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9/2/15 8:52 A

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Satisfied with my progress -- eating well and even with that birthday cake in the break room, I had just a tiny piece each day and then left it alone. That's huge for me because even as I was eating it (especially the frosting) I could feel the urge to binge building. So to escape it was a victory. Got up early and did an upper body video and a core video. Ready to have a good day! Let's continue to dig in and find that motivation!

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9/1/15 10:45 P

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Still digging for the motivation and doing okay. Really felt lazy tonight but ended up talking myself into going for a walk anyway, and ended up doing over 12,000 steps.

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9/1/15 1:28 P

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I had a very on track day yesterday, and stayed in bed!!!!!
Now I have to keep my goal in mind all day and night...to stop getting up and going into the kitchen.
Sherwood, that not sleeping is awful....I hate when I go through those stages. I hope eating earlier helps with that.
I am working today, and then hope to finish my book...its a fictionalized biography of the writer George Sand, and its a good read.
Happy September...let's make it a month of success!












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9/1/15 12:10 P

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6112 steps & stayed within my calorie range yesterday. emoticon Looking fwd to my next weigh-in! emoticon



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9/1/15 11:23 A

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I ate late last night and was up over a pound this morning. Looking forward to not having dinner at 8 p.m.

I also slept poorly. Been waking up at 2 and not getting back to sleep for a couple of hours.

Oh well...life's challenges.

Today is a nice day. I have some work to do...but also have a massage scheduled. Plan to go jogging before that, so I will get my steps in.

Here's to digging in. And sticking to goals. My goal for today: get food earlier than 8, consciously eat, track, and exercise. Oh yeah, and take time for that massage.

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8/31/15 2:19 P

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Okay, I'm with you all on the "digging in"!! Lady in the next office brought a birthday cake to work to share. I did eat one small piece, but will NOT have another at afternoon break and will skip my afternoon snack and go light on supper to make up for the extra calories. I need to make September a very on-track month to be able to lose a couple pounds and be in good shape for the trip/wedding!

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8/31/15 11:35 A

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I spent most of yesterday traveling and didn't overeat at the restaurants. I'm back to my usual tracking today.



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8/31/15 11:19 A

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Interesting day yesterday....I was aware and tracking....did about 40 minutes on the elliptical....but after dinner I was still hungry. I checked, it was true hunger. So I was aware I was going over on calories, but I had something to eat....food, not junk, and ended up 200 calories over. I am ok with that....I kept the binge away.
I slept ridiculously late today...must be the antibiotics. I have errands to run, and that's about it. My work week starts tomorrow.
Sherwood, glad to hear you held your own yesterday. Keep that drive! I am still digging for mine, but I think I'm getting close.
New week, new month tomorrow...let's do it!













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8/31/15 10:25 A

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Good morning, team.

Well, I did my long run of 12+ miles yesterday afternoon...started pretty late in the afternoon. I was slow, but I did it. Felt good to do what I committed to. In the morning we went to Ikea to help my brother shop for new stuff for his house (from dishes and glasses to trash cans)....he really didn't get that much stuff. But we did a lot of walking.

Then we went out for a late lunch. I had a turkey salad and water...so I could feel light enough to go running when we got home. (Did I mention it was at a pub?). So, I did dig in yesterday....and am proud I did. No way do I want to go running so long so late in the day again. But I had to get it done.

My weight is 157.4 this morning. Obviously the result of my digging in. Today's goal: more digging in. I need to be watchful and vigilant and determined not to fritter away the weight drop I had. It is real (I ate dinner last night after all). So I need to work on maintaining it.

Here's to digging in! Thanks, Oaxaca for your thoughts about just finding that drive. It is in all of us. I know it. Just needs to be nurtured.

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8/30/15 2:14 P

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I know what you mean Mnnice....parties here that start in the afternoon often go on until 4 or 5 in the morning...we are always among the first to leave. Just can't do that anymore!
Sherwood, that need to really dig in and do it is what we all need, but sometimes it just isn't in us. In those times we just have to try hard, and really work as hard as we can to use anything that will help us. Eventually, that drive comes back.
I did fine yesterday, but its the consistency that is the problem. I am trying hard to find my determination to fight the self destructive part of me and do good things for myself. It can be quite a battle sometimes!
Have a nice relaxing Sunday team....and stay on top of things!












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8/30/15 10:27 A

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Had a fun time at the game yesterday, but I am once again reminded that as I get older, I really can't do the late night thing anymore -- feel like I have a hangover this morning and not sure I'll have the ambition to get done the things I'd like to do today. We didn't get home until 1:30 and we were both having a hard time staying awake on the 3-hour drive home after the game. Next time we will make a different plan!

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8/29/15 12:52 P

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Paula Jean- I've been gaining maybe 4 pounds a year...so it hasn't been hopelessness, just a feeling of being on that slippery slope uphill. I battle a bit, but I don't dig in and just take it off. I had as my "excuse" this year a lot of travel (3 weeks a month from March-June). But July only 2 weeks and August only 1. But then my brother has been here and we've eaten differently (again, had steak and wine later than I'd have liked). And my husband has been cooking smashed cheesy potatoes....sigh.

Needless to say, I am still looking forward to when I only have my husband to contend with as far as food choices, and that I also have a specific goal and stick to it. For example, this is how I got waylaid yesterday. We went on a Costco run to get my son a computer for his birthday...my brother came along and he bought us all ice cream. No biggie, but I had most of a 16 oz yogurt choc/vanilla swirl that wasn't even on my radar. If I hadn't have had that, I'm pretty sure I would've also resisted getting into the chesse/caramel popcorn my husband also bought at Costco. Now I am not blaming either my spouse or my brother....but they throw me just enough of a curve ball...and I haven't really dug in and set concrete goals for my eating/plan to lose weight.

So...I weighed 158 this morning. Up and down. Not terrible. Not losing. But hanging in there by a thread.

It is windy (20 mph gusty winds) all day today...but not any rain to speak of. So I may try to go for a shorter jog today, just to get the kinks out. For some reason today I was tired and not motivated to run 12 windy miles. Nor am I treadmill inspired, either.

Today's goal: Moderation. Planning for the unplanned events (need to have a mental plan for how I react), and getting in some miles jogging...but not too many cause I need to conserve for my long run (hopefully tomorrow).

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8/29/15 12:34 P

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I know you will, Oaxaca.

Sherwood, after gaining back your weight much like me, did you go thru a hopeless phase too? I think losing hope is the most dangerous thing for us. I will always be grateful for SparkPeople for rekindling my hope. emoticon

Oh my! I just looked over my weight graph and was surprised to see that I weighed 169.2 at the beginning of August and am ending the month weighing 165.8! I thought I was losing weight at a slower rate than that. MODERATION, CONSISTANT TRACKING & EXERCISING WORKS! emoticon I'm even more motivated for September! emoticon

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Did well all day and also when we went out....at midnight was in the kitchen and put and end to an on track day with too many calories.....and that's my story....trying to do better today.












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8/29/15 10:49 A

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Wow, I'm impressed, Mnnice! You're doing it! emoticon I wouldn't spend $25 for a hotdog & drink either.

9540 steps for me yesterday and didn't overeat. emoticon



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8/29/15 10:26 A

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Ended the week well as I stuck with a grilled chicken salad with mandarin oranges and a very small piece of garlic toast as we went out for supper last night. For my evening snack I had a banana and then called it quit and went to bed. Today I go to a Twins game and yes I am going to eat at the stadium just because it's part of the atmosphere of going to a baseball game - will just have to do my best to use moderation --and that won't be too hard since a hot dog and drink will cost about $25! Will be a long day but a fun one as we will meet my youngest brother and his wife (who live in Minneapolis) and spend some time with them. Leave here at noon and won't get home tonight until after midnight (it's a good 3-hour drive each way). Better finish my sparking, as I do want to get a walk in before we go. I did both an upper body and core video this morning!

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Happy Friday! emoticon Glad to hear we're all focusing on what we need to do to get closer to our goals. emoticon

7896 steps yesterday....105 miles so far in August. Stayed within my calorie range. I had a good hour-long workout at the fitness center this morning.

Moderationability....I like that! emoticon



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8/28/15 4:05 P

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Thanks for all the support everyone. Yesterday was a much better on track day, and so far so good today. I do have a terrible stomach ache from the antibiotics....it goes away, and then no matter what or how little I eat, it starts to hurt again.
I am working a little today, and then tonight we are going our with friends to a wine bar. We have been there before, and if I keep track of myself, I do fine there.
Its chilly and rainy here today, as was yesterday....the rainy season is late, but it has arrived.
Let's make a real effort to have a happy, on track weekend!












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8/28/15 1:49 P

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Yesterday was a good day - I realized when I was logging my food last night that I had forgotten to eat my baked potato for supper - it was still in the microwave! So I had it for my evening snack. I can't remember ever having forgotten to eat something before! LOL! I am finishing the week off okay, and just need to really try to take it easy on the weekend. We are going to Mpls tomorrow for a Twins game, so that means not enough exercise and probably eating ballpark food..... Will get my MODERATION-ability tested!

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PaulaJean--- My weight loss has paralleled yours, in that I have almost gained back all I lost. From 165 to 135 then back up again.

I realize that if I didn't run, I would weigh 300 pounds, too. My goal is to keep running as long as I can.

My weight was up .4 of a pound this morning. But not anything I am worrying about. I did eat mindfully yesterday and skipped any alcohol. I think my weight fluctuation was due to getting up way early and feeling a bit stuffed. I went to bed last night without taking my daily dose of anit-inflammatories/vitamins, etc. I've been doing that lately because I feel too tired to count out my pills. That is not a good trend. Just like brushing my teeth. I need to just square away and say, even if you are tired, do these things before you go to bed.

Today the weather is changing. There was drizzle this morning, rain supposed to roll in and be quite windy Saturday. I plan on jogging today about noon for a "short" 3 miles or so...and then tomorrow/Sunday play it by ear for my long run. I may end up jogging on the treadmill or even waiting to do my long run until Monday if the weather is really bad. I've been a treadmill runner before. No shame in that. It is supposed to be sustained winds of 20 mph tomorrow. With rain/showers...doesn't sound like any fun being outside. In Oregon, it shifts so suddenly from summer to fall. Hope this doesn't slide into rainy days all in a row. But we do have several rainy days forecast for next week, too....

I went into my garden and picked a whole bunch of tomatoes yesterday. Lots of little sweet ones and one big red tomato we sliced and ate with our burgers. Yum. I love tomatoes.
Have a great weekend, team.

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We ARE real with each other and that's what makes this thread so darn valuable. There's all kinds of fluff everywhere else that won't help us grow. It is priceless that we keep coming here in spite of messing up.

Sherwood, I dream of weighing 157.8 again! Keep being mindful.

Oaxaca, Hooray for keeping up with your elliptical & abdominal exercises! Wow, 35 minutes is quite an accomplishment! Don't let the negatives make you lose hope.

Mnnice, it's really tough when a certain food triggers our sweet tooth into high gear. emoticon There are some days when I want to make an appointment with my dentist to yank mine!

Back in 2012, I lost 32 pounds--went from 183 to 151 lbs--and I felt SO much better. Couldn't get over the difference, but I had lost it by starving and one can't starve for very long before there's a rubber band effect. In 2014, I began gaining and gaining--until I was back in my "large" wardrobe. I had all but lost all hope, believing I was going to end up weighing 300 lbs like my mom. Then, after being away from SP for many months, I opened my SparkPage and saw my weight info and it showed me that while I had gained back most of that weight--I hadn't gained it ALL back--I had managed to keep some of it off after all that time! That was enough to flicker my little wisp of hope into a flame that has been steadily growing week by week.

I am realizing now that it's the small permanent changes we make that will get us free...really free from overeating. Harsh changes don't last and making these small everyday changes fun will keep us doing them with that vital consistency.

I'm losing about 1 pound a month now...and that's ok, cause I'm finally enjoying this new way of living! There's nothing to dread, nothing to fear, but lots to be excited for. DON'T GIVE UP! DON'T LOSE HOPE!

8344 steps yesterday & didn't overeat. 99 August miles.



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8/27/15 12:01 P

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Good morning, team.
I am sending you both good thoughts, MNNice and Oaxaca.

Know that I am hanging in there...weight was 157.9 this morning. I meet with my personal trainer today (after a long, long break of about 2 months...she had a baby). I am hoping that one day a week of strength training/motivation from her will kick me into higher gear.

Last night, I had a bratwurst, corn roasted on the grill, watermelon, and a glass of white wine. Along with 2 chocolate truffles. All wonderful stuff. But when I think about it...in the grand scheme of things I need to moderate high carb stuff and sweets if I want to lose weight.

It will be easier after my brother moves out next week (as he likes to eat later than I would prefer)....

Take care, team! I'm thinking of you all today. And sending good thoughts.



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Yesterday was not so good for me. I attended a benefit lunch for our cancer support group which consisted of barbecues, chips (which I didn't eat), bars and a malt. The malt did me in -- was SOOO good, but only triggered my sweet tooth instead of satisfying it. So the rest of the day I pretty much ate unhealthy sweet things, and counting calories in my head, I'm guessing about 3500 calories for the day, and very little exercise. And so today I get back on track right away before too much damage is done on the scale! Nothing that's not healthy goes into my mouth todayt!

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I have to admit, even though I know we are here to be open and support eachother, that I feel embarrassed to post today. I was doing ok yesterday, and then got into a little bit of cake. I tallied it, and thought "I'll post soon and that will keep me from going over my calorie allowance any more than this. " Well, I didn't post, and, end of story, ended up with, as I tallied this morning, almost 3000 cals for the day, which is usually, they say, about a pound of gain. BUT, I am not going to let this get me....I finally had some very on track days, and I am planning to get right back on the horse today!
I am keeping up with my elliptical exercise, and abdominals. I am up to 35 minutes on the elliptical.
Please think of me today, and send me some good vibes. I need them!
And have a really good day team!












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Good afternoon, team. I am "mentally" tracking. And doing just fine with that. I know exactly to the mouthful what I've eaten today: 20 cherry tomatoes/varieties from my garden, two babybell, a skinless chicken leg and thigh, plus 1 oz of sweet potato crackers for lunch...and a banana and a handful of raspberries after my jog. That's about it.

I went jogging today, too.

But...my weight was 157.8 this morning. Not great. Just hanging in there. I was 161 last night. For some reason I retained a bit of water. Today is the next to the last hot day of the summer, I suspect. Got up close to 90. Tomorrow it is forecast to get to 88, then cool and rainy off/on for the next week (highs only in the low 70s). I will have to suck it up and do some long runs/jogging in the rain. I am hoping I don't mind.

My internet woes aren't over, but today they weren't so bothersome. But I was awake from 3 to 4...still got in my 8 hours, but it makes me feel tired about this time of day (5 p.m.).

Hang in there, team. I plan on doing the same...........and keeping mindful is my mantra. Everything with my goals in mind.

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7892 steps taken yesterday with lots of yard work thrown in. emoticon

Sherwood, I hope you can get to the bottom of your internet problems. That can be so stressful!

You're right, Oaxaca, about losing a child. Emily had just turned 21 when she died after her 10-month battle with Non-hodgkin's Lymphoma. I shattered into many, many pieces, but God put me back together again. It took years though. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.

Mnnice, I grew up in a large family too. emoticon I hope you meet your goals for that approaching wedding!



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Definitely blessings to all who have lost children. I am so fortunate to still have all 7 of my siblings and their children. Five weeks from today we leave town for the wedding in the Caymans, so I have all the motivation I need! My only goal right now is to feel as good as possible when I am there -- knowing I've exercised and eaten well and not bloaty and jiggly! If I can get a couple more pounds off by then, all the better! We know these periods of ups and downs do come and go, so as long as we don't give up, we will all be able to keep getting back on track! Hang in there! Sherwood -- I can feel your frustration - computer/internet glitches are maddening! Yes, Oaxaca, shows those antibiotics that you won't let them control your eating!

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Sherwood, take a deep breath and try to find some inner calm....and TRACK!!!!
I am still hanging in, but unfortunately, my infection lingers and I was put on a stronger antibiotic to start tomorrow. I read something today that mentioned overeating as a possible side effect of antibiotics...I'm going to fight that!
Mnnice, great to hear you are doing well...
And Paula, I just have to say God bless you....losing a child is so very hurtful. My brother, first born and only boy, died at age 10, and it was a blow.....
Everyone take care, and remember, we are not alone in this.












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Good afternoon, team.
We've had internet woes for 2 days now. Ugh. My husband has been troubleshooting. Might have been my ancient creaky computer. But we'll see. Still not resolved, just working better at the moment.

I'll be brief with my news: ate well yesterday. Didn't track. Up a pound. I suspect it had to do w/ my breakfast (I had two gluten free waffles / 200 cal total) and then proceeded to eat more carbs than I should've most all day. Today hasn't been that great, either. My stress/frustration causes me to let my guard down. I need to stop that! No exercise today, either. But I had two aborted skype calls with folks due to internet problems...then had to help troubleshoot. Now I am just tired of all this fiddling...

MNNice, glad you were there for your sister in law...and that stress didn't waylay your eating. I'm happy to see you keeping to your goals, even when life throws you a curveball. I need to get some resilience...instead of letting myself get frustrated........have to have some self talk about that...

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I bet your s-i-l really needed that long talk! I'm glad you were there for her, Mnnice. And glad you grabbed good foods for yourself.

10,560 steps taken yesterday--didn't overeat.



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Thanks to all for your thoughts. Had a long talk with my s-i-l last night. She is doing pretty well, but I know they have a very long road of healing ahead. The stress has not caused me to try to eat it away, however, so that's a good thing. It helps to have so many fresh fruits and veggies on hand that need to be eaten, as I seem to get my fill on those and then not tempted to get into the unhealthy things.

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I'm sorry to hear that your nephew had died, Mnnice. I'm praying for all those hurting in your family.

The hardest thing I've ever had to go through is my own youngest daughter's death.

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Food and weight are trivial when it comes to friends and family.
My thoughts are with you MNNice as you help your family deal with this tragedy.

And on to more trivial matters...
My weight was 157.4 this morning. Heading in the right direction...as doing all things moderation continues. I watched as my husband and brother ate two giant cookies each last night as we were watching TV. I just said to myself that they aren't gluten free and no, I really don't want them. And fortunately, that worked.

I only have my brother here for one more week before he moves to his new home. So his chips and cookies won't be here for long!

Take care team. The smoke has gotten less. Not that the fires have diminished, but the winds have changed direction and so it is blowing west to east, not east to west. I jogged this a.m. Now need to get back to work.

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Oh, Mnnice, I didn't realize your nephew had died...I am so sorry....a terrible loss.....
Makes food and weight seem kind of trivial, doesn't it?
I got through the weekend fine, and am now looking forward to getting off of these antibiotics. I am bloated, and this always happens to me at the end of an antibiotic cycle.
Its a quiet day for me today, and that's fine with me. I'm going slowly and getting things done here at home.
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Did okay yesterday and the scale moved a bit downward. This despite not any exercise yesterday. Just couldn't get my mind on anything but my sister-in-law and her family dealing with her son's tragic death. I started out the day well today, as I did some core work and an upper body s/t video before work. Did not walk to work today because I had errands I needed to have my car for, but will make up for it this evening. It may be fewer steps/miles, but I will push harder.

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8028 steps yesterday & stayed within my calorie range. emoticon
My daughter has come back to SP and we're on one of the teams together. emoticon

Sherwood, 157.7 is good...so is moderation! Lately, I've been learning just how good moderation is! I hope they can get a handle on those fires. It was in the news last night that they're now recruiting volunteers to help fight it.

Mnnice, I'm praying for your sister-in-law & her family.

Oaxaca, antibiotics can really do a number on our bodies! emoticon I'm sorry to hear about the motorcycle being stolen. May God help the police find the thieves.



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Mnnice, hoping that things improve for your nephew....and on a positive note, Bravo! you are doing great!
Sherwood, keep up the good attitude!
I finally got through the night without any extra eating....I felt so over stuffed and unhappy with myself yesterday, and maybe I just had to feel that rotten. I was also taking my antibiotics twice a day, and yesterday was the first day I only had to take one in the morning. Who knows, maybe the two are connected?
Today is laundry and then relaxing....hubby's motorcycle was stolen yesterday, and we are both quite upset about that. How they did it is beyond me....So I will try to cheer him up today.
Day 2 of the weekend, and working toward an on track day AND night!













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Continuing to make progress and feeling good. Got news last night of a tragic situation involving our nephew and may have some rough days ahead. Prayers for hubby's sister and her family, please.

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Good morning team from smokey Oregon. It is slightly better today in that the sky is kinda blue (it was very windy and smokey here yesterday). I was outside in the morning. Did my long run of 11 miles...so good to have finished it before it really got bad. It is really unsafe air. I just missed the smoke rolling in. I had runny eyes while I was jogging....but didn't appreciate how bad our smoke was. It was bad all the way from Colorado to Seattle where my kids live. We sent each other smoke pictures...

Needless to say, today is a take it easier day for me.

Weight 157.7 this morning. That too is good. Need to keep up this trend.

My brother brought chips, cookies, snacks, bananas, and ribs from Costco yesterday. I avoided the snacks and cookies because they weren't gluten free. And fortunately I don't like potato chips. But the ribs last night were tasty.I ate plenty of food to refuel yesterday after my run. But I didn't go crazy. Progress on that count, too.

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Made it through yesterday and got in a walk out at the cabin after supper, so ended up with over 12,000 steps. Today I've stayed on track and am determined to make it through the weekend! This morning I went for a walk at the cabin, but only got about 1 mile and stopped at my friend's cabin and coffeed with her for a couple hours. Then her hubby had picked me a bucket of apples and it was too hard to walk back home carrying it so she gave me a ride back to my cabin. Hence I'm short on steps so far, but if the storms stay away I may finish my steps after supper.

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10,080 steps yesterday! & in spite of it being my birthday--I didn't overeat! emoticon

And I did a first yesterday--I WALKED to the fitness center for my workout. It's only a 10-min walk to there, but I was afraid I'd overdo it. That didn't turn out to be the case. It actually empowered me!

Fear sure can get in the way of our goals. I don't want to let that happen anymore.

So far in August, I've walked 78 miles. emoticon

MNNICE, stay with it...you'll feel even better & will be so glad you did! Have you started an exercising streak to build up your motivation? Sure works for me! I'm on day 76 of walking 6000 or more steps a day.

SHERWOOD, but you DID go jogging! You didn't totally give in to your disappointment.

OAXACA, I hope you find an alternative thing to do instead of eating when insomnia hits. That's what I ended up doing was focusing on another thing I like to do in those wee hours of the morning when I can't sleep. You know what I keep on saying about what we focus on...

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Once again, I started out with good intentions...then stopped tracking. We ate way late...grilled chicken thighs and grilled veggies and elephant garlic from the garden. That was wonderful. The snacking beforehand didin't help.

I am so grumpy about it that I didn't weigh myself this morning. But I did go jogging!

Another day where the high is supposed to just be 80. Nice. Like those clouds.

It is still burning in central Oregon and affecting small towns there. But here in the valley it is clear today. That's quite an improvement.

I am impressed by your steady determination, team. You inspire me to try again, today. Oaxaca, I hope you find the strength to say no to night eating. I think I must either say no to late dinners or snacking before them (one or the other)....and track whatever I eat...even if I have to guess. Fortunately my brother is going out to a dinner date...so when I want to eat, my husband and I will eat. That is a good thing.

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Another bad night.....what can I say? I had some wine to help me sleep, but unfortunately it also made me forget my intentions and loosened me up too much. The only good thing is I did sleep very well, so maybe now I can get it together.
Today is a little work, a little free time, and dinner out. That I could do without, but will do my best. Hopefully I can break this chain of the nighttime ruining all my healthy habits during the day.
Good to hear you are doing well Mnnice and Paula.
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Even way here in Minnesota we are seeing the effects of the fires. This morning I thought it was cloudy, but it was the haze from the smoke, and it filters the sun so that it looks like an orange ball. Yesterday was a good day, although busy. I had an organ lesson during my lunch hour, and an out-of-town meeting for our County's Cancer Support Group in the evening, but I did manage to get a walk in before supper. My scale was up slightly this morning, but I know it's not because of over eating or lack of exercise, so I'm not going to worry. The important thing is I'm feeling more fit, and I have gotten my s/t in this week - I need to build that into a habit again! My muscles are a bit sore, but that's a good feeling, knowing that I have been working them!

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There's been lots of news coverage on those fires, Sherwood. May your area get rain soon to put them out.
Keep tracking!

10,188 steps for me yesterday & stayed within my calorie range. emoticon



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Good morning, team.
Yesterday was a big adventure. We drove over to central Oregon with my brother and spent time as he did the final inspection of his new home (and then went and looked at a wood stove and spoke with an electrician). He is closing on his new home on Aug 31. It was a day for us to get out of the house. Lots and lots of smoke from the forest fires. And we drove through devastation, too. The fires are pretty awful.

I gained a pound. Due to eating salty stuff I think. I jogged yesterday before getting in the car. And ate a late dinner. So I am not beating myself up. I ordered a small cone from a Dairy Queen while my brother and husband had giant Orange Julius' and coffee mocha creamy drinks. I think I am slowly learning I don't have to match them oz for oz....and that I need to eat breakfast even if they rarely do.

This morning the heat has broken and it is cloudy. Only supposed to get up to 80! Yay.

I will probably take a break from running and do some gardening in the late afternoon. I have an eye dr appointment this afternoon and most likely wont want to stare at a computer screen after that.

I am tracking today.
2 gluten free waffles, half a pear, 5 cherry tomatoes for breakfast. Around 300 calories.

Good!

I will track. And try to keep it under control today.

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Unfortunately last night I did not reach my goal of not getting up in the night, and I racked up 500 cals of food I didn't need. But I will keep at it.
I just have on client today, so I will try to catch up on my sleep with a little nap...we are going out tonight (thankfully not for dinner) so I don't want to feel so tired. My sleeping hasn't been good at all. Usually once I get to sleep I am fine, but lately I am tossing and turning all night.
Nothing like jeans getting looser Paula....congratulations!
Keep your fingers crossed for me tonight team!












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Maintenance....how I dream of being there, Oaxaca! I'm glad your weigh-in wasn't as bad as you feared it would be.

Oooo, Mnnice, that is a good one! 10 times harder...I'm going to make a mental note of that.

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Way to go Mnnice and Paula!
I had another on track day yesterday. Had my monthly weigh-in at the clinic, and I am up 2.2 pounds. It was actually a relief after the rough times I'd been having. But its top number on the scale for me before I consider myself out of maintenance. So.....have to stay stron.
A very small goal...weigh less at my next weigh-in.
Last night I did get up after tossing and turning and had a 75 calorie treat...still in my range. But its the habit...so often a treat like that can turn into a binge...so working on that goal.
Its pouring here now....glad I don't have to go out.
'Til tomorrow team!












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You're right, Oaxaca -- all of us have definitely come a long way and we do NOT want to go back to where we were -- that's why we keep getting back on track. Paula, congratulations on using moderation with those chocolate peanuts. That's a lesson I'm still working on and it does feel good when we are successful at that. Yesterday I heard something on the radio that really stuck with me -- the guy said that it's 10 times harder to work off the calories than it is to resist eating them in the first place. So that's something I'll keep in mind before I consume more calories than I'll be able to work off! I'm happy with the scale and with the way I feel -- and I think that will give me the confidence to carry on! We all feed off our success, so let's all make it a great day so that tomorrow we'll have the motivation to have an even better day!

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OAXACA, we all have a great bond between us & plenty in common. It's a real challenge for me to stay asleep all night long too.

My scale displayed a new lower number this morning! It's been a long time since I weighed this low. Tracking food intake works! Staying within the calorie range that SP has me for, really works!

8000 steps for me yesterday & stayed within my calorie range for the day. I did it! emoticon

Yesterday morning I woke up with a strong craving for the chocolate covered peanuts up in my kitchen cupboard. As I grabbed that bag and began opening it, I thought of you all and I thought about how much I want to be thin again! So, I counted out 10 of those chocolate covered peanuts--totaling 105 calories--and sealed up the rest of that bag & put it away. I savored every one of those 10 & then I logged them into the SP nutrition counter. This turned into a win-win for me! I'm not craving them at all this morning. I'm craving a really nutritious breakfast.

OAXACA, SHERWOOD & MNNICE....thank you for making this difference in my life! emoticon



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Thank you to everyone for the encouragement yesterday. I did get through the day on track.
So interesting how much we all have in common. I began to sneak sweets when I was very young, maybe even younger than 5 years old, and it went on...even now I often get into the most trouble when no one is around, or its late at night and I'm the only one up. When I think about my history with overeating, its amazing how far I have come, so I'm giving myself a pat on the back. It is a struggle, but I think slowly we evolve and are less and less addicted, maybe?
I'm not sleeping well which doesn't help matters. I just got up from trying to grab a nap since I am feeling really tired, but no such luck.
So glad to hear that tracking is helping you Paula.
Wishing you success in sticking to your commitments Sherwood.
I think for now, a realistic goal for me is to NOT get out of bed to eat at night. Its a very, very bad habit I have.
Hoping the day has been a good one so far for everyone.













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Good morning, team.

Another hot day forecast here: up to 101F. I am planning on doing some exercise after my phone meeting at 9. Not sure it will be jogging. I just may go for a nice walk. I weighed 157.9 this morning. Up a bit.

I am tracking this morning. I will keep it up all day. For breakfast I had a 2 egg omelet, 1/3 avocado, 1 oz light mozarella and 3 pepper jack cheese cubes. Today's lunch: plan is to have either spinach and tomato or kale and tomato salad. Today's goal: No chips! No nuts!

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We're on a mission! We're going to focus on our goals today! It will feel so good to say at the end of this day, "I did it!" emoticon And--even better--we helped each other do it! emoticon

Because, if it hadn't been for a certain team member in Mexico....I wouldn't have started tracking my food when I did. emoticon



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I know I need to sit down and set some goals, write them down. Right now the goals are too vague, and I have to be specific.Today I start getting back to strength training. Just 10-15 minutes twice a week. I can do that!!! Yesterday was a good day and I can carry that through the week. Let's go, ladies!

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My overeating goes back to my childhood too. Both of my parents were overweight. My mom weighed close to 300 lbs when she had her first stroke. She was only 68 years old when that happened and she died 4 years later. I'm doing everything I can to stay on a different path. My dad lost weight in his 60s and he's currently going strong at 84 years old.

I really like SP's new mobile app--especially that barcode feature. Makes entering food so easy!

And syncing up an activity tracker with their program gives us good goals to strive for. I just reached the "50-Mile Summer Send Off" (Walking/running 50 miles in August) challenge that one of the SP coaches led. I'm on day 70 of taking 6000 steps or more a day. These kinds of goals only serve to increase my motivation.

You're right, MNNICE, we're making progress. We're real with each other. We're telling it like it is. We're dealing with the truth. emoticon emoticon



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I think some of us have been here for so long that we have lost sight of the importance of goals. At least I know I have. When I initially reached my goal weight, it was hard to come up with goals that didn't involved losing pounds by a certain date -- and I have never really gotten back to that. And the reward side of that is important, too. Maybe it's time to go right back to Chapter One of The Spark!! I know also for many of us this goes way back to childhood. For instance, I remember "sneaking" chocolate chips out of the bag and hiding to eat them -- thinking my Mom wouldn't notice a few were missing. So going back so far, it's not going to be easy to change those habits -- but we are definitely all making some progress and going in the right direction! Do we give up? NOPE!!!

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We all have to find our path to letting go of the things that are in our way of becoming better aligned and taking responsibility for our actions. A mindset of being forgiving of ourselves while at the same time finding the strength to set and make goals is key.

For some of us it is just hard to let get "beating ourselves up" over food issues.

But that doesn't mean we don't stop trying.

Oaxaca...I'm here for you. I have been doing better...not losing weight, but not out of control, either. My personal family issues took a break this weekend (yay). I managed to sleep. Just hoping to continue taking care of myself while not stressing over daily ups and downs.

Goals this week: Get back to my ticker weight (or as close as I can) of 155....track what I eat, daily...jog 5x....with a goal of a long run of 11 miles on Saturday or Sunday....I am working up to my half marathon distance.

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Prior to becoming this involved with SP & purchasing my activity tracker, I couldn't stay on track for more than 1 or 2 days either, OAXACA. I'd lose my focus and run back to the food time and time again....only to feel like crap afterwards.

I needed a new focus and specific goals to fill my mind--because we fall in love with what we focus on! I realized that I needed help too. I realized that I needed to make a change deep inside, and that I couldn't make this change alone. I needed Someone stronger than myself.

I began asking God about it, asking for His help & for Him to lead me out of my "stuck" position. After all, He made me....He knows me the best...He knows just what I need. Soon after that, I bought my activity tracker and that gave me a new focus and new specific goals to work for. Then I read "Made To Crave" by Lysa TerKeurst. That book really motivated me!

I have also realized that I viewed "eating as I should, eating right" negatively in the past. I viewed it as deprivation. Nothing could be further from the truth! I now correctly see it as taking good care of myself.

In spite of all the stress I dealt with Windows 10 yesterday--I did NOT run to food. I didn't even think about it! I continued to track my food with SP's wonderful tracking tools--because it has now become a well ingrained habit.

OAXACA, I really, really hope this helps you today!

7664 steps yesterday & stayed within my calorie range. emoticon

I'm so glad we can be real with each other here. emoticon emoticon

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Its time to face facts: I am in trouble....I have a good day followed by a not at all good day. I don't know why, but I am just not able to stay on track for any solid period of time.
Its a new day and a new week, so I will face the battle again, but I am feeling discouraged, and am very short on motivation....HELP!!!!!!













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A SP staff member helped me get my activity tracker back to syncing once more! emoticon

6628 steps yesterday. emoticon And I stayed within my calorie range.

Moving fwd once more. emoticon



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My Sunday started out well this morning....enjoyed church and grew so proud of my husband as he led our adult Sunday school. emoticon

Things went downhill after getting home and starting up my PC. Had my first serious glitch with Windows 10. emoticon It became all but "dead in the water". 2 hours later, after getting help from my husband & daughter's researching on their computers...we found the problem and got my PC running correctly once more.

But, my activity tracker is no longer syncing with SP...I'm waiting for a response back from SP staff.

I'll continue to track my food intake and track all my exercise--minus the steps.

Sigh....life goes on.



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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9



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8/16/15 4:16 P

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Had an on track day yesterday, after many ups and downs. Still working on consistency.
I am keeping up with my exercise, and did 30 mins. on the elliptical today.
Mnnice, hope you finish off the day well to make it a successful weekend!
Paula, keep up the good work!
I hope things are looking brighter for you Sherwood....hope to hear from you soon.
Hope everyone is having a relaxing, happy Sunday.












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8/16/15 9:38 A

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Way to go on the steps, Paula, and the bike ride! I agree that the new app is much easier! I'm liking the changes. Had shortage of time yesterday so I did a short low-impact HIIT video that I found here in SP, and that was fun for a change. Not as many steps, but definitely got my heart rate up! Plan on getting in a walk as soon as I finish posting. Will be playing my sax with my swing/jazz band riding on a float in our parade this afternoon. Fun time, and the crowd seems to enjoy it. Was happy with the numbers on the scale this afternoon and need to just get through one more weekend day on track - then the week is easier as I get back on my regular schedule.

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8/15/15 1:21 P

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After keeping up with my grandchildren these last few days--10,104 steps yesterday--life is returning back to normal for me today.

My husband & I went for a nice bike ride this morning before the sun got too warm. emoticon

Tracking food is a good habit and the new SP mobile app makes it so easy to do it with. I'm giving this my all. I really, really want to see a new lower number on my scale next week! emoticon

I'm getting use to Windows 10 on my older pc. Everything seems to move faster on it now.





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Yes, I think we all know that feeling that hits just after we've eaten too much and realize it's too late to do anything about it.... Last evening was a bit like that for me, as I did fine all day but then ate too much ice cream before bed. But over the long run, I have been doing okay, and the scale is consistently hovering about a pound below where it had stayed for a long time, so I will be content with that for now! The wedding and trip to Caymans is only 7 weeks away, and my goal is not to lose pounds, but just to eat and exercise to the extent that I will feel comfortable when I am there. Taking a few less pounds with me would be nice, though!

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Sorry I have been absent...just ruminating a little on my issues with food and overeating. I've been up and down, but nothing too crazy...but like you, Sherwood, I beat myself up over what I eat.
The good thing is I am feeling good in my clothes, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I am on the elliptical again. I'm up to almost half an hour, and am doing it just about 5 days a week. And I am doing my abdominals too. Not a lot, but it seems to be making a difference.
Sherwood, I find that tracking my food saves me...even when I have a really bad day, I try to
track, so I can see the damage and proceed to do something about it. Even when I was on vacation, in my mind I was tracking, and it really helped me. I guess it just has to become a habit.
I'm still working on stabilizing my eating habits....I feel much better when I have a nice solid streak going.
In general, aside from on going tooth infections, things in my world are pretty good right now.
Have a good weekend team!












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Good afternoon, team. Thanks for letting me vent (and thanks MNNice, for making me feel not totally alone with my food issues). I can tell you that I beat myself up with food. Always have. Need to stop that. And just chill.

I went jogging at noon today. It is a cool day with showers...but went anyway. My husband is now faster than I am...but I don't care. Looking for speed isn't my only objective. I just need to get out and do it. My growth on my foot (pori keratosis) is bugging me. Tomorrow for my long run I will definitely try to put on some moleskin and/or pads on the bottom of my foot and hope it delays the pain...and I vow to find another podiatrist for a second opinion. If anything, after the last treatment it seems to have widened out and that's not so good).....

My weight was 159.6 this morning...due to going out to eat with friends last night (Japanese and korean food after a movie) and a bit of mindless eating.

Today I just sucked it up...and tracked my food. Skipped breakfast because quite frankly I didn't feel like I should eat any. Just had coffee. I'm fine, actually. Eating a smart lunch after jogging was just what I needed: 1/2 an apple, 3 oz salmon and 2 baby bel cheeses) for around 300 calories....

I admire you teammates who can hold yourself to 1300 or 1500 calories. I have not for a long, long time. And my "hunger" is just an urge to feel full, I think. So I've got to fight that for a bit. I will not avoid any meals tomorrow as I plan to go on my long run. Need to fuel both before and after. But I will track every morsel. That's my plan. Hoping to make 10 miles tomorrow.

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Sherwood, definitely feel free to "vent" to us - talking (writing) things can help. All of us probably somewhere have that "excuse" or "reason" for our eating problems and attempt to comfort ourselves with food. You definitely are not alone with your worries! Hang in there! I didn't have time for exercise today for the second day in a row -- have a very busy weekend coming up that I have thing to do to prepare for. Had my annual physical today and was happy with the results -- results of all blood tests were excellent and no abnormalities in the mammogram.

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emoticon That's why we're here, Sherwood. Life is full of trials....sometimes overwhelming trials. May God strengthen you. Please know that you aren't alone!



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Good morning, team.
It has been a few days since I checked in. And that is not good for me.

I have been away from spark because I have nothing good to report... my challenges seem to me trivial but persistent. Needless to say, I am not doing that well with my eating.

I have been dealing with family related issues that are annoying and not easy to solve...and involve a lot of my time and mental energy. It is nothing to do with my husband or children...so that is good. But it is not going to go away, either. I will have to keep at it...

As a consequence, taking care of myself and doing what I need to do to lose the extra weight I've put on this summer are getting sidetracked. Maybe even this latest issue is an excuse for me not really getting to the root of my eating problems. I am not sure.

Even with good intentions, by the end of the day I abandon my eating goals.

So...I'll be honest today. I want to lose this extra weight. I beat myself up that I am not doing so. I am sabotaging myself by the end of the day with frustration eating. But I get frustrated just talking about my actions (this is not a good cycle to be in).

My sleep has been crappy, too. I woke up last night at 2 a.m. for nearly an hour with a sour stomach. The night before I was awake for an hour.

But there are many many good things in my life. Friends, family, interesting work, this wonderful summer. I just need to find a way to offset my frustration, tackle this ongoing current problem without letting it take over my life...and enjoy what is enjoyable...

I hope this post wasn't too personal. I just felt I needed to share....



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I saw a new lower number on my scale! It's a small change BUT it's a change in the right direction! emoticon

Took 9288 steps yesterday--just keeping up with my 3 grandchildren! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9



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HOORAY! I successfully downloaded Windows 10 on to my computer and everything works great! emoticon

Sodium can easily cause me to gain 5 pounds...easily. emoticon Don't let it discourage you, MNNICE.

8260 steps yesterday. emoticon I'll be weighing myself at the end of this week....stay tuned! emoticon





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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9



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