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6/29/15 10:58 P

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Thanks Paula Jean. I am beyond proud of him :-)

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6/29/15 9:37 A

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Congratulations on your husband's award, Barbara! I can imagine how proud you are of him.

7548 steps yesterday! emoticon Heading out to the fitness center now....



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6/28/15 1:21 P

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Thanks MNNICE. It is a huge honor. No one in his department has ever won this award so I am especially proud of him. He has worked hard both at work and in the community and so very much deserves it.

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And I, too, will be unable to post off and on for the next week. Don't worry, I WILL be back, and will try to post whenever I get to town for a long enough period of time. I can't believe the summer is going so fast. It's almost July. And can't believe the wedding is just a little over 3 months. I haven't made any progress on losing any weight. Oaxaca, enjoy your trip and spending time with your daughter. I know how much you've been looking forward to it. Sherwood, I can't even begin to keep up with all your travels, not to mention the running and exercise! Barbara, congrats to your hubby on his award. I do have so much respect for those in law enforcement and this seems like a huge honor for him!

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6/28/15 10:39 A

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Good morning everyone. Haven't had the time to check in on here since Friday. Doctor on Friday was productive. I do not have to go back to see the pulmonologist for 6 months unless I have a problem. Yay!

Better news was that I was down 2 more pounds making my total for the 10 days that I have been back to Sparkpeople 6 pounds lost. I was so happy I couldn't contain myself. Think I gave the nurse quite the laugh...of course, I don't think that the VA is used to having a patient like me....usually old veterans. Anyway, "proof in the pudding" that this program works!

I got back on my recumbent bicycle (first time since Monday) on Friday and also on Saturday. Felt good to accomplish that. I can feel the change in the brain as I am already figuring out when I can get back on it today before we have to run out for another DJ job (my husband and I do that on weekends). Last night, I gave myself a treat and ordered a drink (my first in 10 days) and didn't even drink a tenth of it....just couldn't. If I had, I would have went over my calories and I think that it was in the back of my mind that I didn't want to do that two days in a row...and I'm not the least bit down about that...just where I want to be heading :-)

Hope everyone has a great time traveling and vacationing. I will be heading to Lake George on the 11th of July for two weeks. Looking forward to it. We will also be traveling to Buffalo for two days during the first week so my husband can be presented with Correction Officer of the Year Award from the American Legion of NY. Going to be a busy but fun time, I hope.

Wow...I'm rambling. On that note, happy Sunday!!!

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6/28/15 10:33 A

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10556 steps yesterday! emoticon

Wow, Rebecca, I can't even imagine what a 6-mile jog feels like! But, I can share what it feels like to be more active than I have been in over 30 years.....it's great! The fatigue is gone, everyday chores are much easier. I never want to go back to being as sedentary as I was.

Starting yesterday, my husband & I have cut back more on our eating. Combined with our new level of activity--I'm eager to see the scale's number on my next weigh-in. Keep you all posted! emoticon



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6/27/15 7:21 P

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Hi team. For those going on vacations---do enjoy yourself. And MNNice, 2 walks a day sounds nice. I will check in while traveling this coming week...just because I'll have internet.

I leave very early and arrive in Atlanta about 5:30 p.m. Then 2 days of meetings before I fly home Wed. We are having a heat wave here. So I'm leaving my husband instructions on watering the outside pots. We'll see.

I went on a 6 mi jog this morning early. But it was humid for the Portland area and already in the mid 70s. So I went slowly and felt wiped out.

Tomorrow: a day of being on planes.

Take care, team! Get those steps in!

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6/27/15 4:27 P

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Enjoy the game Mnnice!
I'm just about packed, just the things I use in the morning are left.
I was weighed yesterday, and was up about 5 lbs, but I am not changing my weight on my ticker. Why? I was soooooooooo bloated I looked like I was about 7 or 8 months pregnant...could hardly close my pants...this morning I'm back to normal, at least until the antibiotics blow me up again. So I will wait until my weigh-in when I get back home. I go in every month for my free medication. Also, so many things at the clinic are so old, they really aren't that dependable. I know I sound like I am making excuses, but usually I take the bad news and that's it. But yesterday was not a good indicator of where I am....it has happened before on antibiotics.
I probably won't be checking in for awhile...we have so much planned for this trip, but will try to keep in touch when I can. And I am determined to stay sane...holidays are for a good time, not for pigging out. I am miserable when I overeat...not a good time at all.
Hope you are all having a really good weekend.












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6/27/15 9:49 A

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Paula, you are doing great on increasing your steps!! It's a beautiful morning here and we'll be heading to the baseball tournament in about 45 minutes so wanted to do some quick Sparking so I have time for a cup of coffee on the front porch before we have to leave. Stayed on track very well yesterday but the scale was up this morning. I checked my food tracker for yesterday and noticed it was a high sodium day. Will be drinking lots of water today!

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6/27/15 7:52 A

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Happy Saturday Team!

13112 steps yesterday! emoticon Plus a good workout at the fitness center yesterday morning.



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6/26/15 10:55 P

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I guess I missed posting yesterday... Yesterday was a pretty good day except that I didn't resist the cake. Was still not terrible on calories. Today was much better! Tonight we went grocery shopping for the cabin for next week when we'll be on vacation out there, and I did stock up on fruits and healthy snacks. I resisted buying s'mores ingredients. I'm hoping for good weather and to get in 2 walks a day -- a 3-miler in the mornings and a 2-miler in the afternoon or evening. I have no internet out there so won't be able to post except for if we come to town and I have time. Paula, you are doing well at increasing those steps! It's good to see the team getting more active members and knowing that those who joined way back in 2009 have come back and can bring some new life and challenges into the team!

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6/26/15 11:56 A

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Good to hear from you Sherwood...hope you enjoyed that bike ride.
Good luck at you weigh-in today Barb!
Yesterday was not easy, but I got through it and stayed on track. Today is a busy one, with some appointments and some teaching. Just getting so excited about leaving on Sunday!
No real news today....just have to keep working hard on doing what I need to do.
Hope everyone has a great day, and Happy Friday!












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9640 steps yesterday! emoticon



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6/25/15 9:55 P

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Thanks Oaxaca! I do so very much appreciate the support (and thanks for the SparkGoodie!). It is very hard getting back in the "habit" but as I said, one day at a time. I will get there, I know! Very proud of myself for sticking to the food part of this as it is a struggle to keep from slipping down that slope. We will see tomorrow. Have to go to the pulmonologist and they will weigh me emoticon I'm hoping it went as well as it did when I saw the nutritionist on Monday.

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6/25/15 12:39 P

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Hello again, team, from Whistler.

I am relaxing this morning, but hope to go rent a bike for an hour or so while my husband is at his company meetings. Then this afternoon the plan is to take the gondola across to the tops of Whistler and Blackcomb and do some small amount of hiking way up high for a couple of hours.

I really need to get out the door and get on a bike. Will do so as soon as I post.

I've managed to get over 15,000 steps every day so far...easy when everything involves walking. I had my yogurt and granola and latte from Starbucks and now I am ready to hit the road. Glad to see the participation in this team growing. We are committed to being the best we can be. And we do have to deal with challenges. But I know if I didn't work at this, I'd be a slug. And I don't like slugs (they eat my hostas)....

Take care, team!

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Good morning team. I had another good day yesterday, and am hoping to keep on track. Now time is being spent getting ready for our trip and the usual daily chores and work.
Barb, don't be hard on yourself about the exercise...you ate properly, and like you said, you have today to get on that bike.
Good for you for being so active Paula!
Here's to a good day for us all!












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Good morning team. I had another good day yesterday, and am hoping to keep on track. Now time is being spent getting ready for our trip and the usual daily chores and work.
Barb, don't be hard on yourself about the exercise...you ate properly, and like you said, you have today to get on that bike.
Good for you for being so active Paula!
Here's to a good day for us all!












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6/25/15 8:48 A

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10728 steps taken yesterday! emoticon



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6/24/15 9:28 P

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Thanks for the welcome back everyone. Didn't do too bad with food today but didn't get on my bike like I wanted. A later than should be day at work and then grocery shopping afterwards kind of wiped me out. Tomorrow is another day and I will get back on it. Want to start walking too. One day at a time.....

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6/24/15 12:18 P

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This team is a very special one...many teams that date back to 2008 are no longer active...we're special because we've not given up...we're going to hang in there until we learn how to be a naturally thin person! Do you remember how it was when we were kids? I can recall my mom having to call us over and over for us to come in to eat lunch--we just didn't want to stop playing. We'd groan--even when our stomachs were growling--we didn't want to leave what we were doing outside. I want to be like that again.

MNNICE, You'll feel much better after getting back in the strength-straining habit. You'll be surprised how much more energy you'll have with more muscle to hold everything up. I feel younger since working out at the fitness center. emoticon

OAXACA, ouch! May God heal you up quickly from that nasty fall! Glad to hear you're having a better week with food! emoticon
I watched one of my favorite movies yesterday with my daughter & grandkids: "The Love Letter". I watch that movie at least once a year. Have you ever seen it?



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6/24/15 9:15 A

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Wow, our team is growing. Glad to have you back Barb!
So far, a much better week for me, at least re: food. Monday night after being out for dinner I fell getting out of the car and really did some damage to my arm and knees. But thankfully my revamped hips stayed ok. Yesterday I cancelled everything and watched movies all day. This morning I feel a lot better, so will carry on with my day.
Working towards another on track day today...hoping we all have success!












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Way to go, PaulaJean! I just realized how long it's been since I've done any kind of strength training. I really need to get in the habit again! It's going to be a very busy day at work - all kinds of deadlines coming up in the next 2 weeks. Boss's birthday was yesterday and his wife sent a really good cake. I was able to resist having more than one piece yesterday, and there's still some left so it will be tempting me all day!

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11516 steps yesterday! emoticon Let's see how many steps I can get in today... emoticon



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Barbara and Paula, you are both motivators to me. I have gained back some, and I want to get back in control before I gain it all back! I know some of it is thanks to menopause, but that is but an excuse and I know I can beat it!!! It's great to have you two join us - we all need all the motivation we can get! Way to get on that recumbent bike! Sherwood and Oaxaca, keep the healthy habits going!

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6/23/15 9:51 A

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Good morning, team! Glad you are back, Barbara. I'm impressed with your commitment. You can do this. We all can.

I am in Whistler BC this week. While my husband is at meetings for his company (Mozilla), I am being a spouse and enjoying the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

We ate dinner last night at the hotel pub while watching the mountain bikers tear down the ski hill before us. Pretty crazy stuff these guys do. I plan on hiking most days. And maybe jogging, too. I have one business meeting tomorrow morning. But that's that for this week. My goals this week: enjoy being on vacation, don't go crazy with what I eat, get plenty of exercise, and relax.

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emoticon I'm glad you decided to come back, Barbara, and you're not giving up! Permanently losing weight continues to be elusive to me. I lost 30-some pounds in 2012, only to gain most of it back, but I came back to SparkPeople too and it's helping lots.

Way to go, OAXACA! It does feel good to eat like we should. I always get a smile on my face whenever I've been able to wait until my stomach growls before eating. Food always tastes better when you're truly hungry!

MNNICE, buying healthy snacks sounds like a great plan for your next cabin stay. I'll be eager to hear how this plan helps you.

I did 6144 steps yesterday! emoticon



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6/22/15 9:18 P

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Hi everyone. It has been a LONG time since I have been in here or on Sparkpeople for that matter (my name has changed from barbmilton for those that may remember me). I have let life get in the way of keeping myself healthy and gained most of the weight that I lost back...102 pounds to be exact. Back on blood pressure and cholesterol meds. So, last Wednesday I started tracking my food again after seeing my doctor on Tuesday. Have a ton of medical issues to take care of now and one of them is the weight. I went to a nutritionist today and carried print offs of my food for the past week. She was definitely impressed with the plan that I have here and even better, when I got on the scale, it showed that I have lost 3 pounds in the past 6 days! Definitely made me feel good. So good, in fact, that after dinner with my husband I went into our basement and got on my recumbent bike for 30 minutes...two days ahead of schedule (I had planned on only recording food for the first week and then start exercising)! Hoping that I can keep up that good feeling and stick to it like before.

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It's not been a good couple of days for me, as I was eating things that are definitely "no-no"s and just didn't seem to care. I DID care when I got on the scale, though. Next week I will be on vacation at the cabin, and while I can get more exercise in, it also seems like snacking is just something that goes along with being at the cabin. I will need to get plenty of healthy snacks at the store.

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I'm happy to report that I did really well yesterday...even with a lunch out....feels good.
I am really getting excited about our trip, and can't wait to see my daughter...it has been almost a year!
Lots of little things to look after today, and all is well.
Here's to a good start to the week.












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emoticon 6444 steps yesterday! emoticon



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Thanks for the kind words Paulajean.....
Yesterday I really couldn't eat much, and woke up without much of an appetite...maybe the antibiotics are doing me a favor. It seems like after feeling so crummy yesterday, I have rediscovered my determination....I certainly hope so!
We are invited to our friends' for Father's Day...they are making paella, so usually what I do is eat the shrimp and fish and move the rice around on my plate. Sounds like a plan...and one glass of wine, if any. For sure.
Looks like more rain is on the way...but it was a beautiful morning and early afternoon.
Hope you all have a really nice Sunday.












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8872 steps yesterday! emoticon

I'm not discouraged, OAXACA. I'm filled with understanding. I know just how difficult this all is! I've been striving to eat right for over 40 years now.



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Good to hear from you Sherwood, and glad you are feeling better.
Last night was a washout again, and today I am so bloated and uncomfortable...maybe I need to feel awful physically in order to get a handle on things. I can see that more than one glass of wine is not a good idea when I have started to tumble. Both last night and Thursday night I had more wine than usual, and I think that is part of the problem. I have decided I am done with wine until we go on our trip. Once I'm there I will be in our friends' home,and can't go through the cupboards late at night.
I took our god daughter out to a mall this morning. She needed a bathing suit for our trip. Boy, it was so easy with a tiny young woman!
Paula, I was thinking you must be discouraged with the team, or at least by me. But I promise, the next posts will be positive!
Happy Saturday team....












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Good morning, team!
I didn't realize so many days had passed since I posted here. Goodness.

Life has been good. I continue to improve. I've even been jogging with my husband for 3 days in a row. I am evenly paced with him on the downhill part, but on the uphill part (the last half) I'm faster. Today I did one "lap" with him, then did another for a total of 5.14 miles. Slow, but a good workout. I definitely am not up to where I was before all this stuff w/my back happened, but at least I got in a long run.

It is beautiful weather here. Highs in the low 80s. Sunny. Just gorgeous. Monday we leave for Whistler BC (my husband's company has a retreat there). We come back Friday. Then I have two more weeks of travel ahead of me....for work. But I hope to get a lot of hiking at Whistler.

Take care, team. Oaxaca, sorry you are having troubles with night eating and infections. Grr. I hope you can get both under control soon.

I've come to the conclusion that after I get back home from travels on July 12 (I will be gone for 5, 4 and 7 days in the next 3 weeks)...that I need to count calories, not just be a South Beacher. I need to figure out how many (and of what kinds) I can do to lose weight. And my goal during all those travels is to get as much exercise in as I can, and eat sensibly and mindfully. No stuffing myself when I'm tired or cranky.

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6052 steps yesterday! emoticon Already over halfway to my 6000-step goal today--did lots of walking around at a tractor show. My husband loves tractors! emoticon



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Keep those steps up, Paula! Maybe you'll hit 10,000 on the weekend! We had a fish fry with friends last night, and between the frozen daiquiris, the fried fish, and the potatoes, I ate too much, and the scale showed it. However, we also had some salty snacks with the drinks, so that will account for some bloat and with a lot of water I can maybe get rid of some of that. Having a quiet morning, but need to finish this up and get outside for a walk, as the rain may show up later in the day.

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7908 steps yesterday! emoticon And I kept up with my VBS 3rd graders all morning today, plus completed the pruning of my hedge. Going to sleep really well tonight! It's been a wonderful week. emoticon Let the weekend begin!



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Hang in there, Oaxaca! Darn infections/antibiotics! Has to be frustrating! Hoping you can ease back on the medication without the pain getting bad. I didn't really watch WHAT I ate the last 2 days, but did try to exercise moderation. Enjoyed dinner with my daughter and brunch with my son on Wed night and Thurs morning. Enjoy have one-on-one time with each of my kids. Follow-up appointment with my oncologist went well, and seems I am doing just fine!

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What can I say, another bad night....no sense dwelling on it, just have to keep trying to do better.
We have an event tonight, so again no choice in food, but I will try to be sane. Usually for me my biggest problem is at home.
I hope the rest of you have had a better week than I have...will work towards a very on track weekend.
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Hoping for good news on health issues from Mnnice and Sherwood....
I was back on track yesterday, and so far so good today. We are taking our god daughter out tonight since she had her last medical school exam today.Finally she can get some sleep!
Its raining again...par for the course in the summer, but at least it was nice earlier in the day.
I have another infection where one of the dental implants was put in, so when I see my rheumatologist later, I have to ask him if I can stop my meds for a short period of time, since they lower the defenses against infection. Anyway, back to antibiotics, and I am not happy.
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8576 steps yesterday! emoticon

Thanks OAXACA!

And thank you too, MNNICE! I hope you had a good visit with your daughter.

Rebecca, I'm glad you're improving. I long for the day when my scale reads 155.5!



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Good afternoon, team. My daughter used to have a mini cooper....she really enjoyed it. Since she lives in Boulder, CO., it was fun to drive it up into the mountains (and see the altitude displayed right on the front dash). She kind of ran it into the ground as she had lots of miles on it, still has it but "inherited" my husband's Audi which only had 200k miles on it (did I say we drive a lot?).

I still am healing. Slowly. Today I went for a scheduled massage and she really worked on releasing all the tightness in my back and hips. Then since I had stomach issues, she asked if I wanted some abdomen work...and boy! I did not realize that my ribs were that sore---as the muscles there were tight. Everything is connected. When I got home I went for a 2.5 mi gentle walk. And that's my exercise today. In about an hour I go to my regular dr. for a review of what happened to me. We'll see. I think it is just going to take time, patience and not sitting in my chair for any length of time.

My weight was "down" to 155.5 this morning. That is continued improvement. I am recovering from all that bloat. Now I just need to be patient.

Wishing you all well. Hope that checkup is a clean bill of health for you MNNice.

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Continue healing, Sherwood! Oaxaca, so right about dessert/wedding. I will remember that. But that said, I did not do so well last night and snacked on Scoops when I was reading before bed. Scale stayed the same this morning so let's hope it stays there or goes down and not up! Paula, good job on the weigh-in! A mini cooper... That is small. I am used to a pickup and a minivan, so would take some doing to get me feeling comfortable in one of those, but I agree they look like fun!! Heading to Fargo right after work as I have my 6-month follow-up with my surgeon/oncologist. I am feeling fine and am sure she will tell me that all is well! Will be fun to have a little time again with my daughter. She has a great park and walking path near her new house and I'm hoping to have enough time to get a walk in tonight.

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Bravo Paulajean!!!!
I have to really look at myself and figure out what is going on...again last night I got into the food....I want to stop this. Hopefully I can get it together and get over this hump before I do some real damage.
Today I only have one client,and then my day is for things other than work. I'll probably also have a nap, since usually after a bad night I get really tired.
Wish me luck for today, and hope the rest of you are doing well.












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emoticon Wednesday Weigh-in:

Last weigh-in in May--172

June 3...170
June 10..170.6
June 17..168.8

7244 steps yesterday! emoticon



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emoticon 7824 steps yesterday! Tomorrow's weigh-in day for me...

I hope you like that Mini Cooper, OAXACA!



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Take care, Sherwood, and hope you heal quickly.
I did well yesterday. I have a busy day today and we are going in the afternoon to buy my car! We decided you only live once, and so I am getting a Mini Cooper. I really wanted a tiny car, and the Mini is definitely that, plus it is really a fun car, something I have never had.
Mnnice, there will always be dessert, but your son's wedding will only come once, so hang in tonight...you can do it!
Have a happy Tuesday everyone!












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Good morning, team. Well...I did make it to my sports chiropractor yesterday. And need to keep exercising (but I don't think jogging just yet). I am better, but not totally healed. I find that when I get up from sitting (probably should not sit that much) or out of bed that I am stiff...and need to walk a bit to straighten up. I will get moving today. I plan on doing a short walk before I start working....then take breaks and do more walking throughout the day.

One "lap" up and down our road to the mailbox is .6 of a mile. We'll see how many of those I do today. Next up: Food awareness. Been eating what feels comfortable (not exactly overeating, but not tracking either). That's changing today. Yeah, I had yogurt, banana and granola this morning (and that felt right)...which means salad for lunch. A balance in all things.... here's to mindful eating



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Another beautiful morning and I'm getting ready for my walk to work. Should be a quiet day, as the boss will be gone, as will the secretary, so I hope to catch up a bit! Have a meeting this evening which always includes a light supper, but also, unfortunately, an irresistible dessert. Will see if I can notch up my willpower! Otherwise, doing well. Ate too many calories yesterday, but it was more a matter of what I ate than actual over eating.

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Rebecca! What a weekend you had! emoticon Were you able to make that appointment for your back?



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Sherwood, sorry to hear of your health setbacks! It always throws us for a loop when these "inconveniences" knock our schedules out of whack! Hope both of the problems will resolve soon! Paula, way to go on getting your exercise in! Sherwood, let that trip be your motivation! My son's wedding will be here before I know it, so that is motivating me! Although I must say it can be frustrating when finally I do get through a weekend on track, only to see that on Monday morning the scale has gone UP! grrrrrrr!

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emoticon 8724 steps yesterday!
emoticon Went to fitness center today!



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Congrats on a great weekend Mnnice!
Oh, Sherwood, what a time you are having.....hope things are going better today....and, a very belated happy anniversary!
I did very well yesterday getting right back on track. I hope to have an A-1 week. Only 2 weeks 'til our trip, so I need to be vigilent.
Its a bright sunshiny day, and I plan to enjoy it!
Have a good one!












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Good morning, team. This has been a difficult weekend for me. I ended up going from dinner Friday night to the emergency room, then spent the next 24 hours in the hospital with a small bowel obstruction. Then, feeling great at home I of course was weeding in my garden when I threw my middle back out yesterday. It was (and is) painful. I am up now, hoping to get an appointment with my sports chiropractor today early....and hope that I can at least walk and not feel so much pain.

My weight? I dunno. I think I gained 5 pounds because they pumped me up with saline solution while in the hospital. This has been a surreal few days...and hopefully things return to "steady" and "uneventful" the rest of this week.

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Made it through the weekend! Just made myself a bowl of oatmeal and berries for my evening snack. I got my exercise in each day also. Now I need to keep the momentum going!

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Been there...done that, OAXACA. emoticon You're right--it is like a hangover the next day. Soon the bloat will leave though and you'll feel much better following your stomach's hunger & full signals.



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Thank you, MNNICE! I see on your Sparkpage that you got married the same year as me! I have problems with my lower back too....probably has something to do with my osteoporosis diagnosis last Autumn. That's when I began taking meds for it and joined my local fitness center to combat it.

Coffee on the dock....that sounds wonderful! emoticon I like mine black and strong.

emoticon 6764 steps yesterday!



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Take care of that back Sherwood!
Keep up the good work PaulaJean!
And finish off the weekend smiling Mnnice!
I did great on Friday night with my eating, but, oh dear, last night was a disaster...just went wild in the kitchen...couldn't even attempt to tally all those calories. I slept like a drunk after a bender, so at least I am wide awake today. But I am disappointed in myself, and really need to get back on track right NOW!
I am keeping busy, got on the elliptical, and will work hard to make this a positive day.
Please send good vibes my way today...I need them!












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Welcome, PaulaJean, from a fellow midwesterner (western MN). Happy Anniversary, Sherwood, and take care of that back! My lower back gets bucky every now and then, but I know it happens when I neglect my core exercises, so I need to get back to that. Way to stay on the right track, Oaxaca. It was a beautiful morning to wake up to at the lake this morning. After coffee on the dock, I went for a 3.5 mile walk. I have gotten thru this much of the weekend without over eating or eating junk. I need to get through one more day, and I think I can do that. Will head back to the cabin after church tomorrow morning and, weather permitting, get my walking done. Trying very hard not the be "weakened" on the "weekend"!

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Thanks Rebecca & OAXACA1!

I was on my feet lots yesterday--11824 steps when the day ended. emoticon Sure feels good to be this active!



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Welcome Paula. Good to see you setting goals...and meeting them.

Indeed, that is what this team is all about. Persevering. Doing things to get on track, being conscious....and supporting our teammates.

It is quite something to be a Sparker for as long as we have been.

Today has been quasi busy...I'd like it to be less so, but. My husband is still working. Today is our 39th wedding anniversary. I was hoping he'd stop working early...but I don't think that is in the cards.

Yesterday I went to my sports chiropractor who diagnosed me as having Mainges syndrome. long story short, I have tweaked my middle back, but it manifests itself as having pain in your upper glute and outside of your leg below your hip. It is difficult to diagnose (and treat), but I think he is spot on. Said it probably happened as I was hauling around things during my daughter's race (or sliding on my backside downhill)...or whatever. Needless to say, I need to not bend over so much pulling weeds in the garden. Do some stretches. But I can keep running which is actually good for me. So that is nice to know.

Back issues are not fun to deal with. This may take a couple of weeks to work out of. I'll just have to be patient, cautious and careful.

But it is often the case that the right kind of exercise is helpful....if you know what you are doing. So I'm glad Pickleball went well for you MNNice.

Take care team! And enjoy the weekend.

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Welcome to our team Paula....we are a very small, very determined group! And glad to hear you are having a good week!
Yesterday was a repeat of Wed.....more calories than usual, but nothing drastic. I am trying to get back in the groove, but am thankful I haven't been bingeing. Hopefully I will be more successful today.
I have to give a class very soon, so this is a short post....just hang in there, and let's start off the weekend right!












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Being brand new to this team, this is my very first "daily check-in".

After getting some much needed rain all day yesterday here in south-central Iowa, this morning is a drizzly and cool one--perfect for spending an hour at my fitness center! I got in a great workout.

It's been a good week of achieving new fitness goals: I walked to church for the first time--instead of driving. It was a great walk! I worked out at the fitness center 3 times this week and I've met my goal of 6000 steps a day for the last 2 weeks--ever since I began wearing my new Spark activity tracker.

It's been years since I've been this active...and I feel great! emoticon

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Good morning, teammates! It's a beautiful morning here in western Minnesota! I'm hoping for a quiet day at work, and after that I'll be going to the cabin to spend the night. Pickleball went well last night - I just took it a little easier and was careful went I bent down to pick up the ball, and my back actually felt better when I was finished. Will be a busy weekend as I have to play for 2 church services and a funeral in the next three days, so will have to come back to town early tomorrow to spend some time preparing. Looking forward to a nice peaceful walk at the lake tonight.

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Seems we are all having those seemingly "small" successes, but those are what lead to the big successes! I did something (don't know what) to strain my lower back. I have been totally neglecting core exercises, and this happens off and on when I don't keep my core strong. Don't know if I'll be able to play pickleball tonight, but I really want some type of exercise! DIdn't get any yesterday as was too late when I got home from my meeting. I did stick to a healthy meal last night, and also I went out for lunch today and did okay. It's basically been a good week for eating, but need to try to ramp up the exercise.

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Our company arrived this morning.....they are busy with relatives for dinner, so it will only be one meal out tomorrow night....should be fine.
Yesterday I did and didn't do ok. I was hungry all day, and consciously did eat more than what is my "allowance". I was over by about 300 calories. But the extra food I ate was 'good" food, and when I was satisfied, I stopped. So I guess if that isn't an every day thing, its, okay. Today I plan on staying in my calorie range, and will do my very best to accomplish that.
Our weather is beautiful too....sunshine and warm.
Lets top off the week in a positive way!












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Good morning, team. Glad to hear from you IMOFF...and to see you've found swimming a good workout. And nice to hear that life has been good for everyone. Pickleball sounds fun, but not so much with mosquitoes.

It is a beautiful day here ...although not quite so hot (only up to 80). We have had a house guest for the past two days. Conversations go late into the evening. And we have been eating out.

Life gets back to "normal" at home eating today. Today I will enjoy the beautiful weather, get moving, pause to appreciate things around me, and eat with awareness and in moderation.

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Good for you for skipping the fast food yesterday Imoff!
Stay strong at dinner tonight Mnnice!
Yesterday ended up a good day...I did go over about 50 cals, but that's ok...no binges or craziness.
Did some shopping and ran errands...now time to relax.
Yes, Mnnice, a lot of my health issues have settled down....a nice change!
I have managed to do the elliptical whenever I have time in the morning...still not for as long as before, but I'm getting there. Also am doing some of my good old abdominal exercises.
Here's to a good day for us all.













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Imoff, a college seems like a great place to have a job. I've heard they can have some great benefits. Had a good day yesterday, and feeling very optimistic this morning! I have a meeting right after work tonight, probably will be an dinner meeting so I hope to be able to stick with something healthy. Also hoping when it's finished I'll still have the ambition to get a walk in. I'm motivated! Oaxaca, sounds like your pain and health issues are better - glad you are back to feeling better!

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I ended up going with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree (English, Health Sciences, and Psychology). I've used it to get my job working in the Registrar's office at a local community college.

Got in 2 more hours of swimming today. Definitely feeling it - in a good way. I ate well, which is always nice. I took my lunch to work and cooked dinner. I really just wanted to stop for some fast food, but I convinced myself not to.



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I'm last again....
Welcome back Imoff...good to hear from you.
I had a good day yesterday, and feel so much better off those awful antiobiotics.
Yesterday we had sunshine all day, no rain, and so far today its beautiful again....
We have guests coming too, on Thursday. They will only be here for 2 nights, and we will probably be going out a lot for meals. But I know the restaurants here quite well, and usually I do ok...just have to be cautious when I get home.
Enjoy the hot weather you all are having....think of those awful winter days and be grateful!
Keep up the good work everyone!












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Good to hear from you, Imoff. You will soon be finished with college. What major did you decide on? Last I remember I think it was library science?? It's going to be about 90 today, but I don't mind. Plan to play pickleball tonight, and I think the mosquitoes will be harder to tolerate than the heat. Nice catchup day at work as both the boss and the secretary are gone today. I've gotten a lot accomplished this morning! I had a very good day yesterday - I really don't know what the scale is doing because Saturday I was at the cabin so couldn't weigh, and yesterday and today I forgot to get on the scale.

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Good morning, team. Another hot day here. My sprinklers are fixed. Yay. So now my watering is turned on. I still need to go out in the morning and evening and water some newly planted plants as well as things in pots. But the garden is looking great.

We have a guest for the next two days. So I will eat fruit (we have fresh Oregon strawberries that are fantastic). But everything in moderation. I have 2 weeks until I travel again...so I am going to make the most of it.

Had a massage yesterday, too. The first in over a month. My glute and hip are bugging me, so I called up my sports chiropracter. I think I need some deep tissue work and an adjustment before I feel better. It is nagging and annoying. But I'll survive.

Here's to moderation. In all things.

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Hey team! I've been busy with work and school. I've started my last 2 classes of undergrad (not sure if I'll go to grad school later or not). It's going well so far. I got in 2 hours of swim time tonight. Only about over an hour of that was actual heart pumping exercise. I'm so happy it's summer. Swimming is something easy on me, but still exercise.

I'm looking for easy things because something is wrong with my gallbladder. I've got to talk to a general surgeon to see if it needs to be removed or just treated. We'll see. I don't want another surgery. I had a surgery last summer and the summer before. I just want a summer off.

But, tonight I'll just enjoy that I got to go swimming.

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6/8/15 2:07 P

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Sorry you both had a rough weekend....here's to a good week!!!!!
This week I'm low on work, so have to make good use of my free time....
Eating is much better now that I am off the meds, and I find that I am not feeling so hungry all the time either.
We actually had a day without rain yesterday, and so far today its beautiful out. So great to have sunshine again.
Three weeks until we leave for Toronto...the time has gone so quickly!
Working towards a really on track week....let's stay positive and really try hard for success!












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6/8/15 1:53 P

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My weekend was not so good, either. Not so much the quantity of what I ate, but more the content. No exercise yesterday - in fact spent 2 1/2 hours driving to/from a baseball game and sat for another 2 1/2 watching the game. For some reason was tired out last evening and kept falling asleep in the chair while reading, so finally went to bed. The storms missed us for the most part. This week will get the first of hot weather, being in the mid to upper 80s. I don't mind it, but I do think the air conditioner will get turned on tonight!

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6/8/15 9:48 A

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Good morning, team.
Another hot day today here. Supposed to get up into the mid 90s. My irrigation in the raised beds has a big leak....but fortunately there will be help with it this afternoon. I have never had to turn on the sprinkling system so early.

This weekend was a bust as far as eating goes. My husband and I have "reverted" to our habits of buying stuff at Costco that probably isn't very good for us.....there is a spicy trail nut mix and also another mix. My weight was 156.1 this morning. Needless to say, this is a wakeup call. I do need to limit my carbs. Period. And I will do so. I guess I keep "hoping" for magic results. Or not believing that I can be so sensitive to sugary carbs and nuts.

Oh well.....here's to a good week for us all.

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6/7/15 10:12 A

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Good morning team....yesterday just flew away from me.....my eating was much better. Some not so smart choices, but made it without going over the top of my calorie range. I'm hoping that now that I have finished 10 days on antibiotics my stomach and appetite will settle down...I hope!
I read your posts about high summer temperatures and summer storms and here it doesn't even feel like summer. Our hot, hot spring weather has passed, and now it is cloudy, rainy, and almost never any sun. Usually in our rainy season we get a few hours of rain in the late afternoon, but this year it rains through the day and night, with no nice warm breaks in between.
Today is a home day, with a few chores and a lot of relaxing. Sounds good to me!
Will try hard to do better today, and hope you are doing well too!

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6/6/15 7:48 P

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What a treat, Sherwood! I never seem to get my whole house cleaned all at once anymore. Of course my hubby can't seem to part with clutter, so that doesn't help! I did push myself to get a walk in this morning, but otherwise was quite lazy. Heading to my son's baseball game now, but there are storm warnings out so not sure if the game will end up being played or not. Do not like these severe summer storms..........

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6/6/15 5:56 P

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Good afternoon, team. It is 90 degrees! Hot for this time of year. After going for my long run I spent 3 1/2 hours in the garden. Weeding, planting tomatoes and some eggplants and peppers and kale. It looks nice!

I have people cleaning my house today from top to bottom. I haven't had my house cleaned for several years. But it is sure a treat. We are having a guest stay from out of town and it just seemed like a good idea. My husband even power washed our outside furniture and spray painted it (so it looks spiffy, too). So we are cleaning up to have guests. I wish I cleaned up to just be clean for myself. But it seems to take a special occasion to get our house in order. Maybe we just need more special occasions.

Take care!
Sherwood

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6/5/15 7:07 P

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Happy belated birthday, MNNice. I ran 3.7 miles on National Running day. My weight was up. I did ok eating at the pub...sortof. But I had bratwurst bites and some chicken wings and one glass of cider. So I didn't do as well as I could've. But it is what it is. No regrets. I gained .8 of a pound and it had to be mostly due to water retention from salty food.

I took a day off from running today as I want to do a long run. My goal is maybe 6 miles or maybe 7...I need to build up again after so long away from running (2weeks)...and my right quad has been twingy...comes from too much plane sitting and driving and all that travel.

I'll have to go out early, which won't be a problem. I'm still getting up way too early as I seem to be on a timezone a few hours east of here..... highs tomorrow in the 90s...and that way for the next few days. So I plan on being out the door before 7. Then home to plant some tomatoes I got and some other annuals and a couple of perennials (when we go to Al's garden center we can avoid buying plants that catch our eye).

Take care. Let's just do what we need to do. And do enjoy the weekend!

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I saw today in SP that today, June 5th, is National Running Day -- but then I was told it's also National Donut Day. Maybe I will RUN and get some DONUTS! No, very rarely eat donuts. Oaxaca, pizza is definitely a food that I cannot eat just one. I can easily eat half a large pizza without batting an eye. And so I have it maybe twice a year. Looking forward to the weekend and hoping I'll be able to carry my good week throughout the weekend.

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Hope you were able to carry out your healthy eating plan at the event last night Sherwood...
And Mnnice, be happy you got rid of that extra weight so quickly, and use it to motivate you for the weekend!
I have had an up and down week. Last night dinner was late, so we ordered pizza. I know that each slice is 250 calories, and I actually would have been fine with one piece and then a piece of fruit. Even 2 slices wouldn't have been a disaster, but I had THREE!!!! So again quite a bit over on calories, when I included the nibbling I did after the pizza. Hopefully I will break this trend, starting NOW!
And last but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MNNICE! I hope your day was happy and that you have started a wonderful year of good health and happiness!
Let's all try hard to stay ahead of the "demon" this weekend.












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I missed National Running Day, or I would have done at least a little bit of a run. I should remember the date, as it's the same as my birthday. 62 years old. Wow, how did that happen? At least retirement is that much closer. My trip to Fargo this weekend has been postponed. Was invited to go to future daughter-in-law's wedding dress fitting, but it got delayed due to the bridal shop owner and designer of her dress (which is her uncle) having to be out of down. Just as well, as being off my schedule would likely have resulted in too much food and too little exercise! I'm satisfied with the weight loss this week, but unfortunately it's the same pounds I gained Thurs through Sunday, so I'm not really making progress. I need to stay on track on the weekends to continue the downward trend!!

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Sounds like exciting times with teachers' protests, Oaxaca. Hope your student makes it to see you. I was in Baltimore the week of the riots there at a conference...and it limited our mobility, too.

Today is a beautiful sunshiny day here...highs in the mid 70s...supposed to get into the 90s by the weekend. But today is just gorgeous. My weight dropped again to 154.9. So I am back to almost square one. (I was about a pound lower...at my lowest).

We have a Geek Beer celebration tonight with friends and I get to pick up tomatoes. But I will drink smartly and try to eat healthily...and get my running in again today before it gets too warm.

I need to relax and enjoy this beautiful summer we are having. A little work, a lot of enjoyment is my plan. Life is too short. But I plan to stick to my exercise/weight loss plan and hold myself totally accountable. No chips and cheese melted stuff for me...I seriously need to eat a snack before I go this evening, then moderate on all (if any) food. That's my plan!

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Yesterday was much better than Tuesday, thank goodness!
Sherwood, we are waiting for a demo to come in to test a car...should be in soon. Then I think we will be ready to make a decision. Right now everything is on hold here. There are demonstrations by the teachers' union, a constant here, but now, before elections, they have taken hold of gas stations and the airport, so everyone is driving as little as possible to save their gas. Mexico, especially Oaxaca, can be a political hotbed at times...never a dull moment.
I have one student, if he can get here, and then a dr's appt. Not too exciting a day. The sun was out earlier, but its getting cloudy again and it looks like rain. At least all the plants are happy...
Hope all is well with the rest of you...have a good one.












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Good afternoon, team.

I find myself tired at 2:30 in the afternoon...but I woke up at 4:30...I am on eastern time still. I got a lot done before I had my phone in meeting with my Boston client...then went shopping. Now I want to jog a little as it is National Running Day before I do some more work things.

We'll see how that goes. Tired...I could just curl up and nap. But the other half of my brain is urging me to just get outside.

My weight dropped a pound plus this morning. Again, travel makes me retain water and gain weight. I should've done OK as I exercised a lot while I traveled. But my body knows how to hold onto water. Especially when flying.

Oaxaca, did you ever find a car? Hope you do have time to check in MNNice. Busy I understand. But do hope to hear from you.

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So glad to hear from both of you!
Sherwood, what a time you had...I look forward to more details of your adventure!
Mnnice, sorry to hear you had a rough weekend, but glad you are back on track and posting.
I was doing fine, but last night got into trouble...we celebrated selling a piece of land that we signed the papers for last night, but I kept celebrating, and ate too much of unhealthy things. But today is here, and I plan on facing it with new determination. Our trip is less than a month away, and I want to feel good for that. And for me, feeling good means not overeating. Period.
Another day of a little work and a little free time. I might grab a short nap later, and will curl up with my kindle for awhile.
Let's keep our team strong, and work towards success!












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