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11/28/14 6:18 A

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Good morning ladies....

I'm up early and getting ready to head to the Y for a workout...not because I need to exercise off some bad food though. I did pretty good. When I made the pumpkin pie I had some left over pumpkin that I put in ramekins so I ate that..crustless pumpkin pie made with splenda and egg beaters. I ate quite a bit though, turkey, sweet potatoes (baked with apples and walnuts), veggies, green beans etc. and I want to stay focused on my fitness.

Linda just took off to shop a bit. She's after a carpet shampooer.With all the pets we have..we need one. Hope she doesnt get trampled ;)

Merilynn...good to see you!! It's good to see everyone...sounds like a good Thanksgiving for all!

Have a great day...I'll be back later

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Good evening friends, this will be short.

I had a very nice day. Serving at the church was slow this year but I enjoyed doing it and putting a smile on others faces. Dinner at the house was yummy but nothing green except fresh green bean casserole and not my fav !!! I had white meat turkey sweet potato casserole, Mom's stuffing made by Dad which was excellent and cranberry relish. One plate and I did have a decadent dessert. A Paula Dean recipe that my brother makes every year Pumpkin Butter Gooey Cake with whipped cream. Oh yes I did !!! I will walk it off tomorrow !!! I have to tell you tho' I feel totally green deficient right now !!!
I enjoyed being with my Dad and brothers, niece and nephew so much. The "trash can turkey " was delicious. A 23 pound turkey done in 2 hours !!! Very moist as well. Looks like it might be a new way to cook a turkey for my brother and who knows maybe some other meats as well ?????

I'm done for the day and want to recline in my chair for the rest of the evening. Sweet dreams ladies. See ya tomorrow.

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11/27/14 7:45 P

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Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving. My sister drove down and brought a new recipe - a one pot Thanksgiving dinner. . .everything except the dressing and she made her usual. I made desert - 3 frozen bananas. 1/2 cup of plain yogurt, 1/4 C of smooth peanut butter mixed well in the food processor. Then 1/4 C chocolate hazelnut spread mixed through in ribbons. Freeze and serve a frozen Banana PB "yogurt". . .not half bad and fun to do with "help" :-)) I'm in a wheelchair now so there was much laughter as I "cooked", some in my lap - I'm getting there. . .80 in April and some days aren't for cooking!!! I know I don't stop in often but will be trying to keep my blog going and think of you all every time I write. Thanks for being there. . .Meri

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING PLOF!! WOW and Ahhhhhhhh...you all are the greatest. What a pleasure to get on my computer and be touched by such thoughtful and kind comments. You all are treasures!

Guess what I'm doing - drinking water! I'm trying to be good but I know it will be a day full of choices. One thing I noticed is when I made my three dishes this morning, I kept thinking, "how can I make this with less sugar/less calories?" I did a little experimenting. Yeah, Jill, that turtle pie alone has got to be a couple of miles walking. It's beautiful though.

You all are in my thoughts and thanks for being so awesome.
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11/27/14 9:14 A

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Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all my beautiful wonderful PLOF friends !!!

Carol I wish I was having Thanksgiving with you and your family. I doubt there will be many, if any ,healthy choices for me to pick from but I will do the best with what will be available. Maybe just turkey and veggies. I don't have the time to prepare anything just for my choices so I will just be smart about what goes in my mouth.

Jill it is so nice to see you after such a long absence and to read your kind words of thankfulness. Please don't stay away so long, we miss you hon.

I am so thankful for so much in my life and will continue to be and acknowledge it daily. My mind and thoughts have changed in ways that would not allow me to be the person I was in the past. This is one of the things I am most thankful for. Each of you make a big difference in my life everyday and I want you all to know this and thank you for that.

Happy healthy eating today friends. HUGS !!!

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11/27/14 5:38 A

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Happy Thanksgiving and good morning......

Old habits die hard! Its 4:30 am and I have been up for awhile. I'm wide awake and enjoying some coffee.

I too am very thankful for Spark people and especially this team.The realization that I didnt have to do this alone and that I was not the only person who struggled with my weight, was a game changer for me. My life would never be the same! The friendships, support and motivation I have found on this team is like none other. You are all very wonderful, strong women and I am very thankful you are a part of my life!! Have a great holiday season!!

I will be going to my sisters house today. Last night I made a sugar free pumpkin pie, sugar free lemon pie, sugar free cranberry apple salad and my sister made a sugar free pecan pie. Her husband is diabetic as is my brother. We will have some healthy alternatives for the meal...plain baked sweet potatoes, green beans, veggie tray, roasted asparagus and of course turkey. Also the traditional stuffing,mashed potatoes and gravy. I think I'll be fine!

Well...let's try and eat healthy! Stay strong....its a long holiday season!

Much love
Carol

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I am thankful for all the wonderful women in this team.

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Happy Thanksgiving to an amazing group of kind, motivational, compassionate, wonderful, and witty women! I am thankful to be so fortunate to have connected with you awesome women. I sure will be walking over the next few days. Taking a time out from pie baking. Making pecan, apple pumpkin, and marionberry pies. Looking forward to having Cat, Sam, Jillian, and Joe over on Friday for Thanksgiving. Also looking forward to seeing my youngest brother Dan and his partner up at my sister on Thursday. I will miss my niece Kirsten who recently moved to Hawaii. It will be great to see nephews and my twin Moira and son Patrick. I am thankful for my family! Yep, I figure 20-30 miles of walking this weekend may put a dent into the calorie intake....I will do portion control for sure!!

Cheryl, I hope you have a great relaxing weekend with Terri. Can't wait to hear about you turtle pie. Oh dang that pie sounds like heaven!!! We will have to get together for Hot Flashes sometime. Thank you Cheryl for all the walks and your exercise motivation. You are such a positive person which I greatly appreciate. You and Alma are amazing!! Thank you!

Debigene, hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Look forward to hearing about your Dad's stuffing! Enjoyed hearing about your co-op. I will be having a garden at my former neighbors new home. Can't wait to get back to the soil. Many thanks for you encouragement and kind words.. you and Carol are great leaders and the best motivators! Yes, you word of inspiration are so appreciated Thank you!

Carol, you are my inspiration to keep on walking! One day I hope to get 20K, I won't be able to catch up to your miles!! I hope you have a fun Thanksgiving filled with many hugs! Thank you!

Gold, I hope that you can officially retire very, very soon. I'm praying for you! I hope your Thanksgiving is full of hugs and laughter from your family and friends. You are one amazing woman!! I wish I had your energy! You go girl!! You are so inspirational!! Thank You!!

Cat, you are best for introducing me to this wonderful group of fine and supportive women. You also encourage me on healthy eating and exercise! Also, thank you for introducing me to the monastery. I greatly appreciate you! Looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with your family! Thank you very much!!

I hope ALL members of PLOF have a enjoyable and blessed Thanksgiving! Bless each and every one!

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve to our fabulous team captains Awesome Carol and Debigene, Cheryl, Jill, Gold, Meri, Jay, and all the others that stop in once in a while.
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I’m have so much to be thankful for – wonderful children, my bro, loyal friends, job and great work colleagues, my faith and the monastery, good health, health care benefits, a nice place to live with compatible housemates, availability of healthy food and fresh air. The beauty of where I live and public transit! I am truly blessed. I am thankful to have become part of the SP community – in particular for the support and caring of this awesome team of strong and determined gay women!!

I don’t have anything planned for tomorrow except R&R. Friday is Thanksgiving for the boys and I, and Sam’s gf Jillian – hosted by Jill at her home. What a doll! I’ve been very good this week with my food choices in anticipation of pies, potatoes and all the other holiday offerings. Had a long walk this morning before work but I know if I EVER got up to the amount of steps you get Carol I’d be hurtin for certain.

Debigene – what did I miss about the co-op? Are you volunteering there now? For sure you can freeze carrots, pie crust and butter. For the squash I would either cut it up, nuke it, add a tiny bit of butter and maybe honey and mash it or cut it into large chunks, toss in olive oil and any seasonings you wish, bake at about 400 until tender, prob about half an hour. Delish!!

Cheryl – thanks for sharing that article, I think it takes me a bit longer than that to change to new habits though. Saying that lacking motivation is a way of denying that we have choices is so true. It’s basically bailing on being responsible which is hard work. And as women we tend to put our own needs on the back burner anyway. We have to REALLY want to change to see long term personal achievement and for me having encouraging mentors and doing intensive research on the subject is crucial. Praying sure helps too!

Yesterday I’m told that I’m officially a litigant. Papers have been filed with the court so it’s full steam ahead on my accident case. Hope this doesn’t take forever to settle and my attorney is almost certain we will be able to settle in arbitration. I’ll be so glad when this is over. I’m not looking forward to meeting face to face the guy who hit me. We have never exchanged even a word.

Lots of work to get done today and even though it’s traditional for the School of Nursing to release us at 2pm I can def see being here later than that.

Have a great day tomorrow everyone, most likely will be checking in to see how it’s going. Blessings to you all.

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11/26/14 8:41 A

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Good morning friends; it's a rainy Thanksgiving Eve here in Charm City and as long as all we get here is rain it will be a WONDERFUL Wednesday !!! I hope your weather will not interfere with your Thanksgiving Day.

I will be going to a local church to serve dinner for a few hours then I will go pick up my Dad and the stuffing to enjoy dinner back here at our house. My Mom always made our traditional Sausage Stuffing so this year Dad is doing that. Temptations will def be a challenge tomorrow so let's all just do the best we can and not give in too much.

Last day of work for me today and then I don't go back till Tuesday. The only real plans I have is to spend one of those days with my Dad.

Let's take the time today to prepare not only our bodies but our minds for tomorrow's celebration of thanks with family and friends. Keep a smile on your face as wish wish others a Happy Thanksgiving Day as well. Remember there are those who will not be enjoying a bountiful meal, so be kind to others.

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11/26/14 6:13 A

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Hello Ladies....

Thoroughly enjoying the day already. I slept in until 4:30...LOL. I am enjoying some coffee and just chillin... trying to spark more since I have no real time constraints today. I'm going to get my hair trimmed and later lunch out with Ms. Linda. This evening I am helping the Sis fool. We are eating our Thanksgiving meal with her and her family. I also have two brothers who will be there. My sister always has healthy alternatives for her meals as well as the traditional foods. Yay....that will help me!!

I got to the gym yesterday....so far my fitness is on track. I walked 19,580 steps with a gym workout so I actually didn't walk quite as much at work yesterday. I also only worked 9 hours...my boss gave me a break.

Well...time for me to be strong through the holidays with all the food temptations. What are you all doing for your Thanksgiving?? Hope it is a wonderful day for all!


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Hello dear friends, I hope you each have had an enjoyable healthy day.

Cheryl thanks so very much for sharing that informative article with us. It really is all about being in control of the choices we make. And ultimately it is we that are responsible for our actions or lack there of, right !!! I've known about the 21-40 habit changing theory and I def believe that is accurate. I mean it indeed worked that way for me. Not just in regards to healthy eating either, but other bad habits I've had in the past as well. One thing for sure is to recognize it first and allow it to be brought to your attention as often as you can to begin to make the change. Once that happens you will stop the habit in its steps and let a more positive action take it's place. My best example of this is years ago I wanted to stop using the Lord's name in vain. It didn't happen over night that's for sure but occasionally I would recognize that I was doing it and more and more I noticed it until I finally stopped it altogether. So it def can happen if you are committed to making the change and I believe we have to want it everyday !!!

On another subject I picked up my co-op basket tonight it contained, 5 lbs of sweet potatoes, a huge bag of kale, a large bunch of carrots, a large butternut squash, 1 dozen extra large eggs, a lb of farm fresh butter, a local bakery loaf of pecan cranberry multi-grain bread, 2 fresh made pie crusts from the same bakery (these are not rolled out). I am not a fan of kale so I will give it to my friend Karen that loves it. Can I blanch and freeze the carrots? The sweet potatoes I can make a few different dishes with and then freeze that. But I want to know if anyone can tell me if I can freeze the pie crusts and butter and if anyone has a fav butternut squash recipe I can use????

If you can help me with these items I would be so grateful as I do not want this produce to spoil. Thanks friends.

I am almost at 4000 steps for the day and I really need to get off this computer as my neck is killing me. So I will see you all in the morning. Sweet dreams ladies.

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11/25/14 1:45 P

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Read interesting article on SP earlier about consistency and I wanted to share this part of it.

It may be true that sometimes you don’t want to exercise, or that you really want to stop and get fast food rather than cooking dinner. That’s understandable, but it doesn’t mean you’re not motivated. It just means that you want two different and opposing things, and you have to make a decision. Telling yourself that you lack motivation is just a way of denying that you really do have a choice. It makes the problem seem mysterious and out of your control, and it makes you feel less powerful than you really are because you lack something (the motivation) you need. It’s never easy to change old habits or start new routines. Studies show that it takes anywhere from 21 to 40 days to really turn a new behavior into a persistent habit. In the long run you’ll do better if you acknowledge that the choice is yours to make.

We have a choice. I’m gearing up for the foodie season and trying to be prepared to make choices that reflect where I’m at in my healthy lifestyle.

Enjoy your Tuesday!

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11/25/14 8:49 A

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Good morning strong women.
I do not do Black Friday. I wait for small business Saturday. I like to support our local small businesses. It's tough tho when it comes to stuff for the great grandchildren. I like being the fun grandparent.
This week looks very busy. My daughter, Sue, will be coming into my office Friday, Saturday and Sunday and helping me clear out the house and office. On Thursday we have turkey of course and a house full of company. It feels like I am okay with Thanksgiving, but I dread Christmas.
Carol, I'm glad you are going to have some vacation. I can not imagine walking as many steps a day as you have been lately. Debigene, I think you are a healthy social person. You seem to have a good circle of friends. For the last 30 years I have been so busy it was cut down to a few people. I'm seeing now that is not healthy for me. I now find myself having separation anxiety over for my daughter Sue, when she goes to work.

Cat it is great to hear about your relationship with your sons. Are they coming over for Thanksgiving. Tell your housemates to suck it up, when it bothers then. Cheryl, I hope you and Terri have a great Thanksgiving and keep up the noon walking group..

Jay and Merilyn have a great day and a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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11/25/14 8:47 A

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Good morning friends,

WOW 7.1 miles Carol that's awesome !!! You'll have those extra pounds off in no time !!! Stay focused, you can do it !!!

Today I want to share something with you I read this morning in my devotional regarding staying positive. I so believe in the power of positive thinking, it is not just something you say, it's something you do.

........... If you practice thankfulness consistently, negative thought patterns will gradually grow weaker and weaker...................

No I ask you friends, what could be easier than being thankful ????????

Have a beautiful day full of thankfulness and gratitude and kindness to others.



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Good morning....

Wow....everybody is on the go. Yesterday I got 18,420 steps at work....crazy. My tracker said 7.1 miles. Needless too say I took the night off from fitness...I did a lot of fitness over the weekend. Tonight I'm going to the gym.

Have a great day!!

No black Friday shopping for me... I hate it!! Linda and I might go to a craft show...maybe! I'm not crazy about that either... Too many people!

Carol

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Hi friends,

Indeed it does look like everyone is busy. I think since it's the holiday week people will be busier than usual. With that said I completely understand if I don't see some regular friends posting. Does anyone here venture out for that "Black Friday" crazy shopping? My SIL and her friends go out but you couldn't give me enough money that would entice me to go out there !!!

Well I hope everyone had a good healthy day and that you enjoy this evening continuing to do the same.

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Sounds like a busy start of the week for everyone!!! I've been running since I got up and just realized I hadn't logged on yet today. Hope you all had a healthy, productive day - take care and "see" you tomorrow.
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Hello all,

Will be heading to the gym after work. Hoping to keep that 2 lb weight loss a 2 lb weight loss this week. It'll take some fancy foot work for sure and lotsa water.
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11/24/14 10:40 A

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Hello, just checking in. I have to go into the office and clear out more files so I don't have much time. I hope you all have a successful day. Much love to great friends.

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Good morning friends.

I'm sorry that I am running very late this morning and do not have time to really chat but I must make time to wish everyone a MINDFUL Monday. Please keep your mind in the right frame when it comes to making good healthy choices. Do the VERY BEST you can at least for the next 3 days to hold you for the big feast day. I'm sure we will all make a few exceptions on that day so let's be prepared ahead of time to make some lea way.

Have a great day and I'll see you all tonight.

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Good morning....

We all know the first couple lbs just drop off then it gets tough. It'll be a struggle from here on out....especially during the holidays. I did get a lot of fitness in over the weekend which helped tremendously!

Two days of work..woo-hoo... I can't wait. Linda and I are hanging out and going out to lunch on Wed. to celebrate our anniversary. Tomorrow we celebrate 29 years together. We aren't doing anything special.... We decided to save that for our wedding in the spring!

Have a great day!
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Wow Carol, you put a giant spin of the challenge and weight loss. I've had my GGD here for the weekend and it was good. Then this morning I went out to eat with my former associate attorney (Danielle) and my secretary. Danielle is being sent overseas to work with the Ebola epidemic by the national guard. I don't want her to have to go. She's a Jagg officer so you'd think she would be kept in the US.

I didn't get much exercise this week end. Sometimes I'm just to tired. Like now. Have a great night.

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emoticon Carol won this week. Way to go Carol!

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Good evening friends.

I hope you all had a good productive healthy happy fit Sunday. I got some walking in with Linda but not enough at all. I made an Impossible Pumpkin Pie using all no or low fat ingredients and light on the sugar. I'll be honest tho' I haven't tried it. I gave Linda a piece and she said it was delicious, I hope so. I cut it in slices and froze it. I hope it freezes well. We went to a casual quick Greek restaurant for a late lunch and I had the Greek Lemon soup and a greek salad with gyro meat. Dressing on the side of course and I only ate 1/2 of both and brought it home for dinner. So all in all I think it was a good food day.

BTW, unless we hear from Jill I must declare Carol as our BIGGEST LOSER this week. Great job either way this week Carol. I knew you could do it. You have your mojo back !!!

I am a bit tired tonight so I will say good night. Sweet dream to all.


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Yesterday was a beautiful PNW day with no rain. We enjoyed ourselves and had a good day. Clay Jenkinson is an American humanities scholar, author and educator. Jenkinson first achieved fame for his portrayal (first-person historical interpretation) of Thomas Jefferson. We’ve also heard him on t.v. as Meriwether Lewis.

Later we met up with our friends who had family in a production at the Moore Theatre: “Sonny Sixkiller Buys the Washington Redskins.” Terri is Native American and we’ve talked about controversy around the football name for the Washington Redskins, but seeing the play last night put everything into a new perspective for me. Glad we went. A full day of being educated.

Enjoy the cookie baking DG, nice thing to do for your brother. I’m sure this will be a lot of emotions around the holidays for you and your family being without your mom. And, Gold, you too. As always, our hearts go out to you both and your families.

Cat, your pasta dish sounds yummy. I’m getting excited to cook for Thanksgiving and my game plan is to eat slowly and drink lots of water so I don’t gain too much weight. I do not want the scale to tip in the wrong direction on one of my favorite days of the year. Will love to hear about the Men’s Choir. I don’t know if we’ll get a chance to go this year, but maybe.

Carol, wtg on your 2.9 weight loss this week! You sound strong and focused.

I’m gearing up for the week ahead.


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Good morning friends and a blessed Sunday to you all.

I did not get out to walk yesterday as the weather turned but I am gonna try again today. I'll call Linda and see if she is up to a walk. I did get laundry done and some other chores and a quick trip to the Walgreens. Today I want to make a crustless low cal low fat pumpkin pie.
I've decided since I don't have funds for gifts this year I will resort to my famous Dark Choc Pretzel Cranberry Bark. So I'll need to get my supply of choc and dried cranberries in while I'm out today. I also want to make some cookies for my bro Brian as Mom ALWAYS made soooooo many cookies at Christmas and Brian was always waiting breathlessly for them. I am not much of a baker but I can slice and bake or use a packaged mix. I know that will make him happy.

Cat I remember Jay used to have the same problems with notifications too. I only get one when someone posts after I do but none of the others. I thought it would be ANYTIME any one posts but it doesn't work that way for me ????????? I remember when I used to get out to events during the holidays it was so festive and really kept the season going. So happy that you can see clearly now hon. and I hope PT can get to the right point for you. I can relate to the shoulder pain, it's my left one and after 4 years I think it is working it's way down to my wrist now.

Cheryl, PLOF will always be #1 - cause we have the BEST WOMEN on our team !!! Sounds like you had a very full day planned yesterday. I can't wait to hear how it all turned out. I hope your W/L results are better than mine were, I'm sure they will be with all those steps and fitness you got in.

Well my tummy is growling so I need to get going. Have a good day friends and I'll check back in later.



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Darn ...I just lost a whole post...here we go again!!

Cat...I slept in till 5 today so you probably got a late beep!! LOL

I had a very good week after getting my attitude aligned. I was more than pleased with the scale/weigh in. I have to admit...I am fierce when I am focused. I had over 20,000 steps yesterday and am going to the gym for the fourth time this week. Since I have moved to another area at work I am not as tired at the end of the day...I am mostly just walking! It should be pretty easy from now till the end of the year....2 workdays this week then 2 weeks work in December!! YAY!

Well...gotta head out to the gym!!

Have a great day!!

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Yay PLOF!

Can't figure out why I haven't been getting alerts when someone posts to this thread. I resubscribed and checked my team settings. I knew something was wrong when I didn't get my 2am beep from Carol!!

Quiet day here doing laundry, catching up on rest, etc. Cooked a nice pot of pasta with mushrooms, kale, corn, and veggie crumbles with a dash of red wine. I've been using gluten free pasta lately and I like it better than the regular variety - seems lighter. Scale is back on it's way down too but that 179 I want so much is ever elusive!!

Show on Thurs. night was awesome - Hawaiian slack key guitar player named Katana. Seiko and I had dinner beforehand so it was a real treat. We got the tickets online through Goldstar and they were less than 1/2 price so I'd recommend looking them up. Next weekend we're going to see the Seattle Men's Choir doing "Our Gay Apparel". No doubt lol!!! Their holiday concerts are the best.
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Got the new lenses and I am happy to say I can see MUCH better. Probably more like a normal person!! I can read now without taking them off and holding the book a couple inches in front of my face. Worth the expenditure. PT continues on for the shoulder which isn't feeling much better. She modified the exercises but the thing that makes it hurt the most is sleeping even if I try to keep it propped up like she suggests. Oh well...

I"m enjoying hearing about Cheryl and Carol's dash to fitness. So inspiring. Gold, hope you are doing OK today and that everyone is having a pleasurable weekend.

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Ahhhh, I just don't get tired of hearing how great we are for each other!

Up early this morning and bounced around SP for an hour. I wanted to find out why we're 9 and not 1 in the Gay/Lesbian group. And we probably all know the reason - we're a small, intimate group. But I def think we have the best members and the best chats! Keep up the good work!

Big day for me. Will swim this morning (got 14,000+ on tracker after the gym last night) and then taking Terri on a day date (has anyone heard of Clay Jenkinson? I'll tell more tomorrow). Out of town friends are in Seattle and we're meeting up with them tonight so hopefully we'll get a little nap in between because I woke up at 4:30 this morning and we'll be going until midnight I'm sure.

Debigene, you've got the right attitude and I hope you get your tracker to light up today.

Have no idea what the scale will do tomorrow, but it's been a great week. Terri and I had mexican food Thursday on my off day. 1 margarita (usually it's 2) and a grande burrito (I got that because I knew it was something I would take half home - turns out I'm getting three meals out of the burrito). We met friends a week ago Friday and I drank water while they sat around with their beers. So def been mindful of what I'm doing and I hope it pays off even in a small way.
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It's the weekend .... Woo Hoo !!! Good morning PLOF friends;

Indeed it is a glorious day and I hope you all get an opportunity to enjoy it in ways that please you. I plan to get outside and take a walk even if I have to do it alone. These precious days are to few to lose and not take advantage of. Before you know it we will be getting cabin fever.

Cheryl a day off is def in the ideal plan for healthy living hon, so you are def on target emoticon

Carol I couldn't agree with you more !!! emoticon

Cat, Gold, Jill, Meri and (Jay where ever you are) hope you all have some plans to enjoy this day and give us an update soon.

Let's go team, live this day to the fullest, stay positive, focus on making yourself happy and healthy and most of all be kind to others and smile. emoticon



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Good morning lovely ladies...

Sounds like everyone is doing well. This thanksgiving season I would like to tell you all how thankful I am for all you. I have made some wonderful friends here and thoroughly enjoy checking in each day to get my daily dose if wit and wisdom. This comes from a total skeptic who in the past would have never thought the internet held such treasures.

That being said....have a great weekend! Stay strong together!

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Happy Friday...feeling up today so happy about that. Took last night off and just got half my tracker to glow, but that's okay because I got a good workout on my Monday (my usual "off" day).

Sorry to hear you're working so hard, Cat. Hopefully it'll slow down for the holiday week. I'm ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. Carol, you're on fire! WooHoo! Jill, hope to see you on PLOF when you can. I know this is a busy time for you. Hopefully, we'll be able to walk some next week. Gold, you're a warrior. Take care and don't overdue.

Thanks for all your motivational posts, DG. You're the best!!

And a great, successful day to us all!

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Good morning friends, looks like we all made it successfully to another FABULOUS FIT Friday !!!!
A big congrats to everyone !!!

It's very windy here today and temps are 35 but looks like the weekend will warm up. That makes me want to get out and do some walking for fun. Maybe a day trip somewhere close by ??? Well for today I am just gonna do the best I can with making the best choices I can in all I do. I know you ladies are with me on that so let's go make it happen. Be sure to wear your smile and be kind to others.

TGIF everyone !!!!

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Good morning.....

Fitness queen...don't know about that but I know I will always do my best and never give up. I have to say the scale is very much moving in the right direction....Sundays weigh in may be a good one. Yesterday I had17,000+ steps at work alone an 18,000+ Wed. after a workout. Tonight...my third trip to the gym this week...I'm very happy with my progress!!

Have a great Friday
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Hello friends,

WOW the temps actually reached into the low 50's today .... so they say. I wasn't out in it so I can't confirm but it def was no where near as cold as yesterday when I went in at 10AM today. I had a good healthy day and again once I got home have made it over the 1/2 way point on my tracker. Tonight is SCANDAL night so Linda should be here shortly and I will try to work around her getting more steps in.

Gold I can def relate to those little things that can spark a memory and bring me to an emotional place. It's all just part of losing someone that we love and cared about. That will never die, that's for sure. So just let that moment into your life as it comes and go with the flow of it, wherever it may take you.

Yes Cheryl I do think you and Carol will make a good go of it with each other where this fitness is concerned. Carol has been our fitness queen from the git go so you might have a tough time on your hands. But I say "go for it". A little competition between friends is good motivation !!! You never know it may just motivate the rest of us along the way !!!

Well I hope everyone has had a good healthy fit day and that kindness came your way and you paid it forward. Now go enjoy the evening in peace.


ps ...... missed your post while I was posting Cat, sorry you need to go in on your day off but sure hope you enjoy the show tonight. Sounds like you have a full day tomorrow with PT and glasses AND work !!! Hopefully you will have a relaxing weekend ahead. Get some rest tonight.

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Hello and happy Thursday!

Stuck at the desk all day and will work part of the day tomorrow on my day off. Just too many deadlines to meet this week and I'm leaving early to go to a show tonight downtown. PT in the morning and picking up new lenses for my glasses. Hope they help.

Haven't set off the tracker this week once :-( Need to work harder at that. Scale was up .5 this morning, need to get that off by Sunday.

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Oh, Gold...so sorry to hear about your day yesterday. I hope today's better. emoticon

Can't believe I didn't post yesterday, but I've been keeping up reading the posts.

I'm very focused on exercise and I'm hot on your heels Carol! Yesterday was 16,200 steps. Strolled at lunch and then did the elipitcal for 71 mins while watching Cold Case episodes. It was a fun workout and I got my heartrate up. Terri wants to go to "high intensity" at the pool tonight. Whatever that is...I'll find out tonight.

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Yesterday was a bad day. I was at the office and picked up the rubber band ball she was making for the postman. It's the little things that trip me up.

Our weather is horrible. We only have about 3 inches of snow on the ground . Our high today will be 17 degrees. But the windchill right now is -6 degrees. I think I'm going to have to find my winter coat. I've already found my long underwear.

You know I feel very lucky to have you women in my life..

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Good morning friends, it's bright and sunny here and the temps are to reach 43*

Carol sounds like you are def back on the right track sweetie. I knew you would get there. I wasn't sure by your words if you are happy to be in the new area or not but if not at least you are getting lots of mileage being there huh !!!

I don't really have anything to share since my last post last night so I just want to wish everyone a great healthy day. Let's all make the best possible decisions concerning our health today. Keep focused on doing what will help us reach our goals. Time is running out fast for the end of the year to be upon us. I for one have a lot of work to do !!!! Let's make it happen ladies !!!

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Good morning....

Debigene....as far as I know next year will be the same as far as vacation. I get 5 weeks PTO and 1000 hours sick time. We heard one rumors but nothing ever came of it.

I'm doing good. I made it to the gym Mon. and Wed. and hit the treadmill Sun and Tues. So far so good. AND....remember when I helped in another area earlier in the year and walked all day. Well...guess what! The guy that took over for my friend Travis can't handle running the area so once again my boss has asked me to assist the new lead. Its year end and it is critical to get the right parts to the right areas to make financials. So after watching 3 areas in 2 different buildings.... I got 18,000 steps in yesterday.

Have a great day
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Hello friends, it def was a cold cold day.

Temps did manage to rise to 32 and the winds were not with us today. I did wear long undies since I have that walk from the garage and I was glad I had them on too !!! I am still wondering how Buffalo is managing not I hear they have 5 - 8 feet of snow !!! I have never heard of such thing anywhere, it's unbelievable that they can get through all that. Even that much snow has to be hard to deal with for people used to a lot of snow on a yearly basis !!! I hope a thaw comes soon for them.

Cat I agree with your advise to our Gold. I've heard that too about PTSD. Well I very glad you had such a lovely visit with Joe to bad your housemates were not as happy for you. I can understand your agitation with them. That's your entitlement where your kids are concerned !!! Don't any of them have kids of their own? It was smart of you to give yourself time to cool off later on. Give it some time. I'm sure it will pass too.

Well need to get this evening moving along, it's comedy night on ABC !!! Enjoy your evening as well my friends.

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Hi all,

I read that Alaska was in the 60s earlier this week – much warmer than what the lower 48 are going through! Climate change anyone??

Gold, how about not pushing yourself too much right now? I believe when something as shocking and unexpected as your daughter’s death happens that the body goes into PTSD mode after the fact, the body and mind get depressed and it’s hard to do anything. The Prozac should help you get through this time.

Glad some of you are getting that extended time off during the holidays!

I’ve been so busy lately – between work and home. Joe left last night after a 2.5 day visit. It was really sweet having him there, talking, cooking with him, and just hanging out. His first experience with the Nutribullet was a positive one. I may get him one for Christmas. My housemates gave me some grief about overnight “visitors” which I was offended by. I even started researching other places to live but I know this will pass and I won’t make any sudden moves as the benefits of being there outweigh the negatives. I realized though how angry I get if anyone makes comments about my kids that I don't like! Nothing new.

OK, back to work. Keep up the great effort everyone!


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Good frozen morning friends, I hope everyone is warm

Gold I am so glad to hear you are back to your PT, it just may be the boast that you need right now for several reasons. You really had me wondering about the increase of bodies in your home so glad you cleared that up for us, LOL !!! I've never used Prozac but sure hope you can decrease it soon.

Carol you sound so much more like yourself this week, I agree it's all a mind thing. But give yourself a break hon you have had plenty of good reasons to make your mind go a little whacky for a while. I know you will be living for the time of now till the end of the year. If I remember correctly I think you said all these extra hours will end in 2015 ???

I managed to get just about 4000 steps yesterday and will work on it again today to get as many as possible. I love how the tracker is such a motivator for me. Temps are super cold this morning and will only rise a tiny bit and not make much of a difference but tomorrow we might see that. I feel so bad for Buffalo, OMG, 5 ft of snow !!! Might as well be Alaska right !!!

Ok ladies I need to get my day going and try to get in a little early to finish up a webinar thats mandatory. Hope your day is full of goodness and good healthy choices of all kinds.

I too am looking forward to 5 days off starting on Thanksgiving.

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Hello hello hello....

So far its been a pretty good week. I am always in a good mood when I have vacation ahead! I work next Monday and Tuesday and then I am off till the Monday after Thanksgiving. Christmas will be better....I'm off from 12/18 till 1/5....paid of course. I also have a few more hours to get rid of so I can take off early a few days. YAY!

My fitness is on track and I've been making good choices with food. It seems most of it is my attitude....I was a little down and I've been working on turning that around. I love this time of year!!

Have a great day!

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Hi all, you women really make this program rocks. Thanks. Cheryl, great job! carol, glad you joined the Sunday weigh in. I am working at PT again and they have me doing some exercises and stretching.Maybe that will help with my weight loss.

I went to my office today and sorted through 16 boxes of old files. I only have about 150 left to go through and 8 double wide 4 drawer filing cabinets. Then we will start on the rest of the house, A friend came along to help so it wasn't as hard as I thought it be without my daughter there.

You all have to understand the doctor increased my Prozac, so no five people did not move in. My son-in-law moved in and his family (4 and a dog) came to visit for the week end. Can you imagine me trying to write a brief. I'm having a little problem writing clear emails to friends.

Now I have to go.. I'll stay tuned, but I don't know to what with this Prozac.

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I just lost a long post I typed and now I don't have time to write another. That really gets my goat !!!

Dag gone it emoticon To top everything off I forgot to finish my post this morning and left my PC on while I was at work !!!! ggggrrrrrr @*#&$^%@*&$#

Well let me just say congrats to Cheryl on being our BIGGEST LOSER with a one pound loss this week. Way to go Cheryl.!!!! Goodies for Cheryl ladies !!!! Keep up what you're doing, it's working great !!!

sorry friends .......... later

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Sounds like everyone is really pushing hard to make good choices with fitness and nutrition.

PLOF rocks!

Monday was a good start to my day but I'm still eating more than I'd like when I get home in the evening and unwind in front of the tv. I'm really going to have to watch that.

Have a great day everyone!

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good morning....

I had a good day yesterday. I got my fitness in and made great food choices. The scale has turned and has started going in the right direction! YAY. Work was tolerable.

Cat..yes... I shoveled snow already Sunday. We only got a couple of inches so it was not too bad! Gotta run!

Have a great day!!
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Hello friends, wow it's nice to see you all here.

I had a good day at work and made good food choices as well. I've cleared my fridge of all left overs now and have plenty of new fresh foods to prepare this week and pack for lunches. And already my tracker is back up to over the 1/2 way mark. I'll get some good stepping in tonight.

Oh my how about this news about Bill Cosby ???? Hard to believe but stranger things have happened that's for sure !!! I think people still think that coach from Penn State was hard to believe too. My feelings are that we have to to meet and face our maker one day, I am not to judge.

Cat you seem like such a cool Mom !!! It seems like they really appreciate you as well. Now the older sister part I can relate too since I am the oldest and the only girl !!! But no one ever listens to me anyway, LOL !!! Just one question, was Joe just waiting for you in the chair with his coat and hat at 6:30 ????

Gold did you really say you have 5 new people moving into your house???? OMG how many does that make now? You must have a huge home to accommodate all your family at any given time.I have to agree with Cat, it is hard to picture in my mind as well.
Not having any children myself I just can't put myself in your shoes; but it must be so very hard having to go into the office. I hope you get everything taken care of soon.

Cheryl looks like you could be our BL this week, just waiting for Cat's results.

Carol hope your day was a quick one at work.

Well ladies I see the country is heading for another cold blast and lots of snow too. I think we may just slip under the radar and miss the white stuff but the temps will surely dip to bitterness !!! So everyone be prepared and stay safe and warm

See ya in the A.M.

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Sure am glad to be back at work! A few aggravations to be sure but mostly a very nice morning. Ready for lunch - stuffed portabello (DG it has lowfat cheese, a little onion, garlic and spices). Very tasty and surprisingly filling. Super busy but I know I need to put myself first for an hours or so with lunch and a walk outside. Super bright and sunny day, a bit nippy which I'm getting to like again. I have such a hard time feeling warm for the first weeks of the cold weather but seems like that's over.

Found Joe in the spare room sitting in a chair fully dressed with coat and hat at 6:30. He was up a lot of the night cramming and finishing an art project for his Middle Eastern anthropology course. He really has some talent at illustration. He'll be back tonight and actually told me before he went to bed that he was happy to be there with me. Warm fuzzies!! I dont' think he slept so great on the couch which is really too short for him but he had a nice bath and some clean laundry last night.

Beef stew was delicious last night, I made gingerbread with applesauce to go with. Such comfort food and leftovers for tonight perhaps. I want to charge him up with some nutribullet drinks before he goes as well. I'm such a mom!!! Guess you never lose that need to hover although I was really good at not asking questions about his classes. Learning to let him go as an adult with his own business. Now my brother - I was bossing him around just like when he was a kid. Don't think I'll ever get over being the bossy older sis!!!

Gold - that was all kind of confusing about your son in law, etc. but must be nice (I hope) to have all those close family members around. Is he there for good now? I have a hard time imagining your household/house.

OK, gotta run. Carol, I loved the picture of the hawk on FB. And the snow. Now I suppose your mowing turns to snow shoveling?

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It sounds like you're taking care of yourself, Gold. I bet it's nice to be surrounded by family and friends.

Good weekend for me with excellent fitness and nutrition.

Wishing you all a successful week!
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P.S. I want to thank you for all your supportive comments about my fitness level. They're greatly appreciated and made me chuckle (and that's burning more calories too when I'm chuckling!) Woo Hoo win-win

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Good Monday morning all. Today is my middle daughter's birthday. She doesn't like things so I will take her to the casino for Bingo. Questions I never thought I would ask. Does my middle daughter become my oldest daughter now? So many things a person doesn't want to learn.

We had a very busy weekend. My son-in-law has moved in with us and his son, grandson, son's girlfriend and friend of theirs all came and stay. We cooked and cleaned. Tommy (SIL) washed clothes. What he does when he's seeking comfort. He also fixed his son's car.

Tomorrow, I am going to my office and going through old files to get rid of everything. I had a Realtor go through my house in Minneapolis yesterday. I will be selling it real soon. That's where my daughter lived and I ran my office from so it's hard for me to go there.

On a high note it was great having a 3 year old around saying "why" all the time. I hope everyone had a great weekend.













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Good morning friends,

Are you ready for another chance to give your body what it really needs? Good nutritional foods, activity, fresh air, opportunities to open your mind and reflect on all the goodness in your life ??? Are you ready???? I know I am and I am more motivated than ever today as I got my Tracker report today and I was 44 steps short of my first bronze medal, DARN !!!! But I will get it next week, I am going to make it happen.

Carol I am working on that portion control as well, it has always been a challenge. Together we will conquer the beast !!!

Cat so nice you had some peaceful quality time with Joe in your midst.

Cheryl and Gold I look forward to hearing about your weekend.

Keep all your goals and commitment to them in focus on this MINDFUL Monday. When temptation rolls your way, and it will, remember what we are here for !!!!

You ladies are the BEST, thanks for always being here !!!! We WILL make it happen together !!!

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Good morning....

I had a good day yesterday. I got 87 fitness minutes in and also took a nap. I ate very well. I think for me I need too watch those portions. I am planning on going to the gym tonight.

Counting down till Thanksgiving vacation...8 more workdays then 5 off. YAY!

Have a great week!

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The end to another weekend! Watching a drama and then will head for bed. Joe is spending the night and is soaking in the tub while studying!! We had a good dinner with my bro. Chris and I played Scrabble while Joe studied. Feels cozy to have my youngest here for the night.

Here's to a great week all...stay warm and safe whatever the conditions...

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Just me stopping in before going to bed to say I hope you all had a good healthy day and will be ready in the morning for a new week ahead to work on your goals.

We can do it ladies because we are PLOF and the BEST bunch of women on SP !!!

Sweet dreams.

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Good Sunday morning friends;

It's a dreary looking day out there and I'm sure it must be cold cause the heat keeps coming on. I have no plans for the day except to give Dusky his joy of being out of the cage and on my shoulder as much as I can stand it, LOL !!! I may slip out later to the store to get the few items I wasn't able to get yesterday, if not it's no big deal. I didn't do so good with my steps yesterday at all but I am not gonna beat myself up over it as I know that I am doing better each day during the week. After all the weekends are for resting if possible ...... and so I did, lol !!!

Carol, don't be too hard on yourself either hon. Don't push yourself to extremes remember baby steps, one at a time. You still have that crazy job to handle everyday. It's good to take a step back and a look in the mirror and confront things in our lives that are interfering in one way or another. Work on making those healthy choices and avoiding the temptations that want to make us believe will make our lives easier with bad foods. Life is not easy we know that ... it is a challenge everyday sometimes. We must be strong, we must make good choices, we must stay positive and have faith that we will reach our goals. We are all in this together and we can do it together !!!

Have a beautiful day ladies; stay focused and make your health your prioity !!!!

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Good morning....

I'm sitting here watching it snow and drinking coffee. Its a good day to be home from work. I put a turkey breast in the crock pot for supper and we are chilling right now.

Check out the blog I wrote. I feel much better for writing it...there are things I needed to say. I'm good though! I've had a tough time lately with work and all but I think I'm getting my head back in a good place. I'll get on the treadmill later and walk while watching football! I'm done with the excuses. I have be strong during the holidays...its harder to make good choices as we all know!

Its really snowing heavy now but I think we are only getting a couple of inches..it is cold though!!

Stay strong!!
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Good evening friends

It has been such an enjoyable evening with my friend Karen, I made good connections at the fund raiser for the co op and hope to make a volunteer position for my membership. I hope so. Karen and I had a great time together.sharing times of present and past memories. It is so special to me that she is 20 years younger than I am and we have such a special bond. I feel so blessed that we are friends.

Cat I have to agree with your GM !!! I think the evening at the fund raiser will be a benefit to me.as well as a benefit to the co-op as well. I have connected with 2 pertinent people to express my interest to participate. I hope it benefits both of us.

I have had several glasses of wine as I type so forgive me if it makes no sense. I so enjoyed the evening with Karen. I hope she finds what she is looking for in life. She is very special to me. She makes me fell and think so much younger. (20 years ..... I can remember when !!!! )

It was a good day ................ hope yours was too !!!

Good night friends

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Good afternoon!

Gold - so happy to see you back here in full force! Feels like your energy is returning. I know it's a long road so take care of yourself.

I've always been very tidy. A bit neurotic but clutter confuses me. As my grandmother said -- everything has a place and everything in it's place.

Hope you can make a good arrangement with the co-op DG. I buy meat at ours but that's about it. I'm not a member so I don't get discounts.

Carol - so sad to hear about your co-worker. I'm keeping her family in my prayers. Hopefully she will be able to find something through Obamacare - the provision about not being denied for pre-existing conditions is huge. Even better she finds another position

I saw about your EQ - sounds very strong if you felt like falling over. From getting to know you I think Kansas is a very wild and hazardous place! Do you think this has something to do with fracking?? And congrats to you and Linda again on the marriage ruling!!

This week was a bit odd as I worked from home. I also hired a lawyer (Matt) to handle my accident case. He was highly recommended by my divorce lawyer and after our long meeting I felt I could trust him to work on my behalf. Things will have to move quickly and a lawsuit filed 9-1-1 with the statute of limitations running out on the 30th.

Tomorrow my bro is coming for a beef stew dinner - I haven't seen him since last Christmas. Strange I know but hopefully now that one of us has a car (him) we will be able to see each other more regularly.

Let's all take the cue from AwesomeBlaze with some adrenaline pumping activity and energizing healthy food choices! We can do it...
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Gold I just want to hug you. I hope you are having a nice day doing something that makes you smile.

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Good Morning all from snowing cold MN. It was 9 degrees this morning and is snowing, but I haven't heard of a heavy accumulation.

I want to thank you Cat and Debigene for the cards. Little things like that help a lot. It;s been hard. She died of pulmonary edema and cardio something or other.

I must clear up something. I guess I didn't have a real braid. I had a tail a little thicker than a pencil. I started growing it about 15 years ago after a painful loss. I would have it cut occasionally so it was usually about 12 inches long.

I am cleaning a lot. Don't know why, but it keeps my mind busy.

Carol,,that is awful about the layoffs. Especially with part of the company getting forced overtime. I bet you are looking forward to your vacation.

Debigene, at our local co-op, you can pay for your membership by working volunteer hours there stocking shelves or other little chores.

Cheryl, you are a workout blaze. So now we have Blaze and Awesome or AwesomeBlaze.

Cat, you sound very busy and professional, but then I contrast that with your gardening and your relationship and then it reminds me of a joke. Does anyone of your personalities like to do cleaning?

Jill, and Merilynn, thanks for your kind thoughts and take care of yourselves. Thank all of you for seeing me through this.

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Good morning friends,

Today is so nice and sunny out but extremely cold. I am doing a few chores around the house and then grocery shopping. My friend Karen is coming over this afternoon and we are going to a fundraiser to benefit our local Co-Op to raise funds for a store front. I would love to be part of the Co-Op but I can afford the price to join so I am hoping I can earn my way if I can volunteer in so beneficial way. I've check the products on line and I am really inspired. Not sure what the plans will be afterwards as the event is only from 5-7. Anyone here participate in a Co-Op?

Carol sorry you still had to go into work but sure glad it will be for a short stay.

Sending you all wishes for a wonderful weekend. I hope you make it as healthy as possible and avoid any abundance of temptation. Let's be as active as we can to keep our progress in motion.

Make it happen team !!!

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Good morning!!

Brrrr....cold but no snow! Looks like maybe tonight and tomorrow it may snow but not much!

Hope you lovely ladies have a wonderful weekend! I'm off to work here in a few but its a short day! Have a good weekend....stay warm!

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Wow, I so dislike hearing about layoffs like this and it is a horrible time of year for it to happen.

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Good morning dear friends,

What a horrible thing to do this time of year Carol. I wish you could take an early retirement from that place. It makes me sad too and I don't even know those people. So nice to have you join the challenge with us. I hope it will benefit you as well.

It is payday and I am so glad about that cause I need to go grocery shopping this weekend. I am out of just about everything essential to eat healthy !!! The temps really dipped last night but thankfully I do not see anything white outside !!! I had a nice evening with Linda last night but I didn't get any veggies in, unless cole slaw counts as a veggie???? I had a chicken crab cake wrap that was very good and I chose the slaw instead of fries or chips as my side. Maybe I should have just skipped the side huh? Water was my beverage as always. SCANDAL was GREAT !!!

Well it's off to another day making healthy choices and getting in as many steps as possible. Let's make this FABULOUS Friday a Fabulous FIT Friday !!! Also make it a friendly Friday to a stranger you pass along the way. Please smile and be kind to others.

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Good morning...I'm running late but I will definitely weigh on Sunday for a starting point and get in the challenge. I need to get my mojo back and lose 10 lbs.

They laid about 25 people off at work. yesterday very sad. Contractors and indirect labor is all...I'm still on OT. It was very impersonal the way they did it this year. It makes us all very sad and solemn... Not good to lose a job this time of year. Some were shocking...my HR rep was let go! Her husband is sick and she needs the insurance! :(

Have a good day!

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Hi friends ....

Just another usual day at work, nothing to write about of interest. My friend Linda is back to work after her fall and feeling a little better. She and I are going out for a bite to eat and then back here to watch SCANDAL.

I do hope everyone had a good healthy day and that you made your health a priority. I did well just did not get enough steps in. It's hard when I am busy since I don't get away from the desk as much.

Cheryl you really are working your fitness girl !!! Woo Hoo !!! and thanks for sharing that awesome list of your thankfulness.

I'll try to stop in after SCANDAL and after LInda leaves but I want to work on my steps then took, so I might not get back. So just in case have a restful evening and sleep well. Oh, yeah and hope you stay warm !!!

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Thankful for my walking buddies!
Thankful EQ in Kansas wasn't to severe.
Thankful for all the women that are PLOF (and, Gold, the only pic I've seen of you is with short hair, so now I'm trying to picture you with a braid...I sure would be thankful for more pics. ;-) )
Thankful for my awesome fitness/workout yesterday and my tracker recorded it all:
42 min walk at lunch
36 min bike (chased the dragon)
32 min run/walk (I was on the treadmill and I'm starting to run a little bit and I was so surprised today when my tracker said I ran/walked for 32 mins!!)
Thankful for good water intake yesterday and good nutrition (no candy, etc.!)
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Good THANKFUL Thursday morning friends;

WOW !!! Carol, I felt an very small EQ once about 3 years ago at work but it was minuscule compared to what you must have experienced !!! So glad you had no dangerous effects from it. and CONGRATS on Kansas joining the same sex marriage band wagon !!!! It def is a feeling of equality that this has happened in our lifetimes !!! Now if they can only recognize women in the work place with the same pay as men, we will really have come full circle !!!

Carol we welcome you to the challenge; Sunday morning is weigh in !!!

The chill has arrived 47* this morning !!! Chance of snow showers tonight. Guess it is here across the country now.

Gotta run, have a great day friends, you know what to do !!!

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