walking to work today got me my 10,000 steps. Tomorrow will be a tough day with going to Sioux Falls for hubby's doctor appointment (orthopedic surgeon consult to get his hip replacement done in the fall), and he will want to stop somewhere to eat -- likely nowhere with anything healthy on the menu..... Will need to try my best to hang in there and make the best choice possible!

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It is supposed to get up to 80 here tomorrow. And Thursday we leave for a long weekend with daughter and her boyfriend at Friday Harbor (an island in the San Juan's)...where they now live. We will drive 5 hours to Anacortes, then catch the 2 hour ferry to Friday Harbor. It will be cool and cloudy there...but should be quite fun.

My weight was up .7 of a pound after yesterday's carbs. It was a good experiment. I realize that my body is highly sensitive to carbs. I had a breakfast that was mostly carbs...and that probably set me up for the rest of the day. I will be mindful of this. And while I can't control what I eat over this coming long weekend, I'll take steps to get more protein/less grains and see what happens.



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So far a good week! Sunshine today so I got my walking to work and will also walk a few miles after work with a friend. Need to make a plan to work s/t into my schedule!

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And congrats on those numbers on the scale today!

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May 1st and a good day to set some goals and a streak! I talked myself into exercise for about an hour after work. My meals today were all healthy and I've left just enough calories in the day to have a 100-calorie snack before bed. Feeling motivated!

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Good morning from cloudy Oregon. My weight was 159.5 this morning. Yay!

I actually did another 24 hour fast from Saturday night until Sunday night....and I must say that my chicken dinner that I cooked (with roasted cauliflower, potatoes and shallots and garlic) was amazing.

I didn't expect to lose much weight on the second day fast...but wanted to see if I could do it...and how I'd feel. I had no problem working in the garden yesterday afternoon. Just kept myself busy and relaxed.

I didn't obsess about eating because I gave myself permission break my fast any time I wanted. This week will be interesting as I probably won't do any more fasting, but will try to eat far less carbs. I had a bowl of granola, plain yogurt and a banana this morning...just to get rid of that last banana. Oh yeah, added the last of the fresh blueberries on top, tooth only fresh fruit left is some cantaloupe and an apple.

I liked eating breakfast, but wasn't that hungry after that wonderful dinner last night. I did figure out that my stomach gets growly whenever I start up the coffee grinder (I must be conditioned to want that coffee).

I like that I woke up with a ton of energy. Life is more fun when I am energetic (although I am a bit sore from gardening)...it is showery so we'll see if I get outside later in the afternoon or not. I need to clean up the vegetable beds and plant the seeds and squash I bought yesterday afternoon.

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Glad to hear you're feeling better! My weight was up and I know that always happens when the weather doesn't allow me to get outside and walk. I'm just making excuses, because I could go on my treadmill when that is the case! Also been eating things that just aren't all that healthy. I don't think I could do a fast because I do get hungry and that makes me crabby!!! Need to get finished up here so I can go out for a walk while the weather is cooperating!

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Good morning from Oregon...where finally it is sunny and the forecast for the upcoming week is good all week (up into the 70s by mid week).

My cold is on the wane. I slept well last night. And am going to try running today (first time in a week). We'll see how that goes. If all else fails, I'll have a nice long walk.

My weight was 160 this morning. I went on a 24 hour fast yesterday (from after dinner Thursday to just before dinner Friday). I drank plain coffee, teas, and water. That's it. Another book I had loaded on my kindle was about Fasting as a way to break the insulin resistance yo-yo cycle. I really didn't have any problem doing this for a day as I knew it was going to end with a very nicely cooked Blue Apron meal (it was cabbage/potato hash and cod with creme freiche and lemon juice and shallots, and a nice glass of white wine). Oh yeah, I topped it off with 2 mango / apricot coconut, nut balls (130 cals, but sweet for dessert).

My husband said to me, of course, the weight won't stay off....but that's OK. It was an experiment (and I plan to do more). He wasn't trying to be negative, just cautionary. Of course, he hasn't read what I have...and he doesn't do much if anything to manage his weight.

I know I am highly sensitive to sweets and sugars and grains. And that is a problem for me. Today I plan to eat healthy but modestly, have another nice lunch and dinner (had yogurt, granola, a banana and blueberries fpr breakfast)...and see if I can do another 24 hr fast starting after dinner tonight. This may sound crazy, but I am willing to experiment. By the way, fasting isn't part of the Obesity Code book...but that book makes the point that we should learn to eat when hungry (and learn to discover what it means to actually feel hungry)...and why diets that restrict calories for long periods of time are worse than cycling on calories/eating. So that is what led me to this experiment. We'll see where this is headed. My MD recently went on a 2 week medically supervised fast to heal his vocal cords. I see him in two weeks. It will be interesting to see if he can speak better (he doesn't know I am trying this...this is an experiment I am doing on my own).

Have a great weekend, MNNice. I think you'd enjoy the Obesity Code book. Motivation is hard to come by when we are addicted to snacking and carbs...(I speak for myself, here)...I need to eventually find the balance that works for me.

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Think I will check out that book! I am still having good days/bad days, and that doesn't work for weight loss. Don't know where my willpower & motivation has gone, but I need to get serious and stay serious!

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My cold is getting better. I haven't been exercising all week, but have been steadily dropping some excess travel weight (and now I am back to where I was before I traveled for a week).

Conclusion: Being home helps. I eat less and feel better. Life is good that way.



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Hi MNNice-
I am back in town for the next 3 weeks...then we are off for 12 days to the wilderness to once again crew our daughter's amazing 10 day ultra marathon race in Vermont.

I had a wonderful time at the conference in Boston last week followed by a wonderful visit with my long time friend who lives in the Boston area...but I came back home with a miserable cold. So....yesterday I spent most of my time in bed.

Fortunately, I got just enough exercise in last week (one long 2 hour walk along the Charles River, another 3 mi walk on my own, and then a 4 mile jog through the woods with my friend's husband) that I did OK. Weight is pretty much the same as when I left (maybe up a pound)....but that is undoubtedly easier to deal with.

I read a book on my kindle during the plane rides/hotel rooms that has me very seriously considering what I eat and how I manage my weight from here on out. It is called the Obesity Code. We'll see...but I am expecting a big shift in the way I eat...

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Making a little progress, but still need to eliminate that over-eating at night! Exercise is better, but I need to ramp it up!

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Trying to get back in the swing of things - still eating too much. I am heading out right now to get a walk in. The sun is shining andi it's too nice a morning to not get out and enjoy it!

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Beautiful day here today, and it's Friday and the workday is half over! The Easter candy and sweets are now gone and that will help keep me on track!

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I know I've been neglecting posting, but things are finally back to slowing down a bit! Easter weekend was too many sweets, and I am paying for it, but I am getting some exercising in!

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Good morning, and Happy Easter weekend, MNNice. It is a beautiful sunny day here in Sherwood...supposed to get up to 60, 66 for Easter. Wow!

I, too, have been busy. But other than 1 day when whatever it was that I ate kept me awake and bloated, I've been doing OK. My weight is "back down" to 162.1 today. Not great, but back down. The bloated day I gained 2.5 pounds. Not sure what that was all about. I think perhaps it was too many legumes.

I know what you mean by sleeping 8 hours and not feeling refreshed. I don't accept it as normal. It may not be your thyroid, but it could be a result of a many things.

I try to remember back when I was losing weight. I was tracking, not eating grains, eating lots of veggies and lean meats...and very limited fruits. And, oh yeah, tracking. And no wine for dinner.

When I get back from Boston, I'm going to try to get back to that for a few weeks. See whether it helps.

We have been sous vide (water bath) cooking a brisket for the last two days. Tonight it will be brisket and potato wedges and a salad. Yum.

Happy Easter!



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And I haven't posted for a few days either, just mainly due to lack of time. I'm having ups and downs, but basically holding my own. Good news that your thyroid has stabilized. I know what you mean about wondering if the burst of energy (wired) is what normal people feel. Seems most of my life I have been sluggish, and have had my thyroid checked and it turns out okay, but yet I sleep 8 hours and still wake up tired..?? And always have to push myself to find energy. I know it's not "normal", but since there seems to be no medical reason for it, I guess it's normal for ME! Busy at work, so better finish my lunch and get back there!

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Good morning, MNNice. I was in San Jose CA this week. One reason for lack of posts. I left very early Wednesday morning, then came back early afternoon yesterday. Portland had a big windstorm yesterday....but fortunately we never lost power. I was tired, but all in all I did OK on the trip food wise.

Then last night there was a Blue Apron meal I cooked....cheese stuffed pork chops with sweet bell peppers (cooked with tomato paste, scallions, and spices), and boiled potato wedges that were then pan fried for a couple of minutes. Pretty tasty stuff.

My weight was 162.7 this morning, but I expect extra salty food/travel calories are an issue. So I have another week and a half home before I travel to Boston for a week. I'm going to put in a good effort to eat healthily and exercise. I did manage one jog in California. Could've done 2, but I just worked on stuff in the hotel room instead of jogging Friday....oh well.

The good news is that finally my thyroid hormones have normal readings...which means that they finally found (at least for now), the right dosage. This really makes me happy. And I have been noticing that I feel a bit "wired" all day, and am not falling asleep at 8...maybe the "wired" feeling I have is just what "normal" should be but I haven't felt that way in such a long time I don't know what "normal" feels like. I suspect that is the case.

Take care. I'll be checking in more this coming week.

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Again, I'm struggling with eating at night. At least I've been getting in a little bit more exercise. Not really gaining, but not losing either.

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I had a busy but non-physically active weekend. My weight has been up sporadically but comes back down. But yes, I do need to get more serious. I really want to walk to work this morning, but it is raining. I begin dress rehearsals for the musical tonight at 5:30 until who knows what time -- probably 9:00. So I'll have to pack some kind of snack to tide me over as I won't have time for supper. This will be a challenge all week, as rehearsals are Monday, Tues and Thurs.

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Serious effort is what is required. For me, I suspect that even a little slip up has big consequences. So now that I know I am not traveling much at all next week (only flying down to San Jose Wed morning, flying back home Friday noon)....that gives me more time to really plan and be more diligent. My weight is back a little over 162 this morning. But I once again felt good about what I ate yesterday (no waking up at night with a rumbling stomach or an achey hip). This morning I had a two egg omelette with an oz of ham, 4 olives and an oz of lowfat shredded cheese. And then some roasted sweet potatoes from last night's dinner and a tomato. That was a very satisfying breakfast that is going to hold me over to lunch. Which again, I'm planning on having a kale salad with some garbanzo beans, chicken, and some dried fruit. And dinner will be one of those Blue Apron meals....so I am not going to go crazy. My goal just for today is to not snack. Just at meals. That's my plan for today, and I'm sticking to it!

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Well my weight was down a little this morning. If I would put some serious effort into it, I think I could have some success. Today I'm going out of town to visit my sister, so at least I won't be able to snack. We may go out to eat, but will just have to be cautious. If the weather is good we'll definitely get a walk in. Probably won't check in again until Saturday. I'm also going to be having an appointment with the person who handles the 401K account for my firm (she is at a bank in the town where my sister lives) to go over some things to get ready to transition to retirement!

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Yep, weekends are difficult here, too.
My son came down Saturday and spend time with me for my birthday. We went out Sunday for breakfast and then had some really funky food after walking in the rain along the river to view the cherry blossoms. I'll give you a taste: chocolate ice cream with chocolate covered potato chips and whipped cream (it was delicious), and a bibimbap bowl- a Korean mix of rice, egg, and pork. Tasty, but caloric.

I, too, keep doing myself in....after being at a pretty low weight for me (160.9) I was back up to 162 this morning. I am on a yo-yo, having not lost any weight this month.

But, my hip is feeling good. I managed 8 miles on Saturday. And that was an accomplishment. Tonight is skirt steak cooked for hours in my new Sous Vide (water bath) cooker and mushrooms, along with a salad. Now that's healthy and tasty. I even bought gluten free soy sauce. No complaints about my food. But I've got to get my head around losing, not just fighting to not gain too much. Let's start a movement downward.

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On Friday morning my weight was the lowest it had been for a while, but last night ate pizza and had some wine, so was back up today. Need to get back on track -- weekends are always difficult!

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Last night we went out and ate fish and chips. The fish was mostly breading and very greasy, plus I ate french fries. Then went and sat at a concert for a couple hours. I was SO thirsty when I got home That I drank two cans of diet 7-Up before bed. I rarely drink soda! So needless to say my weight was up a bit this morning. I am going to get out and get some walking done, as it looks like we may get some rain.

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That was quite a meal -- I can't say that I've ever eaten any of the dishes you spoke of -- maybe a stuffed pepper, but probably not stuffed with as good things as yours was! Having a lunch of garbanzo beans mixed with tomatoes and mozzarella, together with some tuna. A bit boring but actually kind of good! Have a concert to go to tonight - Peter, Paul & Mary tribute group, so I'll probably know the words to all the songs!

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You sound very musically busy, MNNice. Fun!

I had a nice dinner last night. We ate small plates, and that was plenty. My favorite dish was hard to pick out: octopus was tasty; the purple potoatoes/chicken tower good, the stuffed sweet pepper tasty....I could go on, but I wont. Even found a parking place right at the restaurant.

Today is cloudy with rain later. I'm planning on watching basketball on TV tonight, so have to get out and jog mid afternoon so I can safely be a couch potato this evening. Our financial planner called up and offered us free tickets to the Blazer game tonight, but I didn't want to drive in to Portland and be tempted by bad sports food (overpriced, too)...and besides the game is on tv.

So I'm feeling lazy....

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Happy BIrthday, Sherwood! I guess I forgot to post yesterday - I thought I had. My week is going well, and I've gotten some walking in, fitting it in between meetings, rehearsals, etc. which have occurred just about every evening. Tonight is pit orchestra rehearsal for Oklahoma! musical at our school (I'm playing keyboard.) It's a bit time-consuming but I really enjoy being able to see the kids perform and be a part of it. Work has been very stressful and at least I'm having some diversions! Walking shoes on now and ready to head to work.

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Keep it up, MNNice. Congrats on the new to be grandchild.
Today is my birthday. I have 3 hours of meetings, then taking most of the rest of today off. I will eat light so I can enjoy birthday dinner out at a nice Peruvian restaurant.

My weight is down .9 of a pound so far this month...but actually, that to me is a positive trend. So I'll take it. 161.1 is not where I want to be, but I am still battling with thyroid stuff. Now I think I am a bit cranked up (probably overstimulated) but still not losing much weight. But at least I am healthy. I am home another week, then traveling 3 wks in April.

So here's to spring!

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Happy to report that I pushed myself out the door last night after work for a nice, brisk walk! Also tucked myself into bed without the night-time eating. Now I need to keep it up!

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Busy weekend that went too fast! Even with eating out and little exercise, I held my own on the weight. If I could get motivated to exercise more I think I'd have some success! Exciting news this weekend as son and d-i-l announced they're expecting in October!

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Checking in on a rainy, cool, St Patrick's day.

It was a gorgeous springlike day yesterday. Puffy clouds, light breeze, mid 50s. So I got in a 4 mile jog yesterday. Today: rainy (not too heavy, though) and much cooler.

So we'll see.

I haven't been sleeping well the last 2 nights either...about a 3 hour stretch each night where I am wide awake. Rumbling digestive track, racing mind,....I just have to deal with it.

But fortunately my weight has been dropping (161.1 this morning) and my food intake is under control.

Here's to progress! and persistence!

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Yes, I'm on a spiral right now -- have not had more than a couple hours sleep for the past 4 nights - don't know why -- so then I'm too tired to exercise. But yet I know if I exercise I may be able to sleep - just don't feel like it! On the other hand, my food intake has been on track. Yes, I need to "just do it" as well !

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