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7/26/14 3:14 P

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Lucky you getting that upgrade Sherwood...enjoy your trip!
Hope the cottage was nice and relaxing Mnnice.
Not much news here...I'm getting really restless, but I guess that's a sign that I'm getting better. As to the nerve issues in my leg, after discussing it with my surgeon we decided to wait and see if it gets better over time. Unfortunately the only time it really bothers me is at night, and sometimes keeps me awake. Last night was a bad one.
Had a little too much to eat yesterday....about 100 or so calories over my top allowance, but its been a long time, and it wasn't terrible. Today is going well so far.
Hope everyone enjoys the weekend.












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7/26/14 2:23 P

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Morning, team! I survived the long group run. Averaged 12 minutes/mile. Was doing about 11ish until 6.5 miles in. My toes on my left foot get numb. That slows me down (I look for any excuse). 2 1/2 hours of great exercise to start the day. I feel pretty good, too.

We may get some more koi for our pond as the ones we got have survived.

I am nearly all packed for my trip.

I got an upgrade (automatic) to first class on the Portland to Denver leg. Which is fantastic as I'll get breakfast on the plane. Usually it is pretty good on the plane---eggs/fruit/yogurt. Should do me good.

Take care, all.
I'll try to report from Orlando when I can.

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7/25/14 8:36 P

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Enjoy the cabin, MNNice. I like your motto.
My weight was 150.2 this morning. Tomorrow is a 13 mile group run. I hope I am up for it.
Good practice for my half marathon Aug 2.

I leave at 5:30 Sun for Orlando. Going to a conference for a week. So that will be a food and exercise challenge. But so be it. I need to just try to get in some exercise during the week. Fortunately my presentation is on the very first day. So after that I can relax.

Here's to summer! And the weekend. Let's go, team! Do what we need to do. And be kind to ourselves. That's my motto.

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7/25/14 11:25 A

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I should learn to keep my mouth shut about my scale results -- every time I mention I've lost a bit, the next day it goes up again!! Just a little, but frustrating since I've done so well on exercise and food this week. I love baseball and am hoping to get to a Twins game yet this summer. Just too many other expenses popping up, so will see.... We're going to spend tonight at the cabin, then come back into town tomorrow around noon, as my son's baseball teams is in playoffs and has a game tomorrow afternoon. My motto for the weekend is: Moderation & Motion!

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7/24/14 1:20 P

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Good morning, team! And good to hear from you MNNice. The game was nice, but the weather was terrible (rainy all day). And a whole lot of driving. My right leg and glutes were not happy. I estimate I spent about 8 hours driving...and 6 hours visiting with my son. The Mariners lost, 3-2...but we had great seats.

I was probably silly to drive so much in one day. But I was glad to sleep in my own bed (and avoid the cat at my son's place---I have cat allergies).

My weight is up to 150.5 today. But so be it. I have 3 days at home before I leave very early Sunday morning for a week in Orlando. So I need to get on track and eat sensibly these next three days....even if I have 2 giant zucchini I just harvested from my garden. I think I am going to bake and stuff one with sausage (turkey) and cheese tonight for dinner...the other one? Not sure. But I like the idea of zucchini fritters, too.

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7/24/14 12:13 P

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I'm back! Oaxaca, glad to hear your healing is going in the right direction. Glad you're able to post and maybe it will help some with the boredom! Sherwood, 35,000 steps is fantastic! I don't think I've ever done more than 20,000 in a day, and even 15,000 happens rarely! Well, I returned from my sibling reunion in Kansas weighing exactly what I did when I left. I was VERY pleased since I ate and drank (my sister-in-law makes awesome frozen margaritas!) more than I normally do, and too many sweets and not-so-healthy foods! But now I'm motivated and doing well since I got back. Should be able to post more regularly now, although if it comes down to only having time to post or exercise, I really need to choose exercise!

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7/24/14 11:06 A

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Hi team....hope you had fun at the game Sherwood, and that the driving wasn't too hard on you.
Things are still pretty boring here...but I am feeling somewhat stronger, and the leg issue is not causing too much discomfort. Still not sure if any more treatment will be used on that leg.
My eating is in order, so I can feel good about that. But oh, I just want to get back to a real life...patience, patience, patience.
Mnnice, where are you? Hope all is well.
'Til tomorrow my friends.












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7/22/14 6:01 P

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Good afternoon, team!
Oaxaca...I hope your lower leg issues are getting sorted out.

My weight took a slight (but not unexpected) bump upwards..This morning it was 149.4. I slept in, too. 9 hours! is a long time I know that gluten free or not, too much flour is not a good thing for me...stuffs me up. I suspect this will be a temporary bump.

Tomorrow I go to watch baseball with my son in Seattle. A lot of driving! But I will take him a couple of books, some clothes he left last time he visited, and that other loaf of zucchini bread. Out of sight, out of mouth.

Take care, team!

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7/22/14 9:35 A

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Good morning team...in about an hour my surgeon and anaesthesiologist will come by to check me out. The main concern has still been my lower leg and foot feeling "asleep" and inflexible. Its been a worry, so hopefully I will get some answers and some relief after seeing the doctors.
My eating has been under control, even though if I could eat what I really want it would be all sweets and carbs. But I'm eating what I need instead of what I crave.
Congrats on your weight getting closer to where you want it to be Sherwood...Keep your spirits up and stay on track!
Where are you Mnnice....we want to hear from you!
Have a happy Tuesday everyone.












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7/21/14 9:58 A

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Good morning team! Good to hear you have your god daughter around, Oaxaca! And that you are walking with a bit more ease. That, indeed, is something to build upon.

Here's hoping for a good week.

It will get up to 81 here today. I plan on jogging in the morning. Weighed 149 this morning. So that is good for my spirits. I need to build on that.

Wed. I am going to Seattle and watch a baseball game with my son. Now that he is unemployed (sigh) we can watch a noon game. I will enjoy my visit, but it will be lots of driving.

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7/20/14 12:17 P

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Not much to tell, but thought I should write a short post and keep in touch.Today walking feels somewhat better than yesterday, which is encouraging. Hubby is out today, so our god-daughter is here with me. Later her aunt, a dear friend, is arriving for a few days to help look after me. She will be very good company.
Still doing ok with my eating...sometimes the cravings come, and occasionally I eat something sweet, like a few cookies, but at the end of the day my calorie count comes out at a good number.
You really got your exercise yesterday Sherwood! Bravo!
Hope to hear from you soon Mnnice.












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7/20/14 11:53 A

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Good morning team!
How are you doing today, Oaxaca? I hope the pain meds and pain management are working out OK. Boredom is one thing, pain, quite another.

Yesterday I managed to go on the group 11 miler. My toes were numb after mile 7...pretty annoying, But I walked and jogged those last few miles. My time was OK. So I am happy about that. I also walked a heck of a lot after that...there was the Sherwood Robinhood Festival parade in our town...so my husband and I walked there to watch it and walked home. I got in over 35,000 steps yesterday. Needless to say I was tired and went to bed before 9:30.

Today it is cloudy and cooler. A reminder that summer is fleeting (and won't be here forever).
Here's to a good week.

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7/18/14 10:36 A

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You sound good Sherwood...and glad to hear your back is feeling better.
I got home yesterday, by ambulance, since I can walk just a little right now, and there are stairs in my house. Unfortunately in the night the pain in my ankle and foot started up again, the same as my first night after the surgery. We are trying to lower the pain meds dosage, but had to up it to settle things down. Never a dull moment.
I have to say that I am really really sick of everything...so bored, kind of depressed...just want out of this bed and back to life...it has been such a looooong haul. At least my eating is under control...not too hard to accomplish since I am at the mercy of whomever is in charge of my meals for the day. And usually hubby will not bend to any of my unhealthy whims.
Mnnice, looking forward to hearing from you, and Sherwood, keep up the good work and positive attitude.












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Good morning!
A beautiful Friday here in Oregon. My back is better...about 85% I am guessing. I jogged yesterday and am planning to do my long run tomorrow. My weight is OK, too. 149.4. I have been eating lots of carbs...and had some trail mix too (as well as chocolate for dessert). So be it. Life is good and sometimes I think I need to switch up what I eat.

Hope your recovery is continuing, Oaxaca, and that the pain is less. I'm sending you good thoughts. MNNice, check in when you are back. Here's to motivation and determination.

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7/16/14 1:17 P

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Oaxaca-so good to hear from you. Glad that the pain (unnecessary!) is gone for now. Good grief. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you are home soon.

My weight was 149.5 this morning. So things are going in the right direction. My back is still tweaked, but once again I went for a walk this morning. If that is what I can do, well, so be it. I walked the normal 3.6 mile loop through town. I slept funky last night and woke up with a very sore twingy neck. Walking didn't help that (but it didn't hurt it, either). I won't be sitting much today as that is not good for me right now.

Here's hoping for a good day for us all!


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7/15/14 7:19 P

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Greetings from the hospital...our friend got the right cables in, so I have internet here. Without going into gory details, yesterday, the day of surgery, was a nightmare. The surgery went fine, but also the anaesthesiologist put in that contraption which is supposed to help with pain before the surgery. The same mechanism I had before that caused some back irritation.Anyway, it caused horrible pain all day, and at midnight the anaesthesiologist came to the hospital and took out the whole business. Within a few minutes, pain gone. So today I feel remarkably good, and should be walking with the walker tomorrow.
So sorry that both of you are struggling so right now. Just hang in there....it has to improve.
Please know that I am thinking of both of you.
Probably won't post again til I am home, probably Thursday.
Have a good rest of the day and a great tomorrow!












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7/15/14 3:15 P

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MNNice-You hang in there, too. Yesterday, right after I posted, I tweaked my back. That stopped everything for the day. Went to the chiro. Very sore. Weight up another pound.

But...I know what I need to do. I ate my last banana this a.m., went on a walk this morning, and am working and trying to moderate what I'm eating (in between getting up and stretching that back).

We can do this!

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7/15/14 1:40 P

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Sherwood, I am up to 160-ish and really need to get this off. It's frustrating that even when I do things right it stays the same or goes up. grrrrr. It's been really difficult to get my exercise in with things popping up in my schedule, and the trip to Kansas City will mean 4 days of little or no exercise. I guess the good thing is I haven't really been binging like I used to. Overeating, yes, and eating the wrong things, but that is much easier to overcome than the out-of-control binges -- so I'll do the best I can with the tools I have!

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7/14/14 12:43 P

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Well....I am up to 150.2 this a.m. due to eating crappy food (my daughter's being in that bike ride meant we ate bar food, shakes and junk for two evenings). I know what I need to do. And I'm going for it again. Sigh.

My stomach felt really bad this morning. So it is good to be eating "clean" again this morning.

Take care, team!

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7/13/14 1:55 P

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Oaxaca, will surely be thinking of you and missing your posts! Sherwood, way to go on the run! I'm feeling back to normal today and am thankful for it, as I have things that need to be done to get ready for our trip to Kansas City this weekend. Not that big a deal, but when working full time, I need to space the things out during my after work time so that I'm not stressed on the last day trying to get everything done.

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7/12/14 7:35 P

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Thank you for all the good wishes, I really do appreciate your thinking of me.
That poor guy you played pickleball with...he must have been in terrible pain...we do have to count our blessings. Even with all I have going on, I know there are much worse things people have to go through.
Friends are coming over tonight to see me and bid our daughter goodbye. She leaves early tomorrow morning. It was so wonderful having her here, and I will miss her so much.
So tomorrow I will pack my little bag and get ready for the hospital on Monday. We have to be there at 7:00.
I will be in the hospital for 3 or 4 days, so it will be awhile until I can post. Wishing you good days while I am out of touch.
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7/12/14 3:21 P

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Ow! I had a dear friend have a nasty ankle sprain from pickleball that had her hobbling / swollen ankle for nearly a year. It can be rough on you! Take care, MNNice...hope you get over that virus.

Today I went 9.3 miles around the track and then some. Spent lots of time hydrating and resting in between....so I am feeling pretty rested now. My daughter and boyfriend are riding the Seattle to Portland bike ride today and tomorrow. So we are going to drive up to Centralia WA and have dinner with them, the boyfriends parents and my son who lives in Seattle. It will be a madhouse, I'm betting because that is a small town and there are soooo many riders. Oh well, it will be an adventure (and 100 miles each way to/from Centralia). It is so hot. Mid 90s today. Hundreds by Monday. We're in a heat wave so I have to exercise early.

Take care, team! Oaxaca, I'll be thinking of you Monday. All my best!

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7/12/14 1:10 P

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Quick check-in here, as I'm fighting off a virus, I think, with only symptoms a nasty headache and fatigue. Alka Seltzer Plus has eased the headache but I'm going to lay down for a bit and hope I am more energetic when I get back up. Have things I want to get done today, but just don't feel like it!

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Was hot here today, but I enjoy it hot! Last night at pickleball, a guy I was playing a game with (he was an opponent - you play doubles like in tennis) tripped and fell and couldn't get up. We had to call the ambulance. I got a call from his wife later and turns out he broke his hip and because of the way it broke, had to be taken to a bigger city for hip replacement. That really put a damper on the evening. Then I texted another pickleball friend who wasn't there last night and told her what had happened. She told me that she found out yesterday that as of Aug 1st she is out of a job (one that she's been at for about 15 years). Her husband just lost his long-time job about 2 months ago. So I am counting my blessings today!!!

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7/11/14 12:15 P

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A very hot day (and forecast for the next week, too). 94F today...then up to over 100 Tuesday and Wednesday. I plan to get my exercise in early.

I'll jog before 10. I can't do it when it is hot.

Oaxaca, my thoughts are with you for a successful surgery.

My weight was down this morning. Not exactly sure what it was (my scale was giving me different readings)...but probably around 149. I just need to keep plugging away at eating smart. Yesterday I ate a lot of carbs, but all gluten free. A really weird eating day for me. But I got in plenty of exercise and had a sensible dinner (spicy turkey sausage stir fry and sweet potato salad and a glass of white wine). My weight is a mystery to me.

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7/10/14 10:26 A

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Oaxaca, will be thinking of you next week and sending wishes for a speedy recovery and pain relief! Sherwood, there are those "lucky ones" who can eat almost anything and not gain weight, and then there are those of us "lucky ones" who can eat practically nothing and gain weight! My goal is to find time to squeeze in the exercise and perhaps that will cause me to stay busier in the evenings so I can avoid night-time snacking. Next weekend we're having a sibling reunion in Kansas City, so that will be 4 days of being off routine, restaurant eating, and little exercise -- I need to make a plan to get through it!

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7/10/14 10:16 A

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Good morning, team.
Hope surgery and recovery go well, Oaxaca. My thoughts are with you.
After a happy hour dinner last night, my weight was up this morning to 149.6.
I know what I need to do. No happy hour today for me.
My women's running group is running early today to avoid the heat. So that is good.
Take care!

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To answer your questions: the hip surgery is definite for Mon. the 14th at 8:00 a.m. Mnnice, it is not the same hip. This time it is damage to the left hip, probably due to meds I have taken for a long time for the arthritis.
Good to hear that you got your weight back down Sherwood.
And good for you too Mnnice...keep it up and you will see great results.
Really not much else to tell...just got up from about a 2 hour nap and I still feel worn out.
Hope the day has been going well for everyone.












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Oaxaca, is it the same hip or the other one? Totally understandable that your mood is up and down -- you've been through a lot and has to be frustrating mentally in addition to the physical side of things! Will be thinking of you as you prepare and go through the surgery. Sherwood, there was a time the two of us were at pretty much the same weight. Sad to say I am not at 158.8 this morning, but I was at 163 after vacation, which totally shocked me into getting under control! I think I've gotten some motivation back and hope I can continue the loss! Need to get back down under 150, which is my cutoff point for a healthy BMI.

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So Oaxaca...are you having another hip replacement surgery or?? My thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery. And ugh, having to schedule another surgery after sounds really annoying. At least you know what you need to do.

My sister-in-law has surgery tomorrow to fuse some vertebrae. This has been a very long painful year for her. Hopefully after recovery, she will be able to teach again.

My weight was down again this morning. Back to 148.9. It is silly how this affects my positive emotions. I ate pretty much on South beach phase 2 yesterday...had a glass of wine, only some blueberries (no other fruit), a couple of carrots and dessert of gluten free chocolate covered pretzels. And I did OK. I suspect it was eating out that did me in over the long weekend. Starting with those waffles on July 3. I think my body really doesn't get along with salty food and/or flours/simple carbs.

Take care, team!

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The update is I have a tentative surgery date for July 14, next Monday. I go for my pre-op exam this afternoon. And, ugh, without going into detail, found out in an earlier appt. today that I also need hemorroid surgery as soon as Im able after the hip surgery...what next!
My daughter is busy taking me to all of my appts. and running up and down the stairs for me. Im sure shell be glad to get back home.
My pain is up and down, and although there is always apprehension before surgery, Ill be glad when its done.
Sorry to hear about those extra pounds...but with some vim and vigor they will go, you both know that. Thankfully, for a change, overeating is not a problem for me right now. One day Im super hungry, but then the next my appetite is almost non-existent...has to be all the meds I am on. My mood is like my appetite...up and down. For sure Im not the easiest person to live with these days.
Hope today has been and continues to be a good one for everyone.












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7/8/14 1:55 P

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Katie, I don't know the answer to your question. Maybe that says I need to spend more time tracking fitness activities! (or DOING fitness activities?) 3 of the vacation pounds were gone this morning, but they are just going on too easily and not coming back off in the past year. I know what I need to do. I'm trying to cut down on the carbs, but am having trouble figuring out some protein foods that I can substitute for some of the carbs. Oaxaca, hope you're enjoying the time with your daughter and getting some answers and pain relief!

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Good morning team. I, too, gained a few pounds over the holidays. And with attention it is coming off...this morning I weighed 150.1 (yesterday 151.9)....I am eating South Beach phase I with a little bit of fruit that is left....but no grains....

I think that will help.

It is very hot here. For Oregon, that is. High today will be upper 80s, close to 90. Then back to the mid 80s for a couple of days, but high 90s for the next week is forecast. Which means that I will have to go jogging early in the day. Gotta get that exercise in!

Take care.

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I have a question about the fitness tracker. Before Sparkpeople re-worked the website, you could see a list of all the possible activities to track. They were listed in categories. Now you begin typing and a list will drop down. Is there a way to see all the activities or revert back to the old page?

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Back from vacation and brought back a few more pounds. It was very relaxing, but I'm ready to get back to routine and especially eating right! What a great surprise to have your daughter home, Oaxaca. Hasn't been terribly hot here as it usually is in July! I need to get back to s/t routine, so I got up a little early this morning and did some. I'm definitely beginning to feel the additional weight, so it's no longer just the numbers on the scale. Got to get my spark lit!!

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Good morning...again, not too much new to tell...I'm doing ok with my eating and the meds are doing their job most of the time. Now its all of the pre-op appointments. Fortunately, my daughter can drive me around.
This afternoon is a party for our god-daughter's graduation from high school and her admission into one of the universities she applied to for medical school...still waiting to hear from the others. Hubby is already at her house, and I am going with our daughter later today. We'll have two cars, so I can leave early. Sitting in the car on the way to the village and then sitting at the party will not be easy, so it will be a short visit.
Glad to hear your weight went back down Sherwood, and hope it continues.
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Good morning. Today is starting off with a light cloud cover which should burn off before noon.
Then high only up to almost 80. A nice summer day.

I am disappointed that my Fitbit force is not working. And since it has been recalled they won't replace it (only give me a refund). I really had become addicted to getting in my steps and having it record everything. I am not sure what I will replace it with. Grr. It seems that there are few options.

My weight was back down. Even after eating out last night. I had salad and some chicken crostini, a glass of wine, and then a small caramel and some drinking chocolate for dessert.

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Oaxaca-Glad your daughter is with you. That is wonderful news.
Yesterday it was 98F here. Very hot. So I jogged early. Today it is cool.
My weight was 149.3 this morning. I ate more carbs (got rid of that last banana and had yogurt and cereal for breakfast, tacos for dinner).

But today is another day. Started out with an omelet and intend to stick to SB Phase I as much as possible. And go jogging around noontime. I'm not discouraged. Just curious as to why it isn't so much the calories as it is what I am eating that seems to cause weight gain.

Take care!

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In the midst of all my physical problems I got a great surprise last night: my daughter arrived! She will be here for 11 days, and my mood is really lifted. Also takes some of the weight off of my husband's shoulders for awhile. So today she will take me for another set of x-rays, then later to the orthopedic surgeon to have a long discussion as to whether the hip surgery is definitely what I need. The pain is controlled fairly well with the morphine, but in the morning when there has been a longer period of time between pills, I am in awful pain, and have to quickly pop a pill and tolerate the pain until the medication kicks in. Ugh!
Sherwood, I hope the scale is kind to you today...
Hope to have some positive things to relate tomorrow...













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Good morning! Well...I am up to 149.4 this morning (up another pound, nearly). I am not sure what that is all about. I suspect my eating fruit for dessert last night and the accumulated carbs from Sunday had something to do with it.

Today: I'm going back to less carbs (phase I) for a couple of days. That's just what I have to do. And I will exercise. Gotta get outside now and run before it is too hot.

Oaxaca, here's hoping your rheumatologist can offer a med fix that works better. You are right that .4 of a pound isn't much, but 1.4 is. I need to be very, very aware of what I eat. (I know that, I just keep trying small experiments).

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Today I feel like I can eat less than I did on the weekend...just felt hungry all the time, and today pretty much the opposite. Also, things got out of hand when a friend brought me a gift of a small container of ice cream...the one food that calls me until its all gone. Well, its all gone!
I will see my rheumatologist later today to see if I need more or different medication to slow the arthritis down. Seems like my life is one doctor's appt. after another these days.
Sherwood, .4 of a pound is not much; it will disappear quickly, I'm sure. And don't melt in that heat!
Mnnice, hope you are enjoying your vacation.
Well, that's all folks...'til tomorrow...












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Enjoy your lake vacation, MNNice. Sounds wonderful. It is supposed to be near 100F tomorrow. What a change from our rainy last few days. Yesterday we went wine tasting and ate barbeque....so I am up to 148.6 this morning (+.4). So be it. Today is another day of sensible eating. But yesterday was so much fun with my brother, sister in law, spouse, niece and her boyfriend. No regrets.

It started getting sunny and warm mid afternoon yesterday. Now we are going to get hot. So I need to remember to water my flower pots!

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Okay, my goal for this week is to get lots of exercise and come home after vacation without a few of the pounds I'm taking with! If I can just limit the snacks to planned amounts and not binge, I should be fine. Sounds like we're going to have good weather, at last! I'm off to the lake!

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Missed posting yesterday -- time just gets away from me a lot lately! I am trying to finish up my Sparking now so that I can get in a short walk. Oaxaca, sure wish you could get some relief for the pain. Perhaps if you hip gets fixed it will help the back also? Sherwood, I know I've gotten into the habit of trying to keep myself feeling "full" by eating lots of fruits and veggies, and I know in the past I've had better luck eating more protein also. I think I'll try that for a while. I've had a couple good days and since I'll be at the cabin next week and not at work, I'll have plenty of time to exercise. Of course that lake air also seems to make a person want to eat all the time, but will just have to plan my meals and snacks and stick to it! I may not be posting much for the next week since there's no internet at the lake. Sherwood, congrats and keep it going!

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Good morning, team! I'm off to an all-day board meeting for an annual conference I help organize. With summer, no one really wants to be at this meeting, as we all are giving up something in order to attend. But I'll survive...I ate my breakfast omelet of avocado and smoked trout so I won't be tempted by the breakfast meal there.

This morning I weighed 148.2! Continued progress. Now if I just make it through the weekend. Tomorrow has a couple of challenges. I'm doing my long run in the morning by myself (9 miles)...then we're going to a wine tasting/food sampling event with my sister-in-law and a friend, and my niece and her boyfriend. Should be fun. But I've got to watch what I am eating. I could be ravenous after that run!

Take care, team!

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Congrats on your weight Sherwood!
Mnnice, here's to a healthy weekend for you!
Oh boy, here's my latest news. It turns out that in a mere 3 months when I last had my left hip checked, my rheumatoid arthritis has managed to destroy it. Yes, when the leg pain started, we checked the hip first, and it was perfect...not any more. Which means another surgery. And still the back problems too. In short, lots of decisions to make in terms of treatment for my back, and then, when to do the surgery. Thankfully, the morphine makes me a little high (doctor raised the dosage) so I fight the panic and depression with that.
Yesterday I felt so awful I only ate around 650 cals. With the higher dose of meds I do feel somewhat better, so I again have an appetite.
I was supposed to be with hubby and our god-daughter this weekend on a trip to another city for her last entrance exam...now I'm home alone...4 hours in the car and walking are not on my list of things to do at this point.
Whew, that was a lot of info. and complaining....but that's my life right now...grrrrrr....
Enjoy the weekend team. I will try to do the same somehow.












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Good morning, team! A rainy blustery day here...pretty typical for early summer. But then it is forecast to be in the 80s by mid next week.

I weighed 148.5 this morning. Back to my lowest weight in a long time. I had a handful of blueberries and 3 strawberries yesterday. So maybe 1 fruit. Plus that glass of wine. Today's goal: get in my 10,000 steps and stick to the plan. We'll see if that holds up. It won't if we go to the ice cream cantina at my husband's company this afternoon or not (I'm hoping he doesn't mention it)...

MNNice, I am eating more protein. For example, for dinner last night I had a chicken breast skewer and asparagus. The day before that, turkey meatloaf. For lunches I usually have salad of kale or spinach or something topped of with chicken breast and crumbly cheese and salad dressing. I've been eating 2 eggs for breakfast and some smoked trout and shredded lite cheese (along with veggies and avocado). For snacks I've had light cheese sticks or laughing cow and celery.

I am getting in plenty of protein, which seems to agree with me and just a small amount of fruit. Not as much as I'd like...but still having some. I felt happy when I bought an apple that I'll enjoy over the weekend...and on my long run day I'll have a banana and yogurt and cereal for breakfast. But not every day. So all things in moderation. That's my plan.

Here's to the weekend!

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Yesterday was a terrible day for me. I ate two very large pieces of that cake (and the end pieces with all the frosting on them. Then while reading last night I munched on saltine crackers until the entire sleeve was empty. Well, I started the day with determination to turn things around. I looked for my South Beach book, but it wasn't where I thought it was so I'm afraid I might have given it away. Was disappointed as I really wanted to take a look at it and especially get ideas for more protein-rich meals. grrrrr. Today's going well so far and I have a plan for the evening to keep me on track! I've gotten so out of the exercise habit and really need to push myself to get back to it!

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Yes, we were all kind of lazy about posting yesterday...
Woke up this morning in a lot of pain. My pills are helping a little, but I am NOT happy.
But I am trying to keep to a schedule anyway...will see one therapy client. Then I will rest 'til I'm off to yet another dr's appt.
Tomorrow is our god- daughter's graduation, so we have to get up very very early to drive to the village for breakfast with the family before the ceremony. Then we are off to another city for her to take one of her last university entrance exams. I know I probably would be better off at home, but I will stay in the hotel and read if worse comes to worse. I just don't want to be stuck home alone feeling bad.
Waiting to hear from you Mnnice...hope you are doing ok.
Keep at it Sherwood!
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Good morning team! Guess we were all AWOL from sparking yesterday. I haven't cut out the wine or fruit. My weight is back down to 148.9 this morning. Last night we went out for a happy hour dinner at a local bar/restaurant. I ate strawberry salad and chicken lettuce wraps...and then at the store my husband bought candy (Hot Tamales and chocolate) which he proceeded to eat in front of me...so at home I satisfied myself with a fat free pudding cup and another sugar free jello cup....

Grr. I don't like to feel deprived, but I did a little bit yesterday. We successfully avoided the chocolate fudge sundaes that we saw others eat. But it felt good to stick to my plan. Well...I am following phase II plan, but still think I need to limit fruits and calories a bit more. So that is my plan for today.

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Hope you managed to stay away from that cake all afternoon Mnnice...and enjoy the concert.
Sherwood, hope you stick to your plan and see good results tomorrow.
Not much news here...doing okay with my eating. My husband dropped off the MRI and blood work at the doctor;s last night, and I will see him tomorrow to hear what he has to say.
Tonight another doctor will check out the x-ray of the left side of my stomach to determine what has "popped out"...details pending.
Its a gloomy day today... dirzzles off and on, but this is our only season for rain...and seeing everything green is beautiful.
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Spent the morning thinking about that leftover cake, but did manage to resist. Hope I can get through the afternoon also! Going to a concert out of town and leaving work an hour early to get there, so that's one less hour I have to think about it!

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Good morning, team. Still at 149.4 this morning. I didn't exercise yesterday and had that glass of wine for dinner + fruit in my salad. Nuf said. MNNice, I'm not giving up. Just digging in. Sending you good thoughts about avoiding too many sweets. I know you can dig in, too.
Oaxaca, I'm sending you good thoughts, too. What did you learn about your MRI?

Today I plan on exercising and cutting out fruit and wine. Breakfast was an omelet with peppers, fat free feta and a bit of avocado.I don't plan on gaining if I stick to the plan.
It is cloudy and only forecast to get up to 70 with rain and showers and cooler weather in the forecast. So today is the last good day in a while to get outside and exercise.

Here's to a good Tuesday.

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Oaxaca, keeping fingers crossed on the doctor in Toronto! You have been fighting for so long and it's time for some relief!! Sherwood, slight setback but you are definitely making progress and it's not unusual to have the weight loss stall or turn around for a bit after a string of losing. You'll get there! As for me... well, not doing terrible, but not doing totally on plan, either. Just need to not give up. I'm saying yes to far too many sweets, thinking I'll make up for it the next day.. but then the next day there are more sweets....... Had good intentions today, but then the boss's wife brought in a cake for his birthday. And I had a piece this morning and another this afternoon. Will need to eat on plan the rest of the day!

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Well...there's nothing left but to get back on track. I weighed 149.4 this morning. Grr.

I ate on plan, but I really think that the amounts of fruit are too much for me. And that evening glass of wine is out, too. Today's goal: exercise, be kind to myself, and go back to phase I for a couple of days....just to check out that I can get back on track.

Lesson learned. I am very sensitive to fruit/sugars. I ate maybe 2 cups of berries yesterday plus that glass of wine for dinner and a fat free pudding cup...and that is what happens. Everything else was spot on. But there's one good thing: I got a lot of work done in the garden. Spent maybe 5 hours trimming, sweeping, cleaning up. And it looks great.

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Good morning team... not much to tell...but my husband called a good friend in Toronto who is an obstetrician to see if he could hook us up with an orthopedic surgeon for a consult. In Toronto we have a different health system than in the U.S., and it can be very time consuming to see a specialist...and if I am there for a specific period of time, time is not something I will have a lot of. I can't see being there for months. Anyway, turns out our friend is very close with an orthopedic doctor there, so we are in communication and we will see what happens. There is one type of procedure for the spine that is not done here, and it might well be what I need.
My food intake was fine yesterday...but I felt pretty down all day...will try harder to be more positive today.
Sherwood, get right back on your plan today..you have done so well! Keep it up!
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Good afternoon team. I weighed 149 this morning after a dinner out....my husband and I went to see the Ira Glass and Two Dancers show in Portland (which was really great...) and decided to eat dinner out, too. So I had sea bass and a glass of wine and we shared ice cream for dessert....but I thought I didn't go crazy. I suspect that with the fruit I ate with my morning breakfast and perhaps the food was salty...well that was enough to stop my weight loss.

I didn't go on the group run. Instead did 6 miles on the high school track. That was plenty for me. My toes on my left foot (with the calf injury) go numb...which is annoying. But I feel fine today. Have been out for 3+ hours in the garden. Wacking, sweeping, cleaning the walkways, planting some plants. Now after lunch I'll go pick up all the cottoneaster branches my husband clipped off with the electric trimmer. He does the electric tool stuff. I do the lopping and trimming and raking and sweeping. That's OK. I know I am getting a good workout.

MNNice...your cabin visit sounds nice. And Oaxaca...I couldn't have resisted chocolate balls. Last night's ice cream was salted caramel and olive oil ice cream (which, surprisingly was amazingly good). Back to plan...

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Enjoy the cabin Mnnice...hope you find everything as it should be.
Great progress Sherwood!
Our good friends dropped by last night...I had a few drinks, which was ok, but did get a little carried away with some yummy chocolate balls...but I tallied everything and was only about 100 cals. over my limit...not too disastrous. It was just so nice being with friends, even though my knee was not cooperating. But I had a good night's sleep, and today plan on resting a lot. Tomorrow we get the MRI results, and will drop them off for the doctor. Then on Tuesday to another doctor to check the stomach/bowel x-rays...did I mention something popped out, and just might be a hernia....really, is this not too much?!
Unfortunately, that awful treatment on Thurs. doesn't seem to have done much to help me....okay, okay, enough complaining...time to change over to positive thinking.
Have a nice peaceful healthy Sunday team.












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Another quick check-in. Have to play for another church service, and then we're going to spend the afternoon at the cabin. Hoping we won't find damage from the storm(s)! Would like to get in a nice, peaceful, quiet walk out there if the clouds blow over and we don't get more rain....

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Sherwood, I'm looking for my South Beach book, I am so impressed with your progress! I'm doing okay. Ate pizza tonight, but just moderately and ate a salad with it. More storms on our doorstep, along with flash flood warnings, so I think it will be a long, restless night!

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Good afternoon, team. Good to hear from you both! Oaxaca, I have my fingers crossed that your pain will lessen. What an awful procedure to endure. MNNice, keep on doing good things for you and your health.

The sun is shining today with light clouds. It rained overnight. It is a really nice day.

Fnally my cold is better! I thoroughly enjoyed my glass of red wine with dinner (goat cheese and carrots and peppers), a meat skewer and green beans. We ate outside on our deck. Such a lovely evening. I found out that wine doesn't have a high glycemic index. So that is good. No cravings as a result of eating those carrots. My weight continues to drop: weighed 148.6 this morning. I plan on doing a slow jog today and then assessing whether I am up for the long group run of 13 miles tomorrow. If not, I'll jog on my own.

Have a good weekend, team!

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Fingers crossed for relief from your pain, Oaxaca! I decided actually it might be good to go a few more days with little exercise and then ramp it up. Maybe this ol' body just needs a change. Looks like we'll finally get through a day without downpours and storms! It's sunny and in the 80s, just the way I like it! Looking forward to the weekend.

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Good morning team...actually woke up feeling pretty good this morning. After yesterday, this is a big change. I went in to have some injections to help my back...oh boy, did I not know what to expect! Without too much detail, this was one of the most painful procedures I have ever had....about 7 times, painful needle pricks followed by surging pain down my leg...awful! Got home, got in bed, and stayed there, but managed to have hubby keep bringing me food...not a good intake day, but at least it tallied in at under 2000 cals...there have been worse food days. Today, I feel sure will be better.
The long list of tests ends today with my MRI. That's for my knee, and then on Monday will speak with the doctor about that. Aside from that, today is a day of rest...thankfully the sun is shining to cheer me.
Mnnice, so glad you have been doing better...don't be to hard on yourself about the exercise..give yourself a pat on the back for doing better--be kind to yourself.
Great progress Sherwood...good luck on adding some carbs--from past experience with the South Beach plan, this is something that has to be done VERY gradually.
Have a happy Friday everyone, and a great start to the weekend.












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Yes, Oaxaca, good to hear from you, even if it can only be a quick check-in! Sherwood, congrats on the continued loss! Food has been okay the last couple days, but continue to struggle with lack of energy and lack of motivation to exercise. Tonight I did catch up on some long overdue cleaning and laundry.

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Good morning team! So good to hear from you Oaxaca, even if you don't have much news.

Still battling this cold. Slept from 4 to 6 in the chair in the living room as I was coughing too much to stay lying down. So I'm up early today. Very tired. We'll see if I go to running at noon or not. For the past few days I've done no exercise to speak of.

Today I start phase II of my South Beach Program. And I weighed 149 this morning. So...onward! We'll see what today brings

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Sorry I haven't been posting...I'm doing ok with my eating, just tired from all the physical problems I've been having.
I hope your cold is soon on the way out Sherwood...those summer colds can be so annoying. Great to hear about your weight loss!
Oh, Mnnice, those hard times are so frustrating...I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all the hard stuff go away. Hang in there...you can do it, you know you can....for me, if I get just a few good days under my belt I start to feel so much more positive.
Really not much more to tell...my life is not too exciting these days.
Wishing you a good night and a good start tomorrow.













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Good morning, team! I slept like a rock last night for over 8 hours. Still feeling very tired today and my cold is worse. The cold medicine doesn't seem to be helping much. I have a very deep low voice and no energy.

But...on a more positive note, I weighed 149.2 this morning. Continued progress.

Tomorrow I hope the cold is better. I really do. I would like to taste what I am eating as my phase II South Beach starts tomorrow. Already I've figured out what two carbs will be: a carrot and a glass of wine (yep, that is what is calling to me....).

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6/18/14 12:14 P

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Eating was under control last night, but exercise is still lacking. I need to find something that will motivate me. My clothes are beginning to feel tight, and that's not a good feeling!

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6/17/14 1:53 P

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Hope you kick that cold. I swear by Airborne and my green tea-honey-ginger-cayenne pepper concoction when I feel a cold coming on. The scallops sound yummy. We've had so much rain that we have quite a few mushrooms in the yard, but I don't suppose I should eat THAT kind of mushrooms! Have a women's gathering/meeting this evening where they will serve a light supper. I need to squeeze some exercise in -- have been totally neglecting s/t for more than a couple weeks. Need to find a spark!

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6/17/14 9:36 A

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Good morning, team! Yesterday was a rough one for me as I had a nasty cold. I worked half a day, watched the US-Ghana soccer game, then took a nap before dinner. I made a great dish from scratch: scallops with mushrooms, garlic, and scallions. It was tasty. Had that with some chickpeas for dinner. I was surprised by how good the scallops looked (and how tasty). I went to bed early. This morning I don't have much energy, but am feeling better.

My weight today is 149.5. Progress.
Take care, team!

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6/16/14 1:50 P

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Oaxaca, so sorry to hear about your setback. You do deserve some relief and hoping you find it soon! Sherwood, you're doing so well! Me, I've been eating too much of the wrong stuff and exercising too little. I think the weather is just so gloomy that I can't find motivation. Too much rain, resulting in water getting into the basement . We're trying to get it dried out, but meanwhile the thunderstorms are rolling in again and a chance of rain every day for the next week..... blahhhh!

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Good morning team! Another cloudy cool showery day here in Oregon.
I woke up last night coughing...it seems that my cold (or another one) has come back. This morning I feel not so great. But sitting up (rather than lying down) is an improvement. But I have no energy.

Weighed 149.9 this morning. I did no exercise yesterday and had steak and shrimp for dinner. So be it. It might've been a bit salty...or I am just a slow loser. I am OK with that. I know that I will not automatically lose weight by just sticking with "the plan" without tracking. So my goal for this week: track and eat on plan.

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6/15/14 1:37 P

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Oaxaca-so sorry to hear about your continuing saga. My thoughts are with you. I hope the pain lessens with the low dose morphine....and that your inflammation heals.

Yes, we had a good anniversary dinner. And I was able to do the 9 mile group run yesterday...so things are better with me. But I am still recovering from my injury. I had to ice and rest afterwards but feel much better today.

This morning I weighed 149.6 this morning. It has been a long time since I've been under 150! I plan to be South Beach phase I for another 5 days...then on to phase II and introducing fruits and starches (gradually).

Here's to a good week.

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6/14/14 4:03 P

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Well on goes my saga. Yesterday I awoke with terrible pain in my back...the doctor arrived, and it turns out the catheter in my back had caused inflammacion, so he had to take out the catheter, and my treatment is on hold for 2 weeks. Then came the pain all over...without the treatment I had no relief...so doc. came back and now I am on low dose morphine....after crying for hours in pain I finally got relief. Still a little uncomfortable, but at least I feel alive. And now I have to go for an MRI on my knee. Does this ever end?
Yesterday I hardly ate anything...today things are better...had a normal breakfast and lunch.
Congratulations on your anniversary Sherwood...sounds like you had a nice evening.
Mnnice, sorry you had a rough time...hopefully today is much better.
Enjoy the weekend everyone!












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6/13/14 4:11 P

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Good afternoon, team. Well, we had a very nice small plate dinner last night at a Peruvian restaurant called Andina's. On my plate were grilled octopus, oysters, a small potato dish, yucca with dipping sauce (gluten free substitute for their bread), some small stuffed sweet red chiles, and a couple of drinks. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that my husband and I shared 3 truffles and had a cappuccino for desert. And we were done by 6 p.m. (did it on their happy hour menu). Very nice. And I weighed 150.5 this a.m....so no damage done, really.

And today, well, I got back on the wagon and have been doing South Beach phase I.

My goal is for another week of phase I before I move on to the more sustainable phase II...next Thursday I'll go on that. I don't find myself craving the food I ate last night. But I did enjoy my mixed drink and the chocolates. Something I need to watch out for.

Here's to a good weekend.

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6/13/14 3:37 P

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Happy Anniversary, Sherwood! Enjoy the evening. And yes, tomorrow is always another day on the journey! Didn't feel great last night, but managed to eat too much anyway, and alot of it high sodium (chicken noodle soup from a can, saltines, peanut butter sandwiches). Feeling better today and hope to be able to have a good weekend.

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Good morning, team! I continue success with South Beach. Weighed 150.4 this morning, which is OK. I think my body is going to resist going under 150...as it hasn't been there for a couple of years. So be it. I took it easy yesterday (no jogging) so that I can work out on the track with my running coach today.

I am still recovering from my calf injury...so don't want to push it.

Today is my 38th wedding anniversary. Right now we are thinking about going to a nice restaurant for an early happy hour dinner (they have great food and gluten free options--it is a Chilean restaurant). And tomorrow? It'll be another day on my journey.

All my best,
Sherwood

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I had a hard time getting up this morning and have been dragging all day. Regardless, between last night and today I have been getting some things done that had been nagging at me -- just phone calls to be made, emails, etc. Still have plenty on my to-do list, but I'm making progress. Oaxaca, last night was but a brief detour. You've been doing well, even while putting up with pain and setbacks! Have a "free" night tonight with nothing going on, so I'm hoping the stormy weather that's predicted will stay away until I get a walk in!

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