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11/26/14 8:39 P

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apple cider and spiked egg nog make for a DD night.
oh well, enjoying the holidays...have to make a couple of pecan pies/chews tonight.
maybe in an hour or so.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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emoticon Maureen - you're not too far away from your goal!! We're here to cheer you on!!

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Good job, Bizi, and Deidre going AF last night - despite temptation. :)

It sound like you have plenty of support, Helene, in this dating game.

I met my present spouse online. We've been married happily for 8 years. It's very different when there are no children to make, and, one's kids are grown - though there are still complications. Always. LOL!

Eat healthfully, friends, and enjoy Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday - though new to me as I'm from England.

I have a goal to reach 142 by the end of the year. I would have done it by now if I hadn't fallen off the wagon - as the saying goes. emoticon

I made a commitment with one of my PT clients to motivate him to lose 20 lbs. He reached his goal, and is challenging me to do the same. emoticon

If I can do it during this season, i can do it anytime. Right?

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There are wonderful things bout being single! So I am glad you are enjoying that -
and as far as the seeing other men Barry sounds old fashioned BUT he has not asked you about that or wanted to make it exclusive right? So I would just wait until he asks to talk about it and it sound s like you are being with his feelings so that is good. And you made that suggestion to him so that is good too I think.
But you cross that bridge...
Take your time- as you are doing
Enjoy yourself. I would just let things develop or not naturally.
And of course advice is good but just go with your intuition and what you think is best (as I am sure you will!)
Also enjoy the perspective - the wisdom you have gained from life.
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I didn't want to post this in a blog so will share here for some feedback... this 'one' guy - he is super nice and DOES treat me like I've never been treated before but I have these thoughts in my head...

I've been single so long and while I used to crave a relationship - not sure I'm ready right now either. I have been enjoying the dating (with various men) and having fun - but yet enjoy the closeness that's developing with this guy (Barry). We have been seeing each other fairly regularly since our first meeting Oct 31st - but I have still met up and seen some other guys that I had been dating. I haven't told him about this because I think he'd be hurt. I did suggest to him that perhaps he wants to date other women as I am the first person he sees since his wife passed but he is a true 'country' boy, raised on a farm and not much into the dating scene and certainly not into going on dating sites.

I will talk about it with my ladies group on Saturday and see where I go with this. For now I'm thinking status quo for the rest of this year and perhaps in the new year I can explore trying it out - exclusive with him... Just a really scary thought for someone like me who is used to be on her own (since 2002). Also exciting too though - in that I'd finally have someone to share things with in every respect (not just the physical/sexual) but more emotional and supportive, a friend... to laugh with (which we do a lot together - we are both very comfortable and at ease with each other)... sorry for the long post/vent... feels good and I do appreciate your feedback as always.

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11/26/14 10:00 A

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emily, you have a good out look for the holidays! Have a great day all!
Helen you are right it would not be fair to him to bring him as your date. that was very nice of him to do that for you.
He must be seriously interested in you. You deserve to be treated well!
You go girl!
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Hello
I am sorry to hear you have that Bizi- my DD has a little or is showing signs of it and I hope that she does not but I know it can be painful. As for ADHD kids- I LOVE those kids I have had them in my robotic classes and we had one who used to come over to play. The hardest time I eve had was if they had a day when the medication just seemed to make them like zombies. Otherwise always fun.
Helene- it is so sweet when someone is thoughtful and generous like that. My friend who brought i me into an art store after lunch and bought me supplies so I would not have any excuses and then mailed me those books- well it is heartwarming!
Deidre- have fun I hosted for years and years even when we moved around a couple of times a year. Some years I did not have to when MIL did. So have made the big turkey and etc and even made vegan loaves. I guess I just wanted to do it to do it. Done it and don't plan on doing it again. I was able to attend a big thanksgiving last year at my brothers and then this year 3 of my kids were going to be with friends/boyfriends and we do have our youngest but he and I did not care about it at all however my DH wants to have a nice day...so we are going over to one of his friends and then another one- the have horses and so he thought I would want to go.
Hopefully we will have a blizzard- but I told him you are in charge of bringing something. people will be lucky if I shower. I'd rather stay home and write and read but I figure it is just one day. I will not be drinking. If he does then I can drive. I am not sure what my DS wants to do.
I look at it this way. I like to see my friends and family but do not need a holiday to do it.
And of course Christmas even crazier with all the money that is supposed to be spent- yikes. I keep it simple and enjoy that time of the year as I like snow.
Alright off to write. It will be good to get this place cleaner after a while and be back to art.
The story is fun though.

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11/26/14 8:17 A

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Did make an AF night last night. Had my ginger tea while watching TV and a wonderful night's sleep.
No school today, which is so nice I will be able to get the house ready and some preparations made for tomorrow. We always host and this year we will have 13 for dinner and then an open house for dessert. It is always fun. I will have some wine, I plan on keeping it in moderation.
Irish pub tonight with our kids for some great food, and some live Irish music.

check in later

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I'll say it a day early - but Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating (we in Canada had it in October) emoticon - I practice gratitude daily but this holiday is a reminder to truly reflect on all that we are thankful for... and of course this team always makes MY list!!

Bizi - you asked in a comment on my blog if the guy who gave me $100 for my dress is going to be my date - well he isn't because I'm co-organizer for the event, I didn't feel it would be fair to bring a date (as I'll be busy most of the evening). I am also feeling like it's too soon to invite him to a big workplace social. I may invite him out to our smaller team social on Dec 18th which will be at a pub (more casual and likely something he'd enjoy more). I don't know everything about him as we only met Oct 31st (a date I won't forget I guess lol) - not sure if he does fancy events, dress up or even likes dancing (which I do). I'm just very grateful for his generosity - going out tonight to see if I can find anything.

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WE went to the grocery store 30 mins before closing to pick up our things for thanksgiving.
We are going to friends house and are bringing a pecan chew(kind of like a pie but chewy), spinach mashed potatoes. and cranberry sauce with mandarin oranges. we got to the line right at 10 and they closed the store opened up a new register and we quickly checked out and she was very cheerful.
But by this time my Raynauds is acting way up and I have 3 white and painful fingers. I had to go home and not touch anything else cold and run my fingers under hot water to thaw them out. It is in the forties and I was stupid and did not wear my mittens that I HAD with me!!!!!
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good news though, I opened the bottom crisper in the fridge and that is where the ciders are stored and I noticed a big bag of oranges(satsumas) so I took one of those out instead. cider averted.
I will be drinking on thanksgiving, I just found out that there will be 2 small boys with adhd going to be there. emoticon

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Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 11/25/2014 (23:55)
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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11/25/14 7:48 P

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Thanks Bizi!
I have an open bottle of wine on the counter, I like seeing it there and I feel in control that I am avoiding drinking it.
Both my kids are home, nice family dinner and now settling into some shows on the DVR.

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hi folks, having bad cravings tonight.
good for you maureen!
helene you can do anything you set your mind to!
Deirdre, ((((HUGS)))))
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Trying for my first AF day since last Monday. Way too much mindless drinking alone as I watch TV in the evenings. I tired of being tired due to lack of sleep from too much wine. At this point to really is just a bad habit.
I'm trying to get out of the drinking alone at home and only drinking when I'm in social situation.



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Good going, Bizi! I'm going to chase you on that scale down! :)
You can do it, like you said, if you want it badly enough, Helene! Go, girl!
Now I want to pull out my Tarot cards, Emily! :)
I used to find some clarity in the readings - though they took up way too much time. Anything can become an addiction.
Even this board. LOL!
Staying AF takes some resolve, and a change of mindset. I am not a drinker. I told my doctor that the other day, and it felt good to say.
I know that my health will benefit from giving up the beer.
It's supposed to SNOW tomorrow!
Yikes!
Happy, healthy day to you all,
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Bizi - I hope to join you in 140ville in 2015... seriously it's a goal I have had for so long and I want it badly. I guess that's the bottom line - what do we want more the 'instant' gratification of caving in to drinks or to lose the weight or feel better overall - ALL the time.

While I still don't want to be completely AF - I do want to have the AF days much higher.

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Hi sherrie, having goals is a good way to start!
WE are going to the students blue grass concert tonight. REALLY looking forward to that!!!!!!
11-24 AF walked 3.5 mph for one hour! Hard to complete and my feet are sore.I did walk last night and resisted the urge to drink.
I am going to look at drinking at home as lazy. So that will help me to avoid drinking at home. I do have half a case of ciders in my refrigerator. Not sure what to do with them, they remind me that I should not drink them, that I drink too many when I have just one they go down fast!
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It has taken me 2 months to get back down to this weight again....yes!

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 11/25/2014 (10:25)
I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Trying to get mindset for AF after thanksgiving. Its a habit that I have to break. Need to lose weight! That wind yesterday, was rocking the car a lot, we were driving back from Mi. We always stop at subway when we travel, healthier. Gonna finish unpacking then get ready for Doc's and Pt. Have a great AF day! Cherie

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Helene- good for pushing through. Hope you had a great time

will check out you rblog

Maureen- me too about the music although there are of course I like more than others.
I like breakbeat for cleaning and classical for drawing- sometimes techno and then artists when I am lsitening can be varied.
YUp- distraction CAN be part of the creative process or can just be distractions. I have the Crowley, Rider and motherpeace only. Have looked at other decks
but did not want to spend the money on them
Nano is fun but it just for a month.

I am enjoying these coincidences- hope I have more!

Have a great day!

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Nanowrimo? I'll check that out - thanks!

I have several sets of Tarot cards, and love the archetypical images.

I agree - fun is a very important part of life.

I love all kinds of music - opera, jazz, pop, bluegrass, even hip hop if it's creative, and not angry, and abusive.

Life is great! Let's go for our goals - big, and small!

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I didn't feel like working out when I got up but pushed and happy I did - completed my 20mins Turbo Jam and did my ab work. Tonight I meet with a newer guy (2nd meeting) - and I'm debating about whether or not I'll have wine. We'll see.

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interesting emily!
maureen, you are doing so well.
helene, good to get an AF day in Yeah!
day at a time.

please read my blog and thank you!
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Interesting coincidences Emily.

I managed to stay AF today - although I craved drinks in the afternoon. I did cave to eating past 6 pm - but I can live with that - didn't over do it with the 'binge' behaviour of eating that I've done - need to taper myself back from the eating so I consider today a success.

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I'm doing nanowrimo
I also used to do tarot but only for fun - because I liked the art and because people love the attention.
I havn't had time at all and had them hidden away- but then one of my characters does. She is a nurse and very practical but likes to do them for her patients.
I LOVE math and logic. I love anomalies I love to know the reason so when I see something like this or the other day when I was thinking about a book and it had been delivered as surprise waiting for me when I opened it I love the fact that it can be explained makes me happy.
There is much to life but I like the distractions too- I mean if you can call them that . I think it is all part of it.
emoticon but not so keen on Emmy Lou!

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You're writing a novel, Emily?
The co-incidence thing is actually not so uncommon. In fact, there is math, and logic to back it up.
I used to be do tarot card readings, palm readings, live readings (where you look at someone and tell them about their life), and etc. I don't anymore. I found it to be a big distraction from getting on with the stuff of life: learning about photography, physical fitness, gardening, and etc. I'm much more grounded these days, and it is good.

Good job being AF today.

I'm still holding on.

Impact. I'll look it up. I haven't read a novel for ages.
(And I haven't worked on my novel for longer - though I write poetry still).

I'm home alone. Listening to Emmy Lou Harris.
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Another weird moment- unexplained anyway
So my character in the story is on a field trip in town and the kids go into a witch craft store and there are tarot readings and one of the kids gets one. Then my character has time for a 5 minute one. A past present and future one. Of course she is a scientist/chemistry teacher and does not believe in that stuff. I decided that I would follow an online tarot reading and looked that up. Online- not here at home
Now here is the weird part-
I also had decided that she should have the emperor for past and High Priestess for present and then the lovers for future (of course ) emoticon BUT of course you can't pick them ahead on an online thing and thought I will go to it and channel hahahah - ok I am just having fun here my characters essence?-
So I will go ahead and have a past-present -future - 3 card reading done. I chose the cards and you guessed it-
Emperor then High Priestess and then the Lovers and of course wrote my dialogue..
but isn't that weird? emoticon and NO I have not been drinking anything but peppermint tea.
I mean how could that happen?
I can see picking out 3 cards to play with the images to get ideas for this story but to go online and think three cards would be good and have them come up???
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just thought I would share.
AF today. Got my words in
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We have rain today and it's been very 'gray' most of the weekend. We are getting unusually warm weather (up to 15 Celcius today) for this time of year.

Bizi - the 'seeing just one guy' is not where I'm at just yet - but definitely going to consider it perhaps as I move into the new year. I think it's still too soon to close the other doors because we are still getting to know each other and there are a few things that may become issues if they don't change (while he's a fairly recent widower - I'm finding it hard to keep going to his place and see that he's not making any changes with respect to moving on - still pics and things everywhere and I don't want to push but again - at some point - it may be too much for me).

I am hoping to stay AF during the week this week - honestly need to get a grip again on more AF days.

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Glad t hear about your very productive emoticon day, Bizi. Thanks for the hug, and empathy. I'm sure we could each write a book filled with such travails - but also lots of happy times too,
Good for you, Helene - getting rid of the booze!
IF I HAD A BEER IN THE HOUSE, I WOULD SURELY DRINK IT - though I've been AF since Nov 1.
I finally lost one pound! Small victories add up. I'm not going to let the holidays interfere with my goals. I'll take some healthful dishes to the Thanksgiving feast at my step daughter's house.
Happy day, all.
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Thank you maureen,
I appreciate your sharing of your past stressors and how low you felt and isolated. very sad to read that about you.((HUGS)))) It sounds like you have made leaps and bounds of improvement in your life. I hope you are happy.
Helene, This is exciting news about your guy.
What about taking it slowly like being exclusive and only seeing him?
YOu could put yourself on hold at the service.
I had a good day. Got some house work done!!!!!
I scrubbed my sort of black bathroom floor...build up of hair spray and dirt.
Cleaned my tub.
scrubbed my kitchen floor and wiped down some cubbards using pine sol which smells so good and clean! Hubby ran the vacumn over the laminate floor in the living room and the kitty room. Then I went into the yard and raked up some leaves and pine needles and pine cones those hurt to pick them up! 3 containers full!
Ate well scrambled eggs with spinach for breakfast with black bean salsa and a side of broccoli. delicious!
then had a pear for a snack.( i try to buy organic fruit)
dinner was tuna steak with ginger sauce and lentils and rice with some quinoa tabouli.
The tuna was fishy and hubby did not like it at all so he microwaved his thoroughly and then he ate most of it. I thought mine was fine...I liked the ginger sauce alot!
I cleared off an area on my desk and will finish some more paper work this evening. It feels good getting some things done!
I have not been to the gym/walked on tred mill in 15 days since the 10 k. I am finally feeling well enough to go. I will go tomorrow evening and see how I do. Load of laundry is done, one more thing accomplished!
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Thanks Maureen - I am getting rid of the last of it tonight... the booze that is... As for sharing with the 'guy' - I sent him an email - some of which has to deal with the financial stressors I'm also facing (another factor that makes me binge eat/drink).

I haven't opened up about the drinking part of my 'coping' skills because when we spend time together it's not an issue. We are seeing each other tomorrow night - so it will be all good.

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Helene- why not get the booze out of your house?
Great that you had such a productive day. emoticon

Well, at least you know what you're using the booze for ...
Tell your guy your worries. If he is the guy for you then you should be able to talk about these things.
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Well I have yet to be AF too - and I know I drink too much but I also know I'm getting things done ... with the exception of the whole 'binging' and eating like crazy. My weight - well I won't even go near a scale - I can feel my stomach ... it's so bloated. I had intentions of being AF today but of course there's booze in the house so it didn't happen. I did get all I set out to do done though - laundry, cleaning, decorated... I feel content. I think my drinking and eating is a way to hide/cover up ... perhaps now because I'm being faced with the reality of my life really changing.. the guy I've been seeing - it could get serious and while it is what I craved - it scares the heck out of me. I've been alone for 12 years! The prospect of my life changing in that way truly frightens me - because to open my heart again... and then to let someone in and let my 'alone' life go... I have become accustomed to doing my own thing...

I do plan on having a sober week - finishing off my drinks tonight.

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Good starts, Bizi!
I know how addiction can gradually take over our whole lives, and how important it is to get support, and set small, achievable goals.

I have been in some pretty bad states of mind in my life and gradually pulled myself out by writing down very tiny goals (get out of bed, take a shower, get dressed ...) and crossing them off.
The worst was when I was house-sitting in an isolated house with no phone. I would say to myself: "look how pathetic you are, Maureen! are you just going to lie in bed and die?" I was in my 20s, and had had an abortion, and a series of bad relationships.

I've found that talking to myself, and addressing myself using my name can be helpful - as if it's a friend talking to me.
Anyway ... you have people to talk to face-to-face, plus online support, and family.
Write a list of small cleaning jobs to do, for example, and cross them off. It's amazing how such a small act can get the mindset to change into "can do!" from "hopeless."
Getting clean of your addictions will make a huge difference in your life.
I know that I must stay away from alcohol as one leads to two...
I TOO WAS LYING TO MYSELF, AND MY DOCTOR.
I was drinking everyday.
My plan was always to buy more beer if I only had one, or two left in the fridge.
I hated my habit, and the secrecy, and lies.Thus, my self esteem was at an all-time low.
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thank you emily!
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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emoticon Bizi. I hope that works for you!

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Thanks emily, I appreciate your post to me. I found an on line support group that has a chat room too and it is meant for alcohol abstainers non-AA or religiousness.
It is called SMART...I will try to post the link:
I went to the smart website and registered. and attended an online meeting in a chat room with 30 other participants. It was good.
I asked to talk about my internet addiction, they were very receptive and gave me links to areas on the site to read and do some home work. The moderator gave me the pie analogy. where in that pieces of the pie are different aspect to my life. if one area is out of balance it upsets the whole pie. I have heard of this before but liked hearing it again.
They mentioned four goals.
1. Building and maintaining motivation
2. Coping with urges
3. managing thoughts, feelings and behaviors (problem solving)
4. living a balanced life (balancing momentary and enduring satisfactions)

They suggested that I use the internet as a reward for hard work. one hour of work equals one hour of internet etc.

They have a 24/7 chat room. Which is great!
They are non -AA people wanting to abstain from alcohol or other addictions.

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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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sorry I was not clear- I mean I like it. It is good quality and because we have a fairly big family. still at home- my 3 kids are living here it is great to have BUT I have been loyal to eden foods and some other companies for so long but the 365 is cheaper so I use them.

The only thoughts I have lately Bizi and I read your blog too and commented there is that we all seem to have t fake it until we make it. yes I know we are told to do such things as be grateful..it could be worse ...think of people who have it worse...but when you get to that place and I don't know anyone who hasn't you feel ..out of it- sad but more than that .
Bored too in away.
Life starts to seem pointless. For me-
I mean although my kids drive me crazy they are at the same time the motivation to pick myself and as I said fake til I make it. And that can work for me.
It can be so hard to take that first step but once you do there is something that happens physically and the momentum will get going. Unfortunately that does not stay forever..gee I am soooo uplifting emoticon
And as far as alcohol- and hey those ciders are probably yummy it can be a tough thing On the one hand they make you feel better BUT to the body they can be toxic. You can get anxiety as you start to become dependent. I am not saying you are but that can be a first sign. Sitting itself whether or not it is in front of the computer and drinking alcohol too are both seen by the body as detrimental. Smaller doses but that can vary for each of us are fine things but anyway. The mind seems to enjoy both until the body's physical needs are not met- nutrition and exercise and then the mind can't cope. It has to go fix the body.
Anyway- for today:
You need to be gentle with your self. Just take today and do one thing that can help you out- you probably know what that would be much better than I.
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one other thought too though is that maybe you are someone who needs to have a bit of extrmem exercise. Could be why you were taking the long walks. There is someone here on SP who is very motivating and does triathalons.
In case you have not bumped into here on SP here is her page-

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Well Thank you for that mari.
I have not decided to go Af just yet...am working n that. just decided that I need to be more mindful and present that I have a problem and that I can easily slide into trouble if I am not careful.I have half a case of strong ciders that have been in the bottom of my refridgerator for over a week. I think that I get into trouble when I drink that particular brand. 10 oz of 8% alcohol ciders that are sweet and go down quickly. That is almost 2 beers in one smaller package.
My world continues to get smaller in regards to keeping my house up to par, it is filthy and needs cleaning. It is like jeff and I both don't care.cooking become a nightly chore...need to go grocery shopping that means planning out meals which takes effort.
something that I don't seem to have these days. my yard work piles up. maybe we can get soe cleaning done of the house before the holidays. I have also become very needy, dependent on jeff not having a lot of self motivation like I used to. It gets worse each year.
I have to work today so I must get ready.
I worry about my sanity....felt some manicy feelings when I was taking all of the cold medication. Feeling better now, only occasional cough runny nose etc.
I know that I should decide to be alcohol free, can't seem to do that right now. Will try to moderate and be more mindful, no more than one beer if I am going to drive.
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hi there. why don't you like the 365 brand?
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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The beer and wine at Wholefoods is just supposed to be about quality- so they also sell bacon and sugar which aren't really health foods but they are supposed to be healthier versions. It does seen that the fruit you get there is consistently better. You would not be able to buy a bud light there.
One thing I don't like but I still buy is the 365 brands of other brands for similar products.
hmmm emoticon They don't have a 365 beer or Wholefoods beer- yet.

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Well.....
The truth of the matter is that I have been lieing to myself and my doctor about how much alcohol that I am drinking. You guys know the truth as I have been documenting it for some odd months now.
Last week I met with my psych doctor and told her that I was drinking 3 times per week 3 drinks each time. She asked me specifics.....

see blog for more.


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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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hi brenda, yeah whole foods have a few grocery stores with bars in them. figures it would be louisiana! There are craft beers mostly, about a dozen kinds only on draft. I had one that was good, Founders porter.
Going to hear my hubby play jazz with the band tonight with a friend, should be fun!
Need to get ready to go, don't know what to wear.....
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Whole Foods just opened a store in Ottawa, ON, Canada a couple of days ago. I haven't yet been but will plan to in the spring when they may get "Heidi Ho" cheese (a non-dairy, non-gluten product introduced on Shark Tank last week). My colleague went yesterday and just raves about all the healthy foods there.... then why do they sell beer??? I kinda doubt the Ottawa one does because they would need a restaurant licence and I'm sure it's too costly but it seems very contrary to me.

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I'm glad you opened the link, Bizi. Thanks for yours. I'll read it.
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greatergood.berkeley.edu/news_events
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You gals might like this. It is a free on line course about the science of happiness.
A friend of mine just finished taking it and really enjoyed it. She is a therapist and life coach. She said it validated what she was telling her clients.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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I opened the link maureen!
that is a good article!
bizi
I went to whole foods tonight and they have a bar in the middle of it and serve food there as well! I decided to had a healthy pizza for dinner tonight Turkey sausage, egg plant and squash, fresh basil and a little cheese and a beer because I was feeling better.
Was going to go home and have some ciders but changed my mind.
So I stuck with my one pint of beer for the evening and am proud of that. now that is what I call moderation.
bizi

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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Really good article about dieting, and weight loss:
http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/t
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I see your scale made a dip, Bizi. :) Mine is still stuck - even though I'm doing all the right things. emoticon
Sounds like you're taking care of yourself. I'm glad you're feeling better.
I'm still babying my back, and taking ibuprofen. I might get those muscle relaxer pills the doc wants me to take. I'm always so reluctant to take pills - even vitamins.
It's a bit warmer here today. Yeah! emoticon
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cooked a turkey indian dish tonight 2 sauce packets, one with potatos and spinach and the other with lentils and spinach, added half and half
and pickle masala spice which is really good. salted it because they were so bland!
cooked a spagetti squash and put that in the middle and it was a meal. very good, jeff liked it too!
Had a veggie burger at burger king for lunch. oh well.
piece of cheese, an apple and some almonds when I came home from work.
feeling better each day.
yeah!
getting ready to go to a jazz concert at school.
have a good evening!
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Hi, Helene, and all!

Actually, I shouldn't complain about the scale, Helene, as I've only been AF for 3 weeks, and only logging my food intake for the last one. I must admit that I had gained a couple pounds in October when I went back to drinking beer. So, there is is. I think I went up 2 pounds, and am back at 148. Our bodies have a set point, I understand, and it takes some time to change that. I think mine is 156. And, winter is here, so my body wants to hold onto the fat for survival.
I'm fighting nature!!! LOL!
Keeping my calories under 1,500, and have been consistent with my 5 mile walk each day - until yesterday when my back went into spasms!
I got a nice professional massage yesterday, and that helped a lot. Still, I have to take it easy, so will only walk a couple miles today. It's freezing outside, so that doesn't help!

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Well I still wasn't AF as planned last night - I honestly don't have the 'drive' it seems to be AF even though I know it's what I need to do to lose weight. I know I blogged saying it's time to change - I just need the MO JO to do it. And today is NOT it... TOM is here full force - feeling crampy icky.. no morning workout today.

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here is too staying warm and reaching out for our goals, small steps every day. fall down 7 times get up 8.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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How long have you been at 148 Maureen? Sometimes our body reaches a 'set point' and it is harder to get the scale to move and that's normal. It does sometimes mean changing things up in your routine too. I definitely agree with not weighing in daily (I did that this morning and wanted to cry lol).

Be gentle with yourselves ladies...

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Thanks for your support, Donna.
Good for you - getting your workout.
Yes, I should just weigh myself weekly, rather than daily. It can be discouraging.

I'm lying on my back on the floor with my feet on the couch. Doc wants to give me muscle relaxants, and etc. Nah! I'll use a rub-in analgesic, and ibuprofen if it gets worse.

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Maureen, Sorry to read about your back and the scale not budging. I hate that. How often are you weighing? Just curious. I'm trying not to weigh but once per week myself. Otherwise I get frustrated. Cheers to your coffee and mine. :-)
I got a half hour workout done everyone. Yay! Now to take a shower and go to my waitress job. Hope it's busy. I can't stand my boss...ass...but I am making money. Shrug. Have a great day all!!
Good luck with your back Maureen and your cold bizi.

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Well, there was some silver lining to that cold, Bizi. :) AF 5 days! Yea!

Donna, making goals - and sticking to them - is very helpful. I always feel so much better when I'm in integrity with myself - when I do what I say I will do. Otherwise, I feel like a wet dish rag. emoticon

I'm still AF, and eating very sensibly - even doing the SP food tracking. Yet, my weight has not budged! Darn!
Another little gripe is that I've thrown my back out and have to cancel all my appointments, and activities for today. I'm waiting for the chiropractor to call back. I've not had any back problems for quite a while, and this is a drag as I'm always so active.
Boo, hoo!
Hubby is very supportive, and offered to give me a back massage. I declined as he's useless at that.
I'll watch some Photoshop tutorials, and Creative Live today. Might as well use my time productively anyway.
Cheers (cup of coffee in hand).
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Awww bizi. I hope you feel better very soon. I hate sinus stuff. Never good. Thanks for cheering me on. I love that. Now on to my workout.

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yeah!!!! Donna, moderation is the key to success!
This sinus/cold thing is on its way out the door, happy to say.
still taking allegra d and afrin and cough drops when I need them.
there is an end in sight to this. I have remained alcohol free the past 5 days due to my sicklyness.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Well, I did good for myself last night. I had 2 glasses of wine which is very good for me. I had one with dinner. Then I had one after. I sipped them both which was good. Yesterday I bought some green tea with pomegranate in it. I did curl up with a blanket last night and have one of those. I am very proud.
Tonight I am going out with some friends to a Mexican restaurant. I will have a few half priced margaritas but then I plan on sticking with water after that. I am planning on also having the salmon with mango salsa on top dish they serve .So much better than the normal chimi I order. So, We'll see how I do. That's my goal. Being the scale moved this morning, which I'm not changing until Friday, I feel my goals are attainable in my mind. Yay! Here's to Tuesday. Hope you all have a great day.
Workout wise, I think I will do intervals of some sort. Really changed things up yesterday.


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Maureen, California sounds so warm right now. I too find when I eat nuts they ruin the calories. But you are right, at least they are good for you. I'm jumping on the treadmill soon. I have to get that over with today. Hugs to you all.

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It's snowing where you are, Deidre!? Where is that?
Going AF takes a lot of self caring. You deserve it, luv.

I'm maintaining my AF streak - though my weight isn't budging. I think the nuts are filling in the calorie deficit. :) Well, at least they are healthful calories.
I'm going to start weighing them, and, cutting out half and half.
I've just booked a trip to California to visit my daughter next month (in 3 weeks)! Excited!


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Well I haven't been AF since last week - and today - feeling like I may like some too but I have to see if I can talk myself out of it. I know my PMS is messing with me and today I called in sick because of the cramps and migraine lingering ... and just plain a 'mental health' day... watching the snow fall and going to curl up with my blanket and chill.

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Thanks bizi! Very cool. Today's goal is to not drink tonight. Going for the no alcohol calorie plan for this evening. I'm going to the store today to get some type of warm substitute. I love my red wine in the winter.. well mostly always. But I am thinking green tea, decaf of course. So, I have a plan. Yay! So glad you are feeling better. It's that time of year. It's cold where I am at. I'm going to run today on the treadmill and make some sort of warm soup. Yum! Have a great day. I'll chat later.

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good luck donna!
There is a group on the net called Hams I think there is a link posted under one of the headers here for them I will try to add a link for you for them www.hamsnetwork.org/
they are there to cut down on your drinking they also have a chat set up in the evenings at 9 ET.
Don't know where you live though.

my throat is much better!I had a cough this morning at 2 about the time that the other med wears off so I took a shorter acting med that did the trick and got out of bed at 6;30 so I slept rested a long time again went to bed at 7;30 last night.
I think that I will try to cut back on my meds. just take the allegra d this morning. and not take the mucinex dm. I have been so groggy this past weekend.
Made myself a smoothie and getting ready for a cup of coffee. Have missed my coffee...
the cat is crying insistently for her morning treats that jeff gives her but he is in the shower I believe. So she is just going to have to wait.
I am so glad that I feel better.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Well, I'm I drink daily. I'm sure I am an alcoholic. But I justify it because I am a functional one. But with the weight loss I'm wanting I am going to try and drink only during the weekend and one or 2 with dinner or right after. Wish me luck!

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deirdre, I love looking at your profile picture...so happy sitting in the sun!
Hope you have a great weekend.
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Thanks for the encouraging words Maureen!



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I don't feel well see my blog...thanks for reading!
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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I got dropped off notifications again for this board... not AF but doing OK (just posted a blog). Going to bed soon... first a nice soak in an Epson Salt bath.

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2nd day of forced not drinking due to being sick. Figure it is time to let myself heal.
give myself a break so to speak.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Hi, Deidre.
I think we all know the feeling of being overwhelmed with life. It sounds like you have a lot to carry.
The first step is recognizing what's going on. The second step is allowing ourselves to sit with the feelings, and emotions. The third step is taking action in a loving, self accepting way.
We're all here walking our path towards better health, and happiness.
Thanks for sharing.
I love the candidness of this group.

I'm back to logging my food. It helps me stay accountable, and honest. emoticon
Do something good for yourself - other than drinking emoticon
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Had one day AF this week, Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday I just had one glass of wine.

Tonight I'm just Hungry, Anxious, (alone for now but not lonely) and tired. So what is one to do when one meets 3 of 4 on the HALT-o-meter. I'm drinking wine!

I just feel like i never get a break, but I'm getting a few hours now. All day at work I'm with students getting them organized, helping them understand the content, modifying the curriculum, making behavior plans, etc... Now Thursday night my son comes home from college and I have to help sort out what he needs to to for the next week. He is bright but does not have the organizational or time management skills to be in college so I;m doing everything I can to support him and teach him the skills he is missing. It's exhausting and it is hard not to sit and have a pity party for myself. Plus the change of weather and daylight hours are not helpful.

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Hi, bizi. I hope the hot beverages have helped you ease comfortably into this day.

It's all about making good choices, isn't it? I struggle - like anyone else. But I've made the effort to build some healthy patterns into my life, and that helps.

I am a Personal Trainer, and Pilates instructor, so I have to walk the talk - or else, I'd have no clients! LOL!

Really, though, I got into this business first of all to help myself as I was suffering from fatigue, low back pain, and various other digestive problems when I was in my 40s. I have gradually become a better caretaker of my body - I'm 66 now, and have zero health problems (other than the stuff inherited from my British genes - like arthritis, which I manage quite well).

I didn't drink my entire life until about 3 years ago - after my dad's funeral. Interesting, really. Dad loved his pint, and that became my drink of choice. I wonder if it's a way in which I try to connect to him?

Little steps, Bizi. Be kind to yourself. You deserve to be healthy, and happy.

smiles, Maureen

Here is a great talk: Transforming Unhealthy Habits through mindfulness:

http://imcw.org/Talks/TalkDetail/TalkID/
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I felt rotten when I first got up but feel somewhat better a couple of hours later and after drinking several hot beverages. I should not have drank last night....I won't drink tonight.
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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hi maureen, you sound so healthy to me. am happy to read about your life.
Thank you for sharing!
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3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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Nice tips, Beecee. Thanks! I like the HALT method, and will use it. I too have been taking short naps - or, just lying down and streaming a positive talk, such as an interview from NPR's Krista Tippet, She has a terrific series (every Sunday morning live here) called On Being in which she interviews some very profound, and interesting people on life, and it's complexity, and meaning.
It's hard to feel down after listening to one of these. I also listen to Tara Brach at IMCW. She is a western Buddhist who is also a psychotherapist and is just great!
The walking - especially outside along a nature trail - is especially helpful for me. I do photography, and it's a great inspiration.
Other times, I take a hot bath with songs by Joni Mitchell, and other favs soothing my mind, and heart.
Today I'm going to listen to the free live broadcast of the Business of Photography on Creative live.com.
It's much colder today, but I'll walk over to my community garden patch and work on preparing the ground for winter (coming soon!)
Cheers! ( holding my tea cup up).
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thanks for the well wishes ladies.
had 3 ciders tonight, just drinking just because...
sigh
not real good here.
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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