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3/28/15 2:00 A

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I am glad that I went to the gym and walked on the tred mill my usual hour at 3.5mph and developed what I think is the beginning of shin splints. not sure.little twinges below my knee caps. I did not do any thing differently. What did I do wrong?
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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, 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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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3/27/15 11:54 P

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I am so full!
Trying to talk myself into to going to the gym to just walk on the tred mill, to walk off some of this dinner!
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

Happiness is a decision!


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3/27/15 9:56 A

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You too Bizi!!!!
We are getting all our financial stuff ready for Stanford for DS- very exciting!!!
Going to see my cousin and take her out for her birthday and DD turns 19 tomorrow. emoticon Life is good.


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3/27/15 9:48 A

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Good luck with your challenge to yourself. Dhanners! Have a great friday all!!!
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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3/27/15 8:13 A

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Thanks for the link Helene - I will check those out for sure. I guess I'm doing a no alcohol weekend challenge too since I don't feel like drinking and am going to abstain at the auction tomorrow night. Bizi - yes you have to set up the fitbit, but it is easy. You set up an account and it leads you through set up. There is an app for smartphones and a website to track. Last night I tracked my sleep. 7 hours 45 minutes and only woke three times that I don't remember for a sleep efficiency of 99%! I rarely can sleep through the night. Wonderful!!

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Happy Final Friday of March!! Next Friday I'll be off to Cuba!! emoticon

I am going to do this Weekend Weight Loss Challenge that includes NO ALCOHOL. I love Chalene Johnson - check out all her great pod casts here: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/w
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Time to buckle down - get ready, get packing for a week away of FUN and SUN!!

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3/26/15 6:03 P

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good job emily glad that you had fun!
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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3/26/15 4:37 P

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You are absolutely right Bizi!
Took a friend out for lunch and he did not order a beer- he too is trying to lose and it is hard enough after you turn 50- so no alcohol for either of us. It was still fun. Actually more.


~~~ Emily~~~
GO TEAM NEON NINJAS-Spring into Shape BLC
3/11= 170
3/19= 167.6
3/26= 164
4/2=
4/9=
4/16=
4/23=
4/30=
5/7=
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Goal:147


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3/26/15 10:40 A

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good going dhanners!
sounds like a good plan. Your liver will thank you.
So will your metabolism. Remember that alcohol is a toxin and the body immediately metabolizes the alcohol trying to get rid of it. the other foods get stored as fat.
So drinking alcohol really disrupts your weight loss goals.
have a great day.
I am getting a fit bit too. My sister is sending it to me...the watch part doesn't work but that is ok I wear a watch. I hear that you have to set it up...I am hoping that she has done that already for me! I am technically challenged.
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

Happiness is a decision!


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Great job on the 5.5# down!

Nothing exciting to report. Got my Fitbit as part of the work challenge. I haven't met my goal since Sunday but that is ok. I'm easing in to the walking thing due to my back. Had some pain yesterday from a site visit at work yesterday. I have a battery of exercises that the PT gave me and I did those last night and will continue to do so. Otherwise, I have a travel weekend for work and a fundraiser with NFL players on Saturday night. I'm going to try and drink water instead of wine for that. Not only will it save calories (and liver) but money from not bidding on things I do not need! AF for 4 days
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3/26/15 1:11 A

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WEnt to the gym to walk on the tred mill for 20 minutes at an incline then walked/jogged one minute a piece at 3.5 and 5 mph for 30 minutes then walked another 10 minutes at 5 % incline.
Did 4 miles total and "burned" 400 calories if you can believe that.
proud of myself.
Eventually I want to jog a 5 k and then the cajun cup again a 10 K.
the 10 K is in november so I have a long time to train for that.
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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3/25/15 1:01 P

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Great job with your weight loss, Helene, and with your strength of will, Garvo!

I' m going for an AF streak (first day yesterday).

Have a great day,
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3/25/15 11:20 A

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Good wonderful Wednesday morning to all - include those that just read...as just reading helps too!!!!

Bizi - your pure honesty is so welcomed.

I am thrilled that last night I didn't give in and remained AF. I could have easily enjoyed a glass when my husband asked " isn't this the wine we really enjoyed the other weekend" as he held up the bottle - to which I said yes and he (knowing) did not even offer a glass to me. NOPE!

Keep me in your thoughts tonight as I hold off the urge to take a glass of wine along with dinner at a business meeting.

Still very cold here in Philly - 70 degrees tomorrow - with severe rain! What did the East Coast Do Wrong? We're good peeps!

Remember: Whenever you point a finger, there are 3 more pointing back at yourself. Take responsibility and lead by example.


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So DD that had a needle in foot has sprained her wrist but is ok. Her birthday is sat. She always seems to have bad luck before :=(.
So off to do errands before car is used by DS for school.
Have a great day everyone!

~~~ Emily~~~
GO TEAM NEON NINJAS-Spring into Shape BLC
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3/19= 167.6
3/26= 164
4/2=
4/9=
4/16=
4/23=
4/30=
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Happy Wednesday Team! I skipped last Wednesday's weigh in but today's was a good one - I've lost 5.5lbs since March 11th. Now I'm hoping to lose another 4lbs before my trip to bring me back to 170Ville.

I will be drinking in Cuba as it's an all inclusive trip (I want to get our money's worth lol)... but when I get back my plan is to be more mindful of my drinking and try to limit drinking days to 2 per week. I haven't been doing that but I have been cutting down from my usual levels and that's a start.

Wishing everyone a great day!

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Nice job all!

A north wind started blowing and just woke me up. Actually it was my cats using me as a trampoline as they leaped out of bed to investigate the sound of the screen door flapping in the wind. So now I'm up and tired. Ug. At least I will have time to do the stretching exercises for my back that I have to do every day. Wow, it is really blowing out there!

Have a great day everyone!
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3/25/15 12:55 A

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emoticon

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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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3/24/15 8:33 A

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Hi suzie! Thanks for the compliment!
The only way I could have lost the weight is by not drinking. I was drinking too much almost every night. IT is much easier just not drinking for me. I can't do moderation at this point in my life. I can't say that I won't drink forever because of vacations.
I like drinking too much. Our vacation in august...we go to the beach and hang out at the tiki hut and drink all day= bush whackers, love them! I was drinking 800 1000 calories a night, gaining a pound a week easily.
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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, 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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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3/24/15 1:27 A

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JGRH and Bizi, awesome and congrats! I bet your bodies are responding well to the healthy habits. Bizi you've list a lot of weight during your streak. Nice work committing to healthy living!

I need to get back to it. I too drink a bottle of wine in an evening. I did great for January and February but March has been terrible! My plan is to be AF the rest of this month and get some exercise.

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I'm a renagade - against weak excuses, allowing set backs to become the "norm". Not happening. I'm also one who has problems with self-sabotage. No more. When I see change and success, I'll celebrate it and strive to move even closer to my goal.


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3/23/15 8:33 P

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congratulations jg! 82 days is awesome! I forget at the moment how many days I am I think today is 60!
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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3/23/15 7:55 P

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Great going, JG!! emoticon
87 days!

I really think it's easier not to drink at all than go MOD as the habit starts to creep back in.
I've been depressed these past couple weeks due to my relationship with my son - which has gone to pot, so to speak.
Thus, a beer, or two has snuck back into my daily routine.
I will be strong for the rest of the week and be AF.

Good for you, Bizi - 147! Woo hoo!

I am feeling introverted, and am avoiding social media for now.

Be well,
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emoticon JGRH206 emoticon on 82 days!! emoticon

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I am on day 82 AF of my 100 day pledge. My app is showing the very horrifying number of over $600 saved. I certainly don't feel like I have an extra $600 sitting around, but somehow I always came up with the money to buy a bottle of wine. I don't plan on quitting for good, I don't think I need to. What I absolutely can't do is go back to my old habit of falling into a bottle of wine at the end of every tough day of work. My goal is to be very moderate and quit if I can't accomplish that. A minimum of 4 days per week dry, preferably 5. I never ever open a second bottle of wine, but have no problem finishing a whole bottle over the course of an evening. Those days are gone for me.

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emoticon emoticon Helene! and that reminds me I have to call my dentist t get another silver filling out!.
The day is going by too fast.
DS 1 went off to work and he is doing ok- got 3 diagnosis from therapist- which I won't talk about for his sake. But it helped explained some things.
Picking up DH and DS 2 Wed. late and then DS 2 is back to school.
We are going to admit weekend in April for Stanford. I am excited but mostly motivational May is keeping me focused these days.

- Bizi- I do not want to do the yard work yet- blech so blustery. It will be nice to see flowers!
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Edited by: THINANDFITEMILY at: 3/23/2015 (15:01)
~~~ Emily~~~
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To add to my SP blog from yesterday I just posted this blog to my Wordpress blog https://losedabooze.wordpress.com/20
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It's a great day already!! I went to the dentist at 9 and he filed my sharp broken teeth (well the worst one was at the bottom but while he was at it he filled the two upper broken ones too). It is a temporary fix until after my vacation and means I don't have to live with dental wax in my mouth which I have had to do for a week to prevent my tooth from cutting my tongue - it was not fun...

And my guy is coming over after work... I am making him dinner... it's cold but sunny out and I'm working from home - life is GOOD!

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3/23/15 11:03 A

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thank you helene! Have a great day!
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

Happiness is a decision!


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Congrats on getting back to 147 Bizi! You are doing great!!

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hi helene!
nice to hear about you and I like following you on your blog!
emily, great to hear that maybe your plumbing troubles are over?
took a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood, helped rake some leaves this afternoon.
Our yard waste pick up service have not been around the neighborhood for 3 weeks. The grass is dieing!
Wonder what is the problem???
Our neighbors have called several different offices to complain.
Tuesday is the day they are supposed to come....I am not holding my breath.
There is so much yard work to do.
It is overwhelming! emoticon
Grateful for my friend who helped me today!
wonder what the week will bring?
I will go to the gym tomorrow, have not been since wednesday...I am still coughing so am taking it easy.
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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, 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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

Happiness is a decision!


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Hello team - sorry I haven't been by but life has been so hectic and now that my 2 BIG Projects/Events are behind me - well my focus is simply on my trip to Cuba!

And today was my first AF day in a while again... despite my intentions but if you read my blog - I was on a natural high and didn't feel the need for any booze that's for sure.

Anne I'm sure you'll find this team a great fit!! I too don't believe I can quit for good and want to enjoy now and then but be mindful of my health goals too relative to my weight.

I do have some MAJOR drive and determination as I want to feel less bloated for my trip but I'm also not going to kill myself. I am meeting up with a gf who may have some clothes to loan me and I will if I have to buy a new bathing suit that I will feel comfortable in.

It's going to be amazing!!

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Bizi- it is. Toilet is not leaking and also got him to fix the constant leak under the kitchen sink. No dishwasher here so that was a pain with having to put a bucket under there. The ceilings all need to be worked on too.
and I hear you about the past but we can't think about what if- which I know you know and you are doing great!
Quick workout here and then off to get more freggies. DH and DS come back from Anguilla Wed. night late and I will need to see if I keep juicing or not. I am very glad I did not go- between DD's foot- needle and surgery needed and the toilet which might have come crashing through...

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Wow emily that is an old house!
hope your plumbing issues get solved asap!
bizi
147 this morning, taken me 15 weeks to get back here!
yippie! Just think where I would be if I had not been drinking wrecklessly!
sigh

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 3/21/2015 (11:43)
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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waiting for plumber here. Toilet on second floor was leaking on to toilet on first floor.
I shut off water and drained tank. Hope it will get fixed today and I hope it does not come crashing down on the first floor emoticon
House built in 1848. Landlord not doing much upkeep.
So I am looking for another place to live...

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I love my Fitbit, Deidree, and wear it all the time. :) I average 30 miles a week walking since I got it. It's a great incentive, and I get rewards from SP and Fitbit that are fun! I just got a Cloud achievement reward for steps. :)
I'm bored.
I have to get out and DO something!


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Welcome Anne,

So glad you are finding a good fit for you. And congrats on the 40 days AF, that is a great accomplishment and something to be proud of no matter what your long-term goals. emoticon I do think everyone's goals/paths are different and as long as we're honest with ourselves then we have a chance to carve out the kind of life we want, understanding how alcohol fits/doesn't fit into that. For some it's not at all, for others it's controlling the amount in different ways. I have tried both. My amount is usually not excessive (kept to 2 max usually), but I have red flag warnings when I start to do that often, or when I absolutely know I'm using alcohol to sidestep something uncomfortable. I stopped drinking altogether for about 5 months and did reap some of those same benefits you experienced. At some point, though, personally I decided it just wasn't me and it wasn't sustainable for the rest of my life. So now I'm trying out "moderating" and seeing what works and what doesn't. So glad you're a part of the team. This is a very supportive, non-judgmental group of people...a great source of understanding and encouragement either way.


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Dhanners,
good luck with your new fit bit!
and walking challenge. I should get one!
my sister is vacationing in europe and has walked 10 miles each day. wow!
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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Good morning everyone -

Welcome Anne! I'm new here too and love this group of people. Great team. I am concerned with both calories and health (more the later) and am here to be accountable to myself. It has helped me cut back.

Today, I'm working in San Francisco where my company is headquartered. I'm a new "wellness champion" for three of our facilities. We have a kickoff training. They are giving us Fitbits (I already have/had one that broke) and there is a month-long walking challenge starting next week. Coincidentally, I had my first physical therapy appointment yesterday for my back. I have a few stretches he wants me to do daily and walking. So the timing is perfect. Doubt I will be able to start with 10,000 steps because that does bother my back and causes sciatica. But maybe with the stretching I can build up to it without the pain that has been occurring with extended walking/standing over the last 5 years. I found that biking is more comfortable even though my foot falls asleep.

Carpe diem!
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Anne!!!!! emoticon so good to see you here!
and welcome. Now we can keep in touch better than just the friend feed. emoticon

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welcome anne!
You will find us to be non judgemental. WE can be honest and truthful to ourselves here.
A couple of pints could be 500 calories or more depending on the type of beer. I have drank a stout beer once that had 300 calories in a 12oz bottle! oh golly hope that did not come across wrong!
I hope you have a nice day.
bizi
if you want to do this there is a thread at the bottom of the page for documenting your alcohol usage..."monthly"

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 3/19/2015 (18:06)
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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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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Welcome, Anne!

As Garvo said, we each have our different reasons, and goals re: participating in this forum, and I've found the members to be very supportive.
For me, it's not just about the calories. It's about health. I recognize, and have learned that daily consumption of alcohol - even small amounts, can have long-term destructive results on my longevity, and well-being.
I think we all have some "go-to" behaviors when the going gets tough. For some, it's chocolate, for others, it's a glass of wine, or two. :)
Interesting to know about your epicurean wine collecting, and tasting, Garvo. :)

I have long been working on a zen practice - which means being mindful of my actions. However, my beer drinking became obsessive. I hated the hold it had over me, and I'm determined to not go back there.

This past couple weeks has been very stressful for me, and I've been allowing myself a beer each night. But, guess what? Yeah. It crept up to two, and I had to curtail it tout suite!

I'm at a comfortable weight for my height (5'9") so am not concerned about the calories. I simply want to be healthy, and have balance,

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Welcome AnneMargar!

You really have found a good team here. Everyone is in their own place with the control of their alcohol intake. For some it is an addiction, for others it is a habit or something similar. I had to break the habit a year or so ago and have been fairly good at controlling my intake and mixing AF with MOD (alcohol free and moderate).

We collect wine and enjoy is with our meals. Over the past several months, my enjoyment of it passed over to excessive and really just consuming it every night. What good is that when you realize that you really are not even "tasting" the nuances of the wine! Found that I couldn't answer my husband's questions such as: Did you like this one or the other one better? And the unfortunate consequence of too much wine = droopy face in morning and weight gain - AGHHHHH!

Hence, I knew I could come back to SP and this team! My next goal is to better control the MOD or VMOD (which is Very Moderate) for me.

We are all hear to help you on your journey!

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Hello Team! I am new here - just left the Living Above The Influence group as I do not feel the group is a good fit for me - I LOVE the people in the group, but alas, I enjoyed two wonderful pints of beer last night. I went 40 days without alcohol - was sleeping better, lost weight, and got my focus back. I think it is in my best interest to stay away from alcohol, but a pint of beer or a glass of wine every once and a while should not keep me from my goals too much. Looking forward to sharing my journey wtih the team!

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(I just posted a blog)

Thanks, Chelsea.
I doubt we'll see Thich Nat Han in the US as he is quite old. What a wise, and brave soul he is! Nice to know that I share my love of him with you, Garvo, and Deidree,- and, On Being too!

I've settled my emotions down a bit today. I'll write a blog about the situation with my son for anyone who is interested to know. I'm still at a loss as to what to do. He's a grown man - 28.

I don't have any alcohol in the house, and notice how I want it when I'm agitated. I am going to seek a counselor to talk with.

I bought a box of dark chocolate organic yogurt pops yesterday instead of a six-pack of beer. :)
One a day - instead of beer is my plan.
I need something to pamper myself right now.

I notice that I hardly ever laugh these days. What happened to joy, and sense of humor?!
I'm going to make the retrieval of it my project.
Hi, Bizi, Emily, and all.
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Good morning all -

Well, I didn't remain AF last night (St. Paddy's and all) but was MOD so I'm not too stressed. Will continue on this week AF. Yesterday I got the results of my xray on my back: multiple DDD with arthritis, worst area L5-S1. Explains the chronic pain and inability to walk or stand for long periods of time. Starting physical therapy tomorrow and armed myself with anti-inflammatory meds (aleve, tumeric). Now I really have to lose weight as it has become a medical issue.

Maureen and Garvco - I too find Thich Nhat Hanh's message wonderful. I was invited to go to a retreat once at his San Diego, Deer Park Monastery a few years back but was unable to attend. I have one of his books on meditations and am going to read others as well. His message is timeless and very important. Unfortunately he had a stroke last year but I have read he is improving quite nicely. I wish him a rapid and full recovery

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hi garvco!
welcome back!!!!!!
bizi
what a great group this is! emoticon

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 3/17/2015 (19:03)
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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Thanks Maureen. emoticon Hope the stuff with your son works out as it should. Funny how it helps just to know we're all in this together. :)


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Top of the Irish to you all - remaining AF on this of all days! Was active in this group a while back and while I haven't been here.....this group has been with me! I have slipped up a tad do to self pity - only a small set back of a shoulder problem keeping me from active sports and the gym - But, I channeled my "inner SP Cutting Down the Booze" team and am really getting back to moderation and weekdays of AF (well not 100%)

Anyway - Maureen; I absolutely love listening to "On Being" every Sunday morning. We downloaded that pod cast of Tic Nat Han. I am not a yoga or meditation person....however, that particular interview resonates. HIGHLY recommend it to all.

That monk comes to the US and I hope to catch him speak at some point.

Keep up the great work everyone!

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Hi, all. We all get lost once in a while, Chelsea, and find our self somewhere we didn't want to be.
I was listening to an interview by Krista Tippet (NPR "On Being") with the great zen master Thich Nat Han last night (couldn't sleep). He said that suffering is necessary for growth - like mud is necessary for a lotus flower to grow.
I am going through a rough time with my son, and have had a couple beers every day during the last week. 3 yesterday.

I'm going to bike to my sanga meditation group tonight.

hugs, Maureen


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got up too too early am tired after 3 cups of coffee, going to be a long day!
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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Good morning -

Bizi - no, I haven't posted one yet, just set up the account. I also made it private. It fun to look though the videos others have posted - inspiring, in some cases!

AF again yesterday - yay! I had a weird dream that I was at some music festival and had free access to a bar. I made a huge bloody mary and two other tropical drinks. Don't recall drinking them though so that is good! Anyway, the plan is to stay AF today as well. Didn't get to workout yesterday. It was a long Monday for sure, at least mood-wise, so I got home and vegged. But, one of the guys from work wants to start riding bikes after work on Tues/Thursdays. If I am in that office I will join him. Just about 35 minute ride. That would be great.

Mame - maybe you can arm yourself with mocktails to feel like your having a drink but are not? Or moderate. Drink lots of water so that you are hydrated but drink more H2O than alcohol in the long run.

Emily - camping by yourself is paradise! I used to do it nearly every weekend about 15 years ago. I need to get back into the swing.

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I had a pretty good day yesterday. I walked at lunch then went to the gym after work. Once I was home, the kids and I racked up gum balls in our back yard. You couldn't even see the grass there were so many! Our poor dog has had a heck of a time back there but yesterday was the first day it was actually dry enough for us to do it. Its supposed to rain again starting tomorrow for 2 days. I'm ready for the sun to come out and stay out!

Emily- Hope everything goes well with your dd today. I wish I had the courage to go camping by myself. I love camping!

Chelsea- I have just started being AF during the week and MOD on Fri and Sat. It worked out well this past week. Hopefully I can keep it up.

Next week is spring break and the kids and I are going to the beach with a couple of girlfriends of mine for the whole week. One is a huge drinker but the other is more MOD. They both prefer beer tho and Im just not a fan anymore. Im really worried that I will back slide.....

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quick hi!
- SUMS at Brown was awesome for pi day!!!Great lectures- 9:30-5. Went with oldest son and we got to have lunch and supper and spend the day which we had not in a.long time
Bridal shower wass nice- got to see my Sisters!
Dropped off DH and son to airport early yesterday but this morning I have to take DD for foot surgery as she has a needle in her foot (messy room!) and they use anesthesia emoticon
Of course I thought this week would be a retreat- swim- yoga- smoothies and salads...
hopefully after today.
was not AF over the weekend or yesterday. Getting a bit of workouts in. But yes- I hope to have some time out.....hahahahaha
I did make camping reservations for July. I am going by myself. Did not get the site I wanted but it looks good. All tent campsite.
ok off to bring DD to hospital.

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good luck chelsea! I believe in you!
congratulations on your weight loss!
bizi

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 3/17/2015 (06:20)
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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Thanks Bizi. emoticon I have never tried the AF weekdays, MOD weekend thing. Thanks for the suggestion.


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hi chelsea,
some people have been able to limit their drinking to the weekend. could you think of it that way too?
'Boredom is a killer....
good luck sweetie and welcome back. here for you anytime.
(((((HUGS))))
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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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

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Hello all,

Sort of lost my way a bit. Got in survival/stressed mode and think for the past 2-3 weeks I have had 1-2 drinks almost every day. I was drinking it even when i didn't want it particularly, or I was drinking it to take the edge off or because I was bored or isolated at home. I woke up another morning not feeling energetic and I thought, "No wonder I feel zapped, I keep poisoning myself!" So, I'm ready to begin again. I am still interested in moderating, not going AF completely. But I don't want to drink everyday. It really affects my sleep and eventually my mood and motivation.

This is just a bend in the road of my journey, not a backwards step. (This is what I'm telling myself for now.)


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dhanners I did not see your video do you have one there?
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

Happiness is a decision!


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3/16/15 8:14 A

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Good morning all -

Mame - well done on your moderation. Feels good both mentally and physically!

I stayed AF yesterday to make it day 3 AF. I'm going to try and see this thing through. Have you all heard of Give it 100 projects? You can set yourself up for anything - learning Spanish, working out, losing weight, knitting - whatever. I set up a project to lose weight but haven't started it officially with a 10 second video. Maybe after work. I should add 100 days of AF to the project to reach the goal. https://giveit100.com/projects.

Deirdre

Edited by: DHANNERS at: 3/16/2015 (08:15)
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3/16/15 7:43 A

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Good morning everybody!

I had a great weekend. Friday we went out with friends for pizza and had a great time. I had 2 drinks and stopped. Saturday we worked all day on the house. We went to eat at a Mexican restaurant and I had a margarita and stopped. Both nights it was a struggle not to keep drinking once I was home, like I normally would have, but I had a cup of herbal tea instead. Sunday I went to a play with my sister and dd. It was fabulous! Then we went out to dinner and I stayed AF all day and will the rest of the week.

I kinda wish I would have stayed AF all weekend but I do enjoy a drink now and then, especially when out with friends. Its the drinking at home when Im alone that I know I need to stop. I was also wishing that after a week of not drinking my normal amount that I would have lost a little weight. I gained 2 lbs instead! I'm pretty sure its sodium bloat from eating out all weekend. That needs to stop too.

DD is making up snow days by staying at school an extra hr in the afternoons this week. I will use that hr to go to the gym and walk/run on the treadmill. We are going to the beach next week for spring break and I am 15 lbs heavier than last summer. I hate the thought of even getting into a bathing suit!

Mame

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3/15/15 3:45 P

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Thank you Dhanners!
yes i was using some SMART tools.
thanks for noticing.
biking after you get home is a great healthy distraction.
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

Happiness is a decision!


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3/15/15 11:46 A

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Good morning all -

2 days AF and I feel great. Did an abs workout for bad backs yesterday. Will do it again today. Also did 35 minutes of a Zumba DVD. I haven't done those in a few years. I'm clumsy but it is still fun. Think I'll do it again today. I do want to go for a bike ride as well. And will be AF today too.

Maureen - congratulations on making your weight goal. Very exciting! I am looking forward to that some day although it will likely take a year or so.

Bizi - I read your blog. You are such an inspiration -well done on handling a tough day yesterday. Did you use some of your SMART tools (sounds like it)? You got in front of the thoughts and urges and reflected on what you've gained, what was at stake. I will try to do the same.

I'm a little frightened about the work week. It is a trigger for me. I have a true "toxic boss". He is a tyrant and causes chaos among our staff (no one likes him). Wish the top brass could see how awful he is and can him. But until then, I have to find a better way of coping with him. Now that it is daylight savings time I could ride my bike after work. A better strategy than drinking!

Have a fabulous Sunday everyone!
Deirdre

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3/15/15 12:28 A

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keep on moderating cherie. If you can get away with that.
It was a struggle today, see my blog post.
thanks!
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 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-21-15=147

Happiness is a decision!


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3/14/15 1:59 P

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To everyone. I was AF for 6 six days. Hubby and I choose to have wine on weekends. On a full belly, and sipping. I don,t know if I want to be absinance. (sp)
Sun finally came out! I don,t want to sneak. I betrayed my husband.. I'm trying! Cherie

I,m Cherie, Been with sparker for 3 yrs, I like that I'm losing it slowly! Its a lifestyle!


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