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1/27/15 11:07 A

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Started Week 2 off right and had a good day yesterday. Was a little hungry when I went to bed, but since I "wasted" calories eating some of those pastel mints at work, I had used up my calories. Before bed, I got my breakfast ready (omelet ingredients mixed together in a bowl) so I just had to pour it in the pan, and saved time so I could fit in a s/t workout by getting up a few minutes earlier. Weather cooperated so I was able to walk to work. Hubby is going to make enchiladas for supper and he will have tostito chips to go with them -- that will be hard to resist, but if I can keep myself from "having just one", I should be okay. He uses low carb tortillas for mine and mozzarella cheese (naturally low fat), so again it will be a matter of portion control. I can do it!

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1/26/15 1:51 P

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I feel like I did what I needed to do for my 7 day streak - got in over 10,000 steps every day except one, and either stayed within my calorie range or went over slightly one day, but still within moderation. Hopefully the scale will figure it out eventually! My goal again for this week is to get in 10,000 steps per day and do 2 s/t sessions.

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1/26/15 12:31 P

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Finally had an on track day yesterday. I am ready to fight the good fight this week. Last week was pretty much a disaster. Already did the grocery shopping, and have some time to myself. My stomach is acting up (no surprise there) so I might just rest for awhile.
Sounds like you had a beautiful day yesterday Sherwood, and glad you are feeling better. Colds are no fun.
Mnnice, don't let the scale stress you...you have been doing great, and you know it will pay off!
Working towards a good solid start to the week.












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1/26/15 11:39 A

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Good morning from foggy Oregon, team! It is very foggy today. Yesterday it was record breaking highs at the coast, so my husband and I went to the beach. Ate lunch at the waterfront in Newport where it hit 70F. Walked on a couple of beaches, then made it home by 6. It takes about 2 hours each way but it was worth it. A very relaxing day.

My husband leaves this afternoon for his standards meeting in CA. I am home alone until Thursday night. This is an opportunity for me to have NO excuses for eating what I want, when I want it.

My cold is finally better. I was planning on jogging yesterday but went to the beach instead. Today? We'll see. I might go later this afternoon.

Let's have a good week. And be kind to ourselves.

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1/25/15 12:17 P

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Well, I was proud of myself last night for eating sensibly and watching portions, but my weight was up almost 2.5 pounds this morning. Yes, hopefully most of it is water retention, but at least it spurred me to decide to go play pickleball today instead of just being lazy all afternoon. I know I need to be consistent with exercise if I'm going to take off any of these extra pounds!

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1/25/15 9:59 A

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I think I have been cursed this week...another bad late night behind me. No need for details.
In a few hours we are off to another town for the town's yearly fiesta...hope I walk a lot and eat very little. This week has been terrible!
But I will shake this because I have to, and it better be NOW!!!!!!!!!
Keep up the great streak Mnnice, and hope you are totally done with your cold Sherwood.
Hope I have better news tomorrow.













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1/24/15 7:37 P

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Last night would have been great had I not decided to snack after everyone went home and ended up 600 cals. over my limit. Today I have a stomach ache so haven't eaten much, and I think we are going out later. Wish I could stay home, although I get into more trouble here than when we go out!
Mnnice, hurray for you, keep it up...I am going to be by your side soon, I just know I can do it!
'Til tomorrow team.












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1/24/15 10:36 A

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Made it through the night last night with no night-time eating except for my planned, healthy snack. Friday nights are often the times when I have the chocolate binges, so I was glad I didn't have one of those! Have a lot to do today, including a baby shower at 3:00 and then be ready to go to hubby's work dinner/entertainment, so better keep moving here if I'm going to get my exercise in! The entertainment tonight is a magician/comedian, so I think it should be fun. Just need to make sure I don't waste calories on drinks and that I watch portions with the meal!

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1/23/15 4:15 P

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Another rainy day here in Oregon. Not much news. Still recovering from my cold. I know I am getting better...but still not good enough to want to exercise. In fact, after writing reviews all morning I feel like reading a book or taking a nap. Probably the first activity will lead to the second.

Last night we went out to barbeque. And I ate sensibly. Chicken (took off the skin). Baked beans. Some cornbread and apple cider. My appetite doesn't have a cold (unfortunately).

Next week my husband is out of town to a standards meeting for 3 days. And the weather is supposed to turn springlike after showers this afternoon...and stay that way all next week. Highs maybe close to 60. So I will continue to rest up and hope for more pep. Have a good weekend, team.

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1/23/15 2:44 P

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Go Mnnice Go!!!!!
Get better Sherwood!
Did well yesterday, and am trying hard to do well again today. We have guests for dinner, but all is fine for me if I just stay away from the ice cream for dessert, and later in the night.
Spent 3 hours waiting for an appt. this morning, with the appt. lasting about 3 minutes! Sooo frustrating!
Not much else to pass on...just talking to myself to remind myself how important it is to stay on track. Enjoy the weekend!












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1/23/15 1:55 P

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The week is going well, and the scale is moving. I really need to stay active on the weekend and avoid eating too much. Tomorrow night we have hubby's company holiday party, and I won't have much choice on what will be served, so will just have to be reasonable and watch portions. The pickleball group wants to get together and play on Sunday, so that will give me incentive to get to the school instead of napping and watching movies!

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1/22/15 11:56 A

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Congrats Tabby on your continued success and soon to be new baby. And glad to hear that you're cleared for resuming activities MNNice. Go for it!

I continue to deal with my cold. It is getting annoying. It is not that I'm coughing or anything. Just low energy, stuffed head, and sleep not being that restful. I have yet to wake up with that, "my cold is turning a corner" feeling.

My weight is up, too. We ate out after going to a lengthy care meeting for my father-in-law yesterday afternoon. I think the seafood chowder was salty.

I hope to start feeling perky again and to be able to exercise. I've managed to do is work for a few hours each day, then pretty much veg out in the evening.

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1/22/15 10:50 A

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What a great surprise to hear from you Tabby! Stay well and I wish you the easiest delivery possible!
I think this week just isn't my week. I got into food last night and again way over my allowance. Its like a flu or something...I just can't seem to stop myself. But today is today, and as always I will face it with determination to do well.
Its wonderful that you are active again and feeling good Mnnice...I'm cheering for you. Hope to join you on your positive streak.
I have to get a lot prepared for dinner guests tomorrow since I have a dr.'s appt. tomorrow as well as one English class. So I will do all I can today to avoid a lot of stress tomorrow.
Wishing you all (and me!) an on-track happy day!












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1/22/15 9:47 A

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Way to go, Tabby! Good to hear from you! I've had another good start to the day with a 15-minute exercise session before breakfast, and then a walk to work. Tonight I plan to get back on the pickleball court and am looking forward to playing again. I'm having a good week with food and really need to concentrate on getting through the weekend!

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1/22/15 9:37 A

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HI Team! Just thought I'd pop in and wish everyone a HAPPY SPARKVERSARY!

Things are going good here. I am now 34 weeks pregnant. I can't believe that I am going to have a new baby in 5 weeks or less! I'm still down 17 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm feeling good, besides having yet another sinus infection.

~~~Tabby~~~
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1/21/15 3:04 P

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Got through yesterday on track, so I have begun to meet my 7 day challenge. Just got back from the hairdresser, and we are off to lunch. Yesterday didn't turn out to be seafood, so that's the menu for today.
Feeling good, and happy there are no court appearances or trips the doctor today. We should have a nice relaxing evening.
Great to hear you are doing well Mnnice....let's keep trying to inspire eachother to do well!












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1/21/15 1:56 P

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Just a quick check-in before I have to head back to work. I can't believe it but Fitbit customer service has come through again and said they are going to replace my Fitbit free of charge because the clip had a piece broken off which may have been why it came loose. It has shipped. I have had nothing but fantastic service from them. Another good day yesterday and so far today. Still resisting the cupcakes that boss's wife sent to the office, and giving away as many as I can so as to get rid of the temptation! Will try to get at least 10,000 steps in every day for a 7-day streak.

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1/20/15 5:00 P

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Hey, team, Brandi reminded me via e-mail that we have now been Sparkers for 7 years! I totally missed the anniversary of last week. Well, we are definitely hanging in there, and that's what counts! Imoff, congratulations on the new job. It's a great place to get into working at a college and work your way up -- end up with great benefits and retirement, plus free classes(?) Sherwood, hoping the rest will help you get over your bug! My motivation is renewed and as of today I'm 6 weeks post-op and cleared for return to full activities! I got in a good treadmill walk last night, and got up early this morning and did the first s/t in 6 weeks. I could definitely tell I'd lost muscle strength. Have a meeting/program tonight that starts with a light supper, so hoping it's something fairly healthy and that I can refrain from eating too much. I need to stay on track. Boss's wife sent a dozen cupcakes to work today. Neither me nor the other employee wants to be tempted. Trying to give them away, but they may end up in the garbage before I cave in!! So far, so good! Have a good evening and Happy Sparkversary!

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1/20/15 1:05 P

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Good morning, team! I am still working on getting rid of my cold. So not much energy...and no exercise to speak of today, either. I went to bed at 9 and slept til past 7.

My husband took me out to dinner last night as I did not want to cook anything. I got the salmon special at a local restaurant and only ate about half of what was there. Took the remaining salmon home...left the couscous and the brussel sprouts..my weight is 154.7. So...even though I am not exercising, I am not overeating. But I wish I had more energy! I have too much to do. But little motivation.

I took a long nap yesterday afternoon, too. We'll see what today brings. I am watching what I eat. This morning I had slices of Udi's toast with peanut butter and marmalade. That should last me a few hours. Now I will try and do some reviews/conference stuff....

Hang in there, team.

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1/20/15 11:52 A

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I really want you to meet my challenge Mnnice! I have to count next Monday because last night went sour for me. But I am going to do those 7 days if it kills me! (At least I ate 2 big bran bars, so lost some of the damage this morning! TMI?)
I have just been on such a crazy schedule...another morning taken up with a visit to the dermatologist, and later to the rheumatologist...such fun. At least my friend and I are going out for lunch for seafood...lo-cal food and a nice visit. Sounds great!
I am going to have a short nap now,so I can enjoy the rest of the day. And I WILL hang in today, I WILL!!!!
Hoping for a really successful day today!












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1/19/15 11:02 P

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Until I get a new computer I won't be posting much. My computer has to stay plugged in at all times and it just makes it harder to use. The only place to really plug it in and leave it is on my husband's desk, which he won't part with. So, not much computer use happening. I'm hoping to get a new one for my birthday, we'll see.

I started a new job today at the local community college. I'll be working in the registrar's office. It has great hours (for me). Noon - 5p. So far, so good. But, today was kind of an ease into it day. Campus was open, but no classes, so not very many people needed help. I expect tomorrow to be a bit crazier.

I'm definitely taking some healthy snacks. I'll also be taking a huge water bottle to get me through the day with some water.

"We don't know who we are until we see what we can do." - Anonymous


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1/19/15 9:25 P

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I was able to resurrect the old Fitbit, so at least for the time being I'm counting steps. And so far today it has counted 10,000+. I had a terrible weekend - just ate way too much and that included chips and a bag of red licorice. I really have to stop this! Today was much better and I'm keeping myself busy tonight in order to stay away from the food! I'm going for the 7 days!!!

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Hope you feel better soon Sherwood.
I broke my streak yesterday, but at least not with a lot of junk...just too much yogurt, etc. But I feel physically ok today. Had to get up early to get to court again, for a very stupid procedure.
Returning to the topic of the scale, although you know I don't weigh in often, this morning I woke up thinner, and my jeans are ultra comfortable. A good example of how our weight is cumulative, not just the result of the previous day. Aside from yesterday, my week went extremely well, and today is the payoff. So instead of feeling gloomy about yesterday, I feel motivated to get in another really good on-track week.
And so Mnnice, I'll be a copy-cat and challenge you and Sherwood to seven days on track. I know last week I was one day short. This week I'm gonna do it!
Happy Monday team!












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1/19/15 10:29 A

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Good morning, team! I have a cold the past two days. While I haven't felt very good, I haven't overeaten, either (just not that hungry). My weight was 154.9 this morning. Fine. But wish I could have more energy.

I was lost when I lost my fitbit, but then got unlost, realizing that I get a lot of steps in everyday anyways. And so I started to challenge myself with the goal of upping the number of days I run to 5 and getting my long run up to a half marathon. So far, so good. I am hoping when the new GPS and heartrate monitor fitbit comes out to get that and replace my ancient Garmin. We'll see. For now, I say, even though you've lost your FitBit, MNNice, those steps still count. Keep moving.

It was incredibly rainy yesterday. Freakish downpours, sleet...more rain. But starting today the weather is nice (no rain, highs near 50). Wish I felt good enough to workout with my trainer today, but I don't. Will probably answer a few emails and just take it easy.

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1/18/15 10:10 A

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Yesterday went really well, even with dinner out. I ordered salmon and didn't over do on the wine, and my daily tally was nice and low!
Finally a quiet day today with no commitments. Just some laundry to do and that's it.
The meds the vet gave our dog have done their magic. He is running around and back to his old tricks...so happy about that.
Oh, Mnnice, hope you got that fitbit going. And I know how hard it can be with yummy chocolate candy in the house. I think we have to pretend its poison.
Have a great Sunday, and stay on track!












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1/17/15 2:21 P

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Oaxaca, too bad about the dog. It's hard to see them hurting! After being able to rescue my Fitbit from the washing machine about 10 days ago, I seem to have lost it this morning. I know I clipped it to my waistband when I got dressed, and about an hour later it was missing. I think it fell into the toilet when I used the bathroom and got flushed. I feel so lost without it! I found my older model one, which is cracked, but I'm going to see if I can get it working! It is motivating and I need all the motivation I can get! Did okay yesterday except for getting into the peanut M&Ms before bed. At least they were dark chocolate........

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1/17/15 1:02 P

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Oaxaca- sounds like you had a challenging day. Hope today is much better. I admire you for holding the line on food. Yesterday I did manage to get in my 11 miles jog. So glad I did because today it is really rainy and I would have had to run on the treadmill.

My weight was up .3 of a pound morning. So be it. It doesn't mean anything.

I am tracking food (today). Have a goal of 1500 cals or less. Yesterday I didn't track what I ate. But I think I needed more fuel because of that long jog. I probably went over 2000 calories...Had a 100 calorie Gu Gel during the run, and about 300 calories post run--including a vegetable-base protein drink which was OK (only 80 calories-but I have to get used to the taste) a 100 cal slice of cheese and about 150 cals of rice crackers. A good balance of carbs and proteins to recover. Dinner was two boneless chicken thighs and kale and apple and dried cherry salad. And yes, I did have a glass of wine and 2 squares of chocolate. I tried to choose food that was either anti-inflammatory and/or low fat.

That is what matters. I am not sore today. I think how I refueled hasa lot to do with it. Also because I took it slow and steady.

I will survive being cooped up inside....but it is really gray and dingy and rainy outside. Makes me want to curl up and read.

Take care and here's to a good weekend, team!

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Sorry for not posting yesterday...it was a long, frustrating day. Back and forth to the courthouse, to my house, back downtown, on and on. Then we had to take our sweet doggie to the vet....he was having trouble walking and cried when in certain positions. Turns out he has arthritis and due to a certain movement or whatever, it has acted up. Also had a tooth problem. We felt so sorry for him, but were also laughing since he has all of my ailments!
Eating was very off schedule, but I did ok. Before bed I had a 100 cal. snack that I really could have done without, and ended up 100 cals. over my limit. No binge, no crazy overeating, so in my books, I am still meeting that challenge.
A word on the scale. In the past my weight has varied from one day to the next by 4 pounds. It depends on so many things: water retention, bowel movements, caloric intake from days before you weigh, etc. This is why I am not at all a fan of the scale, and also why I am always afraid when I have to get on the scale. So do keep these things in mind. It is not just based on food intake and exercise from the previous day.
Enjoy your Saturday, and stay on track!! We are out to dinner again tonight, so I have to be vigilent!












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1/16/15 11:47 A

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MNNice. The scale is just one indicator. We need to remind ourselves of that daily. It isn't our judge. (I admit I have the same feelings as you...becoming disappointed/discouraged with myself if I do the right things and the scale goes the other direction. I've got to stop that.). Congrats on 2.5 miles, too. Way to go!

It is foggy here, but it should clear off. I think I'm going to slide my long run back from Saturday or Sunday to today, after I get some work done, because it is really supposed to steadily rain over the weekend. And that is not nearly as pleasant to jog in that 50F weather with no rain. Plain and simple: I should seize the opportunity when it presents itself.

I weighed 155 this morning. Lost that 1 pound I put on from my basketball game eating. The challenge for me will be to hold tight through the weekend on eating sensibly. I'm up for it.

Have a good weekend, team!

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1/16/15 8:54 A

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Yesterday was a good day, and even though I didn't feel like it, I pushed myself into a 2.5 mile walk after work. Unfortunately, despite the good efforts, the scale was up .2 pound this morning. That's what can really be frustrating! Now the weekend is here and I really need to make it a good one!

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1/15/15 5:13 P

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Good afternoon team. Two days of not jogging is doing me no good. But I just didn't have the energy or time yesterday, either. And since we got free tickets to the Trailblazers' basketball game I ate out yesterday at the game. Beans and rice and chicken--that was OK. A glass of hard apple cider-tasty, but probably not the greatest choice. And to top it off? A scoop of Salt & Straw's sea salt caramel ice cream. Incredibly yummy. But my weight was up to 156.1 this morning.

Today I went shopping for groceries and provisions. Decided I didn't want to restrict exactly what I was eating so much as enjoy what I am eating, track everything, and eat within my calorie goals. Got some novel food items, too, just to mix things up. Got some vegetable-based protein shake mixes so I can make a smoothy after my long runs. Got some Udi's gluten free whole grain bread. Had a peanut butter and orange marmalade sandwich for lunch. Yum. And indeed, it was great because it toasted up, unlike other horrible gluten free breads...it was 2 tiny slices of bread (140 cals total). But it fit within my calorie goals. Tonight I plan on having salmon and baked sweet potatoes. I need to feel satisfied, not deprived, yet moderate my calories. So that's the plan!

Take care, team. I hope to go jogging today in a bit.

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Get right back on the horse Mnnice!
I am still hanging in, did fine with dinner out, and hope to continue doing well today. Just got back from a frustrating time with some government business...nothing serious, just the waiting and paperwork is so frustrating.
Off to the dentist yet again in a little while, and then hopefully a nice quiet evening at home.
Your challenge is inspiring me Mnnice, thanks for the motivation!












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1/15/15 12:45 P

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Had a night-time munching on crackers episode last night before bed. Plan to get in a good brisk walking workout tonight after work.

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1/14/15 2:47 P

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Yesterday wasn't too bad with food considering I was on the road. No exercise, though, and my weight stayed the same. Sherwood, you definitely do not slack on exercise. I wish I had your dedication, but I do find it hard to motivate myself! I will start my radiation therapy around the first part of February - still waiting for the schedule. Will have a total of 5 sessions over a 2-week period. Told my boss not to expect me in for those 2 weeks -- that way I can just stay at my daughter's if I don't feel like driving home or if the weather is bad. I don't want to feel obligated to get home or to be stressed trying to drive to my appointment, so will just play it by ear.

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Hope whatever hit you is gone, gone, gone Sherwood.
I so far am meeting Mnnice's challenge. Tonight might be hard since we are going to a steakhouse for dinner, but usually there is filet on the menu, which is usually the right size. Just have to watch the wine. I really want to meet this challenge.
Today is busy with work and lots of running around. Sure won't be boring!
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Yesterday was a weird day for me...I had no energy during my short jog so had to walk for several minutes and I ended up going to bed at 8:30 last night, feeling exhausted with my stomach and head not feeling right. Woke up a couple of times during the night. Got up at 7 and felt OK...but not sure what hit me yesterday. I was feeling a bit off. If this is all the flu I get, I am lucky as it is really going around....

My husband took me out to dinner---and I had a build your own salad. So that was a very healthy choice for me. I'm hoping I am back to "normal" (whatever that is) today.

Here's to feeling more normal....

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11C - that's supposed to be our high here for today. It is a bright, beautiful sunny day here. Need to get outside and exercise and get moving.

I accept your challeng, MNNice. It is such a contrast to be talking with old hands versus newbies to spark (I just started being a buddy for a new sparker who is the same age as me, but has a lot to lose). Makes me appreciate that although I've been a tracker slacker, I certainly haven't been an exercise slacker. And that just struck me as something key: What we really value, we will find ways to do. I must find something intrinsically valuable about exercise and jogging to continue to do it, even enough to overcome physical discomforts, bad weather, a few aches and pains. I just accept those.

But for some reason, the tracking for my weight I don't accept as "just do it". Not sure why. I know I resent "having" to track. But I know I need to. It is not that I'm rebelling. But I know I need to restrain my food intake and what kinds of food I eat. Why is that so difficult? Because I don't accept that discipline. But now, I am up for the challenge.

Here's to a good week. And best to you, MNNice. My thoughts are with you.

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Mnnice, challenge accepted! And hope the drive today isn't too hard on you.
I did fine yesterday, even with a last minute invitation for dinner from friends. Fortunately breakfast and lunch were very light, so even with wine and a bit of dessert, my tally for the day was right on.
The only bad thing yesterday was after spending an hour at the dentist having a cap replaced, after dinner I felt a gap in my teeth that wasn't there before. Lost another cap, and I must have swallowed it because I didn't realize it had happened. And of course its right in front, although thankfully on the bottom. So I'll be at the dentist again today.
You mentioned temperatures Mnnice...boy do we get spoiled. This morning it was 11C. and we are all freezing!
Hoping to meet that challenge, and hope you will join me Sherwood!












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Had a very good day yesterday. Stayed on track with foods and ate healthy, and did a 4-mile Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds video. First time since my surgery that I've gotten 10,000 steps in. I felt fine, so now it's time to throw away the excuses and get back into the routine! Very cold this morning ( -9 ), but no wind and the sun is shining so I should have good roads for my trip. Will be a long day -- wish I had more time for shopping as long as I'm making the trip, but will have to save that for another time. I challenge Oaxaca and Sherwood to a complete week on track! Let's do it!

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Didn't do so well yesterday, either. Let's all really strive for a good week! I am going to push myself to exercise after work tonight. Tomorrow will not be an easy day to eat right and exercise, as I'll be spending about 5 hours in the car on my way to/from my medical appointments, and will have to eat out for lunch. I will take some low-fat cheese and some fruit with me to snack on.

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Yesterday was not a good one for me, either. I got into chocolate and ate way too much. I am up a pound. Not what I at all had planned on. It was a very gray, rainy day yesterday, and not one I had scheduled to do any exercise since I had jogged 10 mi the day before.

I think that was a problem, actually. In that I felt restless. I probably needed to move more. Instead, being bored and ultra hungry after eating a late lunch....I fell apart.

Today is Monday. I am gonna be kind to myself. I started out with a 300 calorie breakfast of 2 eggs, a slice of ham and a banana. I plan on running today. Rain or no rain. The football game is on at 5:30. And I plan on having a glass of wine and maybe some cheese and crackers. But I'm tracking. Everything. And keeping a positive attitude.

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After trying to inspire myself and the team yesterday, I just fell apart last night. It's like an evil twin takes over and just destroys all of my good intentions. Well, I don't like feeling like I do right now, and I just have to fight that evil twin harder. Its Monday, a new week, and I have to face this week with determination to stay on track.
I appreciate your comments from yesterday, and hope you did better than I did.
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I tend to agree with you Oaxaca on the eating. I have a healthy whole grain/bean/vegetable soup brewing in the crockpot and will enjoy it with a small slice of whole wheat bread (no butter). It will taste good on this cold, dreary day! I'm finished with the tasks I needed to do today, and plan on relaxing this afternoon with a movie while hubby goes ice fishing.

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Oaxaca-You are so right about the food. Yesterday I ran. I didn't track or watch what I eat. I weighed 154.6 this morning....and am tracking today. And holding back from snacking. And I just watched a YouTube video about someone who learned in 30 days to use an acrobatic wheel....this was quite inspiring, actually. As it was in a post that said, don't give up! If you quit (or regressed) after every few days, you wouldn't improve very much over a year.

That goes for exercise, and for eating habits. I DO keep finding excuses to not improve what I eat every day. Settling. Really being complacent. Enough of that. I want to improve running, so I do that. Eating? Not so much. But I want to do that, too. So here's to commitment. Improvements. Steady improvements.

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Last night was off the rails, but I think I got the " whoopee do the guests are gone" celebrating out of my system, and am ready to settle down.
Just a thought: I see in my recent posts, and in those of the rest of you, a little too relaxed attitude about what we are eating. We have to remember this is long term, and if we fall every few days, that is not a good thing. Once in a while, yes, every few days, no. We have to re-motivate ourselves and get back in gear. Remember, just one team member's opinion.
Today is a quiet Sunday. Will do some things around the house and just enjoy the day AND track what I eat, and eat properly.
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Way to go on the jog, Sherwood. I didn't get in much exercise today, but did some cleaning and shopping, so at least I was active. Yesterday wasn't a great as far as food - I did go over on calories, but it wasn't stuffing myself or binging, just ate too much. Today was good, as I was able to enjoy a couple healthy snacks but in moderation. The weather warmed all the way up to 15 degrees today, and with the sun shining and no wind, it felt like a heatwave!

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Hi team! I managed to do 10 miles today jogging! Woo hoo. My goal was to get back to a long run of 10 miles by the end of last year....I missed it by 2 weeks, but I'll take it.

My weight was up this morning because we went out for a happy hour dinner last night...and I had two glasses of wine and split that hot fudge sundae with my husband. Oh well. I have eaten today after running because I felt I needed refueling. No tracking for me today....but I am at it tomorrow. I suspect I might gain a bit but I really feel the need to refuel after such a long run. It was foggy and drizzly and around 40F....but I stuck with it.

My goal for next week: stick to tracking, even when I watch the Ducks in the college football championships and eat some snacks. Track, and be mindful...and don't go crazy.

Here's to the start of a good week. Keep warm, MNNice. Hope that you stop hurting IMOFF. That can be a real drag....and Oaxaca, maybe now you have time to relax and enjoy a bit of quiet time w/o so many festive meals. It is good (at least I'm finding it to be so) to take a break from visits and holidays and too much food.

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Imoff,hope you get out and enjoy yourself with your friend.
I was so happy with a kilo(2.2 lb.) loss, that a celebrated with a few too many low cal bars and was over about 200 cals. yesterday...but I was aware and didn't go crazy eating everything in sight, so I'm okay with it.
Today I already did some errands, and in a bit will give an English class. Then tonight we are going out with our good friends. Our visitors have left, and I must admit, we both took a sigh of relief. It was a long visit, and having a quiet house is very nice now.
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Thanks all! I agree, sometimes just moving is enough for the day, lol. Especially as of late with the being sick and I'm experiencing some pain. Hopefully my doctor will get back to me soon and I'll be able to figure out why I hurt all over.

Today I'm trying to convince myself that it's worth it to get dressed and go out in the cold to visit with a friend. It's just so dang windy. But, I'll go. We're going to The Cheesecake Factory. Luckily, they have a skinny menu with a pasta dish I LOVE. And I can easily stay away from the cheesecake.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

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Great to see a lot of early posts today!
Imoff, glad to see you posting, and like Sherwood, moving is moving, and always better than doing nothing.
I almost got into trouble yesterday. After a nap I started getting into the leftover coffee cake. But I tallied it in, and stopped myself. Then last night we were out with our visitors, and it was a sharing type meal. But I tried to be very sensible, and although it was hard to track and know if the tallies were correct, I think I did ok.
Today we will run around with our friends until they are off to the airport early evening. Then things will settle down a bit.
Its been really chilly here...actually put on a leather jacket last night, along with my walking boots. Really windy. For us, that's winter weather.
Hopefully we can all finish off the week on a positive note, and do really well on the weekend.












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Ah yes! I miss my Fitbit talking to me but I am really not upset at having lost mine. I was getting much too obsessed with how many steps I was doing. Now, with it out of the picture I seem to have focused more on what I am eating and how to get my cardio in every day.

Good to hear that you are better, IMOFF. I think playing toss with the dog counts as moving, which some days is all you can manage. At least you got up and moved.

My weight is down this morning. I ate 1800 calories yesterday (over my top limit by 250)...but I also jogged 5 miles. So maybe that was OK. I ordered and have been reading a fabulous book, What Makes Olga Run? about a 90+ world competitive athlete written by a journalist who became her friend. Very interesting indeed about how the ultra old who are physically very very fit differ from the rest of us. One thing that was interesting was that most of these folks are physiologically young, but that they also had characteristics of what I'd call grit...and that while they might've gotten a lot of exercise in their younger years, it was also typically something that switched on in their older years that made them exercise again (so they got a long break in their middle age years from the wear and tear of elite athletes). It gives me hope that while I might never be an Olga (she was fast! and did shot put, high jump, and many other things)...I do want to keep running and get better at it. Not an unrealistic goal.

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Yesterday was a good day and I got in a 2-mile walk after work. I felt fine afterwards, so I'm think I can move that up to 3 miles next week. This morning I woke up at 5:30 to the dog being sick on the carpet, so had to get up and clean up the mess. I ended up getting some of it on my robe, so I had to throw it in the washing machine. Then I figured as long as I was up early I may as well get in a short Leslie Sansone walk, and thenI realized that my Fitbit was still in the pocket of my robe. Ran down and stopped the washing machine and fished the Fitbit out from the bottom of the washer, dried it off with a towel, pushed the button to turn it on and voila! -- it still worked! I set it back down and when I picked it back up, the message that appeared on the screen was "Smoochies, Judy!" That made me laugh and lifted my mood, and I knew the rest of my day would be a good one!

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I thought I was feeling better last time I posted, it was just my body lying to me. Felt horrible for 3 more days. I've finally felt better the past few days. Still a little congested, but I've been able to breathe.

I haven't gotten in much exercise. It's cold outside and just makes me want to stay in bed all day. I haven't, luckily. But, exercise has pretty much been playing toss with the dogs (which isn't really exercise, but hey, I went outside). Hopefully I'll be able to really get exercising here soon.

I have done really well at increasing my water intake. Which is huge for me.

I also buy my husband certain groceries that only he likes, that way I won't eat them. Anything else he has to buy and he puts it in his closet in the room his computer is in. I rarely take any of it though. It works most of the time.

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I have to keep telling myself that my hubby's stashes of stuff are his stuff. That's why I get him things that he likes that I don't like so much (think chile dark chocolate). Problem is, sometimes, I just get in a mood to eat them. But if I "label" them as his, then I really am pretty good at avoiding them. Even if they are in the snack drawer.

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Did well yesterday until I ran across hubby's stash of chocolate covered caramels and grabbed a large handful of them right before bed. Plus no exercise yesterday since I had choir after work. Tonight will get on the treadmill and stay away from the treats!

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Great to hear you are doing well Sherwood!
I had a good day too yesterday, and although I've only had breakfast and a small snack so far, the day is looking good.
Hubby was very tired last night so we will go out for dinner tonight instead. Our visitors realized that they made a mistake and leave tomorrow evening, not tonight. Good thing they checked!
I will soon see a therapy client, and then will catch up with my husband and our guests.

Enjoy the day team!












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Good morning, team. Just a quick check in: I am still tracking. 1500 calories yesterday and I managed to jog 3.75 miles. I plan to do so again today as it is sunny outside, but not quite yet. I'll will wait until a bit later in the day when it warms above 40 (supposed to get up to 48 here...warm for winter).

I ate earlier in the evening yesterday. My weight was 154.5 this morning. That tells me that the time I eat really does matter (I am like a snake I guess, slowly absorbing my food if I eat too late). For some reason I need to get that meal eaten before 7 p.m. or I don't process it as well. Good to know that is just the way it is...

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I'm working hard on staying on track, too. But my weight was up this morning. Grr. I believe it was because I ate late for me (nearly 7:30 p.m.). I tracked everything and was about 1500 cals. Which I am OK with. I didn't eat any dessert, but had a glass of wine with dinner. And it was a great glass of wine. Today I will vow to have our dinner earlier. And because it is a nice day outside (the fog is just burning off now and it is 36F...a little cool but it will warm up as the day goes on)...I plan on jogging around the noon hour. I haven't much to do workwise. Just a little. But I will use this time to recharge my batteries....focus on my goals, and, well, to enjoy being alive. Not to fret about anything.

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Had a much better day yesterday...low in cals, but after the night before I think that was pretty normal. Went to my early dr's. appt. only to find out that the doctor is not coming in today and had to re-schedule. Very annoying.
Not much going on today. Tonight we may go out for a goodbye dinner for out friends who leave tomorrow.
Mnnice...you are doing great! And Sherwood, good for you for checking out those "handfuls".
I'm working hard on staying on track....I want us all to be doing well!












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Way to go, Sherwood! I had a good day yesterday again. Tried to get up and move or walk a bit at least once an hour yesterday at work, then put some time in on the treadmill. I did about 1.5 miles and felt okay, and hoping soon I will get back to a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. A few more weeks and I'll be able to play pickleball again, which is FUN cardio! Let's all stay on our roll!

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Hey, I just tracked my lunch. Now that was a bit of a challenge. Found out that my "handful" of almond slivers was about .1 of a cup, and my handful (generous) of tart dried cherries was closer to .2 of a cup. Guess I like that sweet taste. Not a problem as the turkey breast was 2 oz and the kale was a cup and a half...and the salad dressing is low cal. So all is good. Less calories than breakfast.

But those handfuls vary by what I'm grabbing. Good to be reminded of that! Here's to mindfulness!

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Yes, I sometimes have to get back to getting out the scale and measuring cups. A good rule to follow is "If you BITE it, WRITE it!!" Easy to become a bit lax when we've been at this so long! Yesterday was another good day and the scale moved downward this morning. I plan to get on the treadmill again tonight for a gentle workout. Only two more weeks and I can get back to full activities, but until then I'll ease into it. I postponed my appointment for a week and keeping my fingers crossed that I can get there next Tuesday.

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Hi Sherwood, me again....I know its a pain in the butt, but weigh and measure...get out that food scale and those measuring cups...at least until you have a real sense of what a handful works out to be. Good luck! (and I could use some luck too!) But today so far, so good.












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Oaxaca...your tracking suggestion from yesterday is one I need to do. I'm up for tracking everything. I still am letting the early evening get away from me with snacking. My husband is still working...and then I want to eat, but he's still working...and then I snack.

The problem I know I'll have is estimating how much those handfuls are. Like this morning I made a cheese omelet, but how much shredded cheese did I actually eat? Not sure. But I will try to do. I think the net effect will be either I give up out of frustration (NO!) or that I carefully figure out what each handful means (more likely!). From here on out this week, that's my goal: track each day.

Update: Just entered in my breakfast...and found that 2 eggs, 3 oz lite shredded mozarella, 1 c almond milk and 2 small tomatoes total around 350 calories. I guess I am eating more than I thought, calorie-wise. OK.

It is very foggy right now. But we're in the low 40s. Nothing like the rest of the US. So, I plan to go jogging again today sometime this afternoon.

Now, I need to go do some work for all the conferences I am involved in. It is all volunteer work, but very time consuming as I am on the selection committees and need to read/assess proposals and help people improve them. Takes thought and persistence.

I weighed 155 this a.m. Goal for this week: Get to 154. Yesterday, when I worked out with my personal trainer she had me do some exercise with a 15 pound ball. I thought it heavy so asked her how much it weighed. She said 15 pounds. I thought, wow, I have put on that much weight + 5 pounds since reaching my goal weight in 2011. She said without missing a beat, and you can take it off again this year. No problem. You just need to do it. She's right. Commitment. And really changing the way I plan and eat food. Here's to a good day!

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Just looked at my post from yesterday...where did all those positive thoughts go? I was faced with a coffee cake given to us as a gift as well as the rosca for today, and I crumbled. Got up and ate some of the coffee cake, and then some other tidbits...got me over 2000 cals. NOT GOOD!! Oh, I really hate this problem. Woke up with an awful headache and a lot of regret. But I have to be strong and get past this. Also, I have an appt. with the social insurance doctor on Friday so I can get all my meds, and I will get weighed. I know the scale there is totally unreliable, but a high weight always freaks me out. All that overeating last night will not help at all. Okay, on to other things....
I have the morning free, and then classes this afternoon, followed by a trip to the endodontist. Our friends will be back from the beach this afternoon, so maybe we will do something with them tonight.
I hope the rest of you are hanging on, and I plan on joining you by having an on-track day.












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Mnnice, darn that weather! But do whatever is the safest for you.
Yesterday went well...again, the evening wasn't easy, but I got through it. Hopefully each day it will get a little easier.
Our friends come back from the beach tomorrow, and then will be returning to Toronto on Thursday. And our god daughter comes back sometime today, since her classes begin on Wed. Back to the usual schedules now that the holidays are behind us. Well, almost... Tomorrow is the day of the three kings, or Los Reyes, when most kids here get their gifts, and the food of the day is the rosca....a ring coffee cake with little plastic babies representing the baby Jesus baked into it. The custom is, if your piece has a baby, you make tamales on Feb. 2 which is the Candelaria. Here, that is the real end of the Christmas season. Here in Mexico we get the most we can from every fiesta!
Sherwood, just a suggestion: I know you are not a big fan of tracking, but if you do it after whatever goes into your mouth, often it keeps the snacking under control. Maybe give it a try?
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MNNice...you take care. I know the weather is frigid where you are. Better safe than stranded.

I managed to not be so bored yesterday. But still snacked more than I should. And up .2 of a pound this morning. But oh! glorious sleep. I am enjoying sleeping through the night immensely.

Today: Another day and another challenge. I have to go back to my desk in my office and figure out my list of ToDos....it has been so long since I've been there. Not many todos, but I still need to do 'em.

It is a windy blustery but warm day here. I will try to jog outside today. Yesterday was a day off.

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1/5/15 8:47 A

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Another good day yesterday. Did a walking video and got in a mile. Tonight will do it again and if it feels okay, press a little further. Frustrated and nervous because I'm supposed to have a consultation with the radiation oncologist and genetic counselor tomorrow in a city that's more than a 2-hour drive each way in a rural area, and extreme cold and blowing/drifting snow is in the forecast. I don't want to reschedule, but I don't want the stress and risk of driving in bad weather. The well below zero temperatures make it dangerous if you get stranded on the road in this part of the country!! Will keep an eye on the forecast, but I likely will need to reschedule.

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Yay team . We are all trying hard and doing well. Thankfully I too got through yesterday, and happy that I won over a struggle to start nibbling at night.
Today has been a lot of work around the house. But still time to read and relax.
Let's finish off the day on top!












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1/4/15 2:23 P

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Good morning, team. ...I did 9 miles on the treadmill yesterday. Ugh. I am proud that I stuck with it (slow and sure!). Feeling a bit of that today as it takes more out me when I run on the treadmill...even if I go slower and stop and take breaks. But I slept well. I have a few tiny aches and pains today. Means I am alive.

Today it isn't foggy dingy...just gray, rainy and windy. It's in the 40s.

I am bored. Being bored is good because it will lead me to find the motivation to do something. The key will be to find something to do. But I don't want to just clean the house. Don't want to see a movie. We just saw my husband's dad over Christmas. It is too rainy to enjoy a walk outside. So the challenge today is to find motivation to do something other than be a slug. I am motivated to stick to healthy eating. So that is good. My weight was 155.7 this morning.

Here's to persisting in our goals, finding strength in little acts that add up to big goals, and seeking things that motivate us to feel alive.


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1/4/15 12:46 P

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Made it through yesterday staying busy and eating healthy and in calorie range. Went up and down the stairs quite a few times hauling the decorations to the basement closet, so that was my exercise for the day. Let's continue to hang in there! We're on a roll!

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Miss Motivated Number 3 is here! Yesterday went really well, and I feel like I really want to keep it up. Enough is enough!
Our visitors have gone to the coast until Monday, so the house is quiet for a few days.
Boy, do I appreciate our weather after reading your posts. I won't rub it in, but we are VERY opposite what the two of you reported.
Today hubby is out, so I have a lot of time to myself. But I am giving an English lesson to the daughter of friends of ours. Usually I don't work on Saturday, but since there were no plans for today I made an exception.
Not much else to tell. Just glad there is no one coming for lunch or dinner today or tomorrow, and that we have no parties in the near future. Last week really did me in.
Have a great rest of today team!












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1/3/15 12:54 P

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Good to hear from you MNNice. Brrr. Stay warm. And a mile is a mile, no matter what. Take it.

I am "back down" to 155.9 this morning. We did have a happy hour dinner last evening and it was nice. But those two mixed drinks I had were one too many!

So this morning I need to kick myself out of my comfy chair and go on my long run soon. But it is a very gray, smoggy day outside. We get temperature inversions on winter days and it really is dingy outside. It is just one of those days when I have to force myself to get going instead of curl up and vegetate.

I, too, am motivated. And pretty content. I guess that happens when I sleep through the night and my stomach doesn't complain.

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Two days in a row, finally! Feeling motivated and the scale went down this morning, which is even more motivating! I have a long to-do list for the day/weekend, and I've made a start. The weather is very cold with windchills to drop to -25- to -35 for the next 25 hours. Good day to stay inside and get the decorations put away, I think!

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The last few days have involved way to much munching on crackers, chips, sweets. Today I'm feeling like I'm motivated to get serious. I need to start easing into REGULAR exercise, even if I can only do a mile at rather low intensity right now. Another 3 weeks before I can get back to full activities. But that's fine if I can get my eating under control. Time to get serious! New Years Eve we watched 2 movies and then fell asleep as soon as midnight hit!

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Oaxaca...ice cream horrors....what a story. Well good plans are waylaid. And then we get back on track. Glad to hear you are feeling better IMOFF...and I like chicken breast, too. Somehow it doesn't feel like I am depriving myself when I eat chicken.

My weight was way up this morning after a day of walking 10 k with my husband in the morning, eating a big chocolate cookie and a soy latte, then snacking over the two football games. Good grief my body is sensitive to what I eat! I can gain 1.5 pounds in the day w/o even trying.

Today: I'm back on track. Ate cereal yogurt and banana for breakfast. Had chicken breast and kale/apple salad for lunch. Just got back from jogging. And now my husband wants to go to downtown Portland with me to exchange a coat he got me that was too big....I'll have to watch it as I am sure he'll want a happy hour dinner. That's OK as long as I watch it.

Let's take care and be mindful. And there it is: Happy New Year, team!

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Oh boy time to catch up. Our New Year's Eve celebration was a lot of fun, and I really did ok with my eating. Not perfect, but small portions of whatever is usually off limits.
But then there was yesterday. My husband had invited 2 couples that he had toured with several times to come for lunch, as well as another couple we are good friends. He said it would be simple: burgers. Which is what we did. And with our friends who are visiting, once I had mixed the meat for the burgers and arranged the table, they and my husband did everything. Only one problem...the dessert hubby bought was vanilla ice cream. Deadly for me. I did fine at the meal, had a tiny bit of ice cream, and that was that. Now remember."lunch" here starts at 3:00 and with company ends around 7:00, so that was my day.
We all watched a movie and then were off to bed, but dreams of ice cream and honey were in my mind....woke up, went right upstairs to the kitchen, and went for it, and of course, after the ice cream, any other goody went in my mouth. So my new year, new commitment starts today. Enuff said!
Imoff,glad to hear you are getting better. And your food planning sounds great....keep it up, and keep posting...good to have you back.
Sherwood, make those dreams for the new year come true!
Looking forward to a sane, relaxing day.














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Happy New Year all!

Still sick, but seem to be on the tail end finally. No longer hurts to touch my face because of congestion, so I'll take it.

I am happy to report for about the last month I've done much better on my consumption of fruits and veggies. Food in general has been better. I've taken to cooking a batch of thin sliced chicken breast pieces when I buy a 4 pack. That way I can just reheat them with whatever side (usually a small baked potato with green beans). It's really been helping. Makes meals super easy, but healthy.

"We don't know who we are until we see what we can do." - Anonymous


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Happy New Year, team! Oaxaca...what a late start to celebrations. I was home in bed by 11ish...
It turns out we had a big surprise yesterday. We were supposedly going out to New Year's eve dinner with friends, but it turns out they got married and we were witnesses....so it was kind of fun seeing all the couples and their friends/families queueing up to get married at the courthouse. Our friends have been together for 20 years, so why they decided to get married now...well, I think it was a matter of commitment and the fact that they wanted to make sure they got benefits...insurance, social security, whatever.

We went out to a very nice 4 course dinner with wine pairings afterwards, then over to their house to exchange Christmas presents. Needless to say with my "late night" meal I was up .7 of a pound this morning. No worry. I'm going on a 10k volkswalk this moring, then spending the rest of the day watching football. Go Ducks! I graduated from the U of O and want them to win that national championship. I have a small bag of chips I bought....and hope to snack reasonably.

Take care!

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All is well on my end. We have a last minute New Year's invitation to our friends' place. The custom here is dinner after it strikes midnight, so we won't even be leaving our house until around 10:30. It ends up being a full day...I was the tour guide for out friends today, and we were out and about for over 6 hours, whew!
Have fun however you are celebrating tonight team...Happy New Year!












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Good to hear from you IMOFF and MNNice. Hang in there! Hope you feel better, soon, IMOFF. And congrats on your exercise, MNNice. Each step counts.

I have been hanging in there successfully. Managed to do 4 mi on the treadmill yesterday late afternoon (it was so cold I didn't want to jog outside). Right now it is 26 F and windy, but clear...so I hope to go outside and jog before we go out with friends.

My weight was 154.9 this morning. I plan to lose 5-10 pounds over the next couple of months by 1) regularly exercising, 2) limiting snacking to healthy foods, and 3) tracking what I eat. I am not quite ready to go back to South Beach Phase I...but I am definitely into eating healthy, avoiding gluten, limiting my alcohol and sugary sweets intake....Right now this just feels like the right thing to do. My stomach is so much happier than it was last week...and I like that a lot

Here's to being mindful, positive, and focused in 2015. Happy New Year, team!

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Man the holidays took it out of me! I had 5 different Christmas events to attend. Then Sunday I started to get sick. So I'm stuck not breathing and not tasting much. It isn't much fun.

But, I have kept my weight steady. My main goal for the past 2 weeks was pretty much not gaining any weight with all the treats and food around.

Hope you're all doing well!

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Quick post before my lunch break is over and I have to head back to work! Time just slips away. For the first time yesterday after work I got in a short Walk away the Pounds video -- only did one mile and had to keep it low impact, but it's a start! Still on "light duty" restrictions for another 3 weeks. Sherwood, I also have let the pounds sneak back on and now have 15-20 to lose. Ughhh!

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Good morning, team. Oaxaca, you sound like you have a busy dr/medical day ahead. Hope everything is alright.

I slept through the night yesterday. Yay! My stomach is happier now that I am eating normal food. And my weight dropped a little---weighed 155.8 this morning. My goal is to keep it up. We will have New Year's eve to deal with, foodwise, as we are going out to dinner with friends. But that's about it as far as food challenges.

I made turkey meatloaf and salad for dinner last night. And had some dried papaya for dessert. Said no to my husband's offer of chocolate. So here's to another good day.

Take care, all. Miss you MNNice.

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Just got up from a nap, since I had to be at the lab at 6;00 a.m. for some blood work. Then had to wait in line to make an appt. for some other tests....so I came home, had breakfast, and got into bed. Believe it or not, in a few hours I have to go in for an ultrasound (nothing serious). Then I have a few hours before our friends arrive.
I did fine with my eating yesterday, and hope to continue....as usual, late at night is still my deadly time. I think I will be working on that for the rest of my life.
We have no big plan for New Year's Eve, which is fine with me. Our guests will still be here, so it will be a little party right here at home.
Sherwood, hang on to that positive attitude!
Waiting to hear from you Mnnice....we miss you!
Happy Tuesday team!












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Good morning, team. I'm still hanging in here. I had to get up at 3:30 a.m. to take my daughter and her boyfriend to the airport for their 5:30 flight to Denver.

I did OK at the party yesterday. Drank 2 glasses of that London Fog. Had 3 gluten free cookies and then ate a chicken salad for dinner afterwards. My weight is 156.4 this morning. So...no gain, but no loss, either. But I am definitely in control from here on out. We go out with friends for some New Year's eve something or other (it is a surprise, but I am sure it will involve food). But at least we won't be snacking all New Year's eve while playing board games. That, I've found, is a great way for me to shovel in calories.

I have a very light work schedule this week...only have to do some emails, some reviews, and then a design meeting with my Boston client tomorrow morning. So life is easier.

Here's to being committed *and* content with making small choices that add up to big changes. I want to lose the 20 pounds I've gained this year before June. There, I've said it. Now I just need to make it happen. One step at a time. One small choice after another. And a committed positive attitude.

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