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4/25/15 2:56 P

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Good morning, team! I am sorry your stomach is so troubled, Oaxaca. Antibiotics are very difficult for digestive tracts. I hope you feel better and survive the heat and the events. Take care of yourself. And MNNice, your girls night out sounds like a lot of fun.
I went out to happy hour dinner last night with my husband...then managed to stay awake all the way to almost 9 p.m. before heading off for bed. My weight was up a bit (a little over half a pound) from yesterday this morning, but I write that off to my chips and salty stuff.

This morning I got a 6 mile long jog in and that actually felt great. I had a good pace. Only stopped a few times to take a rock out of my shoe, use the bathroom, and fiddle with my shoes, etc. I realize that I need to keep a clock on my stop time, too. But all in good time. I am just happy I completed the distance. And I didn't get rained on, it was a beautiful day, and the day is turning out to be gorgeous. I have 17,000 steps in already!

But now I have to do some work/writing...for a couple of hours.

And then I hope to finish laundry, pack my bag, and just relax. Dinner tonight with be something healthy I manage to thaw out from the freezer---some fish or something like that. Maybe with some spaghetti squash I put away, too, as a side....

I will try to check in while traveling next week....just to help me keep things in perspective and hear all the good things you are up to and challenges you are facing, team! Take care.....

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4/25/15 2:34 P

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My last few days have been up and down...but I put most of the blame for crazy eating some days on the antibiotics I have been given...one pill every day for 2 weeks (one week to go) and 5 injections (last one was this morning). And the effect on me is a very sick stomach that keeps me on the run, so I am losing a lot of what I eat. Enough said. But I am trying to do my best.
Today is busy....a wedding this afternoon and a 15th birthday big event in the evening (a Mexican tradition). The wedding party is outside, so we will swelter...its in the 90's here.And then we have to run home and change for the other party, which is more formal. Then tomorrow we return to the wedding party for lunch...busy, busy.
Mnnice, don't sabotage yourself tonight, and Sherwood, what can I say? Relax when you can.
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4/25/15 12:12 P

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Sherwood, the important thing is to have a plan, and you have one! Tonight going to a benefit for our local health care foundation, and there will be a social hour with drinks and "pub grub", a dinner and then entertainment by "The Britins", a Beatles copycat band. So it is a London theme and I've heard the band is very good. I think I'll know all the words to every song, as I grew up on Beatles records, starting with sneaking into my older sisters' rooms and listening to their records in the early 60s and then continuing with them through the years. Should be a fun time (it's girls night out!) but I need to get a good cardio session in this afternoon before I go, as I'm sure I'll eat a bit over my limit!

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4/24/15 5:48 P

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MNNice, this pace of travel is definitely NOT my normal. So I've been bracing for it. But still it is difficult. Due to a late plane, I got home at 4 a.m. this morning instead of the on plan midnight. I slept in, canceled a meeting, then got up and did the necessary expenses and invoicing stuff...and have just been noodling around in my office with little energy, creativity, drive or whatever.

I weighed 156+ this morning, though. Which means I lost weight during this week of travel. When I was at this client I had no time for snacking and they had free healthy lunches. And walking around and getting in my 10k steps helped. Since being home I ate breakfast, lunch and then *unfortunately* munched on a bunch of gluten free multi-grain chips. I think I'll give myself a break, though and not be too tough on myself. And your continued weight loss is super motivating to me.

Next week I leave on a 5:35 a.m. Sunday flight and spend the week at a conference in Baltimore where I am in a workshop, lead a session, co-speak at another session, present my own session, host a discussion and there will be many people there that I know and both new and old clients. So....I think my strategy should be to take some "me" time each day, go hide from people and either get in my 10k steps walking around outside, or jog at the hotel gym. I owe it to myself to give myself a treat. I also plan to take along carrots and hummus for my lunch on the plane...and to take along a collection of gluten free bars for snacks and/or breakfast instead of just going with the flow.

All the best to you, team!

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4/24/15 1:47 P

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Happy Friday! I'm having a burst of motivation lately and hope it continues. Finally seeing a bit of progress on the scale -- but now that I've said that it will probably be up 2 pounds tomorrow! Will really need to stay vigilant on food this weekend, and most importantly, get my exercise in!

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4/23/15 8:50 A

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I agree Sherwood about not giving up on those 20 pounds. I've been trying to talk myself into just being satisfied with where I'm at -- I am still 60 pounds less than my highest weight -- but then I remember how good I felt with that additional 20 pounds off, and I'd really like to get there again! When the weather finally cooperates, I plan to do some walk/jog intervals outside, and I think that will help. Your schedule is one that would totally throw me off, but then since it is your "normal" to travel so much, you probably could get into that good habit of exercise while you're away. Oaxaca, hope to hear good news that the antibiotic continues to be successful!

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4/23/15 7:35 A

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Good morning, team! Well...that tough day yesterday was actually easier for me than I think today will be where I have two classes to teach with too much material. It is indeed the case that I am packing too much in with these people this week. They are getting their money's worth.

I got home (to my hotel, that is) around 5...talked to my husband and then he inspired me so I went up to the gym on the roof of the hotel (it was tiny and hot so I pried open the door with a dumbell) and did my 30 minutes on the treadmill. Then I ate dinner in the hotel (again, meat and a glass of wine) and went to my room to watch the trailblazers lose badly in the playoff game. Grr. I saw them outplayed. It seems like mentally they have given up because of all their injuries of key players.

And that reminded me that I just don't want to give up/give in to my 20 pounds+ over my goal weight. That would be the easy, painful thing to do. But I have to fight for it...when I can.

And while traveling, well, I have to be kind to myself, give myself the opportunity to destress and do some exercise and have that down time away from people. Did I mention I get home after midnight tonight, then leave Sunday morning for all week (back Friday afternoon)....? So it goes. I will get that exercise in when I am in Boston. I will breathe in and breathe out, try to eat sensibly and not stress out about new clients and too much to do at the moment. I will.

It'll be good to sleep in my own bed for 3 nights.

Take care team. MNNice, your weight continues to inspire me as to what I can do when I am home for the weeks in May (2+) and the whole month of June (hopefully most of it).

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4/22/15 9:00 P

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Okay, you two have motivated me to get up and put in at least a short walk. The wind hasn't died down yet, so it's probably not going to. I had choir after work and just finished my supper. Am going out for just a quick one-mile loop to the school and back. Better than nothing...

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4/22/15 1:12 P

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Hi there team....Sherwood, hope that you can de-stress a little....you have so much on your plate!
All is well here....I was relieved yesterday to only be up about 2 pounds....now I am inspired...its so little to lose, and I know I can do it...no more gaining!
Not too busy a day, a little work, a little shopping, a little relaxing...
Seems like the new antibiotic is working...fingers crossed!
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4/22/15 8:26 A

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Good morning team from windy, cloudy, cool Milwaukee (and I mean temperature...).

I have been extremely busy. I did not realize how much pressure this client is placing on me to adequately convey the message they wanted me to...to very powerful influential people in their company. And today I have 5, 1 hour meetings where I spread the word about several techniques and their need for system qualities....then tomorrow are two back to back workshops. It is very grueling. And then in the evening last night I helped review two speakers whose session I am hosting at a conference next week in Boston. And then there was emails from new clients. It is all too busy.

Again, I just need to breathe in breathe out and do my best to do some exercise. It was very very windy here yesterday too (how midwesterners handle this weather day in and day out is beyond me...much nicer in Oregon year round, seriously....)...especially when it is snowy icy and blowing. I think you are made of tougher stuff than I am MNNice.

Anyways, I walked along the river on the river walk after work yesterday in the blustery wind. Saw people taking their picture with the Fonz statue. Walked by an interesting sausage and cheese making icon over by the ballpark...then turned around and walked back to my hotel. Got in those 10,000 steps! Had a glass of wine along with duck breast, turnips, and fingerling potato dinner. Probably should have eaten a salad. But at least I got my walking in! And so it goes. I will remember that 2 weeks from now will be my payoff. So I plan on exercising (at least walking) today after work. It is a tough travel week for me as I have to be constantly on my toes with this client and dozens of people....I will do my best and that's all I can do.

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4/21/15 7:07 P

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Yes, yes, the scale does NOT reflect yesterday unless we are total burdened with food from a binge. Just keep on truckin' Mnnice.
Got weighed today and was happy with the number on the scale...I have to keep on truckin' too!
It is unbelievably HOT here...a few minutes outside and I'm sweating!
It will be a relaxing evening, and then work tomorrow.
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4/21/15 1:37 P

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A friend from another team posted that she learned at Weight Watchers that what the scale shows today is what you did 2 weeks ago. That's something I'm going to make a point to remember. I think it will keep me from getting discouraged and also help me stay on track knowing that the results WILL show up in 2 weeks! Cold and very windy today. Meeting tonight so I'm going to put my winter coat back on and brave the weather and walk back to work after lunch so I can get some exercise.

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4/20/15 11:46 A

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Happy travels Sherwood.
Mnnice, just keep it up, the scale always catches up.
Had a good day yesterday....was active in the garden and around the house, and ate very sanely.
Had to go to the dermatologist this morning, and once I get up from the computer have several errands to run.
The tooth saga lingers on...patience, patience, patience.
Here's to a good week for us all!












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4/20/15 8:53 A

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Have a successful session in Milwaukee, Sherwood. Oaxaca, hope that tooth infection is getting better - you have battled it for so long! I am a little frustrated with the scale this morning -- I pushed myself to exercise yesterday and ate well within the calorie range, yet the scale was up a pound. Such a let down when you are expecting to see a reward for your work! Well, just have to be patient and not give up!

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4/20/15 8:02 A

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Good morning team (early) from the Portland Airport. I head out for 4 days in Milwaukee. I teach and consult starting tomorrow. I seem to be gaining all the weight that MNNice is taking off! I won't bore you with the facts...but I weigh about a pound more than when I last reported. I think that I've been exercising plenty. But that I need to do a South Beach regimen when I am home. Even the slightest bit of fruit and carbs (e.g. crackers) seem to do me in. Seriously.

Not to worry now. I am on a journey and I am happy that I am aware of it and not stressing. I suspect that when I go on a lower calorie, low carb eating plan I will do just fine. For now, I am hanging on.

It was a beautiful 80 degrees here over the weekend. So I did lots of weeding in my garden and planted some low ground cover/foot path plants and got the vegetable garden ready to plant some this coming weekend when I am home again. I got in 20,000 steps each day! So again, I need to look on the positive side. Weight gain for me has to stop. But I think that my body is still adjusting to all its travel and lack of sleep.

Now for a good hot shower when I get to my hotel room, and some relaxation, prep for the day tomorrow....and I'll be set!


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4/19/15 1:29 P

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I was planning on being lazy today, but as I sat here with a cup of coffee reading some SP posts, I talked myself into doing at least a mile walk with Leslie Sansone. I can be lazy after that! I really want to keep my progress going, and I know that can't happen if I slack! Oaxaca, don't be too frustrated. I know how it goes, but keep looking forward! With my son's wedding now less than 6 months away, I am finding motivation thinking ahead to it, because Ireally want to be feeling good and fitting into my clothes. I haven't worn a bathing suit in public (other than a very few close friends or family) since I was in my 20s. I know I'm not going to look like a supermodel in one, but at least want to not feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. That's what will keep me moving!

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Good morning team.....still up and down with my eating habits. I did fine at the wedding yesterday, but at home ate too much fruit and then ended up with some chocolate, so not a great day. I feel very frustrated with myself.
Started on a new antibiotic yesterday, so we'll see what new side effects develop...just wish I could get rid of this infection and carry on!
I have a quiet day today...slept late, and now having coffee. Will do laundry and other things around the house.
Glad to hear the scale is catching up with your good habits Mnnice...keep it up.
Have a good Sunday everyone.












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4/18/15 10:04 A

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Good morning, team! Beautiful day here, but rain possible this afternoon, so I want to get a walk in before that happens. Finished this week off good. Despite not being able to get in much cardio during the week, my weight has gone down a bit - now I have to be vigilant and keep it going in that direction! Doing a bit of batch cooking this morning.

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4/17/15 1:45 P

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I'm not sure what I'm doing different. I do know the re-gain started when I reached menopause, and escalated when I had my surgery. I do think I need to set more short term goals, and probably mix my meals up a bit instead of eating the same ol' things.

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4/17/15 1:08 P

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Hi team. Thought I's post now before the day runs away from me.
Wed. night I got into the food again, but thankfully yesterday I got right back on track.
Tonight will be a challenge. Our friend who is a chef and another chef visiting her are coming here with their spouses and will prepare a meal here. The menu is whatever they make, so I will do my best, try to eat slowly and thoughtfully, and not drink too much wine. Like I said, a challenge.
Tomorrow we have a village wedding, so again a situation where I have no say in the menu. But I can stay away from the real trouble foods. I've left cake before, and I can do it again!
My tooth is still infected, so who knows what comes next..but still no pain.
So that's what is going on here...hope you are all doing well.












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4/16/15 10:32 P

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Very busy....a quick hello and letting you know I'm doing well today and tonight so far...plan on keeping it that way.
Will post more tomorrow....












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4/16/15 10:59 A

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Good morning, team from beautiful, sunny Oregon.

Glad your tooth pain is better, Oaxaca. Hope that front crown isn't a trouble. And good to hear from you MNNice that you've found the perfect dress. You plan so far ahead. I am pretty much day to day.

Oaxaca, you raise some intriguing questions about what we are doing differently today about eating than when we were more successful in the past losing weight.

I know for me, I lost more weight when I was at home alone (and my husband was traveling to/from Seattle every week). I had 3 evenings a week where I totally was in control of my food intake...and I was very diligent and motivated about it.

I seem to now be anticipating my weeks of travel ahead, and settling for staying roughly even. And not really tracking at home.

But I am not happy with that picture. And realize that I can do something about what I eat when I travel and whether I exercise when I travel, if I had enough courage to "just do it". I could pack enough gluten free bars on my trips so I could eat one a day for breakfast. And try to exercise after class or after the conference days (or before if I am really, really ambitious). There are always hotel exercise rooms in the US at least. But I haven't had a concrete goal other than "roughly stay even while traveling" and "try to lose some of the travel weight gain" while at home. And that, well, that isn't enough.

I need to rededicate myself to losing weight again. And on that note, I am happy to say I managed to jog the full normal through town distance yesterday! Yay for me. And in a pretty good time, too. So that is 4 days of jogging this week already. Today's goal: do that loop through town.....after I come back from my dr's appointment.

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4/15/15 12:53 P

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Happy to say I avoided trouble last night...I did go over by 200 cals, but it could have been worse. That nighttime nibbling still haunts me.
I will be working today, and then, believe it or not, back to the dentist. Now its a problem with a front tooth crown...I just hope it doesn't mean I need another implant. And the infection in the implants roars on...have to see someone tomorrow for a new treatment. At least the terrible pain has stopped.
Not much else to tell..have been thinking, what did we do for success in the past...what were we doing that we are not doing now? For me, it was when I went to get weighed somewhere every day...doing it in front of someone. So am thinking about that now. What about you?
And Mnnice, so glad you found a dress you are happy with.
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4/15/15 8:50 A

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Good morning, team! Good workout last night at pickleball. I was hungry before bed and found we are out of fruit, so I ate some saltines - had more than I planned and I also dipped them in some veggie dip. Didn't stuff myself, but maybe the scale would've been down a bit more had I been more vigilant. At least I didn't gain! Beautiful day here and it's time to head out for my walk to work. Stay strong today!

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4/14/15 10:48 P

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Hang in there, Oaxaca! I think I have come to terms that I am never going to be "cured" of the binge eating disorder. I've come to accept that I will have episodes occasionally, but I am trying to cut them way down. The dress I ordered for the wedding came today --well, this is the 3rd one I've ordered--and this one is it! Fits great and I feel comfortable in it, like it is "me"! Just finished ordering the jewelry to go with it, and my shoes will be arriving in a couple days. Then I'm pretty much set. Found hubby's shirt in Fargo last weekend, and just ordered his sandals. Plenty early for the October wedding, but I know it won't be easy to find summer clothes and shoes in a few months, so wanted to get it taken care of now! I'm having a good week so far, with healthy eating and exercise!

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Thanks for the good wishes Sherwood.
I actually have less tooth pain so far today...ahhh.
Yesterday I had a much better day and stayed in the low range of my calorie allowance. Still had trouble getting to sleep, and did have something to eat, but I went for a bit of fruit, and no damage was done.
I have the day to my self, and I think I need that. Had a slow morning, got a few things done at a leisurely rate, and now will stretch out on the couch to read.
We had a real downpour last night, which is so early in the year. But the plants sure are happy!
Hoping everyone is having a good, on track day.












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4/14/15 10:49 A

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Good morning, team. Thought I'd check in before I start another busy day...I got so busy yesterday that I missed my opportunity to jog outside. So I went on the treadmill for 3 miles...part walk, part jog. But that's my speed these days. And so I got in 40 minutes.

I was hungry last night and ate dried fruit for dessert and some chocolate. In addition to my meal of stir fry beef and veggies and couscous. So this morning my weight was 156.3. Even with that dinner and dessert. Today I have a massage scheduled for 6:30. My plan is to eat a very light meal before (and leave my husband to fend for himself about what he wants to eat). Possibly a salad. We'll see. And to take time this afternoon to go for another jog.

I continue to have tons of things to get done. Deadlines. (But thank goodness for sleeping in my own bed for another few days. I'm enjoying being home).

Take care, team! Hang in there, Oaxaca. I hope you feel better soon.

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4/13/15 11:20 A

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So great to see your posts!
I am very disgusted with myself this morning. I had a real binge last night, and I am just so sick of this struggle. I know I will continue to fight the good fight, but I just feel so down. Part of this I know is the pain and troubles with my teeth. And now the nerve issue in my leg has started up again. In my head I am in my 40's, but my body thinks I am in my 90's!
I have a hair appt. soon, so maybe a little pampering will cheer me up.
Also have a class to teach later this afternoon.
Mnnice, glad you had a fun weekend with your family, and that you got right back on track yesterday.
Sherwood, welcome home, at least for a bit. Hope you can use this time to really take care of yourself.
Here's to a good week for us all!












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4/13/15 10:00 A

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Good morning, team! I am back home for a week. But busier than ever. A new client which is exciting. Another new client that needs me to finish up the training material by end of day tomorrow....and two more weeks of travel on the horizon.

I get amped up about all the things I need to do, new business, new collaborations with people. But then, again, I remember to breathe in, breathe out, and just do my best. Although it seems that in my business I am either overloaded or anxious about not enough work. I will get through this....

We had a wonderful time at Pace University in White Plains. Spent Friday evening giving talks to a class. Then Saturday all day until 5. Two huge dinners. Lots of meat and big food. No time to jog. But...when I got home yesterday afternoon I went for a short jog. And glad I did! Now I need to sneak in another one this morning in between getting ready for the training class I am teaching next week and having a call with my new client to firm up things.

It is supposed to rain starting around noon....

And it is so springlike here with everything blooming and growing like crazy.

One small item before I end this post: I weighed 156.5 this morning. Not bad for a week of traveling. And I have a week to work on eating clean, lean, and healthy before I travel for another 3 days. So that's my goal: track, exercise each day, and lose a pound before I get on that plane Monday morning for Milwaukee.

Take care, team!

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Had a busy weekend. Friday was a great day! My daughter was able to attend Joe's graduation also, and then her hubby joined the rest of us as we all went out to eat and then to a comedy club; afterwards just hung out at the lounge and enjoyed each other. I was the designated driver, so only drank one diet pop all night. Saturday I was fine until we got too the wedding - the latest thing at receptions is to have a "candy table" with a variety of different candies, nuts, pretzels, and I ate too much of that before the meal, then had a piece of wedding cake also! BUt yesterday was fine, and I got in a great workout at pickleball and played 10 games in a row, so about 90 minutes of exercise. Looking forward to being back on schedule!

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Yesterday went well until I couldn't fall asleep and used food to calm me. Ended up at around 2000 cals, which is not a good thing. I hope to do much better today. That "crazy" nighttime moment really took me by surprise...I felt in control all day, but obviously wasn't!
Not much going on today, so will do some things around the house and then just relax.
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Hang in there Sherwood...like you say, breathe in, breathe out....
Sorry I didn't post yesterday...felt kind of low and grumpy. I'm doing fine with my eating, but this tooth business is getting me down...and I think the meds have a nasty way of working on all parts of me, not just bloating me up. I just hope we can get rid of the infection; if not, who knows what comes next?
Hubby is not working this weekend, which I am happy about..will be great to have him around. And I only have one class later this afternoon, so we can be lazy together.
I saw a very inspiring video the other day, one I had seen a while ago, and I am trying to remember it and just be thankful for all I do have, and be happy I have the ability to do better in some of the areas of my life that trouble me. Trying hard to keep this in mind.
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Hi team. A quick update. No jogging today. Too much work.

Ate at Morton's Steakhouse last night...and felt like a real slug afterwards.....and into this morning. Had a healthy (yay!) lunch of chicken soup with vegetables and a small salad at Whole Foods across the street from our hotel.

Now just finished up my slides for this evening and am waiting to get over to the university (around 4 p.m.)....so not enough time to really exercise. I am thinking that I may go downstairs and just walk on the treadmill...so that I won't get sweaty...and be able to handle that phone call that calls me to action. But maybe not. We'll see.....

I have so much work ahead of me that it is frightening. But I do manage to knock off things one at a time if I just remember to breathe in, breathe out, get started....and just do my best.

That's all I can do.

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Hi team!
Checking in from White Plains NY. Where we will go to a Morton's Steakhouse for dinner.
This week has been crazy busy. I am eating food that is available. And not getting much exercise. But this morning since the conference was over I managed to jog 30 minutes on the hotel treadmill.

Tomorrow we don't meet with students until the evening...so we plan to work in our hotel and I will definitely jog on yet another treadmill. I suspect my weight is over 160 after this.

And the traveling/stress isn't stopping. I have a new client that wants me to travel up to do a workshop with executives in Seattle next Friday (which I'll have a day or so to prepare). Then I travel the following Monday to Milwaukee for three intense days (training and talking with people)....so...I come home late Thursday night that week, then turn around for a week in Baltimore at a conference (Mon-Thur) where I am giving 3 talks and participating in a 1 day workshop. Busy, busy busy. I will want to vegetate the first week of May.

I cannot do much about eating. I try to limit myself and avoid carbs if I can. But I can only do so much. So...I will not beat myself up when I weigh myself next week.
Just enjoy the few days of clean eating and daily exercise at home. Yay!

Good to see you are having good days MNNice. Hope your son passes his tests with flying colors. And good to see you two are both posting. I do think about my spark mates daily, even if I don't post.

Take care, team!

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Guess yesterday slipped by without posting. I am having a good week. Tomorrow morning we head to Fargo for my son's graduation from Firefighter training and presentation of his badge. Of course, that assumes he does pass the rigorous and physically taxing testing he's going through today. Waiting on pins and needles to hear from him and know that he was successful! The bad part is that we'll be going out for a small family dinner tomorrow night, and then on Saturday evening we have a wedding reception to attend. So that means the weekend will be spent eating other than at home. I've done well this week and will need to be vigilant on the weekend! I should go to a meeting tonight, but think I will skip it and get in some exercise instead.

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Hey team, where are you?!
Had a really good day re: food intake...stayed on the low end of my calorie range and stayed sane at night. Otherwise, not a great day. My tooth issued kept up all day, and finally at night had one really strong pain pill which knocked me out. I actually slept til after 10:00!
I don't have any responsibilities today. Might go out for a late lunch or coffee with my friend, and that's it. Its a good thing, since I slept almost half the day away!
I hope you are doing well, team, and that I will hear from you soon.












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What happens to good intentions? I did great at dinner last night, but came home and later ate some junk...partly due to the fact that my teeth were killing me, and I sucked on sweet things to appease myself. Finally after a variety of pain meds I got to sleep. Turns out two of the five implants have gotten infected, so I'm on antibiotics.
Thankfully, even with the extra food I was only over my calorie limit by about 100 calories. Hopefully I can stay sane today and also get this tooth drama under control. I have to see 2 clients today, so the pain meds need to keep working.
I hope the dress turns out to be perfect Mnnice...good luck!
Will try hard to stay on track and not soothe myself with unhealthy food.












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Had a good day today. Think I finally found the dress I want for my son's wedding and got it ordered. I sure hope it fits! Then I'll have that behind me and can start shopping for the accessories. I'm terrible at putting things together, so will need some help. Weather continues to be dreary!

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Greetings team. Yesterday went well. I think I might have been over on cals. due to the amt. of olive oil on my grilled chicken at the restaurant last night. But I ate sanely and didn't eat a thing when we got home, so success. And again tonight I am at the mercy of other cooks as we have to go out for dinner again at someone's home. Again, I will do my very best at choosing wisely, but I find I am so much safer when I can have dinner at home.
I also have to see the dentist today, and there is work too, so I will be busy. It is very very hot here now, almost every day in the 90's. I am so thankful that due to the construction and materials used to build our house that we don't suffer from the heat at all...just need to get few ceiling fans going and we are fine.
Hope everyone started off the week in a good way...let's keep it up!












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I ate a bit too much food yesterday, but not crazy overboard. We had no jelly beans, chocolate bunnies or Easter candy of any kind. I ate caramel rolls for breakfast and maybe too many potatoes for dinner, but otherwise not too bad. Back on track today. I agree with Oaxaca -- I would be frantic if I had to travel even a tiny bit as much as Sherwood. Don't know how you do it and still have time and energy for your running!

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Good intentions didn't hold up this past weekend....too much picking at high cal leftovers...BUT it is a new week, the holidays are over, and I am ready to let go of regret and get back on the horse.
We are going out to dinner tonight with our friend who has been staying with us as she is leaving us tomorrow. Wherever we go I am determined to choose wisely and stay away from the high cal foods. We are really going to miss her...Its been like having a second daughter here with us. And our god daughter is with her family in her village until next weekend, so our house will be suddenly quiet.
I hope you all enjoyed Easter and are now also ready to be on track and re-kindle that motivation to do well.
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Our dinner last night was a success...everything turned out delicious. I did fine until dessert. Ate it all, and it was very rich...plus a few chocolate covered cranberries. And I am still on the pain pills, and once again am bloated beyond belief....I don't thing its possible that its just from food, but I start to worry and criticize myself...not good. Today has started out in a healthy way, and I plan I keeping it that way.
Sounds like you are safe this holiday season Mnnice, but I'm sure you will miss your kids.
Sherwood, I would be a zombie if I travelled as much as you do, but sounds like you really enjoy what you are doing.
Let's all try to be positive and stay on track today.












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Glad to see you all checking in and holding the line on food/moderation in all things.

Team, you inspire me.

I managed to get in a jog yesterday that was close to my normal range (3.6 mi) and time. But it was a mental struggle. But I did it! Woo hoo for me. My weight was up a bit, though. I think it was my chips and wine and hummus and chocolate dinner. So be it.

Today I have lunch with a potential new client and his wife. Then I hope to come back home and jog (it is too cold and foggy this morning for me to get motivated). Our plane leaves at 5:39 a.m. Monday morning for Philadelphia where my husband and I are speaking at a conference. Then on Thursday we take the train to New Rochelle, NY and get to spend Friday evening and Saturday with some very nice professors and their doctoral students...giving talks and enjoying time with that group. It should be a lot of fun. But I am appreciating my own bed and timezone.

Just when I get used to it, I have to deal with a 3 hour shift. That's OK. It is much easier than 8 or 9 hours.

Take care, team!

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No kids coming home for Easter this year, and since I have to play for church tonight and again tomorrow morning, we will just stay here and have a small meal - hubby volunteered to cook so I'm holding him to it! Will be a quiet, relaxing day! And since there are no kids, I have skipped buying all the Easter candy, and my daughter will not be making monkey bread (caramel rolls). Fewer temptations!

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I didn't exercise yesterday. But, we all need an off day sometimes. Today I went walking with my husband again. Also got in some cleaning.

I ate well, so woo hoo for that! I went out for lunch with a close friend. Stuck with tea, salad, and a small portion of pasta. Dinner was left overs of my stir fry. I added more veggies because there wasn't much left. Woo hoo.

I'm hoping to not go over board this weekend with sweets.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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Good afternoon team. I didn't avoid the rain on my noon jog. But I felt good, nonetheless. First time I've jogged over 3 miles in weeks.

I leave Monday for my next trip. Back home the following Sunday. Then I am home for a week before I am off again for 4 days. Then back and out one more time this month. Whew. My goal throughout all of this is to keep my eyes on my priorities: try to rest, try to relax (even in strange new places), try not to eat / drink to excess, and enjoy meeting people. The rest will come as it will. I have talks to prepare and that is keeping me plenty busy.

May you all have a good weekend...I will check in while traveling. I care about my team. Go, team!

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Oaxaca, I'll be trying to not overeat on Sunday. We have multiple family meals to attend.

I haven't gotten in any exercise yet today. I'm dragging.

My eating has been pretty good today. I made a stir fry for dinner. Mine was mostly chicken and vegetables (peas, carrots, soy beans, spinach, and lima beans) with just a little rice. My snack at work was peanuts. Both of those are huge deals.

I'm going to enjoy my day off tomorrow (we get Good Friday off).

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Thankfully I am much better today. I have been cooking and baking since about 9:30 this morning, and finally finished around 4:30. The table is set, so there is just the main course to deal with tomorrow, and a few odds and ends. I am pooped!
Food intake is under control, and I am trying hard to keep it that way. Tomorrow's dinner will be a challenge, but I hope to be moderate, and not keep eating after everyone has gone home.
Enjoy the long weekend everyone, and best holiday wishes.












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Good morning team. I am sorry to hear you've been sick, Oaxaca...hope you are better soon.

I have been very busy since home and still much jet lagged. I went to bed last night at 9 and unfortunately was awake at 3 a.m. This is a pattern. I have 4 more days before I leave for Philadelphia and New York. So...I'm kind of bracing myself.

My weight is up a pound since before I left for my last trip. But I have been eating easily gluten free since I've been home and that has made a difference in how I feel. But still sore / achey from travel...so my jog yesterday was short (but I did it!).

We talked with our daughter Tuesday night. She has been very sick since her run. Probably got a bacterial infection due to ice they had on the run (it was hot one of the days). That's just a guess. Other than that...she had no blisters and had amazing stories to tell. She is my inspiration.

I need to check in more often. I am feeling like I am not making enough progress (and I like to report on progress, not lapses). I will just have to work on making each day the best it can be.

Take care, team. Good to hear from you IMOFF.

Cheers,
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Imoff, just heard on the news this morning that diet pop can cause more belly fat. It's hard to break that soda habit, but if you do it a little at a time you can do it! Oaxaca, I was wondering why you hadn't been posting - so sorry that you got sick! I'm almost two weeks of sticking with my food plan and being consistent with exercise. I'm a little frustrated with the lack of progress on the scale, but I know I do feel better.

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I'm trying to replace soda with tea today. I'm feeling it. Very tired. But, no pop yet.

Still need to get some exercise in today, but I'm dragging. Still have 4 hours, so I'll get it in.

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Greetings team...I have been sick for 2 days....I think it was the fish I had for dinner on Mon. night. It turns out it was on the menu at the Italian restaurant, and I thought I made a good choice. Yesterday I was really out of commission...today is a lot better, but I'm still not feeling great. I have to start cooking tomorrow, so hopefully I will feel better by then.
Nice to see you posting again Imoff.
Mnnice, sounds like you are re-committing to getting rid of binges....we have to fend them off as much as we can!
Hope its turning out to be a good day for everyone.












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Definitely hard to get in the habits, but I'm trying.

Went for another walk this evening with my husband. 3rd day in a row walking, woo hoo!

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Good to hear from you, Imoff. It's hard to get into those habits, but if you can push yourself a few times, it gets easier. Finding someone to exercise with helps, too. As long as you keep hanging in there, you will be successful! Started the week off well yesterday, and off to a good start today. My goal is to cut the frequency of those binges way down. I know I will never be "cured" of it, but once a month would be far less damaging than once or twice a week!

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Hope you are all doing well. I am. I need to fit exercise in better and definitely need to eat better, but my weight has stayed consistent.

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Oaxaca, hope you can get rid of those pain meds soon. I have heard they really are hard on a person's stomach! Busy holiday times, with the food to go with it! As for me, neither of my kids can come home for Easter, so me and hubby decided to just go out to eat - therefore, no fattening leftovers in the house, and I won't make Easter baskets full of candy! My weekend, considering we ate out every day, really wasn't too bad, as I ate small portions and didn't stuff myself. Nice day today, so will be able to walk outside after work.

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I decided on Saturday night that Sunday would be the beginning of sticking to my guns and being much more conscientious of what I am eating. And yesterday was right on track! Today will be more difficult as we are going out to an Italian restaurant with friends, where there is only pizza and pasta available, but I can order the pizza with very little cheese and lots of vegetables, and bring part home, so I should be ok. Will watch my wine intake and remember my commitment.
Today I will be helping our friend to decide on a dress she saw downtown, and otherwise its a lazy day. Our friend will be leaving next week, and we will miss her. Its been great having her here. After today the week will get busy with work and also preparing our Passover dinner for Friday night. We will have 8 to 10 guests.
Still on pain pills for my teeth...hopefully soon I won't need them; my stomach is really suffering.
Let's have a great, positive start to the week team!












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Sherwood, I can't even imagine running for 2 days (unless someone was chasing me -- and maybe even not then!) I had a healthy supper planned last night, but then some friends called and wanted to try out a new Mexican restaurant. I did limit myself to a simple chicken fajita (no cheese, no beans, no rice), and just a few of the tortilla chips. I would have loved a strawberry margarita, but opted for diet pop instead. So all in all, it was okay for an evening out - I didn't feel stuffed or bloated afterwards. Today we are having church at a later time so I was able to do a s/t video and some core exercises before getting ready to go. Early afternoon I will play some pickleball to get in my cardio, then probably just relax and read the rest of the afternoon. Our church is having a ham dinner after Mass today, so we will support that, but supper will probably then just be a bowl of soup or a salad. Enjoy the day!

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Good morning from Geneva. My last day here. We fly home tomorrow at around noon. It has been an enjoyable time. Lots and lots of walking. I went to a very nice lunch with folks on Friday (they invited me to lunch along with my husband). And then when he got home we went walking some more. So I got lots of walking. Yesterday we took the train to Montreaux and walked along the lake for miles, then up into the hills a bit...just to see if we could. We were both tired.

Our daughter finished a 48 hour race...2 whole days. She finished Sat at 6 p.m. after 175 miles!! She finished 2nd overall. I cannot imagine how she feels. This just reminds me that my aches and pains are nothing compared to an ultrarunner.

Team...here's to a good first week of April. And to doing good things for our health and mental well-being (they are connected)...so that we can feel good about our own journeys. Take care!

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Last night we went to a retirement party and I ate foods that were not very healthy (such as cake!), and then had ice cream when I got home. Didn't exactly stuff myself, but ate too much. I need to get some cardio in today and I may go shopping to see if I can find a dress for my son's wedding. I have a friend who works at a shop and she will help me. Just not sure if I'm up to going out in the cold and trying on summer dresses...

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Good morning team. I don't really know why I haven't been posting, but anyway, here I am now. My eating has been up and down...nothing terrible, but I have that feeling that things are getting a little too sloppy and I need to be more careful about what I am putting in my mouth.
We have a wedding today, a friend of our daughter. I hope the dress I am planning to wear fits ok, if not, I'm in trouble.
We are having crazy out of season weather...rain almost every afternoon. Should be hot and dry...hopefully the rain will hold off today for the wedding.
I am still sore from the dental implants...hopefully soon that will end. I am taking yet another pill now, and I hope it will work enough to let me enjoy the day.
Mnnice, if you are doing what you need to do, the scale will eventually catch up...don't let that scale sabotage you!
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Well, I must say I had a very good week, eating within range and exercising. Was very frustrated this morning to have continued the weekly trend of gaining. Muscle? Water retention? I hope so, but it sure is frustrating!

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Sherwood, I get tired just trying to follow your agenda by reading it! I'm just too much of a home body! Stayed on track yesterday, and did another morning s/t video this morning. I have to make it through the rest of the week, and then hopefully some progress will show up on the scale, or at least in the fit of my clothes.

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Good morning team. My last day in Paris. Just got back from jogging in the Tuileries and along the Seine. It is starting to get windy and a little rain. But I have 3 1/2 hours before I meet my husband and go to the train station. So I think I am going to pack my bag and head to Notre Dame. If I get a chance to see it one more time and get inside, I will be happy.

No more museums for me.

Last night was a way too rich dinner...and I did not feel good afterwards. Foie gras, cassoulet...too much wine. All my choices were high fat foods and I think that is just too much for my system. So it is just one day. Now on to Geneva. Where I have absolutely nothing planned. My husband meets with people on Friday. I may just take an R and R day and sleep in....we take the train at 7 tonight and get to Geneva by 10 p.m. then take a taxi to our hotel. So we're moving on....I have enjoyed my time in Paris. I will enjoy the last weekend before the long flight home Monday. And then one week at home before I travel again. April will be a busy travel week for me. 3 weeks traveling. I will have fun, but I will enjoy May at home.

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Good morning team....your time in Paris sounds wonderful Sherwood...keep enjoying...
I have been doing ok...yesterday ate weirdly due to timing and guests, but ended up ok. I did splurge on my birthday dinner, but got right back on track. Today is work, and then I'm just going to read and maybe nap...feeling kind of tired this morning.
I still am pretty sore where the last dental implants were put in, but had to go off the strong meds as 5 days is the limit, and I was a little over. So now I have to take the pain, although I can take other meds, but they are not as helpful. The good thing is the bloating has gone, so clearly it was those meds causing the problem.
We've been getting rain here, which is odd for this time of year, but as is happening all over the world, our climate is changing. However, looks like today will be sunny and hot.
Hang in there Mnnice...as you said, the scale will catch up. Be patient.
Let's work towards success today team!












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Dragged myself out of bed a few minutes earlier this morning so I could get in some cardio before work, since I knew the weather was not going to allow me to walk to work and I have church and choir tonight, but wanted to get a little exercise in. I wish I could make it a habit. I am sitting here yawning already, though.

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Happy Birthday, Oaxaca! Hope you enjoyed your dinner "in moderation"! Sherwood, the amount of steps and exercise (bicycling) you're getting in should counteract the food. How could you be expected to pass up such delights?! You can make up any extra exercise you may need when you get home. Cold, windy and rainy/sleety/icy/snowy today. I might skip pickleball tonight and stay home and do my walking on the treadmill instead. It takes about half the time, and I do have things to get done. We'll see .... Had a great day yesterday - and the scale rewarded me with an additional +1.5 pound. Hate when that happens! I just need to keep at it and the results will catch up eventually.

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