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7/11/14 9:09 A

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Bizi I love the visual! You are inspiring. Its going to be a great day!

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Good morning lovely ladies. I have been in funk lately. Finally got a AF day in and I feel good this morning. Many challenges, but I can handle them with a clear mind. Sending out positive energy for all as we work towards our goals.

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7/11/14 8:46 A

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I am down a total of 4 pounds since july 1st. my scrubs are starting to feel better.
yeah! 16 sticks of butter lost. I like to see the visual.
Make it a great day everyone.
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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7/11/14 6:13 A

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Bizi emoticon You are doing great and will make it through this hard time emoticon

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!!!

xoxo elle~


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7/10/14 11:06 P

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well today has been a whirl wind.
I worked a normal day got home at 5;30 then made a bunch of phone calls to reschedule clients from sat, sun, mon and a couple of new clients. one to a client who really needed to be seen so I ate a few bites of a curried chicken salad and drove like crazy to get there by 7pm and he really needed my foot care so i felt good about going. now I am worrying that I did too much, took the dead nail off and it had been infected so told the nurse about it and she will get orders tomorrow, needs a dressing, it was bleeding a bit, fiery red around the nail bed.anyway I had wanted to go to the gym tonight to try out rowing. I heard that it is a very good work out so at 830 I stopped and filled up the car and headed to the gym. I did not stop at home so did not have a tee shirt to wear. so I wore my under shirt in and felt weird about that so remembered that I could pick up my reward tee shirt for doing so many hours so I filled out the form and got my free shirt and threw that on. and went up stairs to try the rowing machine. I did not feel that I was using it right so I found a trainer and asked him "Elvis" to explain it to me and showed me that I needed to pull harder. So I did and felt that then so I call it 10 minutes on the rower.
it is a start and it was enough of a distraction that I needed. I really had been craving a drink this evening. I resisted stopping by the grocery store on my way home and it was now 9;30pm
and I needed to eat something else but not too much it is getting late so I ate a cup of tabouli. It was delicious!
immediately felt like I "wanted" more to eat but threw 3 pieces of gum in my mouth and that did the trick. The calling is sunday from 2-4, I am flying in on saturday at 4pm. there will be grave service on monday at 10 am, I leave to come home at 4pm monday. quick trip.
My mood has felt manicy today. I got a lot accomplished, I needed to be focused.
I discovered that I am really behind on my charting which is stressful and I need to sit down and send bills out.
It is now 10pm and I want to wind down for the day. I start seeing clients at 8;30 which I never do usually my first client is at 10am. so I need to get to bed earlier tonight.
thank you for your support.
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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7/10/14 7:02 A

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So sorry, Bizi

xoxo elle~


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7/9/14 11:58 P

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thank you laurie for your support.
I am really trying to not drink so I can lose weight. I have already lost 2 pounds this week.
I am hoping to lose at least one pound a week, that is 20 pounds before the new year. I think that is a realistic goal.
bizi
I really wanted to drink tonight hearing the news about my father in law.
But I stayed AF.
Good For me!

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/9/2014 (23:59)
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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7/9/14 9:43 P

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bizi- my total sympathies on your FIL's passing - it is always hard, even if it is for the best.

i am drinking tonite because i can - it is really not my desire to be alcohol-free - just to limit on certain days solely for weight loss purposes - had 2 days AF (and lost 3 lbs i gained over the weekend) and today not - guess i'll see tomorrow how many lbs i gained back.

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7/9/14 9:19 P

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My father in law died today, what a relief, he had been lingering. Hubby is with his mom now flew in this evening. don't know when services will be held.
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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7/9/14 12:44 P

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Bizi, that's great! Very happy for you . . . wonderful when that scale moves in the right direction, no matter what the reason (even if only water-weight). But no doubt, no alcohol is helping. Congrats on staying AF!!!!!!

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made it to the gym last night walked at 3.5 mph for 70 minutes and burned supposedly 300 calories. still AF for the month. Jeff is leaving today to be with his folks till his dad passes, hopefully soon. I will miss him, as I do not do well alone. Will go to the gym more often and eat as healthy as I can.
I weighed 153.5 this morning feel good with my weight loss. Since I quit drinking the scale moves down almost daily. could be just water weight but I like it!
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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IAMBIZI's Photo IAMBIZI Posts: 1,979
7/8/14 9:35 P

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hugs to you helene
((((((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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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7/8/14 9:00 P

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I got my 2nd day AF in for this month today ... and posted this blog on my WordPress blog losedabooze.wordpress.com/2014/07/09
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My body is very achy and I feel tired. I know it's the stress and likely lack of sleep this past week with all the events. I'm going to build up a new AF streak - 3 days was all I got in last time...

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7/8/14 8:44 P

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Glad to see you posting, Elle! I'm glad the hurricane missed you this time. I'm having a lot of trouble, too. I'm back up to the weight where I started and I just can't seem to get it down. Going without (fill in the blank) doesn't seem to be helping and the exercise just frustrates me. I'm still walking with my dog in the mornings because we both enjoy the walks so much and I'm trying to make sure I'm getting 3 - 5 freggies a day. Other than that, I think I'm going to start working in the yard in the evenings and doing some strength training and not worry so much about how many calories I'm burning. It doesn't seem to matter anyway if I'm not eating right.

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7/8/14 9:46 A

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stevia is an all natural sweetener made from a plant.


I have missed val too.
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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Sorry I've been MIA a bit... really feeling 'low' and drained these days - which is triggering a resolve to abstain again for a while (even though I keep making excuses - I KNOW I need to do this).

I was wondering about Valerie - I haven't seen her posting here - I guess I'll go visit her SP page.

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7/8/14 6:28 A

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Good Morning Lovely Ladies,

For me there is nothing like a big glass of old fashioned ice water.

I love crystal lite, peach tea was my favorite, but sadly had to gave it up when I read what it does to spike your blood sugars.

I'm still struggling with the weight. I usually do well during the day, then at night I keep checking to make sure the refrigerator light works. And I know in my mind I'm not hungry,

So much work to do...
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7/7/14 11:04 P

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hey laurie,
I use liquid stevia drops to sweeten my teas/coffee. I buy it at my health food store. I have seen packets sold in the regular grocery stores so it is available, i just like the liquid form. 12 drops sweetens my mug of coffee great!
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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7/7/14 10:35 P

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thanks for the advice bizi! drinking crystal lite - watered down to half strength, because i try not to overdo the artificial sweeteners - but at this point a little artificial sweetener is probably a better choice than beer. i just don't like plain water - i try to drink it while i'm at work, but at home i just can't stick to it.

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7/7/14 10:15 A

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good luck laurie, just take it a day at a time....
make new habits, replace you drink of choice with something else to drink like hot tea or a seltzer water or other drink that you like.
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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7/7/14 8:54 A

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i've had so much going on at work lately, that i lost all focus on everything else. after a very beer-filled holiday weekend, i'm ready to try again to get back on track. for some reason i really think i can do it this time.

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7/7/14 12:36 A

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if anyone is interested in the matcha tea here is the info:
www.greenfoods.com
1-800-777-4430
you can like them on face book at
green foods
I just read at the face book page that the matcha tea is made up of 80% brown rice solids and 20% match. It is affordable. only $18 for 30 servings.
I think I will look for another manufacturer
bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/7/2014 (00:48)
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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7/6/14 8:37 P

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July 6th.... 6 days alcohol free, down 2 pounds :)
Sunday, July 06, 2014

I worked friday but I love my job so that is fine. Had a girl friend over to share dinner. It was good! We had a chicken salad with walnuts and apples and raisins very good and cucumbers and tomatoes and strawberries and raspberries and grapes for dinner with a friend then went to see fire works in another town as our town was not having any emoticon She brought white wine for dinner and had a margarita at the fair grounds. mini-mid way rides, fair food. It was fun and different which is good. Easy to not drink when I am dieting, all of the drinks that I love are fattening.
we talked about how maybe we could go do a 5K walk some time, she agreed. so will keep a look out.
came home and was snacky so I ate some left over cherrys that needed to be eaten, fresh ones and some leftover blue berries, just enough of a snack to fill me up. Saturday I worked then went to the gym and walked on the treadmill for an hour, 5K again felt good. went to a deli and had a big salad and a cup of chili which was good then we watched a good movie, the mysterious life of walter mitty. no snacking. I have been drinking this green tea that I love...I call it my magic tea. Helps with alcohol cravings and it is so good for you. It is called Matcha green tea.
Slept well and got up took a shower and went to brunch. I had 3 scrambled eggs with spinach, slice of ham and a cup of brocolli steamed. added a side of greek feta vinegrette to put on the eggs, 4 cups of coffee with half and half creamer for a late brunch.
Very low carb.
For dinner :I baked a whole organic califlower(mine was a smaller head) in the oven. Firstly cook 10 minutes in microwave on high then cover with mayo, chili powder and parmesan cheese, then bake at 425 for 40 minutes, it was delicious. Thanks Alffe mom! I also sauteed a chicken breast that had a parsley sauce on it and it was delicious!,a little tabouli and dinner was served. too full for the water melon. Maybe later. It is hot hot hot still, may go for a walk if it cools down a bit.as the sun goes down the temperature drops a bit but the humidity goes up!
bizi
matcha tea link to article:
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ha-green-tea.html


Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 7/6/2014 (20:57)
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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Hi everyone,
I realize I've been AWOL for a while but I NEED to get back into this community. You really are amazing supportive women here emoticon (I haven't seen any men).
My First Spark anniversary passed last month and, not only have I not Lost any weight, I've GAINED!!! emoticon It's not surprising as I've made little effort to curb my drinking and eating.
That ends now! time for me to get in gear.
My 2 weeks of holidays has ended: went to New York City, Toronto, my twin daughters graduations, no exercise (except for necessary walking) and it's back to work tomorrow. At least I have structure at work. I plan my breakfast and lunch (brown bag) and go to the gym at lunch. then, when I get home from work, I reach for a drink and it all starts... I need to figure out what to do differently when I get home so I can break that bad habit.

Val, sorry for ignoring your emails... I'm glad that Johnny is doing better. I hope he manages to stay quit from smoking... It's such a powerful addiction. I've been there many years ago.
Helene, so sorry to read your current struggles with your girls, especially the youngest. You have an amazingly positive attitude and you know this will get better eventually. But for now, you are doing all you can and will continue to.
emoticon Carol, Elle, Emily, Bizi and everyone else. I hope to spend more time on SP as I try to get back into a mindset where I start losing some serious weight!
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You're doing great, Bizi! I'm glad you are able to take care of yourself during a stressful time. So hard to do. Sending love and good vibes to you and your family.

Had a mellow 4th celebration here, just swimming in the pool and healthy snacks. DD had a friend over and my man was here. I made a vegan pesto hummus with lots of cut up veg, homemade peach sorbet, some fantastic cherries, then turkey meatball sliders. And no booze! I had a weak moment, but my wonderful man said, "no! we're doing so well!", thank God for him, so the moment passed and what do you know, it was all fine. We remarked later how much clearer-headed we are without the booze.

5 days AF!

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone.

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Bizi that all sounds great. I am so glad you are doing so well. I am very sorry to hear about your FIL as well. My prayers go out to you and your husband. I need to get a streak going. Hopefully today will be day 1 for me. Hoping you have another fantastic day.


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had a chicken salad with walnuts and apples and raisins very good and cucumbers and tomatoes and strawberries and raspberries and grapes for dinner with a friend then went to see fire works in another town as our town was not having any.:(
It was fun and different.
we talked about how maybe we could go doa 5K walk some time, she agreed. so will keep a look out.
came home at was snacky so I ate some left over cherrys that needed to be eaten, fresh ones and some leftover blue berries, just enough of a snack to fill me up.
Day 4 AF.
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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Hi, everyone! I've been working some 12-hour days, it's so busy at work. Very tired, but wanted to catch up with my friends lives. I haven't forgotten you!

And I try to pop on everyday & at least glance over our forum, but didn't get a chance today--until 12:15, which meant I broke my daily-spin streak!!! Both my kids were in the other room (gaming) & they heard me say, "AWHHH, I broke my streak!" My DD laughed because she sparks, too & knew exactly what I meant. My DS gave her a very puzzled look, as we explained. Kinda funny, if you were there.

Helene--I can emphasize with those darn hotflashes. I've been in menopause for 5+ years now, and I STILL have hot flashes. I think I blogged about it once & left a link there about purchasing a "flashy-fan," I call it (remote-control). Couldn't live without it!

Lisa--Yeah, unfortunately those soft drinks & energy drinks have a LOT of sugar. Good luck!

Brenda--Nice to see you chatting . . . miss your witty posts.

Donna--juicing sounds interesting. And eating mostly plant-based foods is SO healthy for you! Way to go!!!

Emily--That would be cool, for you ladies to buddy-up & encourage each other. You already eat a mostly vegetarian diet, right? I try to, too. Helpful that my DD is vegan & still living with me.

Bizi--Such a hard time for your DH &FIL. Praying that he doesn't linger (suffer) too long.

HOPE EVERYONE HAS WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!!
(Farmers don't get this holiday off--I guess the crops don't know to hold-up on growing!!!) emoticon

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Despite my intentions to be more AF - I have not been and with all that's going on, I'm not going to drive myself crazy over it. I have so much stuff I'm juggling right now - my main priority is to not have a meltdown lol.

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emoticon to you and your family, Bizi. And a happy Independence Day to all of you in the greatest country in the world. (No offense to the rest of you) emoticon

Got a feeling it's going to be a 'drinkin' weekend'. Had one last night but still came within calorie range. I'm painting the bathroom and I absolutely HATE to paint. I was thinking of having one at 9 this morning. My SO would probably do the painting but it would take him 3 days and I don't want to have the mess that long. That's the top of my to-do list, which seems to be getting longer instead of shorter.

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thank you for your kind words of support.
I am down one pound this morning feels good.
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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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

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Sending good thoughts to your husband and father in law, Bizi.
My mother died on hospice a year ago in March ... and my memory is that she lived about 3 days after taking no more food and water. It is a very hard thing to go through. I'm glad your husband can be there with your dad ... it takes some courage to stay at those bedsides.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to your hubby and his family (and you) during this difficult time.

Good on you for being healthy and taking care of yourself through this Bizi.

I need to get back on the AF path - after 2 days of MOD drinks with my own stressors. Planning for a clean weekend - feeling so bloated - and I know the alcohol doesn't help (because it leads to more inhibited eating too).

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Well Jeff made plans to go back to IN on wednesday. His father is basically dieing and he wants to help his mother out. Don't know how long he will last eating a smidge of food and a small juice glass of fluids still producing urine and such. He bought a one way ticket and will stay as long as he can before the semester starts , I can't imagine he will last that much longer. he has bed sores and such very thin. I hope that he goes in his sleep peacefully. the hospice nurse said that she thought that he was not registering pain.
please say a prayer/send good thoughts for him his name is larry.
thank you my friends.

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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

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today is day 3 of my healthier living. I will call it 3AF as I plan to go to the gym and I don't have any in the house and don't plan on getting any...any time soon.
ate shrimp over tabouli with fresh fruit salad and chard. yum loved it!
not sure what we are doing for dinner tonight. I bought an egg plant and ground beef casserole which is not hubby's favorite thing he just told me....we have left over veggies from last night.
Hubby is flying back home to IN to help out his mom, his dad is dieing and on hospice.
Hoping he does not linger.
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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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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Donna- the southwestern salad sounds great! I am making a bunch of food so the family and friends can serve themselves mostly over the holiday which I am taking as some down time.
I am going to eat vegan food next week - not sure which week I will juice. There are many times where I am driving kids to Dr and dentist and then there are some college tours.
There is also never a right time...must plan...

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I'm on the 'get with it' bandwagon. Got on the scale today and nearly threw it through the window; up 3 pounds since Sun.?! How does that happen? So I came within calorie range today and plans are to do the same for pretty much ever. Haven't had a beer or pop since Sun. The beer hasn't been a problem but that energy drink...



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Thanks for the info Donna and good on you on pre-planning your lunch. Great strategy for sure!!

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Helene, I'm sorry, that must be so frustrating. Hang in there, friend. The model AC I have is a Sharp CVP10MX Portable Air Conditioner, "Library Quiet". I don't know about "library", but it can be quiet enough. Cools the room down QUICK, that's what I like. I got it at Costco a few years ago.

Bizi, all those veggies sound delish! I do love me some roasted veg.

Have had two clean days in a row, with walks too, so the scale rewarded me this morning, which was nice, thank you scale. Today I'm meeting an old friend at Marie Callendar's for lunch (his choice) so I'll be looking at their menu online before I go. Last night I threw together a southwestern salad with quinoa, black beans, roasted corn, cucumber, tomatoes and made a cumin-lime no-oil dressing. It was tasty! Maybe I'll smuggle that into Marie Callendars....

Have a great day, everyone, and remember to breathe...

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I am sorry helene....
((((HUGS)))))
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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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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I'm with you Bizi - I managed to get day 3 in AF but it was a close call. I didn't eat so healthy but didn't keep it going all night like I normally would and did get an hour of strength training done so burned about 300 calories. Now I'm sitting here pissed off at my 13 year old who took off where I specifically said she could NOT go... and wonder when she will find her way home ... I am so tired of this emoticon

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July 1st, new month, new mind set.
My scrubs are so tight that they are cutting into me at the waist. and these are draw string pants!!!!
This is the heaviest that I have been in a very long time.
I have been eating and drinking too long now and want to be healthier.
Today is my first alcohol free day in a long time.
I stopped at an organic local produce stand and picked up some corn on the cob(which was very good, and I was not grossed out by the little worm that I found when cleaning it, kind of proved to me that it was organic if that makes any sense.) and fresh veggies to cook tonight.
For lunch I had turkey meat loaf and collard greens and purple cabbage.
for dinner I had left over ham and I sauteed yellow/summer and green zuchinni and an italian egg plant, orange pepper with a tomato and minced garlic, I added some left over cabbage from lunch and some kale too. It was good! and Jeff liked it, even the egg plant. I have more, going to try roasting the veggies tomorrow night.
Since I am not drinking, there is no excuse for not going to the gym tonight.
So there it is.
I am going to lose this weight that I have put on.
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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Donna - what kind of AC is it? I read some reviews on some of the portable ones and all I see is they are really loud and not worth it. I have to say with the peri-menopausal hot flashes mixed in with the humidity - my sleep is not more than 4 hours each of the last 2 nights.

I think I may have to watch that movie too - never heard of it.

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Emily! Yes, I'd love to do it with you! I'm hoping to have my juicer by the 15th, so what about then? And yeah, I've already told my 15 year old that she'll be doing her own meals for a week but I'll make sure there's food on hand...it's good for them to do for themselves sometimes.

"Fat Sick & Nearly Dead" is on Netflix and I will definitely see it before the 15th. (I've seen only part of it before) I enjoyed "Forks Over Knives" and haven't been to a McD's since I saw "Super Size Me".

Helene, I bought a portable AC for my bedroom a few summers ago and it was one of the best investments I ever made, fyi. I just don't sleep well when I'm hot. And with perimenopause, it's just essential for me.

Had a good clean day yesterday, and AF last night without even a pang of desire for wine. Yay! Busy day today, so off I go....have a good one, all!

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I had a good lunch and dinner then had 600 calories of twisted tea, full of sugar.
sigh
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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Well making it through day 2 AF feeling much better even though the temptation was there a few times. I had a date / meeting - he had a cooler and I ordered a club soda with lemon. Very nice guy - I'm building up a few good men in my life and still enjoying it.

It's still stupid HOT and HUMID - I hope I sleep a bit more tonight compared to last night.

Measure and weigh in tomorrow - time to reset the tickers to the reality that is!!

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Elle-
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead is so good. Phil's story is so moving!

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Has anyone seen film maker Joe Cross's "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead"?

It's a must see for anyone thinking of juicing. Joe comes to America and literally changes his life and health. It's a 2010 film, so I'm sure you can find it on demand, etc.

I try to have a green smoothie every morning, (smoothie made in a nutribullet, not a juicer) but after a couple of weeks, I need a break for a few days.

I've always been interested in numbers, but have to admit I'm a newbie...

Sweet Dreams Everyone

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Wondawoman!
When?- I have a champion juicer and a vitamix and Jason Vale's 7 day juice plan
I could sure use a juicing buddy. I tried it before and got to day 3 but I cook for the family- however it is summer and my eldest son who is vegetarian. has expressed interest in cooking so I might give him that job for 7 days. Let me know if you want to to do it together.


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Hi ladies. Well, I'm in the same boat as many of you...I've had zero motivation to stay on target and consequently have gained. I'm back up to my highest weight....booo.

Helene, you said something recently that got my attention: that July 1st begins the second half of 2014. I remember back on January 1st that I was this weight, and making plans. I'm not beating myself up really, I am actually in better shape than I was back in Jan., since I've made regular exercise more of a habit. I just don't want to finish another year not having reached my goals. So here we are!

I'm going for a CLEAN JULY!

My sister is vegan and has 5 juicers (!) so she is sending me one. Mid-month I'm going to have a 7-day juice cleanse, so I'm prepping starting today....counting calories on my app, 30 min/exercise daily, mostly plant-based foods, upping water intake, weaning myself off coffee (harder than giving up wine!), oh yeah and no booze in July at all.

I'm quite excited about this plan! I guess that means I'm ready. emoticon

My sis got excited about my goal and is creating her own plan for the month. If anyone else wants to do something for July, I'd love it!

Have a great day, everyone....xo

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Thanks for sharing - very interesting indeed!! I'll have to bookmark that page : )

I like today's number even more 630 with the '0' and it's relative meaning...

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Helene I decided to google the number 629 because I know you love numbers and I found this-
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emoticon emoticon of course it is also a model number for a smith and wesson-
for me the reason I was looking at it is I was trying to find some relief or info on menopause as I am 53 and my last period was in April and so I was reading about the Crones year and thinking that 6/29 2014- 6/29 2015 could be my time for that. I am learning about it and do not know how I would celebrate it next year...fun to find out about
wisewomenworldwide.com/crone.html

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Brenda- sounds like it would be nice to run away?? emoticon
Helene emoticon I don't have AC either emoticon
I too got an AF day in. 6/29 and onwards....

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Well I finally managed to get an AF day in yesterday but it was hard!! It was super hot and it is again today - I don't do well with humidity and I have no AC.

I'm trying to just lay low since I'm off to get back on track - measuring and weighing in AGAIN tomorrow. I think I really need to consider doing a good 30 day streak at the very least!

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hi brenda, thanks for the welcome back. I went 165 days without drinking and started drinking again after a " snow" day, ice storm here in the south is really rare.
so I am back to drinking pretty freely now, try to not get too carried away. hubby doesn't really help me.
sorry that you felt excluded from the conversation...that REALLY SUCKS!
feel free to vent as much as you need to.
(((((HUGS)))))
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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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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OMG, I haven't read anyone's post for a long time but I'm already venting!!! I have a SIL,BIL and another BIL here visiting.... I left the room after an hour because I really got the feeling they were interested in visiting with my husband and not me at all.... so I left the room as a survival maneover (esp as they talked about how govt employment goes even though they have little, if any, first hand experience and I DO --- but my opinions don't count)....
Anyhow, I'm here just to be social.... and I pretty much am.......
I hope everyone is doing okay.
Bizi I think you are back on the site and I'm happy to see that as you are a welcome addition!
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Hello everyone! Hope you're all having a great weekend.
Elle, I'm not getting very far with the weight loss either. I'm actually back to where I started 7 years ago emoticon So my new goal for July is my old goal for June (and May, and April...) To lose 10 pounds by the end of the month. I set a goal on one of my other teams to limit my carbonated beverages and/or sugary treats to 2 per week. Pretty lofty goal after spending the last month guzzling Coke and energy drinks every day. emoticon

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Happy Sunday Lovely Ladies emoticon
What a beautiful weekend emoticon
perfect weather emoticon

How is everyone doing with their goals?
My" losing weight goal" has been ignored lately emoticon
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My drinking goal is on track emoticon

Get out and enjoy the day and stay strong!

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We went to the horse track tonight it was fun.
I got on the scale this afternoon....
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up 2 more pounds....
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

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Bizi, so sorry to hear about your FIL. So hard for you & hubby to watch him fade away. Hugs for you guys tonight, especially. emoticon
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thanks for the 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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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Just stopping by to say hello.

Lots of good things going on here, and motivation for those who need it.
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emoticon I am going AF~ THIS WEEKEND THURS/FRI/SAT/SUN to get into moderation for next week! er WEEKEND! (do not drink in week!) BED EARLIES!

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Hey everyone, how are you?

Today is day 4 of AF and I feel tired and sluggish!
My counselor brought up the point that I am missing out on so much when I drink. I like what was said about "stealing happiness from tomorrow"how true!


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I'm feeling the same way TERRYCAL1 but having a really hard time finding motivation to do so. I feel as though my 'oomf' is gone lol. I know it's because I'm tired and in summer 'party' mode too. I do hope July will be better.

I decided to take an extra long weekend - taking tomorrow off and not back to work till next Wed - hoping to retreat and maybe get back on track with a good plan for July.

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I have got to get on the AF wagon, its becoming quite the bad habit

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Sorry to hear about your hubby's father too Bizi - it's so hard to watch our loved ones in a deteriorating state emoticon emoticon

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emoticon Bizi- I am sorry to hear about your hubby's father.

Today my youngest turns 17. I am taking him to drivers ed for a 7:20 start and it goes until 3.
I am going to make him a nice birthday supper and cake. He will get a little something but fully unsderstands how much lately with the drivers ed and driving lessons and a CLEP exam and etc so...does not expect a big gift.

My lego friend gave me a present of an online writing course. I am not sure why as I talked about illustrating not writing a children's book and so I asked but he did not answer yet..but I am taking it and learning from it and one thing I learned is that my life is a constant flow of interruptions. Esp. in the summer. I have not learned much - well anything new from the class yet but it is nice to set up time just for me which I think is my friend's point in giving me this.
I need to draw a line in the sand and work on these things I can do- I can't afford a studio or office so this is going to be a challenge.
- well back to making birthday muffins and breakfast and packing lunches....
Have a great day everybody!

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I am back from our trip to Indiana, were gone for about 2 weeks. driving there takes 2 days so that is 4 travel days with stops in memphis for overnighters.
Helped my parents get ready for a family picnic which was a big success.
hubby 's father is very ill and on hospice now, not sure how long he will be around. He is in very bad shape, bed bound with bed sores, skin and bones, not eating much nor drinking much.
very hard on his mom.
so it was a mixed emotions trip.
ate and drank freely...afraid to get on the scales....
glad to be home.
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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Well here's where I'm at with it all - my latest post on my WordPresss blog losedabooze.wordpress.com/2014/06/25
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Jen- emoticon but I do know an after race beer can be tempting!
You inspire me!

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I love that quote too, about drinking stealing happiness from tomorrow. I think for me I have to decide if it's really worth it. Sometimes it really is, if I'm being super honest. At least one good one and I enjoy it. But most of the time it's not and I get in the habit of having a drink or two even if I don't want it just because it's there or just because I can. That is the part of drinking that I don't like in my life sometimes.

I have started doing something on the JUNE MOD/AF challenge where I actually post what I'm going to be (AF or MOD) in the morning. This helps there be less up to the moment decisions based on my fickleness. Also helps with accountability for me. My goal right now is to have a 5 day AF streak. My weight has started creeping up again and my sleep has started going down, so this will be good and healthy for me.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day. emoticon

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Let us know how it works out Happiest Mama.
emoticon on 7 months, sunshine girl! that's emoticon
Donna, my relationship started with alcohol after I joined a 100 day challenge and kept going for a few months after that.
Jenn, I LOVE the saying "Everytime you drink, you steal happiness from tomorrow". emoticon
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Hey everyone,

I have a meeting with a counselor today to talk about my drinking and how else I can cope with stress. I'm pretty excited!

How's everyone?

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J Bailey, Im with you. I have not had more than a sip of alcohol in 7 months and have no desire to return to drinking. Having a sip was a confirmation as I didn't even like the taste. Bizarre considering I would drink most things even if I didnt like the taste much. The one thing I will not allow in the house is white wine as I am still a little afraid it might have appeal to me. But right now I dont drink and I dont want to drink and I certainly dont miss it.

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Happy Monday, everyone. Elle, I like your attitude and it's what I aspire to! But for now, I need a serious AF streak as my weight has climbed and I've not been exercising. Between this summer cold and the weirdness of peri-menopause, and of course work slowing down, I'm in a bit of a funk. But saw an amazing theatrical event yesterday that was so very inspiring and life-affirming, so I'm ready to turn things around. Feeling better. Yay!

Hope you all have a good day.....xo

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That is a great saying for sure.

Thanks for sharing JBAILEY1122. I don't think I can say I will never drink again - but I definitely need to not take away from too many tomorrows either.

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I read this weekend: Everytime you drink, you steal happiness from tomorrow.

I think this is so true. And when you keep drinking, every day, in excess, you can't drink enough to replace the happiness you used the day before - and then living your life anywhere near it's potential is over.

I am 100% done. I no longer drink.

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emoticon ATHENA1966 - to know that I am able to inspire - despite having my own doubts at times gives me the PUSH to really succeed!

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Helene-You can do it. Before I came to this team I thought it was not possible for me to cut back. It was you who have inspired me. Although I have mini streaks, I am healthier for it. Thank you!


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There are 7 days left this month and I truly need to get on the AF wagon / streak central! With the weekdays here, it's a good time to start it up. I have a date tomorrow, but I plan on letting him know I'm AF ... emoticon

Elle your relationship with alcohol is what we all strive to achieve! I don't want to quit forever - but I want to have that ability to stop at 1 or 2 and then go back to being AF without an issue.

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Hi All,
Just finished day 3 AF. I'm just taking it one day at a time :)

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Just dropping by real quick, ladies! Sounds like things are going pretty well with everyone, albeit busy & hectic (me, too).

Elle, that's so cool that you-are-where-you-are with enjoying-the-drink. Very happy for you! That's what we all wish for, isn't it ladies! emoticon

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Hello Lovely Ladies,

Things are still hectic with me, so I haven't been visiting here as often as I used to. emoticon
I believe I have a wonderful relationship with alcohol now. emoticon I've been able to enjoy a drink or two when I want (father's day, my birthday, out with friends) and stop at one or two, and have no trouble getting back to being AF the next day.
Best part, I really take my time and ENJOY the drinks.
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I haven't been AF yet and overall - my eating has not been great. This week is super busy and I'm admitting I'm using food/drink to cope because it's been a whirlwind. I have an appointment to meet with my personal trainer on Tuesday and plans to do the 3 day Shakeology Cleanse (well my own version) - basically real clean/lean eating. I need to do a reset but I have too many social engagements before then to even go there.

With all the not so fun stuff I'm dealing with at home - I'm enjoying the social outings and outside of feeling the pounds I've put on - enjoying life!

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Hi gals! I have 2 AF days under my belt, and it's much easier this time. Not sure why; maybe because I'm focusing on the end goal a little more, rather than the daily sacrifices. I'm counting calories as well, not much exercise as last minute things keep cropping up and interfering, but I feel like I have made a good start anyway!

Have a good day, friends.

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emoticon You will love this team ! Full of support and no judgment here. Congratulations on day 3! Day three seems to be the hardest. Take care and jump in!

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Hey gals,

Day 3 of AF :) Feeling tired and irritable! Going to go run after work to try to feel better. I am about half way through reading "Almost Alcoholic" by Doyle & Nowinski and it's making me really happy that I found this team :)

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Carol- hope you had a great weekend. no- still got one more to go and then all 4 will be done with high school and the next graduations will be college.
Seems to be going by faster and faster and faster!

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nina, i like the apple cider ultra michelobe light 120 calories, my keyboard letters are off so am having to relivy on my memeory.



Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 6/15/2014 (22:29)
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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

Happiness is a decision!


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Bizi- I block the popups with ad blocker

Helene- I know what you mean about the finances. It floors me how much alcohol adds to our bill.

I am better this month than I was last month. At least I am going a day in between now. Some AF days are better than none. I just have to find something lower calorie. I wish I liked Tonic, but I don't. If I could get myself to stay with the vodka and iced tea that would be good. Has to be lower calorie than Cosmopolitans and a lot cheaper.

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Working this morning, but taking time for a quick shout-out! Missing you guys . . .

Bizi--enjoy your vacay. Family is sooo important!
Lisa--enjoy graduation party & congrats! Such a special time!
Emily--you just had graduation for your youngest, right?! Wow, they grow up so fast!
Elle--hope you had an enjoyable B-Day!
Mimi--I'm sure your streak's going well . . . you're so dedicated!
Helene--it is amazing how fast the money goes, when we purchase booze. Good incentive!
Laurie--hope changing up your routine has helped!
Sam--kudos to you, for doing T25. Glad you're seeing great results!
Athena--love reading your AF-reasons . . . thanks for doing that!
CleaningUp & Cbreck--liked how you guys decided on "making a choice." Way to go!
Nina--I get the going-out-thing. Keep trying . . .

In fact, that's good advice for us all. We aren't failing is we're still trying. If we fall, we get up & try again, right?

Have a wonderful weekend, my AF friends!!!

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Happy Weekend Lovely Ladies,

Have a great trip, Bizi and a great graduation, Lisa.

I'm hoping for a relaxing weekend, and may have drinks on father's day. I plan to stay MOD if I do. I love my gin and tonics/vodka and tonics at a summer BBQ. Sometimes virgins are just as refreshing,,,, but not always. LOL
The full moon was yesterday, so lots of craziness emoticon



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Lisa! enjoy
sure is an emotional time and congrats to your DD. I know exactly what you mean about having the 4 together emoticon

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Well, my baby, DD3, the youngest of 4 graduates tomrrow with honors. I am a mess. We are having a party and I cooked all day and did some cleaning. Will finish in the morning. We just had a huge downpour, but the tents survived. I will not be AF. I will enjoy the day. I can't wait to have all the kids home. We have so much fun together. I am happy and sad and even cried at the florist yesterday. I will be back on track in all ways on Monday. I miss you guys! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Enjoy your time away Bizi!!

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we will be out of town for 2 weeks seeing our families. Will not have internet access. have a great time, be well and treat ourselves kindly.
((((HUGS))))
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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, 9-6-13=147,
10-19-13= 143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14= 148, 5-17-14=155

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6/13/14 8:25 A

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I'm with you Elle - I've been way to 'lax' in the AF mode. With 8 days MOD and only 4 days AF this month so far (although it beats May where I only had 2 days AF) - I need to get a good streak in.

Temptations are all around me but I have to make the choice - to abstain to meet my health goals or I'll never trim down. I also need to buckle down on my finances so it's a win win if I get this AF streak going - if possible until I get to my trip to Wisconsin for my association's Annual Meeting. I can save money for that trip emoticon

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Just popping in to say hello. I do read posts some days but don't post. I've cut my spark time down.

The last couple of days I've been eating the wrong foods (my birthday) and had drinks the last 2 days, and I have to admit I feel bloated and lazy right now.

Time to get my streak going.

Have a wonderful night everyone.

xoxo elle~


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