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8/4/15 1:13 P

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Good to hear from you Sherwood...sorry to hear that your weight is on the upswing...just hang in and do your best....we are here for you!
You stayed in your range Paula....bravo!
I, on the other hand, gave in to my non-stop wanting to eat, and really overdid it...way over my calorie range. I slept in, like someone after drinking too much, so at least I feel ok. By some miracle, I don't feel too bad physically, which is a blessing. But I really have to get my head around this and get a string of good days going.
Hoping to hear from our " missing in action" team members soon!












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8/4/15 10:13 A

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7428 steps taken yesterday & stayed within my calorie range. emoticon
I've covered 20% of the 50-Mile Summer Send Off Challenge
And won 20 bonus points for the team! emoticon




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Hi team. I know I've "dropped out" for a few days. Not good.

I am at a conference all this week at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC. It has over 2300+ people...and my brother is the managing director of the organization that runs the conference. I have a role as one of the many track chairs (experience reports)...and have been busy busy busy seeing old friends and new ones. Some of my experience reporters come from Romania, Argentina...so I am so happy to meet them in person.

Yesterday morning I went jogging. It was muggy. Didn't like it. But went out for 30 minutes. This morning I slept in and have to go to a breakfast in 15 minutes. I am doing my best not to overeat. But my weight has crept up towards 160...not good. When I get back home I just won't eat w/o tracking. While here this week, I try to not eat too much. But I am eating more than I should. So...that is the reality. I got in 13,000+ steps yesterday. Hoping to find time to do walks today, too. It is a huge hotel and conference so I am guaranteed a few thousand just going to session.

Take care, team. I'm home Friday night.

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8/3/15 5:02 P

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Well, I'm hanging in....yesterday wasn't easy, nor is today, but I am sticking with it!
Lucha Libre was a laugh....totally planned acrobatics, but so funny..really a good time.
Prism, good for you on the veggies.
Paula, get back in your range today!
Barb, Sherwood, Mnnice, waiting for your posts....












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8/3/15 1:57 P

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7624 steps & went over my calorie range a little bit yesterday.



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8/3/15 12:29 P

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Getting back to making my veggies a priority. emoticon

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8/2/15 4:52 P

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6848 steps & stayed within my calorie limits yesterday! emoticon

The Windows 10 upgrade went very well on my husband's computer. No problems at all. I'm on the Microsoft waiting list for my computer.





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8/2/15 10:13 A

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Good morning team....got back on track yesterday, and woke up feeling way better than I did yesterday morning. Its a new month and a new start....
Good to hear from you Mnnice; hope you were able to finish your chair project.
A nice quiet day until the Lucha Libre which starts at 5:00...
Just trying to keep it together so I can enjoy my day.












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8/1/15 1:03 P

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Have missed a few days again -- the days and the time just fly by lately and can't seem to get everything done anymore! I agree I have learned about Mexico from Oaxaca. I think I will always have to have medium to longish hairstyles -- I have done the programs where you upload a picture and try on different hairstyles and colors, and short styles really don't look good on me. Went to my son's baseball game last night - his fiance's dad came to the game from about 3 hours away, so we met him for the first time. My hubby and him both love ice fishing, baseball, wearing Crocs and even share the same birthday, born just one year apart on the same day. I think they will get along just fine as we blend our families! Have to get moving here as my project for the day is to spray paint my wicker porch chairs to freshen them a bit. Hubby got the porch floor painted a couple weeks ago and looks real nice, so need to get the peeling paint on the chairs taken care of now. I am anxious to hear how the Windows 10 changeover goes. I've heard good things about it and been thinking of updating on my home computer. Keep us posted on that!

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8/1/15 10:51 A

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I know so little about Mexico, OAXACA. You are my very first friend from there! I look forward to learning more from you. emoticon

I ended up with 1465 calories and took 6172 steps yesterday. I'm praying this tracking will make a difference! emoticon



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8/1/15 10:48 A

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What is it about Friday nights? I don't even work a 9 to 5 job, and yet often its Friday night that I mess up. Last night with our friends, I did fine...ate the right things, and not too much. But I did have quite a bit of wine....anyway, I got up shortly after going to bed and really did damage...I can't even tally because of the fudge, yes fudge, I ate, that we served because we got it in Niagara Falls and are keeping it in the freezer. As my husband just said to me, its a new day. I just don't want to fall into that pattern of mine again, which is up and down, with no consistency of on track days. Encouragement is welcome!
I hope the rest of you started off the weekend wisely, and have a happy Saturday.!












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7/31/15 1:43 P

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Oh, Paula, the dentist....I know what that's like all too well!
Lucha Libre is a Mexican type of wrestling...the wrestlers wear masks, very elaborate, and its all about entertainment...will let you know more after Sunday.
I had a very good day yesterday, and hope to continue through the weekend. We have friends coming over tonight, and then the rest of the weekend will be fairly quiet in the evenings, at least so far.
Its been a busy week, and it will be nice to relax a little.
Here's to a great weekend!













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7/31/15 10:53 A

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There is nothing like starting your day off with an hour-long dentist appointment to lesson one's appetite! But the appointment went well and I'm just now beginning to get hungry for some breakfast.

OAXACA1, that's precisely what I'm going to do....begin tracking my food just like I do with my activity.
What is a "Lucha Libre"?

Have a wonderful weekend, Team! emoticon



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7/30/15 8:16 P

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Yesterday ended up so-so....I did some extra nibbling late at night and ended up at around 1900 cals...too many. But woke up determined for a better day and and so far so good. We are going out for dinner, but I plan on doing my very best to stay on track.
Glad to hear you are doing well Sherwood, and oh, boy, I know; work in the garden can be very strenuous. But I am spoiled...I give the job of cleaning and topping up the fountain to my husband.
Paula, combine all that movement with monitored food, and you will get to your goal faster than you ever iimagined!
Very warm weather here, but not like you are having Sherwood. And the nights are beautiful.
We were invited to watch a "Lucha Libre" on Sunday afternoon...after all this time living here, this will be a first...should be fun.
Have a good night team!












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Good morning, team.
Continued progress: I weighed 156.5 this morning.
I suspect it is because I really skipped dinner last night and just had light snacks and wine.
Really light snacks...

And I spent an hour or so w/my brother repotting the last of the water lilies and mucking around cleaning out the pond filters and scrubbing the walls. So in addition to jogging, I also got an hour's worth of workout in the garden. Not any light workout, either.

It was too hot to want to eat. So we turned off the grill.
The high is forecast to be 105 F today. So I am going out right now to jog.

I have a talk to attend and a podiatrist's appointment this afternoon. And a couple of hours writing / revising a paper with a colleague this morning.

So I am busy. And hopefully the heat will not affect me. But the talk is at Lewis and Clark college at 1:15 where there is no air conditioning. Our house guest is giving this talk about how his amazing computer program actually generated the haiku he presented at this writers' conference. He's the most brilliant Lisp programmer I know. He's a well-known researcher at IBM who is super, supper smart. So it will be interesting to hear the audience's reaction. He's been telling us about his program and how it works in the evenings. Fascinating.

Take care, team!

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Good Thursday morning, TEAM! For the first time in a long while, I was able to open up most of my windows today. That northerly breeze is refreshing!

8784 steps yesterday. My activity level is up enough to where I can eat what I want & how much...and still stay the same on the scale. But, I don't want to stay where I'm at, so....

My husband downloaded Windows 10 on his pc last night and the upgrade went well. I haven't received the go-ahead from Microsoft for my computer yet.

Sherwood, I'm glad your chiropractic appointment went well. I hear you about those nagging issues!

emoticon OAXACA on your new hair style! Mine is short too and is so easy to take care of.

MNNICE, I get bored quickly if I don't incorporate something while on the treadmill too. I usually watch tv as I walk away. Most women at the fitness center bring their readers, like you do while on the treadmill. I know one woman who has set up a rule for herself--she can only read her books while on the treadmill. She's on the treadmill lots! emoticon



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7/29/15 3:53 P

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Good afternoon, team.
I had a good chiropractic adjustment yesterday and now feel like my hips/back aren't out of alignment. It made a big difference.

I continue to struggle with little nagging issues. For example, I go to the foot doctor tomorrow (again) to have my growth on the bottom of my foot shaved off. It isn't exactly a wart and it isn't treatable...with any success. Just something to be managed. But when it gets too big it hurts when I jog...like having a nail in my foot...seriously uncomfortable. So it is time to have it trimmed.

And my eating? Well...I am doing OK, not great. My vow is to try really hard next week to hold the line at a conference I am attending all week, then once I return, put my head down and just watch and record everything I eat. I am unsatisfied with drifting towards 160 again. My weight this morning was 157.7. Ugh.

It will be close to 100 today. So I jogged this morning (even with that foot issue) and plan to do so again tomorrow and Friday and Saturday...only much earlier in the day.

Take care, team!

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7/29/15 3:11 P

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Everyone sounds good! YAY!!!!!!!
I too am doing well...went out for dinner with friends, and even with wine I was well within my caloried range.
Big news is I just got back from getting my hair cut short...it has been in a mid length bob for about 4 years or so, and I really felt it wasn't doing anything for me. I am glad I did it, although every time I see myself I am surprised!
Let's all keep up the good work!












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7/29/15 1:50 P

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The scale showed a good result for my efforts this morning - but seems like every time I say that, it goes the other direction the next day even though I've done nothing to deserve it! Will see how that turns out! It's a nice day today, but very windy, so I'm thinking of getting on the treadmill after work instead of walking outside. If I read my Kindle, it's not quite so boring!

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7040 steps yesterday and a good fitness center workout this morning. It felt better wearing smaller-sized clothing to workout in today. I've never liked the way baggy clothes feel on me.

You're smart about keeping a chart, PRISM. I've learned that our scales are just 1 resource for measuring progress.

MNNICE, emoticon on your excellent start of this week! You can make it an excellent week. I know you can!



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Definitely as long as we have not given up we are making progress!! Have had 2 good days with eating, and exercise also. Still having a hard time getting back into strength training. Got in about 5 miles of walking today plus an hour of pickleball, so I'm ready to put my feet up and unwind before heading to bed.

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Thank you PAULAJEAN59 I do feel like I have a new outlook and I'm ready to do this! emoticon
Even though I haven't rejoined my gym yet I am officially going on the record. ;)
I just made my new chart and listed my measurements for this week. My chart goes for the next 12 weeks and this way I can keep an eye on how well I'm doing even when I'm off line. :D
I like to keep my chart because even if the scale doesn't move for a week or two, my chart will still show my progress hasn't stopped.
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Thanks for the video info, PRISM! May God help you with your new beginning. This reminds me of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz as she began her journey on the yellow brick road, by putting one step in front of the other. We are traveling together, one step at a time, aren't we! emoticon

Glad all is well with you, OAXACA. emoticon

Thank you, MNNICE, for telling us more about Women's Connection. Sounds like a good group to be a part of! I really like sax music. emoticon

8964 steps taken yesterday and plenty of housework for me today. emoticon My eating is creeping upwards again. emoticon It's like fighting gravity some days. Becoming aware of it is a big step in the right direction for me. I'm going to begin tracking my food consumption again. That always helps.

Let's rise above it all! emoticon



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7/28/15 1:26 P

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Just a quick post to let you know all is well....hope everyone is having a good, on-track day.
Looking forward to your posts!












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Sorry I have missed posting for so long - just so much too do and get worn out before I have time to post at the end of the day. So basically, I've been lazy! My eating has not been real good over the weekend and the scale showed it this morning. Very hot and humid today, so may have to get on my treadmill tonight - it's in the basement where it's cool! My Women's Connection group meets once a month and it's Stonecroft Ministries. The meetings consist of a light supper, a short welcome prayer, one speaker that is spiritually motivational, one speaker that is local (i.e. podiastrist, acupuncturist, gardener, food co-op are a few we've had), and then a musical feature which is usually one secular piece and one non-secular piece -- could be a singer, pianist, guitar - I even played my sax at one meeting. This will be another busy week, but will try to be better at posting!

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Great to see your post Sherwood, and glad to hear you are relaxing for a change! And also glad to hear you are doing well with your weight.
Paula...you are a real mover and shaker...a real inspiration!
Prism...WELCOME!!!!!! Do try to post....we can respond and help you take more baby steps every day to get where you want to be!
I had a good rest of the weekend, and am ready for a good week. Thankfully, I am only getting injections for the infection instead of pills...less upset for me. Paula, the reason I have gotten these infections is I am on a very strong medication for my rheumatoid arthritis that lowers the body's resistance to infection. I have more work to be done, so I will talk to my rheumatologist, and will probably have to stay off the medication for a number of months.
Sounds like a strange complaint, but I have a little too much free time today...most of my commitments are in the late afternoon, typical here in Mexico.
Here's to a great week for us all!












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Good morning everyone,

I'm not getting quite the start I was wanting but I'm still making small steps until I can have my new beginning.

My husband is off for the week and I always have such a hard time getting things done when he is home. :( It will only be a few more days and I've already started being more aware of what and how much I'm putting in my mouth. :D Small steps are better than no steps.

I did manage to get some exercise videos downloaded last night and will be looking for something for Zumba today.

While looking through You Tube I stumbled across a new exercise team... well, new to me anyway. lol WOW!!! If I could get anywhere near the abs on this girl I would be in heaven. Has anyone heard of Live Lean TV with Jessica Rumbaugh? You can subscribe to their web broadcasts online but she does have a few workout videos on You Tube that you can use for free. :D I've downloaded a couple videos so I'll still be able to use them when we lose power and internet connection. ;) That is a boring time and exercising will help kill the time until power is back. :D

Her butt exercises
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GutXq3ij
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Best of luck and enjoy your day ;)

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Good morning! emoticon

I just got back from a good fitness center workout. 7440 steps yesterday.

OAXACA, I've been a bit busier lately, but don't worry, I'm not far away. emoticon

Sherwood, glad to hear about your weight progress! emoticon



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Good evening, team.

I am back from my one day board meeting in Seattle. Got home late last night. My husband picked me up from the train station at 9:45 p.m. I slept like a rock last night. Nearly 8 hours which is good for me. I was very tired out. Today I just lazed around (did not jog the last two days). I don't exactly know why I am so tired. Probably because of the all day board meeting and the long evening with my son Friday. We went out to a nice restaurant on the beach in West Seattle then a play afterwards. Got stuck in the post Mariner game baseball traffic so I didn't get to my bed and breakfast until midnight.

So I hope that after a long night's sleep tonight that I feel better.

My weight is down to 157.3 this morning. That's progress. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

Our house guest will be out at a writers' conference from six thirty am until 9:30 p.m. every evening. So we probably won't see much of him at all.

Take care. I'll be checking in this week. Next week I travel to Washington DC for a conference.

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Where are you team?!!!!
I am doing fine again...I have to admit, I had a very upset stomach yesterday. I think it was from the extra food all at one time...anyway, yesterday and today have gone really well.
We did some shopping today, after all the laundry got done. The day really flew away....why, I don't know. Tonight will be a little reading and probably some tv.
I hope I see some posts from you all tomorrow, and that you are all doing ok.












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Yes, it's been rather busy around my place, OAXACA. 10,596 steps on Friday & 8876 steps yesterday. Thanks for mentioning.

I've never heard about dental implant infections either. Wow!

Ooooo, I began a new novel yesterday that is very hard to put down! Called THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US by Charles Martin. Excellently written. I'm going to read more from him.





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Good morning everyone emoticon
I hope you are feeling better soon OAXACA1. I have been wishing for dental implants for quite some time now but have never considered infections. Gives me a new way to look at things for sure. Best of luck to you emoticon

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Good morning team!
The end of my day yesterday was not so great. Turns out the infection I had with one dental implant is back, which means more antibiotics and more stomach discomfort...ugh. Also had trouble with the temporary denture I have for another tooth that needs to be replaced...just a lot of frustration and feeling like my body just isn't working for me these days, sore foot and all.
We ended up going out to an event, and didn't get home until almost 11:00, and no dinner. I decided to have oatmeal and a fruit since it was so late. However, in the middle of the night I went into the kitchen and had a little party. Thankfully, I didn't go totally nuts, and ended up only 100 calories over the top of my calorie range. Had I not eaten the pack of cookies, I would have been ok...one unhealthy choice always uses up a lot of calories. I know it was a combination of frustration and crazy eating hours. So today I am pledging myself to good, healthy food, and proper mealtimes. Only problem is, I'm not hungry for breakfast, so will wait a bit, and then have something very light.
Mnnice, haven't heard from you for a few days, hope all is well.
Got your message Barb....enjoy the last days of your vacation and anxious to see your posts soon.
Paula, no step report yesterday...guess you are busy with the grandkids.
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Keep doing those stretches Sherwood...sciatica is so awful, I know all too well. And hang in there in Seattle....you can do it!
I have had a great week, and finally feel caught up with everything. I love my new car! I am getting used to the "newness" now, so not so nervous to be driving it.
My food intake has been right on, and I feel good. Now to get through the weekend. At the moment we have no plans to go out, but that may change. Anyway, I plan on staying on track...just feels good to not be bloated and mad at myself.
Let's make it a good weekend for us all!












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So team....didn't check in yesterday, but I do have things to talk about. My evening out went so-so. I ate beforehand but caved in and ordered some food there, too. And felt really crappy. Yesterday I had some sciatica, so took the day off from running. Although I didn't eat out of line yesterday, my weight was up to 158.3 this morning.

I found some stretches on youtube that really helped relieve my sciatic aches....and I am going to do them again this morning. Nothing difficult. One is sitting with your feet against the wall and then bending your head forward with your hands behind your head. The other is lying flat with the leg that is bugging you doing some stretches with it (to your chest, in the air, circling your foot, aching the leg to the side)...then of course doing the "pigeon" and downward dog yoga poses. Surprisingly these stretches provided immediate relief afterwards (although they didn't feel super great doing 'em). I have to remember to stretch! Tell myself that: I have to remember to stretch.

My goal today: Get out and walk or jog this morinng for 30 minutes. Then pack and get ready for Seattle. When I'm with my son, I will eat with moderation. And I hope to get up and walk before our meeting tomorrow. That's my plan.

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Good Thursday morning, team! My daughter & 2 of my grandchildren will be spending today with me. emoticon

10,168 steps yesterday. emoticon

Thanks, OAXACA, for the encouragement. I thought of you, MNNICE & Sherwood as I walked into The Pizza Ranch and that firmed up my resolve to eat right while there.
How's that new car?

MNNICE, I hope the podiatrist's tips help you. What's your Women's Connection about? How often do you meet?

Sherwood, I hope you were able to stick with your plan when you went out last night. Your husband is quite the jogger--both of you are!



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Good afternoon, team. So happy to hear from you Oaxaca....and to hear that you did a great job with moderation while being away 3 weeks with friends and family.

I had a good day yesterday and realized that I can't just match the guys in my house's food intake. They are both 200+ pounders and I don't want to be one. So I was OK with eating a little less than they did yesterday. And it paid off. I weighed 157.6 this morning. This is a high number for me. But sadly, it does represent some progress.

Tonight's challenge: Going out for drinks and dinner with a friend of my husband's. I've vowed to eat before we go because we'll only have bar food available...and to limit my drinking. I have a plan and I'm going to stick with it.

I have much travel in my future, and my mindset now is: how can I eat sensibly and exercise daily while traveling? I think I need to do both. And, to be kind to myself...what I mean by that is to not beat myself up if I don't get exactly all the jogging in I'd like to do. But enough.

On another great note, my husband is breaking speed records each day when he goes jogging. And now I have a tough time keeping up with him. So this is good for him and good for me. I have now run 7 days in a row...and it is a good thing.

I need to keep up daily exercise. My next trip is to Seattle. I have a board meeting all day Saturday so will take the train up to Seattle on Friday afternoon, spend the evening with my son and then take the train home Saturday evening. I am staying at a bed and breakfast by the beach, so hope to get up early and jog on Saturday morning. We'll see. I'm packing my jogging clothes.

Take care, team!

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Yesterday went well, and oh boy, at 7:00 I pick up my new car! So excited. Especially since I got a flat yesterday in my old car.
Today is going well...got some errands done, and my food intake is where it should be. My legs feel a lot better, but my foot seems to get a little better, then bad again. Right now it is very swollen like it was awhile ago. Never a dull moment.
Good job last night Paula!
Mnnice, I love to go without shoes too, and even more, I love being barefoot. You know, I never thought that those ugly crocs were actually good for your feet....just thought it was a fad.
Finish off the day in a positive way team!












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Pizza Ranch is one of the few "fast food" restaurants we have in our small town, and I have to avoid it. A pizza buffet is a real danger to me! I lost all control with pizza and chocolate! Welcome back, Oaxaca! Was good to hear from you, and way to go on using moderation on your trip!! Not an easy task. One of the presenters at my Women's Connection program/meeting last night was a podiatrist, and I got some good information and tips from him. Will try some of them for a while to see if my foot pain clears up, and if not I will make an appointment to see him. The hardest for me will be to wear shoes while in the house. First thing I always do when I walk in the door is kick off my shoes. Going barefoot is very bad for the feet, apparently. He recommends Crocs RX for wearing around the house. Crocs are so ugly, but I might have to get some! Like you, Oaxaca, I don't want to have to give up my walking, although I know I probably should give it a rest.

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How are your legs & feet feeling today, OAXACA? I hope they're better.

I was victorious at The Pizza Ranch yesterday evening! emoticon My thoughts went to you all on this team as I waited in line to pay for our meal. No second helpings...skipped the pizza & dessert table altogether...my largest portion was the salad...and I focused on my daughter & grandchildren much more than the food on my plate. I felt like a real winner walking out of that restaurant after our meal, realizing that victory tasted far better than any extra food could ever have.

Thank you all for being here! emoticon emoticon



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WELCOME BACK, OAXACA!!!! emoticon emoticon I'm glad you had a good trip!

I forgot to add this to my earlier morning post----my scale finally displayed a lower number today! I LOST a pound! emoticon

Edited by: PAULAJEAN59 at: 7/21/2015 (11:33)


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Hello Team!!!!! After 3 weeks away, I'm back and ready to roll! Thank you for missing me, I missed you too!
The trip was wonderful. Posting was impossible, as we were literally busy every minute. We saw family, spent a weekend with 15 people at the family cottage, went to Quebec City and then drove to go whale watching in the St. Lawrence, went to Niagara Falls, and then the Niagara Wine Country for wine tastings. And believe it or not, I did ok with food! We ate out a lot, but | ordered wisely, only indulged in dessert around 3 times, and my only really "bad" day was the night before our flight home....too much dinner, and sweets late at night. But not bad for so many weeks away... Now that I am home I am pulling in the reins and want to have a clean, clean week. Yesterday went very well...I was so busy organizing and doing wash that eating was not a priority.
The only bad news is that I know I over walked, and my legs and my bad foot are really aching. I have to try to stay off my feet, but as you all know, that is never easy. I want to get back on the elliptical, but will wait until I am in better condition.
I have read you posts, and for those of you struggling, I hope this week is off to a good start.
It feels great to be back...have a wonderful day everyone!

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Menopause changes our bodies in so many ways! I'm discovering that those on SparkPeople who have reached their goal weight, also fluctuate within a 3-lb range. So, it must be natural for our bodies to do that--we just need it to happen at a lower weight range!

I was thinking about Oaxaca yesterday and wondering how things were going for her. I'm missing her too. emoticon

I hope all is well with Barb, too!

12,224 steps for me yesterday! emoticon I may mow the lawn more often. emoticon

My clothes are looking sloppy on me--in spite of my scale staying the same. The shoulder-lines are hanging down farther. My pants are baggier. This exercise is making a difference!

I have a challenge for this evening: we're going to an all-you-care-to-eat pizza & chicken buffet restaurant with my daughter and grandchildren. I'm sharing this with you for accountability, because I've been known to overdo it at The Pizza Ranch in the past and I don't want that to happen this time. I will let you know tomorrow how I do. I'm rehearsing in my mind how I want it to go...what I want to put on my plate...what I want to really focus on...how I want to feel as I leave the restaurant. I DO have choices and my past failures don't need to affect today's success! emoticon



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Paula, way to hang in there, you are making great progress! My scale keeps going up and down the same 3 pounds. I blame menopause for the gain after maintaining for several years, but I know I could work a little harder at my exercise and I have been terribly neglecting any weight training. For that I blame lack of time. Those are excuses that need to stop! But I won't give up - have come too far to go back where I was! Missing Oaxaca's posts, but hope she is having a great time back in Toronto!

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Life has a way of throwing curve balls, doesn't it? That's why we're here together, so we don't have to do this alone. Losing weight and keeping it off requires everything we've got...and then some. Hang in there Sherwood & MNNICE! There is One Who is stronger than us that I call on daily for help.

6764 steps for me yesterday...I rest more on Sundays. But today is a different story! I did a good workout at the fitness center and mowed my entire lawn. Wow, never did the whole yard before....got in LOTS of steps. I usually just mow the front yard with the walk-behind while my husband does the rest on his rider, but he's working longer hours today, so I thought I better just get it all done.

In spite of all of my clothes getting noticeably looser on me--my weight is staying the same. But I know that if I just keep on eating right and keep exercising, my scale WILL show a smaller number. I read that muscle weighs 10 times more than fat--and I've been steadily increasing the weights on all the fitness center machines.



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Good afternoon, team. I'm not doing very well on the weight front. I weighed 158 this morning. I am struggling to eat the "regular" food I know that I need to with my brother living with me. We have far too much potato salad, wine, whatever. I need to set myself up for success. And take the time to just do what I need to do, ignoring all this tempting food around me.

And to top it off, we're taking my brother and his daughter to celebrate his 60th birthday this evening. Should be fun. How the heck can I eat just a skimpy amount at this? I'm not sure.

I *thought* I could resist temptation and actually not eat much lunch. But a few bits of potato salad and some leftover chicken thigh (at least it was boneless and skinless) I have already eaten my lunch.

I am not going to stress so much about this as I am going to vow to do things differently. No more eating whatever I want whenever I want. This just won't cut it. Seriously. And no more waiting until the food is gone before I knuckle down. After tonight, I'm taking a break from carbs and going on South Beach phase I as much as possible. And I'll take it one day at a time. No use vowing to skip a meal to "make up", either. That doesn't work for me.

Hope you all are doing better....

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Well, good intentions went by the wayside and I didn't get my walk in, and would have been fine for eating except that I ate too many potato chips and dip with my supper. Normally I don't eat them or even buy them, but my son stopped and got some, and so I indulged in too much! Hopefully the 2-pound gain is water retention from all the salt....

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Glad to hear it, MMNICE! You're rising above!

8192 steps yesterday and a good fitness center workout.



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Yes, I had a better Saturday. Even though we went out to eat Friday night, I ate sensibly. Yesterday we had a wedding and again, I ate mostly the chicken and the broccoli, but did have a very small spoonful of mashed potatoes and a very small amount of beef. Yes, a cupcake too! I was full, but not stuffed, and I felt like I ate like a "normal" person, and not one who has a binging problem! The scale number this morning was acceptable to me. I need to find time to get out for a brisk walk today, and finish the weekend with another on-track eating day.

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I'm sorry, MNNICE, that you had such a terrible no-good rotten Friday! emoticon I hope you have a much better time next week at work.

Salt seems to do a greater number on us as we get older, Sherwood. It's amazing how that scale can spike after a salty meal! emoticon emoticon emoticon

10,768 steps for me yesterday! emoticon I now think of you, MNNICE, when I go reach the 10 thousand number. emoticon

I did a first! I went to the fitness center today--Saturday. Never went there during the weekend before. But with my husband busy setting up things in his new garage, it was perfect.

Have a great weekend, dear friends.



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MMNice. Hopefully the weekend is not frustrating and you can get a handle on stress eating. My problem is I have a house guest (my brother) and using that as an excuse I have not gone back to low carbs/low amount of fruits.

So my weight was up to 158 this early morning. We went out to a very pleasant happy hour last night where I had a half liter of dry cider and 2 chicken wings and some nachos with pork...and I expect the salt did me in. Never mind that. I don't intend on happy hour every evening. I need to keep my eating moderate and cut out the carbs. I have another house guest coming a week from now (he's attending a writers' conference at a local college during the daytime)...and he's inviting us out to dinner. So my challenge will be watching all those dinners and opportunities to indulge/drink. There will always be some excuse. And I've just got to limit myself. Period.

And on that note, I'm going out to run 8 miles in about half an hour before it gets too hot. High of 100 today. Wow

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Yesterday was a very frustrating day at work and to deal with the stress I found myself continually reaching into a bag of taffy candy. Don't even want to know how many handsful I had! Then continued to feel sorry for myself and didn't exercise at all after work. Today I'm handling the stress much better.

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It's Friiiiiiidaaaay! emoticon

9476 steps yesterday emoticon

Glad you're catching up on sleep, Sherwood. I hope you were successful with your eating yesterday. emoticon



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Good morning, team.

I've had 8+ hours of sleep the last two days...and it has really been making a difference in how I feel. I went jogging yesterday, too. Today's plan: do the longer (3.6) mile loop through town early enough.

My challenge: My brother is staying at my house as he's transitioning from being married to divorcing and buying a house in central Oregon. He closed on his house yesterday and has a counteroffer on his new home. I suspect he'll be here a month. When family is around there's a temptation to cook and do too much food.

But fortunately my brother's not a dessert guy and my husband is also trying to lose weight...so we've just been having grilled food and fruit for dinner. Last night it was chicken kebobs (with peppers, cucumbers, onions and mushrooms) and grapes.

Fortunately, my weight continues to slowly drop to pre-travel levels. 156.5 this morning. But I need to dedicate myself to weight loss. I'm too casual to really lose any weight.
I am up for it. So: mindful eating during the day. And since I am in control of the cooking, don't make dinner too late.

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8068 steps yesterday & my car is all shiny once again. emoticon

Today, I'm re-evaluating how much I eat each day. It's less than it used to be. emoticon I'm going to zero-in on when I can let go of more food and grab on to feeling even better! emoticon I'm discovering how this increase in exercise stabilizes my scale and makes everything in my body work better. What a learning adventure this has become!

Now off to my fitness center....



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8380 steps yesterday emoticon

I'll be getting a good workout out soon when I scrub my car here at home. It needs it!

Wow, 10,000 steps, MNNICE. That is a great daily goal!

Sherwood, I understand how hard getting back to "normal eating" can be! Getting down to my goal weight remains elusive to me. I've been stuck at my current weight in spite of my increased activity level. I'm learning that one can't out-exercise overeating. I have to eat less than I've been to get closer to my goal weight. That's just the way it is. emoticon



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Good afternoon, team.
Love that story about the 85 year old, Paula Jean. May we all be so inspired.

I read a book this spring called What Makes Olga Run? which was about a 90+ year old woman who took up running late in life. She ran until she had a stroke and died at about age 97, and lived in her daughter's and was active until the very end. How inspiring.

I need inspiration. I am not back to "normal" eating, even though I am home. I think I have been cutting myself some slack as I've been easing off of my travel, but realize that with my new client, I'll be back up to 50% probably in the fall...and doing a lot of hard work for them. Exciting, exhilarating, and challenging, all at the same time. When I get in such a state of anticipation about new work, I kind of am not diligent in how I manage my food/exericse.

For example, I was too busy with client meetings until 1:30 pm today. Then I chilled for a while, and my husband asked if I wanted to do a Costco trip w/him. I'm back now, and ate some chips and a granola bar because I really didn't eat much lunch. And I didn't exercise today either. But it is late in the day, I'm tired/jetlagged and I am not going to beat myself up about it.

I'll just be mindful and get a good, early start on exercise tomorrow.

One day at a time.

At least I know (in general) that I will have plenty of work in the next 6 months with new, interesting people. And that's great. My challenge will be figuring out how to balance my work and personal goals (as it has always been).

Take care!
Sherwood

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PaulaJean, what an inspiration that woman is! I'm feeling motivated today. I'll need to practice organ after work today, so won't be able to walk AND play pickleball - but still should be able to get my 10,000 steps in.

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8416 steps yesterday emoticon

I was behind schedule yesterday and ended up going to the fitness center later than usual. Glad I did because I met an 85-year-old woman there--Ethel--who really inspired me. Her workout routine was similar to mine--in spite of her being 25 years older than me! She has the most beautiful smile. May I be doing as well as she is when I reach 85!



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Welcome back to the US, Sherwood! I don't think I could sit still for a plane ride that long without getting Restless Legs. I don't get that very often, but think that might cause it! Busy weekend, but had a good time in Fargo. The bad part was that hubby bought himself a new weed trimmer that he badly needed, and when he opened the box when we got home, it had dirt and grass on it -- it had been used, returned, and then restocked on the shelf and sold as new! He was NOT happy. And it's a 2+ hour drive to return it. I did eat to much birthday cake at son-in-laws 40th birthday party. Will have to work hard this week to get it off!

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7/13/15 12:52 P

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Good morning, team, from Sherwood, Oregon! I am home again for 3 weeks after a week in Germany. It was a long day coming home. We left for the Munich airport at 8 a.m. and I got home to Sherwood at close to 11 p.m. ...which is 8 a.m. Munich time. So I spent 24 hours either getting to or traveling on a plane.

I had a wonderful time in Germany. Our conference was called EuroPLoP which is a 4 day event with writers' workshops. People all over the world come to review patterns they have written. A pattern describes what to do if you have a particular problem, what you may have to balance and make tradeoffs about, and then a solution. These are not all software patterns, but in my group there were people from Japan who have written patterns about creative co-cooking, patterns for social action, patterns for helping people with dementia and their families....but most of the patterns (if not all) I have written with others are about software and/or the process of developing software. It is all good fun.

I managed to go on two jogging excursions while there- both about 3 miles. One morning I went out with a professor from Lisbon. It was quite fun, but I was much slower than he was but he was so patient with me. We went by a small man made lake where people in the town swim...and he said hello to an older gentleman who was swimming in the nude. How funny. I would not have said hello, but Portuguese are just friendly.

I got some kind of bug or spider bite on my ankle...that is swollen and itches. Made plane riding uncomfortable. But I will survive.

My next trip that I know of is to Washington DC for another conference the first week of August. So now that I am home I hope to work on taking off the 3 pounds (and more) that I gained on this trip. I think I have a lot of water weight. But I ate well, too. Had a wonderful wonderful time and am now ready to enjoy the somewhat cool/cloudy weather in Oregon. Only 70s and low 80s this week. Yay!

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7/13/15 11:20 A

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Good advice, Paula. I'll take mine off when I go out on the boat. Much easier than trying to figure it out after the fact. Right now, I am shooting for 6,000 a day and when that is easier for me to reach, I will raise the bar. One day, I'll be doing as good as you....9940 steps is fantastic in my book.

Already did my walk this morning. I do 4 laps of the driveway and the owner here told me it is 900 feet from one end to the other. The beginning of the odd laps is uphill. Looking for the day when it is easy to truck up that incline! I imagine it should be by the time we go home on the 25th.

My stepson, James, told me he's proud of me this morning :-) Actually...they both did! I told James he made me feel really good the other day when he told me he could tell when he first saw me that I looked different. Validation is a wonderful thing!

Anyway....off for some "pampering" while the boys are on the boat. Have a great week everyone!

Barbara


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7/13/15 10:50 A

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Activity trackers are like that, Barb. I have to remember to take mine off when I'm in my rocker, otherwise it counts each rock as a step. emoticon

The important thing is: we're more active than we used to be! It's showing in the way my clothes are fitting. emoticon

9940 steps yesterday! emoticon

Edited by: PAULAJEAN59 at: 7/13/2015 (10:51)


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7/12/15 10:14 P

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Thanks Paula. I'm happy that I have that relationship with him also. Makes it much easier on many different levels.

I logged over 11,000 steps today but my Striiv logs steps while on the boat too. So I did around the same as yesterday. Going to have to figure out a way to get the true amount. Was funny when I logged the 10,000th step and it told me that I met my daily goal but I was on the boat.

I did walk 1.1 miles this morning in 25 minutes. Felt good to do something since I can't ride my recumbent bike until we go back home.

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7/12/15 2:39 P

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Way to go, Barb! I'm glad you have a good relationship with your oldest stepson. A true blessing.

7692 steps yesterday, and I helped my husband move our stuff from the storage unit into our new garage. No more storage rent payments! emoticon



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7/11/15 9:57 P

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Thanks Paula!

Today has been my best day so far since I started using my Striiv Touch to keep count of my steps. 6387 steps!!! I'll have a couple more before going to bed but I'm happy with the count as it is.

Both my stepsons came on vacation with us. I'm thankful because the oldest will support me and is telling me how proud he is of me and said when he saw me he knew something was different. I'm sure he will motivate me not to slip back into lazy ways.

I'm going to miss riding my recumbent bike but I'll have plenty of activity, I'm sure. Hope everyone's weekend is going well.

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12 pounds! Wow, Barb! That's great! emoticon You & I have a wonderful opportunity to become more active IN SPITE of our health issues. It's taken me quite a few months to build up to my current level of activity--but I sure do feel better because of it! I used to think I could never be this active...that I was too old....too fat. I. Was. So. Wrong! And now my husband is changing his life-style. He's losing weight & wanting to eat healthier. emoticon

9076 steps for me yesterday. emoticon



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7/10/15 10:08 P

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Me too Paula. Arthritis in my neck, shoulders, spine and knees....clusters of cysts in breasts that now I have to see a surgeon about....hypertension....high cholesterol....pre-diabetic. About time I get it together so I can enjoy the rest of my life...

On that note, doctor visits went well today. Best b/p I've had in a long time (128/80). Must be because I am on vacation! Better news is that I am now down 12 pounds in the past 3 weeks. I think I floated out of that office!

Looking forward to going to Lake George and am bringing my computer with me to keep in touch. Started logging in my steps here at Spark...didn't know I could do that.

Have a great weekend all!!!!

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I love vacations where I can just have my own schedule and go for as many walks and for as far as I feel like, instead of just trying to find time to fit it in. Busy weekend ahead!

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7/10/15 9:36 A

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Happy Friday, Friends! emoticon

MNNICE--Just look at it this way--one just can't eat during an organ lesson. This new addition in your life will be a wonderful way of keeping your mind off food. I'm excited for you!
You are SO right about activity trackers--I never want to be without one ever again. emoticon

Barbara, I'm paying a price too for not living like I should have when younger....osteoporosis of the spine & osteopenia of the hips, but I'm praying I can still turn things around with my fitness center workouts & eating healthier. We will be eager to hear how many steps you take while in Lake George! emoticon

6108 steps for me yesterday while spending the day with 2 of my grandchildren. Having my activity tracker spurred me to take Andrew & Renee for a nice afternoon walk while the breezes were still cool. It's going to be a very warm day with high humidity here today. Good thing I already got my gardening done! emoticon

Have a great & active weekend!



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Well, vacation starts today....hallelujah!!!! To the doctor this afternoon for a blood pressure check and an echocardiogram. Then no more doctors until the 27th. That's what I get for not taking care of myself for 6 years! Happy to be back on track.

I have a Striiv Touch (kind of like a FitBit). Cant seem to get much above 3400 steps. It is a motivator though. Looking forward to racking up the steps in Lake George!

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7/9/15 11:12 P

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Sherwood is our team world traveler! Such adventures she has, and mostly they are working trips - she is a lucky lady to see the world! My life seems to be a treadmill lately - seems like I am always running but can't seem to get anywhere! Now I have started a series of 8 organ lessons, which means I have to find time to PRACTICE! Paula, the activity trackers really are motivating! I am lost if I forget to clip my Fitbit on!

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Wow, Sherwood! Germany! Are you over your jetlag yet? I've never experienced it. The farthest I flew was from Wisconsin to Florida. I've never been out of the US.

Purchasing an activity tracker is turning out to be a life-changer for me. 7720 steps yesterday.



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7/8/15 3:45 P

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Good evening team from beautiful Bavaria.

All the Germans are downstairs drinking beer from big steins. I didn't have any because I am not a big beer fan. We'll see tho....I am so jetlagged thaat I am afraid I am going to be antisocial and just go to my room and sleep. It is a spare but large room with two twin beds (but just me) a big closet and a nice shower/bathroom.

And no tv or internet in the room. I am afraid it is so quiet that I may sleep forever. We'll see.

We had a big banquet tonight and I ate plenty. But am feeling very tired and thirsty. It was cool cloudy and rainy when we landed in Munich. Now it is just cool and will not rain the rest of the week and be in the 80s. I will see how long I sleep. I hope to be able to get up and walk around the town before breakfast tomorrow. Hope. Hope. It is a quaint town in Bavaria...

Wonderful people. Far too much socializing for my tired self tonight.

So hang in there, team.
Talk to you all later.

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Barbara, yes! Please enjoy your vacation...everything else will fall into place afterwards.

9068 steps yesterday! I've got my workout clothes on...will be heading to the fitness center soon.... emoticon



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Good evening all.

Still haven't heard anything about the new job. Still hopeful but a little uncertain. Either way, I'm going to enjoy my vacation.

So glad to be back on here and part of this group. You are all sooooo inspiring!!!

Barbara


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It's good to have you both back home with us again, MNNICE & SHERWOOD! emoticon

Your latest time at the cabin sounds wonderful. Your describing being out on the dock brought me back to when I'd travel north to Upper Michigan where my parent's cabin was on Round Lake. I loved sitting out on their dock and traveling around on the lake in a paddle boat. That sure was good exercise!

I love your attitude, SHERWOOD....the way you're looking forward to healthier eating.

We WILL lose this extra weight and we are looking forward to losing this weight! We know we CAN do it. We are excited to begin eating better and getting more energy back! We are no longer over-eaters. We've become healthy eaters! YES! Our past failures have no bearing on our future success! emoticon

9376 steps and an hour at the fitness center yesterday! emoticon



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7/6/15 9:40 P

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Good to hear from everyone. MNNice, it is good to have a vacation. Now, get back to work and to your goals for the fall. I know you have the grit to dig in and make progress.

Good to hear about steps, exercise, and progress.
Me, I'm headed off to a conference all week in a former monastery in Germany. I scheduled a massage for today, and boy did I need it. I actually fell in the shower last week and did a bit of damage....nothing serious, but tight back muscles all around. I feel much better now. But I will most unlikely undo all these good feelings with all the plane trips in the coming week. 14 hrs going, 18+ hours returning. Flying from Portland to Chicago to Munich. Then spending days with people in writers' workshops where there is a lot of sitting and reviewing interspersed with silly games that get us moving. The conference should be fantastic. The plane rides---not so much.

I weighed 157.1 this morning. Ouch! But I vow to go on a south beach phase I for the 3 weeks I am home again. No kidding. It will do me good. I'm looking forward to that.

Take care. I promise to check in if I have time. If not, I'll check in next Monday.

Go team!

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Had a beautiful and relaxing week at the lake, but all good things must come to an end and today it was back to work! There were more fireworks on the 4th this year than I have ever seen before. We enjoyed sitting out on our dock and watching them all up and down and across the lake. Lots of big, pretty ones. We had a neighborhood parade in our little cabin subdivision, followed by a huge potluck - it's an annual tradition and lots of fun. Came home from the lake with a few extra pounds so I need to get back on track!


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I hope you hear that you got that new job real soon, Barbara!

A brand new week filled with opportunities to reach our goals--yes!

7764 steps for me yesterday--now off to the fitness center, I go....



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Happy Monday everyone!

I'm hoping the next four days go by quickly. Vacation starts Friday and not a day too soon!!!

On another note...I went for an interview for a promotion last Friday and sure do hope I hear good news before I start my vacation. Then I will come back to work to a new job. Ready for a change.

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13,052 steps yesterday! It was a good 4th for me & my family.



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Got in 7.1 miles this morning before it got hot. Now I am lazing around reading while son and husband just left for a brewfest. I told them to bring back food for dinner. We'll see.

It is another hot day here. Upper 90s forecast for the next 3 days. Then I am on a plane to Germany.

The garden needs watering. So I've got added steps in today, too. Plenty of exercise. And mindful eating.

Happy 4th, team!

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