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6/6/15 7:12 P

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I hope you are able to figure out the answers to the health issues. That can be tough! I haven't lost much. I am maintaining but not losing.
I spent the afternoon planting flowers. We got several hanging basket for half price. I got some annuals and a couple of tomato plants. We are going to try to grow the tomatoes in five gallon buckets. We have plenty of yard to plant a garden but it didn't do so well. We do get a lot of fresh veggies and fruits at the farmers market. That is so much easier!
Have a nice weekend!

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6/6/15 1:51 P

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My weight is (very) slowly but surely going down, and it is taking a lot of work to do that. Health issues have forced me to drop way back on fitness, so now I have to figure out what and how much I can safely do. Meanwhile, I am continuously on the lookout for new healthy and tasty recipes. DH is an appreciative taster for new recipes. :)
I hope you all are having a good weekend.

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6/4/15 5:26 A

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I hope all is well, Ladies. I have had others in my life with health issues and I am the "go to." I move at the speed of a turtle with weight loss. I do no give up.
Our weather has been cool. Now the humidity is setting in. The A.C.s are humming.
Have a nice day!

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5/24/15 8:36 P

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I am happy to report my weight is down slightly again this weekend. I did an old yoga routine last night that I think I'll try to do regularly again. Some health concerns have slowed me down on my usual fitness regimen, so I was glad to find something safe and effective to take up.

The weather has been beautifully warm, although windy here. I got most of my plants planted in their permanent pots / beds, and am just waiting a bit for the threat of frost to end to plant out the portulaca.

Have a good week everyone.

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5/19/15 2:40 P

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It sounds like you both had a good Mother's Day weekend too. I have a wonderful family and was happy to spend time with them.

Justyna, your bites sound painful. I hope those pesky flies leave you alone now. You must be a very persistent person to stick it out as well as you have.

Pam, your dessert sounds delicious. It amazes me how some of the simplest foods are the tastiest.

I was thankful for an extra "sleep-in" day yesterday. I went plant shopping in the afternoon. I bought some annuals for beds and pots, as well as a few herbs and a pepper plant. I had never seen a pepper plant suited for a hanging basket before, so I was quick to grab one when I saw it yesterday. I love growing herbs and veggies. They have so much flavor and it is so rewarding to be able to go out and pick food to feed my family. DH dug and pulled out two trees that were an eyesore. It was a huge job, so I was grateful for the help. I think we made good use of our "day off".

My weight is not coming off as quickly as I had hoped, but I'll keep working at it. I know I feel much better when I'm down 5lbs from where I am now, so the hard work will be worth it.

Do you watch MasterChef? It is one of my "must-watch" shows. I am very much looking forward to the finale of MasterChef Canada coming up.

Have a good week, everyone!

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5/11/15 1:14 P

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Sounds like a good day for you. I cooked for my DIL and my Mom. We had about 8 at our house for dinner. I made a few healthy salads and a dessert that consisted of strawberries, cool whip and graham crackers. Very easy!
Have a good day, Ladies!!!

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Hey you two, didn't realize there was activity going on over here. Hurray for progress ladies.

I think my weight is the same today... not going to weigh as I feel like I don't need to. That is pretty big. I've been doing a lot of gardening .... it's like my free gym membership... but the black flies have made my ears look like Dumbo so I think I will concentrate on my house today. The past couple of days I have not taken any interest in doing more than the minimum and this morning as I walked into the house I realized I have to do an intense quick tidy/clean before a guest arrrives tomorrow. Did you have a good mother's day? I found a poem on facebook and adapted it for my mother and then for my mother in law. My Mom is about 2 hours from here and I hope my other siblings thought to do something with her. I had a morning of meditation with my neighbour which was really really powerful, then gardening, then some computer time. I went to look at an open house with DD and her boyfriend followed by an early dinner out where I had a very healthy meal and was given flowers and new crocs. On our return another DD asked DH and I to go figure out a geocache with her in the woods and we scouted out a location to plant a new one... and finally Last night DH and I watched an episode of Outlander. In all a very satisfying day.

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5/4/15 7:40 A

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I have been keeping track of my calorie intake. I am on my gazelle every day, as well. Hopefully we will see results soon!
Have a good week!

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Thanks Pam. I'm down a pound today, and am convinced that tracking is the reason why. Reading motivational articles on SP helps a lot too, but seeing my caloric intake through the day helps me control emotional eating.
Have a good week everyone.
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It's Monday! Just a few days from the weekend! I hope keeping track of your food helps. I need to get back to that faithfully. I know it did help when I kept track of my calories. I want to lose the weight I gained last winter. I am still looking for the motivation. It will happen!
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Good job, Pam!
I've been getting outside for walks this week. I enjoy that, but allergies still keep me indoors more often than not. I have been tracking my food again, to help take off some winter weight gain. That has been very helpful before, so hopefully it will do the trick again.
Have a good week. Stay healthy and happy.
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I got 50 minutes on my gazelle this evening. It's a start!

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It is Hump Day! The weeks fly by but I still look forward to the weekend! It is a little cold this week but will be warmer next week.
Have a nice day!

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Happy weekend, everyone. It is windy here today. I was hoping for a good day for yard work, but that will have to wait until next week.

We had surprise company this week, so I ended up taking a day off work to hang out with them. I made some bad choices, I ate too much, and did not exercise enough. Now it is time to get back to reality and get my good habits on a roll again. I can do it! Thanks to all the help from SP, I can get back on the healthy habits bandwagon, and I will do it!

I have been noticing that some of my good habits are very firmly ingrained in my thinking. Today I made Crepes, and automatically used 1/3 whole wheat flour instead of all white. Last night I did a few quick exercises, knowing it would help me sleep. I have been noticing that certain household chores are easier now than a couple years ago because of the (mostly) regular ST, cardio, and stretching I have been doing. One day this week I looked in the mirror and looked at myself differently than I ever have before. I flexed my muscles... and there were actual, noticeable muscles right where they should be! I was greatly encouraged knowing that the efforts I have made are paying off and will continue to pay off as long as I keep it up. The motivation board on my start page keeps reminding me of my goals and accomplishments, and encourages me to stay active and fuel my body wisely.
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Hi Ladies! I have been away from this thread for awhile! I have missed it but I have been very busy. I missed your B-Day JUSTYNA7. Hope it was great!
I do intend to keep in touch now. My weight is not up but it is not down either. I really like this discussion since it is very helpful!
Have a nice weekend!

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Peggie my Physio therapist and her boys are into dirt biking and she admits it is dangerous but they love it and she is so happy to have found something they can do together. Summer? We still have ice in front of the shed so I had to be creative doing my yard work as I can't get in there yet. However today soared in temperature to 22! I was sweating as I put away the last of the Christmas decorations outside. I have had a tree up. It is white, and my neighbour and I have been doing morning meditations since January first. It was dark when we started so when I was "up" I would turn on the Christmas tree lights. "What will we do when Christmas has passed?" she asked. And I said I would figure something out. So the white tree got decorated with valentines... then Easter eggs and chicks. I have always had it full of birds so they stayed... but today I took it down. I do have lady bugs that I thought of putting in it with artificial pansies, but I noticed this morning for the first time that the sun was rising when I got up. We won't be needing candles either which I will miss. She is on holidays for 2 weeks, well another week, and I do hope we will resume when she gets back. I'll have to find another "sign" like having my dragon statues up on the pillars instead of on the ground or somthing. Hmmm.

Thanks for reminding me about that post. I have some very healthy baking recipes that I can and should make for ME that they would enjoy too.

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Happy Sunday! It's been a busy spring, not only at work (usually January through May are very busy), but with family things too. MIL had an appendectomy, it had ruptured, so she was in the hospital a full week. DS broke his collarbone (for the third time), and needed surgery. (He was only in for one day.) And my mother celebrated a "big" birthday, so we were away for a weekend.

Now it seems everything is settling down and a new, summer routine is about to start. I have been going on track walks with DS. Our motocross track takes a out 10 min to walk, so I like to do a couple laps. Soon it will be too dry and dusty and I will be back to the 7 min walk of our perimeter. That is a nice walk, with much of the distance being in the shelter belt tree row. DS will be back on his bike as soon as possible. I have mixed feelings about his love for dirt biking. On one hand, it has proved dangerous, but on the other hand, it keeps him motivated to take care of his health (clavicle excepted) and keep physically active. Since that is the only sport he likes, that activity is important.

Justyna, I relate to an earlier posting where you said you bake "for the kids" and end up sabotaging your healthy eating. That is exactly where I am right now. I love baking, but must remember "a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips". I enjoy watch in cooking shows (MasterChef is my favorite), and am learning more about cooking healthy, tasty, creative meals.

Have a good week, and keep taking good care of yourselves.

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Some things add up. Today is my 55th birthday and I did not have to do anything to get here.
It is day 42 in my 100 day countdown. I have been meditating since January 1st. I have accumulated 100,000 spark points. Unfortunately my weight is up too. I made a good choice by cancelling my birthday plan to eat out at the fish and chip shop and instead we will have salmon and asparagus and fruit salad at home as a family. I'm grateful that it is not all about weight. My blood tests are all normal with low cholesterol and low blood sugars. There are numbers all over my house. I love it! It is tradition in our family to put up numbers on our birthdays. So the house is full of 55's.

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I am still working on my 100 days of trying to make good choices. Today was a walk outside and some bike riding on the recumbant bike at physio. Woo hoo!

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I watched a video on spark people of a mother and daughter who committed to 100 days at the gym. Very inspiring and holy cow what a difference in that 2 months!

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I decided to use my blogging and do a 100 day countdown.

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OK, habits are hard to break and I'm still here. Hahaha. I am thinking about using my good genes to try and help me fight this battle better. What resources do I have? Hmm.

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I"m thinking of signing on as a team leader for a new "class of ..."
I was surprised to see the committment is only for 30 days. Makes sense. But here it is over 5 years and I am still posting on my own team class page. Not that there are many posting here. I guess maybe it is time to say goodbye? At least if I am given a team. I have several teams I am admin. of. If anyone wants to chat I can friend you or we can chat on another page.

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The community use week is over, hurray! I got in the pool 3x with people. Nice. I have a little more range of motion in my knee today and it is a little less sore... but it seems very sore because I don't want it to hurt at all! I read a good spark article today about exercise and heart health. It reminded me that I always set my goals too high. I can do fewer ST exercises and it is great. I sabatoge when I become too much of a perfectionist. Today I will celebrate all the small things I do!

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This week I have opened my B&B to the community to use the pool. No one came for laps swim this morning but we will see if anyone comes for aquafit this afternoon. I know one woman is coming tonight who has mobitliy problems to see if she can walk in the pool. I'm excited about that. Worth it if even one person benefits from it.

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I am trying to do a streak of clean eating and following the writing diet... write 3 pages a day and walk 20 minutes a day being key... but the other tools help with clean eating like... not getting too hungry angry lonely or tired.

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I got a great team letter today talking about 10%. Eat 10% less today and move 10% more. Eat your treats in the morning if you are going to have any so you have the day to "work them off". I liked it.

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I am making progress. Lots of good food choices and and less pain. Fingers crossed I will get the OK to drive and swim next week.

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The weight is down again and the big difference is sleep. I actually got 4 hours in a row. So 205. My physio is trying accupuncture for pain. I'm not sure it helped the pain but she said I would sleep like a baby. I will remind her when I see her that babies wake up during the night too, lol.

Ottawa is in a valley and the Ottawa area is almost an island bordered by 3 major rivers so we get humidity big time and we get the extreme temperatures. I do love our falls though. Spring I love right up until the bugs come out. Yet I have endured those bugs to get outside every year and garden or canoe or hike. I've got a bug suit thank goodness although when it is hot it sure is a challenge to be outside in the suit AND with bugs buzzing at your ears, Hehehe, I must be aging to complain so much. I used to love every season and made the best of it.

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You have a positive approach to your situation. You will be well in no time!
We are above freezing during the day. There is no major storms predicted. That is good to some degree. We do need the snow for the farming community. Weather reports predict a dry and warmer/hotter year. I don't like Iowa heat and humidity. It is a fact of Midwestern life, though.
Keep moving forward, JUSTYNA. You can do this!

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Happy January 17th! I am still doing morning meditations. Yesterday was scary because I could not put weight on my surgery leg. I was stupid and hula hooped and injured something. I was terrified that I had done damage to the new knee replacement and it was "loose". Perhaps that is what happened but today I can walk on it again. I will certainly be more cautious for the next few weeks. I am counting down to when I can start walking in the pool. The surgery scar is nearly healed. My weight is at 207 which on one hand is frustrating and on the other I am happy as it is down. It was at 210 last week! I nearly cried. I am trying to stick to clean eating but sabatoge it by baking. Not that standing in the kitchen cooking is even on my list of things to do yet... but I am bored and my food dragon is telling me to do things "for the kids". It is an old trick. But I have made many good food choices too. I still have pain which is another trigger to eat so I'm fighting that. And my medications have weight gain as a side efffect too (mostly meaning increased appetite) so I have to be gentle with myself.

I'm glad you got your furnace fixed! We've had that problem with ice before too. A power outage caused condensation which caused the problem so the furnace would not go back on. This morning I rehabilitated a favourite candle. Two of the three wicks had drowned in the wax and the sides had built up too tall. I wondered if that means we might get a power outage. We are slated to have a warm spell today with snow coming. I have not heard of terrible storms this year... yet. I hope the rest of winter is mild for you.

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Winters seem to be worse that they used to be. Our furnace has been acting up. It turns out that ice was frozen in the exhaust pipe. It is fixed now.
The weekend is here. It has been a very cold week and the first five day week since before Christmas. I have a lot of documents to go through at home and print out some policies. January is always hectic for me.
Have a great day! Stay safe and warm! I care!

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My neighbour braved the cold (-38 here) to come over for our morning meditation at 6:00 am. Our furace is working just fine and the pool room seems very warm but we are experiencing "frost quakes" which we have never had. Apparently all over Ontario they are occurring! LIke an earth quake but shifts along the frost lines. They can apparently do damage to foundations so I have been quite nervous hearing the big booms and feeling the house shake. Also there are other people who have noticed rats. I could not help it... I put the bird food out again. We had taken it down when I saw a rat eating the suet in the tree. I had no idea they could climb trees! However our birds really need the food too. Lots of rats and mice this year... snowy owls have come into the area to take advantage. OK by me!

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All schools have been cancelled today. We are at 3 degrees and falling. We are far enough south that we are not used to these temps. Our furnace threw a fit and was not working this morning. DH got it going. Thank God!

Try to stay warm. Extra exercise helps that!

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Hey ladies! Thanks for the reminder about the yogurt. I have been on antibiotics and I'm sure my system is out of wack. The surgery went well and it's a steady but slow recovery. A lot of pain as I do not seem to be responding to the pain meds. However I am using alternative pain management like massage and meditation. In fact I have been doing a morning meditation since the start of the year with my neigbour. We meet up at 6:00 am and do a reading and some silent meditation and are done by 7:00. For now it is at my place as I am not mobile but hopefully next month I can go to her place alternate days.

Today I get my staples out and a pneumonia shot. I have tried to hula hoop a bit... I got 2 under the Christmas tree and have managed to figure out a few tricks. It is a good exercise for the core even though I am not doing hooping on my body yet... just arms, but I am not ready to do more than a few minutes at a time yet. In a few weeks I will be able to get back into the pool. I'm wearing my spark tracker with the goal of 1,000 steps a day. That can certainly be a challenge right now with the pain but it is still important to move. With the pills I'm taking my digestion seems so slow which is causing problems. More veggies and fruit!

-21 here in Ottawa today. The cat refused to go outside so I let her use the cat litter in the garage. The dog though was willing to do a walk about in the back yard. I know she misses our walks. I don't plan to do "walking" until the snow is gone. Right now it is quite icy. With my walker I still don't feel secure as the wheels have zero traction. When I can use my walking poles and ice crampers it will be better... but I'm still leery. Better to walk in the water! I have not stepped on the scales this week but last week my weight was up. Given that my meds almost all say weight gain is a side effect I'm not surprised but certainly disappointed. I just have to be patient.

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I hope you win the battle, PEGGIE0203. I read an article that said a daily probiotic yogurt helps the immune system as well.

We are getting an Alberta Clipper in the next 36 hours. Oh, YAY!

Keep working your program!

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Thanks Pam. The weather is cold and windy here in Alberta, but the weather man said that Alberta is actually getting some of the better weather in Canada today, so I'll be thankful it is not worse.

I have been doing my fitness indoors this winter, so the weather does not affect my workouts. I am very grateful that I do not have to rely on the great outdoors or a gym to work out. The nearest fitness facility is about 20 miles from our home, so being able to work out at home is important.

I have been fighting a flu bug for about a week, but so far have managed to keep it at bay. I am quite convinced that a healthy diet and regular activity helps strengthen our immunity, and I need to curb my sugar intake to fight it off. I am reinstating veggies as a significant part of my diet, starting with today's lunch. Peas, corn, potatoes, fresh bell peppers, carrots and cucumbers taste pretty good with that thought in mind.

I hope you all have an active and healthy week.
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Whatever the weather, enjoy your day!

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As we start a new year, I am thankful for each of you and your support! Hugs!!!

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Happy New Year! Let's make this a good year!

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Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Special prayers for you, Justyna. I hope your surgery & recovery goes better than expected.

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Happy holidays and Merry Christmas! I hope everyone has a safe and happy time. On my writing diet team we are discussing the very basics - exercise and water. It remiinded me that one of the things I have become good at is trying new things. I have been to 3 hula hooping classes now and 2 dollar store hula hoops (good for off body hooping but NOT for around my size body) were our first decorations on the tree. I am hopeful that DH will build me a hula hoop and it be under the tree even if I can't use it. I think I shared my story about that earlier. Anyways, I am grateful that I no longer use bordom as an excuse not to exercise. As for water I am trying to have small cups all over the house of water or small water bottles so I sip each time I sit down. Works as long as I am not too sedentary.

Surgery is Monday so I may not be on for a while. See you in 2015 if not before!

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Excellent thoughts! Thanks for sharing them. I think they will help me stay on track with mindful eating.


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I've been using my journal as a "gate keeper" for my kitchen to stop the prowling food monster from entering. It just sits on my counter saying "sure you can come in... but first you must answer the 4 questions:

1. Are you really hungry?
2. Is this what you really want to eat?
3. Is this what you really want to eat NOW?
4. Is there a bette choice, perhaps something on your plan or something else you could do?"

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Justyna, I would love to have been there for your harp presentation and Christmas testimony. I'm glad it went so well.

I'm also glad you're not letting your misstep with chocolate get you down. Chocolate is probably my biggest temptation, and emotional eating is a big issue for me, so I'm pretty sympathetic to that situation. I can really see how important it is to not get discouraged and let that vicious circle escalate. Good job!

I read on someone's post today in one of the teams "no one ever woke up wishing they had eaten more the night before". It made me laugh, but it might be a helpful saying to remember when the evening munchies strike.
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Hurray Peggie! Woo hoo! I like my eliptical too. DH got one at Wallmart last Christmas for me and I was not impressed because I had not been able to do the ones at the gym... but this one is perfect and quiet compared to the treadmill, so I can listen to music or watch TV, and it is light enough to roll from one room to another if needed.

I won't be walking along the river for a while I don't think... too much ice on the trail and I don't do ice. However I was in the pool yesterday. I also did my harp presentation and gave a Christmas testimony for the senior's lunch at our church. It went over so much better than I had expected. I also had time to do a stretching video that I really like. 20 minutes and I felt great. But I got grumpy last night and turned to chocolate. Grrr. I even predicted it would happen although I thought it would be because I was so happy. Instead there was a difficult spill in the kitchen and something in me snapped. I really did not want to deal with it and part of the problem was realizing that the counter needs replacing which triggered a bunch of worry. Silly when I think about it today. Three steps ahead and a small one backward. I feel optomistic today that I can eat really well.

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Congrats to your DD on passing her big exam, Justyna! What a wonderful accomplishment!

I'm glad for you that you can get out and walk. I enjoy walking outside, but allergies got me going on the elliptical and now that is my "go-to" cardio activity. The only excuse I ever have is when someone else is using it, in which case I only have to wait a bit until I can go run. I am seeing gradual improvement using it. After we got a new elliptical several months ago 15 minutes was hard to do. Last night I ran for 50 minutes, the longest I have ever done! I was very excited to have accomplished that, and was buoyed by DH's encouragement. I also try to do ST every other day, and noticed that shoveling snow was much easier the last few days than I remembered it being last winter. Spending a lot of time doing fitness means I have less time for crafts, sewing, etc., but I have so much more energy and strength to do my every day tasks that it is worth it. I also notice that keeping active and eating well results in clearer thinking and an overall better frame of mind.

I guess next time life gets too busy and I fall off the fitness / healthy eating wagon I can read that and remember why it is so important to get back on track.

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Ha, I'd forgotten already what hubby and I got done. So easy to focus on what still needs to get done. I hope you all had good Thanksgivings. My sister in laws and I took my Mom out for her birthday and then I had a big shopping to do and DH, DD and I ended up going out for Indian buffet. So full! It was worth it although I wrote about it this morning and a few items I would skip next time (like dessert)... not worth it. I walked today along the river further than I've gone in a while and my darling dog only fell over once. As soon as I picked her up she was fine. And I was sure she would not make it to September.... which was when my youngest DD was graduating from her Accounting Master's Program and coming home. Well, the great and fantasic news is she passed her UFE exam which is what she needed to be a "REAL ACCOUNTANT" and now all she has to do is accumulate hours towards her Chartered Accountant designation. We are all so thrilled. I had not realized how stressful it was around here waiting to hear. Now I can focus on myself again. I have chocolate in my room for stockings and pies in the freezer for Christmas dinner. NOT FOR ME. No, I don't need any sugar for the next 6 weeks and no white flour either. Today I planned my food and wrote it out. All light meals but several of them so I don't listen to the food monster which of course has had sugar and will be calling later. Our snow melted but it is certainly cold. I was so happy to unpack my favourite hat with a pom pom and warm mittons from storage. I have light boots that will do until the real cold comes and then got new very warm boots to wear. I want to keep walking as long as possible!

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Hi all. I hope everyone is doing well.

Justyna, it's good to hear you sound so optimistic. I certainly agree it is normal for wives to "nest" before upcoming events, and I'm sure I would be doing the same if I was preparing for a big surgery. Be careful to not overdo - plenty of rest, eat well, fitness activities as much as you can reasonably do without risk of further injury. I know that you know the drill, but it is hard for us moms to reign in those mothering comments.

I hope you all have a healthy, happy, and safe week.


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Yippee! Today was busy. I did 2 stretch DVD's (the first one just did not make me feel stretched and the second is a favourite of mine) and then I practiced for my Christmas harp concerts (can't believe I have agreed to two) and then did 4 hours yard work. Dinner is cooking. I made a chart (countdown) till surgery which was 6 weeks from Monday and am trying to write in good choices I make each day. DH has a long weekend but starts work Monday so he was great working on house projects and the yard with me and hopefully the kids will help this weekend to get things on my to do list done. I always stress about those "honey do" things when I have issues... like upcoming surgery. Is that what every wife does?

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Sounds good Peggie. DH accepted a job offer. Not the best paying one or the closest to home... but the one that he thinks will be the most enjoyable. I am supportive but those dollar signs and the idea of him having less commute were sure enticing to me. And he would have taken one of those jobs for ME and that is not what this is meant to be about. I want him to be excited to go to work. I DID get him to buy a new wardrobe... suit, 4 shirts, 2 ore pants, winter boots and a car coat. My daughters were all "Dad, you look so professional!" and he actually did a fashion show for them. He will be consulting representing this company so going in to other companies and I convinced him that if he truly wants the company to succeed he has to dress the part. I also had him talk to other people in the same kind of business about the hours he should work. It's going to be a lot of changes for him. He is used to dressing casually and doing a lot of work from home, working crazy hours so he could communicate with China or Korea or California and one of his colleagues in Alberta. Now he will have regular hours starting early to get through traffic. So... I hope to take advantage and have breakfast together every morning. I suggested a morning swim too but he is not ready for THAT yet. I have a knee surgery date - Dec. 22. We were afraid the new health care benefits would not have started on time but it looks like they will. I had a preop assessment this morning.

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Justyna, I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope he can find a new job soon. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Dee, keep up the good work. We're on your side.

Pam, I'm always impressed with your fitness minutes. Keep it up!

Life's good over here. I'm getting back to where I left off before my dental surgery (am having some sinus issues because of that), but am finding more and more the importance of yoga for me personally. It really helps relax those muscles after an elliptical & strength training workout, resulting in better rest, better frame of mind, and overall feeling of well being. I know it is so, but taking the time for it is harder then it ought to be.

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Dee I love the quote about committment vs. interest. Wow! DH got laid off so I feel like a bomb has gone off in the room. What I had expected, a month of writing and eating well and exercise and letting my family fend for themselves... has not gone that way at all. But I do have a giant cork board up making a story board for what I'm writing. DH has 3 interviews today so likely will have a job soon but it does not end my angst. Sigh... committment vs. interest. I should write that on my wall.

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Good for you for making good choices while traveling... and getting back on track despite a sore mouth. I think the visualizing is a wonderful thing to do. LIke you said, a breakthrough. I think... I have been feeling frumpy. I need a haircut and to take a bit of time telling my image in the mirror how great I look.

I have had a lot of reflections today.
1. It is November Eve and I wondered if I should think of November as No-sugar month.
2. Nanowrimo starts tomorrow and I have had a few set backs. Today I am a taxi. My team for fall cleanup has desserted me. This months' bills are paid but my tidy office has become cluttered. Nanowrimo I try and write 1460 words a day every day in November and now Sunday I have offered to host a pregraduation dinner for a dear friend's daughter. It will be a small event but when I offered I had not been realizing I might be sacrificing a writing day.
3. Healthy snacks. In the book I read it suggested sugar free jellos and puddings. Ah.. no. My idea of healthy snacks are ones with purpose, that give me a boost of fibre or protein. I feel a little fed up with things with "healthy" attached to them that actually have no nutritional value. Craisins are a great example. You would think at least you'd get some vitamin C... but no, it is processed out.
4. I have no surgery date yet... tick tock...and no scans yet. I managed to walk along the river and it did my soul good. I'm realizing my shopping days are wiping me out so I need to change that.
5. Do I sound grumpy? Maybe. Despite my rant above about healthy snack I have been into candy and sugar this week. Friends stayed and brough home dessert every night and then we had "Christmas" with them before they went to Florida and there were all kinds of candies everywhere... and my hand just kept dipping. I have the halloween candy in the front hall and my plan is to put any leftovers in my husband's car to go to work with him. I am soooo sugared out. It was choices... but there is a new month ahead of choices. I have done a LOT of yard work, walking in the pool and as I said, I had a walk along the river.... plus lots of excellent meals so I need to focus on the positives and woo hoo's. emoticon

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Thanks Pam. I keep trying to remember to "choose my hard", like one of the motivational posters says. I know if I keep up with proper nutrition and fitness now it will be much better for me in the long run. It feels hard at the moment, but it will be worth it.

I realized the other day that I am starting to visualize myself not as overweight and out of shape anymore, but rather as a bit of a fitness and health nut. This is a breakthrough for me, since right after losing my weight I still found myself looking for clothing in my former sizes when shopping. I would try on the larger sizes, then see how ridiculous that looked on me and go get progressively smaller clothes until I found some that fit proper. Now when I look in the mirror I expect to see the "new, smaller me" instead of the image of me at the old weight. Now I just need to keep that image in my mind and in my mirror!
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Peggie, You are doing quite well! Keep up the good work!

Have a great Day and a wonderful weekend!

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Pam, I hope your plate is quickly adjusted to work well and feel good. A sore mouth is no fun.

We were in a different city overnight 2 nights ago. I'm so pleased that many hotels now have fitness facilities available. I was able to do a nice elliptical workout, but the strength training machine was quite different than what I'm used to, so I skipped out on that. I still have some catching up to do from all the workouts I missed after my dental surgery, but it sure feels good to be back at it and moving in the right direction again.
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Justyna, I hope your recover goes well after your surgery. Just take care!
Peggie, You can get back at it and do a great job! That dental surgery is no fun. I just got a partial upper plate. It needs a lot of adjustment!
DeeDaye, Fantastic job!

I have returned to the nutrition tracker and have been motivated to get a lot of fitness minutes logged. I have been on my stationary bike and my gazelle. Both are a decent workout.
Stay positive, team! We can do this!

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Happy Monday! We are having a lovely, warm autumn day today.
Justyna, I hope your surgery plans go smoothly so you can soon have relief. I'm glad for you that you can take some time off your B&B duties to take care of that knee. I will certainly be praying for a quick, successful surgery and recuperation.
Two weeks ago I had my 3 remaining wisdom teeth out. Although I've been slow at getting back to my fitness activities, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical yesterday (only my second time on it since the dental surgery) and did some light weight training. I am optimistic I can keep gradually working towards my regular workouts. That is a good feeling.
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Hello ladies! Welcome back and I'm glad you are both getting back on track. Hasn't Dee done well! I sent her a goodie from the team. I always forget they are there to use. Anyone want to commit to something and if they accomplish it the team will send them a goodie?

Today my motivation is purple nail polish. I was in a newly remodeled grocery store and they have put a glass case of goodies right at the entrance... and a fast food place I had to drive past was also calling me... so I bought nail polish instead and put it on one nail in the car to remind me to stay on track myself. As it turned out as soon as I got home my neighbour had left a message that she wanted to swim so I'm glad I abstained and had a good workout instead. I may have had a slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast (no whip cream so one of the better choices for fibre and low sugar....but I had a salad and roast beef for lunch. 76 days till the new year and I'm doing my best to stay on track. I would love to see some kind of change between then and now.

My doctor's appointment was OK but I had some lingering concerns... so I spoke to my father (also an ortho surgeon but retired). Long story but Dad is going to write my doctor and ask if he has considered one cause of my pain. It may mean a delay as the surgeon had said he would do his best to have me in for the knee replacement before Christmas.... and if he agrees with my father it will mean waiting for a scan first... oh well... the pain is manageable and I'd rather have a successful surgery than a failed one. Part of me REALLY wants to eat over this. On many levels it is uncomfortable and frustrating.... but part of me has been listing my blessings and knows that eventually it will all work out.

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Hi all. I have been away from this thread for a long time as well. Summer was very nice here, and we are hoping for a milder winter than last.

Grampam, I'm always encouraged to see all the fitness you are doing, good job! Keep it up and the weight is sure to come off.
Dee, I'm so happy for you that the weight is coming off. I have a sister who is a teacher, so I understand how tiring teaching can be. Kudos to you for your good work.
Justyna, how did your appointment go? Was it last week? I hope all is well.

I hope you are all having a lovely autumn.
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I have been absent from this thread for awhile. How are you doing? My weight loss had stalled for a while. I think I have turned it around a little. I enjoy your posts, JUSTYNA. You are doing a fantastic job!



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90 days till the new year! It has been easier because I have had less pain in my leg this week. I even slept well last night. Of course that is when my food dragon can be extremely sneaky... when I let down my guard. Right now I am preparing a weekly healthy clean snack. This week it is a grain free granola bar that I added cocoa to and an extra egg... which made it a bit dry and crumbly. I thiink I am the one eating most of it so have to watch that. 8/10 days eating clean! NOt bad.

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Day 91 in the countdown and I've had 7/9 clean eating days. I'm walking much better... but of course my surgery consult is next week. Never failed when I took my kids in to the doctor for ear aches they would stop hurting.

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As it happens I am now doing a 100 day countdown for the new year for trying to have as many clean eating days as possible. That means sometimes I will choose NOT to eat clean. The last 7 days I have had 5 good eating days. It's helped to keep a tab of those days beside my computer because honestly I have felt like I have eaten off track more often than that. Why? Because even within my "broad" definition of good eating I have a secret agenda to be even more perfect. I seem to have a scale. Perfect, good choice, acceptable choice, and not. To eat clean I can still make acceptable choices but part of me apparently still feels guilty. Or at least at the time.. because as I said the only tally I cam keeping is whether it was clean eating or not... not how good a job I did at it. The good thing is on one of my days I chose not to eat clean I was able to see it as a culinary date. I really wanted that burger and fries while I was out so I had it. Then I went back to clean eating. This is new territory in a way for me because the old me would at least have sabatoged a few more meals. If one meal in a day was bad then I might as well eat that way the whole day, right? But I didn't. Hmmm. Progress.

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I decided to try to eat clean as often as possible from now to the new year. It was 100 days to New Year's Eve on September 22. How cool an idea is that? So today is day 96 in my countdown with 3/4 days clean. Woo hoo!

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Happy Fall Equinox.

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Today, and this week... my priorities have been about my daughter still.. and I realized I need to put myself first so I can be better equipped to deal with other's needs. I do think that my reason d'etre is to faccilitate others and I get a lot of joy from it... but when I feel like my own needs are not being met eventually I get grumpy or angry thinking that I am not able to do simple things like walk every day to keep healthy when in fact it is just because I did not do things in the right order. You probably have heard the analogy about the marbles in the jar. I wrote about it in a blog once before and noticed that spark people has also put it in one of their motivational blogs. Here is the link, I do suggest you read it. It is easy for me to forget so I used to have a jar on my counter with rocks and sand... I wonder where that is?

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Quiet here. I'm wondering if anyone is chatting in the other thread. Started the day with a green smoothie with fresh mint from the garden, spinach, apples. Salad for lunch and have already made the chili for dinner to go on a bed of greens. A very veggie day!

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Youngest DD is now home home home. University and her national exam are over.... her job starts next week. She is such a great support for healthy food and exercise choices. I feel blessed. But.... she does like to spread out all over the house.... there will be challenges. House meeting when DD23 comes home next week to figure out space, chores, etc.

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Got the suite cleaned... too many steps. I can't do steps. Oh well.

Made zuchini pasta in my "veginator" which I stir fried with garlic, onions, tomatoes and spinache. Yum! Thre iin some feta cheese and pesto but it would have been fine as it was.

Today I NEED to walk in the pool!

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